Modern Quilt Guild Member Spotlight: Christy McDevitt

Meet Christy McDevitt a MQG member from Bend, Oregon and part of the Central Oregon MQG. Christy is fairly new to quilting and like many modern quilters found inspiration through online tutorials and blogs. Read on and maybe you’ll find inspiration in Christy!
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When did you become a MQG member? Do you belong to a guild? When did you first find modern quilting?
I first became an official MQG member in 2013. In spring of 2011 I joined the  Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild, desperately trying to find the momentum to finish a quilt made of Hawaiian fabrics I bought while on vacation. Little did I know it would be the beginning of a great new hobby. Once I learned a quilt could be more than squares on a gird with sashing, I was hooked. I was instantly smitten with asymmetry, negative space, solids, and of course improvisation. 
COMQG at Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show with their 2013 color challenge quilts in the background.

COMQG at Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show with their 2013 color challenge quilts in the background.

What is your favorite part of the quilt making process?
I love to create. I generally begin the design of a quilt with an idea in mind but it usually morphs as I work through completion of the project. I don’t think I’ve completed a single pattern as written, except for Supernova from Quilting Modern. I’m known in my guild for not following directions!

Stitch and flip technique from Quilting Modern.

How do you educate yourself on new techniques?
I learn a lot from my fellow guild members, enjoy the art quilt gallery in my local quilting shop QuiltWorks, and utilize the good tricks on many free tutorials online. I try to ask lots of questions when I’m in the company of more seasoned quilters.

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Where do you find inspiration?
Following blogs, even some non-quilting blogs, Pinterest, and meeting with the guild give me great ideas. For me, silence, solitude, and time to just think are also rewarding. By giving myself space and time to contemplate a quilt, I often find I come up with better ideas than when I just copy what’s already out there. For example I’m proud of a recent creation called Ohio Wedding. It’s a challenge mash-up for both the 2014 Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild Ohio Star Challenge, and the NYC Metro Modern Quilt Guild Double Wedding Ring Challenge. Below you can see I carved a linoleum block into an Ohio star and used the stamp to print onto Kona snow. I sliced the printed fabric apart and pieced it into double wedding rings.

The quilt was part of the Double Wedding Ring NYC Metro Modern Quilt Guild DWR Challenge. You can see all the lovely quilts on their blog. Also, this quilt won a judge’s choice award in the New York City Metro Modern Quilt Guild DWR Challenge and was featured in this spring’s issue of Modern Patchwork.   
The quilt was part of the Double Wedding Ring NYC Metro Modern Quilt Guild DWR Challenge. You can see all the lovely quilts on their blog.
What is your most useful and favorite quilting tool?
I’m not much for special tools but I love my Sewline fabric pen. It draws a clear purple line for measuring and the ink disappears as it dries.

Land Cruiser quilt with custom designed Spoonflower fabric.

Land Cruiser quilt with custom designed Spoonflower fabric

What is the funniest mistake you’ve made while sewing?
I was trying to baste a quilt on my upstairs banister. I turned to grab a pin, and the quilt slithered off and fell down into the living room. I baste on the kitchen floor now.
Show us your space!
I try to keep things simple and the stash to a dull roar but have plenty of space to create in my upstairs bedroom. I’m looking forward to upgrading my cutting table this winter to a taller and larger surface.
Simple sewing area
What sewing machine do you sew on?
I sew on a Juki TL2010Q. I’ve had it for about 6 months and am so happy with the purchase. It really makes free motion quilting easy. The long neck is awesome and it quilts faster than I can think. I started on a Brother CS 6000i which was a great introductory machine for me to “try out” quilting before I made the jump to the Juki.
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If you could take a class from anyone in the quilting world who would it be?
I already got to take two classes from Jacquie Gering and Katie Petersen. I’m stalking Victoria Findlay Wolfe waiting for her to do a west coast class offering! The classes I took from Jacquie and Katie were offered at Island Quilter on Vashon Island, Washington.

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I can’t say enough great things about their classes and teaching. Island Quilter is a beautiful shop specializing in Kaffe Fassett fabrics with a friendly and helpful staff. It doesn’t hurt that it’s located on an island in Puget Sound! It was a quilt-vacation of slice-n-dice and machine pieced hexagons!

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Stay up to date with Christy:
Blog: Rampant Moss
Facebook: Christy McDevitt
Instagram: Cat Bend
Pinterest: Christy McDevitt
Flickr: cmcdev
Interested in being feature on our blog? Email jen@themodernquiltguild.com today!

The final QuiltCon instructors and lecturers are…

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We have been busy finalizing our schedules to create an amazing conference for you. We’ve are happy to announce the following instructors and lecturers for QuiltCon:

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Alexia Abegg
Christen Barber
Susan Beal
Alissa Haight Carlton
Vanessa Christensen
Meg Cox
Kim Eichler-Messmer
Amy Ellis
Rhonda Green
Luke Haynes
Mickey Krueger
Yoshiko Jinzenji
Heather Jones
Penny Layman
Johanna Masko
Sarah Nishura
Bill Volckening
Sherri Lynn Wood
Nancy Zieman

Head on over to the QuiltCon website for bios and more info on these amazing instructors.

Our last announcement of speakers, instructors and panelists will be in a couple weeks, so stay tuned!

Pricing & Schedules Mark you calendar!
Pricing and schedules will be announced June 1. We are working hard to make the pricing affordable for all budgets. Volunteering is a great way to be part of much of the action for free!

Super Volunteers!
Our Super Volunteer program is back! Super Volunteers will get a four-day show pass, two snazzy tee-shirts, a goodie bag and are eligible to be classroom assistants if they volunteer 16 hours or more at QuiltCon. The best benefit of course, is meeting new people, making new friends and having more fun than anyone else! Sign up for the newsletter here.

Applications are due May 30, priority will be given to MQG members. Please join our volunteer e-newsletter for the latest information on volunteer opportunities.

Want to volunteer, but don’t want that kind of commitment? We’ll release regular volunteer schedules in the fall.

Registration (Non-members)
Registration opens July 1 for non-members! Space is limited, so don’t wait to register. Based on feedback and the response to our hotel blocks, we expect QuiltCon to sell quickly. If a workshop or lecture pass sells out, there will be wait-lists available.

Members get early registration, join today!

Quilt Show Entry
Entries open in July. We have more than $10,000 in cash prizes. New this year, will be cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd place. We’ll announce the details soon, but start on your quilts now!

Not a fan of judged shows? We encourage you to enter for “exhibit only”, your quilt will be eligible to be juried to be into QuiltCon, but you won’t be judged (or be eligible for cash prizes).

Have questions? Please review our frequently asked questions.

Thank you for the generous support of our sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors

Baby Lock BERNINA USA Coats & Clark Handi QuilterPanasonic  Purl Soho Robert Kaufman Fabrics Stash Books Windham Fabrics

 

Gold Sponsors
Interweave
Janome
Riley Blake

Silver Sponsors
Cloud 9 Fabrics
EZ Quilting/Simplicity
Innova
Mad About Patchwork
Material Girls
Mistyfuse
Modern Cotton
Pink Chalk Fabrics
Rock Paper Scissors
Sew Modern
Schmetz Needles

Workshop Room Sponsors
Coats & Clark
Janome
Bernina
Baby Lock
Handi Quilter
Soak
Superior Threads

Quilt Category Sponsors 
APQS
Aurifil
Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric
Coats & Clark
Free Spirit
Gammill
Interweave
Michael Miller Fabrics
Panasonic
Pink Chalk Fabrics
Pinwheels
Stash Books
Sulky
Windham Fabrics

Special Exhibit Sponsors 
Bertina Studio Designs
Beyond the Reef

QuiltCon Design Challenge: Are you the one!?

The Challenge:

We want YOU to design our official giveaway quilt for QuiltCon 2015! Proceeds raised will benefit the Modern Quilt Guild.

Guidelines:

  • Quilts cannot be previously published online, digitally or in publications.
  • Design sketches are the preferred entry, although completed quilts will also be considered.
  • Original designs only.
  • MQG members only.
  • Entry is open from May 12 to June 30.

This quilt will be shown far and wide while promoting QuiltCon and for general MQG promotion. Additionally, we’ll create a pattern from the quilt design to sell at the show and online.

The winner will receive huge recognition and a $500 award for their design. Become a member and enter today!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I enter?
Become a member of the MQG here. The link to enter will be available on the MQG Community site.

What is the due date?
The due date for quilt designs is June 30.

What are the submission guidelines?
See above.

What is the fine print?

  • Employees of QuiltCon sponsors, members of the MQG board and employees are not eligible for financial compensation. They can enter if they agreed to forfeit the cash prize and donate the design.
  • The MQG and QuiltCon reserve the right to use the winning quilt design and iterations thereof in current and future promotional materials.
  • Entry is open to all MQG members, US and international.
  • The decisions of the jury and judges are final.
  • QuiltCon does not discriminate against entrants based on race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or marital status.
  • All federal, state, and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners.
  • The MQG reserves the right to use someone other than the designer for pattern development. The MQG will own the rights to the winning design but will always credit the designer.

What are you waiting for?!

Get designing today!

Log Cabin Quilting with Susan Beal & A Creativebug Giveaway

Welcome Creativebug for this special giveaway for the MQG! We are so thankful for their support and hope you take advantage of this great sponsored post.
Folks, do you know Susan Beal? She says that when she learned how to piece together her first block, it felt like she learned a new superpower.

Which makes her our kind of lady.
She’s a longtime fixture on the modern craft scene, as a contributing editor at Stitch Magazine, the historian for the Modern Quilt Guild, and past president of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild. She’s also the author of six books, including Modern Log Cabin Quilting, Sewing for all Seasons, Bead Simple, Button It Up, and World of Geekcraft.
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Starting May 6, Creativebug – your go-to source for modern, online craft instruction — is running a month-long Log Cabin quilting workshop with Susan…and it’s shaping up to be a pretty fantastic class.
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In her four-week course, Susan puts a fresh spin on the traditional craft of log cabin quilting. Each week, she explores a different block style, from easy, graphic square-within-a-square blocks to minimalist, modern crosses and even improvised quartered wonky blocks. The course is perfectly suited to both seasoned quilters and newbies, with ample hand-holding on core techniques, expert tips on block settings, and lessons on how to play with color and print to make your designs pop. At the end of each class, Susan shares fabulous projects that incorporate what you learned, including baby quilts, bags, pillows and table runners. It includes PDF downloads, weekly live chats with Susan, and videos you can watch again and again as you master each technique.W3_fb_susanbeal
About Creativebug
Creativebug is the place to go for online art and craft instruction. They’ve gathered some of the most inspiring designers and crafters to bring video workshops right to your screen. Whether you’re a master of your craft or just getting acquainted with a glue gun, their video workshops provide project ideas, expert guidance and a healthy dose of creative inspiration.
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Win a Creativebug Subscription
Want to quilt along with Susan and make some of these fabulous projects yourself? We’d like that too. Simply enter below, and you could be one of two lucky contestants who will win a 3-month subscription to Creativebug. That should give you plenty of time to test out Susan’s classes…and a few of the other quilting projects on Creativebug. Enter to win by May 14. Winners will be announce May 19. Good luck to everyone!
NOW CLOSED, thanks for everyone who entered! Check back on May 19th for the winners!

So tell us: Are you excited about log cabin quilting?

Announcing QuiltCon Instructors and Lecturers

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We have been busy finalizing our schedules to create an amazing conference for you. We’ve are happy to announce the following instructors and lecturers for QuiltCon:

Cheryl Arkison
Susan Cleveland
Cristy Fincher
Alison Glass
Lee Heinrich
Anna Maria Horner
Rossie Hutchinson
Katy Jones
Celina Mancurti
Betz White
Krista Withers
Casey York

Head on over to the QuiltCon website for bios and more info on these amazing instructors.

Our last announcement of speakers, instructors and panelists will be in a couple weeks, so stay tuned!

Pricing & Schedules Mark you calendar!
Pricing and schedules will be announced June 1. We are working hard to make the pricing affordable for all budgets. Volunteering is a great way to be part of much of the action for free!

Super Volunteers!
Our Super Volunteer program is back! Super Volunteers will get a four-day show pass, two snazzy tee-shirts, a goodie bag and are eligible to be classroom assistants if they volunteer 16 hours or more at QuiltCon. The best benefit of course, is meeting new people, making new friends and having more fun than anyone else! Sign up for the newsletter here.

Applications are due May 30, priority will be given to MQG members. Please join our volunteer e-newsletter for the latest information on volunteer opportunities.

Want to volunteer, but don’t want that kind of commitment? We’ll release regular volunteer schedules in the fall.

Registration (Non-members)
Registration opens July 1 for non-members! Space is limited, so don’t wait to register. Based on feedback and the response to our hotel blocks, we expect QuiltCon to sell quickly. If a workshop or lecture pass sells out, there will be wait-lists available.

Members get early registration, join today!

Quilt Show Entry
Entries open in July. We have more than $10,000 in cash prizes. New this year, will be cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd place. We’ll announce the details soon, but start on your quilts now!

Not a fan of judged shows? We encourage you to enter for “exhibit only”, your quilt will be eligible to be juried to be into QuiltCon, but you won’t be judged (or be eligible for cash prizes).

Have questions? Please review our frequently asked questions.

Thank you for the generous support of our sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors

Baby Lock BERNINA USA Coats & Clark Handi QuilterPanasonic  Purl Soho Robert Kaufman Fabrics Stash Books Windham Fabrics

 

Gold Sponsors
Interweave
Janome
Riley Blake

Silver Sponsors
Cloud 9 Fabrics
EZ Quilting/Simplicity
Innova
Mad About Patchwork
Material Girls
Mistyfuse
Modern Cotton
Pink Chalk Fabrics
Rock Paper Scissors
Sew Modern
Schmetz Needles

Workshop Room Sponsors
Coats & Clark
Janome
Bernina
Baby Lock
Handi Quilter
Soak
Superior Threads

Quilt Category Sponsors 
APQS
Aurifil
Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric
Coats & Clark
Free Spirit
Gammill
Interweave
Michael Miller Fabrics
Panasonic
Pink Chalk Fabrics
Pinwheels
Stash Books
Sulky
Windham Fabrics

Special Exhibit Sponsors 
Bertina Studio Designs
Beyond the Reef

Winner of the FabricMaker Digital Printer

We have a winner for the FabricMaker giveaway – Kim Lapacek,  an Individual MQG member who blogs at Persimon Dreams!

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Congratulations Kim, we can’t wait to see all the awesomeness that you will be creating.

Keep an eye out for a survey coming your way! FabricMaker will be sending a quick survey of all those who entered  (you’ll all received a sample of their printed fabric) and give away up to 25 custom printed sheets to one of the participants.

Member Spotlight: Beth Chinderle aka Bettina Danger

Meet Beth, otherwise known as Bettina Danger. A modern quilter from Austin, Texas Beth loves math and soaking up quilty knowledge from online tutorials to MQG meetings!

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

I finished my first quilt in April 2012 and became a member of the Austin MQG around August 2012.

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When did you first find modern quilting?

I first learned about modern quilting via the internet when I was trying to learn how to make my first quilt. I would search things like “how to make a quilt sandwich” and somewhere within scanning different pages, I found Elizabeth Hartman’s blog. From there, I found out that QuiltCon was being hosted right here in ATX!

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What is your favorite part of the quilt-making process?

Being a math educator, of course my favorite part is the math! Every step has an underlying mathematical concept and this keeps me intrinsically motivated throughout the process.

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How do you educate yourself on new techniques?

Often times, I enjoy the trial and error process of problem solving. I have an idea and I try to figure out how I can execute it. This often leads me to a Google search where I can find blog tutorials and helpful videos. In particular, Elizabeth Hartman’s blog, her classes on Craftsy, and her free-motion quilting workshop at Quiltcon really taught me the basics of making a quilt.  My other teachers are the incredibly talented and creative members of the Austin MQG! I look forward to the meetings because I know that I’ll be recharged with new knowledge from everyone’s perspective and experiences.

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Where do you find inspiration?

My inspiration is always evolving from a variety of different life adventures, but a major lens I look through when designing is my passion for teaching and writing elementary math curriculum. Even if I try not to think about math, it happens. As a student who never liked math in school, I now have a passion and responsibility to educate the community about how to provide better opportunities for students. Math is a language and everyone deserves the opportunity to learn it with understanding and use it confidently in their lives.

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What is your most used and favorite quilting tool?

This is a toss up between Mac the Ripper and my 24.5 by 6.5 inch ruler. Mac the Ripper always gets me out of a bind! The ruler, besides for measuring, is a perfect area model for multiplication that has excellent benchmark fractions.

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

This isn’t quilting related, but around the time I first started sewing I decided to make a dog plushie for a friend’s baby shower gift. I drafted what I thought was an excellent pattern for a dog, cut out the pieces, sewed up all of the parts, and just as I turned the plushie inside out, I realized I created a two-legged dog!

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Show us your sewing space!

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What sewing machine do you sew on?

I have a Janome 3160 QDC.

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

This is a tough question because there are so many talented quilters in the world! A class with Carolyn Friedlander would be awesome because I like how her background in architecture influences her work.

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Stay update to date with Beth:

Blog: Bettina Danger

Facebook: Bettina Danger

Instagram: Bettina Danger

Twitter: Beth Chinderle

Become part of the MQG today! Check out the benefits and join now.

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.

Aerial with Carolyn Friedlander

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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