Wednesday, May 10, 2017

April Gathering

First, a thank you to Gail for her lovely write-up of our meeting in the guild minutes. If you have already read it, you can skim through this post for a couple of additional photos but if you haven't please check out the guild minutes and guild pictures.  

Second, thanks to Susan for taking photos because a certain someone (ahem) forgot her phone. Luckily we had these two lovely ladies to help out in a crunch. 

So, we had a cozy April meeting. While some of our members were away at a quilt retreat, the rest of us decided to mix things up a little bit.

We enjoyed an impromptu tutorial on how to use Instagram by Brenda. Thanks Brenda! She helped us work out the kinks in our use and also reminded us to follow #scmqg  on Instagram. We see a future for more technology based tutorials in the future.

This group also went over some ideas and rules for a possible tag sale, ideas to connect to other guilds in the area and the need to build a list of quilt guilds, shows, and challenges in CT. It would be great to connect with others in the state and be aware of all the opportunities around Connecticut.

Show and tell began with a first...first quilt that is. Parthena brought her first quilt and shared the story behind it. All our quilts tell a story and show our progress and process in quilting.  We want to showcase the stories of the quilters in our guild so stay tuned for a questionnaire about your own personal foray into quilting.

 Christine shared her blocks made out of mattress ticking and Cherrywood Fabrics.

Suzanne's baby quilt for a baby girl dazzled us with its flowers.

 To love or not to love a mini-quilt was the question. Suzanne decided to love hers by transforming it into a functional bag.

 Maybeth used Marcia Derse Fabrics to construct these applique circles.

She was also inspired by one of Brenda's quilts to make a quilt with words. "Make do", "Use up", and "Recycle" made it into this improv quilt.

Susan's quilts would go here. Since she was taking pictures, she didn't send pics of her quilts but they can be found in the minutes! This is the year she plans to tackle all her UFOs.

 The colors in this quilt motivated Barbara to create a double disappearing nine patch block which coincidentally is the biggest quilt she has ever made.

 The math quilt hanging comes along with some echo quilting. 

 Lois models her colorful, quilty jacket for us. 

 She demonstrates the thread art on the back of her garden quilt. 

 Here she reveals her ornate flower garden with fluttering bees and birds. 

 Brenda displays a gift for a friend's baby. 

 These blocks demonstrate a joint venture into improv between Brenda and her mom.

 Parthena decided to try her hand at a mini quilt challenge. 

 She also brought in bags and pillow cases she has been working on for her nieces and nephews.

 Parthena also constructed this signature quilt for her godson's first birthday. 

Our last presenter, Gail, modeled her knit brain hat. It was a gift for her son who was participating in the March for Science.

Fun times with more to be had. Tomorrow, May 11th, a few of us are heading into New York for a tour of favorite fabric spots with Brenda. Everyone is welcome.

Also, don't forget our meeting this Saturday, May 13th at the Weston Public Library. As always looking forward to seeing all of you then.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Bye,Bye 2016! Hello 2017!

In December, we celebrated another great year. Looking back over the blog, one can see that this group has created 90+ quilts and projects in this year alone. Of course, these are just the projects brought to our meetings. 

These meetings afford us inspiration and a deep appreciation for the unique skills and talents of this group. This year we have been inundated with a plethora of sewing goodness from handbags to a wide variety of quilt styles and techniques to even a rabbit! Per usual, the year ended with  a great show and tell.

A quilt in honor of Michelle for three years of leadership- a tribute to her love of bags

Jeremy's quilt inspired by a paint lid painting

Brenda's Old MacDonald's book for her  kids

Peek-a-boo with Maybeth?  NICU quilt

Visit from Mary Ana with her NY based quilt

N.Y. inspired fabric

Lori's Freewheeling Quilt

Lori's interpretation of Victoria Findley Wolfe's "Victory" Pattern

Luna Lapin visits the SCMQG

Veronica's animal yoga

Do you know your yoga poses?

Tennis anyone?  Veronica's "40- Love Quilt"

Sherri's Applique Patterns

Barbara with a math quilt update

Also showing us a wall hanging in the making

A quilter's paradise
To round the meeting out, we had the bonus of a fabric scrap swap. Everyone brought in as many bags of unused scraps as they wanted and exchanged them for the same amount. Such a great idea and so fun to go "shopping" for new fabrics.
Sifting through to find our new favorites


..and still going...

Did I mention the food and drinks everyone brought? You can't end the year without food.  No photos though because, well, someone was to busy eating and drinking. Ooops!

That was our year!  Good-bye 2016!  Happy New Year everyone! We will be off to a great start with our meeting on January 7th(tomorrow) with our regular congress and a sew-in. Don't forget your supplies and a favorite quilting tool to share. 

On a last note, may the New Year bring you a dwindling WIP pile, an ever plentiful fabric supply, and endless inspiration.  Let's make this year better than the last. Time to get quilting! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

November Thankfulness

A feeling of thankfulness is a theme of the holidays so it seems right to thank Michelle, who started this group, and her accomplices Sherri, Jennifer and Gail. Thanks to all of you for taking positions on the board and keeping this Guild on track.  We have you to thank for being able to congregate and share our love of Modern Quilting.  On Dec. 10th we will celebrate the third year of the Southern Connecticut Modern Quilt Guild and we wouldn't have made it this far without your passion for quilting, leadership and support.

Also, a big thank you to all our members who have stepped up to help with block of the month challenges, donations of blocks, design of charity quilts, and technique sharing, among other things. Everyone plays a part in making this group what it is.

Thanks to all the members who chime in on Facebook from afar with ideas and quilts, and also to those who show up to meetings and share their process and quilts with us up close.

There is a lot to be thankful for and on Dec. 10th we get to celebrate this great group of people and their creativity. There will be munchies as usual, so if you haven't seen the sign up sheet, you can head on over to Facebook (November 29th post by Michelle) to sign up to bring something.

Everyone is also invited to bring along a gallon sized bag (or two) full of scraps for a swap.  It is a great way to get rid of fabrics you're tired of and to challenge yourself with different fabrics.

Last but not least, don't forget to bring your check or cash for $50 to renew your membership. Let's enjoy another year of quilty goodness together.

 Gail explains the next block of the month-Negative Space in a Log Cabin.

Maybeth shares how her monthly blocks came together. Can you find the dog, dancing chickens, and queen?

Christine pieced together this "Legend" quilt.

The quilt was for a daughter's friend. If you look closely,
the animals look like they have been boxed in with the quilting. 

Terrie displayed her Connecticut pride. 

Terrie used the fabrics from our dying workshop with Richard Killeaney
to construct Sherri's Dragonfly Quilt.
Sis Boom named some fabrics after Terrie. How cool is that!

 Parthena finished off a charity block for the NICU.

Here is the back. 

Rebecca made waves with this pattern which has been accepted for publication. 

A quick peek of the back

Rebecca displayed another pattern. 

 Barbara showed us her I Spy Quilts. 

She exhibited her quilting as well. 

Jeremy told the story of how this quilt was made and quilted by his six year old son. 

Jeremy explained his inspiration for the "broken glass pane" look on his quilt. 

What a fun green on the back!

Barbara's math theme quilt needed some advice with making fabric rise Trapunto style.

Michelle debated categories to enter the quilt under at Quiltcon with advice from the group. 

 Gail assembled a special wallet for attending quilting events. The areas for storing ribbons are a plus. 

Gail constructed this bag to tote all your quilting essentials, especially a mat. 

She created this beautiful butterfly out of shot silk. 

 Don't forget that our meeting is at the Weston Town Hall. See you all on the 10th!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fall Harvest

Who doesn't love the arrival of fall? Mother Nature wows and inspires us with her colors while the cold weather encourages us to stay inside, snuggle around our sewing machines, and finish those UFOs. We surround ourselves with the bounty of the harvest and perhaps indulge in an apple cider or other autumnal treat.

What's not to love?

Every season brings its inspiration and delight, as does every monthly meeting of the SCMQG.  We revel in the cornucopia of ideas, inspiration, and color that our creative endeavors bring. So, grab a mug, sit back and enjoy a visual treat of our October harvest. 

Gail introduces our next block-of-the-month. It involves playing colors against colors and manipulating blocks to gain different results. Thinking outside of the box and our creative boundaries is the name of this game. Gail models different manipulations of a nine block.  Give it a try by looking here. 

Gail presents her Chickens in Tutus to our group. 

Michelle shares a quilt from Victoria Findlay Wolfe's Quilt Alliance Workshop.

  She has also been creating bags out of paintings transferred to fabric. Michelle's friend painted them. 

Michelle sews up another top.

Brenda displays the results of  a Pure Improv Class with Denyse Schmidt.
What an inspiring way to spend a birthday!

Veronica ventures into free motion quilting.

She has been busy constructing a Kaffe quilt for her sister.

She also exhibits a colorful quilt made from Kaffe/Mably Fabrics

Barbara makes ends meet in these blocks. 

She also shares a special quilt for a granddaughter's friend.

Here's the front. Who doesn't love a log cabin?

Suzanne makes baby quilts for her friend's grandkids. 

Some lucky boy will get to snuggle this quilt.

Baskets and cute little people populate this snuggly goodness.

Look at the pretty baskets on the front!

Sweet nine blocks cover the back and the front of this lovely. 

Spider web much is that doggie in the window?

This is where all good things come to an end...for now anyway. Looking forward to seeing everyone and their creations on November 12th! We will be voting on a new board, and sewing up baby blankets for those who have time after the meeting at Christie's Quilting Boutique.