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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?

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!

Thank you secret sewist! I love everything. #midatlanticmod

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Cathy, thank you so much for everything. You had me figured out as my secret sewist! #midatlanticmod

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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:

My first finish of #midatlanticmod, my mini for the swap!

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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.

So excited that I won @andrewjoslyn's mini in the #midatlanticmod swap!

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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.

Our room is ready! #midatlanticmod

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I WILL trim this stack of triangles this morning. #midatlanticmod

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Making progress on my Charley Harper quilt. #midatlanticmod

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I'm in love! #midatlanticmod #releasethegeese with @slbphilly

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It's ready for final assembly! #charleyharper #midatlanticmod

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Framed Color Hexis | A Schnitzel & Boo Mini

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Another mini has left the house and has landed safely in Virginia! This is the mini that I created for Ellen, my partner in the third round of the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap. I knew that Ellen liked Alison Glass and Aneela Hoey fabrics along with a variety of awesome quilters. The common thread among the quilter’s she loves are bold geometric patterns so the triangles were a perfect fit!

I used my Sizzix triangle die to create another Color Hexi quilt and framed it with gray Essex Linen. I used my new Bernina walking foot to trace each color hexagon and mirrored the overall shape of the hexagons in a radiating pattern until I hit the edges of the quilt. The binding was my effort to balance the visual weight of the black hexagon. Once I had the quilt completed, I felt like it was drawing way to much attention, so I countered it with a dark corner of binding. I am really happy with how it turned out.

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This was a hard one to put in the mail. Great news though, she loves it!

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Quilt Details

Pattern: My own design using Sizzix Triangles, Isosceles and Right Die
Front: A variety of Alison Glass Sun Prints, Kona Solids, and other color + white prints from my stash
Back: A variety of Aneela Hoey prints, Alison Glass Sunprints, Kona Tomato, and Gray Widescreen
Binding: Netorious in Plummy and black Crosshatch
Quilting: Aurifil 50WT #2024 (white)
Finished Size: Approx 23″ x 20″

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