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
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).