Saturday, May 4, 2019

May meeting

Join us for a presentation by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. She will divulge her unprecedented knowledge on all things pin cushions and talk about her new book Pin Pals. To see what Carrie is up to, find her on Instagram at justcarrieintexas  and you can find many of her books on     

May Guild Meeting
May 7, 2019

6:00 pm — Social Time
6:30 pm — General Meeting
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, TX 75013

PLEASE NOTE:  We are NOT meeting at Fire Station 7 in May due to its use as a polling place. We will return to the Fire Station for our June meeting.
Bees Begin
Alison Glass Trinket Sew Along
Show and Tell
Program: Carrie Nelson
Door Prizes

Monday, March 18, 2019

Quilting Bee Etiquette

We are super excited to be starting up our bees again this year. Below is a post we shared back in 2016 with some great tips for bee etiquette. It's been updated to reflect current practices for our guild. Sign up for bees is available for guild members at through March 20.

Dear Miss Quilty,

I have joined a quilting bee! I am so excited, what is the proper etiquette for choosing a pattern, providing fabric and all other things bee related?

-Modern Quilter

Dear Modern Quilter,

How exciting that you have joined a bee! You will enjoy making friends and building new skills, learning new techniques, making different color combos than you are used to and trying out new things.
To be in a quilting bee means that you are confident in your basic skills, but not everybody in your bee may be and advanced quilter. Let's break it down and see how to make this the best experience ever!

Choosing a Pattern:
Patterns used in bee blocks should be open source, meaning you want to look for FREE patterns or tutorials to use for your block. Why you may ask? Keep in mind that purchased patterns should not be copied and distributed without permission. While it is perfectly okay to give a pattern to your friend when you are finished using it, it is not okay to make copies of a purchased pattern to give away.
This includes patterns from books, paper patterns, online patterns, magazine patterns (get the idea- basically, if you pay for it, you shouldn't copy it).

If you really want to use a purchased pattern for your bee block, you either need to purchase copies for all bee mates or contact the designer for permission to use the block for multiple people. Some designers will offer bulk pricing if you ask for multiple copies of a pattern.

Lots of free resources online can be used to find a pattern. Here are some great starting points:

It is best practice to test your directions before giving it out. This serves two purposes:
  1.  It helps you realize the complexity of the design and any issues in directions. 
  2. It gives a gauge for how long it will take to make the block. 
It's polite to consider the time commitment you are requesting, including fabric selection, cutting and pattern preparation. Bee members usually don't mind a block that takes a little more time, but they might mind if you expect them to make 2 of them.

If you want specific fabrics or lines, you should provide the fabric.
It is perfectly acceptable to ask bee members to work in a specific color range, provide examples for best results.
If you want a scrappy look you might want to provide more fabric to get that look (not everyone has the same stash size.)
Provide enough fabric for any small cutting errors that might happen.
It is expected that guild members will use high-quality fabric in your blocks.

Before the guild meeting prepare a copy of the pattern and fabric you are providing for each bee member. It is the general practice in our guild to package them with the name of the individual on it.  (zip-lock bags, envelopes, folders etc.). You'll pass your blocks out to members during the guild meeting. If someone is not at the meeting, you may choose to mail them the block materials, meet up with them, or wait until the next meeting.

Making the Block:
Past experience has taught Miss Quilty that it is better to start earlier than later on the bee block of the month.
Look at the pattern early on and don't hesitate to let your Queen Bee know if you have questions about fabric or directions.
Keep in mind the standard seam allowance in piecing is 1/4 inch.
If there is a new technique that you are unfamiliar with, ask the Queen Bee or go to your LQS to get help.
Don't hesitate to ask questions: Do they still want the paper in a paper pieced pattern? Can I mark with a frixion pen? Is it okay if the fabric has some glitter on it? - these would all be okay!

Sharing Blocks:
Take a photo of your finished blocks and post to instagram with your bee's hashtag and #mckmqgbee. When you arrive at guild, you'll be asked to put your blocks in a common location so everyone can see the bee blocks for the month.
Please complete blocks by the deadline and bring your block to the guild meeting to swap. If you're unable to join the meeting, let your queen bee know and mail the block directly to her or send the block with a friend. This will ensure that blocks are received in a timely manner and there isn't a backlog of "overdue" blocks.

Most importantly HAVE FUN!
Enjoy your bee!
-Miss Quilty

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Return of the Bunny Basket Swap!

Due to popular demand, we're bringing back the Bunny Basket Swap! For this challenge, you will make one basket/bucket and fill it up with $5-10 dollars of spring goodies. This can be fabric, chocolate, notions, or something else delightful that you find. We can't wait to see what you create and bring to the April 2019 meeting!

Need some ideas? Your events committee has created a Pinterest board full of options!

Here is an example of a cute, quick basket made by our events committee member, Becky Jackson:

And here's the video tutorial:

Remember, you can pick any project you want for this! It can be quick and simple or more complicated. You just have to remember to fill that basket up with fun goodies!

Block Lotto #2: Lockup

Our second block lotto block is ready for you to work on! This is going to be a fun, fast project! It will be due at the April 2019 Meeting.

This block comes from the Modern Quilt Guild January 2018 Block Study:

Block Lotto Color Scheme

The color scheme this month is navy and white. You can swap colors as long as you’re using both colors. Stripes= Navy if Background= White OR Stripes = White if Background = Navy
You may use solids or prints for the navy. If prints, the prints should read as navy.
Whites can be solid white, white on white, or low-volume whites (think a white with light grey/beige print). Try not to use a color print on the whites.

Block Information
Finished size: 8-1/2" x 4-1/2"

Fabric required: Scraps or fat quarters of two different colors.

Full cutting directions are available on the Modern Quilt Guild Website or on the MCKMQG Members Facebook Group

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Kona + Pantone Modern Mini Challenge

Are you ready for a fun challenge? Our Kona + Pantone Modern Mini challenge.

The challenge:
Use the Kona Color of the Year, Splash in combination with the Pantone Color of the Year, Living Coral to create a mini quilt that highlights at least two modern elements and is no larger than 12 inches on any side.

The details:
Use at least one of the two colors. Backgrounds/neutrals can also be added. Tints and shades (lighter and darker versions) of the colors are also okay to use. Solids or prints may be used.

These colors can be found in comparable Moda Bella Solids as Turquoise or Lagoon (in lieu of Splash) and Geranium (as Living Coral)

Minis must incorporate at least two modern elements (see below).

Minis must not be larger than 12 inches on any side but it's even better if it's 8x12 or smaller. Larger items may be created but may not be able to be fully displayed.

Happy creating!
-Your Events Committee

Modern Elements:
Modern quilting design elements are design tools quilters use to modernize the traditional quilt-making process. You can think of these elements like a salad bar: You don’t want to use every design element in one quilt, (you’ll have an overloaded salad), but using 2–4 elements at a time creates that perfect quilt!
Alternate Gridwork – traditional quilts are commonly laid out in columns and rows in a predictable brick structure.
  • Modern quilts can still follow traditional grid structures — for example, using graphic color palettes or an unpredictable orientation of the blocks makes this quilt more modern while maintaining a traditional structure.
  • Modern quilts often use alternate gridwork to incorporate asymmetry, negative space and scale within a different layout other than traditional columns and rows.
Asymmetry – When the focal point of a quilt is off-center or does not match on both sides.
Block Based – Quilts based on a similar block throughout the quilt.
Non-Block Based – Quilts that do not have a repeating block pattern.
Graphic Colors – Modern quilters often use graphic color palettes.
  • The combination of colors and where they are placed can modify traditional designs into modern quilts.
  • Color is less important if the other modern quilting design elements are strong.
Cropping – When a block or focal point has been cut from the edge to end the motif. Often, this looks like the partial block or focal point is running off the edge of the quilt.
Improvisation – Putting fabric together without following a pattern.
  • This can be more like following a recipe from your head rather reading it from a cookbook.
  • Rules of construction are thrown out the window, and scraps are combined to create organic movement in the quilt.
  • Improvised, pieced sections can be recut and combined with more precise piecing to bring more order to improv quilts.
Minimalism – Often, the more negative space a quilt has, the more minimal it becomes.
  • Distilling down the most basic parts of quilt construction to their fundamental aspects.
Modern Traditionalism – Updating a traditional block or quilt layout with modern quilting elements like scale, negative space, modern color palettes or alternate gridwork.
  • Modern traditional quilts apply other modern quilt design elements to traditional blocks in a restrained, impactful way.
Negative space – The area between design elements that modern quilters often use to draw focus to different areas of a quilt.
  • Modern quilters often use expansive negative space to organize the subject and capture attention
Lack of borders - There are rarely borders in modern quilting unless the borders are part of the negative space.
  • When borders DO occur, they are usually part of the negative space.
Scale – Increasing or decreasing the size of a classic quilt block.
  • Scale can also be used by mixing scales — jumbo, large or small scales. Often, modern quilters exaggerate scale.