Friday, February 23, 2018

Philly MQG Welcomes Latifah Saafir!

We were lucky enough at PMQG to welcome Los Angeles quilter, Latifah Saafir to chilly Philly for a Friday evening lecture and an all-day Saturday workshop featuring Latifah's Glam Clam.

There was capacity crowd on Friday, with happy quilt enthusiasts from Philly and around PA & New Jersey crammed in to hear about Latifah's quilt journey. A lifelong sewist and crafter, she came to love quilting for its endless possibilities of cutting and combining, color and composition. As an early lover of "modern" quilting, she and some fellow quilters in Los Angeles founded the Modern Quilt Guild nearly ten years ago, and as we all know, it's blossomed into a worldwide organization with hundreds of chapters. She shared photos of her early quilts and the early days of the MQG, along with some of her quilting philosophies and what modern quilting means to her. She also brought many quilts to share with the eager crowd, and we were able to examine the colors and fabulous quilting up close. She very kindly dressed to match a particularly fabulous black and white quilt :-)

Saturday's class was also sold out, and we enjoyed a happy Saturday learning some very useful techniques as the winter sun streamed in the windows. Latifah is a fun and engaging teacher, she had loads of great tips & strategies for us, and was great with layout and assembly advice. Shameless plug: if you're unfamiliar with Latifah's Glam Clam quilt, do check our her website. She has patterns and also Clammy templates in three sizes, and the patterns are well illustrated & detailed with all the tips - almost as good as being there. The templates also include markings for Orange Peels and full/half/quarter circles. Super useful!

All of the quilters were able to get a few rows into their Clammy quilts during the class, and I'm sure we will see some very Glam Clams show up at Show & Tell in the coming months.








Saturday, February 3, 2018

Broadway Challenge

Broadway Challenge

Our most recent guild challenge was to interpret a Broadway show as a mini quilt. There were no other restrictions so, as you can imagine, these quilts were “show-stoppers”! 

Here are 3 entries from the Broadway Show Challenge: 

Helen Marie Marshall machine appliquéd this jovial quilt, based on the original cartoon Annie.
Broadway Challenge by Helen Marie Marshall

Maryann Wilson made this mini quilt based on the Broadway musical, The King and I.

Broadway Challenge by Maryanne Wilson


Tricia Scott made this quilt based on the Broadway musical, Mary Poppins. Everything is appliquéd using wool. As the finishing touch, Tricia quilted the phrases "Supercalifragilelisticexpialidocious” and “a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down” into the background!

Broadway Challenge by Tricia Scott

"Spoonful of Sugar" is machine quilted into the background.

"Supercalifragilelisticexpialidocious" is machine quilted into the background.
We can't wait to see what amazing pieces our next guild challenge will bring!