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February 11, 2019
Weekly update: OMG halfway and more from With Strings Attached

After I assembled Spare Parts IV (see previous post) I got started on the tote bags that are my One Monthly Goal for February.   By the time the end Sunday night PBS programs (Victoria followed by a documentary about Princess Margaret) I'd completed two of the four totes.

I got the Blazing Star block in a long-ago swap. I came across it when I pulled out spare parts -- high time to showcase this beauty. 

The guild did not meet on Wednesday because of bad weather.  The round robin coordinator is intrepid and delivered the February installment to me at ...

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January 24, 2019
International Exchange #3 from Night Owl Quilting


It has been a couple of years since Kathy, Desley, Bronwyn and I finished our last Round Robin  exchange.  The concept has been different each time.  The first time was the most traditional where we each started with a center block and took turns working on each others.  You can see those results here.  Our second exchange involved all of us selecting our own focus fabric, then making blocks for each other and another group member putting your top together.  Kathy shares the results here.

This time is more of a block exchange than a round robin.  Everyone has been ...

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January 16, 2019
Midweek: EQTAS, Rockin' Robin, and a flimsy from With Strings Attached

Yesterday I presented Every Quilt Tells a Story, my quilt history program, for another P.E.O.  chapter. I knew several of the members from our county round table (and one is an AAUW friend).  I give a trunk show of quilts I've made and quilts I've collected. I ask people to share quilts they've inherited, received as gifts, or made themselves.

Jody's grandmother made this.  Isn't it super?

Donna remembers that this was always on her grandparents' bed. Her grandfather was a draftsman and created the templates for the appliques that her grandmother sewed ...

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December 31, 2018
Weekly update: somewhat biased, Good Fortune, something old, something new from With Strings Attached

I hope you and those you love had a merry Christmas.  We did -- candlelight service at 5 p.m. Monday, Christmas Day brunch at M.G.'s house with mutual friends.  I spent some of DH's generous Christmas check on fabric but still have enough to indulge at post-holiday sales (not just fabric but at other stores).  The weather has been relatively mild and snow-less.  The winner of the AAUW holiday raffle quilt couldn't attend the luncheon. When I offered to deliver the quilt to her she invited me to brunch on Friday. We had a lovely visit ...

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November 11, 2018
It's bound and on the bed! from Northern Deb Quilts

I marked this quilt off as "finished", quite a while ago but it really wasn't TOTALLY done until last night.
The binding was attached but not stitched down. Usually I hand stitch down my binding. I don't know why I feel they have to be this way...But this quilt is SO big and SO heavy, I just didn't want to do it. So it sat in my sewing room closet almost a year! Last night I decided it needed to be done. 

Since it's my hubbies quilt, it will probably need washing more often than ...

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November 8, 2018
November 2018 Recap from NYC Metro MOD Quilters

Gigi Henries Jones from Vai Girl brought her beautiful fabrics!

"Vai" comes from the name of her tribe in Liberia.

Thanks to Gotham Quilts (and Gigi) for some raffle goodies!

  • Winter Retreat sign-ups are open.
  • Our Holiday party in December will have food and a "White Elephant" swap.
  • The Summer retreat is June 28-30.

Round Robin Quilts
Sue brought in two centers made from leftover OBW blocks to start two new quilts.

Summer Challenge: Game Board Quilts
Andrea's quilt is inspired by the game "Clue", and each block represents a weapon, room, and/or person from ...

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November 4, 2018
September 2018 Meeting Recap from NYC Metro MOD Quilters

Welcome Back!

It's great to start another year of quilting inspiration!

We had a fun icebreaker where members introduced themselves and told us something about their lives.

The scrap table is looking good!

Some interesting items on the raffle table...

  • There are two Board positions opening up in June: Secretary and President.
  • Maureen Hyslop will be our new Block Lotto Chairperson.
  • Our Winter and Spring retreats are all set to go. More details later.
  • Lisa Mason will be teaching us how to make these adorable pin cushions:

Start gathering your bases now!

Round Robin Quilts
Eva brought in ...

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October 15, 2018
Getting Modern from Sew........This Is My Blog

I've been a member of the Modern Quilt Guild for a while, but I just recently got around to joining the local branch.  In September I visited the Rocket City Modern Quilt Guild (what else would you call the group in Huntsville, Alabama?) and decided to become an active member right away by jumping into some of their current projects.

When the half-square triangle piecing papers were passed around I grabbed a few to take home, found a few 10" squares, and made some half-square triangles to take back with me when I go to the meeting next week ...

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July 7, 2018
Possum Magic. The End. from Wendy's Quilts and More

Many moons ago I joined a round robin (four years ago to be exact).  We called ourselves "Possum Magic", and we were all based in Australia or New Zealand.   

My finished Possum Magic quilt

I finished my own quilt a year ago, but I've never shown it on my blog because I wasn't sure what to say about the experience of being in a round robin.  I'm too honest to just gloss over everything and tell you all it was a blast, and we're all best friends now, because that's not true!

My initial centre ...

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May 7, 2018
Weekly update: round robin results and a tote bag from With Strings Attached

"It's All About the Habit" was Sharon Evans' presentation at Wednesday's NLCQG meeting.
 She wore a nun's habit as a costume and set out Ten Commandments for good quilting habits.  The delivery was light-hearted, the advice serious. Great fun!

(And, by the way, Sharon has made SIX Dear Janes, each in a different genre and colorway. Wow.  Karen McTavish quilted them. Wow again.)

The guild round robin came full circle. We got our own starter blocks back.    I had forgotten what I wrote in the design notes, but it turned out that I suggested a rectangular setting ...

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April 23, 2018
Weekly update: the three bears from With Strings Attached

Projects this week were like the Three Bears.

Here's Mama Bear (medium):
 The wallhanging is quilted and bound. I have printed the label but haven't sewn it on yet.  I had a heck of a time getting the pinwheels to fit. I measured the center block several times and cut . . . too small! So I had to add coping strips. Then I had to trim the side strips a bit more.  It's 16 x 20.

Here's Papa Bear (large):   This is approx. 52 x 60.  It's the very last round of the guild round robin. My ...

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March 19, 2018
Weekly update: orphan adoption winner, a finish, and more progress from With Strings Attached

Thank you, everyone who entered the Orphan Adoption giveaway.   18 people replied with 28 entries. Four people (five entries) disqualified themselves by not providing an email address.  I numbered the remaining entries and chose #8 -- DJQuilting.  Congratulations!

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I came down with a cold or mild case of flu (yes, I got a flu shot).  I was able to mitigate the effects with a lot of sleep (ah, NyQuil) and I am all better now.  AAUW met on Tuesday with an interesting program about the Underground Railroad in Waukegan and Lake County. (Nary a peep about the "quilt code ...

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March 1, 2018
Round robin and stash report from With Strings Attached

I finished the flower basket applique for the guild round robin. (I still think the braid border is out of proportion, but that's not my responsibility.)  I will hand this over at the guild meeting March 7.  There are six participants. This is round five. One round to go before we get our own back.

Stash report, February:
Fabric out:  61 yards (includes 40 yds donated to the guild Raffle Mania)
Fabric in: 15-3/4 yards, $10 (Raffle Mania ticket purchases and winnings)

Year to date:
Fabric out: 138-7/8
Fabric in: 16-3/4,  $10.60
Net reduction: 122-1 ...

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February 22, 2018
Mexacali Heat Progressing onto Borders! from Good Earth Quilting

When I first  moved to Telkwa many 14 years ago now, I met up with some wonderful ladies who quilt and I participated with one Round Robin quilt exchange with them. We all met one evening and as we distributed our brown paper bags going around the room and I handed off my quilt to the person on my right and we began.

Each participant's name was entered into a ledger of the event to keep track of who would be the next participant for your starting block.

As I have posted before, I made this quilt top with ...

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Mexacali Heat Progressing onto Borders! from Blended Fabric Quilts | Good Earth Quilting | Organic Quilting Cotton

When I first  moved to Telkwa many 14 years ago now, I met up with some wonderful ladies who quilt and I participated with one Round Robin quilt exchange with them. We all met one evening and as we distributed our brown paper bags going around the room and I handed off my quilt to the person on my right and we began.

Each participant's name was entered into a ledger of the event to keep track of who would be the next participant for your starting block.

As I have posted before, I made this quilt top with ...

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February 14, 2018
February’s Round Robin from Quilt Paint Create

I was on a roll last weekend.
I finished adding to this month’s round robin. Here’s what it looked like when I received it.
surface design round robin 4Here’s what it looks like now (added upper left).
sdrr4 done
This is the smallest piece I’ve had so far, maybe 14” square.
We’ve had a lot of discussions at our meetings about the need to rein ourselves in. It would have been easy to do a lot more stitching on this piece, but a dozen more people need to add to it. We have to all be mindful to leave space for ...

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February 10, 2018
February Meeting Recap from NYC Metro MOD Quilters

Welcome to Our New Space!

It's bright and spacious, but feels intimate and cozy.
Looking forward to many more meetings here! 

A full scrap table this month

Lots of raffle goodies, including fabric from Handloom Batiks!

 Beautiful Block Lotto Entries!

They were won by Diana C.

Here is a sample of the next Block Lotto.

Committee Reports

Our Programs chair Cynthia created a survey for members to give her feedback on Programs going forward. Members took the time to fill out the surveys during the meeting.

Coat of Arms

Kim H. added an embroidered "NYC" to the back of ...

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February 3, 2018
February 2018 Short List & OMG from Quilt Paint Create

Here we are at another month. Progress was limited in January because the list was full of new projects. Lots of starts, not a lot of finishes.
I did finish my Scrap Attack project and made good progress on two others. I didn’t touch the other two.
The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project, a scrap project and Creative Play. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I add and delete categories over time as my interests change.
Something Old – The Bouquet quilt is in the quilting stage. Finishing ...

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January 25, 2018
Surface Design Round Robin #4 from Quilt Paint Create

I had Art Quilt Group last night and we swapped out round robins. My project for the next month is this.
surface design round robin 4I know where I want to add on, but not what techniques I want to use. I like to look at the fabric a while and listen to what it has to say.
Fabric, like my cat, always has something to say.
There may be crayons involved in this round.

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January 16, 2018
Weekly update: RSC, round robin, briefcase (again) and NYB from With Strings Attached

Chinese Puzzle is my 2018 Rainbow Scrap Challenge block.  This is 12.5" (unf). 

I'm participating in a round robin in our quilt guild.  This is month #3.  T. B. said, "Anything goes!" I added the blue flowers. (The flowers were extras from this project and this one.)

The New York Beauty quilt is at the flimsy stage.  This is my entry in the 2018 guild challenge. The theme is "quilt your initials" with one initial being the block name and two initials being the colors.  My initials are NEBH so I chose three of the four. A list ...

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