Sunday, December 1, 2013

December Meeting

We wanted to reminder everyone that our December meeting/social time is this Tuesday, December 3, at 6:30pm.  Instead of having the regular meeting we opted for a social get together to celebrate the holidays!  We would love to see all of our guild friends there.  If you are able to make it, here is a list of what you should bring with you:

1. A finger food item or dessert item (and a serving utensil if needed)
2. A handmade Christmas ornament for the ornament exchange.
3. Show and Tell
4. Completed project from the One Yard Rip Off Christmas Edition
5. We will also be accepting dues for the 2014 calendar year ($50)

This will be a very informal time to be able to get to know everyone better and to celebrate the holiday season!   See you this week.

November Minutes

Minutes of the meeting November 5, 2013

The meeting was called to order on time by President Lori Hartman. All members were welcomed. 17 members and 8 guests were present.  Committee reports were called: Lori H reported that the donations of cross blocks for Alberta’s Hope quilts will continue. Sherry M. delivered the Treasurer’s Report. New business was called: The Last Minute Christmas Gifts program was presented. Several members shared and Lori H. had an electronic presentation. Several blogs were mentioned including Diary of a Quilter; Honey Bear Lane; The DIY Mommy; Sew Mama Sew; Bad Skirt; and Ellyn’s Place. The Pantone Color of the Year block participants drawing was held, Bettepat G won 16 blocks. The Christmas One Yard Rip Off was conducted. OYRO - Solids projects were presented. Joy H. demonstrated the Bo Nash Iron Shoe IronSlide and discussed the Bo Nash Fiberglass ironing sheet. Show and Tell was presented. The Handmade ornament Exchange swap and rules were offered. Several members showed off their first or best quilts. Door prizes were drawn. The next meeting was announced for 3 December 2013. Mark your calendars; there will not be a meeting in January 2014.

No old business was discussed. The meeting adjourned timely

Things to BRING to the December meeting:
Completed (or well under way) project from the OYRO CHRISTMAS edition
Cross blocks for Alberta’s Hope, wonky or any pattern you prefer
A Handmade ornament for the Handmade Ornament Swap
Show and Tell, including any previous challenge projects you finished
Finger Foods for the Mix and Mingle.

Monday, October 28, 2013

November Meeting!!

Our November meeting is only a week away!  Do you have some projects ready for show and tell? 

Last month we had quite a bit of information shared.  Jessie shared her experience at Sewing Summit! Someday I would love to have the opportunity to participate in a modern sewing conference, especially after seeing all of the fun Jessie had while she was there!

We also introduced our next challenge.  Bettepat organized a Pantone Color of the Year Challenge!  She had emerald colored squares for participants to take and instructions on how to make a wonky log cabin block.  This challenge is open for any member to participate.  So if you grabbed some emerald squares make sure you bring some completed wonky blocks back with you to the November meeting!!

The One Yard Rip Off has been a huge success!  We decided to continue the OYRO again at the November meeting.  If you want to participate, bring a yard of Christmas fabric to rip!  And if you participated in last month's OYRO, don't forget to bring back your finished project from the solids you collected!

Our presentation at the November meeting will be on last minute Christmas gift ideas.  But this is a group presentation!!!  So make sure you bring some ideas with you!  The more ideas we bring the better the presentation will be!! 

Bettepat has scheduled a special Show and Tell this month!  Everyone needs to bring their best or first quilt for show and tell.  If it's not in your possession you can always bring a picture!  So hopefully we will see some beautiful quilts at this month's meeting!  I know I am quilting away trying to finish a work in progress.  And of course, bring all of your non-quilt finishes this month as well.

So just to recap, as you are getting ready for next weeks meeting, make sure you gather these things to bring:

1. Alberta's Hope Blocks - Community Service Project
2. Show and Tell - Bring your first quilt or your best quilt for show and tell.
3. 1 yard of Christmas fabric for the One Yard Rip Off this month.
4. A completed project from last month's One Yard Rip Off.  (Made from solids.)
5. Ideas and examples for Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas.
6. Pantone Color of the Year Challenge (Log Cabin Blocks)

We can't wait to see you all next week at the meeting.

November 5, 2013
6:30pm @ Stitched With Love

October Meeting Minutes


The meeting was called to order on time by President Lori Hartman. All members were welcomed. 14 members and 5 guests were present.
Committee reports were called: Lori H reported that the donations of cross blocks for Roberts’s Hope quilts will continue. Sherry M. delivered the Treasurer’s Report. Lori H. announced we are now a fully registered member of the National organization of the Modern Quilt Guild. As of this meeting we have 31 members.
New business was called: Jessie L. gave a presentation on Sewing Summit. Jessie mentioned several blogs during her presentation, among them: Laugh Live Love; Hot Pink Stitches; Two More Minutes; and her own, Inside the Paper Box. The Solid One Yard Rip Off was conducted with a twist; the direction was reversed for a larger variety of fabric. OYRO – Polka Dots projects were presented; FYI the lunch box tutorial can be found on the Pink Penguin blog. It was decided to participate in the ORYO again next month with the fabric selection of CHRISTMAS. Chantal demonstrated the importance of conditioning your thread with beeswax for handwork without knots and tangles. Show and Tell was presented. Door prizes from Jaybird Quilts, Stitched With Love, and Creative Sewlutions were awarded. A $25 gift card from Stitched with Love was awarded to a OYRO – Polka Dot participant. The Tote and Treats Challenge was conducted with 12 participants. A challenge was issued to complete a project with the OYRO – Solids edition. The Pantone Color of the Year Emerald Wonky Log Cabin fabric was passed out. Make one or more Wonky Log Cabin Blocks with an Emerald center. One or more winners will be selected, contingent on the number of participants. Contact Bettepat with any questions, or to get Emerald center fabric. The next meeting was announced for 5 November 2013. The program will be Last Minute Christmas Gifts, please bring ideas and examples to demonstrate. Mark your calendars, there will not be a meeting in January 2014.
No old business was discussed.
The meeting adjourned timely

Monday, September 30, 2013

October Meeting!!!

Don't forget about the October meeting tomorrow night!  Last month sure did fly by!  We have some great things planned for this meeting so you won't want to miss out!

Our presentation this month will be on Sewing Summit.  If you have never heard of Sewing Summit, it's a modern sewing conference held in Salt Lake City, UT every year.  One of our very own members went to the conference this year and was a teacher!!!  Jessie will take some time tomorrow to present her experience.  You won't want to miss it!

Don't forget about the great challenges and swaps that are happening this month as well!  We have the Tote and Treat Swap and the One Yard Rip off Challenge (with any solid).

So things to bring to this month's meeting:
1. 1 yard of a solid of your choice.
2. A tote that is filled with treats for the swap.
3. Your finished project with your dots from last month's OYRO. (There might be a prize available!)
4. Any quilt blocks you have completed for Alberta's Hope.
5. Show and tell!!!!

I think that's about it.  I hope to see you all tomorrow at Stitched With Love at 6:30pm!

September Minutes

The meeting was called to order on time by President Lori Hartman. All members were welcomed and five new members were introduced.

Committee reports were called: Lori H reported that the donations of blocks for Roberts’s Hope quilts will continue for at least another month, and the 10 quilt commitment deadline may have to be extended.

New business was called: McKinney Modern Quilt Guild’s registration with the Modern Quilt Guild was completed by Joy H.  Lori H. gave a presentation on Stash Organization. Ideas, comments, and photos were entertained from the audience. The Low Volume Challenge projects were presented. Bettepat conducted the One Yard Rip Off. It was decided to participate in the ORYO again next month with the fabric selection of SOLID. Joy H. demonstrated the Pin Caddy and the Big Wonder Clips. Show and Tell was presented. Door prizes from Bettepat and Creative Sewlutions were awarded. A $25 gift card from Stitched with Love was awarded to a low volume participant. The Tote and Treats Challenge for next month was described. A challenge was issued to complete a project with the OYRO Dots edition. The next meeting was announced for 1 October 2013.

No old business was discussed.

The meeting adjourned timely

Monday, September 2, 2013

Our September Meeting Is Tomorrow!

Don't forget about our meeting tomorrow night!  We have several fun things planned!  Here are some things to bring:

1. A low volume project made from last month's charms.  Whoever brings a project will be entered to win a $25 visa gift card!

2. One yard of any dot print and a pair of scissors.  Bettepat has organized a one yard rip off!  I am so excited about this one!

3. Examples of how you organize your stash!  We will be talking about stash organization this month.  We would love to see how you organize yours!!

4. Show and Tell!

We will see you all at Stitched With Love at 6:30pm tomorrow evening!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

August Meeting Minutes


The meeting was called to order on time by President Lori H. All members were welcomed and new members were introduced.
Committee reports were called: The monthly treasurer’s report was given.
New business was called: Julie L. discussed Alberta’s Hope Charity and the goal of making 10 quilts for Texas Oncology. Members are asked to make 10.5” cross blocks. Do not use the colors pink or aqua. Volunteers are needed to donate batting, machine quilting, and to do binding. Stitched with Love is generously donating the backing fabric. Bettepat discussed the Low Volume Challenge and invited members to turn in fabric or “buy in” to the swap. Bettepat presented the swaps and challenges for the next 12 months. An update on registration with the Modern Quilt Guild was discussed. Next month’s program will be Stash Organization. Members were asked to bring pictures, questions and ideas. This month’s program, Stash Building was presented. Joy introduced Clearly Perfect Angles as the tool of the month. Show and tell was presented. Door prizes including patterns from Creative Sewlutions were awarded. The next meeting is 3 September 2013 at 6:30pm. Questions and comments were invited from the membership. Julie asked about posting special events, deals and sales on the blog site.
No old business was discussed.

Monday, August 5, 2013

August Meeting

Don't forget about our August meeting tomorrow!  We will be swapping our low volume charms for those of you who signed up!  Our program for August is on "Building a Stash".  Feel free to come with ideas about how you build your own stash, and I will be sharing info as well.  Bettepat will also be discussing the swaps and challenges that she has planned for the next 12 months!

So hopefully we will see you all at Stitched With Love at 6:30!

July Meeting Minutes


McKinney Modern Quilt Guild
Minutes of the meeting 2 July 2013

The Meeting was called to Order on time by President, Lori H. All members were welcomed and new members were introduced.
Committee reports were called: Joy presented the minutes of the previous meeting.
New Business was called: Julie L. discussed a community service opportunity. The Fabric Basket Swap was held. Lori H. discussed the upcoming low value charm swap. The July program was on Blogging and its utilization. Name that Fabric and Designer Game was played. Joy H. demonstrated the tool/notion of the month. Show and Tell transpired. Door Prizes were conferred. The Next meeting date of August 6, 2013 was announced. And questions and comments from the membership were entertained.
No Old Business was announced.
The meeting adjourned timely.

Friday, July 5, 2013

A bloglovin' tutorial!


Blogging was our presentation this month so for those of you who missed it I put together a tutorial over some of the things that we talked about!  I found a great tutorial that lays out how to start a bloglovin' account here.  She will walk you through step by step how to set up your account.

Once your account is made you will be able to access your main page.  Below is a snapshot of the main page. Once you’ve created an account you can search for and follow your favorite blogs, categorize them however you like and read all unread posts either by date posted, category or blog name. One feature I like is being able to scroll through snapshots of posts from the main page.





Once a post is clicked on, another window will open the post with a nifty scroll bar at the top. From here you can move on to the next unread post by clicking “newer”, “older” or “oldest.”


Finding blogs is part of the fun!  But here is a list of great modern quilting blogs to get you started!  You can also see our member blogs on the side bar to the right.
Once you start following blogs, bloglovin' will email you daily with your daily feed!  It's a great reminder to take a few minutes to scroll through the days posts!
There's also an app that you can download on your phone so you can read your favorite blogs on the go!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Great Meeting with Great People!

I am loving how our group is coming together.  As of the third meeting last night, we have 22 members!  We have such talented ladies in our guild and I am so impressed and inspired by all of their strengths!  Last night we presented our baskets.  You can see all of the pics in the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild flickr group, but I will highlight just a few here on the blog.  Every single basket was fantastic and I could tell that our members put their best work into this swap.


Bettepat made a beautiful grey basket with a pink lining for Sarah H.!  It was stuffed full of things even a mini basket.  I wonder how many fat quarters would fit in there?!

Stephanie's partner really wanted baskets that she could use in her kitchen.  So Stephanie made some utensil trays!  How perfect would those be for a 4th of July party!  I might need to put that project on my to-do list.  I don't know if this is the pattern that Stephanie used but here is a link for a tutorial that looks very similar!

We also discussed blogging and the benefits of following some of the amazing blogs that are out there.  I will work on getting a tutorial put together on how to set up a bloglovin' account as well as a list of some popular modern sewing blogs.

Our "Show and Tell" was also pretty amazing.  I have several projects that I have added to my to-do list after last night.  The first one that I would love to work on this summer is an Amy Butler pattern.  Jessie brought her Birdie Sling to show off and it was gorgeous!
She used a vintage sheet for the main part of her bag.  It makes me want to go vintage sheet hunting!  Sara M. mentioned that The Salvation Army in Sherman is a great place to find vintage sheets!  I might have to stop by there this week!

Sarah H. also brought a pillow cover and two mini quilts to share.  We might be using the wonky cross pattern for our first community service project!  Julie will be rolling out the details about that at the August meeting!
There are tons of great projects from "Show and Tell" that you won't want to miss seeing, you can check those out in the flickr group.




We presented our new swap last night!  The Low Volume Charm Swap!

For those of you who missed the meeting we also introduced the low volume charm swap.  If you are interested in signing up, just email mckinneymodernquiltguild@gmail(dot)com.  You must sign up and be a member to participate.  

Here are the deatils:
1. Purchase 2 different low volume prints (1 yard of each).

2. Post pics of the fabrics you purchase in the MMQG flickr group to make sure that we don't have any duplicates.

3. Cut 56 - 5" charm squares from each yard of fabric I would use Elizabeth Hartman's tutorial, which you can find here.

4. Sort fabrics according to the directions in the flickr group.

5. Bring the charm squares to the August meeting and we will sort and get the charm squares back to you that night.

Just in case you need a good explination of low volume you can check out this Moda blog post.



Saturday, June 29, 2013

Are you ready for the July meeting?

Hello ladies!  The July meeting is just a few days away!  Hopefully your fabric baskets are coming together as you have planned them!  I was able to see what Bettepat is working on and it's looking amazing.  I can't wait to see what you all bring to the meeting.  Remember, if you are unable to make the meeting, please make arrangements so that your fabric basket is present at the meeting!

Here's a quick outline of the agenda for Tuesday!

1.    Committee Reports
a.    Presentation of Minutes
b.    Treasurer
2.    New Business
a.    Community Service Opportunity – Julie Laidlaw
b.    Present our Fabric Basket
c.    Upcoming Low Volume Charm Swap
d.    Program Presentation: Blogging
e.    Name that Fabric Line and Designer Game
f.      Monthly Tool/Notion Demo
g.    Show and Tell
h.    Door Prize
i.      Next Meeting Date August 6th @6:30pm


You will notice that we have a game planned! You might want to brush up on current and upcoming modern fabric lines! There might be a small prize for the winner. I would suggest looking at fabric lines by designers like Anna Maria Horner, Aneela Hoey, Heather Ross, and Lotta Jansdotter just to name a few!

I can't wait to see everyone at the meeting on Tuesday, July 2nd. For those of you who are traveling over the holiday please travel safely and we will see you in August!

Just to recap .... if you are coming to our meeting you need to bring:
1. Your completed fabric basket for your partner.
2. Your modern fabric line knowledge!
3. Show and Tell!!!!!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Have you been sewing????

At our May meeting we presented our first group project.  So have you been working on your name tag?  I know mine is done, and I have seen pics of a couple others floating around on facebook!  There's still time to whip one up!  And whoever comes with a handmade name tag will be entered into a prize drawing for something handmade.  I have been working on that something handmade and am super excited to give it away!

There is only one rule when it comes to the name tags .... it has to be handmade!  The sticky paper name tags don't count!  So be creative and use whatever medium you desire!

Also, don't forget about bringing your scraps for the fabric basket swap! 

Here are the guidelines:

1. Bring in a gallon size ziploc bag of scraps/fabric. Let's make sure that the scraps you use are a decent size. You might want to put a fat quarter in the bag for them to use for the lining! Keep in mind the more fabric you bring the more options your partner will have to make something wonderful! There's no need to add batting or interfacing ... your partner will take care of that part.

2. Put your name on the bag.

3. Bring your bag of fabric to the meeting on June 4th.

4. At the June meeting we will swap fabric bags. You will then take your partners bag home and make a fabric basket for them. Keep record of who your partner is!

5. Bring the completed fabric basket back to the July meeting and we will present them to our partners! You can even fill the baskets with a few goodies if you like! I know I plan on it!


So just to recap if you choose to play along, for the June meeting you should bring:
1. A handmade nametag
2. A ziploc bag of fabric scraps for the fabric basket swap
3. Items for Show and Tell!!!
 
I can't wait to see all of you there!  There are some great things planned for this month!


June Meeting Agenda

Wow!  It's already that time again!  Our June meeting will be on June 4th at 6:30pm and our meeting will be located at Stitched With Love in McKinney.  You can find the address on the sidebar.  We are planning on posting the agenda on our blog before every meeting so here it goes!

1. Welcome
2. Committee Reports (Minutes and Treasurer's Report)
3. New Business
   a. Community Service Opportunities
   b. Nametags
   c. Call for Logo Design
   d. Upcoming Programs
   e. Program Presentation: Flickr
4. June Challenge - Fabric Baskets
5. Monthly Tool/Notion Demo
6. Show and Tell
7. Feedback Form for due paying members to complete
8. Mix and Mingle


 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Fabric Basket Swap and Tutorial Links!

 It's time to start prepping for our first swap for the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild!  We have decided that a fabric basket will be a great swap item to start with.  Below I have listed quite a few pictures.  If you click on the picture it will take you directly to the tutorial!  Here are the details:

1. Bring in a quart or gallon size ziploc bag of scraps/fabric.  You might want to put a fat quarter in the bag for them to use for the lining!  Keep in mind the more fabric you bring the more options your partner will have to make something wonderful! 

2. Put your name on the bag.

3. Bring your bag of fabric to the meeting on June 4th.

4. At the June meeting we will swap fabric bags.  You will then take your partners bag home and make a fabric basket for them.  Keep record of who your partner is!

5.  Bring the completed fabric basket back to the July meeting and we will present them to our partners!  You can even fill the baskets with a few goodies if you like!  I know I plan on it!




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 Fabric Pocket Tutorial For Ikea Rail 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Thank You!

Out first meeting was last night and I know I wasn't the only one surprised by the turnout.  We had 38 amazing ladies come and join us for our first meeting with the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild.  I am so excited to see how this group connects and grows together!  


We discussed several things at the meeting, one being the meeting time.  As a group we decided moving the start time back to 6:30pm would be best for the majority of schedules.  So from now on we will start at 6:30!

This first meeting was used to introduce the ladies to the Modern Quilt Guild movement.  I highlighted several benefits of being affiliated with the National Guild.

Joy, our Vice President, was also able to share a quick notion demonstration!  She introduced our ladies to the Sewline Needle Threader.  For anyone who does hand-stitching, this is a must have notion. 

 
For those of you who missed our first meeting I wanted to let you know about the project for this month.  Whoever brings a handmade name tag to the June meeting (the sticky paper ones don't count), will be entered into a prize drawing.  Here are some examples in case you need a little inspiration.

  So, like I said, if you bring in a handmade name tag to the June meeting you will be entered into a special prize drawing! The prize also might be handmade!

Also we prepped our first Challenge!  I will be posting more about that later this week!  So get to work on those name tags and we look forward to seeing you all June 4th @ 6:30pm.




Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Our First Meeting, Come Join Us!

The first meeting of the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild will be on May 7th at 6:00pm at one of the local quilt shops, Stitched With Love.  We will be introducing officers and beginning our adventure into the Modern Quilting world!  We would love to see some new faces, so come out and get in on the beginning of this adventure!

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