January 31, 2013

January Meeting Recap

Sorry I'm a little delayed in the recap this month!

--Go see the Yadkin Valley Art Council show, Not Your Grandmother's Quilt
--Karen Gray is starting MFGT (Modern Fabric Group Therapy). The first meeting is Wednesday, February 13 from 12:30-2 at The Little General. Cost is $20 for the year.
--Madrona Road Challenge quilts are due at the February meeting!
--Kelly has "stash packs" from the guild stash that you can take to make charity quilts.
--We are auctioning off Kelly's Flea Market Fancy quilt to benefit the guild. Tickets are $1 each or seven tickets for $5.

--Sign up for the brick rainbow swap. Due at the February meeting.
--Bring a gallon ziploc of scraps to the March meeting to join the Zakka swap.
--Our next meeting will be at Christ Church in Ardmore. It's the corner of Melrose and Queen. We are meeting at 6:30! Our speaker will be MELODY MILLER!! It will be $5 at the door. Email LC (at) maychappell (dot) com to reserve your space!

Speaker: Gina Allen, longarm quilter
Gina shared tons of tips to make working with a longarm quilter go smoothly. She also brought an amazing trunk show! Thank you Gina! (These are all quilts that Gina quilted. Thanks to Kathleen, Laurie, Gina, & others for sharing their work.)

January 30, 2013

TMQG Teacher Focus: Kim Johnson

Today we are highlighting the amazing Kim Johnson.

Kim is an amazing sewist, she is a garment maker, bag wizard and quilter extraordinaire! Kim is very prolific and routinely wows & inspires us with her creations. Her sewing journey began when she asked for a sewing machine for her 8th birthday. Her mother was a struggling single Mom who did a great job of making ends meet. She knew that this is what Kim wanted for her birthday and she found a used Singer for $35.00. Kim has been sewing ever since.

Kim is a completely self-taught sewist. She has the ability to pick up a book or pattern figure it all out and make it look easy! Kim has always enjoyed making her own clothes and started branching out into wearable art and quilting. She made her first quilt in 1987 and has been hooked ever since.

Kim's tastes in patterns and fabrics has varied greatly over the years, but her passion and talent for color has never swayed. Her ability to coordinate bright colors from multiple lines is a testament to her excellent eye. Her new inspirations are the modern and contemporary quilts that include solid colors, whites and grays. Kim sees these as more simplistic patterns and very clean looking.

Kim's own words: "This is totally thinking outside the box, but I am having a ball with it. I have always enjoyed paper piecing and more complex patterns, so this is a new direction for me. I just hope I live long enough to get through all the projects in my head and fabric in my stash."

This quarter (January through March) Kim is teaching these classes at Sewingly Yours:

  • January 6, 16, 30 February 6, 13, 20 (6 sessions) -T-shirt Quilt
  • March 7, 14,21 (3 sessions) - Fast Forward by Jaybird Quilts
  • April 13, 10, 17 (3 sessions) - Urban Holiday

To register, drop by or call Sewingly Yours!

Up coming Swaps

February - Rainbow Brick (5x10) Charm Swap    

We signed up for colors at the January meeting and a master list has been posted. If you didn't sign up at the meeting, or would like to sign up for an additional color, please add your name to the document.

                  Brick    10" x 5"                      charm square  5"

Participants will cut one yard of your assigned color into 28 bricks for the February meeting.
A brick is 5"x10".  We will sort at the meeting and you will leave with a rainbow of 28 bricks which equals two 5" charm squares.  Bricks are more flexible for use. Here is a link to Elizabeth Hartman's blog post on how to cut charm squares. Just remember you are cutting 5" x 10" long instead of 5" x5".

pink light pink dark pink,
red light red dark red
orange light orange dark orange
yellow light yellow dark yellow
green light green dark green
blue light blue dark blue
purple light purple dark purple
black on white white on black
light brown dark brown
light gray dark gray

Here is a link to a flickr group that shows good examples of colors. They are also organized by color under the Discussion list.

March -
  • Zakka Scrap Swap and Challenge

  • Bring a bag of scraps at least 2” square in size.  Should be modern fabrics.  Put an index card in the bag with your name and a list of 3 Zakka objects you would like to have someone make you.  A Zakka object is anything small and useful - a pin cushion, needle case, small pouch - whatever you may need.  

  • The challenge is to use the scraps to make one of the Zakka objects listed for your partner.  Additional fabrics are allowed.  Items will be swapped in May.

    If you have any suggestions for future swaps you would like our guild to do let me know. I'm always working on the calendar.

    :o) Colleen, Swap Mama

    (edited 02/06/13 with links to sign-up sheet)

    January 19, 2013

    TMQG Teacher focus: Lee Monroe

    This is the first in a series focusing on our wonderful members who regularly teach quilting-sewing-crafting related classes.

    First up is the marvelous Lee Monroe, also known as "May Chappell"! Lee has a colorful modern aesthetic and teaches a variety of classes in a variety of venues.

    This quarter (January through March), you can find Lee teaching these classes:

    At Sew Original (Winston-Salem location)

    January 24 & 31 - Color Theory I  (Two session class)  
    January 24 & 31 - Animal Baby Quilt  

    January 28 & February 4 - Woven Star Table Runner 
    February 7 - Color Theory II

    February 15  - Quilting the Project

    February 20 - Granny Blocks 
    February 25 & March 4 - Wonky Star Quilt (Two session class)

    February 27 - Designer Star 

    March 20, March 27 & April 3 - Color Theory III: String Quilt (3 session class)

    I am taking Color Theory I! Go by Sew Original to register prior to class.

    Over at the Little General, Lee is offering:

    January 25 or February 17: Noodlehead 241 Tote
    January 27 & February 10 (2 sessions): Voile String Quilt
    Visit Gina at the Little General to register for one of Lee's classes.

    At Studio Stitch, in Greensboro, you can take these classes from Lee:
    February 21 - Granny Blocks
    February 21 & 28 - Wonky Star (Two session class)
    February 21 & 28 - Color Theory I (Two session class)
    February 22 - Designer Star
    March 12 - Quilting the Project
    March 14 - Color Theory II
    March 20, 27 & April 3 - Modern Cross Log Cabin (3 session class) 
    You can call, email, or visit Studio Stitch to register prior to class.


    And all the way down in Southern Pines at Linderella's Quilt Works:
    January 19: Designer Star
    February 6 & 13: Color Theory I
    February 6: Strippy Sewing Fabric Basket
    March 16: Spiderwebs Quilt
    You can register online for these classes. Click on the class link for more information.

    Lee regularly shares her creations with us during show and tell, as well as on her site http://www.maychappell.com/.

    If you know of other members who are teaching, please email me at kheliwud (at) yahoo dot com.
    I want to spotlight all our talented teacher/members!

    January 13, 2013

    Ginabean takes on the TMQG

    This Tuesday night we will be joined by the talented Gina Allen! She'll be speaking about tips for working with a long arm quilter as well as bringing a trunk show of her amazing work! Hope to see you all there! Tuesday, January 15 at 6:00pm at Sewingly Yours.
    Photos courtesy of ginabeanhandmade.blogspot.com