Monday, November 20, 2017

November Charity Sew

Our November meeting started off with the announcement of elections for 2018 officers and board members.  Online elections are now open and can be found at our members only Facebook page.  A link to the elections was also e-mailed to all members, so if you haven't voted yet, please do so.

Stefanie has sent out a link for everyone coming to our Christmas party to sign up to bring a potluck dish.  As a friendly reminder, if you are participating in the Secret Santa swap, time is ticking!  We can't wait to see the handmade gifts that everyone comes up with!!

Stefanie also let us know that there are still a few spots left at our retreat coming up in February.  If you know anyone interested in joining us, let them know that they are welcome!

Following a very impressive show and tell, 34 NICU smocks were made as our charity sew for November.

Here are the photos from our show and tell this month.  Boy do we have some talented members!!
(Some quilts were too large for the quilter to be included in the photo.  I have added their names under the photo)

Stefanie Williams 

Vikki Gray

The Back of Vikki's swoon quilt that she Long-Armed herself

Leslie's shirt is her show and tell!

Evelyn Brush

The back of the quilt pictured above

"Wilson" made by Ashley, purchased on Etsy by Kim

Thursday, October 26, 2017

October business meeting

We had a great turn out for our annual planning meeting in October.

We started the  business meeting by voting unanimously to re-join the Modern Quilt Guild.  We are very excited to be members of the MQG when they bring QuiltCon to Nashville in 2019!!

We also finalized our 2018 calendar.  Mark these dates on your calendars so you won't miss any of these great events!

January 20th - Fat Quarter Challenge and Open Sew

February 16-18 - RETREAT Henry Horton State Park

March 17th - Class on Bags/Start Fiddle Quilt Blocks

April 21st - Open Sew or Possible Speaker (depending on scheduling speaker for April or May)

May 19th - Open Sew or Possible Speaker

June 16th - Community Sew (Finish Fiddle quilts)

July 21st - FIELD TRIP (possibilities-- Wittles or Paducah)

August 18th - Destash/Open Sew

September 15th - Reverse Applique Demo./Open Sew

October 20th - Planning Meeting/Open Sew

November 17th - Community Sew/Elections

December 8th - Holiday Potluck/Secret Santa Swap

Our planning meeting was followed by an open sew.  Show and tell pictures coming soon!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Annoucing our 2018 Retreat!

We're super excited to announce that registration for our 2018 retreat is OPEN! 

Our retreat is scheduled for February 16-18, 2018 at Henry Horton State Park in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. This is a no-frills retreat - in that it is at a state park - but we plan to have a lot of fun, including a pop-up shop graciously provided by Anna Maria Horner's shop CraftSouth!

The retreat is open to both members and non-members alike, so friends, friends-of-friends, and quilty acquaintances are all welcome! The registration fee covers the cost of sewing space only, and there are a couple of options for lodging, including a few triple occupancy cabins or double occupancy rooms at the park's inn (or feel free to book at another inn on your own or commute from home!).

There will be a kitchen available with shared refrigerator space if you want to bring snacks, drinks, and other food items. There is a restaurant on premises and more dining options within a short drive from the park. BONUS - there are a couple of CUTE shops near to or on the way, including the Dancing Bobbin in Spring Hill and Needle & Grain in Columbia (it's new and looks super cute!).


Please complete the registration form entirely to save your spot. The current cost for sewing space is only $64! Be sure to choose your lodging options if you plan to stay on site. You will need to provide all your meals - or pro-tip: plan a meal schedule with some friends/roomies. After you have completed the form, please send a friends & family payment via PayPal to in the amount of $50. This is a deposit to hold your spot. Your final payment will be due by January 1, 2018.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

August Open Sew + Destash Sale!

Our August Open Sew and Destash Sale was loud and a little crazy - the fabric was flying - but definitely fun! We welcomed a few new members and guests to the group, and had a massive round of show & tell's from everyone.

Our Round Robin Groups are in their fifth round of the challenge and looking great! Marcia, Emily and Katie D. brought their latest rounds to swap.We're in the home stretch!

Emily & Vicki showed off finished quilts from our May class with Latifah Saafir. Loving how different the color schemes are, but the clams are still super glam!

 Leslie showed off this gorgeous limited palette quilt that she brought to finish binding. Her spiral quilting was amazing!!

Cotton + Steel Les Fleurs and Chambray Economy Block Quilt by Katie H.

 Polaroid I Spy Baby Quilt by Emily

Peach and Green Baby Quilt by Katie H.

Woodland Triangle Baby Quilt by Vicki

Interlock Quilt Top by Maria

Easy Cathedral Window Mini by Kristina

Applique Dog Portrait by Olivia

 Two Rows from Row by Row by Jennifer

Bias Tape Applique Mini from our May Workshop by Emily

See? Told you! Lots of show-offs this month... but we love 'em anyway! We can't wait to see what our members bring next month! Just a couple of reminders for our September meeting, which is going to be a little different...

September 16 Meeting Agenda

10-11 a.m. | Paint Chip Challenge Finals! Show & Tell

11 - 12:30 | Lecture/Q&A/Pop-up Shop with Alexia Abegg

12:30 - 1:30 | Lunch Break

1:30 - 4:30 | Marcelle Medallion Workshop with Alexia Abegg (registration required)

** If you haven't registered for the workshop, there are only 2 spots still available so, please register today!** REGISTER HERE

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Alexia Abegg + Marcelle Medallion Class - Sept. 16!

Alexia Abegg of Green Bee Patterns and Cotton + Steel will be giving a lecture and Q&A at our Sept. 16 meeting followed by the Marcelle Medallion Workshop! Both the lecture & class are open to non-member registration, so everyone is welcome to attend our meeting, the lecture, and the class! Our meeting will kick-off at 10 a.m. with our Paint Chip Challenge reveals and other show & tells before moving on to the lecture. Space for the lecture & workshop is limited, so sign-up today! 

If you have questions, please contact us at

Location | 
Detailed directions will be e-mailed prior to the workshop
First Presbyterian Church
101 Legends Club Lane
Franklin, TN 37069

Saturday | Sept. 16

Lecture + Q&A
Time: 11:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Non-Members: $10

Lunch Break | Lunch is not provided, but the class location is easily accessible to some great options! Or feel free to "brown-bag" it!

Marcelle Medallion Workshop
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
MCMQG Members: $30
Non-Members: $40

*Note!! Select the option to join our guild on the registration form and save $5 on your lecture & workshop registration - plus, we're awesome all year 'round!

Learn more about Alexia, her fabric, and Green Bee Patterns on her website.

Friday, June 30, 2017

June Charity Sew

For our charity sew, Emily planned for us to make pillowcases with drawstrings for the Safe Room in Nashville.  These pillowcases will go to foster children who can use them to hold all of their belongings instead of the typical garbage bags. What a wonderful charity to sew for!  We completed 29 pillowcases at the meeting and hope to do it again soon.

French seams were a new skill for many, but we soon mastered them and had a great time making the pillowcases.  Thanks for planning this Emily!

We also chose two colors from a box for our paint chip challenge.  The finished projects will be shown at our September meeting.

Show and tell from June:

(this is the back of Lana's quilt, somehow it switched with the front)

The guild's charity Round Robin is coming along nicely! One more border should finish it off.

Round robin swaps look great so far! (Don't look Jayne)