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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

Friday, March 3, 2017

Officer Spotlight

Meet Kate Park 
VP of Fundraising

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

Hi! My name is Kate Park, and I have been sewing since I was 15. A neighbor was selling her sewing machine at a garage sale, and my Dad helped me get the 1950s Janome New Home (and its wooden table) home. I have been sewing ever since. I love to knit, read, travel, listen to music. Quilting is a new passion – 2015. In my day job, I am the Executive Director of Friends of the Dallas Public Library, the non-profit that raises money and awareness for the Dallas Public Library system.

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? 

As I started becoming interested in quilting, I got on Meetup and found DMQG. I joined the DMQG in late 2015. 

What is your current board position? 

VP of Fundraising

What other roles have you had with DMQG? 


Do you do social media?

@francestricot - Instagram, @bonniepurl - Twitter 

if so do you have an instagram handle, or would you welcome other members to follow you on Facebook? 

Yes please! Anticipate a lot of sewing, knitting and bookish posts.

Tell us about your favorite quilt/sewing project. 

I am currently working on a project that I am calling a “Batch of Sleuths”, which a modified Elizabeth Hartman pattern with a Nancy Drew theme. I am also loving our Milky Way Sampler BOM. It is so much fun to try a new technique, and I really like foundation paper piecing! 

What inspires you to create? 

I have always loved working with yarn, beads, fabric and paper. In my working life, I sometimes work on a grant proposal or a project idea that may or may not get funded or come to fruition for over a year - if it happens at all. I love what I do for a living, but I have to admit being able to cut fabric, sew it together and create something new, functional and beautiful is so fulfilling. 

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

Since we hosted Carolyn Friedlander last year, I have been become a fan of her quilts and fabric. 

Do you enter quilt shows?

I have not yet, but please send good, quilty thoughts for 2018. (: 

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

Doris Kennedy was the first person who I met at our monthly meetings. She has, like so many of our members have, been so generous with sharing their knowledge, skills, and encouragement. I have genuinely enjoyed working with our Board. What an incredible group of inspiring women. Also, I am grateful for the friendships that I have made at Saturday Sew with Sam Simmons-Clark, and Dee Merrell. And at Handwork Monday – the mother daughter duo of Cathy and Chelsey Fields – are wonderful.   

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

I will admit to being a keeper. But I hope to work on some charity quilts soon… 

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

Having recently moved, I am fitting into a smaller space, but I have all of my books and patterns together. All of the fabric and yarn is pretty well organized. I sew at desk and am about to invest in a small table that I can use as a cutting table.

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

I am always drawn to blues and greens, so I am trying to work outside of those color ways. I cannot wait to see Riffle’s Alice In Wonderland line. I am a huge Liberty fabric fan. And I am loving the new Friedlander line. (Big surprise.)

Favorite quilting blogs?

Purl Bee, Gen X Quilter, She Can Quilt and Diary of a Quilter

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 love traditional quilts. My grandmother was a quilter, and my Dad, whom my Mom lovingly calls “Quilt Boy”, collects and preserves quilt tops and has a local quilting circle quilt them. But modern quilting speaks to my love of clean lines, and revitalizing the traditional with newness. I love modern and creative takes on traditional designs. 
Me and supportive of my hobbies significant other, Chris.

Meet Wuzz, who is a big fan of watching Bunny the angelfish, Cutty the plecostomus and the rest of the corner fish, who are named for characters on The Wire.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Member Spotlight

Meet Sherry Lundswick 

Hi, my name is Sherry Lundswick and I have recently joined DMQG. I have been a quilter for about 15 years but have sewn most of my life. I discovered that quilting is so much more fun than trying to make a pattern fit my body!!

I joined DMQG mostly because it meets at my Church and I know a few ladies that are also members. I am new to Modern Quilts and think I am going to enjoy it. But, mostly, I am enjoying getting to know the members.

One of my favorite projects is making t-shirt quilts. I never know when I start what the project will end up looking like. It is always fun and I feel like I get to know the person I am making the quilt for, by putting their t-shirts together. 

Trying new patterns and techniques is what inspires me to create. I follow several quilters on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram, but mostly just look for something that catches my eye. I do not enter my quilts in shows. I just enjoy making them for others and don’t want to be judged about my ability.

Most of the quilts I make are given away. I make one for each of my nieces and nephews as they graduate from high school; when babies are born and most recently, I’ve been making charity quilts (trying to use up some of my stash!!)

I am lucky enough to have a whole bedroom dedicated to be my Quilting Room. It is bright and cheery and really messy! But, it’s all mine!! I continually try to find ways to make it more organized but it seems to stay messy. 

I am fascinated by the modern quilts and love that the Guild offers lots of good speakers and classes. I’m always looking for new ways to work and new ideas.

Another quilt made for another niece when she graduated from High school.
This is a quilt that I made for our church's 60th anniversary.                                                          Most of the current members signed it and it is hanging in the church.
This is a quilt I made for my daughter's best friend when she married. When asked what her favorite colors are, she said green, orange and black!! Didn't know how I was going to get those to work but it did!
 This was a quilt I made for one of my nieces.                                                              She loves animal prints and the backing is Texas Tech fabric where she goes to school. 

Sherry and her hubby

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Member Spotlight

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

I discovered my love for quilting just two years ago and have been blown away by the creativity and beauty of the quilts I have seen at the guild. To date I have only managed to complete two quilts but have aspirations to complete three more “in permanent progress” quilts this year. 

In 2013, I had zero experience sewing but was very interested in learning. My husband who never buys gifts out of the blue surprised me with a Brother sewing machine for Valentine’s Day. It was the best gift I ever received. I instantly fell in love with sewing and making things. Soon after I discovered City Craft, The Quilt Asylum and then my passion for fabric. 

Career-wise I spent 20+ years in the Advertising industry since my degree was in Graphic Design and spent all my days using my creative energy so I didn’t have much left for hobbies. Sewing refueled my desire to create and design outside of work. I quickly came up with a plan to incorporate my new passion into an etsy business, Modern Love Fabrics, selling modern fabrics. 

I started attending Quilt Market in Houston and learning everything I could about the fabric industry. I really enjoyed meeting my favorite fabric designers and learning about their design process and what inspired them to create their fabric line. For the following 3 years my dining room was taken over by bolts of fabrics and an 8’ cutting table where I fulfilled all my orders. I recently retired my fabric business to focus on my freelance graphic design business.

My hobbies consist of going camping with my husband, Julian and my two kids Myles (5) and Maya (7), shooting photography, visiting museums and art exhibits, sewing, participating in Girl Scouts with my daughter, collecting mid-century modern objects and furnishings, playing endless board games and feasting on some good barbeque!

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

You can follow me on Instagram at modernlovefabrics where I share my quilty pleasures and adventures with my family. 

  • Tell us about your favorite quilt/sewing project.

Last year, without realizing what I was getting into, I signed up to do the Carolyn Friedlander Collection Block of the Month class at Urban Spools. I don’t even think I read the class description before I signed up which stated clearly it was a 9-month needle turn applique class. I am obsessed with Carolyn Friedlander and desperately wanted to make this quilt. Imagine my shock the first day when I was told I wouldn’t need to bring my machine. Holy moly…what a fun time I had learning all the hand applique techniques, tools and tricks, plus I took the class with an awesome group of ladies from the guild. A year later I finally finished this quilt and I love it so much. I hope to be able to hang it in our home as art to be enjoyed by our family.

  • What inspires you to create? 

As a graphic designer I am fascinated with color, geometric patterns and how design elements
come together to tell a story. Modern quilting has become a new medium for me to apply my
design training and aesthetics through the use of fabric. I also dream of completing a quilt for 
myself that I can use to snuggle up with to watch tv or on a cold night. I do have a “guilty pleasure” 
for novelty prints knowing that they may not qualify as modern. ;-)

  • Are you a Fan girl/boy (i.e., is there a quilty person you love and enjoy stalking their work)?  Tell us about them.  
My all-time favorite designer is Carolyn Friedlander for obvious reasons and her amazing 
ability to design outside the box. I also love collecting Melody Miller prints from her
Kokka days, hence my fascination with vintage objects that she continues to incorporate 
into her fabric designs. My third favorite fabric designer who I love and enjoy the most in
person is Tula Pink because of her larger-than-life personality and wildly unique fabric lines.
My favorite fun fact about Tula is that she is terrified of animals but ironically makes them the 
star of all most of her fabric lines. 

You can see in the photo below my Melody Miller shrine where I love to sew on my Tula Pink Bernina 350. I have made several projects out of Melody’s early Kokka prints. Hidden inside my vintage sewing desk is my mom’s 1969 Singer that I hope to get repaired some day. 

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

My obsession is and always will be for unique Japanese fabrics. I wish I could find more of them in our area and am so grateful for Urban Spools and their commitment to making more Japanese prints available to us. I adore Bunny Designs fabric shop in Austin and wish I could visit there more often. 

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

Carolyn Friedlander BOM
Hello Tokyo Little Traveler Bag

Rock Candy Table Topper 

Ruby Star Sewing Machine Cover 

My Sewing Nook 

Mustang Journey Bag 

The Gallegos Family 
Meet Foxy Roxy our Bichon Frise 

My M&M's Maya & Myles