June 2018 Meeting

Kathy demonstrated free motion quilting for us.



A good place to start is with cursive letters.


When you are a little more comfortable, try feathers and other shapes. A contrasting thread is great when you’re practicing, so you can see what you have done.

Thanks Kathy!


Susan W made a second quilt for the Quilt for a Cause fundraiser at the Tucson Botanical Gardens.


Susan W made this poppy quilt.


Susan W titled this quilt “What’s the point?”


Susan W added amazing details with quilting in a contrasting thread on her quilt “Impossible Rainbow.”


Annalies shared this charity quilt she worked on with another group.


Annalies participated in the Michael Miller fabric challenge.


Annalies has fun creating these colorful placemats.


Susan Q finished this small quilt. The pattern is Queen’s Cross by Jen Kingwell.


Sara Q finished this “I Spy” baby quilt with many different novelty fabrics.


Marlene shared her progress on the wall quilt she will be giving her orthopedic surgeon.


Melanie finished this red, white, and blue star quilt.


Melanie also finished her sample for her new pattern, “Uptown Florist.”


Mae finished the quilting for her son’s wedding quilt


Cara tried some paper piecing after last month’s demonstration.


This sample is ready for the Row by Row.


Cassie made this jelly roll quilt with a zigzag insert.


After putting most of the quilt together, she cuts the top, and then appliques the insert on!


Cassie finished quilting this orange quilt. It uses Alexander Henry fabric. The pattern is “Stars in Stripes” by Melanie.


Kathy finished this fox embroidery as a store sample.

Look at all the charity blocks, tops and completed quilts!


by Kathy


green block by Mary, x block by Cathy


by Karen


by Sara Q


by Cara


by Kathleen


by Kristine


by Kristine



Susan W sewed the top together, and Susan A quilted and bound both of these charity quilts.

DSCF5865-1Kathy quilted and bound this charity quilt.


Michele finished off this charity quilt.


Kristine put together this charity quilt top.


Kristine also made this charity quilt top. The Spiderman focus fabric was donated to the guild.

August 2016 Meeting

We were treated to a special presentation by Christy Olsen titled, “Learning the Language of Color”. You can find Christy at:www.ChristyOlsen.com. She teaches Color Fundamentals at Art Verve Academy. We learned about hue, intensity, value, complimentary colors, triads and more. If you would like to learn more, you can read more here. We had fun creating our own color wheels with fabric.


Michelle made a color wheel mini quilt after taking Christy’s Color Fundamentals class. She gave it to Christy as a gift.


The majority of our show and tell this month was charity blocks and quilts.

Our theme for our 12 inch charity blocks for August was orange. The variety is so fun to see every month!

August blocksextra block
Top row, L-R: Michelle, Elaine, Elaine, Elaine, Kathleen
2nd row: Shannon, Kathleen, Kathleen, Kathleen, Kathleen
3rd row: Kathleen, Kathleen, Kathleen, Joy, Joy
4th row: Kristi, Chris, Mae, Tama, Tama
Last row: Tama, Susan W, Susan A, Susan W, Beth

Tama kept 2 of her 3 blocks – she liked them to much to give them away!

Our row charity quilt tops are now all completed. Elaine added borders to this one.


We completed a quilts inspired by the Pulse Club tragedy. Some with go to the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild, some will be given away locally.

This backing is fabric from IKEA. I love it!

Shannon is following a pattern from Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein. The pattern is so intricate, and it will take a long to to finish.

Mae talked about local quilting legend, Goldie Tracy Richmond. She got to see some of the quilts in person. The book by Carolyn O’Bagy Davis tells of Goldie’s life and shares pictures of her detailed applique quilts.

Susan A shared this beautiful quilt. It’s been a few years, but it is finally quilted and finished.

You know the book, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”? Well, if you make a mermaid pillow, you’re going to have to make a couple doll blankets, a mini seahorse pillow, another mini pillow, a mermaid, and a little dress for the mermaid. So cute Susan A!

April 2016 Meeting

Be prepared for some inspiration – amazing quilts and blocks coming ahead!

This year, we are each making a 12 inch block, following a color theme for the month, to be made into charity quilts at the end of the year. April’s color was blue. Green and red blocks are from previous months. Just take a look at these beauties:

Clockwise, starting from top left: Disappearing 9 patch by Myra, Bear Claw by Cindy, Improv by Ann, block by Gayle, String by Gale, Improv Log Cabin by Tama, Disappearing 9 patch by Kristine, block by Susan A



Clockwise, starting from top left: block by Pat, 2 blocks by Susan W, Envelope block by Mae, Improv block by Connie, Asterisk and Improv blocks by Pat. Not pictured: blocks by Myra, Joyce and Kathy

We also have row quilts that are passed along every month. These are amazing!


DSCF3485-1Most recent row by ?



Most recent row by Cindy



Most recent row by Tama


Most recent row by Kristi



Most recent row by Joyce


Kathy finished her Gravity quilt. It was shown at the Tucson Quilt Guild Show, and she finally got the chance to bring it to a Modern Quilt Guild meeting. It lives on her bed. Great work Kathy!
Check out the beautiful quilting on the scrappy borders!
Kathleen brought in this gorgeous vintage Orange Peel quilt. Such meticulous work!
Gale brought in two pillows she made. They are both very different from each other, and both wonderful.
Ann brought in this One Block Wonder, that she wasn’t so sure about – until she added the orange. Sometimes the right color is all you need!
Tama brought this vintage Improv Log Cabin top.
Susan W just finished this T-shirt quilt.

Susan W also shared this cute bag with flamingos on the pocket.
Kristi finished this duffle bag. I love the stripes on the pockets.
This Metro Rings commissioned quilt top has such beautiful colors. If you haven’t tried the Quick Curve Ruler yet, you should. The quilts turn out stunning.
Faye brought the first quilt that she quilted herself! Great job!


After show and tell, we got to hear about QuiltCon from our members that got to attend.

Susan W showed this block from a workshop with Amy Garro. The quilt pattern is Crackle.

She also went to a workshop on color theory with Kim Eichler-Messmer.
This beauty is from a workshop with Rebecca Bryan. It is Rainbow Remix from the book Modern Rainbow.

Cassie took a big blocks workshop from Heather Jones. I love this quilt she designed.
This Shining Stars Sampler from a workshop with Jeni Baker is lovely. The background grey caught the eye of many of us. It is from Connecting Threads.

Kristi had fun with these necklaces from Andover Fabrics. She figured out how to make her own version with marbles.
She went to the Piece as You Quilt workshop with Krista Withers. It was quilt-as-you-go on a long-arm. They used French Fuse interfacing as a stabilizer.
Feathers are not always easy to do. Kristi’s sample from another workshop with Krista Withers, Broken Wreath, is wonderful.
The lecture about the quilts by Molly Upton was a hightlight in Kristi’s experience! She highly recommends looking her up, so you can be inspired by her work. She also enjoyed collecting buttons from the vendors. She enjoyed Violet Craft’s Love Abstraction. If you want a copy, you can get one here for free.

Elena didn’t attend any workshops, but instead took time to look at all the quilt show entries and attend the Anna Maria Horner lecture on handstitching. She made sure to be there early every morning to get the swag that was handed out each day. And she says to volunteer. You get free passes, and a different view of the conference.


September is Sewing Month! (& we have a meeting)

Did you know that it’s National Sewing Month?  We thought it would be fun at this meeting for everyone to bring their favorite sewing tool.  We meet this Thursday at 6:30pm.  And The Quilt Basket is still our generous host!

I also want to mention that you may want to think about your Christmas projects.  You can shop before or after the meeting and receive 10% off. We really do love the Quilt Basket!

Gypsy Quilt - Piecelique

OH! And Saturday is a sewing day.  I’ve added all of this to the calendar.  🙂  See you soon!


July Meeting

With highs in the 90’s and rain visiting more frequently, it means we have hit July here in Tucson! And our monthly meeting is this week. Thursday to be exact: 6:30pm. We’ll be at the same location as always. We love The Quilt Basket!  And don’t forget to bring your mug rug to swap with the Bakersfield Modern Quilt Guild!


June Meeting

Hi everyone! Hope you’re staying cool so far this summer! Well, cool enough! It’s impossible to stay cool in Tucson in the summer.  😉 Our meeting is this Thursday, as usual. (6:30pm at the Quilt Basket! Come early to shop and save!)

Voile Quilt

This month I will be presenting to the guild.  I have some tips and advice for quilting with ‘specialty’ fabrics (rather than the traditional quilting cottons).  For this month, due to the heat, I opted to focus on voile.  It’s a light weight beautiful fabric that is perfect for Tucson quilts!

Hope to see you there!  (And I also have some other fun things to give everyone at the meeting. 😀  )

Long Arm Field Trip

We are really excited that there is a store in Tucson that is renting time on long arm machines!  Just imagine the possibilities! 🙂  A field trip has been scheduled so that we can learn more about the class you’ll need to take, what to expect, etc.  Come join us!

Where: AZ Vac & Sew
3949 E. 29th Suite 701
(Their website is here)

When: Saturday, March 30th at 10am
Meet about 9:45 out front

There is no need to RSVP, but if you can, plan on grabbing lunch afterwards!

PS. Please also note that I’ve added a calendar to the meeting page.  The monthly meeting has been added for the rest of the year. If there are other quilt related events (local or not), please let me know so I can add them!

New Directions

Okay! So one change for 2013 is to have an additional meeting once a quarter to make sure that the guild is heading in the right direction. (Yes, the blog title is a Glee reference, which admittedly has nothing to do with the Tucson Modern Quilt Guild, but seams a better title than Vocal Adrenaline.)

This will be the perfect time to weigh in on changes that have been made or should be made, brainstorm and share ideas, make suggestions, etc.  Think it’d be awesome to bring in a guest speaker about paper piecing?  Come tell us!  You’re not committing to anything crazy, I promise!  We need your input to do our best to help you learn and connect with other quilters.  🙂  We’ll also use this time to address any more technical business aspects.  Everyone is welcomed – this is not a closed meeting.

Come this Thursday, February 7th to Paradise Bakery at Oracle and Wetmore at 6:30.  And bring your ideas with you!


Donation Quilt 1