Tuesday, May 16, 2023

May 2023 Guild Meeting

 May 2023

Tonight we welcomed Chelsea Holbert as a guest and she left as a member. Welcome Chelsea who recently moved from Indianapolis. We’re glad to have her!

Chelsea was our first door prize winner, Amy Barrick and Mary Ellen Wical were the other winners.

The Modern Quilt Guild recently revised the definition of Modern Quilting. As quilting evolves so does what is considered modern. To read about it visit the Modern Quilt Guild website.

We shared what aspects of Modern Quilting we will be using in our challenge quilts.


 Mary Ellen did a great job informing us on batting. The different kinds, brands, and material. She shared tips about them as well as showing samples. She prefers the Quilters Dream line of battings. The Dream Wool is her personal favorite. Another favorite is Hobbes 80/20 blend. 

Sew and Share

Mary Ellen finished a bunch of quilts recently. The Bonnie Hunter Mystery- Chilhowie.

Block-of-the-Month class that Mary Ellen taught at Halfmoon Handwerks in New Cumberland.

Mary Ellen used the scraps to make a donation quilt.

Finally, she made a Mondo bag out of a collection of bee fabrics.

Debby Moreland made this quilt top as part of a quilt along with Jittery Wings - Charade

Gay Weigand took a class on improvisational piecing at Quiltcon-Atlanta with Charles Cameron called Wonky Pluses

Next Month

Leslie Robinson will be sharing info about Pappas House, a hospice care home. Our fall charity quilt will involve making a quilt for them.

Our challenge quilts are coming due in August. For the next meeting members are to think about what they learned while making their challenge quilt and share at the meeting.

 New members are always welcome, contact us at CapitalAreaMQG@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

March 2023 Meeting

March 2023

We started the meeting with our member door prizes. Mary Ellen Wical, Evelyn Hunt, and Amy Barrick were tonight’s winners.

Deb Lohman let everyone know that the membership for 2023 was paid to the National Organization. As members of The Modern Quilt Guild we all get free admission to Quiltcon. She shared the recent experience at Quiltcon in Atlanta, Georgia.  Next year. Quiltcon will be in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Upcoming quilt shows include
The Lancaster Quilt Show March 29-April 1st at the Wyndham Resort in Lancaster, Pa. Free Admission and Free Parking.
Mennonite Quilt Relief March 31-April 1st at the Harrisburg Farm Show, Free Admission, Parking Fee.
Baltimore Heritage Quilt Expo, April 22-23rd, Timmonium, MD
Global Quilt Connection- online sampler- May 6-7th- details to come next month

Member Spotlight: Karen Sykes
She started sewing as a young child making clothes, took up knitting in college, and later took up quilting.
Mystery Quilt

Gertie the Ghost

Triangles with Rebecca Bryan

Improv, scalloped edge was cut by hand with no pattern

Kangaroo quilt

Early quilt made for her mother.

Favorite knitted vest

Knitted jacket from her travels to Austria

Pattern by Rebecca Bryan

Sew and Share

Debbie Moreland, pattern by Jennifer Sampou-Sky Madras Bloom Tablerunner
Sharon Farley, pattern by Jan Krentz-variation of Hunters Star.

Maike Beu, pattern Colored Happy by Valorie Wells

Maike Beu, Interleave technique

Maike Beu, hand appliqued circles and pieced squares. The back of the quilt made from tablecloth she used for special parties so it has special meaning to her.

Debbie Moreland, quilted the Bingo Quilt made from the blocks members made when we played fabric bingo. Quilt will be donated to Quilts for Kids.

Sharon Farley, inspired by the book Lovely Landscape  Quilts

Evelyn Hunt shared quilted placemats made by Judi Bitner from another guild that they are donating to Meals on Wheels and a senior center. A great way to use up scraps from projects.

Favorite Tools
Members shared there favorite tools for quilting:
A phone, a camera, a computer, a toothpick, a slotted ruler, bobbin case that closes, little crochet hook, 2 1/2” x 24” ruler, Clover Needle threader, sharp mini scissors, Celtic bars, Strip Stick for pressing

Members voted to vary the meetings if warranted. That meetings can be held the third Sunday of the month at the discretion of the leadership, mainly in the winter months in the event of bad weather or darkness consideration. All meetings through October 2023 will be held the third Thursday of the month.

April -Deb Lohman will be talking about Threads
May- Mary Ellen will tell us about batting

Modern Quilt Guild New members are always welcome, contact us at CapitalAreaMQG@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

October 2022 Meeting - What to do with Scraps

October 18, 2022

Modern Moment: 

Gay Weigand gave us information on Quiltcon 2023 that will be in Atlanta, Georgia February 23rd to 26th.  As members of the Modern Quilt Guild you can register to attend for free if you complete your registration by November 30th. They offer classes, lectures, vendors and quilts.

Sew and Share:

Members show what they have completed or work in progress. This month they also brought examples of quilts made from scraps. We also added a new feature. Each member was asked a question (or two). This month the questions were- "If you had a quilt shop what would you call it?  and When did you start quilting?"

Sharon showed a sewing machine cover she made using scraps. A pillowcase from the leftovers of a bargello quilt and a table runner she has repurposed into a window covering.

Donna shared her Jack the Pumpkin, pattern by Laura Heine.

Gay shared a quilt top she made using scraps. Star Pop by Quilty Love. She also showed us a bag she made using a quaint novelty print from Ruby Star Society.

Mary Ellen brought a scrappy quilt she made going through her divorce many years ago. She also shared several other quilts made from scraps.

Gina also made a quilt using blocks constructed from crumbs. 

Karen recently made a tablemat that she had seen at the Quilted Moose quilt shop, a quilt made from half square triangles and Gertie the Ghost, a pattern by Rebecca Bryan.

Chris showed several scrappy projects as well as a Snowflake quilt that she had seen on Pinterest. Looks great in black/white and red!

Marilyn's scrappy quilt was a watercolor quilt that she added trees, a bow hunter and a deer because her husband loves to hunt.

Member Spotlight:

Miki Howell

She began working with polymer clay and making jewelry. She learned quilting from a traditional quiltmaker while she lived in Europe. She shared an early quilt she made for her mother. She really enjoys making landscape quilts. She takes photographs and they are her inspiration.

Featured Speaker: Leslie Robinson

"What to do with all the %#$@ Scraps!"

Leslie did a great job in helping to identify scraps and different ways to organize and use them. Her own unique idea is to make potholders from scraps that match quilts she makes. She can keep the potholder for herself as a memento of the quilt. There are different methods for storing and organizing your scraps. One particular pattern that is very scrap friendly is the sourdough block

Business Meeting

Dues for 2023 will remain $25.00 and are due by January. The treasurer will be sending out information later this month about making payments either at upcoming meetings, by mail or via paypal.

The December Meeting on December 20th will be our annual holiday gathering. It will be at the Giant Community Center at 6:30pm. We will have a veggie tray, cookie tray and beverages available. We will be doing two different gift exchanges. Participation is optional. The first is the exchange of a Modern Mug Rug. Using a principal of Modern Quilting and the fabric of your choosing make a mug rug (typically sized anywhere from a 4" x 7" to a 12" x 8"). Everyone who brings a mug rug will go home with a different one.

We will also have a quilt related gift exchange. Bring a wrapped gift of a quilt related item (value approx $20). We will play a game to distribute the gifts. 

In other news, Christina Miller is unable to continue as Communications due to changes to her work schedule. Debbie Lohman has volunteered to take up the post until the position can be filled. 

A "Give and Take" Table will be established at meetings so that members can bring quilt items (fabric, patterns, books, blocks, scraps, etc,) that they no longer want in hopes that others might want to take them home. You must reclaim your items before you leave if they don't find a new home.

Next Month: Our presenter is Debbie Lohman who will be speaking about threads. Our members spotlight will be Karen Sykes.

Signups for 2023 spotlight and presentations are available now so plan to sign up at the next meeting to get your preferred month!

 Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild New members are always welcome, contact us at CapitalAreaMQG@gmail.com