Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Meeting Update

Here are a few things you might want to bring if you want to follow along with Meghan's block tutorial this month:

1 Fat Quarter and 1 Generous Straight Quarter of a Yard of background fabric (not to be confused with a fat quarter) will make 5 8-inch blocks.

This block also uses a Dresden Ruler. If you have one, please bring it. If not, I'm sure we can share. :)

And that's it! Pretty simple if you ask me. :) If you need to know more about the April meeting, here is the original post.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

May 2015 Meeting: IMQG Quilt Picnic!

For the May meeting we are taking a field trip! We will be going to Garfield Park for a picnic! So pack a picnic, bring your family/friends, grab a quilt (or 2 or 10), and join us for a fun day at the park!

Wouldn't it be cool to look out over the park and see a sea of colorful quilts!? We want to pack the park with IMQG quilts! We encourage you to bring your family, kids, friends, etc just as you would for a good ol' fashioned picnic at the park. There will also be some vintage baseball happening that day that we can set up camp near.

When: Saturday, May 16 @ 1pm
(Note: this is a Saturday rather than our usual meeting day Sunday)

The meeting will be somewhat unstructured due to the nature of a picnic, but we will try to have announcements, show & tell, and the block lotto drawing.

+Quilt for the picnic
+A picnic lunch
+Any family or friends to join in on said picnic
+Show & Tell: possibly the quilt you are using??
+May Block Lotto

Where: Garfield Park
+We will be meeting at the Pagoda inside the park.
+Katie said there would be a map, so a map you shall have! (Even if it is not to scale)
---The red arrow is the pagoda meeting spot.
---The blue circles are parking.
+The building labeled #2 is the Garfield Arts Center. That address is 2505 Conservatory Dr Indianapolis, IN 46203
+2345 Pagoda Dr Indianapolis, IN 46203 is another address you could use.
+For more information, go here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March Meeting Recap

We had a wonderful meeting with Amy and all her quilts from her new book "Paper Pieced Modern" (which is out now, so go pick one up if you haven't. You won't be sorry!)

To be sure, Amy was very excited to show us all the quilts from the book in person.

She even let us touch them!! *Gasp* It was really fun getting to ask questions and see the quilts up close. Pictures are amazing, but in person is always better.

This quilt, "The Bachelor", is HUGE. 

Pointing out the amazing quilting done by Angela Walters.

Comparing two quilts that are design variations of each other.

After Amy's trunk show (a.k.a. super awesome show and tell). We had our own monthly show and tell. Molly's applique she started at the retreat.

And her rather intense sampler block quilt top. Kudos to Moly for all those tiny pieces!

Michele is on top of the holidays this year with "Mr. Chillingsworth". 

Holly had a large stach of blocks to show us, and we can't wait to see what they look like sewn together!

Meghan's finished "round robin" quilt, started with other members of the IMQG and quilted at the retreat.

She also used some of Amy's book quilt scraps for a new quilt. Keeping scraps really pays off sometimes!

And last, but not least, a block of Meghan's own design. Keep this one in mind as it might pop up again. (*Hint* Meghan is our speaker for the April meeting). ;-)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Block Lotto: April 2015

Congratulations to Mary on winning March's block lotto! Can't wait to see what happens to all those flying geese!

April's Block Lotto theme is "April Showers"....can you take a guess at May's already? :) The block is Curvy Pinwheels by Amy Garro at 13 Spools.

Curved piecing can be scary, but Amy's tutorial is excellent! Curves really aren't as hard as they look, trust me! Plus, this block only has 8 pieces, so it goes together quickly. You might even have time to make 3 blocks for this month. :)

Color Scheme:
+Blues for the "Inner Curve", prints or solids, lights or darks.
+Light Gray for the "Outer Curve", solid only. Any light gray is fine, I used Kona Silver for the example if you want to be matchy matchy.

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!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

March Meeting Reminder

Amy is doing a full trunk show and talk at the meeting this Sunday on her new book Paper Pieced Modern! Here are a few details:

When: Sunday, March 15, 2015 from 2-5pm

Where: the Mass Ave RAD Space next to Crimson Tate in the 800 block of Mass Ave it's in the building just about 1/4 of a block away from the shop, enter in the back and watch for the signs. There is street parking (free on Sunday) and limited lot parking.

+Speaker Amy Garro of 13 Spools
+Show and Tell
+March Block Lotto
+SWAP: Don't forget to bring your favorite sewing item to swap!

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 (

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.

+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.

+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.