Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July Meeting Reminder

"Untitled" by Maren Johnson, at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Please join us for our July guild meeting! Our friends from Modern Domestic are going to explain the mysteries of sewing machine maintenance. (You know your machine could use some love!) 

We'll also be presenting our charity quilts to Camp Erin ... it will be great to see the final result of all our hard work from the last three months! 

July PMQG Meeting

7:00 p.m.


The meeting will be in the community center, which is behind the main church building. There are two parking lots.

What’s in store:

   Mysteries of Machine Maintenance, Revealed! A presentation from Modern Domestic
   Charity Quilt handoff to Camp Erin
   Giveaway of Angela Walters' new book (read Mary Ann's review!) and more 
•  Show and tell
   Post-meeting socializing at the Radio Room

Don’t forget to bring:

   Blocks for the Monaluna Challenge (they're not due until the August meeting, but why not be early?)
    Any last-minute quilts to donate to Camp Erin
   Your Medallion Along quilt-in-progress
   A cup, if you want ice water
   Your quilts for show and tell, of course!


Guests and non-members are welcome at the guild meeting. Guests are free for the first visit; $5 for each visit after that.

Modern Domestic Discount

In conjunction with the theme of this meeting, Modern Domestic will offer PMQG members a discount on machine service ... details to come! 

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting! 

"Parts Department" by Jeannette Pilak at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Monday, July 14, 2014

Book Review: Free-Motion Quilting Workbook

I recently had the chance to take a look at Angela Walter's newest book, Free-Motion Quilting Workbook. This book is part quilting tutorial, part sketchbook to practice what you're reading. 


I love checking out free motion books because I'm not much of a free motion quilter, but I would like to be. What every book will tell you is draw, draw, draw, and then practice, practice, practice! Angela's workbook reinforces the "draw" commandment with pictures of her sketches next to pictures of the quilted version of those sketched designs. It's really fun to see the drawings come alive in thread!

Each chapter of the book gives insight on how to quilt something specific--borders, negative space, and blocks all make an appearance, and at the end of each chapter there are a few pages of graph paper to practice on. The book closes with several pages of pictures of Angela's beautiful quilting and then the back of the book includes more blank graph paper pages. 

Over all, Free-Motion Quilting Workbook seems like a solid book to help improve your free motion skills with hands on practice and useful tips. Oh, and the book is spiral bound, which makes it much easier to maneuver when you're drawing in it, I love that detail!

PMQG would like to thank Stash Books/C&T Publishing for donating Free-Motion Quilting Workbook as well as two other Angela Walters titles: In the Studio with Angela Walters and Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters.  All 3 books will be given away in our door prize raffle at July's PMQG meeting! Good luck!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

June 2014 Meeting Announcements

Here are the complete slides from June's Meeting. They may take a moment to load.

Medallion Along: June/Round 5

A simple 2.5 inch border, with or without cornerstones

Robert Kaufman sponsored guild quilt made with Carolyn Friedlander Botanics fabrics 

Instead of a Block of the Month this year, we are doing a Medallion Along! Join us each month as we introduce a new round. We will introduce new rounds through September and hope that gives people time to finish their quilts by December's meeting, where we will have a mini exhibition of them. The completed quilts should finish around 60 inches square.

The June round consists of a simple 2.5 inch border. You can use contrasting cornerstones, pick a cornerstone block pattern of your choice, or omit cornerstones as you like!

Before beginning, your medallion should measure 40.5 inches square.

Option A: With Cornerstones

Cut 4 strips at 40.5 inches x 2.5 inches.
Cut 4 squares at 2.5 inches x 2.5 inches

Attach two of the strips to the left and right of the medallion. Press as you like. Stitch the squares to each end of two of the strips, press.. Attach the strips/cornerstones unit to the top and bottom of the medallion and press as you like. Medallion should now measure 44.5 inches square.

Option B: Without Cornerstones

Cut 2 strips at 40.5 inches x 2.5 inches
Cut 2 strips at 44.5 inches x.2.5 inches

Attach the shorter strips to the left and right of the medallion. Press as you like. Attach the longer strips to the top and bottom. Medallion should now measure 44.5 inches square.

Other options: Select a block of your choice for the 2.5 inch cornerstones (a snowball, 4 patch, HST?)

Kelly's Medallion, with cornerstones

Lisa's Medallion, solid border without cornerstones

Thursday, June 19, 2014

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