The September meeting started out with a nice surprise. The nearby Whataburger, at the corner of Atlantic Boulevard and Penman Road, donated several trays of cinnamon buns to the guild for the members to enjoy during the meeting. The manager of Whataburger hoped to donate cinnamon buns and coffee to our guild at future meetings.
We welcomed new members Celeste Burns, Donna Rochino, Lisa Hamilton and MaryAnn Mings, who is actually a retuning member. April Spears was a first-time visitor to the group. We hope she joins us!
Margaret introduced members who brought in finished quilts as part of the UFO Challenge.
Melsenia showed a gorgeous quilt she began 3-4 years ago. The top was pieced entirely with striped fabric, which took a lot of skill to line up so beautifully. She placed faux ties through the top for additional interest.
Laura brought two finished UFO’s, a beautiful Box Trot quilt made with Asian themed fabrics, which she is donating to a charity at Marcia’s church
Laura’s second UFO quilt was an awesome quilt, begun with Pat Sloan veggie print fabric and finished with Tula Pink and lots of white fabric. Laura used two layers of batting in the quilt.
Stephanie Overbaugh’s completed UFO’s were a lovely rail fence coffee table runner and a fabulous pink and black triangle quilt which she is donating to the charity Ansley’s Angels.
She also brought in three finished pineapple blocks. The pineapple block ruler can be purchased from Sew Modern Chicky.
Leslie’s UFO was an exquisite aqua, red and pink quilt that incorporated chenille fabric. I think it inspired us all to try using chenille!
Margaret gave an update on the UFO program and reminded everyone we’ll be having the final drawing at the December meeting / Christmas party and one lucky UFO participant will win one half of the pot.. She reminded us that UFO’s can be anything bigger than a potholder.
The winner of the September monthly UFO drawing was Laura.
For Show & Tell, Adele showed us her amazing Toes in the Sand quilt.
Sara showed a very pretty teal strip quilt she created for a mini-swap. Marcia made a lovely modern log cabin quilt for the same swap.
We were in love with this amazing Bari J. multiple-technique quilt MaryAnn created out of Art Gallery Fabrics. Check out the pattern here: https://barijdesigns.com/pages/quilt-along
Pat showed us five gorgeous quilts she created. The first one, “Trees,” won a ribbon at Quiltcon!
She also showed us this MQG Block of the Month Quilt she made, which is a Dresden plate black and purple quilt made from batiks and a Hoffman stained glass print.
She also showed this fabulous metallic maze-design quilt.
This quilt is a beautiful interpretation of triangles.
Finally, look at this wonderful rainbow solids quilt she made from a Craftsy kit.
Pat is a prolific quilter and an inspiration to us all!
Our upcoming October retreat was expected to generate a good amount of revenue for future classes. We have a big name quilt instructor, Timna Tarr, coming to teach a class in 2020. Check out her beautiful quilts here: http://www.timnatarr.com
There was a great turnout at Quilt Fest and the guild made a lot of new contacts. Twenty people at Quilt Fest expressed interest in our October retreat.
Yvonne had retreat forms available for sign-ups. Eleven people have already signed up for all three days of the retreat and two additional people were planning to sign up.
Payment for the retreat can be made via cash, check, Square or PayPal. There is a link on the blog under the retreat heading. Workshops during the retreat will be held for a small additional charge plus the purchase of minimal supplies before the retreat.
At the retreat, Yvonne will be teaching a plastic bag zipper bag workshop (bring your own large candy bag, the rest of the supplies will be provided). She will also be teaching a mini tuffet class (bring your own fabric and four drawer knobs, the rest of the supplies will be provided).
We will be bringing in an outside teacher to the retreat to teach linocut printing onto fabric bags.
Everyone was instructed to bring 3 fat quarters to the retreat in order to participate in the “white elephant” fabric game. We had a blast playing the game at our July meeting / party.
Registration for the retreat will remain open until the October 21 meeting or until 40 people have signed up, whichever comes first.
Sew Modern Chicky will have a pop-up shop at the retreat on Friday and Saturday.
Members were reminded that the deadline to enter quilts into Quiltcon is November 30th. Sign ups for the Quiltcon mini-swap open on October 5th.
Also due by November 20th are the Michael Miller Mini Quilt Challenge and American Patchwork 2-Color Quilt Challenge.
Members were encouraged to check out the national Modern Quilt Guild’s recently re-designed website. It looks great!
Kate urged members to check out a Modern Memory Quilts webinar that will be live on the national MQG website on November 13th. The webinar can be viewed after that date, but not interactively.