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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.


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.


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:


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.


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.


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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Our room is ready! #midatlanticmod

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An Update of Sorts

As promised, a long overdue update. To start things off, I have two decent finishes to show you outside of anything associated with Mid-Atlantic MOD, which I will talk about soon. Outside of that, I have not done much sewing with the exception of monthly bee blocks.

If you are looking for my mustard and gray Wonky Runner and my giveaway, it’s here.

I participated in the Rainbow Mini Quilt Swap on Instagram which was hosted by the always wonderful Kate Basti. My partner loved vintage so I dug out my feedsacks and went to work on Carolyn Friedlander’s Outhouse blocks.


I was the lucky recipient of this beautiful mini by Laura which is Jeli Quilts Tissue Box pattern.

I love it and am working on organizing my new studio so I can display it and the rest of my mini collection.

Another finish was a name tag for the Baltimore MQG name tag swap. I took a very traditional route and modeled mine off of a paper name tag. I even dusted off my embroidery skills that I almost never use!


Simple is better sometimes.

April though July was a little bit crazy around here. If you follow me on IG, some of this will be a recap.

We bought a house:

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We own a house! #timmonsnewhome

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I went to Mid-Atlantic Mod. That warrants it’s own post, but here is a group shot of the Philly MQG people who attended. It was a great weekend catching up with friends and making new ones!

Our dog blew out her knee (while I was at MOD!) and had surgery (a week after we moved half of our belongings in to the new house):

We finished moving in and started to get settled.

A week after finishing up the move I ended up in the hospital with a hemorrhagic corpus luteum cyst that required surgery. Do me a favor and if you are ever unexplainably exhausted for over two weeks, go see a doctor! I was bleeding internally and did not know it until the mass got too big and I was in excruciating pain. I’m ok! I took three weeks to recover and spent the time napping, loving on the cats, catching up with my mom (who thankfully came to stay with us), and eventually felt well enough to sew up some bee blocks.

It is hard to believe that that was already 10 weeks ago! Since then I have been playing catch up both at work and at home. The dog and I are both back to 100%. Thank you for sticking around through my silence. I am back with a renewed energy and am very grateful for the life I have.


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