Monday, July 21, 2014

July Meeting Recap

Our July meeting started with a lot of twists and turns…of the Tennessee River! Twenty-four of our members came together and created a beautiful quilted rendition of the Tennessee River for our upcoming exhibit at the Tennessee Aquarium during AQS QuiltWeek-Chattanooga, September 10-13, 2014.

Speaking of QuiltWeek-Chattanooga, Denise from the Chattanooga Quilt Guild spoke briefly on Volunteer opportunities for the show. Volunteers are needed in two specific areas; Show Hostesses and Quilt Hangers. You can sign up to volunteer on VolunteerSpot at http:/ Just enter your email address and choose an available spot. Remember, admission to the show is free on the day you volunteer.

The July Lottery blocks, were collected. Josie and Sharon both went home with six "Crooked Road to Tennessee" blocks. Linda presented the Lottery Block for August, "Improv Herringbone". Handouts were passed out during the meeting. In case you didn't snag one, you can find the tutorial here:

Joan and Veronica "squared up" some details regarding the Aquarium exhibit. Exhibit quilts and/or pictures of the those quilts, along with their dimensions, are due at our August meeting.

Our program this month focused on the Modern design element, Bold Graphic Color. Our Team Leaders made samples for a hands on look at this element. Five volunteers agreed to take challenge packs of bold solid colors to create their own Bold Graphic pieces. Can't wait to see those at our August meeting!

Our Show and Tell is always a great way to end our monthly meetings. Thanks to Melody for the pictures.
1. CeeCee Foster  2.Delores Dady  3. Delores Dady  4. Denise Ohlman  5. Jackie Cory
6. Ginny Csiszko  7. Ginny Csiszko  8. Ginny Csiszko  9. Jean Larson  10. Kathleen McMullen
11. Josie Dinwiddie  12. Josie Dinwiddie  13. Josie Dinwiddie  14. Martha Steele 15. Martha Steele
16. Mary Keasler  17. Mary Keasler  18. Mary Keasler  19. Toni Faidley
22. Nancy Packard  23. Patricia Steadman  24. Sharon Griffith  25. Sharon Griffith

Make it Modern,


Saturday, May 17, 2014

May Meeting Recap

A great group filled our meeting Saturday! Janet welcomed our visitors and members alike. Several announcements were made. Here is the run-down…

Our next Sew-In is immediately following our June meeting. We've got a couple of exciting activities planned during this time…
  • Vanessa will be demonstrating how to make a Boxy Zippered Carry-All Pouch. A materials list was available at the meeting. In case you didn't get one, you can find it here: Boxy Carry-All Bag Material List

  • There will be a "Stash Sale" during the Sew-In. This is an opportunity to sell some of your stash or buy someone else's. Just bring in your sewing fabric, notions, etc. Tag each item with your name, item name and price and hand it over to the "Store Keeper". Thanks to Catherine for bringing this idea to the Guild. Guidelines for selling your stash can be found here: Stash Sale Guidelines

Several dates of interest were announced.
  • International Quilt Festival, October 25—November 2, 2014 in Houston, TX. Modern quilt entry registration will open at midnight CDT on May 30, 2014. The last day to register is June 27, 2014 until midnight CDT. You will be notified no later than Friday, August 1, 2014, regarding the quilts to be included in this exhibit along with shipping instructions. If selected, the quilts will need to arrive in Houston no later than Friday, September 5, 2014. Quilts will not be traveling and will be returned by the end of December 2014. Visit their website for all of the details.
  • QuiltCon 2015, February 19-22, Austin, TX. Workshop registration will open to MQG members on June 23, 2014. (We announced June 1 at the meeting) A complete catalog of lectures and workshops will be available on June 1, 2014. To keep up on all the important dates visit the website:
Joan gave an update on the TN Aquarium/IMAX Exhibit. An updated timeline has been emailed to all members and should serve to answer any questions you have.

Lottery Blocks were collected. Gerry and Sharon went home with seven "Modernized D9P" Blocks. Vista presented the Lottery Block this month, "Strip Blocks". Here are her instructions.
You can also find some beautiful inspiration for the Strip Blocks at this link from Melody:

Our program this month was a Team Project. Our teams from January were reunited and our new members placed with a team. The teams were challenged to come up with a design, using either "Expansive Negative Space" or "Modern Traditionalism", the Improv blocks from our January program, and create a Modern quilt top. Quilt tops are due at our October meeting.

And then there was Show and Tell…
1. Melissa Klingensmith  2. Linda Smith  3. Audrey Workman  4. Catherine Price  5. Gerry Haywood
6. Brenda Cregger  7. Brenda Cregger  8. Brenda Cregger  9. Delores Dady  10. Delores Dady
11. Jean Larson  12. Jean Larson  13. Jean Larson  14. Kathleen McMullen  15. Toni Faidley
16. Mary Keasler  17. Mary Keasler  18. Melody Johnson  19. Veronica Hofman-Ortega
20. Nancy Packard  21. Nancy Packard  22. Nancy Packard  23. Nancy Packard  24. Vanessa King 

It was another inspiring meeting. Let's keep it up and Make it Modern!

Friday, April 25, 2014

April Meeting Recap

Janet opened the meeting by welcoming our visitors. We had four new members join this month, which brings our membership to 41.

The Michael Miller challenge fabric was distributed. It was agreed, due to our commitment to the Aquarium Exhibit, we would not have a specific guild challenge. We do want to encourage members to participate in the MQG Challenge individually. Who wouldn't want to win a "Year of Fabric" from Michael Miller? The guidelines for that challenge can be found here.

The Wonky Log Cabin Lottery Blocks were collected. We drew three names and two lucky members, Kate and Martha (Martha's name was drawn twice) got to go home with some of these.

Josie presented the Lottery Block for May. She demonstrated the "Modernized D9P" from Kristin Daum who blogs as the St. Louis Folk Victorian. It is based on the Disappearing Nine Patch. You need to start with nine, five inch squares; four prints, five solids. They should be sewn together in a nine patch block using any layout you choose. There is no color scheme restriction. Here is a top Josie made from her "Modernized D9P" blocks. The tutorial can be found here.
If you choose to cut your "Modernized D9P" block as described in the tutorial, please be sure to pin the four blocks together. The four cut blocks will count as one entry to the Lottery Block drawing.

Joan gave an update on the TN Aquarium/IMAX Exhibit. Members who have committed to display quilts need to have an artist statement/inspiration for each quilt. Artist statements are due at our May meeting. All quilts are to be finished by our July meeting. Each member will be responsible for delivering their own quilts to the Aquarium. No date has been set for delivery yet.
We had 23 members sign up for the Tennessee River Project. Joan distributed map sections of the River to each participant with detailed instructions. This is going to be a great creative display. Thanks to the Exhibit Committee for all their hard work.

What a Show and Tell we had this month…the largest one to date!
1. Sandi Suggs 2. Joan Thornbury 3. Joan Thornbury 4. Joan Thornbury 5. Joan Thornbury
6. Patricia Steadman 7. Josie Dinwiddie 8. Denise Ohlman 9. Janet Suber 10. Martha Griffin
11. Gerry Haywood 12. Gerry Haywood 13. Josie Dinwiddie 14. Marcia Taschenberger 15. Marcia Taschenberger
16. Jean Larson 17. Jean Larson 18. Jean Larson 19. Kathleen McMullen 20. Delores Dady
21.Vista Mahan 22. Vista Mahan 23. Vista Mahan 24. Audrey Workman
25. Mary Keasler 26 Mary Keasler 27. Mary Keasler 28. Susan Asendorf

It was another inspiring meeting.