Monday, May 8, 2017

Transition Time!

Hello and welcome to our UCMQG transition! We hope you will continue on with us in our new location and with our expanded creativity. Included here are all of the details you will need to move forward with us in August.
Our new location is the Highland City Community Center located on the corner of 10400 North and Alpine Highway (5378 West 10400 North, Highland), in the Multipurpose room upstairs. Look for the balloons on the street to let you know you’ve found us. Our meetings will still generally be on the third Saturday, at our new time from 11am-2pm. We will be able to bring food in, but please only water to drink. Annual dues will be $30, and will cover August-July. Each meeting will begin with Show and Tell, and then move into a technique and then right on to sewing time by noon.
Please join us for our Grand Opening at August’s meeting. In addition to collecting dues, we will introduce our new theme – Row Effects in Quilts – and discuss our group motto. We will talk about the customizable lanyard nametags our group will begin using in September, and join each other for a fun potluck. There will be no open sew this month.
We highly encourage you to come prepared to sew together, whether you are participating in the group’s theme, or just catching up on your own projects. There is plenty of room! Bring your machine, cutters & rulers. We will have a few extension cords, but are requesting each member bring her own power strip to protect from unexpected surges. You are always welcome to bring cutting mats and travel irons; we will have 4 sets of these on hand at every meeting. Please also be excited to jump in and get the tables and chairs provided set up and cleaned up.
For the most part we will still be doing our main jobs for you, with the addition of a few members to spearhead some fun new projects:
  •   JoyLyn Rigby – city liaison
  •   Kristin Barrus – social media
  •   Anna Morrison – swaps & exchanges
  •   Pamela Cardwell – giveaways & retreats
  •   Sydney McKinney – emails & membership
  •   Jill Miskin – charity sewing
  •   Kristen Perschon - group challenges
  •   Crystal Hendrix - mentoring
    Here are some other things to look forward to in our new world:
  •   Design Teams – pairs of volunteers who give creating together a try and then report back to the group
  •   Enjoying lunch together
  •   Tula Pink house exchange
  •   Valentine fabric swap
  •   Thread catch or basket exchange
  •   Holiday cookie exchange
  •   Charity sewing together
  •   Mentor match up – getting help with social media and the internet
  •   Group challenges
  •   Bringing back group member spotlights
  •   Some great trunk shows by outstanding quilters
    We have loved this group, and want very much to preserve what we all love while expanding into more creative, Modern directions during our time together. Please continue along with us if this sounds like something you are interested in.
    In July you will be sent an emailed invoice for dues: $30. If you intend on making the transition with us, and we hope you do, follow the emailed instructions. Options for payment will be outlined in the invoice. There will also be a Google Doc, which you will need to fill out and return, instructions for returning will also be included. Both of these items, Dues and Google Doc will need to be completed for your membership to be renewed.
    We look forward to continuing on with all of you and adding new faces to our group as well! 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

April 2017 Meeting in Review

Thank you for a beautiful meeting this month. Our days at Broadbents are coming to a close and we will be sad to move to our new location in June, but happy to still be all together. In the next few weeks an email with all of the details will go out and also be posted here.

Beautiful Show and Tell from today's theme: Elizabeth Hartman patterns

Jenn Reed

Peggy Watkins

Julie Davies


Kristen Perschon

Kristen Perschon

Diane Woodward


Diane & Melissa Kelley

Anna Morrison

Metallic swap fabrics will be returned during May's meeting.  See you all next month!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Fabric Weaving

Friends, for our May meeting we will delve into fabric weaving. (Or revisit it for those of you 1970's macrame champions.) Anna will be teaching us more about it and we will be having a workshop together to start a piece.  Please join us in trying something new! May's meeting will also be our last time at Broadbents.

Anna has chosen a free pattern on Craftsy by Mister Domestic. Click here to get the instructions. You will need to create a free Craftsy account if you don't already have one.

Here is your list of supplies to bring to class in May:

  • 20” x 20” piece of medium weight woven fusible interfacing (BRING to meeting)
  • 20” x 30” foam board (BRING) I think even a 20" x 20" board will work...and might be more manageable in a large group (the drawn square will be 16" x 16")
  • Pins, pins, and more pins (BRING)
  • Sharpie marker (preferred) (BRING???)
  • Masking tape (I will bring a couple of rolls)
  • 1” WEFTY Needle (preferred) or large safety pin (BRING)
  • Ruler w/30 degree angle (BRING)
  • 1” bias tape maker (optional) 
  • 1/2 yard of three different coordinating fabrics (assuming WOF of 45")

Here is your list of prep work to do BEFORE class in May and then bring:

  • Cut fabric in 2" x WOF strips 
  • Fold each side of the fabric towards the middle (lengthwise) and press with steam iron (starch might be handy) ~~OR~~ use 1" bias tape maker according to instructions
  • Cut strips into:  Fabric 1 - 16 strips x 22" (1/2 WOF); Fabric 2 - 8 strips x 22", bring other four strips in full length; Fabric 3 - 8 strips x 22" bring other four strips in full length

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Modern Trends: March

CALENDAR CHANGE: Please note that because of Easter, our April meeting will be moved back a week and will be held on April 22nd. 

In March we saw some very beautiful samples from several class members. 

Jennifer Harrison shared her large collection of Carolyn Friedlander's slow stitch quilts that she's been working on. Amanda Bright showed how she enlarged some of CF's hand stitch patterns to make more organic pillow covers her own. Susan Greenwood tried her hand at CF's paper-pieced shirts. They are small but mighty! To learn more about this talented designer, visit

We also had some fantastic house samples shown. Crystal Hendrix shared her scrappy houses using the pattern in our bonus book by Tula Pink and Angela Walters. Anna shared a mini she received from a swap. Julie Davies and Jessica Dalton (and daughter) shared some gnome fun they've been having together.  There are so many house block options out there, have fun online finding one that works for you!

To see photos of all of these beautiful Group creations, visit our Instagram page: @ucmqg. 

In April we will be talking about the patterns of Elizabeth Hartman, with more blocks and quilts from Group members, as well as seeing some new ideas for binding quilts from Anna. 

Also in April, remember to bring your fabrics if you signed up for the Metallic swap. Three yards of Modern fabric with any shade of metallic, cut into fat eighths and in a bag with your name on it.

We only have 2 more meetings at Broadbents, don't miss out!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Session 12 February 2017

Session 12: "Modern Market Trends" is off to a terrific start!  

This session we are mixing things up a little, we have chosen trends and fads in the Modern quilt industry for each month and invited our members to choose one of the areas where they would like to experiment, and then share their experience with the group. We hope this gives you a boost to try something new, create something new, share something new.  

In March we will be discussing the work of Carolyn Friedlander. Reminder that the Metallic Swap is open, sign ups close next month. 
JoyLyn, Kristin, Anna, Pamela & Sydney

February was "Envelopes and Gems"

Emily James shared these envelopes and hearts.

Here are Emily's gems, using the Gemology Block by SarahRoseQuilts on  If you look close you can see that she added a heat transfer with each gem's name.

Susan Greenwood shared these envelopes & hearts.

Here is Susan's gem using Gem Stone by Quilt It Out on Craftsy.  She used the metallic linen in the center.

Lauren Waldram made this great gem for us, also using the Gemology Block.

Lori Wells tried envelopes from Love Notes Quilt from Missouri Star Company.

Lori also found inspiration to trace a future gem project from a store logo near her work.

Kristin Experimented with these envelopes from You've Got Mail, by Auymi Takahashi in Patchwork Please, and gems also using Gemology.

Anna tested out 3 different envelope ideas, using Return to Sender by Kelly Liddle in Love Patchwork & Quilting Issue 7 2014, and the Missouri Star block, sewn up by Jenn Barclay.

Two other block ideas you can look into, in addition to many others online, are Letters from Home by Heather Givens at & Envelopes by Carolyn Friedlander.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Metallic Fabric Swap


Some of you are very excited for our metallics swap next session, and I also completely understand wanting to take advantage of sales. Here is some criteria for you if you want to get a jump on it, but please don't stress. This is the Session 12 fabric swap, and that technically doesn't start until February. You may post your choices now if you'd like - there are many, many options out there.

  • 3 yards of fabric with any metallic element, cut into fat eighths
  • Sign ups for the swap will be in February & March, with fabric due in April, to be swapped and returned to you in May
  • There are lots of MODERN fabrics with metallic around today, we saw several great choices in quilts shown on Saturday. Please make sure your piece is from the last 3 years.
  • Any weight is allowed i.e. cotton, linen, canvas and it can be solid or print.
  • Here's a link to one website with some great examples, but you can purchase from wherever you choose, including Broadbents. 
  • YOU MUST review #ucmqgmetallicswap hashtag on instagram to make sure yours isn't used yet, and post a picture with the same hashtag so no one else buys yours. Duplicates will not be accepted this time around. There are lots of beautiful choices out there, bring variety!
Thanks and have fun choosing!