April 2015 Meeting Reminder

Reminder that the April meeting will be held at 1pm on Saturday, April 18th at Scrapbooks Etc (the Etc is fabric!). The location is on the Northeast corner of Lindsay Road and University Drive (2820 E University Dr #111, Mesa, AZ 85213).

Activities for this month include Block of the Month, Vitamin D Bee,  a Mug Rug Swap (bring a quilted mug rug to participate), and member Shiloh will be presenting a member workshop on her Quilted Script Pillow (see the Resources page for a supply list).

Meeting Minutes for March 21st, 2014

Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes

Date: March 21, 2014

Location: Scrapbooks ETC

President Michelle Hart called the meeting to order at 1:07pm. Approximately 38 people were in attendance. Thank you Holly, Julie, and Crystal for bringing snacks.

Guests Hydee, Theresa, Dana, Jan, Kelli, Kari, and Katie were welcomed. 

Secretary’s Report from Rebecca Whaling

  • February meeting minutes approved.

President’s Report from Michelle Hart

  • Happy National Quilting Day
  • The MQG Riley Blake Challenge featuring their “Cottage Garden” line is currently running with entries due July 31st.
  • The Arizona Quilter’s Guild 2015 Show begins on Thursday, March 26th. The show theme this year is Arizona Dreaming and runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Member Crystal has a piece in the show.
  • The April 18th meeting will feature a workshop by member Shiloh on making the Scripted Pillow shown at Show and Tell Earlier in the Month. There will be a separate post with the materials list.
  • The April swap will be quilted mug rugs. Sizing for mug rugs are slightly larger than a coaster but much smaller than a place mat. Generally they are used for a mug  and a small snack. See the PHXMQG Pinterest Board for inspiration.
  • The May 16th meeting will feature a Bias Curves workshop by member Cristy. There will be a separate post with the materials list.


  • Hospitality Chair Kate announced that we will begin having a ‘Take a Scrap, Leave a Scrap’ table at meetings.
  • Challenge Chair Sarah announced that the June challenge will be to take a tradition quilt block and interpret it in a modern style. Challenge projects can be any quilted/sewn project.
  • Wendy has suggested getting recipes from those who bring homemade snacks to meetings. If you would like to share your recipe for a snack you have brought please contact Secretary Becca.
  • Challenge Chair Sarah has proposed a guild charity for the year, Anchor House, which is currently partnering with Habitat for Humanity to create a home for mothers and children. Quilts ranging from infant to adult would be welcome to be used for the 2-4 families that will be hosted at the house. Members in attendance approved. The Charity Chair position is not filled this year but Sarah will coordinate donations.

Door Prize

Breakout Sessions

  • Block of the Month: Mari presented the PHXMQG March Block, Tic Tac Toe via Blossom Heart Quilts.
  • Marsala Challenge: Three members participated, Sarah, Lora, and Jill. The challenge was to use the Pantone Color of the Year in a quilting project. Participants were entered into a drawing for a $25 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop and Jill was the winner.
  • Show and Tell: Cynthia, Marla, Kirsten, Cheryl, Dana, Cristy, Candace, Julie, Melissa, Kate, Keira, Shiloh, Kari

Activity: Sew Kind of Wonderful Quick Curve Ruler Demo and Trunk Show

Guest Helen from local company Sew Kind of Wonderful started a demo of the Quick Curve Ruler at 2:09pm. After the demo there was a trunk show of quilts and other projects made with the Quick Curve Ruler and featuring patterns from Sew Kind of Wonderful.

Prepared by: Rebecca Whaling, March 23, 2014

Quilts for Anchor House

We have an incredible opportunity to provide some wonderful support and comfort to a new charitable organization in the Valley!  The Anchor House is a safe, supportive home for single moms and their kids to receive hope and healing.  This is their mission:

The Anchor House will serve single moms that are in need of a loving and supportive community. The Anchor House provides support and assistance to pregnant and single mothers to help develop the appropriate skills to recover from poverty, homelessness, and difficult circumstances. Each mom will have a personalized goal-setting program designed for her family to become self-sufficient and break out of the cycle of poverty. Women must be pregnant or have at least 1 child in their custody (under age of 5) and can stay for up to 1 year.

The construction and renovation of the house itself is currently underway, though a partnership with Habitat for Humanity.  Our guild has an incredible to help out!  In the words of the manager of the project:

“One of the desires of my heart has been to offer the children who enter our home a pillow or quilt that is their own – not only during their stay Anchor House, but also after they leave us.  Snuggled up in that quilt, we can provide new and lasting memories of family with them.  And I think your quilts can become a symbol for each child of the larger family outside our home that loves and cares about him or her.”

How amazing is that?

We can pitch in by donating twin sized and baby sized quilts.  They are hoping that the first families will be moving into the house in June, so we have a little time (but not much!) to get some handmade comfort sent their way.

I will be gladly collecting quilts at each guild meeting, and coordinating with Anchor House to deliver them.  Thank you so much for considering participating in this giving opportunity!

Marsala Challenge Wrap Up and a New Challenge!

It’s March, which means that our Pantone Color of the Year Challenge is over!  Three members made items featuring marsala:

Lora's #PHXMQG Marsala Challenge

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@sweetdreamsbysarah #PHXMQG Marsala Challenge

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Jill's #PHXMQG Marsala Challenge

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And now, I think we’re all ready to start on a new challenge for the second quarter!  This spring’s challenge is to turn a traditional block into something modern!  You can easily adapt traditional blocks into a modern quilting piece by using the bright, bold colors, amping up the contrast, getting creative with your layouts, emphasizing negative space, and so on.

Here’s a Pinterest board to get your creative juices flowing – you’ve got until the June meeting to come up with something awesome.  There are no specific size or shape requirements for this challenge, only that you turn a traditional block on its head.  Have fun with it!