Quilts needed for display at RI library

The MVQG will sponsor an educational quilt display at the Rock Island Public Library main branch (401 19th Street) from Thursday, June 6 to Wednesday, July 31. Our display will be shown in three locked cases.

We are asking the general guild membership and all ability levels to provide colorful quilted items for the display.  You should bring the items to the regular June guild meeting on June 4th. We need the following items:

IMG_23371. Pairs of finished 10” square quilt blocks using the same block construction with different colors. These will be used for a matching game for children and adults (already have nine-patch, split nine patch, log cabin, flying geese, flying geese pinwheel, and rectangle makes the square). Please see Jane for suggestions if you are not sure what to sew.

IMG_23342. Paper Piecing Technique

8 table runners that use paper piecing

Small paper pieced quilted items that are no taller than 16” –miniature quilts, small wall hangings, quilt blocks (unfinished are OK), pot holders, purses or bags, dolls, anything else that you creative sewers have or want to make using paper piecing that are no taller than 16”

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3. Appliqué Technique

8 table runners that use appliqué

Small appliquéd quilted items that are no taller than 16” – miniature quilts, small wall hangings, quilt blocks (unfinished are OK), pot holders, purses or bags, dolls, anything else that you creative sewers have or want to make using appliqué that are no taller than 16”
The more items you provide the better. Since the display will last two months, we can change the items out several times.

Questions???  Please contact Jane Skoglund at (563) 355-3057

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Bus Trip to International Quilt Show, Chicago

logo-200Bus Trip to Rosemount in Chicago Saturday, June 22.  Board the bus at 6 a.m. at Tri-State in Davenport bus will leave lot at 6:30 a.m.  We will stop in DeKalb for breakfast and at night for dinner.  Your $35 ticket includes bus seat and admission to the show.

Please send Jo Ann Pilgrim your check to receive a seat or sign up and pay at the May meeting.

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Join us at Doll Quilt work day

Margaret Paulos with 1st Doll Quilt of 2013NUMBERS….around 1200….and we’ve met the goal every year, thanks to the generous and diligent efforts of this guild….you are great!

June Knuth handed in 18 last month.. and some sit and sew groups have done dozens! But every single one, experimental, beginner, simple are all needed and appreciated.  I will have the kits at guild, at the May getaway and at the May doll quilt day.

At doll quilt work day, we start from scratch….going thru piles of fabric of all sizes, colors, textures and patterns..  Some sort, iron, cut, plan, sew and finish. Those who bring machines might consider bringing a buddy to ‘team sew’  …sandwich, sew, trim, turn and finish.

Some always find something to take home to create  a ‘line’ from a certain fabric….like kids in a candy shop…or ladies in a fabric store…we get our fabric ‘fix’.  Some kits are ‘finish ready’, others need some thought…  So please plan to take some over the summer since we do not meet in June or July.

Doll Quilts
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. May 21
Deere Wiman Carriage House
1105 8th Street, Moline

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Take the 2013 Quilt Challenge

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The winner of the 2012 MVQG Quilt Challenge, Stars and Plaids.

The 2013 Challenge is to use something related to your birth month.

For ideas, search on the Internet for your month.  Have fun with it and let your creativity take over.  It is $1 to enter.

Quilts be shown at the September 2013 meeting.  Your entry can be any size.   If you have any questions please call me.

Thanks,

Vicki Allison

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Keep your mind sharp with MVQG classes

“A new learning activity can help keep your brain sharp longer,” according to Dan Buetiner, author of the book The Blue Zones.  By doing things that are novel or complex you are performing “exercise for your brain.” But once you get so good at a skill that it is no longer a challenge, you need to move on to learn another new skill. Sounds like quilting is a perfect work-out!

Fortunately, learning opportunities abound for MVQG members, (and no gym membership is required)!

Our guest speakers usually offer from 1 to 3 workshops when they are in town. These classes are a bargain and you don’t have to leave town to take them.  I always learn something valuable from our guest lecturers.   There were over 200 members and guests in attendance at the April 2013 Guild meetings to hear speaker Lynne Hagmeier from Kansas Troubles.  We learned about her quilting journey that got her where she is today: from how she developed her patterns and her unique method of making quilts to what led to her eventual designing of a line of fabrics, for Moda, no less.

In addition to the classes offered by our guest speakers, our Guild is offering a wonderful variety of Saturday Workshops in the coming year taught by our own talented MVQG members. Thanks to the planning by our Workshop Chairperson, Diana Engelbrecht, there will be classes on a variety of subjects such as paper piecing, machine appliqué, pictorial quilts, and many others. (See page 6 in this newsletter for a complete list of classes and dates).  Try a new technique or sharpen your skills and have a day of fun and fellowship while you do it. With our membership now over 300 members, we have a large resource of talented teachers.

Our Guild library is another good way to get some “brain exercise.”  Check out a book and challenge yourself to expand your quilting knowledge.

Enjoy your work-out,

Susie Goodley

MVQG President

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February meeting to be Juna Douglas Memorial Charity Sew In

Juna Douglas, charity quilt

Our meetings on February 5, will be dedicated to Juna Douglas.

Juna, a long- time active Guild member, passed away in 2012. Her stash, which was donated to Charity, will be used at the Sew In to create works of art that will be contributed to various charitable organizations in her name.

There will be opportunities to cut, sew, bind, and tie at this event.

There will be a demonstration on how to tie for those of us who have never seen this technique done.

Bring your sewing supplies and come enjoy our giant Sit n Sew! Purple attire is suggested in memory of Juna.

Meetings are at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2201 7th Avenue, Moline.

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Quilts of Valor finishes 24 quilts

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! The January meeting of Quilts of Valor is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 9. Bring a sack lunch if staying all day with us.

Here are some stats since I took this position with QoV. We logged 166 hours and 24 quilts. Those hours did not count the long armers and the binders hours.

I’m sending eight quilts to the Quilt of Valor group and have handed out seven to local soldiers.

Quilts of Valor

All that you have done for this group has been greatly appreciated! The picture here is from one of the recipients of the under our wings day from May.

The rookie was Denny Zahrt (left) and the Vet is Merlyn (Jan) Sanders (center). The coach was Pauline Hartung.

A big thank you to Mr. Sanders for his service and sacrifice! There will be more pictures to come.

THANKS again! See you in January.

Terry Austin

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