We had a great meeting on Thursday, May 10, packed with information, inspiration and beauty. There was a lot of information shared. Please click on the links to get more information on each topic.
LSMQG QuiltCon Charity Quilt Raffle
We are raffling the 2018 Quilt Con Charity quilt. Raffle ticket prices are $10.00 per ticket or three tickets for $25.00. Funds from the raffle will be distributed as follows: reimburse cost of making the quilt, remainder divided equally between Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center and LSMQG Education Fund. More information about Safe Haven can be seen here. The raffle drawing will take place at the August meeting.
On Thursday, May 17th through Saturday, May 19th we will be selling raffle tickets at the Minnesota Charms Quilt Show being held at the AAD Shrine Hall located at 5152 Miller Trunk Highway. You can find more information regarding the MN Charms Quilt Show by clicking on the web links below. here and here .
Thank you to Cheryl, Alane, Sue, JoAnn , Denise, Maxine, and Claudia for manning the ticket table on the days of the show!
We are asking members to sell tickets. Please contact Claudia (send an email to the guild) to get your booklet of tickets. Any unsold tickets should be returned by the August meeting.
Lynn Carson Harris Weekend
Dates for the trunk show and classes are below. A separate email will be sent with the details about registration.
Thursday, October 4th: Trunk Show with Lynn Carson Harris. She will show her quilts and talk about her creative process. Free to members. Non-members $10.00 admission paid at the door.
Friday, October 5th: String Theory Class 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, October 6th: Intuitive Piecing with Solids 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Venue: Hope Methodist Church, 301 W St. Marie Street
Members can start booking hotel rooms at a discounted rate NOW. Information and links to QuiltCon hotels are available here .
Member registration opens June 22nd You can find more information regarding QuiltCon here .
Watch for email updates from the national guild.
Riley Blake Challenge
Bring all of your creations to show and tell at the June meeting!
2019 QuiltCon Charity Quilt
This year’s theme (Tiny Piecing) and palette were revealed. For more info, click here . If you have a quilt design idea to suggest please email it to the guild.
So far over 50 pouches have been made and donated along with extra toiletry supplies.
Questions were asked about where to find the Noodlehead Open Wide Pouch pattern. Go directly to Anna Graham’s website for cutting Instructions here and construction Instructions/tutorial here .
Fabric Dying class with Frank Palmer
This will be a FUN day of instruction in dying fabric with chemical, colorfast dyes that will last.
Saturday, July 14th from 11:00 AM to FINISH at Alane’s house.
Fee is $135.00 for 8 yards of fabric, dyes, and synthrapol.
Class limit is 12 people.
A down payment of $70 is due by June 14th
Everyone attending is asked to bring a dish to share for a pot luck lunch. Contact Alane for more information.
August Mini Quilt Challenge
This challenge is to be inspired by a photo or image of your choosing and interpret it into a mini quilt using modern quilt design concepts.
Bring your inspiration photo, whether a printed photo, one on your phone, or a magazine image to the June guild meeting. You may use any fabrics, colors and techniques you choose to create your mini quilt.
Your finished quilt must measure at least 18” on each side. Your mini must be fully completed, quilted and bound (or faced).
Bring your masterpiece to the August meeting for a chance to win a special prize! (Don’t forget to bring your inspiration photo too!)
For inspiration, check out the Quilt Design A Day group on Facebook, and read this article from the MQG about finding inspiration all around you.
LSMQG Painted Turtle Medallion QAL
Alane shared the inspiration that led to the naming of her design. She shared the next section of the medallion, the striped border. The instructions are complete and are posted in the members only Facebook page. Join the Quilt A Long event here to receive updates and find all of the Block instructions. It’s not too late to jump in!
Denise gave an excellent presentation on collage quilts.
Tips she shared were:
Collage Web Pages to Explore: Laura Heine’s website and weallsew.com
Laura Heine's collage patterns and fabrics for collage quilt making are available at Hannah Johnson Fabrics.
Kathy C. provided treats. Thank you Kathy!
See you on Thursday, June 14th at Harrison Community Center......you may want to come a bit early to SHOP!....the Harrison Farmer's Market will be open in the park. Yum!
Oh what a difference a month makes! Hooray for sunshine and warm temperatures! Hooray for green grass!
Share your joy of this Spring season at our May meeting on Thursday, May 10th, 2018at Harrison Community Center from 6:00-8:00. Below are some of the things we’ll be doing.
Collage Quilting: Ever been wowed by the beautiful collage quilts you see at quilt shows? Denise H. and Sue A. will be sharing their experience and tips in making collage quilts. Also, Alane will share some amazing collage quilts she has found on line. Prepare to be inspired!
Challenges: How is your Riley Blake challenge coming along? Did you see the National Guild has announced their winners? Just a reminder that our Riley Blake challenge show and tell will be the June meeting. Then.....ready for a new challenge? In May’s meeting we will reveal the challenge theme for the August meeting. Curious? Come to the meeting to find out!
Quilt a Long: Alane has done a fabulous job creating our QAL pattern. The next portion of the pattern will be released in our May meeting. For prior patterns see the link below. They can also be found in the Files section of the Member’s Only Facebook page. Remember this is a ‘make at your own pace' project!
Lynn Carson Harris Workshop: Deb has been working hard on registration and we are all set to share the details.
Minnesota Charms Quilt Show: Not sure what that’s all about? We’ll give you the scoop in the May meeting.
Kathy C. has graciously signed up to provide treats……..Thank you!
Then of course, there is Show and Tell! We want to see it all!
See you on Thursday, May 10th at Harrison Community Center, 3002 W 3rd Street!
P.S. Don’t forget….if you have made a pouch for Project Pouch, bring it to the meeting so it can donated.
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 email@example.com 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 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
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).