Friday, April 24, 2015

April Meeting Highlights

The lovely Cindy French joined us to teach English Paper Piecing. Cindy passed out kits and members got to work trying their hand at this fun technique. We have hexie fever!


Cindy gets excited talking about EPP. :)








Look at these colorful Square Knot Blocks!

Members' Challenge Quilts are coming along nicely, too. 



BUSINESS:
~ Raffle Quilt Sew Day: 

Saturday, May 9th (with May 16th as an extra day if needed).
10:00 - Noon
Place TBA
BRING: Sewing/cutting supplies, machine, extension cord/power strip

~ June's Picnic is coming!  See Gwen to sign-up for food assignments. 


Coming in MAY:
~ We'll be talking about bags!  Bring a bag or purse you've made and its pattern for show & tell fun!
~ Charity Sew-In - Immediately following the May meeting. We will be making the cinch sacks and portfolios for the women and children's shelter.
          Bring a bag lunch, your machine, fabric and supplies.
          Patterns and fabric requirements can be found on the Charity tab above. 
Challenge Quilt: Your second border should include curved piecing and navy blue.
June's Block of the Month is the String Block. See Susan W. for the grey strip to use in the block's center.
Don't forget a little somethin' for your secret pal! We will be revealing ourselves to our SPs at June's picnic. Sign-ups for next round will be available at May's meeting. 

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

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March Meeting Highlights

March came in like a lion, and PMQG members shrugged it off with a little strip poker fun! We also swapped place mats, Yankee style. 
Ante up!

We have a winner!
Amanda's looking to steal some place mats...




Gala shows off her place mats... 
















Look at all those beautiful medallion star blocks for our new guild challenge!


Show & Tell





















BUSINESS:
~ New charity projects have been posted along with patterns. See the Charity tab above for more info. 
~ We will be scheduling sew days to work on our 2016 Raffle Quilt. Stay tuned!


Coming in APRIL:
~ We'll be learning about the versatile hexie. Kits will be provided. Please bring your hand-sewing tools. (Scissors, needle, thread, thimble)
April's Block of the Month is the Square Knot Block. For each block you make your name will go into the hat for some fun prizes. This month's blocks will go into the kitty for our charity quilts. 
Challenge Quilt: Your first row should be completed! Details for this month's technique and color can be found HERE
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

Friday, March 6, 2015

February Meeting Highlights

This month designer, Alison Glass, came to visit the PMQG! Not only did she share her experiences as a designer, she also brought her pop-up shop and sample quilts. Members had the opportunity to view and purchase her fabrics, patterns, book and more. 









SHOW & TELL
Beth's very own paper-pieced star design. 
Gala's Valentines quilt for her mom. 
Lois made this beautiful heart topper. 

Pat's patriotic quilt.
Amanda shares her finished challenge quilt. 

Heide's colorful pictorial quilt. 

NEXT MONTH:

~ We'll be playing Strip Poker: Bring (20) 2 ½” strips (solids or white with one other color) to play. IF you don't have standard yardage, 2 cuts from a fat quarter = 1 WOF strip
~ Placemat swap! Make TWO matchin placemats to participate. We will play the Yankee (White Elephant) Swap so make sure your goods are wrapped!
~ Challenge Quilt: The center block (star) of your medallion quilt is 'due'. First row challenge will be assigned in March and due in April.
~ April's Block of the Month is the Square Knot 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

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