Heide Parkes Outings

We are excited to host Heidi Parkes for her improvisational piecing workshops on May 7th!  Coming from Milwaukee, she would love to spend time getting to know our Guild and our city that weekend.  So, the Guild is planning some fun outings with Heidi, and we’d love to have you join (whether you can come to the workshops or not)!  

Let’s show her a great time!  We understand that it’s Mother’s Day weekend, but perhaps you can sneak away for a bit and celebrate by sewing, shopping and dining with friends!

Please visit this Google form to sign up for any or all of the get togethers so we know how many to expect.

Friday, May 6:
1:30 pm:  Weisman Art Museum Trip (333 E River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55455)

3:30 pm:  Walker Art Center Trip (1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403)

5:30 pm:  Dinner - Copper Pot Indian Restaurant (10 South 5th St, Minneapolis)

Saturday, May 7:
9:00 - 5:00:  Workshops (sign-up separately here)

6:00 pm:  Dinner - The Craftsman (4300 Lake Street Minneapolis)

Sunday, May 8:  
11:00 am:  Brunch  - Haute Dish  (119 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis)

1:00 pm:  SR Harris Trip (8865 Zealand Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445)

If you have any questions, please email Jill.

Improvisational Piecing Workshops with Heidi Parkes


The Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild is excited to invite you to participate in Improvisational Piecing Workshops with Heidi Parkes on Saturday, May 7th! Heidi is an award-winning quilter out of Milwaukee who utilizes improvisational piecing in much of her work.

Heidi Parkes

Workshop One will focus on how to improv piece with greater detail and smaller pieces of fabric.

Workshop Two will focus on how to improv piece with larger swatches of fabric and less detail.

Schedule:  
9:00am - 12:30pm | Workshop One
12:30 - 1:30pm | Lunch (food not provided)
1:30 - 5:00pm | Workshop Two

Location:
Textile Center (map)

Cost:
MMQG Members:  $40 for one workshop; $70 for both workshops
Non-Members:  $50 for one workshop; $85 for both workshops

Register here! Memberships are also available for purchase here, if you'd like to take advantage of the workshop discounts. 

We have spots for 20 participants in each workshop, and spots are first come/first served. Participants will need to bring their own supplies (machine, fabric, etc.).

To learn more about Heidi take a look at her website and Instagram (@Heidi.Parkes).

If you have any questions, please reach out to Jill Scullard at a meeting or by email.

Hope to see you at the workshop!

In-Town Retreat Reminder

Hey everyone! 



This is just a friendly reminder of our in-town sewing retreat at Millie P's this Friday thru Sunday (4/8-4/10)! If you are thinking of coming one or more days, please email Kristin Lawson at kristin.bittles@gmail.com with the days you are planning on attending! Cost is $10 per person per day (due to Kristin Lawson at the retreat). Hours are 9-midnight on Friday/Saturday and 9-7 on Sunday. As it stands the sign-ups are on the light side so we'd love to know if people are still thinking of coming who may not have signed up yet (so we can plan food/space accordingly). 

We hope to see you there!

Membership Renewal & Feedback Request *Updated Links*

It’s time to renew your Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild Membership! This year we are switching from paper forms to online forms. This will help us keep better records of payment and also allow you to pay with a card. 

The membership fee is $40, as it was last year and can be paid online through Paypal. You can also pay by check or card at the meeting, but the form has to be filled out online. Once the form is submitted it will automatically direct you to the payment page.


We also have a feedback form that we would like you to fill out to let us know what you would like to do in 2016 and what we can improve on this next year. Please take the time to fill this out, as we will be using this information to drive many decisions this year from speakers to workshops, and meeting content.


Let any of us on the board know if you have any questions! 

MQ-MMQG Raffle quilt

As I briefly talked about at the last meeting, we've been chosen to put together the raffle quilt for the Minnesota Quilters (MQ) 2017 show in Duluth. The purpose of this is to provide more exposure for our guild and the modern quilting movement in general. We (and MQ) believe it is important to try to bridge the gap between the more traditional and more modern quilting communities. Most people that attend the MQ show are of the more traditional flavor of quilter, so this is a great opportunity. This quilt is more of a blend of the two styles to try to appeal to both groups.

To provide a little incentive to join in on the fun, we have this lovely bundle of 19 colorful low volume fabrics that one lucky participant will win. These are all quarter yard cuts. The first six blocks submitted will get you an entry, and each additional three blocks (no limit!) will get you an additional entry. I'm hoping to receive too many blocks--the extras will get passed along to the Charity committee.




​The blocks are due and the drawing will be made at the May meeting, but I'll accept blocks anytime before that if you're done early! I If you'll be missing the meeting but want to participate, you can mail them to me at the address in the email I sent out. When you mail them or hand them off, be sure the group of them is labeled with your name with a piece of tape or similar so that your name goes in the drawing.

I will be collecting the blocks and assembling the quilt top. We are still looking for a long arm quilter that would be interested in quilting it--if you are interested or know someone who might be, please let me know!

PDF instructions for the block were sent out to all members via email. They are a subset of a pattern that will be available at the show. Each participant will also receive a copy of the full digital pattern around the time of the show next year.

The fabric choices are described below.

Background: (you can use the same background for up to six of your blocks): light, low volume prints (no solids). Because this is for a traditional guild, dial down the busy-ness of the low volume a little. Choose from white, off white, light gray, and cream backgrounds in the prints. Not so dark as beige/taupe or medium gray, the darkest would be about Kona Oyster or Kona Silver. The low volume fabrics can have soft color designs on a light background, but please no bold, black, or dark accents.

Below is a photo of two stacks of low volume-ish fabrics. The top stack of fabrics are too busy, dark, or have elements that are just too bold or distracting. The bottom stack is more what we're looking for.




Stars: Nearly any color of bright or dark prints, as long as they contrast well with your background. The prints you use for the outer round of the star should read as a solid block of color or multicolor--meaning that other than small accents, there should not be any white or very light in your prints so the crisp star edge doesn't get muddled. Try to avoid using many neutrals like brown or gray. Sparingly, pastels are fine as long as they contrast well with the background or are used for inner star rounds. No batiks please because they can bleed.

Here's another example photo. The top stack of prints are all ones that won't work for outer star rounds--they have too much white/cream in them. Any type of fabrics like those in the bottom stack would make a great choice. I didn't have a lot of large scale prints without white to show, but those are great too. Try to include some variation in light/dark and print scale in your choices.




​This quilt also doesn't have a name yet. If you have ideas, send them along. I'll be picking out a secret prize for my favorite suggestion. Ideas are due by the night before the May meeting so I can announce it at the meeting.

Please let me know if you have any questions! Thank you so much for your help!
Kristin
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