Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Notes from the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild’s general meeting on August 12th, 2018 at the Arbutus Public Library. 

Meeting led by President, Rose Daley. 


Two guests attended (were referred to us by the staff at Glory Bee Sewing Center in Fallston, MD. 

There were two members who had birthdays in August and each chose a fat quarter from the birthday prize bag. Rose introduced the board members present.


Rose announced that our librarian will not be able to bring books to the meeting and asked for a volunteer - Kate very kindly spoke up. :)


We presented our 2017 charity quilt (Birds in Air) to a representative from House of Ruth in Baltimore. They will be using our donation on a bed in the house itself.

Star Challenge quilts were collected to be donated to the East Baltimore Early Head Start program. Quilts will be taken next month, too. There are currently 80 kids in the pre-3 program - these are infants/toddlers up to 3yrs. of age. Our quilts are given to their families to make a cosy corner for the kids to read at home. At the age of  3, they go on to Head Start and most of them take our donated quilts along to use for nap time. 




The Michael Miller company challenge fabrics have been received and were distributed to the members attending who signed up.

BINGO Info


Drawing special interest baskets: We are collecting 'stuff' to fill the four special drawing baskets we've chosen. The themes are Tea/Coffee (Ann Hussein is in charge), Sewing (Diana Bear), Gardening (Valerie McNeese) and In the Kitchen (Sarah Kachler). 

Tickets to attend the bingo are now available to purchase. $10 per seat now, $12 at the door. Please contact a board member for more info.

Volunteers: We need members to volunteer to help out on the day of bingo. Please follow this link to see what jobs need doing and to sign up.

Special Prize Quilts: Here are the four special prize* quilts made by members (the fourth one is going out to be quilted now):


Pointless Stars

from Sunday Morning quilt book

X Block 


from pattern on MQG website

(*These quilts will be prizes for special games of bingo that require extra money to buy game cards.)






RETREAT Info


Our next chapter sewing retreat will be held at the Pearlstone Center in Reisterstown, MD from November 15 - 18. Please follow this link to register (there are only a couple of rooms remaining).


EDUCATION Info

Marcia Schwartz from the education committee announced that our next 'outside teacher' workshop will feature Melanie Tuazon and will be held on Saturday, October 13th at Springwater Designs Quilt Shop in Columbia, MD. Details for the workshop will go out via email shortly. Sign up will open next Saturday. The class, Using Curves in Modern Quilts, will cost $60. Marcia will host a potluck dinner at her house in Catonsville on Saturday evening to which the entire membership is invited. Melanie will also be speaking at the general meeting on Sunday, Oct. 14th.

Our 2019 workshops will include one with Jackie Gehring in March (topic to be determined) and with Shawn Kimber on Small Piecing in June. A third workshop is still being planned.



August (Today's) Program

Today's meeting features three demonstrations, given by Rose Daley, Bobbi Pippin and Daniella Syed, on making zipper pouches. Rose showed the Bendy Bag and the Sweetpea Pod by Lazy Girl Designs. Bobbi shared how to insert a zipper in a pillow, with and without a flange. Daniella showed how to make snap pouches.





DUES for 2019

Dues to the national organization are scheduled to increase by 20% for this coming year (about $15 - 18 per member). In September, Rose will present a proposal to increase our chapter dues as well as explaining what exactly our membership dues cover. We currently have 96 members. The dues level must be voted on at the September meeting according to our By-Laws.


Show and Share




I (Linda Schiffer) shared two pillows I made for bingo prizes. 
Also a 'plus' design mini quilt top made for a swap on Instagram.



Phyllis Cook brought bingo prizes made by Lauren Stevens.



Phyllis also made two patchwork backpacks to donate for bingo prizes.

Diana Bear (new quilter and new member) shared a slash-and-insert Birch Tree project.


Marcia Schwartz shared two bingo prizes - wineglass coasters and a button basket.





Bobbi Pippin shared fabrics that she hand painted at the recent MAQ Seminar.



Kate Lane shared a quilt she made years ago and is in the process of re-binding (correctly:). She also showed a T-Shirt quilt she was commissioned to make for an Israeli dance master.


Sarah Kachler shared her On Ringo Lake top, made from a mystery series by Bonnie Hunter.


Judy Dunlap showed a small round quilt she and a friend made from the last 
Michael Miller challenge fabrics. Also a flamingo themed baby quilt.


Pat Simrell showed her string pieced 8 pointed star from the recent workshop. 
She also made an assortment of lined drawstring bags for bingo prizes.


Becca Ruch shared a quilt she free motion finished on her quilting frame.

Mary Concannon made a zipper pouch for bingo.

Stephanie Strunge made a raw-edge applique piece (from a class at MAQ?).

Laura Rieben donated a small  wall hanging for bingo.


Monica Richardson shared the projects from two classes she took at MAQ - 
one on free motion linear embroidery and the other on machine quilting whole cloth.


Jenn Paulson showed a quilt she made for her second son's 'big boy bed' and a Sew Together Bag she finished.

Minutes and photos taken and posted by Linda Schiffer.

















Sunday, July 15, 2018

Ideas for Bingo Prizes




  • All these pattern links go to free designs or tutorials. 

  • Obviously, any Google search with images will turn up zillions of other ideas (these just happen to be links in my own personal archives). 

  • These links are offered in no particular order!

  • Don't forget that fabric selection makes a difference in final appearance. :) Don't overlook the idea of using holiday prints ... or 'masculine/girlie' prints ... or rainbow palettes ... or color wash arrangements ... or plain old scrappy good-ness. :)

  • Make prizes you would appreciate winning! If each guild member makes one item, we'll have a plethora of wonderful choices. :)

  • If you have other suggestions, please leave it in a comment!



Geek-y Ideas:



Turtle Screen Cleaner (maybe a set of these?)
http://wildolive.blogspot.com/2014/06/project-turtle-screen-cleaner.html

Home and Away Cable Cosy
http://www.liveitloveitmakeit.com/2014/09/makers-month-make-it-cable-cozy.html

Digital Device Cover
https://sew4home.com/projects/storage-solutions/digital-device-sleeve


Ideas for Travelers:

Luggage Tags (again, make a set)
http://www.deliciousreads.com/2015/03/diy-make-your-own-luggage-tags-link-to.html

Road Trip Car Pillow
https://so-sew-easy.com/road-trip-car-pillow/

Seat Belt Strap Cover (patchwork fabrics) (make a set)
https://thecraftymummy.com/2013/05/seat-belt-cover-tutorial/

Seat Belt Cover (fleece and fabric) (make a set)
https://sew4home.com/projects/fabric-art-accents/scrapbusters-seat-belt-cover

Seat Belt Cover (fleece) (make a set)
http://thermoweb.com/blog/seat-belt-cover-tutorial-fusible-fleece-week/

Garment Bags
https://www.craftsy.com/sewing/patterns/easy-garment-bag/224826

Ellie Travel Case
http://fabricmutt.blogspot.com/2014/01/ellie-travel-case-tutorial.html

Modern Duffle Bag
https://sew4home.com/projects/storage-solutions/dots-blocks-modern-duffle

Round Travel Bag for Toiletries
http://www.sewmamasew.com/2012/06/readysetgo-round-travel-bag/

Life's Little Everything Bag
https://www.rlrcreations.com/freepatterns/sunday-my-way-bag

Going to Camp Duffle Bag
http://www.sewmamasew.com/2014/04/goin-to-camp-duffel-bag-tutorial/

Cargo Duffle Bag by Noodlehead
http://www.robertkaufman.com/assets/pdf/CargoDufflePattern-Noodlehead2014-2.pdf


Notebooks

Journal Covers
https://www.stitchedincolor.com/blog//2012/08/tutorial-journal-covers.html

Composition Book Planner Cover
http://amerooniedesigns.blogspot.com/2018/06/composition-notebook-planner-cover.html


Outings

Water Bottle Sling
http://happyhourprojects.com/diy-water-bottle-sling/

Ipanema Beach Bag
http://birchfabrics.blogspot.com/2013/12/tutorial-ipanema-beach-bag-tutorial-by.html

Mesh Beach Bag
http://ocd-obsessivecraftingdisorder.blogspot.com/2010/07/summers-here-mesh-beach-bag-tutorial.html


Backpacks

Quilt As You Go Drawstring Backpack
http://sewinlovewithfabric.blogspot.com/2013/09/september-blog-hop-day-2-quilt-as-you.html

Chloe's Backpack
http://www.finecraftguild.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/free_fabric_backpack_pattern.pdf

Take a Hike Backpack from Free Spirit
https://www.freespiritfabrics.com/inspirations/FS1028SLNEW.pdf


Lunch Stuff

Bento Box from Stash Happy
http://www.larkcrafts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/bento-project.pdf

Chubby Lunch Tote
https://www.sewcanshe.com/blog/2017/3/21/chubby-lunch-tote-free-sewing-pattern

Multipurpose Pouch from Two Pretty Poppets
https://www.patternrevolution.com/pattern-reviews/2014/12/15/the-little-multi-purpose-pouch-from-two-pretty-poppets

Reusable Fabric Snack Bags (make a set)
http://happyhourprojects.com/reusable-lined-snack-baggies/

Pillows

Half Square Triangle 18" Pillow
http://www.sewmamasew.com/2014/04/oakshott-half-square-triangle-pillow/

Pink Ribbon Comfort Pillow (other colors work; good for the car, too)
https://www.connectingthreads.com/patterns/Pink_Ribbon_Comfort_Pillow_Pattern__D991356.html


Placemats (make a set of four?)

All Seasons Placemats
http://www.sameliasmum.com/2015/08/all-seasons-placemats-tutorial-pattern.html

Easy Peasy Quilted Placemats
http://fairyfacedesigns.blogspot.com/2013/08/easy-peasy-quilted-placemats-tutorial.html

Reversible Placemats
http://jenniferjangles.blogspot.com/2015/07/reversible-place-mat-pattern.html

Self Binding Fabric Napkins
https://www.patchworkposse.com/self-binding-napkin-tutorial/

Sunflower Placemats and Coasters
https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/27167-get-creative-with-jen-how-to-make-sunflower-placemats-coasters

Prairie Point Tea Towels (seasonal or non-seasonal)
https://www.fortworthfabricstudio.com/sites/default/files/tea_towel_halloween.pdf


Table Runners

Mini Falling Charms Table Runner
https://conniekresin.com/2018/07/mini-falling-charm-pack-table-runner.html

Chevron Table Runner (this is an especially easy quilt as you go design)
https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/patterns/chevron-table-runner/249627

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Scrappy Table Runner
https://blog.bernina.com/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2015/09/Pattern.pdf


Fabric Baskets

20+ Fabric Baskets
https://conniekresin.com/2017/05/20-fabric-basket-tutorials.html

Fabric Storage Pot
http://blog.mybearpaw.com/2017/11/fabric-storage-pot-tutorial.html

Patchwork Square Fabric Basket
http://ayumills.blogspot.com/2008/05/tutorial-fabric-basket.html



Totes

All in a Row by Riley Blake
https://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/media/uploads/Free_Sewing_Projects/2015/All_In_A_Row_Tote.pdf

Fabric Tote with Drawstring Top
https://www.threadingmyway.com/2013/12/fabric-basket-with-drawstring-top.html

Riverside Tote
http://nanacompany.typepad.com/RiversideTote.compressed.pdf

Mariposa Meadow Butterfly Tote
http://studioefabrics.net/projects/Mariposa_Meadow_Tote_Pattern_01042016_Web_File.pdf

Foldup Tote Shopping Bag
http://zaaberry.blogspot.com/2011/05/tote-tutorial-totorial.html

Convertible Sling Bag Tote (make in fabric)
https://bagntell.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/convertible-sling-bag/

Crossbody Zipper Tote
https://www.sewcanshe.com/blog/2017/7/22/sew-up-a-cross-body-zipper-tote-free-pattern?mc_cid=f108e6027a&mc_eid=b51b806350

Happy Improv Tote
http://www.freespiritfabrics.com/inspirations/FS907DS.pdf

LaConner Tote Bag
http://quiltingintherain.com/2017/08/la-conner-tote-bag-tutorial.html


Pouches and Bags

Easy Heart Drawstring Bag
https://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2018/07/heart-drawstring-bag-tutorial.html

Fish Laundry Bags
https://www.sewcanshe.com/blog/2016/5/24/fish-laundry-bags-free-sewing-tutorial

Open Wide Zipper Pouch by Noodlehead
https://noodle-head.com/2012/06/open-wide-zippered-pouch-diy-tutorial.html

Open Wide Zipper Pouch Another Approach
http://www.stitchmischief.com/2014/04/another-approach-open-wide-zippered.html

Origami Drawstring Bag
http://harujiondesign.blogspot.com/2014/01/origami-drawstring-pouch-tutorial.html

Ragged Strip Pouch
https://cholyknight.com/2015/12/11/ragged-strip-pouch/

Sewing Box
https://landauerpub.com/uploads/file/FreeProjectSewingBoxLandauerpub.pdf

Squid Pencil Pouch
https://cholyknight.files.wordpress.com/2016/05/squid-pencil-pouch-sewing-pattern.pdf

Lined Drawstring Bag
https://www.incolororder.com/2011/10/lined-drawstring-bag-tutorial.html

Lined Drawstring Bag Variations
https://www.incolororder.com/2017/02/ldb-tutorials.html

The Gobbler Pencil Pouch
https://www.shinyhappyworld.com/2014/09/free-pattern-gobbler-pencil-eating-monster-back-school.html

Little Boxy Pouch
https://threebears.wordpress.com/2007/10/15/little-boxy-pouch-tutorial/

Triple Zip Pouch
http://aquilterstable.blogspot.com/2012/08/triple-zip-pouch-tutorial.html

Dragon Chow Dice Bags
http://blog.zicon.no/files/2014/09/Make-a-Dice-Bag-v_1.1.pdf

Zipper Pencil Case
https://www.craftpassion.com/zipper-pencil-case/2/

Toiletry Bag Set
http://www.shesgotthenotion.com/2014/06/fat-quarter-series-wrap-up-bonus-project.html

Triangle Pencil Pouch
https://sew4home.com/projects/storage-solutions/scrapbusters-triangle-pencil-case



Links checked by Linda Schiffer, 7.14.18


Late Breaking News:

Free Table Runner patterns/ideas - remember that these can be made in non-holiday colors:
http://quiltinspiration.blogspot.com/2015/07/free-pattern-day-christmas-2015-part-4.html

Drawstring Gift Bag with Dividers
https://www.threadingmyway.com/2018/07/drawstring-gift-bag-with-divider-nail.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+ThreadingMyWay+(Threading+My+Way)



Wednesday, July 11, 2018

General Meeting, July 8th, 

Arbutus Public Library, Catonsville, MD.

Rose Daley leading the meeting.



Mary Thomas who is now serving as Vice President (and who will continue in office until after the fall retreat in November) must retire due to personal and work issues (she is starting a new business). Thus the guild needs a new Vice President to begin serving in December, 2018. The duties of VP are to chair the bingo and retreat committees and to serve as backup to the President if that person cannot run a meeting. Please consider volunteering for this important office!
On behalf of the education committee, Marcia presented our planned workshops: Melanie Tuazon will teach in October; signups will open the week after our August meeting - Marcia will send an email announcement.  Jacquie Gering will teach in March, 2019 (the committee will ask for input on a topic later). Chawne Kimber will teach in June, 2019 on Small Piecing. The committee is still looking for a teacher for October ’19. Marcia will send out an email asking for input from members. The committee is considering Cindy Grisdelda, Mary Kerr, Tim Natarr (mapmaking with fabric), Heather Jones, Sherry Lynn Woods, Yvonne Fuchs and MJ Kinman. Other ideas are welcome as well.

The palette and design challenge for the QuiltCon charity challenge has been set. Rose asked for one or two volunteers to chair this quilt project and eight to ten members to commit to working on assembly (after the general membership makes blocks, according to the design the project committee chooses). Please email Rose if you are interested.
Phyllis announced that the guild now has 92 paid members. There were four new members present at this meeting (Megan, Rebecca, Debbie, and Tina).
Andee presented Erin Neuland with a quilt made by members for her new son, Caleb.

Andee spoke about our planned bingo event, scheduled for Friday, September 21 at The Lodge on Frederick Road in Catonsville. Doors will open at 6 p.m., bingo starts at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available soon (are printing) - they will cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Please invite your friends and family - this event has been very popular in the past. There will be food available, vending by a Scout troop (yet to be determined). Attendees can bring their own liquors.
The guild needs each member to make and donate at least one prize if at all possible. There are already in progress five major quilt prizes for special games. 



Kathy and Linda are still collecting blocks for the last quilt project. Please mail your blocks to Kathy a.s.a.p. In addition, we need such things as placemat sets, tote bags, pouches, etc (watch for a blog post on this topic) to serve as prizes for the regular games (20 to 25 of these).
The money we make (and have made) from the bingo event will go towards building a reserve for a guild quilt show (we need about $25 - 30K for this fund).
Andee also discussed the fall retreat scheduled for November 15-18 at Pearlstone Retreat Center. We have reserved enough rooms for 22 members to attend for all four days; there currently are 10 registered. We have the opportunity to return some of these reserved rooms to Pearlstone this week if they are not reserved. We also have 8 day attendees registered at present (and there will be more slots for days available). Please invite your friends to attend! Classes, swaps, etc. are in planning.
The program committee would like to have a zipper demos at the August meeting. Please volunteer to give one if you feel qualified! Contact Shelly or Andee. August will also be the time to share your UFO Challenge and Head Start Star Challenge quilts.
There was a discussion/presentation on making fabric postcards at the meeting. Also mentioned was a FaceBook group that swaps fabric postcards (‘Handmade Fabric Postcard Swap’). This is the stiffening/batting that Andee prefers to use:


Rose spent some time asking for input and a midyear review from each of the Quilting With Friends groups listed on our Google page spreadsheet. Quilting With Friends - Columbia meets on the third Saturday every month (next meeting July 21 at JoAnn’s ETC in Columbia Crossing). QWF-Catonsville will meet on August 4th (and Gayne will be visiting). QWF-Bears Paw meets at Bears Paw Quilt Shop in Towson on the last Monday of the month (next meeting July 23). QWF-Sewing with Kids has met twice. Other groups are being organized. All of these groups invite any members who are interested to attend any meeting!

Show and Tell was varied and exciting as usual. 
The following items were shared:

Monica Richardson shared this quilt made with t-shirts.



Pat Simrell showed four lined drawstring bags she made for Bingo prizes.


She also shared a Birch Tree quilt she made with scraps.



Judy Hyatt showed a quilt she designed for her granddaughter (look at the quilting stitches on the back!)




Ann Hussein showed a One Fabric fussy cut quilt.



Barbara Schafer made a spiral layout with many purple HST's.




Janet Schoenfeld showed two quilts (finished before her shoulder surgery) inspired by Kathy Dougherty.






Daniela Syed shared a pixelated circle project she completed as a baby quilt.



Phyllis Cook showed two quilts. The first was made with blocks she won at a MQA block lottery (she put the too small ones on the back). 




The second quilt is called Confetti.


Phyllis also made a simple backpack like the one 
she likes to use when riding bicycles.



Maria O'Haver shared a quilt that resulted from a Gyleen Fitzgerald mystery. The back is pieced with the 2" squares she cuts from her scraps.




Laura Battatzis shared a dress (off the rack) she added applique to from a design by Carolyn Friedlander. She made two bags (Maker's Tote and Pouch) and finished piecing a hexagon design.





Photos taken and notes transcribed by Linda Schiffer. 
My apologies for any errors!