Monday, July 22, 2013

The July Meeting Recap...before August arrives...

Wonky Star from the June Block Lottery
Hello all and thanks for your patience!  As you can tell, it is time for me to step down and let someone get updates in a more timely manner.

The Chatt MQG Banner--sewn and quilted by Pam McCallie

July was such an exciting meeting--we had an incredible turnout, new members and a dropin who was just in the shop looking around.

The Wild Side of the Chatt MQG!

As a reminder, our August meeting on August 10th will be at Wally's restaurant in East Ridge.  The address is 6521 Ringgold Road, right off of I-75.  We are meeting in the meeting room (how appropriate), starting at the usual time, 10am.  

In case you were not at the meeting, I did step down as Co-Cheerleader of the guild.  It has been such fun and so inspirating to see the guild come back after the tornado closed Sew Bee It and I am so glad to be a part of that.  However, work commitments and life are getting in the way of my being able to continue to  commit the time needed to help lead the group.  However, I am looking foward to seeing everyone as I just come and join in the fun.

Pam brought the group up to date on the matter of our membership in the National Modern Quilt Guild and what that would mean.  Additionally, she handed out some information for all to look over before the August meeting.  If you did not receive the email with the information, let me know and I will foward it to you. If you have questions--bring them to the August meeting!!

Ok, now for some quilting stuff!  We had two requests for quilts.  First event coming up is a booth at the SHE Expo by the Bernina Sew N Quilt Shop (aka Melissa).  She would like some modern quilts for their booth July 25 through 28.  Contact Melissa or Bill for more info if you have a quilt for her.

The second event is the opening of SPOOL--Maddie has asked for quilts to hang in her new shop on McCallie Ave.  She would need quilts from mid-August to mid-September and you would need to be okay with the quilts potentially being used in advertising shoots of the shop.  Contact Maddie if you want more details.

Gayle showed our July Lottery Block--a "tall ship" block, you can find directions at will have to make some time to get a couple of blocks made!

And here is the trick to making the half square triangles...

Sew 1/4" down both sides of the diagonal lines, then cut the block apart on each of the drawn lines.  There are more details on the website.

Kate and Gerry presented the programming and here are some highlights--

First you start with some, cut, sew, 

Kate's Quilt

And Gerry's Quilt--happy stripping ladies!
And then there was show and tell--

Please forgive me if I missed anything and see you in August!!  Melissa will be sharing tales from her experience at the Bernina University, you won't want to miss it!!

Friday, July 19, 2013

NYC MQG Wedding Ring Challenge

Embrace your curves and stretch your creativity!  NYC MQG is having a Wedding Ring challenge - with fabulous prizes. See Victoria Findlay Wolfe's blogpost  here.

Victoria went Best In Show at Quiltcon with her double wedding ring quilt.

She will also be in Atlanta at the Georgia Quilt Show in September.  (I have signed up for her "15 minutes of play" class.)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Thank You, Ava

Today was our monthly Chattanooga Modern Quilt Guild meeting.  Our co-leader, Ava Moore, announced that she needs to step down from this leadership role to take care of other things she has going in her life right now.

Ava, we appreciate all that you have given and done for our Guild.  We are so glad that you will continue to be an active member of our group.  Of course, we all understand the pressures of full time work and the other things that you shared in the group.

I want to give a personal note here.  As your co-leader, it has been fun working with you and brainstorming our agenda each month.  I will miss that part.

We all hope that in the future you will feel that you can again take on a leadership role because you certainly have a lot to offer.

So, at this time, we are not saying good bye;  we are saying "Thanks for a job well done!"


Sunday, July 7, 2013

It's Almost Time for the July Meeting!

Have you had enough of the rain yet?  What a different 4th of July holiday this year...hopefully you have taken advantage of all the bad weather to stay in and get some of those fun projects done!  If so, can't wait to see them on Saturday.

We have some catching up on business items, including the location for our August meeting, then the next chapter in "Quilting Modern".

The guild has also been asked by Maddie Kertay for quilts to hang in her new store, SPOOL, that is slated to open in September!  Maddie asked that you be willing to share your quilt from mid-August to the end of September, if you have a quilt you want to share.  Let's bring quilts to the August meeting.

And lastly, the banner above is Debra's block!  Love the curved look!

Brenda and Debra sharing a moment!

See you on Saturday, rain or shine!!

Ava and Sandi
Chatt MQG Cheerleaders