Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April Meeting recap!

April LMQG meeting: Sheila Green talked about how to make a hanging sleeve for various finishes on quilts.  She shared her experience with us for hanging quilts at the IQSCM and how they make their encased "D" sleeves for hanging.
Some of her examples showed us a hanging sleeve on a regular finish, a facing finish and a bound edge finish.
Sheila also talked about tools to hang the quilt so that they keep that flat appearance once hung up.   She also showed us how to use the "Hang it, Dang it" bar which can be found HERE  *has a video tutorial

Next up, Colleen James gave us a recap of her sewing retreat to Chicago for Sewtopia.  Colleen met and took classes from Latifah Saafir, one of the co-founders of the National Modern Quilt Guild and Rita Hodge from Red Pepper Quilts!

Kristie Jarchow shared a recent blog post by Kathy Mathews -read here: Quilting sewing creating on "The Value and Cost of Making Quilts". 
**** Mark your calendars for the upcoming June 5th first Friday at the IQSCM to see Sherri Lynn Wood and Leah Sorensen-Hayes. Free admission and starts at 3 p.m.  More info can be found HERE.
Thanks so much to all of you that made it out to join us! We wish Suzanne Rose a huge "Get well soon" wish!!!
Next meeting will be May 26th at 5:30 pm at the Bernina sewing studio. Next "Afternoon at the Improv" sewing day at IQSCM will be June 13th at 12 pm. Hope to see you all there!
**** Don't forget the Improv Challenge is due in May! READ MORE HERE

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sherri Lynn Wood book signing and performance at IQSCM


SHERRI LYNN WOOD is an artist working in Oakland, CA. She is a recent recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors, and a two-time MacDowell Colony Fellow. She has been making and improvising quilts as a creative life practice for twenty-five years, and blogs about it at Teaching credits include Penland School of Craft, QuiltCon, and numerous modern and traditional guilds across the country.

Sherri Lynn Wood, author of the new book "Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters" published by STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book,will be stopping at the IQSCM on her X country book release tour.    She will be in Lincoln on June 5th for first Friday  from 3-5 p.m. 

Pre-Order your copy BEFORE April 28, and enter the Pre-Order Giveaway HERE!


Improvise! Ruler-Free Patchwork Performance, -- a 1hr Improv Theater  / Patchwork Mashup with Sherri Lynn Wood. Ruler-free patchwork techniques featured in the Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters, such as basic strip, bias strip, wedge, curve, stack, float, repetition, flow, bleeding, darting, natural fit, approximate measuring, trouble shooting, and composition tips, tricks and techniques will be demonstrated and performed on the spot according to suggestions received from the audience. Attendees will leave with enough knowledge to explore and incorporate ruler-free techniques in their future patchwork.  Attendees are invited (optional) to contribute up to a 1/4 yd of fabric for the patchwork performance - zingers and "ugly" fabrics welcome!

Following her performance: Leah Sorensen-Hayes is a local artist and Quiltmaker who is also a studio assistant for Michael James. Michael’s show, “Ambiguity & Enigma,” will officially be opening that night. She’ll also have a small display of her work up. 

Plus....the new galleries will be opening....well worth a night out at the museum!!

I hope everyone can come out for this great opportunity, right here in our own backyard!!!  If you join us for our "Afternoon at the Improv" sewing days at the Museum, you will be seeing more of the Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters.  Our next sewing day is June 13th at 12:00p.m. at IQSCM.

Upcoming meeting reminder = April 28,2015

Welcome SPRING! 
 It is time for the LMQG April meeting! This month we have a double feature. Sheila Green will teach us how to create quilt sleeves so we can display our works of art and Colleen McGuire James will share with us all the details on her trip to SEWTOPIA 2015!
We will be meeting again at the NEW Bernina Sewing Studio here in Lincoln! We hope to see everyone there!
Where: 1265 So. C...
otner (Piedmont Center)
When: April 28th (Last Tuesday of Month)
Time: 5:30 - 7 pm
Don't forget to bring a project - ongoing or finished - to share!
Upcoming for LMQG May meeting?? The Improv Challenge Projects are due and a prize drawing!! There is still time to start your project! Get more info at the meeting or on our FB page.
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

1st "Afternoon at the Improv" Sewing at the Quilt House =Fun!

The Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild hosted an open forum discussion on "Improvisational Piecing" on Saturday April 11.  The International Quilt Study Center and Museum let us use the lovely 2nd floor open gallery to meet, discuss and sew.  

What does Improv mean to you?    What fears or ideas do you have on the subject? What do you want to accomplish or try?  What kinds of tools can you use to break down or limit yourself when you piece?

Quick demo on 'slash' and 'insert' and cutting:

and cutting and piecing a 1/4 circle curve:

The group was able to view the gallery with quilts made by Victoria Findlay Wolfe currently on display. Link below to see more about her quilts on display.

International Quilt Study Center and Museum

Books mentioned and passed around:
Gwen Marston = Liberated String Quilts
Gwen Marston = Liberated Quiltmaking II
Victoria Findlay Wolfe = 15 minutes of play
Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederson = Quilting Modern
Not yet released: Sherri Lynn Wood = The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters (look for this June 1st)
We will be looking at many quilt makers in the future!

Cheryl Ann's Portable Quilting Design Wall HERE

Easy techniques to try:
 The next "Afternoon at the Improv" sewing day will be June 13th at the Quilt House at 12:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome and you do not have to be a member of the Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild to attend.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

LMQG Improv Challenge March -May...give it a try!

The Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild announced the newest Quilting Challenge:Improv   

No Name circle wall hanging
(picture with permission) made by Mina from
   Wonky Circle tutorial by how about Pink Please  

March-May Challenge:
Throw your patterns out the window and use improvisational piecing to create a MODERN masterpiece!!

1.    You will have until the May 26th LMQG meeting to complete this challenge

2.    There will be a raffle and prizes for all completed entries so mark your calendar

3.    There is no size requirement for this challenge but it needs to be completed (quilted and bound) to qualify

So, here’s to quilting without a plan!  Have fun and be creative and we can’t wait to see all those entries!
Now is a good time to consider joining us for some fun Sew Days at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum. Free admission to the Museum if you are sewing with us!!!
First sewing time is at noon on Saturday April 11. Bring your sewing machine, basic supplies and scraps or FQ's to work with. It will be an open discussion on Improv piecing and experimenting with some techniques to get your started.  We hope you will join us!!!
"Afternoon at the Improv" scheduled dates can  be found HERE
"Mighty Scrappy "
by Kris J