Monday, September 19, 2016

September Meeting With Amy Friend

We are getting excited for our September meeting featuring quilt designer and author Amy Friend.



She'll be joining us this Sunday (sorry, members only!) at Gather Here.  If you don't know Amy, she's the blogger behind During Quiet Time, and a prolific quilter and designer. Here is a selection of her quilts (click captions to go to her corresponding blog post):

Caged 2016

Garden Stroll 2015

Haberdashery, 2016

Possibilities

Tell Me A Story 2015

Tumble 'Round, 2015


Amy's quilts have appeared in numerous publications, but recently she published her first book: Intentional Piecing. It's a great tool for anyone wanting to refine their fabric choice and placement skills. She'll be sharing some quilts from that book and talking to us about how her work relates to the modern quilting movement. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday! Unfortunately we won't have time for show and tell this months, so save your pretties up for the October meeting.









Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Quilting for Pulse

Thanks to all you guild members who came together and answered the call for Quilts for Pulse. From making squares, to piecing tops, quilting, binding and labeling, it's been heartening to see what our quilting community is capable of, both locally and nationwide.  In collaboration with the Boston Modern Quilt Guild we sent off 9 completed quilts this week to be distributed to people affected by the tragedy in Orlando. We'd like to thank members of both guilds for their generous donations of time, talent and materials. You guys rock. And a a huge thanks to Gwen Marceline, who organized our effort and picked up any slack she saw!

In addition, we thank the following businesses and organizations for going above and beyond for us:

Jane Barnett of Quilter's Way

Here are pictures of some of the quilts we made with the BMQG:







Kim did this whole quilt herself - start to finish

Karen L's finished quilt (BMQG)






Wednesday, August 31, 2016

It was great to see so many of you on Sunday.  We owe a big thanks to Gretchen for showing us the ins and outs of rope basket sewing:





And then it was off to show and tell:

Gretchen's Culture Quilt, for a scientist's lucky baby. Because she doesn't just make baskets!

Julie's colorful cat quilt squares

Rebecca's beautiful Boston Streets quilt

Jean's 24 hour quilt - pieced, quilted and bound in a day. On a WORK day no less.

Jean's Flight Club quilt, an artful pattern she was testing for designer Sam Hunter

Felicity brought in her lovely star quilt - her first longarm project!

Carolyn had to miss our raspberry kiss lottery, so she went and made a whole quilt's worth.
No orphan blocks at her house!

Taz's "I don't even like Halloween" quilt, which inspired much autumn love from the rest of us.
Pattern from Sunday Morning Quilts.

Hildy took a resist dyeing class and this pastel pretty was the outcome.

Hildy slashed and dashed this colorful wonder as well.

Marilyn brought in this seasonally appropriate (and beautiful) Ann Shaw designed sunflower 

She calls this sliced and diced piece Pinot Noir

Dalia won around 50 raspberry kiss blocks in the lotto a couple months back, and she's already used them up! You all did beautiful work on this one!

Kim practiced some intricate free motion quilting on placemats for her book group.

Maritza showed a lovely variation on modern drunkard's path

Laurie finished this intricately paper-pieced Snails Trail quilt

Lisa showed us her very first quilt - Cape Cod. Now she just has to take her first trip to the Cape!

Lisa also pieced this cute little pineapple

And her welcoming wine table runner

These rows on their way to becoming a kid's camping quilt.
We will be meeting up at Gather Here on September 11th and September 18th from 11-3 to work on our QuiltCon quilt. Please drop by if you can and help us get our submission all squared away (heh heh) before the holidays descend! 





Sunday, August 28, 2016

Meet Your (quilt) Maker: Gretchen Stares

Have you ever looked through your stash and wondered who designed a fabric or what collection it belongs to? Whether it's too old to find in print anymore or just came out last season? We recommend asking Gretchen - she has an encyclopedic memory for these things. AND she's super crafty. This afternoon she'll be teaching us to make those clothesline baskets they're selling at local museums for upwards of $100. 

Meet Gretchen Stares:



What’s your favorite podcast/music/audiobook genre to listen to when you quilt?

I listen to a variety of music depending on my mood: country, pop, alternative, etc. I often put on a show on Netflix and listen.

What sewing skill are you most proud of?

My ability to make things work. I can work my way out of many of my mistakes. I get a lot of "Mommy can you make this" as well, like Lion and Backup Lion's super hero costumes I pulled together quickly from fleece (my son isn't original with stuffed animal names).




What skill are you itching to master?

 I really want to get better at needle turned appliqué. 

Do you sew for a living?

No, I'm a software designer for electronic health records. Between that and shuttling my son around, I squeeze in sewing when I can, but quilt gifts get finished just in the nick of time frequently.  The ones without deadlines sit for months and years.


What kind of fabric are you most attracted to?

I love vibrant modern fabrics and some specific designers.  I always pick up some Cotton + Steel, Heather Ross, Alison Glass, Carolyn Friedlander, and Lizzy House when new lines come out. I've gotten better about knowing what I'll use from my stash versus just look at, I use non-directional tone on tone the most. 



Tell us about the quilt that means the most to you and why. This doesn’t have to be one that you made. And we’d love to see a picture!

My son and I have always loved Lego. He asked for a Lego quilt for his big kid bed and I spent some time figuring out the best way to go about it. I came up with a paper pieced head and a 24" block and it worked out so much easier than I thought.  I tried to calculate and ended up just going for it.  The final block only had two seams to match!


You can spend the rest of your life practicing and becoming close to perfect at one of the following: piecing or quilting. Which do you choose?

I'm happy with my piecing skills but would love to be better at quilting.  Straight line and echo quilting are my stand by.

From designing and picking fabrics to watching a recipient’s face when they see your quilt for the first time, what is your favorite part of the whole process?

I love picking out the perfect fabrics to go with a design/pattern. That may explain the fabric selections in waiting to become quilts in my closet!

What do you do get over a hump when you get stuck on a quilt?

I usually go work on another project and let it sit for a while.

What kind of other crafts are you into besides quilting?

I suffer from "I can make that myself".  I like making bags and clothing and knitting.  I have plans to make a putz house from our house blueprints as a winter decoration (and then a quilt too).  I'm about to refinish my first piece of furniture.  I'll give anything a try.


Where’s your fave place to eat in Cambridge?

I don't live in Cambridge but grab a bite to eat usually when I drive in for meetings. I love the tacos at Olecito and brunch at S&S.


Do you have any favorite blogs/insta accounts we should know about? And where can we find you on the internet?

I like Made Everyday in my blog feed.  Dana likes to keep things simple and fun. Her faux chenille quilt is a favorite. Many of those I follow on instagram are from my mini quilt swap summer.  I'm on instagram as gretchens42.  It's private, but if you have quilty/crafty photos I usually accept the follow requests.



Friday, July 22, 2016

Meet Your (quilt) Maker - Taslim (Taz) Sidi

Have you been wondering who is behind those awesome logos popping up on our blog and social media sites? You know, these:




Meet Taslim (Taz) Sidi - the designer behind the CMQG logo that we conceptualized at our March meeting AND our Sew Boston logo.  We are so appreciative of her talent and willingness to volunteer her time!




What’s your favorite podcast/music/audiobook genre to listen to when you quilt?

Hmm, I’m either listening to Spotify (Chill Hits playlist is a current favorite) or watching the series du jour on Netflix if I’m cutting or pressing. 
 
What sewing skill are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of my fabric curation - haha is that a thing? 


 
What skill are you itching to master?

I’d really like to try my hand at needle turn appliqué. When I first started quilting 5 years ago I never would have thought that would interest me. But to see the modern designs that are possible with appliqué I’m dying to give it a whirl!
 
Do you sew for a living?

Nope! Its my creative escape :) I’m a photographer by day. I shoot mostly newborn portraits, weddings and commercial. So ironic considering I’ve never taken a ‘real’ photograph of any of my quilts- oops! I’m usually breaking out the iPhone five minutes before wrapping up a quilt for its recipient. 

Photography is creative in a whole different dimension than quilting and mentally demanding. I love the physical process of quilting - stacks of fabric, pressing, cutting, piecing units - it's not always about the end result for me.


 
What kind of fabric are you most attracted to?

Lots of modern options! I love bright and bold colors but tend to use mostly single color geometric prints and combine them myself. I’m really into the Cotton & Steel Basics and Carolyn Friedlander lines. To contrast all that color I use a lot of low-volume prints as well. 


 
Tell us about the quilt that means the most to you and why. This doesn’t have to be one that you made. And we’d love to see a picture!

Gosh that is tough! There are so many quilts that others have made that I admire, I’m constantly feeling inspired. One of my favorites is Latifah Saafir’s ‘Neon & Neutral’ - it encompasses so many elements that I love and would love to include in my own quilts - curves, bold colors offset against neutrals and straight line quilting. 
You can spend the rest of your life practicing and becoming close to perfect at one of the following: piecing or quilting. Which do you choose?

Quilting. I have a long way to go! Thus far my quilting has been pretty basic but I have seen how quilting can make a quilt design come alive, especially in the negative space, and I’d love to master that.
 
From designing and picking fabrics to watching a recipient’s face when they see your quilt for the first time, what is your favorite part of the whole process?

I love nearly everything. Well, except for basting ;) I would say designing and selecting fabrics is my very favorite though, based on the number of WIPs I have. I have a bit of what I call ‘starter-itis’ - I get so excited picking out fabrics and drawing out my design that sometimes I jump to a new idea before the current one is finished. Most of the quilts I’ve finished have involved a deadline :) 


 
What do you do get over a hump when you get stuck on a quilt?

I dive into my scrapbin. Either by sorting my scrap basket into color piles, cutting scraps into 2.5” squares (I use these for leaders & enders) or a bit of improv piecing. The plethora of color and pattern is the best way to get my sewjo flowing again. 
 

What kind of other crafts are you into besides quilting?

Hmm, I’ve been knitting a scarf for 7 months, haha- that one might never get finished. The next craft I have my eye on is sewing related - making garments. I would love to work on making myself a dress that I would be proud to wear outside the house. 
 
Where’s your fave place to eat in Cambridge?

Oooh, so many great places! A favorite is Greek Corner - love their gyros and tkatziki. In college I spent a Summer semester abroad in Greece so I have a soft spot for those flavors. 

Do you have any favorite blogs/insta accounts we should know about? And where can we find you on the internet?

I’m at @taslimsidi on Instagram for my daily life/quilt stuff. And also @bringtolightphoto for my photography. Some fav insta accounts are @suzyquilts, @owensolivia, and @ihavethisthingwithtiles.


See you all on July 31st!