Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Charity Hope Heizer is our newest Quilter of the Month. Select the link below to view this great article by CJ Standifer. 




Charity's first quilt!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

CJ Standifer brings us another awesome Quilter of the Month profile. This time we are getting to know Rebecca Keimig.  Select the link below to view the article. 




Wednesday, March 29, 2017

April 2017 Guild Meeting

Our Wichita Modern Quilt Guild April meeting will take place this Saturday, April 1.  Our program will feature the webinar, "Using Simple Quilt Blocks to Create Complex Geometric Designs".


Additionally, Scholfield Honda has graciously offered our guild the use of their brand new, state of the art conference room for our meetings. The board visited Scholfield and unanimously agree that it would be a great location for our meetings. There will be plenty of parking, complimentary coffee and tea, computer, projector and internet access. Plan to discuss this possible meeting location change at this meeting. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Quilter of the Month

Jo Oliver agreed to be our first "Quilter of the Month" and was interviewed by C.J. Standifer.  C.J. wrote this informative piece so that we can all get to know Jo a bit better.




JO OLIVER
WMQG
Quilter of the Month
February 2017








What is your full name?
Jo Oliver

Do you have any nicknames?
My son nicknamed me Moeshae when he was in grade school. It stuck. When I make quilts
for my children I sign them Moeshae and the year.

When did you start quilting?
In 1979 I copied a full size quilt that I saw in a department store.  Then a dry spell for 3 
decades. I ignited my current passion in the fall of 2011.

What made you start quilting?  Inspiration?
I’ve always been a little “artsy.”  I feel better when I’m creating
something. Quilting/crafting/sewing has been my therapy long before someone coined 
the phrase “quilting is my therapy”.

Did someone teach you to quilt? Are you self-taught?
I took the mandatory sewing class in 9th grade, sewing mostly garments.  Five and a half 
years ago I took a basic quilting class. Followed by 2 free motion quilting classes.

How much time do you spend quilting in a week?
On average I’d say 15 to 20 hours

Favorite batting? Favorite Thread? Favorite fabric? Etc.
Quilters Dream Select. Aurifil. Solid cottons.

Favorite quilt shop?
I like the Quilt Cottage in Hays, my home town. They have every color of Kona in the store. 
However, most of my fabric is from local shops.

What type of machine do you use?
I sew and quilt on a Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0.  True story, my car was totaled in a hail storm
in spring 2012, right after my dad died. Not emotionally ready to find a new car, I accepted a
check from my insurance company. That check was all I needed to buy my Pfaff, a work 
station and a chair.  I drove my totaled car for 2 more years.

Describe where you sew.
Our downstairs bedroom has been converted to my studio. The room is approximately 
12’x11’. I have a 6’x5’ design wall fixed to the wall. My machine sits in a 40”x60” table, the 
top being 35” high.  The open closet stores my stash. My small scraps are sorted by color 
and stored in plastic, shoe box bins. Larger scraps are in bins on shelves. I’m organized, 
yet every now and then I have to stop everything and tidy things up a bit. It’s easy to just 
lay something down and plan to take care of it later.

What's your environment like when you sew?
Most of the time I work in quiet. However, there are times I crank up Pandora radio.

Describe your stash.
I don’t have much of a stash. What I have is leftovers from projects.
Do you have a favorite quilt that you've made? Why?
Probably the Pod Quilt (2015) pictured below. It won a blue ribbon at the 2016 PQG Quilt
Show. I love the design, the colors and the quilting. It’s probably the best quilt I have made.

Do you have a favorite quilter? Why?
Not really.  Although I must say that while I was developing my FMQ skills I was heavily 
influenced my Lori Kennedy and Hillary Florence.

What are your goals in regards to quilting in 2017?
I want to improve my machine binding technique. I also want to create a quilt inspired by 
something I see in the world. I’ve got something in mind and have the pattern somewhat 
worked out. That’s all I’m going to say.  You’ll have to wait for the reveal at a meeting yet
to come. And, this is a big and, if I think it’s worthy I will submit it for Quiltcon.

Do you have any UFO's? If so, how many?
No UFOs.  I work on a project until it’s done. And, I seldom have more than one project 
going at the same time.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
Quilts online and in magazines. Logos on television, signs, billboards, etc.  the world around
me.
   
What happens to most of your quilts?
Most of my quilts have been gifted.
What advice would you give to a novice quilter?
Get to know and love your machine. Perfect your ¼” seam. Close enough is not close
enough. But most of all, “You are exactly where you need to be to get to where you are 
going.” 

Is there anything else we should know about you?
I sew barefoot. 

      
                                                  Jo’s first quilt (2011)                                                        






The Pod Quilt (2015)

  



A quilt Jo exhibited in July of 2016 (below)  
                        




Jo has recently finished this beautiful quilt for her son-in-law. 




Jo creates her own bag designs.  She’s created

everything from a yoga mat carrier to a garment bag!


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Opportunity Quilt Congratulations

Congratulations to Teresa Lang! She has won our Wichita Modern Quilt Guild opportunity quilt.  A big thank you to all participants and to those who purchased tickets!


Friday, June 10, 2016

Quilt blocks for Alberta

The Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild asked for quilt blocks to be donated for victims of the recent Alberta fires.  Our members made blocks and Donna Loehr coordinated the project. The block was a Maple Leaf and the colors of the Alberta flag were used.


 Pictured, from left to right: Linda Beachy-Hughes, Becca Keimig, Donna Loehr, Annette Quiring, Julie Gier

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Opportunity Quilt Completed

Our opportunity quilt is complete! Jo Oliver accomplished the gorgeous quilting and Becca Taylor Keimig added the sleeve and binding.  Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Common Threads Regional Quilt Show on June 16 through 18, 2016. The quilt will also be on display at the Material Girls quilt shop.