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

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Charity Quilt: Cracker Scraps Blocks

Our guild supports local nonprofit The Restoration House of East Tennessee by providing quilts to single-mother families who graduate from their program and set out to live on their own. For our next quilt, we'll collect Cracker Scraps blocks based on this tutorial by Angela Pingel.

The fabric requirements for our blocks differ from the tutorial, so please use the following information to cut your fabrics. Then use the tutorial for construction. If you have any questions, please contact for help. Blocks are due at the meeting September 16.

Fabric needs: 4 different warm-tone solids (pink, red, yellow, orange -- any shades) and medium or light gray solid
Note: Please be sure to remove ALL selvage edges from your fabrics before you begin cutting and piecing. Please also take care to use a scant 1/4" seam allowance to ensure consistent block sizes.

Cut list:
  • Gray: Four 6-inch squares and six 2 3/4-x-7 1/4-inch rectangles
  • Color A and Color B: One 6-inch square and one 2 3/4-x-7 1/4-inch rectangle
  • Color C and Color D: One 6-inch square and two 2 3/4-x-7 1/4-inch rectangles
Follow Angela's tutorial for constructing the 4 quadrants using a scant 1/4" seam allowance.
When you have 4 quadrants ready, square them up to 10 inches. Then be sure to lay them out in the proper order before sewing them together. The two colored links should be opposite each other, as seen in the top left and bottom right. The two gray links are top right and bottom left in these examples.

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