Charity Update

A gigantic thank you to everyone that made blocks for our QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge project!

Work has begun on an alternate grid layout which really lets the blocks and the secondary pattern shine. Piecing should be done soon so Lori (thanks Lori!) can quilt.




In other charity news, our Economy Block Eye-Spy is now bound and finished. Big thanks to Guinevere for the wonderful quilting. It will be at the December meeting then donated to AZ Blankets for Kids. There are enough blocks left that we can probably work on a second.


Speaking of the December meeting, we did get the room at ETC an hour early so the start time is noon on Saturday, December 20th. If you haven’t had a chance to sign up for the potluck or fabric swap yet be sure to take a look (links and details in the “November Meeting Details” email). There will be a post soon about cutting fat quarters for the swap.

Happy Thanksgiving week!

Meeting Minutes for November 15th, 2014

Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes

Date: November 15, 2014

Location: Scrapbooks ETC

President Michelle Hart called the meeting to order at 1:14pm. Approximately 32 people were in attendance. Thank you Guinevere for bringing snacks.

New member Crystal was welcomed. 

Secretary’s Report from Rebecca Whaling

  • October meeting minutes approved.

President’s Report from Michelle Hart

  • 2015 elections. No candidates ran opposed so a verbal vote was taken for all positions. All candidates were approved and are as follows:
    • President: Michelle Hart
    • Vice President: Holly James
    • Treasurer: Chelsa Knight
    • Secretary: Rebecca Whaling
    • Bee Keeper: Brooke Ringer
    • Block of the Month Chair: Ana Martinez
    • Challenge of the Quarter Chair: Sarah Connolly
    • Hospitality and Snack Chair: Kate Gunther
    • Show & Tell and Giveaway Chair: Holly Hughes
    • Swap Chair: Katie Corning
    • Committee chairs are open for Charity, Quiltalong, and Quilt Show.
  • MQG regional representatives were elected to the board. Andres Rosales (known as madtesla) is the representative for our region.  Region 1 includes all members in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
  • Member Rebecca had a mention in issue 14 of Love Patchwork and Quilting.
  • December will be our annual end of year potluck. Signups are on (coordinator: Bobman; password: PHXMQG). The meeting will be at ETC and start one hour earlier, at 12:00pm.

Treasurer’s Report from Chelsa Knight

  • Current balance: $1,016.74
  • December swap will be fabric fat quarters. There will be three swaps, solid pastel, solid jewel tone, and text prints (in black, white, gray, or off-white). To participate sub-cut 2 yards of fabric into 8 fat quarters. To ensure a variety of colors for the solid swaps there is a signup on ( Passcode: PHXMQG.


  • MQG Webinar on November 18th (Tuesday) “FUn with Figures, How to Calculate Quilty Math”. Signups on
  • QuiltCon Quilt Show entry deadline is November 30th.
  • Member Nedra will be running a block of the month of Tula Pink’s City Sampler book at Mad B’s (7415 E Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85209)
  • Member Christy is teaching several classes at ETC
  • Member Bonnie has accepted a position with the Scottsdale Public Library to host a quilting education group. The group will meet at the Scottsdale Civic Center on the last Wednesday of the month starting in January. The “Not Your Mama’s Quilting” program is free.
  • Bonnie was able to drop off six more dog beds filled with our fabric scraps to Bernina Connection to be donated to local animal shelters.

Door Prize

  • American Made Fabric Bundle: Dana
  • Love Patchwork and Quilting: Crystal

Breakout Sessions

  • Vitamin D Bee meeting
  • Swap: Mini Bunting
  • Show and Tell: Kirsten, Bonnie, Cristy, Crystal, Chelsa

QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge: Paper Pieced Block Sewing

Michelle started the workshop at approximately 2:15pm, giving an overview of the project, colors to be used, and a paper-piecing tutorial. Those not completing a block at the meeting but still wanting to submit one can mail them to Michelle (address being sent in a member only message) to arrive no later than Saturday, November 22nd. Drop offs can also be arranged to Chelsa at her office.

Prepared by: Rebecca Whaling, November 17, 2014

November 2014 Meeting Reminder

Reminder that the November meeting will be held at 1pm on Saturday, November 15th 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).

ETC will also be having their Holiday Boutique on Saturday from 10am – 2pm featuring handmade items for the holidays from lots of different vendors.

And it will be election time for PHXMQG (sorry, I don’t have I Voted stickers to hand out for this one)! We have a fantastic ballot for 2015. If there are any corrections\additions please contact Michelle before Friday.

PHXMQG 2015 Ballot


President – Michelle Hart

Vice President – Holly James

Treasurer – Chelsa Knight

Secretary – Rebecca Whaling

Committee Chairs

Bee Keeper – Brooke Ringer

Block of the Month – Ana Martinez

Challenge of the Quarter – Sarah Connolly

Charity – <open>

Hospitality and Snack – Kate Gunther

Quiltalong – <open>

Quilt Show – <open>

Show & Tell\Giveaway – Holly Hughes

Swaps – Katie Corning

At the meeting Saturday we will be working on blocks for our entry into the MQG QuiltCon 2015 Charity Quilt Challenge. The last blog post has all of the details. This quilt will be entered into the challenge and hang at Quilt Con 2015. After the convention it will be returned back to us so we can donate it to a local cause.

Also Vitamin D Bee will meet and where will be a mini bunting swap (winter or holiday theme)!

QuiltCon 2015 Charity Quilt Challenge

For our November workshop we will be making blocks for the QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge!  We also need volunteers to quilt and bind our quilt.  Please let us know if you can help.  The finished quilts will be displayed at QuiltCon and then sent back for donation to local charities.


The challenge for this quilt is for the guild to use a predetermined color palette and an alternate gridwork design.  We will be using colors and block placement to bring out the colors of the desert.  The guild will be providing the patterns for 6 inch and 12 inch paper pieced blocks and solid background fabric (Kona Glacier).  Participating members are asked to bring coordinating solids or prints in the colors below.



You can read more about colors and fabric choices at the Modern Quilt Guild Blog here


*Note – While the MQG lists various whites we want our quilt to have a strong emphasis on the colors found in the desert landscape/sky so please limit your white/low volume fabrics.


Here is a sample block I made using the blue background fabric and prints from my stash.  The block is made of four paper pieced sections that are sewn together.  qc15-charity2



We will also have a demo on how to paper piece for anyone who wants to learn a new technique or needs to brush up on how it is done.  Quiltworx also has a good tutorial to help you out.


Supplies needed:

  • Basic sewing kit
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Glue stick  (washable)
  • School glue (washable)
  • Thread for piecing
  • Rotary cutter/mat
  • Ruler with ¼ inch cutting line
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Dressmaker’s  tracing wheel (optional)
  • Fabric scraps in the colors mentioned above for your blocks  (the largest piece need would be a 3×5” piece for the 12” block)

November Swap – Mini Bunting

The swap for next month is inspired by Tracy. She made this darling mini bunting for the September retreat secret sister activity.


Here are the swap details:

- When? The November meeting (11/15/14)
- What? Mini fabric bunting in a Winter or Holiday theme
- What Size? At least 9 pennants (single sided is great, this should be a fun and quick project), no more than 6″ tall. Ends at least 10″.

The bunting Tracy made has 12 single sided pennants 3″ wide by 5″ tall. The string is 1/8″ satin ribbon with 11″ tails.

See the inspiration Pinterest board for loads of ideas.

Posted in Etc

Meeting Minutes for October 18, 2014

Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes

Date: October 18, 2014

Location: Chandler Police Department, Community Room

President Michelle Hart called the meeting to order at 1:19pm. Approximately 33 people were in attendance. Thank you Tiffany for bringing snacks.

Three guests and four new members were welcomed, Laurie, Nina, Debbie, and Fran. 

Secretary’s Report from Rebecca Whaling

  • August meeting minutes approved.

President’s Report from Michelle Hart

  • PHXMQG has signed up for the MQG QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge. The challenge uses alternate gridwork and a selection of color from the challenge palette. After being displayed at QuiltCon 2015 the quilts will be donated to local charities. The guild will be using two sizes of a paper-pieced block and use part of the November meeting to sew blocks. Guild funds will be used to purchase solid fabrics in the selected colors from the challenge palette. Members can then choose to add coordinating prints from their stash.
  • 2015 Board and Committee Chairperson elections will be held at the November meeting. A description of the positions on the board and committees was given. A follow up email will be sent to all members. Those interested in being included on the election ballot are to contact Michelle Hart no later than November 1st.
  • The November swap will be mini-bunting with a seasonal or holiday theme. Details will be included in an upcoming newsletter. Links to examples and tutorials on the PHXMQG Pinterest page.
  • Guinevere completed quilting on the Economy Block Charity Quilt. Rebecca will be binding the quilt. There are enough blocks remaining to complete another quilt.

Door Prize

  • Aurifil Thread Assortment: Denise
  • Fabric Bundle: Melissa

Breakout Sessions

  • Vitamin D Bee meeting
  • Show and Tell: Johnie and Holly J

Herringbone QAYG Workshop

Danny started the workshop at approximately 3pm. The group used the Maureen Cracknell tutorial.

Prepared by: Rebecca Whaling, October 21, 2014

October 2014 Meeting Reminder

The October meeting is this Saturday, October 18th at 1pm! We will be meeting at the Chandler Police Department in the Community Room (250 E Chicago St, Chandler, AZ 85225). Parking is available at Chicago and Washington. As you enter the Police Department main doors the Community Room is to the left. There is also a direct outside entrance to the left of the main Police Department doors.

The activity for this month will be a Quilt as You Go Herringbone Quilt workshop. Danny will be leading guild through the Maureen Cracknell Tutorial . The Bee will also meet and there will be a brief discussion about 2015 Board Elections scheduled for November.

The materials needed for the workshop are:

  • Approximately (210) 2.5” x 14.5” strips of starched fabric (or other sizes, if you want to go that route: read below)
  • (8) 8”x64” batting panels made with scrim (Warm and Natural will work)
  • Sewing machine with 1/4” foot (foot will need to glide on top of batting, so a foot with a seam guide on the side will not work)
  • Thread for piecing
  • Seam roller/small iron and pressing mat/pen or marker/something to press the seams (or you can finger press)
  • Ruler with 45 degree angle marking (does not have to be a big one. We will use it to mark the first line on the quilt as a guide for strip placement)
  • Pen to mark angle onto batting

From Danny about the QAYG Herringbone quilts she has made: “My quilts were made using strips that varied from 1” wide to 3” wide, and in the case of the Arizona quilt, sometimes wider. You can use any width strip for this quilt, just be sure it is wide enough to cover the batting panel. The wider the strip, the longer the strip will need to be. 2.5” x 14.5” is the perfect size if you don’t want to worry about whether your strip will fit across the batting or not. And in case you were wondering, you can get (3) perfect, Herringbone QAYG sized strips from (1) 2.5” WOF strip.”

September 2014 Meeting Reminder

Reminder that the September meeting is this Saturday, September 19th at 1pm! We will be meeting at the Chandler Police Department in the Community Room (250 E Chicago St, Chandler, AZ 85225). Parking is available at Chicago and Washington. As you enter the Police Department main doors the Community Room is to the left. There is also a direct outside entrance to the left of the main Police Department doors.

This month there will be no formal business but will be having a workshop for Fabric Confetti Pillows with Vanessa. Members should have received a newsletter a couple of weeks ago with details on the supply list and the link for the survey to order kits.

August Meeting in Photos

A few weeks ago we had the largest turnout this year for the August guild meeting. Everyone gathered at ETC in Mesa for potluck lunch (yum!) and Demo Day! Eight members demonstrated various techniques.

The meeting started with the guild business and the very serious business of congratulating President Michelle Hart on being one of three winners of the MQG Michael Miller Challenge. Bonnie also talked to the group about American Made Brand fabric.


Before the demos began the Vitamin D Bee met and Mini Quilt Swap participants had the big reveal and opened their mini quilt from their secret partner.

For Vitamin D Bee Sarah received her Ansonia blocks.



Many happy swappers pose with their new mini quilts.

miniquiltswapCheck out what Kim used as hang loops on the feather quilt she made for Bonnie. Small washers give a spot to help hang the mini. Brilliant!


Then it was off to enjoy potluck and take in the demonstrations.

Alyssa teaching a group about free motion quilting

Alyssa teaching a group about free motion quilting

Ana demonstrating double flip half square triangles

Ana demonstrating double flip half square triangles

Becca showing how Bloc Loc rulers work

Becca showing how Bloc Loc rulers work

Jen showing a group the art of Hawaiian applique

Jen showing a group the art of Hawaiian applique

Johnie demonstrating fabric painting

Johnie demonstrating fabric painting

Johnie and Barb talk fabric painting

Johnie and Barb talk fabric painting

Lisa demonstrating paper piecing

Lisa demonstrating paper piecing

Lora showing English paper piecing

Lora showing English paper piecing

Terry showing faux piped binding

Terry showing faux piped binding


Meeting Minutes for August 16, 2014

Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes

Date: August 16, 2014

Location: Scrapbooks Etc.

President Michelle Hart called the meeting to order at 1:00pm. Approximately 39 people were in attendance. Thank you all for bringing items for the pot luck.

Five guests and new members were welcomed, Tabitha, Lisa, April, Steph,  and Theresa. 

President’s Report

  • July meeting minutes approved.

President’s Report from Michelle Hart

  • The PHXMQG Retreat is booked for September 11-14. The retreat venue  has a 10 person limit.
  • September meeting activity will be Fabric Confetti pillow class by Vanessa. A survey will be sent for class kit options as well as a full supply list.
  • October meeting activity will be Herringbone Quilt as You Go with Danny.
  • Several QuiltCon 2015 Challenges have been announced.
    • Bias Tape Applique
    • Michael Miller Cotton Couture Pastels
    • Charity Quilt

Treasurer’s Report from Chelsa Knight

  • Balance at last meeting: $2109
  • New balance: $2,524.16


  • Alyssa has asked for help with sewing projects for Pile O Fabric. Fabric is supplied for the projects and photos will be required.
  • PHXMQG member and president Michelle Hart was one of three winner of the MQG Michael Miller Fabric Challenge. There were over 700 entries.

Door Prize

Three door prizes were drawn plus two prizes from Alyssa from Pile O Fabric.

  • Pixel Play Book – Bonnie
  • American Made Brand Fabric – Olivia
  • Aurifil Variegated Thread pack – Pam

Breakout Sessions

  • Vitamin D Bee meeting
  • Mini Quilt Swap

Breakout Sessions

Demonstrations by several guild members.

  • Johnie – fabric embellishment
  • Lisa – paper piecing
  • Alyssa – FMQ
  • Terry – faux piped binding
  • Ana – double flip hst method
  • Lora – EPP
  • Jen – Hawaiian appliqué
  • Becca – Bloc-locs
Prepared by: Rebecca Whaling, August 25, 2014