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!




















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- 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: pittsburghmqg@gmail.com.

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: pghmqg.programs@gmail.com.  We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

March Meeting

Join us this Sunday, March 3rd from 1pm-4pm for our monthly meeting! Sandy and Sally are presenting on How to Get Started in Modern Quilting.

The POP Art challenge quilts are also due at this meeting. Your challenge quilt must be completed and bound to earn a ticket for the raffle at the end of the year.

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Our meeting is at:
  Holy Spirit Parish
608 Farragut StPittsburgh, PA 15209 
To get to our meeting space in the cafeteria, please enter through the glass doors at the lower entrance to the building. The street out front serves as a free parking lot.


We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

  February Meeting Recap

 We had a great turn out on our February meeting. We welcomed 3 new members, bringing the PghMQG to 57 members!

Nikki had a great presentation about quilt blocking. She explained that during the quilting process a quilt may become slightly wonky, and the process of blocking will return the quilt to the perfect square shape and it will lay flat / hand beautifully.

Our members turned in their blocks for the Quilts for the Tree of Light Synagogue & First Responders Quilt. Cheralee, Karen and Laurie are coordinating a sew day to put the quilt together. Their goal is to have the top pieced before QuiltCon. You can email leaadership if you're interested in helping, and we will put you in touch with them.

The Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival is in Green Tree, PA this year. They will showcase the 2018 QuiltCon traveling exhibit and Cherrywood fabric Prince exhibit. Show dates are: March 15-17.

Our Inspiration Challenge with POP ART is due by the March meeting. Make sure you have a label with your information on the back and please add a "D-sleeve" hanging sleeve too. Here's a great tutorial for creating a d-sleeve. The mini quilts will be displayed at the Mt. Lebanon library in the summer and at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in September 2019.

We are discontinuing the UFO challenge and replacing it with something new! We would like to encourage members to try new things and step outside of their comfort zones, so we are planning quarterly challenges with varying themes. If you bring your completed challenge quilt to a meeting by the deadline, you'll be entered in a drawing at the end of the year. This year we've decided to raffle off a free entry at our 2020 retreat! The POP ART challenge will be your first opportunity to enter the raffle.

Spring Retreat registration is open to members only. We have limited spaces so make sure you register early! Registration is now open. Contact leadership if you didn't receive an Eventbrite email with the link to register.


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Our next meeting is on March 3rd, and the topic is Getting Started in Modern Quilting. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

February Meeting

Join us Sunday, February 3rd, from 1-4pm for our monthly meeting. Nikki will be talking about why and how to block a quilt!


Our meeting is at:
  
Holy Spirit Parish
608 Farragut St
Pittsburgh, PA 15209
 

To get to our meeting space in the cafeteria, please enter through the glass doors at the lower entrance to the building. The street out front serves as a free parking lot!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

January 2019 Meeting Recap

January Meeting Recap


We elected a new leadership team for 2019:

 Nikki Maroon - President
 Courtney Reed - VP of Programs
 Sandra Schott - VP of  Membership
 Amanda Hancock - Treasurer
 Zsofia Molgaard - Social Media

Thank you to Michele Krugh for her hard work as President and to Barbara Cain for her hard work as treasurer this past year.

Our QuiltCon charity quilt bound and complete. Thanks to all who made blocks, helped with assembly, and a big shout out to Nikki for the quilting and Amanda for binding the quilt and preparing it to hang at QuiltCon!



Our guild is working on a quilt for the Tree of Life First Responders. Members are asked to make 6" square (finished) string blocks using yellow, blue, and green with a white stripe in the middle. Blocks are due at the February meeting. Cheralee, Karen and Laurie are in charge of the project.


The Westmoreland Museum of Arts in Greensburg is currently presenting the nationally- touring exhibition : Circular Abstractions: Bull's Eye Quilts
 https://thewestmoreland.org/exhibitions/circular-abstractions/
It's a really great exhibit, and the museum has free admission. It's worth the drive!

The Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival is held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Green Tree. Show date March 15-17. Members get a coupon code for $5 off if you buy your ticket in advance.

The design inspiration quilt challenge is due in March 2019. The color palette is yellow, blue, red, black, white and gray for these minis, and the inspiration is pop art. The quilts must be 24"tall x no more than 48" wide. The mini quilts will be displayed at the Mt. Lebanon Library in the summer of 2019 and at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in September 2019.

The winner of the 2018 UFO challenge raffle is Courtney! Congratulations!!

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Mark your calendars for our retreat, Friday-Sunday, April 5-7 at the Martina Spiritual Retreat Center. More info coming soon.

We hope to see you at our next meeting on February 3rd. The meeting topic will be blocking a quilt.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

January Meeting

Join us Sunday, January 6th from 1-4pm for our first meeting of the year! 

We'll be holding leadership elections and discussing what to we want to do for the year.

We will also have a prize drawing for the UFO 2018 Finish Along!
 
Our meeting will be at:
 
Holy Spirit Parish
608 Farragut St
Pittsburgh, PA 15209


To get to our meeting room, please enter through the glass doors at the lower entrance to the building. The street out front serves as a free parking lot!