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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Member Spotlight

Meet Stephanie Chartier

1) Introduce yourself to us, (i.e., how long have you been quilting, do you have a day job, do you enjoy other hobbies)

My name is Stephanie, I've been quilting for a little over 3 years. I got started because I wanted to make a onesie quilt for my daughter (which I still need to finish). I work for the Army Air Force Exchange Service as a Ecom Marketing Coordinator with a bunch of great buyers. I've worked with AAFES for 12 years. Besides quilting I cross stitch and crochet.

2) How long have you been a member of DMQG, what/who inspired you join our group, are you a member of another guild as well?

I joined DMQG Dec 2016, I was inspired to join after meeting some ladies at Stitchfest last year. I'm also a member of Cedar Hill guild.

3) Do you do social media? if so do you have an instagram handle, or would you welcome other members to follow you on Facebook? 

My IG name is sweetright

4) Tell us about your favorite quilt/sewing project. 

Each time I make something it becomes my favorite lol

5) What inspires you to create?

Beautiful colors, geometric patterns and seeing what everyone else makes.

6) Do you enter quilt shows? Have you received and ribbons? Tell us about them.

I haven't yet!

7) Have you made friendships through DMQG. Tell us who they are, we would love to know.

Yes! So many! I don't want anyone to feel left out by naming names ;)

8) When you complete your quilts what becomes of them? Give away? Keep? Sell? Show?

I get a lot of pleasure out of giving them away as gifts so most of them have found new homes.

9) In what room of the house do you sew? Tell us about your sewing/quilting/crafting space.

I have a dedicated sewing room, but I mainly sew in my bedroom so I can watch tv.
10) Please share photo’s of you and some of your favorite projects, friends, family or pets.

pictures attached

Stephanie & Madi

one of the many quilts Stephanie has quilted 

Chris, Stephanie, & Madi

Temperature cross stitch 

Stephanie with Jared from Supernatural

Temperature crochet 


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Officer Spotlight

Meet Joanne Kamper 
Guild Secretary

1)  Introduce yourself to us, (i.e., how long have you been quilting, do you have a day job, do you enjoy other hobbies)

I am Joanne Kamper, I have been married to my husband Tom for almost 43 years, I have 1 son Thomas, 1 daughter & Son In law Anne & Aaron. I worked for Garland ISD the last 19 years, I changed jobs 2yrs ago and moved to Data Clerk in an Elementary School, there is never a dull moment with the younger children and I love it.
I have been quilting for 18 years, I started quilting when Anne went off to college, back then I would only do Americana, then my box was opened and I cannot get back in.  I also enjoy needlepoint it is easier to carry than a quilt.

Roxie the Pekingese helping mom sort fabric

Joanne & Anne at Retreat

Joanne and Anne at the Beach

Joanne helping Anne on her wedding day 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Officer Spotlight

Meet Cathy Fields
VP of Activities 

1)  Introduce yourself to us, (i.e., how long have you been quilting, do you have a day job, do you enjoy other hobbies)

Hello, I’m Cathy Fields.  I have lived in Rowlett for more than 30 years.  My family is: Husband, Sam; Three daughters, Chelsey, Tory and Darby.  There is a picture of us in this profile.  By Public School calendar, I work at Rowlett High School as the data clerk.  I take care of enrollments, records upkeep and general student data-ey stuff.  I basically support the entire staff with various endeavors. I get six weeks off in the summer so that’s my most productive time creatively.  I’d sure like to have more (hint hint retirement).
I decorate my house in antiques and I just bought a Cricut Explore Air 2 machine so I’ve been having fun with that.

2)  How long have you been a member of DMQG, what/who inspired you join our group, are you a member of another guild as well?

July of 2014 is when I started attending full time.  I’d visited a couple of times the previous year.  I wanted a group that my daughter would attend as well and the group welcomed both of us.  Bettepat couldn’t believe we were mother/daughter.  I belong to a small quilt group called Karaoke Quilters – from the Rowlett Quilt Guild. Crazy ladies!!

3) What is your current board position?  What other roles have you had with DMQG?

I am the Vice President of Activities for DMQG

4)  Do you do social media?  if so do you have an instagram handle, or would you welcome other members to follow you on Facebook?

Yes I do.  I don’t post a ton of things.  When something strikes me funny, quirky or sentimental, I post it.   My Instagram is:  @cthfields

5) Tell us about your favorite quilt/sewing project.

Chelsey and I made a pineapple block king size quilt for her best friend as a wedding gift.  It was amazing working in an assembly line chain piecing mess!

6) What inspires you to create?

I always have a million projects in my head I want to make so that keeps me motivated.  

7) Are you a Fan girl/boy (i.e., is there a quilty person you love and enjoy stalking their work)?  Tell us about them.

I like Robert Kaufmann and Alexander Henry fabrics.  I love the vintage vibe and wish I could design like them….hmmm maybe I’ll have to get Darby to design for me!!

8) Do you enter quilt shows?  Have you received and ribbons?  Tell us about them. 

I have entered one quilt show (Mesquite).  I did not receive a ribbon, but I’m going to keep trying. 

9) Have you made friendships through DMQG.  Tell us who they are, we would love to know.

Since I became a board member I’ve gotten to know more and more about our members.  I enjoy the quiet moments of Handsew Monday with Doris, Sam, Kate, Laurie, Kate, Chelsey; then the flurry of activity that comes with having a board position keeps me on my toes...they’re wild and crazy!!

10) When you complete your quilts what becomes of them?  Give away? Keep? Sell? Show?

I would say two-thirds are gifts and the other third is keep.  I always want to keep them all.

11) In what room of the house do you sew? Tell us about your sewing/quilting/crafting space.

My crafting space is amazing.  Two large Ikea Lack bookshelves keep my fabric and other craft supplies, a 1950’s drafting table serves as my cutting table and I made the table for my sewing machine one summer.  Ikea and Container Store wire shelving are the bomb

12) What is your current fabric obsession (color, line, style, etc.)?

I mix and match fabric lines to create the look I want.  I’m not attached to one in particular.

13) Favorite quilting blogs? 

I don’t read as many blogs as I used to, I keep up thru Instagram and then visit the designer’s blog if I want more information

14) Why modern quilting? As a quilt artist, what more would you like the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild to do to encourage/inspire/educate quilters? 

I feel modern quilting lends to thinking outside a particular idea.  I’m quite OCD about things lining up, being straight, matching top to bottom and the MQG has shown me that you don’t have to be symmetrical with your projects.

15) Please share photo’s of you and some of your favorite projects, friends, family or pets.  

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Member Spotlight

Meet Stacey Smith 

Hi Everyone,

It has been my delight to be a part of the DMQG for the last year!
I work full time as an Administrative Assistant and travel to the beach whenever I have the opportunity (Not nearly often enough in my mind)
Beth Phillips, who is my coworker pulled me into the group by bringing lots of her ongoing projects to work and telling me how much I would enjoy it. She was totally right, and her desk is opposite mine so we have a dangerous back and forth of fabric and pattern enablement.
“I don’t really need a new pattern right now.” “Oh, that is so cute, didn’t you say you needed another project for retreat?” and so it goes.

I am the proud Auntie of 4 nieces and 2 nephews with 2 more to come this year they are so much fun and I love making things for them.
I started learning to sew when I was 7 years old with pillows, aprons etc. I finally convinced my Mom that we could launch into a quilt when a friend gave us a garbage bag full of free fabric.
My Mom, 2 sisters and I learned some very important lessons making that quilt. The first being that everyone’s ¼ “ is a bit different. Our blocks were all different sizes, we also decided to use non-bonded cotton batting and hand quilt it. (No, we never fully completed that one but we learned tons!)
After that we did a pictorial quilt for my Grandma with scenes from our favorite kids books, several baby quilts and quite a few “quilt in a day” quilts.
Seasons changed and the cover stayed on my sewing machine for the next 15 years. (Except for vital mending or emergency curtains) Having caught the bug again, I have a sewing table snugged and I do mean snugged into the corner of my kitchen but definitely accessible. I love quilting but all of the other sewing projects too, clothing for the littles, Bags, baskets, wall hangings. My ambition from a very young age was to try all of the fabric & needlecrafts that existed in the world. So I have tatted, crocheted, knitted, tried knot lace, hardanger, cross stitch, embroidery, hand dyeing, felting, smocking, ribbon embroidery, trapunto, weaving, making clothes, rug hooking, braided rugs, spinning and more. I have never met a craft I won’t try. In my mind Pintrest is the greatest resource to hit the internet and I love the wide perspective that I find there and the ability to hang onto the looks I Like.

Most everything that I make is a gift for someone else. I think of it as a present that includes an extra amount of love. I am always thrilled to see the things I have made being used by those I give them too. So I aim for very practical and washable items.

I love the simplicity of design in modern quilting and also how these quilts sometimes mess with your perception of depth and color. From the beginning of my quilting journey I have been drawn to bright contrasts and striking independent patterns. I wouldn’t call myself exclusively modern more equal opportunity with a bent toward a modern feeling.

Stacey and Beth 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Officer Spotlight

Meet Denise Strueber 

Hi!  My name is Denise Strueber.  I retired 2 ½ years ago from a long career in the apparel industry.  I have so enjoyed having time to quilt, to play bridge, and to volunteer as a Dallas County Master Gardener. 

I am a member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church where I have taught kindergarten Sunday school for many years.  I am married to Tom, a retired golf pro, and have three adorable puppy children, Gus, Macy and Tia.  I joined DMQG in 2014 at the suggestion of Lee Jenkins.  I also belong to Quilters’ Guild of Dallas.  

I have made so many new friends at DMQG and am inspired by their talent and enthusiasm for the art of quilting.  These friendships have been strengthened by the time spent together at retreats, classes, and workshops.

Most of my quilts have been made as gifts for family and friends. I am currently serving as Vice President of Membership.

Tom and Denise at their nieces wedding 

elementary school field trip at Raincatcher's Garden, a Texas Agrilife Extension Service demonstration garden. 

Gus helping mommy bind a quilt 

Monday, March 27, 2017

DMQG Sponsors

Monthly Door Prize Sponsors:

Happiness is Quilting

Not Your Momma's Quilt Store

Stitched With Love

Urban Spools

Spring Retreat 2017 Sponsors:

Jaybird Quilts

Sew Kind of Wonderful

Kristi Schroeder

Susie Black

Tweetle Dee Design Co.

Kathy Bright - Retreat Coordinator

Lee Jenkins - DMQG President

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Officer Spotlight

Meet Kathy Bright

Hi, I’m Kathy Bright, DMQG Retreat Coordinator.  I have also been Activities Chair in the past.  I’ve been quilting on and off for 35 years.  I began when my children were little.  Back then I hand pieced and hand quilted.  I have worked for Duncanville ISD for 27 years, my current position is Shop Secretary for the transportation department. I have been married for over 42 years, mother of 3 and grandma of 7 and a Cub Scout leader.  I love quilting, sewing and crafting.
I have been a member of DMQG for about 4 years.  I joined with my sister, Kristi Carpenter, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  I have made some very special friendships, Ashley Leon, Lee Jenkins, Denise Strueber, Lynn Tanksley, Bettepat Graves, Sara H., Christina Lee, the list goes on and on.  I am constantly learning new things and am always amazed by the talented ladies in the guild.
I love piecing, putting the colors and patterns together to get something unique.  I love bright colors and patterns.  I like fabrics by Kaffe Fassett and Alexander Henry.  I would like to get into fabric dyeing and embellishing with embroidery. I have entered a few quilt shows and was surprised to get a first and a third place in the 2015 Ellis County Quilt show and Honorable Mention in the 2016 Dallas Quilt show.  I usually give my quilts to family, occasionally to a friend.  Some are hung in my home but most of them are on a quilt ladder or folded in the sewing room.  It just seems that I am planning the next one as I finish the one I am working on.

Kathy and her other half Terry