Good Neighbors Fabric Challenge

Connecting Threads has generously agreed to sponsor a challenge by supplying charm packs of Amanda Jean Nyberg's (crazymomquilts) Good Neighbors fabric for members of our guild who wish to participate. If you haven't already, be sure to pick up a charm pack at the December meeting. 

Good Neighbors fabric challenge rules:
1. Use at least 10 charm squares from the collection.
2. Add other fabrics to the mix! (Don't be a hermit!) This collection gets along with so many other fabrics. Explore the possibilities!
3. Bring in a completed project to the January meeting. It can be a quilt or a sewn object.
4. By completing your project or quilt, you will have a chance to win a fat eighth bundle of the good neighbors fabric. Names will be drawn randomly, one for each category: quilt or other project.

We can't wait to see what you make!

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!

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!

Thanks so much in advance!


May 2015 Meeting Minutes

The May Meeting was held on May 21, 2015 at the Textile Center.

Starting a 4th Bee
We are really close to having enough participants to start a fourth Bee!  Anyone wanting to be a part please contact Kristin.  A new Bee will start soon if we have enough people interested.

Blocks completed in the three other Bees for the month of May were for Sarah, Michelle, and Gina.  They all looked great!

Call For Content
We would love to have you take part in our blog!  We do have quarterly topics, but are happy to have you blog about anything quilt-related.  Please contact Sarah for further details on how to take part in the blog.

Quilt Market Meet and Greet
A big thank you to our vice president Colby Lowrey for setting up the meet and greet at Quilt Market.  It was a huge success! And thank you to Sarah for arranging The Cloth Pocket pop-up shop.

The Charity Committee
Headed by Jan Hanenberger, the Committee has put a call out for orphan blocks and for members to make "Plus" blocks.  They are hoping to have a total of 90 "Plus" blocks by September.  Keep them in mind over the next couple of months as you are going through your stash of orphan blocks.  Also, if you have ideas of where the finished quilts could be donated let Jan know and she will add it to her list for review.  Please have all blocks turned in by the September meeting.

More information on the Charity Committee and their goals for this year are up on the blog.  

River Valley Quilters
The River Valley Quilters have asked they we come to their meeting on Thursday, September 24th in Woodbury to do a show and tell of our modern quilts and projects. If you would like to attend and need to carpool, please let someone on the board know and we will do our best to help get everyone there.

Upcoming In-Town Retreat
Our In-Town Retreat will be held on Friday, September 25th through Sunday, September 27th at Four Seasons Quilt Shop.  The cost is $15 per day.  If you can't make it for the entire three days that is okay!  Pick a day that best suits your schedule!  

June Meeting - Thursday, June 25th - Make 'n' Take
Please remember that our June meeting will be on June 25th at 7:00pm.  There is free parking across the street (kitty-corner to the Textile Center).  Please refer to the maps for parking as there will be an event prior to ours and parking at the Textile Center may be taken.

For the June meeting we’re hosting a "Make ‘n’ Take Meeting" - you will make and take home a portable design board and fabric twine using your scraps.

  • Bring a pair of scissors and some 1-inch or thinner strips of fabric for the twine.
  • If you have scrap batting that is 15" x 20" that you would like to donate to this project that would be great too.

We will supply everything else. Don't forget your Show and Tell!

Show and Tell - There was a lot of great show and tell, take a look at it all on our Flickr page!

That Last Step - Binding

At the last meeting the topic of connecting binding ends came up during Show & Tell.  For many it's a dreaded step in finishing up your quilt, but it doesn't have to be.  There are plenty of tutorials out there to make this task very doable and leave you with a perfectly bound quilt.

My go-to tutorial is from Canoe Ridge Creations.  I'm a visual learner and this tutorial has great photos to go along with all the steps.  I reference this every time I'm finishing up something.

Another useful tutorial for continuous binding is from HELLOmynameisheather.

Jaybird Quilts has a good selection of binding tutorials for curves, angles, etc.

And if you want to give machine binding a try, Cluck Cluck Sew has a tutorial with photos for all the steps.

Do you have a favorite tutorial/technique for binding?  Share it in the comments!

MMQG Charity Committee

Hello MMQG !  Our charity committee is up and running!  The committee met for the first time prior to the May Guild meeting in the Textile Center Library.  We would like to let you know our current focus, ask for some assistance and thank you in advance for sharing our skills with others.  If we all contribute a small amount, we can be very successful! If anyone else would like to join our group, you are welcome!

Our current focus is to complete a few lap sized quilts for donation this fall. We developed a list of potential recipient populations at the committee meeting and added to the list during our general meeting.  Our hope is to select populations that are currently underserved.  If you have a group or agency you would like to add to our list, please contact Jan at janquilter (at) outlook (dot) com

We are asking for your assistance as many hands will result in greater success.   Donations of quilt blocks, fabric backs or bindings would be appreciated.  We have two requests for blocks:

1.  Please check out   Lindsay Conner has granted permission for us to reference her tutorial for low volume plus blocks. We would like to ask each guild member to make one or two blocks to donate by the end of September.  At that time we hope to have a total of 90 blocks to make lap quilts. We are requesting gender neutral fabrics for the plus section and either light value or low volume for the background.  Our goal is to donate more masculine / teen quilts as they are the type least donated.

2.  If you have orphan blocks from testing a pattern, making too many or when a block just did not work out, we will gladly take them off your hands!  We will then combine the blocks to create more donation quilts. Any blocks, colors, or sizes would be welcome!

Blocks or donations can be turned in at any meeting.  We will have a charity donation table available at meetings starting in June.  If you are unable to attend a meeting but have donation items, please send Jan a Facebook message and receive a mailing address in response.

As our Charity Committee continues to function, we will expand our ideas, requests and donations.

Please feel free to participate in whatever fits your time and schedule. Thank you so much!

April 2015 meeting minutes

April 16, 2015 Meeting:

Thank you to those with an April birthday that brought refreshments!
A reminder to please renew your membership if you have not done so at this time.

April Sew In -- Jan Hanenberger has scheduled a Sew-In for Sunday April 26th 1-4:30 at:
Burnhaven Library
1101 W Cty Rd 42, Burnsville.

2015 Bees – They are up and running!  The blocks completed for April were for:

  • Sharon Schwarze/NewBees
  • Vivien/OhBee1
  • Karen C/Sew2Bee2

Blog Posting – Please consider writing a blog post! If you are uncertain how to do a blog post, or just have questions, please see Sarah Marrone.

April 11 – 12 was the  In Town Sew In at Millie P’s.  The location was great and close to the Millie P's store so we were able to walk there and pick up some must have items!  It was a great opportunity to see what others are working on and to ask for help if you were stuck on a particular part of your project.  Looking forward to future in-town retreats!

The May Meeting agenda will include a "Help with your UFO’s" section.

 Bring in your unfinished projects that you don’t like, or that you don’t know what to do with and we will brainstorm together on how to make your project work. Or just bring in one that has a story. There might be a swap portion of the evening if people are interested in unloading some old projects! Everyone will get to show one UFO and then we'll do more if time allows.

Tonight's Meeting Agenda included:

 Quilt Con recap

 Get Inspired Challenge Reveal

 Show and Tell

Upcoming events:

 MN Quilt Show in Duluth Wednesday June 10- Sunday June 14

 September 24, 2015 – The River Valley Quilters have invited us to do a
     show and tell at their guild meeting

 When: Thursday, 9/24/15
 Time:  Meeting starts at 6:45pm.
 Where: Woodbury Public Works building off of 494 and Valley Creek Road

More information will be coming about this event

2015 COMMITTEES – The following members have graciously accepted the
following Committee Positions:

 Brianne Hansen and Erin Salisbury – Garage Sale Spring 2016

 Marie Parish – Hospitality

 Jan Hanenberger-Charity

 Event/Speaker – We would love to have someone step up and help us out with this area!

Show & tell was awesome and the photos are posted over on Flickr.

Quilt Market 2015 Meet Up

Join us on Friday, May 15th at 6pm at the Millennium Hotel for a Quilt Market Meet Up!

Feel free to spread the word and share the graphic above with your social networks.  Hope to see you there!

How To: Dementia Texture Quilts

Texture quilts are therapeutic quilts used with dementia patients to provide visual and tactile stimulation, warmth, familiarity, comfort and relaxation.

FABRICS:  Collect a stash of fabrics with texture, pattern, color, movement, or high contrast. Any or all of the following types of fabrics will work:  minky, cotton prints, corduroy, seersucker, dotted swiss, terrycloth, velvet, lycra, satin, flannel, chenille, fake fur, fleece, black and white, neon colors, swirls, zig zag, plaids, stripes, etc.   All fabrics must be able to survive rough handling and be machine washed and dried.  If questionable, please test the fabrics in a wash and dry cycle to assure they will work.

BACKING:  Use prewashed fleece.  This could be one complete piece or several pieces patched together.

BATTING:  No batting is necessary

OTHER SUPPLIES:  Sewing machine, thread for piecing (this is a great project for using up miscellaneous spools and bobbins), quilting pins, basting pins, walking foot AND any other basic sewing supplies you like to use.

Cut fabric into 10 inch squares. 

Lay out the quilt blocks on a large table or floor space.  Create a variation of texture, color and movement within the quilt.  Use your imagination!

LAP SIZE = 16 blocks, four by four = 36 x 36 inches finished            

NAP SIZE = 30 blocks, five by six = 45 x 54 inches finished

Once you are satisfied with the arrangement, sew the blocks together with a ½ inch seam.  Some pinning may be necessary when stitching stretchy to non-stretchy fabrics. 

Finger press the seams open and stitch over them with a variable stitch so they will remain flat.

Layer the quilt top and fleece backing right sides together.  Stitch around the outside edge with a ½ inch seam leaving an opening so that the quilt may be turned right side out.

Turn the quilt then stitch the opening shut, very close to the edge. 

Quilt the top and back of the quilt together, by stitching in the ditch or with a wide decorative stitch on several seams in the quilt.  This is to hold the quilt together during the washing process, but is not to be heavily quilted which would flatten the textures.

Topstitch around the outside of the quilt with a 1/2 inch seam from the edge.

MMQG Sew-In Tomorrow

Our next MMQG Sew-In is Sunday, April 26th at the Burnhaven Library, located 1101 County Road 42 West in Burnsville, west of the Burnsville Shopping Center.

We will be in the large community room from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. You are welcome to bring your sewing machine, projects to cut, assemble or sew, or hand sewing.

Also if you want to sew but don't want to pack up your entire project, we have a charity project of Dementia Texture Quilts you may chose from to work on. Fabric squares will be provided, you just need your sewing machine and thread of any color! A walking foot is also helpful. Please refer to our blog for an article about the Dementia Texture Quilts for an overview of the project.

Hope to see you all there!

March 2015 meeting minutes

All of you who renewed your membership, thank you! We have a lot of fun things planned this year so watch Facebook, the blog, and plan on coming to the monthly meetings. We still have Swag Bags for those of you who need to renew or want to join the Guild.

2015 Board Introduction

The new board took effect at the beginning of March. The officers for the 2015-2016 year are:

  • President – Tracy Westhoff
  • Treasurer – Kristin Lawson
  • VP - Colby Lowrey
  • Web Coordinator – Sarah Marrone 
  • Secretary – Rebecca LaPlante


2015 Committees

The following members have graciously accepted the following Committee Positions:

  • Brianne Hansen and Erin Salisbury – Garage Sale Spring 2016
  • Marie Parish – Hospitality 
  • Jan Hanenberger-Charity 
  • Event/Speaker – Would love someone to step up and help us out with this one!

For the April meeting–4/16/2015:

Get Inspired Challenge reveal:  Get Inspired – find something that inspires you to make something quilty.

Scrap swap extravaganza: Stuff some of you favorite scraps into a one quart plastic bag, add a short note letting your partner know what you like or dislike (this is totally optional) and write your name on the outside of the bag. Everyone participating will draw a bag and make something for the scrap bag owner adding one additional fabric from their stash. The finished project reveal/swap will be at the July meeting.

Also on the agenda is a quick QuiltCon recap from those who went to Austin this year.

Don't forget your March bee blocks if you are in a hive!

If you have an April birthday, please consider bringing something for the snack/food table to share. March Birthdays – Thank you for bringing refreshments to the last meeting!

Come early to socialize, check out the free table and two bit bags! Donations to the two-bit bags gets you four free tickets to enter. Clear out some space in your sewing area and get your less loved items to someone who will make good use of them.

Low volume strip swap

We had our low volume strip swap! Each member brought in as many low volume strips as they wanted, and left with the same number. It was a great way to get a sampling of some new low volume prints.


Bee blocks

March's queen bees were Kellye, Vanessa, and Kara.


Show & Tell

Michelle's back
Tracy's quilt back
Tracy's back
Kellye's back
Lisa did not stop moving! 
More Lisa
Rebecca T.
Rebecca T.
Rebecca T.
Rebecca T.
Vanessa's back
Mary's feedsacks
Mary's Fancy Fox
Caitlin's back

February meeting minutes

2015 Board Nominations – We have nominations! 
President – Tracy
Treasurer – Kristin L.
VP - Colby
Web Coordinator – Sarah M.
Secretary – Rebecca and Brianne

2015 COMMITTEES – The following members have graciously accepted the following Committee Positions:
Brianne and Erin S. – Garage Sale
Marie P. – Hospitality
Jan - Charity
Event/Speaker – Would love someone to step up and help us out with this one!

2015 Bees – They are up and running!  January Block Recipients are:
Jan Hanenberger/NewBee
Kristin Schwarze OhBee1
Rozina Doss/Sew2Bee2
The fourth group will be named Sew3P-Oh

Blog Posting – Please consider writing a blog post! See Carrie with any questions

March Meeting – Thursday, March 19th - Membership Renewal

1. Please remember to download a membership form from the blog and bring it with cash or a check payable to MPLSMQG for $40.  We do have copies of the form tonight at the sign in table and will have more at the meeting next month.

2. Fabric Swap – if you would like to participate, please bring 6” width of fabric cuts of low volume prints.  You will be taking as many as you bring -- Example: if you bring 5 - 6”width of fabric cuts, you will take home 5 - 6” width of fabric cuts.  See CrazyMomQuilts blog post on low volume if you have questions


  • April 11 – 12, 2015 – In Town Sew In @ Millie P’s in beautiful downtown Anoka. 
    • Saturday 9am to midnight and Sunday 9am-7pm.
  • Get Inspired Challenge Deadline is the 4/16/2015 meeting:  
    • Get Inspired – find something that inspires you to make a quilt.  April 2015 Reveal
  • September 24, 2015 – The River Valley Quilters have invited us to do a show and tell at their guild meeting 
    • When: Thursday, 9/24/15
    • Time:  Meeting starts at 6:45pm.  
    • Where: Woodbury Public Works building off of 494 and Valley Creek Road.  
    • More information will be coming about this event

Guest speaker

Laura Nagel from MN Quilters reviewed the 2015 show classes and lectures. Show date: June 10-14 at the DECC in Duluth MN

Show and Tell




Amanda Jean

Amanda Jean

Amanda Jean














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