MEETING REMINDER: We’ll see you on Zoom, this Saturday, August 1st. Our Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild Meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Zoom codes have already been sent out. Please check your email boxes for the letter.
Be sure to submit any quilts you’ve been working on for our Show and Share for this coming Saturday’s Guild Meeting Please watch your emails for the Zoom code, and join in with us. Deadline for your Show and Share submission is this Wednesday, July 29th to the Guild’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some years ago an incredible display of red and white quilts was held in the Armory Building in New York. The occasion? A birthday gift, from a husband to a wife. She had collected over 800 red and white quilts, and her birthday wish was to see them all at one time. Above is a view of all the quilts, gathered from many years of collecting.
Lest you think they were all only traditional quilts, this one (above) was included–a modern-looking quilt, using stripes and squares to good effect.
Another one tha looks difficult, until you realize the difference a small block makes at the corner of a square (red block on white square, and visa-versa).
Quilt Maker: Elizabeth Eastmond Quilt Title: Red, White and Blue Quilt Statement: Some years ago, I participated in a group where we each designed a block, with no size restriction. I challenged myself to put the blocks together in a non-traditional way, making use of smaller sawtooth stars, strips of triangles, and odd-shaped rectangles, and using a red/white toile.
Quilt Maker: Helen Matter Quilt Title: Freedom! Quilt Size: 14 1/2″ X 35″ Quilt Details: Gudrun Erla (GEQuiltDesigns) Lil’ Kim table runner. I also have had this charm pack for a long time, and I wanted to make something fun for the 4th of July. Gudrun’s design was easy, and it was fun to put together!
Quilt (Top) Maker: Candy Scott Quilt Details: Candy writes that this is quilt for a friend’s newest grandson, and the backing will be LA Dodgers fabric if she has enough left over from face masks.
For your information, the Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild Board’s Zoom Meeting minutes, from our meeting on Monday, July 20, have been published. You can find them clicking on the Tab at the top of this blog. Many thanks to our new secretary, Lynn Hanna!
Thank you all for your submissions to our Red, White and Blue Festival!
We’re excited to have some more quilts to share with you. We asked for redwhiteblue, or red or white or blue, or any combination of these colors, and it’s been fun to see them come in. They do not have to be patriotic, and we also encouraged you to send in photos of bags, totes, zip cases — in other words — small makes in these colors would be fun to see, too.
Small Make Title: Mini Double-Pocket Bag Maker: Elizabeth Eastmond
Elizabeth writes: I was perfecting my new pattern for the Mini Double-Pocket Bag, and thought about our RWB makes on this blog. And after the sheep baa-ed at me, I knew I had to use these fabrics. Red, white and blue is always cheery.
Maker: Laura Greene Quilt Title: Symbol of Freedom Dimensions: 24″ × 72″ Machine Pieced and Quilted in March 2020
I wanted a quilt that would fit my wall space. It needed to be simple yet modern. I marked the eagle and hearts on meltaway stabilizer on the back use free -motion quilting. I used stencils and a frixion pen to mark the red and white stripes for quilting.
Maker: Debi Gardner Title: Red, white, and blue table runner
I made this for the top of my buffet. The pattern is in a quilting magazine. I can’t remember which one, though. [Note: This is the Arrow Points quilt block by Nancy Page, 1920-1940.]
Quilt name: Chuck’s Quilt Quilt Maker: Pat Klassen Size: 20″ x 32″ My son has a cat named Chuck who sleeps on his pillow every day which was taking a toll on his pillow. So I had these scraps of War planes and patriotic fabric and turned it into a wonderful little quilt Chuck could sleep on.
Quilt Title: Azulejos Quilt Maker: Elizabeth Eastmond Quilt by: Cathy Kreter Dimension: 63″ x 76″
This quilt is based on a tile seen in Lisbon, Portugal, when we visited a couple of years ago.
This last quilt was added in to show you that your quilt doesn’t have to be a patriotic quilt, or even an equal mix of the three colors. Send us your quilts with red, white, blue, or any mix or combo of the three hues.
Housekeeping: We’ve posted the newest Board Minutes up on the Minutes Tab, above. And our VPs of Programs were able to get more Zoom Meeting Dates for us for the rest of this year. They will show on the right in Calendar, but please do mark them on your calendars:
• Saturday, August 1 (submit your Show and Shares by July 29th, to email@example.com) In addition, please submit photos of your MQGuild Block of the Month Strawberry Blocks. (see info below) • Saturday, September 5 • Saturday, October 3 • Saturday, November 7 • Saturday, December 5 — our Christmas party Please submit your Show and Shares by the Wednesday before the meeting.
We’d like to encourage you to take advantage of the resources available on the national Modern Quilt Guild website, so to do that, we’re asking you to create a Block of the Month along with them. Laura writes that the July Block of the Month comes from The Modern Quilt Guild website, and was highlighted during our meeting. The strawberry block pattern, which was designed by Sarah Flynn, can be downloaded from the Modern Quilt Guild, after you log on as a member. Here are some of her creations:
And now for two creations from our guild:
Head over to the Modern Quilt Guild national site, log on and download your free pattern. Send photos of your blocks to our guild email, and at our meeting in August, Laura will coordinate a slide show of strawberry block creations.
Since next week is a holiday weekend, we’ll be taking a break with our next post on July 13, 2020. We hope you have a great 4th of July! Wear your quilty masks! Practice physical distancing! Enjoy some time celebrating our country’s Day of Independence! And submit your REDWHITEBLUE makes and quilts! The show continues through the month of July.
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.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!