Friday, January 19, 2018

January 13 Meeting Minutes

The Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild started off the year with a great meeting in January!
The ever busy sign-in table at ECMQG
Our new President, Loree, began the meeting promptly at 10:00 a.m. by clanking the bell.

Old Business:
  • We received a card of thanks from Arc Gateway.  $490 was made from our donated quilt.
  • A food sign-up sheet has been created for each month.
  • Sign up for Show and Tell at the beginning of each meeting and specify Modern or Traditional.
  • The Flying Needles Quilt Show is coming in February.  Entries are due by the end of January. We will display our Kona Challenge Quilts and possibly do a demonstration.

  • BRING your completed Kona Challenge Mini to the February meeting.

  • Cindy provided another recap of our online auction which was deemed a success. Financial summary to be presented at the next meeting. Discussion of what sold, how to market items, and how to streamline shipping ensued.
  • Linda presented a brief treasury report.
New Business:

ZIPPY POUCH SWAP - At the February meeting we will have a blind mini zippy pouch swap. Zippies must be modern quilt shop quality fabric, no specific theme, no larger than 6” x 9” any style – BE CREATIVE, and may contain Valentine treats of no more than $5. 
Triangle zippy pouches
box zippy pouch
If members would make 2 zippies we can use the second zippy as an inventory builder for our next online auction. Please bring your zipper pouch(s) in a brown paper bag.

Program ideas were discussed as follows:  ¼ inch seams---Cindy; Quilting on a Domestic Machine---Wendi; Binding Workshop—Wendi; Labels—Loree shows us how to make different labels; Help!  How do I make this work?;  Individual problems that we will have a workshop to work on with a partner; Blenders—What are they? Natalie; Pillows and pillow covers; social media skill building; finish strip piecing projects started last year.

Outreach with Girl Scouts was discussed.
Fabric Swaps for the upcoming year were discussed.

Our Program:
Natalie presented a Review of Modern Quilting. She used the national website: The Modern Quilt Guild for the review and explained that there were many other resources within the website. The ECMQG Modern Quilt Guild Continuum was also posted on the back wall as we reviewed.The main principles of Modern Quilting according to the definition by The Modern Quilt Guild were discussed and visual examples were provided.
Every Which Way blocks

Laraine using the design wall
Block Lottery: Laraine gave us a review of the Which Way Block and how it fit our Modern Continuum. We had an opportunity to come up and play around with how it could be arranged. We discussed how a modern arrangement would work. Block lottery rules were discussed and can be found under the tab Block Lottery on the blog. Block lottery is both a skill builder and fund raiser. The group voted to eliminate the rule that “you must show a completed project before you can win” for the next 6 months.  Jane won the block lottery.

Mary was in charge of the February block lottery, “Bits of Friendship.” 
Mary shows this month's block with lots of scrap bits to share
Scraps from her modern group, Muskoka, were shared. A tutorial is available on the blog. Her idea came from a book by Amanda Jean Nyberg. 

Door prizes:  Bonnie and Camille Orange Peel. 
Jane shows off her door prize win while in the background Lisa is taking advantage of scrap sharing.

 Announcements: Chautauqua Quilt Show at DeFuniak and St. Andrew’s Bay Quilt Show in Panama City were both discussed as coming in Feb. 16th and 17th.

Show and Tell:
Laraine shared her Hidden Gems quilt from a paper pieced block lottery.

Natalie shared her Biggest Bag Ever.

The biggest bag ever holds
Natalie's rigid heddle loom
Cindy shared her Pillow Cover for Natalie from the Anniversary Scrap Swap.

Cindy had a scrappy pillow cover to add to the online auction inventory and an Adore La Red, White, and Blue quilt top.

Lisa shared her pink and purple quilt that was a gift (picture on phone) for Christmas.  She also shared a paper piecing project and her Flamingo Pink Block Lottery finish with the star pieces in the middle.

Maureen shared her Pearl Bracelets baby quilt and a Sampler she showed that she had redone from years ago.

Mary shared her Grandson’s quilt that he made using flannel (picture on her phone).

Wendi is working on the
Quilt Con charity quilt
Lisa is making perfect
point pinwheels

We enjoyed our potluck lunch and Sit and Sew. 

Many people donated fabric and sewing talents to make the hospice quilt come together. Thank you to Wendi, Lisa, Loree, Maureen, Bobbi, Laraine, Mary, Marcia, Natalie, and Linda.

Maureen sewing blocks
for the hospice quilt

ECMQG hospice quilt stage 1 - quilt top complete!

 Loree and Natalie power sewed the hospice quilt top together with help from all the ECMQG sewists.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Bits of Friendship

Mary, writing about her thoughts for the February 2018 block lottery, says this:

"The block combines several elements I enjoy...a basic nine patch with improv variations.  It uses bits and scraps from friends and myself in Canada for my Florida friends, and is a natural colour combination for February of white with reds and pinks.

I am calling it 'Bits of Friendship'.  My modern group at home (Pine Tree Quilters Guild of Muskoka) was keen to share fabric bits with you for this block. 

(Mary had a pile available for the taking at the January 13th meeting.)  From your stash, add pinks and reds.

Inspiration came from Amanda Jean Nyberg's quilt, Chain of Diamonds, from her book No Scrap Left Behind 

and from Rayna Gillman's quilt on the cover of her book Create Your Own Improv Quilts."

Use nine 4.5" white or white-on-white squares. (Kona White was used in our examples.)

Sew a red or pink wonky bit onto opposite corners. 

Press and trim.  

Set up in a pleasing design.

Sew the squares into rows.

Sew the rows together to make a 12.5" block.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Which Way? - Block Lottery for January 2018

Laraine has created a super fun Paperless Paper Piecing tutorial for her Which Way? block tutorial. Just follow the link below to jump to the tutorial.

Which Way Block Tutorial

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November Happenings

Hello ECMQG'rs -
It's hard to believe another four weeks has flown by, but here we are three days before our meeting.
I'm sorry to say November's meeting is another I'll miss.  Once again I'll be watching my two run, this time in Tallahassee for the final XC race of the year.  It's the one they've been running and training for the entire season - FHSAA State Championships - Go Jags!

I know some of us, last-minute sewists that we are, are trying to finish projects before Saturday arrives. 

Here is most of the information you'll need:
Elections.  You must be present to vote.  Wendi has the ballots printed and ready.  Thank you to all who are interested in serving on the Board.  It takes a little bit (sometimes a lot) from each of us (board members and general members) to make the guild successful, inviting, and creative.

2018 Dues. As we've done each year, we'll begin collecting next year's dues. Same amount, $50 ($25 Junior) as 2017.

Loree's bringing the completed Q3 Community Outreach quilt for everyone to see and fondle.  It's being donated to ARC Gateway's Wreath's of Joy Gala and is amazing!  Many thanks to all who made it happen. All arborists are requested to be picture ready (no food in your teeth), as Loree is determined to have a group picture taken.

This annual fundraiser ensures that quality services are available for children and adults with developmental disabilities - now and in the future. ECMQG is pleased to support this event with a silent auction donation of a beautifully crafted quilt for the second year in a row.

November's block lottery which Maureen presented will be drawn. ICYMI, instructions can be found here and there are a couple of variations. Bobbi's cheerful yellow geese show the centered version.  

These saturated green-blue geese, from Loree, show the off-set version. Notice her backgrounds are extremely scrappy too. Use what you have, and as ALWAYS, have fun! Your blocks will be beautiful.

October Block Lottery Take Two. I wasn't eligible to win (I've yet to make a top from the wonky flying geese blocks I won earlier.) which means one of you will go home with a pile of awesomely gorgeous selvage blocks! Lucky.

Personally, Wendi is collecting FQs to send to the quilters who lost their stashes in the CA wildfires. She knew some of us would be more than willing to share.  If you'd like to help, bring a FQ to Saturday's meeting.  

Our first online auction is set to go live tomorrow night on IG (Instagram.)  Thank you to all of the makers who donated items! We CANNOT do this without you. Please share this meme and ask all of your IG friends to shop!    

Wendi will have the details - bidding, paying, shipping - Saturday morning.  The fb (Facebook) auction will happen AFTER the IG auction closes.

Hospitality Captain Jo is coordinating our Thanksgiving themed potluck. The menu, as of today, is turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. We'll need drinks, a few more side dishes (hot and cold), some finger foods, and another dessert or two.  

Our second annual I-Have-Too-Much-Fabric-and-Crafts Chair Sale begins immediately following lunch, or at 1:00pm, whichever is later. $10 reserves your space (please contact Wendi).

Shop your friend's stash! Remember, you don't want to go home with more fabric than you came with, right? Or do you? (We won't tell, promise!)

Wendi, Roxie, Bobbi, and Natalie will have more information to share with you Saturday morning. Once again I am grateful I can depend on them when I'm absent.

ECMQG President 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017

Are You Ready for a {FLAMINGO} Challenge?

The whole idea of the challenge using Kona Flamingo came from the exhibit at QuiltCon East in Savannah for the 2016 Kona Color Of The Year (COTY) - "Highlight" - and how impressive it was. 

It was vibrant. It was cohesive. It was inspiring. 60 mini quilts, all the same size, all with one common element - Kona Highlight. Each of the 60 artists who received a pre-selected color palette, were asked simply to make a mini quilt. Creativity-wise, the sky was the limit. They could design, piece, quilt, embellish, etc. their mini in whatever manner that best spoke to them/represented them.

Looking at the exhibit, you saw minimalist quilts, modern traditional quilts, improv quilts, bold and graphic quilts, sweet quilts. I'll admit, some of the color palettes were easier on the eyes than others. But, each quilt wasn't there to be judged. It was there because it represented where the artist was creatively at that point in time.

Here is the best link to visuals of the QuiltCon exhibit. 

That's the idea with this challenge. Show us what you're made of. What's your piecing style? How do you like to quilt? Are you a free-form quilter or a pattern follower? It doesn't matter. Show us what you can do with a FQ or F8 of Flamingo Pink. 

These are our parameters for the Kona Flamingo 20" x 20" Mini Quilt Challenge:

1 - Must use Kona's 2017 COTY, "Flamingo". Use as little or as much as you want.
2 - Finished mini-quilt size must be 20" x 20"
3 - Any piecing style/design style is allowed. If using a pattern, PLEASE credit the pattern maker/designer.
4 - ONLY solid fabrics may be used. Ideally, ONLY Kona solids, but that's your decision.
5 - All minis must have a label on the back.
6 - Kona Flamingo is available for purchase at $2/FQ or $1/F8 today. (N/A)
7 - Minis are due no later than December 9, 2017.
8 - This is your mini to keep. At a later date and time, we will request permission to display it in a show format/public setting.
9 - All minis submitted are eligible to win a small prize. Random drawing at the December 9th meeting. 

We are so looking forward to seeing your minis, but also hearing a little bit about what inspired you.  Good luck!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Six Flying Geese Heading North - November Block Lottery

A tutorial from Maureen Howard.  Presented October 2017 for November 2017 Block Lottery.  Questions?  email maureen2.howard2@gmail dot com


Please use strong, saturated colors that will show up well against the background. Geese can be prints or solids. Feel free to use a mix of prints and solids in a single colorway; i.e., all geese made of tints and shades from the red-orange colorway. 
The background fabrics should be black, grey, and white, or any combination thereof. You can use solids or prints as long as the only colors in the background are black, grey, and white. (Got it? Black, grey, and white!!)

You can have your geese flying straight up the center, as the orange and blue ones.  Or...

your geese can be offset to one side or the other, like the pink and green geese shown below.


There are six units (rows) in each block.

For centered geese, cut:
(6) Left side background 2.5” x 4.5”
(6) Geese color: 2.5” x 4.5”
(6) Right side background: 2.5” x 4.5”

For offset geese, cut:
(6) Left side background:  2.5” x 5.5”
(6) Geese color: 2.5” x 4.5”
(6) Right side background: 2.5” x 3.5”

(If you want the right side to be bigger than the left, reverse the dimensions for those pieces.)


With right sides of geese fabric and background fabric together, mark a 45° angle on background piece, as shown. Stitch on your marked line.

Trim excess fabric, about ¼” from stitching line.

Press seam allowance towards background fabric. (Ignore that smallish green corner sticking out on the bottom. Oops. Oh well.)

Repeat this for the other side - (dark background fabric in this picture.) You will be stitching over the top of the first stitching line to make your geese point.

Trim excess fabric, about ¼” from stitching line.

Press seam allowance towards the background fabric.

Make six of these units (rows) for each block. Arrange units (rows) in the order that's pleasing to you. (Magic color change alert for the subsequent pictures.  :)


When stitching units (rows) together, put the side with the point of the flying geese on top so you can see where the point is.  As your presser foot gets close to the tip of the goose, ensure the fabric is aligned so that your needle sews exactly where the seam lines intersect.

This saves lives because you don’t chop the goose’s head off!

Your seam should look like this.

Give the block a good press, and you’re done! (Just as soon as you make 27 more blocks; geese need friends!  Just kidding.)