Our Special Exhibition at the Suncoast Quilt Expo

Our Solids Only! Challenge and the Fat Quarter Challenge with fabric by Marcia Derse were in a special exhibit at the Manatee Patchwork Quilt Guild's SunCoast Quilt Expo at the Bradenton Convention Center on Feb 14 and 15, 2020. A big thank you to our sister guild and to K Kotovsky for organizing, collecting and hanging the quilts.

Solids Only! display at Manatee Patchwork Quilt Guilds Suncoast Quilt Expo

Fat Quarter Challenge  with fabric designed by Marcia Derse on display at the Suncoast Quilt Expo

Congrats to Donna Koenig and Jann Warfield  both won many ribbons, click here to see some of their award winning quilts.

February 2020 meeting

The February 15th, 10:30 a.m. SMQG meeting will be held at the Waldemere Fire Station, 2070 Waldemere St in the second floor meeting room. There is an elevator available. Please park in back lot only or in the adjacent parking lot and walk around for entry.
After a short business meeting, bring a modern quilt for Show and Tell. February's program is Double Curves completion by Christine Ravish for members who took her workshop. Also you are welcome to sew on your own project.
Congrats to Carole Lyle Shaw for Curated Quilt magazine feature in Notable.
The Solids Only! challenge was a great hit with the most entries ever in a challenge. See the Challenge tab for group photo's. KK's quilt was a little hidden in the group photo's and was spectacular using our charity fabrics.
KK's Solids Only! Challenge
note charity fabric colors on right

Upcoming Events-

Feb 15 - Meeting at Waldemere Fire Station
Feb 19-23 - QuiltCon, Austin, Texas
Feb 29 - Sew Day
Mar 4 - Arty Animals Workshop
Mar 21 - Meeting at Fruitville Library
Mar 28 - Modern Mystery Quilt Workshop
April 16-19 - Retreat

January 2020 meeting

The next SMQG meeting is Saturday January 18th, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in the Fruitville Library meeting room. After a short business meeting, bring a modern quilt for Show and Tell.
The January Challenge quilt is due this meeting. For more information on this Solids Only! Challenge see the Challenge Tab here.
January's program is on Quilt Journals. Bring a share on how you journal your quilts.  Terrie Morgan will show us how to make a journal cover from pieced fabric. For more information and supplies see the Program tab here.
New sew days have added for your enjoyment and camaraderie in sewing. To see a listing of Sew Days click Activity tab here.
Back by popular demand, a second Transparency Workshop by Christine Ravish is on Saturday, January 25, 2020. For supplies and information see the Workshops tab here. Sign-up on Groupworks or use the contact form with Transparency Workshop in Subject on this website's side bar.

The highlight of our annual Holiday Party was the SMQG pin created from our logo and presented to all members by Jodi G and Carole Shaw, the co-founders of the guild. Thank you!
December is the annual distribution of the Sallie House quilts. 125 quilts were donated with 25 children in-house selecting quilts. For photo's and more information see the Community Outreach
page here. A special thank you to Jodi G and to all who make this program so successful. 
Upcoming dates -
January 3, Friday - Sew Day
January 18, Saturday - Meeting and Solids Only! Challenge due
January 25, Saturday - Transparency Workshop
February 1, Saturday - Airing of the Quilts
February 15, Saturday - Meeting
February 19-23, QuiltCon, Austin, Tx

December Holiday Party - note date and time change

The December meeting is our annual Holiday Party on December 14, at 11 a.m. for members only at the Fruitville Library Meeting room. Bring food and drinks from signup and also a Modern Quilting inspired $15 gift for the gift exchange in a brown bag or use a fat quarter for wrapping paper. As usual, bring a modern quilt for show and tell. Great food, gifts, and modern style quilts to view...it's going to be fun...

Highlights from the November meeting was member Joan Der quilt "A-Maze-ing Journey to Remission" was selected to hang in the Sapphire collection of  Houston's 45th Annual Show.
Click here for the full quilt story

Joan Der with her quilt "A-Maze-ing Journey to Remission" the second one above her head at the Houston International Quilt Show featured in the Sapphire Collection.

November 2019 meeting - updated 3 Nov

The next SMQG meet is Saturday, November 16, at 10:30 a.m. in the Fruitville Library meeting room. After a short business meeting, bring a modern quilt for Show and Tell.
The November program is now a continuation of the Double Curves Workshop. (Terri Morgan will present the Journal Cover program at the January 2020 meeting.) The November program time will be used to continue with the workshop - click here for details.

The Fat Quarter Challenge produced many clever, gorgeous quilts. For more details of this challenge and information of the new Jan 2020 Solids Challenge click here.

It is Dues collection time again for the 2020 year. Download the renewal form on Groupworks or email Membership Chair Jamie Lynch through the contact form on this blog. Please put membership information in the subject line. If you would just like more information about becoming a member of our guild - click here.

Sign-up is now open for members and returning Retreat attendees for the SMQG 2020 Retreat. Please use the sign-up sheet on Groupworks or email Jamie Sculley through the contact form on this blog. Put 2020 Retreat in the subject line.

October 2019 meeting

The next SMQG meeting is Saturday, October 19, at 10:30 a.m. in the Fruitville Library meeting room. After a short business meeting, bring a modern quilt for Show and Tell. And...

Bring your Fat Quarter Challenge quilt! For more information on this challenge click here.

October's Program is Color and Value- a No Sew yet colorful program workshop. For more information click here.  As Carole will have samples, please sign up for this event on Groupworks or use the website contact email with October Program - Color and Value in the subject line. There are a few openings left.

The Double Curves Workshop is Saturday, October 26 by Christine Ravish. For more information click here. There are several openings so sign up on Groupworks or use the website contact email with Workshop - Double Curves in the subject line.

Highlights from September Show and Tell...
Jamie Lynch - Piecing size with cast on matters
(added 7 Oct)
Trish Hodge is collecting items for the new "DIY No-sweat Shop" in which teenagers learn to  make useful/comforting items that are then given to children in difficult circumstances of one kind or another. For their first project (on October 23) they are making a dream pillow - small pillows with a quote for a children's book written on the back and filled with lavender scented stuffing. They hope for donations of fabric, scissors, thread, batting, fabric markers, trim/lace/other decorative stuff.
Bring any donations to the meeting. Trish will collect and take to the Elsie Quirk Library program.

September 2019 meeting

The next SMQG meeting is Saturday, September 21, at 10:30 a.m. in the Fruitville Library meeting room. After a short business meeting, bring a modern quilt for Show and Tell.

At the September program Donna Koenig will show use the technique for the Yikes! Stripes! quilts. For more information click here for Program page.  NOTE: This is a bring your machine and supplies listed sew-in Program. Alternately you can choose to cut your striped fabric only or just watch Donna demonstrate the technique.

Highlights from August Show and Tell...
Marjy Lasita original text quilt
Charlene Zimmerman with "Antelope Canyon"
Charlene's beautiful Antelope Canyon quilt is a pattern by Laurie Shifrin. For more about this pattern and her other designs Click Here for link to her website.