Saturday, May 28, 2016

May's Meeting Recap

Our meeting this month was led by Jenn Haxton, our guild Treasurer. She did a great job filling in for Ann, who was in a car accident. Ann is doing good. She has rehab ahead of her with her knee and whiplash. If you get a chance, send her a text or give her a call. She is not driving and is bored!

Jenn got us started with calling the meeting to order. Gayla introduced the guests. Welcome guests! The new VP of Communications, Jeanne Lobsinger, was introduced and then came the game of "Pick the Workshop!" We had four projects of Jacquie Gering's to choose from, and after much debate and talk about how just being in one of her workshops will blow your mind, we chose the Log Cabin - Modern Makeover.


 Proof of voting by Jenn.
If you have not signed up for the workshop, and you want to take it or just be in the same room with quilty knowledge, be sure to sign up and pay your $40.00 deposit by June 1, 2016 to Jenn Haxton.

We were fortunate to have two members who went to QuiltCon West 2016 in April. Lazara Abernathy and Debi Bright shared their experience with us. Lazara gave us pointers on when to sign up and how to navigate the show. Debi brought many fabrics she screen printed in a workshop. Thank you for sharing. QuiltCon East 2017 is in Savannah, Georgia, February 23-26, 2017. The schedule will be announced June 1, 2016.

A new guild challenge was introduced. TRIANGLES!! Make a name tag, a mini quilt, or a triangle border for your medallion. No HST's. This will be due at the August's meeting.

We had several members show the progress on their medallion quilts.

And a few more with Show and Share.

It was great looking around and seeing so many members bringing handwork to meeting. Busy hands...

For convenience, included is the General Information that was printed on the back of the Agendas.  It has been updated to reflect current information.
General Information

  • Pillow cases to ACH Goal:  150 To Date: 148
  • June Meeting:  Presentation by Mettler Threads
  • July Meeting:  Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio will give a  trunk show and lecture Thursday.  Log Cabin - Modern Makeover Workshop on Friday July 22nd will cost $100 and take place at Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ, 6102 W. Pleasant Ridge Rd, Arlington 76016.  Payments to Jenn Haxton.  Supply list to be emailed.
  • August Meeting: Skills demonstration and Triangle Challenge is Due
  • October Meeting:  Melissa Eubanks of My Fabric Relish will give a lecture on October 20th. Prickly Flower Quilt Workshop will be on Saturday October 22nd at Sew Fabricated. Sign ups start in May.
  • November Meeting: ”Color Theory” presented by Martha Sheriff
  • Retreats:  
1. June 20-23rd 3 nights - Our House in Milford, 1077 Cosby Road, Milford 76670. Arrive 1pm, leave after brunch. Total: $254.40 $50 deposit to FWMQG, remainder paid to Milford House on arrival, includes meals Dinner Monday to Brunch Thursday
2. September 8-10th Day Retreat at Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ, 6102 W. Pleasant Ridge Rd, Arlington 76016. 9am-6pm any or all days.  We can leave our sewing machines set up, sleep at home, have potluck meals or go out. Cost: $40 for 3 days.
  • Block Printing:  Friday, June 3rd, 10am-2pm at Sew Fabricated
  • Slow - Stitch Saturday:  CANCELLED FOR MAY  
  • Sewcials:  4th Monday - May 23rd, 5 - 8pm   2nd Saturday - June 11th, 9am - 1pm
The Fire Station Community Center, 1601 Lipscomb St, Fort Worth 76104
  • Quilt Exhibit at Ontario Museum of Art and History in California: Theme: Modern Quilts: Redesigning Traditions, December 1-January 22, 2017 Entry deadline: June 15, 2016 Contact ghawley@ontario.ca.gov for applications and information.

Please join us at our next guild meeting on June 16th. Come at 6:30 to get to know your fellow members and greet new members and guests. Meeting starts at 7:00.

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

April's Meeting Recap

Hey Everyone, I am truly sorry for this late blog post about our April Meeting.  It was a great meeting, and I am sorry if you missed it.  

First off, we took care of some business that included discussion and nominations for Abby's position of Vice President of Communications.  We had two nominations,  Jeanne Lobsinger and Maureen Kelly.  Unfortunately, at the board meeting, we realized that Maureen is ineligible at this time to run for a board position.  We are keeping nominations open until May 10th.  If you are interested, please email the board by then.  An email will be sent out prior to the May meeting where we will make a decision.

Our guest speaker this month was the always entertaining Randy Cole of ABCSewing (ABCsewing.com).




This time he brought a  sewing machine to demonstrate the fact that "the walking foot does NOTHING."
We had a lot of fun trying to wrap our head around that concept and putting up counterpoints to his argument.  He simply just kept demonstrating that it "does nothing."  He suggests for everyone go buy a rolling foot to lesson the drag.  I think this  photo is from his disbelief that some of us did not believe him.

Members' medallion quilts are coming along there were some great ones being shown.



And as always... Show and Share was inspirational!




Let me end by saying the Fort Worth MQG members rock!!! 

To date you have made 111 pillowcases to be donated to ACH Family and Child Services  and 30 Nap Mats to be donated to Center for Transforming Lives .  Click on the links to be directed to their 'About Us' pages.  We will continued to collect these items through out the year.  Remember our pillowcase goal is 150 and the nap mat goal is 100. See General Information about sizes.
 

For convenience, I am including the General Information that was printed on the back of the Agendas.  I have updated them to reflect current information.
General Information

  • Pillow cases to ACH    Goal:  150            To Date: 111
  • Nap Mats to Transforming Women’s Lives  Goal: 100    To Date: 30    24”x36” - ish, 36”x48” - ish, or 24”x48” - ish
  • June Meeting:  Presentation from Mettler Threads
  • July Meeting:  Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio will give a  trunk show and lecture Thursday.  Precision Lines Workshop on Friday July 22nd will cost $100 and take place at Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ, 6102 W. Pleasant Ridge Rd, Arlington 76016.  Payments to Jenn Haxton.  Supply list to be emailed.
  • October Meeting:  Melissa Eubanks of My Fabric Relish will give a lecture on October 20th. Prickly Flower Quilt Workshop will be on Saturday October 22nd at Sew Fabricated. Sign ups start in May.
  • Retreats:  
1. June 20-23rd 3 nights - Our House in Milford, 1077 Cosby Road, Milford 76670. Arrive 1pm, leave after brunch. Total: $254.40 $50 deposit to FWMQG, remainder paid to Milford House on arrival, includes meals Dinner Monday to Brunch Thursday
2. September 8-10th Day Retreat at Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ, 6102 W. Pleasant Ridge Rd, Arlington 76016. 9am-6pm any or all days.  We can leave our sewing machines set up, sleep at home, have potluck meals or go out. Cost: $40 for 3 days.
  • Block Printing:  Friday, June 3rd, 10am-2pm at Sew Fabricated
  • Slow - Stitch Saturday:     3rd Saturday - May 21st, 1-4pm at 1533 Merrimac Circle, Suite 101 Fort Worth
  • Sewcials:  4th Monday - April 25th, 5 - 8pm          2nd Saturday - May  14th, 9am - 1pm
The Fire Station Community Center, 1601 Lipscomb St, Fort Worth 76104
  • Quilt Exhibit at Ontario Museum of Art and History in California: Theme: Modern Quilts: Redesigning Traditions, December 1-January 22, 2017 Entry deadline: June 15, 2016 Contact ghawley@ontario.ca.gov for applications and information.

Hope to see you all at our May 19th meeting.  We plan to talk about QuiltCon 2016 and the upcoming QuiltCon 2017.

Ann


Saturday, February 20, 2016

February's Meeting Recap

Hi everyone! Ann, here filling in for Abby.  February's meeting was lots of fun and if you were unable to come, here's what you missed.

First up, we showed off our Medallions!  They are beautiful!! 

 
There are a couple of people following the Medallion instructions that were created by the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, so I went over the instructions for the next round of borders. Instructions can be found here. 
 

Remember, every time you show a new addition to your Medallion QAL you will receive an entry into our December Grand Prize Drawing.  Don't forget to #fwmqg2016qal on Instagram.

Next, Gayla shared about the Charity Outreach we are involved in.  We will continue to support ACH Child and Family Services with pillowcases and Transitioning Women's Lives (formerly known as YWCA) with nap mats or small quilts for their daycare center.  The guild members set target goals for this year and they are:

150 standard pillowcases
and
100 Nap mats (sizes 24”x36”, 36”x48, or 24”x48”)

For our programming, Chris Atwell, Jenn Haxton, and Lizzie Scagel demonstrated how to make pillowcases using the sausage burrito roll method.  Here is a link to 1 of many video examples and a link to lots of free patterns.


 
If you go to the following link, you can see that ACH is in need of supplies.  If you could place a couple of these items in each pillow case you turn in they would appreciate it!

 
So start stitching everyone!  We will accept these items at all guild meetings, sewcials and slow-stitches.

For the grand finale, our amazing, talented quilters shared with us what they have been working on.  Take a look!






A new practice that will be done each month, is the following General Information will be published on the back of the meeting agenda. ***Take note of our March speaker, and the start of our Sewcials on the 2nd Saturday mornings and 4th Monday evenings in March.

General Information

  • Pillow cases to ACH    Goal:  150        To Date: 0
  • Nap Mats to Transforming Women’s Lives  Goal: 100    To Date: 13        24”x36”, 36”x48, or 24”x48”
  • March Meeting:  Winnie Flemming will be our speaker at this meeting. She is an expert in borders and will give us insight that will be helpful with the borders on our Medallion quilts.
  • July Meeting:    Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio will be with us for our meeting. Jacquie is the President of the Modern Quilt Guild and will give a trunk show of her beautiful quilts. We will also be having a workshop with her, the details to come.
  • October Meeting:  Melissa Eubanks of My Fabric Relish will be our speaker.  She will also teach a workshop on her Prickly Flower Quilt at Sew Fabricated on Saturday, October 22, more info to follow.
  • Retreats:  We will be joining another group at Our House in Milford on June 20-24, 2016.  This weekday retreat will cost $240 plus taxes (around $253) per person. It’s a great venue with lots of space and light, nice accommodations and all meals are provided.  More information to follow about this and another retreat.
  • Block Printing:  April 5th, 10am-2pm at Sew Fabricated
  • Slow - Stitch Saturday:     3rd Saturday - February 20th, 1-4pm at 1533 Merrimac Circle, Suite 101, Fort Worth
  • Sewcials:  2nd Saturdays 9am - 1pm and 4th Mondays 5 - 8pm at The Fire Station Community Center, 1601 Lipscomb St, Fort Worth 76104  Starting in March.
  • Dallas Quilt Show:  March 11-13 at Dallas Market Hall
  • Arlington Quilt Show:  April 22-23, entries due March 21st, quilts due April 20, website: http://qgoa.org/quilt-show/

Before I go, I want to thank Jeanne Lobsinger for taking all the photos and posting them to Instagram for us this month!  Its a huge job, and you were fantastic!!!!  Have a great month everyone and I hope to see you in March for a speaker - Winning Flemming!

Ann

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Member Spotlight: Jenn Nevitt

  Our first member spotlight is on Jenn Nevitt. Jenn blogs at Mommy Sew, and had her quilt, "512", accepted to 2016 Quilt Con. 







          
    

Your Name:
Jenn Nevitt


















                      
  


Your Quilt’s Name
512

Tell us about your quilting history
I started quilting after the birth of my oldest child seven years ago, and really started doing more when I started staying home with my kids about 4 1/2 years ago. 
What inspired you to make this quilt?
An image of all the possible ways to color a 9 patch using two colors.
It is a huge honor, and quite exciting!
 
What does it mean to have your quilt picked for Quilt Con?  
Any advice for new quilters?Keep sewing. Bad, good, just keep sewing. And it's OK if you don't like the way something turned out. You can make it over again.

  

Sunday, January 31, 2016

January Meeting Recap

Well our first meeting of 2016 went off without a hitch! We had an amazing turn out and we hope to see you all back in HSC room 506 on Thursday, February 18th!


Things to Know

  • The Quilters Guild of Arlington is having a quilt show in April 22-23rd. Entries are due March 21st. Get your quilts in. If you have a quilt chosen, let us know and you could be a featured member on the blog. Click here for more information.
  • The Oklahoma City Museum of Art has the Quilts of Color exhibit until February 7th. Check it out before it returns to Boston. Click here for more information.

2016 Medallion Quilt Along:


This year, for our 2016 Quilt Along, we will be making a medallion quilt. You have a lot of freedom to do what you want with this quilt. We know some of you were all for following the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Medallion QAL from 2015, and some of you were chomping at the bit to create your own quilt. We can not wait to see what all of your creative brains come up with!

            Things to know:

  • Each month you complete a border on the challenge, you will have your name entered in for the grand prize at the end. 
  • Each month we will have one member spotlight featuring a QAL medallion. Names will be drawn at random. If you would like to enter your name for chance to be featured, please email your name and a picture of your up to date quilt to: fortworthmqg@gmail.com 
    • You may only be chosen once
  • The center block is due at the February meeting. If you are following the Seattle MQG QAL, you will be making a 12.5 inch block. 
  • If you share pictures of your progress on Instagram, tag your post with #FWMQG2016QAL so we can see your work.

Top Left: Jenn Haxton
Bottom Left: Ann Revard
Right: Abby King

Show and Share:


Ann and Jenn showed off our Trinity River Quilt Con Charity Quilt. We will have a blog post up soon to show off the true amazingness of this quilt, but for now, thank you to Fort Worth Fabric Studio for donating the fabric we used to make our quilt.


We love when our members and guests show off their amazing work. We are so lucky to be surrounded by talented people who want to share the love of their craft with others. 

Our next meeting is February 18th at the UNT Health Science Center room 506. Remember we have social time from 6:30-7. Business will begin at 7.

Remember:

  • Medallion Quilt Centers are due next month
  • If you would like to become a member, pay your $40 dues to Jenn at the meeting, and fill out the information sheet on our website. The button is on the right.







Sunday, January 17, 2016

January Meeting Information

Join us for our first meeting of 2016!


January 21st @ UNT Health Science Center Room 506
Social Time: 6:30-7
Meeting starts at 7

This month we will be discussing:

- Introducing our new board memebers
- Plans for our guild
- The 2016 Quilt Along

If you have any Medallion quilts that you would like to share, please bring them for show and share this month. 

Remember to pay your $40 dues to Gayla or Jenn.



A Note from our President

Welcome to the 2016 edition of the Fort Worth Modern Quilt Guild!  I hope everyone had a wonderful, fun filled December!  I am excited about 2016 and personally have dubbed it “The Year of Challenges”.  Some challenges I have set for myself include Daily Doodles and walking 1000 miles.  At the time of this writing, I have logged 37 miles and you can check out my daily doodles over on Instagram, @thequiltingcats, if you’d like.    
The new board members and I met the 1st week of January and I was so impressed by their ideas and creativity that I went home and cleaned up my sewing room!  I’m not sure why it is that every fall I slack off on quilting and sewing.   Hmm… maybe I need a “quilty therapist” to help me sort this out.  Anyway, I’m off topic.   Let me just say that the Board is definitely going to keep you on your toes this year as they challenge your creativity and hopefully increase your skills.  It should be lots of fun!
As the outgoing VP of 2015, I asked everyone to complete a questionnaire about what they liked, didn’t like or wanted to change about the guild and WOW, you rose to that challenge!  Outside of someone’s request that one of us take her kids to their music lessons on guild nights so she can attend the meetings, I believe the board will be able to continue to do what was liked and will work on changing what wasn’t liked.  So let’s start one of the changes right now.  A majority of individuals requested a change in our meeting start time, and requested more interaction/social time.  SO TAKE NOTE!!  

Socialization will begin at 6:30pm 
General Meeting will begin at 7:00pm

And we encourage everyone to go to Central Market after the meeting for continued quilty interactions that include food and drinks.  
I am looking forward to seeing you all on the 21st and every month after in 2016.  You are all such wonderfully creative and inspiring individuals! 
Ann

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Lizzy House is coming!

Please join us for our Lizzy House weekend!

Meeting/Lecture: Friday November 13, 6:30 pm. (Please note this will replace our scheduled meeting onNovember 19) Free for FWMQG members, and non-members attending one of the workshops, $5 for non-members. Please invite your non-FWMQG friends to attend!
Our Meadow Block workshop is full, but we do have spaces available in block printing - please help us spread the word! Tell your friends who aren't guild members or are members of another guild! Help us fill the spaces so we can continue to have awesome workshops like this!
Meadow Block Workshop: Saturday November 14, 9-5
Block Printing Workshop: Sunday November 15 9-5. 
Both workshops will be held at Sew Fabricated in Pantego, TX (Arlington). Lunch is on your own both days. Exact times will be announced this week.

Please note that registration is very limited for both of these workshops. Registration is now open to non-FWMQG members. We will be offering a payment plan, since these workshops are more costly than previous workshops. Each workshop will cost $100 for members, and $115 for non-members.  (Please note that payment plans must be paid in cash or check only. If paying in one lump sum, you may pay using PayPal.)