Friday, May 11, 2018

KMQG Mini Quilt Challenge Show on June 1

The Challenge

Quilters “paint” with fabric, and as a result, our color palette has historically been limited by the colors available in textiles. Quilt historians have observed that the colors quilters use are often influenced by home design and decorating trends. Excited to try a color challenge, the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild reached out to students in the Color Theory class taught by professor Ashley Pace at UT’s School of Interior Design. Design students collectively chose one “on trend” color as the main color required in all the quilters’ designs. Then, individual students chose eight other secondary colors for their interesting interplay with the main color and relevance in modern design. Members of the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild were required to work with the main color Pewter, and then they drew one of the eight secondary colors at random. The challenge asked the quilters to use any quilting method and design of their choice to create an interesting mini quilt (less than 24” x 24”) that incorporates Pewter and at least one other challenge color.

This show displays a variety of piecing and quilting methods, and the quilts are as varied as their makers.

April 2018 Meeting Recap

The KMQG meeting in April was a healthy mix of business and show and tell. First, the business.
  • Blocks for the next charity quilt we'll make for The Restoration House are due by May 19. The requested color palette and link to the block tutorial are available here.
  • The Smoky Mountain Quilters 2018 Quilt Show is June 15-16 at the Knoxville Expo Center. Details are posted here.
  • Member Melissa Everett's show at The Central Collective will be up through May 31 -- go see it! The address is 923 N. Central St. Find out more about Melissa and her work here.
  • Our May meeting will be less of a meeting and more of a workshop to make Tubular Baskets with member Michelle Thompson. A reminder to those who have signed up and paid for the workshop will go out next week.
Now, the eye candy (minus finished pieces from our mini quilt challenge -- more on those soon!)

Maggie Lourim
Maggie Lourim

Jean Bentley
Misty Benson

Joyce Hartley