It may have been a grey, dreary cold day in Duluth but members of the Lake Superior Modern Quilt Guild grabbed their brightest quilts, bundled up, and gathered for a walkabout around Duluth's iconic Aerial Lift Bridge!
Check out the Duluth News Tribune article on the colorful walkabout:
Duluth quilters strut stuff in Canal Park
On Thursday, March 8th, we had our first meeting at our new location, Harrison Community Club, 3002 W 3rdStreet. So without further ado, let’s review what took place.
Lynn Carson Harris
It was announced Lynn has been booked for October 4th-6th. Thursday, October 4th will be a trunk show. Full Day classes to be offered Friday and Saturday, October 5th and 6th are ‘String Theory’ and ‘Intuitive Piecing with Solids’. More details on registration will be available at the April meeting. If you want to see more of Lynn’s work or read more about her the link to her website and Instagram account are below. Her book, Every Last Piece, is also in our lending library.
Riley Blake Challenge
The Riley Blake Challenge fabric packs were handed out at the March meeting. If you weren’t able to pick yours up they will be at the April meeting as well. Any packs not picked up by the April meeting may be used for future door prizes, so……..if you can’t make the April meeting please arrange for someone else to pick up your fabric and please let Sue S. know. You can contact her via the Guild email.
Guidelines for our internal Riley Blake challenge are below:
2018 Block of the Month Quilt a Long
Coloring pages and directions for Block One of our 2018 Block of the Month Quilt a Long, designed by Alane D., were available. You may also access and download these docs for printing via the link below. Block One Show and Share will take place during the April meeting…….time to get sewing!
Quilting with Rulers
Ruthann shared her experience in regard to quilting with rulers. Some things to remember regarding quilting with rulers.
If you want more information regarding quilting with rulers below are some good resources to explore.
Amy’s Free Motion Quilting Adventures –Amy Johnson
Below the link to her blog. From her home page you can also access her You Tube channel. She also has a class on Craftsy.
Below is the link to the video we watched at the March meeting. Angela also has a on Craftsy about quilting with rulers on a home machine. She also has just released her own line of quilting rulers.
Finally, we mentioned the rulers Frank Palmer uses at Karen’s studio. Those rulers can be found here:
The evening closed with Show and Tell. Joan H, March’s Quilter of the Month, led off our Show and Tell. She told us a bit of her quilting journey. She also showed us some lovely hand dyed fabrics she has done recently. Photos can be found on our Instagram page.
Jane Sassaman Trunk Show/Workshop: The Chequamegon Bay Quilters contacted us about a lecture and workshop they are hosting, featuring Jane Sassaman on May 4th through 6th. Information and registration form is attached to this email.
Local Quilt Show: Creations Quilt Shop and Higby’s Quilt Shop (Floodwood) are teaming up to sponsor a quilt show in June to be held at the Shriner’s Temple in Hermantown. Please contact Creations Quilt Shop for more information.
As our Guild grows, we are finding we need more space. Be sure to check us out at our new location! 3002 W 3rd St in Duluth
Happy March! Can you believe it is March already?!? Can you believe Day Light Savings time begins on Sunday, March 11th! My how fast this winter is going!
Our first meeting reminder is about meeting location. Beginning with our March meeting, Thursday, March 8th, our new meeting home will be at Harrison Community Center, 3002 W 3rd Street. http://www.hrsncc.org/ Time is the same, 6:00 - 8:00. There is parking on the west side of the playground/park. You can also park in front of the building on both sides of the street. We'll have tables set up in a big U so that you can sit at a table and see all that is going on.
This month Ruthann will share her experience in using quilting rulers with her domestic machine. She will bring her rulers, ruler foot and machine so that during the meeting people can try out quilting with a quilting ruler. If you wish to 'give it a spin' please bring a quilt sandwich to practice with.
We'll have an update on the Lynn Carson Harris workshop and a reminder of the Riley Blake Fabric challenge. For those who have fabric bundles to pick up, the bundles will be available for pick up at the meeting on Thursday. Any bundles not picked up by the end of the April meeting, will be used for future give guild give aways. If you know you can't make it to the March or April meeting to pick up your bundle, please have someone pick it up for you.
For those of you who may have made pouches this month for Project Pouch, please bring your pouches to the meeting. We are going to be donating them to the shelter through out the year. Also, if you need a zipper to make a pouch between the March and April meeting, zippers will be available. Remember, this is a year long service project. For all those who made pouches or donated toiletries, at the end of the year, we'll have a drawing for a fabulous prize!
Show and Tell
Of course this is the highlight of the meeting. One great thing about meeting at Harrison is that after show and tell, we'll have room to spread out what was presented at show and tell so that you can see the loveliness up close and chat with the maker.
We have no one signed up for snack for the meeting on Thursday. If you are inclined to bring a snack please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
Quilter of the Month
Joan Hunn is our quilter of the month for March. If you haven't seen the post you can access it here https://www.lakesuperiormqg.com/home/meet-a-member-joan We have no one signed up for April yet. We'd love to get to know each member individually so please consider signing up for a month. If you are not comfortable having your work published on the web site please don't let that deter you from signing up. Just let us know what you are comfortable with and we'll work with your preferences.
Can't wait to see everyone and all the beautiful things you have made~ Don't forget to bring your handmade name tag!
The LSMQG Leadership Team
MEET A MEMBER... JOAN
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. This month we meet Joan!
JOAN: My name is Joan Hunn from Duluth. I have sewn all of my life, began quilting in 1998 and started a long arm machine quilting business in 2003. I joined the Modern Guild when it formed a few years back - attracted by new energized people and fresh ideas that include improv piecing, repeating patterns and geometric shapes. About three years ago, I started taking online textile art classes to challenge myself and have continued to enjoy this path. I like bright, happy colors and also classic, contemporary lines. I have been exploring fabric dyeing, including natural dyes and eco-dyeing of late. Here are some samples of my work:
This is the Oslo Craft Bag, a Sew Sweetness/Sara Lawson pattern. The red lining and brown pockets were made from my handdyes. I learned how to attach rivets with this project.
This Funky Flock bird quilt was made from blocks created by members of our guild and a small group of mine, as part of a year-long block exchange. The hardest part was figuring out the setting design because all of the blocks were different sizes.
This Birch Quilt is an Amanda Jean Nyberg pattern. I made it last Spring for my son and his bride.
Sumac leaf pattern eco-dyed with Madder root powder and an iron blanket onto silk hankies. I had fun exploring last summer while taking an online course by the Wild Dyery.
This is Linus, my former foster dog, shown in fusible applique'. He was my first project for an on-line art class taught by Lisa Call.
Thank you, Joan, for sharing photos of your beautiful pieces and letting us catch a glimpse of your quilting journey!
The Lake Superior Modern Quilt Guild meets the
2nd Thursday each month from 6pm-8pm at
McTavish Quilt Studio & Fabric (1831 E 8th St in Duluth).