Monday, October 16, 2017

October 2017 Row Effects & 2018 Group Challenge

Row Effects:

Saturday we shared some thoughts about Row Effects. Think of these as one sided medallions. You may not be sure where your project will end, and that's the artistry of it. Look at your fabric stash to for a color or two that are overflowing your cupboards and use those. Find a focus fabric to finally work with. Keep the blocks simple and focus on fabrics, or use smaller pieces to create design. Let yourself try a row of that block you've been meaning to get to, or explore beads, embroidery, or stitch drawing.

Here are just a few patterns to get you started:

Rachel Hauser's Cascade Quilt

Dear Gunta by Carrie Strine

Blake by Carolyn Friedlander

Simple Twist by Janice Ryan

Hot House Quilt by Anna Maria Horner (second row on left)

Garden Path by Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Mayan Mosaic by Suzy Quilts

Vicki's Socks by Kathleen Quilts

Explore Seminole Quilts on Pinterest!

Fabric Exchange:

Also remember to bring your exchange fabric month #2 in November. Please let Anna know if you signed up for this and no longer want to participate.

Group Challenge:

Kristen Perschon rolled out our Group Challenge for the next 6 months:

What Does Quilting Mean to You?

Make a quilt based on what quilting means to you. Follow your inspiration and be creative. It could be a technique, a person who inspires you, a favorite block, etc. This challenge is meant to show what inspires you. It does not have to be original, but if using a pattern, make it your own. Each quilt must be at least 24x24" or as large as you want to take it. Finished projects will be shown at our April 2018 meeting.

Coming up:

For the next 2 months we will be meeting without sewing, so just grab a chair! November we will review Our Favorite Things. Please bring a gift idea that you either love to make and give or have received, a favorite apron or bag pattern, or something online you've been meaning to try. Now's your chance! Share it with the group and we will compile a list of sources for gift ideas for everyone.

Christmas Swap:

December we will be having a cookie exchange and small project swap. Bring your favorite cookie or bar and the recipe, plus an extra plate to take your new goodies home on, and share in the Christmas creative spirit to close out 2017 with us.

The project is a Thread Catcher by Laura at Kittens & Threads, with a small notion & treat of your choice, wrapped. You do not need to sign up for the swap, just bring your gift if you would like to participate.

It's been a great year, and we are so happy with our group's new space and the energy and friendship felt when sewing together. Thank you to all of you for bringing your soft, generous hearts and energy. For looking for new friends and wanting to learn more from each other.

We love you all!

Monday, October 9, 2017

October Meeting Reminder


DATE:  Saturday, October 14th
(We are holding our meeting a week early because of Fall Break.)

TIME:  11:00-2:00

WHERE:  Highland City Community Center
5378 West 10400 North

October meeting we are talking about our theme: Row Effects.

It will be an Open Sew Day.

Swaps are closed: 
Reminder if you signed up for the swaps you must bring the first month of swap items. If nothing is brought the first month, your name will be dropped from the exchange list.
This only applies to the fabric exchange.  House blocks are due at February meeting.

If you have any questions, please let us know!  
We are excited to see you all on the 14th!

JoyLyn, Kristin, Anna, Pamela & Sydney

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fabric & Tula Pink House Swap Info

Sign ups for the 3 month fabric swap are now closed. 

Here are the rules for those who joined it:

  • Cut 5" x WOF strips (8 strips of each color/month - red, pink, low volume). This a little more than one yard of fabric for each color/month. 
  • Low Volume fabric for this swap will be very soft and light and can include colors, just no dramatic or sharp colors.
  • Bring Red fabric in October, Pink fabric in November, and Low Volume fabric in December, labeled in a bag with your name on it.
  • You must bring fabric each month OR you may turn in all three fabrics in October. If nothing is received from you in October, your name will be removed from the swap.
  • Beautiful swapped fabric will be returned in January.

The Tula Pink block swap rules:

  • Must use the pattern 'The Hood' from the Quilt with Tula and Angela book.  If you don't own the book, borrow it from another group member or check your local library. Please no making photocopies.
  • House fabrics:  Tula Pink fabric is the focus (at least one large section of the house), with modern coordinating prints for any other parts of the house. The TP print should be one of her large, main flowers or animals from any collection.
  • Background fabrics:  Low volume fabrics in white, cream, or black & white print.  You can also use a white or cream solid. These backgrounds should be very soft and light and can include colors, just no dramatic or sharp colors.
  • Turn in (10) house blocks (each should measure 8 1/2" x 8 1/2") and (10) 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" low volume strips. Additional groups of 10 can be signed up for if you are committed.
  • Due by February 2018 UCMQG meeting.
  • You'll receive back a fun assortment of houses in March.

Monday, September 18, 2017

September Meeting in Review

Hopefully after Saturday you're thinking of how you can use a Jelly Roll, or something like it, in your quilting. I saw lots of fun projects beginning, and some ending quickly! Sewing with strips can be fast. Here are the links to a few things mentioned by Kristen Perschon and others in class.

Kristen's Pinterest Board: Jelly Rolls

Jennifer Barclay's project: Midnight Quilt Show

Anna & Jessica's project: Three Dudes

Great job bringing surge protectors/cords everyone! I'm glad to see some of you come for Show and Tell and some feel like staying. We added three new faces, so make sure to look out for Charity, Hilary and Georgia and say hi next time. Also a reminder that both swaps are now closed, but you can still join us in December for the project swap and cookie exchange. Anna will send out more details next month.

And speaking of next time, in October we will get our Row Effect groove on. It will be another Sew Day, so bring your traveling sewing kit, too!

Enjoy all of the inspiration that beautiful Fall brings.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

September Meeting Reminder

Wow! So many things going on already in September. 
Widespread hardship & tragedy with natural disasters, fires, 
and yet another anniversary to remember the events of September 11th.

Quilters are amazing people, there are so many opportunities
to heal through quilting.  
You can give the healing touch or even be the recipient of it.

So as you go about doing good, 
don't miss the opportunity to take some time,

Saturday, September 16th  11:00-2:00
and meet together to
Celebrate National Sew a Jelly Roll Day

Need a Quick quilt to comfort someone....Sew a Jelly Roll Race quilt

Have you made anything with a Jelly Roll? 
Share it for Show & Tell
(or anything else you have been working on)

Check out the Facebook page for links on great projects
Kristen Perschon has started a pinterest page
with other ideas for Jelly Roll sewing.

Fabric Strip Exchange:
Bring 20 strips ...2.5"x width of fabric
Any combination of Dots, Stripes and Solids
(optional exchange, no need to sign up)

Remember***you must have a 
1,000+joules SERGE PROTECTOR STRIP to sew. 
It is required!
 This is an open sew meeting, bring something to work on.

Membership Renewal:
Cash payment is not longer available, Card payments online are always available, request an invoice by contacting JoyLyn
via email:

This is the last month to sign up for Exchanges:
Tula Pink Houses
Valentine Fabric

Take Care and keep doing good!
See you soon
JoyLyn, Kristin, Anna, Pamela & Sydney

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September Jelly Roll Strip Exchange

Saturday, September 16th
As part of our participation in the
Moda Project Jelly Roll event

We will be having a 2.5" Strip exchange
Build your own Jelly Roll!!


There will be NO sign up for this exchange

BRING:  20 ... 2.5" x (WOF width of fabric) Strips

They can be a variety of Stripes, Polka Dots & Solids
(They do NOT need to be 20 strips all the same)
Please use current quilt shop quality fabric.

Turn in your strips at the beginning of meeting and they will 
be shuffled with the other participants & returned at the
end of meeting.

You may participate with as many groups of 20 as you like!!

Questions???? email

Sunday, August 27, 2017

September National Sew a Jelly Roll Day

Join us in September as we celebrate 
Project Jelly Roll & National sew a jelly roll day.
This is a new, yearly event, 
& the brainchild of Moda Fabrics.

So save the date to come & sew a jelly roll with us at our September Meeting.

More information coming about what we will specifically do to celebrate.  Until then, here are some links you might find interesting.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

August 2017 Meeting

Welcome to those who are joining us for this next session, we have some fun things planned! As always, anyone is welcome to join us at any time. We have set the annual dues at $30, paid either in cash or online. Contact JoyLyn for details. To the left is a fuller calendar with dates and more specifics on each class, for your future information.

In August we talked about getting outside of your box. We all have our own unique boxes that allow us to do what we want and sometimes limit us from doing what we could. Modern quilting is so many different things to many different people because of our individual boxes. In this open group we hope you will feel comfortable pushing yourself just a bit to see what's on the other side, whether that means being more social, trying solids, looking into new fabric artists, designing your own pattern, or just joining our quilt group for the first time. Find something Modern to explore in your quilting and try something new.

Sign ups for our swaps and exchanges will close after September's meeting, so let us know if you want to participate.

Going forward we are adding some members to our leadership team to help us out:

Jill Miskin will be leading our charity sewing. If you have any ideas or places that could use quilts, please let her know.

Crystal Hendricks will be our friend to everyone, which she already does so well! If you need help getting into Pinterest or finding us on Instagram or navigating this blog, she's happy to help.

Jennifer Barclay & Diane Woodward will be our hospitality reps, they will be passing out and collecting your lanyards at every meeting, as well as the Member Spotlights and remembering birthdays.

Kristen Perschon will be heading our group projects, starting in September with National Jelly Roll Day.

September we will pass out the name tag and d-ring part of your lanyards if you've already paid, and having Open Sew. We will focus on Jelly Rolls, but bring whatever project you need time with.

Happy Fall everyone!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New Session 13

Friends, this Saturday, August 19th is the beginning of Session 13 and we are so excited to be in our new space! We've given it a few practice runs and are happy to be in this new, bright area. Hopefully most of you received an email with details about joining us, please let us know if you need more information or didn't get the original email.  Check your spam and do a search.  Please add to your contacts to increase the chances of it going to your inbox.

This week we will not be sewing together, since we want lots of time for introductions and eating (my favorite). Feel free to bring Show and Tell and/or a plate of something to share. To read more about the transition click here.

We hope to see you on Saturday at 11am! Look for yellow balloons.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Meeting in Review: July 2017 Quick Curve Ruler

This new space is going to work out so great for us. I loved seeing so many faces, and hearing so many machines humming. I loved that people can pop in and out with whatever works for their schedules. I loved the extended sharing and friendship we can have in this bright, big room. 

Thanks to everyone who showed a preview of their Quick Curve Ruler work this morning. I look forward to seeing some finished pieces in coming months - I saw lots of great color combinations being started today. 

Elisa used Kaffe with the Deco Tumbler pattern.

She also started the new Mod Owls pattern.

Ella made a beautifully quilted mini using Chic Picnic.

Bethia used Metro Rings and loves how jelly roll friendly it is.

And Jenn Barclay is bravely cutting into her CF collection to make a Chic Country quilt.

Next month is our official Grand Opening party in our new space. We will not have open sew time in August, because we will be too busy with our introductions and eating. Please come ready to meet new people, and consider bringing a plate of something to share with everyone for our potluck. Neither is required, but my favorite is chocolate cupcakes in case anyone was wondering. We will roll out our new group project and schedule for the coming months, our new name tags, and have sign ups for some fun exchanges we've got planned. There will also be a sewing TV tray demo, for those who haven't had their sewing revolutionized yet by having one nearby for every project. If you haven't paid electronically, you can also pay annual dues in person on this day. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

July Meeting.....Quick Curve Ruler Supply List

Supply List for
Meeting on
Saturday, July 8th

REMINDER!!  Meeting date has been changed to 
Saturday, July 8th,
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
at the Highland City Community Center
(5378 West 10400 North, Highland).

Quick Curve Ruler Workshop

Here is the supply list for July. We will do the basic table runner pattern to familiarize
 you with using the ruler and you can branch out later if you like.  
Class members, who want to participate in the workshop, 
please sit close to the stage so you can hear instructions and work together.  
If you are just watching or doing open sew, please sit near the back so you can chat and sew. 

These fabric requirements are to make the full runner, you can use smaller pieces to just familiarize yourself with using the ruler. 
·        Download your own copy of this free pattern Urban Runner (14x52" finished)
·       Your own Quick Curve Ruler (the full size, not the mini - although you can adapt to the mini
     if you are already familiar with their patterns)
·      2 different fat quarters
·      3/4 yard background (if you want to make the full runner)

Please also bring:
·   Basic sewing kit
·   Sewing machine in good working order
·   Small cutting matt, ruler & rotary cutter
·   Surge protector plug strip
·   Snacks and water

Any questions please email us!

JoyLyn, Kristin, Pamela, Anna & Sydney

Saturday, June 17, 2017

June 2017 Meeting


Welcome to our new space! We love how big and bright it is, and think it will be a great place for us moving forward. I love how much easier it is to see everything and also to visit with each other! Please remember the following about our new room:

  • We can bring water, lunch & snacks in, just no pop
  • Please use gray chairs only
  • Remember to help put chairs & tables away when you leave
  • For now, the front door will lock behind you if we don't keep the rock in place
We worked on composing our Boston Commons today, using Ten Sisters' grids on point. We are excited to see some finished pieces next month.  This is a great way to practice some color theory and placement on a small, hopefully not intimidating scale.

In July we will delve into the simple curve block using Quick Curve Rulers. A supply list will be sent out and posted soon. And then, onto our Grand Opening party in August!!! Enjoy your Summer, friends. This one will only be here once.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

May 2017 Fabric Weaving

Sadly our days at Broadbents have ended, thank you to those of you who could come. We always have a smaller group in May, and we missed so many of our great friends today. We look forward to  both finishing this session this Summer, and beginning a new one in our new digs in Highland. Please see previous post for the details. If you did not get an email with a link to join us in August, and would like one, please contact one of us to have it resent. Our intent is to include everyone who would like to join us.

May brought us to fabric weaving, which was challenging, but hopefully fun, too! Our main pattern we followed was a free pattern on Craftsy of a tumbling blocks weave by Mister Domestic. I look forward to seeing finished pieces in June! 

Jill volunteered to brave it first for us, and she did gorgeous things. The top picture is the 1", and the next two are the the 2" weave.

Teena also showed us another weave she found online from National Quilters Circle

Thanks for being on the Modern journey with us, whether you have just started or have been our friend for many years. This group is full of beautiful people who care about the making and creating that goes into life. See you in Highland next month!

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.