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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




Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Officer Spotlight

Meet Lee Jenkins

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

Hi I’m Lee Jenkins,  when I was a little girl I used to cross stitch and crochet with my Grandmother, I would beg to spend time with her, she and I had the best time together.  She was an amazing woman, blind since she was 13yo she never let that handicap get in her way.  She taught me to crochet and while I did my crafts she would work on sewing quilt squares together and have me identify the colors for her.  Occasionally she would start another row while I was not around and she would be very upset when I explained she had just sewn a row of the same colors together.  My very favorite quilt is the one she made for me from the polyester squares that were actually part of the scraps from her clothing.  The fact that she never allowed her handicap to get in her way has pushed me to always have an "I can do it" attitude. It should also be noted that she was a founding member and president several times of the Texas Federation of the Blind.  I grew up assisting her at her meetings and at their board meetings (I truly enjoyed this time with her as well).  

I started quilting a little over 4 years ago in the hopes of spending more quality time with my nieces.  In fact before I could quilt I had to learn to sew, my nieces and I learned to sew together by taking classes at Urban Spools. My 2 oldest nieces Natalie (22) and Cadence (15) are the ones that are interested in quilting at the moment. Although, I just asked Keeley (10) if she was ready to make her first quilt and she said, yes!!!  Yay!!!  


My day job is as a hair colorist at Sedona Salon.  Fun fact, I had to change my name to Lee when I started working at Toni & Guy, I'm actually Jennifer Lee Jenkins (I do prefer Lee).  I am so fortunate to have found my dream job early in life.  I think of this as my first passion and quilting is my second. 

Who has time for other hobbies?  Quilting has taken over my life :P

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 have been a member of DMQG for 4years.  Michelle Kitto suggested I come to a meeting and I was hooked from the first moment I saw the beautiful quilts Doris Kennedy made at show and tell, they were so inspiring.

I am also a member of the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas 

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

I am the 2016-2018 president of DMQG.  I was the retreat coordinator for a little over a year before that, in a position that was hard to fill since Rachel Bryan was a hard act to follow. 

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?

I do both and you are welcome to friend me on FB or follow me @diddersworld

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

Whatever project I am currently working on is my favorite.  Including if I am quilting a quilt for someone else, their quilt always becomes my new favorite.  

6) What inspires you to create?

Pretty much everyone.  I love seeing what others are making and always find something that inspires me from their work. Modern, traditional, or Art quilt I love them all.  

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. 

Angela Walters and Tula Pink.  In fact I admire them so much I even own one of their original autographed quilts.

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

I have entered the Texas State Fair on 3 occasions and have 2- 2nd place and 1- honorable mention ribbons.  Last year I received a 1st place ribbon from the fair for the quilting on one of Jamie Moilanen’s round robin quilts.  

I also received a 2nd place ribbon at the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas 2017 Show in the Master category.  

But the most precious ribbons of all are the one’s that quilter’s have made for me after they have won a ribbon with a quilt I quilted for them.  I proudly display them in my sewing room.  

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

This list is long and continues to grow, but here are a few.  Katrina Slovak, Ashley Leon, Cynthia Franco, Kathy Bright, Kristi Carpenter, Denise Strueber, Sarah Huechteman, Barbie Vrba, & Christina Lee.  These women are all part of my Lucky Star’s group and I thank my lucky stars I have them in my life. 

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

Actually, a little of all of the above.  A few I give away, I have sold a few, I have shown a few, and I have kept a few.  I currently have a huge stack of completed quilts that need to be re-homed because they are not receiving any love by hanging out in my living room.  However, they are hard to part with :P

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

I bought my house 4 years ago with the idea that one of the rooms would be my sewing space.  In the back of my house there is what should be a Den but is my dedicated sewing/quilting space.  I have a 10 ft longarm machine in there along with a cutting table, design wall and of course my sewing table.  

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

While I love everything Tula Pink, I also find I am drawn to more solid fabrics these days. 

13) Favorite quilting blogs?

Quilting is My Therapy - Angela Walters, of course 

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?

The use of bright color and negative space appeals to me.   Plus, the idea of throwing all caution to the wind and just making what I love. truly appeals to me. 
Cadence, Keely, Me & Natalie
Cadence, Keeley, & Natalie
all wrapped in the their first quilts from me.
Natalie is wrapped in the first quilt I ever made. 

My brother John and I with his Texas quilt.
My brother is a huge lover of our great state,
 so this quilt was so appropriate to give him
My Grandmother "Nanny Mae" working at her concession stand
that she ran at the downtown Dallas Post Office
(back when this was the main P.O.)

My most precious quilt.
Made by Nanny Mae
notice the squares that are the same colors touching, I love it!

very faded label from the back of my very loved quilt
I thought this picture is so appropriate.
 Two of the Sew Kind of Wonderful quilting sisters Helen and Sherilyn
with my two quilting sisters Natalie and Cadence
 (and yes, Natalie did fix that square before it made it into her quilt)

Cadence hard at work on her most recent quilt

Cadence's quilt from Quiltcon 2015 
My ribbon wall 

"The Hare That Pricked Me" hanging at the 2017 Dallas Quilt Show
 with its 2nd place ribbon

My sweet 8yo schnauzer Sabot (silent T)

Keeley 10yo and Georgia-Kay 3yo
(she is a southern girl, so you should use both names together )
My Tula Pink & Angela Walters original quilt
"The Witching Hour"

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Officer Spotlight

Meet Chelsey Fields 

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 Chelsey Fields and I’ve been quilting for about 8 years. After spotting a quilt made out of 1930’s fabric in a shop I got a jelly roll and had my mom help me make it. It’s been a downward spiral ever since!  I’m interested in just about every craft that is out there and if I don’t have the supplies to make something then I know my mom does in her craft room. To support this habit I work at a specialty music store in Plano where I repair flutes full time. 

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’ve been a member of the DMQG for about 2 years. My mother is a member of the Rowlett Quilt Guild and I’ve been to several of their meetings but just felt that it wasn’t quite my style so we decided to come to the DMQG meeting.  The activity that day was answering questions about the Modern Guild and Modern Quilting in a small group. I had ZERO idea what the answers were but we came back about 6 months later and decided to join. I remember being  blown away by the show and tell portion of our first couple of meetings and turning to my mom saying, “Wow! You have to bring your A-Game here!” Fortunately everyone in the guild is so nice that it’s hard to get jealous of all the creativity!

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

I am currently the Community Service Chair of the Guild and I’ve been a member of the Guild for about 2 years. 

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?

My Instagram handle is @chelseylanefields and I have a Facebook but I’m NEVER on it. 

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

They’re all my favorite but over the past couple of years I’ve really gotten into garment sewing. I have a stash of ridiculous fabric that I can’t wait to make into outfits. It makes me not want to work on anything else!

6) What inspires you to create?

Everything! The internet, instagram, etc. are a great source but also seeing what other people are doing always inspires me. 

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. 

Carolyn Friedlander, Initial K Studio, Noodlehead, are some of my favorite. I also really like a lot of the Indie garment pattern companies like Grainline Studio. I really appreciate when you can tell that somebody has put a lot of thought into writing their pattern and they layout the easiest, best, and most fabric efficient technique for you. There are definitely patterns that I’ve made that I will never make again because they were poorly written!

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

I’ve entered a couple of quilt shows and I’ve entered items into the State Fair of Texas. Last year I received second place in the handbag category and a handful of Honorable Mentions. I plan on entering more items this year and hope for a Blue Ribbon!

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

Of course! I really enjoy meeting with our small group of ladies who go to Handwork Monday. I also really like getting to know different member of the Guild during meetings and of course, everyone one the board.

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

I’d say most of the quilts I’ve made recently have been given as gifts. I’ve got some that I’m slowly working on that I plan on keeping. Maybe that’s why they’re not done yet! 

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

I have a HUGE craft room. My house was built in the 1960’s and the previous owners added on a 16x20 room. 2 of the walls have glass cabinets along the walls so I store all of my fabric in there. I built a cutting table to go right in the middle of the room and it has a ton of storage in the legs. I’ve also put a garment rack along one wall and it acts as my closet for all of my vintage dresses. I really love being able to look up from what I’m working on and see all of the different colors in my wardrobe.

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

I’m all blues and greens and I really like Cotton and Steel. 
13) Favorite quilting blogs?

I’m on Carolyn Friedlander’s email blast and I like to follow a lot of crafters on Instagram

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’ve found that modern quilting fits what I’m interested in making and having around my house! I appreciate Civil War quilts and very traditional quilts but it’s just not something I want to have around. The Guild meetings are a great way to learn about new techniques or ideas and I really enjoy hearing from not only guest speakers but from our members. 


Cathy (mom), Rebecca (bff), & Chelsey
in front of the quilt they made for Rebecca's wedding gift 

Chelsey & Cathy (mom) at a Ranger game 

Darby (sister), Chelsey, & Tory (sister) at a Rangers game 


Chelsey & Rich (bf)












Thursday, July 13, 2017

Member Spotlight

Meet Rachel Bryan Kent

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

Rachel Bryan Kent. I have been quilting since January 2011. It all started on a seemingly normal trip to Quilt Asylum with my mom. Prior to becoming a quilter I would hang out in the car or read or whatever…but this time I decided to get out of the car and follow my mom around the shop. I saw a table runner hanging from the wall and said “I can do that” … and the rest is history. 

Fun Fact – I’m one of the mom-daughter pair guilders… I am including an excellent glamour shot that we took circa 1993(ish).

I am one of the newlyweds in the group. Married in April 2016. I gave my bridesmaids quilts as a thank you gift. I threw a quilt retreat with DMQG members to help put together the quilt tops then Bettepat quilted all of them! It was a true team effort and they are loved and cherished in their new homes. I also made pillows with Mary Poppins quotes for the house party. 

Other interests include: Louis and London (my cats), backpacking, cycling, Zumba classes, all things cat, traveling, the color yellow, wine (the color red, or sparkling), reading (historical fictions and spy thrillers are my favorites)… 

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?  

Since December 2011; I sat next to Shannon Page at my first meeting. How far we have come! It was the Christmas ornament exchange and I of course didn’t know but someone had brought and extra so I got to play along. 

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?

@rachelbawesome ; sure people can follow me! Warning – lots of cats, lots of quilts. Not much else.

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

This pillow is in my living room and makes me smile always – a rare gift for myself! 

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

Two honorable mentions in Dallas Quilt Celebration. One honorable mention in State Fair of Texas. I am apparently very ‘honorable’    
6) When you complete your quilts what becomes of them?  Give away? Keep? Sell? Show?    

I am a quilt giver – it’s my love language. While truly enjoying the act of making and giving, it is also fun to work on projects that I may not otherwise work on because they are not my color, style, etc.   
7) Why modern quilting? As a quilt artist, what more would you like the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild to do to encourage/inspire/educate quilters? 

Because the rules are minimal and the retreats are my jam.



Rachel and Louis Cat
London cat with cone of shame
Rachel and husband Robert travel
Rachel and husband Robert bike
Rachel and mom Cathy glamour shots





Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Member Spotlight

Meet Karen Marotta

Hi, I’m Karen Marotta and I live in Forney, Texas.  My day job is at a title company, but all of my spare time is working on some sort of quilting project.  I took my first  quilting class in January, 2006 and that’s all it took to get me hooked.  I became a member of the Kaufman Quilt Guild in February of 2007 and joined the DMQG in March of 2013 after my sister in law, Barbie Vrba, introduced me to the group. 

I love all types of quilts, both modern and traditional along with hand embroidery, applique and embellishment stitches.  I’m currently working on a block of the month by Sue Spargo, whose  embellishment stitches are amazing!!   

My favorite quilts to make are ones I've worked on for a specific person or event. Like the quilt in the picture, made for my nephew using his dad's shirt for the center square. 

My inspiration comes from all over but especially from my quilting friends.  I have found that all quilters have the same heart and love to share their passion with others.  Whether it’s sharing their knowledge about quilting or sharing their quilts for a special occasion or a good cause, I think a common thread runs through each of us. 

Although I don't post many quilting photos (I'll try to do better) my Instagram name is quiltykaren. Look me up, I'd love to follow you and have your quilts inspire me!!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Member Spotlight

Meet Suzanne Montgomery

  • 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 Suzanne Montgomery.  I started my first quilt when I had the chicken pox in third grade.  Mom wanted to keep my hands busy.  It was a 9 patch made from scraps from my mom’s sewing cabinet.  I never finished it and wonder what ever became of it.

I can’t really call my J.O.B. a day job because it sometimes lasts well into the night.  ;P  I have been  self-employed for about the last 10 years and have a bookkeeping and accounting business that caters to small business.  The only down side to being self-employed is there are no snow days and it is hard to call in sick.

  • 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 have been a member of DMQG since we met in the tiny room at the Bernina store in North Dallas.  I didn’t know a soul when I attended my first meeting.  I just wanted to be part of a quilting community that didn’t always “follow the rules.”  I am also a member of Quilter’s Guild of Dallas but have never been to one of their meetings.

  • 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 am constantly on social media as that is how I keep in contact with some of my clients.  On Instagram, I am @joyfulwanderer and on Facebook, Suzanne Nelson Montgomery

  • Tell us about your favorite quilt/sewing project.

Hmmm, this is a tough one.  They are all my favorite until I move on to the next one.  My favorite part of quilting is the planning and piecing.  The quilting…not so much.  Once I started keeping track, I have completed about 96 quilts. 79 (or more) tops to be quilted and 26 projects already lined up to be pieced.  My oldest top is from the early 90s in dusty pink and seafoam green.  Remember those colors?

  • What inspires you to create?

Color and shape and a challenge to use both in new ways.  I don’t usually have a specific recipient or purpose in mind when I make a quilt.  

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

You could say I am a fan girl of the Sew Kind of Wonderful sisters.  I have every pattern they have produced.  
Also, Diane Bohn of From Blank Pages and Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side.

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

I entered my first quilt show in March 2017 at the Dallas Quilt Show.  I entered two quilts and they both earned ribbons.  I received a second place on my first time entry and an honorable mention on my DMQG round robin quilt.  That was fun.  Let’s do that again!

  • Have you made friendships through DMQG.  Tell us who they are, we would love to know.
I am blessed to call several people friend that I met through DMQG.  Serving on the DMQG board and attending retreats is a wonderful way to get to know others.

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

You’re supposed to complete them???? See #4.


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

There is a second living area on the back of our home that is about 20x15 that is my office/studio.  Most of the time, there are several projects in various stages all over.

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

I am drawn to bold, bright, saturated colors and prints but low volumes have been coercing (I mean speaking) to me quite convincingly lately.  I am attempting to add in more low volume prints in new projects.  

I can’t pass up a well-curated precut or Fat Quarter Bundle even though I have no more space to store them.  (What, I’m supposed to make something with them?)

  • Favorite quilting blogs?

In addition to my fan girl faves, I have to add Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced (her patterns are so fabulous), Natalia Bonner of Piece and Quilt and Angela Walters of Quilting Is My Therapy.



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

Traditional quilting never has caught my attention.  I tend to like things a little off kilter, asymmetrical or askew and definitely not busy.
I feel negative space is one of the most important areas of a quilt pattern.


My husband was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer
 so we decided it was time for a photo shoot.
I have four grown kids, two daughters in love, two grandkids, and two fur babies

Kenneth, Kevan, Matthew, and Kristine
As you can see, our kids are a little goofy 
Grandkids Nathan and Allyson

Arya

Whisky
Quilters Guild of Dallas
 2nd place, First Time Entry category

Quilters Guild of Dallas
Honorable Mention Group category