Saturday, November 21, 2015

Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild November 2015 Meeting Minutes

1.      Roboto quilt that was donated to the Racker Center was raffled off and raised $618. The guild has purchased the quilt frame used to display this quilt.
2.       Bonnie Scott did a FABULOUS demonstration on the Tiara. Click here for Bonnie’s handout. Also the TOWA tension gauge was discussed.
(Photo Pat Merkle)

3.       Guild elections were held. Officers for 2016: President – Cheryl Moore, Vice President/Queen of Vices – Kim Stone, Treasurer – Sarah Demo, Secretary – Pat Merkle, Program Co-Chairs – Naomi Raimon and Mari Townsend.
4.       Sew-in day was discussed to see if we could get a day sometime within the month of November. Naomi organized it for this past Sunday at Lifelong on Court St. 12 members joined in the fun.
(Photo Cathy Kinder)

5.       Secret Santa roulette (everyone who wants to participate brings a gift approx. $10, maybe handmade or store bought – Wrapped. Numbers are drawn and they select a gift from the back table or one that someone has already chosen.) This fun game is slated for the December Meeting.
6.       Everyone is asked to bring snacks for December’s meeting. This is our holiday celebration. 
7.       Show-n-Tell photos posted to Facebook
8.    January's meeting will feature a demonstration of  bindings, facing and other scary stuff!

See you in December for our Holiday Party!

Pat Merkle

Monday, October 5, 2015

TCQG Show - Featured Quilter Ruth White

Our very own member Ruth White was the featured artist at the Tompkins County Quilt Guild Show this past weekend. With Ruth's permission, here are her featured works for those of you that couldn't make the show. (And by the way, if you didn't make the show, you missed a real treat!)


Saturday, August 1, 2015

July Guild Meeting Minutes

IMQG July 5, 2015 Minutes

1. Roboto Quilt Raffle: The raffle benefits the Franziska Racker Centers, and Cheryl will have tickets at each meeting until October 15.

2.  IMQG Logo Contest: Pat and Kim will be meeting the first week of August to work on the IMQG Logo (finally!).

3.  Michael Miller Fabric Challenge: Those who signed up for this should have received a package of Michael Miller fabric in July.  Bring your fabrics to the August meeting so we can brainstorm ideas for quilts.

4. TCQG quilt show (Cheryl)—The deadline for entering a quilt in the show is July 28. 

5. Purchasing a Quilt Frame (Cheryl)—The Franziska Racker Center will purchase a quilt frame to display Roboto until he is raffled off in October.  We will then buy the frame from the Center for $150.00.  Cheryl will give us an update on how much moola Roboto has made for the Center (so far) at the August meeting.

6.  Dyeing Workshop:  On Sunday, August 9th at 11 am, the guild will sponsor a dyeing workshop and Pat, Cheryl and Mari have each volunteered to share their expertise with us.  The guild will provide fabric, but there is a supply list below for anyone who attends.  Pat has also volunteered to host the workshop at her house, which means we can all (finally!) meet the fabulous Simon in person (or in all his dogness). Directions to her house will be posted online (email, Facebook, blog).
IMPORTANT!!  We need a firm list of attendees so we can order supplies.  If you are not coming to the August 2nd guild meeting but want to attend the dyeing workshop, email Kim so she can put you on the list. (

SUPPLIES:  Bring the following to the workshop:  gloves, lawn chairs, lunch, water wear (shoes to protect from zebra mussels).
WEAR:  Clothes you do not mind getting dye-ified.

8.  Blox Made Modern Challenge: The Blox that everyone made modern were fabulous! We are thinking of doing a group display at a First Friday event, if we can get a venue for it.  We are also exploring displaying them as a group at the Gimme coffee near Quilter’s Corner.  You can still contribute a BloxMM if you want, to these events.

9.  Making Big Quilts in Small Pieces:  Marion Tobey gave a great demo on how she makes bed size quilts in several small pieces.  She uses iron-on tape and spray basting in a very clever variation on a quilt-as-you-go technique!  This allows her to quilt them on her home machine without wrestling with all the bulk. Thanks for the tip, Marion!


Upcoming Quilt Shows
--Bricks and Blocks- Everson Museum, enter by May 1
--Juried Modern Quilt Show-Wellsboro, PA—Sep 6-27 enter by July 15

--Tompkins County Quilters Guild-TC3 Fieldhouse, Dryden, NY-—Oct 3-4  

Friday, May 22, 2015

IMQG May 3, 2015 Minutes

Change in Leadership!  Lauree Myler has stepped down as President, and Kim Stone has moved up from Vice President to President. Cheryl Moore accepted the nomination and was unanimously voted in as Vice President.  She will begin serving as VP in August.

1.  Open Sewing Day:  The guild is having our first Open Sewing Day!  HUGE thanks to Naomi and Pat for arranging everything. 

WHERE:              The Varna Community Center (943 Dryden Road/Rt 366)
WHEN:                 Saturday June 6th from 9am to 6pm
BRING:                Sewing machine and supplies, extension cords, lunch/beverages
WHO:                   Here is who has signed up so far:  Cheryl Moore, Diana Sinton, Nancy Watters, Mari Townsend, Jayne Port, Betty-Ann Juraska, Filomena LaClair, Mary Geri, Marion Tobey, Val Leftwich, Sarah Demo, Pat Merkle, Naomi Ramon, Kim Stone 
JOIN US:             There’s plenty of room for more folks, so if you want to come just email Kim ( and she will add you to the list.  
SUPPLIES:         So far, Sarah, Pat, Kim and Naomi have volunteered to bring irons, ironing boards, and cutting mats.  If anyone else can bring any of these things, let Kim know.    

2.  IMQG Goes to a Quilt Show:  Instead of having our June meeting on Sunday, June 7th, many members are planning to attend The Genesee Valley Quilt Fest at the Gordon Field House of the Rochester Institute of Technology (Sunday hours are 9am-4pm).  Price is $10 for the day ($8 if you are 65 or older).  We can plan carpooling at the Saturday SewIn.  Hope to see LOTS of fellow IMQGers there!

3.  Blox Made Modern Challenge: The DUE DATE for these is our July 5th meeting.  REMINDER---use at least one piece of Roboto fabric, and the finished size of the quilt should be 24” wide by whatever length you choose.

4.  IMQG Logo Contest: We have two winners!!  Out of the six designs submitted, we decided to combine the entries submitted by Cheryl Moore and Pat Merkle.  Thanks to Bonnie Scott for taking charge of this, and thanks to Bonnie and Quilters’ Corner for the prizes.

5.  Group Quilt Challenge:  After a short discussion we decided to wait until we get more details from National MQG before making design plans. 
UPDATE:  On May 9th the MQG sent emails to all members, announcing the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge for QuiltCon 2016 in Pasadena. Take a look at the details of the challenge on the MQG website; we will discuss it at our June meeting.  Sign up NOW for the free Michael Miller fabric as there is a limited amount.

6.  Dyeing Workshop:  Instead of a Hilary Gifford workshop we are exploring a workshop run by several of our own guild members.  We will try to finalize this at the June meeting.


DON’T FORGET!!!  Our June meeting is Saturday, June 6th (12-2) at the Varna Community Center

Upcoming Quilt Shows
-- Genesee Valley Quilt Fest, Gordon Field, RIT—June 5-7
--Bricks and Blocks- Everson Museum, enter by May 1
 --AQS QuiltWeek-Syracuse (the Oncenter)—Jul 29-Aug 1
--O’Susanna’s Quilt Show-Watkins Glen—Aug 23
--Juried Modern Quilt Show-Wellsboro, PA—Sep 6-27 enter byJuly 15

--Tompkins County Quilters Guild-TC3 Fieldhouse, Dryden, NY-—Oct 3-4  Enter online by July

Saturday, February 28, 2015

March 2015 Meeting Agenda

March Agenda

1. IMQG Logo Ideas - can be hand drawn
2. Modern quilt design inspiration - bring pictures from online or from magazine (there is confusion whether or not this should be for the March or April meeting) Bring them if you got them
3. Demo on paper-piecing from Lauree!!!!
4. Pictures from QuiltCon - way too cool for words!
5. Update on Starry Night quilt and Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center
6. Survey Report - click here
7. Old Business - ongoing challenges, contests, etc
8. New Business - ideas for the rest of the year from co-program chairs
9. Show-n-Tell

Reminder: April's meeting will be the SECOND Sunday in April due to Easter. Date: April 12th.

Upcoming Shows in Region

Corning Quilt Guild March 21 (9-5) and March 22 (11-4) Corning Country Club

Genesee Valley Quilt Guild June 5 – 7, 2015 RIT

Oh Susannah’s presents Quilts, Vines, and Finger lakes Wines - August 22 &23, 2015

Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center – Juried Modern Quilt Show September 2015

Tompkins County Quilt Guild  Show : Traditions and Beyond -  October 2,3, & 4, 2015

February Meeting Minutes

IMQG MEETING NOTES                                                                  FEBRUARY 1, 2015


  1. Breach of protocol: Angie R. shows her amazing quilts, leaves to beat the storm

  1. Technology: some difficulties in accessing all avenues, officers will meet and work out glitches
  2. IMQG Logo-any ideas to update, modernize (No)
How about a contest-Bonnie S. offers 4 of her beautiful buttons, and maybe more from Guild.  Bonnie (Grand Duchess of Contests) offers to be in charge, will roll out details in April.
  1. To access email addresses of IMQG members, go to IMQG blog
  2. Assignment: find quilts that look “Modern”, will hold off till April, no projector for use this month. Bring photos, magazines, books, etc. to view and discuss what is modern and why
  3. April again: blog posting demonstration
  4. Meeting minutes to be posted soon after meeting to keep all members informed
  5. DEMONSTRATION BY PAT M.: How to put anything into a quilt (inset). Pat will provide written instructions
  6. Donating Starry Night to Schweinfurth Art Center, suggest raffle to benefit scholarship fund in memory of Barbara
  7. Thank you for Quilter’s Corner staff: Lauree purchased gift certificate to Panera, did not present it yet.
  8. Dues are due ($25) if you have not paid yet, Sarah thinks about 25 members, Sarah will clean up email list for members only
  1. Retreat at Watson Homestead March 13-15, 2015, $129.60. Contact Bonnie Scott if you are interested
  2. Retreat at Casowasco Retreat Center March 19-22, cost varies from $166 to $222. Contact Cheryl Moore for More info:
  3. Bonnie Scott: spring clean out sewers (not sewers, those who sew) sale in Odessa, NY. Bonnie will let us know more.
-Modern Quilt Show in Wellsboro PA, Sept. 6-27. Juried show, Entries due by July 15. Check past Facebook posting from Anya for more info.
-O’Susanna’s Quilt Shop show in Watkins Glen in August, Check O’Susanna’s Quilt Shop website for info.
-Tompkins County Quilters Guild Traditions and Beyond Show first weekend in October. Check for more info.
-Other venues for displaying quilts: Quilters Corner, Sarah’s Patisserie, Gimme Coffee, First Fridays in Ithaca.
      5. Survey results: Pat will share online       
Group Challenge
Traditional Block made modern
24” horizontal dimension, vertical dimension up to you
Must be quilted by the maker
Must use some fabric from Charity Group Challenge-Cheryl will bring fabric to next meeting-colors are teal, white, light gray, robin’s egg blue, lime green, tiny bit of magenta
Deadline is June 2015   

Show and tell to wrap up the meeting