Wednesday, August 30, 2017

August Member Interview: Angelica Jones

For this month's member interview I chose to interview myself. :So here is a little about me. 

My name is Angelica Jones and I'm a stay at home mom to 6 year old Isabel and 3 year old Diego. My husband Jesse and I have been married for 12 years. We love to enjoy vegan food, wine and local beers. Our family likes to go on trips to the desert, the beach and the mountains in the winter (oh the perks of living in Southern California!). I was born in San Diego and moved here when I was in 5th grade. I have been quilting for about 5 years and sewing for 6. When I'm not sewing or spending time with my family I also enjoy reading and cooking. My good friend Michelle and I have a vegan food Instagram called @CrazyVeganMamas, on which we like to post yummy local Vegan eats, drinks and recipes. We are currently working on an accompanying blog. 





I've been a member of the Temecula Valley Modern Quilt Guild since 2016. I found about the guild through Sue Stone from Needle in a Fabric Stash. I'm on Instagram as @stitichedconamor. I also run the TVMQG Instagram account @tvmqg and their Facebook page found here.

Right now I have SO many projects going on right now, UFOs galore! But here are some of my favorite ones:

The most current favorite is the Halloween Quilt I'm doing with my fellow CrazyVeganMama friend Michelle. We are working on the same blocks, but in different colors palettes and fabrics. This one is my favorite right now because I tend to give the majority of my quilts away.






And here is the quilt Michelle and I recently worked on together for our daughters' TK and Kinder teacher. 



This is an older one I made for my grandmother a few years ago. Every member of the family had a square with their name embroidered in the center. 



I'm a fan girl of fabric designers Tula Pink (@tulapink), Libs Elliott (@libselliott), and Alison Glass (@alisonglass). I love each one of them for their bold colors and prints and how you can easily point out their work. They all inspire me to create things that speak to me rather than just what everyone else is doing at the moment. I also love to watch Angela Walters on her YouTube show The Midnight Quilt Show.

Here's the #hotlipsquilt block by @libselliott I made last month.


My current favorite collections are Libs Elliott's current line Tattoo and her upcoming line Wild Side, which is set to be released in October. I'm also very excited for Tula Pink's new line Spirit Animal which comes out in September.

As a mom of little ones I find it hard to get bigger projects done under deadline, so I haven't entered any of my quilts into any shows just yet. But I do have a designated sewing space in our home office so when I get a free moment I can escape to sew, plan a new project, or simply pet my fabric collection. 

As a little girl I always wanted to sew, but didn't care for the aesthetic of the traditional quilts. When I discovered the world of Modern Quilting I was ecstatic! I quickly because a fabric collector and my Pinterest boards were filled with a sewing "To-Do List". I hope to learn more techniques in the near future and to improve on my current skills. 

~Angelica Jones

Friday, August 18, 2017

August 2017 Meeting

Last night's meeting had such a great turnout! We had some new guests and new members. We were missing our President Jan who is in Iceland (but will be returning for next month's meeting) so VP Jessica filled in and led our meeting. 

Colleen started off announcements with going over the Modern Quilt Guild Charity Challenge for QuiltCon. We will have to create a quilt using the color palette which the MQG has picked. This year's theme is "Modern Traditionalism". We are planning a sew day at Colleen's house on Sept 17th. Emails with further details will be sent as the date gets closer.


Show and Tell began with Nancy who showed us her "Thicket" panel apron she created (modeled to us by Madeline). She also made a few extras for her mom and 2 sisters. 



Linda shared her story of a kit she had bought from Craftsy.com. It was more of a panel so she cut it up and added borders to make it bigger and even more beautiful.




Bonnie  made this quilt for herself from a layer cake from Hoffman Batiks. She has a long armed business and did the intricate quilting herself.



I (Angelica) brought in a mini quilt top called the #hotlipsquilt by Libs Elliott. All the fabrics used were from Libs Elliott's lines True Love and Tattoo. 


I also brought in 4 blocks from a Halloween quilt a friend and I are working on together. We're sewing the same blocks but each in different color palettes for our own quilts.


 Pictures taken from Instagram @stitchedconamor.


Colleen brought in the finished quilt from the quilt top she showed us a few months back.


The 2nd quilt shared started as an idea in her head after the first QuiltCon. She started on the construction of it 3 years ago and is now finishing it. 


Brittany shared some cute little baby pillows she made for her baby on the way. 


She also brought in some adorable no-sew ornaments and crocheted Disney characters she made



Jessica shared with us a quilt made from Winnie the Poo fabric she bought over 20 years ago for her daughter.


She also recently made a few pillow cases, including a Halloween one (which glows in the dark!).



Susan showed us her fabulous quilt she did based on the 2016 Portland Modern Quilt Guild Row by Row. She improvised the rows to make it bigger.


Next Susan showed us how to tie a quilter's knot. Then she showed us September's
Block of the Month.


This month's demo was also brought to us by Susan. She demonstrated how to easily make your own presser board. She referred to the DIY tutorial which can be found on the Sew Much like Mom Blog.



To end our meeting we had our monthly raffle. The winners were:

Nancy - the presser board which was made and donated by Susan in the demo
Maritza - Layer Cake*
Angelica - Fat quarter bundle*
Jessica - Primitive Gatherings gift card

And lastly we had brought in fabric scraps for a swap. As you can see below there was lots of treasure to be found. 



*After Show and Tell, Drew from Primitive Gatherings shared a story with us about how she met with Victoria Findlay Wolfe and told her about our quilt guild. Vicroria graciously donated a few pieces from her new line for Temecula Valley Modern Quilt Guild's raffle. :)



Fat Quarter bundle is Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts' new line "Light Work"
And the Layer Cake is "Fine Spun Volume One" (both by Studio 37)

Hope to see you all again next month!
~Angelica Jones




Monday, July 24, 2017

July Meeting 2017: Christmas In July!

For this month's meeting we met at Jane's house for a little get together with food and drinks. We got a chance to talk and mingle before all sitting down for show and tell.

Jan started us off with presenting next month's Block of the Month. 
It's called the Scrappy X and Plus Quilt Block.


Next we had a drawing. Each member received a ticket for coming and there were two door prize winners:
Patti won the Culcita Box, which is a subscription box that comes in the mail once a month, and Maritza won an Improv Book.

To start off Show and Tell, Patti brought in 3 baby quilts She didn't have anyone in particular to make them for but just loved the fabrics. The 3rd was made from a charm pack.






She also made this table runner as a store sample for Primitive Gatherings.


Susan made this adorable mini quilt in memory of her dog Manny. The embellishments were hand quilted.



This circle quilt was one she started 2 years ago and just recently picked back up again to finish.




Susanne made this T-shirt quilt top for her friend's teenage son.




Linda shared an old quilt she made 8 or 9 years ago.  The pattern was the "1 block wonder" and was all made with one fabric.



Natalie brought in this quilt which was originally created for her solids challenge. She even matched the binding with the quilt.






Jane shared with us one of her oldest quilts from 1995. She had taken a class when her kids were little, and when she made it her and her family were living in Minnesota.


Maritza  showed us her mermaid quilt she made for her 1 year old granddaughter's birthday.



And this quilt was made for 3 year old grandson (which will be for Christmas).


After Show and Tell Jessica led us in a game of Charades where we had had to guess which animals we were. It was quite hilarious.

And we ended our evening with the hot pad swap. Here are all the beautiful and fun hot pads which were swapped.



Our next meeting with be back at Primitive Gatherings on Thursday, August 17th, at 6:30 pm. We'll he having a scrap swap and a DIY pressing board demo by Susan. Hope to see you all there!

~Angelica Jones