Thursday, September 27, 2018

September 2018 Meeting Recap

Our September meeting was a pretty brief one in order to get to the fabric weaving workshop led by member and textile artist Melissa Everett.
  • Our next charity block for a Restoration House quilt is the Modern Pine Trees pattern created by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts for Bernina's We All Sew blog. Blocks should have a white background paired with two shades (light and dark) of a colored solid fabric. Blocks will be collected at the Oct meeting.
  • Submissions for QuiltCon 2019 are open through November 30, and we'd love to see some KMQG member quilts hanging at the show! Go to for information.

Next meeting: Saturday, October 20 at 10:15, Westminster Presbyterian Church. Bring your sewing machine and basic supplies if you want to participate in the sew-in afterward for our QuiltCon 2019 Charity Quilt. We'll have a variety of tasks available and would like everyone to contribute to this guild project!

Lori Gibson

Jean Bentley

Yvonne Fisher

Monday, August 27, 2018

August 2018 Meeting Recap

At our August meeting, we welcomed Kelly Spell of the Chattanooga Modern Quilt Guild for a talk about her quilt design process and a trunk show of her fish-inspired quilts. But first, we covered a bit of business and had show and tell. Here's the news:

Instructions have been sent out for our next charity block collection for a Restoration House quilt. We're using the Modern Pine Trees pattern created by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts for Bernina's We All Sew blog. Blocks should have a white background paired with two shades (light and dark) of a colored solid fabric.

Submissions for QuiltCon 2019 are open through November 30, and we'd love to see some KMQG member quilts hanging at the show! Go to for information.

Our next meeting is Saturday, September 15. We'll start the meeting at 10:30 (come at 10:15 to catch up during social time), and after business and show and tell, there will be a Tumbling Blocks Fabric Weaving workshop with Melissa Everett from 11-1. Use this form to sign up for the workshop through August 31.

Kelly's quilts on display, ready for her presentation

Melissa Everett's improve quilt for her son

Another beauty by Melissa Everett

Joyce Hartley's orphan blocks play so well together

Rosalind Woodard

Vanna Rhoden

Elizabeth Rea

Elizabeth Rea

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

July 2018 Meeting Recap

We appreciate everyone who was able to attend our July meeting and stay for the Christmas tree skirt workshop. And to those who were busy enjoying vacations and activities, we hope to see you in August! Here's a recap:

QuiltCon 2019 is in Nashville on Feb 21-24. Volunteer spots are still available. Visit for information.

Need inspiration? Check out the MQG's free Quilt of the Month and Block Study of the Month patterns in your recent emails, as well as webinars available at

We collected Ribbon Star Blocks for a Restoration House charity quilt and wow! They're gorgeous all together! A few more blocks are in progress, and we hope to have a finished quilt to show off to everyone at the next meeting. Good work, all!

And now a little show and tell:

Michelle Thompson
Color Weave charity quilt top (blocks by members, top pieced by Yvonne Fisher)

Rosalind Woodard

Christmas tree skirts in progress!

NEXT MEETING: August 18 with special guest Kelly Spell, President of the Chattanooga MQG ( and @kellyspell on Instagram)

Sunday, June 24, 2018

June 2018 Meeting Recap

At our June meeting, we welcomed Lori from The Restoration House of East Tennessee, the local nonprofit for which the KMQG makes quilts for donation. We've welcomed a lot of new members in the past year, so we thought it was a good time to educate the membership about what The Restoration House does and why we make quilts for them. We encourage everyone to visit their site and learn more about the life-changing support they provide to single-mother families. Lori left us feeling energized and ready to make more quilts for their grads!

Speaking of our charity quilt projects, we have a new one! We've chosen the Ribbon Star block from Fresh Lemons Quilts, and we're asking for a colorful palette of solids with white. Blocks are due at the August meeting.

Here's the link to the tutorial:

And here's the solids palette we would like everyone to use, paired with white. We'd like to see 4 colors per block, but if you can't manage that with your stash, a minimum 2 colors works as long as you position them at opposite corners.

Some miscellaneous business --
  • Our mini quilt show on June 1 was a success! Thanks to everyone who contributed quilts, time, and more. Our next, larger show will be in April 2019, so start brainstorming!
  • Member registration for QuiltCon 2019 in Nashville (Feb 21-24) opens this Tuesday! Members should have received emails from the MQG with links to the workshop catalog and registration. You can also find all the info at
And now show and tell!

Cathy Parks

Phyllis Dermer's "East Tennessee Flag"

Elyssa Gould

Merikay Waldvogel

Phyllis Dermer

Sandy Rea

Christy Cooper

Michelle Thompson

Celia Shanks

Michelle Thompson (check out that gorgeous applique!)

Sarah Elliott

Michelle Thompson

Michelle Thompson (this is the reverse side of the picture above)

Some of our finished Tubular Baskets from the May workshop with Michelle! There were more baskets at the meeting, but SOME people snuck out before I could grab them for a photo!

Next meeting: Saturday, July 21 -- meeting followed by Christmas in July tree skirt workshop with Emily Doane

Friday, May 11, 2018

KMQG Mini Quilt Challenge Show on June 1

The Challenge

Quilters “paint” with fabric, and as a result, our color palette has historically been limited by the colors available in textiles. Quilt historians have observed that the colors quilters use are often influenced by home design and decorating trends. Excited to try a color challenge, the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild reached out to students in the Color Theory class taught by professor Ashley Pace at UT’s School of Interior Design. Design students collectively chose one “on trend” color as the main color required in all the quilters’ designs. Then, individual students chose eight other secondary colors for their interesting interplay with the main color and relevance in modern design. Members of the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild were required to work with the main color Pewter, and then they drew one of the eight secondary colors at random. The challenge asked the quilters to use any quilting method and design of their choice to create an interesting mini quilt (less than 24” x 24”) that incorporates Pewter and at least one other challenge color.

This show displays a variety of piecing and quilting methods, and the quilts are as varied as their makers.

April 2018 Meeting Recap

The KMQG meeting in April was a healthy mix of business and show and tell. First, the business.
  • Blocks for the next charity quilt we'll make for The Restoration House are due by May 19. The requested color palette and link to the block tutorial are available here.
  • The Smoky Mountain Quilters 2018 Quilt Show is June 15-16 at the Knoxville Expo Center. Details are posted here.
  • Member Melissa Everett's show at The Central Collective will be up through May 31 -- go see it! The address is 923 N. Central St. Find out more about Melissa and her work here.
  • Our May meeting will be less of a meeting and more of a workshop to make Tubular Baskets with member Michelle Thompson. A reminder to those who have signed up and paid for the workshop will go out next week.
Now, the eye candy (minus finished pieces from our mini quilt challenge -- more on those soon!)

Maggie Lourim
Maggie Lourim

Jean Bentley
Misty Benson

Joyce Hartley

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February 2018 Meeting Recap

The February meeting of the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild was packed with a lot of great information and new challenges -- plus a few new smiling faces. We're happy to welcome new members, so if you would like to join us, drop us a line at! Dues are $40 for the year and include access to the Modern Quilt Guild website and all the amazing, inspiring resources available there.

Perkiomen Valley blocks for the Ventura MQG collection

After putting out a call for blocks just one month ago, we collected an impressive 20 blocks to send to the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild in Ventura, CA. They've organized a drive to collect blocks and quilts for victims of the Thomas fire and subsequent mudslides. You can read more about their efforts here. Thank you to all the KMQG members who contributed blocks!

Head's up:
  • The 24th Annual A Mountain Quiltfest will hang Wednesday, March 21 through Saturday, March 24 at The LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. Information can be found here.
  • The Smoky Mountain Quilters of Tennessee are accepting submissions for their 2018 quilt show through May 7. The show will hang Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at the Knoxville Expo Center. Information can be found here.
  • Budding designers may be interested in Craftsy's 2018 Quilt Designer Fellowship. The deadline for submission is March 5. Information can be found here.
  • With the impending closure of FreeSpirit Fabric (including Westminster and Rowan), now is a good time to gather free patterns from the FreeSpirit website before it goes dark. The link is 
  • QuiltCon is starting February 22 in Pasadena, CA. If you'd like to follow along on Instagram, check out these hashtags:
    • #quiltcon
    • #quiltcon2018
    • #showusyourmqg
    • #quiltconfromhome
    • #notgoingtoquiltcon

The KMQG supports local nonprofit The Restoration House of East Tennessee by providing quilts to families that graduate from the organization. Our next charity quilt will be Julie Hirt's Color Weave pattern available from Moda Bake Shop.

Members are asked to make one or more blocks from the pattern available here using SOLID FABRICS in the palette below: teal/blue/aqua and neutrals (white/cream/beige/tan/taupe). Note that each block is 10" x 17.5" unfinished, with 1/4" seams. Blocks are due at the May 19 meeting.

And finally (well, finally except for a recap of show and tell), a mini quilt challenge was issued to members. The challenge grew from a study of modern traditionalism and modern art, and we're translating those concepts to mini quilts. The minis must incorporate two fabrics provided -- colors were chosen by the Color Theory class at the UT School of Architecture. Members may add any prints or solids, as desired, and may choose any pattern, design, or shape, as long as it hangs. Quilts must be quilted and bound, with foldover corners ready for hanging, and must measure between 12”x12” and 24”x24”. Minis are due at the meeting on April 21, and members may choose to have their quilts displayed at a small guild show in May (more info to come). Please send questions to

Now for show and tell!

Celia Shanks

Erin Keegan

Elaine White

Christy Cooper

Elizabeth Rea

Elizabeth Rea

Melissa Everett

Rosalind Woodard

Rosalind Woodard

Phyllis Dermer

Gretchen Wilson

Megan Boatwright

Michelle Thompson

Yvonne Fisher

Yvonne Fisher

Cathy Parks

Pat Pike

Antique quilt gifted to Pat Pike

Emily Doane and her quilt (r) that got published in a book!

The book where you can find Emily's quilt

Sarah Elliott

Next meeting: Saturday, March 17 10:15-12:00 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, TN