Friday, November 22, 2013

November Spotlight: Nancy Stevens

On Tuesday we had the pleasure of having Nancy Stevens in the spotlight. She showed us three baskets full of beautiful quilts. I asked her to tell me a little bit about her quilting.

"I fell in love with quilts around the time I fell in love with my husband -- his grandmothers were quilters and I was smitten with what I found at their homes. My first quilt was a simple 4-patch for my first baby. About twelve years later a relative took a Quilt In A Day class and taught me to make a log cabin. I've never looked back. I seem to go through periods or phases, i.e., I seem to be done with 30s repros (though they make really great baby quilts) and took a pledge a few years back not to make quilts from a single line of fabric (they are too matchy, matchy for my taste). I don't think I've ever met a basket block that I didn't like and I'm on such intimate terms with William Morris that I call him "Bill." I'll never have enough batiks. In the past couple of years I've discovered the Kaffe Fassett Collective and have cautiously ventured in... Next up is to get better at machine quilting; I've only just begun to do that."

Thank you so much Nancy for sharing your quilting history with us. Your work is beautiful! Check out the slide show below to view Nancy's quilts.

And to think that her Home Ec teacher told her that she couldn't sew!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Riley Blake Challenge + A Giveaway!

•• Edited 11/11/13 to announce the winner. Giveaway is officially closed but the discount code is good until the 15th! ••

The MQG Riley Blake Challenge is officially underway and our guild members received their challenge fabric at the October meeting. Riley Blake Designs generously provided each MQG member 6 fat eights from their Basic Category.


The PhillyMQG is hosting our own challenge in coordination with the MQG. The PhillyMQG details are:
  • Members can make anything, but it must be FREE MOTION quilted.
  • Follow all other parameters as outlined by the MQG (below). 
  • Due at the February meeting, 2/18.
  • (if member's would like help submitting to the MQG contest, bring your pieces to the January meeting).
PhillyMQG members: if you didn't get your fabric bundle, please contact

The National MQG is running an official challenge, complete with prizes! The National MQG details from their newsletter:
  • Completed photos must be posted in the MQG FINISHED forum (located here).
  • Members can make anything as long as it is quilted.
  • Add in any solids fabric or Riley Blake printed fabric.
  • You do not need to use all of the fabrics given to you.
  • In progress photos can be shared in the Fabric Challenge Forum on the Community Site here.
  • Don't forget to use the #mqgrileyblakechallenge on Instagram and Twitter!
  • Deadline: February 17, 2014
    • Ten finalists will be announced on February 19, 2014.
    • Riley Blake will pick three winners and announce the winners on February 24, 2014.

In celebration of the MQG Riley Blake Challenge the PhillyMQG has partnered with the Fat Quarter Shop to give away a Riley Blake Shuffle fat quarter bundle. To enter, use the Rafflercopter below for your chance to win. A winner will be randomly selected on November 9, 2013 from all entries received.

Edit: The first PMQG giveaway is complete and our Rafflecopter widget has randomly selected Kathryn Cummings as the winner! Congratulations Kathryn, keep an eye on your email for details!

Do you need any Riley Blake fabrics to add to your Riley Blake Challenge piece? The Fat Quarter Shop is generously offering our readers 20% off of all purchases over $50.00 using 
coupon code: 


until November 15, 2013. 


The giveaway is open to US residents only. The giveaway winner will be announced on an edit of this post and the winner will be contacted via email.
(Coupon Terms: Coupon can only be used once and is good on purchases of $50 or more. Your discount is not combinable with any other offer and is not applicable to clubs, programs, or purchase of gift certificates. It cannot be applied to previous orders.)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Mid-Atlantic Mod

Open registration for the Mid-Atlantic Mod has begun! Join us, the the Central NJ MQG and the DC MGQ for a weekend of quilting and fun.  Details are below.

See you in April!


Details (from the Mid-Atlantic Mod website):

Mid-Atlantic Mod: a modern quilting retreat is a modern quilting and sewing retreat organized by the Philadelphia MQG, the DC MQG, and the Central Jersey MQG.  The purpose of the retreat is primarily to bring modern quilting and sewing enthusiasts together for a weekend of sewing and socializing.  The retreat will include some (optional) workshops and activities, but will focus on open sewing time.


Dates:  From 1:00 PM on April 3, 2014 to 9:00 PM on April 6, 2014

Location:  Doubletree by Hilton in Lancaster, PA.  Please click on the Location link at the top for more details.

Cost:  $90 for members of the guilds above; $115 for non-members  (all registration fees are non-refundable, but registration can be transferred for a $15 fee)

Lodging:  Room rate is $129 per night for single or double occupancy.  Reservations should be made on your own (details will be provided once you complete the registration form). For attendees who do not reserve a room in the group block, an additional $35 fee will be required for registration.  UPDATE:  We can no longer accept registrations for people who do not wish to stay at the hotel due to our room block requirements.  If you complete the registration form and indicate that you will not be staying at the hotel, then we will put you on a wait list. 

Food:  Food catered by the hotel is very pricey, so we have opted to NOT include food in the costs.  There is a restaurant in the hotel and numerous other restaurants nearby.  Please see the Location link at the top for more info about the area.

Workshops:  Not everyone wants to take workshops, so to make the event more affordable for all, we have NOT included workshop fees in the registration cost.  We are looking into adding workshops if there is enough interest and these workshops will be offered a la carte for an additional fee.  More details will be posted to the News page above when available.

Activities:  We are contemplating various activities including: shop hop, virtual shop hop, progressive quilt, inter-guild swap, and others.  Please check the Activities page for details. We will update this page as we add activities.

Sponsors:  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact us by clicking here. We have a variety of options for sponsorship.  All sponsors will have the opportunity to provide a logo that will be displayed prominently on this website (with a link to the company website, if provided) and in the welcome materials provided to all attendees.

Please use the Contact Us link if you have any further questions.