Wednesday, May 20, 2020

May Meeting Recap

Our May meeting was held via Zoom. We're grateful to have this platform to continue to hold meetings safely.

We had a lively round of Show and Tell. We got to see quilts, knitting, crochet, and cross-stitch. 

Our Featured Freebie was presented by Elizabeth. It's a tutorial from Suzy Quilts, How to Chain Piece Quilt Rows. This a great technique to use to help prevent twisting blocks or flipping rows when assembling a quilt top. Be sure to check out the new Featured Freebies page on our website, You'll find a new tab in the menu bar to access the Featured Freebies. Also, we're always accepting volunteers for Featured Freebies for future meeting. Please share your go-to free videos or tutorials with us. Email to sign up for a monthly meeting. 

If your planner is feeling neglected, we discussed several schedule changes and events that might be of interest. 

  • The MQG is transforming QuiltCon to a virtual experience for February 2021. The catalogue should be released in June with registration in July. See FAQs at
  • The Smoky Mountain Quilters of Tennessee 40th Anniversary Ruby Jubilee has been postponed until July 30-31, 2021
  • The 2020 Asheville Quilt Show has been cancelled. The next Asheville Quilt Show will be September 24-26, 2021
Now that your schedule is updated, let's talk about potential projects.

KMQG has a new Restoration House charity block, the Quarter Log Cabin. The color palette is the background fabric (pic on the right). The tutorial can be found here.

If you are interested in satisfying your designing urges, the MQG is looking for Modern quilts and blocks to feature in Modern Monthly in 2021. Submissions can be sent to

#showusyourmqg & #MQGKeepCalmandSewOn Remember to check out these hashtags on Instagram for lots of modern quilty inspiration. Don’t forget to use them - and #KMQG - to tag your modern quilty images when posting there as well.

The QuiltCon 2021 Community Outreach Challenge has been announced. The theme is Curves and the color palette is below. If the guild is interested in participating in this challenge, we'll need some volunteers. It takes a committee to organize a group project of this scope. If you're interested in being a member of the Community Outreach Challenge Committee, please email us at For more details about the challenge, click here.

That's all the information I have to pass along for now. Our next meeting will be Saturday June 20th. Look for an email announcing the meeting platform or venue.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

April Meeting Recap

The Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild met Saturday, April 18 via Zoom. 

We briefly discussed how the KMQG Chromatic Quiltalong is going for those participating. We got to see some of the fabric choices in action as several members had blocks made up.

Pat Pike's blocks

Lori Gibson's blocks

Elizabeth Rea's blocks

Sandy Rea's blocks

Erin Keegan's blocks

We have a new Restoration House charity block to work on. It’s called the Quarter Log Cabin. The link to Elizabeth’s tutorial is at

We’re always on the look out for Featured Freebies for future meetings. If you have a favorite free pattern or tutorial, please share it with the group. Submit your ideas to

We had several show and tell projects at our Zoom meeting. I tried capturing via screenshot but the pictures are blurry and some of the facial expressions caught were, um, not flattering. Such is the way with a live feed. Let’s just say we had some busy members and hopefully they’ll share their work again in person.

While you're Safer at Home don’t forget about the myriad of resources at the Modern Quilt Guild website, You can watch webinars live and send your questions to the moderator or watch later at your convenience. There are block studies, quilt patterns, episodes of Fresh Quilting, and many webinars on a variety of topics. This is a valuable part of your KMQG membership.

Many of our members have been making masks. A local resource for mask makers is There is also a Facebook group, Knox Makes Masks. The website offers many resources for the area and is worth checking out. 

Our next meeting is scheduled for May 16th. Stay tuned for more details!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Finished Barn Quilts

In March, the KMQG hosted Suzi Parron for a workshop to paint barn quilts. We had a great turnout, welcoming a few members from the Village Quilters guild in nearby Loudon, TN, and everyone had a fun time sketching, taping, painting and watching paint dry!

Suzi came with some patterns to choose from, and some attendees opted to use their own designs. Check out the results!

Friday, March 6, 2020

January Meeting Recap

It was Quilting Resolution time at our January meeting. If you were unable to attend, think about resolutions or goals you would like to accomplish in 2020.

KMQG dues ($45) for 2020 are due by our March meeting at the latest. If you have questions about payment options please email 

We had several charity blocks turned in, with the remainder being due at our February meeting.

The Barn Quilt Workshop is coming up March 14th. If you've signed up we look forward to seeing you there.

Upcoming quilt shows include A Mountain Quiltfest at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, March 4-7. There are still a few spots in modern quilter Carol Lyles Shaw classes if you'd like to sign up. Also, the 40th Annual Smoky Mountain Quilt Show and Competition is July 31 and August 1st at the Knoxville Expo Center.

And now for Show and Tell....

Melissa for Pat

Melissa (Sorry it's blurry)







Friday, February 28, 2020

February Meeting Recap

We had a fun-filled morning at our February meeting. In addition to the usual business, we incorporated a round of quilting-related icebreaker questions into show & tell. It was a fun way to learn a bit more about our members. Expect to see more of this at future meetings. We also welcomed three new members to our group who we're looking forward to getting to know better!

Now, for Show & Tell...












Next meeting: March 21, 2020, 10:15 AM at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Knoxville
Hope to see you there!

Friday, February 7, 2020

Barn Quilt Workshop with Suzi Parron

The KMQG is hosting a barn quilt painting workshop on March 14, 2020, with Suzi Parron, and there are still some open spots available. Suzi has written two books about barn quilts and travels all over the country leading these workshops. We will be painting 2-x-2-foot wooden boards with large quilt block designs. You can see some examples and get more information about Suzi here:

  • The workshop is Saturday, March 14, 2020, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • It will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919.
  • Light snacks and drinks will be available, but attendees should bring their own lunch, etc. if desired.
  • The cost of the workshop is $50 for KMQG members (or other Modern Quilt Guild members) and $65 for non-members. This amount is due upon registration, and payment options are listed on the form linked below.
  • The workshop fee is nonrefundable, but you may find someone to take your spot and reimburse you if you're unable to attend after registering.
  • In addition, Suzi will collect a $35 kit fee (cash preferred) from attendees at the start of the workshop.
Registration will close on Saturday, February 15, and all workshop fees must be received by that time.

Please use this form to submit your registration (, and then follow up as soon as possible with payment to ensure your spot. The workshop organizers will communicate plans with attendees after the registration period ends.

Please direct any questions to

Sunday, December 22, 2019

December Meeting Recap

We had a great holiday party at the December meeting! The food was delicious and it was fun to see what everyone made for their swap partners.

In addition to celebrating the season, we took care of some guild business, mainly the  KMQG 2020 Board election. The officers for the coming year are:

Chair: Elizabeth Rea
Secretary: Misty Benson
Treasurer: Christy Cooper
Education Coordinator: Sarah Elliott

Founding Directors: Mary Beth Meadows, Emily Doane, Jennifer Grace

Of course, it wouldn't be a KMQG meeting without Show & Tell. Here is a look at what everyone has been working on and this year's swap gifts.


Michelle B




Aimee made this cute pillow for Margo

Ana made this adorable bag for Emily

Christy made this lovely pillow for Sarah

The beautiful mini Elizabeth made for Sandy

Emily made this fun pillow for Ginger

The cute bag Erin made for Aimee

Check out this charming Wonderland themed mini Ginger made for Michelle

Halle made this pretty folded organizer for Ana

Jo made this funky quilt top for Phyllis

Look at this beautiful bag Liz made for Rosalind

Margo made these sweet mats for Halle

Look at the cool pouch Michelle made for Sherri

Misty made this awesome bag for Erin

Phyllis made this stunning pillow for Elizabeth

Look at the delightful bag Rosalind made for Christy

Check out this very adorable pouch Sandy made for MIsty

The fantastic set Sherri made for Liz

Next meeting: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10:15 AM.
We'll be having a sew-in so bring your machines! This will be a great opportunity to make some charity blocks or get help with one of your current WIPs.