Minnesota Modern Inspiration Challenge

We have announced the Minnesota Challenge at the last couple of meetings but wanted to make sure you had all the details needed to get to work on it, especially with our retreat coming up next week!


Exhibit Title:
Minnesota Modern Inspiration

Exhibit Description: 
Taking the lead from local textile artist Cindy Lindgren’s City of Lakes fabric line, members of the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild designed a group quilt from fabrics that she generously donated to us.

This quilt is the centerpiece for our Minnesota Quilt Show 2016 exhibit. We are challenging our members to create a quilted piece of work that was inspired from our home state of Minnesota. Taking into account our changing seasons, abundant lakes, local architecture and all the natural resources that surround us daily, design inspiration is unlimited. Take a look at a "Minnesota Inspiration" search on Pinterest to get started!

More info: 
We need the following information for each quilt submitted to us no later than April 15, 2016

  • Name of the Quiltmaker 
  • Name of the Quilter 
  • Size of the quilt 
  • A description of 25 words or less about the quilt, the design, the process you used to make the quilt or any other information you want to supply about each quilt. 

The Show Book will contain the name of the quiltmaker and the quilter and the size of the quilt. The description of the quilt will be used for signage. We will not be publishing the descriptions of the individual quilts this year to keep the cost of printing down. Final quilts for Minnesota Modern Inspiration exhibit will be due at the May meeting.

Charity Quilting

Hello MMQG Quilters!

We received a request early this summer for a donation quilt by a concerned party for a family dealing with a serious health issue of their infant son.  Our guild had put together a fitting quilt for donation at an earlier time and set it aside waiting for such an occasion.  

The quilt was sent to the family representative and was presented to them on our behalf.  The family was greatly touched that others would so graciously remember their difficult loss.  

It is heartwarming to know that our efforts can be focused and our skills shared to aid others and is so appreciated.

The Charity Committee of MMQG formally began this summer.  We have a donation table at each meeting and have happily accepted many orphan blocks, fabrics and backs. The committee put out a call for low volume plus blocks (see blogpost from 6/20/2015 for more information).  We are still in need of many more plus blocks in order to complete some planned quilts.

THANK YOU to everyone that has contributed so far!  We appreciate all of you that have responded, sewn or cleaned out, and donated. 

The Charity Committee will be meeting on 6pm-8pm on Tuesday, September 29th, at the home of Jan H.  We will be sorting the donations and putting together a plan of completing quilts for future donation.  If you need the address, please private message Jan.  If more MMQG members would like to join us or become a member of the committee, please do!

August Meeting Minutes

We had a great meeting last week and here are the announcements and highlights --

Mark your calendars for the following Retreats:

In Town Retreat September 25, 26 & 27@ Four Seasons Quilt Shop in Maple Grove – just off 694 and 169. Please call the shop to reserve your spot. It's $15/day and you can come on any or all of the days. More information is under the Retreat Tab at the top of this page.

Camp Wapo Retreat November 20, 21, 22 – weekend before Thanksgiving. Sign up sheets are available at each meeting on the sign in table or download a form under the Retreat Tab at the top of this page.

Modern Yardage Charity Quilt Project/2016 MN Quilt Show Exhibit – Blocks are due at the September meeting
We have confirmed that we are doing Show and Tell for the River Valley Quilters on Thursday 9/24/2015.  The meeting starts at 7pm at the Woodbury Public Works building, 2301 Tower Drive, Woodbury MN.  Just off 494 and Valley Creek Road.

Just a friendly reminder that if you are in a Hive, please remember to complete and bring your blocks to each meeting.  If you can't make the meeting you can contact your queen bee for her address or just mail the blocks to our Textile Center PO Box and we will distribute them at the meetings.  Our address is Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild, Box 11, 3000 University Ave SE,  Minneapolis, MN 55414.

We had Cindy Lindgren from Modern Yardage, and the generous donator of her City of Lakes fabric, give a presentation on how she designs her fabric lines as well as show us samples of how her fabric can be used in a variety of sewn and quilted items.

This meeting will be our annual Schoolhouse Meeting and we will have some of our guild members giving short presentations on a variety of quilty stuff.  Watch Facebook for more information on this meeting.

And of course, we had Show and Tell, which is posted on our Flickr page!

#NewBees July Block Instructions - Flock of Half-Square Triangles

For July I would like to do more of a classic, traditional block, which is a little outside my style comfort range. :) I am adding one twist to it so please read my entire post before you start. The tutorial for the technique is by 13 Spools and can be found here.

COLORS: I would like the big span of background to be kona white or comparable, NOT snow. For the HST's I would like you to use only BRIGHT solids, no white, no tone on tone.

#mplsmqg #newbees July Block 1

Please complete 2 12.5 in blocks and bring to the August meeting. If you have any questions, please email me at cslowrey@gmail.com!

Have fun!


#Sew2Bee2 July Bee Block - Improv Curves

Block: Improv Curves for Colby

Loving all my #beejeebers blocks that are coming in!! So pretty and happy!!

Tutorial for the technique can be found here.

- Please make at least 2, but due to the way you cut the fabric, it is very easy to make up to 4 at a time so feel free to make more if you wish, they are addicting. :)
- Please trim each one to 9 inches square and DO NOT sew them together. I want to mix all the colors up and will sew them together when I receive them all.

See the picture above. These blocks will join those above. Please use 4-5 different BRIGHT SOLIDS (no white or black) in each block, you will need one 12 inch square of fabric for each color you use. The tutorial above shows a great way to make these blocks with very limited waste. You should have 3 seams per block, with 4 different solids in each block. Please aim for more 1/4 circle angle rather than a 45 degree curved angle on the curve.

Let me know if you have any questions, you can email me at cslowrey@gmail.com!

Thanks so much in advance!

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