Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February 25th Meeting Reminder

Just a reminder about our next guild meeting on February 25th from 6-8 PM at the Christmas Goose!



QuiltCon 2015 has come and gone and there was a wonderful showing of modern quilts!
Please visit the Modern Quilt Guild Blog to see pictures of all the winners.

You can now follow the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild on instagram @lasvegasmqg

Thursday, February 5, 2015

LVMQG Member Profile - Meet Ida!

Meet Ida Ewing, our Vice President of Membership for the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild. She's recently taken on the role of Swaps & Challenges chairperson, so be sure to come to our next meeting (on Feb 25th) to see what she has planned for us!


Congrats to Ida on her ribbon for her beautiful star quilt!

Here's some Q&A that will help you get to know Ida better:

How long have you been quilting? 

I took a quilting sampler class back in 2007 or so but it didn't "take". I found it frustrating and never even finished the sampler quilt. Fast forward to 2010 when I bought a new sewing machine and felt like I had to be using it to justify the expense. I took up quilting again, learning this time largely from the internet. I fell in love and have been quilting ever since.

What does modern quilting mean to you? 

Modern quilting means making my own quilts from start to finish, making quilts that are meant to be used, and using bold colors and patterns.

What's your favorite part of the quiltmaking process? 

I like the machine quilting part and I like binding. I machine bind so it's quick and I love that final touch.

What's the most found color in your stash?

I've been collecting black, white a gray for a while now. But I just finished a black and white plus quilt for my hubby so that used most of those. I tend to gravitate toward blues. 

 One of Ida's recent finishes, using a tutorial from Melissa Corry.

Do you quilt for business, for pleasure, or for both? 

For pleasure. I am a happy amateur and have no intention of making it into a business. I like making quilts to give to people I love. It's like creating an giving a permanent hug.

What's your favorite form of social media? 

Facebook, mostly because that is the one I am the most familiar with. I have friends all over the country from our many moves and I love to be able to keep in touch with them.

Besides your sewing machine and fabric, what's your number one, can't live without notion? 

Well, this is dumb - but my pin magnet. I love to be able to throw the pin in the general direction of the magnet and not have to pause to stick it into a cushion. And that if it gets knocked off my sewing table I don't have pins everywhere on the carpet.

Why do you enjoy being a member of the Las Vegas MQG?

I just like to have a place to talk about quilting, to learn new things and to share what I've been working on.

Anything else you'd like to add?

I love that quilting doesn't require you to be an expert to be successful. I read once that it takes 10,000 hours to become a master at something. So when I took up quilting for the second time, I decided that I was just going to enjoy the first 9,000 hours or so and not worry about if I was good enough to be a quilter. There are so many resources online to teach yourself. And quilts range from very simple to very difficult. I think I've improved quite a bit in the last five years but I figure I'm still at about 5,000 hours so I've got plenty of time to keep learning. And I'm going to enjoy every minute of it!
 
 

Here's where you can keep up with Ida:

instagram - idaewing7
facebook - Ida Riggs Ewing
 

Look for more member profiles in the coming weeks!

 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

January 2015 Sew 'n Tell

We had a wonderful turnout at our meeting this month. Thanks to all of you who came and shared your sew 'n tell and joined in the discussion! So many new members joined and the excitement for modern quilting was evident. New members will be getting an email from the national Modern Quilt Guild shortly.

We had our best turnout ever - over 28 women came to visit, snack and be inspired!

It was nearly standing room only so Annie helped us out by getting a lot of action shots for Sew 'n Tell! Enjoy the pictures and we apologize if anyone was missed. :-)


Erica shows off her version of Fancy Foxes.

Cecilia tries out quilt as you go.


 Lisa shares her Amish Star potholder.


Melissa says Hi!

  Sharon brought her graphic purple and green beauty!

Pam brought in several quilts including this scrapalicious star. Love that low-volume!


   Kristin was prolific this month, including this adorable castle quilt!

Sophia shared her scrappy houses!

 Sandy brought in her Tula Pink sampler - set in her own way!

  Caroline brought in her quilt as you go hearts - and shared the pattern with us!

Vicki stunned us with her gorgeous quilting in Me and My Shadow!

Ida had a great time showing us her graphic Plus quilt!


Carolina shared her adorable Valentine drawstring bag!

We were sad to say goodbye to Carolina, but we wish her best of luck with her move and her new home!


We also had a few "secret sewing" shares, which of course we can't show publicly. Please make sure to join us next month, so you don't miss out on any of the fun! Save the date: Wednesday, February 25th at 6 PM at the Christmas Goose. It will be the week after QuiltCon, and we are looking forward to an in-depth show report!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Nearby Quilt Shows & Upcoming Meeting Reminder

One of the purposes of the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild is to promote, educate, and encourage the art of modern quilting. With that in mind, here is some information on two nearby quilt shows that will each have a display of modern quilts:

The Desert Quilters of Nevada will present their annual show, Quilt Las Vegas 2015 - Rainbows Over the Desert from March 20-22nd at the Henderson Convention center. Click here for further information.




The Dixie Quilt Guild will present their show, Gems of the Desert April 17-18 at the Dixie Center in St. George Utah. Click here for details.

While you are getting excited for the spring quilting season, be sure to attend our next meeting this Wednesday, January 28th at 6PM at the Christmas Goose. Full details here.



Monday, January 19, 2015

QuiltCon is Now Going to Be Every Year!

Did you hear the news? QuiltCon is now going to be every year!



This is perfect timing as our group is in the process of becoming an official MQG affiliated guild.
If you'd like to become a charter member, just send us an email using the contact us button above.

Click here for details about our next meeting on January 28th at the Christmas Goose. We'd love to grow our membership!


Monday, January 12, 2015

Upcoming January Meeting

We've got lots of fun quilty things on the agenda for the coming year! 


We are going to kick off January's meeting with a modern sew n' tell and roundtable discussion: What does modern quilting mean to you?


Save the date for our next meeting:

Wednesday, January 28th, from 6-8:30 PM at The Christmas Goose

We are making plans to formalize membership with the national Modern Quilt Guild. Our local membership dues are $25 which will include membership in the MQG once we've been approved as an affiliate guild. We need a minimum of 10 members to be considered an "official" guild, so please come to our January meeting and bring your friends!

What to bring:

  • Work-in-progress to show and share with the group
  • $25 to join or renew your annual membership
  • A small treat to share if desired - we love snacks!
 We swapped mug rugs the previous year and we'll have another mini swap soon!

How you can get more involved:

  • Take pictures during the meeting that we can post on social media
  • Share creative ideas on how to make our guild the best group it can be
  • Lead a demo on your favorite quilting technique at a future meeting

We can't wait to see you!



Friday, December 19, 2014

December Meeting Recap and Goals for the Upcoming Year

Thanks to those who showed up at the December meeting at the Christmas Goose! Carolina and Sandra swapped mini holiday quilts and the rest of us were regretting that we didn't bring anything. Next time we will join in for sure!

Sandra pieced, quilted and embellished this gorgeous modern mini for Carolina.

Carolina created this delightful modern mini for Sandra - and she hand quilted it, too!
As a group, we discussed goals for the upcoming year which include:
  • Becoming an official chapter of The Modern Quilt Guild
  • Continuing our monthly educational meetings 
  • Gathering for a sew-in at members' homes every 4 months
  • Expanding our membership by encouraging the growth of modern quilting
We also selected the following officers for 2015:
Carolina Moore, President
Ida Ewing, Vice President
Sandra Glynn, Secretary
Vicki Ruebel, Treasurer
Christa Watson, Publicity

Please mark your calendars for our next meeting, Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 6-8:30 PM at the Christmas Goose in Las Vegas, NV.







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