Tuesday, April 26, 2022

April 2022 Meeting Recap

The Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild gathered for our monthly meeting on Saturday, April 23.

Upcoming Quilting Events

  • Quilt Alliance Textile Talk: Experimental Quilting with Alex Hernandez: Wednesday, April 27, 2pm EST (Presented by: San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, New Museum of Los Gatos (NUMU), and Palo Alto Art Center). Register online at https://quiltalliance.org/events/textile-talks/
  • A Mountain Quiltfest 2022: June 6-9 (M-Th) at Leconte Center in Pigeon Forge: Quilt entries must be postmarked by May 4, 2022. No fee to enter! Further info can be found on the website: www.mypigeonforge.com/event/quiltfest
  • 2022 MQG Make-A-Difference Challenge: Design and sew any size quilt embracing the theme of OCEANS that uses all Moda Bella Solids. Entries will be submitted online via photo submission, limit of one entry per MQG Member. Each entry fee of $12 will be donated in its entirety to Oceana, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the world's oceans on a global scale. Submissions will open for entries on July 11 and close on August 8. MQG members will have the ability to vote for the winners from August 10-16. Further info can be found here: https://www.themodernquiltguild.com/challenges
  • Smoky Mountain Quilters 2022 Quilt Show: August 5-6 at the Knoxville Expo Center. Quilt entrees due by June 7. Entry fee is $15 per quilt. Further info can be found on the website: https://www.smokymtnquilters.com/quilt-show.html#/


MQG Webinar Spotlight

Awaken Your Inner Color Genius with Carrie Bloomston: Join artist, writer, textile, and sewing pattern designer, Carrie Bloomston of SUCH Designs, as she helps you tap into your own innate sense of color. She'll discuss basic color theory and help you find your own resonant palette. Color is highly personal, and there are a few tricks that can make it really fun and easy even for a beginning quilter or sewist.

Available anytime to members of the MQG. https://community.themodernquiltguild.com/resources/awaken-your-inner-color-genius


KMQG Block of the Month Quilt-along: Block 3, ModSquared

This block pattern is free to members of the MQG. The link and tips can be found here: https://www.knoxvillemqg.com/2022/04/kmqg-block-of-month-2022-block-3.html




Charity Blocks

We're continuing to collect Coming Together blocks (due at the May meeting). Block instructions are available here: https://modalissa.com/2020/09/block-35-coming-together.html/

Fabrics should be 2 contrasting solids plus white in this color palette:




Looking Ahead

The next KMQG Quilt Show will take place March 3-31, 2023, at the Emporium in downtown Knoxville. Members are encouraged begin thinking about what modern quilts they would like to submit for consideration. All sizes of quilts are welcome.

Next meeting: May 21 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Knoxville. Social start at 10:15 am


Show & Tell


Laura L.


Jo H. - submission for the zoo animal guild challenge at Mountain Quiltfest


Jo H.


Sandy R. - submission for the zoo animal guild challenge at Mountain Quiltfest


Sherry K. - many years in the making!


Kelsey H.


Christy C.


Michelle B.


Michelle B. - submission for the zoo animal guild challenge at Mountain Quiltfest


Michelle B. - first-aid bag


Elizabeth R. - submission for the zoo animal guild challenge at Mountain Quiltfest


Elizabeth R.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

KMQG Block of the Month 2022: Block 3, ModSquared


April's Block of the Month is called "ModSquared' and comes from the Modern Quilt Guild. You must be a member of the MQG to access this pattern.


It's a pretty quick pattern to cut and sew up, but there are a few things to keep in mind:
  • Use a scant 1/4" seam! This may be a good time to test your seam by measuring to make sure it is scant and not over 1/4" inch. A generous seam will produce a smaller block and will definitely mess with the square in a square in this block (more on that below).
  • HSTs: When you cut and sew the half square triangles, you will end up with extra HSTs that you can use in one of your other blocks. So you may want to cut and sew one block at a time to reduce waste, or make 4 blocks instead of 3 and keep the extra to see if you want to swap it into your finished layout in place of another block.
  • Square in a square: The pattern says to cut the inside square 3 1/4", but if you want to preserve the points in your square in a square, you need to cut the inside square 3 1/8". (That's one of the two light squares in the pattern. The outer triangles still come from a 2 3/4" square as the pattern directs.) Square in a square is not a forgiving block, though, so be aware that you will have basically nothing to trim it down to size (you'll just trim off the triangle points). We recommend pressing with starch before measuring and (barely) trimming the block to the 4 1/4" size indicated by the pattern.