Saturday, August 23, 2014

OKCMQG Michael Miller Challenge Projects

We're excited to finally share these projects with you! If you're not familiar with the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge, here's the gist of it.

Members of The Modern Quilt Guild are given (yes, given) six fat-eighths of whatever new fabric line Michael Miller Fabrics has chosen for that season's challenge. This year it was Petal Pinwheels.
The only real rules are: (1) it needs to be a quilted project; (2) you don't have to use all the fabric given to you; and (3) you can add any other Michael Miller print or any manufacturer's solid. 

Oh! And there are no buckets of freezing, icy water in this challenge!

A picture is worth a thousand words, so I'm not going to clutter up this post with less than sufficient words describing these marvelous projects. Find the quilter's name under the photo of their project. Congratulations to all our participants for creating such lively, modern and diverse projects!

By Laura B.

By Laura B.

By Laura B.

By Leslie C.

Ann S.

By Leslie L.

By Shana G.

By Jana H.

By Regina E.

By Regina E.

By Regina E.

By Diane C.

By Bri P.

By Bri P.

By Melissa S.

My Elizabeth R.

By Becky S.

By Angie B.

By Agnes S.

By Rosemary D.

By Shirlene D.

By Shirlene D.

By Stephanie Y.

By Trina K.

By Heather C.

By Heather C.

By Kristine P.

Katie C.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Meeting Recap: August 2014

After taking break from our general meeting in July, it sure was good to see everyone at this month’s meeting! And it was great to do it at our new location, Newchurch.

With summer winding down, August seemed like good time to have a casual meeting, so we all brought goodies to share. I believe all the snack groups were covered; salty, sweet, crunchy, chewy, creamy…did I miss anything?

As most of us like to sit by people we know, myself included, we decided to mix it up a bit and seat everyone at tables grouped by birth month. This gave us all a chance to meet and get to know new people or chat with those we don’t always have a chance to visit with. I loved it!

Completed projects from the MQG’s Michael Miller Fabric Challenge took up the bulk of our Show & Share. We’re excited to share them with the world! But….you’re going to have to wait just a bit. We want to share them all in one BIG post, so please check back with us on this blog to see all of the wonderful projects! Better yet, if you don’t have our blog in your feed reader already, please hop on over to our public Facebook page and give us a quick “LIKE”. We always link our new posts, so you'll hear about it there first!

SUZANNE shared this beautiful quilt that had been hanging around as a UFO. Someone wondered aloud, "Why was it a UFO?" Often times I think UFOs are those projects that we start and then find out along the way that we are less than thrilled by the way it's going. We all loved everything about this quit!

Congratulations to SHANA who announced she's expecting! Here's a start on a project for her little guy (Yes, it's a boy!) using Dr. Seuss fabric and a single Swoon block.

BRI made this quilt as part of The Sassy Quilter's Quilt-Along earlier this year. I love it's free-form shape!

This table runner by BECKY is pretty groovy. Notice the quilting that echoes the lines of the piecing. Really beautiful!

MELISSA shared this nifty little bag. It's the Sew Together Bag and you can get the pattern here on Craftsy or check your local quilt shop. Sure, it's cute on the outside...but wait. There's more...

...on the inside! Pockets, dividers and zippers...oh my!

EMILY had a few shares. First, this great Cargo Duffle Bag that she's going to use as a gym bag. I adore the fabrics and that straight line quilting. You can get the pattern free on the Robert Kaufman website.

Emily also shared her kids with us and they brought something to share as well. LIAM helped with this cool truck pillow...

...and DYLAN made this super cute ticker tape quilt. All. By. Herself. Mom ironed fusible web to fabric and Dylan cut and placed her pieces and then sewed them all on her own!

Our guild moms are doing a great job teaching their kids to sew and hand-craft. EVANGELINE made this adorable owl. She said she forgot her eyes, but I think she's still a very cute and artsy owl without them. She did a wonderful job choosing her colors and fabric too.

We've seen JEMELLIA's quilt here and there, so we were excited to see it just back from the quilter. Jemellia made this in a improv-curves class and has done a wonderful job. I heard someone at my table say, "It looks like art." That it is.

Whenever I ask my husband his opinion on a project I'm working on he always says, "It's your art. You decide." I love that he calls it "art" regardless of the project's end use. He's right, you know. We are making art. Functional art!

A big THANKS to our Charity Committee. I don't know the details of how they came about, but here are several completed charity quilts. Many of us remember this fabric from last year's Madrona Road Fabric Challenge.

You can't go wrong with a simple patchwork.

I heard several murmurs about what a great layout this is.

Random placement or planned? I always wonder...

This one reminds me of looking at flowers through the window panes.

Hmmm...this one is more intricate than I first thought. See how those shapes appear to overlap?

And that's a wrap for this month. See you again soon!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Flaunt Your Finish: July 2014

We didn't have a guild meeting this month and I have to admit it was nice to have a little break. I suspect many of our members enjoyed the break too, as I saw several photos on Facebook and Instagram that revolved around non-quilty activities.

A good portion of our members participated in this year's Michael Miller Fabric Challenge. We've shared snippets along the way and many shared their finished projects on Facebook as the deadline came and went. We'll be showing them off at our August meeting and sharing them here shortly thereafter.

In the meantime, we have these finishes to share with you. Please link up YOUR finish at the bottom of this post. Remember, it just needs to be a project FINISHED in July. It's okay if your blog post was earlier in the month.

AGNES made this quilt for her friend, Agnes, and her brave Hungarian family, as they are driving cross-country from NY to LA and up to San Francisco this summer. Since I had so much time on my hands (not), I made the husband a Hawaiian shirt out of the same fabric in black (Alexander Henry Route 66). 

Also, the quilt has its own carrying tote, so it can travel well. Take a good look at Agnes, she will be helping our Agnes with our Budapest Quilt Show this November!

BRI has two finishes to flaunt. The first is the Big Star.  It is a retirement gift for a good friend.  The pattern came from the blog La Bella Colori. The background fabric is from Kate Spain's Cuzco line....which Bri loves!  It had so many bright colors in it, I pulled colors from it for the star points.

The second is a triangle quilt Bri made as part of The Sassy Quilter's Quilt-Along earlier this year. I originally left the edges pointy but I wasn't able to figure out how to bind it on the inner angles, although I read two different tutorials....oh I used a small dinner plate and made it wavy....

For some unknown reason my husband chose to take down my I made him hold the quilts up....

ANN was busy this month as well and has several finishes to share. I was contracted to produce a couple of mini quilts to feature new machine embroidery pattern packs designed and produced by a former employer of mine, OESD (Oklahoma Embroidery Supply & Design). In 1997, I was hired by them to produce their first press catalog. It was quite an adventure. Fast forward and I'm still in touch with these great folks. They were looking for something on which to apply their new designs and thought mini quilts might fit the bill. These traveled to this year's Bernina University (dealer trade show), in Nashville, Tennessee.

This was for their 'Kimono Cuties' line. (I came to find out this was a licensed product line in the same vein as 'Hello Kitty,' a popular accessory character for young girls.) I gave the customer a few examples of modern quilt layout styles and they chose what happened to be OKCMQG's January BOM from last year! For both of these examples, I pieced the tops, they applied the embroidery, then I got them back to back, quilt, and bind.

This one is a take on the 'Swoon' pattern that features a Christmas design 'Festive Stitches.' I sized the pattern to accommodate the mini's dimensions, offset the block and came up with this. The backing, also pieced, is a 300% 'blow up' of the front pattern. (I've obscured their patterns because I have not yet seen this design pack debuted for sale on their website.)

Another job Ann took in was a houndstooth baby quilt. I'd made one as a gift for a friend a few years ago for the daughter she was expecting. Her friend, who'd been trying to get pregnant for a decade, finally did so and my quilt deadline date was August 1. After a few hit and misses on exactly what she interpreted as 'teal and purple' (see the scans of the Kona Cotton card I sent her), here's the houndstooth. The first time, when I did her quilt, I didn't have a written pattern so 'winged' how to do the diagonal stripe blocks. It was a bit work-intensive. This time, I adapted the instructions of the video tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt, making 'tubes' that cut into squares. It's a pretty cool process to watch! She demonstrates the process using charm squares and yardage. I used yardage only.

When quoting the job, I gave my friend two pricing options—quilt-shop-quality fabric or 'average' fabric. She choose the lesser of the two. I did not particularly enjoy cutting, sewing, or pressing it. It just felt 'off.' I have become SO spoiled, especially immediately after working with that lovely, supple Michael Miller challenge fabric. I try not to be a fabric snob, but after an experience like this, I am happy to love the fabric that's better!

Ann demonstrated the iron-on transfer process for quilt labels at our June meeting. This month, she started applying those transfers to twill tape to make labels for herself. Other than being paranoid about clipping the print with an iron in a later pressing, I really like the look. That said, if they were screen/permanently printed, they'd be perfect!

Once again, thanks for joining us! Please link up your project below and grab a button from the sidebar to share with your blog followers!