Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Meet the Group: Melissa


So many of you are being such good sports to let me take pictures and to share a little more about yourselves so that everyone can grow together more. I'm really enjoying this process, I hope you are, too.

Next up is Melissa. She also comes with her mother. So special. They seem very close. Mel has been with us for a while, and got married recently. Passages of time and special events are so fun to share with each other. 

Mel likes to sew and quilt because she feels that too many people her age do not do this sort of thing. "They just buy stuff without being concerned about how it happens." I think that captures how we all feel in this group. The HOW is the most important part. And laughing together. That's fun as well.

When I think of Melissa, I think of the awesome medallion she started, at the same time the Nancy Drew fabric was being released. She knew where her medallion went was going to be a mystery to her, so why not make it a true mystery quilt? She started with the blue piece with Nancy Drew searching with a magnifying glass in her center, and appliquéd a big white question mark on top. I loved it. She's hoping now that she's in a phase where she has a bit more time, she can get back into it. And we will be eagerly awaiting it!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Meet the Group: Brenda


Brenda and her daughter, Andrea, joined our group last session. I really love it when family comes together. And then they become our family, too! Brenda enjoys having this interest in common with Andrea. Their color palettes are different, but I love that they each know what the other likes. 

Brenda loves our Show and Tell, and I love that she brings sewy things that aren't always quilts. She seems to make nice things for her friends, and that's a sign of a kind soul. She also really enjoyed our Color Theory class in January. I look forward to seeing the mini quilts that come out of that project next month, especially hers. Seeing someone's quilts over time really helps to get to know them!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

March Meeting in Review


Let's pretend it's Saturday night right after class. We're all feeling so inspired and looking for the blog post to give us the details on what we saw. Because it's been a busy week, it's really Wednesday and I can't remember any of your good questions we said we'd post about! Please leave comments so we can fill in if anything is left out here.

Also congrats to Emily, our first of I think, three babies to join the group this year. Start 'em early!

Millefiori is an Italian technique used in glassware, translated into clay and fabric. Directly translated it means a thousand flowers, so welcome Spring! I talked a bit about the Ralli quilts we saw in a recent exhibit at BYU's MOA. Some women would work on one quilt their entire lives. In the time of the 30 minute sitcom and instant messaging, I like the thought of putting more of me, and more of my precious time, into my quilts. Don't get me wrong, some quilts are quick finishes for different purposes, but I would encourage all of you to have one or two (or three or four) that you work on with a deeper purpose and hopefully, with a deeper satisfaction.


Anna shared her technique with mirrors to look at how the fabric will repeat in your millefiori. You can use two small mirrors, or look into other specialty products. Amazon and eBay have several quilters mirrors. We talked about these two great books specifically, but there are also lots of others under kaleidoscope or one block wonders subjects. 



Anna then revealed her gorgeous hexagon millefiori in progress. She encouraged you not to discard fabric because you don't care for it, but to look at its parts to use in a project like this. Also she recommended finding a complex fabric, buying several yards of it, and then cutting it up in different ways so your millefiori project will be all out of the same piece. Her project is going to be really, really fantastic. Plus, it's a good on-the-go project you could make a zipper pouch for, too!


As is like me, I am doing something a little different. My millefiori is a combination medallion/millefiori/applique/tula pink number. JoyLyn has been working on me for over four years now to try new things, so this time not only are my appliqué pieces not raw edged and turned under, I am officially hand sewing them all down. And so far, mind you I'm only two pieces in, I'm liking it. The method I tried is one taught by Carmen Geddes at Broadbents from time to time, as well as at HMQS. 

As far as housekeeping, a few other items:
  • The solid fat eighth fabric swap for this session is now closed. Anna will be in touch soon to give those of you who signed up your assigned color.  Each of your three yards, cut into fat eights, will be due in May, June and July's classes, or you can be like me, know you will forget, and bring them all the first month and be done with it.
  • After class in April is our Sew Day. This is free for members, and you can stay past lunch to sew and share, on your machine or with hand work.
  • After class in May we will hold an English Paper-piecing class. More information, as well as sign ups, will be given in April's class. Mark your calendar if you are interested.
  • April's UCMQG class will be mini quilts. Hopefully you chose some good 2.5" squares in our color theory workshop in January. And hopefully you still know where they are! Put them together for a mini quilt, any way you'd like, add from your stash if you want, and bring it to show in class next month. They don't have to be a mini; Jennifer liked hers so much she make a bag out of them. And if you didn't attend January's meeting, make a mini out of your scraps at home to share with us. 
See you next month, friends.

Meet the Group: Lauren


Lauren joined us three sessions ago, when her twin boys were still tiny. Now they run around and she is expecting baby #3. We love group babies! Lauren was in the store on a third Saturday and asked Jennifer why the store was so crowded. Jenn was so friendly and positive about our group, Lauren joined up. 

Lauren enjoys the inspiration she gets from meetings, and also appreciates a great place to talk about quilting. Strength in numbers! She started quilting with her mother and grandmother (lucky!) and enjoys the creative outlet. Currently she is enjoying working on her Green Tea & Sweet Beans quilt, which she has dubbed her "Five Year Quilt," since it will take her that long. Especially with a baby on the way, Lauren. No timed awards here.

I love the variety of phases of life our group members are in. Lauren is younger and energetic and interested in a newer palette of fabric. She represents the quilter who is growing her stash, and trying to find time at the machine around little legs pulling at her. What a wonderful time to be in. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

QuiltBLISS Winter 2015 Review

Friends, so many of you were able to come to QuiltBLISS last month and it was so great to spend time together, and meet new friends, too. We hope you all had a good time, and oh yeah, sewed something as well. We now have all the photos I took up on flickr, and stay tuned for the gorgeous professional shots to be released soon.

Here are a few to entice:






If you didn't get to come this winter, QuiltBLISS is moving to an annual Fall date, and we will start this November. Tickets are on sale now, so check it out! And if you need another reason, besides the great food, luxury accommodations, fun swaps and beautiful mountain views, Anna and I will be teaching a pretty cool Gray Goods circle pattern class as well.

*Please note: March's group meeting has moved to Saturday, March 28th at 10am. Millefiori!

Monday, February 23, 2015

February Meeting in Review


The word on the street this session is IMPROV! Improvisation in general means to compose and perform or deliver without previous preparation; on the spur of the moment; to make, provide or arrange from whatever materials are readily available.

I know this concept might make some of you uncomfortable, but give it a shot in the next six months. You may be surprised what comes of it all.

Here is a link to the UCMQG Pinterest board, but please don't limit yourself to the very small smattering of quilts we collected here. There are so many different ways to be improvisational, and on so many levels. Find a few that work for you!


Friday, January 23, 2015

January Meeting in Review


January we did a color workshop together. Everyone brought great fabrics to share with the group, and there was A LOT of great talking going on. I appreciated seeing everyone's willingness to dig in and try something new. I think we learned a lot about ourselves just by choosing paint chips at the hardware stores.

The whole idea of this class was to believe that our subconscious has color choices that we don't always allow to come out. By stripping fabric down to the basic colors involved, we can see the art that went into its design, and also look at the pure colors themselves. Hopefully this will add to your quilting process as you let your right brain loose more. It takes practice.

These are the first exercise swatches from both classes. We each chose one of our favorite fabrics we brought and pulled paint chips to match, creating our own palette. Some people found this difficult, some were surprised by the palette that came out of it. I hope you each will keep that grouping to remind you to let your subconscious lead more often.



Next we delved into the fabrics everyone brought to share, gathering 8-12 new pieces that we thought looked good together from the group pile. Then paint chips were added to create a second, all new palette. I hope you liked what you took home enough to start a mini quilt of your own choosing to show the group in April. (There were many, many beautiful things going on, this is just a very small smatter of what you all did.)




I especially loved that everyone could try to be a bit vulnerable with each other and share together. This group is truly amazing and I'm so glad we could have more of a workshop feel this month. 

Next month we will do a computer-projected tour of improv quilts from around the web, to inspire some new elements in your quilting for the next six months. Show and Tell will be back in force, and please also bring a friend for free to check us out in February if you'd like. We are all meeting together at 10am, so one item to show would be great. Until next time, happy quilting!