Sunday, May 22, 2022

KMQG Block of the Month 2022: Block 4, Modified Granny Square

 



May's Block of the Month is a Modified Granny Square (reminiscent of traditional crocheted granny squares). The tutorial was created by KMQG member Sarah Elliott, @stitchologiesarah.


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Instructions are for making one block.

Tips: 

  • Be precise with your cutting and piecing.

  • Sew with a scant 1/4” seam to preserve points.


Step 1: Cutting


FABRIC A (BACKGROUND - dark green in tutorial): 


(1) 7-1/4” square

Subcut across both diagonals for 4 quarter-square triangles (QST)

(2) 3-7/8” squares

Subcut both blocks across one diagonal for 4 half-square triangles (HST)

(1) 4-3/4” square


FABRIC B (light green in tutorial):


(4) 4-3/4” squares


Step 2: Sewing sections

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For Section 1 (upper right corner), you will need:


  • Fabric A - (2) HSTs, (1) QST

  • Fabric B - (1) 4-3/4” square


  1. Sew (1) HST to each side of the Fabric B square.

  2. Press toward the Fabric B square.

  3. Sew (1) QST to the short edge of the Fabric B square.

  4. Press toward the QST.

  5. Repeat to create Section 3 (lower left corner).


For Section 2 (center strip), you will need:


  • Fabric A - (2) 4-3/4” squares

  • Fabric B - (1) 4-3/4” square, (2) QSTs 


  1. Sew one Fabric B square to each side of the Fabric A square.

  2. Press toward the Fabric B squares.

  3. Sew one Fabric A QST to each end of the strip.

  4. Press toward the Fabric B square.



Step 3: Assembling the block


  1. Lay out the three sections of the block.

  2. Sew one triangle unit to the center strip unit, nesting the seams to ensure the blocks line up.

  3. Press toward the triangle unit.

  4. Sew the other triangle unit to the opposite side of the center strip unit, nesting seams.

  5. Press toward the triangle unit.


We recommend not trimming the block to size until all blocks in the series have been completed.


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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

April 2022 Meeting Recap

The Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild gathered for our monthly meeting on Saturday, April 23.

Upcoming Quilting Events

  • Quilt Alliance Textile Talk: Experimental Quilting with Alex Hernandez: Wednesday, April 27, 2pm EST (Presented by: San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, New Museum of Los Gatos (NUMU), and Palo Alto Art Center). Register online at https://quiltalliance.org/events/textile-talks/
  • A Mountain Quiltfest 2022: June 6-9 (M-Th) at Leconte Center in Pigeon Forge: Quilt entries must be postmarked by May 4, 2022. No fee to enter! Further info can be found on the website: www.mypigeonforge.com/event/quiltfest
  • 2022 MQG Make-A-Difference Challenge: Design and sew any size quilt embracing the theme of OCEANS that uses all Moda Bella Solids. Entries will be submitted online via photo submission, limit of one entry per MQG Member. Each entry fee of $12 will be donated in its entirety to Oceana, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the world's oceans on a global scale. Submissions will open for entries on July 11 and close on August 8. MQG members will have the ability to vote for the winners from August 10-16. Further info can be found here: https://www.themodernquiltguild.com/challenges
  • Smoky Mountain Quilters 2022 Quilt Show: August 5-6 at the Knoxville Expo Center. Quilt entrees due by June 7. Entry fee is $15 per quilt. Further info can be found on the website: https://www.smokymtnquilters.com/quilt-show.html#/


MQG Webinar Spotlight

Awaken Your Inner Color Genius with Carrie Bloomston: Join artist, writer, textile, and sewing pattern designer, Carrie Bloomston of SUCH Designs, as she helps you tap into your own innate sense of color. She'll discuss basic color theory and help you find your own resonant palette. Color is highly personal, and there are a few tricks that can make it really fun and easy even for a beginning quilter or sewist.

Available anytime to members of the MQG. https://community.themodernquiltguild.com/resources/awaken-your-inner-color-genius


KMQG Block of the Month Quilt-along: Block 3, ModSquared

This block pattern is free to members of the MQG. The link and tips can be found here: https://www.knoxvillemqg.com/2022/04/kmqg-block-of-month-2022-block-3.html




Charity Blocks

We're continuing to collect Coming Together blocks (due at the May meeting). Block instructions are available here: https://modalissa.com/2020/09/block-35-coming-together.html/

Fabrics should be 2 contrasting solids plus white in this color palette:




Looking Ahead

The next KMQG Quilt Show will take place March 3-31, 2023, at the Emporium in downtown Knoxville. Members are encouraged begin thinking about what modern quilts they would like to submit for consideration. All sizes of quilts are welcome.

Next meeting: May 21 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Knoxville. Social start at 10:15 am


Show & Tell


Laura L.


Jo H. - submission for the zoo animal guild challenge at Mountain Quiltfest


Jo H.


Sandy R. - submission for the zoo animal guild challenge at Mountain Quiltfest


Sherry K. - many years in the making!


Kelsey H.


Christy C.


Michelle B.


Michelle B. - submission for the zoo animal guild challenge at Mountain Quiltfest


Michelle B. - first-aid bag


Elizabeth R. - submission for the zoo animal guild challenge at Mountain Quiltfest


Elizabeth R.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

KMQG Block of the Month 2022: Block 3, ModSquared


April's Block of the Month is called "ModSquared' and comes from the Modern Quilt Guild. You must be a member of the MQG to access this pattern.


It's a pretty quick pattern to cut and sew up, but there are a few things to keep in mind:
  • Use a scant 1/4" seam! This may be a good time to test your seam by measuring to make sure it is scant and not over 1/4" inch. A generous seam will produce a smaller block and will definitely mess with the square in a square in this block (more on that below).
  • HSTs: When you cut and sew the half square triangles, you will end up with extra HSTs that you can use in one of your other blocks. So you may want to cut and sew one block at a time to reduce waste, or make 4 blocks instead of 3 and keep the extra to see if you want to swap it into your finished layout in place of another block.
  • Square in a square: The pattern says to cut the inside square 3 1/4", but if you want to preserve the points in your square in a square, you need to cut the inside square 3 1/8". (That's one of the two light squares in the pattern. The outer triangles still come from a 2 3/4" square as the pattern directs.) Square in a square is not a forgiving block, though, so be aware that you will have basically nothing to trim it down to size (you'll just trim off the triangle points). We recommend pressing with starch before measuring and (barely) trimming the block to the 4 1/4" size indicated by the pattern.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

March 2022 Meeting Recap

Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild met in person again at the Westminster Presbyterian Church for the March 2022 meeting.

We were reminded again about some local quilt events coming up:

- A Mountain QuiltFest, June 6-9, in Pigeon Forge

- Smokey Mountain Quilters Quilt Show, August 5-6, Knoxville Expo Center


Sarah shared some of the results of our recent programming survey which will help us make sure that meetings include what members most want.  It was great to hear that Show & Tell is so popular - scroll down for pictures from this month's Show & Tell.


Remaining blocks were collected in for our first charity quilt of 2022 and a new block and color scheme were announced for quilt 2.


We found out the next block for the KMQG BOM QAL 2022 - check this post for details of the Chain Link block.  Details of all the blocks can be found on the BOMQAL2022 page - each block will be announced there as we go through the year.  Lots of members have already made a start on the QAL and we saw lots of examples of the first block - Graduated Geese.  It was interesting to see members' individual color choices and it's going to be great to see these blocks incorporated into quilts after we have discovered all 10 blocks.


Show & Tell

Here are pictures of some of the projects we saw at this month's Show & Tell.

Michelle showing a quilt and modeling her quilted jacket!


Paulina


Gloria


Sandy


Pat


Merikey


Christy


Laura


Aimee


Erin


Jennifer


Elizabeth


Caryn



We played a competitive game of Left-Right-Center - Jane was the lucky winner and went home with quite a stash of blender and solid fabrics.



Our next meeting is on April 23rd.  We expect to meet in person again at the Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Details on our Meetings and Events page.












Sunday, March 20, 2022

KMQG Block of the Month 2022: Block 2, Chain Link

This year, the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild's annual quilt-along in a block of the month! From February to November, we will release one block pattern per month, and the plan is to make 3 of each block for a total of 30 blocks for the year. (That's a 5x6 block layout of 12-inch finished blocks, putting the finished quilt around 60x72 inches.)

Block #2: Chain Link

Our second block in the series is Chain Link, using a free tutorial from the Block Central index.

The instructions are posted here: https://www.blockcentral.com/qb-chainlink.shtml


These example blocks were made by Aimee: 

This block comes together quickly. One tool I would encourage you to have on hand is an Add a Quarter ruler, as I think it makes the cutting easier. Not necessary, but a handy thing to have now and for more blocks as we go throughout the year.

I made two blocks with the same color placement and then swapped the colors for the third block. I have no idea of the names of my fabric colors! Let's just say it's going to be a bright quilt when it's done!

Post your blocks to Instagram using the hashtags #kmqgbomqal, #kmqg and #showusyourmqg -- and look for Block 3 in April!

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

February 2022 Meeting Recap

The February meeting was held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, it was great to meet in person again after being back to a virtual meeting in January. 

It was good to hear about the recent QuiltCon in Phoenix and see some pictures from that event, and to hear that next year it will be closer!

Some local Quilting events coming up over the summer:
  • A Mountain QuiltFest - June 6-9 in Pigeon Forge
  • Smokey Mountain Quilters Quilt Show - August 5-6 at the Knoxville Expo Center

Blocks started coming in for our first charity quilt of 2022: the remaining blocks are due in March.  We look forward to seeing them all put together into a quilt.

The first of the blocks for our 2022 Block of the Month Quilt-along was introduced - a Graduated Geese block - check out the details in this post.  Look out next month for the second block.




From Show and Tell this month:

Elizabeth R


Leighanne C


Sherry K


Jo H


Christy C


Vanna R


Jane D,       Nancy J,      Misty B
Laura L


The next meeting is on Saturday 19 March at the Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Social time from 10:15am, meeting starts at 10:30am.   We look forward to seeing you then.


Sunday, February 27, 2022

KMQG Block of the Month 2022: Block 1, Graduated Geese

This year, the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild's annual quilt-along is a block of the month! From February to November, we will release one block pattern per month, and the plan is to make 3 of each block for a total of 30 blocks for the year. (That's a 5x6 block layout of 12-inch finished blocks, putting the finished quilt around 60x72 inches.)

BLOCK #1: GRADUATED GEESE

The first block we've chosen is Graduated Geese, using a free tutorial from the Boulder MQG (thanks quilty friends!) 

The instructions are posted here: https://bouldermqg.com/2018/07/29/august/

If you're using only 2 colors in your quilt, you can make all 3 blocks the same or swap your color placement for variety. For example, here's the block made up in Kona Pond and Peacock:


Post your blocks to Instagram using hashtags #KMQGBOMQAL, #KMQG and #ShowUsYourMQG -- and look for Block 2 in March!