Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Upcoming Mug Rug Swap

Our February 15th PMQG meeting will incorporate a Mug Rug Swap.
A mug rug is a mini quilt that is just big enough for a mug and a snack.  It is an enlarged coaster, approximately 4" x 6". 

Since a mug rug is small and our group's overall New Year's Resolution theme was something new, a mini challenge will be added to this swap!  It is encouraged that each participant will try something new.  Ideas include foundation piecing, free motion quilting, a new color combination, applique, circular flying geese, etc.

Check out Angie's mug rug, where she incorporated selvages for the first time:

Monday, January 24, 2011

March's PMQG Challenge Announcement

The challenge project for March has been announced, we'll be doing a Monochromatic Quilt Challenge!

The rules are simple:

*Choose one color (since we all wanted to use up our stash in 2011 it's your choice) and use the various ranges of that color to make your project. For example - if you choose purple you can use lilac, lavender, egglant, etc.  These can be prints, solids or both.

*The use of one neutral in addition to your color is optional.

*Your project can be as big or small as you want (pillow, quilt, hotpad, whatever inspires you!)

*Bring to the meeting on March 15th to show off!
    Some inspiration to get your creative juices going:
    From Gwenshouse at http://gwenshouse.wordpress.com/2009/03/30/cant-let-go/

    Also check out this quilt at Crazy Mom Quilts and search Monochromatic Quilt on Flickr for tons of beautiful inspiration!

    The Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a similar challenge. If you are interested in making your quilt fit both challenges you need to go here to find out their rules and size requirements.

    Most of all - have fun! Let us know via the Google group page if you will be participating.

    Tuesday, January 11, 2011

    From the Guild: Resolutions

    For the new year, we've decided to put together group blog posts based on contributions from all of our members. This month we posed the question, "What are your quilting resolutions for 2011?"

    Now that the resolutions have been sorted, it's clear: the Philly Modern Quilt Guild members are all pretty much cut from the same cloth (quilt pun totally intended!). While some of our members have unique aspirations for 2011, by and large, our focus is in on two areas – trying new things and getting our spaces cleaned up/ working through some stash backlog.

    Something new. While a lot of our members just wanted to try something new in general – learning to piece or quilt by hand and trying new blocks – others got specific. Andrew wants to make a Bargello quilt in the new year and Allison is hoping to try make both a cathedral window and a hexagon quilt. Carol is interested in learning how to dye her own fabric and make an art quilt. Angie resolved to design a pattern tutorial for her blog. We have so many talented people in the group who have a wide array of skills to share. It will be exciting to see if we can help one another tackle some of these endeavors in 2011.

    Cleaning things up. When it comes to unfinished projects and organizing the space we have available for our craft, guild members are resolving to get things cleaned out. Cathy and Grace, in particular, are making cleaning up their studios a priority. Cathy cites a small space and the need for organization. Grace points to her fabric stash and wants to get it in order so she knows what she has available for new projects.

    And speaking of fabric stashes, in 2011 Denise, Anna, Marlene, Jackie, and Tamsin are all resolving to use the fabric that they already have at home. Susan may have put it best when she resolved to “wallow in the glory of” her current stash. And as for Tricia and her resolution to not buy any fabric for most of 2011, we say, good luck with that! :)

    Last but not least are the unfinished projects that have a tendency to hold us back mentally (we've all been there: “I really need to get going on that project. I started it eight years ago. I resolved to finish this last year. I'll get going with it next week for sure ...”) and take up valuable space in our homes and studios. Denise has an ambitious resolution to finish two UFOs for every new quilt she makes. Georgia and Cindy each have specific projects pre-planned for the new year. We know everyone will make headway in 2011.

    Odds and ends. While it’s true that most of our resolutions fell into one of the two categories above, here is a smattering of some of other resolutions that we’ll be aiming to keep in the coming year:

    • Create more patterns and tackle more complex projects – Becky, Anna, and Cathy
    • Make more time for quilting – Nancy
    • Buy a Juki machine – Susan
    • Make more charity quilts – Denise and Tricia
    • Do more designing – Susan and Anna
    • Remember that this is fun! Don’t get stressed out by a long "to-do" list! – Becky (and really, all of us, most likely!)
    From the Philly Modern Quilt Guild, we wish all of our readers a happy and productive 2011!