July Meeting Highlights

We had a great time at  the July meeting with 8 members and 1 visitor attending. Click here to read the meeting minutes.

photo 1Members showed their creative skills with July BOM’s. From flying geese, flower baskets, log cabin, nine patch, courthouse steps, attic window, and HSTs, they all have gone modern. Janette won the blocks this month. Can’t wait to see what you do with them, Janette. Robin forgot her blocks at the table at home (opps) but lucky for Janette, she ran into her after the meeting and gave her her block . I am sharing a picture of Robin’s two blocks below.

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In an effort to get our swaps and challenges started as an official guild, we decided at the meeting to do a mug rug swap for the August meeting. Here are the details for the swap.  Also remember that we are still looking to see if one our member is interested in heading the swaps and challenges committee. Don’t be shy! If you have an idea for a challenge or a swap, bring it to the table.

As usual, our members wowed us with their show and tell.

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Val’s wonderful K. Fassett quilt top.
Angie's quilts.
Angie’s quilts.
Billie's quilts.
Billie’s quilts.
Robin
Robin’s quilts.

Please remember that due to meeting room availability, our August meeting will be held on August 30th instead of our regular fourth Saturday.

August’s BOM has been posted here.

See you all next month!

 

 

 

August Block of the Month: Wonky Stars!

wonky stars
Credits Below

Let’s get our wonky on for August’s BOM. Stars are traditional quilt blocks; we are going to liberate them by making them wonky!

We will be following Melissa Corry’s tutorial for making a 12.5” wonky star block.

And take a look at what Cath Hall did for the center of her wonky stars.

Feel free to play with the block and make it yours!

Fabric Requirements: Red and aqua. Fabric choices must be either solid (any shade of  reds and aqua) or tonals that “read” as red and aqua.  No high contrast fabrics.

Image is from Color Me Married; Bridal Buds.
Image is from Color Me Married; Bridal Buds.

PSSST!  Don’t forget to make an extra block for our charity quilt project!  You can make a duplicate  of your first block or you can design a new block!  The choice is yours!

Basics for Block of the Month program:

SOLID FABRICS:  We will be focusing on using solid fabrics because solid fabrics are one of the most common features found in modern quilting.   Tonal fabrics that “read” as a solid color can also be used in place of solid fabrics.

GIVE AND GET:  Members who bring in a block will be given a ticket.  A lottery will be drawn to determine the winner who takes home all of the blocks.  One ticket per block.

FAIR SHAKE:  Please use fabric that you LIKE (or LOVE) for blocks you will be putting in to the lottery.   Please do not use the BOM lottery as a way to get rid of “uglies” and “red-headed-stepchildren” fabric that you do not like.

MODERN DESIGN:  We will be using the BOM program and lottery to learn about the modern quilting design ideas embraced by The Modern Quilt Guild.  These design ideas include improvisational piecing; slash, slice, and dice; “wonky” lines; negative space; and a handful of other techniques.

Collage credits: 1-Hilltop House Creative Work 2-Magic Valley MQG 3-Jake Finch Wonky Star 4-Leigh Laurel studios 5-She can quilt 6-Hermione J. Schwartz 7-The MQG 8-Cabbage Quilts

Color Photo credit: Color me Married

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August Mug Rug Swap

SwapAs discussed in our July meeting, we will be swapping mug rugs in August. Rev up your creative engines and let’s challenge ourselves to make the best mug rug we ever made! Here are some rules (don’t worry, very few:))

Size:

Length is anywhere between 6 and 10 inches and width is anywhere between 4 and 8 inches. Don’t worry, no one is going to measure your mug rug, this is just a guideline.

Shape:

Your mug can be rectangle, square, circle, hexagon or anything else your creative imagination comes up with.

Fabrics:

Since this is our first swap as an official modern guild guild, let’s stick with modern fabrics. Withing the modern category, anything goes!

Design:

Anything goes here. Looking for inspiration?

Check out these images/blogs:

Modern Mug Rugs on Google Images

Finish:

The swap is for a quilted (three layers: top, batting, backing) and finished mug rug.

Swap:

You bring a mug rug to the August meeting, you leave with a mug rug. It’s as simple as that.

Most important:

Have fun!

Our August meeting is on August 30th. See you and your mug rugs then.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A call for modern quilts!

Insta-quilter cartoonHello guild members (and visitors)!

As some of you may know, our guild was invited to present modern quilting to Coastal Quilters Guild on August 7th. Robin, Angie and Candi have been working on putting together a presentation and we need your help! If you have a quilt, quilt top or blocks that show the essence of modern quilting, please consider bringing them to the meeting this Saturday so we can use them for showing off modern quilting. Think wonky, asymmetrical, minimalist, quilts that show lots of negative space or use bold colors. They don’t need to show every aspect of modern quilting, but we want quilts that are modern since this is what we are presenting. If you are unsure, bring them anyway and we’ll discuss them during the meeting.

If you do bring us quilts/tops/blocks to borrow (and I hope you do), please attach a paper  to the back with your name and number to make sure we get the right quilts to the right people.

Also remember our July BOM ; make two blocks if you can. One for the block lotto, and one for a charity quilt.

We will be discussing organization. What? Yes! Fabrics, patterns, books, rulers, threads, we know you have them and we know you are so organized:) Come armed with ideas and examples (if you dare) and lets give each other ideas for hiding organizing our fabrics.

See you all on Saturday at 1030 am at the South Mandarin Library.

 

 

July Meeting Reminder

Just a friendly reminder that we’ll be meeting Saturday, July 26th beginning at 10:30 am at the South Mandarin Branch Library.  We’ll be in the conference room on the left as you enter the library.

Don’t forget to bring your July Block of the Month!  Please remember to make one block for our block lotto, and an extra one for our charity quilt project.

We also have the room reserved for a bit of sewing immediately following our meeting, so don’t forget your sewing machines!  Feel free to bring your WIPs and UFOs  for some sewing fun with fellow JMQG friends!

We’ll see you Saturday!!!

July Block of the Month: Modern Retro

This month, we want you to flex your creative muscles.  The rules are simple — choose a traditional block of your choice and modernize it!  Using the tenets of modern quilting and your imagination, transform your traditional block into a modern masterpiece ! Cut it, make it wonky, re-size it, applique it,  use a minimalist design.  How you choose to re-design your block is up to you.   Above all, have fun with the process!

July BOM Examples

Block size:  12.5″ unfinished.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTSThis month’s block will be using 3 colors: yellow and black with a grey solid accent fabric. Remember, fabric choices must be either solid (any shade of yellow, black or gray) or tonals that “read” as red.  No high contrast fabrics.

PSSST!  Don’t forget to make an extra block for our charity quilt project!  You can make a duplicate  of your first block or you can design a new block!  The choice is yours!

BASICS  FOR BLOCK OF THE MONTH PROGRAM:

SOLID FABRICS:  We will be focusing on using solid fabrics because solid fabrics are one of the most common features found in modern quilting.   Tonal fabrics that “read” as a solid color can also be used in place of solid fabrics.

GIVE AND GET:  Members who bring in a block will be given a ticket.  A lottery will be drawn to determine the winner who takes home all of the blocks.  One ticket per block.

FAIR SHAKE:  Please use fabric that you LIKE (or LOVE) for blocks you will be putting in to the lottery.   Please do not use the BOM lottery as a way to get rid of “uglies” and “red-headed-stepchildren” fabric that you do not like.

MODERN DESIGN:  We will be using the BOM program and lottery to learn about the modern quilting design ideas embraced by The Modern Quilt Guild.  These design ideas include improvisational piecing; slash, slice, and dice; “wonky” lines; negative space; and a handful of other techniques.

Photo Credits:  Log Cabin; Rail Fence; Snowball; North Bay MQG BOM Series; Drunkard’s Path; Churn Dash; Mod Oval; Liberated String Quilt; Mod Circles; Flying Geese; Block-A-DayImprov Nine Patch.