Monday, March 5, 2012

February Meeting Wrap Up

The February meeting of the ECMQG was great! Our attendance was up to 14 people (the most ever), and we had 7 new members, which means we're up to 16 dues-paying members! We're growing!

During the meeting, we talked about QuiltCon, which is the first-ever Modern Quilt Guild convention coming up in February of next year. It's very exciting, and will feature some really amazing instructors and lecturers like Denyse Schmidt, Malka Dubrawsky, Elizabeth Hartman, Anna Maria Horner, Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr, and Ellen Rushman.

Kelly S. did a demonstration on improvisational piecing. There are many different takes on improv piecing and really, it can be whatever you want it to be. But Kelly featured two different kinds of improv blocks.

The first was a block using improv curves to make a kind of wonky circle. She used a tutorial by Penny, who blogs at SewTakeAHike.





She finished the block after the meeting, and this is what it looks like -


The other block Kelly featured was a wonky log cabin, using a tutorial by Jacquie of Tallgrass Prairie Studio. Here's the finished result of that block -


Improv piecing is all about having fun and letting go. If this is new to you, and you'd like to try it, take a go at either of these tutorials - or any of the many other tutorials you can find online. Or just try it without a tutorial and see where it takes you! There is no right or wrong way when it comes to improv. For some other tutorials, The Modern Quilt Guild did a tutorial round up during the 100 Days of Modern Quilting, found here.


After the demo, it was time for Show and Tell.















We're getting together to sew on Saturday, March 17 at First Baptist Church in Crestview from noon to 6 pm, so bring your sewing stuff and a project (or two, or three) and sew with us!


Our next meeting will be on Friday, March 30 at Lynn's Sewing Center in Fort Walton Beach at 10 am. This will be the reveal of our Kona Solids Challenge quilts, and we're all very excited about it! Hope to see you there!

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