From Janet, founder of the Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild.
The Indianapolis Quilt Guild started out of my desire to meet other people in my area who share my sewing interest and love of modern quilting. We had our third meeting in May and it was our biggest group yet. I am so excited that our group is starting to take off!
Our guild has members of all ages and experience levels, and we welcome anyone interested in learning to quilt and love having experienced quilters who can give advice and share techniques!
The IMQG has members not only from Indianapolis, but from all over the central Indiana area. This makes it difficult for all of our members to come to the monthly meetings, but I have organized a virtual quilting bee that is starting in June. There are 13 participants from all over central Indiana, so the group can either swap in person at the meetings or by mail. I have the first month and I have already received blocks! We have a really great group, and I look forward to seeing everyone’s creations in the following months.
At the May meeting, we started off with introductions since there were a lot of new faces; then everyone who brought something did their show and tell.
This was Melie’s first quilt!
Tisha is discussing how she took apart her wedding dress to use for a project.
Sue shows off the amazing quilt she made with “ugly fabric”!
Karen shows off her bubbly baby quilt.
Joan shows off her favorite piece of fabric she hand dyed.
Rachael’s quilt came straight from the dryer to the meeting!
Meg asks for opinions on how to quilt her wall hanging.
Katie is not in love with the extreme skateboarding fabric she got in her Quilt For Kids charity kit
Several of our members signed up to do the Quilt for Kids charity quilts sponsored by Downy. In the kit, you receive everything to make your quilt besides the batting. Some of the fabric choices are…interesting to say the least. We all had fun comparing the fabrics we were sent.
We wrapped up the meeting with a mystery fat quarter swap. Everyone brought 2 FQs wrapped up and we put them in a pile on the table. Everyone got two turns picking fat quarters and then we all opened them to see what we got.
For future meetings we are hoping to learn to hand dye fabric, and hopefully have some sew along meetings where we can all work on the same project together. A few members also have a trip planned to go fabric shopping together. I am hoping as our membership grows, we will be able to do more activities together.
The IMQG is pretty casual, we do not collect dues yet and have not assigned or voted in leadership positions. We are still a little too new for that and still learning what works best for our members. Perhaps in the future as the group grows and becomes more active we will become a more formal organization. There are many traditional quilting guilds in the Indianapolis area that are quite organized and rigid; so right now we are just working on expanding our membership and figuring out what direction we would like our group to go.
I appreciate The Modern Quilt Guild giving me the opportunity to share a little bit about the IMQG!