Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April Meeting Reminder


Are you not sure how to find the information you need from the Lincoln MQG? Does the world of social media seem #complicated and #confusing? Do you want to know how to connect with the online quilting community as well as our own members? What about quilt alongs, block clubs and challenges? 

Come to our meeting next Tuesday, April 25th! Kristie Jarchow will help us navigate our own blog and social media sites as well as show us some great online inspiration! Bring your best modern quilts for Show and Tell, we love to see what everyone is making. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Dyeing Class and Sew Day Highlights

April 8th was a busy Saturday for the Lincoln MQG!

From the Dyeing Workshop with Mary Dittenber 

The dyeing workshop was held at the Bethany Park shelter. Not only were many colorful fabrics created, a fun time was had by all. A big thank you to Mary and all her helpers for a great workshop!
 



From the Sew Day at the IQSCM

Ten members were present for Sew Day. Four learned how to sew a pillowcase for the first time! Thank you to Kristie Jarchow for showing us how! The ten pillowcases sewn will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. A few kits are still available. We do not need any more fabric donations for this project at this time. 

L-R Kristie Jarchow, Sue Meyers, Julie Karjala, Linda Gale, Rhonda Eddy, Phyllis Higley

Show and Tell

Top L-R Linda Gale, Kristie Jarchow, Julie Karjala
Middle L-R Rhonda Eddy, Julie Karjala
Bottom L-R Sue Meyers, Julie Karjala, Sheila Green

The next Sew Day will be June 3rd at the IQSCM. 








Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sew Day Reminder

 
Hello Quilty Friends! We hope you will join us for Sew Day! We're looking forward to a fun day of sewing and social time with you. 

Bring your works in progress and if you have a finished project, bring that for show and tell. 

If you are interested in sewing pillowcases for Habitat for Humanity, there will be a few kits available on Saturday. Also, you can bring fabrics you would like to donate from your stash! Remember that we are in need of "boy" fabrics. 

Pillowcases are quick and easy to make. You will need approximately this much fabric to make one pillowcase: 

body=27" x 42"
cuff = 9" x 42"
piping = 2 " x 42"

If you've never made one before, here are a couple links to pillowcase tutorials.

Pillowcase Video Tutorial

Pillowcase pattern PDF HERE

See you on Saturday!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March Meeting Highlights

From the March 28th Meeting
An Evening with Peg Pennell: How to enter quilt contests and what quilt judges look for when evaluating your quilt. 

A huge thank you to Peg for all the great information about entering quilts in contests and challenges! Some things judges look for when evaluating quilts are:
  • Design (Visual Impact)
  • Technique (Does the piece lay flat, edges hang correctly, are the corners square, is the quilting appropriate, are the quilting stitches even, is the binding well attached and filled and are the mitered corners sewn shut)
Here are some of Peg's tips for entering contests and challenges:
  • Read the Rules
  • Enter in the correct category
  • Take quality photos of your quilt
  • Label your piece with the name, size and contact information
  • Enter SOMETHING and share it with people! 
  • Learn from the judges comments to improve your workmanship. Realize that those comments and ratings are one judges opinion on that day.
  • Quilt what you love! 
Thank you, Peg! 
Peg Pennell showing some of her quilts

2016 President, Colleen James, being presented with an improv quilted wall hanging made by the 2016 board. L-R Kristie Jarchow, Nancy Goff, Jennifer Van Dyke, Linda Crump, Colleen James. Not pictured, Sheila Green

March Show and Tell
Top L-R: Linda Crump, Rhonda Eddy, Sheree Brown, Marsha Conley, Julie Karjala
Top L-R: Linda Gale, Pat Kant, Maggie Copple, Colleen and Brooke James, Chris Taylor, Jennifer Van Dyke 

Check the Facebook page for more photos!  


Curves Challenge 
Have you started your Curves Ahead Challenge pieces yet? 
Check out our Pinterest board for inspiration!

Upcoming Opportunities

April 8th:  Dyeing Workshop with Mary Dittenber
Where:  Bethany Park Shelter, 10 am-2 pm
More details HERE 

 April 8th: Sew Day 10:30 am - 3:00 pm at the IQSCM

April 25th Meeting: Kristie Jarchow on Technology in a Modern Quilt Guild 

June 15 & 16th: LMQG Road Trip! 
Road Trip to the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival. 
Contact Sheila Green
More details HERE

At the IQSCM

June 11: Hearing the Quiet: Soft- Focus Painted Fabrics with Linda Colsh 
9 am - 4 pm $85 members, $100 non-members
 

June 11: Wool Rug Hooking Workshop with Polly Minnick 
12-4 pm $85 for members, $100 non - members

June 17: My Doll and I Get Groovy with Sheila Green 
10 am - noon & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm 
$16 for members, $20 for non - members.


From the Modern Quilt Guild 
The Joy of Quilting by Thomas Knauer. 

Thought You'd Like
Free Ezine: Modern By the Yard 


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March Meeting Reminder


Have you ever wanted to enter a quilt in a show or contest but didn't know where to start? Join us on Tuesday for An Evening With Peg Pennell.  She will be talking about how to enter a quilt contest and will give us tips on what judges look for when evaluating your quilt.  

Bring your best modern quilts for Show & Tell, we love to see what everyone is making. Remember to keep it brief though, we always have lots of people who want to share and we don't want our meeting to run past 7:00 pm! 

Hope to see you Tuesday at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, in our regular meeting space.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

National Quilting Day 2017 Highlights

Thank you to all our Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild members who volunteered at National Quilting Day on March 18th! A special thank you to those who served as planning committee members, Up Cycling committee, raffle quilt sales and everyone who helped all around the International Quilt Study Center & Museum throughout the day! 




The LMQG displayed upcycled projects made by our members and demonstrated upcycling projects  throughout the day.
LMQG members volunteering at various booths and throughout the Quilt House.

Celebrate Nebraska 150 Raffle Quilt

Thank you for helping make National Quilting Day 2017 a success!


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Celebrate Nebraska 150, LMQG QuiltCon Charity Quilt 2017

During our first year as The Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild, we decided to enter the QuiltCon Challenge after several members were chatting about challenges and not wanting to let this opportunity pass us by.  We were super excited when we saw the color pallet was our state colors and things just fell in place from there.  A high majority of members, with various skill levels, stepped up to the plate to help with every aspect of the quilt from design to quilting.


First we put together a design team and decided on a project manager.  It was amazing to see all the different ideas, but once we decided on a small state block offset within a larger block, everything came together.  

We had to get permission to use the state block. Then we focused on the 150th theme for our State’s Birthday in 2017. 

What a great coincidence that our charity is Habitat for Humanity and they will be building the 150th home locally.  The quilt will be raffled off and all proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity this year.

We received a contribution of fabric from Sew Creative, a local quilt store in Lincoln Nebraska.  We then handed out packets to each guild members for them to sew, incorporating some of their own fabric, and returning to the sew team to put the quilt top together.  Upon completion of the top and the backing we gathered at one of the members’ longarm to quilt the quilt.




Looking at this beautiful quilt now the one thing that stands out is how many of our members reached out and touched this quilt, and also how much fun we had during the entire project.


Participating in this challenge has taught our guild to go with our members strengths, with teamwork many things are possible, and if you ask for help you can get amazing results.

  Please help us support Habitat for Humanity's 150th home by purchasing a ticket to win this quilt! Tickets are $5 each, drawing will be held November 11th, 2017.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Februrary Meeting Highlights



From the February 27th Meeting 
February Program: "Curves Ahead"

This month, we focused on curves in a group design activity. The exercise involved taking the traditional Drunkards Path block and making it modern! 

Special thanks to Jean Larson and the Chattanooga Modern Quilt Guild for sharing your educational exercise with us.


HERE is the link to the design exercise if you would like to print out your own copy.  








Curves Ahead Challenge

The challenge begins February 28th and is due at the May 30th meeting. It must be a quilt with three layers, using curved piecing or applique or both! Viewers choice will be awarded at the May meeting.

QuiltCon/Habitat for Humanity Quilt Raffle
Tickets are on sale for $5.00 each. Guild members can buy tickets to sell to friends and family.  Contact Rhonda Eddy (quilt mom) for more information or email the guild. 
Rhonda Eddy

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

February Meeting Reminder



Join us for "Curves Ahead," a group design activity featuring curves. Our meeting will be held at the IQSCM in the 2nd floor reception hall, which is a change from our usual meeting room. 

If you have not paid your dues yet, now is the time! Liz Thanel will collect them, $35 for the year.

Raffle tickets for our QuiltCon/Habitat for Humanity Quilt will be available for purchase at the meeting. 

Sign up for the dyeing class with Mary Dittenber ($35), National Quilting Day and the KC road trip.

Bring your finished projects for show and tell. Please be mindful of the amount of time you share, we usually have many members waiting in line!

Looking forward to seeing you on the 28th!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February Sew Day Highlights

We had a full house at the IQSCM on Saturday with 25 LMQG members in attendance. Sewing alongside us was the Quilts of Valor group, which was pretty fun! We were mingling back and forth, seeing what everyone was working on. It was one big quilting party!


The focus of the day was sewing curves. Three of our members demonstrated a few different ways to sew them. 

Top Row: Kristie Jarchow demonstrated how to use the Quick Curve Ruler and had a completed pillow to show one of many possible designs.

Middle Row: Mary Dittenber stacked fabric and cut it with a rotary cutter to make wavy curves.

Bottom Row: Deanna Larson showed how to cut and sew a traditional drunkards path block using a template. 

Several of us then tried sewing something curvy. Here are some of the results!


A few members had  Show and Tell

Top L-R: Sarah Maseth, Carol Friesen
Bottom L-R: Carol Friesen, Julie Karjala

Thank you to Kristie, Mary and Deanna for helping us build our confidence with sewing curves!
Our next Sew Day will be April 8th, 2017 at the IQSCM. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

February Sew Day Reminder



Our first Sew Day of 2017 is this Saturday at the IQSCM! We will be learning about different techniques for sewing curves with Deanna Larson, Mary Dittenber and Kristie Jarchow. 

If you want to get your curve on, bring contrasting fabrics, rotary cutter, mat, scissors, straight ruler and sewing machine. 

Kristie will be demonstrating the Quick Curve Ruler and you will need to bring at least two 7.5" squares of contrasting fabric to try it. 

Mary will be demonstrating a stack and slice technique. 

Deanna will show a traditional Drunkards Path block.

As always, bring whatever projects you want to work on and if you have a finished project, bring it for show and tell!
Hope to see you Saturday!

Friday, February 3, 2017

January Meeting Highlights

From the Meeting
January Program: Story Board
Incoming board members showed their quilts and talked about their quilting journey. We were missing Kristie Jarchow (Secretary) and Mary Dittenber (Co Vice President).

Top L-R: Liz Thanel (Treasurer)  Linda Crump (Co Vice President)
Bottom L-R: Sheila Green (President) Jennifer Van Dyke (Social Media)


QuiltCon Charity Quilt: "Celebrate Nebraska 150" 

 Sheila presented our finished QuiltCon Charity Quilt. 
Thank you to the quilt committee: Ronda Eddy, Kristine Morrow, Barbara Kitsmiller, Michelle Raphael, Sarah Maseth, Diane Wilson, Susan Wick, Kristie Jarcow, Liz Thanel, Sheila Green and Mary Dittenber. 
After the quilt is shown at QuiltCon, Rhonda Eddy will be the Quilt Mom. Beginning in March, we will raffle this quilt, with the proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity.


Special Committees were introduced.
Social Media assistant: Sarah Maseth
Blog Calendar: Julie Karjala
EQ7 Group: Nancy Goff
Habitat for Humanity pillowcases/wall hangings: Cindi Pape
National Quilting Day Up Cycling: June Pederson and Marsha Conley
Quilt Show/Exhibitions: Sheree Brown
Raffle Quilt Mom: Rhonda Eddy
Sew Days: Nancy Goff

Upcoming Opportunities

Sew Day: February 11 at IQSCM, 10:30am-3pm- curves and circles with Deanna Larson, Mary Dittenber and Kris Jarchow

February 28th Meeting: Design Workshop "Curves Ahead"


National Quilting Day: March 18th at IQSCM we will demo/display Upcycling. We will be needing volunteers to help in our Upcycle booth as well as other areas of the museum all throughout the day. We are very excited for LMQG to be able to contribute to this event and want everyone who can be there to sign up to help in some way. Please contact June Pederson or Marsha Conley to volunteer.

March 28th Meeting: Peg Pennell on what judges look for and entering contests.

Dyeing Workshop: April 8th at Bethany Park Shelter with Mary Dittenber. Contact Deanna Larson to register. Details HERE

Road Trip to Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival: June 15/16. Laura Simpson will handle sign up at meetings. Contact Sheila Green for hotel accomodations. Details HERE

At the IQSCM
Feb. 4, 9-4  Creative Design Workshop-Joe Cunningham $85 members, $100 non-
March 4, 9-4 Log Cabin: Infinite Variation-Luke Haynes  $85 members, $100 non-
March 10-11 Printmaking 101- Sheila Green  $45 members, $55 non-members
Please consider becoming an IQSCM member!  You’ll save money on classes!

On Instagram
Follow us on Instagram! If you haven't yet, post a selfie or a favorite quilt and introduce yourself using the hashtags #HelloLincolnMQG and #lincolnmqg. Click on the hashtags to see who has posted!  

The third Sunday of every month is a MQG Sew Day. Post a photo of a project you're working on with #MQGSewDay on February 19th. Click on the tag to see what other people are sewing. 

Not able to go to QuiltCon this year? Look for updates on the hashtag #QuiltConFromHome during QuiltCon. 

Did you participate in the MQG quilt swap? Check out #mqgswap for lots of fun inspiration. 

From the Modern Quilt Guild 
The MQG website has a new Resources page where you can find tools, webinars and resources for members.  







Wednesday, January 25, 2017

January Meeting Reminder


 

January Program: Story Board
 
Front Row L-R: Mary Dittenber VP,  Sheila Green President,  Linda Crump VP
Back Row L-R: Jennifer Van Dyke Social Media,  Liz Thanel Treasurer,  Kristie Jarchow Secretary

Join us for our first meeting of 2017! Our new board will have a mini trunk show and we will open the time capsule from 2016. As always, we look forward to your Show and Tell!
If you haven't renewed your membership yet, yearly dues are $35 and can be paid at the meeting. Can't wait to see all of you on Tuesday!