Friday, August 7, 2015

August Meeting

I hope your calendars are marked for our next meeting -- August 15 -- because it's less than two weeks away! I had tons of fun at our Community Service Sew in June and the Shop Hop in July, but I am delighted to remind you that August is an Open Sew. Bring whatever project you'd like to work on and whatever you need to do it. Also pack a lunch or snack so you can stay for a while if your day permits.
Don't forget your Show & Tell! I am so excited to see what everyone's been working on. We need to see what everyone's been working on lately!!  If you participated in the Riley Blake Fabric challenge, bring in your project!  Are you working on the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge?  Bring that too!
The MQG Quiltcon Charity Challenge committee will meet and finalize our design plan. If you are interested in joining the committee, please let Jenny Parker know and Ashley Gomez will get you in the loop.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Shop Hop!

Can you believe we've never done a guild shop hop?!  Me either!  Well that's all going to change this month!  We're going on an all day quilter's dream of a shop hop!



July 18th our guild members will have a day full of going to a variety of shops around the Middle Tennessee area and shopping and having fun all day!  Maybe filling out stashes to the brim?  Maybe, but probably not.  There's always room for more fabric! 

I'll take one of each please!

If you're interested in joining our guild click here and you can join in the fun that we're having!  Don't forget to also fill out this form to ensure your transportation and lunch!

Deadline to sign up is July 15, 2015!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June 20th Community Service Sew Day Recap

Wow!  We had so much fun!!!

All together we got over 100 pillowcases sewn for Ronald McDonald house.  There was quite a production going on; pressing stations, "hot dog" sewers and "final seam" sewers, as well as fabric cutters.  We all had a great time and it was all for a good cause!







Thank you so much to the always fabulous Stefanie for showing us how to make these awesome pillow cases!

Thanks also go to Riley Blake for donating the cutest, fun fabric that we got to sew!

We also had some show and tell!

Lindsay showed us her lovely low volume cross quilt top, as well as a "onesie quilt" she made from her son's onesies.



 Veronica showed off her beautiful bag she's made.



Katie wowed us with this awesome maple leaf quilt she's made for a Canadian wedding this fall!  (SHE FINISHED IT BEFORE THE WEDDING!  YOU GUYS!! )


I brought along some stuffed animals called Al's pals that I've been working on.

Thanks again for everyone who came out to help us have such an amazing turn out and so many pillowcases sewn!

*Reminder*
Next month is our shop hop!

-Ashley


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

JOIN US JUNE 20 TO SEW PILLOWCASES FOR THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE!

Please mark your calendars for JUNE 20 at 10am for our Community Service Sew. Can you come? I can't wait. I've never sewn a pillow case before, but I trust it will be easy peasy. Guests are welcome -- this is a great opportunity to get to know the guild while sewing for a great local cause. I'm told this is a great project for even a beginner sewist, so let any excuses keep you from joining us this month!
Our Community Service Sews are loads of fun. The guild will provide lunch and we have door prizes, to include -- WHAT?! -- a $50 gift card to Cotton Bliss, as well as a swag bag from Quilt Con. I just won a great new book that I am bringing to share, and I know there will be a few more items up for grabs.
We will be sewing up lots of darling fabric donated by Riley Blake Designs. I know the CommServ committee has selected some great complementary pairings for our pillowcases and will teach us all we need to know about the construction method we'll use. 
If you'll be there at 10 or just before, I'll give any announcements while you set up, and then we'll shoot for the tutorial promptly at 10:15 . Please bring an extension cord/surge protector if you have one readily available. I hope to have a good crowd so we can send lots of pillowcases to the Ronald McDonald house!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May 16th Meeting Recap

This month we had an open sew, which is always fun!  Everyone brought along a variety of projects to work on, from block of the month projects to quilt tops to hand work and bags!

We briefly went over the next couple of meetings, which are as follows:

  • June 20 - Community Service Sew, we're sewing up some pillow cases for the Ronald McDonald house.  These are always lots of fun, everyone working collectively on a big project.  There will be some door prizes, and if you have any additional door prizes you want to throw in, the more the merrier!
  • July 18 - Shop hop!  We're making a caravan of a few vehicles and going around to some shops in the area.
  • August 15 - Open sew!  Feel free to bring along any kind of sewing and hang out and sew the day away.
  • September 19 - Upper Cumberland Quilt Festival in Algood, TN
  • October 17 - Planning for 2016
  • November 21 - Elections and Community Service Sew
  • December 12 - Holiday Party (Second Saturday in December)
Here's a look at some of the show and tell, as well as some of the projects brought to be worked on from Saturday:
Julie visited with us and brought a quilt she finished recently for her youngest child.

Julie also brought a swap item she's been working on.

Julie has also been helping out with the Log Cabins of Donald Judd project by Luke Hayes

Callie brought in a "hash tag" quilt (and her adorable son!)

Callie also brought in a nice chevron quilt (quilted by Vickey).

Callie showed off a jellyroll race quilt from a previous meeting that's closer to being finished up for a niece.

(Back of the jellyroll race quilt, which looks like tire marks haha!)

Laura was also visiting with us and had lots of small items she's made including mini wall hangs, some pouches, and this adorable tiki man head she made from drawing three colors out of a bag and having to make something with them.

Laura also showed off this lovely tote bag.

Stefanie showed off this snugly quilt that has been in her family for many years.  it's light weight and hand stitched and in pretty great condition considering the use it's seen.

Close up and the backing for Stefanie's quilt

Trudy brought in some very sweet and simple quilts including this one she has use the chenille technique on.  This has not been washed yet, and she brought it so we could see the "before" of this method.

Close up and backing of Trudy's quilt

Another very sweet baby quilt made by Trudy with cute little puppies!

Jayne brought in this recently quilted by Vickey on her long arm machine that was started by her daughter, Brittney and finished up by Jayne.

Back and close up on quilting

Jayne also mesmerized us with her optical illusion quilt

Back, the quilting also made the back look a little illusion-y

Jennifer is finishing up the border on Dolly!  We all love seeing her coming along, even though we hear she may be going under the knife soon! ;)  Since Jennifer is hand appliqueing this quilt, this was her project to work on for this meeting.

Melissa showed off her beautiful place mat she made using last month's improv curves and perfect binding class!

Back to Melissa's place mat

Melissa is part of a block of the month, where this month's block is a Lego man's head!

Looking forward to seeing everyone next month!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Don't forget that our next meeting will be Saturday, May 16, at 10:00 in the usual spot.  Look under the tab marked Meetings if you need directions.

We will have an OPEN SEW -- sew whatever you want!  Bring whatever project you want to work on -- machine sewing or hand work -- or hey, bring nothing and just stay to chat.  Or bring your projects and ignore them in favor of chatting.  Really: Do whatever you want.  Just be sure it's on your calendar because I WANT TO SEE YOU ALL.  Except you, Debby, I don't expect you to return from Greece just for us.

Committees should plan to meet briefly if possible  -- especially Community Service and Shop Hop committees -- so we can be prepared for the upcoming events.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I cannot wait for the April workshop!  Join us on April 18 at 10:00 (see the tab marked Meetings for location details), when Jayne Willis will teach us Improvisational Curves and Stefanie Williams will show us her flawless machine binding technique.

Come prepared to learn and you'll leave with a TOTALLY finished placemat or mini-quilt!  We'll have a micro-meeting, so the workshop can get started right away.  This workshop will last from 10 am into the afternoon, so bring a snack or sack lunch to tide you over.

Here's what Jayne says you need to bring for the curves portion of the fun:


Curves Workshop
SUPPLIES FOR FRONT
Sewing Machine
Thread (piecing)
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Pins (straight)
Pen or Pencil (for marking)
FABRIC Strips (various width and length)

SUPPLIES FOR FINISHING
Thread (quilting)
Fabric (backing)
Batting
Binding

The only rules in this Curves Workshop...NO rulers! Your rotary cutter will be your drawing tool! 

Project Size:
Mini Quilt (18” square approx.) 

Placemat (13” x 18” approx.)

We will be using strips of fabric to make the curves. Solids, prints ~ whatever you would like to use. If you can, precutting strips in varying widths and length will save time. (these do not need to be straight)

Cut Strips:
1 1/2” - 4” wide 
any length 

Stay tuned for how to prep the binding.  Can't wait to do this project!