Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild

Develop and Encourage the Growth and Development of Modern Quilting through Education and Community Activities

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Member Spotlight: Kelly Feltault

Name:  Kelly Feltault

Member of CVAMQG since: 2015? Since the beginning

How long have you been quilting? Since 1994

What is your favorite quilting tool? My saddle chair–keeps my back straight while quilting and cuts down on shoulder/neck pain

What are your favorite fabric lines and substrates? This changes a lot; but if I’m looking for a solid I like Michael Miller’s cotton couture and quilting linen; love the bamboo and recycled plastic bottle battings from Quilters Dream

Do you prefer prints or solids? Depends on the project

What is your favorite color combination? I have an entire Pinterest board of color combos, I tend to start projects by looking at those.

Favorite and least favorite parts of the quilting process: least fave: binding; favorite part: picking out the color combo and finding fabrics to match

Why do you quilt? It is part of my creative arts practice along with collage and monoprinting. There is a lot of research out there on how a creative practice supports well-being, and this is one of the main reasons I quilt. 

Where do you find inspiration? Everywhere!

Quilters who inspire you: I am including other artists here Sherri Lynn Wood, Jane Davies, Sarah Golden, John Vitale, Joe the Quilter, Rebecca Sower, Rebecca Chapman, Jennifer Candon

What is your favorite guilty pleasure while quilting? Listening to the podcast “Shagged, Married, Annoyed” when piecing or designing; and jamming out to Christmas songs or classical music while machine quilting

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us: I speak Thai and Hungarian because I lived in both places.



Virtual workshop with Sujata Shah

We are over-the-moon excited to offer the “Stories in Stitches” online workshop with Sujata Shah. Participants will learn how to make a Siddi kawandi. (“Kawandi” means quilt.) Natalie took her workshop last month at the Vermont Quilt Festival and loved it so much, she contacted Sujata about teaching our guild. The only available time she has is Friday, September 17th 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The cost to each member is $50; nonmembers $60.

Here are 10 reasons why you need to take this workshop.

  • Sujata is an amazing teacher.  Gentle, wise, extremely knowledgeable, and an exciting artist.
  • The class connects quilting and life in ways I hadn’t thought of before.
  • To make a kawandi, you don’t need scissors, rotary tools, irons, or sewing machines.  Just needle and thread and a thimble.
  • When you make a kawandi, you do the binding, piecing, and quilting all at once!  When it’s done, it’s done.
  • You won’t know what your quilt really looks like until you sew on the final piece.  Surprise!
  • Making a kawandi is a terrific use of scraps.
  • But if you don’t want a scrappy look, Sujata has made some beautiful kawandi using solids for a totally different look.  (Visit her web sitehttps://therootconnection.blogspot.com ). Also, Margaret Fabrizio is crazy amazing, too: http://margaretfabrizio.com/quilts/index.html
  • If you are new to hand quilting, this is a fun and “safe” place to start.  Sujata talks about how our stitching, in all its “imperfections”, is really telling our story. The learning process is part of our story.  Kawandi stitching is relatively small, not larger stitching as you may have seen in kantha quilting.
  • Sewing a kawandi is addicting, and it feels glorious as you add more and more rows of stitches.
  • If you don’t believe me, here is a blog post by a woman who took Sujata’s class: https://aquilterstable.blogspot.com/2020/11/kawandi.html

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Comfort and Joy 2021

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Comfort & Joy:  2021 CVAMQG Quilt Challenge

+ Conversations on Modern Quilting

Traditional blocks and quilt designs are the comfort foods of quilting.  When we look at one, we feel happy, and lately, comforted.  We cravesnuggling up under one and feeling safe and warm.

Modern quilts make us happy, too.  We look at them and feel energized and optimistic.  In our first CVMQG challenge of 2021, we invite you to celebrate a traditional quilt block or design with your own modern take.  Reimagine the block with your own twist, or maybe focus on the meaning or origin of the design.  Keep in mind the modern quilting elements of negative space, asymmetry, improvisation, scale, contrast, etc. (We will have conversations about these throughout the year.)

A few possibilities:• Recreate a traditional block with modern colors or prints.• Use a traditional block as inspiration for your own block or quilt design.• Change the size – think log cabin and Carolyn Friedlander’s Rayquilt• Reflect on the origin or meaning of the block as inspiration for your quilt.  (For example, the Log Cabin represents “hearth and home.”  What does hearth and home look like to you?)• Combine traditional designs in a fun new way: how about a Drunkard’s Path through a Friendship Garden?• Turn a block on its head.  (What if a Pineapple Block were a PeachBlock? Or a Carmen Miranda fruit hat? What if the mariner’s compass gave bad directions?)

A sampling of traditional block patterns:

Log CabinFriendship/Sampler Quilts
Courthouse StepsFan
Nine Patch (and variations)Sunbonnet Sue
Ohio StarGarden of Eden
Bear PawHole in the Barn Door
Lady of the LakeOld Maid’s Puzzle
Economy BlockTexas Star
PineappleCrown of Thorns
Flying GeeseRoman Coins
Mariner’s CompassPinwheels

More ideas here:  https://www.quiltingdaily.com/traditional-made-modern-fresh-take-traditional-quilt-patterns/

Victoria Findlay Wolfe: https://vfwquilts.com

The plan:• All year:  Conversations about elements of modern quilting, led by Kat & Candy• All year: Contemplate your Comfort & Joy design & quilt; share your ideas and progress• December:  Final reveal (or close to final reveal)• January:  Submit quilts for Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show CVAMQG display

Any size.  But we do like to say, “Go big or go home!”  The Mid-Atlantic Show loves larger-size quilts, and who are we to disappoint?

Share your ideas on Instagram #comfortandjoy