Thursday, October 19, 2017

October Member Interview: Madelynn Macrunnel

So September ran away from me, but we have a Member Interview for October and it is with Madelynn. Read below to find out more about her. Enjoy! :)

I'm Madelynn.  I am a middle aged wanna be awesome modern quilter. I say that with humor. I am married (32 years) and the mother of 3 adult children (two sons and a daughter). We are semi empty nesters, in that our youngest son is with us while he buys a house and recently got engaged. During the day I work as a clinical lab scientist in microbiology (33 yrs) at St. Bernardine Hospital in San Bernardino. I graduated with my Bachelors degree in Biology from Cal State San Bernardino in the 1980's. My favorite animals are cats and my favorite color is orange.C
    I joined TVMQG with my friend Nancy after I stopped at Needle in a Fabric Stash and saw a flyer for the start up of the guild. So I have been a member since the beginning. I wanted a group that loved quilting but with newer ideas and fabric. It forces me to be accountable and productive with my hordes of fabric. Haha! I keep buying more! I also enjoy seeing and hearing about the group's projects, both individual and together. It is encouraging to my creative spirit!  My new purchase is a sweet 16 handi long arm quilter.  I'm so excited to learn to quilt my unfinished ufo's. 

    Lately I have enjoyed Tula Pink fabric, Birch fabrics, and vintage florals. The blogs I follow are swim, bike, quilt, in color order, Anna Maria Horner, Diary of a Quilter and Crazy Mom Quilts. I have never entered a show but maybe in the future. My other hobby at the moment is restoring a 1920's cottage in San Diego.  Plenty of room for quilts!         

Paint Chip Challenge

Paint Chip Challenge

How it works:

Each participant will draw two paint chips at random

You can add one other color of your choice, or draw an additional chip for a real challenge.

You can add one neutral.

Make a quilted project using those colors.  Fabric can be solids or prints.

Project due in February, 2018. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

September Meeting

Hello again! September's meeting had lots of fun things going on. And it was another good turnout.

 We started Show and Tell with Jan. She made 2 doll quilts for 2 little girls her cousin nannies for. 

She also made a quilt from the pattern "Delectable Mountain" for the boy her cousin nannies for.

  Susanne shared with us this adorable Hexi Halloween quilt. 

  Susan showed us her quilt she made in a Sharon Halloway quilt-a-long. She used mostly scraps!

Nancy brought in a quilt she made last Saturday in a jelly roll challenge with her friends.

Wendy also made a quilt in the same jelly roll challenge. The pattern started out as a Moda quilt pattern but she put her own spin on it. The fabrics she used are from the line "Mixology".

She also made this cute quilt using a min charm pack.

Patricia shared her embroidered witches she been working on the past 2 weeks. She stains her own fabrics using coffee.

She also showed off her hanging she made from a panel given to her by a friend.

Sue made a quilt for her sister in law to match the decor in her basement room.

Jessica shared her double sided table runner. The top side is Halloween themed while the bottom is Thanksgiving themed. 

She also made this pillow from pieces cut from Natalie's AccuQuiltGo cutter a few meetings ago.

Colleen finished a quilt top she's been piecing over the last 3 years.

Patti made a mini log cabin mini quilt. She submitted it to Curated Quilts (online mag) for a mini log cabin challenge. She started off with the hexagon pack she won from a few months ago, but ended up using another hexie pack and took a pattern and changed it a bit

Linda started a pattern and decided she didn't like the way it looked with the chosen fabrics so she changed it.

After Show and Tell Madelynn showed us October's BOM: Flying Geese.

There are 2 different versions. The link to instructions can be found here

We ended the meeting with a very successful quilt supply Yard Sale (sorry, I forgot to get a photo of everything before it all got cleaned out). There were books, fabric, and some fun handmade goods like pincushion jars, coffee cozies, and zipper pouches.

And this month's raffle winners were:
            Jan Prytz - Primitive Gatherings gift card
            Jessica Rittgarn - Victoria Findlay Wolfe Christmas Fabric
            Angelica Jones - Halloween Fat quarter trio and Hexie pack by Me+You
            Jessica Rittgarn - Me+You Fat Quarter Bundle

Next month we will have November's BOM, the presentation of the Mag Photo Challenge, and the inrto to the new quilty challange. We'll also have a demo by Linda Bretton on how to make a One Block Wonder. 

Hope to see you all there!

~Angelica Jones

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 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