Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Best of 2017

2017 proved to be a great year filled with inspiring programs and lots of modern show and tell! We enjoyed so many fun group activities over the last year, the first being National Quilting Day where we demonstrated upcycling for the museum guests. In April, several of our members attended Mary Dittenber's workshop on fabric dyeing. We were fortunate to have our modern quilts on exhibit from May 1st to July 1st at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum. Our first road trip to the Quilt Festival in Kansas City was a blast, even if the weather was horrible on the way home! Sew Days at the county fair were filled with lots of quilting tips and tricks as demonstrated by our members. Our "Celebrate Nebraska 150" charity quilt raised $3950 for Habitat for Humanity and we were able to meet the winner of the raffle at our sew day! Lots of sewing happened throughout the year. Pillowcases and wall hangings were made for Habitiat for Humanity and our 2018 QuiltCon Charity Quilt was completed. The Curves Ahead and That's Modern Challenges resulted in so many amazing pieces! At the end of the year, the IQSCM invited our guild to "Quilts and Cocktails," a reception with Erica Waaser. We enjoyed food and drinks and a wonderful presentation by Erica on her Voltage exhibit. We celebrated our final meeting of the year with a murder mystery dinner, "Horrible Happenings at the Winery." 

Dyeing Workshop, National Quilting Day, Taming Color: A Personal Approach by Leah Sorensen Hayes, Sew Days at the County Fair, Road Trip to KC, Raffle Quilt Winner Rennie Austin, "Quilts and Cocktails" an Evening with Erica Waaser, 2018 QuiltCon Charity Quilt, Horrible Happenings at the Winery. 

Curves Ahead and That's Modern Challenges

Our Modern Quilting show at the IQSCM

Chris Taylor, Marsha Conley, Julie Karjala, Judy Crockett, Mary Dittenber, Jen Van Dyke, Peg Pennell, Nancy Goff, Taura Horn

Colleen James, Laura Simpson, Phyllis Higley, Sheila Green

Thank you for another great year, LMQG! Looking forward to seeing all of you in January!

P.S. I have enjoyed being your social media person/historian for the past 2 years. I'm passing the torch on to Julie who I know will do a fantastic job. Thanks for putting up with me shoving a camera in your face! 📸 Jen 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Highlights from the Holiday Party & Announcements

The Holiday party was hilarious and not horrible at all. Good food, fun and friends was center stage as the LMQG board and members put on a murder mystery, Horrible Happenings at the Winery. 

The culprit has been apprehended! We know who killed Polly Ester!

A special thanks to the cast of the play:  Sheila Green, Kris Jarchow, Mary Dittenber, Liz Thanel, Linda Crump, Nancy Goff, Phyllis Higley, Jennifer Van Dyke, Sarah Masseth, Peg Penell, Linda Gale, Kristina Morrow and Juliette Karjala.


We have received wonderful praise for our contributions to Art Market from the IQSCM.

Dear Members of Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild,

On behalf of the Friends of the IQSCM, thank you kindly for the great show of support during our recent Art Market.  The lovely and generously donated quilted silent auction quilt was amazing!  Your help in the kitchen and in supplying food was invaluable.  Ana a number of you donated items to be sold as well.  We are so grateful for everything you did.
Thank you for your commitment to Friends and to Quilt House.  We are so appreciative!

Kind Regards,

Diane Harris, President Friends of the IQSCM

"...I look back over the months of planning and it’s easy to see what amazing support the LMQG provided in this endeavor. 
·         I know that many LMQG members provided donations for the Friends table but in most cases I don’t know the names and specifics of the donations because many came in anonymously to Quilt House.  So I must rely on this letter to express my thanks to each of you.
·         The silent auction quilt was a wonderful addition to the Market. I think we all hoped the quilt would go for even more than the $600 because it was certainly worth more, but that was still a very impressive amount.  And the quilt added such class to the Market. 
·         When Sheila told me that the LMQG had agreed to provide the sandwiches for both days of the Market plus staff the kitchen, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven!  It was such a gift to me as chair to know that I didn’t need to fret about the food.  And, when going through the vendor evaluations, every vendor commented on how much the food helped them.  Things like that go a long way in bridging the very generous 40% they donate back to the IQSCM as vendors.  And isn’t it interesting how things of thoughtfulness (I.e. the food provided, watching their tables while they take a break, helping them load and unload) make such a difference.

Thank you for giving back so generously to the IQSCM.  We are richly blessed to have this amazing museum of quilts in our community. 

With kind regards,

Dorothy Heidemann-Nelson 


Upcoming Road Trip

Fire & Ice: The Faceted Textiles of MJ Kinman
Reception and Artist Lecture Friday, Jan 12, 4-6 PM Hastings College campus, Hastings NE
Leave Lincoln around noon, stop in Grand Island at Material Girls Fabric store, continue on to lecture, have dinner and return home.

Contact Sheila Green if you want to join as driver or passenger - 402-440-3127


Modern Quilt Guild Participation

MQG Mini Swap

For those who are involved in the MQG mini swap don't forget to check in with your swap fairy when requested, show updates on social media using #showusyourmqg, #mqgswap, and #lincolnmqg.  This is a great way to show the larger quilting community what our guild is doing to grow the love of modern quilting with others.  

Monday, November 27, 2017

2018 Holiday Party Reminder

Come join the fun at the Lincoln MQG Holiday party December 3rd, 2018 
at the NSEA Bldg, 605 S. 14th, 3-6 PM

Can you guess who done it?

LMQG Murder Mystery Christmas Party, "Horrible Happenings at the Winery" (members only). Please bring finger foods--appetizers and desserts to share. Moscato Sangria and other drinks will be provided or BYOB. Please consider carpooling as parking is limited. If you arrive after 3 pm, there will be a number on the door to call for entry. The Twisted Threadz Quilt Guild is caught up in misfortune, mistakes and mystery. Guild members are hanging a quilt exhibit in the lobby of the LeLushious Grapes Winery when the power goes out. When the lights go back on Polly Esther is missing! What happened to her and who caused it? A quilt is created as the search goes on. Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild members, join us!

2018 dues will also be accepted at the party.

Monday, November 13, 2017

November Sew Day Highlights

Holiday gift ideas from our members! 
Nancy Goff, Kris Jarchow, Phyllis Higley, Linda Gale, Jen Van Dyke 

Sheila continued her Make it Modern exercise from our October meeting. Liz and Kris sewed and slashed and came up with some cool modern pieces! 

Show & Tell: Linda Crump, Linda Gale, Kris Jarchow, Julie Karjala

We are so excited to share news about our Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln Raffle Quilt!  
The quilt raised $3950 for Habitat of Humanity, thanks to our $2,450 in ticket sales and cash donations and $1,500 in matching funds.  
The drawing was held at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum during our Sew Day.  
The Winner is Rennie Austin of Lincoln! 
 Rennie purchased her raffle ticket during National Quilting Day last March at the IQSCM.  She is a quilter and a former 4th grade teacher (taught the history of Nebraska in her classroom). Congratulations, Rennie!  It was a pleasure to meet you and know that our quilt has a wonderful new home.
The quilt was our QuiltCon Charity Quilt for 2017 and hung at QuiltCon in Savannah, GA last February.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

That's Modern Challenge Results

That's Modern Challenge results!
ASYMMETRY: Kathy Bangsuud, Linda Crump


EXAGGERATED SCALE: Phyllis Higley, Linda Gale, Nancy Goff

TEXTURE: Marilyn Remboldt, Kris Jarchow, Shelly Burge, Deanna Larson
NEGATIVE SPACE: June Pederson, Peg Pennell, Zita Schneider

NO BORDERS: Tom Meyer, Kristina Morrow, Judy Crockett, Cheryl Kupcinski
MINIMALISM: Vicky Bedell, Rhonda Cushatt, Sheila Green, Betty Korber

BRIGHT, GRAPHIC COLOR PALETTE: Pat Kant, Sara McCracken, Julie Karjala

IMPROVISATIONAL PIECING: Maggie Rose Copple, Sarah Maseth, Rhonda Eddy 

GRID WORK: Liz Thanel, Cynthia Levis

Monday, November 6, 2017

November Sew Day Reminder

November 11th Sew Day 

We hope to see you Saturday for our annual holiday gift sew day! Bring your gift ideas to share with the group for show and tell. Sheila will continue the Make it Modern fun from last month's meeting with a workshop. As always, bring whatever you want to work on or you can sew along with the gift ideas below.

  • The time has come for our Celebrate Nebraska 150 quilt drawing! We will choose the winner on Saturday during sew day.
  • We will be accepting 2018 dues, $35.
  • Bring your Art Market donations! 

Sew along projects mentioned at last month's meeting:

Make it MODern workshop with Sheila.

You will need to bring an over-sized (15"-36" finished) traditional quilt block with high contrast colored fabric (black and white works well) an extra half to one yard of the negative space fabric, sewing machine, rotary cutter and mat.  Or, bring fabric and make your block at the museum. Sheila will have handouts for 4, 9 and 16 patch blocks.

Microwave Bowl Potholder 
Supply list and tutorial HERE

Journal Cover
Supply list and tutorial HERE

Friday, October 27, 2017

October Meeting Highlights

From the October 24th Meeting: Make It Modern with Sheila Green. 

Sheila gave a very informative program on how to turn a traditional quilt block into a modern masterpiece! The process to make these quilts was a simple one. Sew an oversized traditional block, cut it up and rearrange. Sheila had 12 wonderful quilt examples, two of which were sewn by her daughter. After the presentation, we were all able to participate in the design exercise, which was a lot of fun! If you missed the meeting and would like to learn more, Sheila will share again at our November 11th sew day. Thank you for a fun and inspiring presentation, Sheila! 

The slate of officers for 2018 was presented and accepted. 

President- Sheila Green
Vice President- Peg Pennell
Secretary-Nancy Goff
Treasurer- Liz Thanel
Social Media- Julie Karjala

We are now accepting $35 dues for 2018.
Click on the meeting minutes tab above for more meeting information. 

That's Modern Challenge Reveal 

We had a great turn out for the challenge! 37 quilts were shown at the meeting. If you are still finishing your piece, you can still participate (Ahem we're talking to you PIXELIZATION!) Send a photo of yourself with your piece to Jen Van Dyke by October 31st. Stay tuned for a separate blog post. Check the Facebook page for photos from the meeting! 

Show & Tell 

Our finished QuiltCon Charity Quilt top!

Kristie, Nancy, Jane, Julie, Rhonda

Upcoming Events  

From the Kansas City MQG: 
We have two upcoming events that your members might be interested in attending.

1) On Thursday, November 9th, Jacquie Gehring will be presenting, "Focus on Design" at our guild meeting. 7-9pm at Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Road, KCMO. As Jacquie is a national speaker, we will be charging $5 for non-KCMQG members.

Additionally, there are a few spots still available for her discussion, "How do I Quilt this Quilt?" on Friday evening (11/10) and a few spots available at her "Walk" workshop on Saturday (11/11). 

2) Kansas City: An Inspiration to Modern Quilters - KCMQG Quilt Show will be running from November 2nd - November 27th at the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Community Christian Church at 4601 Main Street, Kansas City, MO. Admission is Free and the church is open during regular business hours: Monday-Friday 9am - 4:30pm, closed Saturdays, Sunday, 8am - 1pm.

If you have any upcoming events that our members might be interested in, we'd be glad to post them to our private, but very active KCMQG Facebook page. And if you would rather not receive emails from us, please respond back and we'll remove you from our list.

Happy Modern Quilting!
Deneen Slack
KCMQG President

 November 11 Sew Day: Habitat Raffle Quilt winner will be chosen! We will be sharing holiday gift ideas and Sheila will have a Make it MODern workshop for members who want to continue working on this technique.

December 3 Holiday party 3-6 pm "Horrible Happenings at the Winery"

From the IQSCM 

Saturday October 28th
November 17  

From the MQG 

Our QuiltCon Charity Quilt spotlight on the MQG blog HERE

Sign up for the MQG Member Buzz newsletter to see what MQG members are working on! Enter your email to receive the newsletter HERE


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October Meeting Reminder

Join us Tuesday evening for Make it MODern with Sheila Green. Sheila will show us how to create a modern quilt from a traditional quilt block. Just stitch, slice and rearrange!

We are so excited to see what you created for the "That's Modern Challenge!" Bring your finished challenge pieces to the meeting for the big reveal. Be prepared to tell us your element and a little bit about your process. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please send your piece with another member to the meeting and/or take a photo of yourself with your challenge piece and email it to Jen at by October 31st. 

Liz will begin to accept dues before and after the meeting. Dues for 2018 are $35. 

Bring your modern quilts for Show & Tell.  

In the past, the November Sew Day has been all about our holiday gift ideas. Last year's bag sew along was so much fun, we want to continue the tradition! Bring your ideas for items we can sew together, along with a supply list or pattern information, so they can be included in the Sew Day reminder. 

Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday! 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

September Meeting Highlights

From the September 26th Meeting: Tantalizing Tessellations with Nancy Goff 
Nancy Goff "A Tessellation of Ginko" presentation
noun: tessellation; plural noun: tessellations; noun: tesselation; plural noun: tesselations
  1. the process or art of tessellating a surface, or the state of being tessellated.
    • an arrangement of shapes closely fitted together, especially of polygons in a repeated pattern without gaps or overlapping.
Nancy's really into puzzles and if you've ever seen her 15th tessellation of a pentagon quilt, you begin to understand her obsession! Nancy shared all the secrets of her "A Tessellation of Ginko" quilt with us, which we have been admiring since the curves ahead challenge. It is always fascinating to see a person's creative process and Nancy's step by step approach to designing and creating this quilt had some of us hoping that she will write a pattern and teach a class on how to make it some day! Thank you for a great presentation, Nancy! We can't wait to see what mathematical quilt you create next.

Show & Tell

Cynthia, Lora, Kris, Liz

Rhonda, Colleen, Nancy, Linda G

Crafting Culture in the Middle of Everywhere presentation by Dr. Claire Nicholas. She invited our members to be involved in this multicultural community project in 2018.

LMQG August - October Challenge


Challenge pieces are due at the October 24th meeting. Share your progress and see what other members are making with the hashtag #ThatsModernChallenge on Instagram and Facebook! If you forgot what element you chose, contact Jen. 

You can find examples of the 12 modern quilting elements HERE 

Upcoming Events 
October 4 & 5 Road Trip to AQS Show in Des Moines

October 24 LMQG Meeting: MODern Blocks, create modern quilt designs from traditional blocks. "That's Modern" mini quilt challenge pieces due.    

November 11 Sew Day

December 3 Holiday party 3-6 pm "Horrible Happenings at the Winery"

From the IQSCM  

Saturday October 7th

Saturday October 28th

 November 17  

January 13 & 14 MJ Kinman Diamonds workshop

From the MQG  

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

September Meeting Reminder

Join us Tuesday night for "Tantalizing Tessellations" with Nancy Goff.
Nancy will share her process of making "A Tessellation of Ginko" quilt which won the Curves Ahead Challenge.

Bring your modern quilt projects for Show and Tell and hope to see you Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

September Sew Day Highlights

Work began on our QuiltCon Charity quilt with lots of cutting, sewing and pressing. Stay tuned for the next sew day for this project.

Jim's birthday is coming up so we surprised him with a Happy Birthday song and cookie. We hope he has safe travels for the next several months!

We enjoyed a visit from our new friend, Marla, who stopped by the museum on her way to Paducah. She was nice enough to help us get started on our QuiltCon quilt! Check out her Facebook page, Penny Lane Quilts. 

Our next sew day will be November 11th, 2017. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

September Sew Day Reminder

Join us this Saturday for Sew Day! We will be working on our QuiltCon charity quilt. Please bring your sewing machine and white, off white or lt. gray thread.  It would be good if a couple people could bring cutting mats, rulers and rotary cutters.  Julie will give us a tutorial on how to make the blocks and then we will sew sew sew! Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 1, 2017

August Meeting Highlights

From the August 29th Meeting: "Do it on a Domestic" Domestic Machine Quilting with Rhonda Eddy, Chris Taylor and Liz Thanel

Rhonda showed us how to quilt with rulers

Chris gave us tips on how to quilt with a walking foot

Liz gave us tips on free motion quilting

Thank you to Rhonda, Chris and Liz for giving us an overview of quilting on a domestic sewing machine! All three were very informative and we came away with some new ideas and tips!

Liz mentioned these Machine Quilting Tips

Chris suggested the book Walk

Rhonda showed us some Ruler Foot Basics

Show & Tell  
Sara, Julie, Chris, Rhonda

Linda G, Linda C, Jen, Julie

  LMQG August - October Challenge 

Wow! Thirty three of you signed up for our next challenge! If you weren't able to be at the meeting and would like to participate, message us and we will choose an element for you! Be sure to use the hashtag to share your progress. Can't wait to see what you make!! 

You can find examples of the 12 modern quilting elements HERE  

Check the meeting minutes tab above for more meeting details.

Upcoming Events  

September 9 Sew Day at the IQSCM We will be assembling blocks for our Quiltcon charity quilt.

September 29 LMQG Meeting: Nancy Goff "Tantalizing Tessellations"

October 4 & 5 Road Trip to AQS Show in Des Moines

October 24 LMQG Meeting: MODern Blocks, create modern quilt designs from traditional blocks. "That's Modern" mini quilt challenge pieces due.

November 11 Sew Day

December 3 Holiday party 


From the IQSCM  
Saturday October 7th

Saturday October 28th

November 17  

From the MQG  

MQG Mini Swap Details Here (Hey Look, it's Sheila!)