The last couple of days have been fun ones for our guild as our team-effort charity quilt has made its debut at QuiltCon in Pasadena. It’s receiving a lot of love on Instagram as various people share their photos of it!
This quilt is the brainchild of Alane Davis, Guild Vice President of Programs, pictured above with our quilt titled “Lake Superior Sunrise.” She designed the pattern and guided Guild members in its making. It features fabric by designer Alison Glass. Scott Lunt, member, did an amazing job quilting it. And be sure to check on the binding, done by Ruthann Grace, Guild President. “Lake Superior Sunrise” is a true labor of love as many members had a part in its making!
Interested in getting your hands on a copy of this amazing pattern? You can find it right HERE! A portion of each sale helps support the Lake Superior Modern Quilt Guild.
In this Valentine month we had a sweetheart of a February meeting! It was so great to see everyone after such a long time. With 31 in attendance, which included 5 visitors, we basked in the warmth of quilty goodness! Now on to the minutes. I apologize in advance for how lengthy this is! We covered a LOT on Thursday!
The meeting opened greeting the visitors and each member individually. It was so fun to see and hear from everybody..........then it was on to business.
Lynn Carson Harris: The Northern Lights Guild has invited us to partner with them in bringing Lynn Carson Harris to Duluth the weekend of October 5th for a trunk show and two days of teaching. We have sent a poll to all members asking their preferences in what classes they would like to see offered.
Project Pouch: There will be a Project Pouch sewing day on Saturday, March 3rd at Harrison Community Center, 3002 W 3rd Street. We haven't yet set a start time so watch you inbox and the member's only Facebook page for an announcement. Twelve inch zippers in a variety of colors will be available for use. Reminder! This is a year long project and at the end of the year we'll have a drawing with a FABULOUS prize for those who participated. To earn entries, a pouch only donation = 1 ticket, a toiletries only donation = 1 ticket, a filled pouch donation = 2 tickets. Bring your pouches to meetings as you complete them. We'll keep track of earned tickets through out the year. As we have filled pouches we'll bring them to the Women's Shelter. You may use any pouch pattern you like. If you want to use the Open Wide pouch, the tutorial pdf can be accessed by clicking on the link below. The zippers that were donated fit the Medium Open Wide Pouch.
Riley Blake Challenge: We will have an LSMQG Riley Blake challenge as we have had the past two years. Guidelines for the challenge are the same as the guidelines for the National guild challenge with the exception that the solids you add to the Riley Blake challenge fabrics do not have to be Riley Blake solids. We'll have our Riley Blake challenges show and tell at the June meeting. Those who bring a completed challenge item to share will be entered into a special drawing.
New Meeting Location: It was announced that beginning with the March meeting we will move to Harrison Community Center, 3002 W 3rd Street, for our monthly meetings. Parking is available on both sides of 3rd Street and there is a parking lot on the west side of the park/baseball fields. We greatly appreciate the generosity that Karen McTavish has shown in sharing her studio space with us. She has been such a supporter of the guild and supporter of many within the guild. Karen, you have no idea how much your support has meant to us!
2018 Quilt a Long/Block of the Month: Alane shared with us her beautiful quilt design that will be our guild 2018 quilt a long. Directions for the first block were shared, along with a coloring sheet that can be used to plan out fabric choices and color placement. Alane's pattern is designed to introduce a variety of blocks and construction techniques. It is also an opportunity to play with color as a design element. The quilt finishes 70" by 70". A PDF of the full design, the coloring sheet and instructions for the first block can be accessed by clicking on the link below. Bring the first completed block to the April meeting so we can see everyone's different versions and visions!
Then Alane conducted a session about organizing your stash and scraps. She shared her technique for organizing by color, cutting up scraps into usable sizes and folding fabric. She also shared with us many links she found helpful in researching the topic of how to organize your stash and sewing space. Below are the links to the websites that she shared with us.
Color Organization: The Art of Choosing by Jeni Baker from her blog In Color Order http://www.incolororder.com/p/art-of-choosing.html
Fabric Folding Tutorials: Folding Tutorial on YouTube and I Always Pick the Thimble
Scrap Management: Lori Holt from Bee in My Bonnet and Pat Sloan's Scrap Busting Plan
Sewing Room Organization Ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/alane_davis/craft-room-love/
In our April Meeting we will continue discussing color and choosing fabrics and go over in more detail the tutorial by Jeni Baker, 'The Art of Choosing'
Quilter of the Month: Heidi shared with us three beautiful quilts she recently finished and shared with us a bit of her recent quilty journey and inspiration. It was so great to see her quilts and learn more about her. If you would like to be featured during a month this year, please sign up during our next meeting. Joan will be our Quilter of the Month for March. Thank you Joan!
Snacks: Snacks were provided by Ruthann. If you can bring a snack to March's meeting please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know!
Show and Tell: We had a BIG show and tell on Thursday!
Well, I think that's it! It was a packed night! Don't forget......March's meeting will be at Harrison Community Center, 3002 W 3rd Street.
LSMQG Leadership Team
Wow! Where has January gone! Hope you all made good use of the cold weather to do some hot sewing and quilting!
I don’t know about you, but not having a January meeting really left an inspiration gap in my month. Here is what we’ll be doing in the February meeting on Thursday, February 8th.
Scrap and Stash Management: Alane will be sharing with us her tips as well as tips gleaned from the web on how to organize and store your scraps and stash.
2018 Quilt a Long: Alane has designed a yearlong quilt-a-long for us that will help build your piecing skills. The full pattern and first block of the series will be revealed in the February meeting.
Project Pouch: Wondering what ‘Project Pouch’ is all about? You should have an email in your inbox that explains our yearlong service project. If you missed the email, the information is also posted on our blog. You can see that here: https://www.lakesuperiormqg.com/home/project-pouch We’ll discuss it more in our meeting and answer any questions you may have.
Quilter of the Month: Our quilter of the month for January is Heidi. We’ll see some of her quilty goodness in our February meeting. We’ll also have a sign up available so you can sign up for a month to be featured!
Guild News: We met as a leadership team in early January. We'd like to share with you some plans for 2018.
Show and Tell: In our survey many of you mentioned this is your favorite part of the meeting! We want to see what you have been working on! Whether it is a work in progress or a completed project we want to see it! We love being inspired by everyone’s talents!
Can’t wait to see everyone on Thursday, February 8th at Karen McTavish’s Quilt Shop, 1831 East 8th Street.
The Leadership Team LSMQG 😊
p.s. For those on the email distribution list who have not yet paid dues for 2018, we'll be revising the distribution list after the February meeting. You can still keep up with all the events, photos and activities via our web page http://www.lakesuperiormqg.com and don't forget, you can access our Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest pages all from our web page!
As a way to get to know our fellow LSMQG members we plan to feature a different quilter each month. Let one of the leadership team know if you would like to be featured!
HEIDI: I never saw myself becoming a quilter. I have always enjoyed sewing “occasionally" in the beginning. Making simple baby blankets and things around the house.
Around 2008, I discovered a tote bag pattern and fell in love. I became a bag/purse making maniac. Searching for cute patterns led me into the blogging world. It was there that I discovered all sorts of beautiful quilts. Nothing like my grandma made.
A majority of the quilts that I made were given away to babies and family in the beginning. It's just been in the last few years that I've tried to focus on making quilts for me and my family.
Being a part of the LSMQG has not only been a huge inspiration to my creative journey, but has helped me grow as a quilter. Teaching me to better identify what IS a modern quilt. I've also learned that in the scale of traditional vs modern, I definitely do not sit on the super modern side but rather somewhere in the middle. I love modern fabrics and quilts that push the boundaries. But I also love the look of a simple patchwork quilt tied with yarn. Mostly because they remind me of my grandma.
In the past few years I've made a conscious effort to avoid most online swaps and groups. This was all in my desire to sew for me and invest in making things that I love. I've started 2018 with my new motto "The best way to get things done is to begin" and it's working!! I've already made and finished 4 quilts this year. Yay me!!
Thank you, Heidi, for letting us get to know you better and for sharing photos of your beautiful quilts!
The Lake Superior Modern Quilt Guild meets the
2nd Thursday each month from 6pm-8pm at
Harrison Community Center (3002 W 3rd St in Duluth)