Monday, February 22, 2016

February Meeting Recap

Melissa's gorgeous transparency quilt
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our February meeting! We had a fabulous turnout for the wool applique tutorial.  If you haven't made it down to Mountain Creek Quilt Shop in Greenback, we highly recommend it! Thank you, Samantha and Janet, for guiding us through a fun wool applique mug rug project (designed by our own Emily Doane) -- and for bringing a pop-up shop!

Sign-ups for the Thoroughly Modern Mini Swap have ended. This is a great community-building swap for MQGs across the state -- Memphis Area, Music City (Nashville), Knoxville, and Chattanooga. Minis are due at our May meeting and we will vote on our favorite modern quilt and award a prize before you ship your mini to your partner.
Sarah's friendship stars
Spots for our quilt show, "Traditional Craft, Modern Perspective," are filling up so please complete the form to submit your quilt for consideration. Thank you to everyone who is going to show a quilt and help with other aspects of the show. We'll have LOTS more info coming soon!

Elizabeth's value-based baby quilt
QuiltCon West was this weekend in Pasadena. We will recap all of the winners at our March meeting.
Quilt of Valor 24" blocks are due at our March meeting, and we'll assemble the tops during our sew-in. You can also bring personal projects to work on. We'll play LRC with 3 fat quarters with Easter/Spring feeling (think pastels, polka dots, flowers). We hope to see many familiar faces and a few new ones too.
Taylor's salvaged quilt top turned finished quilt
We are looking into hosting a workshop with Shannon Brinkley, who has a great technique called scrappy applique. You can find her on Instagram, @shannonebrinkley, and online at We'll update the guild when we know a day and price for the workshop.

Rosalind's amazing (and huge!) Amish-inspired quilt
In January we were short on time and forgot to set our quilting resolutions for the year, so we did it this month. We'll pull out our resolutions in December to see how everyone did -- and prizes will be awarded, of course!

Pat finished her Meadow Quilt! Way to go, Pat!!!
Next meeting: Saturday, March 19
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Friday, February 19, 2016

2016 QUILTCON Charity Quilt

We are excited to announce that the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild has a quilt hanging in the QuiltCon Charity Quilt challenge this week in Pasadena. This year’s theme, was “Improv with Intent.”

In July 2015, the KMQG entered into an artistic collaboration with local artist Sarah Shebaro, co-founder of Striped Light, a letterpress studio in Knoxville. During a delightful guild meeting at her studio, Sarah gave a demonstration of her printmaking process and introduced us to her most recent series of prints. 

Inspired by the shapes and forms of Sarah's work, the guild took a limited challenge palette of white, off-white, sunflower, tomato red, light teal, grey, and black and let each member try her hand at improvisational 11-x-17-inch blocks, echoing the form of Sarah's prints. Members incorporated elements of the prints, triangles, stripes to create poster-sized blocks that were clearly inspired by Sarah’s prints.

Over the next several months and through a retreat and conversations on Instagram, guild members assembled their own improvisational blocks.

We gathered in November to assemble the quilt and settled on a design that echoed the form of posters hanging on a wall. Jennifer Grace pieced all our blocks together, Pat Pike did the quilting, and Emily Doane bound and labeled it. Thank you to all who had a hand in this charity quilt!

Inspired by our process, Sarah Shebaro is undertaking another series of work based on our quilts, and the collaboration will continue until a local unveiling with our guild’s show at the Striped Light Studio in May2016. Stay tuned for details on our show!