Friday, April 18, 2014

April Online Block Activity!

At long last, here it is!
This block didn't seem to have a name in Nicole's tutorial on the Spoonflower site, so I'm calling it the "tipsy stacks" block. :)

The color scheme: use black and white prints for the edges and a variety of prints/solids of any bright color (I chose turquoise) for the center.

A few additional tips from my block construction experience:
1. Nicole suggests making sure your pieced strips are at least 14" in length. This definitely works, but make it easier on yourself by making the strips even longer--that way you can shift the center color as much as you want without worrying about if you still have 12.5" of height.
2. Start with fairly wide (2.5" - 3") strips--that way after you have have pieced them and arranged them as you like, you can choose which strips to trim to be more narrow.
3. Don't trim your two outer strips until you've assembled the block. I did, and my block is barely 12.5"--I would have liked a little wiggle room for squaring up!
4. Don't think too hard! This is improv piecing and supposed to be relaxed and fun.


Find the tutorial for the block here.



Submission/Winning:


  • Submit a photo of the completed block by May 16.  We want this to be fun and easy, not stressful, so we have several options for submitting your photo.
    • If you have a Flickr account, please post the photo to Flickr, add it to the Great Lakes Modern Quilt Guild group pool, and tag it GLMQG-Apr14
    • If you have a Facebook account, you may post the picture to the Great Lakes Modern Quilt Guild Facebook page. 
    • You may email your photo to glmodernquilter@gmail.com 
    • If you do not have access to a digital camera, contact me (Lisa) and I will arrange to photograph your block.
  • How to win all the blocks:
    • We are going to draw for a winner of all the blocks at our next live meeting, which is May 17.  You do not need to be present to win.
    • You get your name in the drawing each time you enter a block.  So, if you submit two blocks, your name goes in the drawing twice!
    • Please bring your completed block to the May meeting so all the blocks can be delivered to the winner.  If the winner is not at the meeting, we will mail them to him/her.
    • We'll post the name of the winner here on the blog.  So, if we don't have your email address, check the blog so you can see if you won and can send us your contact information.  (If you are at the meeting, you'll get your blocks on the spot!)
    • If you will not be at the meeting, either
      • Give the block to a friend to bring it for you, or
      • Mail it in.  E-mail us at glmodernquilter@gmail.com, and we'll send you the mailing address where you can send your blocks.

  • That winner must assemble the blocks into a finished quilt before being eligible to win again. Fair enough?
Any questions? Leave a comment below. See you at our May meeting!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Proposed Amendments to Bylaws--For Vote at May Meeting

Hello Everyone!

Stephanie here....at our May meeting, the Executive Board would like to hold a vote on some proposed changes to the language in our bylaws.  Below are the current bylaws in question and the proposed wording changes.  Please take a moment to review these so that you are prepared to vote on them in May.  Thank you!  See you soon!


Proposed Amendments to GLMQG Bylaws (April, 2014--For Vote May, 2014)

Change Article 3, section a:
Current:
Membership in GLMQG is granted upon completion of membership application and
payment of dues. Paid members in good standing receive a single vote in guild matters. The membership year shall run from January 1st to December 31st. Each member is required to keep dues current, payable within the first two months. Members joining after July 1st will pay a reduced amount. The annual due amount will be determined by the Executive Board, increases in the dues will be voted upon by the members of the guild.
Amended:
Membership in GLMQG is granted upon completion of membership application and
payment of dues. Paid members in good standing receive a single vote in select guild matters. The membership year shall run from January 1st to December 31st. Each member is required to keep dues current, payable within the first two months. Members joining after July 1st will pay a reduced amount. The annual due amount will be determined by the Executive Board, increases in the dues will be voted upon by the members of the guild.

Change Article 4, section a:
Current:
GLMQG Executive Board consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary,
Treasurer, and Web Coordinator, and shall be elected by the membership at the May Meeting. Persons holding office must be 18 years old, or older, and be a member in good standing. This board will meet as needed. Committee chairs shall be appointed by the President, as necessary, to carry on the business of the organization. All committees and chair persons are responsible to and accountable to the President.
Amended:
GLMQG Executive Board consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary,
Treasurer, and Web Coordinator, and shall be elected by the membership at the May Meeting. Persons holding office must be 18 years old, or older, and be a member in good standing. This board will meet as needed. Committee chairs shall be appointed by the President, as necessary, to carry on the business of the organization and are encouraged to participate in executive committee meetings as non-voting members.. All committees and chair persons are responsible to and accountable to the President

Change Article 4, section b:
Current:
The nominating committee will be formed in March. The nominating committee will
seek nominations and secure the permission of each individual nominated.
In April they will present this slate of nominees to the Executive Board. Following the approval of the slate of nominees, the nominating committee will present the nominees to the general membership in May. The Executive Board members are determined by a majority vote of those present. Voting will be conducted either by ballot or on-line.
Amended:
The nominating committee will be formed in March. The nominating committee will
seek nominations and secure the permission of each individual nominated.
In April they will present this slate of nominees to the Executive Board. Following the approval of the slate of nominees, the nominating committee will present the nominees to the general membership in May. The Executive Board members are determined by a majority vote.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Meet a Member: Stephanie Peterson

Stephanie is our visionary founder and energetic board president. Here she shares her enthusiasm for quilting and her great sense of humor!

When did you begin quilting?

I made my first quilt top in high school. I wanted to learn to make quilts. I was always fascinated by them. So, when I was about 17, I signed up for a class at a shop in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I made a top with elongated hunter stars. It was off-white muslin background and dark green and rose/mauve stars. This would have been in the very early 1980s. So, it was all calico. I tried to hand quilt it and realized I really did not enjoy the quilting part. I quilted one block and quit. It sat. I did not start quilting again until about 2002. I just really wanted to start sewing again. I never did finish that original quilt. I kind of feel bad, because in one of my moves, I gave it to Goodwill. (Gasp!) Yep. I sure wish I had it now. But the fact that I didn't finish it is still indicative of my style. I start a lot of things. I do finish quite a few, but I start way more. LOL.

Why do you quilt?

I know it sounds pretty cliche', but it's my therapy. It's how I unwind and relax. I enjoy the creative process. There's a drive in me to create. A lot of the quilts or other projects I make, I make them just to make them. I have no other purpose in mind. I also enjoy giving my made objects away. I delight in other people's joy of receiving something handmade.

What new technique are you hoping to learn this year?

I know how to do English Paper Piecing, but I've never made anything big with it. I'm about to embark on a pretty large English Paper Piecing project. I'm hoping to learn how to manage that with hand piecing. Someday, I want to go back to the hand quilting and try it again. I really enjoy handwork, so I think I would enjoy hand quilting now.


Why modern quilting?
I like the clean style, bright colors, and the fun fabrics associated with modern quilting. I like the cute hedgehogs, little mushrooms, and other quirky fabrics. I also love linens for the texture they bring to the table. (But I should say, I consider myself a multiple personality quilter. I also really love very traditional, civil war quilts. I enjoy the precision it takes to piece all the little pieces in those quilts, and I like the history they harken. Oh, yeah, and I love 1930s prints. They are so cute. I also have fun with applique'. And.... You get the drift?)

What is your favorite sewing or quilting tool?

Well, my sewing machine has to be my favorite quilting tool! I love all the computerized machines these days. There are so many aspects of the wonderful machines they make now that make sewing such a pleasure. My rotary cutter is probably my second most favorite tool--along with all my rulers.

Why did you establish the GLMQG?

I started this guild because I really wanted to have a community around me that shared my interest in modern quilting. I enjoy the other guild in town, but it's a large guild, and there are a variety of interests there. I hoped to establish another outlet for folks who had interests similar to mine--so we could have programs that focused solely on the modern ideals. I also wanted to see us have the opportunity to bring in national speakers that we wanted and to have their workshops on days when people who work during the week could attend. For that reason, we have our meetings on Saturdays. I wanted this guild to serve as a compliment to, not a replacement for, the other guild in town.

What random fun fact about yourself can you share?

Random fact? Gee, that is a tough one. How about this one? When I was in college, I was a special education major. I really wanted to study abroad for a semester, so I did my student teaching abroad. I chose to go to Australia. So, I traveled to and lived in Australia all by myself when I was 20 years old. Pretty scary for me at that time, but it was the most amazing experience ever. I have a very special fondness for anything Australian, as a result of that experience.