Monday, November 2, 2015

October Meeting Recap

This past month we had a fun open sew meeting!  Everyone brought out some projects we were all working away on and just needed some sewing time to catch up.  We also had elections for our guild's office positions, as well as calendar planning for 2016!  It looks like it's shaping up to be another fun year!

We all loaded up and spread out for a fun day of sewing!

Jayne set up a station to put together our NICU smocks to get a jump start on our November sewing event for Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

Our member Vickey brought her sister Sandra along and she brought this adorable baseball themed patchwork quilt!

She had Vickey quilt it with cute bats, mitts, and other baseball themed quilting.  She used minky for the back.  This quilt looked SUPER snuggly!

Jayne showed off her quilt she made using a quilt block pattern she developed for a blog hop!

The backs of Jayne's quilts could easily work as the fronts, they're always so creative!

Our member Joanne brought some show and tell that she made from some curtains and things that were just around the house!
She told us that while she didn't like it her husband did!  That's a feat in itself!  We were all impressed!

Libby brought us some amazing Dresden plate blocks she's been working on.

Trudy brought in some show and tell of some scarves she's been working on.  They are so cozy and lush!!!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Big thanks to those who came out in October to sew and help us plan our calendar for next year!

It's time to mark your calendars for November's meeting: Saturday, November 21 at 10am.  This is the Saturday BEFORE Thanksgiving.

As we have done for several years, we will sew infant smocks for the NICU at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.  The smocks are sized for preterm infants and designed for them to wear while receiving all necessary treatment and monitoring.

This year, as in the past, Kelle Boyd of Ann Kelle Design has generously donated loads of her darling children's fabric for our project.  We LOVE to work with these fabrics, hoping they may bring cheer to worried parents.  Watch here for a second blog post showcasing the fabric.

Member Chelley Black found this touching short video featuring the smocks we make.  I hope you'll watch it, because it shows how this tiny item can sometimes make a big impact in a family's life.

Will you join us for this fun, fulfilling day?  We'll have lunch, treats, door prizes, and the usual general merriment.  Visitors interested in the Music City Modern Quilt Guild are ALWAYS welcome to come check us out.  But today I'm also appealing to others: those of you who sew but don't quilt, those of you who quilt but may not be interested in joining the guild, those who might like to join guild but your schedule or the distance does not permit.

I have reserved the large fellowship hall for this event in the hope that you ALL will come help us give back to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital!  If you can make it, bring your machine and basic sewing supplies including off-white or cream thread.  There will also be non-sewing ways to participate (cutting, ironing, and sorting/organizing).  Guests please let me know you are coming in the comments below and see the Meetings tab above for directions.

Stay tuned for a post about the Ann Kelle fabric donated for this project AND a post about member Lindsay Conner's very special smock fundraising effort that has yielded absolutely overwhelming results!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September Meeting

This month we're having a Pre-Cut sit and sew.  Bring in a pre-cut pattern to work on, either printed or digital, we won't judge!

For inspiration try searching The Moda Bake Shop or Fat Quarter Shop's free pattern section.

A pre-cut pattern is one that takes advantage of pre cut fabrics, such as fat quarters, charm packs, mini charms, layer cakes, or jelly rolls.

Feel free to bring in any size project you'd like to work on, and we'll see you Saturday!

Perfect example by Jayne Willis, this was made using charm squares!

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!

Next month is our shop hop!


Tuesday, June 9, 2015


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!