Saturday, December 6, 2014

Coming to the End of the First "Official" Year of IMQG

WOW, hard to believe that this is the end of the first "official" year of IMQG, second year in existence. I'm so proud of this guild. We collaborated on two charity quilts, the Cancer Resource Center quilt (that earned around $600 for CRC) and the QuiltCon Children's Charity Challenge quilt this year.
Cancer Resource Quilt

QuiltCon Charity Challenge Quilt

New officers have been elected for the coming year.

Lauree Myler - President
Kim Stone - Vice President (or as Kim likes to say - president of vices)
Sarah Demo - Treasurer
Terry Fendya - Secretary
Pat Merkle - Co-Program Chair
Naomi Raimon - Co-Program Chair

Fun stuff is being planned for the upcoming year, so stay tuned.

Christmas Party tomorrow!   Yummy Treats - Bonnie Scott will provide, but please bring a treat if you wish to share. If you would like to participate: Christmas Present Exchange - bring a wrapped present under $10

1. ANNUAL DUES are due - $25.00 (checks may be made out to Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild or IMQG)
2. Finishing Up the Block Exchange 
3. Update on the QuiltCon Charity Challenge Quilt 
4. Show and Tell

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Pat Merkle
President IMQG

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November IMQG Meeting Agenda

It's that time of year to vote for officers of IMQG
President Lauree Myler, 
Vice President Kim Stone, 
Treasurer Sarah Demo, 
Secretary Terri Fendya, 
Program CoChairs Pat Merkle/Naomi Raimon

Scrap bag/block exchange - hopefully everyone has given out all of their bags of scraps, now we just have to get them all finished. Can't wait to see what everyone will make with them

How to resize a quilt block pattern - a short exercise to take the confusion out of resizing (smaller or larger).

What is trending in Modern Quilting: update from Cyndi Larson Slothower, fresh from Quilt Market

MQG Charity Challenge Quilt  -- what happened at the first design meeting. (see note below, if you would like to participate in the creation).

Halloween Postcard - show and tell - seen several of them on our FaceBook page. AMAZING!

Show and Tell
Note: Anyone wishing to work on the MQG Charity quilt, please join us at Noon to cut fabric and talk about the next steps.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Modern Quilt Exhibit in Wellsboro, PA -- September 2015

As mentioned at the October IMQG meeting, here is some very tentative basic info on an upcoming modern quilt exhibit in Wellsboro, PA in September 2015. Remember, this is just all tentative and subject to change. As details are finalized, more info will be provided. The info is provided now so you can start working on quilts to enter!

Modern quilters within a 150-mile radius of Wellsboro Pennsylvania will be invited to enter their quilts for a planned juried exhibit at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania in September 2015. The entries may be for sale, but that is not a requirement. The Gmeiner retains a 15% commission.

The Gmeiner is a lovely, mid-century modern design art gallery in the middle of picturesque Wellsboro.  Exhibits change monthly, and include themes like photography, sculpture, paintings, quilts, etc, all by artists within the 150-mile radius. When there is an exhibit on display, the gallery is open seven days a week, 2PM - 5PM, always with free admission. After an opening reception, most exhibits hang for approximately three weeks.

So, IMQG members....don't be afraid to enter your quilts in this exhibit, even though it will be a juried show. Just remember that your quilts should have at least some of the characteristics of what makes a modern quilt (as defined in today's quilting community). The more quilts that are entered, the better the exhibit!

If you're interested in learning more about the Gmeiner, check out their website or Facebook page. You can also learn more about what there is to do in Wellsboro, by checking the Chamber of Commerce website or Facebook page.

Friday, October 3, 2014

October Meeting Agenda

Fall is such a wonderful time, especially for quilters. Are you ready for some fun?  I think we have a good meeting planned this month with lots of activities.

Scrap/Block Exchange - we are in the middle of the exchanging the final bags o'scraps and getting yummy blocks in return. We will take some time to make the exchanges and maybe a little showing off of blocks.

Halloween Postcard Exchange with RMQG. We have 13 members signed up to make Halloween quilted postcards to mail to RMQG member. We will talk about what materials you need and how to make a postcard. Click here for a tutorial.  Please share any methods you have used in the past.

Discussion on Alternate Grid Quilts. I'm really excited about this discussion. I have prepared a sheet showing traditional quilting grids and alternate grids. I will pass out copies and we will have a chance to find examples several types of grids. Click here to see the MQG blog post on alternate grids.

Our CRC quilt is an example of an alternate grid quilt

Individual QuiltCon/Michael Miller challenge. Who is participating in this challenge? Did you get fabric? Any comments or discussions?

QuiltCon Charity Guild Challenge quilt. Our guild is signed up for this challenge, click here to read about it. 

There is a small group of us that signed up for this challenge, but feel free to join us. Here is the color palette.
It also must use an alternate grid! This should be a fun project to design and construct!

Officers - Upcoming election - We need to have officers for next year, starting in January and we should vote in November. We will review the bylaws and ask for volunteers. The positions include: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Program Chair (or co-chair).

Old business What's out there we need to revisit? Anybody can bring subjects up for discussion!

New business What's new out there we need to talk about? Anybody can bring subjects up for discussion!

Show and Tell - Sew what have you been working on this month? What makes it modern (or not)?

Happy Quilting!

President IMQG

Saturday, September 6, 2014

September's meeting agenda

Fall is coming and time for September's IMQG meeting.

Scrapbag/Block Exchange
MQG Challenge Quilt
Postcard Exchange with Rochester MQG?
Guild officers and up coming elections.
New projects
Old business
New business
Show and tell, including books and magazines.

I am so looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Quilt Exhibit at Cornell

FYI -- There is an exhibit of some of the quilts in Jack Walsh's collection at Cornell's Johnson Museum through mid-August. You can find the details by clicking here. He will be presenting a talk and tour of the collection this upcoming Saturday afternoon.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

July 2014 Meeting Agenda

1.  Scrap bag/block exchange - Does everyone have their baggies ready to exchange????

2.  Michael Miller MQG Challenge. To post pictures of your final quilt, you must sign into the MQG community forum. This is the link (hopefully it works): Choose the forum for FINISHED quilts.

3. Old Business - Picnic, etc.

4. New Business

5. Show and Tell (Including books)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Last Month's Minutes - thanks Terri

*Michael Moore fabric challenge
    - more fabric has arrived, a few members got extra pieces. If you would                   like a bit more please contact Pat. (
    - July 25, 2014 is the new deadline for the Michael Miller fabric challenge.
    - if you need help taking and posting a photo of your project bring it to the July 6, 2014, meeting
    - save your scraps, we may incorporate them into a future guild project

* we now have 39 members

*  ideas were shared for a new group project, including a block exchange and a monthly challenge
    - a scrap block swap will be the new project, other guild members will  make a block from your scraps and return them to you
    - Karla will fine tuned the guidelines for us.  She expects to email them to each of us by 5-14-14
    - sign-up at the June 1, 2014 meeting

Guidelines for the scrap block swap:
You provide a small bag of your scraps of fabric to each of your group members, and each group member creates for you a unique block for your project.

Each group member also will give you a small bag of scraps, and you will make each of them a unique block for their project. 

     Groups of 6 or 12 members will be forming, so you can commit to making the number of blocks that fits with your life.  (In 6-person groups you commit to making 5 blocks, and in 12-person groups you commit to making 11 blocks.)
     The general deadline will be the December IMQG meeting, but groups can change their deadline by consensus.
     You can sign-up at the June meeting, or you can e-mail me to join a group.

Guidelines for the quilt blocks:
     12.5” unfinished
      Pieced but not quilted 

Guidelines for the bags of fabric:
     Write your name on the outside of the bags
     Depending on your group choice you will be putting together 5 or 11 bags. (Remember to keep some fabric for yourself if you want to add your own  block to your project.)
     Each bag will contain at least the equivalent of a fat quarter of fabric
     Include a written note with any special instructions such as:
o      Do you want group members to use only the fabrics that you provided in the bag?
o      Can a group member add to your fabrics from their own stash?
o      Do you want group members to sign their names to the blocks?

* Book show and tell at the June meeting.
    - Bring your favorite quilting book to show the group
    - bring any quilts made from the book for show & tell

* August 3, 2014 meeting will be held at Pat’s lakeside house
    -dish to pass, bring a chair and water shoes
    - Pat will share directions (again) at the June meeting


Sunday, May 4, 2014

More Info on Topics from May Meeting

Here are just a few things mentioned at today's meeting...

Quilts Across Cortland -- click here for info. In addition to the quilt show, Pat Knoechel (Eleanor Burns' sister) will be presenting a program there. She will be at the guild in Vestal as well (check with Angie for details).

Cathy Miller, the Singing Quilter will be at the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild's (Wellsboro, PA) program on Monday, May 12th. Free and open to the public. Check out Cathy's website here and the MLQG's site here.

MLQG will also be hosting Kim Diehl in July (free and open to the public). Kim is not a modern quilter, but is very popular among many quilters. Check out her website here.

Quilting  by the Lake -- website here

Lake to Lake Quilt guild show -- website here

Hex N More ruler

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Some Info on Topics from April Meeting

Just  a few things...

Michael Miller fabric challenge -- you can read the rules and see winners from past challenges

Cayuga Chamber Orchestra auction -- donations are welcome

Disappearing Four-Patch -- here's a video tutorial

Four-Patch Posie -- here's a tutorial

Friday, April 4, 2014

April 2014 IMQG Meeting

April 6, 2014 Meeting Agenda at Quilters Corner

1.Bring your Cancer Resource Center (CRC) QAYG Quilt Blocks, if you haven't already- Discussion and layout

2. Michael Miller Fabric Challenge (we have enough for 30, we asked for 33, I will give up mine and we have another willing to give up hers. We will need to see if we can share?) I would love some volunteers to come early (12) and help me finish cutting the fabric.

3. Old Business (anything that we've talked about that needs an update - open to anyone)

4. New Business (anything anyone wants to bring up and discuss - open to anyone)

5. Show and Tell

I look forward to seeing you all!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Michael Miller Challenge Fabric

It's here! Yesterday I received our guild's allotment of Michael Miller fabric.

It is a much larger print than I thought, I like it!  The downside is that I have to cut it into fat eighths, which since I hate cutting fabric, will take me until at least the next meeting. Any volunteers?

This fabric will go to each IMQG member that paid their dues by the February meeting. That's 33 people!


  • The challenge runs from March 2014-June 23, 2014.
  • Winners announced July 8, 2014
  • Members may make anything they want as long as it is quilted!
  • Add in any solid or Michael Miller printed fabric.
  • You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you.
  • Upload and share your photos to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the Community site.
  • MQGs can create guild specific challenges, as long as the other guidelines are upheld.
  • Don’t forget to use the #mqgfabricchallenge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!
  • See the members Community site for sign ups.
  • Fabric sign ups end Feb 28th, 2014

A note from Michael Miller:

This year we will pick 3 winners. Each one will receive a posting on our blog and “A year of Free Fabric”.  Every month for a year we will send you a “Goody Box”  filled with fabric from our newest collections.
Okay read that one again. A whole year of fabric! How fantastic is that…
We cannot wait to see what you make! Have questions? Email Jen.
Check out the last Michael Miller fabric challenge winners here.

Okay everyone, start planning your project!!!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Cash Mob at Sew Green in Ithaca

(from SewGreen's newsletter)


Drop some cash, build your fabric stash, and save stuff from the trash at SewGreen’s cash mob bash! SewGreen needs your support to keep its reuse, education, and youth programs going strong. Join us for a day of free activities, snacks, classroom tours, a silent auction, and special deals from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, March 22. A cash mob is a variation of a flash mob, an informal gathering that grows through social networking for the enjoyment or support of a mutual interest. SewGreen is honored to be the first organization chosen to be “cash mobbed” by the Sustainable Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Network (The SEEN), whose membership includes businesses, not-for-profits, and entrepreneurs looking to build a more sustainable and environmentally-safe economy.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

IMQG March Meeting Minutes

1:00 P.M.

1. MQG/Michael Miller fabric challenge- Pat (president) expects to receive the fabric this month and to be able to distribute it to members at the April 6th meeting. See, or MQG website, for challenge rules.

2. Group quilt project- Emotions of Cancer, to be raffled off at, and for, the benefit of the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes.  8 finished pieces were shown. (see photo at Looking good! Please bring your quilted and trimmed 10”x__” piece to the April Meeting. Pat will have only 13 days to put the quilt together and get it back to Lauree. The CRC of the FL’s benefit, “That 70’s Benefit Show” is April 19, 2014. Check their website,, or call 607-277-0960 for more information. 

3. There was some discussion as to what we will be doing with Starry Night. (See note below.)Kathy Gehring will check on possible downtown Ithaca First Friday locations. Those who did make an 8”x10” quilt with their SN fabrics, in their own quilting style, will be able to show those with SN. It is not too late to make yours, we may not get a venue until May, June or later.

4. Sew dates - waiting for information updates from those checking venues.

5. It was suggested that members check out the Community Arts Partnership ( and consider applying to show your art/quilt in the upcoming Rhythm & Rhyme show. Deadline for applications is March 31, 2014. This is a juried show. Fee: $15.00.  Artists must live in Tompkins or contiguous counties.

 6. Anya shared helpful insights on the quilt show application process. (Keep trying! It’s worth it!)

7. Members were also encouraged to check 6x6 at Rochester Contemporary Art Center. All donated art is accepted and offered for sale at $20.00.

8. Once again many beautiful quilts and parts of quilts, were brought in for show & tell. Thank you for sharing!

The meeting ended at 2:30 P.M.

 Our Starry Night will not be part of the Friends of the Library fundraiser/sale.
They have another quilt that they are raffling off from now through their fall book sale. We will attempt to set up a First Friday showing for “Starry Night” and some smaller works from our group. Next month please bring ideas for how we can use Starry Night to raise funds for IMQG.
Terri Fendya
IMQG secretary

Monday, March 3, 2014

Progress on IMQG's Cancer Resource Center Benefit Quilt

I just thought you might like to see some CRC quilt blocks from yesterday's meeting.

Not the greatest picture, unfortunately some got cut off, but such talent.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

More Info on Topics from March Meeting

Quilters Corner is participating in a Top Shop Tour in April. Passports are $5(?) and include a goody bag (usually with a $10 certificate from Quilters Corner). See page 7 of their newsletter here.

See IMQG's blog post from March 1 for info on the Michael Miller free fabric challenge.

The Community Arts Partnership in Ithaca is looking for entries for an exhibit in May. Check their website here for details.

Some info for QuiltCon 2015 in Austin is available here.

AQS show in Lancaster, PA March 12-15 -- details here. (note that AQS has a number of shows around the country).

MQX Quilt Festival New England April 9-12 in Manchester, NH -- details here,

Rochester Contemporary Art Center 6x6 exhibit -- details here.

IMQG members are encouraged to enter their quilts in various shows around the country!

Wish Upon a Quilt has various Dear Jane clubs -- details on their website here (the blocks Kim showed are the Kaffe on Black blocks).

A great site for help with Dear Jane blocks is

To see Anya's blog post about the original quilt made by Jane Stickle, click here.

For more info on the "Dear Jane" book/software by Brenda Papadakis, click here.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Are You Ready for Tomorrow's Meeing???

March 2014 Meeting Agenda

Cancer Quilt Block: Bring your quilt block, if you have it done. Don't worry if you don't, you have until the April meeting to complete it . Click here to read about the requirements for the block.

MQG Fabric Challenge: Michael Miller Fabric Challenge


  • The challenge runs from March 2014-June 23, 2014 - I have not received the fabric for tomorrow's meeting.
  • Winners announced July 8, 2014
  • Members may make anything they want as long as it is quilted!
  • Add in any solid or Michael Miller printed fabric.
  • You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you.
  • Upload and share your photos to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the Community site.
  • MQGs can create guild specific challenges, as long as the other guidelines are upheld.
  • Don’t forget to use the #mqgfabricchallenge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!
  • Fabric sign ups end Feb 28th, 2014 - All 33 paid IMQG members are signed up for the challenge

A note from Michael Miller:

This year we will pick 3 winners. Each one will receive a posting on our blog and “A year of Free Fabric”.  Every month for a year we will send you a “Goody Box”  filled with fabric from our newest collections.

April Sew Day????: Update from the Program Chairs.

New (or old) Business? 

Show and Tell: Show your projects from this month and tell us how/why they are modern.

Bring Fabric to trade or giveaway, if you would like.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Projects from Sunday's Meeting (February 2014)

1. Nancy (Program Co-Chair) is working with the friends of the Ithaca library to help raffle off our "starry night". We would split the profits with them.

2. We will be making a group quilt for the Ithaca Cancer Resource Center, pieces to be turned in at the April 6 meeting, at the latest, but feel free to bring them for the March meeting if you have them. Each piece will be 10" X ____" (up to 20") - quilted and trimmed. Our theme is the "Emotions of cancer". All quilted blocks are to use use Kona "Coal" and Quilters Dream low loft cotton.  Pat (President) offered to put it all together using her fabulous quilt-as-you-go method with help at the April 6th sew day. Lauree  (Vice President) will present the quilt for a raffle at the May benefit for ICRC.

3. There was some discussion about making a quilt to benefit a local animal shelter. Puppies and kitties were the most discussed theme.  No concrete decisions were made. Will most likely be discussed again at the March meeting or after our cancer benefit quilt is finished.

4. Deb (Program Co-Chair) presented information about local spaces available to rent for a group sew. Several people are checking on,  and will be reporting in  March, on the costs of having our own quilting retreat/day.  We are looking into having a "sew day" for our April Meeting, details to come. A Sweatshop Night Project was also discussed with no final decisions made yet.


IMQG Secretary

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Upcoming National-Level Quilt Shows in 2014

Here's a link to O'Susannah's Quilt shop in Watkins Glen -- scroll down their main page for info on the trip to Quilters Take Manhattan in September.

Here's a link for info on LAST YEAR's Quilters Take Manhattan event. There's no info on the site for the 2014 show yet.

Other national-level shows --

The American Quilter's Society upcoming 2014 shows are in Lancaster, Paducah, Charlotte, Grand Rapids, Chattanooga, and Des Moines. Click here for their website.

Quilts, Inc has upcoming shows (International Quilt Festivals) in Chicago and Houston, with a new stitching show in Portland this year. Click here for their website.

Macuso Management sponsors quilt shows in Virginia, New Jersey, Georgia, Colorado, New Hampshire, Florida, Philadelphia area, two in California. Click here for their website.

Other large shows include the Vermont Quilt Festival in June (click here for the website) and MQX shows (focusing on machine quilting) in New Hampshire, Illinois, and Oregon (click here for the website).

Saturday, February 1, 2014

February IMQG Meeting

I've been a bit behind, but here's the agenda to tomorrow's meeting

1.  Membership to MQG and amendment to the bylaws so that they are compliant to the 501c3 laws

Amendment of the bylaws are for Article 6 only, and are required by the MQG and US law to apply for non-profit status.


Article 6: Dissolution of the IMQG
All money left over when the guild dissolves will be donated to a charity, recipient to be determined by remaining guild members at time of dissolution.


Article 6: Requirements to be exempt as an Organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
Section 6.1 The Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, or scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Section 6.2 No part of the net earnings of the IMQG shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in section 7.1 hereof and in article 1 of these Bylaws.
Section 6.3 No substantial part of the activities of the IMQG shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.
Section 6.4 Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the IMQG shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Section 6.5 Upon the dissolution of the IMQG, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by a Court of Competent Jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of the organization is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

2. Discussion of guild projects:
Ugly Duckling Quilt (Deb). 
  (Hospice) (Nancy will bring to the meeting)
  Quilt to raffle ?
  Animal shelter to raffle?

Challenge/ Community Projects:
  Picking a color theme (or not)
  Plus picking a word and make a block to represent the    
    Action words,
    Specific animals
    Fun words

Quilt-As-You-Go Bl

Speakers and/or Members

  Trunk Shows

Show info?

Oh Suzanna's Quilt trip in September in NYC

Quilt Market in May In Pittsburgh

Find place to have a "Group Sew"

Quilt Retreat
  Watson Homestead
  Bridle Creek B & B
  Food and/or food Facilities
  # of people they accommodate 
    Time availability

Sweatshop Night Project
Quilt Days

Starry Night 
  What to do with it?

Book Sale Quilt Raffle Info


  Shows and Exhibits 
    (members and non-members)
  Ideas for bus trips
    (ask Kay Tea)

Future projects:
  To have our own quilt show or join with TCQG's?

3. Show and Tell - continuing talk of what makes quilts modern

Friday, January 3, 2014

January's IMQG Meeting

Well, we have made it into the New Year and it's time for January's meeting. I love these meetings, chatting with quilty friends and seeing some pretty amazing modern quilts. So this is our agenda for January:

Demonstration on QAYG (quilt-as-you-go) by Pat Merkle. I will be showing three different ways to join or enlarge your quilt. 1. Thin strip joining, 2. Large sash joining, and 3. Adding borders.
Thin Strip Joining
Large sash joining
Adding borders
We will also have show and tell. I'm hoping that we will continue our discussion on "what is modern quilting?" Sew much fun!

Discussion on planning and projects from the Planning Committee Chairs.

Don't forget (if you haven't already) please be ready to pay your dues ($25). Checks can be made out to Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild or IMQG.

Looking forward to seeing everyone this year.