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: 
    • 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.


  • 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! 

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.) 

Friday, September 18, 2015

September Meeting

Last night's meeting was a whirlwind of activity. Let's recap:

We voted unanimously to increase our yearly dues and to formally adopt the VP of Communications and VP of Events as a part of our governing board as written in the bylaws . The board continues to work on revising the bylaws. Once that task is completed, the proposed changes will be voted on by general membership and the bylaws will be permalinked here on the blog in their entirety for reference.

Heather Pregger gave us a lesson on quilt photography. Heather is an accomplished quilter, having had quilts accepted in many shows, magazines and exhibitions. Her steps for good quilt photography:

1. Hang the quilt on a non distracting background (solid white, grey, or black)
2. No visible body parts
3. Make sure the quilt is hung square
4. Use a tripod and a timer on your camera for the clearest picture
5. Level your camera with the middle of the quilt to maintain proper perspective
6. Lighting is key. Use two sources of color true lighting pointed at the quilt from opposite directions.
7. Ensure that all edges of the quilt are seen in the photograph
8. Take lots of pictures in the largest size (max pixels) your camera offers.
9. Save originals and modify copies to the event's speicifications

We had the big reveal of the #FWMQGrainbowminiswap. Members work most of the summer on a rainbow mini quilt for a secret partner. So many amazing quilts were made for this swap. A huge thank you to Ann and Jenn for coordinating the swap for the guild.

Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs designed the March 2015 MQG quilt of the month. She graciously provided a B&W coloring page of her quilt 'Use Your Illusion'. We spent some time socializing and coloring in our own designs. It was super fun to see how we individually interpreted the quilt design. Thank you so much for the inspiration Cheryl!

Time for Show And Share

 Kristi finished her baby size Math Class quilt from the Natalia Bonner workshop we had over the summer.

Maureen shared this gorgeous quilt she is working on for her sister. I adore the pieced garden back (complete with chicken coop!!)

Jenn shared several of her recent quilts. The first two are free patterns she designed for the Moda Bake Shop. The third is called Trellis Crossroads from Lindsay Conner's Modern Bee Book and the last is an original design featured in Fons&Porter Easy Quilts.

More pictures will be uploaded to the guild's Instagram account @fortworthmqg later today!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Tonight's Votes

Good morning all! I wanted to check in with you all, and go over the things you may have missed if you weren't at our August meeting.

This evening we will be holding two votes. We will be voting on a proposal to raise dues to $40 beginning next year. This will allow us to plan more programming for the guild.

We are also proposing to redefine the current VP position to VP of Membership and Outreach, rename the social media chair as VP of Communications, and add a VP of Events. I've included the job duties the board has delineated for position below.

There will be time for discussion prior to the vote, so please bring any questions you may have.

Also, we'd love it if you could bring colored pencils tonight for a special activity! We hope to see you then!

Vice President of Events:
In charge in the President’s absence.
Coordinates with treasurer to collect money and maintain sign up sheets for guild events.
Plans special events, including workshops, lectures, trunkshows, and retreats.
Coordinates with other MQGs for special events.
Works closely with other VPs as needed.

Vice President of Membership/Outreach
Communicates with guests and potential members
Maintains membership records and directory
Oversees charitable projects
Works closely with VP of Communications on Guild Promotion

Vice President of Communications:
Is the public face of the guild.
Maintains all social media accounts.
Maintains guild information on community site.
Administrates guild blog.
Produces monthly newsletter

Works closely with other VPs as needed.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Rainbow Mini Quilt Swap

Don't forget that your #FWMQGrainbowminiswap project is due at the September meeting!

Check this mini out on Lily's Quilts here.

Are you still looking for inspiration? Check out our inspiration Pinterest board here. Instagram pics of your progress with #FWMQGrainbowminiswap so that we can follow along. Look for regrams of member work on @fortworthmqg on Instagram and on our Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing what you create at our meeting on Thursday September 17th at 6:30pm.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June Meeting and Workshop with Carolyn Friedlander

We had a wonderful meeting in June with Carolyn Friedlander as our special guest. She brought many of her quilts and talked about her planning process, color, and her passion for slow stitching.
Carolyn talked us through her new Block of the Month quilt. Slow stitching greatness

The Aerial Grove quilt is on my personal bucket list
Focal is a study in color and bringing the focus to the border

Alturas used a large scale panel across multiple appliqued pieces

 We saw some awesome quilts during Show and Share:

Partner information for the FWMQG Rainbow Mini Quilt Swap has been passed out. Quilts are due at the September meeting. If you have any questions, get with Jenn or Ann.

June BOM blocks are: 6, 10, 25, 35, and 48

Don't forget that the deadline to enter the Trinity Valley Quilt Guild Quilt Show is July 17. Click here for more information.
On Friday we met at Trinity United Methodist Church in Arlington for the Facing East workshop with Carolyn. We worked from her first book: Savor Each Stitch

Carolyn reviewed color theory and gave lessons in foundation paper piecing and hand applique techniques. She talked about the inspiration behind her designs and gave us insight into her process. We had some technical difficulties in the beginning. Too many irons = blown circuits :) We relocated the ironing stations down the hall and started creating. We had friends join us from Dallas and San Antonio. It was a day full of fun, laughter, and lots of sewing!!

A trail of threads leads to the ironing station
Facing East blocks completed

FWMQG and Carolyn Friedlander