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.

GMQ meeting April 6

sachikoHi everyone,

GMQ will meet on Wednesday, April 6, from 7:00 to 8:00 at the Millhopper Library. We have a really fun meeting planned! Lora and Vanessa will be demonstrating some hand stitching techniques–big stitch quilting and sachiko. If you’d like to practice some of the skills, bring some scrap fabric, needle and thread, or a small project to hand quilt.

And don’t forget to bring your projects for show and tell!

English Paper Piecing Workshop!

This week for our April meeting our very own Treasurer, Lora, is going to offer an english paper piecing workshop! Please remember that we will meet this Wednesday, April 2nd in the Teen Area of the Milhopper Library in Gainesville, FL. Next month, (after tax season is over) we will be back to our regular Meeting Room A! Yay!

Brigit, our new VP will be running the meeting since Vanessa is out of town for work this week. As usual remember to bring your current modern quilting projects for show-n-tell.

And now… back to our workshop! As you already know Lora creates some fabulous works of art and is very meticulous with her craft. Come learn from the best! The workshop is FREE and we hope you will come out and join us for quilty fun!

English paper piecing on Pinterest. 

Supply list YOU need to bring for the workshop:

• Fabric (a fat quarter or scraps will work)
• Hand sewing needle
• Thread

Lora will bring everything else including: 

• Die cutting machine to cut the fabric
• Paper pieces
• Wonder clips
Check out more of Lora’s work at her blog: Dragonfly Quiltworks.
See you Wednesday!

Free Motion Quilting Workshop this week

I know the holidays are right around the corner but we really hope you will make it out to this week’s meeting where our very own, Melissa, will be teaching a Free Motion quilting workshop! Thanks, Melissa!!

The meeting will be as usual- Wed. Dec. 7th, Milhopper Library: Meeting Room A at 7:00pm.  

You asked for a workshop so here it is! FREE MOTION QUILTING WORKSHOP

Please come prepared and ready to start at 7:00pm so we can jump right into quilting!

Melissa says to bring:

– an adventurous spirit!

– your sewing machine AND an extension cord to make sure everyone has access to a wall outlet.

–  FMQ(free motion quilting) foot (and sewing machine manual- in case you need it!)
   This means you should look through your collection of presser feet and look for something that looks like the feet below.  They can be called free motion quilting, open toe, stippling or darning foot. 

– thread with a contrasting color, the contrast helps to see when your tension is incorrect.

– a new 90/14 or 100/16 needle for your machine- universal is fine.

– a full bobbin

– THREE 12″ x 12″ quilt sandwiches (Top, batting and backing)- we suggest that one of the fabrics on each sandwich be solid and the other can be busy/patterned so you can see the difference in each.  The solid fabric will show EVERYTHING in your quilting- good and bad.  The busy or patterned fabric will blend mistakes better.

– the batting: I don’t recommend really fluffy polyester batting for this workshop.  You want to be able to move your sandwich evenly and the flatter it lays the better- go with 100% cotton or a cotton/poly blend.

-Your quilt sandwiches should be basted together whether: by hand, using a basting spray or run some lines of basting (long) stitches with the machine on it.

I won’t be able to make it to the workshop because I’ll be in Boston for work but I will see you all in the new year! Hope you all have a blast and someone please take pictures!!

Happy Quilting!

Guest Speaker & Trunk Show!

I have some great news to announce about October’s meeting!
We are so happy and excited to host our first official guest speaker!
Ruthie Miller, long-time traditional and art quilter, will be at our next meeting, October 5th.  Ruthie is fun and very creative! She will present a “Don’t be afraid of color” lecture and a trunk show.  There will also be a Q&A session at the end.
She has been quilting since the early 1990s and also designs patterns.  She is currently working at The Fabric Art Shop in Lake City.   
Ruthie is very excited to come to our meeting and share her love of color and quilting. We are more than welcome to have her present to Gainesville Modern Quilters!
Here are some of her gorgeous quilts!
So…. mark your calendars! You don’t want to miss this event!
October 2011: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 @ 7:00pm
Location: Alachua County Library District – Milhopper: Meeting Room A          
A HUGE thanks to Susan for arranging this event!  
                    THANK YOU!!