Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August Meeting Recap

On Our Calendar

August 20, 27 and September 3, 10
Time: 11am - 1pm
Karen Downer's Workshop making blocks for Quilts of Valor
Chattanooga Quilts, 5711 Main Street, Ooltewah, TN
Call the store to see if spots are available. Fabric kit will be provided. Bring your equipment to sew a block for a QOV quilt.

September 8
Start date for a not-for-beginners Hand Embroidery Club
Contact Bernina Sew and Quilt Studio for information.

September 10 Program: Modern Group Quilt
This will be a sew-in. Details to come!

September (12, 13) 14-17 AQS QuiltWeek Chattanooga

October 8 Program: Modern Stitching and Alternate Gridwork

November 12 Program: Up for Grabs ;)

December 10 Meeting: Let's Party!

Charity Quilts

Habitat for Humanity
Just keep making blocks, people, and we will make it work.
Here's the latest top for a Habitat home....

The marbleized fabric was donated from Lost My Marbles fabric in Ohio, and Jean designed a pattern using solid blue and green to modernize the look. 

Quilts for Pulse
We have a volunteers for quilting and binding, and Camille will bring the finished quilt to our September 10 meeting. Thank you!

Blocks for Police
We collected a stack of blue hearts that Camille will send to the Dallas MQG for police quilts to be shared with Dallas and Baton Rouge families.

August Program: Modern Traditionalism

Jackie, Karen, Michele and Kate shared ways to make small changes to traditional blocks and come up with modern designs. 

Karen showed us how a double wedding ring can be simplified by keeping the fabrics more constant and less scrappy, and by limiting them in unexpected ways.

Kate started with a traditional pinwheel block and modified it, then she modified the modification. Twice!

Michele made a bear paw block and modified it, then she photocopied the actual block in black and white and played with it to generate several modern designs. Remember this trick! 

Jackie brought us quite a variety of examples. Here are three of them.
Birds on Wires, traditional pieced background,
crazy pieced borders
Modern circles in a scrappy background.
Note how the outer circles transition into the border.

Similar to Birds on Wires, above, but here Jackie improvised the birds and chose a more modern palette.

Next we did an exercise to compose a modern traditional block and here's what happened:

Our program leaders will sew them up and use them for another Habitat top. 

Show and Tell 

The collage app isn't working. I'll clean this up later!

These three are Catherine's. The lower photo is the back of the center quilt, a stacked coins variation.

 Ava's zigzag top, a long time in the making.
     Stephanie's quilt, front and back

Nancy's Tipi Quilt

Kelly's Timber Quilt


Robbie's Row by Row Sampler

Robbie, Back of Sampler

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July Meeting Recap

On our Calendar

July 22 - Michelle Wilkie Design WorkshopJuly 30 - Designate a contact person for the MQG Charity Quilt challenge
August 13 - Next meeting; Program is Modern Traditionalism
September 10 - Program is Modern Group Quilt Project
September (12, 13) 14-17 - AQS QuiltWeek (volunteering) 
October 8 - Program is Modern Stitching and Alternate Gridwork
November 30 - Deadline for submitting photos of your finished quilt to QuiltCon
February 3 - Charity challenge quilt must be received by the MQG

AQS QuiltWeek
Kathleen needs volunteers to sign up to take down quilts on Saturday, September 17. Most other volunteer spots have been filled.

Habitat Quilts
We have two more home dedications this year. One quilt is in the works and Jean would love to have a volunteer design a quilt and be the project leader for the other. Contact Jean if you have ideas.

Michelle Wilkie Workshop
It's on a Friday and we are full. Email Mary if you want your name on the waitlist. She has emailed supply lists to all who are attending. Kelly has a post about the workshop so be sure to read that. 

Quilts for Pulse
Camille has collected enough heart blocks to make two quilts for Orlando. She will be sewing the blocks together and has asked for a quilting volunteer. 

If you want to keep making heart blocks, we will be mailing BLUE hearts (blue only, white background) to Dallas for both Dallas and Baton Rouge officers killed by sniper attacks in those cities.

July Program: Simplification

Thank you to Ann, Toni, Vanessa, Theresa and Pam for presenting a clear and inspiring program on ways we can simplify our quilt compositions, and to Vista, Melissa, Sharon and Charise for their work behind the scenes. You showed us enlightening examples of ways to improve a quilt by editing.  
Photos from our July program on Simplification
1. Simple and versatile stars, Toni Faidley
2. Double wedding ring with a change in each ring, Theresa Kitchell
3. Modern Roman Stripe, Pam McCallie
4. Elephants in the Rain, Vanessa King
5. Playing with Grids, Melissa Klingensmith
6. Sale Creek Sunset, Melissa Klingensmith

Show and Tell

Show and Tell
1. Pillow, Jackie Cory
2. Dinosaur quilt for a child, Michele Leonard
3. Purse section, Delores Dady
4. Beach Houses, Denise Ohlman

Show and Tell
1. Sliced Churn Dashes, Jean Larson
2. Face from Melissa Averinos workshop, Veronica Hoffman Ortega
3. Modern Rectangles, Vanessa King
4. Kaffe squares, Theresa Kitchell
5. Modern Shapes, Mary Keasler
6. Modern strips, Mary Keasler

Show and Tell
1. Black and white work, Camille Miller
2. Back of #1, Camille Miller
3. Opportunity Quilt of the future, Karen Downer
4. Modern Poinsettia, Patricia Steadman
5. Improv Flag, Patricia Steadman
6. Pineapples, Denise Ohlman
7. Quilt Label, Denise Ohlman
8. Modern Dresden work, Sandi Suggs
9. Received Modern Mini, Jackie Cory

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

ChattMQG to Host Michelle Wilkie Workshop

We are pleased to announce Michelle Wilkie of Factotum of Arts is coming to Chattanooga!


Michelle is an award-winning designer and the director of a software company. Her background in both art and STEM disciplines provides a distinct perspective that is evident in her Quilt Design a Day (QDAD) work and other creative endeavors. You may recognize Michelle from her regular contributions to Sew Mama Sew and Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine. She also designed the MQG’s August 2015 Pattern of the Month entitled “Altitudinal Ecosystem”.

Photo Courtesy of The Modern Quilt Guild via Michelle Wilkie

On Friday, July 22, ChattMQG members will learn how to create their own quilt designs during Michelle’s “Modern Quilt Design: Every Day Inspiration” workshop. Michelle will also teach how to create a block from the designs, and at the end of the workshop each participant will take home at least two designs and one block.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Adult Education Building at Christ United Methodist Church in Chattanooga. Space is limited to 20 participants and the workshop is currently full. If you are interested in joining the waitlist, please email Mary Keasler at

Participants are encouraged to arrive at 9:30 a.m. to set up their sewing machines and workspace, and they should bring their own lunch which will be enjoyed during a one-hour break. We look forward to seeing you there!