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
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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

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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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Double wedding ring (for more details click on the photo)

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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MQG Member Spotlight: Christine Slaughter

Meet Christine, another one of our MQG Community Moderators. Like most of us, Christine found quilting and ran with it! Her stash is already hefty and totally organized.

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

I became a member as soon as it was available to Individual members. My nearest MQG is about two and a half hours away, so I was thrilled when I read that an Individual membership option was going to become available!

When did you first find modern quilting?

I have only been quilting for about a year and a half. The first time I really noticed that there was a modern quilting movement was when Alyssa Lichner of Pile O’ Fabric and Emily Cier of Carolina Patchworks had The Totally Groovy Quilt Along in July of 2012. I was really intrigued by the quilt, but too new to the craft and too intimidated with curved piecing to participate.
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What is your favorite part of the quilt making process?

Piecing! I love it! Especially now that I’ve gotten down that scant 1/4” seam that eluded every block of mine for the first 6 months of sewing.
After laying out all the Broken Herringbone blocks  yesterday, Mister decided he didn't want the green or yellow blocks. After some internal pouting, I put on my big girl panties and started cutting strips of blue, teal, red-violet, and purple to replace

How do you educate yourself on new techniques?

We have a saying at our house that is used often (particularly with the kids): “Google is your friend”. I use the internet to research everything! Pretty much every hobby I have ever learned, I learned online. For quilting in particular, I read blogs, watch videos, google tutorials, scour Pinterest, whatever it takes! I have also taken a few Craftsy classes. There is such a huge community out there willing to help and encourage, and always with a friendly attitude. Currently, I am participating in Pile O’Fabric’s Skill Builder BOM, specifically to challenge myself with new techniques. I have learned A LOT this year!

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Where do you find inspiration?

My inspiration comes from all the bloggers I read. I always see such creative and beautiful projects, and sometimes they are accompanied with tips/tricks to help motivate me to start on a new project. Usually before finishing the current project, I might add…
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What is your most used and favorite quilting tool?

Most used? I think it’s a tie between my Olfa rotary cutter and Gingher thread snips. I’m always reaching for one of the two! Favorite tool? My FriXion pen. Before I bought that, I always had the hardest time marking my fabric.
I mentioned to Mister.yesterday that a couple of hooks on the ruler rack he made me would be awesome. That way I could hang my cutter and nippers. Today he adds this. So now I have all my cutting tools available!  #heismrfixit #jackofalltrades #ilovemyhus

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

Hmmm… I’m not sure that I have had any I would call funny (at the time). I think the most exasperated sewing experience that made me chuckle later was when I carefully sewed a paper-pieced block. After assembling it, I realized that one of the corners that had a directional fabric was going in the wrong direction. Since I was trying really hard to get this particular block perfect, I ripped that corner off, printed out a new pattern, cut new fabric pieces out, and carefully sewed it back together. I took my picture of the re-completed block, posted it to Flickr, and then realized I had made the exact same mistake! At that point I said “forget it” (actually, it was a more choice word than that!), and left it be. I chuckle every time I see that block!

Show us your sewing space!

I’m SO glad I just completely reorganized my little sewing area! My husband and I had a motorhome garage and an extra two car deep garage built last year (a necessity in Arizona with the heat), and after that was finished we walled off the back of our first boat-deep garage to make a hobby room to share. My sewing area occupies the back corner, along with a daybed for my husband to snooze on when I’m sewing. He also just built a wall storage unit for my birthday, and we completely organized all of our supplies. He’s not into fancy-schmancy, so it’s all bare wood, fresh from the hardware store. Still, it’s a lot neater in there, and my need for organization has been fed with all-the-same-style type of storage boxes. I also just bought 300 comic book boards and wrapped all my fabric (FQ’s up to 1.5 yds) on them. I’d love a book case to store them on, but for now my big Sterilite storage drawer unit will have to do!
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What sewing machine do you sew on?

I sew on a Brother PQ1500-S. I was shopping around for a different high-speed straight stitch machine earlier this year, and a sewing machine shop in Las Vegas recommended this machine and one other. This one was in my price range, and had everything I wanted! I started saving money for it, but my husband surprised me and bought it for an anniversary present this past May. The man knows the way to my heart, I tell ya! My other machine is a smaller Brother XL-3750 machine. Nothing fancy, but is able to do other stitches that my straight stitch machine can not do, should I need them.
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If you could take a class from anyone in the quilting world who would it be?

Angela Walters… I just started learning to FMQ when I got my sewing machine, and I would love to learn from her! For now her books and Craftsy classes will have to do!

Thanks for taking the time to share yourself with us Christine! I know others will be inspired by you just as you are inspired by others.
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MQG Member Spotlight: Erika Mulvenna

This is Erika, otherwise known as Miss Sews-it-all. Currently living in Chicago, she is one of our awesome individual member at the Modern Quilt Guild. Her talents are many as are her sewing machines! Read a little about Erika and what inspires her.

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

I joined the local MQG chapter a few years ago, the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild. The group has not decided if they will continue as an official chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild or focus on modern quilting after this year, so I joined the MQG as an individual in order to stay connected.

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Little Landscape – a small quilt I just finished, inspired by a photo of the sunrise over Austin from my hotel room at QuiltCon earlier this year!

When did you first find modern quilting?

When I heard the term “quilting” it always used to bring to mind images of traditional patterns made with those dusty country colors, and I was never interested. But, when I was at home with a new baby a few years ago I had LOTS of time to sew, and started looking online for inspiration. I found all kinds of bloggers sharing quilts made with bright colors, geometric patterns, and awesome fabrics. The modern quilters that I saw online inspired me to give quilting a try, and that’s when I made my first ever modern quilt

What is your favorite part of the quilt making process?

I really love the whole process, from designing to finding the right fabrics, cutting, sewing, pressing, and I yes, I even love binding!

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Patchwork Aprons – I’ve been playing with making orphan blocks into aprons

How do you educate yourself on new techniques?

I learn a lot from other people, I ask lots of questions of my fellow guild members and friends. I love being able to pick up a book and check out a technique, a pattern, or look at photos for inspiration. I am also a huge fan of finding sewing and quilting resources online, and read lots of sewing, quilting and crafting blogs regularly.

Where do you find inspiration? 

Sometimes I get inspired from seeing what others are making. Sometimes inspiration comes from the stuff I’ve collected and surround myself with; all kinds of books both old and new, vintage patterns, old and new fabrics, toys, and knick knacks (my husband thinks I’m a bit of a pack-rat!). I keep a scrap book filled with images I love along with interesting bits of paper, and I also keep a sketch book where I keep track of ideas or sketch out things I want to make.

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Yellow Blue Quilt – improvisational quilt I made this year.

What is your most used and favorite quilting tool?

My favorite quilting tool of all time has to be the sewing machine! I have lots of sewing machines both old and new, and I love to sew on them all. I even have an old hand-crank, and stitching on a people-powered machine really makes you slow down and appreciate every stitch! It is pretty amazing how computer technology has merged with the sewing machine, producing machines that let you control every aspect of the stitch, and that even cuts the threads for you. No doubt about it, I have a serious love affair with the sewing machine!

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Sunrise Quilt – the quilt I had accepted into the QuiltCon quilt show.

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

There are many! This is how I learn best, by making mistakes, by seeing how things don’t work and how they do. I’ve made just about every mistake possible when quilting, from sewing fabric wrong sides together to setting in a block the wrong way and even totally screwing up binding.  My seam ripper never gets lonely.

• Show us your sewing space!

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Our current home is just a temporary living space, so my basement sewing room is kind of a make-do situation. There are lots of columns, supports, doors and funky equipment (think giant furnace and water heater) to work around! I do love the cutting table, the pegboard for organizing tools, and that I’m able to have several machines set up for sewing at the same time. I sew on the desk or on the industrial machine, and I quilt on a kitchen table set up at one end of the room.

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What sewing machine do you sew on?

As I mentioned, I have quite a few machines and love to piece on all of them. I do have a BERNINA B580 sewing machine which I have been doing all of my quilting with, both with the walking foot and free-motion quilting. I love it!

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

I would definitely take an improv piecing class with Denyse Schmidt if I had the chance! I’d also love to take a class from LUKE Haynes, I’m really amazed by his portrait quilts.

Scrappy Quilt

Scrappy Quilt – the first “modern” quilt I ever made for my daughter. I was lucky enough to have this quilt featured on QUILTY TV for the “This Is My Quilt!” You can check it out right here : http://www.qnntv.com/videos/1110_qnn-qty-e304-px-v1-this-is-my-quilt-wspecial-guest-erika-mulvenna/.

Thank you so much Erika for taking the time to share a little about yourself! Want to content and learn more about Erika? Check out the links below!

Blog: http://sewsitall.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MissSewsItAll

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/13849102@N03/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/605711-erika