Wednesday, May 27, 2015

May 2015 Meeting Recap

Well, we got rained out again in May. So much for our quilty picnic. :( But we did still have an impromptu meeting. Here are a few pictures of the show and tell. 

Rachael started us off with a finish using her "quick curve ruler".

She also finished her block lotto win from February. Everyone thought those churn dash blocks were an excellent addition to the quilt!

And the first Icy Waters quilt from Amy's book appears!! Way to go, Rachael!! Though she likes calling it "Melty Popsicle". :)

Rachael really is on a roll! She also had this top pieced together. She's calling it the "Party House" quilt.

Darcie finished quilting one of Meghan's first quilt tops on the longarm.

It was her first quilt using free motion feathers on the longarm.

Remember that quilt top she started back at the retreat in February? Well, she finally finished it! 

Meghan even managed to bring a finished quilt even while she deep in the depths of planning her wedding.

The mint Tisha added to Sara Lawson's unicorns is just too perfect! There's also a great story behind the quilt if you pop on over to Tisha's blog.

Tisha said this quilt ended up a little wonky, but it looks good to us! Great job!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

July 2015 IMQG Monthly Meeting

When: Sunday, July 19, 2015 from 1-5pm

Where: the Wayne Library Branch
+198 S. Girls School Rd
   Indianapolis IN 46231
+We'll be meeting in the community room just to the left of the doors as you walk in.

+Sewing Day! Bring your machine and a project to work on. The meeting space is also very large, perfect for quilt basting!!
+Show and Tell
+JulyBlock Lotto

+An item for show and tell, either a finished project or work-in-progress.
+July Block Lotto block
+Your machine and a project to work on.
+We may be in need of extension cords as the plug ins (even though there are quite a few) are along the wall.

Block Lotto: June 2015

Due to weather restricting meetings in April and May, we have postponed those block lottos to June. Which means you still have time to make your Curvy Pinwheels AND your Disappearing Four Patch in time for the June meeting!!

In case you need a refresher, here are the details for both blocks:

The first block is Curvy Pinwheels by Amy Garro at 13 Spools.

Curved piecing can be scary, but Amy's tutorial is excellent! Curves really aren't as hard as they look, trust me! Plus, this block only has 8 pieces, so it goes together quickly. You might even have time to make 3 blocks for this month. :)

Color Scheme:
+Blues for the "Inner Curve", prints or solids, lights or darks.
+Light Gray for the "Outer Curve", solid only. Any light gray is fine, I used Kona Silver for the example if you want to be matchy matchy.

Here is an example of the block:

The second block is a Disappearing 4-Patch. Another easy one with only 4 pieces to start out! Click the link for the tutorial.

As for the colors, please use a solid white for 2 of the squares and a solid color (your *favorite* color) for the other 2 squares. If you can't pick just one color, make 3 blocks and choose your top 3. :)

Here is an example of the block to get you started.

Every month, we'll show a block at the meeting and post a link to a tutorial here and on our blog, along with a designated color scheme. If you want to give it a try, make the block and bring it to the next meeting with your name on a piece of tape on the back. Your block acts as your lottery ticket, and if we draw your name, you get all the blocks! If we have more than 20 blocks we'll draw 2 winners. You may make up to 3 blocks, giving you additional entries. If you win, you must show us a FINISHED PROJECT (not just a top!) in order to win again, but you can still make blocks for future months.

The blocks might be a little challenging and out of your comfort zone, but hey, you have the chance to win lots of finished ones with a fraction of the work!
If you have any questions, just ask!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Quilt Picnic Location Change!!

Due to rain in the forecast, we are moving the quilt picnic indoors. frown emoticon The new meeting location is at the Arts Garden. The meeting time (1pm) remains the same.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Quilter of the Month: May 2015: Molly Isenbarger

For May's installment of "Quilter of the Month", we have a somewhat new member to our group, Molly Isenbarger! Also, not only is she a new member of our guild, but she also works for the Modern Quilt Guild! So let's get on with the interview. :)

Name:  Molly Isenbarger   
Instagram: lane33andahalf
Hometown:  Greybull, Wyoming. I’ve also lived overseas, East Coast, and West Coast!
Current Location: Fishers, IN

What sewing machine do you use? Does it have a name? Do you like it?
I sew on a Janome 3160. It was a college graduation gift and I love it for its portability (I move a lot!) and sentimental value. I’ll probably upgrade one day while keeping this one for traveling!

Where do you sew? What’s your space look like?
My husband and I just bought our first home (we’ve always been renters) and I couldn’t be more excited about my sewing space. On our second floor, we have a giant “bonus room” built above the garage. We repainted it all white so that we maximize the light and neutral background. It feels like a sunny sanctuary when I can climb the stairs and settle in among fabric and thread. I’m almost always accompanied by my boxer, Gideon.

What makes you a modern quilter?
I feel like my aesthetic is modern with an influence and reverence for some of the classics (like Amish quilting, solid fabrics, hand-quilting, and recycled fabrics). I love simple designs, contrasting colors, and am exploring more about modern composition. In the last few months, I’ve actually used some patterns from designers I like just to explore their style as I try to find more of my own.

Tell me about your first quilting experience.
When I was in college, my roommate and I would shop a lot at thrift stores. In the basement of one in our town, I found an upholstery sampler. I loved the way the fabrics in the collection all worked together and decided the best use for all these pre-cut squares would be a quilt.
I made the whole thing on our dorm room floor with a borrowed sewing machine, since my desk was too tiny and covered in school work. I didn’t even know what binding was at the time, so I simply sewed it around the edges, flipped right side out, and whip-stitched the final edge!

What’s your dream machine?
In the last few months, I’ve been exploring free motion quilting. I’ve basically “rigged” my machine now to work for this, but I’m enjoying it quite a bit so I’d love to have my next machine be more “free motion friendly”.

What is your favorite part of making a quilt?
I love hand-quilting and hand work in general. It is slow, but there is something so satisfying about taking the quilt off the machine after piecing and just focusing on the manual control of thread and needle. I usually take the quilt out of my sewing area for this part and sit looking out a window or watching a movie on the couch.

What is your most dreaded part of making a quilt?
Ironing! I do it (with my horrible cheap iron) but I have to think calm thoughts to get through lots of small pieces!

Do you have any great tips and tricks you want to share?
I recommend that everyone try working with solids one at least one project this year. Without patterns, you are forced to really focus deeply on color relationships and block design.

Where are your favorite brick and mortar quilt shops?
I live up near Noblesville, so I was so pleased to find Always in Stitches when I first moved to Indiana. Their staff is great, I love the “sit and stay a while” attitude, and it’s nice to have yarn there as well since I also knit!

What are your favorite online fabric shops?
I almost ALWAYS try to buy my fabric in person. I find it to be a very tactile experience and like to stack things up in a store and look at them together before I buy. I’m not a “stash” person, so I really only buy materials together for specific projects and then try to use scraps as I can later.

What time of day do you usually sew? Do you listen to music, or watch TV?
Mostly, I sew in the early evenings to unwind from the day. Often while I’m working during the day I am thinking about my projects and so it’s nice to close my computer and go straight to my sewing. I listen to a lot of podcasts and love to watch TV crime or historical dramas.

Do you have any sewing or quilting injuries?
I feel like saying “no” is bad luck. Knock on wood!

What are your favorite crafty blogs and/or Etsy shops?
Oh boy. I have a lot! A few are While She Naps, Folk Fibers, Nathalie Bearden, Meg Callahan, and I also avidly follow lots of others on Instagram. Definitely my social media outlet of choice.

What's your favorite Kona Cotton color?
Maybe persimmon? Blues are my long-time favorites, but I always seem to gravitate towards yellows and oranges to complement these.

What do you love most about IMQG?
After sewing in “isolation” a lot of the time when I lived in Massachusetts, I was thrilled to meet the IMQG group. It is so refreshing to be around other people who understand the nuances, vocabulary, and funny parts of quilting!

Do you sew/make other things besides quilts?
Yes! I do calligraphy, knit, make clothes, and dabble in all kinds of things. Most notably, in the last year, I’ve taught myself how to make miniature felt animals. I made one from a book and then immediately decided that I needed to design my own. I love the way that I can infuse a personality into a small figurine with tiny features.

What's your favorite project you've completed?
My favorite projects are the ones I make as gifts. I’ve made quilts for weddings, graduations, and holidays for some of the people I love most in my life. These are and always will be my favorite.

 Thanks again Molly for being our featured Quilter of the Month!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Hands: Shaping Our Worlds Art Exhibit

The Women's Studies Program at IUPUI is putting on an art exhibit at the Cultural Arts Gallery downtown. We (the Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild) have been invited to set up a booth at the opening reception to share modern quilting with the community. 
We have accepted the booth, and will be at the event with a few quilts, a photo slideshow, and flyers about our guild and modern quilting. We think it will be a fun opportunity to share and explain modern quilting with the community.
While we already have enough members to run the booth and fill it with quilts, we invite everyone to come to the reception and see all the other art groups (and our booth, of course!).

Here are a few details from the official site:

We are honored to invite you to the reception
for this year's art exhibit:
❧ Hands: Shaping our Worlds ❧
May 7th, 6:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m. 
Campus Center (CE) 148
IUPUI’s Women's Studies Program, the Office for Women, and the
Cultural Arts Gallery are excited to announce this year's student and community art exhibit, running during the month of May! The theme of this year's show focuses on how hands shape our private and social experiences. Hands - and the lack thereof - help us express how we
perceive, relate to, and interact with ourselves, one another, and our daily lives. Come see the art, meet the artists, listen to live music, and meet representatives from local social justice organizations. We look forward to seeing you at the reception! Lean more by visiting our Facebook page: Hands: Shaping Our Worlds.

For more information, there is a Facebook group for the event. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

June 2015 IMQG Monthly Meeting

When: Sunday, June 28 , 2015 from 2pm-5pm

Where: the Mass Ave RAD Space next to Crimson Tate in the 800 block of Mass Ave it's in the building just about 1/4 of a block away from the shop, enter in the back and watch for the signs. There is street parking (free on Sunday) and limited lot parking.

+Karen Ratliff will be showing us some applique techniques.
+Show and Tell
+June Block Lotto

+An item for show and tell, either a finished project or work-in-progress.
+June Block Lotto block
+Money to shop at Crimson Tate.