Saturday, April 29, 2017

Meet Our Members: Heidi Carpenter



Meet our Member, Heidi Carpenter! Heidi is mom to four children and has been a member for 5 years. Connect with Heidi on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest. Look for the handle "sewnheidi" to see what she's up to.
Here is more about Heidi!

Tell us about the first quilt you made.  I grew up a 4H member.  So my first quilt was back in my 4H days in the 80’s.  I hand pieced the top (log cabin pattern), used a sheet for the back and tied it.  I did receive a Reserve Champion ribbon at the fair!
How would you describe your style? What are your influences? I would say my style is a little modern with some vintage thrown in.  I am a big Angela Walters groupie and love to study her machine quilting.  
What do you do when you aren’t quilting? I volunteer a lot at my kid’s school and our church. I also like to rescue vintage sewing machines from garage sales and craigslist and get them working.
What is your proudest quilting moment? Every quilt I finish is a proud moment.  Also, finally being comfortable using a long arm and being confident in my machine quilting.
What inspires you right now? Using up scraps, I have accumulated a lot over the years, so all the scrap quilt ideas coming out now are motivating me to get my scraps and stash organized and used.
Any recommendations? Instagram (follow other quilters, lots of eye candy), Pinterest is a great place to organize ideas and tutorials, I love to follow Amanda Jean Nyberg at ‘Crazy mom quilts’, I love the fabric and patterns that Thimble Blossoms puts out, and I love Kate Spain and her designs
What is your best advice for a beginning quilter? Buy the best sewing machine you can afford.


A sample of Heidi's beautiful work!


May Meeting Reminder

It's almost time for the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild May meeting! We're back at our usual meeting location at AccuQuilt.


If you made a project for the MQG Riley Blake fabric challenge, please bring it to share!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Don't Forget...April Meeting Location Change!

We hope to see you tonight!


In addition to our regular meeting, our program will be a longarm quilting demo by Jackie Heyne, owner of A Quilting Place.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Meet Our Members: Emily Phillips


Meet our member, Emily Phillips! Emily has been a member of OMQG since 2014. Her work includes such cute pieces as these:







(The babe and the kitty are pretty adorable too!)  Here is more about Emily.

Tell us about the first quilt you made. The first quilt I made was really simple. Four large squares sashed with smaller squares. I didn't actually know how to do the quilting so it is held together with ties and buttons. It's on the back of my Grandma's couch and when I'm there I like to look at it to see how far I've progressed.

How would you describe your style? What are your influences?
My style tends to lean towards the abstract, and I love using really saturated colours.

What do you do when you aren’t quilting? I love to hang out with my family.
I love photography and enjoy capturing those moments with my lens.

What is your proudest quilting moment? Learning new skills. Long-arming my first quilt is probably the best as of right now.

Any quilting fails? What areas do you wish you were better in? Plenty. 

What inspires you right now? Any goals or new challenges?
I'm inspired by colour, and nature first. My quilting goal for 2017 is to complete all my PHD's! 

What is your best advice for a beginning quilter? Be brave... embrace your own vision and make what you love.

See more of what Emily is working on over on Instagram at @Phillipsemilly

Saturday, March 25, 2017

April Meeting Location Change!

Don't forget...for our April 4, 2017 meeting, we are NOT meeting at AccuQuilt. Instead, we will have a longarm quilting demo at A Quilting Place located at 11019 I Street in Omaha. We will still meet at 6:30pm and will have a short business meeting and show & tell in addition to the longarm quilting program. We hope to see you there!


Monday, March 13, 2017

Meet Our Members: Kimberly Doss


Meet our member, Kimberly Doss! Kim has been in OMQG since 2013 and currently serves as secretary. When she's not quilting, she can be found at her job in the financial industry or snuggling her cat, Magic. Here's Kim!

Tell us about the first quilt you made Scrappy quilt made from late sister who passed from breast cancer stash of fabric. This is the only quilt I keep on my bed.

How would you describe your style? Love everything modern .

What are your influences? Any material with some bling and black and whites

What do you do when you aren’t quilting? Zumba and buying material for quilts.

What is your proudest quilting moment? finishing and gifting a quilt. I share a part of me in every quilt.

Any quilting fails? None, I don't consider it a fail, just a learning opportunity.

What areas do you wish you were better in? This is a hobby that takes me a away from the realities in life. I consider quilting a journey where I create in the moment and whatever skills I have at that time I accept.

What inspires you right now? Any goals or new challenges? machine and long arm quilting

Any recommendations? Missouri Star youtube video's, Jenny Doan shows you how to do anything you can image and Leah Day has hundreds of quilting video's.

What is your best advice for a beginning quilter? practice and practice some more, don't compare your worst skills to someone else's best, take classes - it can build confidence and you may learn a new skill, there's no such thing as a stupid question, so ask others for assistance, get organized and have a plan before your stash gets out of control, bring your show and tell project project, we want to see what you are working on and you get lots of encouragements and a round of claps, and volunteer and get connected with other quilters



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Do you practice quilting?

Do you practice quilting just by making quilts or do you set aside time to practice the art of quilting? How many of you quilt while watching Netflix or while listening to music or podcasts? Check out this great video on the science of practicing. You may find better ways to become a better quilter.