Friday, March 29, 2013

Log Cabin Reveal

We had an amazing selection of log cabin quilts on display at our meeting yesterday! Who knew you could do so much with the humble log cabin block? There's no way we could miss anybody out so here are all 17...

Svetlana was first up,

Then Nancy,

two from another Nancy,



A different Pat,

Sharon had gone wild and submitted four,





and Catherine, who had two...

We had seen two last month, one from Jane,

and Yvette's

So that's 19 and I'm sure we will get at least one more... we have a great show!! Well done everyone.

Hexies next month.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Newsletter #6

Newsletter #6
There's lots of important news in this issue of the Naperville MQG newsletter, so be sure to read it all!

Meeting Thursday March 28.  The Naperville MQG Log Cabin Challenge REVEAL!! and Quilt CON Report
We ared oing the BIG REVEAL of our Modern Log Cabin Challenge!!   We are working with a local show to be able to hang these so we are hoping you will bring yours to the meeting.  (PLEASE NOTE: We cannot guarantee that all quilts will hang in the show, the show will have ultimate final say as to what quilts will hang and what won't.)

We gave this challenge some rules so that we can hopefully show the entries as an organized group. 
Here are the details:
     -The Quilts must be a modern quilt interpretation of the log cabin block.  It can be one giant block, lots of smaller blocks, wonky off kilter blocks, whatever you choose!  It must be part of the Modern Quilt movement.
     -The finished quilt must be 36" inches square.  We plan to hang these together so we want them to be uniform.
     -The deadline is the March NMQG meeting (March 28th). 

We will also have a presentation from Catherine and others who went to QuiltCON in February with photos and give us an update on what the main MQG staff has going on!

Our Regular meeting time and place:
Gentler Times
476 S Route 59
Suite 152
Naperville, IL 60540
6 pm to 8 pm

Last month's Hexagon meeting and our HEXIE CHALLENGE!We had a great turnout for our Hexagon demonstration, and we announced out HEXIE challenge for you to make a MODERN quilt with hexagons in it, which we will reveal next month. HEXIES are HOT right now!  Our challenges create some stunning work!  Remember our Grey, Aqua, and Tangerine challenge?  Catherine's challenge quilt won FIRST PLACE at QuiltCON!  So get your thinking caps on for our HEXIE challenge!

We are looking for someone to do a demo or presentation at the May meeting.  Please let us know at this month's meeting if you can help us out!

The NMQG 2013 Meeting Schedule and Topics! 
March 28th – Update from QuiltCON
               Modern Log Cabin Reveal Day!

April 26th- Charm Swap! (25 – 5 inch squares)
               Announcing Charm Square Challenge!
               Hexagon Challenge Reveal Day!

May 25th – Demo (TBD) (Partial seams?)
               Bring your favorite bag pattern

June 27th – Fusing Demo
               Announcing “Group Choice Challenge”
               Charm Square Challenge Reveal Day!

July 25th – Christmas in July!
               Bring quilty gift ideas

August 22nd – Curved Piecing Demo
               Group Choice Challenge Reveal Day!
               Announcing Curved Piecing Challenge!

September 26th – Announcing Holiday Pin Cushion Swap
               Event TBD
October 24th – Curved Piecing Challenge Reveal Day!
               Event TBD

December 5th – HOLIDAY PARTY
               Pin Cushion swap Day!

Faith posted our Logo onto our Flickr group, so head over there and grab one for your blog or website.

What is a Modern Quilt? 
At the August meeting, Cheryl read from the Modern Quilt Guild's website the definition of a modern quilt.  We're posting it below.  We're very excited for this aesthetic, and are glad to have a group locally that focuses on it! 
Here's the blurb from the Modern Quilt Guild:
"What is modern quilting?
Modern quilting is a new and rapidly growing movement in the quilting world. A group of quilters applied their current tastes and points of view to this traditional craft and shared their work online.  Their fresh approach and new designs attracted sewers and quilters and the modern quilting movement was born.
Modern quilting, like all art, changes, grows and adapts from quilter to quilter as they find their own voice. Modern quilts reflect each quilter’s personality and personal style, and as the movement has grown, a modern quilt aesthetic, a set of principles that define and guide the movement, is beginning to emerge.
Modern quilts and quilters:
  • Make primarily functional rather than decorative quilts
  • Use asymmetry in quilt design
  • Rely less on repetition and on the interaction of quilt block motifs
  • Contain reinterpreted traditional blocks
  • Embrace simplicity and minimalism
  • Utilize alternative block structures or lack of visible block structure
  • Incorporate increased use of negative space
  • Are inspired by modern art and architecture
  • Frequently use improvisational piecing
  • Contain bold colors, on trend color combinations and graphic prints
  • Often use gray and white as neutrals
  • Reflect an increased use of solid fabrics
  • Focus on finishing quilts on home sewing machines
Modern quilting has its roots in rebellion, in our desire to do something different, but simultaneously its feet are firmly planted in the field of tradition.  Modern quilting is our response to what has come before.  We are quilters first, modern quilters second. There are however, characteristics that set modern quilters apart from our traditional and art quilting friends.
Modern quilters are a diverse group of woman and men, young and old, experienced and novice, yet each of us feels the need to differentiate ourselves as modern quilters by how we work, the fabrics we choose, and the aesthetic of our quilts. We create in a way that supports our individual creative needs and our lifestyle preferences.  Modern quilters resist the imposition of hard and fast rules for making a quilt.  We pick and choose traditional techniques and methods that work for us and at the same time feel free to redefine or reinvent what is possible and allowable in making quilts.
Modern quilters have embraced the new options available in textiles: bold colors, graphic prints, larger scale prints, and Japanese fabrics.  Much like the Amish quilting tradition, many modern quilters are also exploring quilt designs made exclusively with solid fabrics or with just a hint of print.
The Internet has played an integral role in the development of modern quilting.  Through blogs, online tutorials and social media the modern quilting community interacts, providing inspiration and friendship for each other.  This has helped the community grow at an astounding pace, providing feedback and support at a moment’s notice.
In many ways, modern quilting has taken us back to the basics of the early quilters, when women of the day used the colors and styles of their time to express themselves creatively while finding friendship and community along the way.  Welcome to modern quilting!"
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See you Thursday!
-Catherine Redford and Cheryl "Muppin" Sleboda (co-founders)