Monday, October 29, 2012

Passing On News

Correction -- Sunday, November 4th, not November 2nd as written earlier --

FYI -- the initial meeting of the Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild mentioned in the previous post has been rescheduled to Sunday, November 4th at 1:00PM at Quilter's Corner quilt shop on State Street in Ithaca, NY.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

More Quilting Opportunities

Have you heard of Modern Quilting? Interested in finding out more? Here are two upcoming opportunities in the Twin Tiers --

From the Quilter's Corner (Ithaca, NY) newsletter --

Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild forming!
First meeting, Tuesday October 30, 5:30-7:30

Modern quilting is a rapidly growing new movement in the quilting world. The Modern Quilt Guild developed out of the thriving online community of modern quilters and their desire to start meeting in person. The first guild was formed in Los Angeles in October 2009. There are now over 100 chapters, with one of the newest being our own Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild. Quilters Corner is very excited to encourage and promote this movement, and has offered our roomy classroom as a meeting space. Modern quilting is characterized by bold, graphic, functional quilts, often with simple piecing, large-scale prints and solid fabrics. Influenced by modern art and architecture, it embraces simplicity and minimalism. Modern quilters tend to be relaxed about rules and enjoy experimenting. The open spaces in the quilts highlight the quilting stitch as an important design element. Like quilters of all eras, modern quilters use the colors and styles of their time to express themselves creatively while finding friendship and community along the way.

The first meeting of the new Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild will be at Quilters Corner on Tuesday, October 30 from 5:30-7:30 PM. All are welcome and encouraged to bring quilts to show and tell. Those attending will decide on future meeting times and frequency.

And from the Endless Mountain Quiltworks (Tunkhannock, PA) newsletter --

What is Modern Quilting?
Slide Show Presentation and Wine and Cheese Social
Thursday Evening, November 1 at 7pm at Endless Mountains
Quiltworks.  Doors will open at 6pm.  $5.  Reservations please.
Come and find out what Modern Quilting is all about.  Learn more
about this movement that is sweeping through the quilt making
world.  You will be surprised to learn how deeply rooted in tradition Modern Quilting really is.  Be inspired to try something new
and discover how it can fit in your family’s lifestyle.  Sponsored by
the Endless Mountains Modern Quilt Guild (newly named).
Please call 570-836-7575 to make your reservation.

Want to join our Modern Quilt Guild?  We have a new name and a new meeting time.  We will meet for the last time on Sunday afternoon, October 14 at 1pm to finish planning our November 1st Wine and Cheese Social.  Then we will move to a regular first Thursday of the month at 7pm (doors open at 6:30) time slot.  Membership is free.  Everyone is welcome!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Board Meeting Today

Just a reminder that there will be an MLQG board meeting tonight at 7:00PM at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center in Wellsboro. All committee chairs are encouraged to attend. The meeting is open to all MLQG members as well.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

2012 Raffle Quilt Winner

Congratulations to Sally Grega (MLQG member and former newsletter editor) for winning the 2012 MLQG raffle quilt!.

In the photo (L-R) -- Sally Grega (winner), Darlene Webster (raffle quilt chair), Pat Loux (raffle quilt machine quilter).

A big thank you to everyone who sold tickets and to those who bought them. The money raised will be used by the guild to share the love of quilting with the community. Be sure to come back in 2014 for chances to our next fantastic raffle quilt!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cock-a-Doodle-do Congratulations

Congratulations to Barbara A., the winner of the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild's Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative Polka Dot and Plaid For Progress Competition!  Barbara was inspired to make her quilt, Cock-a-Doodle-do, by her neighbor's fancy chickens that crow all day long!  Her quilt was dedicated to her in-laws who both suffered from Alzheimer's symptoms in their final years.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Few Reminders

The awards for the 2012 exhibit viewers' choice winners will be presented at the MLQG meeting on Monday, October 15th.

If you wish to participate in the MLQG president's UFO challenge (see your October newsletter for details), be sure to bring a list of your six UFOs to give to Brenda (and keep a copy of your list for yourself).

If you have signed up for the November 3rd mini-retreat at the Masonic Lodge, payment is due at the October 15th meeting. The cost is $5 for those who just want to come and sew, $10 if you also want to have pizza for lunch.

The MLQG Outreach Chair will be collecting Quilts of Valor blocks at the October and November meetings. For details, check the blog post from October 2nd.

Annual membership dues of $15 were due at the September meeting. If you wish to continue as a member and receive membership benefits such as the monthly newsletters and reduced rates on classes/trips/retreats, you must pay by the November guild meeting.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Polka Dot and Plaid for Progress

The Polka Dot and Plaid for Progress Priority: Alzheimer's quilts have been registered and shipped off to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative!  My sincerest thanks to all those who submitted a quilt for donation!

12214 - Daisy Triangle by Nancy Cooledge
12215 - Cock-a-Doodle-do by Barbara Allis
12216 - Little Flag by Lynn Grant
12217 - Flowers Of Hope by Dianne Kuhns
12218 - Sailing by Carol Barvinski
12219 - Home Is Where The Heart Is by Peggi Jo Smith
12220 - Let's Twist by Peggi Jo Smith
12221 - Dare To Be Different by Kathy Plumley
12222 - One Lucid Moment by Nancy Sidell
12223 - Happy by Deb Dom
12224 - Falling In Love by Deb Dom
12225 - Dotsy Doodle by Peggi Yacovissi
12226 - End Of Summer by Donna Runyan
12227 - Ripple Effect by Susan McConnell
12319 - Polka Dots, Pleats & Plaids by Sylvia Wynkoop

To learn the status of a quilt, click on the registration number to visit each quilt's webpage on the AAQI website.

Most quilts are offered for sale on a first come first served basis.  If you would like to purchase a particular quilt, check the quilt's status regularly so that you know when it is offered for sale.   

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Blocks for Quilts of Valor

These two quilt tops for Southern Tier Quilts of Valor were assembled at the guild's September Charity Quilting day.  The group had so much fun putting these two together that we would like to make more, but we need help making blocks!  Break out your red, white and blue scraps (NO flower prints, please!) and make a 12 1/2" unfinished quilt block.  Any block pattern may be used (stars, 9-patch, log cabin...) as long as it finishes as a 12" block.   

Need a free pattern for a 12" finished block?  Check out the massive list at The Quilter's Cache!  This project is the perfect excuse to try a new block or technique without committing to a whole quilt! 

Blocks will be collected at the October and November guild meetings.

Contact Susan Mc., Outreach Chairperson, with any questions.