Friday, December 29, 2017

December 2017 Meeting and Christmas Party

What a wonderful final meeting of the year this was! Everyone came in with goodies to share and brown paper bags filled with gifts for our exchange. 

Jan started our meeting by greeting everyone and mentioning that the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild is collecting blocks, completed quilts and pillow cases for the Thomas Fire. If anyone would like to help, they can bring any donated items in next month and Jan will bring them in. She then gave gifts of these cute little Block & Pattern-A-Day desk calendars to the board members. I was so excited as I've always wanted one of these for my sewing space. :)

Next, Maritza shared her paper pieced BOM for January. It's Block 5 of Year of Scrappy Triangles (all details on blog here.)

Maritza started Show and Tell by showing us her QuiltCon entry that wasn't accepted. It is her own design she called Modern Log Cabins.

Patti made this fun quilt top from a house pattern in Simply Modern Magazine, but added the gray to make roads.

Nancy made Patricia, Wendy and Sherri each a Chatelaine for holding sewing accessories, a box pouch and envelope pouch as Christmas gifts. And she had each of them model them for us. :)

Colleen and Susan finished our QuiltCon charity quilt top that morning! Nancy will be quilting it for us, just in time for QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena. Great job to all of those who helped!

Susan's family is huge on stockings for Christmas so she made her new son in law Tommy a Koi fish stocking (since he loves Koi fish).

Jan brought in this adorable "little forest" wall hanging she made 6 years ago.

After Show and Tell, Jessica started an Ice Breaker called "10 Word Memoir" where we each told the group about ourselves in 10 words. It was a fun exercise in getting to know each other even more.

Then we had our mug rug and mug swap. Here are all of the happy recipients!

 And here they are up close. It's always fun to see all of the different personalities in our guild in these exchanges. 

The night ended with a red themed fat quarter game. Patti and Nancy each won at their table. 
Look at those winnings!

From all of us at the Temecula Valley Quilt Guild, we'd like to wish you all the Happiest of Holidays to you and yours. 

~Angelica Jones

Sunday, November 26, 2017

November Member Interview: Jane Rowland

This month's member interview is 2016's TVMQG President Jane Rowland. Enjoy!

My name is Jane Rowland and I live in Murrieta with my husband Keith. I was one of the initial quilters that started meeting together at the end of 2015 to form a new chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild. We became the Temecula Valley Modern Quilt Guild soon after. I enjoyed serving as President in 2016 and I designed our logo.

I was born and raised in Freeport, IL and I have three sisters and a twin brother. My mother taught me to sew at a young age. After college I married and moved to Stillwater, MN. We had our three boys in Minnesota and then moved to Murrieta in 2004 when my husband was transferred here for work. Our boys are 24, 22 and 20. The oldest lives and works in San Jose, and the younger two are in college in San Luis Obispo and San Diego!

I took my first quilting class in 1989 and soon afterwards I was hooked. My first project was tumbling blocks. Early on I fell in love with Kaffe Fassett’s fabric. I was drawn to his bright and his soft palettes as well as his bold florals and patterns. I have also made quilts entirely of his stripes and shot cottons. Somewhere along the way Modern Quilting became more defined and I realized I loved and felt consistently drawn in that direction. Eventually, more designers started to design fabrics that felt modern and that I liked. Some of my favorite fabric designers are Anna Marie Horner, Alison Glass and Carolyn Friedlander. My goals for the future include doing more improv work and more work with just solids!  Of course that is hard to do when I also want to use up my stash which is mostly patterns.

I used to work as a dental hygienist and a private music teacher. Besides quilting, my hobbies are playing the piano, violin and mandolin, cooking, baking, hiking, interior decorating, reading and searching for sea glass on the beach! A few months ago I went hang gliding for the first time at Torrey Pines and that was incredible!

I have never entered a contest or a quilt show because I am always trying to complete something for an upcoming birthday, graduation, wedding or new baby.  I have a large extended family and I have made graduation quilts for around 10 nieces, plus a few weddings and numerous baby quilts.  It seems I’m always making a quilt for a gift, so I don’t actually own very many quilts that I’ve made.  Some day I do hope to enter some of my work into shows.

I sew in my guest bedroom/sewing room.  It’s on the main floor and has good light and that’s why I like it for my sewing room.  It also has a walk-in closet with shelves for baskets full of my color-coordinated fabrics and bins with lesser-used fabrics and batting, etc.

Some of my favorite quilting books are “Liberated Quiltmaking II” by Gwen Marston,  “The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters” by Sherri Lynn Wood,  “15 Minutes of Play – Improvisational Quilts” by Victoria Findlay Wolfe and “Wanderlust Quilts” by Amanda Leins.
A few blogs I follow are The Modern Quilt Guild, Quilting is my Therapy, Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts, Anna Marie Horner, Carolyn Friedlander and Orchid Owl Quilts.

Modern quilting appeals to me because there is so much being created that is different, new and sparks my imagination. I love that modern quilters see the sky as the limit. To me modern quilting means traditional elements created differently, improvisation, paper piecing, EPP, creating organically and so much more.   

I really appreciate the resources and webinars offered through the MQG as well as the support and the inspiration in the TVMQG.  You can find me on Instagram at @momentsbyjane!  

Saturday, November 25, 2017

November 2017 Meeting

Another meeting in the books! We had lots going on this month and started out with announcements. 
All have voted and the new board members for next year have been chosen. Taylor Darby will be our Secretary and Madelyn Macrunnel will be our Treasurer. Congratulations, ladies!

Jan announced that our next sew day for the charity quilt will be December 2nd at Colleen's house.

Next month's BOM is called King's Crown and was presented by Judy. See link to the blog post here.

The Pincushion swap planned last month resulted in a swap between Patricia and Jessica.

After announcements we had Show and Tell.

I brought in 1 of 8 mug rugs I was working on for a friend. I brought it in partially bound to demonstrate later how I bind my quilts. 

 Maritza brought in 2 more blocks she made for the magazine challenge from last month.

Nancy made a vintage baby quilt for her niece's first baby in Oregon.

Nancy Fricke-Thomas shared with us a quilt she and her sister entered in the quilt show Quilting on the Red and won!

Nancy made this quilt while at a retreat with her sister in North Dakota.

She also made this quilt for her daughter who's in the Navy as a Christmas gift.

Colleen shared with us this Cotton and Steel flying geese quilt top she made when she went to Oregon with some friends.

Jessica brought in a snowman wall hanging she made from a pattern from Primitive Gatherings.

Patti made this top from a See and Sew pattern using Scavenger Hunt fabric.

She also made these pillow cases for her daughter.

Susan brought in her magazine inspiration quilt from last month. Her theme was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Susan was also a pattern tester for Linda Evans and made these holiday applique wall hanging.

Linda brought in an older garden applique quilt from a few years ago.

 Bonnie made this quilt when she took an embroidery Craftsy class online.

After show and tell, we had a "Binding Think Tank" where Colleen, Maritza, Jan and myself shared our binding preferences and tips. 

We then did our monthly raffle. Here were the winners:

Bag, pattern, and quilt labels - Patti
Fat quarters - Jessica
Gift card - Madeline

We ended the meeting with a fat quarter game. We separated into 2 groups and had a grand ol' time!

The winners of each group were Maritza and Bonnie.