It was the final outdoor meeting of 2021, and we managed to skirt the rain storms for show & tell and news about our Holiday Swap and Challenge.
The Paint Chip Challenge:
• Create a modern mini quilt for your swap partner
• Use only the colors and values (lightness or darkness) represented on the two paint chips you receive from the person you’re making for
• Additionally, you can throw in a pop of a third color; and you can add gray, black or white
• Keep the size small – no bigger than 18” on its longest side
• Your finished piece can be long and skinny, square or any shape you like
How it Works
• Find two paint chips/cards in coordinating colors you love (check your local paint or hardware store)
• Bring your completed mini to the After-Holiday Party on January 22, 2022. It’ll be a fun after-holiday gift exchange! (or if we’re not meeting in person, plan to have your mini delivered by then)
• Sign up here and then get your color chips to Darla by November 20, 2021
Show & Tell
Nancy E Christmas quilt
Here’s a sampling of what we shared:
- Nancy Seid stepped into the Member Spotlight, and along with sharing her quilting, we got tips for breaking projects into small, manageable steps that can help get to the finish line. Nancy sees some corollaries between her work with Boise State ADHD students and quilters (go figure!!), and offered several ideas such as setting a timer to help focus attention on one project for a limited amount of time.
- Millissa let us know about the Oct. 27 Virtual Talk and Tour by Victoria Findlay Wolfe: Now & Then, Playing with Purpose with the Artists. Register here. (It’s free but you have to sign up!)
- The Get ‘Er Done effort saw some great action this meeting. Millissa spearheaded a leader-ender project during the Day Camp, and then she created two quilt tops. Darla and Cathy took the tops to quilt, and several others took some orphan blocks from our Get ’Er Done pile to make crib quilt tops. Progress!
- Nancy England showed off her holiday runners and quilt, all of which will be at her church’s bazaar.
- Betsy completed an art quilt as part of an online class with Laura Wasilowski of artfabrik.com. Betsy used some of Laura’s hand-dyed fabrics for this whimsical fun piece.
- Karen showed a charming fall wall hanging, another large quilt she described as being made with leftovers from other projects, a huge quilt from Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts, and three (!) pieces from an online class with Cindy Grisdela.
- Lynne showed a modern quilt made of solids, and a large Americana themed quilt
- Lindsie finished a hearts quilt for a niece, which was quilted by Laura, but had delivered it the week before
We had another great meeting this month, starting with a few announcements:
- May 7 Club Mod: Join us for Friday night sewing at Club Mod, May 7, 7-9 p.m. on Zoom. Then, pencil in the second Friday night of the month for upcoming Club Mod sewing parties. Sew on your projects, chair dance at your machine, and maybe win a prize!
- May 22 In-person Meeting: We’re planning on meeting outdoors and in person beginning in May. Plan on wearing a mask and social distancing, and watch for more info on locations, including availability of tables, electricity or covered pavilions. (We have more fun events planned for this year that are still in the early stages.)
Be sure to join our guild so you can participate in our upcoming activities and be the first to know about them!)
Lynne’s La Passacaglia Millefiori blocks
Sage’s paper pieced blocks
Shelly’s drunkard’s path
Cathy’s Cranberry Chutney quilt
Carol’s Kite Flight
Millissa’s Get ‘er Done bee blocks
Delanie’s fabric stars
- Get ‘Er Done Projects: This is the place to facilitate quilts going from start to finish, and then find them a new home in the community. Thanks to Millissa Masters for taking on our first project — a batch of bee blocks she’s artfully assembled into a completed 64″ x 64″ quilt top. Cathy Rogers is donating batting, and if you’re interested in quilting or binding, let us know!
- Sisters of the Hex: We are so thrilled with everyone’s response to help sew hexies! They’ll become part of a memorial quilt for past member Denise Arellano. If you need more hexi-making supplies, send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring any completed hexi flowers to our May 22 meeting (did we mention it’s in person?).
Show and Tell
We had some great shares this month! Here’s a sampling of the patterns and resources mentioned.
Guest Artist Rebecca Klundt
Our meeting featured artist Rebecca Klundt, whose work is so inspired and so quilt-like in its construction we couldn’t help but be wowed. If you missed it, check out her work on Instagram @rebeccaklundt or at rebeccaklundt.com .
Centered by Rebecca Klundt
Pieced Quilt by Rebecca Klundt
Front Porch Friends
Modern Moment: High Contrast & Graphic Areas of Solid Color
Have you ever wondered if your quilt was “modern” or “modern enough”? Well, you’re not alone. To help demystify the topic, we’re taking a few moments at the start of each meeting to talk about characteristics that help define a modern quilt. This week we looked at quilts that feature high contrast & graphic areas of solid color, like these:
Icy Waters by Amy Garro 2014
Gypsy Wife by Catherine Mosely 2014
Cascade Quilt by Kristi Schroeder 2014
You can browse through plenty more examples of modern quilts in the MQG photo gallery.
Please join us for our April 2021 virtual Guild meeting!
When: Saturday, April 24, 1 pm – 3 pm
Zoom: (email email@example.com and we’ll send you the meeting link)
Featuring guest artist Rebecca Klundt: “Gather. Break down. Reconstruct.”
Tall Fellow in the Grass Phillips by Rebecca Klundt
Centered by Rebecca Klundt
Pieced Quilt by Rebecca Klundt
Zion Not so Narrows by Rebecca Klundt
Utah artist Rebecca Klundt makes quilt-like art, working primarily in wood and acrylic to create two-dimensional “reconstructions.” Rebecca’s artwork uses resources that might otherwise be wasted, is inspired by Utah’s mountain landscape, and is driven by a desire to foster thoughtful conversation. “I love the challenge of using simple materials to say something…or to hear something,” she says. If you’ve ever dug through your scrap bin to source your next project, you’ll appreciate Rebecca’s resourcefulness and design ingenuity. Find her on Instagram @rebeccaklundt or at rebeccaklundt.com
Our meeting will also include:
- Modern Moment: We’re revisiting the characteristics that help to make a quilt modern. This time, we’ll talk about High Contrast & Graphic Areas of Solid Color.
- Updates: How are those hexis? And, what did you think of Club Mod, our Friday night sewcial?
- Show and Tell: Do you have anything new you are working on? Show it to us! If it’s a larger item, consider sending a few photos that can be shared on screen during the meeting. Send a photo of the whole thing, and one or two of details we might not see otherwise. Submit by 5pm on Thursday (April 22) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you haven’t been able to join us recently for a virtual meeting, we promise Zoom is really easy to set up. Let us know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to it!
Color theory, or the scientific reasoning behind color mixing and the visual effects of specific color combination, can be a great asset to modern quilters. During one of the 2013 Sew Days we explored color theory and discussed its use in quilting.
Here is the slideshow presented by Lindsie during the discussion.
Here are a few posters to help as well.