Wednesday, December 9, 2020

November 2020 Meeting Recap

 Our November meeting was held November 21st via Zoom. 

We discussed the content of the MQG Monthly, upcoming Textile Talks, and the possibility of upcoming Zoom Sit'n'Stitches. Membership dues for 2021 are payable via PayPal, or directly to Christy. More information is in the KMQG member email. Also, board member elections are upcoming.

We got a peak at the completed QuiltCon Together Community Outreach quilt top and it is stunning! Can't wait to reveal the finished quilt!

Our next meeting is December 12th. Log in to Zoom as early as 10:15, meeting starts at 10:30. Participants in the 2020 Holiday Member Gift Swap will be revealing their gifts! Also, we'll look back on our resolutions from last year, won't that be interesting!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

October 2020 Meeting Recap

The Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild met October 17th live and in-person! We collected blocks for our QuiltCon Together Community Outreach quilt, we discussed our KMQG Holiday Swap, and we had Show and Tell!













Our next meeting will be November 21st via Zoom.

Friday, October 2, 2020

September 2020 Meeting Recap

 Woohoo! We got together in person! Our last meeting was September 19th in the Ruthie Carey Pavilion at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. An in person meeting meant in person show-and-tell.











Restoration House Quilt

Our Community Outreach blocks are due at the October meeting. Please bring them with you or mail them to Elizabeth Rea.

Our Holiday Gift Swap parameters will be going out soon, keep an eye on your email for those.

Our next meeting is October 17th. Social time at 10:15, the meeting begins at 10:30. We will again meet in the Ruthie Carey Pavilion at the Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Please bring a chair or something to sit on and your mask. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

July 2020 Meeting Recap

The July meeting of the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild was held via Zoom July 18th, 2020. We had 14 members attend.

Our latest charity quilt project for The Restoration House of East Tennessee was discussed. Pat Pike volunteered to assemble the quilt. Blocks need to be sent to Pat by August 1st. We used the Quarter Log Cabin block (tutorial by Elizabeth Rea here). The color palette was solid colors pulled from the print fabric on the right.

We also discussed the QuiltCon Community Outreach challenge. A coloring page of the proposed quilt design was sent to the membership via email. We're asking our members to use the color palette provided to color it and make any suggestions concerning construction on the page. Snap a picture of the coloring page and email it to by Saturday, August 8. 

QuiltCon registration opened earlier this month and we had a lively discussion about classes and lectures. Registration for QuiltCon Together seems to be going smoothly.

Show and Tell was fascinating as always. It's so much fun to see our members' projects.

Our next meeting is Saturday, August 15th.  

Sunday, July 12, 2020

June 2020 Meeting Recap

The Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild met Saturday, June 20 via Zoom. Show and Tell was delightful.

We are still working on the Quarter Log Cabin charity block. We currently don’t have a deadline for these so our members can work on them at their leisure. The tutorial, generously written by Elizabeth Rea, can be found on her blog here. The color palette is the fabric on the right, below.

Our Featured Freebie this month was the Open Wide Zippered Pouch from Anna Graham’s Noodlehead blog. Jennifer showed us one she had made and described how several others were currently in use in her home (Hint: tiny kid toys). 

KMQG now has a Pinterest account, check it out here.

The latest webinars from the Modern Quilt Guild are Big Stitch Hand Binding and Scrappy Triangles. 

Also, the Modern Quilt Guild has released the QuiltCon Together catalog and lecture schedule (yay!) Which leads us to the QuiltCon 2021 Community Outreach Challenge. KMQG has formed a design committee headed by Emily Doane. The theme is: Curves. The color palette is pictured below.

Our next meeting is July 18th, venue TBD.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

May 2020 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 2020 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!