Monday, December 14, 2015

Holiday Party Fun and New Challenge for the New Year!

Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us for our Holiday social.  I think everyone had fun, ate some great treats and had at least one good laugh!

Jennifer made a scrappy wall-hanging
Several members had show and tell items to share. 

 Suzanne made her mom a quilt
 Nancy designed and executed this paper pieced flower quilt
 Kris made a variable star quilt
 Sheila made a curling iron carry bag

 Colleen made a sew together bag

Food galore and pretty paper packages of "ugly" fat quarters.

The FQ exchange was a lot of fun. Everyone went home with something worse or better than expected! I already cut mine up and put it in a block! To see a video of our Name that Quilt block Charade game go to our FB page

I think a good time was had by all!  We also had two new guests that might be joining us in the future, Mary's friend Barb and Suzanne's friend Ruvini. 


The current Leadership Board wants to thank you for a wonderful beginning to our new guild!!!

Mary, Suzanne, Colleen and Kris, 2015
Thank you 

What is coming up in the NEW YEAR??
A new quilting challenge  called "Try Angles" to start the year off.  Challenge is due at the March meeting...have fun!  What kind of angles do you want to try???

Plus don't want to miss out on having a quilt hang in the Bernina Sewing Studio gallery.  Please turn in all quilts before Jan 8th. We would like each guild member to have a quilt in the show. They must have a permanent label with your name on and a written note describing the modern elements used in your quilt. If you are south in town contact Sheila Green and if you are north contact Kris Jarchow.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Happy Holidays and our November Sew Day

Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild Holiday Party!!!!

What: Join us for our Holiday gathering! 
bring some treats to share
Will have hot cider and cocoa 
Bring other beverages if you prefer
Wrap up an 'ugly' FQ
Show and share
Where: The Yellow Barne map on link
When: Dec. 11th 6-8 p.m.
***Also: Bring your "most" Modern quilt for our  Bernina Sewing Studio display in Jan. - Feb. 23rd
Please make sure your quilt has a secure label and please make a hand written note simply stating your "modern" quilt elements. Include the quilter if other than yourself.
Here are some guidelines for the modern elements:
Modern quilts and quilters:

  • Make primarily functional rather than decorative quilts
  • Use asymmetry in quilt design
  • Rely less on repetition and on the interaction of quilt block motifs
  • Contain reinterpreted traditional blocks
  • Embrace simplicity and minimalism
  • Utilize alternative block structures or lack of visible block structure
  • Incorporate increased use of negative space
  • Are inspired by modern art and architecture
  • Frequently use improvisational piecing
  • Contain bold colors, on trend color combinations and graphic prints
  • Often use gray and white as neutrals
  • Reflect an increased use of solid fabrics
  • Focus on finishing quilts on home sewing machines
Please do not be shy about bringing in a quilt or wall-hanging for the gallery show. We WANT something from everyone no matter what genre it is in.

We would love to have one quilt per member to start.  If you are not able to make it to the party you can still enter a quilt by contacting
us: to arrange a drop off.
We would love to fill the gallery. 

Hope to see you there!!

Final Sew Day at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum was Nov. 14th.  Lots of projects and gift ideas and sewing going on!
Sarah Maseth and daughter Morgan came to sew for the day!

Liz Thanel working on making a LMQG nametag

 Nancy Goff, name tag improv
 Suzanne Rose name tag wip
Julie Karjala improv

 Thanks to Mary Dittenber, Liz Thanel and Colleen James for sewing this together.

Completed quilt top for our Outreach Community Project.  Thanks to all of you for the blocks you made to make this happen. 

Thanks for a great year!

Update: The last blocks were used to complete the backing for our outreach quilt. Brooke James put in some sewing time to help complete the backing for our quilt. Thanks to Liz, Colleen, Brooke and Kristie! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Sew Day Sew Day Sew Day.... November 14th

 Sew Day November 14th
(formerly known as Afternoon at the Improv) .....
for Nov 14th we can make a day of it!!!

Everyone is welcome to join us for a Sew Day at the IQSCM. Start time has moved up to 10. Please do not come earlier as the doors will just be opened at 10. You are free to bring your lunch (they have a kitchen area to store it in and eat in) if you like.  (there are also places to eat near by) admission is free if you are joining us to sew.

-Bring all your sewing supplies and machine. 
-We have a few extension cords and an iron, board and mat but feel free to bring your own. 
-Bring any project you want to work on
-Bring anything you would like to show and share (gift ideas or otherwise)

If you would like to make a name tag/business card holder you will need to bring: a piece of the LMQG logo fabric (will have some available), fabric pens to write your name on or if you would like to embroider it on that is good too; scraps plus small batting approx 9"x6"; lining fabric approx 11"x 6"; Med to heavy fusible interfacing for flap approx. 6" x 6";  (small tab of hook and loop tape for closure if making it a card holder);med to large lobster claw clasp or lanyard finding large enough to fit over a fabric loop. Some clasps will be available along with some larger jump rings used to attach clasp to fabric and some interfacing and batting bits. Helpful to have a walking foot or edge foot. 
*if you did not pick up a piece of the logo fabric at the last meeting some will be available if you are a paid member for next year. 

I made my own scrappy lanyard cord but if you would like a tutorial, this one is very close by Just cut the scrap bring your own instruction sheet

Other gift ideas from the meeting have tutorials that you can look at and print/download and bring to work on at the Sew Day. Make sure you look at supplies needed for each. 

IPad/phone prop/holder (Brooke showed one at Oct. meeting)

Tutorial by Factotum of Arts  bring your own instructions

Coffee cozy (shown by Julie at Oct meeting)
free pdf by Kwik Sew 
bring your own instructions


Scrappy Bookmark band tutorial by Riley Blake Designs bring your own instructions

Some coated bands will be available at sew day. Bring your own buttons.

Potholders and dishtowels and more were shared with the group that would all make great gift ideas. Tutorial on how to make the potholder on the L can be found One Shabby Chick and the one on the R can be found at Quilt Expressions

and there were more I don't have links too. Come out and sew with us and maybe you will find ideas to make for your holiday gifts.  Bring your things to share.
We hope to see you there!

Our Holiday Party will be Dec. 11th at The Yellow Barne. Address/map in Welcome box on blog page.  We will be meeting from 6-8. Bring a treat to share, cider and cocoa will be available. Bring a 'wrapped' ugly fat quarter and hope you don't get an even uglier one back! More on this in next post. 

Bernina Sewing Studio Gallery show:
We will be collecting quilts (Dec 11th at the party)  for a gallery quilt show at the Bernina Gallery for Jan 8th- Feb 24th.  We are asking for your 'most modern' quilt to be in the gallery.  A label must be attached and we would like a bit about the 'modern' elements in your quilt for the viewers label on front that we will need to make.  We are asking for one from each member but might need more to fill the gallery. 

The 2016 new board members will be meeting Sunday Nov 15th to discuss the new year. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact us at

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

October Meeting highlights!

"Thank you" to everyone that came out tonight for our final meeting of the year! 
 Such lovely quilts were shared. We love all the talent we have in this group. 

Special "Thank you" to our very own member Phyllis Higley for showing us some of her fantastic work!!!

Plus Phyllis shared some of her techniques for making some of her quilts. Very inspirational and fun. She is not afraid to try something new. 

More photos of her works can be found on our FB Page

Lots of fun showing and sharing. 

 Visitor Judy Crochett shared her improv piece. Love it!
 Some sharing of holiday gift ideas to make. 

Such fun!  More photos on our FB Page

General Meeting: 
  • JoAnn from Bernina talked about what's new in the store.
  • Discussion of and amending new bylaws to set up our new guild, voted on and approved. Updates will be done soon and you can view under the tab at the top of the page under Guild Basics. 
  • Leaders were nominated and elected for the new official year as we join the National Modern Quilt Guild.   President: Colleen James; Co-Vice Presidents: LInda Crump and Nancy Goff; Secretary: Kris Jarchow; Treasurer: Sheila Green; Co-Social Media Coordinators: Taura Horn and Jennifer VanDyke.   Congrats to all on the new board. This should be a fun new year!
  • Dues were collected which go into effect for the new year Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2016. You can still join our guild by printing and filling out the form for new members (top tab under Guild Basics) and mailing your payment to us. Contact: for where to send. Dues are $35.00 for the year. Please post by November 14th.
  • Charity Quilt blocks were collected. If you would like to make one or more you can use the tab at the top of the page for Outreach to see what we are doing. Blocks should be turned in my Nov 14th at the Sew Day @ IQSCM so construction can begin that day. 
  • This was our last meeting of the year, however, we have a November 14th Sew Day scheduled at the IQSCM.   Please feel free to join us and sew any project or maybe make some holiday gifts. 
  • If you would like to make a name tag for the guild some printed LMQG logo fabric has been purchased and you are welcome to have one to sew up your name tag with. One style was shown my member Kris Jarchow below.  General instructions for this name tag/wallet will be shared at the Sew day on Nov. 14th.  Feel free to make yours how you wish. 
  • Holiday Gathering will be December 11th at The Yellow Barne. Link is in the top Right corner of our page. Stay tuned for more details. 
  • Sheila Green talked about a great opportunity with Habitat for Humanity for us to present our charity quilt to a  family. Some information about the family: HERE This will be a great way to be part of our community.
  • Sheila also shared with us about The National Quilting Day March 19,2016. Volunteers are needed to make the day a success at the IQSCM. Opportunity for us to share some of our 'improvisation' work.  This would be another opportunity for us to reach out into the community. Contact Sheila for opportunities to volunteer and be a part of it. 
  • We had three visitors: Rhonda Eddy, Mary Jane Kermmoade, Judy Crochett

Other topics open for discussion:
-Having a gallery showing in Jan. at Bernina Sewing Studio
-Quilt challenge for the new year first quarter and any ideas?
-More sewing days @ IQSCM in the new year? ideas?
-IQSCM also has a community gallery that we can entertain having a approx. two week show in the coming year if there is interest.  

Questions, comments or ideas can be submitted to 

For those of you that are already members of the National Modern Quilt Guild note the deadline for submissions will be coming up in Nov. Get your quilts finished so you can enter!!!

Thank you all for coming out and spending the night with us. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

October Meeting Reminder

Time is near for our October meeting.  We hope you join us for a fun  mini trunk show by member Phyllis Higley!!! 

Meeting is Tuesday October 27th from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at Bernina Sewing Studio 
1265 S Cotner Blvd, Suite 27Lincoln, NE 68510

There is a lot to cover this meeting as it will be our final 'actual' meeting for the year!!  
Show and tell:
We would like to ask members to share any "gift ideas" they might be working on for the upcoming holidays.  Please bring anything else you would like to share.

Charity quilt blocks (D9P) will be collected. Instructions are HERE

Sew Day at the IQSCM on Nov. 14th. We usually meet at noon but some members have asked to start earlier. Please check back on our FB page or blog for times.  This will be an open sewing day, maybe work on holiday gifts or come and make a LMQG name tag!  Mary and Liz will be working on the charity quilt. Please remember to bring your completed quilt block(s) to this Oct. meeting!!!

Also check back about Holiday Party plans in Dec. 

Dues will be collected at this meeting and they are $35.00 for the year.  Please click on the tab "Guild Basics" above and print a copy of the Membership Admission form then fill it out to bring with your dues at the Tuesday Meeting. Or on FB you can go to the tab in the top logo and click on "sign up". Print and then fill out the new member form and bring it to this meeting.

We are going to be holding elections for our leadership positions. The positions below are open to all who feel they fit the criteria, are a paid member and are willing to work as a team to make this guild the best possible 'Modern' guild in our community.

Thanks to  all of you for your support this year! We have grown so much and hope to move forward on this "quilty" journey together. 

President - The president shall: Preside at all general, special and Board meetings; Serve as the primary public contact for the chapter; Coordinate with the VP in planning, inviting,organizing special guest speakers, monthly meeting programs, workshops, classes, field trips and other events; Coordinate with the VP in maintaining a cohesive identity for the Guild; Serve as co-signer with Treasurer on checks of the Guild.
Vice-President - The VP shall: In the absence of the President, conduct General Membership meetings and/or Executive Board meetings; Assume the responsibilities of the President in the event the President cannot complete the term of the elected office; Oversee the review of the Guild Bylaws as necessary; Serve as co-signer with Treasurer on checks of the Guild; Maintain a database of proposed Guild activities, and social events; In conjunction with the President, plan and organize General Membership meetings and other events, including special events, guest speakers, workshops, and field trips.
Secretary - The Secretary shall: Record minutes during Exec. Board meetings and General Membership meetings. All recorded minutes must be approved by the members of the Board before they are published on the LMQG website; Publish the minutes within 30 days of the meeting date; Lead and facilitate meetings when the Pres and VP are unable to attend general meetings; Create, collate, and copy Guild fliers and announcements for each board meeting; Draft Executive Board and General Membership meeting agendas and make them available to the Ex. Board for editing; Serve as co-signer with Treasurer on checks of the Guild. 
Treasurer - The Treasurer shall: Receive all bank and Guild monies; Maintain bookkeeping records of all funds; Disburse funds as authorized; Serve as co-signer with other authorized Officers on checks of the Guild; Make a financial statement available for the members; Provide a financial statement to the Ex. board.
Social Media Coordinator -  The Soc. Media Coordinator shall: Maintain the Guild website and Guild e-mail accounts; Add website functions as necessary; Maintain online photo groups; Arrange for photographer to cover meetings and other guild events; Maintain online social media accounts; Serve as co-signer with Treasurer on checks to the Guild.

We hope that members will all step up to form committees to assist the Executive Leadership Board.  Some ideas for committees would be: Hospitality, Special Projects like quilt shows, quilting bees or swaps etc..., Programs, Philanthropy and Archivist. Committees can be suggested by any member to the Executive Board for consideration. 

More information will be available in our By-Laws (currently work in progress).

This is an opportunity to help shape the "Modern" Quilt Guild in our community to be all that you want it to be.  I hope you will consider nominating yourself or asking a friend if you can nominate them. 

Thank you! 

and one more thing......If you are currently a member of the MQG the deadline for QuiltCon 2016 is fast approaching. Please look at sign up info HERE 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

September in review! Improv Sew Day this Saturday

It was "Back to School" Night at the Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild!  We had four demonstrations of simple techniques that will be easy to incorporate into your future modern quilt designs. 

First up we had Colleen James and daughter, Brooke.

~ Easy curve cutting and piecing 
Mary Farrington-Brown demonstrated Magic 8 half-square triangles. 
Next Nancy Goff showed us how to sew "Y" seams with ease. 
Lastly, Kris Jarchow demonstrated a Glue Baste technique to piece QAYG(quilt as you go) blocks together. 

Lots to think about with our meeting year almost to a close. Leadership elections will be happening in the next month. If you are interested in one of the leadership roles: President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer and Media person, just contact Mary Farrington-Brown, Kris Jarchow or Colleen James to throw your name in.  Think of how you can contribute to the continuance of 'modern' quilting in our local area.  A great team can work together to encourage, learn and share more about modern quilting.  Now is your chance to make a difference.

Leaders must be a paid member. Our dues for next year will be $35. payable to the Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild. This membership will allow us to officially join the National Modern Quilt Guild.  We pay a percentage to the Nat'l guild based on our enrollment.

The current leaders are working on the bylaws. As soon as they are ready we will post them to the blog under "Guild Basics". The bylaws include information about leadership roles. If you have any questions on these before we have them posted please feel free to contact Mary Farrington-Brown (fourshadesofgrey at hotmail dot com)or Kris Jarchow (kristiejarchow at gmail dot com).
We hope to have a downloadable registration form also on the blog under "Guild Basics" soon. This will be for paying dues and getting correct registration information for guild use only.  Look for those soon.

Outreach Charity Project:
A bit about the 2015 Charity quilt we want to do: We are asking members to make D9P blocks.  Read more about what to do to make your blocks for the October meeting HERE 
Any questions contact Mary Dittenber, Liz Thanel or Kris Jarchow. 
 sample 9 patch block

New at Bernina: 
Sheila Green shared a few new items from the Bernina Sewing Studio. Quick Curve Ruler and Book and Freshly Pieced Pattern.  Check out the newsletter from Bernina studio called Bernina Buzz for more classes and info.

3 Visitors from the Nebraska State Guild: Merikay Berg, Marty Kleppinger, and Linda Anderson. (pictured below )
Show and Tell:
Lots of fun projects were shared.
 Linda Crump shows off the Nebraska block
JoAnn Jones shows off her improv pillow
Chris Taylor and improv log cabins

Important: Info for Improv Sew Day Saturday Oct 10th.
If you would like to join us for our afternoon of sewing at the IQSCM please do. If you would like to participate in the Round Robin Improv Sewing score you must bring the following to the sew day and be ready to start sewing at noon.

Upcoming Improv Sewing day is Oct 10 at 12p.m. at IQSCM. The group will be attempting to do a Round Robin score from the Sherri Lynn Wood book. If anyone is interested there are supplies that need to be prepared before coming that day.  We will not have a discussion this month but start right in on the round robin. Be ready to start at 12:15.
Anyone wanting to sew on their own projects are welcome.

Approximate supplies:
3 yards of large scraps plus 2 -3 pieces that are the WOF and 1/4 to 1/2 yards long.

Fabrics should be cohesive in range of values and have a focused group of colors.

1 yard of Signature fabric. This fabric will only be added by you to each quilt.

some rogue or zinger fabric to throw into your quilt for excitement

an iron and pressing surface of your own or to share since this will move pretty fast it would be nice to have at your own station.

All your fabrics should be in an open box or container.  Each person will start with their own box of fabric to create your first part of your quilt.  When time is up (approx. 20 minutes) you will pass your box and your started quilt onto another member.  The only fabric you keep at your table is your signature piece.   You will now work on the quilt passed to you. Adding fabric to their piece from their box of fabric. You can add as much as you can sew in approx. 15 minutes. Don't forget to add your bit of signature fabric to their quilt.
When time is up the box and quilt will be passed to someone else and you will get a new piece to work on.

Should be fun.  Questions about the Round Robin can be directed to