Sunday, December 30, 2018

December Meeting Recap

The KMQG December meeting was also our holiday party and our 2nd annual gift swap. As you can see in the photo above, our swap partners made some amazing gifts with the fabric provided to them, and everyone enjoyed what has become an annual tradition for the guild.

We also elected our leaders for 2019:
  • Chairman: Elizabeth Rea
  • Secretary: Sarah Elliott
  • Education Coordinator: Melissa Wilson
  • Treasurer: Christy Cooper
  • Founding Directors: Mary Beth Meadows, Emily Doane, Jennifer Grace

Our QuiltCon charity quilt is nearing completion and will be sent off soon to hang at the quilt show in Nashville in February. After some brainstorming, we've decided to call it "Friendship Bound" in honor of the quilt that inspired it, named "Tennessee Friendship" by quilt historians Merikay Waldvogel and Bets Ramsey. The inspiration quilt was made in Newport, TN, in 1880.

Finally, the KMQG is excited to announce that we'll be presenting our work in a quilt show in April at The Emporium Arts Center in downtown Knoxville. The show will open on the First Friday, April 5, and will hang all month. Members will receive information in January regarding entry submissions, with quilts due in late February. Quilts of all sizes will be featured.

It wouldn't be a guild meeting without some show and tell, so here we go!

Made by Jennifer for Michelle Bolt
Yvonne made two charity quilt tops with fabric in the guild's stash

Made by Ana for Sandy D.
Ana with her sweet Christmas sampler

Phyllis' set of placemats for Ginger
Yvonne's trio of nesting buckets for Elizabeth

Next meeting: Saturday, January 19 from 10:15-12 at Westminster Presbyterian Church

Monday, November 26, 2018

October Meeting Recap

Let's start this recap at the end and work backwards! The KMQG October meeting ended with a sew-in to work on our QuiltCon 2019 charity quilt. Members set up their machines and got to work making two parts of the quilt design: tiny-pieced slabs in shades of aqua and lime green, and spiky paper-pieced arcs in white and royal purple. We made awesome progress at the meeting, and those of us who went to the Fall Retreat continued the work so that member-extraordinaire Melissa Everett was able to finish piecing the top for us! Stay tuned for a post dedicated to the guild's submission and final reveal of the quilt that will hang at QuiltCon 2019 in Nashville in February!

Before we got to the sew-in, we had show and tell (of course), and our members had some gorgeous projects to share:

Pat Pike's Christmas plaid quilt

Pat Pike's stocking for her granddaughter, using her woven panel from Melissa Everett's workshop

Merikay Waldvogel

Melissa Everett's screen-printed yardage

Liz Upchurch

Sandy Donoho's tree skirt from Emily Doane's workshop

Michelle Thompson

Ana Gonzalez, who drove down from Kentucky to join us!

Michelle Thompson's bag with fabric weaving from Melissa's workshop

Ana Gonzalez

Part of a holiday table runner by Sandy Donoho

Next meeting: Saturday, December 15 at 10:30, Westminster Presbyterian Church (we'll have a brief meeting followed by our annual election, holiday party and gift exchange)

Thursday, September 27, 2018

September 2018 Meeting Recap

Our September meeting was a pretty brief one in order to get to the fabric weaving workshop led by member and textile artist Melissa Everett.
  • Our next charity block for a Restoration House quilt is the Modern Pine Trees pattern created by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts for Bernina's We All Sew blog. Blocks should have a white background paired with two shades (light and dark) of a colored solid fabric. Blocks will be collected at the Oct meeting.
  • Submissions for QuiltCon 2019 are open through November 30, and we'd love to see some KMQG member quilts hanging at the show! Go to for information.

Next meeting: Saturday, October 20 at 10:15, Westminster Presbyterian Church. Bring your sewing machine and basic supplies if you want to participate in the sew-in afterward for our QuiltCon 2019 Charity Quilt. We'll have a variety of tasks available and would like everyone to contribute to this guild project!

Lori Gibson

Jean Bentley

Yvonne Fisher

Monday, August 27, 2018

August 2018 Meeting Recap

At our August meeting, we welcomed Kelly Spell of the Chattanooga Modern Quilt Guild for a talk about her quilt design process and a trunk show of her fish-inspired quilts. But first, we covered a bit of business and had show and tell. Here's the news:

Instructions have been sent out for our next charity block collection for a Restoration House quilt. We're using the Modern Pine Trees pattern created by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts for Bernina's We All Sew blog. Blocks should have a white background paired with two shades (light and dark) of a colored solid fabric.

Submissions for QuiltCon 2019 are open through November 30, and we'd love to see some KMQG member quilts hanging at the show! Go to for information.

Our next meeting is Saturday, September 15. We'll start the meeting at 10:30 (come at 10:15 to catch up during social time), and after business and show and tell, there will be a Tumbling Blocks Fabric Weaving workshop with Melissa Everett from 11-1. Use this form to sign up for the workshop through August 31.

Kelly's quilts on display, ready for her presentation

Melissa Everett's improve quilt for her son

Another beauty by Melissa Everett

Joyce Hartley's orphan blocks play so well together

Rosalind Woodard

Vanna Rhoden

Elizabeth Rea

Elizabeth Rea

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

July 2018 Meeting Recap

We appreciate everyone who was able to attend our July meeting and stay for the Christmas tree skirt workshop. And to those who were busy enjoying vacations and activities, we hope to see you in August! Here's a recap:

QuiltCon 2019 is in Nashville on Feb 21-24. Volunteer spots are still available. Visit for information.

Need inspiration? Check out the MQG's free Quilt of the Month and Block Study of the Month patterns in your recent emails, as well as webinars available at

We collected Ribbon Star Blocks for a Restoration House charity quilt and wow! They're gorgeous all together! A few more blocks are in progress, and we hope to have a finished quilt to show off to everyone at the next meeting. Good work, all!

And now a little show and tell:

Michelle Thompson
Color Weave charity quilt top (blocks by members, top pieced by Yvonne Fisher)

Rosalind Woodard

Christmas tree skirts in progress!

NEXT MEETING: August 18 with special guest Kelly Spell, President of the Chattanooga MQG ( and @kellyspell on Instagram)

Sunday, June 24, 2018

June 2018 Meeting Recap

At our June meeting, we welcomed Lori from The Restoration House of East Tennessee, the local nonprofit for which the KMQG makes quilts for donation. We've welcomed a lot of new members in the past year, so we thought it was a good time to educate the membership about what The Restoration House does and why we make quilts for them. We encourage everyone to visit their site and learn more about the life-changing support they provide to single-mother families. Lori left us feeling energized and ready to make more quilts for their grads!

Speaking of our charity quilt projects, we have a new one! We've chosen the Ribbon Star block from Fresh Lemons Quilts, and we're asking for a colorful palette of solids with white. Blocks are due at the August meeting.

Here's the link to the tutorial:

And here's the solids palette we would like everyone to use, paired with white. We'd like to see 4 colors per block, but if you can't manage that with your stash, a minimum 2 colors works as long as you position them at opposite corners.

Some miscellaneous business --
  • Our mini quilt show on June 1 was a success! Thanks to everyone who contributed quilts, time, and more. Our next, larger show will be in April 2019, so start brainstorming!
  • Member registration for QuiltCon 2019 in Nashville (Feb 21-24) opens this Tuesday! Members should have received emails from the MQG with links to the workshop catalog and registration. You can also find all the info at
And now show and tell!

Cathy Parks

Phyllis Dermer's "East Tennessee Flag"

Elyssa Gould

Merikay Waldvogel

Phyllis Dermer

Sandy Rea

Christy Cooper

Michelle Thompson

Celia Shanks

Michelle Thompson (check out that gorgeous applique!)

Sarah Elliott

Michelle Thompson

Michelle Thompson (this is the reverse side of the picture above)

Some of our finished Tubular Baskets from the May workshop with Michelle! There were more baskets at the meeting, but SOME people snuck out before I could grab them for a photo!

Next meeting: Saturday, July 21 -- meeting followed by Christmas in July tree skirt workshop with Emily Doane