Happy 2015! January: Quilting Beginnings

Happy New Year!
We kicked the new year off looking at quilts past and present. Several members brought one of their first quilts and a recent project and the rest of us had to guess whose was whose. 
Not easy!
Here are a few of the “Old” quilts…..
And some of the New….
Guessing was the hardest part!
We also swapped sewing room notions, Yankee Swap style, with some fierce competition going on. 
Cathy shows off her goodies. 

Susan did NOT want to part with her binding clips….
…so Pam chose another gift and received twice as many! Sorry, Susan!
Pat peruses her options….
SHOW & TELL

Emily is a Pittsburgh Penguins fan and made a quilt to show it. 
Gala made these cute colorblock place mats. 

NEXT MONTH:
~ Our sweet friend Alison Glass will be joining us to talk about fabric design and show off some of her new goodies. She’s also bringing her pop-up shop, so save your pennies. You don’t want to miss it!
~ Iris & Gwen will present our 2015 Quilt Challenge. You can take a peek HERE to get started choosing your fabric.
~ There is a Sew-In immediately following February’s meeting to get started on our Challenge quilts or work on current projects. Bring a bag lunch, sewing supplies and power strips. 
~ 2014 Quilt Challenge participants: Quilts are DUE at February’s meeting! Quilts MUST have a 4″ sleeve and a label that includes your name and phone number.  If you will not be attending February’s meeting, please make arrangements to get your quilt to Iris. 

~ February’s Block of the Month is the Scrappy Triangle block. Don’t forget to make extras of this fun block for our charity quilts. 

~ Don’t forget a little somethin’ for your secret pal!
Reminders: 
~ Are you on Instagram? Use our hashtag #PeninsulaMQG 
~ Our Facebook Page is new and public to everyone. Spread the link so all your friends can like us! www.facebook.com/peninsulamqg

December 2014 Highlights

This month the PMQG wrapped up a successful year with a party! Members shared their favorite holiday dishes and bid on some great gifts in our Chinese Auction.

We had THREE tables of auction goodies to bid on!

Our jolly MCs – Lois & Pat

Lots of happy winners!
More presents for Secret Pals!












Members also revealed their creative “This is My Modern Quilt” Challenge quilts.  The challenge was to use only one print and unlimited solids to modernize an old favorite or create a new design. These quilts and more will be on display at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in February. Great job, everyone!

















Some of our numbers for 2014:
25 members and counting!
66 “peapod” blankets for the NICU

90+ hats made for the homeless
140 Bibs for residents of a local senior center

Business: 
~ Valerie is still collecting Charm Squares (5″ square) for use in our charity quilts. Please bring your charm squares or fabric to be cut up to meetings.
~ The proposed budget for 2015 was handed out at December’s meeting. It’s also posted under “files” on our Facebook Family page. We will vote on the budget at January’s meeting. If you have any questions, please submit them via the guild email before 1/ 2. 

SHOW & TELL

Tricia’s beautiful finish!

A truck quilt for Pat’s grandson. 

Iris’s festive reversible table runner. 


NEXT MONTH:
~ MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Our meetings are now the FIRST Saturday of the month. See the Meetings tab above for dates and program info. 
~ Bring a favorite sewing room tool to swap.

Don’t forget a little somethin’ for your secret pal!

Reminders: 
~ Are you on Instagram? Use our hashtag #PeninsulaMQG 
~ Our Facebook Page is new and public to everyone. Spread the link so all your friends can like us! www.facebook.com/peninsulamqg

December Meeting Highlights

This month the PMQG wrapped up a successful year with a party! Members shared their favorite holiday dishes and bid on some great gifts in our Chinese Auction.

We had THREE tables of auction goodies to bid on!

Our jolly MCs – Lois & Pat

Lots of happy winners!
More presents for Secret Pals!

Members also revealed their creative “This is My Modern Quilt” Challenge quilts.  The challenge was to use only one print and unlimited solids to modernize an old favorite or create a new design. These quilts and more will be on display at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in February. Great job, everyone!

Some of our numbers for 2014:
25 members and counting!
66 “peapod” blankets for the NICU

90+ hats made for the homeless
140 Bibs for residents of a local senior center

Business: 
~ Valerie is still collecting Charm Squares (5″ square) for use in our charity quilts. Please bring your charm squares or fabric to be cut up to meetings.
~ The proposed budget for 2015 was handed out at December’s meeting. It’s also posted under “files” on our Facebook Family page. We will vote on the budget at January’s meeting. If you have any questions, please submit them via the guild email before 1/ 2. 

SHOW & TELL

Tricia’s beautiful finish!

A truck quilt for Pat’s grandson. 

Iris’s festive reversible table runner. 

NEXT MONTH:
~ MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Our meetings are now the FIRST Saturday of the month. See the Meetings tab above for dates and program info. 
~ Bring a favorite sewing room tool to swap.

~ Don’t forget a little somethin’ for your secret pal!
Reminders: 
~ Are you on Instagram? Use our hashtag #PeninsulaMQG 
~ Our Facebook Page is new and public to everyone. Spread the link so all your friends can like us! www.facebook.com/peninsulamqg

November Meeting Highlights

This month’s meeting featured Bingo fun, followed by a Charity Sew-In to make fleece hats for the homeless. 


So many hats!


Members also participated in the handmade (quilting optional) ornament swap.

‘Tis the season!

Business: 
~ DON’T FORGET: Beginning in January 2015 our meetings will be moving to the first Saturday of the month. See the Meetings tab above for dates and program info.
~ Valerie is still collecting Charm Squares (5″ square) for use in our charity quilts. Please bring your charm squares or fabric to be cut up to meetings.
~ The proposed budget for 2015 will be available at December’s meeting.  


SHOW & TELL



NEXT MONTH:
~ December is our Holiday Party & Chinese AuctionBring your friends, especially if they’re interested in becoming a member. $5 at the door includes 10 tickets for the auction, lots of food and holiday cheer! ~ We will have our Challenge Quilt RevealQuilts should be completely finished (pieced/quilted/bound). Please have the exact dimensions of your quilt ready, if you haven’t already submitted them to Iris. Your quilt MUST have a 4″ sleeve on the back. 
~  Bring any additional bibs for the senior center. Malinda will be delivering them on December 21. At last update we were at 136 – only 14 to go to reach our 150 goal! 

~ December’s Block of the Month is the Fast Forward Block. Use 5 inch squares (charm squares) of white and modern red, green, blue/aqua and gray. Don’t forget – anyone can be a block angel by making an extra block or more for charity quilts! 
The colors? negative space? quilting? pattern? Be prepared to share!   
~ BRING:
        – Your auction items if you haven’t already submitted them
        – A little somethin’ for your secret pal!
Reminders: 
~ Are you on Instagram? Use our hashtag #PeninsulaMQG 
~ Our Facebook Page is new and public to everyone. Spread the link so all your friends can like us! www.facebook.com/peninsulamqg

November Meeting Highlights

This month’s meeting featured Bingo fun, followed by a Charity Sew-In to make fleece hats for the homeless. 

So many hats!
Members also participated in the handmade (quilting optional) ornament swap.
‘Tis the season!

Business: 
~ DON’T FORGET: Beginning in January 2015 our meetings will be moving to the first Saturday of the month. See the Meetings tab above for dates and program info.
~ Valerie is still collecting Charm Squares (5″ square) for use in our charity quilts. Please bring your charm squares or fabric to be cut up to meetings.
~ The proposed budget for 2015 will be available at December’s meeting.  

SHOW & TELL

NEXT MONTH:
~ December is our Holiday Party & Chinese Auction! Bring your friends, especially if they’re interested in becoming a member. $5 at the door includes 10 tickets for the auction, lots of food and holiday cheer! ~ We will have our Challenge Quilt Reveal! Quilts should be completely finished (pieced/quilted/bound). Please have the exact dimensions of your quilt ready, if you haven’t already submitted them to Iris. Your quilt MUST have a 4″ sleeve on the back. 
~  Bring any additional bibs for the senior center. Malinda will be delivering them on December 21. At last update we were at 136 – only 14 to go to reach our 150 goal! 

~ December’s Block of the Month is the Fast Forward Block. Use 5 inch squares (charm squares) of white and modern red, green, blue/aqua and gray. Don’t forget – anyone can be a block angel by making an extra block or more for charity quilts! 
The colors? negative space? quilting? pattern? Be
prepared to share!   
~ BRING:
        – Your auction items if you haven’t already submitted them
        – A little somethin’ for your secret pal!
Reminders: 
~ Are you on Instagram? Use our hashtag #PeninsulaMQG 
~ Our Facebook Page is new and public to everyone. Spread the link so all your friends can like us! www.facebook.com/peninsulamqg

October Meeting Highlights

This month, Members made Noodleheads’s divided basket, led by Virginia Beach MQG’s Mary Menzer. We even had a visitor all the way from the Bay Area MQG in SanFrancisco! 

Mary shows off her latest divided basket.
We love visitors! Welcome to Rhonda & Jenny.

Great job, everyone!



So far Members have made 74 bibs for the senior center!


All those blocks make for a fun BOM pumpkin patch.


Business: 
~ Valerie is collecting Charm Squares (5″ square) for use in our charity quilts. Please bring your charm squares or fabric to be cut up to meetings. 
~ Our big This is My Modern Quilt Guild Challenge is underway! We have a spot to showcase our challenge quilts at Mid-Atlantic in February, so let’s rise to the challenge and show ’em what we’ve got! There is no size limit on finished challenge quilts, so every member is encouraged to participate. 
 ~ In 2015 our meetings will be moving to the first Saturday of the month. See the Meetings tab above for dates and program info.

Show & Tell:

Heide is hiding behind her mermaid quilt…
Iris’ ultra modern rings.
Even our guests brought Show & Tell 

Tamika’s adorable finish!
Beth’s got a new bag. 

Gala’s tailgate quilt has a pocket!

Sandra has been busy with this beauty…. 

… and this one!

NEXT MONTH:
~ At November’s meeting we will be swapping ornaments! They don’t have to be quilted, but they DO need to be handmade by you. 🙂  There are no sign-ups. If you’d like to participate, just bring an ornament! 

 ~ Immediate following November’s meeting (12:00 – 4:00 PM) is a Charity Sew Day. We’ll be making hats for the homeless from fleece. Want to get a head start? Download the pattern HERE. The tutorial is HERE.
Please bring:
   – Bag lunch

   – Sewing machine and supplies
   – Fleece, pre-cut according to pattern directions
   
~  Please bring any additional Bibs for the senior center. We want every resident to have one, and we are currently half way there! ~ Bring your items for December’s Chinese Auction. 
~ November’s Block of the Month is “Simply Woven” by Moda Bake Shop. Use a low volume gray for the background and brights for your strips. Don’t forget – anyone can be a block angel by making an extra block or more for charity quilts! 
~ DON’T FORGET to bring a little somethin’ for your secret pal!

DON’T FORGET to bring your charity charm squares.

Reminders: 
~ Are you on Instagram? Use our hashtag #PeninsulaMQG 
~ Our Facebook Page is new and public to everyone. Spread the link so all your friends can like us! www.facebook.com/peninsulamqg

October Meeting Highlights

This month, Members made Noodleheads’s divided basket, led by Virginia Beach MQG’s Mary Menzer. We even had a visitor all the way from the Bay Area MQG in SanFrancisco! 

Mary shows off her latest divided basket.
We love visitors! Welcome to Rhonda & Jenny.

Great job, everyone!

So far Members have made 74 bibs for the senior center!


All those blocks make for a fun BOM pumpkin patch.

Business: 
~ Valerie is collecting Charm Squares (5″ square) for use in our charity quilts. Please bring your charm squares or fabric to be cut up to meetings. 
~ Our big This is My Modern Quilt Guild Challenge is underway! We have a spot to showcase our challenge quilts at Mid-Atlantic in February, so let’s rise to the challenge and show ’em what we’ve got! There is no size limit on finished challenge quilts, so every member is encouraged to participate. 
 ~ In 2015 our meetings will be moving to the first Saturday of the month. See the Meetings tab above for dates and program info.

Show & Tell:

Heide is hiding behind her mermaid quilt…
Iris’ ultra modern rings.
Even our guests brought Show & Tell 

Tamika’s adorable finish!
Beth’s got a new bag. 

Gala’s tailgate quilt has a pocket!

Sandra has been busy with this beauty…. 

… and this one!

NEXT MONTH:
~ At November’s meeting we will be swapping ornaments! They don’t have to be quilted, but they DO need to be handmade by you. 🙂  There are no sign-ups. If you’d like to participate, just bring an ornament! 

 ~ Immediate following November’s meeting (12:00 – 4:00 PM) is a Charity Sew Day. We’ll be making hats for the homeless from fleece. Want to get a head start? Download the pattern HERE. The tutorial is HERE.
Please bring:
   – Bag lunch
   – Sewing machine and supplies
   – Fleece, pre-cut according to pattern directions
   
~  Please bring any additional Bibs for the senior center. We want every resident to have one, and we are currently half way there! ~ Bring your items for December’s Chinese Auction. 
~ November’s Block of the Month is “Simply Woven” by Moda Bake Shop. Use a low volume gray for the background and brights for your strips. Don’t forget – anyone can be a block angel by making an extra block or more for charity quilts! 
~ DON’T FORGET to bring a little somethin’ for your secret pal!

~ DON’T FORGET to bring your charity charm squares.

Reminders: 
~ Are you on Instagram? Use our hashtag #PeninsulaMQG 
~ Our Facebook Page is new and public to everyone. Spread the link so all your friends can like us! www.facebook.com/peninsulamqg

September Meeting Highlights

September is back-to-school time, and it’s no different for the PMQG. This month member’s attended Finishing Boot Camp, learning techniques for binding, finishing and hanging their quilts. 

Patricia demonstrates facing.  
Lois shares different ways to hang our quilts. 
This month’s swap: Fat Quarters!













~ Our big This is My Modern Quilt Guild Challenge is underway! We have a spot to showcase our challenge quilts at Mid-Atlantic in February, so let’s rise to the challenge and show ’em what we’ve got! There is no size limit on finished challenge quilts, so every member is encouraged to participate. 
~ In 2015 our meetings will be moving to the first Saturday of the month! See the Meetings tab above for dates and program info. 

Show & Tell:

 

Gwen made these bright quilts for the Hopes & Dreams Challenge benefiting ALS. 
Pat’s colorful finish

Sandy’s super cute blankets
Tamika made this adorable apron from blue jeans!






Lois is turning down the volume with this quilt















NEXT MONTH:
~ In October Mary M. from the VBMQG will be teaching us how to make 

Divided Baskets. Purchase your pattern HERE. Prep directions can be found HERE. Please come prepared.  Our meeting time has been extended so no one goes home with a UFO!
Bring:
      
– A snack to share
      -Sewing machine & supplies
      – Extension cords/power strips
      – Pattern & Pieces
     

~ Bibs for the senior center are DUE!

~ Please let us know what you plan to donate for the Chinese Auction by October’s meeting. Items need to be turned in at November’s meeting. 
~ October’s Block of the Month is a Modern Pumpkin block. Don’t forget – anyone can be a block angel by making an extra block or more for charity quilts!
~ DON’T FORGET to bring a little somethin’ for your secret pal!

Reminders:
~ Meeting Minutes can be found in our PMQG Family Facebook group. Members not on Facebook can request the minutes via email. 
~ Our Facebook Page is new and public to everyone. Spread the link so all your friends can like us! www.facebook.com/peninsulamqg

September Meeting Highlights

September is back-to-school time, and it’s no different for the PMQG. This month member’s attended Finishing Boot Camp, learning techniques for binding, finishing and hanging their quilts. 

Patricia demonstrates facing.  
Lois shares different ways to hang our quilts. 
This month’s swap: Fat Quarters!

~ Our big This is My Modern Quilt Guild Challenge is underway! We have a spot to showcase our challenge quilts at Mid-Atlantic in February, so let’s rise to the challenge and show ’em what we’ve got! There is no size limit on finished challenge quilts, so every member is encouraged to participate. 
~ In 2015 our meetings will be moving to the first Saturday of the month! See the Meetings tab above for dates and program info. 

Show & Tell:

 

Gwen made these bright quilts for the Hopes & Dreams Challenge benefiting ALS. 
Pat’s colorful finish

Sandy’s super cute blankets
Tamika made this adorable apron from blue jeans!
Lois is turning down the volume with this quilt

NEXT MONTH:
~ In October Mary M. from the VBMQG will be teaching us how to make 
Divided Baskets. Purchase your pattern HERE. Prep directions can be found HERE. Please come prepared.  Our meeting time has been extended so no one goes home with a UFO!
Bring:
      – A snack to share
      -Sewing machine & supplies
      – Extension cords/power strips
      – Pattern & Pieces
     

~ Bibs for the senior center are DUE!

~ Please let us know what you plan to donate for the Chinese Auction by October’s meeting. Items need to be turned in at November’s meeting. 
~ October’s Block of the Month is a Modern Pumpkin block. Don’t forget – anyone can be a block angel by making an extra block or more for charity quilts!
~ DON’T FORGET to bring a little somethin’ for your secret pal!

Reminders:
~ Meeting Minutes can be found in our PMQG Family Facebook group. Members not on Facebook can request the minutes via email. 
~ Our Facebook Page is new and public to everyone. Spread the link so all your friends can like us! www.facebook.com/peninsulamqg

August Meeting Highlights

In August we sliced and diced up some fun Crisscross Placemats. These fun mats are super easy!

 

NEW:
~ Our big This is My Modern Quilt Guild Challenge is underway! We have a spot to showcase our challenge quilts at Mid-Atlantic in February, so let’s rise to the challenge and show ’em what we’ve got! There is no size limit on finished challenge quilts, so every member is encouraged to participate. 

Show & Tell:

Angelia shows off her latest vest design.

Emily did a great job on this colorful jelly roll quilt!
Mike finished this beauty for his special (& very lucky!) gal

Tricia turned a past BOM pattern into this bright throw. 

Jenny shows off her newest bag….

…and Iris showed off a bag full of cute bags she’s been busy making. 


















NEXT MONTH:
~ “School” returns in September with our Finishing Boot Camp.  We’ll learn binding tricks and alternative ways to finish our quilts. 

~ We’re swapping fat quarters! If you signed up, bring three (3) coordinating fat quarters for your swap partner. Want to be a Swap Angel? You can bring extras to put in our prize stash!
~ September’s Block of the Month is the Bow Tie Block. Use white as your background – it does not need to be Kona white. Don’t forget – anyone can be a block angel by making an extra block or more for charity quilts.
~ Don’t forget to bring a little somethin’ for your secret pal!

Reminders:
~ Bibs for the senior center are due at October’s meeting.
~ Our Chinese Auction is in need of items to auction off! Think last-minute holiday shopping.  IDEAS: Hand made items, notions & fun items to add to gift baskets, gift cards. 

~ Meeting Minutes can be found in our PMQG Family Facebook group. Members not on Facebook can request the minutes via email. 
~ Our Facebook Page is new and public to everyone. Spread the link so all your friends can like us! www.facebook.com/peninsulamqg