Sunday, August 12, 2018

Guild Challenge

As announced at the July meeting, we've decided to make our guild challenge for this year the same as the American Patchwork and Quilting Challenge for QuiltCon. This will be a great way to dip your toe in the water of show quilting if you've never done it before, but there is absolutely no pressure to submit to QuiltCon.

The challenge is simply to create a quilt using two, and only two colors. That's pretty much it. There are no restrictions on technique. Just keep in mind that for this challenge, each shade counts as a single color. Navy and periwinkle are two different colors. (Yes, we're ignoring the basics of color theory here, but I din't write the rules.) Tone on tone prints are fine, but each tone counts as a color and all fabrics used must match one of those two colors exactly. Also note that quilting thread must be one of the two colors (invisible thread is fine too, though). Here's a link to the general description (it's the first challenge listed, not the Michael Miller fabric challenge). Here's an article with a more thorough explanation from APQS.

There are no size requirements for this challenge. Finished quilts may be any size. A two inch square is fine as long as it's three layers quilted together and bound or faced. It can also be as large as you want.

Quilts are due at the November meeting. Bring it in a non see through bag, and cover the label (painter's tape works great). Voting will be anonymous.

There's no need for a hanging sleeve.

Also, there's been a little bit of confusion among members who are also in the Pensacola Quilter's Guild. This is NOT in any way related to the blue and white theme for the 2020 quilt show. That's just a weird coincidence.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

June Meeting

Our June meeting is this Saturday, the 23rd at 10:00 at A&E. 
Be sure to bring your Dresden blocks for the block party and Becky will be going over our next block. Our illustrious president, Suzie, will be giving an overview of modern fabrics. We'll also talk a little bit about foundation paper piecing, and especially ways that it can help with tiny piecing for our charity quilt. (We'll also have a few fat eighth bundles of charity quilt fabric available for purchase for $6 if you prefer to work at home.)
Last but not least, we'll be presenting a Quilt of Valor.
Hope to see you all there!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Tiny Paper Piecing for QuiltCon 2019

Official QuiltCon 2019 Palette

Here are a few templates to get you started with some tiny paper piecing. For our QuiltCon charity quilt project, the blocks will be 3 1/2" square. Your blocks can be any pattern, as long as they use the fabrics we have chosen in the colors required by the National MQG.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Here’s the pattern for our Birthday Block Lottery.

Use a solid color for your background (fabrics that read as solid, like Moda Grunge are also OK). There aren’t really any points to match, so just press all seams to the dark side.

Fabric A
(1) 3x6 rectangle
Fabric B
(2) 1.25 squares
(1) 2.5x3 rectangles
(2) 2.5x8  rectangles
Fabric C
(2) 1.25 squares
(1) 2.5x 7
(2) 2.5x10
Background Fabric
(2) 2.25 squares
(2) 2.5x10 rectangles
(1) 2.5x15 rectangle

1. Pin the 1¼ in squares in fabric B to the corner of the 3x6 rectangle (fabric A) right sides together as shown and sew diagonally across each square. Trim away excess to ¼ inch.

2. Sew the 2.5x3 rectangle in fabric B right sides together across the top.
3. Sew the 2.5x8 rectangles in fabric B to each side.

4. Repeat steps 1-3 (snowballed corners, top, side) with fabric C .

5. Pin 2.25 in. squares in background color to top corners as shown and sew diagonally across each square. Trim excess to ¼ inch.
5. Sew 2.5x10 in. rectangles in background color to each side as shown in diagram.
6. Sew 2.5x15 in. rectangle across top.

Final block should measure about 15x12 (but we’re not picky).

Bring your completed block (or blocks) to the May meeting.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Our first meeting of the new year will be Saturday January 27th at 10:00 AM. Hope to see you all there!

Below is a list of key dates for 2018. Unless otherwise noted, monthly meetings are 10:00 Am to noon at A&E Fabric and Crafts, 923 N. New Warrington Rd., Pensacola, FL 32506. Sew Bee It is held from 5:00 until 8:30(ish) PM in the classroom at Joann Fabrics, 6601 N. Davis Highway #25, Pensacola, FL 32504.

General Meeting:
January 27th
Feb. 24th
March 24th
April 28th - Off Site (more information coming soon)
May  19th
June 23rd
July 28
August 25th
Sept 22nd
Oct 27th
Nov 17
Dec. 15th

Sew Bee It:
Feb. 12th
March 12th
April 9th
May 14th
June 11th
July 9th
August 13th
Sept 10th
Oct 8th (Columbus Day)
Nov. 12th
Dec. 10th

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Anna Maria Horner, 3D Snowflake, November Meeting 2016


     The 3D Snowflake was the program this month. It was presented and demonstrated by Yvonne (VP Social Media.) It is a fun holiday no sew project that anyone can do. You can find the whole demonstration below on youtube. They are fun and easy decorations for the holidays. It only takes  about 45 minutes to complete. It is great to do with family or friends. This is the perfect way to familiarize yourself with heat bond. Heat bond is also great to use in your applique projects.

Designer Highlight

Anna Maria Horner was the designer highlight. She makes beautiful, bold, and modern fabrics. She also has been focusing on her embroidery. The video below gives you a short background of her life and inspirations.

Anna Maria Horner's  blog.


Elections are happening soon. We will be taking nominations for all positions until November 25th. The vote will be going out via google forms by emails to members Nov 27th-Dec. 4th. Please feel free to nominate by email at for any position that you are interested in doing. We will announce the new board members at the December meeting.

Block Lottery

The Christmas tree blocks are going to be accepted until December. You can find the tutorial here

Christmas Party

December 17th is our Christmas Party. We will be doing a fun game of passing presents. If you would like to participate, it will be a 10.00 gift of any kind. It doesn't have to be quilting related, and it can be handmade. You don't have to participate. It is just for fun. Also, we will be doing a Potluck. So, bring a fun holiday dish and include your recipe if you would like to share it.

Quiltcon Charity Quilt

We should have all our blocks for the Quiltcon Charity Quilt. A bunch of the members stayed after the November meeting to get to work on it. Thank you for your efforts. I am thinking of a sew day in December. I will email and post what that date will be to try and finish the quilt top. If anyone would like to volunteer to quilt or bind, please send us an email at the Any help would be appreciated. The due date to send quilt to Savannah is Feb 10th. Sorry for the lack of pictures on our top secret project. Pictures coming soon...

January and February Meetings

January  28st and February 18th meetings will be held in the 
         Pensacola Downtown Public Library
239 N Spring St, Pensacola, FL 32502
Meeting times will be 11 a.m. - 1p.m. 

As always, we would love to have you come and visit. The first two meetings are free. January will start next year's membership. I look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting. Bring something to show us at show and tell. We love seeing your work. Betty is always accepting charity quilts as well to take to Favor House. 

Happy Sewing
Yvonne C
VP Social Media

Friday, November 11, 2016

Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Color Value, October Meeting


Betty (our Secretary) got the guild interactive with her color value program. It was excellent moving the fabrics around and seeing how the eye can trick you into thinking you have the right color value placement. A quick  black and white photo  reveals the true low to high color value. Value is a great foundation to any modern quilt. It can make your quilts pop. The lack of low and high value can make the quilt blend together and you can lose block definition. 

  Designer Highlight

This month we talked about Victoria Findlay Wolfe and everything that she brings to modern quilting. She is known for many different things. One being her fabulous curve piecing. She has a youtube channel where she instructs on modern quilting. She works with Sixxiz to make templates. She also has a book 15 minutes of play.

You can find out more about her on her blog here.


It is election time. If you would like to nominate for any position, we encourage you to do so. This could be a wonderful experience for you and the guild. Bring your ideas and vision for the future of the guild. We need the basic board member positions to be filled to continue on as a guild in the new year. Please email your nomination or whoever you think would be interested in a position to Pensacolamqg@ We will be voting between the November and December meetings. 

Block Lottery

You loved the Christmas trees from last year so much that we brought them back again. The tutorial is linked below. The winner will receive them with plenty of time to make a quilt or something nice for the holidays. 

Christmas tree tutorial here.

Quiltcon Charity Quilt

After the meeting, we will be sewing the Quiltcon Charity Quilt together. We will have the room until 3:00. You can bring your machine to sew. You can help with placement, ironing, or cutting. If you want to just stay and be apart of the action, you are welcome to do that as well. We are doing a potluck as well. So bring a nice dish too. 

We always welcome you to come and join us. This month the meeting is November 19th. So, be sure to mark it on your calendars. Don't forget to bring a quilt or whatever you are working on and share it during show and tell. 

Happy Sewing,
VP Social Media