Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February Meeting Agenda

Our next meeting is a sew-in! We will cover our usual business first, then have show-and-tell, then construct blocks for a couple more Habitat for Humanity charity quilts. 

We expect this to be an extended meeting so you might want to bring a sack lunch or at least a snack and drink to tide you over.

Members will be receiving emails about what equipment to bring to the meeting. If you will be visiting us for this meeting, please email us in advance and we can let you know what tools might be helpful.

Here's what's in store....


ChattMQG February 13 Meeting

Welcome 
Introduce visitors, give out name tags and permanent pins to our new members
If you accidentally wore your name tag home in January, please bring it back.

Treasurer’s Report 
Outreach Report on Habitat dedication ceremony 

Photo Directory assembly. Remember to print your pages at home!

Social Media and You! Learn how Instagram is like having a show-and-tell at your fingertips. Stay connected with your guildmates between meetings!

Thoroughly Modern Minis update...you can sign up soon!

Potential Workshops report 

Upcoming Programs 
Please think about helping to develop and present a program that explores and challenges us to try out an aspect of modern quilting. Mentioned at our brainstorming session were: 

            Simplification (negative space, minimalism, scale)
            Alternate gridwork
            Modern traditionalism
            Abstraction
            Modern stitching or quilting
            
Plus we will need leaders for the MQG Charity Challenge for 2017 (probably will happen in summer).

You might want to present a program as an individual, but we are hoping that some people will want to work as small teams. Think about what you have tried and could share with others and come ready to sign up.


Show and Tell (Early, because we are having the sew-in last)

Program: Strip piecing (Jean)

Sew-In (Jean will email details soon)


We hope to see you there!

Audrey

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

January Meeting Recap

Mary Keasler's improv cabins


We were delighted to begin our first meeting of the year with six visitors. As of the January 9th meeting we have 38 members.

Thoroughly Modern Minis*


Our guild (along with Nashville's Music City MQG and Knoxville MQG) has been invited by the Memphis MQG to participate in a Tennessee mini-quilt swap. Participants will specify their level of expertise as well as a couple of their favorite modern techniques and their color preferences. Those from our guild who want to play will be matched with members of other guilds with similar levels of expertise and preferences. We will make quilts that measure no more than 24" per side or diameter. In a couple of months we will have the swap. We'll be notifying members via email to find out who is in. Theresa will be our guild person in charge.

*A play on the movie title "Thoroughly Modern Millie" with Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore.

Outreach Report


We have chosen Habitat for Humanity as our recipient for the charity quilts we make this year. Jean Larson will be our liaison and person in charge. Our hope is that all guild members will participate by making quilt blocks and sometimes piecing, quilting, or binding them together. Jean says Habitat expects to have six houses ready during the first half of this year.

Jean sent out a help-needed email in December to get a quilt ready for January 12. More than half a dozen of us met to cut fabric, make blocks, and piece a top together. Kelly even invited a newspaper photographer to come document the day for a feature article. Jean quilted and bound the top and had it ready in time.

This was made in late December and finished just in time!

This is the Team Janet quilt from 2014, hand-quilted by Janet.


January 12 was the dedication day for two Habitat homes. Jean and several members took the quilts to the event for the presentation.

MQG Charity Quilt Challenge


Quilting Detail
Sixteen of us made improvisational blocks for this one last September and October. Mary, Jean and Audrey put the blocks together and Carolyn worked her quilting magic. Now Gerry will bind it and we'll have it ready for its voyage to QuiltCon Pasadena near the end of the month.



Here's Carolyn with the bridges quilt. As you can see in the detailed photo above, she quilted wispy wind and wavy water, all freehand. Thank you Carolyn!



This one will be displayed at QuiltCon then returned to us.





Our charity quilt will be mailed to Pasadena, and we have at least two members headed to QuiltCon in February. Jean's modern churn dash quilt she showed us in December will be on exhibit there!

Photo Directory


Veronica has volunteered to assemble a directory for us that will include face photos, names, geographic areas (rather than addresses), phone numbers and social media information. If you hear from Veronica please respond in a timely manner. We want to get the directories printed and distributed as soon as possible.

January Program -- Quilts from Architecture


Audrey led us through her process for designing a quilt from something architectural. We brought photos, graph paper and drawing supplies. We practiced looking for basic shapes in the photo and using them in design. We talked about how to construct what we drew and we touched on how to calculate sizes using the graph paper squares.

If you drew a design, try to make a block from that design and bring it to our February meeting!

Show and Tell

Kathleen's Bento Boxes quilt
Jackie


Theresa

Jackie



A piece of Shirley's applique, 11 years in the making so far

The computer wants Mary's quilt at the top so that's where it is!

Thank you for a boisterous, creative and fun meeting, everyone. Next month we will have a sew-in and details will be posted and emailed.

Audrey










Monday, January 11, 2016

December Meeting Recap

Design Series Quilt Show



We had a fun time seeing all the quilts that were inspired by the three Design Series programs of 2015. Quilts were constructed using QST's, L-blocks, and drunkard's path blocks. Here's what happened....


Row 1: 
a Carolyn Rippee Classical Piano
b Mary Keasler Muse
c Carolyn Rippee Mrs. Pacman Flower Garden
d Jean Larson Punctuation

Row 2: 
a Janet Suber Ginko Table Runner
b Joan Thornbury Moving Forward
c Mary Keasler Cracked Star
d Jean Larson Evergreen

Row 3: 
a Pam McCallie Grow
b Audrey Workman Duck Duck Goose
c Theresa Kitchell First Try
d Theresa Kitchell Orange Brick Road

Row 4: 
a Sandi Suggs Streak of Blue
b Gerry Haywood Drunkard's Path #2
c Sandi Suggs Winterscape
d Audrey Workman What The L?

Row 5: 
a Theresa Kitchell Caw-cus of Crows
b Carolyn Rippee Dragon Fly Path
c Mary Keasler Ramsey
d Sandi Suggs Spring Gardens

Row 6: 
a Sandi Suggs Lanterns
b Jackie Cory Fire and Ash
c Denise Ohlman Untitled
d Patricia Steadman Untitled

After the show we enjoyed food, fun and fellowship, including a handmade gift swap and show and tell....

Show and Tell

Jean Larson with her incredible Churn Dash quilt

Janet hand-quilted the Team Janet charity quilt. It heads to a Habitat family in January 2016

Ashley made this one for a niece or nephew



Ashley's Asymmetrical Arrows!

Ashley's T-shirt top

Jackie's pillows

Denise's birds on wires

Kelly's Incredible Liion
Michele's Christmas Tree

The pieced challenge quilt of bridges


Thank you, Officers!

We also presented gifts to our President, Janet Suber (standing below, right) and Vice President, Pam McCallie (standing below, left) and thanked them for two years of dedicated and cheerful service!