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 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.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

October Meeting

Last Thursday's meeting was a fun evening. We started the meeting off with the announcement of the new board nominations: Madelynn Macrunnel for Treasurer and Taylor Darby for Secretary. We'll have the official voting at next month's meeting. After announcements I presented the October BOM called "Spools". See the blog post here for the block instructions.

Jan brought in this fun quilt she made for the Mag Photo challenge.  
This Corn on the Cobb was her inspiration.

Maritza's block was an interpretation of her cousin Gigi's painting.

Show and Tell started with Natalie. She brought in this clam shell quilt, backed in pink minky.

Jane went to a quilting retreat in September and made this quilt inspired by a quilt she saw at QuiltCon last year. 

Jane also shared this baby quilt she made from Riley Blake's Jeep collection. She came up with the quilt design herself.

Linda showed off her quilt she made using the one block wonder method (which she later did a demo on).

Sherry vends at a booth at Sunday Funday in Temecula and sells cute bags like this black Emogi bag.

Patricia made this adorable Halloween quilt from a panel she bought. 

I brought in this Halloween quilt I worked on with a friend of mine. Hers used the same quilt blocks but different colors and fabrics. 

Once Show and Tell was done, Linda did a fantastic in detail demo of the One Block Wonder, based on the book by Maxine Rosenthal. She made a complicated quilt look so easy to create. 
Thank again, Linda!

We ended the meeting with the raffle. Each person has up to 3 chances to win. You get 1 raffle ticket for coming, 1 for bringing something for Show and Tell, and 1 if you bring in a Block of the Month. And here were the winners:

I'd Rather be Quilting car decal - Patricia
Me+You triangle charm packs - Angelica
Fabric Samples (provided by Drew) - Maritza
Primitive Gatherings gift card - Linda

Coming up:

Next board meeting will be November 2nd at 8-bit brewery.

Next meeting will be November 16th at Primitive Gatherings
-Judy will do the Block of the Month. 
-Pincushion Swap: we have 4 people who are interested, but if you'd like to participate just bring in a handmade pincushion to swap. 
-Fat quarter game: Bring in 5 fat quarters to play!
-Demo will be on binding quilts. Bring in something to bind to share your knowledge so everyone can participate.

Our Christmas party this year will be at Primitive Gatherings. It will be a light potluck (snacks only).
For the gift exchange bring in a mug and mug rug in brown a paper bag.

The next guild challenge is called the Paint Chip Challenge and will be due in February 2018. See blog post for details.

Hope to see you all next month! :)

~Angelica Jones