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Modern Christmas Tree Quilt

I have always wanted to make a Christmas themed quilt!  Since I am a member of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, I really wanted to make it MODERN!  I am fortunate to belong to a very active and exciting guild.  We have some really fun programs that encourage group activity.  One of these activities is called Block Lotto.  Last Christmas, the group made Holiday Patchwork Forest Blocks.  Even though I didn’t win the Block Lotto, I was still excited to make my own Modern Christmas Tree Quilt.  Let me show you my quilt and explain how the Block Lotto works.

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The Block Lotto idea came from the Calgary Modern Quilt Guild, where they decided upon a pattern and a color theme.  Our guild is very fortunate to have Kelly Lautenbach, who is our very own Guild Cruise Director!  Kelly keeps a close eye on fun things to do in the guild and she began this activity for the guild.  Kelly helped us decide on the pattern and the color layout.  It was important to name the color grouping so that the blocks would look good together.  For this Block Lotto, we used the tutorial by Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter.

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To have a Block Lotto, we have participants make a block (or a group of blocks) and bring them to the meeting.  We gave a raffle ticket for each block that was turned in.  We brought several design walls to the meeting and arranged as many quilt with the blocks that were turned in.  Since the color theme was the same for everyone, the quilts looked fantastic! Our members made 374 blocks which we separated into FIVE sets of blocks to make quilts and 13 sets of 4 blocks each for pillows. What fun we had. And our winners were thrilled!

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Finishing my Modern Christmas Tree Quilt

As you can see, I was not a block lotto winner.  Whomp Whomp.  That didn’t stop me from making my very own Modern Christmas Tree Quilt!  I have to admit that I didn’t finish this until the next Christmas, but I did manage to trade a few block with some quilty friends along the way.  To be honest, I probably wouldn’t have finished this quilt unless my Local Quilt Shop (The Fabric Chic) hadn’t hosted a workshop.  It’s like they just knew what was on my UFO list!!!

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During the workshop, I was able to finish all my blocks and sew all the rows together.  I could have made my quilt top bigger, but I decided to add a larger border.  I used Moda Grundge Seeing Stars in Key Lime.  That really brought out all the green in this quilt.  The stars in the fabric were just perfect too!


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I quilted this all up on my new Juki Miyabi J350QVP.  If you haven’t seen all the things my new machine can do – you should go check out my blog post and learn all about that!

Modern Christmas Tree Quilt binding and backing

Finishing this quilt top, before Christmas, was a special treat!  I love to add seasonal decor to my home and this quilt is perfect for evening snuggles!  I hope you found inspiration in this post and perhaps share the Block Lotto idea with your sewing group as well!  Be sure to follow The Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild’s Facebook Page to keep up to date on all the exciting activities!

Happy Quilting!

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Mary Fons Meeting – WOW!

As a member of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, I have met many well known quilters, designers and overall super talented folks.  That is one of the things I love about being a member of the KCMQG!  This past week, KCMQG hosted Mary Fons for a two session event.  Mary spoke at an afternoon Trunk Show and also make a presentation at our monthly evening event.  I was able to attend the afternoon show and all I can say is “WOW”!

I have never left a truck show and felt as inspired and thoroughly entertained as when I had the opportunity to see Mary and her fantastic makes!  Mary’s overall mood was so cheery and bubbly – I was smiling from ear to ear for almost a solid hour!  We learned a lot about her process and some of the new things she is working on.  We got a sneak peak of her fabric line and were in awe of many of her quilts.

Mary brought several quilts to her truck show.  One of the most dramatic was her Half Square Triangle Quilt, she calls Pink Waves.  Mary explained that in this quilt, she perfected her technique of the half square triangle.  I should say so!  There are so many lovely bits of fabric in this quilt!  The quilting was just stunning!

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Mary’s talk was very animated!  She was very expressive in her words and actions, which was very entertaining to watch!  I loved all her personal stories that she shared about her life journey and her adventures along the way.  In these pictures below, Mary was showing us her quilt she calls “Mary’s Village”.

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As if Mary’s personality wasn’t entertaining enomarys-orphan-block-kimonough, she brought out her Orphan Block Kimono!  This was something that she put together, without a pattern.  She is so creative!  Mary explained that she had several blocks that were either left out of a quilt because there were already too many, or she only made a few of the certain blocks.  She said, “what do you do with these Orphan Blocks?”  She wrapped herself up in her projects half done outfit and was proud as a peacock.  I loved it!

I could see some Nine Patches, lots of Log Cabins, and she even fashioned a belt for the outfit!  She also put in a lining!  Mary explained that she had used it as a picnic blanket as well!  Such a highly functional piece!

So many in the audience were just giggling away at her story!

Mary gave a nice presentation on how to pick your fabric and showed more of her quilts.  Later that evening, she came back to the Kauffman Conference Center and was the Key Speaker for the KCMQG monthly meeting.  I was sorry to miss it, but was later informed that I was actually there in spirit!  I started receiving text messages and Facebook notifications that Mary had used a picture of me, which was previously published in the Kansas City Star.  I couldn’t stop giggling!  I was also glad that I decided against wearing this same outfit earlier in the day!

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Although we won’t get to see Mary on Saturday mornings anymore – I can be happy to have met her.  She is a truly amazing person and makes me proud to be a quilter!

Have you been fortunate to meet Mary?  Tell me what you thought!  I would love to hear from you!

You can follow Mary on her blog:  http://blog.maryfons.com