Sunday, October 17, 2021

October Member Spotlight: Sandy Donoho 🔦

It's time for another Member Spotlight. This month we're getting to know more about Sandy Donoho!


How long have you been quilting?


A bit more than 50 years off and on.


Who or what inspired you to start quilting?

My mother taught me to sew when I was a child. I got my first real sewing machine as a Christmas gift at age 7 so I could make my own Barbie clothes. My grandmother and great-grandmother were both quilters. My grandmother taught me to hand quilt when I was around 12.


Tell us about the first quilt you ever made.

The first quilt I ever made in its entirety was a birthday gift for my grandmother's 80th birthday. She was thrilled and it hung on her dining room wall until she died ten years later. My uncle sent it back to me; I still have it.


What is your favorite quilt you’ve ever made?

My favorite quilt is always the next one I'm making.




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

I have a Janome Memory Craft 6600 Professional, I also have an old Elna 5000, an Elna serger and my great-grandmother's Singer treadle machine, which I had fully restored.


What is your favorite sewing tool or notion?

Probably my rotary cutter.


Who is your favorite fabric designer?

I have recently been buying Lori Rudolph Christmas fabrics. I also like Alexander Henry's novelty prints. 


What are your favorite colors to use in quilts?

I like all colors but tend toward grey and pure bright colors, or batiks of any shade.



Describe your quilting style in one word.

contemporary


What other hobbies do you have?

I have lots of hobbies, including traveling, reading, gardening, paper crafting, mixed media, card making, home decorating, walking, and bird-watching.


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

My husband and I collect Christmas ornaments and art work from our travels. He would tell you that also I collect fabric and craft supplies!




What is your favorite movie?

I really don't have one particular favorite.


What is your favorite book?

I read 2-3 books every week, so I am always finding new favorites. If I had to name one, Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse comes to mind first. 


Who is your favorite author?

I have many favorites. I read mostly mysteries, thrillers, adventures, history and fantasy.




Do you have a celebrity crush and who is it?

Not really. I don't follow celebrities for the most part.


What is your favorite food?

Pizza


Coffee or tea?

Neither, diet coke all the way.



Sweet or savory?

Sweet


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

Ice Cream - there are lots of different versions. 


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 husband, my dog, a good book, a quilt and chocolate. 
 

What is your dream job?

My first degree was in Archaeology and that was always my dream job but never my professional career. I've been retired for a bit over 7 years now, and I can't think of anything better than retirement. 


Where is your dream vacation destination?

An around the world cruise is near the top of my list..



Which is your favorite season?

Fall


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

I would travel more and maybe build a house somewhere remote and exotic.


Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?

I like both.




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

Last week. I am not afraid to try new things even if I am not always successful. 


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

Fly! My father was a career pilot and he always said that I could co-pilot before I could walk. I have always loved to be in the air.



Want to learn more about Sandy or KMQG? Join us for a meeting! We usually meet the third Saturday of the month. We'd love to see you there! You can find out more about KMQG on Instagram too!









Sunday, September 19, 2021

September Member Spotlight: Sherry Kasper🔦

It's time for the September Member Spotlight. This month we're learning more about KMQG Education Coordinator, Sherry Kasper.




How long have you been quilting?

44 years, oh my goodness!!


Who or what inspired you to start quilting?

I starting sewing as a child-- first doll clothes and eventually my clothes. In 1978 quilts started getting more attention due to Good Housekeeping's Great American Quilt Contest, where Jinny Beyer's innovative Ray of Light won Best in Show and launched her career. That contest sparked my interest in using my sewing skills to make a quilt. When my husband and I moved to Colorado Springs as newlyweds, I discovered a quilt shop within walking distance of our apartment and signed up for a beginning quilting class.


Tell us about the first quilt you ever made.

My first completed quilt was a baby quilt for my daughter. I made it with four inch squares in primary colors and yellow gingham borders and tied it. Back in 1979 we had no idea of the gender of our babies before birth, so they were all primary colored quilts. She loved the quilt so much that the fabric shredded in many places. One time while visiting her grandmother with the quilt in tow, my mom made the quilt "a new set of clothes," another array of primary colored, 4 inch blocks.


What is your favorite quilt you’ve ever made?

My favorite quilt thus far is one is a flying geese quilt made in fall colors that I made for my husband in the 1980s. I machine-stitched the geese, hand-stitched the border fabric between the geese, and hand-quilted it. Why is this quilt my favorite? First, because he loves it, which makes me happy. Second, the color choices were not conventional; I substituted a peach for a cream background to the geese, and it works. Finally, it is technically the best sewn quilt I have made. The geese have points, and I still marvel at the hand quilting. My hands could not do the same today.


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

Bernina Virtuoso 153 Quilter's Edition


What is your favorite sewing tool or notion?

My sewing machine.


Who is your favorite fabric designer?

Whoever has the right color and design fabric I need for my project.





What are your favorite colors to use in quilts?

Having just looked over all of my quilts, it seems like I like jewel tones: turquoise, blues, reds, greens. But, I think some of those color choices reflect the fabrics available when I was making those quilts. Fabrics today are much brighter, and I think that aesthetic will appear in my upcoming quilts.


Describe your quilting style in one word.

Modern traditionalism


What other hobbies do you have?

Hiking, reading and knitting.


What is your favorite movie?

Casablanca


What is your favorite book?

This question is hard. I have many favorites. Today I will say The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd..


Who is your favorite author?

Today I will say John Irving, but it could change.


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

Janet Yellen. Weird answer, but I am a female economist. I would love to talk about her journey as an economist in a very male profession and what it has been like to help lead the world economy.




What is your favorite food?

Italian food


Coffee or tea?

Coffee


Sweet or savory?

Sweet


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

Anything made with dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is delicious, and, in moderation, it even has some health benefits.


What is your dream job?

Teacher, and I am so blessed, because I got to be a teacher.


Where is your dream vacation destination?

Any place with mountains to hike.


Which is your favorite season?

Fall


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

A trip to Italy in first-class seating on the plane and planned by someone else.


Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?

Mountains


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

In 2018, I served as an economic advisor to a candidate for Congress.




If you'd like to connect with Sherry, you can find her on Instagram. KMQG is on Insta too - we'd love it if you'd stop by and say hi! 



Sunday, August 22, 2021

Member Spotlight: Heather Wilson🔦

 It's time for another Member Spotlight post! This month we're learning more about Heather Wilson.




How long have you been quilting?

I have been officially quilting for 18 months. I have made other quilts in previous years, but I did not even know about things like the 1/4" seam or proper ways to cut.


Who or what inspired you to start quilting?

I have been sewing for 41 years, but I wanted to expand my skills and the artistic abilities of sewing. As I began checking out quilt books and magazines from the library, I was fascinated by the depth of information, skill, creativity and community within quilting.


Tell us about the first quilt you ever made.

Because I sew for hire, I make anything people ask me to make! So, I did make several quilts for people over the last 10 years, such as T-shirt quilts, and a throw for me out of some bird fabric I loved. But, I used generic batting, not great material, and those 5/8" seams:)

I actually taught a quilting class to a homeschool group of girls, ages 10 and up about 12 years ago. I bought a book that had one quilt block per month/season. I cut all the fabric up and when the girls came, we sat at multiple machines and sewed, they also had applique and buttons they learned to sew on. We made those into quilts and I actually bought binding, since I did not know I could make my own.


What is your favorite quilt you’ve ever made?

My favorite completed quilt is a black, white and red one I just made for my oldest daughter. It was my first QAL and had some traditional blocks and applique, but I made it more modern with negative space, the fabric choices and all the love that I put into it!




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

I have a Singer Featherweight from 1948. I have three other hand-me down sewing machines, since I am often teaching sewing lessons. My main workhorse now is a Viking Jade, it is affordable and serves me well in alterations and quilting. I bought it for the larger throat and price point.


What are your favorite colors to use in quilts?

All of the color wheel! I am not a neutral girl.


What other hobbies do you have?

I am a birder (a.k.a. bird-watcher), I have a life list of 222 species. I am also an avid reader- generally I have one fiction and non-fiction book, and at least one classic going at all times. I am also a crocheter for pleasure and for work.


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

I am actually a minimalist, which does not always match well with quilting fabric stashes.


What is your favorite movie?

Pride and Prejudice




What is your favorite book?

My Bible, but after that, Jane Eyre or Les Misérables


Who is your favorite author?

Jane Austin


What is your favorite food?

Mexican


Coffee or tea?

Green or white tea


Sweet or savory?

Dark Chocolate.




What is your dream job?

I already did my dream job, to homeschool my kids for 20 years. And now, I get to still be their mom!


Where is your dream vacation destination?

Touring Alaska for several months


Which is your favorite season?

Fall


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

A tiny house, on land, out west. Of course, the tiny house would have to have a built-in tiny sewing area. I don't believe in using the kitchen table and having to deconstruct every project to eat.




Want to learn more about Heather? Follow her on Instagram and check out her Etsy shop. Want more KMQG? We're on Insta too and would love it if you'd stop by and say hi!

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.