Friday, February 10, 2017

Mini Quilt Auction - 2017

Mini Quilt Silent Auction

Join the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild as they showcase and auction off quilted designs. This is a fundraiser event for our local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild. Feel free to invite friends to SewSpecial Quilt Shop (5139 North Loop 1604 W Suite 110, San Antonio, TX 78249) May 2-11 to view & vote on the quilts and May 11, 2017 at 7p to bid in the silent auction. Please RSVP to the event on Facebook.

Guild Member Guidelines:
  • ·         Quilts should measure 16” x 16”.
  • ·         Imagination is your only limitation! Make a Modern Mini to represent our guild style.
  • ·         There is no entry limit. Make as many as you like, though we will try to represent all members’ works before hanging second quilts. 
  • ·         Applique, piecing, painting, quilting, thread design, etc- anything goes!
  • ·         Quilts will be displayed at Sew Special; hung with pushpins.

Money raised at the event will go directly to the quilt guild to bring in fun and interesting programs and workshops for our members. Cash or Check only.

Ribbons will be awarded for the quilts with:
·         Top three Viewer’s Choice Ribbons
·         Highest Bid Ribbons
·         A couple randomly drawn prizes will also be given.

DEADLINES: Bring your labeled, finished quilts to the April meeting. If you miss the April meeting, please contact Jen Eskridge to arrange a drop off, OR plan to attend the Quilt Hanging Party on May 1st at Sew Special.

Watch Facebook for more details! 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

February's Guest Speaker: Libs Elliott

What do you do when Libs Elliott comes to your guild?  You party like a rock star! 
Libs shared a bit about her history, her quilt journey, and her technology-based approach to designing quilts. She even shared a sneak peek at her upcoming line with Andover Fabrics. 

She taught her Embrace the Chaos workshop ON HER BIRTHDAY for our guild and here are a few pics:
by Allison

by Joanna

by Karrie

by Cathy

by Stacy

Happy Birthday, Libs!

Click on an image to see it larger. Please feel free to leave your comments below. Share your story!

February 2017 Show and Tell

It is February and we are in LOVE with the talented Hot Tamales!

Here's a peek at our show'n tell from the February meeting.

by Allison - quilt for a swap

by Coby, from the Pop Culture Sewing Bee, held by Stacy

by Joanna

Joanna's quilt back - fabric by Libs Elliott

Snowman Embroidery by Meg

Llamas by Sara

by Stacy - from the Pop Culture Sewing Bee

Trapunto Unicorn by Stacy

Stash Buster by Sue

Feel free to add your quilt stories in the comments. Click on pictures to see them larger. Thanks to our fantastic photographer, Karrie! 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Summer Happenings!

Summer is busier than it should be!  I was recently reminiscing about summers where I felt like I had time to spare, time to sort through my sequins and beads, time to read books for fun while floating on a pool lounge.  I hope your summer has had moments like this, but the SAMQG has been busy too!

Our president stepped down as she embarked on a new journey, several members are preparing for or experiencing new babies, some are jumping off cliffs into the many cool swimming holes we have in Texas.  Recently we got together in Joanna's new studio to finish the #quiltsforpulse quilts.  Our show and tell proved that we are keeping busy in our own sewing rooms.  Enjoy some pictures from our recent show and tell!  Thank you Toni for all the pictures.

I see lots of 'Fancy Forest' and 'Sasquatch.'  The kids were involved too!  Check out our members talent!

Friday, June 24, 2016

"Not Stopping Until I Finish 49 Heart Blocks"

Debra Barnes didn't want to stop making hearts until she
completed forty-nine heart blocks, and she didn't.
These blocks represent each of the people who
perished in the horrific attack at  Pulse Night Club. 
One of our guild's missions is to provide comfort and support through quilts.  There have been many outreach programs to be proud of as a member of this organization; our quilts have gone from local habitat for Humanity Houses to children in the Ukraine.

The recent tragedy in Orlando has rocked our nation and the modern quilt guild has put needle to fabric try to ease the pain of the victims of the shooting.  Our past president, Danielle Wilkes, stated it eloquently when she said, "I can't articulate my emotions, but I do know that putting a needle in fabric is soothing."

As a result of a call from the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild, many quilters are assembling heart blocks to commemorate those killed and to comfort the victims.  This is the most recent charity project, but Jen Eskridge has been leading Tote Bag initiative and quilts for various charities.

Our charity coordinator, Jen Eskridge, hosted a local sew-in at one of our sponsor's shop, Sew Special, to work on the hearts and the tote project.  Stacy Pyron's store, The Quilt Shop, has also hosted recent sew-in's in order for our members to have dedicated time and instruction to complete projects dedicated to charity.

The next sew-in is on Saturday, July 9 at Joanna's new sewing studio.  Please check the SAMQG Event page for details.  The emphasis will be to assemble, back, quilt, and finish the pulse quilts.

The most recent sew in had members, their children, and even a couple of neices sewing for a cause.  If you are interested in helping our guild with heart charity blocks, please contact Jen Eskridge, our charity chair-woman.

Check out these sites if you are interested in making a quilt for the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild's efforts, please check out the following sources:

The Happy Zombie Love Quilt
Cluck Cluck Sew's Heart Quilt
#Quilts for Pulse Charity Drive by Modern Quilt Guild

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Hand applique for modern quilters

When I explain to people that I am in a quilt guild, I always qualify it by saying, but I am 'cool' quilter.  That translates even into one of the older traditions of quilting, needle-turn or hand applique.

Recently Carolyn Friedlander confirmed the fact that I am part of the cool quilters by writing the book, Savor Each Stitch, that highlights beautiful hand applique using modern design aesthetics. (see picture on right)

I saw crazymomquilts on Instagram (IG) posting about a 'dot your i's" project and decided to develop a hand project that was modern and could keep my hands busy during practices, vacations, guild meetings, and while watching The Bachelor...hey...don't judge!

So I started a new project.  I was inspired by the Aerial Grove quilted (see picture on the right) and the images I surfed on IG.  I love that I am juxtaposing the precision of invisible applique shapes with the imperfection of the "squircle."

I hope the tutorial inspires you and that you show off what you make.  You can follow me on IG, #jessipea, or show me at a meeting.  I can help you with needle turn applique, but I warn you, I am self-taught!

Check out these hashtags on IG to see some cool projects that inspired this one!
I can't wait to see what you make.

#aerialgrove     #squircles     #savoreachstitch

tutorial by Jessi Lane

I used scraps for this project, but I have been known to purchase fabrics to help my scraps out.

                                              1.  Cut a low volume print to 6.5 x 6.5 inches.
2.  Cut a bright print to about 3 inches square.
3.  Cut your square into a "squircle."
4.  There is not a right way to do this.

5.  Baste with a contrasting thread.  I keep it simple and fast.
6.  Choose a matching thread and I used a thin needle (clover gold eye)
*These superior thread wheels are invaluable to this applique project.
They are available at many of our sponsor stores.

7.  Applique the squircle down.  This is much like a binding stitch.
I just turn the edges of the fabric as I hand stitch.

8.  Tie a knot on the back of your shape when you have
secured all the sides.
9.  Cut all the basting threads off and admire your perfectly imperfect squircle.
9.  Repeat!