Thursday, February 2, 2017

January 2017 Meeting Recap

by Emily Doane
We had a great turnout for our January meeting (and even welcomed a new member!), and show and tell was pretty inspiring. We voted to pass the slate of officers for 2017, so the guild leadership remains the same. We encourage all members to start thinking about taking on leadership roles next year as a few of our officers plan to step down. We can always use fresh ideas and opinions! We also reviewed the proposed budget for 2017 and voted to pass it.

by Pat Pike
The next block collection for our local charity quilt project is underway. You can find more information and a link to a tutorial here. Blocks are due at or before the meeting on March 18.

by Pat Pike
Our submission to the 2017 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge is completed and on its way to Savannah for display. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the effort, especially Emily Doane, Melissa Everett, and Jennifer Grace for planning, quilting, and binding. Read more about our process here.

KMQG QuiltCon Charity Quilt 2017
One of the most exciting things on our programming calendar this year is a quilt exhibit. The show will open Friday, June 2, and hang for a month at the Arts & Culture Alliance Emporium in downtown Knoxville. Submissions will be due by April 1, and a Google form with more information and application details will be sent to members soon.

Our next meeting is March 18, 10:15-12 at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Taylor Opel with rescued vintage quilt top

by Taylor Opel

by Taylor Opel

by Lori Hudson

by Jennifer Grace

by Jennifer Grace

by Jennifer Grace

by Jennifer Grace

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

4-Patch Butterfly Blocks for The Restoration House

Hello KMQG members!

It's time to work on blocks for our next quilt for The Restoration House, and we're going with a 4-patch butterfly block that is 12.5 inches unfinished.

Please follow the tutorial available here:

We ask that you please use solid fabrics in cool colors -- blues, greens, purples -- and white solid fabric for the butterflies. Blocks are due at our meeting on Saturday, March 18. If you want to make blocks but can't attend the March meeting to turn them in, please email to make alternate arrangements. Thank you!

Monday, January 16, 2017

January Meeting Reminder

Our next monthly meeting is this Saturday, January 21. Please join us as we kick off our 2017 programming! An updated list of meetings and special events are available on our blog,, and we're collecting 2017 membership dues of $40 for the year (payable via PayPal to or by check or cash at any meeting). With paid membership, you get to join in our challenges, charity projects, and special events, and you also get access to a lot of great free stuff from our national organization,! We hope many of you can join us for a great year of learning and sewing.

When: January 21, 10:15 social, 10:30 meeting begins
Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Northshore Dr., Knoxville
  • Show and tell
  • Left-Right-Center game -- bring 3 fat quarters of Cotton and Steel manufacturer fabrics if you want to play!
  • Voting on 2017 guilder leadership and budget
  • Setting our quilting resolutions for 2017
  • Annual Yard Sale -- bring items you would like to destash and sell to others plus cash to shop!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild's QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge 2017

For the Modern Quilt Guild's QuiltCon East 2017, the QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge for member guilds was "to work collaboratively to create completed quilts using a predetermined color palette while crafting a design that plays with scale." Here's the palette:

We were delighted that this challenge was open to prints and other fabrics within this palette, and so inspired by the watercolor print below, we decided to set out on a process that involved painting our own textiles as a group.

Project managers Melissa Everett and Emily Doane began to develop a macro/micro pattern that proceeded from large stripes to smaller stripes, and then group members tinkered with the design to add color and movement.

After testing dyes to achieve the desired palette, Melissa and Emily led members through a fabric painting process at our September guild meeting.

We laid the fabric out in the sun to help speed up the drying process, and as it dried, the color variations and shades of the dye started to reveal themselves.

After the fabric was dry and the dye was set, guild members gathered at our November meeting to start piecing the stripes together. Each person was responsible for a different section of the quilt in order to keep all the strips and stripes straight according to the pattern.

Throughout the process, members remarked on how the colors played off of one another and expressed interest in more experimentation with fabric dyeing, so we're planning a workshop on fabric dyeing as part of our 2017 programming. We look forward to sharing our finished quilt with attendees at QuiltCon East 2017.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Quilts for Gatlinburg Relief

The Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild will be collecting finished quilts, ready to use, for donation the Town of Gatlinburg. We will collect completed quilts through January 31, 2017, and they will be distributed shortly after that. We have contacts in the area with whom we will work to distribute the quilts to people in need. If you are interested in sending finished quilts for distribution, email for a shipping address. Thank you for your help!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

December Meeting Reminder

We will be having our monthly meeting this Saturday, December 17. We will be celebrating the holidays with light snacks and drinks as well as a gift exchange and games. Please bring a handmade item for our gift swap, or if you don't have time to make an item, you can bring a gift around $20 value in notions or quilt-related goodies. Please bring a food or beverage to share, as well as anything you'd like to share for show and tell. We will also discuss how we can help with Gatlinburg fire relief efforts. Hope to see you all Saturday for some fun! 

Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Northshore Dr.
When: Dec 17, 10:15 arrive, 10:30 meeting and games! (with prizes!)
RSVP: on Facebook

Friday, November 11, 2016

Supporting Gracie's Gifts

The Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild has voted to support Gracie's Gifts, a charity that provides specialized clothing and swaddling blankets for premature babies at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. You can find out  more about Gracie's Gifts here.

At our meeting on November 19, we will be collecting swaddling blankets and NICU smocks to give to Gracie’s Gifts for delivery to the NICU.
  • Blankets are made by finishing any soft cotton flannel or flannelette in a square around 40" (width of fabric). You may hem, surge, or use any method of finishing you choose -- just keep in mind it should be soft to protect the babies' delicate skin. The blankets will all be washed before they are distributed, but if you pre-wash your fabric, please don't use detergent.
Please contact if you have any questions about this project. Thank you for helping support this worthy cause!