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
LYNN CARSON HARRIS WORKSHOP
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.
JULY MEETING RECAP
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!
JUNE MEETING RECAP
We had several reminders of upcoming events.
Riley Blake Challenge
National MQG winners of the Riley Blake Challenge were shown. The June meeting was also the grand reveal of our Riley Blake challenge. Kathy Esson took away the fabulous prize. Congrats to all who participated. To view photos visit our website here.
2018 Painted Turtle Medallion Quilt a Long
Alane revealed Block 6 of the Medallion and shared tips for sewing curves. All QAL pattern files can be found on the member’s only Facebook page and here
2019 Quiltcon Charity Quilt
Two designs were submitted for consideration, Frank Palmer’s ‘Golden Girls’ design and Alane’s ‘Lupine’ design. Members chose the Lupine design as their favorite. You can see the design here. More details regarding dates for sewing will be forthcoming.
Snacks were provided by Joan. Thank you Joan!
July Meeting Program
The July meeting will feature a tutorial the topic of Lino Printing on Fabric
See you on July 12th, at Harrison Community Center, 3002 W 3rd Street, 6:00-8:00!
You know you’ve been drooling over this gorgeous quilt and wanting it all for yourself. Now you’ve got the chance! Send a message to collectorcal @ yahoo.com to find out how to get some raffle tickets with your name on them!
$10/ticket or 3/$25. Proceeds will benefit Safe Haven Women’s Shelter as well as the Lake Superior Modern Quilt Guild.
Lake Superior Sunrise quilt is designed by Alane Davis, pieced by members of Lake Superior Modern Quilt Guild members, and quilted by Scott Lunt.
MAY MEETING RECAP
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.
MEET A MEMBER: DENISE
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!
APRIL MEETING RECAP
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.
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).