As you may or may not know, I'm in the Wichita Modern Quilt Guild. I actually contacted the main group about starting up our modest little Wichita Chapter back in May.
Spring market came and went. Summer came and went, and in August we had our first ever meeting. It was wonderful! In September we had our second meeting, with structure and plan and a small peer-led program. I'm loving the WMQG!!! I'm sure I'll be posting more about it here on the design blog.
We also had our first SWAP issued. Our Swap Chairperson came up with the plan and the guidelines for our items, which we are to bring back to the October meeting. Its a small quilted item that must include circles. (that is the super short version. you can click on the link to see the actual guidelines, if you are curious.)
The swap is a secret- so we are not supposed to show what we've made. We get a random "blind" swap. Kinda exciting, right?
BUT.... I had to share. Wait- don't get too excited. I'm going to share the "mess-up" ones. I'll show you the one I'm taking to the swap, AFTER the meeting.
Mess-up #1: The "Ugly Not-Snowman"
I knew this one was on the wrong path, pretty early on. As you can see, I didn't even quilt it. Its ok looking and I do really like the reverse applique technique to make the stacked circles- but this just did NOT work at all for me.
Mess-up #2: The "I loved it before it was quilted"
It was linen. It was Art Gallery Fabrics. It has chunky hand stitching lines. It had blank space. It was just wonderful. :::: Then I got kinda ansy. "Oh man, what do I do with all that blank space?" Well, the short answer is: Do NOT quilt the crap out of it. That makes it look kinda funky and WAY less modern, to me. So although this one is finished and bound, it also, did not make the cut. I do think I'll save this if I ever need an example of every quilting style I can think of... because yeh- its a mess. ...shame...
The #3- winner of the "what Jen will actually take for a swap" turned out much nicer than both of these, has a much more modern aesthetic and has some Amy Butler fabrics + white.
So you'll have to stay tuned for the big swap reveal, Oct 19th. Or if you are local, come by and check us out. We are a pretty casual bunch of ladies. Feel free to jump right into the swap, too. For more details, you can go to the WMQG site.
And speaking of swaps- I should receive my MugRug swap in the mail any day now. Cannot wait to share those.