Sunday, July 18, 2021

Member Spotlight: Liz Upchurch🔦

The July Member Spotlight is focused on Liz Upchurch.🔦 
Keep reading to learn more about Liz.




How long have you been quilting?

4 years


Who or what inspired you to start quilting?

My grandmother had these really cool crazy quilts that I loved as a kid. The kind with lots of cool fabrics (velvet and silk etc) and fancy stitching. They seemed like they were from someone who had a very fancy life. I was very intrigued by them. Fast forward about 40 years and the last election happened four years ago, and I just needed some thing to escape I think into channel myself into a little bit. So I started quilting. And I really love modern and self made patterns.


Tell us about the first quilt you ever made.

Well the first quilt I made was actually many years ago and it was pretty much fabric cut into 5 inch squares and sewn back together. I didn’t actually quilt it I tied it off. And I think it was almost queen-size. And I think it kind of turned me off of quilting LOL.


What is your favorite quilt you’ve ever made?

My favorite is one that I gave my friend Mike and it is a pattern that I made up and it’s sort of a modern blocky tight pattern. He uses it every day and that makes me really happy.


What is your favorite sewing tool or notion?

Stiletto


Who is your favorite fabric designer?

Kona solids


What are your favorite colors to use in quilts?

Low volume


Describe your quilting style in one word.

Imperfect




What other hobbies do you have?

Backpack camping, gardening, dogs


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

Hazel Village animals and clothing


What is your favorite movie?

Auntie Mame


What is your favorite book?

To Kill a Mockingbird


Who is your favorite author?

That’s hard. I like lots. Barbara Kingsolver is one.


Do you have a celebrity crush and who is it?

Gregory Peck


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

Dolly Parton


What is your favorite food?

Chocolate


Coffee or tea?

Coffee





Sweet or savory?

Sweet


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

Chocolate cupcake. Wonderful and just about the right size


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)?

My dog, kindle, sunglasses, fuzzy blanket, stretchy pants


What is your dream job?

Sheep farmer


Where is your dream vacation destination?

Scotland


Which is your favorite season?

Spring


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

House renovations


Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?

Both!!


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

About 18 months ago.




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

Run at 100. I think, because it would be faster.


Want to learn more about Liz? Find her on Instagram. Want more KMQG? We're on Insta too and would love to connect with you over there!

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?

Juki


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.

Predictable.


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?

writer


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?

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 modknox@gmail.com to work out which month your Featured Freebie will be highlighted. Also, we'd love to learn more about our members. Reach out to modknox@gmail.com 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




Sandra


Heather

Jennifer
 
Sheri
 




Ana
 
Nancy
 
Christy
 
Kelly

Aimee

 


Elizabeth

Sandy
 



Emily

 
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.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Member Spotlight: Misty Benson

The May Member Spotlight is focused on KMQG co-Secretary, Misty Benson.🔦 Keep reading to learn more about Misty.




How long have you been quilting?

Since 2009


Who or what inspired you to start quilting?

I started quilting with my grandmother who had Alzheimer's. It started as a way to keep her hands busy so she could be calmer.




Tell us about the first quilt you ever made.

My first quilt was a Yellow Brick Road. I had only done garment sewing before so I prewashed all the fat quarters. It was a mess.


What is your favorite quilt you’ve ever made?

The pattern is a 4-Patch Posie and I made it with Alexander Henry dragon fabric with a 24" repeat. That quilt makes me very happy.


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

My main machine is a Pfaff Performance 5.0 but I'm in love with vintage Viking Husqvarnas from the 70's. I have a 6430, a 6440, and a 6460.



What is your favorite sewing tool or notion?

That's a toss up between my hand turned seam ripper handle or my mini tart pan wrist pin cushion.



What are your favorite colors to use in quilts?

Blue, green, and purple.




Describe your quilting style in one word.

Unfinished


What other hobbies do you have?

Knitting, garment sewing (not alterations!) and embroidery. I've also dabbled in blacksmithing and Bladesports competitions.




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

Needle minders


What is your favorite movie?

The Princess Bride


What is your favorite book?

A Wrinkle in Time




Who is your favorite author?

Neil Gaimen


Do you have a celebrity crush and who is it?

Toss up between David Duchovny and Bruce Campbell.


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

Amelia Earheart


What is your favorite food?

Butterscotch flavored anything




Coffee or tea?

Neither, I'm a recovering Diet Mountain Dew addict.


Sweet or savory?

Sweet


What is your dream job?

If I could fiigure that out I might be doing it!



Where is your dream vacation destination?

Antarctica


Which is your favorite season?

Winter




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

After I built the addition for a new, larger sewing studio and fully stocked it, I would move on to a fancy sports car.


Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?

Mountains



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

I mounted a piece of quilted artwork on canvas.




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

Fly, because everything is closer "as the crow flies".





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