Monday, September 27, 2021

October Day Retreat


We will be having a “sleep-in-your-own-bed” style retreat at the Best Little Retreat Center in Texas located in Richardson, TX! Show up whenever you are ready, sew for as long as you like, leave when you’re tired, and sleep in your own bed. No need to pack and unpack everyday, as you can leave your sewing stuff at the retreat center overnight.


We will also be working on the big charity quilt for QiiltCon together at this retreat! The more hands we have to help, the faster it will complete! Don’t fret, you are not required to work in this project to attend the retreat. Bring some projects and join in the fun!

Date & Time:
Fri, Oct 15 - Sun, Oct 17;
9A-9P each day
Come and go as you please

Location:
The Best Little Retreat Center in Texas
7989 Beltline Rd., #168
Dallas, Tx 75248

Total Cost: $21 for one day OR $42 for two days OR $65 for three days





Tuesday, July 27, 2021

News and Updates

August Meeting

Our August Meeting will be featuring Amy Friend, a modern quilter from Massachusetts with a lecture and trunk show entitled "Intentional Piecing."  Amy has authored a book by the same title.  Check out Amy's website  to learn more about Amy and her quilting passions.  

Tuesday, August 3 on Zoom - link on Facebook page and in member emails.  Interested in visiting?  Email us at mckinneymqg@gmail.com for the link.  We'd love to have you visit!

Social Time starts at 6:00 PM   Meeting Starts at 6:30 PM CDT


QuiltCon 2022 Community Outreach 

Last month we announced a design contest for the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild's contribution for QuiltCon 2022.  Tuesday, August 3 (same day as our August meeting) is the deadline to turn in your submission. As a reminder, here is a brief summary of the guidelines:  

* Use at least two, or up to all six, of the colors in the palette to create your quilt.

* Feature those angles! Make sure the theme is the focus of your piecing

* Quilts must be twin size, which is approximately 65” x 85”

Your plan should have fabric requirements as well as a cutting and piecing plan.    Designs can be submitted until our August meeting.

FYI:  The color palette in Bella Solids is as follows:

* White

* Boysenberry (9900-217)               

* Geranium (9900-258)

* Amelia Orange (9900-161)

* Yellow (9900-24)

* Fig Tree Olive (9900-69)


Show and Tell

We want to see your recent finishes as well as any quilts within our theme.

To participate please email photos of your projects and a short description to mckinneymqg@gmail.com as soon as possible.  Be sure to let us know if your show and tell is a surprise for someone so we don't post it on social media!

August Theme - Dog Days of Summer - Animal themed or animal prints

September Theme - Number 9 - Be creative....9 patches, 9 fabrics...the options are endless!


Important Notes for Members

Be sure to keep an eye out for monthly emails as well as watch our Facebook Member Only page for important links and ways to give feedback to the guild.  



Monday, May 3, 2021

Color of the Year Challenge



Color of the Year Challenge

It is time again for creating beautiful works to display in the McKinney Public Library!
We will be displaying items during the month of September so now is the time to start sewing!

Details:
Create a mini using one or more of the Kona and Pantone 2021 Color of the Year. Backgrounds and neutrals may also be used, as well as different color values (lighter and darker shades) of the colors. Feel free to use solids or prints. Minis should be 12” or smaller on any side.

Completed minis are due by August meeting and will be returned at October meeting.





















Friday, April 30, 2021

McKMQG News and Notes

 

April Meeting Recap

We had a great Zoom meeting in April featuring our guest speaker Brandy Maslowski.  She presented Studio Organization tips and ended with a tour of her workspace.  Upcoming events were highlighted, including a retreat in October!  Scroll down to see more details.

April Highlights

Our annual Bunny Bag swap was a success for all who participated.  Swaps are extra fun right now when we cannot meet in person.   Its a great way to share the quilty love!

Brandy Maslowski led us in a Zoom Mystery Workshop On April 10.  We can't let out the secret of what we made here, but will be sure to show off at our May meeting.

Upcoming Events - see Events Tab for Details

Sew Day Third Saturday of the month

Show and Tell

Be looking next month for Show and Tell challenges.  Even if life has gotten in the way of quilting, you will still have S&T opportunities!

Monthly Question

Time to make each other smile.  Answer below in the comments.  What is the craziest quilting notion you have purchased?


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Bunny Basket Swap 2021




Time for our annual Bunny Basket Swap; social distance style!  We plan to show off received bunny baskets at our April meeting. To ensure the health and safety of members, the meeting will occur via Zoom so the swap will occur prior to the meeting. 


Bunny Basket Preparation:
Make one basket/bucket/pouch and fill it with $5-$10 of spring goodies.  This can be fabric, notions, or any other wonderful goodies. For inspiration and techniques, check out these links! 

Thread Catcher Basket by The Sewing Chick

Please include your name in the bag so that the recipient will know who made the basket! 


Bunny Basket Swapping
Please place the bunny basket in a bag and place the bag with your basket on your porch by 9 am on Saturday, April 3. Swap fairies will text you when they have swapped out the bags. If you live remotely or don't feel you have a secure spot to leave the bag, please indicate in the comments section below. Swap fairies will contact you prior and make special arrangements.

FAQ:
I live far away. Can I participate?
It depends on how far. England...sorry we can't budget that much travel money. Within 1.5 hours of McKinney? Sure! We would love for you to participate if you're a member of the guild!

I'm not a member. Can I participate?
We encourage you to join the guild! If you're in the McKinney/Plano/Allen area, please feel free to join the swap. If you live further out, we can check to see if there's a fairy who is heading your direction. 

What if I sign up and don't finish my basket?
Please let us know asap! You'll get an email on Friday, April 2 reminding you to put out your basket. If you cannot put it out, please reply and let us know. 

SIGN UP HERE!


Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Valentine's Swap








We will be having a fabric postcard exchange for Valentine’s Day and show off the Valentines at our March meeting. To ensure the health and safety of members, the meeting will occur via Zoom so the swap will occur prior to the meeting. 


Valentine Preparation:
Prepare a handmade Valentine fabric postcard no bigger than 4”x6”. Package the postcard in an envelope or paper bag for protection during swapping. Do not include extras- just the postcard should be included. For inspiration and techniques, check out these links! 

Fabric Postcard Tutorial by Saroy. She recently made 100 fabric postcards!   

Please include your name in the envelope/bag so that the recipient will know who made the Valentine! 


Valentine Swapping
Place the bag/envelope with your postcard on the porch by 9 am on Saturday, February 13. Swap fairies will text you when they have swapped out the bags. If you live remotely or don't feel you have a secure spot to leave the envelope/bag, please indicate in the comments section below. Swap fairies will contact you prior and make special arrangements.

FAQ:
I live far away. Can I participate?
It depends on how far. England...sorry we can't budget that much travel money. Within 1.5 hours of McKinney? Sure! We would love for you to participate if you're a member of the guild!

I'm not a member. Can I participate?
We encourage you to join the guild! If you're in the McKinney/Plano/Allen area, please feel free to join the swap. If you live further out, we can check to see if there's a fairy who is heading your direction. 

What if I sign up and don't finish my Valentine?
Please let us know asap! You'll get an email on Friday, February 12 reminding you to put out your Valentine. If you cannot put it out, please reply and let us know. 

SIGN UP HERE!