Sunday, December 10, 2017

December Meeting

Wow it's December already! Where did the year go?? 

For this year's December meeting we are going to relax, play some holiday music, eat some yummy savory and sweet snacks and make a Holiday Fabric Ornament!

Show and Share

We will start off the meeting by Sharing our latest creations!  Bring in your finished or unfinished quilty project!

Raffle Prizes!

We will have awesome raffles prizes!  1 for $1 or 6 for $5

Ornament Fun

Then we will get down to business by creating an ornament that Mr. Domestic has created and shared on line through his YouTube Video

 Fabric Pinecone Ornament


Foam Egg (about 2-1/2")
Fabric strips, 2"
Applique Pins, 3/4"
1 Long Pin

Thin Ribbon, 1/8"-1/2" wide

Tacky Glue or glue gun

Follow the steps below if you want to get a head start on preparing your fabric:

Preparing the Fabric
  • Cut fabric into 2″ strips
  • Cut two squares from one of the strips and put aside for later
  • With the rest of the strips, fold them length-wise and press
  • Cut these strips into 2″ long pieces

So don't forget to bring in a snack to share!

Happy Holidays

Monday, December 4, 2017



There are a lot of talented members in our guild!  The show and share section of our meeting is my favorite.  Members display their creativity, charity,  and workmanship.  
Mario makes beautiful stockings that will be auctioned off for a charity. His stockings show his creativeness and sewing skills. 
Nancy's guitar block was creative and FUN.  Colleen's whimsical "Super Sewing" machine is awesome!  Susi's AntiTrump quilt showed how to incorporate improv piecing into your quilt design. Carol also demonstrated her take on improv piecing. Hope she turns this sample block into a finished quilt. Lorraine has been working on a quilt that she started at a class she took @ QuiltCon 2017.  Color placement is wonderful.


Guest Speaker: Deborah Fisher

What a wonderful treat to have Deborah Fisher at our meeting.  She told us two stories of her life in the quilt and ceramics world.  She brought several quilts that she received and created to illustrate her quilt story.  She also brought in samples of her ceramic creations that help to illustrate her ceramics story. 

Story One:
Her first introduction into the the quilt world was in the 1970's.  She watched her mother create quilts from sandpaper templates.  

Then she went off to college and grad school and earned a BFA and MFA. She was is a fine artist, and studied fine textiles and mixed media.

 She received a quilt from her husband's aunt (self taught quilter) for their wedding. She took this quilt with her on the 3 month residency program she began at The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in 2003. Once she placed this quilt on her bed, she got a sense of home.

She wanted to give others the same feeling of "home" that she felt when she placed the well loved quilt on her bed. 
She started a quilt charity organization with her mother called Bright Hopes Collaborative Quilt Project.  Her organization makes one-of-a-kind quilts for children living in foster homes and homeless families living in shelter

 She wrote a book entitled Quilt Giving.
  Here a few quilts from this book

Deborah is also involved in creating Softies.  She often participates in a Sew Softie Challenge sponsored by Trixi @ Coloured Buttons By Trixi

Go to Deborah's blog post to see the pencil softie that goes along with this "Notebook Paper" quilt:

Story Two

Accidental Ceramicist
Deborah's father retired and took up furniture making and ceramics.  He asked her to join him in a ceramics class at the Art Center of Long Island.  Her life as a ceramicist began.  She started to create one of a kind animal pin cushions, sewing boxes and magnetic pin dishes.   

Next Blog Post

The next blog post will contain information about our next meeting on December 20 2017
Until then, Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November Meeting

The Long Island MQG is pleased to host Deborah Fisher of Fish Museum & Circus at our November meeting.  All are welcome to attend.

Guest Speaker & Trunk Show Deborah Fisher of:    

      Fish Museum & Circus

About Deborah Fisher

Deborah Fisher is the author of Sew Fun (Interweave, 2013) and Quilt Giving (Fons & Porter, 2016). She is the director of the Bright Hopes Collaborative Quilt Project and of Bo Twal, a non-profit international doll project. Find out more about her projects at and @fishmuseum on Instagram


Bring in your latest project to share with the group. 


We will have a door prize as well as a Raffle prize to give away. Raffle tickets are $1 for one or $5 for 6.

Monday, October 23, 2017

October Meeting Recap

Charity Quilting


Thank you Long Island MQG members!  I received an abundance of blocks on such short notice! I received enough blocks to make a quilt for the first responders and victims of the Las Vegas Tragedy.
I will keep you updated as the blocks come together!

Medallion Quilt 2016-17

Several medallion quilts that were pieced as round robins are coming together into beautiful, finished quilts.  The first one to be completely quilted was pieced together by several members, one border at a time.  Carol was kind enough to take it and sew the binding on.  

Show and Share

Several members have been busy piecing and quilting. Check out some of the blocks and quilts that were created:
Colleen: Super Sewer

Janet: Lunch Time Piecing

Janet: Lunch Time EnglishPaper Piecing

check out the beautiful piecing!

Kim:  RJR Fabric Challenge

Nancy: Sugar Skull Quilt...Front


Nancy: Front

Nancy: Fabric: Alison Glass's Diving Board

Member mini workshop: 

Clamshell Quilt & Curved Pieccing

Susan was our first member to demonstrate a skill to the LIMQG members...
Susan brought in her clamshell quilt last year and everyone admired it!  So she deicide to demonstrate how she put it together.
She cut out the clam shells with her AccuQuilt 8" clamshell die. She was able to print out the remainder of the templates from designer Latifah Saafir on
Piecing curves is daunting, but Susan lead us through her technique and made it seam doable!

Thanks so much for sharing your quilt and sewing techniques!

Matching up clamshells prior to piecing.

Curved piecing with just a few pins. 

Flanged Binding Mini Workshop

Colleen demonstrated how she creates flanged binding on her quilts.

This technique uses two narrow complimentary fabric strips to make the binding strip. The main fabric is 1.5" wide, flange fabric is 1.75.  Sew them together with a 1/4" seam to form one binding strip.  Then press with wrong sides together along the length, matching raw edges.
Sew the binding on to the back of your quilt (using a 1/4" seam) with the flange fabric facing up.
When finished sewing the binding to the back of the quilt, press binding towards the front of the quilt. The flange fabric will be slightly visible on the front. Stitch in the ditch between the flange and the main fabric.
Thanks so much for sharing your flanged binding technique

Flange fabric (grey) & Main fabric (stripe)
Flange slightly visible.

Next Meeting:  November 15

November Meeting Highlights

Guest Speaker & Trunk Show Deborah Fisher of:    

      Fish Museum & Circus

Saturday, October 14, 2017

October Meeting

October 18th Meeting

Member spotlight...

We will be having our first member led workshops at this meeting.

  • Susan will show us how she create this lovely clamshell quilt.

  • Colleen will demonstrate her creative binding technique


The Las Vegas MQG has asked for donations of quilts and quilt blocks. These quilts will be given to the first responders and victims of the tragedy that happened in their city two weeks ago.

We will be collecting 10" finished quilt blocks in the Grayscale Pattern for the Las Vegas Charity quilt that we will be donating to the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild.  

Check out their blog post for more information: #quiltsforvegas

The guild would also like one heart block to be inserted into the quilt made from The Grayscale Quilt Block. Here is a suggested block setting:

Raffle Prize

We have the best raffle prizes this year!

Show and Share

Bring in your latest project to share with the guild!  

November Meeting Highlights

Guest Speaker & Trunk Show Deborah Fisher of:          Fish Museum & Circus

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