name tags

March Meeting Recap

We had another full house this month! Our meeting started out with a wonderful presentation by Michelle Freedman on Improv quilting or as she calls it "Think Outside the block". Here is a little taste of her presentation. 
no rules

no rulers


"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."
Maya Angelou 

photo by Michelle Freedman
The Quilts of Gees Bend

Blocks from Improv challenge

Her presentation concluded with a mini tutorial on making an improv block and confetti block. Here are some links to tutorials and articles courtesy of Michelle.

Design Camp Flickr Swap, Michelle's swap.

Improv tutorial by Theresa Down Under

Confetti block tutorial by Lady Harvatine

Some improv blocks by Heather and I. 
We also revealed the fabric colors for our Cotton Couture Challenge and passed out fabric to our paid members. The fabric colors from left to right are Fog, Meadow, Clementine, Luna, Charcoal, Kryptonite, Tangerine, and Aqua. If you were unable to attend the meeting and would like to participate in the challenge you can pick your fabric up from Nancy at her studio just call 503-234-0403.


Nancy shared her quilt from her Sweetwater Simple Home book review. We gave away the book and pillow made by Nancy. Also in the giveaway this month were 4 $10 gc to Cool Cottons!

Show and Tell
 Quilt my me (Pétra) made for our school auction this year and it was quilted by Nancy.

Quilt by Katie. She found a hand sewn quilt at a yard sale for $20 took it apart and made this. The stars are from the original quilt.
The back is a vintage sheet. Katie also shared a nice bag but the photo didn't turn out, sorry Katie send me one if you have it. 

Cathy made this zig zag quilt for herself. She used wool batting.

I don't have a show and tell sheet for this one please send your info and or a better photo and I'll update.

Quilt by Jill. This quilt was inspired by spring flowers blooming in her neighborhood. 

Quilt by Rachel
Second quilt by Rachel testing out a templet by Jill.

Quilt top by Michelle using Pendleton Wool fat quarters.

Else shared containers,
Little Pips baby quilt from Monica's Taking Turns pattern,

and 930 hexagon quilt top!!

Wavy Gingham quilt by Cheryl. Cheryl made this by hand dying ginghams from Colette Fenske. She bought the fabric in 2004 and waited for the right inspiration she found it in a Civil War quilt book, "the old is new again".

Megan shared her Trajectory quilt which was inspired by mid-century modern boomerang design motif.

Anne's W. Vintage Nation quilt. Quilt made for her best friend using all vintage and 30's reproduction fabrics. Free-motion quilted on the new quilt frame at Modern Domestic!

Jolene shared 3 fairy quilts.

Gabrien had 2 Plain Spoken quilts one for her son...
and one for her daughter.

Kate shared half square triangle placemats.

Lara had 2 baby quilts for co-workers.

Christina has been working on english paper piecing making some Sprockets.

Violet shared her Light Cycles quilt inspired by Tron and using her Peacock Lane fabric.

Anne W. shared her Tayamasie quilt also made with Peacock Lane.

AnnMarie's quilt from the Made in Cherry Quilt Along.

Gail shared this king size quilt made for her in-laws Anniversary.

Kelly made a Queen sized man quilt made for a friend; Valve quilt offset with "Summer Sampler Series 2011" blocks set in randomly.

Anne M. shared Cherrywood Improv made with old scraps used for playing.

Name tags

If you're still here I have a few more name tags to share.

Thank you for another fun meeting! Stay tuned this month for Member interview's and another book review.


Act 2 Name Tags

There were so many inspiring name tags at this month's meeting thank you to everyone that joined in! There were actually too many for me to photograph in one meeting and a few of my photographs didn't turn out so I'll post more name tags next month. If you haven't had a chance to make one yet these should inspire you. We'll have pin backs available at the next few meetings if you haven't picked one up yet. 

Check out our Flickr page to see larger images.

Have you started your name tag?

I need reminders, lots of them! Post-it notes, lists, bells on my phone, and blog updates! So I thought that a quick reminder would help inspire you to create a name tag to proudly wear to this month's meeting. Here's some more tags to get you inspired:

Also every month, Susan, Ale, Nancy, Petra, and myself will be reviewing sewing/quilting books on our blogs. Then at our meeting, we'll raffle off the same titles! We're really excited to share and kick things off! So this month, Susan and I started it off: 
Susan made folded flower bowls from Brett Bara'Sewing in a Straight Line using Monica's fabric. 
She'll raffle off these bowls and the book at our meeting, click here for her full post! 
Thanks again, Potter Craft!

I (Heather) made Sweet and Sour Apple Coasters from Scandinavian Stitches by Kajsa Wikman published by Stash Books. I'm also raffling off these coasters and the book at our meeting, click here for the full review.

See you Thursday, February 16, 7-9pm
Happy Sewing! 

January Meeting

  Our first meeting of the year! We had quite a turn out with a lot of new faces. Thank you all for joining us I hope you had fun. 

  Our new president Susan led the meeting thanking our previous board and introducing the new one, we'll tell you a little more about us later. One more time thank you Christina President, Michelle Vice President, Rachel Treasure, Katie Secretary, and Megan Programs. It was a fun year and we appreciate all the time and energy you put into the Guild!
 Susan also acknowledged all of the guild members that contributed to Quilts for Quakes. Quilts for Quakes sent 30 quilts to Japan, raised $2825 directly for Mercy Corps, plus $660 via the Craft Party at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in June. Thank you for all the fabric donations, sewing, and quilting!  The final few quilts will be going to Bradley-Angle House, in two waves as the last volunteers finish them. We will be posting a little more about Bradley-Angle House soon.

Our ten minute tute this month was all about making your own name tag. After seeing all of the beautiful ones at the Sewing Summit this year we thought it would be fun for our guild to make their own. This is my name tag I made for the Summit.

  Mine was made by sewing scraps together for the boarder and stamping my name and website in the center with archival ink. My tip is stamp before you sew so if you have any smudges (like I do) you don't have to start over. Instead of adding binding, I chose to layer my front and back with batting, right sides together, sew, and then turn right side out. If you'd like to do binding on your name tag this is a great tutorial by Kerry of verykerryberry for making single binding for small projects. 

 Here's a few name tags from the Sewing Summit. You can see the variety in style and size aren't they fun! 

  At next months meeting we will have a mixer to share everyone's name tags. If you missed this months meeting we do have pin backs for you to use but in the meantime you can use a good ole safety pin or make a lanyard like Angela did above. 

  Now onto Show and Tell we had a lot of beautiful quilts this month! But really, I think we always do, so I might be biased. 
 Paula Wessells Garden Auction quilt, garden designed by Kindergarten students and Paula's first time doing applique. 

Also by Paula her Do Good Stitches Word Quilt top.

Kelly Cole brought her Retro Bento quilt. Kelly used vintage fabrics for this.

Jolene Knight had a few to share. First made with Christy Cuzza this lattice quilt with scalloped edge. 

Jolene's Big Scrap Quilt

and Modern Log Cabin Baby boy quilt. 
Sorry Jolene I'm missing one of your photos.

Rachel Kerley shared her example from a quilting demo she and Cherri did at Modern Domestic for the shop's new quilting frame.

Rachel also shared this Triangle Quilt she made using fellow member Jill's TabSlot templates

She also showed this top she made using the scraps. One or both of these will be going to the Children's Relief Nursery.

Kate Sharaf's Drunkards Path quilt top. Kate has been doing a quilt along for this on her blog.

Anne Matlak's River Quilt a beautiful log cabin.

 Amorette's Art Gallery Improv Quilt which is a charity quilt and she had a lot of fun with the improv blocks.

 Christina Cameli's Double Disappearing Nine Patch quilt top. 

Also, her first Spoonflower fabric design of Selvages on Steroids!

Cherri Langley also brought in some Spoonflower fabric First Color Chart which is a copy of the first commercially designed color chart from 1680 fabric by Peagreengirl.

 Linda Nussbaum shared two quilts this month I-Spy for Henry who was just born in December and
 this Love Summertime Stars quilt top pattern by Fig Tree Quilts.

 Aly Good's La Tortuga Quilt. Look closely, you'll be able to see that the turtle shell is three dimensional and there's lovely quilting detail.

Jen Carlton-Bailly shared her Quilted Weekender Bag. Congratulations to Jen the new Social Media Coordinator for the Modern Quilt Guild!

 Alexandra Kloch shared her quick and easy snugly blanket that's backed with Minky.

Also, Ale brought this mini snowflake quilt.

A few of our members are teaching classes in the upcoming weeks:

At Modern Domestic 
Elizabeth Hartman: Skill Building Quilt Blocks (individual classes)
January 21     Half-square triangles
January 28     Spiderweb
February 1      Dresden plate
Daniela Caine: Sewing with Japanese Patterns - February 6

At Pendleton Woolen Mills
January 28      Figgy’s Jacket class - 
Susan Beal     
January 28      Scrap class (sunglasses case + draft snake) 
Michelle Freedman 
January 29      Adjustable Dog Coat 
February 5      Wine Bottle Cozy + Coasters
February 12    Michelle tote bag 

One more item to announce and then I'm done I promise. Our next All Day Sew will be on February 4th at Fabric Depot so mark your calendars! We'll have more details for you soon.