Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June 18th Meeting Update

We have been planning on making pillowcases for Ronald McDonald house, however in the wake of this past weekend's events in Orlando, it seems a large number of the guild agrees that making heart blocks for the Orlando MQG's drive is taking precedence.  If you are unaware of this, here is the Orlando guild's blog post addressing their request.  I've got some instructions printed out for the construction of these blocks, as we'll be making the 10" versions.  The Orlando guild has asked for hearts of any color with a low volume background.  Here is a link to directions on how to make these blocks in case you want to make some on your own.  We have plenty of "heart" fabric in our guild's fabrics, however we don't have much in the way of low volumes.  If you'd like to participate in this little block drive this Saturday, please plan on bringing a low volume/ off white/ white fabric to use for the background.  Also, if you happened to want to bring some of your own fabric to use for hearts feel free. 

We'll still have some show and tell, some giveaways, as well as some "not sewing" jobs.  I know I cannot personally bring my machine this week because I don't have the room. However I'll bring my iron and ironing boards (standard and mini) as well as a cutting mat.  I'll put a sign up poll on the facebook group for any other things we'll need. (another iron, cutting mats, etc)

I can collect these blocks as well as Melinda, and we'll get them shipped off to Orlando.  If you can't make it to the meeting leave a comment and we can coordinate how to collect blocks.

Friday, June 10, 2016

June 18th Meeting Reminder!

This month we'll be doing our community service sew, and we'll be making pillow cases!

We'll have a demo of how to make these pillow cases, which are simple, fun and come together fast!

Here is a tutorial if you want to look ahead on how to do this project.

There will be a few "spots" available; sewing, cutting and pressing.  There will also be a few giveaways!  If you want to "destash" something small to add to the giveaway pile, feel free!

We'll also have a quick show and tell, but we'll want to dive into sewing as quickly as possible.

See everyone Saturday!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

April 2016 Meeting Recap

Music City Modern Quilt Guild
Meeting Recap
April 16, 2016

The charity quilt was returned to us.  Great work and THANK YOU to all the people who worked on this quilt!  We discussed options for donating the quilt.  One option is to donate it to a specific organization.  The other option mentioned was to raffle the quilt and donate the money to an organization.  No decision was made.  We will continue discussions next month.

The weekend of June 11-12, the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild is traveling to Nashville for a shop hop.  We are trying to organize a meet up with them at some point during their visit.  Ashley will provide more details at a later time.

Michelle Wilkie will be teaching her Modern Block Design class to us on July 23.  Please note that this is a separate time from our normal monthly meeting.  There are only 20 spots available for the class.  Ashley will send the sign up email on May 1st.  The sign up will be first come, first serve.  This is for members only.

May Meeting – Open Sew

Show and Tell

After Show and Tell, Ashely taught us how to make zipper pouches.  Thank you Ashely and thank you to the helpers who assisted us newbies.  Take a look at a few of the pouches we made today!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

March Meeting Recap

Last month Marcia Reel showed us how to do the quilt as you go method.  However, before that we had some show and tell!

There was a lot of catching up to do since we were in Paris in February!

Then Marcia taught us how quilt as we go, and quilt as we go, we did!

Monday, April 4, 2016

April 16 Meeting Reminder

This month we will be having a zipper pouch tutorial by me, Ashley Gomez!

If you'd like to pre cut your fabrics before the meeting, this will save a lot of time.  I'll be teaching you a really simple zipper pouch tutorial to make a basic zipper pouch. You can use the skills you'll learn here to make a variety of sized pouches for all sorts of needs.  I'll show you how to make a regular zipper pouch as well as a flat bottomed, "boxy" zipper pouch.  I'll be using the piece I made with Marcia's QAYG class in March to make my zipper pouch, if you'd like to do this as well, feel free!  If you're going to make both zipper pouches, please double your materials list!

Also, don't forget to bring some show and tell if you have something you'd like to share!

Materials list:

A zipper (Two if you want to make the two types I'll be showing you) - I'll be using a 10 inch zipper, feel free to use what size zipper you'd like your pouch to be

Outside fabric - Since my zipper is 10 inches, my fabric will be 12 x 6 inches.

Inside fabric - the same size as my outside fabric

Tab pieces - two pieces of fabric measuring 2 x 1 inches, one set for each pouch.

Scrap batting, fleece, etc - this gives your pouch a little body, feel free to use whatever type of interfacing you prefer.


Sewing machine, zipper foot, quarter inch foot, seam ripper, (thread!) and scissors, fabric and non fabric.

A pointed flip tool - something like a chopstick, a "that purple thang", a pencil, just something to help you poke out corners.

*Optional* some ribbon for a tab, dongle, key chain spot.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

March 19 Meeting Reminder

This month we're having a Quilt as You Go tutorial being lead by member Marcia Reel. Here's what Marcia has explained thus far:

 Preparation for March: pictured below is an example of a pillow panel we will be doing utilizing a very simple "quilt as you go" method. Choose the size pillow you want to make, and bring a piece of batting (cotton works great) cut about an inch or two bigger on each side. I will be doing a 16" square, so my batting will be 18". I will bring lots of colorful scraps you can utilize for your pillow or you can bring your own. If you would like to completely finish your pillow at the meeting, bring a piece of fabric cut the size of your pillow and an invisible zipper at least the width of your pillow. I can show you how to insert. Make sure you throw in your zipper foot! Can't wait to see what all you creative people make!

You'll need your sewing machine, scrap fabric, batting about 2 inches bigger than you want your pillow to finish, if you're going to finish your pillow off also bring a zipper (as noted, the width of your pillow) and your zipper foot, as well as a piece of fabric cut to the size of your pillow.

 I know I'm excited to learn this method! Thank you Marcia for volunteering to teach all of us! Look forward to seeing everyone this month!

ALSO!  Don't forget to bring some show and tell if you've got it! :)

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Paris Landing Retreat Recap

This month our guild went on our first sewing retreat!  I'd be lying if I didn't say that we were all very excited for a weekend away to just sew to our heart's delight!

We all took different travels from around Middle Tennessee and ended up in Paris, TN on Friday afternoon, and a lot of us just dove right in and started setting up and getting out sew on!  A lot of us stayed up and sewed well into the night!  I was personally tickled that everyone made my birthday special for me, thanks ladies! <3

Saturday everyone was back at it!  There were tons of projects going on, from binding quilts, to a LOT of Elizabeth Hartman patterns, to quilting and piecing, every step of a project was in full swing!  We all had a great time listening to some sew jams and drinking some sew juice (aka a variety of adult beverages) and really took advantage of a weekend with no pending errands, no family interruptions and all the free time you could want!  We also had really nice weather, so some of us took a little walk around the park, too.

Sunday we were all leaving, but that didn't mean there wasn't any sewing.  We all wrapped up a variety of sewing projects, winded down the weekend and all headed back to our homes.  Everyone was so wrapped up in our projects we didn't get a group picture in front of the Eiffel Tower, but I think we all had a great time anyway!  Hopefully we can make this an annual event!