Sunday, November 21, 2021

November Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Rea🔦

Welcome to our November Member Spotlight post! This month we're focused on KMQG Guild Chair, Elizabeth Rea. 🔦




How long have you been quilting?

24 years!



Who or what inspired you to start quilting?

My mom, aunt and grandmother made some quilts when I was a kid. When I was a senior in high school, I wanted to make a quilt to take to college, so my mom helped me figure it out.




Tell us about the first quilt you ever made.

It was a twin size Rail Fence design in calicos and not-at-all modern fabrics. I hand-quilted it, sweating through the summer in Tennessee with it on my lap.




What is your favorite quilt you’ve ever made?

It's too hard to pick just one, but there are some that I'm proud I was able to complete because they challenged me with a new skill or design that was out of my comfort zone.


What kind of sewing machine(s) do you have?

Juki TL-2200QVP Mini (straight stitch only) and a Babylock Ellure when I need a zigzag or anything else.



What is your favorite sewing tool or notion?

It's a tie between a magnetic pincushion and long tweezers




What are your favorite colors to use in quilts?

I enjoy the effect of mixing low-volume neutral fabrics together as a background.


What other hobbies do you have?

Knitting and sewing bags and things other than quilts. I learned Irish dancing as an adult and performed for a number of years, too.




Do you collect anything? (Other than quilting fabric, of course!) If so, what?

Quilt patterns?! Also Penguin Classics books with cloth covers designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith.


Coffee or tea?

Coffee in the morning, tea in the evening.




Sweet or savory?

Sweet


If you were stranded on a deserted island, what five things would you want to have with you (not things you need to survive, but things you would want to have)?

Another member said yarn and knitting needles because she could always rip out her knitting and do it again - that's genius, so I want those, too. Also a functioning radio, a cat that's always healthy, and a pillow.



When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Earlier this year I learned how to knit socks.


Would you rather be able to run at 100 miles per hour or fly at 10 miles per hour and why?

Run at 100 mph so I could get to vacation spots and visit friends and family quicker.




Want to learn more about Elizabeth? Follow her on Instagram or check out her website. Want more KMQG? We're on Instagram too and would love for you to follow us there!

Saturday, November 13, 2021

September 2021 Meeting Recap

A sew day in September! The KMQG had a sew day to assemble our Improv Triangles quilt top. Several of our members brought machines and spent the afternoon creating improv blocks. With the blocks that other members had previously completed, we made enough blocks to complete the top. The completed quilt will be submitted to to QuiltCon 2022 as part of the Community Outreach challenge.


Our Member Spotlight in September was Sherry Kasper. The Member Spotlight is a great way for us to get to know our fellow guild members. We get a little insight into who they are and see a bit of their quilting style. If any of our other members would be interested in participating, please send an email to modknoxville@gmail.com.



 

Our 2021 Modern Mini Quilt Challenge continues. The theme is Architecture and the minis are due at the October meeting. We look forward to seeing the minis and their inspiration photographs.

September Show and Tell


Jo H

Elizabeth R
 

Sherry K

Kelly B


Our next meeting will be Saturday October 16th. Social time, 10:15, meeting at 10:30.




July/August 2021 Meeting Recap

 

Our July and August meetings were both in-person meetings held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. It still seems like a bit of a novelty to see our members in person. 

Our member spotlights were Liz Upchurch in July and Heather Wilson in August. We appreciate Liz and Heather taking the time to answer questions and participate in this program. The member spotlight is a great way for us to get to know our fellow KMQG members better. 



 

The Smoky Mountain Quilters 40th Anniversary Ruby Jubilee Quilt Show was held July 30th and 31st. The KMQG sponsored the Modern Quilt category. Several of our members entered quilts in the show. It's always exciting to see friends' quilts in the wild!

The 2021 Modern Mini Quilt Challenge has been introduced! Architecture themed quilts (based on a photograph) are due at our October meeting.

The theme for the Community Outreach Quilt Challenge for QuiltCon 2022 is Angles. A committee has been working on a design and we will be having a sew day in September to assemble the quilt top. 



At our August meeting, Elizabeth Rea presented the next in our Elements of Modern Quilting Series, Use of Negative Space. Our next presentation in the series will be in October.


July Show and Tell

Elizabeth R

 

Caryn H

 

Rosalind W

 

Heather W

 

Jo H

 

Sandy R

 

Sarah E

Misty B

 
Christy C

August  Show and Tell


Jane D


Sandy R


Elizabeth R


Rosalind W


Emily D


Pat P


Jo H

The guild is always looking for volunteers for our Member Spotlight Feature and Featured Freebies presenters. If you are interested in participating in either of these please send a message to modknoxville@gmail.com

The next meeting is at 10:15am Saturday, September 18th, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church.


Sunday, October 17, 2021

October Meeting Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our October meeting! 

This month we began wrapping up the Modern Mini Challenge. Members were invited to take an inspiration picture of an architectural, building, or structural design element and create a mini quilt using at least two design elements of modern quilting. We will be wrapping up the Modern Mini Challenge in November.

Here are some of the minis we got to see this month and the images that inspired them:


ELIZABETH



October Member Spotlight: Sandy Donoho 🔦

It's time for another Member Spotlight. This month we're getting to know more about Sandy Donoho!


How long have you been quilting?


A bit more than 50 years off and on.


Who or what inspired you to start quilting?

My mother taught me to sew when I was a child. I got my first real sewing machine as a Christmas gift at age 7 so I could make my own Barbie clothes. My grandmother and great-grandmother were both quilters. My grandmother taught me to hand quilt when I was around 12.


Tell us about the first quilt you ever made.

The first quilt I ever made in its entirety was a birthday gift for my grandmother's 80th birthday. She was thrilled and it hung on her dining room wall until she died ten years later. My uncle sent it back to me; I still have it.


What is your favorite quilt you’ve ever made?

My favorite quilt is always the next one I'm making.




What kind of sewing machine(s) do you have?

I have a Janome Memory Craft 6600 Professional, I also have an old Elna 5000, an Elna serger and my great-grandmother's Singer treadle machine, which I had fully restored.


What is your favorite sewing tool or notion?

Probably my rotary cutter.


Who is your favorite fabric designer?

I have recently been buying Lori Rudolph Christmas fabrics. I also like Alexander Henry's novelty prints. 


What are your favorite colors to use in quilts?

I like all colors but tend toward grey and pure bright colors, or batiks of any shade.



Describe your quilting style in one word.

contemporary


What other hobbies do you have?

I have lots of hobbies, including traveling, reading, gardening, paper crafting, mixed media, card making, home decorating, walking, and bird-watching.


Do you collect anything? (Other than quilting fabric, of course!) If so, what?

My husband and I collect Christmas ornaments and art work from our travels. He would tell you that also I collect fabric and craft supplies!




What is your favorite movie?

I really don't have one particular favorite.


What is your favorite book?

I read 2-3 books every week, so I am always finding new favorites. If I had to name one, Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse comes to mind first. 


Who is your favorite author?

I have many favorites. I read mostly mysteries, thrillers, adventures, history and fantasy.




Do you have a celebrity crush and who is it?

Not really. I don't follow celebrities for the most part.


What is your favorite food?

Pizza


Coffee or tea?

Neither, diet coke all the way.



Sweet or savory?

Sweet


If you were a dessert, what would you be and why?

Ice Cream - there are lots of different versions. 


If you were stranded on a deserted island, what five things would you want to have with you (not things you need to survive, but things you would want to have)?

My husband, my dog, a good book, a quilt and chocolate. 
 

What is your dream job?

My first degree was in Archaeology and that was always my dream job but never my professional career. I've been retired for a bit over 7 years now, and I can't think of anything better than retirement. 


Where is your dream vacation destination?

An around the world cruise is near the top of my list..



Which is your favorite season?

Fall


If you won millions in the lottery and had to selfishly spend it on yourself, what would you treat yourself to?

I would travel more and maybe build a house somewhere remote and exotic.


Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?

I like both.




When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Last week. I am not afraid to try new things even if I am not always successful. 


Would you rather be able to run at 100 miles per hour or fly at 10 miles per hour and why?

Fly! My father was a career pilot and he always said that I could co-pilot before I could walk. I have always loved to be in the air.



Want to learn more about Sandy or KMQG? Join us for a meeting! We usually meet the third Saturday of the month. We'd love to see you there! You can find out more about KMQG on Instagram too!









Sunday, September 19, 2021

September Member Spotlight: Sherry Kasper🔦

It's time for the September Member Spotlight. This month we're learning more about KMQG Education Coordinator, Sherry Kasper.




How long have you been quilting?

44 years, oh my goodness!!


Who or what inspired you to start quilting?

I starting sewing as a child-- first doll clothes and eventually my clothes. In 1978 quilts started getting more attention due to Good Housekeeping's Great American Quilt Contest, where Jinny Beyer's innovative Ray of Light won Best in Show and launched her career. That contest sparked my interest in using my sewing skills to make a quilt. When my husband and I moved to Colorado Springs as newlyweds, I discovered a quilt shop within walking distance of our apartment and signed up for a beginning quilting class.


Tell us about the first quilt you ever made.

My first completed quilt was a baby quilt for my daughter. I made it with four inch squares in primary colors and yellow gingham borders and tied it. Back in 1979 we had no idea of the gender of our babies before birth, so they were all primary colored quilts. She loved the quilt so much that the fabric shredded in many places. One time while visiting her grandmother with the quilt in tow, my mom made the quilt "a new set of clothes," another array of primary colored, 4 inch blocks.


What is your favorite quilt you’ve ever made?

My favorite quilt thus far is one is a flying geese quilt made in fall colors that I made for my husband in the 1980s. I machine-stitched the geese, hand-stitched the border fabric between the geese, and hand-quilted it. Why is this quilt my favorite? First, because he loves it, which makes me happy. Second, the color choices were not conventional; I substituted a peach for a cream background to the geese, and it works. Finally, it is technically the best sewn quilt I have made. The geese have points, and I still marvel at the hand quilting. My hands could not do the same today.


What kind of sewing machine(s) do you have?

Bernina Virtuoso 153 Quilter's Edition


What is your favorite sewing tool or notion?

My sewing machine.


Who is your favorite fabric designer?

Whoever has the right color and design fabric I need for my project.





What are your favorite colors to use in quilts?

Having just looked over all of my quilts, it seems like I like jewel tones: turquoise, blues, reds, greens. But, I think some of those color choices reflect the fabrics available when I was making those quilts. Fabrics today are much brighter, and I think that aesthetic will appear in my upcoming quilts.


Describe your quilting style in one word.

Modern traditionalism


What other hobbies do you have?

Hiking, reading and knitting.


What is your favorite movie?

Casablanca


What is your favorite book?

This question is hard. I have many favorites. Today I will say The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd..


Who is your favorite author?

Today I will say John Irving, but it could change.


If you could have dinner with one legendary person, living or dead, who would you choose and why?

Janet Yellen. Weird answer, but I am a female economist. I would love to talk about her journey as an economist in a very male profession and what it has been like to help lead the world economy.




What is your favorite food?

Italian food


Coffee or tea?

Coffee


Sweet or savory?

Sweet


If you were a dessert, what would you be and why?

Anything made with dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is delicious, and, in moderation, it even has some health benefits.


What is your dream job?

Teacher, and I am so blessed, because I got to be a teacher.


Where is your dream vacation destination?

Any place with mountains to hike.


Which is your favorite season?

Fall


If you won millions in the lottery and had to selfishly spend it on yourself, what would you treat yourself to?

A trip to Italy in first-class seating on the plane and planned by someone else.


Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?

Mountains


When was the last time you did something for the first time?

In 2018, I served as an economic advisor to a candidate for Congress.




If you'd like to connect with Sherry, you can find her on Instagram. KMQG is on Insta too - we'd love it if you'd stop by and say hi!