Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Happy winter Baltimore MQG! The February meeting was our charity sewing month for Comfort Cases. In a matter of 3 hours our guild was able to really knock out some amazing quilts. Our participants were able to piece, iron, assemble, baste, quilt, and bind all in one day. A HUGE thank you to Kathy S. for precutting the fabrics and organizing the event. Each group had a theme and captain to help things run smoothly. The final result of quilts will be presented at the March meeting on the 8th. Scroll down to see a few pictures of this fun day.
            Our next meeting on March 8th (see below for details) we will reveal those fun “word” quilts everyone has been working on. If you have not started, no worries. You can make it small and simple or big and extravagant. Everyone loves the different presentations of skill, ideas, and creativity.  

Here are also some opportunities to consider:
1.      NEXT Baltimore MQG meeting:
Sunday, March 8, 2020, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Program:  Guest Speaker and Trunk Show - Timna Tarr
(free for current BMQG members - $5 for guests)
One Little Word Challenge Quilts Reveal
Show and Share
Location:  Arbutus Branch - Baltimore County Library - 855 Sulphur Spring Road in Arbutus

2.      Baltimore Heritage Quilters Guild Trick of the Light Workshop with Amy Krasnansky

Saturday, February 29th

Our guild was invited to be a guest if you would like to register please go to the link above

3.      Lancaster MQG workshop and/or lecture with Sherri Lynn Wood
March 6, 7, 2020
Please contact lancastermqg@gmail.com for information

4.      Destash Baltimore 2020: A Craft Swap

Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Roland Park Community Center, 5802 Roland Ave, Baltimore, United States
This is a swap and/or donate opportunity for fabric, yarns and patterns. Go to the link below for tickets and information

5.      Faithful Circle Quilters’ 2020 Quilt Show
April 16 & 17 2020 10:00 am to 6:00pm; April 18, 2020 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Pictures of February's Charity Quilt-a-thon

Monday, February 3, 2020

BMQG Field Trip

Our month started out with a fantastic field trip yesterday to the Maryland Historical Society for a tour by Mimi Dietrich. A big thanks to Jane Schiemer for organizing this great event! It was "sew" inspiring to hear Mimi describe her quilting journey. We also enjoyed the fabulous quilt display and social time with our "quilty" friends. 


Be sure to check out Mimi's blog as well 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Highlights from the first meeting of 2020

Daniela started off of the meeting welcoming a new year of 2020. We have some new members for 2020 and a new board (see below) . Be sure to introduce yourself to any new faces.

Our 2020 Leadership
President: Daniela Syed 
Vice President: Jenn Paulson
Treasurer: Jane Schiemer
Co-Directors of Communication: Marisa Krick and Susie Mueller 
Co-Directors of Membership: Cindy Barcelles and Jan Wemmer
Director of Programming: Kathy Schwabeland
Co-Directors of Education: Elizabeth Berger and Sarah Kachur
Community Relations Chair: Susan Brightman
Librarian: Diana Fertsch
Social Media Coordinator: Sarah Lefebvre

Kathy lead a “get to know you game” and “quilt bingo.”  Fun prizes were won!

Megan is collecting homemade items for the bingo in November. Please see the list of items on the website.  She is still in need of 6 people to make (lap-sized or larger) quilts for the bingo.

There were four different demo stations showing how to create lettering in different ways. Thank you for our volunteers.

Our next meeting is:
Sunday, February 9, 2020, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Charity Sewing - Assembly Line Style to donate to "Comfort Cases". Theme is "Bright and Bold." This month we will be hosting a sewing day to whip up a bunch of quilt tops for charity. Instructions TBA. 
(no show and share this month)  
Location:  Catonsville Branch - Baltimore County Library - 1100 Frederick Rd in Catonsville 

Show and Share
1 Susan B.- Showed  how she made comfort bags for rescued wildlife in Australia; she made a bat pouch, bird’s nest, and other animal comfort bags. The found out how to contribute through the ARCCG- craft guild collecting specific needs

2 Gayne  - Sewed a Frozen panel quilt for her granddaughter. She also sewed 2 dresses for her granddaughter and her granddaughter's Barbies.

3 Laura B- Made another charity quilt as a way to complete some of her WIPs.

4Kathy - Made a clam shell T-shirt quilt and used her husband’s favorite color (orange) for the back. Kathy used the “enders and leaders project” method to decrease thread waste to make a half square triangle quilt

5.        MJ – used her skills to make a fidget quilt for her cousin’s wife.  She reports it is a great way to use scraps.

6Emily S– new member reports that she had made a quilt toddler quilt. She completed blockers for her front door. Describe these door decorations as a “quick win”
    Jane S. – started on her “hot flashes” quilt at the October BMQG retreat. The pattern is from Cozy Quilt designs. She quilted it herself with a long arm.

8Elizabeth B. -Completed a quilt called  FPP
  Janet- completed a top from something she started four years ago. It is a log cabin based improv  quilt. She made it a rule to start with a larger center square

1Rebecca R. - Did not go to retreat, but was able to make 2 transparent bags (donated to bingo). She was able to complete a Michael Miller quilt. Her Mermaid quilt was a major accomplishment. She used the freezer paper and he line art from Urban Threads.

1Valarie M. – Showed and completed the heart pattern for an honored guild member that recently passed. The blocks were kindly donated from BMQG members who contributed their time and talent. The quilt top is completed and when quilted our dear member's daughter will receive it as a memorial gift from our guild.

1Laura R made her sister a quilt. It took a year to complete

1Connie R and Barbara H. - Both made personal sewing supply bag

1Jenn P. – Was able to finish her homemade shirts for Christmas. She did not finish her quilt.

1Jeff P. Made his first quilt using jelly rolls from Joann’s. He used a kit from Karen Star. He was proud to have finished the binding by hand. He also learned how to LAQ. His 3rd quilt (newest edition) has a southwest design. He used a half inch walking foot to quilt it.

1Sue T. made a bag and the exciting bag has a theme of reduce, reuse & recycle.

Lastly there was a presentation to Rose as the out-going president of the guild. It is known in the guild as the "president's quilt" and was constructed by the time and talents of many guild members.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Congratulations to our very own BMQG member and Social Media Coordinator - Sarah Lefebvre

Three of her recent quilts have been accepted to QuiltCon 2020!!

We are so happy for you Sarah and we look forward to enjoying your quilts at the show!

Blossom Burst - Riley Blake Designs Fabric Challenge (2019, First Place), MQG Showcase International Quilt Festival Houston (2019), QuiltCon (2020)

Kangaroo Court - QuiltCon (2020)

Chirality - QuiltCon (2020)

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

General Meeting, December 8, 2019, 

Cockeysville Public Library

Our holiday party included goodies to eat, lots of time for happy chatting, quilt-themed Charades and a fat quarter exchange. Here are the show and tell details:

Susan  Brightman shared a brief demo of making 
pillowcases with the burrito method (a stash-busting project idea). 
She uses yardage to create pillowcases for gifts and 
charity donations (House of Ruth).

Valarie McNeese shared her finished Quilt In A Box (2018) project.

Sarah Lefebvre shared her completed Hoffman Challenge 
project for QuiltCon (the background print is palm trees).

Monica Richardson showed her quarter log 
cabin with a detail of the big stitch hand quilting; 
she did say she would use  a quilting hoop the next time she does this.

Monica finished foxy baby quilts for a co-worker's twin girls.

Monica also finished a Range back pack using fabrics from Domesticity.

MJ Snyder has been making some fun holiday projects

including machine embroidered snowballs, 

a mug rug and a foundation pieced polar 

bear block from Quiltmaker Magazine.

Jane Schiemer shared two completed quilts. The top (sharp points) project was foundation pieced and took ten years to finish; the bottom quilt is an Almost Amish puss in the corner design.

Gayne Barlow-Kemper's son's girlfriend recently completed her masters degree in Library Science and Poetry; Gayne made her a book shelf quilt in commemoration.

Daniela Syed made a Thanksgiving turkey pillow 
and a cute vintage snow globes table 
runner from a design by Lori Holt.

Phyllis Cook finished the top to commemorate 
her daughter's wedding ... made from the table
 toppers she created for their reception.

Jenn Paulson made a Christmas quilt for her 
parents, partly as a challenge from her son.

Laura Baltatzis completed an online bee, added an applique turtle and finished it as a donation quilt for Head Start. She also made a third Christmas pillow for her mother in law.

Marsha Barnes made a lap quilt for her tall husband.

Kathy Palmer made a Lotties Block for a family friend's baby.

Wishing you all a happy holiday season!
Linda Schiffer