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!!

Events that may be of interest to members:

October 7: See Jessica Levitt for her book signing at The Little Shop in Haddonfield on Friday evening from 4:30-8pm 

Jessica Levitt

October 14, 15: Keystone Quilter Guild show.

November 4-7: Fall Fabric Frenzy Shop Hop.

Not familiar with a shop hop? Start with purchase of a Passport from any of the 9 participating shops.  Passport includes savings from all participating shops, good thru June 2012. As you visit each shop, your passport will be stamped; you will receive chance on a give away at each shop, each day, and you will receive a piece of the shop hop quilt pattern. If you complete the passport over the course of 1 or 4 days, you are entered into the drawing for the grand prizes.  It is a great opportunity to visit a variety of shops, and see 9 interpretations of a quilt design.  **note from website: Quilters Hive in DE has closed.**

If you have any more local events- Let us know!