April 6 meeting recap

We had a great April meeting and are pleased to welcome a new member, Denise McCulloch! Lora shared some great work and demonstrated the ruler quilting technique she used on this gorgeous quilt. IMG_1958


Almost everyone had some show and tell; we’ve been busy!

Coming up we have our first mini-retreat sew day on April 30 at the Downtown Branch of the Alachua County Public Library. Stay tuned for a post with all the details and directions coming very soon!

We decided that we will work on the charity quilt challenge for QuiltCon. The theme is “playing with scale”; we are going BIG! The color palette and all the details are on the MQG website linked to above. We’ll share ideas and examples of blown-up motifs at the May meeting. If you have fabrics in the palette, please bring them to the meeting.

First meeting of 2013- Challenge time!

I hope you enjoyed the holidays and were able to spend at least some time quilting! I was able to get a few things done myself. Now, it’s time to kick off the new year with some quilty fun!

Our first meeting of the new year is this Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 7pm at Milhopper Branch Library. I’ll be handing out some fabric (fat eighths) for our new challenge and I hope you can make it. The challenge theme is “Storybook.” We’ll all take some kind of storybook inspiration (anything you want) and create a quilt (any size) using Madrona Road by Violet Craft for Michael Miller fabric. The only other fabrics you can use in the quilt are solid colors and/or more Madrona Road fabric that you buy on your own. We will be working with the Ocean Palette of the fabric line but you can any fabrics from the line you want.

Here are a few online shops selling Madrona Road fabric:
Hawthorne Threads
Fresh-Squeezed Fabrics
Fabric Worm
Sew Mama Sew!

Here is the fabric we will be using:

Image provided by DC Modern Quilt Guild

Happy New Year!

July 6th meeting is tomorrow!

We will be meeting tomorrow- same place and time.  Click here for our page that contains all meeting info for details.

I will be handing out this gorgeous fabric and going over the challenge details.  I only have space for 20 participants so be sure to show up to reserve your spot! I will be cutting the fabric into fat eights tonight.

The fabric we will be using is from FreeSpirit’s Habitat line by Jay McCarroll. 
See you there! 

June meeting recap!

It was great seeing you all last night
If you couldn’t make it here is the recap….
-I talked a little about the online group for QuiltPatternTesters where you can sign up to test designers’ quilts.
-I’ll continue to keep everyone posted on the new challenge with FreeSpirit’s Habitat line of fabric.
– If you’re interested in submitting original quilt designs to magazines let me know which one and I can help you find the contact to send your idea to. 
-and show-n-tell of course…..

June 1st meeting!

I hope you are all ready for our June 1st meeting at the usual spot- Milhopper Library at 7:00pm. 
It’s my 28th birthday….and I’ll be there so I hope you will too!
 The agenda:
-Information on having your modern quilts featured in magazines
 -Information on a few different quilt retreats in central FL this Fall
– April 2011 mini quilt swap
– show-n-tell
Make sure you remember to bring your mini quilt from April to this meeting to swap with your partner.  
I will also be giving away one of my Lock Up quilt patterns and an issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks magazine to a two lucky members!
And…..I’ll share some news on our next sponsored quilt challenge!  Here’s a hint: Each participant (up to 20) will get to work with Jay McCarroll’s (for FreeSpirit) Habitat fabric line in this colorway…. 
Aren’t they gorgeous!??! I absolutely love this fabric.
p.s.- If you are looking for some quilty inspiration take a look at an eBook Quilter’s Home released called A Modern Quilting Primer that features 3 great modern quilts.