Please take a moment to get to know one of our fellow guild members, Denise!
Wow, it is a little intimidating to be asked to be Quilter of Month! But I’ll jump in with some brief personal bio and some pictures of my quilt journey.
I have been sewing since I was in about 4th grade – likely starting with a Girl Scout badge or helping my mother make the many clothes she completed for her four girls (and occasionally her three sons!). I have good memories of helping make drapes, recover sofa and my mom helping me start sewing real clothes. I signed up for HomeEc classes (oh…..thoseboring aprons….) as I soon figured out that my dad would buy fabric but not often new clothes (admittedly seven children needing clothes stretched a budget). So I was first and foremost a garment sewer - - making work clothes, Frostline kits (do you remember?), and then clothes for my three kids. Some of you remember I made a wedding dress for my middle daughter a couple years ago.
My first quilt was a wonky patchwork quilt when my son was born. I don’t think it has survived….. But from there I did make many baby quilts, and focused on a lot of cutesy applique wall hangings and quilts. When we moved to Houston, I started “real” quilts and handquilted a couple of traditional quilts for my daughters (in fact one took at least two Christmas to give as partially completed gift). I’ve made quilts for each of my siblings and many of their first grandchildren.
In the last five years I have gradually become more contemporary, even when following traditional patterns. I bought myself a long-arm as my retirement gift to myself and have greatly enjoyed improving my skills. I don’t hire out, but I am probably making some dent in investment. I like quilting charity quilts such as many created by group at church to gift to initial residents of Steve O’Neil housing project. Mostly it is a great creative outlet and I like luxury of working hour or two at my leisure.
Here are some samples (some of which you may recognize from past show-and-tells).
Some of many baby quilts for grand-nieces and nephews
Several Charity quilts made often with friends
Three matching quilts for granddaughter and her two new step-sisters.
Three wedding-ring quilts for each of the three kids (last one was quite modern after collaborating with artsy daughter!)
Not the easiest quilt to learn paper piecing! But a great wall hanging.
And some more of my work:
Thank you, Denise, for sharing part of your quilting journey with us and for sharing some of your fabulous work!
Well…..it’s starting to look a bit more like Spring…at least today it is! Read on for a recap of our April meeting.
There were no business items to share.
Quiltcon2018: Alane and Cheryl gave a recap of their time at Quiltcon. We were able to view some of the quilts they found personally interesting.
Alane shared she took a class from Karen Lewis on fabric printing. Karen Lewis is the creator of the Blueberry Park fabric line. Alane is going to share her experience and knowledge with those from the guild who want to participate in a work shop to be held Saturday, August 4th.
Quiltcon 2019 will be in Nashville, TN, February 21-24th, 2019. Quiltcon has published the hotels where they have arranged discount rates. You can find the link to this page on the Quiltcon site below. Both Alane and Cheryl suggest, if you are attending Quiltcon, to try to book a hotel close to the venue. Discount rooms tend to go fast.
The Art of Choosing: Alane shared her method for building a palette for a quilt and auditioning fabrics. Using a focus fabric, she created a variety of fabric pulls from her stash. She demonstrated how the addition or deletion of even a single fabric can make a big change. Alane said she often tries to use the secondary colors in a print to pick fabrics to compliment her focus fabric. Alane demonstrated how helpful it us to use a design wall to audition fabrics. A design wall allows the quilter to step back and see the overall effect. She also shared how a fabric pull for a quilt can be made more interesting via combining a variety of print styles.
Quilt A Long: Alane and Cheryl shared their Quilt A Long center medallions which have been pieced through block units 1,2 and 3. Block 2/Log Cabin and Block 3/Chevron Block patterns have both been placed in the Member’s Only Facebook page and the shared Google folder. The Block 3/Chevron Block has three sets of instructions providing three options (paper pieced, templates or rotary cut) for construction. Link to the shared Google folder is below. Remember, this is a sew at your own pace project.
Show and Tell: We had a robust Show and Tell.
Have you Seen????? We’ve set some dates for sewing at Harrison Community Center. They are posted on our Member’s Only Facebook page. Dates set are:
Saturday, May 5th, 9:00 PM -5:00 PM Open Sew plus Alane plans to attend for those who may want help with their Quilt a Long blocks
Friday, June 22nd, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM Open Sew
Saturday, August 4th, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Fabric Printing Workshop with Alane Davis
Friday, November 9th, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM Open Sew
Saturday, December 1st, 9:00 AM -5:00 PM Open Sew
Hope to see many at the Sew In on Saturday, May 5th. But if not then, we'll look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, May 10th at Harrison Community Center. In the May meeting, Denise H. will be sharing with us her experience in making collage quilts.
Happy April! It doesn't look much like April outside and the temps are frosty for sure. But rest assured, quilty goodness will SPRING UP on Thursday, April 12th at Harrison Community Center, 3002 W 3rd Street. See below for our agenda.
QuitCon recap: Alane and Cheryl will share their experience of Quiltcon 2018. It will be fun to see the experience through their eyes!
The Art of Choosing: Alane will share insights about creating an array of fabrics to be used in a quilt project. This is an interactive session. It’s going to be all about PLAYing with fabric! In order to do this, we need your fabrics!!! Just bring a selection of fabrics. (Please make sure they are labeled with your name.) They could be fabrics you are thinking of using for your BOM quilt a long, a pull of fabrics that you are thinking of using in a quilt, a bundle that needs just that one extra fabric or even a pull of fabrics that you aren’t sure how to use. We will play with the fabrics to see how little changes can have big impact. Hopefully, as we play, new ideas for mixing color and pattern will get our juices flowing! Remember this will be FUN! No stressing about choosing these fabrics allowed 😊
LSMQG Block of the Month: Alane has created seven fabulous color way variations of our Quilt a Long. These have been posted on our Member's Only Facebook page. Haven’t seen them yet? You can find them in the photos section of the Facebook page. We have also saved them in the shared folder on the guild Google drive. Sooooooo..........if you click on the link below you’ll find the color way photos, the QAL coloring sheet and instructions for Block One.
If you have started on the Quilt a Long and have completed Block One, we'd love to see what you have started. Please bring it to April’s meeting so we can see all the variety of quilty creativity!
Haven’t started yet? Don’t worry! This is an ‘at your own pace’ project. Most of all, it is meant to be FUN!!!! Jump in whenever it works for you!
Project Pouch: Have you made a pouch or pouches in the past month? Need more zippers to make more pouches? Joan Hunn has volunteered to be our Project Pouch point person. Turn your pouch into Joan so she can keep track of the drawing tickets you've earned. Joan will also have the zippers.
Snacks: Lynn Lanier will be bringing us some snacky goodness. Thank you Lynn! For all, we'll prepare both cold and hot water for drinks. Members should provide their own hot beverage fixings. To minimize waste, please bring your own cup or water container.
Show and Tell.....can't wait to see what you have all been working on!
See you on Thursday, April 12th at Harrison Community Center, 3002 W 3rd Street, from 6:00-8:00.
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
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 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 email@example.com 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)