Meeting Reminder for Tomorrow

Hello, everyone! This is just a quick reminder that tomorrow night is our monthly sit and stitch at Creative Quilt Kits in Brighton at 7:00pm. I hope many of you can attend, as I have an announcement to make.

This will be the last meeting of the Brighton Modern Quilters. It has been a fantastic journey, and I am so lucky to have met such great women. Unfortunately, life is moving on and choices have to be made. I am working more at the shop and teaching more. My husband and I volunteer as well. Something had to give. So, it is with some sadness that I have decided to dissolve the Brighton Modern Quilters. I hope to still see you in the shop and at quilting events, as you are all such talented women! I hope you don’t find yourself alone in the quilting world, as a great group of women has started a modern guild in Ann Arbor. Also, CQK is having a free sit and stitch monthly in the store. Thank you for all of your inspiration. It has been an incredible journey!

Andrea 

 

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Shop Hop!

Hello,  everyone! Here is some information from Debbie regarding a modern shop hop scheduled for next weekend, Saturday 8/20.

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the delay in getting details to you on our mini shop hop.  I looked around on the web and didn’t have much luck finding a lot of other quilt shops in the Battle Creek area.

 

Our main destination will be Sew Unique in Battle Creek.  Andrea and I met her at a quilt show in May and thought it would be fun to go and see her shop.

 

Another possible stop is Quilts at the Marshall House in Marshall.  I wouldn’t say they have lots of modern fabrics specifically, but they certainly have lots of fabric.  I found two other shops in the area, Quilt N Go in East Leroy and Quilts Plus in Kalamazoo, but neither has a website so I don’t know if we want to give them a try or not.

 

So I thought we could plan to meet at Sew Unique at about 11.  By the time we finish there it may be lunch time and we could eat and then decide what to do next or we could go on to another shop.  I think things will be pretty flexible.

 

Let me know as soon as you can if you are planning to go.  Once I know who is going we can work out who is driving and meeting places.  If you are willing to drive, let me know how many people fit in your vehicle.

 

I’m looking forward to a fun day next Saturday.


Debbie Grifka
Esch House Quilts
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http://eschhousequilts.etsy.com
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Here’s an idea…

Hello, Everyone! It’s been forever since I’ve updated the blog, and I apologize for that. The last 3 months have been the craziest for my family, but here’s hoping things will get back to normal now! We had a great last meeting. Rebekah was kind enough to bring her scrap bins to share with us. Andrea brought her Tokyo Subway Map quilt to show us. These 2 things gave me a fantastic idea! (or at least I think so)  Since a couple of our members tackled this quilt with stunning results, it has motivated some others to make their own. I have been sorting through scraps and cutting 2″ squares in the hopes of making my own.

So, here’s the idea: let’s bring our scrap bins for a scrap swap to fill in the gaps of colors for our own quilts! You know the saying about one man’s trash. Well in our case, it could be one quilter’s trash is another’s treasure!  Also, we have some new quilters in our group that may not have a significant stash yet, and sharing scraps would certainly help them add variety to their projects.  We had also talked about doing our own Tokyo Subway Map quilt-a-long to work on during our meetings. Since this quilt has a bazillion 2″ sqrares, it may be significantly less daunting to make it together!  Anyone need orange? I seem to have an abundance!

Tokyo Subway Map Layout by Oh, Fransson!

Here’s the link for the quilt-a-long info:

http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransson/tokyo-subway-map-quilt-along.html

Congratulations are definitely in order for Debbie Grifka! She entered one of her stunning quilts in the AQS show this spring, and she won first place in her category! Now we can all say we knew her when! Way to go, Debbie!

http://www.americanquilter.com/shows_contests/paducah/2011/quilt_contest/quilt_winners.php

Well, that’s all for now. I hope to see you on the 25th at our next meeting!

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May meeting info

Hello, everyone! We are still planning on meeting tomorrow night at Creative Quilt Kits in Brighton at 7pm. Space will be tight as we will be meeting upstairs. We suffered damage in the basement as a result of flooding. So, bring your handwork and wear your deodorant! Hope to see you!

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April Meeting Reminder

Hope you all are enjoying a nice Easter Sunday.  Looks like the sun is trying to come out today!  Let’s hope it decides to stay for a while.

This is to remind everyone about tomorrow evening’s meeting at 7 pm at Creative Quilts.  Here’s an excerpt from Andrea’s posting a few weeks ago – just so that everyone that is planning on coming knows about this:

 (April’s) meeting will be a real treat because Sarah (Hip to Piece Squares) will be giving a tutorial on how to make zipper pouches. If you haven’t seen her pouches (and other most excellent handmade items) visit her etsy shop. You can do so via her link on the right side of this page. They are gorgeous! She swears it’s not hard at all to install zippers and she will share her secrets to doing so next month. So, here’s what you need to bring: a 7″ zipper, two 6.5″ x 8″ lining fabric pieces, and two 6.5″ x 8″ outer fabric pieces with interfacing fused to it. Sarah likes to use fleece to interface her pouches. Also, bring your machine and sewing supplies. Thanks, Sarah!

Hope to see you tomorrow night!  Angie

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What a Wonderful Group of Women!

I would love to thank the awesome women who came to our meeting on Monday! We laughed so hard and so much–it was great! It’s been wonderful sitting together sharing ideas, tips, and opinions on fabric and sewing and maybe or maybe not getting any real sewing done! So, many thanks go out to those of you who come once a month to share your time. 

To recap, we have changed to a very casual format. Each meeting is a general sit-n-stitch with tutorials and swaps thrown in for good measure. You can bring a project to work on (or not) and chat it up with other women who have an interest in modern quilting.

 Next month’s meeting will be a real treat because Sarah (Hip to Piece Squares) will be giving a tutorial on how to make zipper pouches. If you haven’t seen her pouches (and other most excellent handmade items) visit her etsy shop. You can do so via her link on the right side of this page. They are gorgeous! She swears it’s not hard at all to install zippers and she will share her secrets to doing so next month. So, here’s what you need to bring: a 7″ zipper, two 6.5″ x 8″ lining fabric pieces, and two 6.5″ x 8″ outer fabric pieces with interfacing fused to it. Sarah likes to use fleece to interface her pouches. Also, bring your machine and sewing supplies. Thanks, Sarah!

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Thanks and Congrats!

I just wanted to take a moment to thank Angie for posting the minutes from last month’s meeting. I will be adding pics as soon as both my IT support and I are home and healthy at the same time!

I also wanted to take a moment to say congrats to Debbie Grifka! Her sunglass case pattern has been published in a new mag from Interweave coming out soon. It’s so exciting to see our local talent being recognized nationally! Here’s the link: http://store.quiltingdaily.com/QUilting/Magazines/101-Patchwork-Projects-and-Quilts.html?a=qp110325

See you Monday!

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