Thursday, May 4, 2017

April Meeting Minutes and May Agenda

Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes
April 2, 2017
1. Introductions and question of the Month? What is your favorite, most productive time for quilting?

2. Announcements/Updates: Elmira show, 4/21-4/23, cards are in the foyer of QC.; Sujata Shaw, 4/11, lecture at LifeLong; Quilt show in Manlius next weekend at ToePath quilt store. Next sew-in day is May 6, at Karen's center in Horseheads, need irons, ironing boards, cutting boards, Witches Stitches in Big Flats, 10-5, bring your own food or go out. If you bring your MQG card to Joann's you might get a 10% discount.

a. Quilts /21/from the TCQG Trunk Show will be returned and report on the show: Pat did an awesome job of preparing PP and lecture, they wondered why we didn't stay for their show (too late for travelers); good questions about what is modern, used our handouts, asked them to say what makes a quilt modern; they are a very diverse group, not strictly traditional. There was a lot of complementary comment

b. Discussion on Raffling Troutline. Sell tickets for 180 Rules for raffling: (100), no checks, show the quilt, all this comes from the gaming commission; questions raised: is their a parent organization that could raffle; donate and let them raffle; let them know how much it costs to make it; donate it this time and be prepared for the next quiltcon competition; are we in the market for raising funds or making quilts for groups, find out what groups (non-profit) do fund raising events, people who know organizations who would do raffle send info to Pat who will post them on our facebood page, list it for sale in guild show with a price tag and if it sells then donate that money. First option, find an organization who would raffle it, second option is to sell it and donate the money.

c. Other announcements TBD Our guild logo is done, the group voted to have a mold made ($80) so we can each by a pin with the logo. UFO – update book next time because not here for this meeting.

3. Calendar of Activities—more folks to sign up? August and September openings for Transforming Tradition.

4. Transforming Tradition Projects -Jayne brought a pink and green traditional: suggestions: quilt it, dye it, cut it up and use negative space; diagonal cuts

5. Demo 101; easy flying geese, Cheryl, Connecting geese

6. Tool of the Month – Bonnie, Deb Tucker's V block, she used the tool on her flower from the flower project.

7. UFOs and Show and Tell: Bonnie, break down areas, her proce ss. Jayne: quilt made from blocks made by a group of 3rd graders and mug rugs; Cheryl – Christmas quilt that shse quilted from the back; Meri – traditional (just a little crabby) that she is selling at the small quilt sale, Sujata Shaws rail fence with aboriginal fabric; Marion showed a top that was foundation pieced back in the '80's; Mary showed a quick curve ruler wedding ring quilt; Val showed a piece that she was commissioned to make with animal batiks, part of a quilt using the curved ruler, and a quilt called The Spark; Pat showed her son-in-laws t-shit quilt, with minky on the back

May Meeting Agenda
May 7, 2017

  1. Introductions and question of the Month—TBD?    

  1. Announcements/Updates

  1. Calendar of Activities—more folks to sign up?

  1. Transforming Tradition Projects - Sharon

  1. Demo 101 - Reverse Applique' - Karen

  1. Tool of the Month - Hexie - Sharon

  1. UFOs and Show and Tell

Friday, March 31, 2017

March 2017 IMQG Meeting Minutes and Agenda for the April 2017 Meeting

Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild Minutes
March 5, 2017

1.      Announcements
a.      March meeting activity—Get well cards were made during the March meeting
b.      IMQG banner— Logo: Sarah showed examples of what printing the logo out on various fabrics would look like, Spoonflower you just pay for the fabric, needs to be 8700 pixels, no size or shape settled yet for our logo, Reddog enterprises also is an option. Need to have the logo printed first before deciding on finishing the banner, plan the size based on how it might be used, like hanging on a table. Kim will send a high- resolution pdf to Sarah who will send it to Spoonflower for a 24x24 inch piece.
c.       TCQG Trunk Show—March 14th 7 pm Lifelong was cancelled and rescheduled for March 28th.
d.      Genesee Valley Quilt Fest: 6/2-4/17, In Rochester
e.     QuiltCon: People attending QuiltCon reported on the best thing about the show: Pat: walking the show; cut the fingers off three fingers on your gloves; Karen: free stuff; Bonnie: intense visual impact of seeing things in person, opportunity to get things at lower cost, hopes to be a vender in two years; Valerie: Andrea Walters quilts; Nancy: ability to act crazy, Natalia Bonner (quilter); Jayne: printing on fabric and letting quilt evolve; name a project manager so that quilts leave with information on our quilts. Next one on the east coast is in Nashville.
f. Troutline Raffle: Trout Line came back to Kim, now we need organize the raffle, like the raffle committee. Bonnie will help Sarah with making the tickets. One suggestion is to raffle and donate the money. We need to say, up front, where the money is going – BOCES. This needs to go on the tickets. Pat will ask what part of the program the money will aide.
g. April Workshop: Cheryl – still openings in the April workshop, 4/10, at the Tuesday meeting, “The Root Connection”
h. Sew-in Day May 13th in Horsesheads. This date has been changed to May 6th.
2.      Question of the Month— Introductions: how you got your name, send suggestions for next month to Kim..
3.      The Draft Calendar—Sign ups continued
4.      Made Modern Vote—The category that won the vote was “Unquilt Made Modern.”  In March we’ll discuss the parameters of this guild challenge.
5.      Transforming Tradition demo— Sarah and Linda showed projects that they wanted help transforming them into something modern.
6.      Tool of the Month—Jayne talked about how she uses an ordinary pencil to mark quilts. It washes out, so that marks don’t show.
7.      Demo 101—Board Basting Quilts: Pat showed how to wrap quilts on boards to spray baste quilts and Jayne showed the similar way to use the boards to pin or hand stitch baste quilts.
8.      UFOs and Show and Tell

Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild Agenda
April 2, 2017

1.      Introductions and question of the Month—TBD?    
2.      Announcements/Updates
a.      Quilts from the TCQG Trunk Show will be returned and report on the show
b.      Discussion on Raffling Troutline.
c.      Other announcements TBD
3.      Calendar of Activities—more folks to sign up?
4.      Transforming Tradition Projects
5.      Demo 101
6.      Tool of the Month
7.      UFOs and Show and Tell

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

2017: February Meeting Minutes and March Meeting Agenda

Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild Minutes
February 5, 2017

1.      Announcements
a.      March meeting activity—We will be making get well cards during the March meeting so bring fabric, embellishments, glue etc. that you would like to use and share.  Blank cards will be provided.
b.      IMQG banner—Karen’s friend made a great digital logo for us.  We will change the background to light gray.  Sarah and Nancy will explore making a banner through two different ways of printing the logo on fabric and report back to us in March.
c.       TCQG Trunk Show—March 14th 7 pm Lifelong—The quilts don’t have to be finished, or totally even totally modern. We need a lot of examples, NOTE:  BRING QUILTS TO THE MARCH MEETING!  SEND PHOTOS TO PAT MERKLE BY THE MARCH MEETING!
d.      Name Tags—Members talked about how their name tags were composed.  New members (as well as “some” old members who shall remain nameless!) are invited to make nametags of their own to wear to meetings.
2.      Question of the Month—We begin each meeting with a question about some aspect of quilting.  Please suggest questions you’d like to ask to Kim.
3.      The Draft Calendar—The officers came up with three new monthly activities for the guild meetings.  Each of these requires volunteers, and many signed up (Thanks!)  Kim will hand out the Revised Calendar at the March meeting so others can sign up for the empty slots.
a.      Demo 101 and sign-up—Demo 101 is a chance for folks who have learned a brand new technique to share their experiences with the guild.
b.      Tool of the Month and sign-up—Each month one member will bring in a quilting tool she finds particularly useful and talk briefly about why she loves this tool.
c.       Transforming Tradition—This new activity is focused on bringing in an unfinished traditional project so the guild members can brainstorm about how to make it more modern.  Pat made a fabulous handout that lists some of the qualities that distinguish Modern quilts from Traditional or Art quilts.  Everyone got a color copy of this for reference.  There are extras for those who could not attend the February meeting. Two people a month sign up to bring something in.  In December, you bring the finished product in.
4.      Made Modern Vote—The category that won the vote was “Unquilt Made Modern.”  In March we’ll discuss the parameters of this guild challenge.
5.      Transforming Tradition demo—Pat and Jayne
6.      Tool of the Month—Cathy—blue tape
7.      Demo 101—the Walking Foot—Cathy

8.      UFOs and Show and Tell

Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild Agenda
March 5, 2017

1.      IMPORTANT!!—The following items are DUE at the March meeting:
a.      Quilts for the TCQG Trunk Show
b.      The Flower Blocks you will exchange with your Flower group members
c.       Bring in the Valentine cards you received so we can all see them
2.      Question of the Month—How did you get your name?
3.      Announcements/Updates
a.      IMQG banner—Sarah and Nancy
b.      TCQG Trunk Show—Tue Mar 14th, 7 pm, Lifelong
c.   Quebec House Quilt Blocks - Jayne
d.       Others?
4.      Revised Calendar of Activities—more folks to sign up?
5.      Report from QUILTCON 2017
6.      Transforming Tradition Projects—Sarah and Lynda
7.      Demo 101—board basting—Pat and Jayne
8.      Tool of the Month—the pencil--Jayne
9.      UFOs and Show and Tell

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Upcoming Quilt Exhibit in Wellsboro, PA

The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will be having an exhibit at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center in Wellsboro, PA in September. Opening reception is Friday, September 2nd, 7-9 PM. The exhibit will be open Sep 3-25. Hours are 11-5PM on Saturdays and Sundays, 2-5PM Monday through Friday (note that some printed publicity doesn't show the extended weekend hours). Free admission.
The local theater company, Hamilton-Gibson Productions, will be performing "The Quilters" (a musical that celebrates the lives of rugged women—and men—on the prairie. Seven women play a wide host of characters, all set in the context of a magnificent legacy quilt.) Performances are scheduled for September 16, 17, 18, 23, and 24. The times are not listed yet, but they usually have a Sunday matinee and evening performances for the other days.
Wellsboro also has a fabric shop, Needles, on Main Street.
All three venues are within easy walking distance of each other. Wellsboro is 90 minutes from Ithaca, one hour from Watkins Glen, 45 minutes from Corning.
Here's a link to the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center ...
And one for Hamilton-Gibson Productions ...
And one for Needles Quilt Shop ...
And one for the local Wellsboro area.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Link to 9-FQ Quilt Tutorial

For those who asked at the July IMQG meeting and aren't on Facebook, here's a link to the tutorial for the 9-FQ quilt that I showed.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes for January 2016 (Including programming for 2016)

1. Introduction of members – names and town the hail from and reintroduced our new officers. We asked all paid members to sign in with current email, address, phone number, and social media preferences.
2. Starry Night has officially been delivered to the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, donated in the memory of Barbara Feinstein.
3. Bindings, Facings and Sleeve Demonstrations
Sarah Demo demonstration how to join binding and do mitered corners.
Pat Merkle demonstrated faux pipedbinding and facings (more on facing)
Cheryl Moore demonstrate hangingsleeves and corners
4. Programming for 2016 Planning.
A. At monthly meetings:
Show and tell – please be prepared to tell about the inspiration and techniques used
Demos each month by members – please sign-up for a month. (Think about things such as; how to stitch a scant ¼” seam consistently, applique’ technique, how to properly trim a block, pressing vs. ironing, how to piece a particular block, how to accurately cut fabric, etc.) The list could go on and on. What can YOU share??  Remember, we have a lot of new quilters.
5 minute fav. Guild members share new favorite book, magazine, or gadget etc.
UFO Challenge starting in February, bring in and show us your UFO, which can be in any stage of completion. Your project will be recorded. When you finish it, bring it in again to show it and we will record your completion and enter your name into a drawing. The more projects you complete the better your chances at winning a fun prize. 3 names will be drawn each quarter. Our first drawing will be April.
B. Challenges
Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) Made Modern – Pat Merkle will kick this challenge off with a demonstration and some FMQ exercises to get you warmed up to this challenge. The challenge will consist of the same block/mini quilt and you get to try out some fun new quilting. This challenge ISN’T about “who is the best quilter”, but who has some fun innovative quilting ideas and who improves the most in their quilting skills.
Mini quilt challenge – Still to be determined, ideas floating out there are mini botanical or irregular shapes
C. Postcard swap
D. MQG Group Quilt
E. Events
                Sew-in Days – looking for dates, locations and insurance
                Shop Hop
                Summer workshop at Pat’s house

2016 Meeting Schedule
·         Introductions – Wear Name Badges
·         Pat Merkle will start in February with FMQ fills demonstration to get us working on our FMQ Challenge.
·         UFO show and tell - log. Show and tell.
·         5 minute fav. Cheryl with sign-up sheet.
·         Talk about postcard swap looking for guild decide theme. Find guild
·         Show and tell
·         Introductions – Wear Name Badges
·         Wonky star demo for block used in FMQ challenge
·         How to make a Postcard demo
·         5 minute fav: New favorite book or magazine, blog,
·         Show and tell – including any completed UFOs
·         Introductions – Wear Name Badges
·         How to mark up the block for different fills first UFO showing demo
·         Postcard finish
·         UFO first drawing for prizes.
·         5 minute fav.
·         Show and tell
·         Introductions – Wear Name Badges
·         Sherrilyn woods technique demo – Naomi Raimon
·         5 minute fav.
·         Show and tell
·         Introductions – Wear Name Badges
·         Demo  TBD
·         FMQ made modern finish.
·         Group MQG quilt start planning.
·         Start the mini quilt challenge
·         5 minute fav
·         Show and tell
·         Introductions – Wear Name Badges
·         Demo – TBD
·         5 minute fav
·         Show and tell
·         Introductions – Wear Name Badges
·         Demo TBD
·         5 minute fav
·         Show and tell

August workshop: 2nd Sunday in August at Pat’s house – Dyeing????
·         Demo - TBD
·         Mini group challenge complete
·         5 minute fav
·         Show and tell
·         Demo TBD
·         First Friday
·         5 minute fav
·         Show and tell
·         Demo TBD
·         MQG group quilt.
·         Secret Santa – Holiday party
·         5 minute fav
·         Show and tell

Thursday, December 31, 2015

December IMQG meeting minutes

Holiday Party - good food and good cheer was had by all. Great gift swap!

Name tags! We have gotten away from wearing name tags. If you haven't already,  please make a name tag to wear at our meetings. really helps people get to know you.

Review of the Michael Miller challenge. Amy, Val, and Bonnie completed the challenge. We need to notify Quilters Corner of MQG fabric challenges as soon as possible, so the can decide if the want to carry some of the fabric.

At the January meeting there will be a demonstration on bindings, facings and other scary stuff.

Please thing about things to do, projects, activities etc and we will discuss at the next meeting. The hope is to set a schedule for the next year, along with a process for deciding. Think about projects for all levels.

Please post your photos of your quilty projects on our Facebook page, share information about how made, inspiration etc.

More sew days!!! Including show and tell after lunch. We will be looking into event insurance so that we can more easily rent spaces.

IMQG is now the proud owner of a quilt rack. Members can borrow it with a refundable deposit

Show and tell pictures posted to our Facebook page.

Next meeting is January 3rd at Quilters Corner from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.