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Friday, September 8, 2017

Member Spotlight


Meet Laurie Thompson

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’ve been sewing since I was 10 and quilting for the last 17 or 18 years. I started with a quilt for my daughter, with the intention of learning how to quilt my grandmother’s hand-pieced quilt tops. I didn’t know anything and made every mistake you can think of, but I was hooked. I even hand-quilted that quilt. I’ve never hand-quilted since – although I’ve hand-pieced – and my grandmother’s tops are still unquilted.

I retired in November 2013 from UT Southwestern Medical Center where I was Asst. VP for Library Services. I worked in medical libraries for 35 years and went through the entire electronic revolution. In my first job I learned how to search the first online medical database, MEDLINE, using command line searches over a 1200 baud dial-up modem. The PC hadn’t even come on the scene yet. At the end of my career, I oversaw the conversion of the UTSW library into electronic only. 

It will probably come as no surprise that my other hobby is reading. I combine reading and quilting by listening to audiobooks while I quilt.

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 was inspired to join a guild from a conversation with an LQS employee, who encouraged me to stop being a solo quilter. I joined the Quilt Guild of Dallas and attended several meetings. Then I saw a FaceBook posting from a (now former) DMQG member and was intrigued by the concept of modern quilting. My first DMQG meeting was a potluck that was held on the guild’s first anniversary in 2012. 

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?
I spend way too much time on social media! I’m Laurie Lightner Thompson on FaceBook and Laly_quilts on Instagram.

4) Tell us about your favorite quilt/sewing project.
I have several favorites, including a string quilt I’m currently obsessed with finishing. I have several tops that will likely be favorites once I quilt them. Of my finished quilts, one favorite was a wedding gift for my niece Sarah, who also quilts. She wanted something scrappy and wonky, so that’s what I did. I’ve included a picture below. Another one was from a pattern I found on Moda Bake Shop called Simply Woven. It used two jelly rolls and background fabric. What I learned when I started it on a DMQG retreat at the Compass Center is that not all jelly rolls have 42 strips. I rescued it with some additional fabric from the onsite store, but some of you may remember me cursing that quilt for that entire retreat. It has become one of my most favorite quilts.

5) What inspires you to create?

I’ve always been inspired by pictures. I love looking at quilts of all kinds – modern, traditional, art – and getting inspiration from them. I’m also inspired by everyday photos and have made several quilts that interpret those images. A friend who lives in New York City recently posted an architectural picture to Instagram that I really want to make into a quilt!

6) 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 love both fabric and patterns created by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic. Her designs are clean and simple. I also like Lotte Jansdotter’s quirky fabric designs, which can also be found on other home goods. As a longarm quilter, I also love the work of Angela Walters and Natalia Bonner.  

7) Do you enter quilt shows?  Have you received any ribbons?  Tell us about them. 
I’ve entered the Dallas quilt show twice. My first entry won an honorable mention. It started as a practice piece to learn English paper piecing. I never even intended to finish it – it was practice, after all – but it ended up fitting the food theme of the show that year. I spent many hours in the hotel at the first QuiltCon in Austin trying to finish piecing that quilt.

8) Have you made friendships through DMQG.  Tell us who they are, we would love to know.
SO many friendships and I am thankful for them all. One of the first people I met was Lovetta Ferrante when I joined her new community service committee. We bonded over the task of sorting bags of donated fabric and cutting kits. We just took a 16-day cruise and tour of Europe together this summer. Through her I met Chris Thiede. I don’t remember how I met Charlotte Cronkhite, but we sew together frequently and manage online swaps through her FaceBook group (2500 1.5” squares, anyone?). I’ve gotten to know Doris Kennedy at Handwork Mondays. So many wonderful friendships!

9) When you complete your quilts what becomes of them?  Give away? Keep? Sell? Show?
Yep, all the above. When I was working, I made quilts for any of my staff who retired, and I’ve continued that since I retired – for a total of 18 quilts. Every family member has a quilt, and some more than one (although not my husband – I need to rectify that). I’ve sold some, given some to charity, and keep the ones that mean the most to me.

10) In what room of the house do you sew? Tell us about your sewing/quilting/crafting space.
I’ve completely filled a spare bedroom with my longarm, fabric, projects, books, sewing machines, and assorted other stuff. I have 3 Olfa 5-drawer units stuffed with fat quarters and other pieces, sorted by color and style. There are several shelves of yardage on bolts or comic boards. Tubs of scraps. Stacks of project boxes. One end of my longarm is against the wall and I barely have room to move. There is overflow in another closet (that’s really an unused wet bar). When we redo the flooring, I want to move into the larger guest room. (The thought of trying to move all that stuff just makes me shudder.)

11) What is your current fabric obsession (color, line, style, etc.)?
Don’t laugh (or choke), but I’m trying real hard not to buy more fabric right now. I just don’t have anywhere to put it. But I love grunge. And Zen Chic and Lotte Jansdotter. I like the new Rifle Paper Co. lines put out by Cotton & Steel. Oh heck, I’ll always find room for more.

12)Favorite quilting blogs?
Don’t really read them regularly.

13) Please share photos of you and some of your favorite projects, friends, family or pets.  




Dale, Emily and Laurie 
Paint Cans 

Simply Woven 

Sarah

Polka Dots for Annabelle 

Laurie's first English paper piecing project, and winning quilt at QGD
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Meet Angie D'Amore




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 Angie D’Amore.  I have been married to Tom for the last twenty-28 years.  We have a daughter, Kelsey, who is a Child Play Therapist in Frisco, Texas and a son, Anthony, who is in his first year of law school at Oklahoma City.  We have two awful/wonderful dogs, Link and Copper.   I have been a practicing attorney for thirty years but am now on a hiatus.  I started quilting in 2010 and joined the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild in July 2010.  I had a brief foray into knitting before quilting and I love embroidery and crewel work.

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 the DMQG in July 2010.  I was following so many creative quilters on Flickr and found the DMQG there.

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?

I love instagram (Retromama61) and Facebook (Angela D’Amore)

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

My favorite quilt project was my Farmers Wife Quilt I started in June 2011 and took me four years to complete.  It taught me a lot about block construction and scale of fabric.

5) What inspires you to create?

Music and Nature plus spending time with my quilty friends.

6) 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 love  JEN KINGWELL…Denise Schmidt and Anna Maria Horner are also favorites.

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

My Farmer’s Wife quilt received a 2nd place ribbon in the My First Quilt category at the Dallas Quilt Show 2015.  I haven’t entered any others at this point.

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

Of course…quilty friends are the best!  I have a small group of friends I met in 2010  that continue to retreat together.  

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

Keep, donate and give as gifts

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

In 2014, I was able to redo my sewing space with a nice quilting/sewing table and much needed storage space.

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

I am waiting on the new Diving Board line from Alison Glass.  I love Japanese fabric and 30s and vintage fabric.

12) Favorite quilting blogs?

Sunny Day Supply

13) 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 think the Guild does a great job in all of these areas!


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

Tom & Angie
Kelsey & Anthony

Farmers Wife Quilt 

Angie Texas Quilt





Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Officer Spotlight

Meet Lovetta Ferrante

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 college major was Home Economics at Texas Wesleyan in Fort Worth.  We studied tailoring, flat-pattern design, as well as advanced nutrition.  I promised myself I would never complain about the cost of a coat after I finished a white-wool car coat.  There were so many tiny stitches in the shoulders of that thing! (Guess that is why I machine stitch my bindings.)  And, oh yes, we went directly to Jack in the Box after nutrition class!
  • I have made clothing since 12 years of age.
  • Working career was at Deloitte, an international-accounting firm.  My last role was overseeing three offices.  Downtown, North Dallas and Las Colinas.  When I announce my retirement after 26 years, one of my property manager, Gina Weems, invited me to join her to attending a meeting at DMQG.  It is all her fault!!!
  • I am a happy quilter.  

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 June or July of 2010.  

3) What is your current board position?  What other roles have you had with DMQG? 
  • Quilt Show Chair
  • Charitable Initiative
  • Secretary
  • Membership

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?
  • No Instagram
  • Yes, I would welcome members to follow me on Facebook

5) Tell us about your favorite quilt/sewing project.
  • I have not shown it yet, but Amy Ellis’ Quill.  Made completely of Grunge fabric and stitched with variegated thread in 1” horizontal increments.

6) What inspires you to create?
  • Color

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. 
  • Sorry, none.

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


9) Have you made friendships through DMQG.  Tell us who they are, we would love to know.
  • YES!  Oh my goodness, I never dreamed of making such good friends.  Truly a blessing.
  • Charlotte Cronkhite, Carol Dennis, Laurie Thompson, Chris Thiede
  • Lee Jenkins, Jamie Moilanen, Mary Margaret Thompson, Marsha Meeks
  • Many, many more


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

11) In what room of the house do you sew? Tell us about your sewing/quilting/crafting space.
  • Nice size L-shaped room
  • Large enough to accommodate a 54” dual-sides sewing table, Tiara 16 inch, 48x96 cutting tabled purchased from Hancocks when they closed
  • Has built-in design wall (with purple felt!)
  • Double windows and an exterior entrance for clients
  • New 42” wall-mount tv and new tract lighting above the cutting table
  • Walk in closet with shelving – accommodates fabric bolts and sewing notions


12) What is your current fabric obsession (color, line, style, etc.)?
  • Grunge
  • Bright colors, especially purples and greens

13) Favorite quilting blogs?
  • No blog, but when I need to laugh I watch Midnight Quilt Show.  

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?
  • Modern, because of the fabric designs and colors.
  • Start a beginners’ class for “brand-new” quilters.  Yes, they can take a class somewhere, but having a fellow member creates a friendship, bond.

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

Lovetta and Chris 

Ella Bella and Maverick

Ella Bella 






Zorro and Maverick

Tango

Chris with Tango, Zorro, and Maverick

Laurie and Lovetta on their recent European trip



Squirrel!!!!!

Lovetta and Beth volunteering at Festival of Ideas

#Quiltsforpeace distributing quilts to the injured at DART PD





Thursday, August 10, 2017

Member Spotlight


Meet Leigh Roper 

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 Leigh Roper and I think that I’ve always had an attraction to fabric.  My mom quilted and sewed and I remember going fabric shopping with her and just touching fabric and thinking about what it would like made into something.  Flash forward many years.  I married Glenn, who was in the Army, he took all over the world.  In 2006, we moved to South Korea and I met Jen Eskridge, who was a quilter.  She took me to the fabric market, which became a drug!  She reintroduced me to quilting and the rest is history!  I recently purchased a Handi Quilter long arm and have been mastering that beauty.  It is an entirely different way to be creative.  I love it!

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?

When my friend, Jen Eskridge, found out that I would be relocating to the Dallas area, she urged me to join DMQG.  So I attended a meeting in 2014 and have been a member ever since.  I am also a member of the Rowlett Quilt 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?

I use social media for personal and business avenues.  I love social media, it is just a great way to keep in touch.  I have two Facebook accounts, Leigh Love Roper and Dandelion Quilt Company.  
My Instagram handles are Leigh Roper and dandelionquiltco.

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

When we were stationed at Fort Hood, we met a wonderful British couple.  She also quilted, so we were instant friends!  When I found out that they were moving, I decided to make her a quilt.  But what do you make.  So, I came up with a Texas flag on one side and the Union Jack on the other.  What was really fun about the Union Jack, was the technique.  I love how that project came out.

5) What inspires you to create?

I am a visual learner.  I get my ideas from looking at magazines, my surroundings, blogs and fabric.  I love color and matching different fabrics together.

6) 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 do follow a number of blogs and there are so many that have great ideas, but since getting my Handi Quilter, I’ve been following more quilting blogs.  I love Angela Walters and Natalia Bonner.  They have such talent!

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

I have not entered any quilts in any show, but I would love to!

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

I think that quilty friends are the best!  There are too many names to mention, but I have always felt welcome at the meeting and events.  Thank you!

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

I make a lot of quilt gifts, but there are some that I have put my heart and soul into that I just cannot part with!

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

When we moved to Sachse, we built a house, and part of that build was to create a sewing space.  I have about 400 square feet to work with and I love it!

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

I love colors that flow and blend.  Natalia Bonner just came out with Thrive and l love how the blues and greens almost melt together.

12) Favorite quilting blogs?

Don’t really have a favorite.

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

Leigh

Leigh's son Ryan

Leigh's daughter Sarah

Leigh's favorite Union Jack quilt she gifted to a British family
 that she friended while stationed at Fort Hood

Abby and Max

Bella on Snapchat



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Member Spotlight

Meet Karla Pajot

Karla is part of a mother/daughter duo, and hopefully one day a mother/daughter/granddaughter trio with the new addition of her granddaughter Vivian Nurmi. If you have been able to attend a DMQG retreat then you have probably witnessed what a great team she and Kim make as they work together on their projects. 

I took a beginning quilting class at Suzie's in Garland in 2000 when a friend asked me to join her. After that I was hooked. My daughter, Kim Nurmi, was already a self-taught quilter so we started going to retreats    in Colorado where she lived. When Kim moved back to Garland in 2011, she joined DMQG and I began going on retreats with her here. Finally  I joined the guild myself a couple of years ago. The friends I have made in DMQG are priceless!  Kim and I did a paper pieced dot quilt and actually won several ribbons at various quilt shows. See you at the next retreat
Karla and Vivian

Karla and Vivian



Karla and Kim with their award winning quilt
Karla and Kim at retreat