Sunday, April 18, 2021

Member Spotlight: Charla Brown

The April Member Spotlight is focused on Charla Brown. 🔦 Keep reading to learn more about Charla.

How long have you been quilting?

Just about a year and 4 months!

Who or what inspired you to start quilting?

I wanted to learn how to quilt for years, but I had never even sewn. Finally, my mother in law got me a sewing machine for Christmas in 2019. I made my first quilt, and haven't stopped since!

Tell us about the first quilt you ever made.

I found a blog through pinterest of "the perfect beginner quilt" using half hexies. I definitely could have made something easier if I'd know any better. 😅 But I picked out barely coordinating fabrics from Hobby Lobby and just went with it! It took about 3 months to finish because I hand quilted it, but I still love that quilt. And I always remember how far I've came since it.

What is your favorite quilt you’ve ever made?

I made a baby quilt using the Suzy Quilts campfire pattern with floral and pinks. I love it so much I'm planning a king size one in almost the same fabrics!

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


What is your favorite sewing tool or notion?

Thread! I love picking colors and sizes to create different quilted looks.

Who is your favorite fabric designer?

Bonnie Christie or Sharon Holland

What are your favorite colors to use in quilts?

Any dark colors. Dark blue, dark green, dark purple, etc, et

Describe your quilting style in one word.


What other hobbies do you have?

I love to read, bake, and go camping!

Do you collect anything? (Other than quilting fabric, of course!) If so, what?


What is your favorite movie?

Can I pick a TV show instead? Probably Jane the Virgin.

What is your favorite book?

Either Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers or Four Winds by Kristin Hannah.

Who is your favorite author?

This is hard! Potentially Kristin Hannah, but I also really enjoy Lisa Gardner.

Do you have a celebrity crush and who is it?

I would have said no, but my husband said I like Jude Law so probably him 😂

What is your favorite food?


Coffee or tea?


Sweet or savory?


If you were a dessert, what would you be and why?

A lemon cookie. Cookies are a classic favorite and lemon is the best tangy sweetness!

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what five things would you want to have with you (not things you need to survive, but things you would want to have)?

A comfy bed. Is an entire library one thing? A huge quilt to work on hand quilting. A board game/card game. And my husband if he can count.

What is your dream job?

A zoo keeper (it was almost my real job!)

Where is your dream vacation destination?

The UK

Which is your favorite season?


If you won millions in the lottery and had to selfishly spend it on yourself, what would you treat yourself to?

Traveling the world

Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?


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

I started a business in March. That was definitely a first.

Would you rather be able to run at 100 miles per hour or fly at 10 miles per hour and why?

Fly! Seems like you would miss a lot running that fast.

Want to learn more? Follow Charla on Instagram and checkout her website! Interested in learning more about KMGQ? We're on Instagram too and would love to see you there!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

March 2021 Meeting Recap

The Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild met via Zoom on March 20th. We had 17 members in attendance.

The latest KMQG Quilt-along was introduced at this month's meeting. We're using the Hyphenated pattern from Art Gallery Fabrics. Several of our members have contributed resources to assist with the planning of this quilt.


Our Featured Freebie, provided by Elizabeth, is a drawstring bag by s.o.t.a.k. handmade. The link is available in the Feature Freebies section of our website here.

Our Member Spotlight this month is Melissa Everett. Check out @knoxmqg on Instagram and for more on Melissa, including photos of her work.

KMQG Volunteer Opportunities

The KMQG is looking for members to contribute to our Featured Freebies Program. If you have a free quilt related tutorial or project that has served you well we'd love for you to share it with the group. Contact

We've really enjoyed getting to know some of our members better through the Member Spotlight Feature. Each month we're featuring a different member here on our blog and on our Instagram account. Contact to sign up for your month.

Community Outreach

Our charity quilt groups checked in on their progress. Patterns and color palettes have been chosen and progress is well under way. Our charity quilts go to graduates of The Restoration House of East Tennessee. More information about them can be found here.

Put your orphan blocks to good use or just play around with new designs to create quilted placemats for Meals on Wheels. Standard size is approximately 14 x 18 inches. Deliver or mail to Twisted Sisters Quilt Shop in Maryville.

Events IRL

A Mountain Quiltfest is happening in Pigeon Forge May 5-8 with classes starting May 4. More information can be found here.

The Smoky Mountain Quilters 40th Anniversary Ruby Jubilee quilt show will take place July 30-31 at the Knoxville Expo Center. Entries are due by June 1. Their information can be found here.

Events Virtual

Access to Textile Talks is at

The Chattanooga MQG has virtual programs in April and May that are open to nonmenbers for a small fee. Sign up for their newsletter to be notified about available events. Schedule and info is available at

Our next virtual Sit'N'Stitch is Saturday, April 24th at 7pm.

Next meeting

Our next meeting is via Zoom on April 17th. Social time at 10:15, meeting at 10:30. Check your email for Zoom info.