Monday, December 26, 2011

Spotlight on... Patty Thorell!

Patty Thorell

Pat has always had a great fondness for sewing. She showed us her first sewing from her childhood. A cross stitch sampler.

 Next up we saw the most beautiful Yo-yo quilt. She made this from ages 7-9, using a cardboard circle as the template. 
Many of the fabrics were from the 1930's.

 Patty then started sewing garments.
ade a dress at age 12!
was making it when we landed on the moon. 

After she got married and had kids, she didn't have much time to sew, so she took up needle point.  She did a lot of it in the car.

She would only make quilts for friends when they had children, but wasn't into quilting too much because at that time, calicos were pretty much the only quilting fabric around.

Sweet Baby Quilt. Pat also made the beautiful jacket she is wearing!
Unique Fabric postcards
Patty has always had a fondness for Granny's Sewing Den in  Glenside, PA. When the owner moved, she bought the shop with a woman that worked there.  

Thank you so much Patty for sharing your love of quilting with us, and letting us see your beautiful quilts in person!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

December 2011 Meeting RSVP

The December meeting of the Philly MQG will be Tuesday, December 20th at 7pm at the normal meeting location (please contact the officers at if you have questions about the location).

If you would like to attend, please fill out the RSVP form:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

October and November Meeting Recap {Double post}

Happy Thanksgiving!
 Here is a special Holiday Edition Double PMQG post!

 I am so sad I missed October's meeting due to an ungodly painful double kidney stone attack! So please accept my apologies for missing such an exciting meeting (I heard it was amazing!) and for this belated post.

Our October meeting had 24 in attendance. 20 members and 4 guests.

Here are some photos from the "Finish a UFO Challenge"

Guild members can check out more photos from this meeting on our site.

October 15th was our Charity Day of sewing. A few members met to sew all of the Jay McCarroll blocks together to make quilts to send to  Japan's tsunami victims.


Our November meeting was held on 11/15 and it was packed! We renewed our dues, and showed off our "Anything Pumpkin" challenge.

Pumpkin Tote Bag

In addition to Show-and-Tell, we are also encouraging members to bring in our projects that are in progress to get advice and insite.

Looking for advice on quilting options

Show and Tell

News for our members:
 Once you have paid your dues for the year, please head over to our new group site at and log into the Philly Modern Quilt Guild. There we can discuss all things Modern Quilting and also post more photos.

Current Quilt exhibits:
Quilt Art: International Expressions in Doylestown: September 10, 2011 through
January 1, 2012 James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St. Doylestown,

New Castle, DE; Civil War Era Quilts, Coverlets, and Medallions October 1 thru
December 31, New Castle Library, 424 Delaware St.

An exhibit and series of education programs, open to the public during regular
library hours. Sponsored by Historic Village Quilts. (302-276-2676)

Congrats to Tricia and Baby Emma! 

Monday, November 14, 2011

FREE Quilt Book Raffle at November Philly MQG Meeting

Hi, everyone - we have some good news to share! The lovely people at Lark Crafts have sent our guild a copy of a brand new book called Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts.

This book includes 24 really fun "little quilt" projects. These are great for when you want to make a quick project, but they could also provide inspiration for larger-sized quilts.

We will be raffling off the book at our next guild meeting on November 15th. The raffle will be open to all paying members who attend the meeting and it will be free to enter! All you have to do to enter is show up at the meeting and pay your dues (if you haven't already)!

See you at the meeting tomorrow! Good luck!

Friday, October 7, 2011

September 2011 PMQG Meeting

After (what felt like VERY LONG) a summer hiatus, the Philly Modern Quilt Guild has started up again for our 2011-2012 year! At the first meeting of the fall on September 20, we elected new officers, swapped some pin cushions, and enjoyed some show-and-tell followed by general socializing. We were also lucky enough to have Jessica Levitt, author of the new quilting book called Modern Mix, bring a suitcase full of the wonderful projects from her book!  It was a long summer and we're all excited to be meeting again!

The new officers for the 2011-2012 guild year are:

President - Andrew J
Vice President (until Feb. 2012) - Becky M.
Vice President (after Feb. 2012) - Anna Z.
Treasurer - Cathy F.
Secretary - Michelle K.

Event Committee Chair/Coordinator - Janet P.
Website/blog Committee Chair/Coordinator - Monica C.
Meeting Space Liaison - Candi W.

Here are some photos from our pin cushion swap. Everyone did an amazing job, but unfortunately the photos don't do their work justice because everything was pretty tiny!  Head on over to the Flickr set to see larger versions of the photos.

Now time for some show and tell!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Good times at The White Oak Bed & Breakfast Quilt Retreat!

Anna and Stephanie enjoying some peaceful sewing time!

The retreat was held at White Oak Bed & Breakfast in Strasburg, PA from September 30 – October 1st.  Anna, Stephanie and Cathy were in attendance and all would do it again.  

Stephanie laying out her blocks

Everyone arrived on Friday afternoon, had a great dinner and then set up their machines for an evening of sewing. The last person didn't go to bed until about midnight! A big breakfast was served on Saturday before going back to sewing. Although no one was hungry, lunch was served and then the decision was made to do go out & do a little fabric shopping (to burn off some calories).

Shopping loot

New fabric! 

The fabric stores in the area have great prices and everyone did their part to support the economy. Then they headed back to the B & B for more sewing. Anna had 4 quilt tops with her that needed borders, backs and batting. 

There were large areas to make quilt sandwiches and Anna took advantage of that. She was able to get all her quilts pinned for quilting.  

Anna's quilt

Stephanie had the pieces for her quilt cut so she worked on piecing and ironing, laid it all out on the floor & worked on assembling the quilt top. Cathy got her monochromatic quilt quilted and the binding on then started her new project.

Cathy's Monochromatic Quilt
The innkeepers were so friendly and accommodating to our needs – you couldn’t have asked for more. There were discussions about future retreats and how to encourage more participation.

Ironing and cutting area

It was so rewarding to have the time to work on a project without any distractions, you just need to try it!

All of our hard work!!