Our last challenge of 2017 is the Fat Quarter Challenge Secret Swap. That long title says it all- a challenge that’s a swap with an exchange at our holiday party!!
To join in the fun just bring a fat quarter of your own fabric to the October meeting. We will randomly and secretly swap fabric and you’ll go home with your partner’s FQ and the challenge to make “something(s)” for your partner using their own fabric. The goal is to use as much of the fat quarter as possible, adding in your own fabrics, as desired/needed. The “swapping back” of finished item(s) will take place in two months at our December 14th Holiday meeting. Please bring your creation(s) wrapped and tagged.
To help with ideas as to what to make for your partner, at the October meeting each swapper will complete an info card (see attachment) with their likes, dislikes and suggestions for possible item(s) they would like made for them from their FQ, such as pouch, mug rug, pincushion, thread catcher, mini quilt, needlebook, project bag…..etc. Feel free to print out and complete the info card and bring it to the meeting along with your fabric. There will also be info cards available to fill out at the meeting.
We have started a Pinterest board called “The Little Things”, accessible HERE Please pin ideas or tutorials that you find. If you are on Instagram, you might want to check out all the swapping fun at #thelittlethingsswap2017.
Not able to attend the guild meeting on October 12th? Just send a FQ and completed info card to the meeting with a guild mate and we’ll be sure to include you in the challenge/swap.
Find the info card HERE.
Our weekend class started Friday night with a Trunk Show by Donalee Kennedy, an artist and quilter from Bayfield, Wisconsin. She shared her amazing pieces that she has created and talked about her studies with Nancy Crow.
After the Trunk Show it was our turn to start improv-ing with intent! Before sitting down at our machines Donalee covered design principles, and talked about color and contrast. Then she set us free to start working without printed patterns. Each person started cutting, sewing, standing back and looking, and kept going. It was a wonderful class that challenged everyone in different ways.
Some images from August's meeting....
Members were given a color and shape and their challenge was to incorporate them into a mini-quilt. Members shared about their process and many told of new techniques and skills they used in creating their mini.
Can you believe that August is here already? August, that month where summer is still with us but Fall makes it's presence known from day to day. The month of purple wildflowers, gold and brown cone flowers, ripe tomatoes and just a hint of leaf color on the weaker trees.
We are going to celebrate the month with our annual picnic meeting! Before going into the details of the meeting, remember that our meeting location will be at Harrison Community Center at 3002 W 3rd Street. Take the 27th Avenue West exit from I 35, go north (up the hill) until 3rd Street, turn left. Go three blocks (past Creations Quilt Shop), you will see the center on your left. The parking lot is on the West side of the baseball fields. You may also park on the street.
We will open our meeting with our Shape/Color show and tell. If you still have your paint chip and shape that you drew please bring them. Weather permitting this portion of the meeting will be outside so we can see everyone's creation. We'll be hanging the quilts up so that everyone can see them during the opening social time. We will also do a mini show and tell where each quilter can briefly tell what shape and color they had, what inspired their creation and any joys/challenges the challenge presented. Everyone who brought a completed challenge mini will be rewarded with a prize. For those who want to swap, please see Rosemary Tyson as you arrive. I can't wait to see all the wonderful mini quilts!
We will then move inside for Root Beer floats and to play 2 to 3 rounds of Left-Right-Center and enjoy our picnic. There is no 'official' snack sign up for August. We encourage members to bring something to share so we can have a 'snacky' picnic bounty.
For our rounds of Left-Right-Center, the 'ante' to play is one Fat Quarter of quilt shop quality fabric. So if we have enough time to play three rounds then you will need to bring three fat quarters so you have an 'ante' for each round. I wonder who will go home with an arm load of fat quarters?!?
We will have a short update of guild news. Remember, registration for Jaime Swanson's Luminary class opens during the August meeting. Cost to members is $25 and that includes the pattern.
Of course we will have our regular show and tell. I know you all have been sewing! Bring your creation to show and inspire us all.
See you on Thursday, August 10th, 6:00-8:00, at Harrison Community Center, 3002 W 3rd Street.
Here are all the details for the August Paintchip/Shape Challenge!
- We drew one shape and one color each at the May meeting. You can draw in June if you were not there, or request that I draw for you.
- We will document what you draw so we can remind you in case you lose them.
- You must use the color and shape on the front of your quilt.
- You may add one color, and if desired, a neutral as well. The challenge lends itself well to solids, but that is not required, mono prints or low volume would also work.
- Other shapes can be used, but the drawn shape must be the predominant one.
- Your quilt should be 12 - 24 inches on each side, must be quilted and either faced or bound.
- The back can be whatever fabric and design you'd like to use.
- Those who wish to swap will be able to do so at the August meeting. Your quilt must be at the meeting to be eligible for swap. We will not draw swap partners now.
- Esch House Quilts has some great inspiration! You can find Debbie on Facebook or at eschhousequilts.com where she has a blog.
- And, finally, there will be prizes!
Let's see what’s in store for our meeting on Thursday, July 13th at 6pm Karen McTavish’s Quilt Studio.
Labeling Your Quilt
We all have quilts that we've been meaning to label "someday." Well, someday has arrived! Grab your quilt and hand sewing supplies (and finger presser) for the guild meeting this week.
We will begin by watching some video segments which speak to various ways you can label your quilt. Then we will spend some time creating our own individual labels and sewing them on the quilts we have brought. The guild will provide a basic 3x4 inch white/off-white label for each person in attendance and demonstrate the stitching technique.
Guild Member Input
We would like your input on two items this month. For those of you who cannot attend a survey will be sent out via email after the meeting.
Of course, these are the fireworks of the night where we all get to ooooooooo and ahhhhhhhhh! Can’t wait to see what you have all been working on this summer!
See you Thursday, July 13th at Karen McTavish’s Quilt Studio, 1831 E 8th Street!
Are you in Duluth for the Minnesota Quilt Show this week? Stop by the Lake Superior Modern Quilt Guild's monthly meeting Thursday night!
Frank Palmer, a nationally acclaimed long arm quilter, now works with Karen McTavish in her shop. He will be joining us Thursday to offer his expertise regarding how to quilt a top in a modern way.
Plus Show & Tell and more!
Welcome everyone to May! That wonderful month where trees go from bare branches to that lovely shade of warm green which can be seen for only a few days each Spring. Where leaves burst from bud fists and open into waving leaf hands. The wonderful month of proms, graduations and grad parties. The month where gardens are planted with dreams of yummy vegetables to follow and perennials emerge from their winter sleep. The month where camping plans are made, the cabin cobwebs cleaned out, beaches prepared for summer fun, bike wheels begin to turn, evenings are warm enough for ice cream and a stroll on the Lakewalk. May, the month where we emerge from our long delayed Spring and say, 'Here comes the Sun!'
May, a wonderful month packed with beauty and fun…..just like our meeting! We have a full schedule for our meeting, Thursday, May 11th at Karen McTavish’s Quilt Studio, see below!
Needle Turn Applique Tutorial led by Mary S
Mary S will be leading us in our first hands-on tutorial for 2017. Mary will be demonstrating Needle Turn Applique. For those who want to try their hand at needle turn applique during the meeting, Mary has put together applique kits, complete with thread, needle and fabric. If you want to participate during the meeting please bring small scissors for clipping, a thimble (if desired) and a needle threader.
Ten Minute Tips - Organizing Piecing Your Quilt Top Using Your Design Wall
Heidi will be demonstrating for us a technique she learned regarding using your design wall to organize your quilt blocks in preparation for piecing your quilt top. In Heidi’s word, “It’s rocked my world” and made piecing the quilt top go much faster.
Also, if you have a tip to share, don’t forget to sign up!
Riley Blake Rockstar LSMQG Challenge
Bring your finished creation for a special show and tell. You will also be entered into a special drawing for a fabulous prize. If you haven’t finished yours yet you still have until Thursday’smeeting! Remember the guidelines are: you must use the RB Rockstar fabrics, a solid, must be quilted and must be finished. Can’t wait to see everyone’s creations!
LSMQG August Color/Shape Challenge
In May’s meeting, we’ll draw our colors and shape for the mini quilt challenge for our August meeting. Rosemary will be sharing the details of the challenge. You won’t want to miss this!
Quilt Weekend with Donalee Kennedy, Friday September 15th and Saturday, September 16th
We will be sharing the full details of our event scheduled with Donalee. We will also be opening registration for members with the May meeting.
And if this all isn’t enough we have our social time with snacks provided by Mary S (thank you Mary!) and of course Show and Tell, where YOU are the ROCKSTARS!
See you on Thursday, May 11th at 6:00 PM at Karen McTavish’s Quilt Studio, 1831 East 8thStreet
The Lake Superior Modern Quilt Guild meets the
2nd Thursday each month from 6pm-8pm at
McTavish Quilting Studio
(1831 E 8th St., Duluth, MN 55812)