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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Annual Dues

June is renewal month! If you will be attending tomorrow's meeting, please bring your dues current at that time. Checks and cash are greatly appreciated as we save on banking fees. If you cannot make the meeting, you may also pay via Paypal via the button on our Meetup page.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

June Meeting Approaching

It's almost time for our June meeting! We've got a lot to talk about, so join us at Bernina of Dallas on Thursday,June 14 at 7:00 p.m.  We have a new challenge to announce, round robin quilts to swap, reminders of upcoming events and a presentation about needles and thread by Cheryl Isbell.  You don't want to miss it!    Bring your show-n-tell projects, too.

Thursday, June 14, 2012, 7:00 PM at Bernina of Dallas
12801 Midway Rd # 410, Dallas, TX
Look for us in the back classroom.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Saturday Sew just a week away!

Saturday Sew is just a week away! Join us next Saturday, June 16th for a fun day of quilting with friends. We are meeting at Presbyterian Hospital in Plano at 6200 West Parker Road. Spots are still available. Please comment below if you'd like to reserve your spot! You may also reserve a spot through our Meetup site.

When: 9 am - 4 pm

Where: Magnolia room. (lower level, halfway between tower B and C. Park in garage (free--which is closest to Tower C) or in front of hospital (come in revolving door-closest to Tower B)]

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Needles and Threads - Which Should You Use?

Cotton, poly, metallic? Which thread should you use? How and when? Does the needle really matter? With all of the options available on the market today, it can be both confusing and frustrating trying to determine the right mix of threads and needles for your quilting or sewing projects.

So come to the June 14th monthly meeting for a presentation by our own Cheryl Isbell on Needles and Threads! We will review many of the options available and when to use them. You will each receive a handout with more detailed descriptions of both needles and threads available today.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Officer Introductions: Week 3

Please welcome four more amazing quilters to the 2012-2013 Dallas Modern Quilt Guild officer team!

Laurie Thompson, Community Service

I taught myself to quilt about 13 years ago by watching Alex Anderson on Simply Quilts, long before blogs, YouTube, and online tutorials. My main objective was to hand quilt the tops I have that were pieced by my grandmother. I've been sewing since I was about 8 and have tried just about every needlecraft there is, so I was surprised that this new/old fabric art form captured my heart and my imagination the way it did. Since I work full-time as a librarian, I'm not very prolific, and I give most of my quilts away. However, the pleasure of seeing (or imagining) the joy on the face of a quilt recipient makes it all worth it. I can hardly wait to begin distributing the donation quilts that the guild has started making. Oh yeah, those quilt tops of my grandmother's? They still need to be quilted.

Cheryl Isbell, Auditing

I’ve been doing crafts of some nature all of my life – well, at least as long as I can remember! My Mom taught me how to sew, crochet, knit, embroider, etc. She was always working on something. I didn’t start quilting until 2001 when a friend of mine opened a Quilt Shop in Flower Mound, even at that it took her a couple of years to get me going on it. Once I did I never stopped – and boy do I love it! My first quilt was a queen size blooming nine-patch that I pieced in 3 weeks – I was obsessed and fearless. I love, love, love quilting and I don’t spend any time on other crafts anymore. I may not be as prolific as some, but I need this creative outlet in my life. Quilting brings me joy and happiness and I love to share that with others. I love to try new things and I’ve learned that there are often many ways to do something when it comes to quilting – just pick the way you like the best and you’ll never go wrong.

Happy Quilting!

Rachel Bryan, Activities/ Exchanges

Hi! I have been sewing/quilting (touching fabric/needles/thread period) since January 2011 when I decided a needed a hobby. Little did I know it would quickly become and addiction and a lifestyle. Since then I have met some of the most amazing women, made great memories and found a creative side that I never knew I had! I enjoy all styles of quilting – from traditional to modern and everything between. Most specifically, I am a sucker for applique!

 Shannon Page, Activities/ Exchanges

I enjoy all manners of crafting and sewing including quilting, clothes making, spray painting and gluing anything. My great grandmothers made quilts and my mother sewed clothes. I started sewing when I was 13 making clothes and small items to subside the boredom and restlessness of growing up in a small suburban town. After my mom died I reached out for a new hobby to get through all that came with this sad event. In cleaning out my mom's house I came across one of my grandmother's quilts and I was touched by how this quilt had stood through time. There it was in my hands decades after having been made with all its hand stitching and hard work. I looked up a quilting pattern online and made my first quilt... a cracker quilt that I cut out with regular shears, bound with premade binding and quilted on a regular machine. With all those mistakes it was the most rewarding item to come off my sewing machine.

I searched for a quilting group and was hoping to find somewhere to meet like-minded people and get a few pointers. After my first meeting with the DMQG I was so inspired and met so many friendly, smart and creative ladies I have not missed a meeting yet. What a great thing it is indeed to spend time doing what you love and sharing your work with a genuinely interested crowd.