Following a productive brainstorming session with a small (but thoughtful!) group of members at our November meeting, guild leaders had a lot of options to choose from when they met to determine the guild’s schedule for next year.
Looking Ahead to 2019
We have an exciting lineup of program topics, challenges, and special events. We’re going to learn about designing our own fabric, using transparency as a design element in modern quilts, sewing tricky seams, and more.
PLUS, we’re finally going to tackle a perennial favorite from our brainstorming sessions: free-motion quilting on a domestic machine! And we’re going to bring an award-winning quilter to town for a trunk show and workshop (but you’ll have to wait for more details on that).
These are the topics we’ll focus on at each of our monthly meetings:
January: Organizational Tips & Tricks
February: Set It Free Challenge Launch
March: Color Theory & Harmony
April: Design Your Own Fabric
June: Set It Free Challenge Reveal & Party
July: Visible Mending* (Program & Challenge Launch)
August: Seams Hard to Me (Sewing Tricky Seams)*
September: Quilt-As-You-Go with a Modern Twist*
October: FMQ on a Domestic Machine
November: 2020 Planning
December: Visible Mending Challenge Reveal & Party
Each of the programs listed with an asterisk (*) will be led by a small group of members, as we’ve done for the past several years. So if you’re interested in one of those topics, be sure to sign up for it at our December 8 meeting.
Membership dues will remain $35 for 2019. To join or renew, please bring cash (exact change!) or check (payable to Chattanooga Modern Quilt Guild) to the December meeting. If you can’t attend, you may also mail your dues to treasurer Beverly Herron. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Brown Bag Fabric Challenge
Also due at our December meeting are your finished Brown Bag Fabric Challenge projects. Several members have shared progress photos on Instagram, and we can’t wait to see how you’ve transformed your fabrics from decades past.
Handcrafted Happy Hour
Our after-hours events have been a big hit! In November, more than a dozen people joined us at Stone Cup Cafe for several hours of fun fiber fellowship.
Handcrafted Happy Hour is co-hosted by ChattMQG and the Association for Visual Arts, and we plan to continue these events in 2019. The next one will be held in mid-January, stay tuned for more details.
ChattMQG Quilts Featured in National Habitat for Humanity Publication
Did you know ChattMQG has donated 23 quilts to local Habitat for Humanity homeowners over the last three years? Recently, our efforts were featured on the Habitat website and in its December newsletter.
“I’ve never experienced so much joy and excitement from something that to others might seem so simple,” Shan M. said, after her dedication ceremony in March 2018. “But to me at that very moment, that quilt meant the world.”
Every stitch, every yard of fabric, every piece of thread was totally worth it. Thank you all for your wonderful work!