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
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:

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!


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

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: 
    • 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.