Sunday, August 31, 2014

Minutes from 8-27-2014

Next Sew-In:  September 18th - Thursday, from 5:00pm - 9:00pm.  More details below.  Book your space!

Next Meeting: September 25th at 6:30pm.  Book your space!  This meeting will take place at Pink Castle Fabrics' new location unless you hear otherwise ; ) 

Next Meeting Swap:  SUPER SECRET STALKER SWAP.  More details below.

Old Business 
  • Pink Castle is moving mid September.  New location is behind Big George’s on Stadium.
  • Review the crayon challenge quilts challenge: projects due at the November meeting and more details here. 
  • Hand Applique Club: Second Wednesday at Panera Bread on Eisenhaur at 6:30pm.   Bring your hand-sewing! 

New Business:

  • A2MQG Board Positions! – please put yourself up for any position you are interested in.  Open positions:  President, VP of Membership, and Secretary
  • MQG Charity Quilt Challenge- Stephanie asked that folks interested in working on the charity quilts (MQG charity work around Quilt Con) stay after the meeting to begin organizing  If you missed the meeting, please email Stephanie (check your member directory)– there are requirements for colors and layout – Stephanie wants to put together two teams of at least 6 people (to make two quilts.)
  • National MQG board elections: Rossie took the floor for a few minutes. MQG has asked her to gather ideas about the upcoming elections.
  • Secret Stalker Swap Sign Ups!:  Those who wanted to participate drew a name of another participant - keep it secret, keep it safe! 
    • Make a mini quilt, make a friend!  Learn what your friend likes by looking at their social media activity, or just by observing what they like!  Mini quilts should be no smaller than a mug rug, and no bigger than 24" on the longest side. 
    • Bring finished projects to the October meeting.
  • Possible new locations for our meetings.
    • Ann D. offered to look into the Ann Arbor Rec and Ed. 
    • Laura recommended a location in downtown Ann Arbor. The Menlo building. 
    • Jackie mentioned a school in Saline that might host us for $50 a year.  
    • Please research ideas and email your findings to a2modernquiltguild AT gmail
  • Sew-Ins: We've had low turn-out, how can we make it better?
    • We voted to switch it to the third Thursday of the month from 5pm - 9pm
    • We will also continue to do all-day sew-ins - maybe every other month or every third month.  Next all-day sew-in date to be determined.

Member Profile: Jackie Mills: Next month Kathy!

Round Robin: Hayley became a quilt angel and is working on Stephanie's quilt even though she doesn't even have one in the mix!  What an angel.

FQ Swap

Weekly Round up for August 31, 2014!

Pam added this amazing X-plus quilt to the guild's Flickr group:

Love the use of color and value!

Karen made this very fun and bright modern churndash:

 Debbie has a cool new pattern called Serenity Stars in Best Christmas Quilts:

And I made a Celestial Star (pattern by Diane Bohn of From Blank Pages) for the guild's Round Robin:

Hope everyone is enjoying the last weekend of summer!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Meeting on Wednesday - some reminders...

Hello Members,

There is a meeting on Wednesday, August 27 at 6:30pm at Pink Castle Fabrics.
If you want to participate in this month's swap, please bring two fat quarters of modern quilting cotton, unwrapped.  

We hope you've been thinking about running for a position on the board!At this meeting we will be telling Dorie if you want to participate in the Super Stalker Swap. 
If you cannot attend, but know you'd like to be a Super Stalker - please email Dorie,
Another thing!   Did you see this blog post from the mother ship about the QuiltCon Charity Challenge?! Anyone who'd like to participate should plan on staying after the meeting for a five minute organizational chat.
Bring a chair and book your space!


Weekly Round-up for 8/24/14!

Karen's made a miniquilt using a pattern by Lee of Freshly Pieced called Shooting Star Pattern:
Love the quilting on this!

Kathy's got a few quilts on her blog, class samples for new classes. This is Night Village:

Pam has made some cute coasters with the leftovers from her napkin adventure:

Rossie has a post showing the Greek Plus Puss blocks and quilts put together by her pattern testers.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Weekly Round-up for 8/16/14!

Jenna has blogged about her Folded Flock Quilt:

It is going to be displayed at the International Quilt Show’s Modern Quilt Guild showcase in Houston! Congratulations, Jenna!

Ronit has made a fantastic baby blanket, using one of Jenna's tutorials, called Spring Bounty:

Liz posted this awesome pinwheel quilt to the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild Flickr Group:

Pam has made a chenille baby blanket, and has a tutorial on glue basting binding. Very interesting! I've heard a lot of good things about this technique!

I've had a slow sewing week, but I did finish this inverted Farmer's Daughter Star block:

Saturday, August 9, 2014

weekly round up for 8/2/14 and 8/9/14

Rossie has a fun new pattern, the Greek Plus Puss:

Rebekah's got lots of new quilts. This quarter log cabin quilt is now finished:

A quilting bee quilt from a few years ago, now finally blogged:

These colors are very fun!

A Designer Star quilt (pattern by May Chappell) in this cool yellow palette:

She's also starting a double gauze quilt, and has a post showing pictures of her recent travels abroad.

Karen's finished up these two festive bow tie quilts:

Liz added this mostly solids baby quilt to the guild flickr group:

Brenda G. added a few pictures of quilts to our flickr group, here are two. First a quilt for a baby girl:

And a bright butterfly quilt made for her daughter:

I made a pillow, using a pattern by Laura Jane Taylor from the new Quilt Now magazine:

Pam L's been working on butterfly blocks, among other things:

Kathy K has been working on Violet Craft's forest abstraction paper pieced animals. Here's her bunny!

Lynn has been making shirts.

Debbie has a new ironing surface!

Don't forget we have a sew in tomorrow at Pink Castle Fabrics!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Call for blog updates!

Hello everyone!

Amy made a mention at our last meeting (and the one before that) to please double check that if you have a blog, it is on our blogroll.  You can see our member's blogs listed to the right on your screen.

Our weekly round-up is a great part of keeping in touch with each other and showing everyone else our tremendous work!  Take a moment to update your blog or our flickr group when you get the chance.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Meeting Minutes from July 30, 2014

Stephanie's beautiful Round Robin quilt.

Next Sew-In:  August 10 from 12 - 4pm.  Book your space! 

Next Meeting: August 27 at 6:30pm.  Book your space!  This meeting will take place at our normal Pink Castle Fabrics location.

Next Meeting Swap: Bring two fat quarters, unwrapped, for a fun swap!

See below for an additional note about upcoming swaps.


Jenna filled in as Vice President of Membership for Rossie.  

Old Business
  • Summer Retreat: Thanks to Ginia for organizing! 

  • QuiltCon: Added new night classes for those who would like to add classes to their agenda. 

  • Pink Castle is moving September.  New location is behind Big George’s on Stadium.  We will have the location in August and there will be room for meetings for now but we are growing and will need a bigger space soon.  Suggestions and ideas welcome.  Next month’s meeting will be here.
    • Jenna will ask Wolverine Brewery if there's a chance we could use the back room for our meetings.  It may be too loud.  They may charge us. 

  • There are still just a few spots for Andi’s class (Thursday night - crazy piecing - $50)

New Business   
  • We will soon need to elect officers.  Although some of our officers are running again, others including our President, Vice President of Membership, and Secretary are not planning on running.  Please consider volunteering to fill these positions!  Our guild needs you!

  • Crayon Challenge: We are doing a quilt challenge for our guild! 
    • Pick a crayon from a box at random.
    • Make a quilt, at least 8" x 10", using just the shades of this color*.  You can also use white, grey, and black.   You may use patterned fabrics, but they have to stay within these color limitations.
    • *To understand the spectrum of your crayon color, draw on a piece of paper using very light pressure and increase pressure until you see the crayon's darkest shade. 
    • Quilts are due at the November meeting.  We will have a guild's choice winner, where our guild will vote on quilts through an email survey.  Those who want to enter a quilt should bring a fat-quarter to enter into the prize pile.  Winner takes all. 
Andie Johnson Trunk Show: Thanks so much, Andie!  We really enjoyed looking at your quilts and learning more about your book, Modern Designs for Classic Quilts.

Round Robin: Consider adding a new quilt block or sack of fabrics into the mix!  We are running low on Robin-ers.

Swap: We did a block lottery and Kathy won!  Look at the awesome blocks she's going to take home! 

  • At our next meeting, please think about if you would like to participate in an upcoming Super Stalker Swap.  Either at the meeting, or by sending Dorie an email before the meeting, participant names will be collected to be assigned at the September meeting.  This is a very fun project and it's a great way to get closer to a fellow member!
  • Learn more about the swaps here. 
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