06 Feb

Pincushion swap with the Great Lakes Modern Quilt Guild

We announced at our January meeting that we would be having a pincushion swap with the Great Lakes Modern Quilt Guild, and here are the details!

Crazy Mom Quilts pincushion

Example with modern fabric and linen. From the Plenty of Pincushions vol 1 pattern by Amanda Jean Nyberg.

  • Make a pincushion
  • No more than 5″ across
  • Use modern fabrics
  • Stuff your pincushion with whatever you want (stuffing, crushed walnut shells…)
  • Bring your pincushion to our March 15, 2017 meeting. (If you can’t be there, send it with a friend.)
  • Attach a brief bio about yourself so whoever receives your pincushion can learn a little bit about you. Here are some things you might want to include in your bio:
    • How long you’ve been sewing
    • How you became a modern quilter
    • Some of your favorite fabric designers
    • Where you grew up
    • A photo of yourself
    • Your email address or instagram handle
  • The guild will take care of mailing all the pincushions to Michigan. You’ll get your pincushion at the April 19 or May 17 meeting, depending on the mail. Then everyone can see the beautiful pincushions we received!
Crazy Mom Quilts pincushion

Example with modern fabric and linen. From the Plenty of Pincushions vol 1 pattern by Amanda Jean Nyberg.

Crazy Mom Quilts pincushion

Example with modern fabric and linen. From the Plenty of Pincushions vol 2 pattern by Amanda Jean Nyberg.

It’s possible that the number of people who bring pincushions from each guild may not match up. If we collect more pincushions than Great Lakes does, you might get a pincushion from one of our own guild members. But that’s okay, because that’s fun, too!

We’re looking forward to seeing your beautiful pincushions at the March meeting!

11 Dec

Holiday Meetup and Mini Swap

Our holiday meetup and mini swap at Ricado’s last night was so much fun! We played a bunch of games, and Trinia donated fat eighth bundles in our guild colors for prizes. We also exchanged our two-color challenge minis, and everyone who participated in the swap went home with something beautiful.

Trinia was a real taskmaster on this challenge; these were the requirements for our minis:

  • Between 12″ and 18″ square
  • Minimum of 25 pieces
  • Quilting cotton
  • Natural fiber batting
  • Backing with label (name, date, location, title [if applicable])
  • Colors: Kona snow + 2 colors (can have different values of each color)

Here are the minis (usually photographed with the recipients)!

Val made an adorable red and blue Norway.

Val's thimbleblossoms mini

Megan made a fabulous black and white feathers mini.

Megan's feather mini

Sarah made a fantastic fussy-cut pineapple.

Sarah's pineapple quilt

Jackie made a beautifully quilted sunset mini.

Jackie's sunset mini

Ronnie made a super modern improv mini. The title is perfect: Which Way Is Up?

Ronnie's which way up mini

Mai made a terribly cute aqua and coral flying geese mini.

Mai's flying geese quilt

Trinia made a craaaaaazy intricate zig zaggy mini with over 400 tiny pieces! It was inspired by Gently Down The Stream.

Trinia's jillion pieces quilt

Alli made a Bartow mini with matchstick quilting.

Alli's bartow mini

Leah made a lovely Christmassey Swoon.

Leah's swoon mini

Norine made a wonderful blue and grey mini.

Norine's mini

Finally, Nancy missed the swap signup but brought a mini top to show — she made a gorgeous carpenter’s star that we all loved.

Nancy's carpenter star

Thanks to everyone who celebrated the end of the year with us! 2015 is going to be even more fun! 🙂

everyone who came