Sunday, November 21, 2021

November Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Rea🔦

Welcome to our November Member Spotlight post! This month we're focused on KMQG Guild Chair, Elizabeth Rea. 🔦

How long have you been quilting?

24 years!

Who or what inspired you to start quilting?

My mom, aunt and grandmother made some quilts when I was a kid. When I was a senior in high school, I wanted to make a quilt to take to college, so my mom helped me figure it out.

Tell us about the first quilt you ever made.

It was a twin size Rail Fence design in calicos and not-at-all modern fabrics. I hand-quilted it, sweating through the summer in Tennessee with it on my lap.

What is your favorite quilt you’ve ever made?

It's too hard to pick just one, but there are some that I'm proud I was able to complete because they challenged me with a new skill or design that was out of my comfort zone.

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

Juki TL-2200QVP Mini (straight stitch only) and a Babylock Ellure when I need a zigzag or anything else.

What is your favorite sewing tool or notion?

It's a tie between a magnetic pincushion and long tweezers

What are your favorite colors to use in quilts?

I enjoy the effect of mixing low-volume neutral fabrics together as a background.

What other hobbies do you have?

Knitting and sewing bags and things other than quilts. I learned Irish dancing as an adult and performed for a number of years, too.

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

Quilt patterns?! Also Penguin Classics books with cloth covers designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee in the morning, tea in the evening.

Sweet or savory?


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)?

Another member said yarn and knitting needles because she could always rip out her knitting and do it again - that's genius, so I want those, too. Also a functioning radio, a cat that's always healthy, and a pillow.

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

Earlier this year I learned how to knit socks.

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

Run at 100 mph so I could get to vacation spots and visit friends and family quicker.

Want to learn more about Elizabeth? Follow her on Instagram or check out her website. Want more KMQG? We're on Instagram too and would love for you to follow us there!

Saturday, November 13, 2021

September 2021 Meeting Recap

A sew day in September! The KMQG had a sew day to assemble our Improv Triangles quilt top. Several of our members brought machines and spent the afternoon creating improv blocks. With the blocks that other members had previously completed, we made enough blocks to complete the top. The completed quilt will be submitted to to QuiltCon 2022 as part of the Community Outreach challenge.

Our Member Spotlight in September was Sherry Kasper. The Member Spotlight is a great way for us to get to know our fellow guild members. We get a little insight into who they are and see a bit of their quilting style. If any of our other members would be interested in participating, please send an email to


Our 2021 Modern Mini Quilt Challenge continues. The theme is Architecture and the minis are due at the October meeting. We look forward to seeing the minis and their inspiration photographs.

September Show and Tell

Jo H

Elizabeth R

Sherry K

Kelly B

Our next meeting will be Saturday October 16th. Social time, 10:15, meeting at 10:30.

July/August 2021 Meeting Recap


Our July and August meetings were both in-person meetings held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. It still seems like a bit of a novelty to see our members in person. 

Our member spotlights were Liz Upchurch in July and Heather Wilson in August. We appreciate Liz and Heather taking the time to answer questions and participate in this program. The member spotlight is a great way for us to get to know our fellow KMQG members better. 


The Smoky Mountain Quilters 40th Anniversary Ruby Jubilee Quilt Show was held July 30th and 31st. The KMQG sponsored the Modern Quilt category. Several of our members entered quilts in the show. It's always exciting to see friends' quilts in the wild!

The 2021 Modern Mini Quilt Challenge has been introduced! Architecture themed quilts (based on a photograph) are due at our October meeting.

The theme for the Community Outreach Quilt Challenge for QuiltCon 2022 is Angles. A committee has been working on a design and we will be having a sew day in September to assemble the quilt top. 

At our August meeting, Elizabeth Rea presented the next in our Elements of Modern Quilting Series, Use of Negative Space. Our next presentation in the series will be in October.

July Show and Tell

Elizabeth R


Caryn H


Rosalind W


Heather W


Jo H


Sandy R


Sarah E

Misty B

Christy C

August  Show and Tell

Jane D

Sandy R

Elizabeth R

Rosalind W

Emily D

Pat P

Jo H

The guild is always looking for volunteers for our Member Spotlight Feature and Featured Freebies presenters. If you are interested in participating in either of these please send a message to

The next meeting is at 10:15am Saturday, September 18th, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church.