Saturday, January 23, 2016

Group Members' Instagram

Here is an incomplete list of group members' Instagram handles:

  • ucmqg
  • aroundthequiltblock_anna
  • sewviolingirl
  • quiltbliss
  • mrsjbarclay
  • justusquiltchicks
  • hopefulhomemaker
  • ellabstudio
  • ksheffie
  • jillmiskin
  • broadbentsquiltshop
  • cardwellpamela
  • sewshabbyquilting
  • fancy_nancy33
  • teena_jane
  • traesi07
  • emmaraejames
  • jeanninecartwright
  • dutchgirlquilts
  • dleemoore55
  • kristibankhead
  • quiltkb
  • amanda_astin_
  • anniesrubyslipperz
  • momzilator
  • sewinlovequilting
  • andreatemp
  • brendajstott
  • middaymornings
  • number1beef
  • babysleepsmamasews
  • mama_burns1
  • michellebnelsons
  • wiskermoon
  • robyntischner
  • ksbutterfly
  • lacie.messerly
  • char_53
I'm sure I unintentionally missed some people, so let me know and I'll edit the list. Also if you do not want yours on this list, let me know that as well.

Instagram Favs

Here is the list the group compiled last week of some favorite Instagram accounts:
  • weelittlestitches
  • jodiericrac
  • heatherjonesstudio
  • projectleasa
  • jeremymiranda
  • nationalquiltmuseum
  • begoodnatured
  • foxgloveutah
  • lillaluise
  • statelytype
  • juliablakeart
  • sewsweetness
  • amysinbaldi
  • heymami
  • redvelvetquilts
  • alanfullmer
  • brookwrotemystory
  • littleislandquilting
  • lilabellelane
  • lillyellasworld
  • barij
  • artgalleryfabrics
  • annamariegalvin
  • aleyouq
  • corinna_maycreations
  • entropies
  • myquiltlove
  • sewkindofwonderful
  • maureencracknell
  • london_and_granger
  • retro_mama
  • redredcompletelyred
  • myfabricrelish
  • quiltstorymeg
  • annorabee
  • patagoniatothenorthpole
  • audubonsociety
  • carinagardner
  • alisonglass
  • artprojectsforkids
  • paintedpaperintheart

And in addition to these, here are some (as in a few - not all) of my personal favorites too:

  • lorena_in_syd
  • owensolivia
  • floraforager
  • imasavonasac
  • carrieshryock
  • ccpquilt
  • ihavethisthingwithfloors
  • caitlin_connolly_
  • amnh
  • dailyoverview
  • aussiequiltsmith
  • leslieduke
  • entropyalwayswins
  • thecoolhunter_
  • cauchycomplete
  • laurie3.14
  • ngadc
  • michelle.kingdom
  • libertylondon
  • tartankiwi
  • heatherrossinsta
  • sewmodern1
  • latifasaafirstudios
  • frenchgeneral
  • matobsgirl
  • mazeandvale
  • crazymomquilts
  • filminthefridge
  • sewkatiedid
  • valoriwells
  • carolynfriedlander

Monday, January 18, 2016

Session 10 Sign-ups Open

Kaffe Club Sign-ups Open

January 2016 Meeting

All things purple this month. See next post for the handout. JoyLyn shared her beautiful purple spools  from V & Co's Purple book, and gave some fun ideas for playing with the leftovers. I loved seeing your play, too! Please remember your cards for Session 9 expire the last day of January, so make sure you've picked up your color book and fabric bundle (or put your name on the wishlist).

We passed out the exchange blocks, and I've got mine all trimmed up and ready to make something fun. I can't decide yet and I'm anxious to see what the group does with theirs. 

We announced both the new Kaffe Club and Session 10 of UCMQG. I'm busy working on a Show and Tell slideshow for us to watch next month together. So many, many beautiful things have been shared by all of you for the last 5 years.  And if you or someone you know is into Kaffe Fassett fabric, please join us for a smaller, more design oriented group this year.

Reminder that next session we will be exchanging large florals cut into fat quarters. Usually we keep the exchanges to three yards of fabric, but since we want to keep the pieces big to honor the large prints, we're going to increase the yardage to four. This means you will bring a total of 16 fat quarters over a two month period. Sign ups will be in Feb & March, swapping will be in April & May, and your fabrics will be returned in June.

Also Anna will teach a paper-piecing class on March 5th. Sign ups will be in February. She will be sharing the beautiful star from a past session. If you've never taken a class from her, it's a great opportunity to learn a new skill from a truly terrific teacher.

Lastly I fumbled my way through encouraging you all to do your own thing this year. So much of what we see online can be inspiring, but when it's not, or when it seems all the same to you, check out and clear your mental cobwebs and look at your fabric with clean eyes. It's so important to create what's true to you, whether that means you use all the same fabric, or that each quilt is a completely different palette. And remember, colors don't always have to precisely match. If you're comfortable with it, then it's beautiful.

Happy quilting in 2016!

Friday, January 15, 2016

A Passion for PURPLE

There should be more PURPLE in the world....
I know this is a very under represented color in most everyone's stash.  
Enjoy the interesting facts sheet & go check out the pinterest board 
"All Things PURPLE"!
The blog post will be up in a few days.
xo JoyLyn

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

December 2015 Meeting in Review

December is always a fun time to talk about red. JoyLyn did a great job showing the merits of the color red, as well as how much some of us love its more diluted tone: pink.

We had many beautiful Show-n-Tell quilts and gifts shared, check out our flickr page for more of that. 

At our January meeting we will continue to discuss 15 Minutes of Play. Victoria Findlay Wolfe published a wonderful book detailing how important play is in our adult creative life and I highly recommend this book. She not only highlights artists she thinks are creating beautiful things out of play, but how it helps her process as well. Her main use of play is in creating her own pieces of fabric, either by using random scraps, or sticking to one color, and then seeing where these pieces take her. She gives several simple blocks to use your "made fabric" in, as well as other suggestions of ways to play.

Some of the ways I've found to play are:
  • buy a single pattern online and print it out immediately
  • sew random solid strips together
  • organize scraps and get rid of some along the way
  • sew strips together of one color, for no purpose
  • flip through a quilt book
  • make a list of 2016 quilty goals
  • label sizes of batting remnants
  • organize thread
  • try Karen Griska's fans (can be found on etsy)
  • experiment with a new technique or block you saw online (I'm looking into Birch bark)
  • stitch drawing
  • try a dresden plate
  • experiment with a new ruler/notion you bought and never used or buy a new one (I'm trying the Quick Curve Ruler)
  • add some new artists to your instagram feed
  • check out Pinterest more, or review what you've already pinned
  • play with stripes
  • learn to sew a zipper
  • lint roll your design wall
  • vacuum your sewing space (this may require clearing the floor first)
  • clean your machine out and give it fresh oil and a needle
I hope these help you launch into finding a safe 15 minutes to play in your days. You are worth it!