Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild

Develop and Encourage the Growth and Development of Modern Quilting through Education and Community Activities


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We’re exhibiting at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

We are exhibiting at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival now underway in Hampton, Virginia at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.

At the beginning of the year, members randomly selected a modern design category and created a quilt using that design element.  The categories included (1) modern traditionalism; (2) expansive negative space; (3) minimalism; (4) innovative piecing; (5) improvisation and (6) modern appliqué.

If you’re at Mid-Atlantic this weekend, take some time to explore our modern design quilts.

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2019 Programs

It’s going to be a year of learning and honing our sewing skills.

February 5:

Simple Improvisation Demonstration by Wanda Dotson

March 5:

The Joys and Ease of Curved Piecing Demonstration by Susan Emory

April 2:

Modern Hand Quilting Demonstration by Truda Lee

May 7:

Sketch, Stitch and Paint Demonstration by Maragaret Griffiths

June 4:

TBD

July 9:

Michael Miller Header Swap

August 6:

Lino/block Printing Demonstration by Ana Conceicao

September 5 (during annual retreat):

Hand Embroidery Demonstrations with kits for making by Susan Emory and Marilyn Osen

October 1:

Make and Take Small Pouch with Cork or Krafttex with kits by Margaret Griffiths

November 5:

Color and Scale in Modern Quilts by Ann Prince

December 3:

Mini Header Quilt Reveal and Swap

 


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Line Design and Bias Tape

For our May 2, 2017 meeting, we are exploring Line for our monthly Design Guidance Program with Hands-On Demonstration. Every decision involves a line: straight, curved or zig zagged. You need lines. This program will be fun and informative.

Kat and Wanda will demonstrate bias tape making and designing with bias tape.IMG_0213

Please Bring:

Strips to make bias tape. One continuous strip is recommended. (See links below for how to makes bias strips)

One piece of fabric for background (fat quarter or larger)

Wonder tape, fusible web or glue

Clover bias tape makers (optional) If you’re interested in using our clover bias tape makers, make 1″ strips or 5/8″ strips of bias fabric.

We’ll provide iron and ironing board.

If you have a design you want to practice with, bring that. This will also be a good time to experiment with contrast and color theory– our previous programs.

If you have examples of designing with bias tape, PLEASE SHARE.

Helpful Links:

Making Bias Tape, The Seasoned Homemaker

Continous Bias Tape, Colette

Some Inspiration:

QuiltCon 2015 MQG Winners of Bias Tape Challenge

Latifar Safari, How To and Inspiration

 


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BIG NEWS: 2017 Design Guidance and Hands-On Demonstrations

The Executive Council and Program Chair announce plans for the 2017 Design Guidance Programs with Hands-On Demonstrations.

This year we will explore the elements and principals of design, through the methods of quilting. Each month a different principal will be explored, and a method of quilting will be presented. Members are encouraged to make their own blocks based on the “lesson”. At the end of the year, everyone will present finished blocks, or a sampler quilt showing the different elements and principals of design.

Everyone who participates will be entered into a raffle; a winner will be chosen randomly, to have a free membership for the coming year.
There will be a Sew Day every other month. This will be an opportunity for members to work on their blocks for their sampler.

For our February 7, 2017 meeting we will study CONTRAST and VALUE as a design element in your quilts.

Contrast is the juxtaposition of opposing elements such as opposites on the color wheel. Contrast usually creates a focus point.

Value means the lightness and darkness of a color.

BRING:

–Scraps of fabric, a few 5″ in size and in a variety of colors and patterns

–Good, sharp needle

–Thimble

–Small scissors

–Two colors of contrasting thread

HANDS-ON ACTIVITY AND DEMONSTRATION:

While Ana, our Program Chair, is demonstrating, everyone will use their scraps to find examples of contrast and value.
Everyone will find one larger piece, cut a shape out of a contrasting smaller piece of fabric, and then baste, and learn how to needle turn appliqué.

The goal will be to learn the skill, then take home the skill and design element and make a block for the larger sampler.

OTHER DESIGN ELEMENTS:

Throughout 2017, we will study the elements of design:

April: Color/Hue (presented by Susan Emory)

May: Line

June: Size and Scale

July: Shape

August: Emphasis

September: (Guest Speaker)

October: Direction

November: Texture

December: Show and Tell of blocks and samplers

 


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Quilts for Refugees

Our members made three quilts for refugees in 2016. At our December meeting we donated them to Commonwealth Catholic Charities. They will give them to families who have relocated to Virginia.

We used two quilt patterns from the MQG’s Quilt of the Month series.

This is Rally by Melanie Tuazon, the February 2016 Quilt of the Month. It was made by members and quilted by Melanie Leckey of Oh Sew Loved.

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Left: Guild President Wanda Dotson; Right: Abubaker Abdelrahman of Commonwealth Catholic Charities

This is Boats! Boats! Boats! By Brenda Ratliff, the July 2014 Quilt of the Month. We made two quilts. This one was made and quilted by Margaret Griffiths of MMG Fiber Designs:

 

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This one was made  by members and quilted by Jennie Wood of The Longarm Network.

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Thanks to our members who made blocks, assembled the rows, quilted or bound the quilts. We are so proud to be able to give back to our community and celebrate modern quilting at the same time.

Fantastic job!


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January 3, 2017 Meeting Reminder

Our first meeting of 2017 will be Tuesday, January 3, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m. at

Tuckahoe Public Library

1901 Starling Drive

Henrico, VA 23229

Our first order of business will be the election of officers for the 2017 Executive Council.

We are also having a Make and Take workshop. We changed our plans as announced at the December meeting. We’re making lanyards!

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We’ll also have the fabric with our logo we purchased through Spoonflower and a pattern for making an ID badge.

See you this coming Tuesday.