Friday, September 15, 2017

Meet Your (quilt) Maker: Sandra Gregg

Were you surprised when you received the email about our FREE trip to the Garment District in New York in November? Well, meet Sandra (Sandy) Gregg - our treasurer who collects the taxes, pays the bills, files the tax forms, and tells us when we have extra money to spend on things like our upcoming field trip! Sandy's been quilting and guilding for years, and makes lovely art.




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

 I listen to the WBGH classical music station WCRB when I quilt.  It allows me to think my own thoughts and drowns out the sounds of the city.  Plus they pick the music and it’s a nice variety.

What sewing skill are you most proud of?

I’ve been sewing since 7th grade, which was a long time ago.  I think my sewing skills are average but sewing machines have advanced by leaps and bounds in the last 58 years.

What skill are you itching to master?

I want to be able to always have my free-motion quilting look perfect and it never has.  I have practiced a lot, and I think what I do works well enough and others probably don’t notice the things that I’m not happy with.


Do you sew for a living?

I am retired from working and my main hobby is quilting.  I do it for the love of the process.  Once in a while I make a little money but that’s not my goal.

What kind of fabric are you most attracted to?

 I usually begin with white fabric and if I am painting it, silk is my favorite because it glows.  If I am making traditional or modern quilts, then regular cotton works best for me.

Tell us about the quilt that means the most to you and why. This doesn’t have to be one that you made.

 The quilt that I’m working on at the moment is usually my favorite.  Since I love the process, once the quilt is made, I’m on to planning the next one.  Usually in a year I will make 12-15 large abstract wall quilts.


How/When did you start quilting?

I began quilting in 1976 which was the US Bicentennial.  The renewed interest in quilting began around that time.  I had just moved with two young boys to Lebanon, NH and was looking for a way to meet people.  I took a beginning quilting class at Adult Ed.  The group got along very well and we eventually went on to form the Northern Lights Quilting Guild which is still alive today.

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 the process of painting and dyeing fabric.  It’s also very rewarding to help beginning quilters. One of my granddaughters has learned to sew and she spent the weekend with me recently and we had a great time making quilt blocks.  All she needs is a line drawn on the fabric and she is good to go.

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

When I get stuck I go for a walk or work on other things.  Even just puttering around the room sometimes helps.  The ideas come at odd times, and I don’t obsess about it when I see that it’s not working.  I’ve even been know to throw things away or cut them up.  Sometimes even turning a quilt 90 degrees solves the problem.



What kind of other crafts are you into besides quilting?

I’m very curious about how things are done and how they are made so I’ve tried lots of crafts including crochet, macrame, embroidery, stamping, book making, screen printing.  You learn new things whenever you change up your routine and it all comes full circle eventually and shows up in what you are doing and how you solve problems.

Where’s your fave place to eat in Cambridge?

I like to cook and usually eat at home.  When I’m looking for something tasty I often go to Flour Bakery

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

 I have a web site but don’t have a FaceBook account and I am not active on social media.  I follow a few blogs but find that people seem to post less and less often as they explore other platforms.  The bottom line for me is that following social media takes a lot of time, and I’d rather spend that time making art.


Anything else you want us to know about you?

I’ve been retired since 2002 after spending many years as an administrator at Dartmouth College.  I was a quilter then, but naturally my productivity increased once I had time to take classes and follow the muse.  My advice to everyone reading this is to take as many classes as you can.  You only need to learn one new thing to make taking the class worthwhile.  There are always new things to learn.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

August Meeting Recap

Great seeing so many of you at the August meeting. We made good progress on our QuiltCon 2018 top and sent many blocks home to be sewn into rows. If you took home a row, please have it ready for the September meeting. If you can't make the meeting, please leave your finished row(s) in the CMQG closet at Gather Here before then.

We have a lot of great events planned for the coming months - check out our Meetings/Events page for updates. There is still room in the Latifah Saafir workshop (perfect your paper piecing and curve sewing!) and it's open to anyone, so bring a friend! SewBoston 2017 also has some spots left - this was a fun event last year with amazing door prizes and lots of fun folks. I'm still working my way through the pack of 30 colorful zippers I took home! ALSO - descriptions for the Anna Maria Horner workshops are up on the Meetings/Events page now. Registration will open on September 20th at 10am, so make sure you know what your first choice will be before then.

One more reminder that lottery blocks are due at the September meeting and triangle challenge tops/quilts at the October meeting.

And now, for your show and tell:

Jessica HAND SPUN this yarn for a friend's fabulous pink pussy hat!

Jane used her Tula Pinks for this sweet quilt intended for her grandkids' nap room
(I want a nap room with a Jane-made quilt!)

If you've had your eye on the constellation quilt pattern,
Stephanie made a quilt that should convince you it's worth it!

Laurie pieced this top for a friend getting married.
It will act as a guest book, where guests can sign in the white spaces!

This is the back, because there are a lot of guests!

How sweet is Rebecca's traveling jewelry case
made for the Michael Miller challenge?


Ali's busted through her (blue) scraps stash to piece this
fun quilt-as-you-go picnic blanket

Allison got creative with her circular ruler to make this cool helix pattern

Julie finished her Atlantis Wing quilt, based on
the thermal blankets that covered the first space shuttle.

Hildy's color effects, so mesmerizing I forgot to take any notes on this one!
Reva finished this block-of-the-month beauty

Kathy made this quilt for her niece who is off to college. Phenomenal color picks!

Reva made this beautiful sling bag, perfect for a new season!

Reva also finished this bright jelly roll top, using 2" strips.


Julie made this lovely pillow top for her daughter off to college.

Julie made a vibrant quilt for the daughter who is living on her own for the first time.

Rachel finished this sweet baby quilt for her baby, due in October.



Christine had the brilliant idea to make a bag out of this tester hand appliqued block
before she committed to a whole quilt (she decided she's all set!).

Christine started this wonderful quilt with skills learned in the Chawne Kimber workshop.
She's finishing it off as part of the Welcome Blanket project. 

Kim finished her awesome patchwork city quilt, after deciding
she wasn't going to show up for another quilting retreat with this top!

and finally, Lisa is highly recommending this tiny
sewing machine that she got as a gag gift from Laurie.
"Perfect for sewing in the car."

Hope you're enjoying these first days of fall, and happy quilting!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

July Meeting Recap

The highlight of our July meeting was the unveiling of our QuiltCon 2018 CMQG quilt design! I'd love to show it to you, but then I'd have to kill you it's a guild secret for now. We certainly got a head start with fabric cutting and division of labor at our July meeting. A big congratulations and thank you to Charlotte Howard who came up with the winning design - in addition to being beautiful, it's also easy to divide up and will come together reasonably quickly!

So here's your show and tell:

Heather shared this lively masterpiece she made using the Sister Sampler Quilts book.

Hilde shared this baby quilt that made us reconsider
 the straight border we've always taken for granted!

Hilde also demonstrated her DIY design board, made from a cardboard box!

Rebecca described this as her "simple scrap quilt," simply lovely!

Christine made this cat lovers quilt for some lucky couple

How sweet is this back?


We love the fantastic fabric choices Rachel made for this baby quilt

Chris started this colorful beauty made from a fat 8th set at retreat - 

Carolyn's bright and beautiful baby quilt, made with science fabrics.

And some of her rainbow project samplers - can't wait to see these come together!

Gwen's charity quilt, for some lucky dog lover to curl up under.

Gwen's cool superman quilt for a soon-to-be-very-happy grand nephew
Gwen's insomnia quilt makes us want to stay up and quilt late into the night!

Laurie is finally done quilting this impressive paper-pieced elephant for her dad

Jessica's beautiful top, hand quilting in progress.... here are some close-ups:



Allison sewed this awesome Noodlehead Market Bag
And because today (especially) should end with something inspiring,  these two, from Sue:




We'll see you at the meeting next Sunday, August 27th.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Latifah Saafir Workshop - Registration Open to Non-Members!

We're so excited to host Modern Quilt Guild Co-Founder, Latifah Saafir for a workshop on Sunday, September 17th from 11-6.  

Trained as an engineer, with a passion for sewing (I think I might be describing a number of guild members here...), Latifah creates meticulously crafted quilts with graphic, modern designs. Here are some favorites, but you can see more here:
Convergence 

Wet Matches

Play Around the World

The Big Log

Buzzed Birds

She is also coming out with her first fabric collection. The line pays homage to Latifah’s “wonder years” growing up in Los Angeles where graffiti and street art influenced her explorations in creativity. “The line is not reflective of the art itself,” she said. “Instead, it is about celebrating the environments where it is found and the graphic elements that inspire it.” 

On September 17th, Latifah will lead a workshop on her Pickled Beets quilt at Gather Here.





Come make this bold, modern quilt that was designed in homage to the classic pickled beets motif. In this fun class you will learn paper piecing and gain skill in curved piecing.  While this is a great class for all levels, if you haven't sewed curves or paper-pieced before, this is a great way to get experience with both. Use the techniques you'll learn to make this quilt your own!

Registration is now open to EVERYONE (yay!), so register now, before it fills up! Cost is $145 (for non-CMQG members) and you can register here.