Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Upcoming Events in 2015!

Good morning friends and fellow quilters, its almost 2015!  I hope everyone celebrated the holidays and are ready for one more -- Happy New Year!  We have been working on our 2015 calendar and want to make sure everyone is up to date on what we have going on this year.  Below I have listed our schedule for 2015.  We will be collecting dues at our January 17 meeting and hope many of you will join us this year.  If you are unable to attend but would like to join, you can mail us a check or we can send you a PayPal invoice plus $1.50 for service fees.  KMQG has a set schedule for the third Saturday of every month and social time begins at 10:15 AM.  Our meetings all take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church located at 6500 Northshore Dr., Knovxille, TN 37919.

Sign-Up for Pile O Fabric's BOM, Technicolor Galaxy, OPEN NOW! 
Email us if you would like to join in and receive the (significant) group discount!

Sign-Up for 'Posy Patrol' Workshop with Dana Bolyard of www.oldredbarnco.com, OPEN NOW!
Email us (modknoxville@gmail.com) if you would like to sign up or for more information.  April 4, 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Patchwork Threads  Will have a Discount Code for MQG Members through January 31.
January 17, 2015: 10:15 Social Time 10:30 Meeting Begins
2015 Dues Collected $40
Annual YARD SALE!  Bring anything you would like to destash and cash to shop for new quilting goodies.
Quilting Resolutions for the New Year
Free Motion Quilting Workshop-Basic All Over Designs (Bring a small, basted quilt sandwich and your machine - prepped with a free motion quilting foot)
Sew-In until 5:00 PM

February 19-22: QUILTCON in Austin, TX
Biannual Conference by The Modern Quilt Guild
We will not have a monthly meeting this month!

February 26:  Week Night Open House
Bring your modern quilts, patterns, fabrics to share with visitors.

March 21, 2015: 10:15 Social Time 10:30 Meeting Begins
T-Shirt Quilt Lecture from Julie Callis of Fishtail Designs
Left Right Center Game (3 FQs needed to participate - theme not yet decided)

April 7, 2015: Deadline for Quilt Entries in Smoky Mountain Quilter's 2015 Quilt Show : Enter those MODERN QUILTS!

April 18, 2015:
Monthly Meeting at regular scheduled time, review and briefing of QuiltCon for those who can't attend.
Fabric Swap

Also this year"
Quarterly Sew-Ins
Challenges (with prizes)
Fall Retreat
Charity Block Drives
5 Year Anniversary Party

I hope many of you will join us for another fun year of modern fabrics and quilting fun.  The Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild is for residents in and around Knoxville who have an interest in modern design and quilting. We hope to provide members with a community where modern quilters can meet, share ideas and and create in an environment that encourages creativity and acceptance. Our guild is a member of the International Modern Quilt Guild

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


We just had a MQG contact us (Hi, Central Jersey MQG!) about using our BOM from 2012.  And since we've migrated from Ning (our original website) and our content there is no longer available, we realized it's time to upload all this info to our blog so that it's available for everyone!
In 2012, there were very few Modern BOM programs.  But the members of the KMQG wanted to try out some different, modern blocks. Seeing a need, members Robin S. and Emily D. set to work compiling a Block of the Month for our little guild.  These patterns are always free to use. We simply ask that you not charge for the patterns and of course we always appreciate a reference to our guild!  Please don't hesitate to e-mail us if you ever find a broken link or need more information about a block.

One of these patterns IS NOT original:  The "Circle of Geese" block is by piecebynumber.com and we just included it because we loved it so much!  So please refer to her terms of use regarding those templates.
http://piecebynumber.com/circleofgeese.htm (her terms of use are on the actual template, I think)

Fabric Requirements for this quilt 
Dimensions of completed quilt: ~44" x 58"
2 yards - Background fabric
10-12 FQs or assorted prints to equal 2.5-3 yards - for the blocks
1 yard - Sashing
.75 yard - binding
2.5 yard - backing
Patterns :
1.) January - Woven - tutorial on partial seams
2.) February - Chevrons - (Printable Templates)
4.) April - Bordered Star -PAGE 1 - PAGE 2
8.) August - Raw Edges 
9.) September - Curves
10.) October - Starburst - (Printable Templates- make sure to set page scaling to "None")
11.) November - Diamonds
12.) December - Flying Geese

Make sure to post your completed blocks in our flickr group!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Screen Printing Workshop Details

Sew What, Sherlock? || So you wanna screen print your own fabric? Part 1   Supplies and getting set up.

Our Block Printing Workshop was so much fun last year that we've decided to do a screen printing workshop!  Our teacher will be Sarah Bailey of Sew What Sherlock .  She will be providing us with step by step instruction on the how to of screen printing!  Sign ups are currently open to members only.  This will be a $20 workshop, June 20, 6:00 PM-10:00 PM.  You will need to provide pre-washed fabric that you would like to print on.  Please contact me if you would like to sign up!


Melissa E.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

KQMG Sampler Along

Good morning everyone!  Hope the Easter Bunny brought you some candy.  He definitely stopped at my house.  Just wanted to post info about our Sampler Along!  Remember to post pics and use #KMQGsampleralong on instagram and flickr!  After talking about the trends within the MQG at our last meeting, we thought we would start a quilt-a-long to show off our favorite modern fabrics in a traditional type pattern.

All you have to do is decide on a quilt with blocks like these listed below:
 (but we didn't want the pattern to be restrictive so find one you love! And join in!)

Farmer's Wife
Gypsy Wife, Jen Kingwell
Green Tea and Sweet Beans, Jen Kingwell
Marcelle Medallion, Alexia Abregg
Tula Pink City Sampler
Midnight at the Oasis
Amish with a Twist 2, kit at Mammaw's Thimble
Create your own design with your favorite quilt blocks!

Complete a couple blocks (or rows) each month and bring to our meetings to show your progress, offer tips and  That's it!  Hopefully, by December we will have some gorgeous quilt tops to show off!

Can't wait to see what everyone has started on!


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Petal Pinwheels Fabric Challenge

Are you ready for another CHALLENGE?!  I just emailed out a sign up for our next Fabric Challenge with the MQG.  You must be a paying member to join in the challenge fun. 

Since we have to be signed up before our next meeting we have not yet setup our criteria.  But if you want to participate and receive your free fabric for the challenge please sign up by Feb. 26.  At our March 1st meeting we will "pin" down our details!

ALSO, if you haven't paid your dues there is still time!  We just added a payment button to our membership page if you'd like to pay with credit card.  Hope you will join us!