From Nikol Gianopoulos member of the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild.
The Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild is less than 6 months old, but we have jumped out of the starting gates with a bang! In May we decided to do our first swap/challenge. We all exchanged strips of 2 ½ inch by WOF strips of polk-a-dot fabric.
Our challenge was to create something from the strips (20 total) adding only one additional fabric. We had two months to work on the project, all the while keeping it a secret (which I think was the real challenge). During our July meeting we revealed our creations.
It was fun to see the wide variety of projects everyone did with the strips. Kristy bleached her strips and created a small size quilt that looked slightly subdued. We had a bargello quilt that was made for a friend who has been begging for a bargello quilt.
One member found some beautiful green silk/cotton blend fabric and made a unique looking pillow.
It seemed like everyone was willing to stretch their boundaries just a little bit, with big results. You can check out more photo’s on our Flickr site at: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1482368@N23/pool/
During our June meeting, in which we had our first sew-in, one of our members showed up with a wonderful hexagon quilt. It was beautiful and we all quickly nominated her to show us how it’s done during our August meeting. As a bonus; here in Minneapolis the Walker Art Center has a big open field which groups can use for special events during the summer walkerart.org/openfield . So, we have a request in with the Walker to use the Field during our August meeting and with any luck we’ll be learning how to piece a hexagon quilt on a field of green or at a minimum we’ll be learning at Sewtropolis (our usual meeting location).
Also for our August meeting we decided we would do some charitable sewing and sew a block or two for Anna Maria Horner’s Rainbow Around the Block project http://www.annamariahorner.com/rainbow.html .
Even though this group is less than a year old we have a creative group of women who are very motivated to make this quilting group as fun as possible, which is the lovely thing about being a new guild.