Tuesday, October 15, 2019

MLQG October 2019 Meeting

The next meeting of the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will be on Monday, October 21st, starting at 7:00 PM at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center in Wellsboro, PA.

After a brief business meeting and the show-and-tell segment, the program for the evening will feature Connie Sickler from Settlement House Fine Arts in Sylvania PA. Connie will share her knowledge of art and fabric design with us.

You can read more about Connie on her website and Facebook page.

As usual, guests are always welcome to our meetings and programs.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Name The 2020 Raffle Quilt!

The 2020 raffle quilt top is just about finished.  It just needs one thing...a name! Email your suggestions to Tess McC. (find contact information in the latest newsletter or roster) or post your name ideas below.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

MLQG Workshop/Mini-Retreat Combo -- Saturday, November 9th

It’s two great MLQG activities rolled into one!  MLQG will be holding a Workshop Mini-Retreat Combo on, Saturday, November 9th, at the First Presbyterian Church in Wellsboro, from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. The cost for the day is just $5.00!

For the workshop part of the combo, we will spend the morning making Bumble Bags for the Humble Bumble Project.  Bumble Bags are handmade drawstring bags that contain small items of comfort (lip balm, tissues, hard candy, hand sanitizer, etc.) for pediatrics and young adults who are receiving cancer treatments. The pattern, fabric, and instruction will be provided by MLQG Outreach.  Completed bags will be donated to the Humble Bumble project, a 501(c)(3) public charity, based in Tioga County, PA, dedicated to helping pediatric and young adult cancer patients and their families.

Bring your own lunch or order out from one of the local restaurants.  Snacks to share throughout the day are always welcome!

The afternoon will consist of the Mini-Retreat portion of the day.  Spend the afternoon working on your own projects or continue making Bumble Bags.  The choice is yours!

For more information or to sign up please contact Susan McC., Outreach Chair or Ann K., Workshop Chair. Contact info can be found on the guild's roster and in every issue of the guild's newsletter.

Click here for the Bumble Bag pattern!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October Open Sewing/Raffle Quilt Work Bee Date Change -- Monday, October 14

Note that October's open sewing is on the SECOND Monday

Next Open Sewing/Raffle Quilt Work Bee Session
 Monday, October 14th at the Gmeiner 10:00 - 2:00

The October open sewing session will be combined with a raffle quilt work bee. Guild members are welcome to come help with sewing the final borders onto the quilt and with piecing the backing, or to bring their own stitching projects.

All MLQG members of all ability levels and interests are welcome to attend the open sewing sessions at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center (where the monthly guild meetings are held) on the first Monday of each month, 10:00 - 2:00, to work on any stitching projects, hand or machine, even knitting, crocheting, or embroidery. Changes to the schedule will be posted on the guild's blog and Facebook page.

The purpose of these get-togethers is to spend time with other MLQG fiber fanatics and to learn from each other, no matter what we're all working on. Bring your projects, machine, and lunch. Stay for an hour or stay all day. Just be warned that if only a couple of people show up, we may pack up early and leave before noon. Cancellations will be posted on the guild's blog/website/Facebook page.

If you need more info, contact Susan McC., Anya T., or Peggi Y., or use the "contact us" form on the right side of this blog.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

MLQG 2019 Quilt Market Photos

Thanks to all MLQG members who participated in this year's Quilt Market over Labor Day weekend. All members who had things to sell sold something, and we made almost $200 for the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center, the location of our meetings and quilt exhibits.

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

MLQG September 2019 Program Photos

Erin and Todd Sheetz, the owners of Sheetz Sew Creative in Antrim, PA, were the guest speakers at MLQG's meeting this month. Take a look at what they had to show, and be sure to visit their shop!

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Friday, September 27, 2019

September 2019 MLQG Show-and-Tell Photos

Another great show-and-tell segment from MLQG members.

First, guild president Sylvia L. introduced our new vice-president, Kathy B. What a great team!
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New VP Kathy B. on left with President Sylvia L.
Kathy B. and Sylvia L.

Deb P.

Deb P.

Deb P. showing off some dyed fabric

Deb P.

Maureen S. with her "Take Four" placemats

Ronda H.

Susan McC. with an outreach quilt

Joyce W. is always busy

Joyce W.

Marjory H.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

MLQG 2020 Raffle Quilt Progress

Just catching up with some photos of our 2020 raffle quilt progress. Shown here is some of the applique portion. Thanks to all guild members who have been volunteering their skills for this stage (and, of course, thanks to all members who have participated in any part of the raffle quilt work)!

If you've missed previous photos of the raffle quilt progress, just click here.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Raffle Quilt Work Bee -- Monday, September 23rd

MLQG members are invited to help with the next stage of the guild's 2020 raffle quilt. We will meet at the Gmeiner studio on Monday, September 23rd, starting at 10:00 AM and working until early afternoon. We will be working on tacking down dimensional flowers on the applique portion of the quilt, and perhaps sewing on the borders to complete the quilt top.

Please bring hand-sewing tools, and pink thread if you have some.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

MLQG 2020 Exhibit Challenge Info

MLQG's raffle quilt for 2020 is made of strings and strips of all sorts of fabric. Many members have worked together to created real beauty out of scraps!  The raffle quilt will be revealed soon, but in the meantime...

Now it’s your turn. Our Challenge Category for the 2020 Exhibit is "2020 Strings and Things". The challenge is to create a quilt 20 inches by 20 inches made entirely of strips of cloth that are 2 inches or less in width when cut.  They may be long and narrow strings or short and narrow strings. You might sew several similar color strips together to cut a larger piece. You might do something totally improvisational (There’s a workshop coming in October on improvisational quilting.) You could adapt a traditional pattern. 

Let your imagination run. Go find some fun strings in your stash! It’s a challenge! Let’s have a bumper crop of challenge quilts for our 2020 exhibit!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

MLQG Workshop -- Improvisational Quilting -- Saturday, October 19th

Improvisational quilting means creating design without using a pattern. It’s playing with color, line, balance, and shape. It’s playing with fabric, without rules! 

You’ve probably heard of the Gee’s Bend Quilts made by African-American women who lived in a very isolated community, with little outside influence on their quilting. They worked with whatever fabric they had, in big, bold designs. They were being practical, but the art world calls it art.

You can do it, too. In this class, Peggi Y. will teach you how to make some of the ‘bits’ that will inspire your design. You’ll work with mostly solid colors, and learn about how to transform a traditional block into something your own. We’ll be daring and make some cuts without a ruler and without measuring! You be able to finish a small quilt top in our time together. Then you can quilt it at home, and have it done to show at the guild's next meeting.

This class will be on October 19, 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM, at the Wellsboro Community Center on Queen Street. The cost is $22 ($16 for the workshop and $6 for supplies). Checks should be made out to MLQG and sent to MLQG Workshop Chair Ann K. Ann's contact info can be found on the guild's roster and in every issue of the guild's newsletter.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

MLQG August 2019 Annual Picnic

Great food, great company, great weather, and great show-and-tell!

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