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
Some of the Lake Superior Quilt Guild members and friends recently got together to paint barn quilts! Here's a sample of some of their creations. A special thank you to member Claudia for leading the session!
See some of what LSMQG members have been up to!
Before the meeting, we enjoyed socializing and shopping at the swap/yard sale tables set up in the studio and in the hallway. Many people found new treasures to take home with them. Mary S. brought some of her home-made maple syrup and offered it for sale as well. Pancakes, anyone?
First up after the welcome was our Simple Simon topic of the month. Claudia’s presentation on solids included a showing of her recent solids purchases and a take-home sample pack of swatches for each member in attendance. She selected white solids from several fabric lines for us and it was interesting to see and feel the differences. A good suggestion was made: label the solids in your stash. It is very difficult to figure out later if you don’t, and if you want to buy more it will certainly make that easier. One way is to use a marker and write in the selvedge.
Next was a brief recap of last month’s sew-in and reminders about upcoming events.
Barn quilt day will be led by Claudia on April 22nd beginning at 10:00 AM at Harrison Community Center. Although the sign-up day has passed, there have been some cancellations, so do check with her if you are interested. For those who are attending please bring with you a blow dryer for speeding up the drying process, extension cord, painting clothes (not a messy project but just to be safe) and food to share for the potluck lunch.
Guild entries for the Riley Blake challenge are due at the May meeting on May 11th. Just as a reminder, fabrics were given to those who requested them with the national signup a few months ago. The entries must be quilted, and must use fabrics from the Riley Blake “Creative Rockstar” collection.
If you are entering your items in the national challenge, entries are due April 30th. Details on how to enter your item can be found athttps://community.themodernquiltguild.com/resources/riley-blake-creative-rockstar-fabric-challenge-spring-2017.
During May’s meeting, members who wish to participate in the August Mini Challenge, will draw a color chip and a shape to incorporate in creating your mini challenge piece. The color drawn and the shape drawn must be incorporated into design. There seems to be some interest in making this a swap, though we had not planned it that way originally. We can discuss this further.
Refreshments were provided by Alane. Thank you Alane! After break we continued with shared tips. Mary S. shared a tip on folding fabric and prewashing fabric. Alane shared a silicone pressing tool she had discovered.
The meeting concluded with show and tell. As always the lovely works shared and good conversation that took place made for a wellspring of inspiration for the next month.
See you at our May meeting, Thursday May 11th, 2017 at Karen McTavish’s Studio!
Crocuses, Tulips, Anemone and Daffodils, oh my! While mother nature may be crafting her Spring quilt of many colors, we have a colorful meeting planned for Thursday, April 13th at Karen McTavish’s Quilt Studio.
A big part of the season is Spring Cleaning! We are hoping you’ve been going through your Sewing and Crafting supplies to find treasures to Swap or Sell with your guild mates. Bring your rediscovered sewing or craft items to sell or swap to Thursday’s meeting for our first LSMQG Sale and Swap!
For those who are selling items please have them marked clearly with your name and the price. (make sure it’s tagged with something that won’t fall off)
Claudia will be our cashier. Those who have sold items will see Claudia at the end of the night to collect your bouquet of bucks!
Please bring greenery (CASH) for buying the treasures you find! (Cash sales only!)
If you plan on bringing items and have not yet indicated via the member’s only Facebook page, please do so as soon as possible. This will help us know how many tables to set up. If you don’t ‘do’ Facebook, you can email email@example.com to let us know you plan to bring items to sell or swap.
One last blossom about the Sale/Swap…….ALL items must go back HOME at the end of the night.
Simple Simon Quilt a Long
The April theme is quilting with Solids. If you want to review the blog post in advance it can be found at http://www.simplesimonandco.com/2017/04/modern-quilt-along-solid-colors-with-jessica-schunke.html/.
Claudia has put together an interactive presentation about the various solids in the marketplace. You won’t want to miss this!
As you remember, March’s theme was Bold Prints. If you made something over the past month that features Bold Prints, please bring it and share it with the guild.
Ten Minute Tips/Now What Should I Do?
As announced in the March meeting we want to set aside time in each meeting where members can share their Ah-Ha! moments. Your Ah-Ha could be a new fabric line, technique, tool, blog post, quilting/sewing book…. You name it!
Ever get to a certain part of making something and you are just not sure what to do next? It may need just one more color, or you’re not sure how it should be quilted, or you have a lay out but you’re not convinced it looks ‘just right’ so you ask yourself, ‘now what should I do?’.
Let your guild partners help! Bring your WIP to the meeting, share with us your ‘hmmmmmmm?’ moment so we can all inspire each other!
If you have a tip or WIP that you’d like to share, there will be a sign-up sheet by the front door.
Show and Tell
To close the meeting we move on to the prettiest of April flowers. These flowers make all the Spring flowers just jump out of their beds.
What flowers are those, you ask? Why, Show and Tell of course! Bring your quilts and other handmade items to spread the fragrance of Spring beauty and fresh quilty goodness to all!
See you on April 13th, from 6:00 to 8:00 at Karen McTavish’s Quilting Studio (1831 E 8th Street)
p.s. Remember to bring your hand made name tag to win a FABULOUS door prize!