Wow! I've been busy lately! But I've still managed to get some quilting and other miscellaneous sewing done in the evenings and over the Labor Day weekend. I finished the green quilt from the last post and I promise to put up some pictures once I have time to photograph it properly.
Last week was the first official meeting of the San Antonio chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild, a group that started in Los Angeles in 2009 and has taken off world wide thanks to the internet. There are chapters everywhere! I'm really excited about the group and the opportunity to make some new friends with my same fabric obsession! The SA group is made up of all ages and skill levels, so I know I will have an opportunity to refine my skills. We meet twice a month, once for a guild meeting and once on a Saturday for a sit-n-sew or a field trip or event. Did I mention how excited I am?
Our first assignment was to make a name tag for ourselves. We could use anything we wanted and design it in any way we wanted. I got what I thought was a brilliant idea! I think it's silly like me. What do you think? See the photo below! I can't wait to show it to the group. I taught myself to hand embroider the satin stitch for the lettering using an internet video. I'm such a nerd!
The Guild is also going to be doing "block of the month" activities where one of the officers gives us a pattern and color selections or fabric choices to create one quilt block. At the next month's meeting everyone will put their name on the back of their block and one block will be drawn from a basket. The winner will receive all of the blocks to make the quilt. This month's block is called "Random Reflections" by KarrieLyne of Freckled Whimsy. I believe the block was featured on the Moda Bake shop website at one point. It is a fun pattern and a nice easy block to being with. The photo below is the block I created. I like the aquas and greens in the patterned fabric, so I decided my block would feature a larger proportion of those rather than the white fabric.
Then, over Labor Day I decided to abandon a Dia de los Muertos quilt that I had designed and was almost finished quilting, but was not happy with how the quilting was turning out. So I've redesigned the block to add some more complexity to it and I'm really in love with it. More updates to come soon, Ciao Bella.