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.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Philly MQG Fall 2012 Retreat

The Philly MQG is having our fall 2012 retreat this coming weekend - November 9th through 11th.  We will be holding the retreat at a hotel in Glen Mills, PA.  There are still a couple spots left and today is the LAST DAY to sign up!  If you are interested in attending, please send us an e-mail (phillymodernquiltguild [at] gmail [dot] com).  The fee is $35 for members, $45 for non-members and that is for ALL DAY Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  If you can only attend 1 or 2 of the days, you are welcome to do so (sorry, we cannot offer a discounted rate for a shorter stay at the retreat).  Hotel room charges and food are separate and are "on your own", although we'll probably be ordering food together or going out to eat.  The hotel includes free breakfast if you are staying overnight.  Bring a friend to help share the hotel room cost and then make some great new friends who are into modern quilting!

Hope to see you there!

Photo from last year's guild retreat.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Member Spotlight on Denise

Denise is such a prolific quilter and shared so many of her quilts with us that I'm going to intersperse the photos throughout her story. This will be a photo heavy post! Enjoy all the quilty eye candy.

Here is the first quilt she ever made:
Denise's first quilt

Growing up, no one in Denise's family sewed. She did crafts as a child and sewed for the first time in high school.

Her mother bought a cross stitch kit, didn't like it and sent it to Denise. Denise got into it!

Another craft she got into as an adult was beading. She made beaded earrings when her daughter was young.

Embroidered airplane quilt for her husband

She saw a quilt in an antique store but thought it was boring. Later a woman she worked for brought in a quilt to work and Denise was much more interested. She asked her to teach her during lunch.

Hawaiian quilt

She signed up for a quilting class at Granny's Sewing Den and made her first quilt (the red and green sampler pictured first).

Shot cottons

She belonged to another guild for a while, but really felt inspired after joining PMQG about 2 years ago.


Kitty cats with yarn

Triangles made with Lotta Jansdotter's fabric


Carnival pattern

Dot Party pattern

Dotty Dresdens

Pumpkin quilt

Christmas Embroidered Quilt

Ghastlies quilt

Christmas Quilt

Going Coastal Quilt

Bag from Jessica Levitt's book

Thank you Denise for bringing in so many wonderful quilts to share!