Sunday, March 29, 2015

Designs from our "Putting It into Practice" Series…

January - Quarter Square Triangle   
Carolyn Rippee •  Jackie Cory
Karen Downer • Marcia Taschenberger • Mary Keasler
Melissa Klingensmith • Theresa Kitchell • Patricia Steadman

Friday, March 20, 2015

H*Art Gallery Workshop

Our Outreach Team; Denise, Sandi, Gerry, Martha and Patricia, held the first workshop with a few of the Gallery's artists last week. They demonstrated the BIG Stitch and got them hooked on Hexie's.

The pictures tell the story far better than I ever could.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

March Meeting Recap

The ChattMQG met on Saturday, March 14. Here’s what we did:

Report from Outreach Committee (Denise Ohlman) 

Denise brought photos and delightful stories from the day at The H*art Gallery. The photos are on Facebook and Pam has included them in a separate post. Denise said the experience was rewarding and the participants enjoyed the work.

Remember those charity quilts we made in 2014? 

We are looking for homes for them and we don’t want to send all of them to the same place. If you have ideas for this please make suggestions to our Outreach Committee.

National Quilt Day: Stitch In The Mall (Sandi Suggs) 

Don’t forget that this event is Saturday, March 21. If you plan to bring a quilt you need to have it at Hamilton Place Center Court between noon and 12:30 PM. Hours for the event are 1-4 PM.

Quilt Con Report and SWAG!

Our President Janet Suber and Treasurer Jean Larson attended Quilt Con in Austin last month. They brought back enough swag to cover a large table and during our meeting gave all of it away.

Some things Janet and Jean noticed in Austin:

  • More straight-line quilting than any other kind
  • A lot of alternate grid design work
  • The quilts that used light color for their negative space faded into the off-white curtains used to display them

The Modern Aesthetic—Putting It Into Practice  

This month we are making Drunkard’s Path blocks and arranging them into a modern design. The link to our handout and directions are in a separate blog post. Go there for information. And remember, this time you can use any combination of the three blocks we’ve studied so far this year: drunkard’s path, L-block, or QST (quarter square triangle).


AQS Quilt Week September 16-19

The submission deadline for this year’s event is May 1, 2015. Chattanooga will be the only venue with a category for Modern Quilts.

The information you need to know if you want to enter a quilt is here. 

Something to note…while the quilts with light-colored negative space faded into the display background at QuiltCon, those with black negative space might do the same here because AQS uses black curtains. Keep that in mind!


Please sign in when you come to our monthly meetings.

Sandi Suggs will be distributing name badges but we want your name on our list as well. Thanks!


That’s all, folks.


Have fun and Make it Modern!

The Modern Aesthetic—Putting It Into Practice, Part III

The Modern Aesthetic—Putting It Into Practice, Part III

This month we are working with the Drunkard’s Path block. Each block features a quarter circle within a square.

Whether your quarter circle comes all the way to the outside of your block or stops short of that is up to you. At our March meeting Pam showed us that really, it’s all in the trimming.

If you want to learn how to make a drunkard’s path block at a size of your own choosing, Leanne Chahley has an educational tutorial on her blog,, that explains how to construct templates with seam allowances in the right places. 

Here’s our own handout from the March Meeting:

When you make your design this month, you may use drunkard's path blocks, L-blocks, quarter-square triangle blocks, or any combination thereof.

Please bring your designs, quilt tops and quilts to our April 11 meeting

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

February Meeting Recap

Report from Outreach Committee (Denise Ohlman) 

H*art Gallery: First gathering is on March 12, 1-3 PM
  • 5 people will be going; names were drawn at our February meeting
  • First project is learning to sew hexies
  • ChattMQG volunteers will later provide machine sewing as needed

If you want to donate 2-1/2” squares, punched cardstock papers, or boxy toiletry bags, you need to get them to Denise or the H*art Gallery before March 12.

Artists at the H*art Gallery receive 60% of the profit when their work is sold.

National Quilt Day: Stitch In The Mall (Sandi Suggs)

Saturday, March 21, 1-4 PM

Volunteers to work at the ChattMQG table are needed to:
  • Sew a project to demonstrate piecing and quilting
  • Meet and greet visitors
  • Talk about the ChattMQG

You may bring to this event a 36” x 36” modern quilt. 
Two quilts will be hanging and the rest will be displayed on the table. 
An Opportunity Quilt will be auctioned; you can get a ticket for a $5 donation.

If you plan to show a quilt at this event, please bring it to our March 14 guild meeting.

More details are on our January 27 blog post.

ChattMQG Photo Directory In Progress (Ashley Brown)

 Our guild photographer Ashley is making a PDF directory that includes photos, names and contact info of all our members. Once it’s complete, we will send it to members. If you have not yet been photographed you may send a phone photo to Ashley. Include your name, address, phone and email. Email Ashley!

The Modern Quilt Guild Website 

Our ChattMQG is a chapter of this national organization. MQG members get full access to website content which includes information, webinars, and an inspirational gallery. If you receive their newsletter you should be able to access member-only content using the email address you’ve shared with the ChattMQG. If you have a problem, please see our guild President Janet Suber.

*Lots of photos of the quilts that were displayed at QuiltCon 2015 are now in their blog gallery.

The Modern Aesthetic—Putting It Into Practice 

This month we are designing quilts with the “L” block. 
You can find out all about that and print a copy of the handout in our last blog post.

Stitches In Time Quilt Show (Jackie Cory)

Museum Center at Five Points, Cleveland

The exhibit will be held March 12-14
You may enter two quilts; entry fee is $10 per quilt.

Information, including application, entry dates and deadlines, may be found on their website:

Our Next Meeting will be Saturday, March 14, 10:00 AM

  • Bring your L-block design or quilt
  • Bring your show-and-tell
  • Come hear what happened at The H*art Gallery
  • Expect to get final info on Stitch in the Mall

Remember, put something of yourself into every quilt you make, and…

Make It Modern!