Sunday, March 21, 2021

Member Spotlight: Melissa Everett

This month's Member in the Spotlight is textile artist Melissa Everett. Keep reading to learn more about Melissa.

How long have you been quilting?

Since 2012

Who or what inspired you to start quilting?

The birth of my son, I wanted to make something for him he could have forever.

Tell us about the first quilt you ever made.

The first quilt I ever made was the Bizzy Kid, cluckclucksew pattern. My favorite part is I embroidered the backing. It says, To: Eli, My first quilt, Love, Mom

What is your favorite quilt you’ve ever made?

Oh that’s so hard?! Can quilters pick a favorite?!

What kind of sewing machine(s) do you have?

The Brother PQ1500S, just a straight stitch!, and a small cheap brother from target for button holes... and most recently a hand-me-down singer serger from my aunt.

What is your favorite sewing tool or notion?

Colored thread!

Who is your favorite fabric designer?

I love solids! And prefer Michael Miller’s cotton couture.

What are your favorite colors to use in quilts?

Yellows, peach, orange!

What other hobbies do you have?

Printmaking, screen printing!

What is your favorite movie?

The Princess Bride

If you could have dinner with one legendary person, living or dead, who would you choose and why?

Bisa Butler, I listened to an interview with @thejealouscurator and fell in love with her even more beyond her artwork!


What is your favorite food?


Coffee or tea?


Sweet or savory?


Which is your favorite season?


Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?

Beach in the fall spring, mtns in the summer and winter!

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Love doing things for the first time! As I start making quilt clothes.

Want to learn more? Check out Melissa's website and follow her on Instagram. You can find KMQG on Instagram here.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

February 2021 Meeting Recap


Our February meeting of the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild was postponed a week to allow our members more time to participate in QuiltCon Together. We had 13 members in attendance at our meeting. Erin, Emily, Misty, Elizabeth, Jennifer, and Sherry shared their QuiltCon Together experiences and thoughts on the virtual convention. QuiltCon 2022 is Phoenix and QuiltCon 2023 is scheduled for Atlanta.

We currently have two Virtual Sit & Stitch sessions scheduled, Thursday, 03/25/21 from 7pm-9pm and Saturday, 04/24/21 from 7pm-9pm. Keep an eye on your inbox for Zoom info.

Featured Freebie

This month's Featured Freebie is provided by Elizabeth Rea. She introduced us to a fabric-folding tutorial and video from The link to it and past Featured Freebies can be found at If you're interested in sharing a free pattern or tutorial that you've found useful, please reach out to

Member Spotlight

Do you follow the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild on Instagram (@knoxmqg)? Our most recent Member Spotlight is posted there as well as here on our blog. Read more about Kelly Buch and her work. This is a great way to get to know our members better -- especially while we're social distancing.

Placemat Collection for Meals on Wheels

Head's up! Twisted Sisters Quilt Shop in Maryville is collecting placemats for Meals on Wheels recipients. Standard placemat size is around 14x16 inches -- this is a great way to use orphan blocks and scraps. From Twisted Sisters:

We are collecting placemats to be donated to Smoky Mountain Meals on Wheels next November. Our goal is to collect at least 1,000 so every member served via Meals on Wheels will receive a placemat. These can be any style you want, one sided or reversible; something they can use all year. The recipients are all adults. Since we don't know the percentage of male versus female, placemats that would be good for any person will be appreciated.

Charity Quilting

During the meeting we received updates from our Charity Quilt Quilting Bees. All three groups are making good progress towards planning and piecing their quilts. We look forward to seeing the quilts as they're completed.

Quilt-Along 2021

The KMQG's Chromatic Quilt-along was so much fun last year that we're starting a new one in 2021 running March through June. The pattern is Hyphenated, a free offering from Art Gallery Fabrics A timeline and more resources will be sent to members following the March meeting.

Quilt Shows

A Mountain Quiltfest is being held May 5-7 at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. Quilts can be entered at the Pigeon Forge Office of Special Events Friday April 9th, Saturday April 10th or mailed in by Wednesday March 31st. More info here.

Smoky Mountain Quilters Ruby Jubilee Quilt Show has been rescheduled for Friday 7/30 and Saturday 7/31. Entries are due by June 1. More info here.

KMQG member Melissa Everett (@mne_textiles on Instagram) has a gallery show opening April 10th at 214 Magnolia in Knoxville. It's always exciting to see her work on display!

Our next meeting is Saturday, March 20th via Zoom. Watch your inbox for details!