Sunday, July 19, 2015

July Meeting Recap

Location: Bernina Store

President Cheryl Brickey called the July 11, 2015 meeting to order shortly after 1pm and welcomed everyone. 17 members and 3 visitors were in attendance.


  • Charleston Modern Quilt Guild is collecting blocks (3.5" x 6.5" unfinished) to be made into a quilt for the Emanuel AME church.  Details about the project can be found on their Quilt for Mother Emanuel blog post.  They are requesting the blocks by August 1st.  
  • Registration has begun for QuiltCon West which will be held February 18-21, 2016 in Pasadena, CA.  QuiltCon East will be held in February 2017 in Savannah, GA.
  • QuiltCon West Challenge entry deadline is Nov 30th - There are two challenges, the Michael Miller Glitz Fabric Challenge and the EZQuilting Challenge using the mini triangle templates.  Even if you were not able to sign up and receive the fabric or the templates, every MQG member is welcome to enter
  • Entry is open until Nov 30th for the juried and judged QuiltCon quilt show.
Upcoming meetings
  • August 15th @ Bernina 10am-3pm tentative: Paper piecing workshop by Darlene and Riley Blake challenge reveal (Note the date change and the longer meeting time for the paper pieced workshop) - See bottom of post for supply list and more information
  • September 12th @ Bernina 1-3pm: Digital quilt design and Unloved fabric swap
  • October 10th @ Bernina 1-3pm: Favorite notions
Riley Blake Fabric Challenge
  • The fabric for the 2015 Modern Quilt Guild challenge is The Cottage Garden by Amanda Herring (The Quilted Fish). The deadline is at the end of July. We will present our finished projects at the August meeting. Details are in the April Meeting Recap post.  We should be a full guild through the MQG by the deadline for the challenge so members should be able to upload their projects to the MQG website for a chance to win prizes.
Mystery Quilt
  • A lap-size quilt will be auctioned at a silent auction at a December 2nd fundraiser for the Meyer Center. The goal is to have all of the blocks for the quilt complete by August and to arrange the blocks into a quilt top design at the August meeting. Darleen volunteered to piece the blocks into a quilt top and supply the batting. Fannie has volunteered to do the quilting and Cheryl volunteered to bind the quilt.
Block of the Month
  • Dues were collected from 5 new members bringing the total paid membership to 25. 
  • All the required paperwork has been submitted and we are awaiting official word that we have become an official chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild.
Show and Share

  • We had some wonderful quilts shown at the meeting

Program - Quilt Show Preparation/Binding Fit for a Judge by Paige Alexander

Paige gave an informative talk about various quilt shows and tips on entering shows including photography, design permission, hanging sleeves and shipping. She explained the jury and judging process with the main focus on finishing your quilt with bias binding including the following:

  • Binding should be equal front and back with secure stitching
  • Binding should be filled with batting
  • Corners should by mitered and stitched closed
  • Corners should be square and edges straight, if intended
  • Diagonal seams are preferred on binding strips
Paige encouraged everyone to enter their quilts into the next quilt show.  A great opportunity is the Asheville Quilt Show coming up October 2-4, 2015.  There are many categories including Modern Style.  The entry deadline is August 24th.  Your quilt could come home with a ribbon and if not, you will receive constructive feedback on how to improve your next quilt.

Bias Binding with mitered corner and stitched closed

Links to quilt organizations, judging and binding information:
More Details for Paper Piecing Workshop 

What should I bring?
  • Sewing machine of course
  • Open toed foot is best
  • Rotary cutter and mat (small if you have one)
  • Rotary rulers (Small is probably all that you will need.  I will have my one for squaring up if anyone needs it.)
  • A 90/14 needle if you have one.  The larger needle will help to perforate the paper template.
  • A few irons along with small pressing mats.
  • I'm thing we could put one small pressing mat between 2 people to share.

Fabric requirements
  • You will need less than 1/2 yard of the background fabric.  I would suggest that you bring at 1/2 yard just in case.
  • The rest of the star requires about 1/4 fabric or maybe a bit more.
  • Bring lots of scraps.

Darlene will be bringing copies of the templates.  We WILL finish the block by the end of the day.  We are going to have fun.


What would you like to do for lunch?  Please fill out this survey so we can decide what to do for lunch (bring your own, purchase a group meal, potluck, etc.).  We will announce the lunch decision at least a week before the workshop.  Survey link.

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