Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tampa MQG at the Lakeland Sewing Expo 2016!

This past March our guild had their very first quilt show, at the Lakeland Sewing and Quilting Expo!  We were incredibly lucky and honored with the spots for our quilts to hang, right in the main entrance!  Our guild decided to create our own "Think Spring" Challenge, creating a quilt that each member found a relationship to spring.  As our members walked by we secretly listened in to other quilters admiring our work.  We even had a few people ask for us, to learn more about our specific guild.  We hung and took down the exhibit ourselves, learning with great assistance from the ladies of the expo and the convention hall.Glad we were able to share our take on modern quilting with other quilters in the area, and learn more about us! We were even included in the program.  And by luck's chance, our QuiltCon Group Charity Quilt arrived back to us two days before the show.  It was able to be our star, right by registration.

March & April 2016 Meeting Recap

Tampa MQG Members decided to work on a charity quilt early this year!  Our guild created a quilt for the Love Quilt Project.  Their base design for the quilt asked to create a log cabin pattern.  The center squares were drawn by children from Cardinal Elementary in Springfield, Virgina.  Our guild decided to create a rainbow design, everyone bringing in bright scarps to use.  We were able to construct the entire top in a meeting and one member offered to quilt for us. It is now on its way to Virgina, and soon after to Africa.

Our April meeting took us outside before the full on Florida heat sets in.  We took a field trip to the USF Botanical Gardens.  We have decided to have a new guild challenge, with inspiration from the gardens.  Our June meeting will be full of color as we see our members inspirations come to fabric.