Friday, December 9, 2011

November Meeting Notes

November 2011 CMQG agenda
Old news:
IQF show: modern take on the traditional Ohio Star pattern is a go! Sarah S., Holly, Victoria, Christy, Kelly, Jill, Andie, Lynn, Celeste, Amy, Danielle and Heather have signed up. Quilts must be finished by January 1st, then pictures are sent in for approval. Please wait to formally announce our participation in the show (via personal blogs) until we have final approval in January. Feel free to post your progress but let’s wait to share that it’s for the IQF.
Kona Challenge-still waiting to hear back from them regarding our charm packs. Keep your eyes open to our FB page and blog for more details.
IQF Modern Quilt Guild Showcase, Registration is open from January 6- March 2, 2012
CMQG Officer Election—takes place in Feb. so start thinking about nominations
New news:
Harvest Festival was a success! Thanks to Victoria and Andie for spearheading the booth, all those who volunteered and made crafts. We still have goodies left to purchase; they will be available at our December meeting.
New Bernina Sewing Center open in Beavercreek, at the Greene Crossing
Fabric Shopping news: Above All Fabric is having a big sale. And, there is a new quilt shop in Montgomery called Lavender Street.
Fall Quilt Market recap from Kelly. She shared that it is an overwhelming experience, Dear Stella fabric was the buzz, the quilt show featured lonestar quilts, she’ll post some pictures so stay tuned. Color trends that she noticed: peach/salmon, lavender, pattern/dress form prints.
Thanks to Sewn for giving up a couple of charm packs to give away – Congrats Janie and Michelle.
Next meeting is December 14. We will be doing a potluck, so check your email/facebook for information.
Next month’s swap: Holiday Ornament/Small Decoration Swap no sign-ups needed
· Demo: Pre-cuts and How to Use Them. Here are some ideas Victoria shared:
o Jelly rolls – perfect for binding
o Pillow cases, bags, coasters
o Charm packs great for half square triangles
o Combine charm packs and jelly rolls to eliminate cutting
o One charm pack could be enough for a baby quilt
o Green Fairy quilts – good source for pre-cuts
o Layer cakes – sew all for edges and cut into pinwheels
o Two demos: 1) how to create an Ohio Star block 2) Heather showed how to make her flurry block.

We had a packed house in November. It was easily our biggest meeting yet!

Victoria led a discussion on different ways to use precuts.

The Fat Quarter Swap was a success!

Lynn showed her beautiful zig zag quilt during show and tell.

Sarah showed some adorable little bags she's been making. Plus, look at sweet little Isabella!

Celeste showed use her beautiful infinity scarf made with Anna Maria Horner's fabrics and tutorial.


Celeste also shared a beautiful quilt that she's working on.

Sarah showed us her gorgeous quilt that she made with Jay McCarroll's Habitat fabric.

The quilting on it is amazing.

And Sarah also shared some blocks from her Modern Ohio Star quilt.

Sr. Ann shared some beautiful charity quilts that she recently made.

Heather shared a recent quilt that she made.

Jessica showed an adorable doll quilt that she just made.

Gillian shared an amazing quilt that was made by both of her grandmothers.

Teresa showed us her quilt that she made in Heather's Modern Quilting Class at Sewn Studio. Amazing work!

And here's Michelle's first quilt. Amazing!

Kelly showed us the beginnings of her Modern Ohio Star quilt. Beautiful!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Please join us for our December Sew-In!

Our next Sew-In will be held this Saturday, December 3 from 10-3 at the Centennial Barn, 110 Compton Road, Cincinnati, 45215. We'd love to have you join us! Please bring a project to work on, your machine, a drink and a snack to share. We'll provide a cutting surface, iron, and ironing board. The cost is $7 at the door (unless you signed up and paid at the last meeting), and please bring your payment in cash. If you'd like to join us or if you have any questions, please email us at


Thursday, October 13, 2011

October 2011 Meeting Notes

Heather Jones, President, led the meeting.  She began by welcoming our newest visitors, Michelle and Nancy.

Old News

Heather reported that she had received her JoAnn’s discount card, which is activated when you bring the card to a store, along with your CMQG membership card.  Members must go online to the JoAnn’s website to order the card, and thereafter have the card activated.  The card entitles any CMQG member to a 10% discount on all items.

The results of the voting for the Kona challenge are in:  the Guild has decided to use the bright color way for the Kona fabric challenge.  More details regarding the project will be forthcoming so watch the blog and our Facebook page for news on the challenge.  Thanks to Andie for running this one.

New News

Heather was pleased to announce that the International Quilt Festival, which will take place in Cincinnati in 2012, has accepted our proposal for an exhibit of quilts featuring a modern take on the Ohio Star quilt block.  The Guild needed 10 people to commit to make quilts and the following individuals have agreed to participate:  Sarah S., Holly, Victoria, Christy, Kelly, Jill, Andie, Jean, Lynn, Celeste/Loretta, Amy, Heather.  Here are the requirements for the quilts:

    • Quilts must be at least 48” x 48”
    • Machine binding is allowed
    • You can use a pattern if the designer is properly credited
    • People can work together collaboratively on a quilt
    • Any fabrics can be used
    • Quilts must be finished by the first of January because we will then need to send photographs of the finished works for final approval
    • Quilts must have a four inch sleeve on the back for hanging. Instructions can be found at

The IQF also has announced a call for entries for a new Modern Quilt Guild Showcase, which is to debut at the IQF shows of 2012.  Registration is open from January 6, 2012 to March 2, 2012.  More details can be found here:

The Centennial Barn’s harvest festival is Sunday, October 16 and the CMQG will have a booth at the festival.  Thanks to all who have donated so far.  Andie and Victoria will be running the booth, so please contact them if you are willing to work the booth.  See the pictures below for pictures of some of our member created items that will be for sale.

We are approaching officer election season.  The elections of new officers will take place at the February meeting, and all nominations must be received by January 9, 2012.  If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for a position, please contact any of the current officers.  The descriptions of the officer positions are included in the bylaws.

Heather announced that editing-world executive Nancy Soriano will be a special guest visitor at our next Guild meeting.  Please welcome Nancy!

The swap for next month will be a fat quarter swap.  Bring as many fat quarters as you want to take home

Victoria led us in another great discussion of new projects.  She focused on small gifts for the holidays and provided much inspiration on things we could make, from the less practical knitted apple cozies to the more useful fabric gift card holders.  Victoria generously brought her book collection to share, which may be the most comprehensive craft book collection outside of the Library of Congress.  Victoria encourage others to share examples handmade gifts and as always left us all thinking that there are so many more things we want to be making.  Thanks Victoria!

As noted above, the Guild is having a both at the Centennial Barn's Harvest Festival. Thank you to all who donated items for our booth. We'll be selling all types of goodies, from sewing and quilting supplies to handmade items. Here is a sneak at some of the items our Guild members made:

Stop by the Centennial Barn this Sunday from 12-4 to purchase some of these great items!

Only four members participated in the table runner swap this month, but the quality of this month’s swap entries left us all wishing that we had participated.  Check out these table runners:

Lynn made a really fun, wonky log cabin table runner with owls. Her quilting was gorgeous!

Christy made a beautiful postage stamp table runner in fall colors.

Loretta made a fun black and orange table runner with jack-o-lanterns, perfect for Halloween!

Danielle's table runner had an amazing appliqued spider web on it. How fun is that?!

Show & Tell

After a socialization break to sample all the snacks (thanks for Loretta and Janie), we began the popular show and tell portion of the evening.  I previously thought that this portion of the meeting was rowdy because sufficient wine had been drunk by this point, but last night there was no wine and we were equally riled up.  I think we all just love seeing each other’s work and getting inspired.  What a fun group! 

Here are a few of this month’s features:

Janie made an adorable doll quilt for Loretta, inspired by a quilt made by Jenn at See Jenn Make Stuff

And Janie received this adorable doll quilt made by Gillian. 

Gillian is working on some Swoon blocks for a quilt for her husband's grandfather. 

Kara is working on a quilt for her baby (her first!) who is due next month. 

Kara also brought in a wonderful heirloom quilt that will be shared with her daughter. The quilt was made by Kara's grandmother, using fabric cut from Kara's mother's baby clothing.

The back of the quilt is this really great vintage red floral fabric. So fun!

Lynn brought a quilt she made for one of her daughters. This was the first quilt Lynn ever made! She started with log cabin-like blocks and then chopped them up and added white sashing.

Jean shared a gorgeous rag quilt she made for her husband. We heard he wasn't too happy that she brought it to the meeting because that meant that he couldn't use it for a few hours. 

Christy is working on an adorable baby quilt for a friend who is expecting a little boy. Hopefully she'll bring it back when she's finished so we can see 

Jessica received this amazing quilt in her For the Love of Solids flickr swap.  She asked for something with bright, bold colors and quilter's linen, and Anna from woollykat didn't disappoint!

Celeste is working on a sudoku inspired baby quilt. We all loved the bright colors and the little giraffes peeking out to the side.

And the improv back was amazing, too! Great job, Celeste!

See all of you at the next meeting, which will be held on November 9 at the Centennial Barn from 7-9 pm.