Show and Tell:
- Pat- An orange and blue child's quilt, A space fabric themed quilt made from Economy blocks for charity, 2 modern pattern with solids for charity, 2 rainbow slice quilts for charity and a Wonky block quilt for charity.
- Sarah showed a baby quilt made from blue fabrics with appliqued cars; a wall hanging quilt and an embroidery project that is a cell.
- Lisa showed a group charity quilt that she quilted
- Deb- A rainbow block quilt for charity and her first quilt top made from blues and yellows that she is donating to charity
- Lael- Her “Ugly Fabric” challenge quilt with a center medallion and a nautical themed quilt that she submitted for the MQG challenge
- Debbie- A modern Drunkards Path quilt made from solids, a quilt made from Anna Marie Horner fabrics and solids with flying geese type blocks and a hexagon quilt
- Sherry- Showed a jelly roll quilt, a lap quilt with yellows and a zig zag quilt
- Elaine showed whole cloth black piece that is heavily free motioned quilted with various variegated threads that she will make into a laptop cover
- Rachel made several economy blocks for the charity quilts
- Jen showed two group charity quilts that she quilted made from the star pattern
- Jeanette showed a queen sized civil war fabrics quilt
- Jan showed her red batiks quilted jacket and matching purse, her strips and curves quilt and her Japanese fabrics quilt with appliqued cherry blossoms
Next Sewing Saturdays:
- Aug 30th
- Sept 20 - Open Sew
- Oct 11
- November 1
- November 22
- We talked of adding an extra sewing Saturday(s) before Christmas- we will check to see if the room is available.
Upcoming meetings– Second Tuesday of the month at 6 PM- Morton Hall UAH Campus
- Sept 9th
- Oct 14- Modernize your quilt block challenge due
- Nov 11- This is Veterans Day- we need to find out if the room is available this day
- Dec 9- Christmas fabric challenge due
- September 10-13- AQS Chattanooga quilt show
- September 11, 12 & 13, 2014 Quilting Live Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta
- September 12-14 - Lick Skillet Quilt Show in Oxford, AL
- Feb 19-22- Quiltcon in Austin, Tx
- March 13-15, 2015- Guild Quilting Retreat at the Snowbird- The price is $175. There is a minimum of 6 people to attend. A deposit is due after the new year.
Modern Quilt Guild News
- The MQG challenges were due July 25th and looked wonderful. Unfortunately, no one from our guild won.
- If you are interested in entering a quilt in the Quiltcon show, registration is open now until November 1, 2014.
- Did you know that there are free quilt patterns available as well as free webinars under resources?
- Deb has stepped down as president of the guild due to her duties as band mom. Thank you to Deb for starting the guild and bringing it to where it is today and being president for 3 years.
- Karen (vice president) will take over until November when we have our elections for next year’s officers. The officer positions are President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. None of these positions takes much time and you can self nominate. Please consider taking an active role in the guild. There have only been a few officers (the same folks each time) for the last few years.
Library Update- The last change out was at the beginning of this month. There is great feedback from the public about the quilts. The next change out day will be the beginning of November for Christmas quilts and early January to take down the Christmas quilts and hang new ones.
If you haven't yet loaned a quilt for display, please consider it. It's a great way to share our beloved art/craft with the public and brighten our library.
*note- we will not advertise any quilts for sale right now d/t apparent conflict with our 501(c)3 charity status. Someone will be looking into this for final clarification.
Library Window Display- Thanks to all that loaned small items for the library window. It was a huge success and looked fabulous! We are scheduled to decorate the window again in July 2015.
Charity Quilt Block Update – Our new block is the Economy block. This is the block Elaine demoed in April. Click on “Current Charity Block” link for instructions for making the 12” finished size blocks. There are two links, one for calculating various sizes and one just for 12” blocks. Please bring your blocks in when you have them made. The last charity quilt top assembly day was great creative fun and we have one coming up again in the near future.
Charity Quilts- We have 9 finished charity quilts! And two to be finished in the next couple of weeks. They all look wonderful and so well suited for the children at St Jude’s cancer clinic here in Huntsville. A giant thank you to Pat for quilting and finishing 6 of them and a few she made entirely herself. Deb contributed 2; one she made entirely herself and another group quilt that she quilted and Lisa quilted and finished one and 2 were quilted by Jen (and are out for binding now). What a great effort from everyone from beginning to end. When the last two are finished, I will bring them to the child life specialist at St Jude’s.
Demo sign ups- September- Jan; October- Amanda; and November- Elaine
Demo- Karen showed several image transfer techniques.
- Image transfer pen called the “Ultimate Marking Pencil” by Hancy that is a light color with the texture of a crayon that marks very well on darker fabrics and comes off with ironing.
- Pounce Pad- this is a chalk holder of sorts that you smooth over your stencil to leave the marks on your darker fabrics. It stays on quite well when you are quilting and comes off easily in the wash.
- Sulky water soluble stabilizer- This is quite well suited for use in stabilizing your embroidery projects. You can also draw on it, glue stick it to your fabric and use it as a template for your designs. It is made of polyvinyl alcohol (same stuff as detergent pods) and easily dissolves in water when you are done.
- Transfer papers- these don’t work very well. Instead try...
- Graphite papers- Place these on your fabric and place your image you want to transfer on top and trace. They come in dark (graphite color) and in white. Find these in the art section of a craft store. The marks come out with washing.
Guild Challenge - Due at the October meeting - take a traditional quilt block and modernize it by cutting, shuffling and reassembling it. All blocks created can be donated to the charity quilt block stash if you like. Even if you feel it is unsuccessful please bring it to share so we can all learn from your experimenting!
Christmas Challenge: We will be making a small quilted Christmas item for our gift exchange in December like placemats, coasters, ornaments, wall hangings, etc.