Thursday, September 28, 2017

Free Pattern by KMQG's Sarah Elliott

Big news, folks! Recently, KMQG member Sarah Elliott designed a quilt pattern that was accepted and published online by Moda Bake Shop, a great source of free patterns for all different kinds of sewn and quilted projects. Sarah's design, called In Good Company, is a real beauty, and she was kind enough to let us share it with our blog readers here. Visit Sarah's website, QuiltModerne, to see more of her beautiful work.


Hi Everyone!

​Meet In Good Company, my first tutorial for the Moda Bake Shop!

IGC is my take on a traditional friendship star quilt. I had a lot of fun playing with scale and alternate grid work. I used Natalia & Kathleen's upcoming fabric collection for Moda, Thrive. I am crazy about the limited, modern palette and linear designs in the prints. I'm so happy I have leftover fabric, because I'm going to need to make another quilt and possibly some pillows with the panel that comes with the FQ bundle. Thrive ships in October. (However a quick internet search confirmed it is available for pre-order at Fat Quarter Shop.)

I was very lucky that my annual trip to Michigan fell at just the right time to get some beautiful shots of the quilt with Lake Michigan as a backdrop. My photography skills are a work in progress so I was grateful to have the beautiful blue waters of one of the Great Lakes in the background. If you have a few minutes, I'd love it if you'd check out the tutorial over at the Bake Shop.

-- Sarah

Sunday, September 24, 2017

September 2017 Meeting Recap

We had an enjoyable September meeting, with a good balance of business and sewing for our latest charity quilt project. First, the business.

The KMQG Fall Retreat will be held at The Lodge at Douglas Lake in Sevierville from November 9-12, 2017. Our retreats are always a lot of fun, and members are looking forward to a few days of distraction-less sewing and creating. Would you like to join us? Good news! We've opened the retreat up to nonmembers, so reserve your spot today! You can stay 1, 2, or 3 nights at a cost of $50 per night. (The price may change slightly if the group size is less than 12.) If you're interested, sign up using this form. A 50% deposit is requested at time of reservation, with the balance due by October 21.

Holiday Swap
We've decided to organize a little swap between members, with gifts to be exchanged at our holiday party on December 16. Watch your email for more information and email if you have any questions. 

The KMQG will make a monetary donation to Westminster Presbyterian Church in appreciation for the use of their meeting space at no charge. The church is raising funds to build a pavilion on the property.

Officer Nominations for 2018
Nominations are open for KMQG officer positions for the 2018 calendar year. Elections will be held at the December 16 meeting, with roles and responsibilities transitioning in January. If you're interested in holding an office or have questions about any of the positions, please email Offices are: Community Chair, Special Events Coordinator, Education Coordinator, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Next Meeting: October 21, 2017 from 10:15-12:00 at Westminster Presbyterian Church

And if you've read through all of that and lasted this long, it's time for show and tell!

Jean Bentley

Hand-painted textile by Melissa Everett

Screenprinted textile by Melissa Everett

Hand-quilted artwork by Misty Benson

Phyllis Dermer - Quilt 1 front

Phyllis Dermer - Quilt 1 back

Phyllis Dermer - Quilt 2 front

Phyllis Dermer - Quilt 2 back

Sandy Donoho

Sandy Donoho

And that's not all! The meeting wrapped up with a sew-in to finish assembling our next charity quilt for The Restoration House of East Tennessee. We used Angela Pingel's Cracker Scraps tutorial for these blocks.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

August 2017 Meeting Recap

The KMQG's August meeting included an exercise related to the guild's design for the QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge 2018. Everyone brought their colored pencils and markers, and we colored a design mock-up to get the creative juices flowing.

It was really interesting to see how different the same design can turn out based on fabric choice and placement. The group has voted on a design and palette, so there's more to come on this project front. 

As for other news, plans are coming together for the guild retreat at The Lodge at Douglas Lake from Nov 9-12. If you're interested in attending for 1-3 nights, email for information. Cost is $50/night if we have at least 12 attendees. (The price per night goes up slightly with fewer than 12 attendees.)

Our favorite part of any meeting is always show and tell, and August was a particularly impressive one!

Melissa Everett - from the Sherri Lynn Wood workshop we hosted in July

Hyoung Kim - from Emily Doane's Color Wheel Workshop held in May

Megan Boatwright

Sarah Elliott rescued this vintage quilt top from a thrift shop in Michigan

Sarah Elliott designed this pattern, In Good Company, for Moda Bake Shop. Find the free pattern at

Cathy Parks - from the Sherri Lynn Wood workshop we hosted in July

Michelle Thompson

Michelle Thompson

Pat Pike
Yvonne Fisher

Yvonne Fisher

And finally, we showed this quilt (below) in last month's meeting recap, but now it's quilted and looking even more beautiful! Jennifer Grace used her longarm machine to quilt our Cool Butterflies charity quilt, made with blocks sewn by members. The quilt will be bound and given to an upcoming graduate of The Restoration House of East Tennessee, the local nonprofit that the KMQG supports.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

July 2017 Meeting Recap

We welcomed a number of visitors at our July meeting and even picked up a couple of new members! After a bit of business, we enjoyed a round of show-and-tell and then Jennifer Grace gave a presentation on improv quilting.

Our 4-patch hourglass quilt for The Restoration House just needs binding and then it will be ready to gift to an upcoming graduate. Thanks to all members who contributed colorful blocks, Elizabeth Rea for piecing the top, and Jennifer Grace for longarm quilting.

Our next Restoration House quilt top is ready for quilting. These cool-colored butterfly blocks make for a calming, peaceful quilt. Thanks to all members who contributed blocks. Blocks for our next charity quilt, Cracker Scraps, are due at the September meeting. You can find details here.

Members shared their recent finishes:

Jean Bentley
Jean Bentley
Sarah Elliott
Sarah Elliott
Phyllis Dermer
Phyllis Dermer
Megan Boatwright

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

June 2017 Meeting Recap

We had an informative meeting in June, followed by an inspiring round of show-and-tell.

Thank you to everyone who supported the KMQG quilt show! The quilts were taken down and will be returned to their owners at the July meeting. If you can't attend that meeting, please email to make alternate arrangements.

We're compiling an updated membership directory, so please fill out a form that will be available at the next meeting. Information will be distributed to members later this summer.

The guild's Mod Petals quilt from QuiltCon 2014 was recently auctioned at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, to benefit their rebuilding efforts following the Gatlinburg wildfires. Our 2015 QuiltCon charity quilt inspired by the work of Striped Light's Sarah Shebaro will be auctioned at Arrowmont this fall. You can see the quilts here.

We'll be gifting our last two Restoration House charity quilts (4-patch hourglass blocks and 4-patch butterfly blocks) to graduates at the end of July, and collections are open for our next charity quilt. The block is Cracker Scraps, made with solid gray plus warm colors, and you can find information and a link to a tutorial here. Please read all the information and tutorial first and refer back to the photos to ensure your block is correct. Blocks are due at the meeting on September 16. Contact with questions.

We talked a little bit about whether the group wants to participate in the QuiltCon charity quilt challenge for 2018. The theme is Modern Traditionalism, and details are posted on the MQG site. We're brainstorming ideas and welcome suggestions.

Finally, we saw a lot of great projects for show-and-tell.

Elizabeth Rea (made 7 years ago for a friend - back for new binding and repairs)

Emily Doane - double gauze quilt for her baby girl on the way

Melissa Everett - finished Meadow Quilt!

Melissa Everett - pieced by Elizabeth Rea, quilted by Melissa

Michelle Bolt - Glam Clam from Latifah Saafir workshop

Michelle Bolt - Color Wheel Mini from guild workshop with member Emily Doane

Pat Pike - commissioned baby quilt

Pat Pike - made her own barn quilt to display outside her home!

Phyllis Dermer - quilt to be auctioned in support of the National Marine Educators Association
Following regular business and show-and-tell, member Melissa Everett gave a presentation about her newfound love of fabric dyeing and printing.

Melissa wore an apron she made from her ice-dyed fabric

Example of folded, clipped, and dyed fabric using a plastic shape

Supplies and swatches

Examples of tie-dyed and printed panels

Next meeting: Saturday, July 15 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Knoxville