Friday, April 21, 2017

April Member Interview: Susan Long

This Month's interviewee is Susan Long! I emailed her a set of questions to tell us more about herself and she emailed me back this beautifully written introduction of herself. Enjoy!


Hello! My name is Susan Long. I have been quilting about 3 years, however I began sewing about age 10. I used to sew all my clothes including my wedding dress and that of my sister. My first real job was working in a small fabric shop. I’m an arts and crafty girl: knitting, crochet, acrylic painting, beading, photography, and anything else that peaks my interest. I recently retired from a 35 year career as a sonographer (ultrasound). I loved my work, but I longed to see our country. During the last year my husband and I have visited many national parks and monuments, where we like to day hike. I hope to see all 59 national parks!

I joined TVMQG during its very first meeting last year. I was excited to network with other modern sewers, meet new friends, and do charity work through sewing. This second year of the guild I am serving as the keeper of the charity blocks. I am very much enjoying making charity blocks that will go out into the world to comfort others.



Instagram is the only social media I participate in. My handle is @callmesusan. Please do follow me if you would like. I get a lot of inspiration from the people I follow. Sometimes, however, I feel overwhelmed by the amazing work I see others doing. I have to remind myself to stay MY course and do what I do, with the skills I have. As you can see from my picture, color sparks joy in me!


My favorite quilt projects have all been improv. I enjoy completing my quilts by quilting them myself. Sometimes I do straight lines, and often I go free range and do improve quilting, too. I often allow my quilts come to life organically. I don’t get as much pleasure from patterns that require precise measuring and piecing.



And, I love working with scraps!

I am not a fan girl. However, I admire the works of (Instagram handles) @entropyalwayswins, @messygoat, @persimmondreams, @cindygrisdelaquilts, @spontaneousthreads, @astrangerview, @slostudio, to name a few. I don’t get starstruck by anyone. (Although I did have a mad girl-crush on Shakira back in the early 2000s when I listened to her music while I was studying Spanish at university.) Along the same vein, I don’t obsess about fabric lines. I simply like almost all of them! Two blogs I like are Posie Gets Cozy and Cozy Things.

I have not entered a quilt into contest. I don’t know if I ever will. I do art for my pleasure. With most projects, whatever the medium, I love the process of making and often give the pieces away.  Or keep them ;)
In my tiny house I have been sewing in the livingroom and have my sewing strewn all over the place. My design wall is 8x8 feet and is on the wall in our entryway. I love it!


This past weekend my daughter moved out, so I commandeered her room as my new sewing space. Still, I don’t want to be tucked away all the time, so I’ll probably continue to piece and sew garments in the living room. I love my huge TV!


Below is a photo of my brand spanking new crafting room.


I like modern quilting because of the colorful and free nature of it. I would like to see our guild to continue support and celebrate the work of all members. I am interested in workshops/demos in which I can learn new skills. I enjoy the sharing of ideas between members, because I learn so many great tips. I hope that one day soon we will be ready to plan a weekend retreat. That sounds like a lot of fun.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

March 2017 Meeting

Hello everybody! Jan normally does the meeting blog posts, but this month asked if I (Angelica Jones) could do it for her since she was out of town. So that's why it's taken a bit to be posted, my apologies. 

I was running late that evening because of my daughter's Open House at school, so I've also used parts of Maritza's Meeting Minutes to fill in the blanks (thanks, Maritza!).

The meeting started off with Jan explaining the new raffle ticket distribution. For each meeting you can now earn up to 3 raffle tickets: 1 for coming, 1 for bringing something for Show and Tell, and 1 for turning in your BOM block to Susan. There will be 3 prizes which up for grabs, and you are free to put your tickets towards those prizes however you'd like. 

Jan reminded all members to create a solids quilt by the May 2017 meeting. The quilt can be lap size or larger, using solids only. Can use an existing pattern or you can create a pattern.
The next MQG Sew Day is Saturday, March 18. Please share your photos of what you are working on with the hashtag #mqgsewday on Facebook and Instagram.

Jan also told everyone about a new feature on the blog which will be Member and Officer Interviews. Once a month, I (Angelica) will be emailing a list of questions out to a member or officer and then do a blog post about that person, If you would like to volunteer to be one of the first I interview, please let me know. Otherwise I will be picking them at random. 

Also, a Christmas in July get together is being planned for the evening of July 20th at 6:30 pm. It'll be a potluck with finger foods and will include a mystery gift exchange of a hot pad or pot holder. Your exchange item will need to be brought in a brown paper bag. The hot pad or pot holder should be made with two layers of batting so it can be used safely in the microwave. An address for the event will be provided in a future email or newsletter. 

The demo for this month's meeting was English Paper Piecing (EPP) and was demonstrated by Colleen Molen. Colleen explained how to purchase and match pieces. Colleen recommended Superior Thread Bottomline, 60 wt., light gray versus white. She also recommended that you run thread over bees wax to prevent tangling.

Instructions on the EPP will be posted on the blog. EPP paper shapes can be found on as well as at Primitive Gatherings. 

This is part of her current EPP project.

Here she showed us how to baste using a basting glue, rather than a basting stitch.

Jan presented the new block of the month for April. The instructions are up on the blog.  Just as the last few months, the block can be made in any color of your choice and the background fabric can be done in white or any other low volume white on white print fabrics. Completed blocks should measure 12.5" when done.

At last month's meeting, Jan asked us to gather our oldest quilts and to bring them in for this month's Show and Tell.
Jan started off Show and Tell by sharing 2 of 10 quilts she made years ago using fabric samples she collected while working at a furniture store.

Jan also showed us her super fun Riley Blake Solids Challenge quilt.

And as always, the backs of her quilts are pieced and just as fun as the tops!

I shared next and showed my Tula Pink Paper Hearts quilt top (which I hope to get done by next meeting). I also brought a patchwork rainbow that I made with my daughter. I'm going to teach her how to make in into a pillow cover. 

Susan brought in her quilt from 3 years ago. It's her second oldest quilt.

Susan made this bright and beautiful house mini quilt using a dresden template. She patchworked various low volume fabrics for the background.

She also made this improv wall hanging and improv mug rug.

Sue brought in her firefighter quilt she made for her middle son. This was the 2nd quilt she has machine quilted on her own. 

Madelyn brought in a quilt from 1988 which she quilted mostly by hand.

She made her second quilt in 1990. This was was also mostly quilted by hand.

Nancy brought in her quilt from the 90's. It was her 2nd or 3rd quilt.

This was a log cabin variation baby quilt she made.

She also made this darling llama bag and even added embroidered flowers on its head. 

Linda got this quilt top from the free table at her old guild. She repaired it and quilted it. 

This quilt was her own baby quilt which was pieced by one of her grandmothers and quilted by her other grandmother. 

Linda's oldest quilt was made about 10 years ago.

And this 4th of July quilt was the oldest quilt she started. 

Patti brought in her oldest quilt from 1978. She used a quilt as you go pattern. 

Patti's most recent quilt top is her Feather Bed Quilt, pattern by Anna Maria Horner. 

Maritza showed us her EPP applique wall hanging quilt top. She learned the EPP technique during November's workshop which was led by Colleen.

She started a table runner using February's BOM heart pattern.

Maritza completed her first quilt in 1990 in a class. It was hand pieced and quilted, she learned fabric color values as part of the process as well.

This quilt was her 2nd quilt which she made in March of 1991 for her daughter. Her family lovingly calls it the "Puppy Quilt".

Taylor brought in the 2nd quilt she ever made (since she gave away her first). She made this one with her mother in law while she was pregnant. It was backed by a soft minky fabric. 

Here are the blocks we collected for the BOM. It was the 4-leaf clover for March. We also collected a few more hearts from last month. 

At the end of our meeting, we picked winners for our raffle prizes.

The winner of the Quiltcon bag, MQG water bottle, and 2 fat quarters of Libs Elliot's new "Tattoo" line was myself, Angelica (which I was SO excited about!!!).

The winner of the $20 Primitive Gatherings gift card was Madelyn.

And the winner of the Layer Cake of fabric was Linda. 

As you can see, this month's meeting made up for the very short meeting we had last month. 
Next month's meeting will be on April 20th at 6:30 and will be led by Jessica since Jan will be gone on vacation. Be sure to join us for a fun demo, new block of the month, and to turn in your BOM blocks from this meeting (see BOM tab for details). Hope to see you all!


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

TVMQG Lending Library

It's taken awhile, BUT our Lending Library is open.  Jessica compiled a list of the books and one magazine that are available to check out.  Just click the tab that says Lending Library to see what's available.

May your bobbins always be full,