Wednesday, July 8, 2015

June Meeting Recap

Be sure to check our Facebook page for some pictures from the meeting!

Thanks to our fearless leader Melissa for leading us in some creative exercises to help us to experiment with the improv process!  Here are some of our finished creations!

Sunsphere Inspired Quilt Blocks!!

Striped Light (a local letterpress studio) Inspired Quilt Blocks!



2015 Dues
Dues are $40.00 for the 2015 calendar year.  If you haven't paid your dues, please fill out this Membership Application and pay your dues via PayPal or by check (details are on the application).  It's not too late to join! 

Stars for Stephanie
Here are two more quilt tops that have been completed in memory of our member, Stephanie Hicks.  There are at least 2 more quilts still in progress.  Thank you to everyone for your generous donations!  A special shout out to the Cincinnati MQG, the Music City MQG and the Central Jersey MQG who sent along blocks.  And of course our own KMQG members!  We have enough blocks to make at least 5-6 quilts for chemo rooms in the area.  Members are still hard at work constructing the quilts - we'll keep you updated on the progress.

Anvil Charity Quilt Block (Due at the July Meeting!) 
We are collecting more of 'The Anvil' quilt blocks for our charity block drive. Please use ONLY solid fabrics.  The background should be yellow or white and anvil designs can be in any rainbow color.  Here is the tutorial.  Please note this is a 12.5" unfinished block.  Feel free to make as many as you like and bring them to the July meeting.  

Two Color Striped Charity Blocks
Pick any TWO colors from this palette and cut some strips and sew them together!  Strips can be any width, but each block must have only two colors and all strips in your block must be oriented in the same direction. Your inspiration is here!
Blocks must be 12.5" unfinished.

KMQG Summer Mini Quilt Swap!
Partners have been assigned for this swap.  Remember to keep this secret, as this is a secret swap!  You only know who you are making for, but no one knows who is making FOR them!  Feel free to share details of your project on social media over the next few months, if you'd like, but be careful not to give too much away that might let your partner guess who they are!  #kmqgswap on Instagram!

Quilts are due at the July 18 meeting.  Please make sure that you'll be there to exchange, or, if something comes up and you can't come, please make arrangements to give your quilt to someone else to bring.  We want to make sure everyone who signs up receives a quilt at the meeting!

You aren't required to give any other goodies along with your mini quilt, but feel free to add some in if you'd like.  Ideas include another small handmade item (mug rug, pincushion), maybe some candy, or a few cute sewing supplies.

Most importantly, have fun and be creative!  We can't wait to see what you make!

If anything comes up between now and July 18 that will make you unable to finish the swap, please contact Jennifer or Melissa as soon as possible.

Fall Retreat!  October 15-18, 2015 at Whistlestop Quilt Retreat in Sweetwater, TN
SIGN UP HERE for our Fall Retreat!
Cost is $65 for Thursday night and $85 each for Friday and Saturday nights.  Total for three night reservation is $235.00 and two night total is $170.  Upon making a reservation, half of the reservation total is due asap.  The final half will be due August 22 at the meeting .  You need to pay deposit as soon as possible.You will be e-mailed with payment instructions.
We will be taking just 10 reservations with a minimum of 6.  Each person will get their own twin bed, but you will more than likely be sharing a room with 1-2 others. 
Priority registration for KMQG members will end on June 6, 2015.  So if you want to come, reserve your spot now!
We will have two potluck meals, but you will be on your own for the rest of the meals.

The Meadow Quilt Workshop with Lizzy House  September 5, 2015 - ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT

The class will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Northshore Dr., Knoxville, TN; beginning at 11:00 AM and concluding around 6:00 PM with a lunch break. You will learn the piecing of Lizzy's famous Meadow Quilt during the class. The cost of the class will be $125 for Modern Quilt Guild members and $150 for all others. We will need a 50% deposit due upon completion of this form. The balance will be due in mid-July. There are 18 spots available.

Technicolor Galaxy BOM
Are you participating?  We would love to see your progress!  And share your work on instagram with #technicolorgalaxy!

QuiltCon West is Now Accepting Entries!
Entries will be accepted until November 30, 2015.

QuiltCon West Charity Quilt Challenge
We love participating in the QuiltCon charity quilt challenges! This year is no exception!  You can read more about the rules for the 2016 challenge here.  The quilts this year must be made in an "Improv with Intent" style. We have decided to visit local letterpress studio Striped Light and use their work as inspiration for our improv charity quilt!  If improv seems totally alien to you and makes you a little squirmy, fear not! The national MQG has hosted lots of great webinars; one that you might find useful for this project is Improv with Intent with Cheryl Arkison from July 2014.  You can find the webinar here.  Please join us as we visit the Striped Light studio this month!

July Meeting Location Change!
The July Meeting will be held at Striped Light! We are so excited for Sarah to share her facility, process and inspiration with us!

Upcoming Events

July 18 - 10:15 AM - 12 PM - Striped Light Letterpress Studio - Monthly Meeting + Studio Tour!!  Please note, Striped Light is NOT air conditioned, so please wear comfy, cool clothes and bring a water bottle. (Mini Quilt Due, Anvil Block Due)

August 15 - 10:15 AM - 12PM - Westminster Presbyterian Church - Monthly Meeting 

September 5  - 11:00 AM - 6 PM - Westminster Presbyterian Church - The Meadow Quilt workshop with Lizzy House - SIGN UPs OPEN!

September 16-19  - AQS QuiltWeek in Chattanooga, TN

September 19 - 10:15 AM - 12PM - Westminster Presbyterian Church - Monthly Meeting 

October 15-18 - KMQG Fall Retreat!  - Spots still open! (No meeting)

November 21 - 10:15 AM - 5PM - Westminster Presbyterian Church - Monthly Meeting + Sew In to finish QuiltCon Charity Quilt! 

December 19 - 10:15 AM - 12PM - Westminster Presbyterian Church - Monthly Meeting 

February 18-21, 2016 - QuiltCon WEST in Pasadena, CA

February 23-26, 2017 - QuiltCon EAST in Savannah, GA!

Hope to see many of you in July!  Please e-mail us at with any questions you might have.