The BOMs and the Bees

Two of the PHXMQG ongoing activities involve sewing a different quilt block each month. However, each one is a bit different.

BOM

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photo by Holly Gets Quilty

BOM is short for Block of the Month. This year rather than select an existing BOM (there are many available online to choose from each year) PHXMQG will be creating our own! BOM Committee Chair Ana has put together a team of members who will be presenting a different block each month that will finish to 12″ (some may be smaller and finish to 12″ with borders). Everyone is invited to create the block for themselves with their own fabrics. Often with a BOM people choose to make each block and at the end of the year assemble them into a sampler quilt but you are free to pick and choose which blocks you want to make (maybe you want a quilt, maybe you want to only do some blocks for pillows or bags). At each month’s meeting the block of the month will be presented and everyone is invited to show their completed block from the previous month. It is a great way to learn new skills and gain inspiration from seeing how others interpret the same block. We will be posting the information for each block of the month on our blog and in our MQG Community group.

Vitamin D Bee

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Bees also include sewing a block each month and are a great way to gain new skills and inspiration. With the Bee though you sign up and commit at the beginning of the year. Each person in the Bee then gets to be the ‘Queen Bee’ for a month. At the meeting before your Queen Bee month you bring a kit for the other Bee members (the hive). The kit includes instructions and fabric to make a specific block. Each hive member then uses the kit to make the block and at the meeting in your Queen Bee month you receive the blocks to then use to create your own quilt. All of the guidelines for our Bee are posted on the blog in the Resources section. Signups filled up at the January meeting but if you have any questions you can email Brooke.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

 

PHXMQG Vitamin D Bee

Lots to post today but first up is info on the Vitamin D Bee!

We are happy that Danny is our guild Bee Mama again this year and presented details about the Quilting Bee during our January meeting. If you signed up during the meeting you are entered. If you still want to sign up, the form is here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ypj_-g0xFA0PT56AepH9H3QCa9065DvHlntJNOPILds/viewform. Signups will close at the end of the February meeting. The guidelines that Danny spoke about in January are here. If you have questions before the meeting Danny can be reached via email danny.heyen gmail.com.

The Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild Flickr group has loads of photos of what the bee members from 2013 have been up to. And on Instagram you can check out the #vitamindbee tag.

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Today’s Meeting Highlights and Pictures (more to come later)!

The quiltalong is kicking off…start thinking about what you might want to do with the Drunkard’s Path block! (this one is Kirstin’s sample).

Pincushion Swap was alot of fun!  I think the June swap is blocks–blog post to with details to come on that if you want to get in on the fun.

The emerald challenge–love all of these!  Our next challenge will be announced on the blog too and anyone can join in..we will share our challenge items in three months.

The Vitamin D BEE did an awesome job on their swoon-ish blocks for Danny! Kirstin’s blocks are next and this is what she picked in lots of bright colors.

BJ and Jacki revealed out first donation quilt!  New member Sarah took it home to get going on the quilting for us so we can get it to its new home.  This quilt was an awesome collaboration spearheaded by our charity chairs–BJ and Jacki!  Members made blocks (as did the chairs) and in record time it has shaped into this perfectly pink quilt.

We also donated nineteen filled bags for the children that the Chandler police come into contact with that are in crisis.  They were happy to get them (and surprised too).  Thanks again to BJ and Jacki for all the extra work (and donations) they put in to those.  We are still in need of items to fill the other bags we have sewn–so feel free to bring them to the next meeting and you may win a prize!

Of course the highlight of our meeting was Alissa Clark teaching us Paper Piecing!  More pictures of that to come!  Thanks Alissa–you did a fabulous job and I know everyone had fun and us newbies learned a lot!