Sunday, July 24, 2016

June Meeting Recap

At our June meeting, we welcomed quilt historian (and recent Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild member!) Merikay Waldvogel for a lecture on 200 years of Tennessee quilts. A 2009 inductee in the Quilters Hall of Fame, Merikay was one of the key players in the late 20th century quilt history revival. Merikay discussed her research of Tennessee quilts with coauthor Bets Ramsey and their discoveries as they traveled and evaluated thousands of quilts originating in Tennessee, including surprisingly sophisticated applique work and the proliferation of scrap and crazy quilts. Merikay also encouraged us all to explore the Quilt Index at, a vast resource on information about quilts, quiltmakers, and quiltmaking.

And it's not a KMQG meeting without a little show and tell. Here are some highlights:

Taylor used her mother's collection of Japanese fabrics in this masterpiece.
Sarah's strip quilt featuring fabrics by Carolyn Friedlander
Sarah's hashtag baby quilt
Another quilt by Sarah (she had a busy month!)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

May Meeting Recap

Our May meeting was all about color! We welcomed Ashley Pace, instructor of Color Theory at UT, as a guest lecturer. Ashley condensed a semester's worth of syllabus into just a few hours to teach us news ways of thinking about colors and the interactions between them. We learned about Josef Albers and his Interaction of Color and even got to play around a little with swatches to explore hue, saturation, and value.

Members who participated in the "Thoroughly Modern Minis" TN Modern Mini Quilt Swap also brought in their minis for show and tell before mailing them to the recipients. We had a little fun with the minis, giving everyone a chance to vote for their favorite. Jennifer Grace was the winner with her crisp white mini with improv color bars. Congrats, Jennifer!

Jennifer's guild favorite mini quilt - and Melissa Everett's on the table at left
Emily Doane's color wheel mini quilt, a sample for a class she taught recently

Quilt by Sarah Elliot