Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May 16th Meeting Recap

This month we had an open sew, which is always fun!  Everyone brought along a variety of projects to work on, from block of the month projects to quilt tops to hand work and bags!

We briefly went over the next couple of meetings, which are as follows:

  • June 20 - Community Service Sew, we're sewing up some pillow cases for the Ronald McDonald house.  These are always lots of fun, everyone working collectively on a big project.  There will be some door prizes, and if you have any additional door prizes you want to throw in, the more the merrier!
  • July 18 - Shop hop!  We're making a caravan of a few vehicles and going around to some shops in the area.
  • August 15 - Open sew!  Feel free to bring along any kind of sewing and hang out and sew the day away.
  • September 19 - Upper Cumberland Quilt Festival in Algood, TN
  • October 17 - Planning for 2016
  • November 21 - Elections and Community Service Sew
  • December 12 - Holiday Party (Second Saturday in December)
Here's a look at some of the show and tell, as well as some of the projects brought to be worked on from Saturday:
Julie visited with us and brought a quilt she finished recently for her youngest child.

Julie also brought a swap item she's been working on.

Julie has also been helping out with the Log Cabins of Donald Judd project by Luke Hayes

Callie brought in a "hash tag" quilt (and her adorable son!)

Callie also brought in a nice chevron quilt (quilted by Vickey).

Callie showed off a jellyroll race quilt from a previous meeting that's closer to being finished up for a niece.

(Back of the jellyroll race quilt, which looks like tire marks haha!)

Laura was also visiting with us and had lots of small items she's made including mini wall hangs, some pouches, and this adorable tiki man head she made from drawing three colors out of a bag and having to make something with them.

Laura also showed off this lovely tote bag.

Stefanie showed off this snugly quilt that has been in her family for many years.  it's light weight and hand stitched and in pretty great condition considering the use it's seen.

Close up and the backing for Stefanie's quilt

Trudy brought in some very sweet and simple quilts including this one she has use the chenille technique on.  This has not been washed yet, and she brought it so we could see the "before" of this method.

Close up and backing of Trudy's quilt

Another very sweet baby quilt made by Trudy with cute little puppies!

Jayne brought in this recently quilted by Vickey on her long arm machine that was started by her daughter, Brittney and finished up by Jayne.

Back and close up on quilting

Jayne also mesmerized us with her optical illusion quilt

Back, the quilting also made the back look a little illusion-y

Jennifer is finishing up the border on Dolly!  We all love seeing her coming along, even though we hear she may be going under the knife soon! ;)  Since Jennifer is hand appliqueing this quilt, this was her project to work on for this meeting.

Melissa showed off her beautiful place mat she made using last month's improv curves and perfect binding class!

Back to Melissa's place mat

Melissa is part of a block of the month, where this month's block is a Lego man's head!

Looking forward to seeing everyone next month!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Don't forget that our next meeting will be Saturday, May 16, at 10:00 in the usual spot.  Look under the tab marked Meetings if you need directions.

We will have an OPEN SEW -- sew whatever you want!  Bring whatever project you want to work on -- machine sewing or hand work -- or hey, bring nothing and just stay to chat.  Or bring your projects and ignore them in favor of chatting.  Really: Do whatever you want.  Just be sure it's on your calendar because I WANT TO SEE YOU ALL.  Except you, Debby, I don't expect you to return from Greece just for us.

Committees should plan to meet briefly if possible  -- especially Community Service and Shop Hop committees -- so we can be prepared for the upcoming events.

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