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.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April 2015 Meeting Recap

It was a small turn out for the April meeting. I blame the weather. I can't wait for the April showers to stop and the May flowers to start! 

But even with the small turn out, we had fun! We started with show and tell, and then Meghan did a demonstration of her block.

Karen's finished quilt. Would you believe she dyed that fabric herself!?

Karen also finished a second quilt.

Here is a detail of the amazing quilting on Karen's quilt! Check out the little goose she quilted on the flying geese!

We were happy to see Jennie made it back to another meeting. And she finished a quilt top!

Lisa finished her January Block Lotto winnings! Great job, Lisa! Now you can win the lotto again in the future. :)

She also brought in a HST Parson Gray quilt. 

Then we moved on to Meghan's demo. She brought in the quilt top to show as well.

Discussing quilt math... :)

Although it was short, it was an excellent meeting. And the library space was pretty great too! Lots of space for quilt basting during future meetings ;-)

Looking forward to seeing everyone back at the May meeting. The Quilt Picnic. May 16th at 1pm at Garfield Park. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Block Lotto: May 2015

Since we had a small turn out for the April meeting (I blame the rainy weather!), we postponed the April block lotto drawing to the May meeting. So there is still time to make your Curvy Pinwheels!

And moving on to the May Block Lotto, it 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!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Reminder: April Meeting

Just a reminder that the monthly IMQG meeting for April is coming up soon! Here are some details:

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

Where: the Wayne Library Branch

+Meghan Eschbaugh will be demonstrating how to make a block she designed.
+Show and Tell
+April Block Lotto
+Afterwards there will be time and space to sew if you would like to bring your machine and a project to work on.

+An item for show and tell, either a finished project or work-in-progress.
+April Block Lotto block
+Your machine and a project to work on.

Quilter of the Month April 2015-- Katie Burford

We are bringing back an old tradition of IMQG that is a series called "Quilter of the Month". Each month we will showcase one member of the Indy Modern Quilt Guild, and for the first one this year we have our very own President, Katie Burford!

Name: Katie Burford
Instagram: @katajone
Hometown: Oxford, Ohio
Current Location: Beech Grove, Indiana

What sewing machine do you use? Does it have a name? Do you like it?
My grandma’s 1999 Kenmore it’s not a fancy machine but it gets the job done and it has a 50 year warranty.   I don’t love it but really let’s be real I don’t really know much about the bells and whistles of any sewing machine.  

Where do you sew? What’s your space look like?
Currently my sewing space is in my bedroom.  It’s also my work from home office space so I have to keep things pretty much put away or I can’t work.

What makes you a modern quilter?
Probably that traditional Quilters might cringe if they saw me work.  Colors. Fabric, Lack of pattern etc. 

Tell me about your first quilting experience.
My first quilt was made of all sorts of fabrics I’d collected that were blue.  I am a crafter by nature so I took things like felts, and silks, and old prints I had made doll clothes with when I was 8, as well as some ripped up blue jeans, a tee-shirt, the back of an old suit jacket etc – literally anything was fair game.  I sewed them all together into some patternless design mostly squares and rectangles.  I didn’t know about basting at the time so I binded it to the backing which was a butterfly sheet, then turned it like you would a pillow stitched it closed and then quilted it freestyle, mind you it was like the size of a queen bed.  It was pretty bad.  But I was so excited about this dreadful creation that I then decided to get some real fabrics and learn really how quilts are made.   My ex took the quilt with him like two years later and I don’t think I even have a picture of it. 

What’s your dream machine?

One that has a lifetime supply of white thread and bobbins that don’t run out,  babysits Jones, brings me dr. pepper and doesn’t care if I don’t change my foot.   Really I don’t have one my next machine will probably be acquired much in the same way as this one.

What is your favorite part of making a quilt?
Anything but binding and basting.

What is your most dreaded part of making a quilt?
Basting and Binding.

Do you have any great tips and tricks you want to share?
Not necessarily a tip or trick but I want to encourage people to not be afraid of imperfections and doing things the right way.  It’s okay to just be creative.

Where are your favorite brick and mortar quilt shops?
Crimson Tate.  Honestly though I also have really just been wanting to shop people’s scrap stashes?  I think that would be epic. 

What are your favorite online fabric shops?
Fat Quarter Shop, Etsy Stores

What time of day do you usually sew? Do you listen to music, or watch TV?
After Jones is in bed so usually 9-11.  I will sometimes listen to a podcast from NPR, or listen to music sometimes I just like to hear nothing.

Do you have any sewing or quilting injuries?

What are your favorite crafty blogs and/or Etsy shops?

Non “crafty blog” that I love to read   and people I knows blogs.

What's your favorite kona cotton color?

What do you love most about IMQG?
Creative community.  Sometimes I really crave being able to talk and be near people who are also creative and are making things.  And IMQG gives me a monthly dose of that.  And really friendships. 

Do you sew/make other things besides quilts?

Well sewing wise I don’t really make things other than quilts.  I also Project Life, and make handmade cards, and frequently do other crafty related projects – pinterest is my homie.   

What's your favorite project you've completed?
I really like my friend Lynley’s scrap quilt because it’s like a combination of many projects.  I also love all the quilts I made my siblings from our picnic blanket – they are so different but still using the same fabric.

Thank you Katie for participating in our first Quilter of the Month in 2015!