We discussed the pros and cons of joining the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG). Trudy moved that we vote on it and Mary seconded the motion. We unanimously voted on having our guild become an official Modern Quilt Guild.
Stefanie will be looking for volunteers to help revise our by-laws and to take care of other things that need to be done to prepare us for our official MQG status. Our dues will go up but that probably will not go into effect until January 2014.
Block of the Month
Stefanie created this curvy modern pinwheel block made from traditional drunkard's path blocks. Go here for the pattern. She explained two different techniques used in curved piecing. One way is to ease the two fabrics into a 1/4-inch seam allowance after aligning and pinning the center points and the two outer edges. This technique requires lots of pins.
Curve Master Presser Foot. Stefanie loves gadgets and says this one works like magic. It comes with a bunch of shanks which allow it to fit on almost any machine.
Check out this tutorial. Pretty cool discovery Stefanie!
Show & Tell
Trudy recently finished this very boyish quilt for her future grandson. Make sure you zoom in and read the quotes on the center panel. Trudy did lots of quilting on this. She kept the lines straight by using her foot as a guide for each row.
Here's a quilt by Stefanie. Zoom in and check out her stippling. Her stitches are amazingly even! She likes to use the Red Pepper Quilts binding technique.
We all went crazy over Stefanie's giant churn dash quilt. She promised herself that she wouldn't start any new quilts until she finished all her WIPs (works in progress), but couldn't contain herself and 'churned' out this beaut in just a few hours.
This quilt is made from a Bonnie & Camille happy-go-lucky jelly roll. Stefanie found the Hashtag pattern in a Craftsy class called Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple. If this all sounds like a strange new language to you, join our guild and we will interpret/translate for you.
Mary was elated to announce that she finally finished her Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt top. It's the biggest quilt she's ever made. And she finished just in time, before she would actually start her own trip
around the world to England. We are excited for her and sad for us. We will miss her great spirit and contagious enthusiasm.