We were treated to a special presentation by Christy Olsen titled, "Learning the Language of Color". You can find Christy at:www.ChristyOlsen.com. She teaches Color Fundamentals at Art Verve Academy. We learned about hue, intensity, value, complimentary colors, triads and more. If you would like to learn more, you can read more here. We had fun creating our own color wheels with fabric. Michelle made a color wheel mini quilt after taking Christy's Color Fundamentals class. She gave it to Christy as a gift. The majority of our show and tell this month was charity blocks and quilts. Our theme for our 12 inch charity blocks for August was orange. The variety is so fun to see every month!
Be prepared for some inspiration - amazing quilts and blocks coming ahead! This year, we are each making a 12 inch block, following a color theme for the month, to be made into charity quilts at the end of the year. April's color was blue. Green and red blocks are from previous months. Just take a look at these beauties:
Clockwise, starting from top left: Disappearing 9 patch by Myra, Bear Claw by Cindy, Improv by Ann, block by Gayle, String by Gale, Improv Log Cabin by Tama, Disappearing 9 patch by Kristine, block by Susan A
Clockwise, starting from top left: block by Pat, 2 blocks by Susan W, Envelope block by Mae, Improv block by Connie, Asterisk and Improv blocks by Pat. Not pictured: blocks by Myra, Joyce and KathyWe also have row quilts that are passed along every month. These are amazing!
Most recent row by Cindy
Most recent row by Tama
Most recent row by Kristi
Most recent row by JoyceKathy finished her Gravity quilt. It was shown at the Tucson Quilt Guild Show, and she finally got the chance to bring it to a Modern Quilt Guild meeting. It lives on her bed. Great work Kathy! Check out the beautiful quilting on the scrappy borders! Kathleen brought in this gorgeous vintage Orange Peel quilt. Such meticulous work! Gale brought in two pillows she made. They are both very different from each other, and both wonderful. Ann brought in this One Block Wonder, that she wasn't so sure about - until she added the orange. Sometimes the right color is all you need! Tama brought this vintage Improv Log Cabin top. Susan W just finished this T-shirt quilt. Susan W also shared this cute bag with flamingos on the pocket. Kristi finished this duffle bag. I love the stripes on the pockets. This Metro Rings commissioned quilt top has such beautiful colors. If you haven't tried the Quick Curve Ruler yet, you should. The quilts turn out stunning. Faye brought the first quilt that she quilted herself! Great job! After show and tell, we got to hear about QuiltCon from our members that got to attend. Susan W showed this block from a workshop with Amy Garro. The quilt pattern is Crackle. She also went to a workshop on color theory with Kim Eichler-Messmer. This beauty is from a workshop with Rebecca Bryan. It is Rainbow Remix from the book Modern Rainbow. Cassie took a big blocks workshop from Heather Jones. I love this quilt she designed. This Shining Stars Sampler from a workshop with Jeni Baker is lovely. The background grey caught the eye of many of us. It is from Connecting Threads. Kristi had fun with these necklaces from Andover Fabrics. She figured out how to make her own version with marbles. She went to the Piece as You Quilt workshop with Krista Withers. It was quilt-as-you-go on a long-arm. They used French Fuse interfacing as a stabilizer. Feathers are not always easy to do. Kristi's sample from another workshop with Krista Withers, Broken Wreath, is wonderful. The lecture about the quilts by Molly Upton was a hightlight in Kristi's experience! She highly recommends looking her up, so you can be inspired by her work. She also enjoyed collecting buttons from the vendors. She enjoyed Violet Craft's Love Abstraction. If you want a copy, you can get one here for free. Elena didn't attend any workshops, but instead took time to look at all the quilt show entries and attend the Anna Maria Horner lecture on handstitching. She made sure to be there early every morning to get the swag that was handed out each day. And she says to volunteer. You get free passes, and a different view of the conference.
Did you know that it's National Sewing Month? We thought it would be fun at this meeting for everyone to bring their favorite sewing tool. We meet this Thursday at 6:30pm. And The Quilt Basket is still our generous host! I also want to mention that you may want to think about your Christmas projects. You can shop before or after the meeting and receive 10% off. We really do love the Quilt Basket!
With highs in the 90's and rain visiting more frequently, it means we have hit July here in Tucson! And our monthly meeting is this week. Thursday to be exact: 6:30pm. We'll be at the same location as always. We love The Quilt Basket! And don't forget to bring your mug rug to swap with the Bakersfield Modern Quilt Guild!
Hi everyone! Hope you're staying cool so far this summer! Well, cool enough! It's impossible to stay cool in Tucson in the summer. 😉 Our meeting is this Thursday, as usual. (6:30pm at the Quilt Basket! Come early to shop and save!)
Just a quick reminder that we have the April meeting this Thursday at 6:30. Always the second Thursday! Hope to see you at the Quilt Basket! And don't forget that a calendar has been added to the site, so if you know of anything quilt or sewing related, please let me know so I can add it!
We are really excited that there is a store in Tucson that is renting time on long arm machines! Just imagine the possibilities! 🙂 A field trip has been scheduled so that we can learn more about the class you'll need to take, what to expect, etc. Come join us!
Where: AZ Vac & Sew 3949 E. 29th Suite 701 (Their website is here)
When: Saturday, March 30th at 10am Meet about 9:45 out frontThere is no need to RSVP, but if you can, plan on grabbing lunch afterwards! PS. Please also note that I've added a calendar to the meeting page. The monthly meeting has been added for the rest of the year. If there are other quilt related events (local or not), please let me know so I can add them!
Okay! So one change for 2013 is to have an additional meeting once a quarter to make sure that the guild is heading in the right direction. (Yes, the blog title is a Glee reference, which admittedly has nothing to do with the Tucson Modern Quilt Guild, but seams a better title than Vocal Adrenaline.) This will be the perfect time to weigh in on changes that have been made or should be made, brainstorm and share ideas, make suggestions, etc. Think it'd be awesome to bring in a guest speaker about paper piecing? Come tell us! You're not committing to anything crazy, I promise! We need your input to do our best to help you learn and connect with other quilters. 🙂 We'll also use this time to address any more technical business aspects. Everyone is welcomed - this is not a closed meeting. Come this Thursday, February 7th to Paradise Bakery at Oracle and Wetmore at 6:30. And bring your ideas with you!
WHAT? It's already the second Thursday of the month! How is 2013 already flying by? YES! we are having a meeting. And a very exciting one at that. We have a fabulous plan for the new year and we are kicking it off with a guest from Project Linus. Come hear about this amazing organization and how they help the Tucson communities (and communities all over.) They are going to be our charity this year. And to encourage members to make and donate quilts (and blankets too), for each item donated at a meeting your name will be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate....for FABRIC! 🙂 Bring 10 items, your name is in 10 times! And the person who donates the most throughout the year will get a fabulous grand prize! We also have sewing days planned and guest speakers plus a really fun field trip in the works. So you won't want to miss out! See you the 10th at the Quilt Basket. Come at 6:00 to shop (and use your 10% discount) and the meeting starts at 6:30. See you there!