Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Meeting Recap: September 2014

When I first started quilting, I finally mustered up the courage to post a quilt in an online quilt festival. I posted it and commented that I felt I was cheating because I hadn't quilted it all on my own, my mother had helped. Since then I've learned: Heck no, you don't have to do it all yourself!

I love learning from other guild members and this month we were fortunate to hear from Jana Hernandez of Peace by Piece Quilting. Jana is a professional long-arm quilter and she shared many ideas with us on what to expect and how to talk to your long-arm quilter. She talked about the nitty-gritty: cost, how cost is calculated, supplies needed, how to prepare your quilt, etc...

but she also showed us some fantastic samples of her quilting!

You can't really see the quilting in this photo, but you can trust me when I say it's awesome.

Jana also did the quilting on this quilt that we'll be raffling off next month. Again, the photo does not do it justice. (Check back for details on how to enter our raffle to win.)

Thanks so much Jana for sharing your talent and expertise with us! 

Show and share isn't just a time to show off finished projects, we also like to see projects still in the works. 

First up is Amanda. She shared her oversized block quilt she's been working on. She's hand-quilting chunky colorful stitches with Perle cotton. 

We had a few visitors and several new members. Beth was wearing a visitor badge when she showed us this fantastic mini-quilt. We're hoping to see her again.

Ellen's cute and colorful modern baby quilt just needs the binding stitched down and it'll be ready for delivery! She going to take a little trip and deliver it in person. Don't you love giving a quilt in person!?

Shirlene learned a new skill: towel embossing! I had no idea. This is her bowling towel. inter-guild bowling league?

You may have seen tessellation quilts around the web. Marie showed us her version and we loved it!

Kristine brought the bag she made for the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge. We shared her photo of it in THIS POST, but we always like to see things in person. I love her straight-line quilting!

Kristine also made a couple banners that we'll be hanging at our October Quilt Show.

Robyn made these banners as well. The star is a nod to the quilt she was making when her daughter was born!

Quilters are a giving bunch, as Robyn has made this quilt for her niece.

Laura should get some sort of prize. She's the only one (that we're aware of) that completed a quilt with our 2013 Block-of-the-Month. She loved that bottom left-hand corner block so much...

that she made a whole quilt using that block! I love how different blocks can look with just a change of fabric.

and....Laura whipped up a cute dress for her granddaughter.

Melissa made this over-whale-mingly cute quilt (sorry, I couldn't resist!) It's Elizabeth Hartman's Preppy the Whale Pattern and there's just no denying how cute and whimsical it is.

Cameron whipped up a couple more banners for the Quilt Show. And I mean, whipped up. Like... 30 minutes before the meeting!

We're excited to be presenting a quilt show in Budapest, Hungary in November. Initially, I wanted to wait and show all the entries in one post, but we bring what we're doing to Show & Share, so I've decided they're just too good to keep.

First up is Bri, who sent me this photo for last month's Flaunt Your Finish. Sorry, Bri. Changed my mind again.... Bri used Aria Lane’s Crossknot pattern and modified it a bit to work with the bright scraps she wanted to use and to keep it small enough for the Budapest show.  He daughter suggested the quilting, and Bri thinks it really makes it pop.  She named it City Scapes as it reminds her of a city skyline.

Shirlene's mini of triangles. I always love a mix of blues and greens.

More blues and greens in Karen's quilt. she said some mumbo-jumbo about this one not be quite right (I love it!)...

and made another one! She looks happy with this one!

Kate's modern mini. Look at her straight-line quilting. She has portions that are quilted in different directions and, you know, that just makes it even cooler.

Regina wanted to do something simple and sparse for her Budapest entry. This one is called Sea Glass. Oh, how I wish we could all be in Budapest to see the reaction to these quilts. We'll share all the projects from the show at a later time.

BIG THANKS to everyone for another great meeting!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Flaunt Your Finish: August 2014

Labor Day weekend is here and that pretty much signals the end of summer. Oh, it'll still be over 90 degrees in Oklahoma for at least 2 more weeks, but the kids have gone back to school and the days somehow feel different now. I view September like a mini-New Year's Resolution month. I want to get back on a productive schedule, reorganize and de-clutter, buy school supplies I don't need...

With end of summer vacations, getting the kids ready to go back to school, and the fact that a good portion of our members are feverishly finishing up projects for our 2014 Quilt Show in October and/or our November show in Budapest...we have just a few finishes to show you. We hope find inspiration and motivation to start (and complete!) your own projects. 

Please link up YOUR finish at the end of this post!

Oh, and as a little birdie told me on Facebook: There are 16 Saturdays until Christmas...eek!

Melissa S. has two finishes this month. The first is a fun chevron quilt that she made as a baby gift. There are so many ways to make a chevron quilt. I like the way Melissa used different prints in the same color for each row.

Her second project is this cute nap mat for Mother's Day Out that...wait for it...

...rolls up into this compact little bundle!  And what a fun choice of fabrics!

In the true spirit of Christmas in August, Agnes made this small mug rug. She was trying out a new fabric combination for a bigger project. "Boy, did it feel good to think of Christmas temps, when it was 100 outside!"

Bri has two projects this month, one of which is her project for the Budapest Show. This is completely unfair to Bri and I apologize to her...but, I'm not going to show her project just yet. I will tell you that it's cool, bright and modern, but I think'll it'll be fun to have a look at all of the Budapest projects in one post. #justdecided #nowarning
(Am I the only one who thinks hashtags work in a blog post?)

So...Bri's second finish is a chevron doll quilt for a swap.  Her partner asked for peach and soft green fabrics.  After looking through her stash a bit, Bri realized she had the perfect fabrics in her 30s collection.  She used KelbySews Easy Chevron tutorial"It was much quicker than making a bunch of half square triangles." 

Regina has had a summer knitting project: 12 baby hats for 'Click for Babies - Oklahoma'. CLICK for Babies is a North America initiative to help educate caregivers about normal infant crying, how to cope with crying and the dangers of reacting to crying in frustration by shaking or harming an infant. Visit their website to see how you can get involved in your area.

Regina's second and third...wait, and fourth....projects are blocks for a guild block swap and two banners for our October Quilt Show. But, that I take a closer look, those blocks may be sewn together. Maybe she's keeping them for herself? I do love her mix of fabrics!

Please link up your finished project below. Remember, it just has to have been completed in the month of August. If you have a post on your blog written back at the beginning of August, link it up! We want to see what you've been creating! Grab a button from the side bar for your own blog to share with your readers. 

Thanks for joining us. MORE really is MERRIER!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

OKCMQG Michael Miller Challenge Projects

We're excited to finally share these projects with you! If you're not familiar with the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge, here's the gist of it.

Members of The Modern Quilt Guild are given (yes, given) six fat-eighths of whatever new fabric line Michael Miller Fabrics has chosen for that season's challenge. This year it was Petal Pinwheels.
The only real rules are: (1) it needs to be a quilted project; (2) you don't have to use all the fabric given to you; and (3) you can add any other Michael Miller print or any manufacturer's solid. 

Oh! And there are no buckets of freezing, icy water in this challenge!

A picture is worth a thousand words, so I'm not going to clutter up this post with less than sufficient words describing these marvelous projects. Find the quilter's name under the photo of their project. Congratulations to all our participants for creating such lively, modern and diverse projects!

By Laura B.

By Laura B.

By Laura B.

By Leslie C.

Ann S.

By Leslie L.

By Shana G.

By Jana H.

By Regina E.

By Regina E.

By Regina E.

By Diane C.

By Bri P.

By Bri P.

By Melissa S.

My Elizabeth R.

By Becky S.

By Angie B.

By Agnes S.

By Rosemary D.

By Shirlene D.

By Shirlene D.

By Stephanie Y.

By Trina K.

By Heather C.

By Heather C.

By Kristine P.

Katie C.