Monday, June 17, 2013

The Chatt MQG Block Challenge

Remember back in January, when we had our Chattanooga MQB Challenge?  We mentioned something about using the blocks for the Chatt MQG Logos?  Well, the time has come!  Denise's block is our first MQG Logo header.  

Denised is an interesting Modern Quilter, who is not afraid to play with color and textures, from rusting to fabric dying to improvational piecing.

Thanks for the great logo design and can't wait to see what you have been working on recently!


Sunday, June 16, 2013

While you have that red, white and blue fabric out . . .

While you are working on your red, white and blue star for the July CMQG block challenge, consider also making a block or two to contribute to the Quilts of Valor Foundation 10th Anniversary Project.

While this may not be an opportunity to practice your improvisation skills, it is a chance to support the mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, which is to cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

A downloadable PDF with the pattern and an address to where blocks can be mailed is here.

Here are a couple of blocks I made this morning, on Father's Day, in honor of my Dad, who was a WWII veteran.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sunday, June 9, 2013

June Meeting Recap and July Block Challenge

What a fun meeting we had yesterday!  It was great to have such a big turnout, and so nice to have so many new faces - thanks to all who invited friends and family to join us.

Sharon won the block lottery:


and Gayle explained the July Challenge - one I am very excited about!

The challenge is to make a star block - any pattern, any size.  The only requirement is that you use red, white and blue fabric.  The example she brought was the Patriotic Star, and the directions for it are here.

I was looking around the interwebs and found this Pinterest page - with links to lots of wonky star quilts.  Looks like many of these use the "sew and flip" technique that Gayle and Joanne shared this week.  Can't wait to see what everyone brings to share next month.  Remember - you can contribute up to three blocks for three chances to win all the blocks!

Thanks to Gayle and Joanne for presenting this month.


They made up several sample blocks and showed different configurations for using them, and then everyone had a chance to play and come up with new ways of arranging the blocks:


There was lots of show and tell this month.  First was our Madrona Road Challenge quilt which we are donating to the OKC MQG to be delivered to someone in their community recovering from the recent weather events.  Thanks to Pam who quilted and bound the quilt and made the really cool back!



And back:


Pam also shared her "Austin Six" quilt - made as a souvenir of the trip to Quiltcon, using the official Quiltcon colors, matchstick and ghost quilting and six flowers representing the six of us who attended.


Tricia shared a quilt top she made using a paper pieced kite block:


Gayle shared a dress she and her granddaughter made:

and a super-cute combo iron caddy and ironing pad:

BJ shared that she is challenging herself to stretch her creativity while making all 100 of Tula Pink's 100 Modern Quilt blocks from her book of the same name.  She says that she is already putting colors and patterns together that she never would have in the past!  We look forward to seeing more of these blocks.

Sharon made this table runner as a gift for her daughter in law.  Love the negative space quilting.


Catherine made some baby gifts:

Jean, who did last month's Slice and Dice technique presentation, continued to male more blocks and is now quilting it.

Joan brought a couple of new quilts:


And finally, I brought a pillow I made using English paper pieced hexies - and fun and addictive technique.

Thanks to Jean for all the pictures!

We missed Ava and Sandi, the head cheerleaders this week, and I hope that second string pep club member did a ok job running the meeting.  Thanks for the opportunity and hope to see everyone next month!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Philadelphia Sew Down

The first Modern Quilt Guild Sew-Down will be in Philadelphia on September 6-8th, 2013. Check it out here:

The leaders of each session have been announced.  I thought it would be good to give you links to each of the sites for the instructors so we could get to know more about some of the women who are making a contribution to the Modern Quilt Movement.

Alexia Abegg:   http.//
                                       Alexia runs a sewing school in Nashville, TN called STITCH.

Liesl Gibson:
                                       Liesl is a children's clothing designer.

Elizabeth Hartman:
                                       Elizabeth has written MODERN PATCHWORK; THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO PATCHWORK.  She teaches online quilting classes and writes patterns.

Lizzy House:
                                    Lizzy is a commercial textile designer and pattern writer.

This is a super lineup of some inspirational teachers.  Registration is still open if you would like to attend.

Monday, June 3, 2013

June Meeting

Our next meeting will be on June 8th at 10am at SewBeeIt Quilt Shop in Ringgold, GA.

Please bring your Show and Tell as well as your Lottery Blocks for the drawing led by Gayle Grier.

The program on Unit 8 (pages 100-112) from the book Quilting Modern will be led by Gayle Grier and Joanne Scott.  Please try to give a quick read of the chapter before the meeting.

Come on by and enjoy some fun fellowship with our quilty buddies!!

Ava Moore and Sandi Suggs
Co-cheerleaders for Modern Quilting