Monday, May 13, 2019

May Sew Day and Meeting Recap

May Sew Day and Meeting Recap

We had a really fun May Sew Day on Saturday May 4th. 20 members came and set up their machines, shared food and laughter. Fun way to get to know each other.

We only stopped for a short Guild Meeting. Nikki had several announcements during meeting:

- The Sew Teach Me program at Quilter's Depot is still accepting applications for mentors! They are also accepting donations of fabrics (3/4 yard and larger) and notions. Cynthia is the contact person if you bring donations to the guild meetings.

- Riley Blake Challenges are due by May 31st! Submit your entry on the MQG website under Challenges.

- The MQG is looking for entries for the International Quilt Festival MQG Showcase
Deadline to enter is June 22nd.
Read more here:

- Our Exhibit at the Mt Lebanon library is fast approaching! If you would like to exhibit your POP ART challenge quilt, please bring them to the June 2nd meeting. The exhibit will run the month of July.

- PNQE has offered us space for an exhibit again this year! An email went out with instructions on how to enter. Let us know if you didn't receive an email. Each member can enter up to 3 quilt.
You can also enter your POP ART challenge quilt (which doesn't count as one of the 3 entries).
Entries are due by June 2nd.

-Three Rivers Quilt Show was this past weekend,  May 9-11 at Meadows Racetrack.

-Quilt Co East show entries are open till May 17th. They must be mailed in, so print your photos and fill out the entry form soon! Show dates: July 11-13 in Monroeville

Our Spring Workshop is on Saturday, May 18th 10am-2pm at Workshop.
Register online at:

- 2020 retreat is booked! it will be held May15-17 at Martina Spiritual Retreat Center.

Amanda presented our annual financial report.

Nikki also put out a call for 3-4 members to form a committee and review and update by-laws.

Show and Tell

We were all busy working on different projects during Sew Day.

Our next meeting is June 2nd. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

April 2019 Meeting Recap

Our April meeting was all about specialty rulers! 9 members brought different specialty rulers to demo for the guild, from curves to special squaring up rulers and more. A special thank you to Mim, B, Vivian, Missy, Cheralee, Cynthia, Karen, Courtney, and Nikki for demoing rulers for the guild.

Quilter's Depot is still accepting applications for mentors for their Sew Teach Me program, which provides free sewing lessons to kids ages 8-18. They will also take donations of notions and fabric (3/4 yard or larger). You can bring donations to a guild meeting and Cynthia will take the donations to Quilter's Depot.

The Riley Blake Challenge has begun! Fabric bundles were passed out to those who signed up. You can still participate if you missed out on the bundles! More details on the MQG website here.

The Modern Quilt Guild is looking for entries for the International Quilt Festival exhibit. You can find more details and sign up here.

The Mancuso show, the Pennyslvania National Quilt Extravaganza, has once again asked the Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild to exhibit our members' work! An email will go out this week with details regarding how to submit your work. We will have one exhibit of the POP Art challenge quilts and another exhibit of various member quilts.

We are exhibiting our POP Art minis at the Mt Lebanon library for the month of July. Please bring your mini to the May or June meeting, Nikki will collect them and store them until they are hung. All minis must have hanging sleeves sewn to the back. Here is a tutorial on how to create a hanging sleeve.

Our spring workshop is Saturday, May 18th. An email and blog post went up with more information. WorkshopPgh is graciously hosting the workshop for us, and all sign up is through their site. Use this link for sign up!

Our May meeting is an all day sew day on May 4th from 9am-9pm in our normal meeting space in the Holy Spirit cafeteria. An e-vite will go out shortly.

Our 2020 retreat is book for May 15th-17th at the Martina Spiritual Retreat Center!

Don't forget about our current challenge to make a modern quilt (any size, any colors, any fabrics!) with the Drunkard's Path block as inspiration. Challenge quilts are due at the June 2 meeting. Use the hashtag #pghmqgmodernpath so we can follow your work!

Show and Tell!

Vivian showed us a fun technique she learned:
 Diana made this huge quilt one small block at a time on her embroidery machine:
 Cynthia is already done with the top for her Riley Blake challenge:
 Mim made silverware holders for her grandkids for Easter:
 Karen showed the top she was working on at retreat:
 Nikki made this top at retreat, too:
 Cheralee showed samples from a class she took at QuiltCon:
 Cheralee showed us our quilt for the Tree of Life shooting first responders, and Courtney offered to take the quilt home to hand bind!
We hope to see you all at the May sew day!

2019 Spring Workshop Sign Up

Sign up is open for the spring workshop

Join fellow Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild members at WorkshopPgh to make barn quilts!

Date: Saturday, May 18th
Time: 10am - 2pm
Location: WorkshopPgh: 5135 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh 15224

We are making 2' x 2' wooden barn quilts, which can be hung inside or out.

Sign up on the WorkshopPgh website using this direct link.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Drunkard's Path Challenge

At the end of our March meeting we announced the next challenge, to create a quilt using the Drunkard's Path block as inspiration. There is no restriction on size, colors, design, etc! For more information regarding the challenge, including some quilty inspiration, check out this file.

These challenge quilts are due at our meeting on Sunday, June 2nd.

Remember that each challenge quilt you complete this year will earn you a chance to win a free spot at our retreat in 2020!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

March Meeting Recap

We had a very exciting meeting in March. Sandy and Sally had a great presentation on Getting Started in Modern Quilting. Before the presentation each member placed themselves on the continuum line to see how modern we each think we are:

 During the presentation we talked about what makes a quilt modern: asymmetric design, increased negative space, improvisational piecing, minimalist design, alternate grid, bright colors, just to name a few techniques. Sandy included many quilt photos from QuiltCon in her presentation to show a wide variety of interpretation in different categories.
After the presentation Nikki announced our new quarterly challenge: use the Drunkard's path block to make a modern quilt. There are no restrictions on size or fabric but the inspiration is the Drunkard's path block. Have fun with it. If you post on social media make sure to use #pghmqg and #pghmqgmodernpath hashtag so we can follow along. We will have another blog post with tips for sewing curves, check back soon!

- Karen updated us on our Tree of Life First Responder quilt. The top is complete we have batting,  backing and binding to finish the quilt. Quilt presentation is pushed back to mid summer.

- Members are encouraged to visit the MQG website. There are lot of resources and webinars and patterns for free (it is included in your membership fee) . You can also connect with other modern quilters from around the world. Or just check us out on Instagram  @PGHMQG

-Our POP ART INSPIRATION mini quilts were due by the March meeting. If you completed your quilt and showed it at the meeting you received a raffle ticket for our end of the year drawing! If you missed the meeting or did not finish your mini there is still time to do so. These minis will be included in the Mt Lebanon Library Exhibit this summer and PGHMQG Exhibit at the Pennsylvania Quilt Extravaganza in September. Great opportunities to have your work displayed!

Show and Tell

- Good news: Our MEMBERS ONLY over night retreat is full! There are still tickets for all you can sew days with food, no overnight. If you are a member of the PghMQG and you did not receive an invite to the retreat, please contact leadership:

Our next meeting is on April 14th in Millvale. Please note the meeting date! We are meeting on the 2nd Sunday of April because our retreat falls on the first Sunday. Our meeting topic will be all about rulers. If you have a ruler that you love and would like to share with the guild during the meeting, please contact Courtney:  We hope to see you there!