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!