Monday, April 20, 2015

April LVMQG Meeting Reminder

Our next meeting will be this Wednesday, April 22 from 6-8 PM at The Christmas Goose!
Remember to take advantage of your 15% guild discount at the Christmas Goose that evening :-)

The Agenda:
If you've had a birthday so far this year, we have a little something for ya - so be sure to come!
We will also have a short slideshow of some of the quilts from QuiltCon, plus a free-motion drawing demo from our very own Vicki Ruebel.
In addition to fabulous show'n tell we will be having our improv zippy pouch swap. There's still time to make one and bring it to the meeting on Wednesday. It can be any size, made from any fabrics. If you need some ideas for one, Ida has put up a nice tutorial on her blog:
What to bring:
Show 'n Tell
Snacks if your last name begins with N-Z
Your nametag (to be entered into our monthly prize drawing)
You improv zippy pouch! (another chance at a prize!)
A notebook and pen or pencil for the FMQ demo
Will we see you there? We hope so!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March LVMQG Meeting Recap

We had a great meeting in March and welcomed 4 new members, bringing our total up to 36 fun people! We had a fabulous show and tell as always and our nametag challenge was a success!

Be sure to check the guild's instagram @lasvegasmqg or facebook page for more pictures!

In addition, Christa gave a short paper-piecing demo and she will be hosting a free paper-piecing quilt along on her blog and Quilt With Christa Facebook group.

Our next field trip will be an all-day event, Saturday, April 18th for the St. George Quilt Show.
We will meet at The Cannery at 7:30 AM to carpool. We are looking for a couple more drivers, so please indicate if you can drive and how many (including yourself).

Save the date: September 17-20 for Desert Quilters of Nevada retreat. We will meet there as a group. Prices and registration info will be shared when available.

Don't forget to check the Modern Quilt Guild member site for free modern patterns and informational webinars about modern quilting. Also, book your hotel now if you plan to attend QuiltCon 2016 in Pasadena, CA. We will plan a meetup at the show for all who attend.

April Challenge - Zippy Pouch Swap
We will be making and swapping zippy pouches next month. Bring one/get one! The theme is improv piecing, and below are three tutorial links for suggested ideas. Be creative!

Remember, if you participate in the monthly challenge, you will be entered to win a giveaway, just for challenge participants!

Our next membership meeting will be Wednesday, April 22nd at the Christmas Goose from 6-8 PM. See you then, if not before!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

March LVMQG Meeting Reminder

Please join us for the next Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild Meeting on Wednesday, March 25th from 6-8 PM at The Christmas Goose. Remember, all members get a 15% discount on any purchases that evening!

What to Bring:
Snacks to share if your last name starts with A-M
A hand made name tag to be entered into our challenge drawing
A friend - tell them how much fun our guild is :-)
Show 'n tell - that's the best part of the meeting!

The Agenda:
Christa will be sharing a demonstration on modern paper piecing.
We'll also talk more in depth about our upcoming field trip:
Saturday April 18 - Trip to Quilt St. George and Superior Threads

See you there!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

February LVMQG Meeting

Thanks to our members for attending our latest meeting..we had so many members that we nearly overflowed the room! Below are some beautiful pictures from our sew 'n tell. We can't say it enough, but we have such talented members!! We are excited to see what everyone has in store for this months meeting!

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!
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