Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Improv Workshop led by Tonya Ricucci

Improv Round Robin Workshop: 5th September

led by Tonya Ricucci, aka The Unruly Quilter, author of Word Play Quilts.

We are very pleased to announce our first workshop, what we hope will be the first of many. 

The South Florida Modern Quilt Guild presents an adventure in improvisational quilting!
Tonya with one of her quilts at our July meeting.

Our instructor for this workshop is Tonya Ricucci, aka The UnRuly Quilter. Tonya has been quilting since 1987 and considers her style to be liberated and "non-traditional traditional" (think Gwen Marston, Gee's Bend, and string quilts). Tonya's popular website, Lazy Gal Quilting, full of tutorials and inspiration led to her equally popular first book, Word Play Quilts, which focuses on creating improvised words and numbers. 

In our workshop, participants will learn how to start a quilt using improvisational methods. They will then pass their beginning, and their fabric, to others to work on, one at a time. Each person will add a little piece of a "signature" fabric to their contribution, as a way of "signing" their work. Each person will build on each patchwork as it passed around, seeing the patterns that are emerging and building on it in their own unique way. The goal is to be responsive to whatever the patchwork is saying and to add to it in a cohesive way. 

The beauty of group improv is that it opens you up to ideas and “conversations” with other quilters as you work together and let the fabric flow. Participants will take their original starter block home, along with any additions to the quilt made by others. This will be the basis of a quilt which can be completed at home. This workshop is an excellent introduction to working with “improv with intent” and to understanding how to let your wonky side run wild. 

Participants will need to have good basic sewing skills and be familiar with how to operate their machine. Beginning quilters are welcome! Full details are below. 

Hope to see you there!

Allison Schnackenberg 
VP of Administration

Improv Round Robin Workshop with Tonya Ricucci Details
  • Location: General Provision, 525 NW 1st Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. 
  • Time: 10am-4pm
  • Space limited to 22 places. Register now to avoid disappointment.
  • Cost: $50 ($40 for SFMQG members). 
  • Early registration for SFMQG members only 23rd - 28th July.
Workshop requirements:
  • A working sewing machine that you know how to operate.
  • Basic sewing supplies = scissors, rotary cutter, seam ripper, thread etc.
  • Fabric sufficient to make a quilt top approximately 50 x 65 inches
  • A basic knowledge of sewing = straight lines, seam allowance, pressing and quilt construction.
  • Beginning quilters are welcome!
Please note: early registration is open for SFMQG members only from 23rd-28th July. Non-members may register during this period; you will be placed on a waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis.

All registrants will be sent an invoice for the workshop fees, payment can be made via Paypal. You do not need a Paypal account, payment is by credit or debit card.

A full supply list will be sent to all registrants once payment has been received.

Register on our website.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

July Meeting Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended our July meeting last Saturday!

Topic of the Month:

The biggest highlight of our July meeting, was the mini-lecture, by Tonya Ricucci, on Improv Piecing.

Improv Pieced Houses
Tonya showed us many of the improv-pieced quilts she has made, and talked a lot about her inspiration and some of the techniques she's used.
This was one of Tonya's Halloween themes quilts, made using the improv-pieced house technique
Another of Tonya's Halloween quilts.


This quilt was made with improv-pieced letters and strips.

This was an example of  a scrappy improv pieced quilt
The back of the quilt was just as beautiful as the front!

Block of the Month:
Our block of the month (BOM) for July was scrappy applique circles. Patti Auten won the drawing!

Our BOM for August is Wonky Pinwheels:
Shelly's example of the Wonky Pinwheel block, and her Jelly Roll Strips for the Raffle.
Quilt Along:

This was the 2nd month of our QAL. It has been a lot of fun to see everyone's version of these blocks!

We can't wait to see how these finished quilts look!
Show and Tell:
Nicole showed a boxy pouch, made from a tutorial by Kelby Sews.
Joanne brought in her Jelly Roll quilt, made from Anna Maria Horner's fabric
LoriAnn brought in this baby quilt.
Other News:

Allison announced our first workshop, which will be held on September 5th! It will be an improv round robin workshop led by Tonya Ricucci.  Details and information regarding how to register was sent to members this week, and will be sent to non-members next week. If you're interested in joining us, be sure to sign up soon, before all spots are filled!

Ivy announced that SFMQG is now part of  the Modern Quilt Guild (as a starter guild). The Executive Council has completed the work necessary to become a non­profit organization under the MQG umbrella. Beginning 1st August, annual dues will be charged at $50. Dues will be prorated, so our dues for the remainder of 2015 will be $21. Information about how to register was emailed to all members on the mailing list earlier this week. If you didn't receive the email, and wish to register as a member, you can do so by clicking on this link.  


Our first election will be held this November. We are currently looking for volunteers to stand for the Executive Council. If you're interested in running, please read our policies and procedures if you're interested in reading more about our Executive Council Positions. We are also looking for volunteers for the Nomination Council (which will oversee the nominations leading to our election in November). If you're interested in volunteering for either the nominations council, or executive council, please email us as southfloridamod@gmail.com. Additional details about both councils can be found on our policies and procedures page.

We are very excited about how our guild is growing, and we are happy that you all are a part of it. If you have any questions about the changes that have taken place recently, please feel free to contact us any time at southfloridamod@gmail.com, or you can ask any of our executive council members.

Next Meeting:

We're looking forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting on Saturday, August 15at 10:00am!

We'll also be holding our first SFMQG Sewcial (Sewing Social) following the general meeting at StitchCraft, starting August 15th. Free to members and paid general meeting guests. Just bring your lunch, hand sewing/quilting and get to know everyone better. If you don't have a hand project there will be scraps to improv piece! Bring your in-progress projects to share and/or get advice on. Thanks to StitchCraft for allowing us to use the room the whole day, we hope to see you there!