Cut It Up! Challenge Quilts Revealed

Excitement and anticipation filled the air at our June meeting as members and several guests gathered for the unveiling of our Cut It Up! (Again) Challenge quilts.

Challenge Showcases Major Transformations

The second rendition proved to be another smashing success! We saw nearly 20 neglected UFOs and orphan blocks transformed into stunning modern quilts—and a couple of other items, too.

The challenge started in January, when members swapped unfinished projects during a White Elephant-style exchange. (Click here to read more.) Each person who brought a project to the meeting left with someone else's work to cut up and incorporate into a new quilt. Those were revealed during an extended show-and-tell session this month.

Without further ado, check them out! In each photo, the original project owner is pictured on the left and the sewing surgeon is on the right. Click any image to see the full photo.

Well done, everyone! 

Brown Bag Fabric Challenge

With that challenge done, we immediately launched a new one. Kelly brought a box of brown lunch bags to the meeting; each one contained roughly a fat quarter of mystery fabric you've probably never seen featured in a modern quilt. Until now!

Brown Bag Fabric Challenge

We passed the box around the room and each person took one bag, tearing it open to find out what she had to work with. "Roosters?!" someone cried. "Please let me choose a different bag," pleaded another. A couple of members were granted the opportunity to press their luck and pick a second bag, knowing they'd have to forfeit the first fabric selection and stick with option two, regardless of whether it was better or worse.

The challenge is to use the fabric you chose in the creation of a modern quilt (or other quilted item) of your own design. There are no size requirements—finished projects can be as little or big as each quilter desires—and they're due at our December meeting. As you work, please share your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #brownbagfabricchallenge. You can also upload pictures to our Facebook group. Good luck!

Elements & Principles of Design

Our upcoming July program features a special guest speaker!

Durinda Cheek is a prominent local painter, and she's going to talk to us about principles and elements of design: line, shape, value, form, proportion, balance, movement... just to name a few. These are the building blocks of any artwork (including quilts), and Durinda will show us how to use them to strengthen our compositions during a fun, interactive program. Join us Saturday, July 14 at 10 a.m. 

Triple Habitat Dedication

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga dedicated not one, not two, but THREE new homes Saturday, June 16. ChattMQG members Karen Downer, Camille Miller and Patricia Steadman attended the dedication ceremonies and presented each homeowner with a quilt.

All of the photos above were provided by Habitat. If you'd like to learn more about the homeowners, check out this story from WRCB.

QuiltCon Registration

Finally, don't forget to register for QuiltCon 2019. Starting Tuesday, June 26, members can sign up to attend workshops, lectures, and more in Nashville. That's practically in our backyard, and we'll have a large group of members in attendance. The conference runs Feb. 21-25, check out the QuiltCon website for complete details.

Image provided by The MQG

Image provided by The MQG

Show and Tell