Thursday, February 26, 2015

Swaps and Challenges: March

Karen has put together several swaps and challenges for the year of 2015! Seriously, this is gonna be good!

Next up is the March Swap. Here are a few key details:

  • Bring a favorite quilting/sewing item. 
    • These items should be small (about $2-$5 monetary value). 
    • It can be a notion (such as a marking pen, binding tool, etc.) OR fabric (fat quarter, small charm pack, etc.)
  • Explain why that particular item is a favorite of yours.
  • We will swap after explanations by drawing numbers.

Along with the smaller monthly swaps, she has organized a year long challenge as well. Details of this challenge will be introduced at the March meeting. Without revealing too much, I can say it will run April through September.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can email the guild (indymodernquiltguild@gmail.com).

Friday, February 20, 2015

April IMQG Monthly Meeting

When: Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 1-5pm

Where: the Wayne Library Branch
+198 S. Girls School Rd
   Indianapolis IN 46231
+We'll be meeting in the community room just to the left of the doors as you walk in.

What:
+Announcements
+Meghan Eschbaugh will be demonstrating how to make a block she designed.
+Show and Tell
+April Block Lotto
+Afterwards there will be time and space to sew if you would like to bring your machine and a project to work on.

Bring: 
+An item for show and tell, either a finished project or work-in-progress.
+April Block Lotto block
+Your machine and a project to work on.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

February Quilt Retreat Recap


The IMQG Quilt Retreat was a major success! We had 11 girls stay the entire weekend and 14 for the day "meeting" on Saturday. And it was super fun! It was so much fun in fact, that I was so busy sewing, chatting, laughing, eating, and sleeping (some) that I only snapped a quarter of the pictures I couldn't have taken throughout the weekend.

If you were following along on Instagram, then you had a rough play by play of the happenings at the retreat. But I'll just skip to the pictures and let them tell the story.

I want to preface the onslaught of pictures by saying...the cabin we stayed was really dark. Like for reals you guys. Really dark. And that means, the pictures are dark. So I apologize in advance for that. :)

We had several tables set up to accommodate all the machines. This is the first half of the room.





 Tisha set up her machine by the ironing station and pool table cutting station. (Side note: no pool table felt was injured this weekend.) :)



A big thanks to Crimson Tate, C&T Publishing, Aurifil, Olfa, and Lapel Stick for sponsoring our door prizes. Everyone went home with a prize this weekend! 




Michele was our first prize winner as our first member to complete a project on Friday night.



Mary and Susan came down for the day on Saturday and participated in the block lotto drawing. (Holly came to but snuck away again before I got a picture of her.)



Block Lotto blocks (minus 1 as Lisa was still sewing hers during the drawing). Congrats to Rachael, the winner!!



Tisha was VERY excited to finish her Lotta plus quilt.



For dinner on Saturday we actually ventured outside the cabin! We ate at Big Woods Brewing in Nashville, IN and it was delicious!




Meghan asked Amy to quilt a long free motion feather onto her Round Robin quilt, and of course we all sat around mesmerized at Amy's free motion skills.



Here Meghan is staging her finished (with the quilting) Round Robin near our only (good) naturally light source.  If you look closely, you can see my (Darcie's) in progress HST lay out. It was an all day process... :)



Congrats to Lisa on the LAST finished of the weekend (Sunday at, oh, 1am-ish). 


Sometime mid-day on Sunday a few of the girls ventured outside again (gasp!) to take photographs in good lighting. A wise decision. Here are several finishes of the weekend between a few of the girls.


Those are all the pictures I have, but I know there are a lot more from the other girls. If you have any pictures of the retreat, feel free to share them with the group on here or through Facebook. A few of the girls have also started blogging about the event, so be sure to check those out on our left sidebar.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

March Block Lotto

Our next block lotto block will be Migration by Charlotte at Displacement Activity.


In honor of St. Patrick's Day next month the color scheme is going to be Green and Gold/Yellow with a Low Volume scrappy background.

Here is an example of the block:







Every month, we'll show a block at the meeting and post a link to a tutorial here and on our blog, along with a designated color scheme. If you want to give it a try, make the block and bring it to the next meeting with your name on a piece of tape on the back. Your block acts as your lottery ticket, and if we draw your name, you get all the blocks! If we have more than 20 blocks we'll draw 2 winners. You may make up to 3 blocks, giving you additional entries. If you win, you must show us a FINISHED PROJECT (not just a top!) in order to win again, but you can still make blocks for future months.

The blocks might be a little challenging and out of your comfort zone, but hey, you have the chance to win lots of finished ones with a fraction of the work!
If you have any questions, just ask!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

February Meeting Reminder

Don't forget our monthly meeting in February is going to be at the Quilt Retreat this weekend!


When: Saturday, February 14, 2015 ALL DAY


Where: The Brown County Cabins
+304 Whippoorwill Lane, Nashville, IN 47448 


Other Important Details:

  • You are welcome to come for all or part of the day on Saturday. Email the guild at indymodernquiltguild@gmail.com if you would like to set up a carpool. 
  • It will be an open sew, so feel free to bring your machine and project to work on.
  • We will be drawing the February block lotto on Saturday, if you let us know you are coming to the meeting we will make sure to wait and include you in the block lotto!


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January Meeting Recap

We had an excellent January meeting! With such a big turnout, how could it not be awesome!? And...happy hour at Crimson Tate... Woot! Woot!

Anyway, down to business before we get on to all the picture deliciousness that was show and tell. Let's see...what did we do?
  • First off, Katie talked about business. She discussed booking the library for future meeting dates (which you can find more details in the right sidebar of the blog and in future posts). 
  • Lisa thanked and presented our out-going board members with cute little spring flowers.
  • We had the Block Lotto drawing, which Lisa won. Congrats Lisa! Can't wait to see what you make! 
  • We also revealed the February block lotto block, which you can read more about here.
  • Lindsay Lefevere showed us an AMAZING piecing technique using fusible interfacing. 


  • And then we had show and tell. So without further ado...pictures!

Elizabeth + Denise Schmidt = Amazingness!!




Katie is never afraid to go all out with bright orange, wonky quilting!




 We also had quite a few visitors and new members at this meeting. We hope to see you again!!!






Lisa never fails with Parson Gray. :)





Holly finally had time to make something. Hooray! 





Molly's friendship star inspired-meeting friends at the crossroads-quilt.



She also took the same pattern and made it 3 unique ways. Neat idea!







Amy's new pattern and flying metallic birds. Seriously, the picture does NOT do those birds justice!





Laura's sampler quilt is an excellent combination of several different fabrics. Bravo!






Although Meghan was frustrated with her quilt, it looks great to us!! Who doesn't love baseball!?





Check out this amazing HUGE quilt Karen brought. That thing must weigh a ton!!



Her little quilts are pretty awesome too. :)





Michele nearly blinded us with this one. But it is pretty cool none the less. lol





Rachael caught me taking pictures... 



Apparently Rachael and I do not mesh well with pictures. But at her projects are way too cool not to share anyway. :-D




Tisha upcycled some neck ties for this pillow. Pretty cool idea!



And dove into her Tula stash for this one. 



And finally finished her Michael Miller challenge. 



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Block of the Month: February 2015

Here's our next block due in February 2015, Octagonal Orb Quilt Block by Elizabeth Hartman

The color scheme is Purple, Pink, and Gray. (Hm...seem familiar to those scrap baggies we swapped?) ;-) Solids and prints are fine. You may order the color of the rows in any order. (For example, purple-gray-pink, as in the picture, or gray-pink-purple etc.)

White for the background and center pieces.

Here is an example of the block in the chosen color scheme:





Every month, we'll show a block at the meeting and post a link to a tutorial here and on our blog, along with a designated color scheme. If you want to give it a try, make the block and bring it to the next meeting with your name on a piece of tape on the back. Your block acts as your lottery ticket, and if we draw your name, you get all the blocks! If we have more than 20 blocks we'll draw 2 winners. You may make up to 3 blocks, giving you additional entries. If you win, you must show us a FINISHED PROJECT (not just a top!) in order to win again, but you can still make blocks for future months.

The blocks might be a little challenging and out of your comfort zone, but hey, you have the chance to win lots of finished ones with a fraction of the work!
If you have any questions, just ask!