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


Mae made this paper pieced rainbow trout.


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


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


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


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


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


Kristi made another Hazel for the quilt back.


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


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


Elaine finished our red charity quilt. Wonderful!


The simple quilting made the blocks stand out.


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


Annaleis had fun with the back.


Kathy finished her Labyrinth quilt top. Well done.


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


The Liberty of London peacocks are eye-catching.


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


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


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.


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


Mae had to make a matching pillowcase. Love it!


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


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


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.


Susan finished this wedding quilt. It looks wonderful!


Just a few of the rings got densely quilted.


Carol finished this baby quilt top.


This panel will be part of the back.


Cassie finished her "Long Time Gone" quilt.


These Allison Glass fabrics are so fun for the back.


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


Scrappy tumbler blocks. Looks great!


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


Another quilt top for an upcoming pattern from Melanie.


Karen finished her wedding quilt.


It's all hand quilted. Nice work!


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


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


Beth finished this baby quilt. So fun.


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


Another baby quilt. This one has ballet otters.


A simple, but striking back.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Sara made this lovely Amy Butler bag.


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


Tama calls this "Pickled Mushrooms."


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


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


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


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.

Free motion off-center squares


Improv curves with swirly edge-to-edge quilting


Walking in a Winter Wonderland embroidery with custom quilting


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.

by Susan W


by Susan A


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


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.


Double Wedding ring by Susan W


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


Flying Geese Pillow by Sara


Flying Geese Quilt by Gayle


by Gayle


Star Pillow by Gayle


Improv mini quilt by Gayle


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


Poppy Quilt by Beth


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


Pineapple Quilt Block by Bernice


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


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


Opening Reception for our Quilt Exhibit at the Library


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

Click here to RSVP on Facebook

August 2016 Meeting

colorfundamentals We were treated to a special presentation by Christy Olsen titled, "Learning the Language of Color". You can find Christy 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. fabricscrapcolorwheels Michelle made a color wheel mini quilt after taking Christy's Color Fundamentals class. She gave it to Christy as a gift. colorwheel 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!
August blocksextra block Top row, L-R: Michelle, Elaine, Elaine, Elaine, Kathleen 2nd row: Shannon, Kathleen, Kathleen, Kathleen, Kathleen 3rd row: Kathleen, Kathleen, Kathleen, Joy, Joy 4th row: Kristi, Chris, Mae, Tama, Tama Last row: Tama, Susan W, Susan A, Susan W, Beth Beth
Tama kept 2 of her 3 blocks - she liked them to much to give them away! Our row charity quilt tops are now all completed. Elaine added borders to this one. primarystars We completed a quilts inspired by the Pulse Club tragedy. Some with go to the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild, some will be given away locally. whiteandcolorhearts linesandhearts printhearts This backing is fabric from IKEA. I love it! printheartsbacking batikhearts Shannon is following a pattern from Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein. The pattern is so intricate, and it will take a long to to finish. Shannonpaperpiecing Mae talked about local quilting legend, Goldie Tracy Richmond. She got to see some of the quilts in person. The book by Carolyn O'Bagy Davis tells of Goldie's life and shares pictures of her detailed applique quilts. goldiebookandmae Susan A shared this beautiful quilt. It's been a few years, but it is finally quilted and finished. fallleaves You know the book, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"? Well, if you make a mermaid pillow, you're going to have to make a couple doll blankets, a mini seahorse pillow, another mini pillow, a mermaid, and a little dress for the mermaid. So cute Susan A! Mermaid

April 2016 Meeting

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: blockCompilation1
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 Kathy
We also have row quilts that are passed along every month. These are amazing!  
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Most recent row by Cindy
Most recent row by Tama
Most recent row by Kristi
Most recent row by Joyce
Kathy 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! DSCF3470-1 Check out the beautiful quilting on the scrappy borders! DSCF3471-1 Kathleen brought in this gorgeous vintage Orange Peel quilt. Such meticulous work! DSCF3473-1 Gale brought in two pillows she made. They are both very different from each other, and both wonderful. DSCF3474-1 DSCF3477-1 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! DSCF3480-1 Tama brought this vintage Improv Log Cabin top. DSCF3491-1 Susan W just finished this T-shirt quilt. DSCF3494-1 Susan W also shared this cute bag with flamingos on the pocket. DSCF3495-1 Kristi finished this duffle bag. I love the stripes on the pockets. DSCF3500-1 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. DSCF3502-1 Faye brought the first quilt that she quilted herself! Great job! DSCF3504-2   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. DSCF3513-1 She also went to a workshop on color theory with Kim Eichler-Messmer. DSCF3515-1 DSCF3517-1 This beauty is from a workshop with Rebecca Bryan. It is Rainbow Remix from the book Modern Rainbow. DSCF3518-1 Cassie took a big blocks workshop from Heather Jones. I love this quilt she designed. DSCF3521-1 DSCF3523-1 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. DSCF3524-1 Kristi had fun with these necklaces from Andover Fabrics. She figured out how to make her own version with marbles. DSCF3525-1 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. DSCF3526-1 Feathers are not always easy to do. Kristi's sample from another workshop with Krista Withers, Broken Wreath, is wonderful. DSCF3528-1 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. DSCF3530-1  

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!