Saturday, June 18, 2016

June Habitat Home Dedications

We continue to make quilts for new Habitat for Humanity homeowners. Three homes were dedicated this morning.

First was Sherri Owens and her children: Cory, Corelle and Destinee.

Shirley presents the quilt to Sherri 

It matches her home!
Next was Torri Scott and her son, Antony.
Vanessa tells Torri about the quilt

The audience was excited about the back and the front!

Torri and Vanessa with the knee-socks quilt
Last was Alice Smith. Her mother is 97 and she has four grandchildren!

Karen helps hold up the quilt behind Alice

Our friend Cornelia Johnson, who received the quilt with the big pieced star on bright magenta, surprised us at the dedication and was happy to pose for a photo.

Vanessa, Pam, Cornelia, Jean and Karen

It was so uplifting to see that our quilts are appreciated. The presentation of them is an exciting part of the dedication celebratiion.

Keep sewing!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June Meeting Recap

Our June meeting was held on Saturday, June 11 from 10 am - 12 noon.


June 18 - 3 Habitat Home Dedications
June 20 - Last day to join MQG to get member pricing for QuiltCon
June 25 - QuiltCon registration opens for members
July 9 - Next ChattMQG meeting. 
July 22 - Michelle Wilkie Design Workshop

Our July 9 Program will be on Simplification in Modern Quilts.
Presenters will be Ann Hurley, Toni Faidley, Sharon Griffith, Vanessa King, Theresa Kitchell, Melissa Klingensmith, Vista Mahan, Pam McCallie and Charise Smith.


1. QuiltCon Registration
QuiltCon East in Savannah is Wednesday, February 23 through Sunday, February 26.
Schedule of Events, Lectures and Classes is on
A link to register will be emailed to you ahead of time, but registration will not open until 10AM Eastern Daylight Time on June 25. If you have problems getting logged in to the mqg website now, let's get those fixed before the registration day. Check at home and let us know.

Advice from previous attendees about the registration process:

Be at your computer with your credit card when registration opens. Have a list of the classes you want to take. Register and pay for one at a time. 

2.  AQS QuiltWeek Chattanooga
Kathleen McMullen is the volunteer coordinator. A few people are still needed for hanging and taking down quilts before and after the show. Volunteer sign-ups for classes and lectures are now open. Also, registration for workshops is open for members.

Committee Reports

Habitat Report

We have three quilts ready for the three homes that will be dedicated on June 18. Presenters will be Shirley Prince, Vanessa King and Karen Downer. Jean will send an email with directions and times. Please attend as many as you can and take photos.

 Here are slices of two of our Habitat Quilts:
Left: improv log cabin from donated fabrics; Right: knee socks from a pattern by Elizabeth Hartman

Photo Directory Update

Veronica has created a page with eight new members, and that has been emailed to you.

Thoroughly Modern Minis

Some of us who participated in the Tennessee Modern Quilt Guild swap are pictured holding the mini quilts we received. Not pictured are Janet and Denise. The quilt Denise received is pictured at right.

Upcoming Workshop with Michelle Wilkie

Michelle Wilkie will be here on Friday, July 22 for a workshop on design. If you would like to be on the waiting list please contact Mary Keasler.

Program: Abstract Quilts

Denise Ohlman, Sandi Suggs, Martha Griffin and Jackie Cory planned and presented ideas and methods for creating abstract quilts. They led us through two exercises to get us started designing our own work and they showed us small quilts they created while learning about abstract quilts.

They provided us with information that you can read on Quilting Daily: Photographic Inspiration for Abstract Art Quilts.

Sandi took this photo of a covered bridge and the group used it as inspiration for their designs.

They looked at the shapes. They looked at the colors. They used the parts of the photo they liked best.

Sandi was attracted to the triangle on the right side of the bridge that is actually the space created by the angular support. You can see it beside the sign. She made a small quilt that features the shape of that triangle. It is the one on the far left.

Martha has never tried making an abstract quilt. She liked the pentagonal shape of the structure. She worked with the principle of repeating shapes in odd numbers and designed three different pentagons. Her quilt is on the top right.

Denise abstracted the lines plus the shape of the exit. Hers is on the bottom right.

Sandi continued experimenting.
She sewed a stack of shapes from the design. That one got cut up, but she reconstructed a semblance of it (top left). In the original stack, Sandi sewed strata to make the yellow and gray parts.

Next, she boldly cut the stack into sixteen squares, rearranged them, and sewed them back together (bottom left).

Her triangle is here again. This time notice the strata of red fabrics and the drama added by the outline of black. The concentric quilting emphasizes both the red strata and the overall triangular shape.

For this series, Sandi and Jackie captured both the colors and the emotions of the inspiration photo. This time Sandi focused on the view from inside the bridge looking out. She used her hand-dyed fabrics to create the look of weathered wood and green trees. Notice how she successfully gives the illusion of sunshine and shadow (left photo). 

Jackie worked in a series of two (upper and lower right). In the upper one note how Jackie used blocks of green to suggest trees; she quilted a tree structure to define that even more. In the lower one, she has added ferny greenery, signs, and shadows across the road.

Thanks to all of you for a most informative and inspiring program!

Show and Tell

Shirley has a quilt in progress. Note the birds holding a little ring. Kelly has sewn and quilted a bag with leather handles, and also made a backpack!

See you next month on July 9!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May Meeting Recap

Not all forty seven of us are in this photo, but this group shot will be sent to 
Make Modern Magazine where we will soon be a featured guild. 
Make Modern is an online magazine published in Australia.
Our May meeting was busy and fun with preparations underway for summer meetings and workshops, mini-quilts ready to mail, Habitat homes almost ready for quilts and even a magazine feature in the works.

Congratulations in Order

Flaun Cline of Spool
Kudos to Flaun Cline (and Maddie Kertay) for their lovely brick-and-mortar fabric store, Spool--home of 12,000 Facebook BadAss quilting fans and followers--being named as one of the ten best quilt shops / fabulous stores in America (if not the world)! You can read all about it in the latest issue of Quilt Sampler magazine. Go by the store and see for yourself!

Patricia Steadman
(Not the Flower Pots quilt!)
We also congratulate Patricia Steadman, whose Flower Pots quilt was chosen for AQS in Paducah, Kentucky. Fabric designer Kate Spain was pleased to see that Patricia had used some of her own collections in the flowers and invited Patricia to write a guest blog post. That's linked in our Facebook page, or you can go read Patricia's post here. You can see a photo of the real Flower Pots quilt on Kate Spain's blog, The Drawing Board.

Habitat for Humanity Quilts

To see all of us with our blocks, check out our Instagram account @ChattMQG 
and watch the silent video. This is a representative sample of the 22 that were turned in.

On Saturday, June 18, three more Habitat homes will be opened for their families. Our members took home scraps from our April program, sewed them into log-cabin-like blocks, and brought them back. They are now in the assembly line to become one of the next three quilts.

The twelve most classic cabins are now sewn together for a throw (60" x 72"). The remaining blocks will be used for another one. This top is ready to be passed along to our volunteer quilter.

Mark your calendars for June 18 because we need to be at three homes at the same time for the quilt giftings!

Photo Directory Update

We have grown since Veronica prepared our directory in February. If you are a new member and have not yet been photographed, please email us a clear head shot and your directory info and we will try to get it in our next update. Use the address in our sidebar and we will forward to Veronica.

Thoroughly Modern Minis

Several of us signed up to participate in a Tennessee swap for modern mini quilts. Six of us brought our minis to guild and we photographed them together before sending them to recipients in the other Tennessee guilds: Memphis Area, Music City, and Knoxville.

Remember to bring the mini you received to our June 11 meeting so everybody can see.

Maison & Objet

We were delighted and inspired by Ann Hurley's program for May. Ann shared an amazing presentation that she created for her business with photos of the latest trends in color and design from a huge trade show in Paris. What a treat to see artistic creations and color combinations straight from the design runway! Thank you so much, Ann, for bringing some Paris our way. 

Show and Tell

Top to bottom, left to right

  1. Flaun Cline front; Flaun Cline back; Flaun Cline; Patricia Steadman
  2. Gerry Haywood, Kate Trundle, Vanessa King, Toni Faidley (front)
  3. Tony Faidley (back), Theresa Kitchell, Theresa Kitchell, Shirley Prince
  4. A row of Mary Keasler's work after she attended the Spool-sponsored Melissa Averinos Faces workshop