Sunday, December 30, 2012

December 2012 Meeting

Decembers meeting was busy and a lot of fun. The Madrona Road Challenge for MQG was announced. Michelle Kochan was spotlighted and there are lots of photos to come.

We held a White Elephant Gift Exchange where you could bring anything quilting or sewing related for exchanging.


There was lots of laughter.

Some stealing.


 And some white elephant gifts!






We also had some great show and tell.


Bobbi's Christmas table runner:


 Denise's Snowflake quilt:


Danette's owl pouches:



Anna Z's value quilt:

 And the back was so beautiful too:

 Denise's Helix Quilt:


 Heather was working on a table runner:


Kathy showed a vintage quilt she found:


Pat's Kaffe quilt:


 and the gorgeous backing:


 Nancy's charity quilt for kids:


Our next meeting will be January 15th and we will be having our Holiday Angel's Swap!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

PMQG announces Madrona Road Challenge

Last night at our December meeting the Madrona Road Challenge for the Modern Quilt Guild was announced and fabric was distributed. The Modern Quilt Guild has chosen Madrona Road by Violet Craft as their latest fabric challenge. I forgot to get a photo of all the lovely fabric as it was being distributed but here is a sampling of what was distributed.




 Our guild has decided to use paper piecing as our theme for the challenge. You may make any size or shape project but you should use paper piecing to assemble it. Here are some great resources for paper piecing:


http://sewhooked.com/paper-piecing-resources/

http://pinterest.com/galej/paper-piecing/

http://charisecreates.blogspot.com/2011/12/apple-tutorial-and-pattern-here.html

http://charisecreates.blogspot.com/2012/03/design-studio-sew-out-loud-quilt-along.html


also:

http://freezeframe03.blogspot.com/2011/09/paper-piecing-tutorial.html

http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=1156

http://www.quilterscache.com/StartQuiltingPages/startquiltingthree.html

http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2012/03/paper-piecing-sprout-block-tutorial/





The only restrictions is to please add only other solids or Madrona Road prints.

The PMQG challenge deadline will be our February Meeting. However, if you would like to enter in the Modern Quilt Guild Challenge here on their Flickr page, the deadline is January 31st. Please ask if you have any questions. Have fun!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sewing day at Sew Smart Fabrics

Last Sunday afternoon, members of PMQG got together for some sewing and shopping at Sew Smart Fabrics in Doylestown. A good time was had by all!

Andrew helped his mother sew a binding.

Kari worked on a quilt for her couch.


Becky worked on Christmas Stockings


Chad was making a really cool asymmetrical scarf


And Andrew was working on his own quilt.


Lots of shopping, chatting and fun!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Member Spotlight on Andrew

November's meeting featured a spotlight on Andrew (our guild president). He had us cracking up as he shared how he came to find quilting. His first crafty project was this pillow made in home Economics class.


 

Also from his home ec. days was this pillow he made for his mother.

The back says "U"


After that he didn't sew for a long time. His boyfriend Chad knits and he got jealous of all the things he was making. So he tried knitting and hated it.  Three years ago he went on a trip to Japan and bought fabric on a whim and thought he would trying sewing. The fabric is still in its wrapping.


Bought Japanese style (Zakka) sewing book and thought he would make a small purse for his sister.


Tried making holiday gifts like this purse, wristlet and bird.




Attempted coffee cup sleeves:


And made knitting needle roll up for Chad (check out that fabric!).


Was happy with his projects but it wasn't totally enjoyable. Took a detour from fabric and tried coasters.


Then Tricia had a crafting party and he made his first quilt for his niece out of fabrics from Japan.


The back was pretty cool too!


Fell in love with quilting and won't do any other sewing! Made a table runner for his mother and planned the design out in Excel.


A quilt for his dad (a Temple Owl)


This  bargello quilt was for the monochromatic challenge.


A zigzag quilt:


 Our Kona Solids charm pack challenge (inspired by Red Pepper Quilts):


Our other Kona solids challenge:


A Japan quilt done with reverse applique:



A scrap challenge quilt:


Shot cotton quilt for Chad:


His first pieced backing:

Chopsticks quilt pattern (Jaybird Quilts)


And a baby quilt for a friend:

The back is really cool too:


Thanks for sharing with us Andrew!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Retreat "Thank You"s

This is just a quick blog post to send out some huge "Thank You"s to people who helped make our retreat last weekend a big success!

A big thank you to Debbie Hansen, owner of The Little Shop in Haddonfield, NJ for providing bags of treats to all retreat attendees (see photo below).  If you've never been, please try to visit The Little Shop.  I think you'll be pleased with the selection.



Also, thanks to Quilter's Corner, the closest quilt shop to our retreat location.  They welcomed us very kindly and were extremely helpful to those of us who had forgotten something and didn't want to drive all the way home for it!  They even let one of our quilters borrow a power cord for her machine (I won't say who, but some of you can probably guess!).

And finally, thanks to the Brandywine Valley Suites Hotel for being very accommodating of our various whims.  It's hard to please a group of 16 quilters, but they did a great job.

We hope you can join us on our next retreat.