Thursday, August 21, 2014

Jacquie Gering Visit

Hello!  We are writing today to let you know that this Saturday, August 23rd, Jacquie Gering will be presenting a lecture to the Philly MQG at the Upper Dublin Lutheran Church.
Though she has been sewing all her life, quilting is a newly found passion for Jacquie. The improvisational spirit of the quilts of Gees Bend inspired her to make her first quilt and the improvisational approach provided the freedom she craved and the opportunity to explore her creative potential. Jacquie's quilt designs fuse her Mennonite background and respect for tradition with her modern design aesthetic. Jacquie is co-author of the fantastic modern quilting book called "Quilting Modern, Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts."
Jacquie is a leader in the modern quilting movement. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Modern Quilt Guild and is one of the founding members and former president of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild.  Jacquie teaches and talks quilting across the country and shares her designs and quilting knowledge on her popular blog, Tallgrass Prairie Studio. She lives in Kansas City with her husband, Steve, and her black lab, Bruno.
This event is open to the public, but seating is limited.  Please send us an e-mail (see the right hand side of our website for the address) if you are interested in attending the lecture.  We will be selling tickets in advance via PayPal for $6. Tickets will also be available at the door on a first-come-first-serve basis (exact change only).  The lecture will begin at 7 PM at the Upper Dublin Lutheran Church located at 411 Susquehanna Road, Ambler, PA 19002.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

May 2014 Meeting

We had a great time a the May meeting this week. We started with a quick ice breaker: What is your favorite treat, chocolate or non-chocolate and moved on to sharing our favorite or newest quilt book.

There were a lot of upcoming dates and exciting events discussed, be sure to check Bigtent for the minutes for those details.

We had a huge show and tell with a lot of inspiration and color. I am going to just do a quick photo dump because there were so many wonderful things to share.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April Guild meeting

A fun time was had by all at our meeting this week! We had a spotlight on Angie.
There will be a whole post with Angie's quilts later.

The fabrics for the MQG Michael Miller Fabric Challenge were handed out.


  • The challenge runs from March 2014-June 23, 2014.
  • Winners announced July 8, 2014
  • Members may make anything they want as long as it is quilted!
  • Add in any solid or Michael Miller printed fabric.
  • You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you.
  • Upload and share your photos to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the Community site.
  • MQGs can create guild specific challenges, as long as the other guidelines are upheld.
  • Don’t forget to use the #mqgfabricchallenge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!
  • See the members Community site for sign ups.
  • Fabric sign ups end Feb 28th, 2014
Andrew reminded everyone about the Quilt show happening right now at the Mount Airy Art Garage. Many of the quilts are Philly MQG member quilts. The show ends this weekend, please go see it if you haven't yet!

Andrew will be giving a talk about the Modern Quilt movement at the ArtQuilt  Elements show in Wayne on Saturday. Members are invited to come and show their quilts during the talk. Info on the show can be found here.

He also had fabric for those interested in creating blocks for Julie Herman, the founder of our guild. The information on block creation is here. You can contact Andrew for the fabric.

The charity quilt was brought from the retreat. Big thanks to Bobbi for piecing it and everyone who made a block.

Our show and tell had some great quilts! Jordan showed a quilt that her mother made at 14 and never finished. She finished it by hand quilting it!

And she had this family quilt she also hand quilted for her mother.

Sheila showed her Slice of Life quilt:

Kari finished her pillow from the class at the retreat:

Irene brought her triangles quilt top:

Michelle showed her Rock Candy placemat (pattern from Jaybird Quilts):

And she had her divided basket (pattern from Noodlehead):

Pat showed her Caddy Pad Jr:

and asked for input on her backing and binding choices for her round robin quilt:

Ruth showed her yellow and black quilt:

Next meeting will be May 20th.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

15 Minutes of Play - Victoria Findlay Wolfe

The Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild had the experience of listening to Victoria Findlay Wolfe lecture on February 28th about her quilts, history, process and book, 15 Minutes of Play. She was super inspiring, engaging and fun to listen to. Plus, her quilts are amazing!

On screen is a sample of her made fabric. She pulls from her scrap bin
and sews fabric together randomly until it is large enough for her liking.

Victoria presented some insights to her creativity while also acknowledging her family's quilting history, which as Cathy Lynch stated, "was something I could completely relate to and understand." Her grandmother and her quilts are one of her greatest inspirations. Victoria strongly believes that everyone should be creative every day. Through some trial and error, she determined that 15 minutes was her magic number to feel creatively fulfilled. She spends it sewing scraps into made-fabric, playing on her design wall, and looking at fabric for a new project among other things - warm up exercises to get her started moving on bigger projects.

A quilt top made by Victoria's grandmother made of
fabric scraps from clothing and other items.

"One of the biggest things that I took away from her lecture was her statement that if there is something I have done, a work in progress, that I have packed away because I hate it, do not be afraid to cut it up and make it into something new." - Elizabeth Timmons

Victoria has an upcoming exhibition of 12 Double Wedding Ring quilts
(including Double Edged Love which one the Best in Show at QuiltCON 2013)
at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts.

One of the challenges in Victoria's book is to make the quilt that you
said that you would never make.  In her case, it was a cow quilt.

Many of our members were able to spend the Saturday after the lecture working with Victoria in a workshop setting. The workshop encouraged all of the participants to expand their "normal" way of creating blocks. They explored making fabric from scraps and different blocks techniques like sewing hexagons by machine and inset seams. Victoria encouraged everyone not to be afraid of these techniques. Cathy Lynch said, "from looking at everyone's samples at the end of the day, I think the people ere definitely trying new things, which I think makes for a successful workshop."

Thank you, Victoria for inspiring us and letting us learn from you!

Lecture photographs provided by Charles Cerrone Photography. Workshop photos from Victoria's 15 Minutes of Play blog.