December Meeting notes from Stacy:

Thank you to Sue Wimmer for hosting such a lovely Christmas party for the DEMQG! Everyone had a wonderful time.Skill Share – Stacy gave a tutorial to get everyone started with Instagram. If there are any questions or if anyone would like further instruction please come to the January Sew-In day.

Sew-In Days will be held every other month beginning in January. 10am-2pm. Regular meeting to follow 2pm-4pm. Sew-In days are optional. Come for as long as you like.

Round Robin will begin in February, Thank you to Maryann for coordinating this. A more detailed concept for the Round Robin will be given at the January meeting. Please start thinking about your start block. It needs to beabout 18” x 18”. This will last 6 months and will be rotating between participants bimonthly, so plenty of time to gather inspiration and add to each quilt.

Queen Bee – We will be starting a new cycle of the Quilty Bee. Start time TBA. If you would like to participate please email or sign up at the next meeting.

Block of the Month – After much discussion the Block of the month will be your choice of quilt. Some of us have decided to do the Gypsy Wife quilt, others the My Small World quilt. If anyone is interested in participating please let us know.

It has been decided that we will continue with a blog for information and updates. Pam has graciously began a Facebook page for us. Everyone should have received a link to sign up. If you do not have Facebook, no worries. You will still be able to get important updates via the blog.

Melissa got us going with the first Challenge. It was a very exciting/confusing/inspiring experience tearing the fabric and passing it around. I know we are all looking forward to seeing each other’s creativity come through with this improve challenge. Finished projects will be shared at the March meeting.

Lastly, please remember to bring show and tell. We would like show and tell to be Modern and would love to hear from you why it is considered “Modern”. All show and tells welcome as we know it is exciting to finish, but please remember this is a Modern Guild!

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, 01/10/2016, for the sew-in, part of the sew-in and/or the Guild meeting!

Submitted by Stacy and respectfully posted by Piecefully Pam

Keeping in touch using social media…

Your emails have caused me to smile. I don’t “do” Facebook either. I have been resistant and gnashed my teeth when asked, “Are you on Facebook?” My husband created a personal Facebook account, some 5 years ago, to keep up with the doings of our soon-to-be 6 year old nephew! Still, I declined.
The Guild blog that was created by Denis (Barb’s husband and tech guru) and updated by Barb, is no longer supported by WordPress. Posting to it is a struggle and quite limiting. Using the current blog as a means of communication for our DEMQG has been less effective and less interactive than I had hoped or imagined.
Denis supported and encouraged the idea of a Facebook DEMQG page. This attempt is my first foray into the world of Facebook. Will it be successful? I don’t know. It’s either this, or create an entirely new (WordPress) blog for the DEMQG.
As we continue to evolve as a Modern Quilt Guild, I find myself hoping that not just my artistic quilting bounds are pushed and stretched. I have acknowledged and admitted to myself that many of todays modern quilters have been recognized due to their web presence for which they have garnered a strong and supportive following. It seems…seams to me, this is how the entire MQG has gained such (forward, unstoppable and bold) momentum!?!?!?
I find all of this to be encouraging and intimidating. Old dog, new tricks…you know. Learning and growing among friends and those of like-mind seems less scary than going it alone. Not doing at all doesn’t feel like much of a choice or option.
Please let me know your thoughts and feelings on this topic. Is this something we can/should discuss during our upcoming Guild meeting? Thank you for your willingness to dialog and keep an open mind. ; )
Here’s looking forward to all the possibilities that 2016 holds!
Piecefully, Pam

11/08/2015 DEMQG Recap

We are official members of the National MQG and this was our first meeting as such!!! Bravo and applause to everyone for their tenacity, patience and efforts in making this happen!!! Barbara has opened a basic, no frills-no fees checking account at Citizens Bank, and via a PayPal transaction paid our prorated 2015 dues to the National MQG. At our December meeting, $25.00 per person will be collected for our 2016 dues to the national MQG. Please come prepared.

Speaking of our next meeting, it is scheduled for Sunday, 12/13/15,and is set to begin at noon. As a holiday gather, we are to bring a covered dish to share. Melissa has enticed us all with the option to participate in our first ever Mystery Challenge during the December meeting. For those wishing to join in, we have been instructed to bring a one yard piece of a clear solid color (no black, white or tan fabrics, please). This Challenge will be due in March, of 2016!

Those attending the November meeting included: Mary G., BJ, Melissa, Colleen, Rachel, Sue B., Stacy, Pam, Jen, Rhonda, Lorraine (a new member – welcome!), Pat, Maryann and Barb. We missed those who were not here!

We discussed how to move forward, as a “new” guild and talked about meeting structure, focus and intent to be modern quilting, and plans or an agenda for our 2016 year. Brainstorming yielded these results:
>two charity quilts per year
>a Round Robin, to begin in January
>a quarterly challenge
>a 10-15 minute member led instruction or discussion/presentation related to modern quilting
>meeting with another MQG
>the possibility of a having MQG Show or perhaps our Guild having a presence at another local Quilt Show

With regards to the charity quilt projects, Jen will take the lead for the first half of the year and Rhonda volunteered to lead the second 2016 charity quilt project. Jen has participated in the national guild charity quilt projects and will be our liaison in this venture with/through the national quilt which she said typically begins in February. So…sew, stay tuned!

Maryann wishes to head-up the Round Robin project and she will be prepared to share the details at our December meeting with the expectation for the Round Robin to get underway in January. This is an opportunity for those who are interested, but you may opt out.

The question was raised, “Would the Round Robin project replace the monthly Queen Bee block party?” Good question! We decided to put out feelers here, think about it, and you may voice your interest here or share at the upcoming December meeting. ; )

Barb said she would lead the 2nd quarterly challenge, and Colleen and Stacy expressed interest in heading up challenges for the second half of the year.

As far as member led instruction, Stacy will go first, beginning with the December meeting! She volunteered to teach us how to use social media in the quilt world with a focus on Instagram!!! Please bring your device(s), be it iPad or mobile phone, and be ready to learn from this social media dynamo. I know we are ALL looking forward to this, Stacy! Thank you for your willingness to teach us new/modern tricks!!! ; )

Other member led volunteers are: Jen – to teach us the technique she used for her Plus Quilt, Pam – to demo how to make continuous bias binding, Mary R (uh, we volunteered you…) – to show us your Stitch Witchery magic for basting a quilt, Pat volunteered – and you know she will demo something way cool, Colleen may shed light on a modern quilting facet, there is interest in labels, I would love to learn how to not be afraid of zippers…

In other quilt-y news, there was mention of Erin Underwood opening a quilt shop on Route 4 and a woman from TN opening a 2000 square foot sewing store near the Route 1 PNC and 5 Points.

On to show ‘n tell, and the eye candy…!!!

A groovy quilt by Rhonda
A groovy quilt by Rhonda
Rhonda's modern geese
Rhonda’s modern geese
a quilt by Lorraine
a quilt by Lorraine
Lorraine and a beauty
Lorraine and a beauty
Pat's quilt
Pat’s quilt
Pat's striped study
Pat’s striped study
a festive tree skirt by Mary Ann
a festive tree skirt by Mary Ann
BJ's finished Queen Bee quilt
BJ’s finished Queen Bee quilt
blocks from Melissa's class with Jen Kingwell, I believe
blocks from Melissa’s class with Jen Kingwell, I believe
Colleen's deconstructed or re-imagined Dresden Plate blocks
Colleen’s deconstructed or re-imagined Dresden Plate blocks
charity quilt led by Sue B.
charity quilt led by Sue B.

Thanks for stopping by, and reading our DEMQG musings. Please feel free to leave a comment. Hopefully this blog will continue to grow and evolve. Enjoy your day and take a few stitches when you can!

Piecefully, Pam

P.S. there were other photos that I could not upload due to their size and error message I got from wordpress when attempting to include them. Sorry about that! If I find a work around I will have pix of Jen’s Queen Bee blocks so far, her completed Moda Build Blocks quilt and more!

June Meeting and upcoming events

imageWe had a very productive meeting in June and talked about a lot of things which I will attempt to summarize below. After much discussion amongst everyone we have settled on a couple things for the upcoming months.

We talked about communication between guild members and to facilitate this we thought it would be a good idea to come up with an active member roster. Those at the meeting provided their names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. I plan to build a contact sheet so if everyone could provide me their contact info I will get that together. Additionally, we talked about email communication between members. Remember, it is important when replying to an email that you wish all members of the group to see, reply using the “reply all” function. If you use just the “reply” function, only the sender of the email will get your response.

The next several months meeting dates were decided upon. Hopefully this will be helpful to those who plan in advance. They will be as follows:
July 13, 2014
August 10, 2014
September 14, 2014
October 12, 2014
November 9, 2014
There will be no December meeting due to the holidays and as we did last year, we will do a small holiday party at the November meeting – details will be forthcoming in the fall.

At our meeting on August 10th, Rhonda has generously agreed to lead us in our first Sew-Along. Details, fabric requirements and cutting instructions have been provided by Rhonda to those who expressed an interest. However, it’s not too late to join in so let myself or Rhonda know and we will get you all the preliminary info.  Maryann has agreed to open the shop early at 11:00 am for those who wish to participate in the Sew-Along. Our regularly scheduled meeting will follow at 2:00pm.

After much discussion, we decided that a Modern Quilt Bee would be a fun ongoing activity to unite our group with only a limited time commitment every month. Our version of the Modern Quilt Bee will provide opportunity for members to collaborate on a quilt with their bee mates, try out new techniques and/or color combinations and learn from one another all while exploring the Modern Quilt Movement. In the end the plan is for each Queen Bee to end up with a finished quilt of her choosing, but she won’t have had to do all the work. The possibilities are endless. Sounds like a winner to me!

So let me expand on this idea by filling everyone in on what we discussed. Those who would like to participate will each be assigned a month on the calendar and designated the “Queen Bee” that month. The Queen Bee would (in advance of her month) decide upon a block (modern, traditional, liberated, etc) that she would like the other Bee Mates to make for her which she would then assemble into a quilt. She will be responsible for preparing the “tute” (short for tutorial as they say in the Modern Quilt Movement) with all cutting and piecing instructions. The “tute” would also include particulars such as the finished block size, color preferences and any other details the Queen Bee would like to convey about her block choice. Please include your contact information and/or email address as well so that if your bee mates have any questions or need to update you on the status of your blocks it can be easily done. This tutorial would then be distributed at the meeting and everyone would have the month to complete two blocks (one if it is large block or a complicated design) for the Queen Bee. Additionally, the instructions will be emailed to all bee mates in case you were unable to attend the meeting so you can keep up. At the next month’s meeting the finished blocks would be turned over to their new owner and the next month’s Queen Bee will provide instructions for her block and the whole process would repeat itself.

Regarding the bee, we had a few thoughts. First of all we would hope that if you elect to join the Modern Quilt Bee you will be able to commit to the entire round so that everyone will know how many blocks they could expect to receive in their month. Of course we realize that emergencies happen and things change in life but we would hope that all participants would make an earnest effort to continue their participation for the duration of the bee. Secondly, we think it is important to be respectful of other people’s property and copyrights. Please give credit or provide a link to a blog, pattern or tutorial where appropriate. Also, we ask that everyone use quality quilting fabric (100% cotton) unless directed to do otherwise by the Queen Bee who may say “anything goes” or encourages us to explore other fiber content.

We assigned upcoming months to those in attendance at the June meeting, but nothing is set in stone and months can be flipped or traded. Faith has agreed to be July’s Queen Bee and will come prepared to our July meeting with her “tute” for our first round and block assignment. Queen Bees may also opt/are encouraged to demo a technique used in her block if necessary during her assigned month.

Here’s the line up so far…let us know if you would like to participate and we will add you to the calendar. A running list will be kept and posted so that everyone is aware of their month.

July–Faith K.
August–Maryann M.
September–Sharon R.
October–Mary R.
November–Barbara L.

January–Sue W.
February–Rhonda A.
March–Melissa S.

So…that was a lot to throw at everyone but I’m excited about our upcoming projects and activities!

June Meeting

The next meeting is Sunday June 8th at 2:00 at Mares Bears in Lewes. See you there!

May Meeting

Just a reminder to all that we will be meeting Sunday May 3 at 2:00 at Mares Bears. This is a week early due to Mother’s Day landing on our usual meeting date of the second Sunday of the month. Please bring some ideas for future projects and activities for the guild to participate in. Hope to see everyone there!

March Recap and April Challenge

contemporaryWell, we had a great turnout at last Sunday’s meeting. Several people brought in their finished contemporary wall hangings. What great use of color everyone employed! For those of us that are not finished, please feel free to bring in your wall hanging next month.

For the April meeting we decided to challenge ourselves with something that is out of many of our comfort zones – circles! Bring in something to share that involves circles. It could be a project (finished or WIP), a block, a technique or a tip. As long as it involves circles of any kind we want to see what everyone comes up with. Try something new, push your limits, learn a new technique and then come and share it with the rest of us!

Our next meeting will be Sunday, April 13th at 2:00 at Mares Bears. Also, if anyone has a quilt they would like displayed at the Lewes Tulip Festival Quilt Show, please have it to Maryann by Thursday April 10th. Happy Spring everyone!

March Meeting and Project

charity quilt
Charity Quilt Block Setting

First of all, thanks to everyone who braved the elements and attended last months meeting. These winter months are tough and those of you that are spending the winter in warmer climates, we’ll let me just say I’m incredibly jealous! Also a big shout out to Jennifer who heard about our guild and drove all the way down from Newark to join us last month! She should definitely get a prize!

The last two meetings we worked on putting our charity quilts together. We have made good progress and the quilt tops will be finished by the next meeting. Debbie has offered to quilt them and Pat has offered to bind them so thank you ladies!

The plan for the next meeting is to bring in our finished quilt tops for the contemporary wall hanging that we have been planning for a few months. I can’ wait to see what everyone comes up with!

We will meet Sunday, March 9th at 2:00 at Mares Bears. Until then, keep warm and keep stitching!

February meeting

Our next meeting is Sunday February 9th at Mares Bears at 2:00. We will continue to work on our charity quilts which we started to put together last month. We will also begin planning our next project which is the contemporary wall hanging. If any of you already have your fabric for the wall hanging, please bring it in to share. Hope to see everyone there.

Happy Holidays!

Just a reminder to everyone that we are not meeting in December due to the holidays. We will reconvene January 12th at 2:00 at Mares Bears. Have a safe and blessed holiday and we will see you in 2014.