Saturday Series: Binding tutorials

Hi! I'm Carrie, from I wanted to share a couple of my favorite binding tutorials today.

The first is Heather Bailey's binding tutorial. It's a basic binding tutorial with clearly illustrated steps, and it's how I've been doing my binding for years. I highly recommend it if you don't mind hand-stitching the binding on the back of the quilt.

If you want to completely machine-stitch your bindings, I recommend Susie's magic binding technique. You first attach the binding to the back of the quilt, then "stitch in the ditch" along a small flange on the front of the quilt. It's really easy, and stitching in the ditch hides . Below is a picture of this binding technique on a quilt I finished in January.


Other good tips for binding are using Elmer's school glue (as recommended by Roxanne) or an awl (as recommended by Stephanie). I used an awl for the quilt above and I plan to use Elmer's on my next quilt.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I recently read a really good post at While She Naps about why you shouldn't ask where artist's find their inspiration.

There has been a lot of stealing of ideas lately and it made me start thinking about my work and where my designs originate from. I RARELY follow a pattern, I quilt like I cook, I see a pattern or recipe, use it as a loose guideline and then make so many changes that by the end it is often nothing like the original idea.

I used to make all of my own designs from original ideas because I did not have quilting community, online or in real life, so I had nothing to compare to so what I came up with was truly my own idea, not inspired by another's quilty work. The problem is that now with so many blogs, free tutorials, Pinterest, and an overabundance of incoming "inspiration," I sometimes find it hard to figure out whether the ideas I now come up with are truly mine or just something that I saw once and loved. I am scared of accidentally copying someone's work.

I try to find inspiration outside of the quilting community. If you don't it is very easy to have the issues stated above. I have a pattern oriented brain and pick up patterns and details in things that normal people do not. Whether it is in shadows, negative spaces, or even ways to turn existing art into fiber creations, I find that the "real" world gives me most of my truly original ideas.

Bathroom Wall in a local restaurant

Jump Ropes at Field Day
Volunteered at field day at Sheridan School this morning manning the jump rope station. This is where I realized I have a mild case of OCD. #likecolorsgotogether #kidfail

Rain Boots I got from Target
My favorite part about rain boots is that they make you feel invincible!

T-shirt from Target

Window at the Bakken Museum

The document under this adorable dog :)

A root structure

Old piece of palm wood

A card I got from a friend

If you don't already, try to find patterns or designs in everyday objects and think about how you can use them in your own work. It's surprising what you find when you start looking...

May 2014 Meeting Minutes

May 2014 Meeting Minutes, Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild The meeting was held on May 08, 2014 at the Textile Center at 7 PM. Below is a summary of the meeting.

  • Flaun, past MMQG President will sadly be leaving us in June for a new adventure in Australia. There will be a going away happy hour in her honor on Wednesday, May 21 at CRAVE in the West End (St. Louis Park) at 5:30 PM. Please stop by, have a drink and/or a bite to eat and bid Flaun farewell. We hope she will stay in touch and let us know what the quilting scene is like down under on her blog, I Plead Quilty!
  • The Minnesota Quilters Show is June 12-14 in St. Cloud. Kristin provided a great overview of the show on the MMQG blog. Elizabeth Dackson's Saturday class has been cancelled so there will not be a trunk show for the MMQG as previously discussed. Her Thursday and Friday classes still have space available and are offered to MMQG members at a rate of $50. Message Kristin L. for more information on the special rate.
  • The MMQG will be hosting an in-town retreat September 27-28 at Four Seasons Quilts in Maple Grove. An in-town retreat provides space for sewing all weekend without overnight accommodations (i.e. you get to go home and sleep in your own bed!). The sewing space is secure so you can leave machines and projects set up and come and go as you please. This is offered in addition to our regular out of town retreat in November, giving members the option to do one or both retreats. More info, including pricing and how to register is on the MMQG blog.
  • We now have a sign-up sheet for those that want to bring snacks or beverages to future meetings. Rebecca L. has kindly brought treats for the past several months on her own, but we'd like to give Rebecca a break and share the snack responsibility among the group. If you didn't sign up at the meeting and are interested in participating for future meetings message Rebecca on Facebook or send an email to the guild (minneapolismqg [at] gmail [dot] com). 
Annual Guild Garage Sale
Brianne presented on the new and improved format for the MMQG garage sale that will be held at our August 14th meeting. She and Erin have done a great job to organize this. The main details are summarized below and there will be a blog post soon with more information.
  • Members can sell any quilting/sewing related item (fabric, books, notions, scrap bags, patterns)
  • Label each item with your name, description, and price. If fabric, include yardage/size. Please use tags since stickers tend to fall off easily.
  • There is a spreadsheet for each seller to fill out and submit via email with their items. This will help track payment after the sale. 
  • Drop off items before the sale (June/July meetings, or May sew-in). 
  • Sellers will recieve payment at the September meeting. If payment is desired sooner, you can submit a self-addressed stamped envelope and the Guild will mail you a check once everything is tallied after the sale.
  • The seller will get 75% of the proceeds with 25% going to the MMQG. Sellers can choose to donate 100% of the proceeds to the guild for certain items. The garage sale is one of the ways the Guild raises funds for the group in an effort to keep membership dues lower while also being able to pay for meeting space, workshops, and speakers.
  • Unsold items will be returned at the September meeting. Sellers also have the option to donate unsold items to Goodwill or for use as future two-bit bags.
  • If you're not selling, bring cash to the August meeting and be ready to shop!
Charitable Opportunities
Memory Quilts
Jan's Memory quilt made for her mother
Jan presented two Memory Quilts that she made for her mother who is in a memory care facility. People with dementia and Alzheimer's tend to fidget and like to handle fabrics with different textures. Her mother loves the quilt and there are many other patients at the facility that would enjoy one too. Jan has offered to coordinate this effort and cut donated fabric into squares. It is a great way to use up different types of fabric from your stash. If you'd like to donate fabric or batting for the project, bring it to a future meeting. Once Jan has enough fabric we will host a sew-in to get volunteers to sew up the quilts.

Marketplace India
Carrie presented an opportunity to sew a quilt that will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for Marketplace India, a non-profit organization that supports women and artist coops in Mumbai. The organization will provide the fabric. If you are interested in sewing a block for the quilt, contact Carrie or email the MMQG. Carrie will also send out a sign-up on Facebook.

Textile Center Exhibit
The textile center has asked the MMQG to put together an exhibit that will be showcased in the library gallery from June 17 to July 12. This is an exciting opportunity to showcase our work!! The space is very limited and we think there is room for 3 larger quilts (appx 60" wide), 3-4 smaller quilts (crib size) and a lot of shelves and display case space for smaller items like pillows, bags, table runners, small quilts and other pieced items. Depending on the amount of items received, we will have a lottery to determine what pieces will be submitted. This is an informal show, but please note that The Textile Center will have final say on what will be accepted. If you would like to have one of your quilts or wall hangings displayed, you MUST sew a hanging sleeve to the back of your quilt AND also supply a wooden dowel with small holes drilled into each end so they can wire the dowel and hang the quilt. They requested that the sleeve NOT extend past either edge of the quilt -- the sleeve should end an inch or two before the edge so the dowel is hidden behind it while hanging. There are a number of YouTube tutorials on how to do this and it is very easy to do. All items must be delivered together by June 6th. Message Tracy on Facebook or email the Guild with questions.

Meeting Date Changes (PLEASE READ THIS!!)
The Textile Center has asked us to change our regularly scheduled meeting date due to the large size of our group and the Weaver's Guild that also meets on the same evening. Hopefully this will mean better parking and an easier time hearing each other during the meeting. Starting in September, the MMQG will meet the THIRD Thursday of the month. Same time and location (7 PM with social hour before at the Textile Center). There are other changes to the summer schedule that are unrelated to the move (just to make things extra confusing). Please read below and update your calendars accordingly:
  • June 19th, Textile Center (There is a big show opening on our regularly scheduled meeting date that will take up the entire Center)
  • July 10th at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church and Newman Center in SE Minneapolis near the UofM campus. We are having a joint meeting with the Minnesota Quilters where Amanda Jean Nyberg will give a presentation on Modern Quilting. They would like us to bring lots of show and tell!
  • August 14th, Textile Center for the second annual MMQG Garage Sale!
  • September 18th at the Textile Center Meetings will be the Third Thursday of the month from this point forward. 
Next Challenge—“Quilt Outside the Line”-- June 19 Reveal Many of us stay within the comfort zone of using coordinating fabrics from one fabric line. This optional challenge simply asks participants to make a project that mixes things up by using fabrics from more than one fabric line or designer. If that is not a challenge for you, feel free to self-interpret and bring a project that pushes your boundaries in some other way.
Next Meeting—June 19, 2014 7-8:30 p.m. Textile Center of MN

Next Sew In—Sunday, May 25th, 12-5 p.m. at Roseville Public Library.

Coaster Swap
A crop of lovely coasters were made and swapped! Everyone seemed happy with their draw.

Show and Tell Photos

Tracy's quilt back

Vanessa-- Monaluna Challenge


Annik-- Scrap Management Workshop project

Kristin L.

Kristin L.

Kristin L.

Rozina's baby quilt
Rozina's quilt back

Maria quilt back

Maria's Grandmother's quilt block


Sharon-- Monaluna Challenge
Sharon quilt back

Karen C.

Karen's bag made from the charm pack she won last month

Colby's quilt back



Rebecca's cat quilt


Rebecca's ironing mat


Erin's quilt back

 Submitted by Gina M. May 20, 2014

The Minnesota Quilter's (MQ) show

Hi! Kristin L. here again. So, since I think I was one of the only ones that went to the MQ show last year, I thought I would talk just a little about it to try to convince more of you to go. You should!

The MQ show is put on every year by the Minnesota Quilters. If you aren't familiar with them, you should be. They are the biggest guild in the state. They were founded in 1978 and they have over 1300 members! They have monthly meetings (in Dinkytown) kind of like we do, but they have a speaker at most of their meetings. Anyway, this show is the largest volunteer-run quilt show in the US. It is a lot of fun!

Last year's show was in Duluth, so the photos below are from there. This year's is even closer in St. Cloud. The show has quite a few vendors, and two different quilt displays: Judged (the fancy quilts!) and Non-Judged. If you like looking at the quilts at the State Fair, you will love these. It seemed like there were a lot more quilts at this show than at the fair, too.

Another thing to see is the special exhibits. For example, every year the Minnesota Contemporary Quilters (MCQ) do a challenge (last year's was "Abode") and all of their mini-quilts are displayed. And also check out the "small quilt" auction. The small quilt auction allows you to bid on small quilted items. Very handy for nabbing something you don't have the time or inclination to make for yourself or for a gift.

There are quite a few quilt classes during the show, this year including Elizabeth Dackson (Don't call me Betsy) and Gwen Marston (Liberated Quiltmaking).  I didn't take any classes last year, but this year I am taking an all-day Saturday class, so I will also be going up on Saturday and also Thursday or Friday to wander around the show. I think there is still a little bit of time to sign up for classes, too, if you are interested.

So let's get into a few photos! First up are two overview shots of one of the two vendor and exhibit halls. at the far end with the black walls you can see the "Judged" portion of the quilt show.

You can see the Janome and Bernina booths above. If you are in the market for a sewing machine or longarm, this is a great place to try a bunch in one day. Most (or all?) of the major manufacturers had booths with test machines set up. I got to try five or six different mid-arm machines... that was fun.

I will admit that some of the vendors were fairly traditional and were selling traditional fabrics and patterns that were perhaps not my style. However, I just skipped those and spent more time in the many booths that were interesting to me.

Some local quilt shops had booths, too. This was Gruber's:

I loved these mini quilts!

and Glad Creations:

Twin Cities Quilting also had a large booth, but I didn't get a photo of it (too busy browsing the pretty fabric!). There are also various other vendors, and a *lot* of thread, tools, and notions for sale. You will almost certainly come home with a few new things! I did.

This was a very cool booth that was selling fabric paint and stencils. There was always a crowd around the demo area.

And the company Paper Pieces had a booth, where you could buy many of the English Paper Piecing papers they sell on their website. I asked them last year and they said if you have special request for a specific shape or size of pieces, call them before the show and pick it up at the show to save on shipping. Here are two of their teeny-tiny hexie mini quilts. That is a dime sitting on top. So cool!

The quilts portion was also amazing and inspiring--both the Judged and Non-Judged areas. Here are just a few favorites:

Of course, there were a lot of the uber-fancy, heavily quilted and bejeweled compass-type quilts, which are very cool to look at.
Mistaken Identity, Gail Stepanek, quilted by Jan Hutchinson

And some more traditional ones, but made in pretty colors!
Oh, My stars! Susan Dyer (of Glad Creations)

Penny Candy, Silvia Aufdreheide

Lots of artsy quilts 
Making Waves, Pat Hilderbrand

A Pocket Full of Paisleys, Lorilynn King

There were also a few quilts that were a bit more modern, including one by Victoria Findlay Wolfe:
You Are Here, Victoria Findlay Wolfe

And a more traditional one, but using Tula Pink!
The Toad's Banquet, Alice B. Buckalew

So last year, I got up very early in the morning and drove up to Duluth just for the day. I got there right when it opened and it did take me all day to get through the show. This year because of the Saturday class I will be going up for two days, but coming home for the night inbetween.

I think that pretty much any quilter would find the trip worthwhile and I think it would be fun to carpool. I hope this convinces a few more of you to check it out!
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