Tuesday, October 16, 2012

On the Road...

Crimson Tate in Indianapolis, IN
I was on the road the other week, visiting relatives in Indianapolis, IN.  And when I head out on a trip, I like to see what quilt shops I can find along the way.  This time the find is "Crimson Tate", a modern quilt store in the heart of Indianapolis.  So after visiting the Indy Art Museum, my aunt, uncle and I headed over to check out the shop.  What a fun shop!  The owner is Heather Givans and the shop has been open for just over a year.  Heather is a Purdue graduate and my uncle was a professor at the university, so there was even a round of the school fight song.

Uncle Jack amusing himself while my aunt and I shopped.
Heather has lots of modern quilt fabrics, patterns and accessories.  All of her furnishings are items she has collected along the way, so a great blend of old and new.  She is located in up coming neighborhood with the most amazing chocolate shop just up the block, so even more reasons to make a stop if you are traveling through.

On my way home I headed over to Cincinnati, OH and stopped by "Silk Road Textiles".  This is a new shop as well.  It's been open for 2 1/2 months and it's off to a great start.  Lots of contemporary fabrics and some cool yarns--perfect for the fiber artist!  

Both of these spots are definitely on my map to stop by next time I head north!


PS.  If you have any modern quilt experiences you would like to share with our group, send them along to me and I'll get them posted!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

October Meeting

Hello Modern Quilting Gals,

What a fun way to spend a Saturday morning!  So good to see everyone and if you were not able to join us, I'll get you caught up on what happened...

We have been invited by Sew Bee It to hang our Modern Quilt projects in the shop during the month of December.  Gloria and Martha would like to have quilts by the end of November (I'll confirm exactly when) and they will be hanging until the first of the new year.  There was a big list of quilts by the end of the meeting and if you were not with us today, just let Sandi know if you would still like to hang a quilt or one of the modern projects.  Also, because there have been so many questions about "what is Modern Quilting", we are each going to write a brief statement about what Modern Quilting means to us to be posted as well...I can't wait to see all the different perspectives!!

We narrowed down the choices for the book to use for inspiration for next year and the winner is...

Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen.  If you would like to have Sew Bee It order a copy for you, just let Martha know.  We will start sign-ups for programs at the November meeting for the first months of the new year.

A number of gals have been working on the American Quilter's Society's Modern Mystery Quilt. So spoiler alert--Janet shared her progress--

It is an easy pattern and lots of fun.  If you haven't tried a "modern quilt" before, it is a great place to start.  The most challenging part is the half circle curves.  Sandi has a great blog with pictures on a great method for perfect stitching at her blog.  I was so inspired that I came home and have week one completed now.

Melissa Klingensmith presented the October program from the Modern Mix book.  She showed us her version of the Color Block Tablecloth--Melissa made a table runner from the center of the   pattern.  She used sea inspired batiks and added triangles to the ends to finish the look.

She even made a candle to match!  And yes, it is a Christmas present!

And then it was time for show and tell--

Susan was busy making several quilts with the modern twist that included flying geese--

And a helicopter inspired quilt.

Gerry made a great quilt be "upcycling" an old crazy quilt that she had made before but did not like...

And here is Gerry's great convergence quilt--

See everyone next month!!!