Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Hexi Craze!

The Hexi Craze! by Pilar Rivera, PMQG Member

Here at the PMQG, we love hexis! We also love guild challenges. They provide an opportunity to create something outside of our comfort zone, try out new patterns and techniques, and share a common goal as a guild. Perhaps the best part: recent challenge pieces are eligible to be shown in the Mancuso 2017 show!

Our most recent guild challenge was called Show Us Your Hexis!, where guild members could bring any current hexi project, finished or unfinished to show off at the meeting. This challenge had less specific guidelines than, say, The Paint Chip Challenge from 2016...Everyone at PMQG seemed to already to be working on their own hexi project, since they are so versatile, easy, and trendy! So, we decided to allow any current hexagon project, finished or unfinished, into the challenge.

Hexagons are very popular right now in the modern quilt scene, and you can find great hexi patterns and projects on Pinterest and Instagram. One popular hexi quilt-along is Glorious Hexagons, which began in January 2016 and will continue till the end of time for some of us (the project is gorgeous and time-consuming).

Below are just a few photos of PMQG member hexi projects-in-progress.

Glorious Hexagons project
Photo courtesy Bobbi Penniman

Glorious Hexagons project
Photo courtesy Elise Bowers

Glorious Hexagons project
Photo courtesy Maryellen Grysewicz

Hexagon Table Runner
Photo courtesy Stephanie Wood

Glorious Hexagons project
Photo courtesy Pilar Rivera



Thursday, March 2, 2017

PMQG Takes On QuiltCon!

Can't get enough of QuiltCon? Neither can we!
Here's another post by a PMQG member about the trip to Savannah, GA.

PMQG Takes On QuiltCon!
By Kari Day, PMQG Member

The PMQG was well represented at 2017 QuiltCon East in Savannah, Georgia as many members made the trip down. It was a time to reconnect with friends made at past shows and Mid-Atlantic Mod Retreats. There were plenty of lectures to attend and classes to take. The message board with people looking to exchange classes was quite lively!

Winner of Best in Show, bling, by Katherine Jones
Photo courtesy MQG blog
But, of course, the best part was the display of quilts. There was wonderful inspiration all around. Winner of Best in Show, bling, pieced and quilted by Katherine Jones, was a true beauty that was technically astounding and glittered under the lights even though it was made of cotton.

The progressive quilt, Organic Mid-Century Mod, from Mid-Atlantic Mod won third place in the Group and Bee category. PMQG members Nicole and Michelle were part of the group that created this quilt! 
Organic Mid-Century Mod, from Mid-Atlantic Mod
Photo courtesy MQG blog
Sarah was a first-time instructor and her students were in for a fun treat – Releasing the Geese! She also had a quilt hanging in the show, Tiger Moon, Tiger Melon, that those of us at the Guild fall retreat watched as it grew from a few interesting pieces to a finished top.

 Release the Geese! participants work on their paper piecing
Photo courtesy Sarah Bond
Sarah Bond with her quilt, Tiger Moon, Tiger Melon
Photo courtesy Sarah Bond
There were several "Andrew sightings" as he and Chad were hard at work behind the scenes helping the show, lectures, and classes go smoothly. A shout-out to PMQG members Ruth and Elise, who were SUPER Volunteers. 

There was plenty of shopping with the vendors at the show, even for those of us who vowed not to be tempted! A number of fabric companies had free goodies to give away, and displayed the new lines coming out soon. The shops along the riverfront lured us in as we strolled to dinner or to a favorite ice cream shop.
PMQG members gather at Tubby's in Savannah, GA
Photo courtesy Kari Day
PMQG members gather at Tubby's in Savannah, GA
Photo courtesy Kari Day
We had a PMQG group gathering at Tubby's Seafood Restaurant where we all compared notes on quilts at the show, places we had visited, and famous quilters we had seen.

The next QuiltCon East will be in Nashville, Tennessee. A Guild Road Trip anyone?
























Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Quiltcon 2017

This month approximately 20 of our members attended Quiltcon East.  Quiltcon is a Modern Quilting convention held every year on alternating coasts.  This year it was held in Savannah, GA.  

Our members consisted of crew, volunteers, teachers, exhibitors, award winners and attendees.  They took classes on paper piecing, alternate gridwork and hand sewing.  They attended lectures and demonstrations.  They were given the opportunity to walk to show floor and shop at the vendor booths.  

They also experienced all Savannah had to offer as well as other local areas such as Tibee Island. And of course, you can’t visit Savannah and not enjoy the delicious dishes and local flavors.

Here are a few photos to enjoy from the event.  

3rd place in Bee or Group Quilt Category went to the Mid Atlantic Mod progressive group consisting of Philadelphia MQG members Nicole Folino and Michelle Kochan as well as members of neighboring guilds:  Laura Bennett, Jess Levitt, Neva Asinari, Colleen Wiest,Ashley Bander, Jessie Aller, Robin Tilsworth, Janet Schoenfeld and Tracy.  We thank Jess Levitt for her incredible direction and Laura Bennett for backing, quilting, binding and submitting!!



Member Sarah Bond’s taught her amazing flying geese class and had this lovely quilt on display at Quiltcon. 




We even had a fun Philly MQG meet up at a local river front restaurant!

You can see all the winning quilts on the Modern Quilt Guild Site by clicking here.

The next Quiltcon will be held February 2018 in Pasadena, followed by Nashville in 2019.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the Modern Quilt Guild, please contact us via email.  

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Mancuso Quilt Show 2016

The Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild was thrilled to once again be a special exhibitor at the Mancuso Quilt Show in Oaks, PA this past September.  The show ran four days and the guild had approximately 40 quilts on display.  Thank you for the opportunity.  Look for us again in 2017!