Thursday, March 22, 2018

March Meeting Reminder

Modern String Challenge -  "String Theory" is due. Prizes will be determined by viewers choice.

Modern Elements - Minimalism and Bright Graphic color palette will be presented by Liz Thanel and Phyllis Higley.

   Often, the more negative space a quilt has, the more minimal it becomes.
Distilling down the most basic parts of quilt construction to their fundamental aspects.

Bright & Graphic Color Palette 

   The combination of colors and where they are placed can modify traditional designs into modern quilts.
   Color is less important if the other modern quilting design elements are strong.
   Solid colors appear more Modern as they create crisp lines of contrast.

Upcoming Opportunities

Crafting Culture in the Middle of Everywhere with Dr. Claire Nicholas is still looking for volunteers to assist in programs. Workshops are scheduled to run on Tuesdays, March 27 through May 1 consecutively. Contact LMQG for more information.

Sew Day - April 14, 2018 10:15 am - 3:30 pm at the IQSCM 1523 N 33rd Lincoln NE - Hand work demo in the AM and see the new Free Take 6 table. Bring 6, take 6 quilting related items.

NSQG Quilters Day Out - April 28, 2018 Located in Seward. 4 presenters including Liz Thanel. Flyer with more info at meeting.

Homestead Days - June 22-24 2018 Beatrice NE. Man a table in the Heritage bldg and speak to guests about modern quilting. Juliette Karjala and looking for one more volunteer. Inquire at meeting or email LMQG for more information.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

National Quilting Day 2018 - A Most Memorable Day

A huge thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers and guests for making this years National Quilting Day event a wonderful success.

There was so much going on and so many visitors it was a very fun day.

Accuquilt with Kristina Morrow

Aurifil had free spools of thread

Kris Jarchow setting up the Love of Everyday Things booth. The finished blocks will be made into a quilt for the Child Advocacy Center in Lincoln.

It was a huge success and the blocks were amazing 


Cosmic Cow

Handi Quilter

Sheila Green and Kris Jarchow setting up the display of Star quilts along the curved railing

Sew Creative with Mary Dittenber

The "Strings" demo room.

Hand sewing demonstrations with Nancy Goff and Jennifer Van Dyke among others

LMQG That's Modern display

Habitat for Humanity with MaryJane Kerrmoade and Julie Karjala

Sunday, March 11, 2018

National Quilt Day

In 1991, the National Quilting Association decided to create a special day to celebrate and inspire lovers of quilting and to encourage others to take up this charming and addictive craft. Join us in celebrating National Quilt Day at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum with demonstrations, seminars and information of the many aspects of quilting today.

National Quilting Day: March 17th at the IQSCM, 9 AM - 4 PM. 

Visitors to this FREE community event will enjoy free museum admission and tours of the current exhibitions, plus demonstrations, lectures and displays planned just for this day.  Lunch will be available for guests who want to spend the entire day at the Quilt House. Free parking is available in all University parking lots north of Quilt House, at 33rd & Holdrege, and across 33rd at Hardin Hall (including restricted lots).  

"Love of Everyday Things" is an Interactive Community Quilt. Bring the entire family. Everyone is invited to make a quilt block. Supplies will be provided and our volunteers will assist. The completed quilt will be donated to the Child Advocacy Center, Lincoln. A special thanks to AccuQuilt. 

Guests can learn about Modern Quilting from the Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild’s display, “That’s Modern.”  

There will be handwork demonstrations featuring techniques seen in quilts exhibited in the galleries.  Habitat for Humanity will be our featured community outreach program.  Come and see wonky houses incorporated into wall hangings that will be gifted to each new Habitat homeowner.  

“String Quilts with a Modern Twist”
Inspired by the String Quilts from the 1800’s in the galleries, observe our volunteers making String Quilts in the museum’s 3rd floor, Mary Campbell Ghormley Reading Room. I wonder how many ways there are to make a string quilt? Come and find out.

 Have your picture taken with our "Photo Frame!"  Collection Care in Action will be featured in our Conservation Workroom where guests can learn from volunteers and staff how the museum cares for textiles.

We will offer our always popular Lectures.  You may choose to attend either the morning or the afternoon sessions, as both will have identical offerings. Lecture topics include: So I got it pieced, now what? by Kris Vierra (aka Quilter on the Run), the Made by Hand quilt exhibition by Carolyn Ducey, Creating the Unique by Dorothy Heidemann-Nelson and Lydia Neuman on the Ken Burns’ quilt exhibition.  Sit down, relax and enjoy this year’s informative programs!  

Thursday, March 1, 2018

February Meeting Recap

QuiltCon swag and stories

Our charity quilt at Quiltcon 2018. 

Marilyn Rembolt, Tom Meyer, Sheila Green and Peg Pennell standing in front of our entry.

Another Quiltcon has come and gone but the images and the quilts themselves will be remembered and talked about for years to come. Some of the trends noticed by attending members are the use of browns and blues, a subtle merging of modern and art style quilts, the addition of metalics, both in thread and fabric. Prints, both large and small are making a comeback combined with solids. Another observation was that the shapes in a lot of quilts were more organic, rounder rather than the sharp angles of more geometric shapes.

Lots of swag was had thanks to QuiltCon attendees remembering those of us who could not attend.

Modern Elements presented by Peg Pennell were Negative Space and no borders.

Negative space is the unoccupied area that surrounds the objects, shapes, or forms in a composition.  Negative space can be within a block itself as well as the space surrounding the block.  It flows in, around and between our quilt blocks.  Negative space is a powerful design tool as it gives definition to our composition.  Sometimes the negative space in a composition also forms a design element that becomes part of the composition.

Notice how the space between and surrounding the fish blocks create the appearance of an organized “school” of fish

In addition to defining shapes in a quilt, negative space can be used to create movement, emphasis and interest in a quilt design.  Negative space can simplify or unclutter a design and at the same time draw attention to the focal point of a quilt.  It can also give the eye a place to rest in an intricate design.

Negative space can create an additional design element in block-based designs.   In many block based designs the negative space forms a secondary design element or repeats the design in the positive spaces 

There are rarely borders in modern quilting unless the borders are part of the negative space. 

Linda Gayle salutes her husbands Navy service

Nancy Goff's Valentines gift for her husband.

A beauty done by MaggieRose Copple

Sheila Greens MQG Mini Swap quilt gift

Julie Karjala's MQG Mini swap gift.

Julie Karjala wonky houses 

Remember: Your String Theory Challenge piece is due at the March meeting! If you have any questions, contact us at

Hope to see lots of familiar faces at National Quilt Day!!

Upcoming Events:

Sew Day - April 14, 2018 10:15 AM - 3:30 PM
 Hand Stitching Demo. IQSCM, mezzanine, 1523 N 33rd, Lincoln NE

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February Meeting Reminder

Quilt-Con Recap! See what goodies, fun, pictures and stories our members Peg Pennell, Tom Meyer, Marilyn Rembolt and Sheila Green brought back from QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena CA. 

Peg Pennell talks about modern elements Negative Space, No Borders and Cropping.

Don't forget!! Modern strings challenge "String Theory" is due in March. For more inspiration, use your favorite search engine and type in "modern string quilts" , find images on Pintrest by searching the same phrase, or visit your local library.

Great turnout at our Opening Reception Feb. 2 at the LUX Center for the Arts.  Thanks to all who provided cookies, helped and attended.  Extra cookies were taken to Sew Day and more will be at National Quilting Day. The show runs until the 28th of Feb so still plenty of time to go see the That's Modern exhibit at 2601 N 48th St. in Lincoln.

Please take the opportunity to sign up to talk about modern quilt elements. For more info, contact Peg Pennell at the next meeting. There are still a couple of elements available.

Remember, we now have a suggestion box! Let the board know what you would like to learn or talk about.

As always, bring your modern show and tell!! We love to see what you have been working on and let us know what makes your piece modern. Is it no borders, improvisation, bold graphic design? Tell the guild all about it.

Upcoming Opportunities

National Quilting Day: March 17th at the IQSCM, 9 AM - 4 PM. Please contact Sheila Green to volunteer if you haven't already. 

Sew Day - April 14, 2018 at the IQSCM, 1523 N. 33rd, Lincoln NE, 10:15 AM - 3:30 PM. Hand work demonstration.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Lincoln MQG 2018 Charity Quilt

As QuiltCon 2018 draws near, MQG members from all over the world make ready to travel to Pasadena California to attend classes and lectures and to view extraordinary exhibits of modern quilts. One such exhibit is the MQG QuiltCon Charity Quilt exhibit. This is the story of the Lincoln MQG's journey to participate in this special exhibit.

Lincoln MQG 2018 QuiltCon Charity Quilt


designed by Juliette Karjala and constructed by members of the 
Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild

This years theme was modern traditionalism, and when we saw the palette for the 2018 Charity Quilt, we got very excited. It is a beautiful array of colors that would really compliment any traditional block.

A sign up sheet was sent around at our August, 2017 meeting asking for members who were interested in being on the committee.

At our first meeting were myself (Juliette), Sheila Green, Tom Meyer, Jo Jones, Linda Gale, Vicky Bedell and Mary Dittenber. Each of us submitted designs and suggestions for the quilt and I was honored that one of my designs was chosen. I had taken several designs I had done that contained traditional blocks and colored them in the charity quilt palette.

We continued to discuss changes in the original submission and a consensus was reached to create a sweeping arc of varying sizes that would start in the upper right, cascade down the left side and end in the lower right, with blocks growing in size as they went around the quilt.

I did more of a conceptual drawing rather than a step-by-step pattern. The thought was that the quilt would be constructed using an “alternate” grid or no real grid at all. The blocks would be placed in the arcing shape, starting in the upper right, down the left side and ending again on the lower right, the spaces between and the large white space on the right would be filled with tone-on-tone white and off white pinwheels of various sizes creating a modern setting and aesthetic using two very traditional blocks, Friendship Star and Pinwheel.

The first sew day was actually on the guilds normal sew day on Sept 9, 2017 at the IQSCM, International Quilt Study Center and Museum. So many members showed up to help construct the numerous half-square triangles that would be needed to create this quilt. Sheila Green had brought a sheet, folded to the maximum size allowed to give us a frame of reference for placing the blocks as they were constructed. It was decided that we would only make the half-square triangles instead of complete blocks to allow for the nesting of one bock next to another.

( L-R ) Liz Thanel, Sheila Green, Chris Taylor, Tom Meyer, Linda Crump, Kris Jarchow, Jim Kohler, Linda Gale, Nancy Goff, Juliette Karjala, Jennifer VanDyke, Rhonda Eddy.
Not shown: Mary Dittenber, Jo Jones, Brenda Wiseman, Becky Wroghton, Barbara Kitsmiller, Coleen James, Pat Kant, and Meylonie Schatz

Linda Gale, Liz Thanel and Kris Jarchow work on making the half square triangles.

The half square triangle blocks that make up most of the design.

The beginning of the quilt starts to take shape. We eventually went to a white sheet so the design was more visible.

Our second meeting to work on the quilt was also at the IQSCM. As I knew we would have more than enough of the half-square triangles for the quilt, I started pinning them to the sheet. As things progressed it was decided that each size of blocks, both friendship stars and pinwheels, would be sewn together to create a section. One section of 6-1/2 inch blocks, one of 9-1/2 inch blocks, 12-1/2 inch and then finally, the only 15” star on the bottom right ending the arc.

One person would work on each section as it made it simpler to keep track with all the pieces being the same size. With the ½ square triangles laid out in rows for each section, it was a simple process of sewing the rows together. Others would work on the tone-on-tone pinwheels for the “border” and to be used as filler after the sections were completed.

At our final sew day for the construction of the quilt, on Sept 27, 2017, the sections came together. As they did, I would add a block or two to make it appear each area flowed into the next without it looking like separate areas.

The borders were added and we were done. Finally the top was finished

 We also used the extra blocks to create a panel for the back.

Linda Gale and Linda Crump work on the back.

Member Kristine Morrow let us use her lovely studio and long arm so several members could work on the quilting.

It wasn’t until I was asked to write about the design process that I came up with the name for this quilt, Fluidity. While the image was fairly firm in my mind, the process wasn’t and as each sew day came and went, the quilt just came together with the help and suggestions from the members. The entire guild really had a part in making the finished quilt. The construction of the quilt was very fluid minute by minute, hence, Fluidity.