Sunshine Daze by Southern Appalachian MQG

By Janelle Warren

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We look forward to participating in the QuiltConCharityQuilt challenge every year and always look for ways for each of our members to participate in the making of the quilt.

Since our group of 20+ live in
three different states, Western NC, Eastern TN and North GA, with some traveling about two hours to attend our meeting, this project really brings our talents and creativity as a group together!

At the first glance of the color palette this year, we immediately saw flowers. With such bright and vibrant colors and inspired by the nature that surrounds us, the three flowers, also representing our
memberships’ three states, was born.
Our design team, Janelle Warren, Randy Case, Gayle Cowdin, Karen Hopple, Barbara Fowler, Maureen Ripper and Joanna Marren, quickly organized the colors into grouping for the different floral blocks and
made kits for our members. Each member was given the challenge of making at least three traditional or improv blocks with their fabric, in varying sizes.

At a recent educational program at one of our meetings, “Strip Piecing Extravaganza,” we watched an episode from Sewing with Nancy, featuring Lynn Harris, “Every Last Piece."

Inspired by Lynn’s use of
strip piecing for the background, we did a similar pattern for our background in the white/rice neutral colors.

The next challenge of making the petals arose, so Janelle constructed circles, did some math with Randy to figure out the proper angles and drew out the pattern, to size, on paper.

After all the blocks came in, we gathered at several sew-ins to piece the petals. Our idea continued to show its true colors as the flowers were coming to life.

Our design team loves the challenge of taking an idea, sketching it out, and then trying to figure out how to piece it all together. We were in quite a daze at times working to piece these flowers together.

With a little help from our friends, Gayle, Janelle and Randy put the petal puzzle together, along with Barbara F., Maureen and Joanna into this happy go lucky, sunshine kind of day quilt!
Denise Cornett and Karen Hopple brought the quilt together and experienced challenges themselves on the long arm process and managed to shine through it all! Joanna made our binding, Kim Peters put it on for us and Barbara F. finished it off for the show.

After all is said and done, we are left in a Sunshine Daze kind of day, marveling that we got through our challenges and able to again produce another quilt that has brought us closer together in our kinships and talents as a guild.

To learn more about the Southern Appalachian Modern Quilt Guild, visit their Instagram @samqguild

 Sunshine Daze

Sunshine Daze

Cheyann Neades