Monday, December 19, 2016

Decemeber meeting update

Just a reminder that our meeting will be taking place this Wednesday, December 21 at the Art League of Long Island in Deer Park. (7:30 PM)

We will be having some member lead demonstrations on binding, label making and flange.  Please bring some label making supplies to the meeting.

Also if you weren't able to make an inspiration board but would still like to participate in the Holiday Gift exchange, please email LIMQG to let us know that you would like to participate.  We will exchange names at the meeting this Wednesday. 

The Holiday Gift Exchange and Party will take place at our meeting on January 18, 2017.

Please bring in your Inspiration boards to the meeting so that you can explain what inspires you!

See you on Wednesday.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

November Meeting Recap

The November Challenge was to create a mug rug utilizing just two colors. What a nice collection of Mug Rugs!  Various techniques were used including paper piecing, half square triangles and improvised piecing.  

Round Robin Medallion-round 2

This last round of the medallion quilt was challenging.  The border added this round measured 8 1/2" unfinished. Figuring out the math to add a particular width and length of border can challenging. I used my calculator a bit for this project! It is often difficult working on someone else's project, but rewarding as well.
The photographs below will show how the added borders are transforming the center medallions into beautiful quilts.

The third and final round of this project is to add a 4" border (4 1/2" unfinished).  This final round will be due at the February 15, 2017 meeting.

Show and Share

Mario shared his latest project: improvised piece quilt top with embroidered snowflakes that he will turn into a holiday stocking...Mario please take a picture of the stocking when complete!

Suzi pieced to together a graphic improvised quit top.  This was her first improvised project. She especially liked sewing the free formed curves! Great job.

Kim showed her latest improvised quilt inspired by a trip into Manhattan. She used invisible thread to do some matchstick/straight line quilting. Beautiful!

Inspiration Boards

Janet and Lorraine shared a technique to get our creative juices flowing. By looking though magazines for pictures of what "speaks" to us, we were able to create a board that will help us discover what colors, color combinations, shapes, styles etc that we are drawn to.  Using the inspiration boards, we can design our next project. 
So finish up your inspiration boards and post them to Instagram by December 2nd.  We will exchange names for the holiday gift swap based upon these posts. Please hash tag your post with #limqg
Kim will create a list of members who have posted their boards and randomly choose names to swap gifts with.

January holiday gift challenge will be to create a gift for your randomly selected LIQGM.  The inspiration boards that have been created and posted, will be a starting point to create the holiday gift. So, please use some design element from the member's board to make the gift. These gifts will be exchanged at our holiday party/meeting on January 18, 2017.

Friday, November 11, 2016

November Meeting Reminder

Next Wednesday,November 16, is our next meeting.

Our Medallion Challenge quilt 8" round is due!  If you are unable to attend the meeting, but have finished your round, please send me an email @ sewbusy65@hotmail so I can arrange to pick the quilt top up and bring it to the meeting for you.

The challenge for this month was to create a mug rug in two color ways. I am looking forward to seeing what you have designed and having fun swapping the rugs

Also we will be making an inspiration board at the next meeting.
Items for
Inspirations Boards
  • foam board
  • hot glue gun
  • yarn
  • buttons
  •  ribbon
  •  magazines
  •  thread
  •  just about anything that inspires you but also can be glued to a foam board!
So, I'll see you on Wednesday at the Art League of Long Island @ 7:30

Until then...Keep calm and Quilt on!


Monday, October 31, 2016

October Meeting Recap

October LIMQG Meeting Recap

We started off the meeting by sharing name tags that we created for October's Challenge.  
The only rule to designing  the name tag was to use fabrics and a design that spoke to who you are as a quilter.

Mario, Lorraine, Kim and Maureen:

Colleen, Elise, Karen and Lorna:

Amy, Madelyn, Janet & Deb:

Next we discussed some quilters and designers that inspire us.  It was an interesting discussion that brought our attention to various quilters and designers that many people shared as well as quilters that we have not heard of before.

Colleen was inspired by a designer that was not a quilter!  She shared a book by Sonia Delaunay, an artist.  Her work extends to painting, textile design and stage set design.   

Here is a list with links to websites/blogs of some of the quilters and/or designers that inspire us:

Kaffe Fassett

Amy Butler
Sherri Lynn Wood
Victoria Findlay Wolf
Sarah Bond
Nancy Crow
Sonia Delaunay
Christa Watson
Jacquie Gering
Barbara H. Cline
Amy Ellis
Julie Herman
Kathy Doughty

Show and Share:


Lorraine demonstrated the technique she used to create the stunning quilt to celebrate her son's wedding.  She used Victoria Findlay Wolfe's templates to create the modern wedding ring quilt pictured above.

Elise demonstrated the  mini-hex-n-more ruler created by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts.

This is the quilt that Elise made with the mini hex-n-more ruler!

Elise demonstrated the ruler by using the larger version. It was easier to demonstrate the quilt construction with a larger template.

Thank you Lorraine and Elise!

Next Meeting:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Challenge:   two color mug rug

The challenge for November is to create a mug rug.  Check out this site for ideas:  mug rug patterns.
Our challenge is to create a mug rug with just two colors!  Good Luck and have Fun!!

Inspiration Boards

For the November meeting please bring in items that could be used to create an "Inspiration board". Items that will get your creative juices flowing, such as magazines, paint swatches, buttons, ribbons, etc.  Items that will help you define your color palette or scheme for a new quilt.  

Friday, September 30, 2016

September 2016 Meeting Recap

Our first meeting of the year was held last Wednesday night and it was a success.  We met at our new location: The Art League of Long Island, pictured below.

 We have a full year of creativity ahead of us!

The medallion quilts were shown off to a fantastic audience of new and returning members!  10" of border seemed like a lot to add to a single block, but the results were fabulous. Refer back to June 2016 blog post to view the original medallion.

Check out the medallions :

Mario (center) and Carol (border)

Lorraine (center) and Amy (border)

Kim (center) and Susie (border)

Stella(center) and Mario(border)
Mario (center) and Lorna (border)

Julie (center) and Janet (border)

Amy (center) and Lorraine(border)

Susie (center) & Madelyn (border)

Elise (center) and Julie (border)

Madelyn (center) and Karen (border)
Carol (center) and Elise (border)

Karen (center) and Stella (border)

Janet (center) and Kim (border)

One of our newest members, Susan, has created this unique center for the Medallion Challenge. She plans on adding a 10" border to catch-up with the rest of the group!

So the next round of the Medallion quilts will be an 8" border on all 4 sides. This will be due at the November 16 meeting.  That gives us plenty of time to design and create a unique modern border.  Good Luck!

Show and Share

There were a few people that shared what they have been working on over the summer.  Remember to bring in some of your quilts and /or projects to show and receive an extra door prize ticket!!

Mario designed a special quilt for the "Quilts for Pulse" charity. Since the deadline for sending the quilts was in early September, he couldn't show us the actual quilt.  Great job Mario!

Irene designed a small quilt for a challenge that she was participating in.

Karen displayed her quilt that she made from the Row By Row Experience patterns that she gathered from her travels to quilt shops over the summer. 

Julie made two quilts that look as good from the front as they do from the back!  Good idea to create a pieced backing fabric that uses up some of your left over blocks and/or stash fabric.                      

October 19 Meeting


Name tags!    So lets get those creative juices flowing, and design a name tag out of fabric that speaks to who you are as a quilter.  Are you Modern? Do you like to paper or improv piece? Do you like muted or bold colors?  Rainbow or Random colors? You decide on the technique and the colors that speak to you as a quilter and create a name tag. There is no size limit.


Modern Quilter that inspire you.
Bring in some examples through pictures or your own work of modern quilters that inspire you.