Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Our program this coming Monday, June 19, will be presented by Joanna Lienti and her Team Blue. Joanna will share her learned wisdom about making t-shirt quilts. Someone you know would love to have a quilt made of their favorite racing t-shirts, high school t-shirts, or travel t-shirts, and you will know the tricks about stabilizing the shirts, arranging the blocks, and quilting difference types of fabrics.
We will also be handing out our final border design for the Challenge quilt. If you haven't started, it's not too late to join in the fun. The finished projects are not due until November 20, which is YEARS away!
So come join us this Monday, June 19, 6:30 at Valleybrook Presbyterian Church. See you there!
Sunday, April 23, 2017
|Need ideas for using old or vintage fabrics in new quilts?|
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
|Beads, synthetic fibers and other embellishments|
can enhance the surface of a quilt.
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
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 Kerr? We 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.
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!
Saturday, February 25, 2017
|Choo Choo Quilters, Sherry Reed (left) and Ginny Minniger, dropped off|
35 cuddle quilts to the Chambliss Center for Children in early February.
Right in time for Valentine's Day, Sherry Reed and Ginny Minninger, representatives from the Choo Choo Quilters, shared "Cuddle Quilt Love" with the children and staff of the Chambliss Center for Children. Thirty-five quilts—in an assortment of child, lap and bed sizes—were dropped off at the Center and received with open arms by Center's staff.
|35 Cuddle Quilts.|
Ideas for block and quilt patterns were presented at the recent February guild meeting for this year's Cuddle Quilt workshop. Ginny Minninger, one of the team members that presented the February program on "Making Do," cited that about 15 of the 35 quilts that were recently delivered to the Center were from a quilt design presented at the 2016 Cuddle Quilt workshop.
"Let's see if we can surpass the 35 number this year," said Ginny. "One year, we made and donated over 70 [quilts]," she added. In 2010, the guild received a unique request for bed-size quilts and members generously responded with a donation of 9 bed-size quilts. Game On, Choo Choo Quilters! Let's make an impact.
Friday, February 3, 2017
|Easy patchwork units made from fabric swatches.|
Brought to you by the Orange Team, this month's Choo Choo program will include some hands-on teamwork as we sort fabric sample swatches generously contributed by Veronica Hofman Ortega. Intended to inspire you for our visit in April from author and fabric fragment enthusiast, Mary Kerr, and to jumpstart our efforts for the Cuddle Quilt workshop in August, suggestions and instructions will be given for getting creative with what may look like useless, random scraps.
Quilters, let's make our grandmothers proud as we learn ways to make do, lighten up our stashes and produce beautiful little quilts for the children at Chambliss Center for Children. No need to bring anything except your Show and Tell beauties to the meeting. Brave the cold to enjoy an evening with friends.
Monday, January 16, 2017
|Vintage Dresden fragments combined|
with new fabrics.
Whether they are ours, something we’ve inherited, something that was gifted to us or something that we’ve rescued from a yard sale, most quilters have a medley of patchwork leftovers, UFOs (unfinished objects), orphaned blocks, and vintage quilt pieces that didn’t make it into the “Finished” column. The plan is to take these unfinished pieces—ours and/or someone else's—and mix them with today's fabrics and threads to give them a second life and a new purpose.
With a focus on blending the old with the new, the “Back to the Future” theme invites investigation into topics such as:
- how to redeem and reinvigorate UFOs
- working with vintage textiles and salvaging usable parts from old quilts
- creating new quilts inspired by antique quilts
- creating time-span and memory quilts
- repurposing old linens
- dating fabrics
- documenting and preserving antique patchwork during its metamorphosis into a new quilt
- reconciling variations and limitations that arise with non-uniform patchwork pieces
- working improvisationally to combine new and antique fabrics, and
- how to combine old and new fabrics into a cohesive new quilt design.
Coming in April 2017
Corresponding with the "Back to the Future" theme, the Choo Choo Quilters are excited to host author, award-winning quilter, curator, and quilt appraiser, Mary Kerr, for a quilting workshop on Friday, April 7 called A Wonky Star: Improv with a Vintage Twist.
|Mary W. Kerr (left) and the cover of her latest book, Twisted: Modern Quilts with a Vintage Twist.|