Tuesday, December 30, 2014

December 's Show and Tell





Even with the busy time of year, our members were able to get in some quilting time. Take a look at December's show and tell including Rose's low volume quilt which was accepted at Quiltcon.












 


 







Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Day with Weeks Ringle

The Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild welcomed Weeks Ringle, from the Modern Quilt Studio to spend a day with us and teach her workshop Solids Revolution.  Weeks brought a number of quilts from her studio's large repertoire and stepped through design decisions as well as fabric choices. We learned new approaches to using solids when designing quilts as well as techniques when quilting over solids. Everyone enjoyed hearing about Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr's roots in modern quilting and how it has evolved.  We especially loved the diverse color palettes we explored, and left inspired and armed with ideas on how to refine our own styles.


Pictures below include quilts from Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr's Modern Quilt Studio collection:





 

 




November Meeting

Our November meeting featured guest speaker Betz White.  Betz is a designer, artist and the bestselling author of three books.  She shared with us many of the quilts, bags, and gifts featured in her new book Present Perfect.  We all enjoyed hearing about her journey as an artist and business owner.   Our guild came away with some great ideas to use now with the holidays upon us.  Betz provided background on a variety of materials, hardware, and tools used to design and produce the great projects featured in her book.



100 Hat Challenge



The Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild 100 Hat Challenge was a huge success thanks to our fantastic members and founding president, Heather Kojan.  Heather sent a challenge to our membership 2 weeks prior to our meeting November 9th, as a way to celebrate the 4 year anniversary of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild. Our guild has grown from 2 members in Heather's basement to close to 60 in our library home.

The challenge to the guild was to sew 100 (or more) hats for the Early Head Start kids in Baltimore. These children, ages 6 weeks to 3 years old, who attend the program are at or below the poverty level. As part of their daily routine, the wonderful teachers at the center take the kids outside to play. Quite often, they don't have hats in the cold weather to keep them warm. Heather's goal was to be able to provide each child with a hat or two (one to go home, one to stay at the center).
Heather's baby hat tutorial can be found here. 
One yard of fleece and 1 hour of time will yield 6 hats.

The guild met the challenge making 150 adorable, warm and fuzzy hats. 

Thank you to Heather for inspiring us and to those that donated their time to this great project!


 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October Meeting

At our October meeting Monica shared with us her techniques and favorite for using wax resist to create her own hand dyed fabrics.   She uses a variety of materials for dyeing and brought us some beautiful fabric samples to inspire us. Visit Monica's facebook (Lalalamonique) page to see more of her creations and handmade bags.



 
 
 Heather brought the blocks she created each month for this year's block of the month club so we could see them all together. Directions for each block can be found here. We love Heather's modern fabric choices to modernize traditional blocks!!
 

 
 
 
 
October was no exception, we had many beautiful quilting projects to enjoy. Becca was excited to show us her ribbon and quilt titled "Soul Stealer". This quilt travelled to Paducah, KY, and then on to the AQS show in Des Moines, IA, as part of the BadAss Quilters exhibit. Check out Becca's blog for more details on her inspiration to make this quilt come to life.
 
 

 

There were many, many, more projects to admire, we love to share our finishes!  
 



 

Linda shared with us some of her favorite new print resources, Block, by the Missouri Star Quilt Co., and Quilt Lab by C&T Publishing.