Thursday, July 26, 2012

QuiltCon Call for Entries

Call for Entries
The QuiltCon quilt show will feature more than $10,000 in cash prizes. Quilt show entries open August 1 and are open to international entries.
QuiltCon will have new quilt show categories created with modern quilters in mind. A complete definition of categories is available on our categories page in addition to a blog post showing examples. You can preview the categories definitions, rules, fees and online entry form here.
Major awards include:
• Best-in-Show, $5000 prize, sponsored by American Quilter’s Society
• People’s Choice, $1000 prize, sponsored by Andover Fabrics
• Coats & Clark Quilting Excellence award, $1000 prize, sponsored by Coats & Clark
• Best Machine Quilting, $1000 prize, sponsored by Quilting Arts and Stitch
Two challenge categories, each with a $1000 cash prize, will be part of QuiltCon:
Modern in Miniature Quilting Challenge sponsored by Modern Quilts Unlimited
Maasai Mara Fabric Challenge sponsored by Dear Stella
First place category awards are $500. To view a complete list of the prizes, please click here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

June and July Meeting News

This summer has already proven to be a busy time for our BMQG family! Summer vacations and kids at home have not deterred the group from being very productive! 

Our June meeting included the reveal for our Scrap Baggy Swap Challenge. Members were instructed to bring a quart sized baggy stuffed full of usable scraps. The baggies were then put into a large brown paper bag, and members had to reach in and grab a baggy. Members had to take the scraps and make something for the person providing the scraps. The only rule was that 75% of the completed project had to be made up of scraps contained in the baggy. The resulting projects were awesome! Check these out!
We each got baggies like this
The decoupaged box and fabric bowl made by Lynn for Lana 

 Wallhanging made by Christy for Laura

 Sewing machine cover made by Nicci for Pam
Tote bag and pouch made by Pam for Christy 

Sewing machine mat, thread catcher, and pin cushion made by Lana for Nicci 
Pillow made for Lynn by Laura

We also had a lot of show 'n tell!
Pam's Stitcher's Garden quilt
Quilted by Lynn Douglass

Christy's quilt

Liz designed blocks for the QuiltCon Challenge

Sandy's jelly roll quilt

Carol's jelly roll quilt

Jane's stars quilt
The members made a baby quilt for Liz. Little Aaron was born three days later! 
Label embroidered by Pam Gavin 
A tutorial on the blog of Molly Flanders,was used to make this quilt. We modified it a little
Quilted by Lynn Douglass

July Meeting

Our July program included making Picture Perfect Polaroid blocks. Click on the link for a tutorial on how to make these addictive little blocks! There is also a swap in progress on Flickr, and Pam taught our group how to make these fun little blocks! She even brought little project baggies with precut sashing and focal fabrics so that everyone could quickly see how these blocks come together. 
This is one way to show off your blocks! 
Show 'n Tell
Pam's Picture Perfect Polaroid pillow

Nicci's finished Bubble Gum & Daisies Quilt
Quilted by Lynn Douglass
Christy's pillow case for her son
Jane's adorable wool candle mat
Jane's jelly roll quilt

Jane's quilt from a jelly roll and a charm pack
Quilted by Dyna Hall

This was Liz's last meeting with us, as her family is moving from Bakersfield. She brought Aaron by to meet all of us. He's such a handsome little fella! 
We have loved having Liz in our BMQG family, and we are going to miss her something fierce

Our sew-in will be at Bolts to Binding this coming Saturday, July 28th, from 10:00 - 4:00. When we get together, it's really hard to say good-bye at the end of the day, and we tend to lollygag a bit. The shop closes at 4:00, so we need to be mindful of getting our projects packed up and be out of the store so that they can close on time. 

Until next we meet,