Sunday, June 20, 2021

Member Spotlight: Aimee Davis

It's time for the June Member Spotlight! This month we're focused on KMQG Special Events Coordinator, Aimee Davis.

How long have you been quilting?

I made my first quilt in 2009 and never quilted again. I decided I'd wait until my kids were out of the house.

Who or what inspired you to start quilting?

Quilts are really a part of my family heritage and I've long been fascinated by the mounds of family quilts I've had access to. I'm a fiber/sewing addict and I knew that one day I'd have to carry on the tradition of quilting.

Tell us about the first quilt you ever made.

In 2009 my daughter needed bedding for her 1st "big girl bed" and I'd seen a quilt pattern for birds that I was obsessed with. A friend bought me the pattern as a birthday gift so I had no reason not to make it. I stalked this line of Heather Bailey fabric that had just come out, finally broke down and bought it and got started. I had a lot of fun making it and she still has it on her bed :)

What is your favorite quilt you’ve ever made?

My uber large Fancy Forest quilt. I worked on it over the course of almost 2 years and right before we moved and I lost my super large sewing space I finished it. It's filled with fabrics that I made garments for my daughter when she was small, garments for myself and other projects and I love looking at it and remembering all the different projects.

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


What is your favorite sewing tool or notion?

Needle and thread. I started out as a hand embroidery artist, so any time I can sit and do any kind of hand sewing it calms me like nothing else.

Who is your favorite fabric designer?

Heather Ross, Denyse Schmidt

What are your favorite colors to use in quilts?

Jewel toned generally. I'm not much of a super bright colors girl. I kind of prefer more muted tones - but I'm really getting into low volume fabrics.

Describe your quilting style in one word.


What other hobbies do you have? 

I love to read. I'm an aspiring writer and I love designing patterns. I used to do hand embroidery, but after 8+ years of almost full time work my hands and eyes have given out and I hung up my custom embroidery work.

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

Books - slowing work on curating a home library

What is your favorite movie?

When Harry Met Sally

What is your favorite book?

Emma by Jane Austen

Who is your favorite author?

tie between Madeleine L'Engle's non-fiction stuff & Anthony Doerr

Do you have a celebrity crush and who is it?

Jude Law

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

Madeleine L'Engle. I absolutely love the way she interacted with her world and her writing. I long to be someone who is as observant and reflective. Her journals reflect such a calm spirit even in the midst of hardship, rejection, loss and joy.

What is your favorite food?

chips and salsa or soft pretzel

Coffee or tea?

coffee in the morning & tea in the afternoon

Sweet or savory?

sweet - but not too sweet

What is your dream job?


Where is your dream vacation destination?

England & Scotland

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

A custom built house on acreage (for the sheep I'd raise) in a mountain "holler" next to a river

Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?


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

Last summer I finally broke down and bought a rigid heddle loom that I'd been dreaming about for years and started learning how to weave.

Want to learn more? Follow Aimee on Instagram or visit her Etsy shop. Interested in learning more about KMGQ? We're on Instagram too and would love to see you there!

Sunday, June 13, 2021

April/May 2021 Meeting Recap

 The Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild met via Zoom Saturday, April 17th at 10:30am.

Our Featured Freebie was presented by Misty Benson. She shared a tutorial for individual quilt block design boards from Snowy Days which can be found here.
The April Member Spotlight was Charla Brown, She has a new online fabric shop, Tree House Quilting Co. Check out the details here on the blog post or on the KMQG Instagram account.
We are seeking volunteers for Featured Freebies and Member Spotlights. If you have a favorite free tutorial or pattern that you use in your quilting life, please share it with us! Contact to work out which month your Featured Freebie will be highlighted. Also, we'd love to learn more about our members. Reach out to to schedule a month to be in the Member Spotlight.
The guild was able to meet live and in-person Saturday, May 15th. We had in actual in-person show and tell! 
First off, we were able to see the Restoration House Charity Bee groups quilts or quilt tops. We are very excited to be able to contribute these beautiful quilts.




Member Show and Tell followed:

Elizabeth's Hyphenated Quilt Along

Sandy's Hyphenated Quilt Along










We launched our Elements of Modern Quilting Series. The first element addressed was Alternate Gridwork. Sarah Elliott demonstrated different aspects of alternate gridwork offering a basic definition and sharing online examples in addition to some of her own quilts. The goal of this series is to provide clarity on each of the elements in the MQG's definition of Modern Quilting and help our members build confidence in using them in their own quilting.


May's Member Spotlight was Misty Benson. Check out the KMQG Instagram account or our website for those details.
The Smoky Mountain Quilters 40th Anniversary Ruby Jubilee Quilt Show is July 30-31, 2021 at the Knoxville Expo Center. The Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild is sponsoring the Modern category.
QuiltCon 2022:The MQG sent an email regarding QuiltCon. Here are the pertinent details:
  • Dates: Feb. 16-20, 2022 in Phoenix, AZ

  • Hotel Reservations: Open June 7, 2021 (Discounted rooms sold out).

  • QuiltCon Catalogue of Events Release: June 24, 2021

  • Registration for Members: August 4, 2021

  • Submissions: September 1-October 31, 2021

  • Community Outreach Challenge Theme: Angles

We will not have a meeting in June. Those who signed up will be participating in an online Zoom workshop with Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill.
Our next meeting is July 17th at Westminster Presbyterian Church outdoor pavilion.