Thursday, April 18, 2019

General Meeting, April 14, 2019, Arbutus Public Library


Daniela Syed, Vice President, led the meeting. She welcomed two new members, passed out April birthday fat quarters, and drew door prizes for all attendees.

The charity quilt committee announced a theme of ANIMALS for this year's donation quilts - this could be animal fabrics, pieced or appliqued or quilted animals shapes. 

The program chairs lead a lively discussion about QuiltCon and members' experiences with getting there, staying there, and participating in the show.

Daniela discussed current pricing ideas for our fall retreat and passed a list around to ask members what their intentions for attending might be (4 days stay, 3 days stay, day only and which days, etc.).

Daniela suggested that members start now to make prize items for next year's Quilt Bingo effort. She also asked for members to volunteer to organize and coordinate the creation of major prize quilts (bed sized) - if we begin now, there will be less last-minute stress next year to get them finished.



Show and Tell

Sarah Lefebvre shared her wonky HST piece, "Functional Art"


Linda Schiffer showed her mini New York Beauty made for a swap on Instagram

Jane Schiemer showed a quilt made for her husband, 

Her finished layered curves class project,

And a completed UFO from a Jane Clark class.

MJ Snyder shared a machine embroidered and appliqued Japanese girl;

She also shared her 15 minutes of Play product and her flip-and-sew construction method for making a backing.


Liza Tuzo shared a Christmas quilt,


And a modified Sam Hunter pattern she made with

Pinwale corduroy backing fabric.


Rebecca Ruch shared her LOVE quilt 
(also a Sam Hunter pattern from the book “Quilt Talk”)


Mary Sloat showed her finished top from the curves class.


Mary Thomas shared her finished Tula Pink city sampler, started when she was
pregnant with first son who is now 5 1⁄2. She free-motion quilted blocks on her
domestic machine and did some ruler quilting on borders.

 Rebecca Nichols' husband recently bought a canvas sewing industrial machine for making sails on their boat. Learning to use it, she made Cornhole game bags  for her daughter spelling ANNA and ROSS (her son-in-law), 

and a canvas tote bag incorporating her husband's old jeans.

Susan Brightman finished an MAQ class project with sashiko stitching to make a Japanese knot bag that she uses for her hand sewing and associated notions. She got the pattern from pinterest and enlarged it by 200%.


 Stephanie Strunge made this quilt in an MAQ class, and quilted it with ideas from Jackie Gehring, “Sometimes this is how I feel.”


 Sue Till made an animal-themed quilt for a charity donation.



Post created by Linda Schiffer
April, 2019















Wednesday, March 20, 2019

March 10, 2019 General Meeting

Arbutus Public Library, Catonsville, MD


Rose Daley, president, led the meeting. The April meeting will also be held at the Arubutus library and will include a recap of QuiltCon, a swap of name tags, and bee exchanges.

The guild retreat contract has been signed. Retreat will be held the first weekend in October at Pearlstone Retreat Center. More details will be available in the summer.

Bee groups (including Quilt in a Box) begin at today's meeting. 

There will be a sew-in on March 30th for one of our charity organizations, the House of Ruth. Details will follow in an email.

Jackie Gehring presented a lecture on Creativity and Outsider Influences on Modern Quilt Making.


Show and Tell items were presented by the following people: 
Janet Schoenfeld (@JanetMay12 on IG), Laura Rieben (@laurarieben), Pat Simrell, Sue McKenzie (@suewmckenzie), Amy Hood (@amyhoodarts), Laura Battatzis (@salmonandsouvlaki), Sue Myers (@suemomquilts), Diane Winter, Rebecca Ruch (@beccascrazyprojects), Kristy Taylor, Paula Wittek, Monica Richardson, Andee McKenica, Stephanie Strunge, Susan Brightman, Daniela Syed (@sewcutenlovely), and Sarah and Rose.

Here are the shared quilts:













































Photographs taken and this post written by Linda Schiffer. 
All errors are her own.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

February 10th, 2019 General Meeting

Catonsville Public Library


Annual membership guild dues are to be paid on/before Feb 28th. Our membership in the national guild must be updated in early March. You must pay on time to be included in the emailings for meeting information and workshop registration. You can pay by check made out to Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild and handed or mailed to Jane Schiemer (treasurer) ... or by PayPal to Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild. As voted on last winter, annual dues are now $50 (of which $35 goes to national).

Our chapter's retreat is set up with a date (October 3 - 6, 2019) and place (Pearlstone Retreat Center, Reisterstown, MD). We have arranged a time spread of Thursday afternoon after 4 p.m. through Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. This will allow for more day pass attendees on the weekend. 

The March meeting will include a lecture by Jackie Gehring; workshop with her is planned for the Saturday before the meeting. Registration will open later this week.

The May meeting is the designated time for the Members Only workshop. This year it will be a sewing day for paper piecing the guild’s crab logo. In May our meeting date is traditionally the third Sunday (Mothers Day is the second Sunday). This year’s members only workshop should be held on Saturday, May 18th. Watch for more details.

In June we have Chawne Kimber teaching. We are thinking of holding this in conjunction with a local art college of some kind as Chawne is a recognized artist. This will require advertising, etc. The program committee is working on details.

Since we had no meeting in January, there was extensive Show and Tell today. Also, the members present sorted out by membership number. If you choose to participate in the Name Tag Swap, longer term members will be swapping with newer members. Watch for details.

There were some results shown from 2018 and older 
guild projects, bees, workshops, etc.:



Phyllis Cook participated in the mystery quilt project in 2017. 
She made her blocks into pillows for a friend. 
These are two of the four results.




These folks made tops and quilts as the result of Bee projects.


Phyllis, Rose and Marcia shared the baskets they made 
at the 2018 retreat from donated TimTex materials/pattern.


These are two of the many projects made as a 
result of workshops offered by the guild last year.


Other Shares:


Pam Fischer recently finished this quilt in a beginning class.







Gayne Barlow-Kemper has been finishing projects recently, 
including items for her grand-daughter. She will be practicing English 
Paper Piecing on her coming vacation to the West Coast.



Dianna Bear designed an iPhone/iPad prop 
pillow and an appliqued tree wall hanging.



Pat Simrell finished two quilts - one with Kaffe Fassett style 
floral prints and the other a Christmas tree sampler.


Claire Allen quilted a sampler (from Bee blocks?).




Denise Fedde completed a block of the month quilt from 
Springwater Designs and a baby quilt for friends.



M J Snyder made a quilt for Comfort Cases and 
a quilt for her grandson's birthday.


Diana Morraye made a wonky Christmas tree quilt.


Diana Fertsch finished a beginning quilt from cool colored batiks.



Kate Lane bought an antique YoYo top and finished another TShirt quilt.



Mary Sloat is working on an Arches quilt and made 
a Sloth quilt for her grandson.



Sarah Lefebvre made a tote bag, a new name tag for herself and a mini quilt.



Laura Baltatzis quilted a Twister 'board' and a Checker 'board' for her family.


I (Linda Schiffer) completed Summer 2018, a daily temperature quilt.


Susan Brightman finished a black and white print sampler quilt.



Rebecca Nichols finished a number of quilts with her new longarm setup.






Kathy Schwabeland has also been finishing projects, some of 
them started in workshops or exchanges in our guild.




Mary Thomas made an Everyday Clutch, a bargello 
quilt and a sample of our Chapter Logo.


Rebecca Severt finished a quilt started in a Becky Goldsmith class.


Rebecca Rusch finished a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt.


Ruthie Gumnitzky shared a quilted table runner.


Jane Schiemer made a professional tote.


Summer Rankin made a quilted tea post cosy.


Rose Daley made a quilted Jelly Roll Rug for her husband.



Photos taken and post written by Linda Schiffer.
Please report errors and such to me directly. 
My apologies for any of the same!