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August 2020 General Meeting, via Zoom

Our program for our August Zoom meeting was: “My Best Binding” presented by Laura Greene. The program covered tips and techniques for perfecting bindings for judging. The techniques include continuous binding, bias-grain, flange binding, and back facing. Laura made us a PDF handout, which you can download as a PDF file:

Tool Time: September IEQMG Program
Our IEMQG Regular Meeting for September will be discussions of your favorite tool for quilting. We all have favorite devices for sewing that assist in more effective and efficient work. We all have ways that we use our favorite implements. Is your quilting tool a common one or a specific one or an unusual one? Our program will consist of sharing our favorite and important tools that we use while creating our quilts. Please send in a picture and short description of your favorite tool that you use. 
Take a picture of your important quilting tool and then type a description of how it is important. Include your name, the tool’s name, how it is used, why it is so important, and any variations that may make it versatile. Then post it on an email to iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com with the subject line, “tool time.” Please send images by September 3, 2020.

Early in 2020

One of the sweet joys of getting together at our Guild Meetings is to talk about our lives, share successes and sorrows, and just catch up with each other. During this quarantine time, we’d like to try to replicate that by exploring some topics on our blog with you. We are hoping you might like to participate by writing us an email with some of your thoughts about the topic we’ll post. The full listing of themes and topics are found at the end of this post. Open up your email and shoot us a few lines, as we’d like to hear what you think, our friends and fellow quilters. Thanks!

And now…our Show and Share from our recent meeting!

We also had a large showing of quilts this time for Show and Share, all of which follow. Thank you to all who sent in photographs and remembered to send your details, too!

Quilt Maker: Lynn Hanna
Quilt Title: Summer Flutters By
Quilt Details: I wanted to use only scraps and make a curved wedge improv piece. This is what happened. The background pieces and the pale turquoise were from larger pieces, but everything else was tiny bits the probably could have gone in the trash. Maybe I should have called it “From Trash to Treasure?”

Quilt Maker: Sharon Berg
Quilt Title: Bird House Swap
Quilt Size: 55-1/2″ square.
Quilt Details: This was a Pass Patchers Quilt Guild June 2017 swap that I long arm quilted this in June 2020.   

Quilt Maker: Sharon Berg
Quilt Title: Summer Sherbert Float
Quilt Size: 66″ by 80″
Quilt Details: I just finished piecing this in June-July 2020. This was inspired by my favorite treat when my thirty something children were born in the hot months of July and August. This was the first time I used a layer cake.   

Quilt Maker: Sharon Berg
Quilt Title: Back, White AND RED
Quilt Size: 54″ by 70″
Quilt Details: This was a Pass Patchers Quilt Guild June 2020. This measures 54″by 70″  using my stash. I always wanted to make a quilt of these colors…opportunity called.

Quilt Maker: Gayle Bennett
Quilt Title: The Zombie Quilt
Quilt Size: 44 inches wide by 48 long.
Quilt Details: This was quilted using the chevron design from Jacquie Gering’s Walk Book. It incorporates reverse stitching.

Quilter: Kim Wingert
Quilt Size: 84 inches square–I had trouble finding a place to hang it! 
Quilt Details: I saw this in a magazine a few years ago and wanted to try working with only triangles. It was 2” too big for my long arm, so it was quilted by Carla Oreskovich. 

Quilter: Debi Gardner
Quilt Title: Nola Weaving

I showed the image of a weaving at the New Orleans Museum of Art at our Zoom Guild meeting, where fibers were dyed with Mississippi River silt at different tides and seasons. This is my interpretation of that piece, and it was made for the Desert Guilds quilt show “Out of the Box” challenge in 2020.

Quilter: Sarah Sass
Quilt Details: This quilt I made from the AGF line Dew and Moss and was made using the pattern Gnomsville which I downloaded from the AGF website. I quilted it using the pattern Oleander. I’m especially proud of this quilt because Art Gallery Fabrics shared it on their website. Sarah is one of our newest members, and is a long arm quilter who is open for business!

Full listing of Topics — We want to hear from you!! Please send your thoughts to iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com There are two for each month throughout the rest of this year, so if you can’t write about one, maybe you can write about the other. They will publish mid-month, so that means we only have two weeks until the first questions. Please submit!

  • [AUGUST] Did you register for QuiltCon Together?  What classes did you go for?  What are you looking forward to?  What concerns do you have about a distanced QuiltCon?  Did you register for Road to California?  What concerns do you have for that show?
  • [AUGUST] How many of you know someone, or been affected directly by Covid-19, either through the virus itself, or if you are a part of the medical profession, or work in education, or other Essential Services?
  • [SEPTEMBER] How has your fabric shopping changed since Covid-10 hit?  Do you do more online shopping?
  • [SEPTEMBER] Has it been harder or easier to sew since the quarantine?  Both? Neither? In what way?
  • [OCTOBER] What Zoom classes have you taken?  How did the Zoom class work for you?  What were some of the advantages?  Disadvantages?
  • [OCTOBER] What Zoom Guild Meetings have you attended?  What were the highlights?  What were the things that were tiresome?
  • [NOVEMBER] What do you miss most about your “other, normal” life?  Travel?  Idle browsing in Target?  Going out in the car to see whoever you wanted, whenever you wanted?
  • [DECEMBER] What has been the best part of this quarantine?  What life lessons have you learned?  What surprising gifts have come your way, due to the shut-down? What will you NOT pick up again when this is all over?  
  • [JANUARY] Have you made a Covid-19 quilt?  If so, send photos?  Have you seen an interesting Covid-19 quilt?  Again, send photos, and the source. Since this one is in January, maybe you want to start a quilt that depicts this time in our lives? Some ideas are to make a quilt with words (social distancing, flatten the curve, etc.), or one that has elements of the virus’ shape (see below). Maybe you have your own feeling about this time, and want to express in a non-traditional quilt. Look forward to January, when we talk about, and maybe see, quilts from the covid-era.

Free downloadable pattern by Becky Goldsmith, of Piece o’ Cake Designs.

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RedWhiteBlue and Other Quilts

We are happy to show you a couple more quilts, plus a couple of small things, all done up in red, white, blue, or any combination. We know you all have a red and white, or a blue and white quilt out there! Send them in to our email (iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com), along with the following:

It’s also okay to send in photos of bags, or small makes: the more, the merrier! Please use good lighting, and send in a photo of larger size. We also need your name. We had a great red and white quilt that came in, but there was no name or information given. Okay, on with the show of RWB, and after that, a couple more Show and Share quilts from our last meeting.

Title:  QOV Quarantine Spring, 2020
Maker:  Candy Scott
Quilted by:  Sarah (no idea her full time)
Dimensions:  66×84
Pattern:  Fat Quarter Pile Up
Made using primarily fabrics from my stash, this is for our community Veteran’s Club QOV Program.  Has not yet been bound.  It will be a “normal binding” not faced binding as it now shows without any binding. 

No Quilt Name/Title
Quilt Maker: Debi Gardner
Quilt Size: Lap or large wall hanging
Quilt Details: This is a combination of a couple different patterns. My daughter wanted a flag quilt. I combined a pattern in a magazine with some ideas from Pinterest and a lot of bits and pieces of patriotic scraps. 

Quilt Title: Leisa’s Teeny Tiny Flag Quilt
Quilt Maker: Elizabeth Eastmond
Quilt size: 5″ x 7″
Quilt Details: This is one is a series of small quilts she has made. This particular quilt was brought to a friend who was undergoing chemo in the hospital in 2019, as it was small and could decorate her room without being in the way. Directions for how to make this can be found in a downloadable PDF pattern on her blog.

This is also from Elizabeth Eastmond, a bigger version of her tiny quilt above. This one is 8″ x 10″ and is made with a sleeve on the back to slip over a dimestore frame. A downloadable PDF pattern can be found here.

Quilt Title: Retired
Quilt Maker: Laura Greene
Quilt Size: wallhanging
My quilt represents my 38 years of teaching kindergarten through 8th grades. When teaching I had many things to concentrate on, so I drew them and appliqued them onto my hair. In the hands I placed an apple and a diploma as a gift of education that I have given to many children. The eight schools where I worked are photographed onto fabric. I also placed girls of different ethnicities and a variety of ethnic fabric to display the variety of students I taught. I’m proud to have positively touched the lives of many children.

Quilt Title (Working Title): Caterpillar Quilt
Quilt Maker: Ginger Gabriel
Quilt Size: Large wall quilt
Original design: I started with Sew Kind of Wonderful’s Chic Kisses Quilt Pattern, but soon tired of all those pickle dish segments, so branched out on my own. I made pinwheels to augment the block design, and added a vine going up the side. And that’s why I call it the Caterpillar Quilt.

Quilt Working Title: Covid 1
Quilter: Ginger Gabriel
Quilt size: not known
The impetus for this was a challenge to use bit and pieces in our quilt. After a while, I decided it needed a pattern, so I used a 30-degree triangle ruler to give it some definition. I call these “mountains.”

Working Title: Covid 2
Quilt Maker: Ginger Gabriel
Quilt size: unknown
This was one of those UFOs I decided I had to do something with. So I did a lot of cutting and sewing and using up of orphan blocks to get this one to completion.

Working Quilt Title: Covid 3
Quilt Maker: Ginger Gabriel
Quilt Size: unknown
I had some Marcia Derse fabric, and decided to use it as the background for a whole lot of churn dash blocks. I sent this photo up to her, and she wrote back enthusiastically praising my choices. Covid quarantine forces us to use up our stash, with fun outcomes!

Please click to download our Meeting Minutes from June 13, 2020:

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Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue!

Or the red. Or the white. Or the blue. Or the red and white, blue and white, red and blue. Or the patriotic, or any quilt with a combination of these three colors, any shade, tint or hue predominating. Since yesterday, June 14th, was Flag Day — and July 4th is coming up — we thought it would be fun to have a parade of quilts using these colors. For information about submitting, see the end of this post.

Quilt Title: 2016-2020: Fractured
Quilter: Judy Racine
Dimensions: 63” x 63”
This is based on the Libs Elliott “Just Like Heaven” Pattern. I altered it in a couple ways to suit my taste: I changed out square designs to create a more underlying cohesion and eliminated one of the color values to suit me.What I learned from this quilt: don’t use Mountain Mist wool batting. The bearding is horrible. I used left over scraps for the back. 

2016-2020: Fractured, reverse
Betsy’s Creation

Quilt Title: Betsy’s Creation
Quilt Maker: Elizabeth Eastmond
Quilt Info: 72″ by 86
I’d always wanted a flag quilt, and one bright day I cut up a lot of red, white, blue and put it together. But why stop there? I made up a tip sheet of how I constructed my quilt, and put it for free on my website. I think, from start to finish, I did the top in just under two days. And then I had four blocks leftover, so I took an extra day to make a small quilt to hang in our hallway at home (see below).

Link to free pattern sheet and more photos. Why is it called Betsy’s Creation? Well, because of the Betsy Ross, legend, of course, and also because my childhood nickname was Betsy.

Since we are dark in July (our meeting falls on the July 4th holiday), if you have other Show and Share quilts you’d like us to see, please also send them along to our email, along with quilt details. We had a series of quilts shown at our Zoom meeting on Saturday, and we’d like to share some of them with you. Not all are here, as we are awaiting the quilt details from their makers.

Working title: Chaos 2020
Quilt Maker: Debbi LoCicero
Dimensions: 36” x 48” vertical wall hanging 
Based on a string pieced block intersected with white pick up stix in various locations

I took a class over 20 years ago, never finished more than 2 blocks that didn’t look anything like these.  When I couldn’t figure out what the original block was, I just started piecing strips together until I had a new “piece of fabric” and then cut that into 7” blocks. I liked a pick-up stix block we recently made as a group for a charity quilt and decided to intersect my blocks with various tone on tone white fabrics. I like the orderly disorder that resulted.  I will try to machine quilt this wall hanging because it’s small enough…I’m really more of a piecer than “quilter.”

Quilt Title: Shapes of Water
Quilter: Lynn Hanna
Quilt Dimensions: 20” x 40”
Original design

It was a grey winter day in Yosemite when I took a photo of the creek.  I abstracted some of the shapes the water made as it tumbled over the flat, rounded rocks.  I reversed and flipped the shapes, repeated in both light and dark and dark and light, and assembled them like a cascading river.  To make the water, I used some hand dyed fabric I colored when I was experimenting with making  value range gradations from one dye bath. (The background is Kona Silver).  I quilted flat rock and water shapes and abstract trees along the banks.  I used a neutral thread so the complex quilting designs are subtle, hopefully drawing the viewer in for a closer look.

Quilt Title: Forced Change
Quilter: Lynn Hanna
Dimensions: About 42” x 56”
Original design

At QuiltCon in Austin this February, I signed up for a color class.  I came with my red violet fabrics in a variety of shades, tints, and tones, along with the opposite lime green zingers.  I was really looking forward to the color class.  When I walked in, I realized I had made a mistake somewhere.  I had signed up for an improvisation class, not something I would have done, had I been paying better attention.  So I went with it, and basically made purple improv fabric.  When I got home, I decided to cut it up and do something with it.  This is the result.

Our world was just moving along, a fairly regular and predictable pattern to everyone’s lives, until COVID-19 arrived.  The virus, my yellow-green zinger fabric,  started to affect plans and alter our interactions.  Then came the stay-at-home orders.  A fear of infection as well as the effort to prevent neighbors illnesses kept me home.  Our entire world took a drastic left turn, and social norms as we knew them will be changed.  There is chaos as we work to establish new patterns and move forward with the virus becoming a part of our lives.

Quilt Title: A Purposeful End
Maker: Lynn Hanna
Diameter roughly 25”
Original design by Lynn Hanna

This was a personal challenge.  I wanted to make curved wedges with curved crossway elements into an organic tree stump shape that, when pieced together, would be flat, and look like a tree stump.  I figured it out and I did it!

The title comes from contemplation about why I quilt.  At the end of the children’s book,  The Giving Tree, the stump is for sitting.  COVID-19 has spurred thoughts about “the end.”  What will become of this tree stump, a technical exercise.  Will it become a wall decoration?  A table covering?  And what of my other quilts?  What will happen to them in the end?  Why do I make them?  These were some of my  thoughts as I worked on this quilt.

Just for interest sake, I have sold this quilt, so it’s no longer an issue swirling in my brain.  Lighter, happier musings have taken over today because now I have money to fund my fabric infatuation.

If you have a quilt to share, please email it to iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com along with the usual:

Don’t let your lack of info stop you, as you can approximate the size by saying, wallhanging, or twin size, etc. But we do want to hear about your quilt!