Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Free Motion Quilting Skills Shared, BW Blocks, and New Swap

     The March meeting members shared their FMQ (free motion quilting) skills.  Laura did a nice job sharing the square stipple and the traditional stipple.  I showed off some quilts with traditional stipple with a loop, the flame pattern, and organic wave/hand stitch on a table runner from Nicci.  I shared a Craftsy tutorial by the amazing Angela Walters.  Everyone should try some of these Craftsy tutorials, and learn some new  techniques.  Craftsy
     Show and tell included some amazing BW blocks! There were some good pictures  posted on our BMQG Flickr site here .   We had a few new quilters stop by to check us out.  Be sure to welcome them and invite them back.  Our next BMQG friendship meeting is April 19th, at Strawberry Patches (thank you so much for your continuing support to modern quilting) from 1pm-4:30.  Show and tell is at 3pm.  No formal demo, but we will be looking at the layout for our BW quilt! So if you have blocks to turn in, bring them to the April meeting.

 A reminder, if anyone has a backing fabric they would like to donate for the Quilted Hugs charity quilt, just bring it to the April meeting!
     Participants drew names for our May market bag swap.  Giving everyone plenty of time to think, plan, and make their market bag.  We've had such a good time in previous swaps - I am sure we'll have some wonderful market bags to swap!! There are plenty of free market bag patterns on line.  Here's a cute one from Moda Bake Shop.  Haul It All Tote
     Information was discussed about the  2015 Quiltcon in Austin, TX. Although the conference is some time away, it's recommended you make reservations for a place to stay. The 2013 Quiltcon was an amazing experience.  I hope to see many of you there!!  Registration for Quiltcon will be sometime this summer.  Go to The Modern Quilt Guild for Quiltcon 2015 for more information, join MQG as an individual and keep current on many activities.
     If you're an individual member of the national TMQG, fabric for the next Michael Miller challenge should ship soon. 

Keep sewing ladies!