Tuesday, June 2, 2020

MCKMQG June Challenges

Hi all,

I'm super excited about our online meeting tonight! I'm sure it's going to be awesome. I have enjoyed playing the Quilty Quarantine Quest with you all this past month. It's been so fun to see your posts and really feel connected to our guild. If you haven't looked through the guild group on Facebook or on the #mckmqgq3 hashtag on Instagram, you should! It's full of lots of fun member projects and ideas.

June brings us to some fun times. We have three big things happening in June: Color of the Year Challenge, Rowing Along, and a new Block Lotto block!

Color of the Year Challenge
You might remember that when we last met in March, you were given two swatch samples for the color of the year challenge and encouraged to buy 1 yard of fabric. Well, let's do something with it! Here are the rules:
1. Make anything quilty/fabric related. It can be a quilt, a mini, a bag, a basket...gosh, we could go on! Make something.
2. You can add colors but one or both of the Colors of the Year should be the predominant color in the project. You can also use darker or lighter versions of the colors.
3. We hope we will be able to display these at the McKinney Public Library again. We will try to display everything, but keep in mind the display space is limited, so if you want a full mini to be displayed, it'll need to be around 12-14 inches. If you do a full quilt, we'll fold, drape, and get creative. We will find a way to honor all the work that's created and display as much as we can.
4. Color of the Year Challenge items will be due at our August meeting.

Colors this year:
 


Rowing Along
Several of you signed up for Rowing Along and we're not going to keep waiting for the world to return to normal to begin....so let's get rowing! Here are the details:
1. In the next few days you'll receive an email/text from me confirming you want to still participate. Please respond.
2. Once I have confirmed all participants, you will receive a "give to" partner and a "receive from" partner. Each month, you will give the row you have (the first month will be yours) to your "give to" partner. You can do a porch drop off, mail it, etc.  You will "receive from" the receive from partner. It will be the same partner each month, so you'll always give to the same person and receive from the same person. I think this will make it easier to minimize contact and to help us keep going.
3. You will drop off month 1 between June 15 and June 20.

Here are the full guidelines for Rowing Along along with the form to include in your bag.

Block Lotto
Let's do another block lotto! Right now, we will hold on to them with hopes of meeting in person again.
This month's block lotto is: Improv Cross
Guidelines: Use one black, or vibrant solid (either background or cross) and one bright print. This is similar to what you see on the tutorial.
We will use the Improv Cross tutorial provided on the Stitched in Color Blog
We seemed to enjoy multiple size blocks. You can do a block that's 6 1/2", 9 1/2", 12 1/2" or 18 1/2" (finished sizes 6, 9, 12, 18).



Thursday, April 23, 2020

Introducing: Quilty Quarantine Quest

Let's do something fun! For the next five weeks, we challenge you to do quilty things each week. Anyone completing even ONE quest a week will be eligible to win prizes (and we've got some GREAT prizes from our local shops!). 

You'll need to sign up to tell us you're participating. If you sign up by Sunday evening, you'll get 50 bonus points during week 1 only! 

You can download the directions and quest choices or view them here on the blog (the download is easier to see!). 

SIGN UP!




Tuesday, March 3, 2020

March - April: Events, Swaps and Challenges!

We have so many fun things planned for you all in 2020! This month we have a lot happening, so here is the one place to find all the details:

Rowing Along: 2020's Group Sewing Event!
If you haven't yet signed up for Rowing Along, you'll need to do so ASAP! Sign-ups close on March 17. Email Catherine (catherinedutton@gmail.com) to sign up - just tell me that you're in. Bring your starter row to the April meeting along with your bag (distributed at the March meeting).

April Swap: Bunny Baskets
This has become an annual tradition for our guild. You'll make a small pouch, basket, or bucket and fill with 5-10 worth of spring goodies. See the post from last year for links to inspiration and tutorials!

Color of the Year: 1 yard Rip off
Bring 1 yard of fabric from one of the two colors of the year to our April meeting. We will introduce the color of the year and have a rip-off! You'll start with one fabric and leave with one yard's worth of 12 different pieces.

Colors are:
Classic Blue and Enchanted
 


Sew Day at Best Little Retreat Center
Come join us in March to work on our starter rows for the row along, or to participate in quilty friend fun! Best Little Retreat Center is a day retreat center- bring your machines and project and sew from 9am-9pm. Saturday, March 21 Reserve your seat online (sign up by March 7 to ensure your spot!)  Cost: $22.73

Retreat at Duchess Inn - May 22-25 
Come join the fun from Friday May 22- Monday May 25 at The Duchess Inn. The Inn is located in Van Alstyne, just a block away from The Quilt Asylum!

This open sew retreat is hosted by the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild.

The price of this retreat does not include meals. Retreat-goers will discuss meal options as we get closer to the date.  The price of the retreat is $130 for Fri-Sun; $195 for Fri-Mon.

Each person attending needs to fill out this form.  By filling out this form and paying a $50 non-refundable deposit at the guild meeting, you will hold your spot.

Final payments must be received by the May guild meeting in order to attend the retreat. Don't wait too long as there are only 10 spots! Non-members may register for open spots beginning in April

If you have questions, don't hesitate to e-mail Catherine Dutton at catherinedutton@gmail.com

We are so excited that you're joining us!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

February-March : Events, Swaps & Challenges!

We have so many fun things planned for you all in 2020! This month we have a lot happening, so here is the one place to find all the details:

Wonky Stars Block Lotto (bring in March)
Wonky Stars - Tutorial
This 12" block is a fun, wonky star! They should come together quickly for a fun, sparkly quilt. Color theme for this block is Starry night: dark blue backgrounds and yellow stars. See this picture on the Quilts of a Feather Blog

Feel free to make other sizes of blocks- I'd recommend 3", 6" or 12" for ease in putting them together.

Scrap Challenge (Bring back in March)
While at guild, pick up a bag of assorted scraps. The challenge: Using no more than 1 additional yard of fabric, make something that's out of your normal comfort zone. It can be a small pouch, a bag, a mini quilt, a pillow- it's up to you. Bring it back in March to showcase your creation. Extra scraps can be added to the scrap jar after the challenge is complete.

Rowing Along: 2020's Group Sewing Event!
Tonight, Kathy Bright shared with us the fun that the Dallas MQG had in 2019- and we look forward to rowing together! Sign up by the March meeting and bring your starter row to the April meeting along with your bag (distributed at the March meeting).

Sew Day at Best Little Retreat Center
Come join us in March to work on our starter rows for the row along, or to participate in quilty friend fun! Best Little Retreat Center is a day retreat center- bring your machines and project and sew from 9am-9pm. Saturday , March 21 Reserve your seat online (sign up by March 1!)  Cost: $22.73

Retreat at Duchess Inn - May 22-25 
Come join the fun from Friday May 22- Monday May 25 at The Duchess Inn. The Inn is located in Van Alstyne, just a block away from The Quilt Asylum!

This open sew retreat is hosted by the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild.

The price of this retreat does not include meals. Retreat-goers will discuss meal options as we get closer to the date.  The price of the retreat is $130 for Fri-Sun; $195 for Fri-Mon.

Each person attending needs to fill out this form.  By filling out this form and paying a $50 non-refundable deposit at the guild meeting, you will hold your spot.

Final payments must be received by the May guild meeting in order to attend the retreat. Don't wait too long as there are only 10 spots! Non-members may register for open spots beginning in April

If you have questions, don't hesitate to e-mail Catherine Dutton at catherinedutton@gmail.com

We are so excited that you're joining us!

Friday, January 31, 2020

QuiltCon tips & tricks

Who's excited about heading to Austin in a couple of weeks for QuiltCon 2020? This will be my third year going to QuiltCon and I can't wait. I know many of you have gone even more times than me. For many more of you, this will be your first trip to QuiltCon and you are a bit anxious and not sure what to expect. Here are a few tips I've picked up along the way.

First of all, if you are already registered you should have received an email recently telling you how to download the QuiltCon app. I encourage you to do it! In addition to loading your personal schedule into the app (including classes, lectures and events you are signed up for) you can mark other things you don't want to miss. You'll find a complete list of vendors so you can mark the ones you know you want to visit and easily find them in the vendor hall. Once the show gets closer, you'll find a map of the quilts to see and have the opportunity to vote for your favorites. You'll also find a list of attendees who have registered on the app. Make sure you add yourself to the list and mark yourself as a member of the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild.

Once you get to QuiltCon, give yourself time to explore and get the lay of the land. There's so much to see!

The Quilts! There are 300-400 modern quilts juried into the show selected from thousands of entries. Also, make sure to see the special exhibits. This year's special exhibits include quilts by keynote speaker, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, an exhibit of Amish quilts and the MQG Quilts of the month.

Make sure you check out all of the Charity quilts submitted by Modern Quilt Guilds worldwide and groups of individual members. When you find our submission, The Writing on the Wall, make sure to snap a picture of yourself in front of it.
The Vendor Hall. It's always fun to check out vendors from across the country. Often vendors hand out freebies, tote bags, pins, fabric samples, especially if you get there early! Sometimes you can find great deals, especially on the last day. 

There is also a free demo stage in the vendor hall. Check out the demo stage schedule daily, some of the presentations are top notch (and if you can score a seat, it's a great place to rest your tired feet).

Also in the vendor hall are concessions. I must say, I have not found the concessions to be all that great in years past, but it's a terrific place to grab a quick snack or a soda. I recommend you toss some healthy snacks in your bag (I like to carry a backpack to keep my hands free). For delicious nearby meals, check out Kelleigh's recommendations in the previous post.

Are you active on Instagram? Include your Instagram handle on your nametag when you sign in (or write it on with a sharpie). You'll be amazed how many Instagram buddies will recognize you by your IG name! It's always fun to meet the people you follow in real life.

Workshops & Lectures. If you've already signed up, great! If not, spots often open up at the last minute. Usually, there is a bulletin board where people post classes they are willing to sell. For workshops, you need to bring your supplies. Sewing machines are provided, but you'll want to bring basic supplies. Each class also comes with a supply list, including needed fabrics etc. Lectures can be purchased individually or you can buy a day pass that includes all of the lectures given that day. 

Have more questions? Want to learn more about Quiltcon? Check out the website for all kinds of great information. 

See you in Austin!