Friday, February 23, 2018

Philly MQG Welcomes Latifah Saafir!

We were lucky enough at PMQG to welcome Los Angeles quilter, Latifah Saafir to chilly Philly for a Friday evening lecture and an all-day Saturday workshop featuring Latifah's Glam Clam.

There was capacity crowd on Friday, with happy quilt enthusiasts from Philly and around PA & New Jersey crammed in to hear about Latifah's quilt journey. A lifelong sewist and crafter, she came to love quilting for its endless possibilities of cutting and combining, color and composition. As an early lover of "modern" quilting, she and some fellow quilters in Los Angeles founded the Modern Quilt Guild nearly ten years ago, and as we all know, it's blossomed into a worldwide organization with hundreds of chapters. She shared photos of her early quilts and the early days of the MQG, along with some of her quilting philosophies and what modern quilting means to her. She also brought many quilts to share with the eager crowd, and we were able to examine the colors and fabulous quilting up close. She very kindly dressed to match a particularly fabulous black and white quilt :-)

Saturday's class was also sold out, and we enjoyed a happy Saturday learning some very useful techniques as the winter sun streamed in the windows. Latifah is a fun and engaging teacher, she had loads of great tips & strategies for us, and was great with layout and assembly advice. Shameless plug: if you're unfamiliar with Latifah's Glam Clam quilt, do check our her website. She has patterns and also Clammy templates in three sizes, and the patterns are well illustrated & detailed with all the tips - almost as good as being there. The templates also include markings for Orange Peels and full/half/quarter circles. Super useful!

All of the quilters were able to get a few rows into their Clammy quilts during the class, and I'm sure we will see some very Glam Clams show up at Show & Tell in the coming months.








Saturday, February 3, 2018

Broadway Challenge

Broadway Challenge

Our most recent guild challenge was to interpret a Broadway show as a mini quilt. There were no other restrictions so, as you can imagine, these quilts were “show-stoppers”! 

Here are 3 entries from the Broadway Show Challenge: 

Helen Marie Marshall machine appliquéd this jovial quilt, based on the original cartoon Annie.
Broadway Challenge by Helen Marie Marshall

Maryann Wilson made this mini quilt based on the Broadway musical, The King and I.

Broadway Challenge by Maryanne Wilson


Tricia Scott made this quilt based on the Broadway musical, Mary Poppins. Everything is appliquéd using wool. As the finishing touch, Tricia quilted the phrases "Supercalifragilelisticexpialidocious” and “a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down” into the background!

Broadway Challenge by Tricia Scott

"Spoonful of Sugar" is machine quilted into the background.

"Supercalifragilelisticexpialidocious" is machine quilted into the background.
We can't wait to see what amazing pieces our next guild challenge will bring!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Haikus, Mug Rugs, Group Hugs & a Big Bug

Haikus, Mug Rugs, Group Hugs & a Big Bug 
by Danielle Gallagher, PMQG Member

PMQG held its annual fall retreat in the Poconos in early November, & in spite of a few "Fawlty Towers" moments with the venue (under new management and experiencing some transition issues), a wonderfully stitchy time was had by all. After all, what could be better than a whole weekend with nothing to do but sew?

Friday night was basket exchange night - just a couple of the beauties!
Busy worktables of fabulous creativity
Our lovely vendors!
A fraction of the amazing work being done
people really come prepared...

Some drool-worthy stashes
The other kind of stache
Retreat fashion
Haiku poets in action

Mug rug exchange
Snacks, shopping about town, a few snow flakes, and a rather large visitor
a big group hug to thank the amazing organizers - Jordyn & Nicole. They did a wonderful job!


Thursday, September 21, 2017

PMQG Member Spotlight

Jordyn Rush
Interview with Jordyn Rush, PMQG Co-President

Our blog will feature interviews with current PMQG members, so you can get to know us a little better! We're starting with Jordyn Rush, PMQG Co-President. You can find her on instagram: @fussycutting
Jordyn at the 2017 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza
Q: What/who inspired you to start quilting?
          When I was young I always wanted to be a pioneer, making myself long skirts and sewing a bit. When I was in college I made a duvet cover and a futon cover so my dorm room would be cutely decorated.
          My first real quilt was made in 2009. I got a sewing machine because I was bored, I didn't enjoy my job at the time, and I needed an escape. My first quilt was a patchwork. It was made without a rotary cutter, just a pair of scissors and not really following the pattern, either. I still have that quilt and cherish it. 
          But, then I discovered the quilting internet....my first online tutorials were from Alison Harris at CluckCluckSew. I still enjoy her quilt patterns for fun and easy-to-follow instructions. From there I went off the deep end. While I was doing the easy pattern from CluckCluckSew, I also thought, "I really like that Dresden Plate my parents have...I'll make that!" To the internet I went, and those two quilts were both finished around the same time. I love my Dresden Plate and it is still one of the quilts I'm most proud of. 
          From there I found guilds. I've had to move for work multiple times and the first thing I looked up was where my local Modern Quilt Guild would be. I met the PMQG within a few weeks of moving to Philadelphia, and they welcomed me and made me feel at home. At my first meeting I was put in charge of a committee, and since then I've been Treasurer and now Co-President. I love my quilting friends and family at PMQG and the MQG.

Q: How do you organize your fabric and scraps? 
          All of my sewing supplies are stored on the landing of our stairs.  My fabric is organized in an IKEA Kallax shelf; everything over a yard is stored folded up and organized by color/size/collection. Sadly right now everything less than a yard is shoved into one cubby and, of course, on the floor! Must get cleaning, but that's not as fun as sewing!

Q: What color palette do you gravitate towards? 
          As everyone in the guild knows, I love aqua/orange/pink/blue. Pretty much all of my quilts are in that same general palette. My favorite combination lately has been mustard/berry/navy.
Q: What is the most challenging quilt you have attempted? 
          The second quilt I ever made was a Dresden Plate. My mom says I have always jumped in with both feet....

Q: What is your favorite quilting tool? 
          I'm pretty basic. I don't buy many fancy gadgets; I'm more of a figure-it-out-myself kind of gal. But I can't live without my rotary cutter, small mat, ruler and flatter!!

Q: What project are you currently working on? 
         I'm working on becoming a better machine quilter. I'm working between my domestic Singer and renting Long Arm time at a local quilt shop. I'm also working on finishing up a long overdue WIP [work in progress] of the Shimmer Pattern from, surprise surprise, CluckCluckSew.
Q: Do you name your quilts? 
          I only name my quilts when I have to....like for Quilt Shows, and it typically takes me forever to decide on a name.

Q: Do you label your quilts? How? 
          I sometimes put a label in the binding of my quilts, but not always.
Stay tuned for another Member Spotlight coming soon to the blog!