Monday, December 30, 2013

Weekly Round Up for December 29, 2013!

I hope you are all preparing for an exciting New Year's Eve, and finishing up those 2013 projects so you can start something new in the new year!

Rossie has finished Ron the Half-Chevron Quilt top:

I really love this one!

Kathy has been screenprinting fabric to make into a bag! Can't wait to see this when it's finished, but here's the fabric - she added the blue over the already printed black.

This is a great example of how improvising can lead you to a richer outcome than you were initially contemplating...

Pam is showing off some gifts she made for others this season, she made a quilt, but I think I have to feature the University of Michigan themed stockings, right?:

Jenna's gone a bit crazy garment sewing with reindeer fabric. You really must see these!

Ann finished her Wild Geese quilt:

Debbie doesn't have time to sew. And I've been drawing... And that's it! Happy New Year's, everyone!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Weekly Round Up for December 21!

Lots of secret sewing must be going on! Because it's pretty quiet out there on the blogs.

Rossie has a new quilt called Prill, and shares her thoughts on quilt backs:

Rossie is also in the Lucie Summers Quilt Improv blog hop, and you can enter for a chance to win Lucie's book and see Rossie's improv chevrons here.

Lynn put this intriguing picture on her blog, without much explanation:

Brenda is sharing a recipe for baked apple cinnamon oatmeal on her blog. Sounds delicious!

Kathy has been making stockings:

Debbie has a book review of Amish Quilts: The Adventure Continues on her blog. I love Amish quilts myself, so I'm going to be on the look out for this book!

And I have been working on my tree skirt, using Debbie's pattern:

I'm a little further along now than yesterday, but Rossie has already finished hers! Here's a picture from Instagram of hers in action:

I am at least hoping to have mine done before the end of the year... But, well, we'll see.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy Solstice, everyone!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Meeting Minutes from Dec 18, 2013.

It was delightful to party with everyone at our meeting on Wednesday!  Thanks for all the treats, eats, and drinks!

Our calendar on the side here will soon be updated for 2014...

Next Sew-In: January 12 12 - 4pm at Pink Castle Fabrics
Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 28th at 6:30pm

Swap: Unfortunately I have to double check with Dorie about the swap for January.  I'll update this ASAP. 

Old Business: 

January Retreat:
  • Do to a scheduling snafu by the Hankerd Inn, the retreat will now be at the Howell Conference and Nature Center  
  • Same weekend, Friday - Sunday: January 31 - Feb 2 
  • Our guild PayPal account will send an invoice for the full payment of $150, to be paid by all attending ASAP. 
  • The Howell location is a bit more campy- than the Inn.  There will be bunk beds, and we will need to provide our own bedding / sleeping bags as well as most sewing supplies (no cutting boards or irons on site).  Ginia will be emailing those who book their space with more details.
Other Retreats:
  • There was a discussion about having a retreat at the Hankerd Inn the weekend of April 11 - 13, but that was not going to work with many people's schedules.   We will probably have an all-day sew-in in the Spring instead. 
  • The summer retreat is still a go at the Hankerd Inn for the weekend of June 26 - 29th with a discounted rate of $95 for Friday - Sunday.
Modern Quilt Exhibit with Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild: committee needs to set up a meeting.  Pam has not heard from Sonia.

Riley Blake Contest: the end date is in February. 
  •  Post pictures in this thread at the MQG site
  •  Those who wish to participate in a Guild's Choice contest can bring their quilted item to the February meeting.  Those participating should being a fat quarter, winner takes all.
Elections: for officer positions will take place in the January meeting.  So far the current board is running unopposed.

New Business:

Charity Chairs: are Stephanie K. and Pam L.!  We will work on having charity projects throughout the year.
  • Quilty Box is gathering Orphan Blocks to make children's charity quilts.  More details here!  Brenda said you can bring your blocks to Pink Castle Fabrics until the last week of January.  

Our Sew-In Policy:
  • We need at least 4 people to book a space in order to hold a Sew-In. 
  • Jenna will give us a rough headcount in the Sew-In reminder post/email. 
  • There are always free Sunday Sew-Ins at The Quilting Season.

Member Spotlight - Vicky Gaines
  • Next month we will learn about Maureen! 

Skill School  - QAYG for small projects

Round Robin

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Meeting on Wednesday! 12-18-2013

We have a meeting this week!  Wednesday, Dec 18 (not our usual last-wednesday-of-the-month, due to holidays).

No swaps at the next meeting, but there IS a Holiday Social Hour!  Come to Pink Castle at 5:30, bring some treats to share, and we'll have a festive time.

Looking forward to it! 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Weekly Round Up for December 14th!

The meeting is in a few days, everyone! I'm looking forward to it!

Debbie has been finishing up her Abecedarian Quilt Along top, pattern by Thomas Knauer.

Lynn has a giveaway on her blog of "Quilting isn't Funny" by Megan Dougherty of the Bitchy Stitcher.

Kathy has been *gasp* knitting!

Pam has started on the Catvent Quilt Along from Elizabeth Hartman. So adorable!

And I made this mini-quilt for my grandmother (shh! don't tell her!)

I hope to see you all on Wednesday!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Weekly Round Up for December 8th, 2013!

Lynn is showing this king sized quilt she made in 1999 on her blog this week. The pattern is called Dahlia Delight.

I love these flower blocks!

On her blog, Rossie is recommending quilt books for your holiday gift lists.

Pam spend the day after Thanksgiving in the hospital! Eeep! Feel better, Pam! Here is a fantastic star block she made earlier that I somehow missed.

I've been working on lots of things, but I blogged about this one - a neutral tumbler quilt in progress. It was a bit windy when I took the picture...

Keep up the sewing, and we'll see you next week everyone!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Weekly Round up for the last week in November.

It's pretty quiet out there in blogging land, I imagine because we're all working on holiday gifts, spend days cooking, or traveling to see family, right?

Rossie finished her quartered log cabin quilt top.

Brenda is showing off her Sweet Diamonds quilt.

Debbie made this adorable potholder as a sample for the class she'll be teaching next week at Camp Stitchalot:

Kathy has been working on two amazing art quilts - this neat two color one and one with amazing beaded palm fronds.

Emily has a book review of "Simple Sewing" by Katie Lewis on her blog. She cut into her kawaii fairy tale fabrics to make these sweet beanbags:

And finally, Lynn has been making slow sewing progress, as there's some work going on at her house.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Weekly Round Up for November 23rd!

Rossie is working on an awesome improv quartered log cabin quilt:

Debbie has made a new Turnstile quilt:

Love these Christmasy colors!

Rebekah has new two quilts blogged:

A cool Arithmetic (love the colors!) (pattern by Jenni Baker) and:

And a sweet autumnal Modern Maples (pattern by Amanda of Hey Porkchop!).

 Kathy has been working on her Riley Blake Challenge quilt:

Love the use of the stripes! And the quilting!

Ginia has been working on free motion quilting her yellow squares quilt:

And I finally blogged my half square triangle baby quilt:

Jenna's made three new sweaters, and talks about adapting a pattern written for knits for woven fabrics.

Brenda's posted her thick mint chocolate chip cookie recipe. I'll be making some of these.

Pam is showing off this amazing yo-yo quilt that her grandmother made. It was probably made in the late forties or early fifties:

And that's all from me this week! Let's get back to sewing!


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Meeting Minutes from Nov 20, 2013

Hello everyone!  We had a great meeting last Wednesday!  It was very nice to see everyone and spend some time talkin' sewin' instead of holiday planning! 

Next Sew-in: Sunday, Dec 8
Next Meeting: Wednesday, Dec 18 (not our usual last-wednesday-of-the-month, due to holidays).

No swaps at the next meeting, but there IS a Holiday Social Hour!  Come to Pink Castle at 5:30, bring some treats to share, and we'll have a festive time. 

Lauren showed this lama mini quilt.  It's amazing.

Meeting Minutes:
  • We changed the seating arrangement from a giant circle to rows of chairs.
Old Business
  • January retreat: We have about 21 people who have given deposits to Ginia!  We decided not to invite members of other guilds to the retreat, as we are already reaching comfort capacity. 
  • The committee for the Modern Quilting Exhibit for the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild show will meet soon. 
  • Riley Blake Contest
    •     End date changed to Feb 2013
    •     Fabric available if you need some to start
New Business
  • Elections will be held at the January Membership Meeting
    • Nominate yourself! All our board positions are up for election.  Job descriptions can be found in our bylaws (link at the top of the site).   
    • Before the election any office for which there is competition, we will send out newsletter laying out differences between candidates
  • Charity Chair: a position that needs to be filled ASAP is someone to organize our charitable giving.
    • So happy to report that after the meeting Stephanie and Pam agreed to be co-chairs!  Thank you! 
  • Weekly Round-Up: Jenna is having a hard time keeping up with the Weekly Round-Up.  Proposed either a volunteer runs the posts, or we change to a linky-party format.
    • Amy volunteered to run the Round-Up!  Thank you!
Member Spotlight - Amy Stevenson
  • Next month we will hear from Vikki! 

Skill School  - Brenda talks about fabric
  • Trends for 2014: metallics, foxes, horses, emerald greens, less new lines and more collaboration between artists! 
Round Robin

Mug Rug Yankee Swap

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Membership Newsletter

Hello Members!

We have a meeting on Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30pm.  

If you want to participate in the swap, bring a mug rug! 
  • Mug Rug Swap:  The weather will likely be plenty chilly at this point.  We will have mugs.  We Will need rugs.  Yankee swap. Bring your mug rug -- wrapped!
Instead of the normal Weekly Round-Up, this week we've got a boring old newsletter that was sent to your emails.  If you didn't get something from a2modernquiltguild, please check your spam.  If you still can't find it, email and let me know!

We've got some minor business to cover re: elections and a small, one-question survey we need you to complete.  Other quality info in the newsletter, too!

Please give it a read with your morning coffee or nightly whiskey shots.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Meeting minutes from 10/30/201

We had a very nice meeting on Wednesday, covering a lot of ground!

Next Meeting:  November 20!!
Next Sew-In: Sunday, November 10.  12pm - 4pm at Pink Castle Fabrics.  Book your space here (under Gatherings).

Next Swap: Mug Rugs! Mug rug should be between 4x6 and 5x7.  A mini mini quilt.  Bring the mug rug wrapped for a yankee swap.

Rossie made membership cards!  If you are a member and did not recieve your card, contact Rossie.

Ginia collected deposits for our January retreat.  More details about the retreat here.  She will continue to collect checks at the November meeting.  Please make $50 checks payable to the Hankerd Inn.

We successfully filled two positions:
  • Librarian:  Amy regretfully has to resign from her position as library chair. Kathy was kind enough to fill the spot.  You can view our library database here.
  • Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild liason: Pam will be the organization chair for planning the event.  Guild members signed up to be on the committee, aiding in More details here.
Those wishing to participate in the Riley Blake challenge obtained their fabrics.  We will do our own guild retreat following the same guidelines (see below).  For our guild contest, submissions should be brought to the January meeting.
Some of our guild members worked on a secret quilt!  Rossie was given her wedding present at the meeting:

We discussed having some speakers come to our guild next yearSherri Lynn Wood has expressed an interest in teaching a class for our guild in November 2014!

Member Spotlight - Emily was spotlit! Next month we will learn about Amy S!

Skill School - Ginia taught everyone how to create nice, sharp 45degree corners on your quilt binding, and then did an awesome lesson on mitered corners for quilt piecing! It was a very clever lesson, making Y seams seem a lot more approachable! Next month Brenda will do a presentation on upcoming fabric releases and trends. 
Swap: A yankee swap for Favorite Tools was conducted! Next month we will do a mug rug swap. More details at the top of the post.

Round Robin
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Weekly Round-Up for 10/27/2013

Hello!  I hope everyone had a nice weekend, perhaps filled with some spooky pre-Halloween fun?

There is a guild meeting on Wednesday at 6:30pm - more details here.

Our members have been very busy, even while preparing for Quilt Market!

Brenda has released her first ever quilt pattern!  Congratulations, Brenda!

She has also sewn up a Vera Bag using beautiful Echino fabric...

AND Brenda is also playing with the new Botantics fabric line!  Can't wait to get my hands on this latest genius from Carolyn Friedlander.

Debbie has released FOUR patterns this fall!  Check them all out!  I especially love this snow flake tree skirt... 

And check out Debbie's booth at Quilt Market?  Get it, girl!

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Look at this stunning shiny art quilt Kathy made! 

And look at this lovely baby quilt Amy's been working on.  You know I'm a sucker for solids!

See you on Wednesday, I hope!

Meeting on Wednesday 10/30/2013

Hello members and followers!

We have a guild meeting on Wednesday at 6:30pm at Pink Castle Fabrics. 

Please reserve your chair here (under Gatherings):

We are hoping to fill two positions:
  • Librarian:  Amy regretfully has to resign from her position as library chair.  Her schedule will make attending the meetings a bit challenging in 2014.  She has, however, built a database of all our library books! 
  • Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild liason: We need someone to work with the GAAQG so that we can participate in the exhibition next summer.  More details here.
If you would like to attend our guild retreat in January, please bring your deposit check of $50 (amde payable to The Hankerd Inn) to the meeting.  Ginia will collect the deposits.  More details about the retreat here.

If you want to participate in this month's swap, we are doing a Favorite Tool Swap:  Have a sewing tool you love?  Bring one to swap to the meeting, and make sure to wrap it up.  This will be a yankee swap.  Wrap your item before you come. Cost of the item to be around $10. 

If you are participating in the Round Robin, please bring your rotating projects.  If you would like to throw a new block into the mix, please bring it and please tell Dorie: tumblingblocks AT