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
Alane Davis, “Lu-pine” designer
#igquiltfest Today’s prompt is Solid Love ...I totally recognize that I rarely work with only solids. But this quilt holds a special place in my heart. Based on the lupine flowers that grow wild in the woods and along the roadsides in northern Minnesota, my design was chosen by my local guild to be our #charityquilt for #quiltcon2019. The color palette was determined by the Modern Quilt Guild as well as the theme which was tiny piecing. Through the making of this quilt I became even closer to all the guild members who participated in its construction. The amazing quilting was done by @mctavishio at McTavish Quilting Studio 💜 It is a very special quilt indeed filled with great people and great memories.
I was so thrilled to visit our guild’s charity quilt at #quiltcon ! This quilt is very special to all of us because it was a true group effort. The piecing of this quilt was done by many hands and it was directed in large part by a very dear friend and guild member who recently passed away. This quilt embodies her spirit. Beautiful, complicated, full of life, and representative of so much rugged, natural beauty that each of us who lives here in the Northland hold so dear. For me anyway, our quilt, Lu-pine, will always be a clear, beautiful memory of her. And it was made even more special by the unique, artistic quilting of the one and only @mctavishio resulting in the perfect symbiosis of piecing and quilting. We are all very grateful that our quilt was included in the current issue of #quiltconmagazine . You can learn more about the inspiration behind it’s design there. 💚💙💜
Can you believe it !?! The December Holiday Party/Meeting is next week!
Holiday Pot Luck: We still need people to sign up for Salads and Drinks. (There is also one dessert slot left.) You can find the sign up here. Thanks to everyone who already signed up to bring something. Remember, bring your own serving bowl and utensils for what ever food item you bring. We are not allowed to use the bowls and utensils from the kitchen.
Holiday Yankee Swap: Bring a wrapped gift, with a value of no more than $10.00, to the December meeting. The gift can be handmade, store bought, a combo of both, Holiday themed or not. In other words, the two only 'rules' for the swap are: 1) Keep the value of the gift to no more than $10.00 and 2) Bring your present to the party wrapped.
The gifts will be exchanged via a 'Yankee Swap'. For those who have not participated in a Yankee Swap before, here are the guidelines: Everyone who brings a gift will get a number. The number represents your turn for choosing a gift. As gifts are chosen they are unwrapped so everyone can see the gift. As people take their turns they have the choice to either steel a gift or choose a wrapped gift. After an unwrapped gift has been stolen twice it is declared 'Safe' and can not be stolen a third time. If a gift is stolen from you, you get to choose another gift. You can either choose a wrapped gift or a steal a gift that is still available for stealing. This game is loads of fun when people are willing to steal gifts. Everyone who brings a gift will go home with a gift.
2019 Dues: If you haven't paid dues yet you can do so at the December meeting or via our this page on our website. To access the registration form, click on the link at the bottom of the page.
Show and Tell: Of course there will be Show and Tell!
See you Thursday, December 12th at Harrison Community Center, 3002 West 3rd Street
Happy November! Hope everyone enjoyed our first snowy day!?! We have a nice warm meeting planned for this coming Thursday, November 8th. Take a look below for what we'll be doing.
What's New with You? : There's always something new, isn't there? A new line of fabric you just found, a new tool that's making sewing sooooo much easier, a new way of using an old tool, an ah ha! moment that you just discovered? Alane will be starting off the 'What's New with You' segment by showing us some tools. Then it's your turn to share what's new with you! Fabric? A tool? A notion? A new way of doing something? We'll go around the room and hopefully everyone will have something to share. Just think of all the new tips you'll learn!
Sew Evening: We have Harrison Community Center booked for Friday night sewing on November 9th. It's never too late to start your Christmas sewing! We'll update everyone on the start time on Thursday.
Dues: Remember.......2019 dues are due by the Christmas meeting but we'd love to have them come in sooner than that. Here is the link to pay on line. If you want to pay them at the meeting, see Ruthann.
Project Pouch: Remember to bring your pouches and toiletries. Our drawing for all those that have participated is during the December meeting.
Show and Tell: Of course there is Show and Tell! Speaking of Show and Tell, have you stopped by Karen McTavish's Quilt Studio to see the fantastic quilts hanging? If you haven't you definitely want to make sure you get there this week.
See you Thursday, November 8th at Harrison Community Center, 3002 W 3rd Street.
Karen McTavish Quilting Studio will be hosting a Pop-Up Show and Sale Oct 20-Nov 10. Check out the beautiful modern quilts on display, some of them made by Lake Superior Quilt Guild members!
Location: McTavish Quilting Studio, 1831 E 8th St in Duluth, MN
Click HERE for more details!
Come see the creative work of quilter Lynn Carson Harris and hear from her this Thursday, Oct 4! We are so exited!!
Open to the public. Free to members of Lake Superior Modern Quilt Guild and Northern Lights Machine Quilt members. $10 for non-members.
We had a fun August Picnic at our last meeting. Thank you for everyone who came and brought something delicious to share. It truly was a bounty of great and creative food
served. Thank you!
MQG Website: We shared that the national MQG is launching a new version of their website. Since the August meeting, you all should have gotten an email from the MQG announcing the new website and asking you to reset your password. Check your email inbox!
Fabric Printing Half Day Workshop: We also reminded people to sign up for Alane’s fabric printing class on September 15th at Harrison Community Center from 9:00-1:00 PM. If you missed the registration email you can find it here
Lynn Carson Harris: It’s getting close to our Lynn Carson Harris weekend, October 4th through 6th. There are four spots open for String Theory on Friday, October 5th . There is only ONE spot open for Intuitive Piecing with Solids on Saturday, October 6th . Registration is open to the public. If you or a friend are interested in taking either class you can register here All events that weekend are at Hope Methodist Church by UMD.
Lynn Carson Harris Trunk Show, Thursday, October 4th at 6:30 at Hope United Methodist Church: The trunk show is open to the public. Members of the Lake Superior MQG and Northern Lights Guild attend for free. Non-members will be asked to pay a $10.00 admission at the door.
Lynn’s trunk show/lecture is titled: “ Do it for the Process”. The description of her lecture follows:
"Lynn will share some of her quilts and talk about her journey from the first quilt she made as a teenager in 1976 to her current work. She has found that the steps of making a quilt are often more meaningful to her than the completed quilt. Focusing on the creative process rather than the finished product allows her time in the studio to be filled with play and
Supply lists have been emailed out to all those who have registered for a class. Check your email inbox!!!!
The most exciting guild news item of our August meeting was the Superior Sunrise drawing. There were 269 tickets in the drawing and the winner was……….. Caroline of Nisswa, MN!!!!
When we contacted Caroline she let us know she was in Duluth that day. So we made arrangements to present to her the quilt that night. It was quite an honor for Sue and Ruthann, to be able to present Caroline with her quilt. During our visit with Caroline, she told us the heartwarming story about how she bought her ticket and what winning the quilt meant to her.
Earlier in the summer she was in Duluth in regard to a medical situation with a close family member. She was driving by Karen McTavish’s Quilt Studio and, as a new quilter, was inspired to stop in and see what the studio was all about. While there, she saw Alane Davis’ Superior Sunrise quilt and purchased a ticket.
Fast forward to the day of our meeting. Caroline was again on her way to Duluth in regard to the family medical issue. She knew it was going to be a hard day. So hard in fact that she called her friend, on her way to Duluth for some encouragement. In that phone call she mentioned, ‘Today is the day of the raffle. If I could just win that quilt, it would mean so much to me!’ and then……….. a few hours later………. we called to say, ‘You won!’. I wish you all could have seen the thankfulness in her eyes when we gave her the quilt.
Caroline owns an inn in the Nisswa area. Alane’s quilt will hang in the entry to greet all guests as they arrive.
August Challenge: Our August challenge was to create a quilt inspired by a photo. It was truly inspiring to see how our members translated a photo into their own special creation. Thank you to everyone who participated. I know we were all inspired by the variety and beauty of each creation.
So all in all, our August meeting was a great way to relax, celebrate summer and enjoy our quilty community!
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the September meeting on Thursday, September 13th, at Harrison Community Center, 3002 W 3rd Street!
Are you ready for our annual picnic meeting? Thursday's meeting will be a relaxed meeting of sharing our creativity with each other and a picnic meal together.
We will also be playing Left, Right Center during the meeting. Those who wish to participate should bring a fat quarter as 'ante'.
August Challenge: How is everyone's project coming along? Hopefully in it's final stages! Bring your mini creation and your photo so we can see your interpretation/inspiration! Everyone who brings a completed mini will receive a prize!
Superior Sunrise Drawing: We will hold the drawing to reveal who will win the 2017 Quitlcon Quilt designed by Alane Davis, Superior Sunrise. We MUST have everyone's tickets and money in hand in the August meeting. Even if you didn't sell all the tickets you took, you MUST return them. This is a legal requirement by the State of holding a raffle. We'll also share with the guild how much was brought in by the raffle and the amount that will be donated to SafeHaven.
Regular Show and Tell: Of course there will be regular show and tell too! Bring your creations to share....WIPs, completed projects, etc......
See you Thursday, August 9th from 6:00-8:00 at Harrison Community Center, 3002 West 3rd Street, and.....don't forget the Lincoln Park Farmer's Market will be in front of the center. Come early and peruse some fabulous home grown goodies!
Registration is open to everyone for classes with Lynn Carson Harris! Invite your friends to join you in this fun and informative sessions. Sign up for one session or both!
Lake Superior Modern Quilt Guild and Northern Lights Machine Quilters Guild are excited to co-host quilter Lynn Carson Harris for a weekend of classes, October 5 & 6.
To find out more info and to register, visit HERE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 (9am-4pm): STRING THEORY
Lynn will teach her method for string piecing with no foundation. With this foolproof technique, there is no extra layer of fabric in the quilt and no paper bits to pick out after the sewing is finished. You will learn the skills needed to add string piecing to your own quilt designs. Bring your scrap bin and prepare to have some fun!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 (9am-4pm): INTUITIVE PIECING WITH SOLIDS
When using solids, the emphasis is put on the shape of each piece of fabric. The lines and shapes become the focus of the quilt rather than the print of a fabric. The mood of the quilt is set by your piecing and color choice, not by a style of print. Working with free-form, improvisational construction, students will create their own, original quilts using easy to learn design concepts and techniques. This design class is good for the beginning and advanced, traditional and art quilter. Come and join the fun as Lynn shows you easy methods for creating your own original quilts.
We had a wonderful, relaxed meeting in our July meeting. Things we went over were:
Raffle proceeds to date: Proceeds from sales at Karen McTavish quilt shop, Hannah Johnson's Quilt Shop and other sales venues were shared. All tickets and proceeds must be in by the August meeting. In the August meeting we will do the drawing and give a final update on proceeds. ALL TICKETS AND FUNDS MUST BE RETURNED BY THE AUGUST MEETING. This is a LEGAL requirement. If you can't return the tickets and/or funds in the August meeting, please contact Claudia L.
Quiltcon 2019 Charity Quilt: Information was shared regarding the quilt block kits members can take home to complete. Information was also shared regarding sew days. The Sew Days will be posted on the calendar on the LSMQG website. The calendar can be found here Our next sew day is July 25th at Harrison Community Center. Start time is scheduled for 5:00 PM. Our goal is to have the quilt completed by November 30th so we can enter it into the judged portion of Quiltcon.
Improv Tutorial: Alane demonstrated a stitch and flip technique for adding wonky triangles to a corner of a 2 1/2 inch square of fabric. She also shared a slice and insert technique for making wonky cross blocks. These techniques will be the techniques that will be used when we make blocks for our 2019 Quiltcon Charity Quilt.
Fabric Printing Workshop and Survey: Alane has sent out a second survey regarding dates being considered for the workshop. If you have not replied to the survey please check your email for the link and fill out the survey.
Painted Turtle QAL: Alane revealed the next blocks in our quilt a long. She has also posted the instructions in our member's only Facebook page.
Lynn Carson Harris Workshop: Registration is now open for member's to register to take both classes. On August 1st registration fee increases to $50.00 and is open to the public. You can access the registration form here
August Meeting/Challenge: Members shared their inspiration photo for the August Mini Quilt challenge. All members who participate will receive a prize. Quilts must be finished to be eligible for a prize. This challenge is designed to stir your creative genius and stretch your creative muscles, so we aren't designating too many other 'boundaries'.
August Potluck Picnic: We will also have a potluck picnic during the August meeting. Rosemary and Mary will bring meatless entrees. You can sign up for the picnic goodies you will bring here Once you click on the RSVP button you will be brought to the potluck sign up page.
Treats were provided by Kathy and Peggy provided delicious treats for our July meeting. Thank you Kathy and Peggy!
You can see all the lovely Show and Tell items below.
Hope everyone is having a good summer. It will be great to see you in August!
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).