Monday, May 20, 2019

I’m pleased to share with you a spotlight on

Tricia Patton Scott

I’m not a bag lady, but if I was, I’d want one that Trish made.  She creates finely crafted, one of a kind,
amazing bags that make even this girl oooooohhh and aaaaahhhh.

Tricia was inspired to start quilting by her sister-in-law.  She had watched her make quilts and decided
she wanted to give it a try.  
Her beginnings with hand crafts began in her teens when she made her first set of counted cross stitch and knitting.  
She continues knitting these days, mostly fingerless gloves and socks.
When she first started quilting she had no idea there were classes and quilt shops.  All of what she has done and learned
has been self taught, following patterns and, these days, You Tube.

Trish likes to label her quilts and she has an embroidery machine which she often uses, but at the very minimum,
she will write her name and the date on the back with a marker.

Anyone who spends any time with Trish knows of her love of all things Tula Pink and she considers Tula and Angela Walters her “virtual mentors.”  

Here is a close up of some of her quilting

Trish enjoys making wall hangings to try out new things and she changes them out seasonally.  She’s currently
working on a spring panel of flowers to hang in her livingroom.

Favorite quilting tool is her sit-down mid-arm, Babylock Tiara and since she’s had it, her quilting has become more
and more complex.  She loves quilting for other people!

Here is Trish's favorite quilt

Some things about Quilty Trish:
Organizes her fabric by designer, theme, and color
She gravitates towards blues, greens and purples.

I also organize my fabric by color and I gravitate toward blue, green and purple just like Trish.

What about you? Tell use some us something about quilty you in the comments below.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019


It has been my experience that quilters, as a whole, are givers.  We make things and then, naturally, we want to share them, sometimes by
giving them away.  I am still at the point in my quilting life where not everyone in my family has a quilt, but I know so many quilters who are well
past that point and now make for the love of making, but need an outlet to share or give away all those lovingly crafted items.  

Enter the charity quilts.  Pulse massacre, Oklahoma tornadoes, Texas or Florida hurricanes and quilters spring into action.   We want to help so
we make things and send them off with good wishes and hopes for grateful recipients.  We count our blessings and feel fortunate to be able to give
to those whose needs are so critical.

But what about those ongoing needs?  Babies in the NICU at the local hospital, people in hospice facing then end of a well-lived life, those battling
breast cancer, and the odd organization looking for a quilt to auction off in a raffle.  These are some of the charities that local quilters contribute to
every day, all the time, year round.

At the PhillyMQG, we have adopted many charities over the years;  During my involvement in the guild, we made quilts for the Orlando Modern Guild,
placemats for a local food kitchen, menstrual kits for girls in third world countries, and drain bags for breast cancer patients.  This year, we have
decided to create string blocks to fabricate quilts to have on hand for needs that arise suddenly.

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String quilts always look so warm and comforting to me.

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Some of the guild members with our quild’s 2019 charity quilt hanging at quiltcon in Nashville.  The quilt will eventually be given to a local charity.

There are many charities that need sewn items and as a quilter/sewist, I feel lucky to be able to provide them. I like to create, to make, to share, to give.  

And now for the interactive portion of the blog.
Do you have a charity you sew for?  Is there some organization you are happy to contribute your time and effort to?  
Share in the comments below. Maybe you will inspire someone else!

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Welcome to the PhillyMQG Blog!

I’m not a blogger.  I have a personal blog with two posts. The last one dated Feb 2016.  Nevertheless, I’ve saved this blog post in my Google Drive
as PMQG Blog 1, so I must be planning something...

I’ve read enough blogs to know that the best ones are written from the heart, contain lots of details and make me smile.  So, my goal is to do all of
those things for you here during my tenure as Vice President for Community Involvement. (Sounds impressive, doesn’t it?)  Feel free to let me know
if you’d like to be a “guest blogger” and try your hand at this involvement thing!

To begin at the proverbial beginning, the new executive board for the Philly Modern Quilt Guild met the first week of January to plan activities for the
guild for the up-coming year.

Here are the lovely ladies at the helm this year.  

The “boardroom” at Panera’s heard lots of serious contemplations, thought provoking questions, friendly banter, and laughter as we scheduled events
for the next 12 months and beyond!  It soon became apparent to a newbie like me that running a guild of this size is no small feat. Fortunately, things
seemed to be organized; Schedules & agendas were printed and distributed and we all scribbled copious notes on what we needed to do and when
we needed to do it in order to keep this organization running smoothly.  

Which brings me to this blog.  Part of my duties is to use this space to report what we’ve been doing, what we are going to do, and perhaps, at times,
inspire you to express your creative selves.  

What have we been doing?
Our January meeting saw a push for members to wear name tags.  We have many new members and name tags are a great way to open up to someone.  
Personally, I am terrible with names so ya'll are doing me a great service. And every time you wear your name tag to a meeting, you are entered into a
drawing for some quilty swag.  What? Free stuff? I couldn’t finish that 3 year old, half-finished name tag fast enough!

What is awesome about asking creative people to make something with their name on it, is all the creativity that was evident in the variety of name tags.  
So much fun just looking at them all. I wish I had taken a picture of every one!

We had our annual Elfster Holiday Gift Swap at the January meeting.  Members sign up and get paired anonymously with another member and give
them holiday presents.  Gifts must be handmade, but not necessarily by the giver. As I watch members open their presents, I am usually feeling an
urge to step up my game, get creative, and make something beautiful & useful. From the simple, yet elegant, to the completely-out-of-my-skill-set
complicated, the handiwork is always appreciated, admired, and loved by the recipient. Nothing beats a hand-made gift. Amiright?

Finally, we ended the meeting in our usual way, with Show & Tell.  Did you ever notice that when someone shows a quilt there is always a moment when
the audience makes a collective, appreciative sound? It usually sounds like an oh! of surprise or delight.  Sometimes, it is as loud as a gasp. Just pay
attention next time. I bet you didn’t even know you were doing it.


Yeah, I can't fix those photos. Anybody know how to get those %$#^% to line up neatly? Help!

And now it's time for the audience participation portion of this blog post. Personally, I dislike the idea of having a sign-up sheet for Show & Tell at meetings.
Presumably, this is so this blogger can publish the maker's name with their picture. My opinion may be in the minority here. Let me know in the comments
below, won't you? I swear I'll re-examine the need for sign-ups if most of you are enamored of the notion.

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