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.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Meet Our Members: Kris Khan

Meet our Member, Kris Khan! We got lucky this year and got two presidents for the price of one. Kris and Stephanie are both leading our guild for 2017. Kris is mother to triplets and was a nurse for 30 years. She moved to Omaha in 2014, shortly after she began her career as a fiber artist. Here is more about Kris!

How long have you been a member of OMQG? I joined in 2014 shortly after arriving in Omaha.

Tell us about the first quilt you made I have been sewing since the age of 8. I decided to try quilting in 2002 when my arm was in a cast and I was looking for something I could sew one-handed. I figured I could make a quilt block. I did, and in fact made 144 blocks and created my first quilt. It was a queen sized pinwheel quilt and is still one of my favorites.

How would you describe your style? What are your influences? My style is kind of modern, kind of artsy, and sometimes traditional. I love highly saturated colors, which are not always in style with modern quilting. I do my best work when I just improvise and shoot from the hip. Others call this "listening to their inner voice" but for me it feels like slapping things together.....yet it works. My influences are nature and abstract art. I especially love the art of Wolf Kahn. Nancy Crow shaped the way I look at and approach quilting, since I took a week-long workshop with her in 2006 or so.

What is your proudest quilting moment? I created a quilt called "Spectrum," in 2012, which hangs outside my studio door at Hot Shops. It is an abstract piece made of 4,096 1" squares in an abstract design, mounted on 4 32" x 32" panels. I displayed it at the Bayou City Art Festival in Houston, Texas in my booth which faced a pond. Literally hundreds of people visited the booth and said they had seen Spectrum across the pond and had to see it close up. That was cool. Not that anyone has bought it.....

What inspires you right now? I am at a point in my life right now where I need some comfort, and that usually comes from mindless sewing -- i.e., making things that require little thought, like disappearing 9 patches and things like that. I am also inspired by the political climate and have in mind some text-based art quilts...

What do you do when you aren’t quilting? I read voraciously (about 100 books a year), I garden, and hang out with friends and family.

Any recommendations? OBSERVE. When you are in nature, observe the lines of trees and branches, the colors of moss and rocks and flowers, the lines of birds in flight, the subtle changes in colors of the sky. Go to art museums. Look at graffiti. Sift through junk and old posters and textiles at antique stores. And LEARN.

What is your best advice for a beginning quilter? Just do it. Listen to / read a little bit of advice and then just do it. There is so much information and so many "tips" out there that you can become paralyzed. Just start by starting.

Where can people see more of your work? My website or come by my studio at Hot Shops Art Center, studio 321 at 1301 Nicholas Street in Omaha.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Meeting Extra-English Paper Piecing

At February's Meeting, we were treated to a program about English Paper Piecing (EPP). If you are not familiar with EPP, it is a method of basting fabric onto a paper shape, often a hexagon or diamond. The individual pieces are then sewn together to create a larger shape. Grandmother's Flower Garden is a common example.

The program included various methods for paper piecing, including thread basting, glue basting and pressing. Whichever method you prefer, there are endless ways to piece the shapes together.

If you need more help or missed February's meeting, look no further than Missouri Star Quilt Company for a great video tutorial!

Ready to get started? Visit your local quilt store for papers and other supplies. 
In addition, here are some links to get you going.

Paper Pieces has a shop full of supplies
Learn how to fussy cut your favorite fabrics for EPP
Combine Foundation Paper Piecing and English Paper Piecing into one adorable project.

Hope you are inspired to play with paper piecing. Don't forget to use the hashtag #omahamqg to show us your creations on Instagram or post on our Facebook page.