Monday, February 27, 2012

February 2012 Philly MQG Meeting

What a fun meeting we had this month, yet again!

Monthly Challenge:
We shared our challenge projects made using scraps from last meeting's swap!  The idea was to create a "Scrappy Modern" project incorporating either improvisation or asymmetry (or both!).
Tricia made two projects- A curved pieced wall
hanging using a pattern from Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts...

...and two pot holders! Can you guess who's scraps she got?

Sue's exquisite scrap mini quilt

Andrew's miniature pixel scrap quilt based on
 Oh Fransson's interfacing technique.
Yes, all the large areas of white are all small squares!

Janet gets scrappy!  She used asymmetry AND improv, and
she really used negative space well too!

Then we unveiled our next swap...
Make 6 Japanese + and x quilt blocks to swap at the March meeting!  (If you want to make more than 6, we'll swap the extras too.)

How FUN!!!!!!

Bobbi showed us examples and gave us a handout with directions.  (Thank you, Bobbi!!)

You can find a tutorial here.

Next was Show and tell:

Jill, a guest all the way from
Lancaster showed us this beauty!

Cathy working on the binding for a charity quilt.
Sharon shows off her creation, using a bundle of fabrics
selected by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts.

Cathy struggled with the instructions for this quilt
(there was a step missing), but in the end it turned out great!

Anna's amazing string-pieced Hope Valley quilt.

Everyone "ooh-ed" and "ahh-ed" over the fabric selection!

Anna's completed soft curves table
runner came our stunning!

Cybele's Kaleidoscope quilt.  She used an
IKEA duvet cover for the backing!  Genius!

Charity Project:
Angie shared a charity project that we will be working on. We’re making "I Spy" quilts for children. We worked together to iron, cut and pre-assemble 5 inch squares of novelty prints to be used to make 9-patch blocks. We all took some home to work on for the next meeting.  We plan to put a modern spin on these quilts, which we will unveil when they are further along.


The AQS Lancaster Quilt show will be held March 14-16  Please post in forums if you’re interested in 
arranging a car pool. 

The Lancaster Quilt Show will be held at the same time as the AQS show.
This one is at the Lancaster Host Resort

County Line Quilters is having their quilt show 3/24 and 3/25.

There’s a new shop opening soon!  It’s called the Round Bobbin Quilt Shop in Horsham, PA. Soft opening: 3/17. Grand opening: later in the spring/summer.
Email Sue Wilkin Edelman at  to get on the mailing list. 

The Modern Quilt Guild will be having its first ever conference next February.

Where to find out more:

Twitter: @PhillyMQG 

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Modern Quilt Guild announces QUILTCON

The Modern Quilt Guild announced today their first quilt conference and show, which will be called QuiltCon and will be held February 21-24, 2013 in Austin, TX.  Click the button above to visit the QuiltCon homepage and get more information.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sewing Summit 2012!

Last Saturday the PMQG held our first (and I hope annual!) mini "Sewing Summit".  It was a great day and we had a great space to work in thanks to one of our members ...

The school room was a beautiful creative space for us to sew in! Huge windows, large tables, extra lighting, a kitchen..  what else would you want?

The day ran from 10am-5pm and consisted of two workshops, free sewing time and lunch. The first workshop was a color theory class by member/fabric designer/quilt pattern designer Jessica Levitt

Jessica teaches us about the science of color

Jessica brought stacks and stacks of fabrics (which I wanted to hide and take all of it home with me - that girl has a fantastic stash!) for us to play with.  Jessica lectured, showed examples on a big screen and had us break into groups and do a number of hands-on activities with fabrics and paint chips. 

We were given stacks of fabrics and we were to sort them in value order - harder than it sounds! With the paint chips, we were to find all of the colors of the color wheel. It was fun! Great workshop!!!!!

Paint chips are a handy tool when picking color combinations!
How to use value and color saturation.

We even had a couple Featherweights with their very own tables - very cool!


and her friend "Bebe"

The afternoon workshop was with Sujata Shah who taught a class on curved or "organic" piecing.  


 Before she taught us her technique, she showed us a number of examples of quilts she had made.

This was a technique workshop - no real pattern. Her sewing technique is something you need to see in person and definitely needs some practice! 


We finished the afternoon working on our curved piecing. 

You can see the gentle curves. Denise said she wants to make this larger and possibly use it as a background for some applique!

All in all, it was a great day. We are all looking forward to our next guild sewing night! Thank you to everyone who helped make this day happen!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Member Spotlight on... Susan DiBartolo!

Susan is the owner of The Village Quilter in downtown Mount Holly, NJ.

The Village Quilter

Susan has a long love of sewing! She began making doll clothes when she was 6, and by 13 she started making clothing and teddy bears on her new Singer sewing machine.

With a degree in Marketing, Susan has been very entrepreneurial with her passion for sewing. She ran her own window treatment company for 10 years and then when the opportunity was right she opened up her quilt shop in Mount Holly.

Susan is wearing a Lily apron designed by Busy Bee, Echo fabric by Lotta Jansdotter

Christmas tree: Moda fruitcake

Shabby Chic!  Rachel Aswel fabric, "Turning 20" pattern

Strip quilt: Moda Bake Shop

"Phillies" design by Cherry House

Shop Hop 2011 Quilt!

"Magical Mistletoe Tour" Christmas quilt

................. More fun followed with the "Quilt Angel" handmade gift swap ..............

............... Show and Tell...............