Sunday, February 15, 2015

February Meeting Recap

Several members have birthdays in February.
Kira called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone to our February meeting, which was held at 10:00 am on February 14, at First Baptist Church in Crestview.  There were 38 members and one visitor present. Kira reminded members that our goals this year are: Charity and Education.

By-Law Change
A change in the by-laws was presented by Natalie. (To view the proposed changes, please see the blog: ) Although the changes were posted 2 weeks prior to the meeting, as required, several members had not seen the post. In the discussion that followed, it was suggested that all avenues of communication be explored, i.e. Facebook, email, blog, in order to assure that pertinent information was reaching the membership. By a show of hands, the changes to the by-laws were approved. This may be revisited at the next meeting.

Treasurer's Report
Finances are still in transition from the previous year/treasurer. Nona, Treasurer, is waiting on several bank statements. A deposit of $972.50 was made. The board members are working on a budget. More complete details will be given at the next meeting. Dues can now be paid using PayPal.

Defining Modern Quilting
Kira introduced a new feature to the meeting by distributing two handouts. Each contained a picture of a modern quilt and an explanation of what makes it modern. Information also included the designer's name and contact information. This months quilts were by Debbie Jeske, and Tamara Kate,

Five members (one in absentia) celebrated birthdays in February, each receiving a fabric “lollipop” and rendition of “Happy Birthday”!

Several members participated in this month's “Sweet Pouch” swap in honor of Valentines day. Please visit the Facebook page, Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild Group, for several pictures of the pouches, each containing Valentine goodies for the recipient.

This "Sweet Pouch" was made by our junior member, Eliana
Next month's swap will be fat eights of any Cotton & Steele fabric. Each member may swap up to 3 yards of fabric, cut into fat eights. Please see the blog for directions on cutting the fat eighths the modern way. Please post pictures of your fabric choices to FB in the hope of keeping duplicate fabrics to a minimum.

Faye has already chosen her fabrics for next month's Cotton & Steel fabric swap

Block Lottery
There were 39 blocks submitted for this month's Block Lottery. Three members, Laraine, Mandy, and Nona, won 13 blocks each.
Susan presented the February Block Lottery Block (appropriately enough, it was a heart)
Natalie, winner of last month's Block Lottery, showed us her finished quilt top.  
Natalie picked a few of these "Castle in the Air" blocks apart to come up with this modern quilt top.
Faye also presented her finished quilt top from blocks she won in last November's block lottery.
Faye finished her quilt top from one of last year's block lotteries.
During Show & Tell, Kira...

Kira's "Polaroid" blocks quilt top from one of last year's block lotteries.
and Kim presented their finished block lottery quilt tops.
Kim's Churn Dash quilt top featuring low volume backgrounds and brights.
Next month's block will be “Reflections”. Please see the blog for directions.
Yvonne presented the block "Reflections" for the March block lottery.

Door Prizes
Door prizes were won by 14 members.

Susan presented a program on paper piecing. She made herself available for questions and personalized help after today's meeting.

Show and Tell
Fourteen members shared their completed, or nearly completed, quilts and projects with us. Several members also donated their finished works to the guild's Charity Quilt program, as well as their own personal charities. Pictures of the show and tell will be posted either to the blog or the FB page or both.

Eliana made an outfit for her doll with the help of a friend.

Beverly made two quilts from a Kaffe Fassett design roll

Beverly's second quilt from her Kaffe Fassett design roll
Beverly also did some "selfish sewing" and made a new bag for QuiltCon

Mandy made 14 of these dolls for children in her husband's unit -each doll has a place under the plastic "face mask" for the child to tuck daddy's photo into while dad is deployed.

This quilt is made from hand-dyed fabric using a freezer paper technique.

Hand dyed and hand painted fabric.

This text fabric is hand painted

Many members made several "Sweet Pouches" in addition to the ones we swapped

Mary presented this 9-patch quilt

Mary also presented this super-modern quilt (modern elements are:  limited palette, lots of negative space, random placement of print fabrics)

And the back is just as cool as the front!

Mary has been busy - she also presented this string quilt top

Melissa is experimenting in this quilt top - she's not sure if it's finished or not

Melissa made this star block in all the colors of the rainbow

This pattern makes two blocks

Melissa had lots of "advice" from guild members on this one.  Those blocks on the black?  Wow!

And the back of her quilt is fabulous too

Natalie said she used "ugly" fabrics in this beauty that looks like a landscape

Cindy did some "selfish sewing" and made her family a heart pillow for Valentine's Day

Marcy also did a bit of "selfish sewing" and made a flying geese table runner

Charity Quilts
Cindy revealed the newest Quilts of Valor. It is a red, white, and blue string block quilt with the blocks arranged to make a heart. She is seeking help to get it quilted. 
Our latest Quilt of Valor quilt top is completed

Cindy is also exploring other area organizations that may be interested in receiving donated quilts. If you know of any such organizations, please contact Cindy with the information.  As always, orphan blocks and unwanted fabric can be donated to the guild for use in Charity Quilts.

Bobbi and Cindy have been working on this charity quilt top since November

Wendi donated this "Bookshelf Quilt" as a charity quilt - Cindy will find it a good home

The back of the "Bookshelf Quilt"
The meeting was adjourned as members enjoyed a chicken salad lunch followed by Sew Day.

March 2015 Block Lottery - 12" Reflection Block

Hi, my name is Yvonne. I have been quilting for 12 years. I love to sew and learn new techniques. One thing that I haven't  done is work with solids. This year, I hope to inspire a brand new love of solids.

March is my month for block lottery. I went with Reflections. I think this block will be very versatile and easy to put together. We will be playing with color value. Learning the contrast of light and dark in a color family.

The tutorial for reflections can be found here on my blog That's Sew Creative

The only colors that are specific to this block are the outer strips, and they are Kona Ash and Charcoal. I hope this tutorial is easy and fun for you to put together. I can't wait to see your blocks in March. 

Inspiration for this block came from The Charming Needle

The rules are simple:
  • The Lottery is open to all ECMQG members in good standing.
  • Please use only quilt shop quality fabric (no big box fabric stores with the exception of designer lines). 
  • Please no batiks, civil war prints, or traditional fabrics.  If you are unsure about your fabric selection as it relates to 'Modern', just ask.    
  • The aesthetic is ALWAYS MODERN
  • Take your time to construct your block well; use 1/4" seam allowances. 
  • Blocks should be the correct size, within about a quarter of an inch.
  • Each block + $1 is one entry in the drawing.  You may submit as many entries as you would like.
  • Please label your block with your name, somewhere within the seam allowance.  An address label stuck to the back also works.  
  • Past winners can still contribute, but please understand until we see a finished quilt top (or project) from your bonanza, someone else will know the thrill of winning.
  • If you have any questions please contact me - Kira - comment below.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Notification to Membership of Proposed Changes to ECMQG Bylaws

In accordance with the requirement in the ECMQG By-Laws regarding notifying members of proposed changes to the By Laws 2 weeks prior to the next general meeting of the membership, the following notification is given regarding to proposed changes to the By-Laws:

     Now reads:  Membership may be granted to anyone residing in the state of Florida 18 years or older...
     Proposed change:  Membership may be granted to anyone in Northwest Florida and surrounding geographic region 18 years or older...

Explanation:  We already have members outside of Northwest Florida - in Baldwin County, Dothan and other surrounding communities.

Now reads:  Payment of dues is required for membership and will be set by the Executive Board.  Dues will be collected annually.  Members that join ECMQG midyear (after July 1st) will pay the amount as described below.  If a member withdraws from ECMQG, dues will not be prorated or refunded.  Dues must be received no later than February 15th to remain a member in good standing...

Proposed change:  Payment of dues is required for membership and will be set by the Executive Board.  Dues will be collected annually.  Members that join ECMQG midyear (after July 1st) will pay the amount as described below.  If a member withdraws from ECMQG, dues will not be prorated or refunded.  Dues must be received no later than December 15th for the upcoming calendar year to remain a member in good standing...

Explanation:  Our national Modern Quilt Guild dues are due on December 31st for the upcoming calendar year, and the Executive Board proposes this change to comply with this deadline.

Now reads:  At all meetings of the Executive Board, 50% of the members must be present to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.  If the quorum is not met, the meeting may be ended and rescheduled.

Proposed change:   At all meetings of the Executive Board, 75% of the members must be present to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.  If the quorum is not met, the meeting may be ended and rescheduled.

Explanation: It was felt by the Board that 50% of the Executive Board was not sufficient to constitute a quorum. 

Upcoming Program: Foundation Paper Piecing

Becky, our Programs Director
Our next meeting is Saturday, February 14th. Susan will be presenting our program on foundation paper piecing. You may be asking,  "What is foundation paper piecing and why would I use it?"  This is the answer: it is a very precise technique, used in quilting, to sew together a pattern, especially if it has small pieces or you want you block to be perfect. Now... I think I can hear all of you saying, "What? Did she say 'perfect' and 'quilting' in the same sentence? Impossible!" There was a time that I would have agreed with you. But once I discovered foundation paper piecing, all of that changed.  Read on...

For this technique, a special type of pattern is printed onto paper, like this: 
photo by Susan of ECMQG

Then pieces of fabric are sewn onto the paper in a certain order,
pressed and trimmed. 
photo by Susan of ECMQG
And there you have it, perfect angles, perfect points!

And the fun doesn't end there. Here are some other examples:

photo from:
Foundation & Paper Piecing in Quilting: Coming Soon
modern scrap paper pieced star
photo from:
If you'd like to try your hand at foundation paper piecing, Susan will be available after the meeting for a hands on demonstration and guidance. This is during our regularly scheduled "Sew Day" time that goes until 6pm. The sample project is for a 4" x 6" mug rug. She will be providing the pattern shown below.

To participate, you will need to bring the following supplies: sewing machine, thread, fabrics of your choice, small cutting mat, rotary cutter, a 2" x 6" piece of thin cardboard, rotary cutting ruler or the special "Add A Quarter" ruler shown here.
photo by Susan of ECMQG
See you soon,

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January 2015 Meeting

Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild
Meeting minutes: January 10, 2015  10am

A warm welcome was extended by Kira, President, to existing members, new members, guests and visitors. There were 12 new faces at the meeting, some a result of a modern quilting presentation given to the Milton Quilt Guild last November.

The benefits of guild membership were highlighted.

The new board members and committee chairs were introduced.

     Eight members celebrated birthdays in December or January. These members received their birthday fabric “lollipops” and a rendition of “Happy Birthday” sung by those present.


     Yvonne and Cricket presented a program on making a lined drawstring bag. The tutorial can be found at Jeni Baker’s blog,

The swap at next month’s meeting, “Sweet Pouch”, will utilize the drawstring pouch. Instructions and signup for the swap are available online at: 
The deadline for signing up is January 17, 2015. Contact Cricket or Yvonne with questions.

Today’s swap is: Low Volume F8’s. Instructions are available on the blog.

     Cindy spoke about the Charity Quilt Program. These can be worked on individually or as a guild during sew time following each guild meeting. Today, interested members can work with Cindy on a “Make It Patchwork” quilt using 4½ in squares donated by guild members. Orphan blocks and UFO’s are a welcome donation. There is a link to the Charity program on the blog. Check there for more details.

     Marcy  gave an update on the charity quilt worked on by guild members and submitted to QuiltCon 2015. She requested that anyone who worked on the quilt please contact her with their name so it can be included on the label for the quilt.
     Marcy is also planning the guild’s first retreat. She updated us on ideas she has, venues she is exploring and passed around questionnaires asking “what would we like to do” and “what can you teach”. The retreat is tentatively planned for September, 2015.

     Becky passed out a survey, to be completed at the end of the meeting, on which members can indicate which programs they would be interested in seeing and any areas where they could help. A field trip to A&E was discussed.

     Natalie talked about “Quilt National ‘13” being held in Panama City, FL. The exhibit can be visited through February 20, 2015. There is a $6 admission fee. For more information visit the Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida’s website.

Block Lottery

     The block lottery for this month, ‘Castle in the Air”, was won by Natalie.
Next month’s block lottery, presented by Susan, is ‘Hearts”. Details can be found on the blog as well as the rules governing the block lottery.
      Blocks may also be made using a red, white, and blue theme to be used for QOV.

Door Prizes

     Many wonderful door prizes were won by members, guests, and visitors. Each member wearing a name tag receives one ticket. Additional tickets may be purchased for $1 each.

Show and Tell

     Eleven members brought in show and tell this month, including one new member and one junior member of our guild. Pictures will be posted either on the blog or Facebook.