Friday, July 25, 2014

July Meeting Recap and August Meeting Reminder


We had a great time at our "Christmas in July" meeting this month.  It was fun to hang out with everyone and get some holiday inspiration.  We saw Christmas pillows, wall hangings, advent calendars, stockings, ornaments and cross stitch.  There is so much talent in our guild!  Thanks for sharing everyone!  (To see more pictures visit our flickr group).

Members also showed off their completed Micheal Miller Challenge projects.  (pictures here).  There were some real beauties.


Petal Pusher, Pieced by Doris Brunnette and quilted by Trina Kirkvold.
Our next meeting will be August 21st at Stitch in Des Moines at 6:30 pm -  What To Quilt On This Quilt? with Trina Kirkvold.  Do you have a quilt top and don't know what to do? Please bring your quilt tops (quilt pattern also, if you have one) and we will discuss how to approach quilting decisions. Bring a sketch pad or notebook to work on quilting designs. Trina will also cover quilting density, thread and batting choices. Tons of information and inspiration!!  Be there or be square.  :)

PS: Don't forget about working on your Finish-It-Up Challenge projects!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Meeting Reminder: Tomorrow, July 17





Join us tomorrow night, July 17, 2014, for Christmas in July! 

**bring some of your past Christmas projects or favorite Christmas tutorials, etc to share.

We will be meeting at the Fred Maytag Scout Center (click on link for Google Maps)


And, if you have completed your Michael Miller Challenge Project, bring it for Show-n-Tell!  The deadline is July 25, it is FAST approaching!

Guidelines

  • The challenge runs from March 2014-July 25, 2014.
  • Winners announced August 8, 2014.
  • Upload and share your photos to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the Community site here.
  • Don’t forget to use the #mqgfabricchallenge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Friday, June 20, 2014

What you missed if you weren't with us, June 19th.

At our June meeting we enjoyed a great show and tell.  Entries for the Finish It Up Challenge have already started to roll in.  If you were at the meeting, last minutes changes were allowed to your entry list, but the list is now closed.  Get finishing, everyone!

We had a very informative presentation from Sherry Von Fumetti on binding.  We learned about quite a few new techniques and Sherry had samples of them all.  Being able to examine samples in person is so inspiring and it helps to be able to ask questions.  Flanges here we come!


We were also able to present this music themed quilt to our founder, Doris Brunnette, in memory of her husband, Frank.  Many members of the guild contributed blocks, pieced and quilted it.
 I hope you will be able to join us next month for Christmas in July.  Show off your favorite Christmas projects.  Anything goes as long as it is made of fabric.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Dates To Remember



Iowa State Fair - Our guild is sponsoring a Modern Quilt Category and we would love to see one of your quilts there.  The registration deadline is July 1st.  You do not have to say what you are entering at that time. You simply register and say how many tickets you would like.  You need one ticket per item you want to enter and the tickets are good for any category in the Fabric and Threads division.  The drop off date is July 26th.
For more information see:  Categories and rules.  Online registration.



Modern Quilt Guild Quilt Show Entries and Contest
June 27:  Submissions for MQG Special Exhibit at International Quilt Festival close.  More information here.
June 30:  QuiltCon Design Challenge submission close.  More information here.
July 1 - November 30 - Submissions for QuiltCon quilt show open.  (details here)




June 19th meeting at the Fred Maytag Scout Center at 6:30 pm - Binding: Basics and Beyond - learn how to take your quilt bindings to the next level. Sherry Von Fumetti will provide tips to give your standard binding a more professional look. Your next quilt can have crisp, precise corners which don’t look rounded or scrunched. She will also demonstrate several binding methods that add an extra level of detail to your quilt.  You won't want to miss it!

July 17th at the Fred Maytag Scout Center at 6:30 pm - Christmas in July - Bring your Christmas and Holiday inspired projects to share (does not have to be a quilt, but does need to be made out of fabric).  

August 21st at Stitch in Des Moines at 6:30 pm -  What To Quilt On This Quilt? with Trina Kirkvold
Does this question sound familiar? Do you have a quilt top and don't know what to do? Please bring your quilt tops (quilt pattern also, if you have one) and we will discuss how to approach your quilting decisions. Bring your sketch pad or notebook to work on your quilting design. We will also cover quilting density, thread and batting choices. Tons of information and inspiration!!

Remember to comment on this post before June 18th to participate in the Finish-It-Up! Challenge.

Remember to bring some fat quarters to our meeting this week to be entered to win a 12 pack of Aurifil thread!  More information here

Have a great week and we will see you Thursday!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

June Meeting - Binding: Basics & Beyond

Want to know how to make crisp, squared-off binding corners? Are you still hand sewing the final binding seam and fighting the battle of the binding bulge? Are you looking to add a little pizzazz to a ho-hum binding? Are you intimidated by just the thought of machine stitching your binding down?

Come to the DSMMQG June 19th meeting at the Fred Maytag Center at 6:30 pm to learn how to take your quilt bindings to the next level. Sherry Von Fumetti will provide tips to give your standard binding a more professional look. Your next quilt can have crisp, precise corners which don’t look rounded or scrunched. She will also demonstrate several binding methods that add an extra level of detail to your quilt.  You won't want to miss it!

Presentation Topics:
-        Binding basics – precise corners, machine finishing the final binding seam
-        Self-Binding
-        Machine stitched bindings
-        Add a flange to your binding
-        Add piping to your binding (2 methods) 




Friday, June 6, 2014

Want to WIN 17,064 YARDS of Aurifil Thread?

Got your attention, right?  Yes, you can win 12 spools -- that's 17,064 yards!

Our June Meeting is getting closer!  It's on June 19th, at the Fred Maytag Scout Center. We will have a SUPER doorprize giveaway, courtesy of Veronica, you can win this set of Aurifil thread, the Simplify pack by Camille Roskelley:



There is only ONE WAY TO WIN:

Bring a FQ (or 4 or 5) to donate to the FQ basket (which is getting a little low). The only way to get an entry for the door prize is to bring FQs to donate.

  • You can bring up to FIVE (5) FQs for one entry each. 1 FQ = 1 entry, 3 FQs =3 entries...
  • They MUST be quilt shop quality, contemporary, designer fabrics that would appeal to your fellow MQG members (PLEASE DO NOT bring FQs you deem "ugly" and no longer want)
  • Donate FQs that you love that are hard to part with!!! 
See you on the 19th!  Oh, and don't forget to sign up for the Finish It Up Challenge!



Friday, May 16, 2014

Finish-It-Up! Challenge

We had a great meeting last night and had tons of fun making folded hexagons.  Thanks for teaching us Emma!

Last night we announced that our July meeting will have a "Christmas in July" theme and we would like you to bring quilted/fabric Christmas items to show the group.  We can be inspired and perhaps even motivated to get some of our Christmas sewing started (and finished!) early.

The prizes - plus another pink bundle and a $50 gift certificate!!!

We also announced the Finish-It-Up! Challenge.  Do you have a quilt top that has been waiting to be quilted for a year (or more!)?  A Christmas quilt that has been in the works for two Christmases?  Or have you always wanted to try an applique project but been to intimidated?  Here is your chance to get those projects off your to do list and win some prizes at the same time.

Here are the details:

  • The challenge starts today and ends on our meeting on September 18th
  • To participate, leave a comment on this post listing four projects that you want to finish
  • Projects must be listed by  June 18th to qualify - no other entries will be accepted (unless of course you join the guild in July or something like that)
  • The comments will be printed off and taken to each meeting
  • Bring your finished project to the meeting for show-and-tell and it will be checked off the list and you will get an entry into the drawing for prizes at our September meeting
  • Yes, projects must be brought to meetings to qualify - we like to encourage meeting attendance ;)
  • Projects must be completely finished - quilted, bound, with the binding sewn down
  • Projects do not need to be a quilt - they could be a set of place-mats, a skirt or bag
  • There are no project substitutions - once your list is made it is final
  • Winners will drawn randomly at our meeting on September 19th
  • You do not need to be present to win, but you will need to make arrangements to pick up your prize.  If you do not pick it up at or before the October meeting it will be given to someone else.  (We will contact you to let you know you have won.)
  • Only two prizes per person
  • Open to DMSMQG members only
  • The prizes are seven fabric bundles from Moda and a $50 gift certificate to At the Heart of Quilting, good for one of their classes or long-arm machine rental.  (Fabrics are mostly Color Block from V and Co and Dottie - a collection of various sized dots.)


To summarize: leave a comment on this post listing the four projects you want to finish by September 19th, finish them and win prizes!

If you have any technical difficulties leaving a comment email dmsmqg@gmail.com and we will leave a comment for you.  If you have any questions about the challenge, leave a comment and we will answer it in the comments.

Thanks!