May Meeting with Susan Mogan

Our May meeting was quite exciting and inspirational with Susan Mogan from Mobile showing us quilts she has made on her journey from traditional to art quilter. She had the privilege of living in Paducah, Kentucky (otherwise known as “Quilt City”) from 2005 to 2013. There she had the opportunity to attend the shows, see special exhibits, and belong to an art quilting group that even included Caryl Bryer Fallert. Since moving to Mobile, she has been an active member of Azalea City Quilters and Azalea City Art Quilters.

Susan told us about quilts made for special occasions and showed many that were the result of guild challenges. She often participates in the AQS New Quilts from Old Favorites and has had quilts featured in magazines and journals.

Here are some of her quilts. It is obvious to see that she has much to teach us, and the design workshop on Thursday, May 24, was quickly filled.

Susan’s Nine Patch variation for AQS New Quilts from Old Favorites

Notan technique

Four blocks, one design (R); guild challenge (L)

Susan’s design for Mobile guild’s quilt, “Quilt City in Bloom: Dogwood Time in Paducah”

Four art quilts depicting the Elements–Earth, Water, Air, Fire
(Water should be rotated once to R–water pouring off an umbrella)

A full room of quilters were amazed at Susan’s productivity

Her Elements series resulted in four pieces, earth, water, air, and fire (the fire piece says “Is this a flash of inspiration or just a hot flash?”), which gives an idea of her clever sense of humor!

Special thanks go to Betty Reid and Linda Hull for holding the quilts for us. This is not an easy job, and they sometimes only got to see the back sides.

Quilt Show News: Martha Ginn led a discussion about our upcoming quilt show, asking for members to think of their individual priorities regarding the show. Some of these are:

  • Plan what you want to enter and complete your quilts
  • Fill out Entry forms. It’s not too early. Remember the discount deadline is August 1. ALL FORMS ARE ON WEBSITE AND AT EACH MEETING
  • Sell tickets on our raffle quilt Mississippi Kaleidoscope
  • Ask your friends to place ads in the show catalog; turn in to Betty/Joe Bingham
  • Publicize the show by handing bookmarks to everyone you see
  • Make boutique items
  • Finish your Silent Auction item (turn in to Betty Allen by August 1)
  • Be thinking about when you will help with the show. Barb Peters will be scheduling

Special Exhibit: Southern Fiber Artists (SFA) will be our Special Exhibit (where Hoffman Challenge has been)

Vendors: Be making your shopping list to support the vendors. A scissors sharpener will be among them, so plan to take advantage of this service.

Lectures: We always have an interesting line-up of Lectures during the show. Do you have ideas for some of these?

Treasure Hunt at the June 20 Meeting. You may bring any quilt-related items to sell—sort of like a garage sale or flea market. Have items priced, and place an envelope nearby to receive the money.

Rhonda Blasingame will present the program and workshop on Threadpainting in June.