Sunday, December 28, 2014

December 13 2014

General Discussion

Election results are in and know you are going to be surprised to know who the winners are!
President - Jenny Parker
Vice President - Jayne Willis
Secretary - Trudy Jackson
Treasurer - Linda Cunningham

Thanks to Lynette McKenzie for being proctor and tally the votes!

Lots of fun and fellowship was held by all at the Holiday Party.  Beautiful Secret Santa gifts and Dirty Santa did not dissapoint. 

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and a safe and prosperous New Year!

January 17, 2015 - Open Sew

Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Party December 13

Join the Music City Modern Quilt Guild for food and fun at our annual holiday party on December 13 at 10am!  Guests welcome.  Location is Barr Conference Room in First Presbyterian Church on Legends Lane, at the corner of Mack Hatcher and Franklin Road in Franklin.  Follow the signs for the Main Office of the church, and then follow the Music City MQG signs to get to the right room.  (Download a map under the Meetings tab above.)

Everyone who would like to play a game of Dirty Santa: Just wrap up the equivalent of 1 yard of fabric (one yard, two half yards, 4 fat quarters, or a charm pack).  Then we'll all fight to see who goes home with what.

Those who signed up to participate in the Secret Santa Sewing Swap: Don't forget your gift.  Please contact Chelley if you won't be able to attend, and she will arrange to pick up your gift and bring it to the meeting.

Members: please watch Facebook to sign up for an hors d'oeuvre or dessert item.

Can't wait to see everyone and have some fun!

November 15 2014 Meeting

General Discussion

Today is our Charity Sew Day to sew NICU smocks for the Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital!

Treasurer Linda Cunningham gave the Treasurer's report.  The Guild spent $51.09 on food today for our Charity Sew Day. 

Secretary Trudy Jackson let members know to keep an eye out for an email to vote for 2015 Guild Officers.  Some members declined to run from our October meeting.  Members running for office:
President - Jenny Parker
Vice President - Jayne Willis
Treasurer - Linda Cunningham
Secretary - Trudy Jackson

Stephanie Williams discussed doing an online FB Group  Bionic Gear Bag Sew Along.  She will posts steps and videos to help make this easier for all.

Christine Copenhaver reminded all the deadline to enter Quilt Con quilt competition is November 30, 2014 and encouraged all to participate.

Reminder:  Holiday Party December 13th at 10 AM.  Bring pot luck finger foods.  Guild members will exchange Secret Santa gifts and Dirty Santa.  To participate in Dirty Santa, bring a 1 yard equivalent of quilters cotton (4 fat qtrs, 2 - 1/2 yd pieces, charm pack, etc.).  Quilters  can be ruthless!


Lindsay Connor sent an online challenge to sew NICU smocks.  The response was overwhelming with over 150 submitted and more coming in!  Thank you Lindsay!  She was also able to receive donated Holiday fabrics from Blend Fabrics.

Sharon Hels shared her Storm at Sea quilt using her hand dyed fabrics using low water emersion dye.   Beautiful shades of green, gold, grey and blue!

Stephanie Williams shared her quilt top, Short Cake Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew.  What Stephanie loves about this pattern is that it only uses one jelly roll and one yard of fabric.  She made this using Gypsy Girl fabric.

Christine Copenhaver shared a vintage kimonos quilt top (grey background).  She is wanting suggestions and advise for quilting the negative space.  Her book, Necktie Quilts, is in stores now.  When asked about the development process, Christine it took approximately two years in development and an additional year to edit and publish.

Jennifer Haston shared her work in progress LOVE quilt.  On the back, she has the family's house with family members in various windows and includes a picket fence!  Soon to be a treasured heirloom!

Debby Lee shared two of her quilt projects.  One is a pixelated heart quilt top in blues with grey background.  Just needs the binding to be complete!  Great colors in her triangles quilt using grey, yellow, orange and aqua.

Jayne Willis shared her wonky quilt with shades of grey and pink.  Love the arrangement.

REMINDER - Holiday Party December 13 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

October 18 2014 Meeting

General Discussion

November is our Charity Sew - NICU Smocks in Christmas prints!  Please invite guests to participate. Jenny's bringing door prizes!

December is our Holiday Party with potluck finger food, Secret Santa and DIRTY Santa.


Nominations for Guild Offices of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer are as follows:
President - Jenny Parker
Vice President - Jayne Willis, Kathy Lasko, Lindsay Connor
Secretary - Trudy Jackson
Treasurer - Linda Cunningham

Trudy will send out a voting survey to all eligible members.  Lynette McKenzie will monitor and tally votes.

Jenny Parker felt the Guild needed a few specific committees for better communication and outreach.  Our members agreed.

Social Media - Chair Ashley Gomez, Jennifer Haston, Katie Dornan
Charity Committee - Chair Stephanie Williams, Kate Alicea, Marcia Reel, Callie Tinney
Community Outreach - Chair Lindsay Connor

2015 Calendar
January - Open Sew
February - English Paper Piecing
March - Charity Sew
April - Improv Sew & Machine Binding
May - Open
June - Open Sew
July - Shop Hop / Scavenger Hunt
August - Charity Sew
September - Upper Cumberland Quilt Festival
October - Planning
November - Elections
December - Holiday Party


Kathy Lasko - Shared a 16 patch quilt that was machine quilted and bound.  She also shared a sweet baby quilt in bright wonky stars.

Jennifer Haston  shared her progress on her LOVE quilt and the appliques that has been added.

Katie Dornan shared a cross stitch project - Autumn Sampler.

Ashley Gomez also shared a cross stitch project - a Thomas Edison quote.

Tori Grant shared a quilt she made for her daughter - Dandelion in white, blues and yellow.

Stephanie Williams shared her experience at Granny B's Longarm Quilting Class.  She also brought in her Count Down to Christmas quilt top using FQ, jelly roll and solid.  Stephanie also shared her Christmas Ornament quilt top.

Linda Cunningham shared her hand pieced and hand quilted project using multi-color batiks charm squares.  She also brought in a Halloween Quilt utilizing HST and Breast Cancer Quilt with a center medallion surrounded by HST..

Jenny Parker shared a baby quilt using Jayne Willis' pattern in pinks.  Guess it's for a girl!

Jayne Willis shared a HST quilt she referred to as her "Cluster" quilt using her hand dyed fabrics and shot cotton.  She also shared a purse that she made.

Marcia Reel shared a bag she constructed to help test patterns.  She also participates in a Bag of the Month group and brought in her project in grey with magnetic closure.

Sharon Hels shared her shibori dyed fabric table runner with echo hand quilting.

NEXT MEETIN DATE - November 15, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Monthly Meeting Reminder: October 18, 2014

Our next meeting will be held on October 18. It will be at 10 am as usual and the location is the BARR CONFERENCE ROOM, where we met in September. In fact, we will be in the Barr Conference Room for the remainder of the year and probably beyond. If you haven't been with us for a meeting recently, you can find a downloadable map under the "MEETINGS" tab at the top of this page.
This is an important meeting: We will plan the calendar for next year. It will also be an open sew, so please bring your sewing project AND your ideas for next year. We'll set up right away and discuss the calendar AS we sew. That way you can get some good sewing time in. If you don't want to sew, please still come with your ideas. Big ideas, small ideas: let's talk about them all.
See you on Saturday!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September 20 2014 Meeting

General Discussion:

Jenny reviewed our remaining calendar events for 2014.
October is our planning meeting and requested everyone bring 2 or 3 ideas.
November is our charity sew date where we will construct blankets varying in size and NICU smocks for the Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital. Encouraging everyone to invite a friend.
December is our Holiday Party with the Secret Santa Swap, Dirty Santa and pot luck luncheon.  We will also hold elections.

Treasurer's Report - Linda Cunningham
Bank ending balance - $661.05
Linda will check the pay pal account for any deposits.
Reminder dues are $40 with $15 going to Modern Quilt Guild

Discussed the Modern Quilt Guild Charity Quilt Challenge. 
Project is a twin size quilt (70 X 90).
Prescribed colors
Alternate Grid presentation
Sign up by September 30
Deadline is January 15
The members present agreed the Guild will not particpate.

Our Facebook Group is our communication tool.

Everyone shared their hand dyed fabric we did at last month's meeting.  Beautiful color range.

Stefanie Williams shared Cherrios Quilt she made for a raffle for a sick child, a baby quilt finishing with scrappy binding and a swoon mini block she made into a pin cushion.

Linda Cunningham shared two Halloween quilt tops she is quilting.

Jayne Willis shared a lap quilt made with her hand dyed fabrics and shot cottons in blues and greens.

Betty Camfield shared her Michael Miller challenge with greay background and a cat zipper pouch from Straight Stitch Nation and patten tested a tolietry kit pattern.

Jennifer Haston shared the center block that she is constructing for a friend.  The center block is pink and red spelling out LOVE.  You will find flying geese and a landscape bottom.

Debby Lee had lots to share with her Pixalated heart in grey and blue batiks with a red square. She is planning on doing linear quilting.  She also brought an Irish table runner with a multi-color heart flower shape with a grey background. Debby also brought in her Mug Rug Exchange - Teal for Two.

Royce Vaughan shared a flower made with fabric dye pens. Her online quilt group made her a memory quilt with some of her favorite things. She also brought in the quilt our guild made for her as a rememberance of her husband.

Tori Grant shared a needle holder with tiny patchwork and a needlework kit.

Lindsay Connor is a busy girl.  She shared a strip piecing project that is a work in process. She is also working on patterns for a co-authored book, On the Go Bags.

LaTanya Channel shared a minky pieced quilt top in brown, mint and aqua and a quilt block she is working on, Modified Churn Dash and some Nine Patch blocks.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

August 15 2014 Meeting

General Discussion

Brief meeting to remind members to complete their surveys for the Secret Santa Swap.  Great attendance for our Fabric Dying class conducted by Jayne Willis and her daughter. 

There is much to learn about fabric dying and the Guild is most thankful that Jayne and her daughter for sharing their talents and home with us.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

July 19 2014 Meeting

General Discussion:

Jenny brought up Nashville's upcoming Art Walk and was in contact with Nancy from the Fabric Studio.  She was interested in displaying 10 - 15 quilts for the Art Walk.  It is held the first Saturday of each month.

Chelly Black is handling the sign ups and match ups for our Christmas Secret Santa Swap.  Please complete the survey by first week of September if you are interested in participating this year.  Chelly will try to have the Secret Santa assignments by October.

Our guild now has its own calling cards.  Each member is asked to post and distribute all over town.  Thanks you Stefanie for handling this for the Guild!


Michael Miller Challenge

Linda Cunningham brought her chevron pieced wall hanging using grey as her background.
Jayne Willis made an adorable pillow with a paper pieced hedgehog.
Katie Dornan constructed a mini quilt utilizing flying geese.
Ashley Gomez made rectangle style pillow focusing on the aqua tones.
Jenny Parker made a baby quilt using the square in a square pattern and lime green is her background.

Other Show and Tell by Stefanie Williams made a baby quilt using the Swoon Block and Jayne Willis also brought in two wall hangings, one in reds and the other in blues.  It was quilted using her walking foot.

Next meeting: August 16 - Fabric Dying at Jayne Willis' home.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

June 21 2014 Meeting

General Discussion:

New member: Kate Dornan
9 Members were present at the June Meeting. Hand Quilting was taught by Linda Cunningham.

Discussion of the May meeting (Nicu Smocks): The smocks were in various stages of completion and 44 smocks were given to the hospital. Callie was presented with a certificate for the guilds efforts.
Prorating member dues- Jenny to get Stephanie’s thoughts. Part of the discussion will be to find out if the MQG’s dues are part of the prorating.

Cumberland Valley Quilt Association – (CVQA), meets on 2nd Tuesday of the month during the day would like to know if our members would be interested in an exchange program. Do you have any ideas, and/or interests.
Members to verify getting emails from Jenny.

Show and Tell:
Christine Copenhaver showed her talents, she made several headbands for the Tomato Festival. Her book “Necktie Quilts” is on Amazon for pre-order. She showed the members the mockup of the cover. Very Nice.

Lindsey Conner, and Ashley Gomez are also talented members of the guild. Lindsey is a freelancer and Ashley has a shop on Etsy.
Upcoming Events:

July – will be an “Open Sew” this would be a good opportunity to finish up the “Challenge” for the MQG that is to be presented to MQG on the 25th.
August – Jayne Willis, to demonstrate “Hand Dying” materials required and directions house to follow.

September – “Open Sew”
October – “Planning for the upcoming year 2015” Jenny would like the members to present at least 3 ideas to choose from.

November – “Charity Sew” (Nicu Smocks)
December – “Holiday Party” will be a Pot Luck the 2nd Saturday of the month. Dirty/Secret Santa, it’s so much more fun when everyone participates. We have so many talented members. Chelley will you coordinate the event? 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

May 17 2014 Meeting

General Discussion:

Jenny Parker reminded us that the Michael Miller Challenge is due in July and hopes everyone is able to get their projects completes and uploaded to the site.
She also brought door prizes for our Charity Sew today provided by the Modern Quilt Guild
July meeting will be hand quilting taught by Linda Cunningham.  Basic supplies to bring:
- Pieced project
- Quilting Grid
-  #10 Quilting Needles
- Hoop
- Quilting Thread
- Thimble

Callie Vick gave a tutorial on NICU smock construction our group is working on today for the Vanderbilt NICU Unit.

Thanks to all our members and guests that participated in completing 44 smocks to deliver to Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital.

Next meeting date: August 16, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April 2014 Meeting

Our April Meeting was brought to order by President Jenny Parker.
- Linda Cunningham is compiling a current membership spreadsheet to post.  She confirmed our meeting room rent is paid through June.

- Checking to see if we may use the Barr Conference Room for our May meeting.

- Jenny Parker received our Modern Quilt Guild Pins and Membership Cards and distributed during meeting.

- Our Facebook Members Only group has 15 current members.

- With utilizing the Facebook site, Stefanie Williams will remove the Guild website.  Our Music City Modern Quilters Guild Blog will remain with some tabs hidden.

- Jenny Parker handed out fat eights packages for the Michael Miller challenge.  She has enough for a couple more if there is anyone interested. 
Goodies from our April 2014 Meeting
1. Item can be any style, design, size
2. Item must be quilted
3. May use Michael Miller complimentary fabrics (cotton couture solids, prints, etc.)
4. Photo of project uploaded to Modern Quilters Guild site.

- Callie Tinney discussed next month's Charity Sew - NICU smocks for the Vanderbilt Childern's Hospital.  Motion was made by Trudy Jackson to purchase an Accu-Quilt custom template for easier cutting. Sharon Hels second and Stefanie Williams third. Motion carried. Linda and Stefanie to work out the ordering and shipping details.  Stefanie plans to pre-cut several smocks prior to May's meeting.  Jenny has several door prizes for our meeting.  Watch for updates on Facebook supply needs and pack a lunch!

- Jenny was able to participate in the Sew Down Friday close and pack up day.  She met with marketing and publicity personnel and gained a bit more knowledge with our national group.  They donated a large cutting mat for the guild.

- Linda Cunningham will go over guidelines at our next meeting for our June Handquilting Class she is teaching.

NEXT MEETING - May 17 - Charity Sew


Royce Vaughan brought in several books and a paper piecing template for anyone that wanted.  Jenny will start building a library with some of these.  Royce also shared a children's book that she illustrated.  Such a talent!

Royce shared a lap quilt in gray, black, yellow and cream.  She declared the quilt did not have a front or back.  She quilted it with feathers of all sizes.  Great first attempt!
Goodies from our April 2014 Meeting

Sharon Hels brought in a photo of a hexi machine piecing project.  Very interesting!
Goodies from our April 2014 Meeting

PAPERPIECING - taught by Kathy Lasko
Kathy Gwin Lasko's photo.Kathy's sample of our project.
Kathy Gwin Lasko's photo.    Kathy Gwin Lasko's photo.   A couple of Kathy's paper piecing work.

You missed out on the fun by creating a lady bug paper piecing.  This was a quick project that you could complete the block at our meeting.  We made all sizes from 2" to 8" and we even had a Yoda project in the mix. So many different versions and all looked great!  Thanks Kathy for the expert instruction and patience!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

March 15, 2014 Meeting

General Discussion:
The Sew Down is in Nashville, April 11 - 14. Jenny to reconnect to see if any volunteer positions available for our guild to participate.

Jenny is waiting on fabric to arrive for those of us that signed up for the Michael Miller challenge.

More hotels have been added for 2015 Quilt Con February 19 - 22, 2015 in Austin Texas.

We should be receiving Modern Quilt Guild Member Cards and pins soon.

Chelly Black confirmed monthly room rental for our meetings is paid through March.

Our next Guild meeting is April 19 and is our Charity Sew.  All members and visitors are needed for this event.  We make NICU smocks and blankets for the Vanderbilt NICU.  Please bring your sewing machine with needle and thread.  We will publish a list of supplies that we can share and you will be able to sign up to bring (i.e. iron, ironing board, extension cord, cutting mat, etc.)


Ashley Gomez shared her pieced quilt top made from Bluebird Park fabrics and her one of 8 quilted bags she made.  This purple pleaser was quilted using the stippling technique she learned in February's Stippling class.

Linda Cunningham, today's hand piecing teacher, shared a hand pieced star pattern table runner that was hand quilted too.
Linda also brought in a Log Cabin lap quilt that was quilted with interlocking circles using a coffee can for the quilting pattern.

Stefanie Williams shared a different sort of quilting pattern.  A stitch along from Little Miss Shabby (#quilty stitches).  She publishes a cross stitch quilt block every two weeks that you complete in the colors of your choice.
Jayne Willis is featured in Fresh Quilts quarterly publication.  The article is Modern Quilt Movement on page 108 of the Spring edition featuring pillows she made.
Jayne brought in a quilt she made from her own hand dyed fabric. Gorgeous colors and design!
Jayne also made a baby quilt from one of Lindsay Connor's patterns using pieced binding.
Lindsay Connor and Elliott, (all of 9 1/2 weeks old!)
shared a quilt from a charity Quilt Bee in vibrant pinks and yellows with white shashing using her January pattern from her book, Modern Bee.
Also from her book, Lindsay used the February block, Playing Cards using blues, greens, orange and pinks with an ivory background.
Lindsay made a Clam Shell pattern baby quilt she had professionally quilted.  Each shell shows different quilting design.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

February 15 Meeting


Stef submitted the paperwork for our 501(c)3 status and will keep us posted on its progress.

Linda will teach hand sewing for our March meeting. She gave us a basic introduction of tools needed and what to expect next month.  Here are a few samples of Linda's hand sewing.

These are the materials that will be needed for Linda's class next month:
  • Project cut out and ready to sew (e.g., charm pack, block pattern pieces)
  • Sand paper board - keeps fabric from stretching when making 1/4" markings (go here to see what one looks like)
  • Ruler with 1/4" markings
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing Needles - sharps/applique
  • Needle threader (if needed)
  • Sewing thread (Linda prefers gray)
  • Mechanical pencil


Betty shared her "Red Rocks" quilt made up of wonky log cabin blocks that were cut apart and mixed with other pieces.  It's hard to believe that this masterpiece was her first 'go' at improvisational quilting! When she was finished it reminded her of the red rocks in Colorado Springs, where she's taken many trips.

Here's another one of Betty's quilts, which reminded Christine of birch trees.  Betty was pleased to hear that because the inspiration for this quilt came from a simple photo of some aspen trees that she loved.

Mimi shared this crazy quilt wall hanging with us.  She purchased the wool from WoolyLady.  Make sure you zoom in and check out all her amazing embellishments on this quilt!

Angela shared her Double Windmill (left) and Flying Kite (right) blocks from the Fat Quarter Shop's "Wishes Quilt Along".  We're excited to see the finished project, but 'no pressure' Angela!

Here are some of Angela's Trip Around the World Pumpkin Patch blocks.  

Here's a fun scrappy quilt top that Trudy made.  Make sure you zoom in to check out all the fun fabrics in this Quilter's Attic Block of the Month Quilt for 2013.  We're excited to see how Trudy quilts this.

And here's Jenny's Road Trip Case by Noodlehead.  Jenny loves trying projects like this because she always gets to learn new things.  This time she learned how to take apart a zipper.  Don't you just want to jump into the car and get on the road, right now? 

Friday, January 24, 2014

January 18, 2014 Meeting

Our January meeting was called to order and we introduced ourselves to each other since we had 3 new visitors.
- Callie Tenny spoke briefly about our charity sew for the Vanderbilts NICU. Disscussion about whether to purchase an ACCUQUILT template for the smocks. Our cost would be approximately $125. It is tabled at this time.
- Discussed February's meeting - Free Motion Quilting
Bring 12 X 12 muslin squares (w/batting) or a larger lap project to work on.
- Discussed our 2013 Sew Red for Women BOM project. Need to assemble blocks and quilt. Jenny offered to assist.
- 2014 Dues are due - $40 - pay Linda Cunningham - a portion goes directly to the National Modern Quilt Guild.
Callie Tenny & Luke shared a baby quilt and chevron quilt squares.  So glad both of you could visit.


Jayne Willis shared her hand dyed table runner.  Really looking forward to Jayne's fabric dying class!

Linda Cunningham - gave a sneek preview of hand piecing.
Angela Miller - shared the 5 minute and 10 minute block from the Missouri Quilt Co. and her bag with an argyle pattern.

Elizabeth Johnson - shared her chevron quilt top made for a friend and some of her pinwheel blocks. Love the colors Elizabeth chose.

Ashley Gomez - shared her quilted bag from Missouri Star Quilt Co. and her stripe and block colorful quilt top.

Christine - shared many of her projects with silk neck ties and felted wool. Here are just a couple of the projects she shared.

Next Meeting - February 15
Free Motion Quilting by Stefanie Williams
Preview into hand piecing - by Linda Cunningham