The blog is quiet, but we have been busy over the summer. Watch for more meeting recaps over the next couple weeks!
Creative Lines Quilting brought a trunk show to demonstrate what you can do with a computerized long-arm. They also do long-arm freemotion quilting. They do beautiful work.
To see more, check out their Facebook page.
We had a demonstration at our last sew day with the Quick Curve Ruler. It’s a fun tool to try.
QUILTS MADE BY MEMBERS OF THE TUCSON MODERN QUILT GUILD WILL BE ON EXHIBIT AT THE JOEL D. VALDEZ MAIN LIBRARY DURING THE MONTH OF MAY, 2017
May 1 – 31, 2017
Joel D. Valdez Main Library
101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
Hours: Monday – Thursday 9-6, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5
Parking is free on weekends. First hour free on weekdays.
Join us for an opening reception on Saturday May 6 from 3-5
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Hi everyone! I just wanted to be sure everyone gets the invite to our October Sew Day – October 2nd from 1pm to 8:30pm. It’s a Friday and most of us will get there after work. We will order dinner (on your own) or bring something. And if anyone wants to bring a dessert to share, that would be great! Bring any project you’d like to work on AND remember:
We’re each making name tags! For the last several years, we’ve used disposable name tags at each meeting. But now we’re ready to upgrade to something creative, unique and permanent. The only two “rules” are: it can be no bigger than 3×5 and must use at least one of the Guild charity quilt fabrics. (I’ll bring what I have left to the Sew Day so you can pick some up if you missed the meeting.) I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!
Its time for June’s Guild Meeting. 6:30pm on Thursday, June 11th. As always, we meet at the Quilt Basket. This month’s show and tell theme is Your First Quilt or Most Recent Quilt. Bring one of these (or pictures!) to share in addition to your current projects. If you’re working on the BOM, bring your finished blocks to be entered into the drawing. Last month, we had some fantastic prizes! Hope to see you Thursday.
You know how you’ve been putting off working on your Guild BOM?!? Yes – you! Now you have a reason to get motivated (other than personal pride and satisfaction): free stuff! The Guild has gotten a few free items lately (see above pictures) and Kathy has generously offered to donate fabric from her significant stash to “incentivize” members to complete the BOM. Everyone who finished their blocks will be entered into a drawing for cool fabric and other ransom sewing stuff. So, what are you waiting for?! Glory and fabric await!