Sarah of SAMQG Rocks!

I joined the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild back in March of this year. I’ve been to a few other guilds to check them out but the SAMQG seemed like a really awesome bunch of women. They are very active and do a lot of stuff. At the meetings, there is a lot of humor, good natured ribbing, acceptance of being and doing things differently, women from all walks of life and backgrounds. Diversity of just about any definition you want to define exists in this group. The tie that binds these women together is quilting. It’s a passion for all of them.

The group is really open to impromptu sew-ins. For instance, Sarah, said one day.. one of my friends family was hurt in the Oso mud slide. We sent a bunch of quilts but they were all girly things, nothing to give to the men, to the male rescue workers… And wa-la three days later Sarah and I had organized a sewing at a community center halfway between us. We put out the word and people showed up and sewed on and off all day. At one time we had 6 people sewing all at once. I volunteered to use my longarm and an all over edge to edge pattern so we could get it done quickly as the friend was getting on a plane to go to Oso in just a couple of weeks. Sarah put the binding on it.

Six months later, I’m amazed at the woman. Sarah is the charity coordinator for the SAMQG guild. She rocks. She seems to be really in touch with what is going on in the greater San Antonio area. She has us making pet postcards, baby quilts for hospitals, auction quilts for women’s causes in San Antonio, AND she also holds MD Anderson close to her heart. If you have been reading my blog a while.. then you know my ’cause’ is the rarer lesser known cancers like the rarer sarcomas (Hello! I lived through it). Well, Sarah is a big fan of their Ovarian Cancer department. She is getting our guild to make quilts that MD Anderson auctions off online every year to help raise funds for ovarian cancer research.

I have no idea how she finds out about all the stuff she tells us about. I find it admirable that she takes her role in the guild so seriously and is so passionate about it. In short, Sarah Rocks!

I’m tired of geometry in modern quilts

The more I see modern quilt guild type
quilts, the more I like many of them. I like how the actual quilting can create a sense of motion if it’s thought out. I like the quilts that make me think or that make statements even if I don’t like the actual statement they are making. The idea that fabric can evoke emotions is really cool.

However, I am getting tired of rectangles and squares. So many of them look alike. I had a thought a few days ago about how I was tired of geometric patterns and that free form flowing shapes are really interesting to me right now.

So I’m taking three simple fabrics and am going to see what I can do with them. The first two are bland ombré hand dyes in ashy blue and tan. The third fabric is burnt orange that actually is in the same shade as the tan just not diluted w grey like the tan. I’m challenging myself here. Not a single one of my beloved batiks in sight, and a lot of improv free cutting is going to happen. I plan on keeping the geometry to a kind of minimum.
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