Tuesday, November 5, 2019

November Meeting Recap

We had a really great meeting in November! We covered the following in the business meeting:

QuiltCon 2020: Member pricing for workshops ends on November 30!


Registration for the next MQG Sessions opens on December 1st. The topic is handwork, and the location is Denver, CO.

MQG is celebrating their 10th anniversary!
They are having a virtual sew day on Saturday, November 9th. Use #mqgsewday to tag your social media posts.
MQG is also having a "Spend 10 days with MQG" event on Instagram and Facebook from November 4-13. Check out their social media for daily prompts to play along.

Our 2020 retreat is booked!
May 15-17, 2020
Martina Spiritual Retreat Center
Eventbrite sign up will open in spring 2020.

We are now taking nominations for 2020 leadership. You can nominate yourself or someone else at the December meeting or by emailing Pam: yopamm@yahoo.com. We are especially in need of a nomination for social media! If you're interested in that position or any other, reach out to a member of leadership and we can give you more details.

The programs survey for 2020 has been sent out. We've had a great response so far! Please respond if you haven't already done so.

A copy of the by laws with proposed changes will be sent to all members later in November. We will vote to accept the changes at the January 2020 meeting.

Amanda gave a cost breakdown for the Making Faces workshop. Our actual costs were $70 less than our projected costs, the workshop was a huge success!

Our current quarterly challenge is hand work! Use the hashtag #pghmqghandwork when posting your quilts. These quilts are due at the December 7th sew day. We will also be drawing the 2019 quarterly challenges raffle winner that day and announcing the first challenge for 2020!

Our next meeting is an all day sew day from 9am-9pm on Saturday, December 7th. We will be assembling the QuiltCon charity quilt top, if you're interested in helping with that please bring a neutral grey thread and your sewing machine. We will have a brief business meeting at 1pm.
Bring your own projects to work on and a snack to share! Guild will provide meatball and veggie meatball subs for dinner. An evite will go out to all members soon, please RSVP and let us know if you're planning to stay for dinner!
NOTE: There is a location change for the sew day! We are meeting in the Holy Spirit Lyceum. It is across the street from Holy Spirit church. You can use the address: 110 North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA in your GPS to find the building. It's a small brick building with red doors.
Don't forget to bring your mug rug to swap with your partner! Use the hashtag #pghmqgMugRug when posting online!

Show and Tell:

Gerry brought some faces quilts that she created:

 Amanda showed us her completed face from the Making Faces with Melissa Averinos workshop:
 And Amanda finished her hand applique Carolyn Friedlander quilt:
 Courtney showed us her newest pattern, which she was inspired to create from our Drunkard's Path challenge earlier this year:
 Our newest member, Ricki, showed a Pittsburgh quilt that she designed herself!
 Missy had two quilts to show, one is a Christmas quilt and the other has machine appliqued leaves:


After show and tell we had a presentation from Nikki about quilt shows. She talked about why one may want to enter shows, what quilts to consider entering, how to enter a show, how to prepare a quilt once it has been accepted into a show, and what judging is like. We ended with Nikki sharing her judging sheets from several different shows and then we saw the quilts and talked a little bit about the judges' comments. One of our former members and good friends, Stacy Koehler, gave us this great handout for what judges are looking for in a quilt.

We hope to see you at the December sew day! A few things to remember:
-Slight location change, we are meeting in the Holy Spirit Lyceum
-Bring neutral grey thread if you'd like to help piece the QuiltCon charity quilt
-Bring your completed Handwork challenge quilt
-Bring your mug rug to swap with your partner
-Bring a snack to share and RSVP to the coming evite with whether you'll be staying for dinner!

Monday, October 14, 2019

October Meeting Recap

At our October meeting we started off with a few important announcements.

  QuiltCon 2020
 -Member priced registration for workshops closes on November 30th.
 - Quilt submissions close on November 30th.

 We are working on our QuiltCon charity quilt. At the meeting members picked up fabric pack to make blocks for the charity quilt. Completed blocks can be dropped off at the November meeting or at the December sew day. We will assemble the quilt top at the December sew day! If you have questions or need help with the blocks please let us know.

  Our Making Faces Workshop  was a big success. Our members learned a new technique and created some fun faces.










  2020 Leadership Nominations
  Nominations can be made at the October, November and December meetings. Elections are held at the January meeting. Check your email for position details and responsibilities. Nominations can be submitted to Pam Morris via email.


We will send out a program survey for 2020. Stay tuned for more info.

Show and Tell 







We had a great workshop on handwork. Our fabulous presenters were: Julie, Amanda and B.

EPP (English Paper Piecing) by Julie: we learned how to glue baste, what kind of needle and thread to use while sewing. And Julie gave us tips on how to hold shapes together for best stitching.



Needle turn applique by Amanda: she explained the basic technique of needle turn applique. Showed us her work. Recommended needles and super fine thread to work with.




Hand embroidery by B. B taught us basic stitches and how to make a French knot. We worked with wool pieces and different colored embroidery thread.




Great workshop to support our last guild quilt challenge for the year: Handwork . Create a quilt using some kind of hand work, due by the December meeting. Hand stitched binding doesn't count! Participants will receive a ticket for our prize drawing. The prize is a spot at our May 2020 retreat.

Our next meeting is Sunday, November 3rd 1pm-4pm. We will meet in Millvale at the Holy Spirit Cafeteria.
Topic will be: Applying to a quilt show and prepping quilts for a quilt show.

We hope to see you there.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Tutorial for QuiltCon 2020 Charity Quilt Blocks

We are really excited to create another charity quilt for QuiltCon! Please use the following tutorial to aid you in piecing your block(s).
Finished blocks can be turned in at the meeting on November 3 or the December sew day on December 7. We are assembling the quilt top at the sew day. If you can not attend the November or December dates, please mail your blocks to B:
B Cain
PO Box 1115
Wexford, PA 15090

General notes:
  • Patterns were drafted for traditional piecing. If you are a confident English paper piecer or foundation paper piecer, feel free to use one of those methods. Remember to reverse the pattern for either of these methods!
  • Piece blocks in numeric order. Some blocks must be pieced in alpha numeric order and then those pieced sections are joined together.
  • If you find yourself short on fabric or in over your head, don't stress! Bring what you have completed to the sew day and we will sort it out!
  • Please return any scraps that are 3" square or larger.
  • If you believe there is an error with your pattern, please contact B: 412-551-9590
Below you will find instructions for piecing a block with curves and a block with straight piecing.

Blocks with straight seams:
Gather your fabric and pattern.

Carefully cut apart the pattern pieces. Put aside the block label, finished block diagram, and instructions.

Lay out all light pieces on the light fabric and dark pieces on the dark fabric before cutting to ensure you don't run out of fabric! Remember that all pieces need a 1/4" seam allowance added on, so pieces must be spaced at least 1/2" apart. Pattern pieces should be RIGHT SIDE UP on top of fabric, which is also RIGHT SIDE UP.

Use a loop of tape to secure the paper pattern pieces in place on the fabric.

Cut around all pattern pieces, ADDING A 1/4" ON ALL SIDES. 

Piece the block together following the numerical order of the pieces (i.e. begin by piecing #1 to #2, next add piece #3, etc.). Some blocks must be pieced in alpha numeric order (i.e. piece the A section in numeric order, piece the B section in numeric order, etc. Then the pieced A and B sections can be joined together).
When piecing, fabrics should be placed right sides together. Remove the pattern pieces as you go so that you remember which is the right side!

Press seams towards the dark fabric as you go. This is very important and will help us when piecing the whole top together!
Check that your block is 6 1/2" square and looks like the finished diagram.

Stay stitch around the block approximately 1/8" from the raw edges.
Pin the block label to the block.


Blocks with curved seams:
Gather your fabric and pattern.

Carefully cut apart the pattern pieces. Put aside the block label, finished block diagram, and instructions.

Lay out all light pieces on the light fabric and dark pieces on the dark fabric. Remember that all pieces need a 1/4" seam allowance added on, so pieces must be spaced at least 1/2" apart. Pattern pieces should be RIGHT SIDE UP on top of fabric, which is also RIGHT SIDE UP.

Use a loop of tape to secure the paper pattern pieces in place on the fabric.

Cut around all pattern pieces, ADDING A 1/4" ON ALL SIDES.

Piece the block together following the numerical order of the pieces (i.e. begin by piecing #1 to #2, next add piece #3, etc.). Some blocks must be pieced in alpha numeric order (i.e. piece the A section in numeric order, piece the B section in numeric order, etc. Then the pieced A and B sections can be joined together).
When piecing, fabrics should be placed right sides together. Remove the pattern pieces as you go so that you remember which is the right side!

Press seams towards the dark fabric as you go. This is very important and will help us when piecing the whole top together!
Clip curves as needed.

Check that your block is 6 1/2" square and looks like the finished diagram.

Stay stitch around the block approximately 1/8" from the raw edges.
Pin the block label to the block.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Fall Workshop - Making Faces with Melissa Averinos

We have a really fun fall workshop scheduled with Melissa Averinos!

We will kick off with a presentation by Melissa:
Date: Friday, September 27th
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Location: St. John of Cumberland, 311 Cumberland Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
The presentation is free and open to the public!

On Saturday Melissa will lead an all-day workshop to teach us her Making Faces technique.
Date: Saturday, September 28th
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Location: St. John of Cumberland, 311 Cumberland Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Sign up here!

making faces image 2018.jpg

We hope to see you at these events! Please remember to pay your 2019/2020 dues if you register for the workshop with member pricing.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

September Meeting Recap


Our September meeting topic was: Copyright in the quilting world 
Presented by Ryan Miller / The Webb Law Firm

We had a very informative discussion on how to protect our work and intellectual properties. There were lots of great questions from members.  

Announcements:
Sign up is still open for our Fall workshop:

North Pittsburgh Guild will host a Workshop on Wednesday, October 2nd 9am-3pm at the St. John's Lutheran Church (Cumberland Rd) 
Cory Pepper - Two blocks are better than one
To register, contact:
Stacy Koehler: skoequilt@aol.com
Kelly Gascoine : kellygascoine@gmail.com

Our quilt exhibits are displayed at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.
-Pop Art
-Collection of members quilts

QuiltCon 2020
will be held in Austin, TX  / February 20-23
Featured quilter is Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Show entries close on November 30th.
there are 2 challenge categories:
- Stripe challenge / sponsored by American Patchwork and Quilting
- Indah Batik Me+You Challenge
See full details on the MQG website under Challenges section.

Guild Challenge quilt information:
Block packets will be available at the October meeting. Blocks will be sewn together to create the quilt and top at the December sew day on Saturday December 7th.

Our 2020 Retreat is booked!

Our wholecloth challenge quilts were due at the September meeting. 














Our last challenge for the year was announced at the meeting: Handwork!
Create a quilt using predominantly hand work
-EPP
-Hand piecing
-Hand applique
-Hand embroidery

Have Fun!
Quilts are due at the December 7th meeting. Retreat raffle will also occur at the Dec. meeting.

Show and Tell












Our next meeting date is Sunday, October 6th. Our topic will be hand work. We will have a Hand work round robin featuring: EPP, hand applique and hand embroidery presented by Julie, Amanda, and B.

We hope to see you there!
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