Tuesday, March 18, 2014

March 15, 2014 Meeting

General Discussion:
The Sew Down is in Nashville, April 11 - 14. Jenny to reconnect to see if any volunteer positions available for our guild to participate.

Jenny is waiting on fabric to arrive for those of us that signed up for the Michael Miller challenge.

More hotels have been added for 2015 Quilt Con February 19 - 22, 2015 in Austin Texas.

We should be receiving Modern Quilt Guild Member Cards and pins soon.

Chelly Black confirmed monthly room rental for our meetings is paid through March.

Our next Guild meeting is April 19 and is our Charity Sew.  All members and visitors are needed for this event.  We make NICU smocks and blankets for the Vanderbilt NICU.  Please bring your sewing machine with needle and thread.  We will publish a list of supplies that we can share and you will be able to sign up to bring (i.e. iron, ironing board, extension cord, cutting mat, etc.)


Ashley Gomez shared her pieced quilt top made from Bluebird Park fabrics and her one of 8 quilted bags she made.  This purple pleaser was quilted using the stippling technique she learned in February's Stippling class.

Linda Cunningham, today's hand piecing teacher, shared a hand pieced star pattern table runner that was hand quilted too.
Linda also brought in a Log Cabin lap quilt that was quilted with interlocking circles using a coffee can for the quilting pattern.

Stefanie Williams shared a different sort of quilting pattern.  A stitch along from Little Miss Shabby (#quilty stitches).  She publishes a cross stitch quilt block every two weeks that you complete in the colors of your choice.
Jayne Willis is featured in Fresh Quilts quarterly publication.  The article is Modern Quilt Movement on page 108 of the Spring edition featuring pillows she made.
Jayne brought in a quilt she made from her own hand dyed fabric. Gorgeous colors and design!
Jayne also made a baby quilt from one of Lindsay Connor's patterns using pieced binding.
Lindsay Connor and Elliott, (all of 9 1/2 weeks old!)
shared a quilt from a charity Quilt Bee in vibrant pinks and yellows with white shashing using her January pattern from her book, Modern Bee.
Also from her book, Lindsay used the February block, Playing Cards using blues, greens, orange and pinks with an ivory background.
Lindsay made a Clam Shell pattern baby quilt she had professionally quilted.  Each shell shows different quilting design.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

February 15 Meeting


Stef submitted the paperwork for our 501(c)3 status and will keep us posted on its progress.

Linda will teach hand sewing for our March meeting. She gave us a basic introduction of tools needed and what to expect next month.  Here are a few samples of Linda's hand sewing.

These are the materials that will be needed for Linda's class next month:
  • Project cut out and ready to sew (e.g., charm pack, block pattern pieces)
  • Sand paper board - keeps fabric from stretching when making 1/4" markings (go here to see what one looks like)
  • Ruler with 1/4" markings
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing Needles - sharps/applique
  • Needle threader (if needed)
  • Sewing thread (Linda prefers gray)
  • Mechanical pencil


Betty shared her "Red Rocks" quilt made up of wonky log cabin blocks that were cut apart and mixed with other pieces.  It's hard to believe that this masterpiece was her first 'go' at improvisational quilting! When she was finished it reminded her of the red rocks in Colorado Springs, where she's taken many trips.

Here's another one of Betty's quilts, which reminded Christine of birch trees.  Betty was pleased to hear that because the inspiration for this quilt came from a simple photo of some aspen trees that she loved.

Mimi shared this crazy quilt wall hanging with us.  She purchased the wool from WoolyLady.  Make sure you zoom in and check out all her amazing embellishments on this quilt!

Angela shared her Double Windmill (left) and Flying Kite (right) blocks from the Fat Quarter Shop's "Wishes Quilt Along".  We're excited to see the finished project, but 'no pressure' Angela!

Here are some of Angela's Trip Around the World Pumpkin Patch blocks.  

Here's a fun scrappy quilt top that Trudy made.  Make sure you zoom in to check out all the fun fabrics in this Quilter's Attic Block of the Month Quilt for 2013.  We're excited to see how Trudy quilts this.

And here's Jenny's Road Trip Case by Noodlehead.  Jenny loves trying projects like this because she always gets to learn new things.  This time she learned how to take apart a zipper.  Don't you just want to jump into the car and get on the road, right now? 

Friday, January 24, 2014

January 18, 2014 Meeting

Our January meeting was called to order and we introduced ourselves to each other since we had 3 new visitors.
- Callie Tenny spoke briefly about our charity sew for the Vanderbilts NICU. Disscussion about whether to purchase an ACCUQUILT template for the smocks. Our cost would be approximately $125. It is tabled at this time.
- Discussed February's meeting - Free Motion Quilting
Bring 12 X 12 muslin squares (w/batting) or a larger lap project to work on.
- Discussed our 2013 Sew Red for Women BOM project. Need to assemble blocks and quilt. Jenny offered to assist.
- 2014 Dues are due - $40 - pay Linda Cunningham - a portion goes directly to the National Modern Quilt Guild.
Callie Tenny & Luke shared a baby quilt and chevron quilt squares.  So glad both of you could visit.


Jayne Willis shared her hand dyed table runner.  Really looking forward to Jayne's fabric dying class!

Linda Cunningham - gave a sneek preview of hand piecing.
Angela Miller - shared the 5 minute and 10 minute block from the Missouri Quilt Co. and her bag with an argyle pattern.

Elizabeth Johnson - shared her chevron quilt top made for a friend and some of her pinwheel blocks. Love the colors Elizabeth chose.

Ashley Gomez - shared her quilted bag from Missouri Star Quilt Co. and her stripe and block colorful quilt top.

Christine - shared many of her projects with silk neck ties and felted wool. Here are just a couple of the projects she shared.

Next Meeting - February 15
Free Motion Quilting by Stefanie Williams
Preview into hand piecing - by Linda Cunningham


Saturday, November 16, 2013

November 16, 2013 Meeting


Remember that our December meeting, the Holiday Luncheon, will be held on December 14th at 10:00 AM.
  • As it gets closer, there will be a signup for sweet and savory finger foods.
  • Dirty Santa Swap - Bring wrapped gifts: one yard or two 1/2 yards of fabric, or a charm pack.
  • Swap Exchange - If you participated in the swap, make sure to bring your creations for the big reveal!
Dues for next year will be $40 ($25 for our guild, $15 for MQG)

We voted for our 2014 officers and will be announcing the results in the near future.


Royce is so amazingly creative.  She inspires us all with her whimsical free-style approach to creating.  The first three pieces are about the size of place mats and the two bottom pieces are postcard quilts.  Studying her work is like going on a scavenger hunt.  In fact, see how many of these things you can find:  stones, metal, wire, interesting fabric textures that she has created, old watch parts, polymer clay pieces, and last but not least, parts of Stefanie's old screen door.  Royce told us that she trades fabric with the wife of a watch repair guy who sends her all the old watch parts that would've gone into the trash.

Trudy made this scrumptious chenille scarf out of four layers of fabric.  You can use a cutter like this to make all those tiny cuts.  The foot keeps you from cutting through your bottom layer.

Ashley, our newest member, made this super hero quilt for a friend's son.  He's going to love cuddling up in this, with its lofty batting and minky backing.

This is Stefanie's version of the Dilly Dally Pattern by Thimble Blossoms.  She used Vanessa Christenson's Simply Style fabric line.  This sounds cheesy but it's true, Stefanie does not dilly dally when it comes to cranking out quilts.

Jayne is making a set of place mats for a friend.  At first glance it looks like she found a great wavy print.  On closer inspection you can see that each color is a different fabric and that she sewed all those wavy pieces together.

This is the wallet that Jenny made for a swap friend.  She used this wallet pattern by Oliver + S.  What a lucky swap friend to receive such a cute wallet!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

October 19, 2013 Meeting


The Holiday Party will be held on December 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM.  
  • As it gets closer, there will be a signup for sweet and savory finger foods.
  • Dirty Santa Swap - Bring wrapped gifts: one yard or two 1/2 yards of fabric, or a charm pack.
  • Swap Exchange - If you participated in the swap, make sure to bring your creations for the big reveal!
We brainstormed ideas for our 2014 meetings.  We will continue meeting at the First Presbyterian Church, but will look into renting a smaller room.  Here are our tentative program ideas for 2014:
  • January - Charity Sew
  • February - Hand Piecing Class by Linda
  • March - Free Motion Quilting Class
  • April - Volunteer at SewDown Nashville or go to Paducah
  • May - Paper Piecing by Kathy
  • June - Hand Quilting by Linda
  • July - Binding Techniques
  • August - Dyeing Your Own Fabrics by Jayne
  • September - Upper Cumberland Quilt Festival?
  • October - Planning for 2015
  • November - Elections
  • December - Holiday Party
We nominated officers for 2014.  We will hold elections at our November 16th meeting.


Chelley shared her raw-edge applique block with us.  She cleverly cut out shapes that echoed the large-print fabric in this collection (not shown here) and appliqued them over the heart with artistic flair.


Chelley has been cranking out loads of these pillowcases with crocheted edges.  We were glad we finally got to see some in person.

Each month Jayne brings a finished quilt or two, each made from her hand-dyed fabrics.  This quilt reminds her of a city sunset and the little gray patches conjure up images of city sidewalks.  We're hoping to find a way to learn how she dyes her fabrics at our August 2014 meeting.  We're sure it will be fun and messy! 

Here's a great blend of traditional blocks made with modern batiks.  Linda is making this quilt for her aunt.  Here challenge was to find batiks that didn't have blue in them - her aunt doesn't like the color blue.  We're sure that Linda's aunt will love cuddling up in this, knowing all the thought and effort that went into making it.

Stefanie learned lots of new techniques while making this Craftsy block of the month quilt.  We all gasped when she showed us the back, thinking that she'd pieced all those circles.  It turns out she used what she called a cheater quilt fabric.

Here's another amazing quilt by Stefanie.  She participated in the Moda Mystery Block of the Month.  She warned us that while it was mysterious and fun, it also got very pricey.