iPhone cases

I got a new iPhone for Valentine’s Day from the Mister and have been perusing¬†cases!








DQS 12 Inspiration

DQS 12 Inspiration by TheMeadows
DQS 12 Inspiration, a photo by TheMeadows on Flickr.

Blogger’s Bundle

Here’s my blogger’s bundle choice to go along with FQS and QuokkaQuilts contest!

Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy Birthday to the most amazing mother on the planet. I have learned so much from you and love you with all my heart. May this celebration of your birth harken many more to come.



Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild in the News Sentinel!

If you like bee blocks, fat quarter swaps and the like, you’ll thoroughly love the Knoxville branch of the Modern Quilting Guild. If you don’t know what any of that is, you might want to come to 4 Market Square one Saturday soon and visit the ladies of MQG to find out. You’ll have to wait until January to take in a typical meeting, though, since the members opt out of a December get-together.

“Our purpose is to promote modern quilting and to teach our members to give back to the community,” said Modern Quilting Guild founder Mary Beth Meadows of this energetic group of dexterous ladies. “That’s the reason I founded it. I want to have a way to pass down quilting, which a part of the cultural heritage here in East Tennessee, but in a modern way. Quilts bring others comfort.”

January 2012 will mark MQC’s one-year anniversary. The fast-growing club, a branch of the loosely constituted national organization, has about 70 members who participate in the club’s online community and some 20 or so who typically show up for the in-person meetings. According to Meadows, the age range among the ladies is from about 25 to 70. All are women, though male members are welcome. Some are novices, some old hands at quilting fabric. Most make quilts and other items using a sewing machine, but some quilt by hand.

MQG meetings generally involve a little shop talk, show and tell, and item swaps with members sharing some sort of fabric item they made, such as an apron, a pin cushion or tote bag, with something another member made. The actual sewing and quilting usually is undertaken by members at their homes or else collectively at guild sew-ins. The next two MQC sew-ins are scheduled for Dec. 10 and Jan. 7.

“When we do the sew-ins, everybody brings their sewing machine to someone’s home or a library branch, and we sew all day,” said Meadows. “At the last sew-in we made one of the quilts for The Restoration House.”

The Restoration House of East Tennessee, a facility and program for needy single mothers with children who receive help through “transformational housing, team mentoring and family advocacy,” according to the facility’s website, is one of MQG’s community service projects.

“We’re doing four quilts for them this year, said Meadows. “The mothers who successfully complete the program will receive those quilts. We also are working with a family I know through my church. They are adopting a sibling group of five kids, and we’re making quilts for those children.”

Meadows says the guild is looking for additional quilting opportunities as commission work or to offer to a worthwhile organization to use in a silent auction for fund raising.

The Modern Quilt Guild’s next meeting will be Jan. 21 at 4 Market Square, when the club will transition to new guild leadership. Heretofore, the club has managed to operate with no membership dues but that could change with new club officers coming in, says Meadows. In any case the dues will be quite reasonable.

 Article by Wayne Waters, Knoxville News Sentinel

I heart John Cusack.

WIPs + New Love



New Love (or obsession). I want to make this my block of the month @ KMQG.

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