Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Proposed ByLaw Changes

After much work from our Bylaw committee, Bonnie Landon, Nelda Johnson, and Catherine Dutton, the board is putting forth the following revisions to the guild's bylaws. The purpose of these changes is to reflect current practices and to ensure better functioning of the guild.

A vote on the proposed changes will be on the agenda for the October meeting.
Members are encouraged to review the finalized proposed version of the bylaws and to submit comments (on the Google Doc) or ask questions via e-mail to Catherine Dutton (catherinedutton@gmail.com). In order to allow time for responses (and any research required), please submit comments/questions prior to the October 1 general meeting.

Members can also view the marked-up version of the current bylaws, reflecting the changes, additions, and deletions.

Overview of changes:
  • Refer to the guild as MCKMQG instead of MMQG
  • Rename Executive Council to Executive Board   
  • Reformat to allow for ease of reading (adding sub-sections)
  • Allow a Junior Membership option (12-17 years) at half of the established membership dues.
  • The treasurer may authorize dues payment arrangements with members rather than it needing to be the entire board. 
  • Cleaned up some language left from 2014 (referring to practices unique to the first year of the guild)
  • Nominating Committee should consist of 3 members (lowered from 5). Majority of the committee should not be seeking a board position. 
  • Move elections from December to November (to be implemented in 2020). 
  • Clarify office titles; remove the office of Historian
  • Add to bylaws that an individual cannot hold the same board position for more than 2 consecutive years with no more than 4 consecutive years on the board in any capacity.
  • Committee members serve up to 4 consecutive years. 
  • Standing committees: Audit, Nominating, By-Law (ad-hoc)
  • President and Secretary added as signatories on the bank account
  • Treasurer's report given monthly, not necessarily at the meeting
  • Any non-budgeted expense exceeding $100 must be approved by the general membership
  • Modifies dissolution directive to "further quilt education or to a nonprofit" 

The board will present revised Rules and Regulations within the coming months after bylaws are approved by guild membership. Rules and regulations contain descriptions of board positions, committee functioning, and membership details. Current Rules and Regulations.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Quilt Plano 2019 results for McKinney Modern Quilt Guild

Members of McKinney Modern Guild entered a total of fourteen quilts in eight categories at Quilt Plano this year. We brought home nine ribbons, including a near-sweep of the Master Division Modern Quilts! We hope to have even more entries next year. Congratulations to all of our members who entered!

101 – Master Division, One-person, Pieced, Medium:

* 1st place - First Show Quilt, Beth Worley

107 – Master Division, Two-person, Pieced, Large:

Firebird, Chris Simon

111 – Master Division, Art Quilts:

*3rd place - John Lennon, Leo Ransom
*HM - Dreaming of a Better Future, Leo Ransom
Unity, Leo Ransom

112 – Master Division, Modern Quilts:

*1st place - Stepping Outside the Box, Beth Worley
*2nd place - Stars in a Minor Key, Chris Simon
*HM - Be Calm, Ellyn Zinsmeister
Left Out, Ellyn Zinsmeister

206 – Artisan Division, Two-person, Pieced, Medium:

Repose, Chris Davies

208 – Artisan Division, Two-person, Pieced, Extra Large:

*HM - Boho Rose, Brandy Alvarez

302 – Open Division, Small Quilts:

Shelley's Snapshot, Bonnie Landon

303 – Open Division, Group Quilts, Medium:

*3rd place - Gnome in the Christmas Forest, Ellyn Zinsmeister (Solid 7 bee)
*3rd place - Seismic Log Cabin, Bonnie Landon (Comedy Club)
A small mix-up at the show resulted in two 3rd place ribbons in this category.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

July 2019 meeting minutes

McKinney Modern Quilt Guild
July 2, 2019

The McKinney Modern Quilt Guild (McKMQG) met at 6:30 p.m. at Fire Station #7 in
McKinney. Ellyn Zinsmeister presided.

The next meeting will be August 6, at Fire Station Number 7 in McKinney.
Bonnie Landon, substituting for Chris Davies, reported 24 members (3 new) and 5 guests
were in attendance.

Bonnie reminded us about Arlene, the 1950 Featherweight on which we are selling
chances. Tickets are bound in groups of 5, and prices are $5 each or 5 for $20. Please pick up a
packet to sell. Arlene will be given away in December. Members are wanted to take Arlene to
other guilds and sell tickets there.

Catherine Dutton reported that there will be no Sip-n-Stitch until August, but then there
will be pie.

Our Bee groups made "Chickens in a Coop" (B Group) and "Butterflies" (A Group) this
month. They were displayed on the wall.

September retreat is the 27th through the 29th at Create-Away Cottage. Flyers were on
the table. It costs $125 cash or check, or $130 by credit card. There are plenty of openings.
There is a sign-up on our Facebook group for an inter guild swap with Northwest
Arkansas MQG. Alice and Catherine Dutton met their guild last summer. Sign-ups will close on
August 26. We will be swapping mug rugs. Partners swap with each other. It's possible that you
could meet your partner at Quiltcon in 2021. The mug rugs are due at our September meeting.
Catherine will e-mail the link to the sign-up on the Facebook group. We are only sending one
box, so no "extras" will be included. We're just sending the mug rugs.

Bonnie Landon made the following Treasure's report:

Beginning Balance 4000.00 
Interest Earned 1.33 
Ending Balance 4001.33 

Beginning Balance 5034.52
Income +310.00 
Expenses -702.34 
Ending Balance 4642.18

Dues 250.00
Raffle Tickets 60.00

Programs 91.16
Raffle - Featherweight 75.00
Other- Charity Quilt Backs 193.18
Operations - Insurance 343.00


Ellyn talked about QuiltCon 2020. You can still enter your quilt if you are a member by
June 30. A good photo is key for entries.

We had Show-and-Tell next. Nine people showed about 20 items. Martha Wolf has an
enhanced longarm machine now, and completed 14 quilts this month (although she only brought

This month's block lotto participants made eight total Smoosh blocks. They are
foundation paper pieced. Loida Wasmund won!

After our break, Ellyn updated us on upcoming programs. Next month will be member
spotlights (which members was left to our imagination). In September, we will hear Allison

Carrie Nelson was our speaker this month. She, along with Michelle White, presented
information about Ruby Star Society (RSS) fabric. Carrie works for Moda, but is not a Ruby Star
Society designer. The RSS designers were formerly known as Cotton & Steel, with RJR fabrics.
Now they are part of Moda. Their first collections will ship this month. They are also making
socks, canvas, and more things other than quilting cotton. They gave us 10 DOOR PRIZES!
We swapped pin cushions that were made after Carrie Nelson's last presentation to us,
which was about pincushions. Nine people participated.

Ellyn asked people to put their names in the drawing for the birthday bag if they had a
June birthday. Bonnie won the prize.

Door prizes were given out. In addition to the prizes from RSS, we had prizes from
Stitched with Love, Beth Worley, and The Quilt Asylum. The meeting adjourned about 8:00 p.m.

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 Amazon.com.     

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 http://bit.ly/mckmqgbee 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.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Quilty Love Swap: Bring One Valentine

Time for a fun, quick swap for our February meeting.

Your mission: Make a Valentine for another guild member! It can be all fabric or a combination of fabric and paper. During Guild, Becky Jackson showed us some fabric postcards using Pellon Pel-Tex. This is a fun technique and worth a try! 

 Here are some tutorials to get you thinking:  

Size? No bigger than 5x6. Smaller is ok if it's super cute. 
Bring one Valentine to guild and we'll swap!