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February 2018 Meeting

February 24, 2018

Call to order [Olivia]

Oliva called the meeting to order and welcomed the new members and guests.

Icebreaker [Jennifer]

After much moaning and groaning at the idea of an icebreaker,  Jennifer asked everyone to count off and break into groups.  We then discussed what we would like to accomplish and learn related to quilting in 2018.  It was a good chance to meet some people that we don’t normally sit next to, and we learned that once we start talking about quilts it it hard to get people to stop.

Treasurer’s Report [Katey]

Katey provided the treasurer’s report.  We will not be posting the accounts balances online. However, any member is welcome to ask for the information and it will be provided at each meeting. 2018 dues of $35 are payable to Katey.  We now have the capability to take credit card payments in person via SQUARE. You may pay online from the website via Paypal.  (Paypal and Square dues are slightly higher to cover the cost of associated fees.)  Cash and personal checks are accepted as well.

Merch [Katey]

 We have magnets, vinyl stickers and buttons for sale.  See Katey to purchase them.

Magnets are $5 each

Stickers are $1 each

Buttons are $1 each

All paid members will receive a button and a sticker as part of their dues, please see Katey to get yours. The stickers and magnets are weatherproof, so feel free to advertise the guild on your car. We can accept credit card payments for both merchandise and dues via our new Square reader.  

Also, check out the new Zazzle site for custom shirts, bags, cups and more! (Seriously, I hope someone gets the flask.) The guild receives 10% on the purchase price of every item.  There is a 15% off discount through Zazzle on everything in our store right now.

https://www.zazzle.com/atlantamqg

 

Upcoming Quilt Shows and Classes

If you have a show or event that you would like the guild to know about please contact Christie (gatorchristie@gmail.com) so I can get it added.

Original Sewing and Quilt Expo  Duluth, GA Infinite Energy Center  March 8, 9 & 10, 2018

The Palmetto Quilt Guild Inc. presents Quilt Festival 2018  March 23, 24 & 25, 2018
Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort
40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island, SC
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Admission: $10 (Multi-Day Pass) (Free Admission for children under 18 years of age)

www.palmettoquiltguild.org

February Program- 2017 Quilt Along Wrapup

It was so amazing to see all the participation in the 2017 quilt along based on the Material Girl Quilts Layer Cake Sampler.  It was fun to see how the different fabrics and design choices impacted the quilts.

2018 Quilt Along [Ella]

For 2018 Ella Herrera will be leading us in a skill builder block of the month that she designed herself.  Look under the heading News> Quilt Along for her monthly posts for each block.  She is starting us off easy with a checkerboard block.  There will be a drawing for a small prizes for those that participate!

Use #AMQGQAL2018 and #ATLMQG  on social media to share your progress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show and Tell

February 2018 Featured Quilter: Ella Herrera

February 16, 2018

Hi, I’m Ella Herrera. *waves hello* I used to have blue hair. I kind of miss it. Might make it blue again.

In my non-quilty life, I’m a teacher in Atlanta. I’ve moved around a lot in my life, but I think Atlanta is home now.  (I do miss the fall in Upstate NY, but I don’t miss the winters.)  I love Atlanta.  My favorite places to hang out here are the Center for Puppetry Arts, the Botanical Gardens, and DragonCon.  Yup, I’m a scifi geek, too.  I have a smooshy senior cocker spaniel (who has ruined me for all other dogs and who I need to clone into an army of lovey dogs) and a slightly evil tuxedo kitty (think Brain from “Pinky and the Brain”).

Obligatory animal pictures:

(Sorry, the tongue is a bit disturbing, but I still find her forcible grooming, usually limited to his floofy hair, HILARIOUS.)

I co-host the Finish-a-Long, but I’ve been a long time participant (and long time overachieving list maker).  I started blogging back in 2011.  A bit of trivia about my blog name.  I’m also a bellydancer (although my knee issue has me a bit sidelined right now), hence the wench part.  I tend to throw myself into things whole-heartedly, but I’m also a klutz…so, um, the wench in the works.  I didn’t think about how often folks would read it as “wrench” and have trouble finding my blog.  Ah well.

I started blogging the summer I decided to officially learn how to quilt.  I’ve been sewing and knitting since I was little.  (My mom taught me how to sew, by hand and by machine.  My aunt taught me to knit when I was in third grade.)  I made a quilt for my dorm room in college, but I don’t count it as a quilt that was completely mine because my mom hand tied it.  It didn’t survive many washings.

I don’t actually have most of my first quilts any more from back in 2011.

When I started sewing again back in 2011, after many years of hiatus, I was initially obsessed with disappearing nine patches.  I gave most of them away.  The one below went to a friend going through chemo.

In my first foray into non disappearing 9 patch quilts, I made a HORRIBLE quilt.  I used crappy fabric that did NOT stand up to being washed, which was probably also a product of my seams being totally inconsistent.  Ahem, I was in a horrible Hawaiian shirt theme for the quilts.

It was part of a Row Robin that was launched online.  I loved the community that I found there. Folks were supportive and kind.  That led to swaps and lots of groups on Flickr.  (Remember when Flickr was awesome?  *Sigh.*)  I did a ton of block swaps, even ran the 4×6 for a while.  I admit, I have not been blogging as much as I did in the past.  Now, I tend to spend time over on Instagram, but the online community is still HUGELY important to me.

I felt like, as I had with the bellydance community, I found a “tribe” to which I belonged.  I had space to learn, people were so generous with their knowledge, and I could let my geek flag fly.  I got to meet folks in real life from my first do.good.stitches group visiting Atlanta, Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City, Sewtopia here in Atlanta, Sisters in Oregon, and many years of The Stash Bash.  I’m kind of a spazz and feel incredibly awkward in big social groups.  Going to new places feels like a big deal.  (If you ever meet me, this won’t necessarily feel true.  I TALK A LOT.  I TALK MORE when I’m nervous.)  I feel lucky to have met so many awesome, amazing women who remain important to me.

Charity is still a fundamental part of my sewing.  I run the Serenity Circle as part of do.good.stitches.  My circle makes quilts for hospice.  I do this to honor my grandmother.  She was a maker her whole life, making dresses for mission work, mittens in the winter, newborn items for hospitals.  When she died, I saw how much the crochet blanket a stranger made impacted my mother.  I’d love to do that for someone I will never meet with my quilts, to give some comfort in a really difficult time.  I try to make as many as I can each year.

I’ve started doing a kindness project this year.  I was feeling overwhelmed by how mean the world was seeming.  I was constantly stressed.  Sewing helped me deal with that.  So far, I made over 40 infinity scarves to give to women I know to let them know they are amazing and loved and seen.  My next project is pincushions.  This lets me do at least something small to impact others, to spread a bit of love.

I am NOT a confident FMQ, though I can do a mean meander.  I’m still addicted to QALs.  I seem to have to have AT LEAST 2 dozen things spinning at a time.  I can’t seem to walk away from a challenge.  I have only put 2 quilts in shows (the poppy below and the hexy garden).  I’m trying to get braver about that.  Quilting is still my least favorite part.  I have learning how to long arm on my list (one of the long ones) this year.

Here are some of my favorite finishes:

 

This year, I’ll be running a BOM skill builder.  It’s meant to be an intro to some different techniques, very low pressure.  I hope you’ll join me!

Block of the Month: Block One, Checkerboard block

February 11, 2018

Block 1: Checkerboard block

 

(Throw Version, 12.5” x 24.5” block)

Supplies:   (18) 4.5 in squares

 

Note:  You need 18 4.5 in squares.  You can choose how varied you want this to be.  If you are doing a 2 color block, for example, cut 9 of one color and 9 of the other.

 

Assembly:

Layout your squares into a rectangle that is 6 rows of 3 squares each.

Sew  6 rows of 3 blocks each in a layout you find pleasing.

Then sew the 3 block rows together.

Your end result will be a 3×6 rectangular quilt block that measures 12.5”x24.5”.

 

(Mini version, 6.5” x 12.5” block)

Supplies:  (18) 2.5” squares.

 

Assembly:

Layout your squares into a rectangle that is 6 rows of 3 squares each.

Sew 6 rows of 3 blocks each in a layout you find pleasing.

Then sew the 3 block rows together.  (You can press open or nest, as you prefer.)

Your end result will be a 3×6 rectangular quilt block that measures 6.5”x12.5”.

Introducing: Block of the Month 2018!

February 10, 2018

Hi, it’s Ella!  I’ve got a skill building block of the month for this year.

It’s low key.  (Think not very intimidating, scrap friendly.)  The quilt is made up of 11 sets of blocks, with the 12th month spent assembling the quilt top.

The Throw size measures 60.5”x72.5”, without borders.

The Mini/wall hanging size measures 30.5”x36.5”, without borders.

I’m not giving exact fabric requirements.  If you are doing the throw size, 4 yards of background should be more than plenty, assuming you don’t want to do borders.  I’ve designed this to be a non-threatening skill builder.  You can consider using this as a scrap clearer.  While the backgrounds may vary in block requirements, many of the blocks can use scrap pieces or pieces of FQs.

Each month, the new block will be posted on our website and on my blog (www.throwawenchintheworks.blogspot.com).  I’ll also be doing a demo of each block at the Guild meeting!

January 2018 Meeting

January 12, 2018

Call to order

Oliva called the meeting to order and welcomed the new members and guests.

Round Robin Introductions

Jennifer asked everyone to go around the room and introduce himself or herself, and talk about their hometown, how long they have been quilting and how long they have been a member of the guild.  It was great to hear that we had a few of the original members of our guild still in our midst!

Treasurer’s Report

Katey provided the treasurer’s report.  We will not be posting the accounts balances online. However, any member is welcome to ask for the information and it will be provided at each meeting. 2018 dues of $35 are payable to Katey.  We now have the capability to take credit card payments in person via SQUARE. You may pay online from the website via Paypal.  (Paypal and Square dues are slightly higher to cover the cost of associated fees.)  Cash and personal checks are accepted as well.

Website/Social Media Updates

If you made it this far, you have seen all of the fabulous updates to the new website by Katey.  All of the URLs owned by the guild now point to the same place.

www.atlantamodernguiltguild.com

www.atlantamodernquiltersguild.com

www.atlantamqg.com

Featured Quilter- Each month we plan to feature a quilter from the membership on the site.  Check out our first post featuring Brian White!  If you would like to nominate someone to be featured (or would like to be featured), please let us know via email atlmqg@gmail.com

Guest Posting- We are looking for volunteers to post an article to the guild site (how-to’s, how I work, quilting space ideas, etc…)  If you have something exciting happening in your quilty life please share it.

Ideas or suggestions- This is your guild!  If you have any ideas to make the site better, let us know.  Most potential members check us out online before joining.  Let’s let the world know what a talented and fun group is here in Atlanta.

We have a Instagram account and a Twitter account, that are not currently being utilized but are examining different ways that we can use them to better communicate about the guild.

Upcoming Quilt Shows and Classes

If you have a show or event that you would like the guild to know about please contact Christie (gatorchristie@gmail.com) so I can get it added.

Original Sewing and Quilt Expo  Duluth, GA Infinite Energy Center  March 8, 9 & 10, 2018

Quilters of the Southern Crescent have some openings in their upcoming classes with renowned quilter Mark Sherman.  2 classes are available Fabric Weaving and Machine Applique on February 23rd and 24th.  Please contact JudyDaymont@gmail.com if you are interested

January Program- Elisabeth Frolet

If you missed the first 2018 meeting of AMQG, you really missed some serious inspiration by the talented Elisabeth Frolet. Not only did she regale us with a HUGE stack of incredible quilts, but she enlightened us on what it was like beginning her quilting journey in France, where quilting is a relatively new activity.

While we have been quilting since the 1800’s here in America, it was really only introduced to the creative community in France about 30 years ago. As a matter of fact, there were so few sources of quilting information where Elisabeth lived; she started her pieces by copying pictures from one lone book she just happened to find. No patterns, half of the pictures only in black and white, but her imagination brought them to life…and she does it all by hand!

Show and Tell

January 2018 Featured Quilter: Brian White

January 4, 2018

Our own Brian White was a featured billboard artist for local company (and our newsletter provider!) MailChimp.

Here’s the content of the Artist Spotlight post from MailChimp’s blog:

Brian White never really thought of himself as a visual artist. But he’s always had a knack for math, which is how he landed in his first quilting class 5 years ago. It was there that he learned a technique that involves cutting a piece of fabric into hexagrams and rearranging them into kaleidoscopic shapes.

“I was hooked,” he says, “and I’ve been quilting ever since.”

We got wind of Brian’s psychedelic designs and asked him if he’d be up for a custom commission. Brian’s creation, which he calls “Groovy Chimp,” is a celebration of his favorite kaleidoscopic technique. We love it so much that we’re not only hanging it in our office—we’re exhibiting it on a 25-foot-wide billboard.

 

 

It wasn’t until we had Brian over to MailChimp that we realized how many of our employees—from engineers to customer support folks—moonlight as quilters.

“We’re a clandestine bunch,” Brian explains. “You never know who’s going to show up at the quilting guild.”

I asked Brian whether he considers himself a typical quilter, and he quickly responded, “No way!” In fact, he prides himself on being as atypical as possible. “But that’s the beauty of it,” he says. “I’m a realtor by day, a musical theater performer by night, and a quilter into the wee hours of the morning. Quilters and artists come in all shapes and sizes.”

We sat down with Brian and talked with him about quilting, art, and creative inspiration.

Where do you—and other quilters—usually show your art?

Quilting is a solitary art form. We chain ourselves to our sewing machines for hours on end until that last stitch is complete. Then we crawl out of our studios and head to the first guild meeting we can find for a good old fashioned “show and tell.” There are also quilt shows, locally and nationally, where we can show our work, as well as many Facebook quilter’s groups with thousands of quilters who encourage and educate each other and are always eager to stroke the egos of their fellow fiber artists.

What’s the inspiration for your design?

Five years ago, I took my very first quilting class on a technique by Maxine Rosenthal from her book, One Block Wonder. I became fascinated with kaleidoscopic hexagrams and the countless variations which could be made using only one fabric. I had always wanted to design a quilt with this technique, but utilizing multiple fabrics instead of just one. This idea which had been floating around in my head for years lent itself perfectly to my end product, “Groovy Chimp.”

What’s the best advice you have about how to be more creative?

Let your mind run wild with ideas before you even allow yourself to formulate a plan as to how to execute that idea. If you’re working from a pattern, allow yourself to stray from that pattern. Also, every now and then, just sit down and start creating without a single idea as to where you will end.

You can follow Brian on Instagram at @brian_white_quilts. If you’re in Atlanta, check out Brian’s design on our Krog Street billboard.

This article was originally published on the MailChimp blog, all content is copyright MailChimp.

View the original article:

Billboard Artist Spotlight: Brian White Quilts His Way to New Heights

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December 2017 Meeting

December 3, 2017

Crystal and Olivia called the meeting to order and welcomed new guests.

New Logo:
Katey presented two new options for the guild logo. Discussion on the origin of the guild name was held.  Guild will be reverting to “Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild” as that has been the legal name all along. Members voted on the new logo options and the oval outline was the winner.

Request for a Blog Button to be created for the updated website.

Treasurer’s Report:
No report was given this meeting.

Show and Tell:
Several members showed their quilts. Tara revealed her Churned Up quilt for which she is selling a pattern.

President’s Quilt:
Crystal was presented with her President’s Quilt as a thank you for 2 years of service as our fearless leader. Blocks were made by guild members, quilting by Nikki and binding by Olivia.

Potholder swap:
Those who brought in a potholder to exchange drew numbers from a bag to determine order of gift selection.  Up to 3 steals were allowed.  Turns out this group likes to steal from each other. 🙂

Holiday party with lots of delicious food.