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

Upcoming Sew Day

   Hi everyone! I just wanted to be sure everyone gets the invite to our October Sew Day - October 2nd from 1pm to 8:30pm. It's a Friday and most of us will get there after work. We will order dinner (on your own) or bring something. And if anyone wants to bring a dessert to share, that would be great! Bring any project you'd like to work on AND remember: We're each making name tags! For the last several years, we've used disposable name tags at each meeting. But now we're ready to upgrade to something creative, unique and permanent. The only two "rules" are: it can be no bigger than 3x5 and must use at least one of the Guild charity quilt fabrics. (I'll bring what I have left to the Sew Day so you can pick some up if you missed the meeting.) I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

June Meeting

  Its time for June's Guild Meeting. 6:30pm on Thursday, June 11th. As always, we meet at the Quilt Basket. This month's show and tell theme is Your First Quilt or Most Recent Quilt. Bring one of these (or pictures!) to share in addition to your current projects. If you're working on the BOM, bring your finished blocks to be entered into the drawing. Last month, we had some fantastic prizes! Hope to see you Thursday. 

Incentive

     You know how you've been putting off working on your Guild BOM?!? Yes - you! Now you have a reason to get motivated (other than personal pride and satisfaction): free stuff! The Guild has gotten a few free items lately (see above pictures) and Kathy has generously offered to donate fabric from her significant stash to "incentivize" members to complete the BOM. Everyone who finished their blocks will be entered into a drawing for cool fabric and other ransom sewing stuff. So, what are you waiting for?! Glory and fabric await!