Tuesday, June 18, 2019

June Meeting

Many of our members are away now, but we were happy to see 22 quilters at our Monday, June 17 meeting, including a first-timer who already joined our chapter. Welcome, Mike!

Linda T. showed her "On the Dot" quilt, a pattern from Modern Quilt Studio (Ringle and Kerr). It's 54" X 78", and Linda quilted it on her Bernina 153. The asymmetrical layout prompted conversation about the modern-ness of this quilt.

This is the back of Linda's quilt.

Another Linda - Linda W-L - showed her finished Modern Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, begun in a workshop with Jen Lee when Jen taught English paper-piecing to our chapter last fall.

Using the leftover pieces of fabric from cutting hexagons, Linda made "The Dance of the Dragonflies." She used Anne Sullivan's technique for cutting curves, learned in Anne's workshop in June 2018. Linda quilted both quilts herself.

Dee showed "Ombré Waves," made with an ombré confetti metallic dot jelly roll, by V & Company from Moda. She used a 2-1/2" quarter-square triangle template to cut shapes. The pattern used for this 46" X 57" quilt  is "Needle in a Haystack" by Tiffany Hayes.

This 56" X 71" quilt is "Stars and Stripes," a pattern by Thimbleberries using Bonnie and Camille fabrics. Dee quilted both quilts on her Bernina 780.

Bette completed this 17" X 64" table runner using improv blocks she made during our April "MidCentury Modern Curve" workshop with Carole Lyles Shaw. Bette quilted it on her Brother sewing machine.

Nancy took Beth's "Interleave" workshop to make this 21" X 20-1/2" quilt. She quilted it on her Bernina 770QE.

Our third Linda - Linda H. - showed her 70" X 82" "Ring Me" quilt, started in our chapter's workshop with Amanda Jean Nyberg (CrazyMomQuilts) in November 2017. Linda modified the design to add strips of pieced solids between the rings, and put everything on point. Using her Bernina 770QE, she free motion quilted concentric circles all over the quilt. 

The evening's program - Alternate Quilt Layouts - was presented by President Karen, with assistance from Cindy. Basically, we saw where to go on the MQG website, and learn how a traditional block can be made modern. By using cropping, scale, elongation, and color changes, an entire quilt can be made.

Here is how MQG MEMBERS can get to the same information and be inspired!

For MQG Members
Patterns, Webinars and Articles
In the search field, type some of these blocks suggestions:
  • Parameters
  • Field of View
  • Harlequin
  • Ribbon Rock
  • Side Stripe
  • Inversion

Or do this:
For MQG Members
Patterns, Webinars and Articles
Scroll to lower right column - Filter By Types
Choose Block Studies (33) 

You'll find a wealth of information! How about a chapter challenge based on these block studies?! 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

It's All About Color Challenge Reveal

Many kudos to Beth for launching and successfully implementing our first 2019 challenge. She was thrilled - as all of us were! - to have 25 modern quilts submitted for consideration (Viewer's Choice Award), a drawing for prizes, and show and tell review. 

Our "It's All About Color" challenge was introduced by Beth at our January meeting, when she presented a wonderful program about color, and where to find color inspiration. Following her presentation, everyone received information about the challenge. Details are here.

In short, a challenge piece had to be at least 20" X 20" using color combinations, techniques, and/or methods that were "new to you." Everyone needed to provide a picture or explain where inspiration was found. 

After each quilt was numbered and laid on tables, members were invited to peruse and vote for one.

In numerical order, here are all 25 entries in the It's All About Color challenge. 

#1 - Barb was influenced by Amish quilts to make a foundation paper-pieced, and an improv-style log cabin block in bright colors. She quilted this 20" X 20" quilt on a Brother sewing machine.  

#2 - Karen E. @sunrayatplay made this 43" X 59" quilt for her first great-granddaugher. Blocks are from Mama Says Sew BOM blocks, following a Fibonacci method of choosing colors. Karen walking foot quilted this on her Janome 9400QCP sewing machine.

#3 - Rosemary @daisys_driver was inspired by a knitted scarf, made for her by a friend, when she chose these color to make this Jessie Kurtz pattern. She used a Bloc Loc Half-Square Triangle Ruler for cutting and trimming, and for the first time made homemade basting spray to make the quilt sandwich. Rosemary walking foot quilted this on her Viking sewing machine.

#4 - Edith @quiltedfish4 has already returned to Canada, so she sent a photo of her 21" x 21" completed quilt. To make this a two-color quilt, she used white and the 2019 Pantone color of the year, Living Coral, for piecing and the thread color for walking foot quilting. 

#5 - Cindy @cbubblesnsews chose her favorite color purple and it's complimentary color yellow - using gradated fabric - to make this quilt. She walking foot quilted it on her home sewing machine.

#6 - Beth @blue_dragonfly5 made this 51" X 59" quilt she calls "Hot Crab Salad," according to a design she created in EQ8. She used warm colors (not usual for her) from a Blueberry Park layer cake, and the Classic Curves Ruler to make Drunkard's Path blocks enhanced with black and white stars. She walking foot quilted it on her home sewing machine.

#7 - Linda H. @flourishingpalms was inspired by a DesignSeeds.com color combo to make her 31" X 31" quilt combining three different improv techniques - two learned from Sarah Nishiura, and one from Carole Lyles Shaw. She used her least favorite colors (blue and pink), and (for the first time) gradated fabrics. Linda used rulers and free motion quilting to quilt on her Bernina 770QE sewing machine.  

#8 - Missy @2quiltingminions made her (mostly-finished) 36" X 36" "Crossover Sewn" quilt following Donna Jordan's "Chopsticks" pattern. She was inspired to choose these colors that coordinate with multi-colored drapes in her home. Missy quilted it on her Viking Sapphire 960Q sewing machine.

#9 - Dee @quilterdee used a Zen Chic jelly roll to make her 49-1/2" X 49-1/2" Wonky Zen Cabin quilt. She walking foot quilted it on her Bernina 780 sewing machine.

#10 - Ardie @fatquarteraddict was inspired by a friend's photo, taken in Vietnam, to make this 29" X 36" "Hoi An Nights" quilt. After quilting the black background on her longarm, she appliquéd each design with couching and quilting on her home sewing machine.

#11 - Karen T. @yorkie3mom made "Rainbow Circles" using Painter's Palette Solids for the first time. This design was begun in a 2019 QuiltCon class with Jen Carlton-Bailly using BettyCrockerAss curve templates. Karen quilted it herself on her Janome 9400.

#12 - Margaret @redhotbobbin made her 38" X 32-1/2" "Roundabout Tetrad" quilt inspired by a color workshop in which she participated. She chose three colors (tetrad) on the color wheel and used her new Accuquilt Studio Die Cutter to cut circles. Margaret quilted it on her longarm, an APQS Millennium.

#13 - Gwen @flaquiltz used the 2019 Kona Color of the Year, Splash, as background for this 42" X 60" quilt that was inspired by a lit wall and lit swimming pool at an Orlando hotel. She quilted circles, and a serpentine stitch on her Bernina 750.

#14 - Betty @zcabed was inspired by the design on a paper napkin to make this 33" X 29" quilt she calls "Tickled Pink." She used a hexagon ruler to create her own design that she quilted on her sewing machine.

#15 - @iquiltalot_fl made her 24" X 24" quilt entirely improvisationally, inspired by a traditional Wedding Ring quilt block. She quilted it on her Elna sewing machine.

#16 - Nancy @nancymenn made her 29-1/2" X 21-1/2" quilt using analogous blues. She quilted it on her Bernina 770QE, and used a Minute Miter tool for more accurate binding corners.

#17 - Linda T. @blu24berry was challenged by friends on our quilt retreat, to use-up leftover Zen Chic Flow prints in her least favorite color (orange) to make this round log cabin table runner. She quilted it herself. 

#18 - Lynette @netsyclay made her 16" X 46-1/2" "Streak of Sunshine" runner in an analogous color combination. She was inspired by a 2019 AQS Drunkard's Path quilt block to create this design that she free motion quilted on her Janome sewing machine.

#19 - Linda W. made her 24" X 25" English paper-pieced "Modern Grandmother's Flower Garden" quilt after taking Jen's (Red Thread Studio) EPP workshop last November. Linda quilted it on her Bernina 720 sewing machine.

#20 - Bette @quiltylady1 made this 33" X 42" quilt she calls "Exclamation." She was color-inspired to use both 2019 colors of the year - Kona Splash, and Pantone's Living Coral - adding a dash of purple for interest. She used the "what if" technique for the design, and quilted it on a sewing machine.

#21 - Mel @snomelt was inspired by her own stashed fabrics to make this design using Jen Carlton-Bailly's BettyCrockerAss curve templates. She walking foot quilted it on her sewing machine.

#22 - Janice made her quilt (being held by Mel) using the same curved templates that Mel used. (They worked on these together during quilt retreat.)

#23 - Corinna @potterquilter made "Rainbow" a 40" x 50" quilt using a new color combination for her - rainbows. Also new to her was creating an asymmetrical design, and using white for binding, She quilted it on her sewing machine.

#24 - Marie @pottersewer was a helper in Carole Lyles Shaw's April workshop for Central Florida MQG. Choosing complimentary colors on the color wheel, and following Carole's technique, she made this 21" X 21" quilt called "Complimentary Curves." Marie quilted it on her Brother Luminaire using the embroidery quilting feature.

#25 - Jane @gonequiltinginflorida made "Candy Corn," a 64" X 68" quilt using a two-color theme. One color is Tiger Lily, the 2018 Kona Color of the Year. She used a Bloc Loc Half-Rectangle Triangle Ruler for cutting and trimming, and walking foot quilted it with orange and yellow thread colors on her Babylock sewing machine.

Can you pick a favorite?

Can you guess which quilt won our Viewer's Choice Award?

The Viewer's Choice Award winner was Betty (quilt #14) whose napkin-inspired hexagon quilt made us all "Tickled Pink" on her behalf!

Here is Betty's 8" square napkin inspiration.

Betty won Electric Quilt 8 software! A $239 value! We extend a huge thank-you to The Electric Quilt Company for their very generous donation to our challenge.

Another big thank you to The Fat Quarter Shop for their donation of a total of 15 yards of Kaffe Fassett fabrics that were also given to participants. 

Thank you to Christa Watson for a donation of all her quilt patterns in PDF format, also given to one participant. 

We are very grateful to have support from these sponsoring companies! Wa-hoo!

Next Meeting - Monday, June 17 NOTE THIS DATE CHANGE

Due to a conflict with room use at North Lake Presbyterian Church, our regular second Tuesday meeting is moved to the third Tuesday. Please note this on your calendar now!

Our program will be "Alternate Quilt Layouts" presented by President Karen. Learn how to arrange a single quilt block in a more modern layout. Members are invited to bring quilts they've made that reflect how they've changed a pattern arrangement to make a quilt layout look modern. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

May 13 Meeting

A whopping 32 quilters attended our May 13 meeting, with two of those quilters joining our chapter, and one a first-time visitor. As always, we're happy when quilters are interested in modern quilts!

Each month, our library offers for check-out a wonderful array of modern quiltmaking books, magazines, and quilting rulers. (Click the tab above to see all the titles/authors.) Our chapter also now subscribes to Curated Quilt magazine/journal. 

Our evening program was to have members show and share their "It's All About Color" challenge quilts. However, we viewed our regular Show and Tell quilts first. 

Dee @quilterdee showed her 38" X 38" "Expanding Star" quilt, a pattern by Emily Dennis. Dee quilted it on her Bernina 780 sewing machine. 

Corinna @potterquilter missed Beth's "Interleave" workshop at February's Saturday Sew-In, but made a 12" X 18" version on her own. She quilted it on her sewing machine, and made a faced binding.

Lynette @netsyclay made four 15" X 19" placemats like this using the "Intersection" pattern by Rock Solid. She quilted them on her Janome sewing machine.
placemat front
placemat back
Cindy @cbubblesnsews also made placemats following Angela Walter's "Midnight Quilt Show," episode called "Quilt As You Go Placemats," found on YouTube. Without quilting, she added binding to finish them.

Pam used a 42" X 42" panel called "Dream Big" by Hoffman Fabrics on which to display her quilting skills on a Statler longarm machine.

Barb made "First Try," a 50" X 50" quilt from Brigitte Heitland's design: "Tangerine Dreams." She hired a longarm quilter for quilting.

Linda @flourishingpalms showed two quilts made with inspiration from Christina Camelli's book "Modern Wedge Workshop." Linda calls the design, "Carousel." Both quilts are 33" X 33" and were made with three fabrics and a 9° wedge ruler. This quilt was quilted on a Bernina 770QE using a wave ruler, with perle cotton big stitch hand quilting in the center.

This version of "Carousel" was also quilted on her Bernina with rulers and walking foot spiral quilting.

President Karen made Elizabeth Hartmann's "Lloyd and Lola" - this is Lola! - a 43" X 58" llama quilt for her granddaughter. She used a walking foot to quilt it on her Janome 9400QCP sewing machine.

After so many great show and tell pieces, we turned our attention to 25 fantastic modern quilts made for our It's All About Color challenge. If you didn't attend the meeting, check out our next blog post to see what you missed!