Tuesday, January 30, 2018

February Meeting Announcement: Machine Maintenance & UFO Finish Along

Join us for our February meeting this Sunday, February 4th from 1-4pm at 

Assemble Pittsburgh
4824 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Gail is going to talk about sewing machine maintenance. 
We will also be starting another year of the UFO Finish Along! 

Since we all probably have some UFOs (unfinished objects/project) laying around, we want to help you find motivation to finish them up or get rid of them!  To do this, we will be running the UFOs Finish Along again this year, with a fun end-of-year prize drawing! 

In order to participate, you must bring your UFOs to the next meeting for us to log. UFOs must be at least partially started for this event. 

As you finish your UFOs throughout the year, you will turn in your ticket(s) and be entered in the prize drawing.
As always, bring your quilts for show and tell and we'll see you then!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

On our February meeting Gail is going to talk about sewing machine maintenance. If you have any specific questions please send an e-mail to, pghmqg.programs@gmail.com .She will answer questions at the meeting as well.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild has enjoyed participating in multiple previous
QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenges. We’ve learned to solicit design ideas from our
guild members and form a committee to organize the quilt making (buying all the fabric
 for the quilt, making packets for members to make blocks from, etc.)
An informal brainstorming session on the theme of Modern Traditionalism resulted
in a lot of fun design ideas, including focusing on one traditional block and using a
lot of low volume prints.
I loved the idea of deconstructing a traditional block by using color untraditionally to 
highlight only some elements of the block. I envisioned a confetti of colors across a
low volume quilt.
The traditional Greek Cross block stood out as a great starting point with its mix of
half-square triangles, rectangles, and squares. Since many members had enjoyed
the challenge of improv piecing in some of our guild’s previous QuiltCon charity quilts, 
we left it up to the members if they wanted to use traditional or improv piecing
to make their block(s).
One of the best parts of making a group quilt is seeing the quilt come together
during a group sew day. It was great to see all the variations among the blocks our
members had made and how well they all came together as a quilt top.
Then, of course, it’s amazing to see how the quilting ties everything together and
transforms a quilt! Long-arm quilter
Nikki Maroon (http://www.thegirlwhoquilts.com/)
used straight-line quilting to create the cross and HST elements of one large
Greek Cross block using contrasting thread.  The “background” areas of the large
Greek Cross block were quilted with graffiti quilting to add visual interest without distracting
from the impact of the straight lines.

We are excited to have our guild quilt hanging at QuiltCon in Pasadena, CA this
year. We are also hoping to enter it in a few local shows in 2018 so that more of our
members have the opportunity to see the quilt on display!  And finally, in the
coming months we will discuss as a guild where we would like to donate the quilt.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January Meeting Recap: Annual General Meeting and Leadership Elections

Our new leadership team for 2018:
Michele Krugh, President
Nikki Maroon, VP of Programs
Sandra Schott, VP of Membership
Barbara Cain, Treasurer
Zsofia Molgaard, Social Media

Thank you to the 2017 team:

We finished off our WIP challenge for 2017. In all, 35 projects were finished up. Cheryl had the most completed projects, Sharon had the oldest completed project from 1998, and the winner of the free admission to our sewing retreat was Aimee!

The Quilt Con quilt is bound and complete! It looks great and we're getting ready to mail it out.

We're working on the Inchies challenge quilt for the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival. If you took one of the block kits don't forget to complete your block by the next meeting.

Our next meeting will be February 4th 1-4pm at Assemble. Gail will be teaching about machine maintenance.

There are several upcoming local quilt shows.
Three Rivers 2018 Quilt Show
North Pittsburgh Quilters Guild

hohl challenge:

Show and Tell:

(If you don't see your quilts here please don't feel bad! I was having some issues with the lighting at our new meeting place and my camera and didn't get clear photos of the some of the quilts.)