Monday, June 12, 2017

Upcoming Sherri Lynn Wood Workshop

The KMQG is hosting a workshop with artist/designer/quilter/author Sherri Lynn Wood on Sunday, July 9 from 1-7 p.m.

Get Your Wedge Curve On: "Get your wedge-curve, mod-mood, groove on in this improvisational quilt-making workshop. Participants will commit one step at a time, as they explore advanced approaches to improvised patchwork and composition, develop a personal/intuitive language of color, and learn ruler-free, wedge-curve, piecing techniques."

The workshop will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at 6500 Northshore Dr., Knoxville, TN. Cost is $90 for members and $110 for non-members. A few openings remain, so contact ASAP to reserve your spot.

May 2017 Meeting Recap

Our May meeting was primarily a workshop with member Emily Doane, but we also had a bit of business to cover.

  • Our 2017 quilt show opened Friday, June 2 and will remain on display June 5-30, Monday through Friday from 9-5 at The Emporium (100 S. Gay St., Knoxville, TN).
  • The KMQG is hosting a workshop with artist/designer/quilter/author Sherri Lynn Wood on July 9 from 1-7 p.m. There are a few spots remaining ($90 for members, $110 for non-members), so contact ASAP to reserve your place. The workshop will take place at our usual meeting location, Westminster Presbyterian Church at 6500 Northshore Dr., Knoxville, TN.
  • Butterfly blocks in cool colors for our next Restoration House quilt are due June 17.
  • Our next meeting is Saturday, June 17 at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 6500 Northshore Dr., Knoxville, TN. Social start at 10:15, official start at 10:30.
Members who participated in the spring mini quilt challenge, "Down the Rabbit Hole," presented their quilts and inspiration.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Our 2017 Quilt Show

Find more information about our show and other exhibitions at The Emporium here. Quilts in our show will range from large to mini, including works created at workshops and in guild challenges. Members of the KMQG will attend the First Friday opening on June 2.

April 2017 Meeting Recap

The theme for our April meeting's show-and-tell was "my first quilt." For those who gave away their first quilts or don't have them any longer, "the oldest quilt I made that's still in my possession" was also acceptable. It was great to see everyone's early work and recognize how far we've all come in terms of pattern, fabric, and skill.

Christy Cooper

Cindy Hardin

Elizabeth Rea

Carol Matlak

Sandy Donoho

I can't remember who made this one, but it's lovely!

Jennifer Grace

Merikay Waldvogel

Misty Benson

Pat Pike

Our next meeting is Saturday, May 20. We'll have a quick meeting followed by the Color Wheel Mini Quilt Class.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

March 2017 Meeting Recap

We welcomed a large group of modern quilters at our March meeting, including a few new faces. We've seen record attendance at our meetings so far in 2017, which is fantastic! If you aren't a member but would like to learn more about the KMQG and what we do, come to a meeting and check us out. Our next meeting is April 8, 10:15 social start at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

First, a quick review of some business we covered at our March meeting. Then we can get to the fun part -- show and tell!

The quilts that the KMQG collected for Gatlinburg fire relief were donated to survivor groups this past week. Thanks to the generosity of our own members as well as the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild, Memphis Area Modern Quilt Guild, and others, we distributed 21 QUILTS! Can you believe it?! We'll share a full recap and pictures of those quilts soon, so stay tuned. (If you're on Instagram, you can see a quick video posted on our feed, @knoxmqg.) Thank you to everyone who helped us provide comfort to this community in need.

On a related note, our guild decided to donate two of our past Quilt Con charity quilt collaborations (below) to an upcoming fundraising auctions at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, also in Gatlinburg. The school lost 3 buildings on its main campus in the fire, and the proceeds from the auctions this spring and fall will go toward their rebuilding efforts.

Quilt on left, inspiration on right

The collection deadline for butterfly blocks for our next Restoration House quilt has been extended to our April 8 meeting. Please make blocks in cool solids - blue, green, purple. More information and a link to a tutorial is available here.

Sign-ups remain open for the Color Wheel Mini Quilt workshop on May 20. Find information here -- you can pay online via PayPal or in person at the April meeting. We ask that you please pay in advance so that kits can be assembled before the workshop.

Michelle Bolt led the program for this meeting, giving a presentation inspired by QuiltCon and the "conversation" of modern quilting and other art forms. Michelle highlighted the connection between modern quilt designs and artwork and other art forms and talked about how all these creations come together to have a conversation. This discussion led to a new challenge for KMQG members: a mini quilt that has a conversation with a piece of art. You can find all the details here. Contact with questions.

Okay, that's more than enough business. Yeesh. Let's get to the show and tell!

Cathy Parks

Taylor Opel

Christy Cooper

Rosalind Woodard

Elizabeth Rea

Mary Beth Meadows

Melissa Everett

Sandy Donoho

Rosalind Woodard

Melissa Everett

Patty Ashworth

Phyllis Dermer

Patty Ashworth

Pat Pike

Melissa Everett
Rosalind Woodard

Spring Mini Quilt Challenge

Assignment: Fall Down a Rabbit Hole

Create a mini quilt inspired by a piece of art. Dimensions must be no smaller than 6” x 6” and no larger than 24” x 24”. Mini quilts are due May 20.
  1. Pick a piece of art that inspires you. It may be classical or contemporary. It may be a two-dimensional work or a three-dimensional work. It may even already be a quilt! Feel free to use Google image search with any of the artists below until you find something that is inspiring and interesting to YOU. Please, “fall down the rabbit hole” of searching until something grabs your attention. When you decide on your art, print it out, or save it, and look at it daily for a couple of days.

    Frank Stella, Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee, M.C. Escher, Bridget Riley, Sonia Delaunay, Kenneth Noland, Lucienne Day, Maija Isola, Ashley Havinden, Ilonka Karasz, Agnes Martin, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein, Donald Judd, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Alexander Calder, Richard Serra, Hans Hoffman, Chris Johanson, William LaChance

  2. Create a mini-quilt that has an interesting “conversation” with this piece of art. It could be directly inspired by it. It could use similar shapes or forms but with different colors. Or it could use the same colors but in a more traditional pattern. Don’t judge your quilt in your head as you go, just be free to create. All that matters is that YOU like it, so work with some colors or ideas that you enjoy. Also, you could feel free to try something new or different to you, to stretch your self a bit. It is ok if it turns out differently than you first imagined. If you feel “stuck,” come to the April meeting and talk with your colleagues about it, getting stuck and unstuck is a part of the process. Remember, your quilt is only half of the magic, the excitement happens when you put the mini quilt and the art together. The idea is to see what exciting “conversation” emerges between them.

  3. Bring your finished quilt to the guild meeting May 20 along with a printed image at least 4” x 6” of your artistic inspiration. We would love for you to share what inspired you and how you arrived at your mini quilt, what your unexpected detours may have been along the way. If you share your process on social media, remember that we may even play a game of matching images to quilts, so you might not want to give it away before May 20. Also, please add little triangle sleeves (tutorial in April) to the upper corners of the back so that we can insert a dowel to hang it in our June show.
  4. HAVE FUN! It’s all about enjoying the journey and challenging yourself in a way that makes YOU inspired.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Color Wheel Mini Quilt Class: May 20

Do you have trouble choosing color palettes for your quilts? Have no fear! Using some of my favorite solids, we will construct a color wheel quilt that you can hang in your sewing room to inspire you!  You will also receive a handy printed reference that explains the some of the basic color relationships, so you’ll learn some basics of color theory that will help you build your own gorgeous color schemes!

Our mini quilt will finish at about 24” x 24”. Techniques we will learn/use: curved piecing, color theory, using a template.

Cost: $20.00
Instructor: Emily Doane
Date & Time: May 20, 2017, 10:30-1:00
Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, TN
Reserve your spot by filling out this form. The fee may be paid in advance via PayPal or in cash or check at the meetings on March 18 or April 8.

  • Twenty 4.5” x 9” rectangles in a rainbow spectrum (These will be provided to you!)
  • Four 12.5" x 12.5" squares in a neutral color/print for the background
  • 6" x 12" rotary cutting ruler
  • Scissors for cutting paper
  • Fabric pen/pencil OR pattern weights (Grab some heavy metal washers and crochet around them for some pretty pattern weights!)
  • Basic Sewing Kit - fabric scissors, pins, pin cushion, and seam ripper
  • Rotary cutter with a new sharp blade & cutting mat
  • Coordinating thread for piecing
  • Sewing machine in working order
  • Notebook and pen to take notes if desired
  • Irons and pressing mats will be provided

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

UPDATE: We have extended the collection of these blocks through April 8!

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, April 8 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!