Sunday, February 10, 2013

QAWM : Chattanooga Modern Quilt Guild

Can it be Spring already? These daffodils started blooming a few days ago and they are popping up all over the yard. We seemed to have escaped Winter. No complaints from me!


I went to the Chattanooga Modern Quilt Guild meeting just over the border in GA on Saturday and had a wonderful time. I was greeted with such friendliness and enthusiasm during my show and tell, and it made me feel like I was in a room full of friends. I'll be a regular attendee from now on.

These gals are doing some really interesting, innovative and challenging designs, and I am so excited to participate.

This is a block challenge done with the Madrona Road line of fabrics which was donated to many MQG's from Michael Miller Fabrics. The quilters had a drawing for the finished blocks and will make tops from them. This will be an ongoing feature of the meetings, in which I am probably never going to take part. I looked at the perfection of the piecing and know I can't be that neat! I am not a team player, sorry. But I'll enjoy watching.


I sewed my Scrappy Trip blocks together, without squaring them off first, and amazeballs, they worked! Maybe I am getting more accurate in my old age. The top will join my other to-be-quilted-tops, in favor of getting a new project started.
I was asked via email why I am making such an old standby design, which I could be making art quilts. The exact quote was, "Why reinvent the wheel?" I had a long and involved answer to justify my doing this, and bottom line: I just wanna have fun and wanted this experience. It only took a few days out of my life and I did intersperse a few art quilts in the midst of finishing this. So now that I have it, I can also think of other really oldie but goodie quilts I also wanna do.
If not now, when?


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  1. If not now ..... when? and there is something just a tad off with the implication that if a quilt project is not an art quilt it does not measure up...

    so when is now - for "what ever" strikes our fancy.

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  2. As a painter you have many skills and choices when you want to create, watercolor, oil, acrylic etc. What's wrong with being able to create quilts in many different styles? The same can be said for clothes. Sometimes you need a fancy little black dress and sometimes jeans or sweats. Why limit yourself to just one style?

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  3. I love art quilts, and enjoy my art quilt group so much. I enjoy the brightest new fabric lines, and solids of all colors. I also have a room full of top quality, very traditional fabric from my mom and mom-in-law's downsizing to a retirement facility. If making art quilts is the only thing that counts, I'm in big trouble!

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  4. Jean S.7:34 PM

    Why not old favorites. They are timeless art and you get to decide how you want to spend your time.

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  5. All work has merit, hang on a minute, did I say 'work' not so sure of the implications of that! In your photos with this post, the floor rug is very eye-catching, quilty potential there! Georgina.

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  6. I totally enjoy seeing the work of more traditional quilters, but confess that I am not drawn to doing patterns that require precision. But for you, this must be a nice change of pace, sort of to cleanse your palate, creatively speaking. I say if something calls to you to give it a try, then do it! Right now, I have 2 projects I'm working on... one using Rayna Gillman's free-form quilting techniques, another using Jane LaFazio's Fractured Circles techniques, and I'm having fun with both. Each of them is free and easy with very little precision... works well for me!

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  7. I just joined a modern guild too...the excitement and enthusiasm the group offers is amazing!

    I have to agree with you about your statement about art quilts too. There is more to quilting than just art quilts! I love them all from traditional to modern and I want to make them all!

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  8. You go Girl!!! You don't need to justify what you create. It's all beautiful.

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  9. I love the colors in your quilt (and your website in general) so much that I am now making one square a day as "relief" from the monotone quilt I'm making for my future daughter-in-law.
    Thanks for the inspirational use of color!

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  11. Any time I have finished a large art quilt project, or feel uninspired to begin another one, I return to traditional piecing. I find it completely relaxing and enjoyable to do a pattern that has rhythm and consistency after doing something that required so much creativity and decision making. Of course, the colors must be non-traditional and there may be a twist, but whatever! I love the process, either way. There is something so great about putting pieces through the machine, one after the other and art quilts don't necessarily offer that.

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  12. Melody - can I have your permission to use the photo in this post of our Michael Miller/Madrona Road Challenge blocks? They will have a booth at Quiltcon and I wanted to show them what we did with the fabric they gave us.

    Thanks - Janet Suber
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  13. You are still churning out lots of colorful work. I like the comment about not being a team player. You are too much of an individual for that. Not a bad thing! Nancy

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