November Meeting Recap

Our meeting began in a frenzy as we collected:

  • Dues for 2016, $30 per member
  • Quilts and forms for our December guild quilt show
  • Water blocks and scraps for our improv charity quilt

Report on AQS Volunteers from Dawn Harkness

  • Our payment for volunteering during the September show is $302.
  • Kathleen McMullen will be volunteer coordinator for 2016 QuiltWeek Chattanooga
  • Aprons were awarded to our top five volunteers for this year’s show
  • Next year will likely be the last year AQS comes to Chattanooga

Our plans for the December 12th meeting

  • It’s a party! Bring finger food
  • We’ll have our quilt show from Design Series work. Prizes will be awarded.
  • We’ll open the cards we wrote in January about our modern quilting goals
  • If you bring a handmade gift for the swap, you will take another home

Quilt Week Opportunity Quilt—Do we want to make the one for 2016?

  • What is it? A quilt that is displayed just inside the main entrance to AQS
  • Patrons have the opportunity to buy a ticket with a $1 donation to a designated charity; winning ticket gets the quilt
  • This year Chattanooga Quilters raised $1300 with their Opportunity Quilt; last year they raised $900.
  • The ticket tumbler and hanger would be provided
  • We would make the quilt from supplies purchased with guild funds.

It was suggested that we:

  • Form a committee of five people to plan the project
  • Committee presents idea to guild at our December meeting
  • Members can make and contribute blocks or sections of the quilt
  • We have to make the decision of whether or not we will do this by December
  • We could do pre-sale of tickets
  • We supply everything but the tumbler (tickets, advertising, signs, quilt, people)

Hart Gallery Update (Gerry Haywood)

  • The project with Christmas trees and plain ornaments worked well with the clients
  • This was our last time to volunteer there
  • The gallery people were most appreciative and made a cake to thank our volunteers
  • The team Sandy quilt was sold at auction for $250
  • The team Denise quilt is still for sale 

Team Jean Quilt Presented to Habitat for Humanity

  • Jean explained how our guild made four charity quilts in 2014 starting with bags of unwanted scraps
  • New Habitat homeowner Cornelia was surprised and delighted to receive the quilt
  • Team Janet will try to get their quilt finished so that it can be presented at the next Habitat home opening in January

Election of Officers for 2016

Pam presented a slate of officers and three people were duly elected:

  • President—Audrey Workman
  • Secretary—Sharon Griffith
  • Treasurer—Jean Larson

Modern Quilt Guild Charity Project

Audrey explained what our guild is making and collected the water blocks.

Brainstorming Session

Veronica directed us as we formulated ideas for next year’s programs and directions. Ideas from the brainstorming session follow.

Suggested Workshop Instructors

  • Chawne Kimber
  • Maria Shell
  • Gwen Marston
  • Libs Elliott
  • Elizabeth Hartman
  • Jacquie Gering
  • Victoria Findlay Wolfe
  • Nancy Purvis
  • Heather Jones
  • Michelle Wilkie
  • Katie Pasquini Masapust
  • Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr
  • Anna Maria Horner

Possible Program Topics

  • Piecing curves      1 vote
  • Blocking the quilt
  • Y-seams
  • Pressing seams
  • Piecing inserts      1 vote
  • Terminology
  • Squaring up blocks and quilts      1 vote
  • Borders/bindings
  • Appliqué
  • Grainline and cutting
  • Consistency with cutting (no wonky strips)
  • Blocking
  • Improv piecing      3 votes
  • Modern quilting techniques      2 votes
  • Sources for inspiration
  • Where to start in the design process
  • Principles of design      1 vote
  • Process for starting
  • Color theory      1 vote
  • Patterns for modern quilts
  • Exercises for designing quilts      11 votes
  • Round robins
  • Scale      5 votes
  • Pattern design/writing patterns      3 votes
  • Choosing fabrics      4 votes
  • Quilts from other countries
  • How to create a modern composition       1 vote
  • Negative space
  • Minimalism
  • Basic guidelines
  • Pixelation      1 vote
  • Modern vs art/contemporary quilts      1 vote
  • What is modern stitching/quilting and how to do it      2 votes
  • Modern traditionalism
  • Graffiti quilting
  • Abstraction—steps explaining how to do it      5 votes
  • Software—quilting, design      3 votes
  • QAYG
  • Slide presentation and discussion of modern quilts
  • English Paper Piecing (EPP)
  • Quilting apps      2 votes
  • Incorporating “other” fabrics in modern quilts
  • Machine features and tools
  • Navigating the MQG website
  • Mentor/hands on working

Show and Tell

I accidentally cut off a few heads and don't have i.d.s for all the quilts. If you have one to claim or can help me out, please comment below and I'll try to fix that!