Thanks to our members for attending our latest meeting..we had so many members that we nearly overflowed the room! Below are some beautiful pictures from our sew 'n tell. We can't say it enough, but we have such talented members!! We are excited to see what everyone has in store for this months meeting!
Meet Ida Ewing, our Vice President of Membership for the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild. She's recently taken on the role of Swaps & Challenges chairperson, so be sure to come to our next meeting (on Feb 25th) to see what she has planned for us!
Congrats to Ida on her ribbon for her beautiful star quilt!
Here's some Q&A that will help you get to know Ida better:
How long have you been quilting?
I took a quilting
sampler class back in 2007 or so but it didn't "take". I found it
frustrating and never even finished the sampler quilt. Fast forward to
2010 when I bought a new sewing machine and felt like I had to be using
it to justify the expense. I took up quilting again, learning this time
largely from the internet. I fell in love and have been quilting ever
What does modern quilting mean to you?
means making my own quilts from start to finish, making quilts that are
meant to be used, and using bold colors and patterns.
your favorite part of the quiltmaking process?
I like the machine
quilting part and I like binding. I machine bind so it's quick and I
love that final touch.
the most found color in your stash?
I've been collecting
black, white a gray for a while now. But I just finished a black and
white plus quilt for my hubby so that used most of those. I tend to
gravitate toward blues.
One of Ida's recent finishes, using a tutorial from Melissa Corry.
Do you quilt for business, for
pleasure, or for both?
For pleasure. I am a happy amateur and have no
intention of making it into a business. I like making quilts to give to
people I love. It's like creating an giving a permanent hug.
your favorite form of social media?
Facebook, mostly because that is
the one I am the most familiar with. I have friends all over the
country from our many moves and I love to be able to keep in touch with
Besides your sewing machine and fabric, what's your number
one, can't live without notion?
Well, this is dumb - but my pin
magnet. I love to be able to throw the pin in the general direction of
the magnet and not have to pause to stick it into a cushion. And that
if it gets knocked off my sewing table I don't have pins everywhere on
Why do you enjoy being a member of the Las
I just like to have a place to talk about quilting, to learn
new things and to share what I've been working on.
Anything else you'd like to add?
love that quilting doesn't require you to be an expert to be
successful. I read once that it takes 10,000 hours to become a master at
something. So when I took up quilting for the second time, I decided
that I was just going to enjoy the first 9,000 hours or so and not worry
about if I was good enough to be a quilter. There are so many
resources online to teach yourself. And quilts range from very simple to
very difficult. I think I've improved quite a bit in the last five
years but I figure I'm still at about 5,000 hours so I've got plenty of
time to keep learning. And I'm going to enjoy every minute of it!
We had a wonderful turnout at our meeting this month. Thanks to all of you who came and shared your sew 'n tell and joined in the discussion! So many new members joined and the excitement for modern quilting was evident. New members will be getting an email from the national Modern Quilt Guild shortly.
We had our best turnout ever - over 28 women came to visit, snack and be inspired!
It was nearly standing room only so Annie helped us out by getting a lot of action shots for Sew 'n Tell! Enjoy the pictures and we apologize if anyone was missed. :-)
Erica shows off her version of Fancy Foxes.
Cecilia tries out quilt as you go.
Lisa shares her Amish Star potholder.
Melissa says Hi!
Sharon brought her graphic purple and green beauty!
Pam brought in several quilts including this scrapalicious star. Love that low-volume!
Kristin was prolific this month, including this adorable castle quilt!
Sophia shared her scrappy houses!
Sandy brought in her Tula Pink sampler - set in her own way!
Caroline brought in her quilt as you go hearts - and shared the pattern with us!
Vicki stunned us with her gorgeous quilting in Me and My Shadow!
Ida had a great time showing us her graphic Plus quilt!
Carolina shared her adorable Valentine drawstring bag!
We were sad to say goodbye to Carolina, but we wish her best of luck with her move and her new home!
We also had a few "secret sewing" shares, which of course we can't show publicly. Please make sure to join us next month, so you don't miss out on any of the fun! Save the date: Wednesday, February 25th at 6 PM at the Christmas Goose. It will be the week after QuiltCon, and we are looking forward to an in-depth show report!
One of the purposes of the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild is to promote, educate, and encourage the art of modern quilting. With that in mind, here is some information on two nearby quilt shows that will each have a display of modern quilts: