Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I cannot wait for the April workshop!  Join us on April 18 at 10:00 (see the tab marked Meetings for location details), when Jayne Willis will teach us Improvisational Curves and Stefanie Williams will show us her flawless machine binding technique.

Come prepared to learn and you'll leave with a TOTALLY finished placemat or mini-quilt!  We'll have a micro-meeting, so the workshop can get started right away.  This workshop will last from 10 am into the afternoon, so bring a snack or sack lunch to tide you over.

Here's what Jayne says you need to bring for the curves portion of the fun:

Curves Workshop
Sewing Machine
Thread (piecing)
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Pins (straight)
Pen or Pencil (for marking)
FABRIC Strips (various width and length)

Thread (quilting)
Fabric (backing)

The only rules in this Curves Workshop...NO rulers! Your rotary cutter will be your drawing tool! 

Project Size:
Mini Quilt (18” square approx.) 

Placemat (13” x 18” approx.)

We will be using strips of fabric to make the curves. Solids, prints ~ whatever you would like to use. If you can, precutting strips in varying widths and length will save time. (these do not need to be straight)

Cut Strips:
1 1/2” - 4” wide 
any length 

Stay tuned for how to prep the binding.  Can't wait to do this project!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The March meeting is almost upon us -- I hope you reserved the date on your calendar!  See you on March 21st at 10am for the English Paper Piecing workshop that was rescheduled due to last month's ice storm.  Guests welcome -- if you would like to check out the guild but aren't sure of the workshop supplies, don't worry, we'll share!  If you're an EPP expert already, I hope you'll come to the meeting and stay to share your tips and encouragement if you have time.  

Friday, February 20, 2015

February's meeting and English Paper Piecing workshop are CANCELED due to inclement weather.  I hated to do it, and I waited I think until I couldn't avoid it any longer.  The forecast that I've been watching has worsened over the last 24 hours, and I just don't think it will be possible for many of our members to travel safely at 10am.  

The EPP workshop is tentatively postponed to the March meeting, which will be on March 21.  More information will be circulated soon.  

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February is here! It's time to mark your calendars for the February Music City MQG meeting. We will meet at 10am on February 21 at the usual place. Please find directions under the tab above marked Meetings.

Stefanie Williams will lead a workshop on English Paper Piecing. She has prepared two cute hexagon projects and will give us the lowdown on how to complete them. This will be my first time doing EPP and I'm so excited. If you are not interested in or cannot stay for the workshop, just come for the meeting and bring your show and tell. I can't manage to embed the image for the supply list, so please leave a comment here if you need it.

The Knoxville MQG recently experienced the passing of a member, and in her honor they are calling for 12" wonky star blocks in a certain color palette of solids. The Music City MQG plans to send some.  If you'd like to help us with this project, the easy tutorial can be found here at their blog, and our blocks will be collected at the February meeting. 

Hope to see you there!  Contact us with any questions or comments.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

January 17 2015 Meeting

General Discussion

Reminder that membership dues are due.  Dues are $40 and payable online or to Linda Cunningham by check or cash. 

2015 Meeting Calendar

January 17 - Open Sew
February 21 - English Paper Piecing taught by Stephanie Williams
March 21 - Community Service Sew Day
April 18 - Improvisational Curves by Jayne Willis
                 Machine Binding by Stephanie Williams
May 16 - Open Date
June 20 - Open Sew
July 18 - Shop Hop / Scavenger Hunt - Jenny Parker, Stephanie Williams
August 15 - Community Service Sew Day
September 19 - Field Trip - Upper Cumberland Quilt Festival - Allgood, TN
October 17 - Planning
November 21 - Officer Nominations - Open Sew Day
December 12 - Holiday Party - Election Results

Sub-committee meeting were held and will report back to group.
Social Media Committee - Ashley Gomez
Community Service Committee - Stephanie Williams
Guild Banner Committee

Pile O Fabric is offering your choice of BOM Skill Builder.  Check with Jenny Parker for more information.

Callie Tinney asked if there was any interest in a free motion class?  Fabric Squares might hold a class if there is enough interest.


Linda Cunningham shared an baby quilt with appliqued frogs and cattails in beautiful blues and greens.

Stephanie Williams shared a quilt top using the Norway pattern and Bonnie and Camille fabric.  Update on Granny B's - they are now a Janome dealer in addition to longarm rental.

Mimi Shimp shared a beautiful floral applique quilt block she is going to frame.  She also shared Moonlit Flowers quilt in gorgeous gold, red, green and black applique.  Mimi shared quilt blocks from the Sensational Sampler pattern.  Showing how you can update an older pattern with modern fabrics.

Jennifer Hastonshared her LOVE quilt in process. Working on completing the quilting.  She also brought in a large applique project of Dolly Parton for a friend.

Sharon Hels shared what she learned for the Creative Walking foot Craftsy Class.  She used the wavy stitch on her Log Cabin quilt top.  Sharon is also completing hand quilting on a shibori dyed project.

Tori Grant shared her quilted name tag - very cute and personal!  She brought in her COMPLETED Bionic Gear Bag! 

Jayne Willis shared several items. A batik jelly roll strip quilt in plum, pink and purple.  She also brought in Vice Versa BOM from Genex Quilters using her hand dyed fabric in aqua, plum and gold.  Jayne free motioned quilted it.  She also brought in her COMPLETED Bionic Gear Bag using Tula Pink fabric.

MEETING REMINDER - February 21 2015 - English Paper Piecing - Project list on FB

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!  Mark your calendars for our next meeting on January 17th at 10am.

On the agenda will be committee meetings and open sew.  Not on a committee?  No problem -- we don't all have time for that kind of thing.  Want to join a committee?  Great!  Just join your group of choice when we split off.  If you are a member of more than one committee, please let me know and we'll figure out what to do.

Committees thus far:
--Social Media/Communications (headed by Ashley Gomez)
--Community Service (headed by Stefanie Williams)
--Special Project -- Pieced Banner (head TBD)

We will also discuss the 2015 calendar and see what needs more attention and/or a Special Project Committee.  For example, we planned two field trips, and they will need to be organized in a timely manner.

After the business and committee meetings, I will be available to help with Bionic Gear Bag sewing, if anyone is interested.  If Stefanie is able to be there/stay, I'm sure she'll also be willing to help too!**

Bring your show and tell and let's discuss your sewing related resolutions for 2015.  Also bring a snack or lunch for yourself if you are staying for open sew.  I can't wait to see you all and get the year started!

As always, guests are welcome.  Our guild includes quilters of all ages and experience levels, representing a wide range of modern styles including many flavors of modern-traditional.  If you wonder whether you'll enjoy it, come find out!

**If you're new to the guild, several members have purchased the Bionic Gear Bag pattern (available on Craftsy) and are sewing together.  Let's get our bags made and maybe move on to another pattern!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

December 13 2014

General Discussion

Election results are in and know you are going to be surprised to know who the winners are!
President - Jenny Parker
Vice President - Jayne Willis
Secretary - Trudy Jackson
Treasurer - Linda Cunningham

Thanks to Lynette McKenzie for being proctor and tally the votes!

Lots of fun and fellowship was held by all at the Holiday Party.  Beautiful Secret Santa gifts and Dirty Santa did not dissapoint. 

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and a safe and prosperous New Year!

January 17, 2015 - Open Sew