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Nela MQG meetings cancelled until July

Posted by Ramona Putnam on May 7, 2013 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello All,

I hope this finds you well.  At our last meeting, Marty and I put together a quilt top for a teen's CASA quilt.  We raided our fabric stash for pieces we could part with and cut 12" squares.  We actually cut fabric, and pieced the quilt top before quiting for the day.  Basically, we created 9-patch from the 12" squares, slashed just off center of the 9-patch, and repieced to create a scrappy top.  I have photos, but wanted to post the quilted photos as well.  It's almost done and I will post soon, I promise.

I'm sorry to say the meetings have been cancelled for May and June due to scheduling conflicts.  Please make sure to mark on your calendars.  We plan to resume in July and plan another simple stash busting quilt for CASA. 

If you have any fun projects or classes you would like to see in the guild, please let me know. 

I hope you have a great summer,


Kits for April Skill Builder Blocks

Posted by Ramona Putnam on March 29, 2013 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Hi everyone,

Have you seen Alyssa's post at  She talks about the handpieced blocks she has planned for April.  She has partnered with Purple Daisies to provide kits for the two blocks we will be doing.  They are reasonably priced as well.  It may be even more economical if we had our kits shipped in one bundle. 

If you would like to pair up and share shipping costs, please let me know.  I will be glad to post an order Monday, April 1 for the kits.  These should be in before our next meeting on April 13th.  If you want to start earlier than that, let me know and we can arrange to meet up and get your kit to you.

These kits are optional.  You can always print your own kits on card stock or whatever paper you prefer.

If you do want to be included on an order, please let me know ASAP!

Thanks so much.  Hope you are getting to sew and are enjoying life. 


NELA MQG March Meeting

Posted by Ramona Putnam on March 9, 2013 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

It's that time of the month again! 

The NELA Modern Quilt Guild will meet

Saturday, March 9th

Quilt n Stitch

6049 Cypress St, West Monroe, Louisiana

Marty will review the blocks for this month's Skill Builder (See for the Skill Builder posts).  Ramona will demonstrate construction for Anna Marie Horner's feather block shown below.  This is for the Bay Area MQG block of the month in which our guild is participating.  Ruth, with BAM, has kindly shared the templates which allows us to modify the size to match the block of the month plan.  Those will also be available at the meeting.  Hope to see you there!

NELAMQG Meeting Date and Agenda

Posted by Marty Mason on February 6, 2013 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Yes, we are already in the midst of February and our next meeting date is nearing:


Saturday, February 9, 2013

12 - 4 p.m.

Quilt N' Stitch, backroom

6049 Cypress St, West Monroe


Remember to bring Melisa Bowman an award winning fat quarter for her NELA MQG logo.  

And..... look forward to the Bay Area Modern BOM demonstration.  Visit BAM-BOM for details about this block if you want to gather fabric to create your block after the demo.   

If you participated in the Madrona Road Fabric Challenge, please bring your project for show and tell.   You can find some of the preliminary photos on our Flickr page.

It will be a fun-filled meeting, so mark your calendar.

 For more information, contact Ramona Putnam @ 318-366-6972 or [email protected]

Recap January Meeting

Posted by Ramona Putnam on January 17, 2013 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (4)

We didn't get a lot of sewing done, but we had a great visit at our January meeting.  I'll try to give you the highlights here.  

Kristy tells me we have six Japanese x and + blocks for the charity quilt we're working on.  We decided we would donate this quilt to Casa for a teen.  Once we have enough blocks for a 50 x 50, we will assemble and quilt.  

We also talked about a block of the month for 2013.  One thing we agreed on is that this is not something we will stress about.  It should be fun.  If there are months you are busy and choose not to do that block, there is no pressure to participate.  If you do choose to sew along, please post photos of your blocks to our Flickr account so we can all share.

One BOM we are interested in is the Skill Builder by Alyssa at PileOFabric.  It can be found here.


Another is a BOM pulled from BlockBase, a software of blocks compiled by Barbara Brackman.  Members at the meeting Saturday chose some of their favorites and we narrowed the blocks to the following.  The goal was to pull blocks that helped build new skills and challenge us to learn new techniques.  You can find these same blocks as a colorsheet here.

January Block templates can be found here.  Layout grid can be found here.

Since our meeting, I saw this BOM posted by Bay Area MQG.  If you like this better than our BlockBase, let me know and we can participate in this instead.  I hesitate to suggest this in case it just confuses things, so let me know ASAP, if you want to switch.

One thing we forgot to talk about was the logo.  Everyone seems comfortable with NELA MQG for our guild name and this logo seems to be the favorite based on what I've heard.  I suggest we make this our official logo and award Melisa Bowman to winning prize.  You may remember we suggested we each bring a fat quarter to the creator of the winning logo.  So bring one fat quarter to the next meeting to thank Melisa for creating this for us.  Thanks, Melisa!

January meeting

Posted by Ramona Putnam on January 7, 2013 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello everyone,

I hope you had a blessed and joyful holiday season.  There has been so much going on that I feel totally out of sinc.  It will be nice to get back into a routine.

This Saturday is our first meeting of the year and I hope to see you there.  

Saturday, January 12, 2013

12:00 - 4:00 PM

Quilt n Stitch, West Monroe, LA

Some of us are still swapping the Japanese x and + blocks (see previous post).  We have agreed to create the 11.25" block which uses the 5" charm for the 'x' blocks.  (The measurement breakdowns are found in the Photo section of the NELA website.)  Swapping isn't manditory...bring a block (or more) if you want to swap.

We have discussed creating a charity quilt from extra swap blocks, so feel free to donate blocks.

We will be discussing a block of the month challenge for the guild.  There are so many block of the month programs available, that we can use something already prepared, or create our own.  I have thought of a sampler quilt that uses different techniques..half square, template cutting, applique, curved pieces, etc.  Another option below is available at Gen X Quilter website.  Give some thought to what you want to learn or accomplish this year.  I would love to have your feedback.

Have fun quilting!


Madronna Road Challenge and December Meeting

Posted by Ramona Putnam on December 3, 2012 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (2)

Hello Everyone,

I hope you're having a good holiday season.  To me that means finding some time for peace and quiet!  I know some love all the parties.  So I hope you are blessed in some small way whatever you need in your life.

I posted an invitation about a month ago to participate in the Madronna Road challenge.  I had two takers and ordered a third just in case.  The third was taken at the last meeting.  And look what came in today!  :-D

Michael Miller Fabrics sent approximately a yard of each so we will each receive 1/3 yard to play with.  We have a little extra of the print.  Yay!

(Madronna Road participants were myself, Melisa, and Marty.)

Also, remember your mug rug for the swap Saturday.  I know Marty has some ready to go and I have mine finished except for binding.

          july 4 rug mugs

The mug rug is definitely open to interpretation, so have fun.  The only limitation we put on it was a 6" minimum square (not limited to square shape).

Happy sewing.  See you Saturday.


Japanese x and + blocks ... anyone want to swap more?

Posted by Ramona Putnam on November 19, 2012 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (1)

We had a few members out at our last meeting and a few have expressed a desire to swap the Japanese x and + blocks.  If you would like to continue to swap, let me know and I will figure out the best method to work the swap.  I'm definitely in. 

We could make this an online swap and get a few more people involved if you would like.  If we decide to go that route, I want to wait until after Christmas to solicit other swappers.  Just let me know.


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