SewDown Nashville: Classes!

One of the great things that we heard over and over was how diverse the classes were at SewDown Nashville. From improv to paper piecing there was something for everyone. Check out the great projects that attendees worked on over the weekend.

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Students learned how to paper piece using a strip-friendly, graphic project by designer Carolyn Friedlander. Tons of blocks where finished in this class and many more are being finished right now at home!

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Mod Corsage with Anna Maria Horner

Using the traditional Broderie Perse style quilt as inspiration, Anna Maria lead students through building their own modern bouquet! This class was lively and serious all at the same time, people really took time to layout and plan their Mod Cordage.

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Little Changes, Big Variety with Angela Walters

This fast-paced class tackled swirls, pebbles, squares, clamshells and more! People left with excitement for free motion quilting and grand plans for finally finishing all those quilts at home.
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Playing Outside the Box with Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Staring with absolutely nothing but scraps, everyone played and build a block. Students where challenged to trust their intuition, looking, listening, and find inspiration in what they made.
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SewDown Nashville: Anna Maria Horner Studio Tour

Wow, what a way to start SewDown Nashville. Anna Maria opened her home and studio for a small gathering and pop up shop.

Walking into her home you are instantly greeted with beautiful color, handmade items and an overall warmth that surrounds you.

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The pop up shop was insane! There was fabric flying and some serious buyers scooping up all the bundles.

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There was also some good time to meet new friends and socialize. Cheryl from Kansas City MQG and Stephanie (the winner of #savoreachstitch contest on Instagram) pictured below.

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What a fun experience to roam around Anna Maria’s studio. It was tempting to go through all that fabric! There most certainly were some coveted out of print fabrics in there. Everything about the studio made you want to sit down and create.

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Everywhere you turned there was inspiration. Below is baby Mary Anna’s room. That chair! That wall! It was all fantastic.

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As a special surprise, Anna Maria had her father in-law and friends play a little Blue Grass for us all!

 

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Thank you Anna Maria and family for welcoming us into your home. We all had a great time and went home with fond memories.

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Winner of FunStitch Studio Prize Pack

We are please to announce the winner of the  FunStitch Studio  prize pack from Stash Books  is Susan Justice! Check your email Susan.

Thanks to Stash for such a fun giveaway we can’t wait to see what you create Susan.

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A Kid’s Guide to Sewing

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We Love to Sew

FunStitch Studio’s mission is to create a love of handmade for future generations with books that focus on education and skill building, nurturing young sewist, quilters and crafters.

 

 

Stash Books: Win a FunStitch Studio Pack!

Stash Books is an annual Platinum sponsor for the MQG. We are so thankful for their support and hope you take advantage of this great sponsored post.  Today they are offering our readers the opportunity to win a FunStitch Studio prize pack!

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FunStitch Studio’s mission is to create a love of handmade for future generations with books that focus on education and skill building, nurturing young sewist, quilters and crafters.

To be entered to win,  complete the form below by April  11th: NOW CLOSED

The giveaway includes three books:

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The books feature projects and instructions geared towards 8-14-year-olds at every skill level. These books strive to instill a love of handmade in the next generation and encourage kids to “Stitch Your Art Out,” as the tagline goes. The titles in this imprint aim to be both inspirational and educational, including the basics like sewing, quilting, and embroidery, but also emphasizing the importance of building skills while having fun creating.

The winner will be notified on April 14th. Check back to see if you are the lucky one!


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Business Series Webinar: Starting your own business

Thinking about taking the leap into starting your own business? Join Amanda Clow of Threadbias.com, Shea Henderson of the Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio, Kathy Miller of Michael Miller Fabrics and Kelly Stevens of superbuzzy.com for a panel discussion moderated by Heather Grant on starting your own business.
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We’ll learn about best practices, pitfalls and more covering a wide range of topics including: writing a business plan, goal setting, identity & branding, cash flow, inventory management, marketing, work/life balance, policies and administration, software tools, taxes, professional organizations, pricing and more! A Q&A will follow the panel discussion.
About the Panelists
Amanda Clow Quilting and sewing have always been a part of Amanda’s life – from the Mama-made clothes she wore as a baby to the quilts and clothes she now makes for her own three girls. Although she started sewing at a young age, learning hand-sewing, quilt piecing, and clothing construction from her mother, she denied her crafty heritage once she hit her teen years. Amanda’s DIY nature popped up from time to time (those embroidered cut-offs in high school!), and she now fully embraces her need to sew, quilt, and embellish pretty much everything.
Shea Henderson Shea Henderson is owner of the pattern company Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio and co-founder and a past President of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. Her work has been published in Modern Quilts Unlimited and Quilts & More magazines and she is a contributor to the book, Modern Baby. Her first book, School of Sewing, will be published in the fall of 2014 with Lucky Spool Media.
Kathy Miller Kathy Miller founded Michael Miller Fabrics with business partner Michael steiner in 1999. Before starting Michael Miller, she spent over 20 years honing her fabric design skills, encompassing everything from kid’s wear to women’s wear, lingerie, bedding and the home sewing world. As an owner with a designer’s viewpoint, she directs Michael Miller’s diversely talented in-house artists, freelancers and a fabulous group of licensed designers.
Kelly Stevens Kelly  Stevens’ love of textiles began at a young age and became especially apparent while studying in Madagascar and Zaire during graduate school – she traded the shrunken heads of her students for some wonderful, graphic local fabric from Zairois women at a market. She continued to develop an appreciation for textiles when she studied Textile Science at CSU Fort Collins and curated the university’s historic costume collection. Soon after, Kelly discovered and fell madly in love with Japanese textiles. With four suitcases and a wonderful trip to Japan, she started superbuzzy with a friend who shared her passion in 2006 – just before the Grand-Recession. In 2012, superbuzzy moved to a flagship storefront in Ventura CA, and the rest is history yet to be written.
FREE to members. SPACE IS LIMITED! Log-in to Register Now!
Must be a member to view the webinar. Become a member today.
A recording will be available to members 48 hours after the webinar.

Webinar: Design Fundamentals of Modern Quilting

We are pleased to announce our next webinar presented by Heather Grant, Director of Marketing & Programming at the Modern Quilt Guild.

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In this entertaining lecture, Heather will briefly cover the philosophy of modern quilting before going into an in-depth review of design fundamentals, such as scale, grid work, negative space and more. Using photographic examples from modern quilters in the movement, the audience will understand how these elements are central to modern quilt design and how to apply them into their own quilts.

Join us on March 26 at 9 pm EST/6 pm PST

$10 for non-members. Register Now
Free to members (registration link on Community site)

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Call for Entries: MQG Showcase

We are so excited for our 3rd annual Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at International Quilt Festival in Houston Texas!

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Here are the details:

We would like to invite members from any of the Modern Quilt Guilds around the world to be considered for inclusion in the new exhibit. You may submit a total of two (2) quilts for consideration. We require that quilts be at least 36″ on each side. There is no maximum size limit. Quilts entered into this showcase are eligible to be entered into QuiltCon 2015 as well.

Timeline for Quilt Entry:

Entry open – May 30th to June 27th, 2014
Notification by – August 1, 2014
Selected quilts arrive in Houston by – September 5, 2014
Quilts returned to owner – December 2014

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Modern quilts and quilters:

Make primarily functional quilts but place a large emphasis on the design and art of quilt making
Use asymmetry in quilt design
Rely less on repetition and on the interaction of quilt block motifs
Contain reinterpreted traditional blocks
Embrace simplicity and minimalism
Utilize alternative block structures or lack of visible block structure
Incorporate increased use of negative space
Are inspired by modern art and architecture
Frequently use improvisational piecing
Contain bold colors, on trend color combinations and graphic prints
Use gray and white as neutrals
Reflect an increased use of solid fabrics
Focus on finishing quilts on home sewing machines

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to show your work. For a complete list of details see this link.

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Sawgrass DIY Digital Fabric Printing with FabricMaker!

Welcome Sawgrass as an annual supporting sponsor for the MQG! We are so thankful for their support and hope you take advantage of this great sponsored post.  Today they are offering our readers the opportunity to win a digital FabricMaker!

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Digital Fabric Printing Is For Everyone Thanks To FabricMaker

Sawgrass  is introducing a new custom digital fabric printing solution to the quilting community. For the first time, you will be able to custom-print vibrant, washable, commercial-quality fabrics right in your own shop or home.

The best part is – you can enter for a chance to win this innovative product! For a FREE custom-printed fabric sample or a chance to win a FREE FabricMaker Personal system valued at $500!

Click here to enter.* (NOW CLOSED)

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What’s different about FabricMaker compared to other DIY fabric solutions? It includes Sawgrass’ professional textile inks and fabrics, the same technology widely used for high volume digital textile production. Unlike regular inkjet fabrics printed with inks made for printing paper, FabricMaker is a true digital textile ink that offers rich, vibrant colors and deep, high-contrast blacks. When used with FabricMaker quilt-weight inkjet fabrics, you get custom-printed fabrics that will hold up wash after wash.

What can you do with this custom fabric? Well, the possibilities go well beyond just quilting, but check out this unique quilt that was made with FabricMaker:

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One of the quilters, Geri, has three grandchildren – Tucker, Katie Grace & Lillie – who were the inspiration for her modern quilt. She used Photoshop to manipulate photos of her grandchildren similar to Andy Warhol’s style. What she liked most about the FabricMaker system was the quality of the finished product as well as the opportunity to create her own designs that have a special personal meaning. Best of all, the system did not limit her creativity and allowed the flexibility to print on demand in any color.

You can learn more about these and other talented quilters and their experience making quilts with FabricMaker here.

FabricMaker Personal allows for print sizes of up to 8.5″ x 51″ and handles a surprisingly wide range of popular fabric cuts. Are you curious to learn more about FabricMaker? Be sure to attend some of their upcoming events and webinars. Check out the calendar here.

*Entries must be received by 4/15/2014. The winner will be announce on 4/29/2014

Modern Quilt Guild Member Spotlight: Dani Miller

Meet Dani Miller, a member of the MQG and Treasurer and Communications Coordinator for Roanoke MQG. Like most of us she fell into quilting hard and fast! Learn about her below and check out that fantastic sewing space! (I totally covet her industrial Juki).

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When did you become a MQG member? Do you belong to a guild or are you an individual member?

I originally started as a member of the now defunct SWVA MQG in 2011. The group morphed into the Roanoke MQG in 2012 and I have been a member ever since! I am the Treasurer and Communications Coordinator for our guild.

When did you first find modern quilting?

I would say I was interested in modern quilting pretty much from the time I started quilting, I just didn’t really know it. I took a Learn-to-Quilt class in January 2009, and while everyone was making quilts with traditional fabrics in soft colours, I picked out a graphic collection of black, white and red. That quilt is still one of my favourites and hangs in my studio!

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What is your favorite part of the quilt making process?

A bit contrary to most people, I think cutting out the pieces for a quilt is actually my favourite part, along with hand binding. Cutting always seems like quick progress to me, and then the hand binding is that “slow down and enjoy the end of the project” part.

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Pink Heart Quilt (for more details click on the photo)

How do you educate yourself on new techniques?

I learn the majority of my new techniques online, through blogs or websites. But a close second to that is my guild – we teach a new technique or skill at most of our meetings. While some things I may have already been familiar with, I inevitably learn a new or better way to do it.

Where do you find inspiration?

I am a big blog reader, so a lot of my inspiration comes to me in that form. I also have a lot of quilt and sewing books that I often flip through for general inspiration. Anything with bold colours, especially rainbow styles, just makes me want to sew!

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Animal Quilt (for more details click on the photo)

What is your most used and favorite quilting tool?

Other than the obvious rotary cutter, ruler and mat, I would say my favourite quilting tool would be my old Singer 15-91 that my sweet friend Lindsay gave me for my birthday. She (her name is Agnes) is so wonderful to piece with, and she makes me slow down a bit and enjoy the process. I sew all day long on my industrial, so when it comes time to do some quilting I need to force myself to slow down a bit.

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What is the funniest mistake you’ve made while sewing?

The most bizarre thing I ever did while sewing was to sew my kitchen tablecloth into a quilt. I kid you not. Years ago, for whatever reason, I had my machine on the kitchen table, rushing to finish a gift quilt. I think I was doing the quilting, and my husband said to me, “Shouldn’t you take the table cloth off the table first?” I do believe I gave him the look, and he walked away with a shrug. It was about 30 seconds after that that I wondered why the quilt seemed to be getting bound up as I quilted away. Yeah. That would be because I had completely sewed the edge of the table cloth to the bottom of the quilt. That was an interesting one to pick out.

Show us your sewing space!

I have included lots of pictures of my space! I run a small business called KSC Designs, so I spend all day every day in my studio. This was an unfinished room when we moved into this house, and my husband, his dad and I did all of the work to get it where it is today. I love my huge cutting table (made from Ikea kitchen islands) and dedicated spots for all of my machines.

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What sewing machine do you sew on?

I have 5 different sewing machines: Penny, my industrial Juki, does the lion’s share of the sewing in this space. She runs day in, day out, hours at a time. Sebastian, my industrial serger, is my newest addition. Agnes as I mentioned is my 1950’s Singer that I use for piecing. I just finished fixing up a 1937 featherweight that I bought – he or she is yet to be named! And I also have my home Singer that started it all, although it is mostly used for sewing labels on my products now.

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If you could take a class from anyone in the quilting world who 
would it be?

I think if I could take a class from anyone it would probably be Anna Maria Horner. I would love to learn more about the fabric design process!

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Stay up to date on what Dani is working on!

Website: knitty34 on Etsy

Blog: DaniMiller

Instagram: knitty34

Facebook: KSC Designs

Twitter: knitty34

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One Hundred…

That is how many Modern Quilt Guilds there are!
One hundred guilds in five countries.
United States , Canada, Brazil, United Kingdom, and Australia

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Thank you for all your support of the MQG. We would not be where we are without our members. The amazing talent that comes out of our group is fantastic!
 
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