January 2018 Meeting

We finished our big group charity quilt for Quilt Con! Meet "Life in Pieces," a shattered dresden quilt.

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Thank you to everyone that helped! Great job!

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Sara paper pieced this flying geese quilt top.

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Annaliese made this sawtooth star quilt.

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Kristine finished 2 quilt stockings, just in time for Christmas!

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Rita made these Trip Around the World blocks with Kaffe Faucet blocks.

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Kristi finished this jelly roll quilt with a scallop inset.

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Kristi Used the leftover blocks to make this amazing charity quilt.

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Kristi made this Christmas Quilt for Cassie. The pattern is "Wave," from Elizabeth Hartman's Modern Quilt Cookbook.

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Kathleen shared this gift she received from a "Secret Santa." These are Arizona and California stars.

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Mae made this Crowns and Crosses mini quilt.

December 2017 Meeting

We had a great time at our holiday party! It's so fun to see what everyone makes for the gift exchange. We started off the meeting with a little business, and of course, show and tell.

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Linda brought her first modern quilt that she's finished. DSCF5461-1

Susan W finished her pear quilt. DSCF5463-1

Susan W finished off this group charity quilt. Ready to donate! DSCF5465-1

This is a Quick Curve Ruler Pattern "Country Chic". Susan W calls it "Do you see what I see?"

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Rita finished this handstitched, hand quilted Christmas wall hanging.

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Rita also finished this quilt for her grandson.

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Sara completed this X Plus top. DSCF5475-1

Sara wowed everyone with this New York Beauty quilt top. DSCF5476-1

Gayle brought this finished hexie quilt, made with Tula Pink fabrics. She used the HexNMore ruler to help simplify the piecing. DSCF5478-1

Melanie brought one of her first quilts. It features chairs from history, all hand embroidered. I recognize almost all of these from my interior decorating class! DSCF5480-1

Beth finished her Christmas star table runner. DSCF5481-1

Annaliese completed this Christmas chevron quilt. DSCF5482-1 DSCF5484-1

Carol is almost done piecing the sample for the shop's 1st Saturday quilt. The pattern is "Twilight Gardens." DSCF5487-1

Elaine created this pattern on her own, inspired by the well-known modern art of Piet Mondriaan. Stunning!

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Michele experimented with a new collage technique, and created this wall hanging. DSCF5494-1

Susan A finished this cute turkey. DSCF5496-1

Mae quilted this shop hop quilt, from a shop hop she did in Colorado. DSCF5499-1

Jane finished this Des Moines Star Quilt, using Studio 180 tools.

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Elaine made this beautiful quilt.

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Beth made a second Christmas star table runner. DSCF5503-1

Cassie made this sew together bag.

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A tree mug rug and mug.

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Kristi made this iron caddy. You can pack away your iron while still hot! DSCF5509-1

Gayle made this apron with a matching pot holder.

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A tote bag with a button tree.

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A peacock pincushion.

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A simple, but elegant zipper bag.

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Mae made this tote bag.

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Rita made this drawstring bag and potholders, and added some bath confetti. DSCF5520-1

Susan A made these mesh zipper bags. DSCF5522-1

Sara brought this fabric box with homemade jam. DSCF5523-1

Linda made this cute scrap basket.

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Kathleen made this vinyl bag and added a can of air. DSCF5527-1

Ken made this long duffle bag, perfect for a yoga mat. DSCF5530-1

Kristine made this tool carrier/design board.

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Melanie made these cute trivets.

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Carol made this cute deer and needle booklet. DSCF5535-1

Jane made this dish towel.

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Mary brought this cute penguin panel.

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Marlene brought this jelly roll.

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Bernice made this pin cushion.

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Jane made this mini quilt.

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Michele made this collage envelope with postcard. DSCF5548-1

Kathy brought this covered tin filled with binding clips and added a candy bar. DSCF5549-1

A little fabric box and hexie coasters.

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Karen made this lovely scarf.

November 2017 Meeting

We had our elections - most positions remained the same this time - and discussed plans for the coming year. We also brought our mini quilts that we received from the swap with the Chattanooga guild. It was a lot of fun, and we will have to plan another!

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We had a productive sew day, and pieced together the blocks and prepped the back for one of our Las Vegas charity quilts.

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We also pieced the top for another Las Vegas charity quilt. The hope is that these will be given to the victims or family of the recent shooting.

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Gayle made this charity quilt for Las Vegas on her own. Well done!

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Kristi finished the quilting for this Las Vegas charity quilt.

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Elaine received this mini from the Chattanooga swap. The matchstick quilting is wonderful!

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Melanie received this pinwheel churndash.

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Beth received this scrappy stripe.

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Michele received this circle mini. It's fun to think about how they made this block.

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Kathleen received this improv log cabin-like mini.

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Susan W brought back her fun flamingo mini. DSCF5450-1

Here's all the minis shared from the Chattanooga swap in November.

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Susan W shared some of her first attempts with ruler quilting. It seems like rulers can make complex quilting designs relatively easy. I want to try it now!

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Gayle used this quilt as free motion quilting "practice." It looks wonderful!

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Melanie made this low-volume quilt top. It may whisper, but it captures your attention!

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Annaliese received this lovely Morraco mini from a swap outside the guild.

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Annaliese had this quilt as part of a traveling exhibit. It was a Hoffman fabric challenge, and she just got it back. Well done!

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Myra shared this beautiful hand printed silk.

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Mae finished this Christmas quilt.

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Michele brought this simple beauty. Kaffe fabrics are so colorful.

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Kathleen almost finished this baby quilt. Notice the bunnies quilted in the white space.

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Karen brought the baby quilt she made for her son. In 1982.

October 2017 Meeting

We spent the evening sharing our mini quilt swaps and other projects we've completed. So much fun!

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Susan A finished the blue and purple block charity quilt. This will be well loved.

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The top for the QuiltCon 2018 charity challenge quilt is done. Looking good.

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The back is the scraps from the front.

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Kathleen brought in a baptismal gown she made 40 years ago.

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Kathleen finished this baby blanket with a fun combo of Mickey Mouse and space.

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This mini quilt for the swap, "Road Runner" was for Mae. Great job Kathleen.

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Kathleen also finished this baby blanket.

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Cassie made her mini quilt for the swap twice. She's keeping one.

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This t-shirt quilt will be raffled to support the school. Cassie is the t-shirt quilt Queen.

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Kristi made this double sided mini quilt for the swap for Kathy. Kathy loves the Seahawks!

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F recieved her mini quilt swap from a Chatanooga member.

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Beth made her mini quilt swap "Symphony in Blue"

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She loved it so much, she made one to keep!

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Mae is sent this lovely paper pieced cactus for the swap.

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Michele played with coins for her mini quilt swap.

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F. made this awesome quilt to send for the swap. We are in awe of her skills!

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Karen made this trees mini quilt for the swap.

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Karen received this fun quick curve ruler mini quilt.

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Kathy finished her illusion quilt "#OMG!" The pattern is "Log Cabin with a Lens."

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Kathy made this whimsical mini for the swap for Susan W. "Nama-stay Here"

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Annaleis made this Garden Star quilt.

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Susan A decided to cross some UFOs off her list, and finished all these Halloween minis.

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Elaine finished this gray and white quilt with improv strips.

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Elaine used more improv for her mini quilt swap.

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Melanie finished this quilt top, "Daisy Lane."

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Melanie's mini quilt for the swap was her interpretation of the Tennessee hills and Arizona sun together.

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Sara finished her "Summer Sampler" top.

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Jessica finished Halloween costumes for her kids. They are Tinkerbell and friends.

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Susan W put together this string quilt for charity.

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This pink and green baby quilt is free motion quilted with beautiful flowers.

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This is Susan W's mini quilt for the swap.

September 2017 Meeting

We talked about our favorite quilting tools. What can you not live without?

Some of ours:

Add-a-Quarter ruler

Circle Cutter

Wool pressing mat - for flat seam junctions

Fons & Porter binding tool

Clover bias tape maker

Wood carving tool - to be used as a stylus/awl

Tweezers from Harbor Freight Tools

Large bar magnets from Harbor Freight Tools - for help in loading the longarm

Binding tool - with instructional video from Man Sewing

Magnetic pin cushion

Modern Quilt Guild webinars - free with membership!

Lightboard - for tracing

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Mae made this paper pieced rainbow trout.

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Kathleen made this quilt she titled "Happy". Well done.

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Cassie recieved her mini swap quilt. It's titled "Desert."

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Kristi also received her mini swap quilt. I love the unusual border.

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The pinwheel on the back of the mini is a great touch.

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Kristi is making this baby quilt for her grandchild. The pattern is Hazel the Hedgehog by Elizabeth Hartman.

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Kristi made another Hazel for the quilt back.

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Melanie finished her quilt pattern sample for her new pattern, Prairie Waltz. You can find the pattern here.

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Melanie also created a mini quilt version of her Prairie Waltz pattern. You can find the pattern here and here.

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Elaine finished our red charity quilt. Wonderful!

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The simple quilting made the blocks stand out.

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Annaleis made her sample for her quilt pattern, "Double Pinwheel." You can get the pattern here.

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Annaleis had fun with the back.

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Kathy finished her Labyrinth quilt top. Well done.

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Sara picked up yards of Liberty of London from an outlet shop in London. What a fun stop on her trip!

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The Liberty of London peacocks are eye-catching.

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Karen made this trees improv mini for the mini quilt swap.

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Susan W was almost done with her flamingo applique. Pattern is by Laura Heine.

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Check out the pink Peeps!

August 2017 Meeting

Kathy discussed the differences between small quilts and miniature quilts, and tips on how to make a miniature quilt. We are ready for our swap with the Chattanooga Guild.

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Mae made this bookshelf book. Some of the books even have titles on the spines.

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Mae had to make a matching pillowcase. Love it!

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This vintage applique quilt wasn't completed. Mae is creating additional blocks to make a full-sized quilt.

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To make the new blocks blend in with the old, each block is finished by hand.

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I finally finished my son's quilt, just as I dropped him off at college. He loves it! I started it over 10 years ago.

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Susan finished this wedding quilt. It looks wonderful!

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Just a few of the rings got densely quilted.

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Carol finished this baby quilt top.

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This panel will be part of the back.

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Cassie finished her "Long Time Gone" quilt.

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These Allison Glass fabrics are so fun for the back.

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Kristi shared these seasonally themed minis she received from a swap.

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Scrappy tumbler blocks. Looks great!

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Melanie finished her quilt top for her new pattern "Prairie Waltz."

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Another quilt top for an upcoming pattern from Melanie.

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Karen finished her wedding quilt.

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It's all hand quilted. Nice work!

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Kathleen finished this kit that she got from Quilt Basket. The quilting adds so much to it.

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The back of the quilt is so colorful - a major contrast to the black and white front.

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Beth finished this baby quilt. So fun.

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3D Blocks on the back is Beth's signature.

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Another baby quilt. This one has ballet otters.

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A simple, but striking back.

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Michele is making this applique elephant with fabrics from India. Beautiful.

Ice Cream Social 2017

We got together in July for our annual Ice Cream Social for ice cream and delicious desserts. It's always great to sit and chat with our fellow quilters.

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Susan A was inspired by our May meeting, where we learned how to modify traditional quilt blocks and create something new. Great job!

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Cassie makes amazing memory quilts. This one is made with pants and shirts.

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This wonderfully wild quilt using Allison Glass fabrics is Jen Kingwell's "Long Time Gone" pattern. Made by Cassie.

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Susan W has been working hard to complete wedding quilts for family. One lucky couple gets these purple stars.

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Another couple will receive this wedding ring quilt. This is the first row completed by Susan W.

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Karen has been hand quilting this wedding quilt. It is amazing - and almost done!

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Jane has a few quilts ready for her booth display at QuiltCon for Studio 180. This frog quilt is very cute.

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Jane improv pieced some fabric together, then used her rulers to cut these flying geese. We wish you the best at QuiltCon.

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Carol had fun making this animal baby blanket. the pattern is "Giggle and Squeek" by Carrie Bloomston.

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Carol put a row of houses on the back. So cute!

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Melanie shared her excitement - her patterns are printed! You can find them at: Hello Melly Designs.

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Melanie made this quilt from fabric she designed and printed at Spoonflower. You can see more of her fabric designs here.

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Sara made this lovely Amy Butler bag.

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Jennifer is a huge Psych fan, so making this quilt was a necessity.

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Tama calls this "Pickled Mushrooms."

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Kristi's daughter quilted her first quilt on the long-arm! Great job! This is a giant version of the Swoon block.

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Kristi used a pattern from Modern Quilts Unlimited to create this modern quilt.

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Michelle modified the Sew Together Bag to be a bag for her paintbrushes.

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What a great way for Michelle to organize her brushes!

June 2017 Meeting

The blog is quiet, but we have been busy over the summer. Watch for more meeting recaps over the next couple weeks!

junemeeting1-1 Mae finished the orange charity quilt for Fisher House

junemeeting2-1 Susan A's gorgeous Cotton and Steel creation

junemeeting3-1 Susan's version of Kaffe's Seed Packet Quilt

junemeeting4-1 Susan A played with the "T" block and had a secondary pattern appear

junemeeting5-1 Cassie slays a dragon quilt for a new baby

junemeeting6-1 Cassie made a prayer pocket quilt for a friend

junemeeting7-1 Carol is already sewing for Christmas. The fabrics are great.

junemeeting8-1 Sarah's daughter will be the lucky recipient of this lovely wedding ring quilt

junemeeting9-1 Karen, our newest member, made this Amish stunner with the requisite "mistake"

junemeeting10-1 Dena's Anti-Gravity quilt defies belief

junemeeting11-1 Susan W finished one of the charity strip quilts we did on our last sew day

April 2017 Meeting

Creative Lines Quilting brought a trunk show to demonstrate what you can do with a computerized long-arm. They also do long-arm freemotion quilting. They do beautiful work.
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Free motion off-center squares

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Improv curves with swirly edge-to-edge quilting

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland embroidery with custom quilting

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Stars quilted with waves

  To see more, check out their Facebook page. We had a demonstration at our last sew day with the Quick Curve Ruler. It's a fun tool to try.
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by Susan W

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by Susan A

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Cassie completed most of this top at the sew day - it's a free pattern! Get the pattern for Papillon here.

   
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Quilted by Cassie - This top was from the teaching samples at the class (note that the same quilt is on the wall behind her). She pieced the blocks into a quilt, and then quilted it.

 
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Double Wedding ring by Susan W

 
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Lobster bag by Susan W, complete with zippered pockets inside.

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Flying Geese Pillow by Sara

 
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Flying Geese Quilt by Gayle

 
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by Gayle

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Star Pillow by Gayle

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Improv mini quilt by Gayle

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Red, White, and Blue Charity Quilt, blocked pieced together by Beth

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Poppy Quilt by Beth

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Popcicle Parade Quilt by Melanie - her own pattern! You can purchase it here

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Pineapple Quilt Block by Bernice

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Simplish Quilt Sample by Kathy using the Indi-glow fabric line. Kit available at the Quilt Basket.

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A close-up so you can see the faux flange binding.

 

Opening Reception for our Quilt Exhibit at the Library

QUILT EXHIBIT QUILTS MADE BY MEMBERS OF THE TUCSON MODERN QUILT GUILD WILL BE ON EXHIBIT AT THE JOEL D. VALDEZ MAIN LIBRARY DURING THE MONTH OF MAY, 2017

May 1 – 31, 2017

Joel D. Valdez Main Library 101 N Stone Avenue Tucson, AZ 85701 Hours: Monday – Thursday 9-6, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5 Parking is free on weekends. First hour free on weekdays.

Join us for an opening reception on Saturday May 6 from 3-5 www.library.pima.gov

Click here to RSVP on Facebook