Saturday, March 24, 2012

Update On Flea Market Fancy

Strawberry Patches has all but two of the prints, and they are expected in soon! 

Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt

Flea Market Fancy –  NEW legacy reprint! the new collection 
It seems that all the buzz lately has been about the re-release of Denyse Schmidt's fabric line, Flea Market Fancy. Denyse has updated the colors a bit, and I think they are lovely! One of our local quilt shops, Strawberry Patches, has received 14 of the fabrics, with the remaining prints expected in the shop over the next few weeks. You can purchase a fat quarter bundle of the 14 fabrics, and add your name to the list of customers wanting the remaining fabrics. 
So nice to finally see these pretties in person at my LQS. 
One of the great things about buying it this way, is that you can spread your purchase between paychecks! I'm always up for  creative financing! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March Meeting Recap

Blustery weather didn't deter a small but mighty group of quilters from our monthly meeting on Saturday, March 17 at Strawberry Patches!

Lynn announced that the Modern Quilt Guild will hold its first QuiltCon convention in Austin, TX February 21-24, 2013. The MQG is having a block design challenge using the QuiltCon logo colors. Several online shops have bundles of the fabrics available if anyone is interested in designing and entering a block. Closer to home, the Best of the Valley quilt show will be held April 13-15 in Lindsay.

Several door prizes have been donated to the Bakersfield MQG by our members. Thanks to all for your generosity!

Our sew-in has been moved one week later to accommodate Bolts to Binding's move to their new, larger location at Wible Road and Wood Lane (930 Wible Road). They'll be in the space that was formerly the JM's for Children store. Bring your machines and supplies and check out B to B's new space on Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Strawberry Patches has received 14 of the 22 prints in the Denyse Schmidt line. The other eight prints are supposed to arrive in the next few weeks. Since the whole line is not in yet, our guild will not start a challenge project using the fabric at this time.

We had a quick show-and-tell of members' projects, and then Christy led us in a Name the Quilt Block word scramble game, which was harder than it looked but fun! Next, we had a hands-on session where Pam taught us how to sew a kaleidoscope block and make those points come together!

Christy and Nicci were in the St. Patrick's Day spirit with their socks ...

... and we helped each other select fabrics for upcoming projects!

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, April 21st at Strawberry Patches, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Lynn will teach us how to add piping to our quilts for that extra bit of pizzazz. See you there!

~ Laura ~
BMQG Secretary

Monday, March 19, 2012

Question of the Week

It's that time again! As a longarm quilter, I have found it interesting that the focus on quilting in the MQG world leans toward minimalist, utilitarian types of quilting, with the quilt makers doing their own quilting. When I have been asked to quilt for the BMQG members, it's because their quilt is too big for them to want to wrestle with it on their domestic machines. This week's question is: Do you quilt your own quilts, or do you send them out to a longarmer to be quilted? What determines whether or not you quilt your own quilt?