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