Sunday, January 18, 2015

Happy 2015! January Highlights

Happy New Year!
We kicked the new year off looking at quilts past and present. Several members brought one of their first quilts and a recent project and the rest of us had to guess whose was whose. 
Not easy!
Here are a few of the "Old" quilts.....




And some of the New....




Guessing was the hardest part!



We also swapped sewing room notions, Yankee Swap style, with some fierce competition going on. 

Cathy shows off her goodies. 



Susan did NOT want to part with her binding clips....
...so Pam chose another gift and received twice as many! Sorry, Susan!


Pat peruses her options....


SHOW & TELL


Emily is a Pittsburgh Penguins fan and made a quilt to show it. 
Gala made these cute colorblock place mats. 


NEXT MONTH:
~ Our sweet friend Alison Glass will be joining us to talk about fabric design and show off some of her new goodies. She's also bringing her pop-up shop, so save your pennies. You don't want to miss it!
~ Iris & Gwen will present our 2015 Quilt Challenge. You can take a peek HERE to get started choosing your fabric.
~ There is a Sew-In immediately following February's meeting to get started on our Challenge quilts or work on current projects. Bring a bag lunch, sewing supplies and power strips. 

~ 2014 Quilt Challenge participants: Quilts are DUE at February's meeting! Quilts MUST have a 4" sleeve and a label that includes your name and phone number.  If you will not be attending February's meeting, please make arrangements to get your quilt to Iris. 

~ February's Block of the Month is the Scrappy Triangle block. Don't forget to make extras of this fun block for our charity quilts. 
Don't forget a little somethin' for your secret pal!

Reminders: 
~ Are you on Instagram? Use our hashtag #PeninsulaMQG 
~ Our Facebook Page is new and public to everyone. Spread the link so all your friends can like us! www.facebook.com/peninsulamqg

Monday, December 22, 2014

December Meeting Highlights

This month the PMQG wrapped up a successful year with a party! Members shared their favorite holiday dishes and bid on some great gifts in our Chinese Auction.




We had THREE tables of auction goodies to bid on!

Our jolly MCs - Lois & Pat




Lots of happy winners!
More presents for Secret Pals!
















Members also revealed their creative "This is My Modern Quilt" Challenge quilts.  The challenge was to use only one print and unlimited solids to modernize an old favorite or create a new design. These quilts and more will be on display at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in February. Great job, everyone!



























Some of our numbers for 2014:
25 members and counting!
66 "peapod" blankets for the NICU
90+ hats made for the homeless
140 Bibs for residents of a local senior center

Business: 
~ Valerie is still collecting Charm Squares (5" square) for use in our charity quilts. Please bring your charm squares or fabric to be cut up to meetings.
~ The proposed budget for 2015 was handed out at December's meeting. It's also posted under "files" on our Facebook Family page. We will vote on the budget at January's meeting. If you have any questions, please submit them via the guild email before 1/ 2. 

SHOW & TELL

Tricia's beautiful finish!

A truck quilt for Pat's grandson. 

Iris's festive reversible table runner. 



NEXT MONTH:
~ MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Our meetings are now the FIRST Saturday of the month. See the Meetings tab above for dates and program info. 
~ Bring a favorite sewing room tool to swap.
Don't forget a little somethin' for your secret pal!

Reminders: 
~ Are you on Instagram? Use our hashtag #PeninsulaMQG 
~ Our Facebook Page is new and public to everyone. Spread the link so all your friends can like us! www.facebook.com/peninsulamqg

Saturday, December 6, 2014

November Meeting Highlights

This month’s meeting featured Bingo fun, followed by a Charity Sew-In to make fleece hats for the homeless. 




So many hats!


Members also participated in the handmade (quilting optional) ornament swap.

'Tis the season!

Business: 
~ DON'T FORGET: Beginning in January 2015 our meetings will be moving to the first Saturday of the month. See the Meetings tab above for dates and program info.
~ Valerie is still collecting Charm Squares (5" square) for use in our charity quilts. Please bring your charm squares or fabric to be cut up to meetings.
~ The proposed budget for 2015 will be available at December's meeting.  


SHOW & TELL





NEXT MONTH:
~ December is our Holiday Party & Chinese AuctionBring your friends, especially if they're interested in becoming a member. $5 at the door includes 10 tickets for the auction, lots of food and holiday cheer! ~ We will have our Challenge Quilt RevealQuilts should be completely finished (pieced/quilted/bound). Please have the exact dimensions of your quilt ready, if you haven't already submitted them to Iris. Your quilt MUST have a 4" sleeve on the back. 
~  Bring any additional bibs for the senior center. Malinda will be delivering them on December 21. At last update we were at 136 - only 14 to go to reach our 150 goal! 
~ December's Block of the Month is the Fast Forward Block. Use 5 inch squares (charm squares) of white and modern red, green, blue/aqua and gray. Don't forget - anyone can be a block angel by making an extra block or more for charity quilts! 
The colors? negative space? quilting? pattern? Be prepared to share!   
~ BRING:
        - Your auction items if you haven't already submitted them
        - A little somethin' for your secret pal!

Reminders: 
~ Are you on Instagram? Use our hashtag #PeninsulaMQG 
~ Our Facebook Page is new and public to everyone. Spread the link so all your friends can like us! www.facebook.com/peninsulamqg

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October Meeting Highlights

This month, Members made Noodleheads's divided basket, led by Virginia Beach MQG's Mary Menzer. We even had a visitor all the way from the Bay Area MQG in SanFrancisco! 

Mary shows off her latest divided basket.
We love visitors! Welcome to Rhonda & Jenny.




Great job, everyone!


So far Members have made 74 bibs for the senior center!



All those blocks make for a fun BOM pumpkin patch.

Business: 
~ Valerie is collecting Charm Squares (5" square) for use in our charity quilts. Please bring your charm squares or fabric to be cut up to meetings. 
~ Our big This is My Modern Quilt Guild Challenge is underway! We have a spot to showcase our challenge quilts at Mid-Atlantic in February, so let's rise to the challenge and show 'em what we've got! There is no size limit on finished challenge quilts, so every member is encouraged to participate. 
 ~ In 2015 our meetings will be moving to the first Saturday of the month. See the Meetings tab above for dates and program info.

Show & Tell:
Heide is hiding behind her mermaid quilt...
Iris' ultra modern rings.
Even our guests brought Show & Tell 

Tamika's adorable finish!
Beth's got a new bag. 

Gala's tailgate quilt has a pocket!

Sandra has been busy with this beauty.... 

... and this one!


NEXT MONTH:
~ At November's meeting we will be swapping ornaments! They don't have to be quilted, but they DO need to be handmade by you. :)  There are no sign-ups. If you'd like to participate, just bring an ornament! 

 ~ Immediate following November's meeting (12:00 - 4:00 PM) is a Charity Sew Day. We'll be making hats for the homeless from fleece. Want to get a head start? Download the pattern HERE. The tutorial is HERE.
Please bring:
   - Bag lunch

   - Sewing machine and supplies
   - Fleece, pre-cut according to pattern directions
   
~  Please bring any additional Bibs for the senior center. We want every resident to have one, and we are currently half way there! ~ Bring your items for December's Chinese Auction. 
~ November's Block of the Month is "Simply Woven" by Moda Bake Shop. Use a low volume gray for the background and brights for your strips. Don't forget - anyone can be a block angel by making an extra block or more for charity quilts! 
~ DON'T FORGET to bring a little somethin' for your secret pal!
DON'T FORGET to bring your charity charm squares.

Reminders: 
~ Are you on Instagram? Use our hashtag #PeninsulaMQG 
~ Our Facebook Page is new and public to everyone. Spread the link so all your friends can like us! www.facebook.com/peninsulamqg