East Bay Modern Quilt Guild – Meeting Notes 3/29/2011

This is Cyn posting for the group. I stepped in for Stacey!, and oh boy!  Taking the notes, running the meeting, and catching a few photos barely leaves time to see everyone’s beautiful quilts!  Sacrifices must be made.  So, the sacrifice here was that I didn’t take extensive notes.  I indulged in a lot of looking at quilts and then asked everyone after the meeting if there was something they’d like put in the notes.

Sharona's hexagon quilt top using the Robert Kaufman challenge fabrics

Here’s the scoop!

1.  Birgit finished her quilt!!!  I’m so bummed I don’t have a picture.  Joel got some great images, though!  Here’s the link to his Flickr >> yaye Joel!

2.  The photos here are mine – not all inclusive, just a few shots when I thought to pick up the camera.  I just wanted to get the notes up while everyone’s still hyped up on how much fun the meeting was.

3.  What made it fun?  We had 7 new quilters join us — not necessarily new to quilting — just new to EBMQG.  Hope you sewists come back for more sewing fun in April!

Deanna, reworking Ellen's Robert Kaufman challenge fabrics paired with prints from her own stash

4.  The Robert Kaufman nametag challenge… well, what can I say?  As Claudia told me, it’s perfectly appropriate that a group of Berkeley quilters would be rogues about following directions!  We saw several creative quilt tops – from Sharona’s hexagons to Ellen’s triangles matched with prints from her stash to Lauren’s “Stepping Stones” to Kristen’s graphic piecing of the blocks in a bone-colored sashing.

Lauren's Stepping Stones quilt from the Robert Kaufman challenge fabric

Don’t fret – there were some nametags!  I’m hoping Joel’s photos show these!  There were everything from abstracted interpretations of letters using strictly Robert Kaufman fabrics to Kaufman mixed with scraps to a miniquilt with no name on it to “what the heck, I’m just going to use completely different fabric, but it’s still a nametag.”

Does that pose say it all or what? Kristen's Robert Kaufman fabric challenge quilt top

5.  Dan showed us his GORGEOUS quilt that he is submitting to the Modern Quilt Guild’s monochromatic challenge.  So sorry that I can’t show you any pictures… but I can tell you it is sensational and awe-striking.  His workmanship and color sense will inspire anyone who loves fabric.

Kristen & Ellen pinning the top on the design wall

6.  A suggestion was made that anyone feeling the spirit should look into donating a quilt to the people in Japan.  More info here >> quilts4japan.org

Conversation and healthy snacks!

7.  Deanna, who is also very involved in the local East Bay Heritage Quilters guild, invited Modern Quilters to the 4/25 EBHQ meeting to see Judi Warren Blaydon speak.  Those interested could go at 6:30 for a show-n-tell; official meeting starts at 7:30 pm.

Deanna showing another Robert Kaufman fabric challenge quilt

Of note…

Cara showing a quilt she's been working on with... scrolls!!!

1.  Lauren has been talking on the EBMQG Facebook page about getting better photos of her quilts.  She’s investing in a new camera and wants to also work on the art of capturing a great image.  She and I are planning an outting to take quilts to the Berkeley Rose Garden, probably in May.  It’ll be casual and fun, and if you’d like to join us with your quilts, jump on the Facebook thread.

Asija's sweet rose quilt she's making for her beloved mother-in-law

2.  If you’d like to take a class… I get to add this bc I’m writing the notes ;)
I’m taking Mary Mashuta’s Foolproof Machine Quilting on Saturday, April 16.  It’d be fun to have more Modern Quilters in the class too!  Curious to know why I am so hyped up over Mary Mashuta?  Here’s my blog post:  Mary Mashuta to the Rescue

Another quilt from Asija!

Sharona actually said, "Is this not the ugliest quilt I've made?" - what????? It's awesome!

Lauren's bird quilt for her twin sister: two birds born of one flesh divided

NEXT MONTH’S MEETING!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 26, 2011.  Meeting at New Pieces in Berkeley, 6:30-8:30.

Theme? A Show-n-Tell of your favorite quilting tools or products!  From thread to rulers to scissors to… whatever.  Whatever makes you better at quilting, bring it to share and show.

And of course, bring a quilt too!

Snacks — especially healthy ones — are welcome too!

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East Bay Modern Quilt Guild – Meeting 3/29/2011

Hey, our March meeting is tomorrow night! We’ll be meeting at New Pieces Quilt Shop in Berkeley, CA, from 6:30-8:30 pm on Tuesday, 3/29/2011. We have an open membership… the only thing required is that you like to sew!

Our group goes from beginners to some pretty darn skilled sewists.  We bring an item for show-n-tell, and we do a lot of show/tell/chatting.  It’s fun and casual.  If you’ve been thinking about dropping in to check it out, this would be a great meeting to come to.

We’ll also be showing our Robert Kaufman Kona Dusty Palette challenge pieces.  The challenge was named “nametag” challenge, but I’ve seen some full-quilt rumors out there on the ‘net!

Here’s a peek at what we might see in person.  Click on the image to go to that member’s blog post for the stories behind the quilts:

KT Seams - Kaufman Challenge Quilt

LIttle Blue Bell Sprinkles

Lauren - I want to cut you - Robert Kaufman

And… Stacey posted this cool Etsy article on quilt labels… in case you’d like to personalize your quilt before tomorrow! How to Make a Quilt Label.

Endless possibilities

Look at these colors and tell me you don’t have visions.

Kona cotton solids (mostly)

Okay, granted I picked these out so maybe you don’t have as many visions as I do.  But still, the potential just boggles my mind.  Even with all this I still went out and bought another orange, a blue, and a lighter pink.  I am following Sherri Lynn Wood’s quilt along  from her blog Dainty Time (although it is long done and over by now) for the Mod Mood quilt.  I decided to do three colorways: blue, green and orange and even sketched a draft of my vision.  The funny thing about her quilt along is, you are supposed to be driven by your mood.  I don’t totally subscribe to this for two reasons.  One, by the time I pick a colorway, cut it, sew it, a week has passed by and I have had dozens of moods throughout that process – so there is a separation from my mood and the “mood” of the quilt colors.  Second, I just pick things I like. I know there are “passive” and “active” colors and all that. Wood describes in detail in her blog.  Dang it though, I just don’t feel it and hope at least that it comes out looking like “me” and has my sense of style to it.

Two nights ago I started with the turquoise/blue pieces and afterwards I came to appreciate some comments discussed at our last EBMQG meeting.  It just doesn’t sing to me.  It’s fine but I’m not impressed as it shows so far.  Forge ahead, I will, but it’s a little bit … boring?

Blue colorway wedges

It must be one of those moments we talked about where you just force yourself to continue on.  The colors also seemed to be a bit too contrasting – what does that say about my mood?  Bi-polar?

The good little quilter voice in the back of my head echoed to me… it’s improvisational…don’t think too much (I nearly always over-think these projects)… ahh, yes, that’s why I love improvisational quilts so MUCH, right?? Over-thinking rarely fosters progress, instead it keeps me running in circles. With that said: Cut without rulers, just sew one wedge to the next without thinking about it, enjoy the process and repeat…

Tonight begins a new colorway, how exciting!