Monday, October 9, 2017

Computer Software for Quilt Design

Join us Saturday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. as we explore computer software programs that can help bring your quilt ideas to life.

Vanessa, Carolyn R., Catherine and Stephanie will highlight the capabilities of two popular programs: Electric Quilt and Adobe Illustrator. The group will also provide tips on how to incorporate Adobe Photoshop into your quilt planning.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Curves Challenge

Are you up for a challenge? Make a quilt for our end-of-year quilt show!

This year's theme is curves. I want you to create an original design for a small, modern quilt using any techniques you see fit. (Recent programs covered several that may help you, including improv piecing, appliqué, and foundation paper piecing.)

Here are the rules:

  • Quilt tops must consist of THREE solid fabrics: black, white, and one color of your choice. You must use all three; no more, no less. No prints.
  • Finished quilts must be no larger than 36" on any side. Your quilt can be any shape you like, but the maximum size is 36".

If you're on Instagram, share pictures of your progress/process with the hashtag #ChattMQGcurves. When you're finished, label your quilt your name and the quilt's name.

Finished quilts are due at our Nov. 11 guild meeting, and they'll be on display during our Dec. 9 meeting. 

I can't wait to see what you make!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September Meeting Recap

From Paper to Fabric

Armed with a gridded flip pad and a handful of dry-erase markers--but no calculator--Jean Larson walked us through several examples, showing us her process for converting a sketch to a reproducible quilt block.

Math was involved.

Amid cries of "Have you ever heard of Wonder Under!" and "I'd just make templates!" and "Do you know how to paper piece?" Jean persisted, demonstrating a geometrical way to resize triangles and other shapes accurately.

Jean is not one to take the easy way out.

Nor should you be. A brief foray into social media reveals thousands of quilt patterns for sale. You can make your own and you do not need a fancy program to do that (although we will talk about some of those options at our October meeting).

We also learned ways to make reproducible curves using a tool from the dressmaker's arsenal.

Give your brain a workout and see how far you can get with a little push from Jean!

Habitat Quilts

Camille Miller agreed to present a quilt to the new Habitat homeowners at the September 16th dedication ceremony. Our next quilt will be presented in October. And we have two volunteers to thank: new member Beverly Herron is tackling the result of the Cut It Up! Quilt Top Challenge, and Karen Sperry is working magic on the paper-pieced star quilt.

Here are two finished quilts that will be presented to new homeowners later this year:

This was assembled by Martha G., quilted by Beverly, and bound by Jean.

Patricia (left) pieced this top following an Alison Glass pattern; Denise (right) quilted it.

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Quilt Design: From Paper to Fabric

Have you ever drawn a modern quilt design and wondered, “Now how in the world am I going to piece that?!” It’s a familiar feeling for many quilters, and one that can bring the creative process to a standstill.

Join us Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. as Jean Larson walks us through steps to analyze and deconstruct a design and translate it into fabric. Armed with Jean’s tips and tricks, you’ll leave with confidence to tackle any project.

See ya Saturday!

Friday, August 25, 2017

August Meeting Recap

Program: Curved Piecing

Are you interested in slipping away from the straight and narrow? If you attended our August meeting you saw a handful of different ways to swerve in a new direction. Delores, Vista, Gerry, Julie and Kate teamed up to show us a variety of examples and methods to cut and piece curves into our quilts. We saw modern curves cut with templates or improvisationally, pieced in modern ways, combined with stripes, stretched out on the bias, recut and sewn into checks, hanging by slivers--the ideas were flowing and inspiring. Try out some of their methods and see what you can create!

Guild Survey

Members, you have a survey in your inbox. If you have not yet responded, please take some time to do so. This is your chance to let us know what you think is going well and what you might like to see changed. We want to hear your voice!

Group Quilt in Progress

We have a group quilt in the works. The blocks were improvisationally pieced and quilted individually by Kelly, Jean, Sandi, Mary, Denise, Stephanie, Toni, Theresa, Martha, Karen S., and Karen D. Check out the way the makers used scraps to create richly saturated fabric. We plan to enter the quilt into the 2018 QuiltCon show, so we're keeping the full reveal under wraps for a little while longer. Stay tuned!

Quilt Swap with Tucson

If you are participating in this cross-country swap be sure to post photos of your quilts--both in progress and finished--on the social media platforms of your choice. Be a detective and check out your partner's style. And go see what the members of Tucson MQG are making. The anticipation of wondering which mini will be yours is a huge part of the fun. The AZ guild will ship all their quilts to Chattanooga in a single package in October. When you get your swap quilt finished, bring it back to guild because we want to photo all our makers and their minis before they head west.

Welcome Back, Camille!

Camille Miller, organizer of our swap with Tucson, has returned from Navy boot camp and is now a trained Mass Communications specialist. We are all so proud of Camille, who joined the Navy last year. Guild member Karen Downer surprised Camille (and the rest of us) by presenting her with a Quilt of Valor made by area quilters. As Karen and Jackie Cory wrapped Camille in her quilt, guild members quickly rose to give Camille a standing ovation, and there were quite a few misty eyes around the room. Now that she's back and working in Chattanooga, Camille will be able to join us for most of our meetings. 

Thank you, Habitat Quilters

We have several guild members and friends working hastily to finish out our Habitat quilts to be donated this fall. Jan Webster, Cendi Adcock, Gerry Haywood, Martha Griffin, Beverly Herron and Karen Sperry all deserve our grateful thanks.

The next Habitat dedication is scheduled for 10:00AM on September 16, the day of our next guild meeting. Jean Larson always covers Habitat when she can't find a volunteer, but Jean will be busy presenting our program next month. If you know of someone who could do this for us, please contact Jean or Kelly and let them know.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Sewing Curves with Confidence

The topic for our August meeting was one of the most-requested during last year's brainstorm session: curves!

Join us Saturday, August 12 at 10 a.m. to learn several techniques for sewing curves with confidence.

The curves team will demonstrate how to create gentle, flowing curves, along with ruler-free quarter circles; they'll also introduce you to some special tools that may become must-haves for your sewing room.

See you there!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sewing for Habitat

During our July meeting, the room was full and noisy as we worked diligently to put together two quilt tops for upcoming Habitat for Humanity home dedications this fall.

Now we're looking for volunteers to quilt them! Interested? Read on to learn more.

One of two quilt tops completed during the sew-in

Paper Pieced Stars

This group assembled blocks made by members after our foundation paper-piecing program. Between February and June, volunteers signed up for specific colorways and sewed star blocks at home using scraps from their stashes. These were pinned to a design wall by Delores at the start of the sew-in. We tried several arrangements until the color balance said "Yes!" and then came the easy part of fitting together blocks made by more than a dozen volunteers on at least that many machines with a wee bit of variation in that famous quarter inch seam. (Ha!) The end result (pictured above) features 29 twinkling stars and one improvised white block of negative space. 

New member Jessica presses a point
Carolyn P. assembles a row of stars

Cut It Up! Quilt Top

The workers on this team brought to life the winning design from last month's Cut It Up! Quilt Top Challenge.

Denise, Sara and Delores prepare the strips of solids

Vista Mahan's modernized remix called for the original quilt top to be cut into simple strips; we added a few strips of solids to her design to increase the overall size of the new quilt top. Check out the before and after shots!

Before: A Traditional Top
After: A Modernized Remix

Thanks to everyone's hard work, we now have six quilts on deck to donate to new Habitat for Humanity homeowners later this year.

If you want to volunteer to quilt either of the tops we completed during the sew-in, just comment on this post or send an email to Kelly at Your time and effort are greatly appreciated!

Mini Quilt Swap

Last year we participated in a swap with Tennessee MQG guilds from Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville. Camille from our guild has organized a similar swap with the Tuscon MQG in Arizona. Members received a form via email, be sure to sign up by July 22! Swaps are a great way to make new friends.

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