Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May 2017 Meeting

Another fun meeting in the books! Last week we all got together to share some fun stuff we created and discussed some fun new opportunities ahead. Jan showed us some cute new information cards that Maritza made for us. They'll be placed at local fabric shops to let others know about our group.

A few months ago Jan challenged us to make a quilt out of solids only. She, along with Natalie and Maritza, showed off their Solids Challenge quilts. Jan used a Jacob's ladder pattern for hers. 

Natalie used the Kite Flight pattern.

And Maritza used her own pattern, which was featured on the MQG blog a few months back. 

Jane couldn't be with us, but shared her quilt top on Facebook before our meeting.

We discussed a new TVMQG challenge that will be due in October. The challenge is to make a quilted item, any size or format, based on a photo from a magazine or newspaper. It can be a bag, pillow, item of clothing, wall hanging, quilt or mini-quilt, really anything made of fabric and quilted. We'll be calling it the Mag Challenge. Jan showed us an example:

Also brought up at the meeting was the idea of joining the next QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge. We'll discuss it more next meeting, but hope some of us can get together to assign a "Charity Project Leader" and a "Design Team" for it. 

Natalie went over next month's block of the month and showed us the blocks she had made. The block is called the Woven Chevron.

To start off Show and Tell, Linda brought out a huge, beautiful, and very scrappy log cabin quilt that lays on her queen bed. 

Susanne showed us a fun quilt she made for her adult son. It had everything on it from beer to beards! :)

Sue told us a story of a wedding guest quilt she was asked to make for her niece out of the solid blocks squares that she ended up changing and making into something just beautiful. The gold she used on the front and the backing were so elegant. 

Natalie brought in this lively and bright quilt she had originally started for the Solids Quilt Challenge. She later went with the other quilt in fear she wouldn't have this one done in time. 

Judy finished piecing her "Room and Board" pattern blocks together form last month's meeting to make this lovely quilt top.

Colleen showed us a beautiful rainbow basket she made with her friends last month.

She also showed us a cute zipper bag a friend made for her. 

I brought in a quilt top that's almost complete (just missing the outside borders) that a friend and I are gifting to our daughters' Kindergarten teacher. The pattern we chose was the Color Me Quilt. 

Jessica made this adorable quilted pillow out of 2.5 in squares. 

Our demo for the evening was how to operate an AccuQuilt GO!, by Natalie. She showed us how to use the machine to create quick and easy cutouts from fabric. 


Our meeting ended with the raffle and here were the winners:

I (Angelica) won 2 pixie rolls of fabric, quilting stencils, quilter's roll clips, and numbered pins; Natalie won the 2017 QuiltCon bag with 2 fat quarters and a MQG water bottle; and Judy won the $20 gift certificate to Primitive Gatherings. 

Here are the May BOM blocks that were collected.

Next month's meeting will be June 15th at 6:30 pm. We hope to see you all there! :)

~Angelica Jones

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