Wednesday, March 27, 2013

April Upcycling Challenge

Instead of a swap for our April meeting, Amy and Teresa have an upcycling challenge for us, in honor of Earth Day. That challenge is to take something you have and don't use and change it into something you will use.

The item you start with can be just about anything: a wool sweater, a T-shirt, a skirt, a tablecloth, placemats. And the item you change it into can be just about anything, too: a tote bag, a quilt, a child's dress, a rug.

I started a board on Pinterest with a few upcycling links. You can check it out here.

And below are just a few more ideas of upcycled items I've made.

A T-shirt I bought freshman year of high school is now a pillow.

My husband's old sleeping bag turned into a quilt.

Have fun with your upcycling! I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with at our April meeting!


Saturday, March 23, 2013

March Sew -In

*******  Edit: Our next sew-in is on May 11, same place. Don't miss it!  ********

We had our first sew-in of the year today at the Blue Ash library. Thirteen of us were able to make it for this fun and productive day.

Carolyn creating a piece inspired by a photo she took in Costa Rica.

Danielle working on a Swoon block.

Christy playing with triangles.

Amanda working on a T-shirt quilt with shirts from her college days.

Ellen making a quilt for a friend.

Amanda's grandma, Marilyn, our special guest at the sew-in.

Lisa making a T-shirt quilt for her goddaughter.

Jessica putting together a quilt for do.good.stitches.

Michelle working on her Scrappy Trip Around the World. Note her super cute iron on the left.

Sheila working a quilt she's designed using a jelly roll.

Teresa and her hexies. Next up for her: Y-seams!

Kayla and Christine didn't make it into the photos, but we were in on the fun, too. Thanks to Christy for finding the venue and to Jessica for orchestrating lunch.

We're planning another sew-in for May, so stay tuned for more info!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

March 2013 meeting

CMQG Meeting
March 13, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Centennial Barn

The new guild president, Jessica Rider, began the meeting with announcements. Our first sew-in of the year is March 23 at the Blue Ash Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided, so we need to have sign-ups. Bring your machine and we’ll have cutting stations and ironing stations set up.

We have new chairs for—
Hospitality: Michelle Kirby. Thank you to Lynn Wood, who has done this for years.
Education: Ellen McKee. If you would like to share something with the group, please let Ellen know.
Swaps: Amy Thonneroux and Teresa Seitz.
We are still looking for a chairperson for Fundraising to raise money for the guild.

IQF (International Quilt Festival) is April 11–13 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. We have an exhibit in the show, with 21 quilts from our guild on A Modern Take on the Dresden Plate. Preview night is Wednesday, April 10, which is our regular guild meeting night. We will have our regular meeting at the Centennial Barn. Holly will bring the quilts to the convention center on Monday, April 8. You are responsible to pick up your own quilt on Saturday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the volunteer worker check-in desk. The IQF needs people to work for the festival also.

Our guild is hosting a Modern Meet-Up on Thursday, April 11, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Nicholson’s Pub on Walnut & 7th, right across from the Aronoff. We have some great sponsors who are contributing  great prizes for this.
Craft Hope Bib Drive: Lynn has two adopted children from China, and another mom is adopting a child and going to China in April. She will take our handmade bibs there to the needy children in China. You can still make bibs and send them to Lynn by March 27 and they will still be in time for this project. We have 54 bibs so far, so we have already surpassed our goal, but feel free to make more if you’d like.

Our next charity project is in progress.

We have a new Member Statement, which is written on our member sign-up sheets. This is the purpose of our guild: to encourage one another, to learn from one another. Everyone is welcome but our focus is on modern quilting.
Janine made a pillow from a Denyse Schmidt patternScottie Dog out of the block that Carrie swapped with her last month. Carrie made an art portfolio from the block that Janine made and swapped with her last month.

Amy and Teresa announced next month’s swap: an upcycled project in honor of Earth Day, which is next month. This is a challenge and not a swap, which we will be doing more of this year. You will keep whatever you make.
Teresa brought the pincushions from the MQG pincushion swap and distributed them to people who made pincushions.

Cass Plott is the featured artist with 12 quilts at the Rising Sun Quilt Fest (

After the break, the new board members technology and quilting. Nancy showed Facebook and Instagram, Christine showed Google Reader and blogging, Heather showed Pinterest and Twitter, and Jessica showed Flickr.
QuiltCon participants shared on QuiltCon: Ellen and Teresa showed projects that they made in Valori Wells’s workshop. She taught to always use one “ugly” fabric in projects. 

Ellen also took a class from Elizabeth Hartman on how to use freezer paper as a template. 

Teresa shared that the lectures (including Heather’s) are available for free on

Michelle showed a Sew Together bag she made from a Sew Demented pattern onCraftsy. She made a Kitchen Sink skirt in Jay McCarroll’s class at QuiltCon. 

Heather shares her improv quilt that was started in her Denyse Schmidt workshop at QuiltCon  

Heather took Anna Maria Horner’s class on composing a quilt by using orphan blocks instead of using a pattern. She also took Denyse Schmidt’s Improv class and showed the completed quilt top. They drew fabrics out of a bag blindly and worked on a block for 30 minutes then put them on the design wall. Then they incorporated the fabric they brought (1/2 yard) by cutting it as little as possible, sewing curves, and continuing the blind construction process. 

Teresa shared some wax resist dyeing projects she made from instructor Malka Dubrowsky at QuiltCon.
For Show and Tell, Cass shared three quilt tops she pieced from last month’s guild challenge, where Andie challenged us to complete something we’ve started. 


And she showed a quilt that will be on display at the Rising Sun Quilt Fest.

Ellen showed her Scrappy Trip quilt that she made from mostly Bonnie and Camille fabric.

Christy showed a machine appliqué project and an Ohio Supernova quilt, one of Heather’s patterns.

Lynn showed her do.good.stitches quilt for Project Linus that Jill quilted and a Scrappy Trip quilt that Jill also quilted.

Carrie showed a baby quilt for a prenatal charity quilt. She also showed a beautiful quilt art project.

A guest to the meeting showed a Rapid Fire Hunter’s Star quilt template and quilt top that she made.

Connie showed a quilt that she made by keying off the word “union.”

Amanda showed her finished airplane quilt from an ArtGallery tutorial.

New member Kara Sanders invited guild members to a sew-in in November at Hueston Woods. Registration and more details are on her blog, Me and Elna.


Monday, March 11, 2013

Second Annual Modern Meet Up at IQF!

Announcing the 2nd Annual
Modern Meet Up
Hosted by the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild.

 Thursday, April 11th, 7PM at Nicholson's Pub

We are excited to invite you to come party with us after your day at IQF Cincinnati! We will be celebrating our exhibit in the show, meeting new friends, talking modern movement, and giving out lots of prizes and loot. We will provide some appetizers, and endless drinks are available at the cash bar. It's going to be a great time for anyone from MQG's visiting the show, or just anyone who loves quilting friends and fabric prizes! 

Sponsors Include

*Nicholson's Pub is located on Walnut and Seventh St., directly across from the Aronoff Center and one block from Fountain Square. Just a few blocks walk from the Duke Energy Center.

Monday, March 4, 2013

local quilt and craft shows in 2013

Looking for some fun things to do this year? CMQG member Cassandra Plott has organized this list of local quilt and craft shows in our area this year to share with you. Thank you so much, Cass!

2013 Quilt Shows in the Cincinnati Area


Heritage Quilt Show: March 7-9, Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center, Bloomington, IN

Kids Komforts Sew-a-thon: March 16, 9 am-4pm., Westwood First Presbyterian Church, 3011 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45211

Rising Sun Quilt Fest:  March 22-24,  Historic Downtown Rising Sun, 120 Main St., Rising Sun, IN 47040 


International Quilt Festival: April 10-13, Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati 45202

Crafty Super Market: April 27, Clifton Cultural Art Center,

Sauder Village Quilt Show: April 30-May 5, Sauder Village, 22611 St. Rt. 2, Archbold, OH 43505,


Essex Studios Art Walk: May 3-4, 2511 Essex Place, Cincinnati, OH 45206,

South Lebanon School House Quilt Show: May 9-11, 110 N. High Street, South Lebanon, OH 45065,


The Original Creative Festival: June 13-15, Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati, OH 45246,    

RiverCity Quilt Guild-Quilt Show—to be announced

National Quilting Association show: June 27-29, Greater Columbus Convention Center,  Hall C, 400 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215,

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One Stop Shop Hop: July 19-20,  Wright Patterson Air force Base, 3660 St Rt 444, Fairborn, Ohio 45324, 


Machine Quilting Today—Milwaukee, WI: Aug. 1-3 (preview day July 31), Olympia Resort and Conference Center, 1350 Royale Mile Road, Oconomowoc, WI, 53066,


RiverCity Quilt Guild—Farbach/Warner Charley Harper quilt show Details TBA

Ohio Quilts Annual Meeting in Columbus: more info TBA


Nature Center-Rowe Woods-Fiber Art Quilt Show: more info TBA

One Stop Shop Hop-Wright Patterson Air Force Base:  Oct. 18-19,  Wright Patterson Air force Base, 3660 St Rt 444, Fairborn, Ohio 45324, 


Winterfair Fine Art & Craft Show: Nov. 29-Dec.1, Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington, KY,