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Book Review: The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting

Hello fellow guild members!  At last month's meeting I had mentioned that I would be reviewing the book The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting which is co-authored by Angela Walters and Christa Watson. Whether you're a seasoned quilter or just starting out, a sit down quilter or a long armer, there's something for everyone in this book.

The reason I started quilting back in 2012 is because I wanted to learn how to do the beautiful designs I saw on finished quilt tops. After my husband got me my first really good machine that Christmas, I jumped right in to free motion quilting and I've never looked back.

While I've only quilted on my sit down domestic machine, I have a burning curiosity and desire to learn how to long arm quilt. One of my favorite features of this book is that it approaches machine quilting from both techniques. The pages are color coded and both quilters guide you through step-by step on how to achieve a specific design or motif.

There are 10 full…

Meet Alexis Brandenburger!

Hey y’all! I’m Alexis and I’ve been a member of the guild since January of this year. I’m currently in my last semester of undergrad at UCF and will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology next month. I’m originally a paper crafter and run an Etsy store calledGrowingUpGoddessselling notebooks & planners. I started sewing after receiving a sewing machine for my 22nd birthday in August 2015 — so I’ve only been sewing for a few months. One day in October of last year, I woke up and out of nowhere decided to make a quilt. I have been obsessed ever since!

Being a member of this guild has brought me so much joy and inspiration and every day I am overwhelmed with enthusiasm about the Modern Quilt Guild and the fabulous art of quilting. Since I’m still so new to quilting and sewing in general, I feel like I learn something new every day — but I definitely dove head-first into the quilt life. To date, I have finished five blanket-sized quilts and a few smaller quilty projects. Our g…

Meeting Minutes

MEETING MINUTES Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Maitland, FL
President Alissa called the meeting to order; 50 members and 1 guest were present. The six new members introduced themselves. ICEBREAKER Alissa passed out paper and asked members to make suggestions for what the guild will do with the charity quilt we made for QuiltCon 2016. TREASURER’S REPORT
Joan received membership forms and dues for renewals and new memberships, including 6 new members. Each person joining or renewing chose a gift of a Modern Quilt Guild mug or project bag. Joan asks anyone who plans to join or renew to please pay their dues right away, so the new roster she will be email to members soon will be up to date. Members also signed up and paid for the Mandy Leins class on May 7th, "Improv on a Photo." There are still places available in the class.
Leandra returned the Raffle Basket filled with many new and special items. The basket, which brought in $48 for raffle tickets, was won by Debra.

May Block Of the Month!

Hello guild family!

I just completed a quilt for my grandma using a beautiful pattern I had found in an Australian quilting magazine. I really fell in love with my completed quilt top and how beautiful the improv piecing turned out, despite my best efforts to over think it. 
Once I let go all control and allowed the improv powers that be take over, I sailed through the blocks and loved each one more than the last.
When looking for a nice block of the month to help people bust their scrap stashes I realized I had pinned a block just like it from Comfort Stitching! I thought I should let you all join in the improv, stash busting fun I just had!
You can find her tutorial here.
Much like her blocks lets keep our blocks monochromatic. You can make a whole bunch of blocks for the lotto and bust that scrap stash one color at a time!

For those of you who are too busy over engineering your blocks and stressing about the devil may care attitude you must have for this block, I have included a …

Meet Michele Lancaster

Hello! I have been a member of the guild since it started in 2010. After following Rene’s blog and figuring out we lived in the same city, Rene asked if I would like to join her newly formed Modern Quilt Guild. I was thrilled to join an actual guild of my “people!” I served as treasurer and have watched the guild grow from the original 16 to now over 75 members. I can’t imagine not being part of our fun and talent-filled guild.

I first started quilting in 2007 after collecting fabric, quilts and vintage linens for years. I’ve always been intrigued with textiles, but never really sewed. I made my kids a few garments when they were little, but garment sewing wasn’t my thing. But I did like printed feed sacks, vintage cotton prints (think groovy 1960s), old bandannas and quilts. I have a quilt from each of my great grandmothers, who were prolific quilters, so quilting may have been in my blood after all.

When I began quilting I scoured the internet and found an online quilting group calle…