Trunk Show with Lee Heinrich

We're very excited to announce our first event for 2015 - a talk and trunk show presented by Lee Heinrich, author of the best-selling book Vintage Quilt Revival!

Please join us Friday, January 30th from 7-9 PM at the Textile Center. The trunk show is free for MMQG members and $5 for visitors.

December 2014 Meeting Minutes

December 2014 Meeting Minutes, Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild
The meeting was held on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at the Textile Center at 7 PM. The meeting is the Guild's holiday social with great food, drinks, and company. This year also featured a Secret Santa fabric Swap. Based on the lovely fabrics that were given, it appears that all Minneapolis Quilt Guild members were on Santa's nice list ;)






Announcements:
  1. 2015 Quilting Bees-- in 2015 there will be optional quilting bees to join in place of the block lotto or mystery quilt for the monthly guild activity. There are two levels, beginner and advanced. Kristin is organizing the groups according to what everyone signed up for and has sent out an email to all participants with instructions.
  2. Next Meeting-- Thursday, January 15, 2015, 7 PM Textile Center. Agenda items include the Mystery Quilt reveal and Board nominations. Board elections will occur at the February meeting with the new terms starting in March.
  3. Lee Heinrich Trunk Show and Workshop-- The Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild received a grant from MQ to help offset the cost of bringing in a guest speaker and instructor for an event. Lee Heinrich, co-author of Vintage Quilt Revival and blogger at Freshly Pieced, will be here as a result of the grant. There will be two opportunities to meet Lee: 
    • Friday, January 30, 7-9 PM, Textile Center-- Trunk show and reception. Free for Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild members, $5 for non-members/guests. 
    • Saturday, January 31, 10 AM-4 PM, Textile Center-- Advanced Piecing workshop. $40 for Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild members, $50 for non-members. A copy of "Vintage Quilt Revival" is required for the class. Class description: Why should modern quilters learn to make traditional blocks? Because they're like piecing bootcamp, perfect for honing your technique and increasing your accuracy, no matter what type of quilting you love! In this workshop, take your piecing skills to the next level and sew more complex designs, with advanced techniques such as foundation paper-piecing, piecing with traditional templates, and partial seams.  We'll spend the day making several of the blocks from Lee's book, "Vintage Quilt Revival: 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks." Students will leave with a good start on a sampler quilt from the book, plus the skills to complete the rest!  
    • Registration for the Advanced Piecing Workshop will open to Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild members via an email sent to current members on January 1st. Class limit is 25.
  4. Blog Posts – We're always looking for members willing to help keep our blog fresh. Many thanks to those who continue to volunteer to help keep this up! Please sign up with Carrie if you'd like to write a short post. Any topic will do!
  5. 2015 Spring In-Town Retreat-- will be held on April 11-12, 2015 at Millie P's in downtown Anoka. Hours of the retreat are Saturday, 9 AM to Midnight and Sunday 9 AM to 7 PM. Additional details will be available on the blog after the New Year.
  6. Get Inspired Challenge-- The spring challenge is "Get Inspired". Simply make something and share with us your source of inspiration. The reveal will be at the April meeting and participants should bring in their finished project with the original source of inspiration (or photo of). No other rules or restrictions. 
Show and Tell: 

Vivien-- Pattern by Weeks Ringle


Kristin-- Pattern by alittlecrispy.com

Amanda Jean-- crazymomquilts

Marie
 
Kellye-- Divided Basket by Noodlehead


Kellye-- Molly Market Tote

Kellye-- Carpetbagger bag


Colby-- Tree Skirt

Colby--  Star Runner

Colby-- Chain Link Quilt

Colby

Colby





 
Mary-- Scrappy Trip


Karen C.-- Jewel Quilt

Karen C.--Bird Quilt

Marie-- Bunny
Saturday Series: Holiday Gifts

Patterns for Thursday Show and Tell Items



Hi everyone! I'm going to do a quick (late) post to add to the Sat. Series on Holiday gifts. Carrie posted about the Noodlehead divided basket a few weeks ago so I am skipping that.

For the other items I showed at Thursday's meeting:

The Patterns for the Molly Market Tote and the Emma zip bag were purchased from Michelle Lizcano's Etsy shop - PaisleyPear Patterns/SuperOrangeSewing.


Molly market tote: I love this one.  CLICK HERE for Etsy Shop link

 Have made 7 and will make more.  I think 2 or 3 coordinating bags make a great gift!  Find outdoor/canvas fabrics on Jo-Ann's red tag table and get them when they are an additional 50% off.  If fabric is less than 58", buy 1.25 yd instead of 1 yd.  You can make strap wrap and binding from some thinner coordinating material if main fabric to hard to work with. I used 3 coordinating fabrics for one set and mixed the pieces all around...though it works great with just 2 fabrics as well. Next time red-tags go 50% off, I'll be making myself some of these. Be forewarned...this takes almost as long to cut all the pieces out , and "prepare" them, as it does to sew them together!


Emmy Clutch - PDF Sewing Pattern - INSTANT DOWNLOAD Gift bag for Colby: Emma Zip bag - Also from Michelle Lizcano - CLICK HERE for link to Etsy       I made a couple sized as per the pattern, and then sized another one up slightly larger.




Dopp kit bag -- this was a free pattern I originally found on AllFreeSewing.com, but I think it was designed by Lindsay Wilkes at The Cottage Mama.  CLICK HERE for Boxy Dopp Kit    If I made it again, I'd cut it a little bigger..maybe another 1.5...to give more room inside for shaving stuff.




Weekender bag - This is a free pattern found here  Carpetbagger bag.  I made 2 of these, the second one larger than the first.  The pattern didn't call for lining, but I lined the bag.  I also added some more pockets (both exterior and interior, and lined them), and put magnet closures on the exterior pockets. It works great for weekends.  If I made it again, however, I'd switch the direction of the zipper so it runs the same direction as the bottom length.  I think it would be easier to get into the that way.  I also used Jo-Ann's red-tag fabric for this. This was upholstery fabric,  purchased when red-tags were 50% off.



I haven't made the items below, but I think they look like great patterns.  All of patterns below are Anna Graham designs,from Noodlehead.:
Cargo Duffle Bag from Robert Kauffman website -


CLICK HERE to go to Cargo Duffle link



Click here for Cargo Duffle pattern 2                                                   





She also has a nice slouchy "Trail Tote" bag on there as well - Click here for Trail Tote link


 It may be too late for last minute Christmas gifts, but hopefully these will be useful at some point for you.


Stash building

Today's guest post is by Hayley from Pink Castle Fabrics. 


I don’t know about you but I am completely guilty of buying fabric purely with the intention of throwing it in my stash until the right project comes up. I’ve done this  with tons of basics and blenders— when you find a good dot or stripe or simple blender print in a color you love or haven’t seen before, you have to buy hoards of it *just in case*, right? Right.

Here at Pink Castle, we’ve adapted the title of “stash builder” to all of these prints. We see stash builders as anything that consists of primarily one color. They’re typically white plus one color or tone-on-tone prints. Basically, if you look at a print and squint and it reads as a solid color, it’s a stash builder. And it’s probably something you’ll want to buy extra of because what if you need it for a project down the road? One day, that may be the very perfect hue for a work in progress. Stash builders are versatile, usually pretty simple, and are easy to work into a variety of projects.

I love all the Cotton + Steel basics. They’re one of my favorite stash builders and I find myself using bits of them in almost every project I’ve worked on since they came out this past summer. The new collections will be in our store in January and I’m excited for some new stash builder prints from them. Dottie’s Cousin in Rashida Coleman-Hale’s collection Mochi is one of my favorites. The Ghost Saltines print in Kim Kight’s collection Cookie Book is super great and simple. Alexia Abegg designed this super small scale print, “Dining Car”, for her Mesa collection as well.



Kim Schaefer has a new collection from Andover called Moonshadow. I love this collection. All white, gray, and black tone-on-tone and really simple prints. My favorites are the honeycomb and one that looks quite a bit like an overlock stitch. The “Stitches” print and her “Jacks” remind me of Carolyn Friedlander-type hand drawn lines. I love those kind of simple prints. They’re great to mix with solids for a textured looking background.



We just got these new Pinhead Dots from Michael Miller fairly recently and they’re super cute. I love a good polka dot and the array of colors these come in is awesome. It’s such a cute rainbow. We even have bundles if you need a bit of them all!



And of course, if these aren’t enough, we have an awesome subscription service that brings you stash builders every month— the Stash Stack Club! Every month is a new color in a variety of tones (light to dark) and you get to choose if you want a full stack (12 prints) or half stack (6 prints) in your choice of fat quarter, half yard, or full yard cuts shipped to your doorstep. After a full year’s subscription, you end up with a whole rainbow of Stash Builders and a huge pool of prints to pull from for your projects. All of our monthly clubs are great ways to keep your supply of fabric flowing, but Stash Stack is the showcase for awesome blenders. Just for perspective, this is what a year’s subscription for a full stack looks like:



Have a particular color you’re looking for? Check out the “Stash Builders” section on the sidebar of our website! We have each stash builder in our inventory categorized and tagged to make your search easier. Happy sewing, Minneapolis friends!




For more from Pink Castle Fabrics, like us on Facebook and follow us on Pinterest and Instagram @pinkcastlefabrics.

November 2014 Meeting Minutes

November 2014 Meeting Minutes, Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild
The meeting was held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Textile Center at 7 PM. Below is a summary of the meeting.
Announcements:
  1. Next Meeting-- Thursday, December 18, 7 PM Textile Center. This meeting is the annual holiday social and pot luck. There is a sign up sheet for food and drinks to make sure we have a balance of items. If you didn't get a chance to sign up and will be there, send an email to the board (minneapolismqg [at] gmail [dot] com). We will also be having a "secret santa" fabric swap. Sign ups for the secret santa were sent out after the meeting with instructions. If you signed up for the secret santa and cannot attend in December, please make arrangements to get your fabric gift to the meeting.
  2. Show and Tell Sign Up Sheet-- We're asking everyone to sign up for show and tell at the meeting to make sure that we can keep track of it all for the photos on Flickr and in the minutes. It also gives you the chance to note if the quilt/item is from a specific pattern or tutorial that others might be interested in. 
  3. Blog Posts – We're always looking for members willing to help keep our blog fresh. This quarter's Saturday Series is Holiday Gifts. Please sign up if you have ideas for holiday gifts or favorite tutorials to share. 
  4. 2015 Board Nominations – The board begins a new term starting in March of 2015. Nominations will be at the January meeting with elections for all board positions in February. The Vice President position will be vacant in 2015 since Vanessa's term is expired. If anyone is interested in serving on the board, please contact an existing board member. The board is happy to answer any questions you may have about time commitment, duties, etc. The guild by-laws can be found here
  5. 2015 Spring In-Town Retreat-- will be held on April 11-12, 2015 at Millie P's in downtown Anoka. Hours of the retreat are Saturday, 9 AM to Midnight and Sunday 9 AM to 7 PM. Additional details will be available on the blog after the New Year.
  6. January 2015 Meeting -- Main agenda items include the 2014 Mystery Quilt reveal and Board nominations. 
  7. Lee Heinrich Trunk Show and Workshop-- The Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild received a grant from MQ to help offset the cost of bringing in a guest speaker and instructor for an event. Lee Heinrich, co-author of Vintage Quilt Revival and blogger at Freshly Pieced, will be here as a result of the grant. There will be two opportunities to meet Lee: 
    • Friday, January 30, 7-9 PM, Textile Center-- Trunk show and reception. Free for Mpls. MQG members, $5 for non-members. 
    • Saturday, January 31, 10 AM-4 PM, Textile Center-- Advanced Piecing workshop/class. Details on cost and materials are forthcoming. A copy of Vintage Quilt Revival is a class requirement, so you may want to put that on your holiday wish- list if you don't own it already (several libraries in the area also have this). 
  8. 2015 Bees – If you are interested in joining a Guild Bee Hive/Group, please sign up or contact the board via email. We will have two categories – beginner and advanced. Each hive can set up their own agreed upon guidelines (i.e. frequency of exchange, number of blocks).
  9. Get Inspired Challenge-- The spring challenge is "Get Inspired". Simply make something and share with us your source of inspiration. The reveal will be at the April meeting and participants should bring in their finished project with the original source of inspiration (or photo of). No other rules or restrictions. 
  10. Quilt Mentors Needed for Medical Students-- A group of U of M medical students have been given a grant to start a quilting group that will work together on a creative endeavor to learn quilting and ultimately make quilts to give to patients. The group is seeking knowledgeable quilters to help get them started. Please see Carrie F. if you are interested.
Guest Speaker/Demonstration:  
Sue Heinz of Kismet Quilting gave an excellent demonstration titled “You’ve got a friend in Elmer”. Sue showed us the many ways that we can use Elmer's white school glue in our quilting to get accurate seams, professional looking binding, and more.

Show and Tell:
Brianne


Carrie-- Marketplace India Charity Quilt

Carrie -- place mat pattern from fatquarterly.com

Colby-- Modern Stripes MQG website (going to QuiltCon!)

 
Colby-- wonky triangles (going to QuiltCon!)

Colby- whole cloth quilt

Kristin L.-- A Little Crispy
Kristin L. --A Little Crispy
Kristin L.-- A Little Crispy






Chris C.-- Marketplace India Charity Quilt

Chris C.

Chris C.

Chris C.
Carol C.
Karen C. -- Glad Creations Row Quilt, Gracies Favorite

Rozina D. --cockatoo pattern by Quiet Play

Kellye-- Lantern Strings

Kellye--quilt back

Erin--St. Louis 16-patch in catnap fabric

Erin--quilt back
Andrea

Andrea
Andrea--quilt back

Andrea

Jill-- Swoon

Tiki-- Disappearing 9-patch
Kara

Maria

Maria

Maria--quilt back

Amanda Jean--You Can't Rush Art, Crazy Mom Quilts

Sharon--Owl Quilt
Sharon--quilt back
David

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