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Guilds, Bees, and Swaps

As promised, here is my post from 52 Quilters about guilds, bees, and swaps. How many of you are in quilt guilds, participate in bees, or in swaps?

Two years ago I attended my first Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild meeting and I am so glad that I did. I found my group, my support, and my teachers. The Philly MQG shaped who I am as a quilter. I was (and still am) constantly inspired by the diversity and creativity that is shown at the monthly meetings. In Maryland, I have found similar support with the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild and the Southern Comforters of Bowie. All three guilds encourage me to reach out of my comfort zone and to keep making on a regular basis. I love being inspired at the meetings, learning at retreats, and making life-long friends who don’t roll their eyes when I talk about quilting and fabric.

I joined my first bee, the Modern Insta Bee, in 2014 as a way to meet other quilters and to have a reason to sew every month. What I did not know at the time is how much it would push me and that it would make me a better quilter. I put colors together that I would have never have dreamed of putting together, paid attention to my scant quarter inch seams, became best friends with my seam ripper, and made blocks that I would have been afraid to make if I wasn’t obligated to make them.  I am now participating and leading two swarms for The Bee Hive quilt bee and participating in the Philly MQG bee.

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I was hesitant to put yellow, orange, purple, and gray together with black and white fabrics, but it is now one of my favorite blocks that I completed for the Modern Insta Bee.

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String Circles – the block that I dreaded making, but it is the block that taught me the most.

I have participated in a few swaps over the last year, both online and in person, and I really enjoy the process of making for others. It is another way that I stretch my comfort zone and play with fabrics and colors that I may not have considered before. My favorite mini was for my secret sewist at Mid-Atlantic MOD though:

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I designed the pattern myself since my partner was a huge Alice and Wonderland fan.

You can see most of my bee blocks (I am still catching up on posting some of this years) and minis on my bee blocks and swaps page if you are interested in seeing the range of them.

How about you, what do you get out of guilds, bees, swaps, and/or the online quilting community?

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MOD 2015

I was lucky enough to attend Mid-Atlantic MOD in late April with friends from both the Philly and Baltimore MQGs. I had a wonderful time this year and am already looking forward to next year. Here is a brief, but photo heavy recap.

I participated in the Secret Sewist Swap and snuck around for three days dropping off packages for my partner. She was a huge Alice & Wonderland fan so my final gift was a mini from a paper pieced pattern that I drafted myself.

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I filled her days with a graphic novel, pencils, a fun notepad, and a bunch of other little things. Her other handmade gifts were a lanyard and key fob made out of Essex Linen and some Allison Glass. I included a set of scissors because she mentions on IG that she is a scissor loser.

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My secret sewist was a Philly MQG member who sat behind me all weekend!

From a ring holder to a bottle of wine (with a awesome insulated tote bag, konas, chai, and a card holder in-between), she knows me well!

I also participated in a mini quilt swap. Here is mine:

We all got together one evening and played a super drawn out, but fun game that involved swapping, stealing, and other debauchery. It was so much fun to see the minis that others made and to watch the ones that people fought over.

After loosing it twice and stealing it back, I ended up with Andrew’s lovely green and low volume mini that I love.

All and all it was a lovely weekend getting to know Philly MQG friends better than I had before, relaxing, sewing, learning, and mostly chatting.

Here are a few more photos from my IG feed.

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13/303 Konas!

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Happy Monday, everyone! I am thrilled to be participating in the Stash Fabrics Kona Blog Hop to celebrate the fact that they are now carrying all 303 colors! Beth allowed me and 12 other talented bloggers to put together custom bundles of 12-15 colors. I jumped on the chance to do another color study; this time in blues.
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My bundle includes White, Sky, Lake, Niagara, Algeria, Water, Malibu, Pacific, Royal, Ocean, Storm, Indigo, and Limelight in the Stairway to Heaven pattern by Geta Grama of Romanian Quilt Studio. It is reminiscent of a camera shutter which is one of the reasons I was drawn to the pattern.

To celebrate the Konas, Beth of Stash Fabrics is offering 10% off your entire purchase with code “WOW303”. It is good through September 6th. (It does not apply to preorders). Go forth and check out Stash Fabrics. She labels the solids so you can recall which colors you ordered and offers free shipping over $50.

Be sure to check out the other talented bloggers, I was in great company!

July 17 – Darcy @ Modern Cozy
July 23 – Jacey  @ Jacey Craft
July 30 – Kelly @ Kelby Sews
August 3 – Nancy @ Owen’s Olivia
August 6 – Jodi @ Tales of Cloth
August 10 – Megan @ City Stitches
August 12 – Rita @ Red Pepper Quilts
August 17 – Elizabeth @ Andpins
August 19 – Tara @ Rad and Happy
August 21 – Sharon @ Color Girl Quilts
August 24 – Allison @ Allison Sews
August 27 – Kristi @ Schnitzel and Boo
August 31 – Jessee @ Art School Dropout

Quilt Details

Title: Color Study: Blue
Pattern: Stairway to Heaven pattern by Geta Grama of Romanian Quilt Studio
Front: Kona Cottons in White, Sky, Lake, Niagara, Algeria, Water, Malibu, Pacific, Royal, Ocean, Storm, Indigo, and Limelight
Back: undecided
Binding: undecided
Quilting: undecided
Finished Size: 36″ blue edge to blue edge

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