Sunday, April 23, 2017

Using Vintage Fabric in Modern-Style Quilts

Need ideas for using old or vintage fabrics in new quilts? 
After hearing Mary Kerr's "Twisted: Modern Quilts with a Vintage Twist" lecture last month, or seeing the wonderful pieces resulting from Mary's "A Wonky Star" workshop that our guild members presented at Show and Tell, have you finally decided to take the plunge and cut into your coveted vintage/old fabrics?

But, do you feel the only way to show off those vintage textiles or do justice to them is to use a traditional quilt block or pattern? Well, have no fear, the Quilt Police are on vacation and we'll show you how to take advantage of their absence!

At the next Choo Choo Quilters guild meeting, our hope is to help you see fabric in different ways. You don't need to use "modern prints" or "modern colors" to make a modern quilt. If anyone wants to bring some "old" or vintage fabrics to the meeting, we can play around with building a palette for a modern pattern.

Join us on Monday, May 15 at 6:30 pm. Let's get those old fabrics out of the closet and elevate them by making something new.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Techniques for enhancing your quilts

Beads, synthetic fibers and other embellishments
can enhance the surface of a quilt.
Our next meeting will be this coming Monday, April 17, at Valleybrook Presbyterian Church at 6:30. Team Yellow will be presenting the program on "Enhancing Your Quilts."

You have admired those quilt enhanced with beads, embroidery, paint, crystals, photography, buttons, charms and such. We want to explore those embellishments to add that extra sparkle to our quilts. Please bring your quilts for a guild-wide trunk show and discussion of all the options for enhancing your quilts.

We'll also have another border pattern to add to your Medallion Challenge Quilt. And if you attended the "Wonky Star" workshop with Mary Kerr, bring your project for Show and Tell. We'd love to see what you did in class.

We hope to see everyone on Monday!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Mary Kerr presents "Improv with a Vintage Twist" workshop and lecture, April 7

Have you signed up for our "A Wonky Star: Improv with a Vintage Twist" workshop with author, award-winning quilter, curator, and quilt appraiser, Mary KerrWe have a few openings in the workshop and are now opening it up to everyone. 
Mary Kerr, award-winning quilter and author will present a workshop
and lecture on April 7, 2017.
About the workshop
This half-day workshop—held on Friday, April 7 from 9 am. to 1 pm.—will be packed with tips for working with vintage fragments and ways to showcase these treasured pieces in new quilts. Following Mary’s unique approach, workshop attendees will use vintage textiles to create a wonky star with plenty of space to incorporate favorite quilting designs. This workshop is about embracing the magic of combining the love of vintage with a 21st century aesthetic. Attendees will also enjoy quilts from Mary’s latest book and exhibit, Twisted: Modern Quilts with a Vintage Twist

The cost of the workshop is $40 for guild members or $55 for non-members. Guild members should contact Choo Choo Guild treasurer, Sherry Baldwin for payment. Non-guild members can e-mail Cristy at: clarkadams at aol dot com or Veronica at: veronicaquilts at gmail dot com for payment information.

Come to Mary's "Twisted" lecture
Following the quilting workshop, the Chattanooga Modern Quilt Guild will be sponsoring Mary's "Twisted" lecture at 7 pm. Advanced tickets are $15 or $20 at the door. Follow the Paypal link at this post for lecture tickets.

Where it's happening
The location for the workshop and lecture is Christ United Methodist Church, 8645 E. Brainerd Road, Chattanooga. Note: the lecture will be held in the Youth Center at the church.

Don't miss out! If you love vintage quilts, have vintage quilt blocks or vintage textile fragments in your collection, this workshop and lecture will surely inspire you!