Friday, April 28, 2017

April Meeting Recap

There are just a couple of spots left for the May workshops with Latifah Saafir. Sign up now if you haven't already! It's going to be a lot of fun!

If you are interested in next year's retreat at Five Star Retreat in Nunley TN, please contact Stefanie. We need to have our deposit in this May in order to reserve our spot.

The round robin quilts look absolutely fabulous! Here is a picture of the few that were passed on at the April meeting.

There was a lot of Glam Clam cutting going on at the April meeting.

And a lot of just for fun sewing...

And as always great show and tell was shared:

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Latifah Saafir is coming to Music City! LIMITED Workshop Space Available

Latifah Saafir will be in NASHVILLE May 12 & 13 for two workshops and a lecture/trunk show with the Music City Modern Quilt Guild. We have a LIMITED number of spaces left if you are interested in attending. Sign up for one or ALL of these special events!

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

Details about each workshop and the lecture/trunk show are below! Learn more about Latifah and her amazing modern quilts on her website.


Half-Day Workshop | Bias Tape Quilt, Airshow Pillow or Mini-Quilt
Time: 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
MCMQG Members: $40
Non-Members: $50

Trunk Show & Lecture | Being True to Your Inner Artist
Time: 7:45 - 9:15 p.m.
MCMQG Members: Free
Non-Members: $15


Full-Day Workshop | The Glam Clam Quilt
Time: 9 - 5 (with a 2-hour lunch break- lunch included)
MCMQG Members: $80
Non-Members: $100

Full-Day Workshop | Bias Tape Airshow Pillow or Mini-Quilt
The first part of this class will explore the nature of designing with bias tape. You will learn about how bias tape works and the things you must understand in order to effectively work with bias tape. Next you will sketch your bias tape mini quilt or pillow. And then you will transfer the designs to fabric and start to sew them!

Lecture & Trunk Show | Being True to Your Inner Artist
An exploration of tips and insights to tapping into your own voice as a quilter. Learn practical techniques on how to tune into yourself and trust your instinct and vision. 

Full-Day Workshop | Glam Clam Quilt 
Everything is better when it’s bigger right? Even clamshells? Learn an alternative to hand piecing clamshells, by learning to piece these with your sewing machine. They are big, bold, and fun. Learn the tricks and tips to piece your very own 8” or 12” Glam Clam Quilt in any quilt size that you’d like without pins and without ironing!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

National Quilt Day Open Sew

We had a wonderful time sewing as a guild last Saturday. Special thanks goes to Jane for finding us such a bright and cheery room to meet in on such a beautiful sunny day!

Our numbers were few, but we all accomplished a lot of great personal sewing on Saturday.  Debby announced that the workshops for Latifah Saafir are open to members for registration. For more information check your e-mail. Sign up soon before it is open for public registration!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March 18th, OPEN SEW - Come Join Us!

This Saturday we are having a longer-than-usual OPEN SEW from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are also meeting in Smyrna, Tennessee.

Open Sew: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Abiding Faith Lutheran Church (follow the MCMQG signs when you arrive at the church)
10411 Old Nashville Hwy
Smyrna, Tennessee

Hope to see you there! Visitors and newcomers are welcome to join us for sewing, fun, and laughter!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Open Sew, March 18th

We will be back in touch as soon as possible once we have finalized a venue! Come join us for an open sew. Bring anything you want to work on or just bring yourself for fun and laughter!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

We had a great turn out for our paper piecing workshop in February.  A special thanks goes to Debby, Jayne, Elizabeth, Libby, and Maria for leading the workshop.  Many new and awesome paper piecing tips were learned!

The Brentwood library provided a great room for our meeting. Thanks goes to Kim for arranging it for us.

Enjoy some photos from our show and tell!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Paper Piecing Workshop: Feb. 18th (Brentwood Library)

February 18th Meeting
We will be  at the Brentwood Library in Meeting Room A. The library is close to I-65 (Concord Road exit). Address: 8109 CONCORD ROAD, BRENTWOOD, TN 37027.

Two Patterns/Two Methods
Debby, Jayne, Elizabeth, and Libby will teach two methods of paper piecing: one with freezer paper (the square in a square block) and one without (circle of geese). We will have time for you to try each method. Both are free patterns. We will have printed templates for everyone at the workshop.

  1. Fabric – take a look at the two patterns and decide what would be fun. 
  2. Normal sewing supplies (e.g. machine, thread, pins)
  3. Quarter inch ruler: A small regular ruler works if you don’t have a quarter inch ruler
  4. Thin index card type paper (e.g., index card, post card, cardboard from charm packs, file folder cut into quarters)
  5. Glue stick

  1. Wooden roller or small iron for pressing seams
  2. Small cutting board/ironing mat

We hope to see you at the Brentwood Library on Saturday, Feb. 18th!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

January 21st Open Sew

We had a great start to the year at Music City Modern Quilters! 25 people were in attendance, 5 of which were visitors. Two of the visitors joined at the January meeting. If you see E.A. or Elizabeth at future meetings, make sure and say hi.

There was a lot of business discussed before the open sew:

Schedule Conflicts
We have schedule conflicts at the church for February, March, and April. Changes below.
1. February 18th: This meeting will be in a different location. Location: TBD. Once we know where, you will know. We are having a paper piecing workshop that day with two different approaches – one with freezer paper and one with just copier or foundation paper. We will send a class info sheet before the workshop.
2. March 18th: A mini-retreat in the Nashville area. If you read Stefanie’s note, she is working on logistics. You will be able to choose to stay over one night (Saturday) or come and go or just come for one day.
Location: TBD
3. April 15 meeting moved to April 22nd. Will be at the church in Barr.

Upcoming Polls
I will post two polls later today. Some explanation below.
1. Vote on who you would like to see as guest speakers this year. We are looking at two guests for workshops with options for lectures/trunk shows. The costs are about the same. For a lecture/trunk show that everyone can attend, members will attend at no cost. For workshops, which will have limited numbers (~20), guild members will have a member-only price and non-guild members a slightly higher price. Don’t worry about cost now--very, very reasonable.
2. Vote on whether you want to participate in a guild round robin. We hope for round robin teams of 4-6 depending upon the number of guild members who want to participate. The quilt you start will be yours to do with as you want—keep, gift, donate.
The basic idea is to begin with a center block or strip that you bring to the February meeting. You pass that off to someone in your group. That person adds strips to your quilt. You can bring pieces of fabric you like (or not) or provide color ideas, but the second person has total creative control over the quilt and can choose to use your color scheme/fabric or not. The quilt is passed around at each meeting among the group members until the quilt top is finished. The quilt owner is responsible for completion.
For sample rules, check this:
(Both polls are  now open on the Facebook page)

Retreat 2017
Changed to a local mini-retreat over a weekend. See Stefanie's post. Still a long weekend to sew and socialize!

Retreat 2018
Please see Stefanie’s post re the retreat in 2018. We want to use the Five Star Retreat, but will need a deposit to hold it, so if you plan to go and can commit now, please send deposit money $125), so we can hold a weekend in 2018.

Show and Tell pictures: