Friday, July 26, 2013

July 2013 Meeting

CMQG Meeting
July 10, 2013
Centennial Barn

Current Business

Shop Hop
Kara confirmed who is coming to the Shop Hop, this Saturday, July 13. We’ll meet at Sewn Studio at 10:00 a.m., then travel to Lavender Street in Montgomery, and finally to Fabric Shack in Waynesville. Update: The Shop Hop was so much fun! Huge thanks to Kara for putting this together and for scoring us the great deals at all the fabric shops!

Sew Original Quilt Expo in Louisville
August 30–September 1 is the Louisville quilt expo. Heather will be working out a schedule to man our booth at the expo, so please keep this in mind if you are coming. Heather will also let us know about the sleeve requirements and any contracts we need to fill out. Please bring your quilts to the August meeting. We will take the quilts to Louisville and hang them up and bring them back, which will help keep our expenses down. 

Charity: Quilts of Valor & Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Andie has a meeting coming up for the Children’s Hospital project and will have more information on this afterward. We also have two projects with Quilts of Valor that we can contribute to. The first is QOV’s 10th anniversary project. Members can make blocks according to their guidelines (these will be signature blocks with your first name and state) and send them in to QOV before November.  

The second QOV project is a quilt top from the CMQG! We would like to have 25 or more star blocks from our guild. These should be signed with your first name only, not state since it’s from the CMQG. Blocks should be 8.5" square minimum to 16" square maximum. More details can be found on the CMQG Charity Quilt Projects blog post. Please bring your star blocks to the September guild meeting.

Ohio Star Project
Christine updated us on the Ohio Star project. We are still working on a contract. It is on hold for now. So everything is pending for this project. Update: This project has been canceled—a disappointment to all, but keep those patterns in mind to publish another way. Special thanks to all the members who were so willing to do this to help promote the guild.

Happy Hour
Teresa and Ellen went to June’s happy hour and had a great time! Next Happy Hour is July 27 at Cock and Bull in Glendale at 8:30 p.m.

Next Year’s IQF
This is very preliminary. We have been informally invited to have another show at next year’s IQF in Cincinnati in April. Even though the show is in April, our quilts are due in December or January, so we do need some time to prepare. We have a poll on the website that we can vote on, but keep in mind that anything we propose needs to be approved by IQF. Update: The poll is now closed, and the winner was Flying Geese!

Modern Quilt Guild
National membership opens July 17. With the 31 Totes fundraiser, we raised $170!! Thank you, Kayla! We are not quite ready to join because we have some organizational paperwork to complete, but this is in the works and we will join ASAP.

New Business

Cincinnati Museum Center Community Quilt
We have been asked by the Cincinnati Museum Center to make a community quilt for the city. It will be on display at the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Underground Railroad Freedom Center. These will be huge displays and events that many, many people will see, not only residents of Cincinnati and the tri-state area but also people who travel here to see them. People will be making 9" (unfinished) blocks with their Cincinnati memories on them. Blocks must be on white cotton fabric, and we will have a special sew-in at the Museum Center to put them all together. This is tentatively scheduled for November 9 (but we hope the date moves because it’s the same weekend as the 1st Annual #OHcraft Sew-In). In January we will tie the quilts. The squares are due October 19. They are hoping for two large quilts–they will be very large.

Amy announced next month's challenge: fabric boxes! More details will be posted on our blog about the challenge, but it’s simple: Make a box out of fabric.

For the scrap bag swap, members brought bags of scraps, which were combined and mixed together, and then redistributed back to members.

Show and Tell

Kara showed a beautiful lap-size quilt she made with Amy Butler’s Cameo collection.

Gillian showed her Tula Pink Nightshade quilt that Jill just finished quilting with freehand spiderwebs.

And a quilt she made using a Camille Roskelley pattern. This is for her grandmother, who is turning 90 in September.

Barb brought a quilt that she made last year for Charlie. It was his day care blanket, and she sewed binkie straps onto two sides. Awwww…So sweet!

Carol brought a quilt that Janine quilted for her. All the circles are appliqué. All the squares are in strips. This is for her queen-size guest room bed.

Janine and Kathy made twin quilts with Faith Jones’s Up and Up pattern.

Janine also brought her quilt made from her Kewpie blocks. That quilting is just beautiful!

Amanda brought a prairie point quilt that was her first free-motion quilting project.

Amy brought an Ohio Star baby quilt.

And a cute Plus-sign baby quilt.

Christine brought her elephant placemats that she made for her husband. She and her hubby foster two elephants in Africa, and their names are on the back of the placemats.

Our guest brought a quilt she made after a 23-year break from sewing. She made a doll quilt that is an exact match to the baby quilt she made. After that, she crocheted a baby blanket, and then made a doll to go with it.

Brenda made a lap-size or wheelchair-size quilt from scraps. 

ETA: Brenda, I'm so sorry the photo is cropped so much. I'm having issues with my computer and I don't know how that happened! Heather

Cass shared some Crystal Light containers that are perfect for storing scissors and other notions.


Cathedral Windows with Janine
Janine took a class on making Cathedral Windows. She has been working on her Crazy Cathedral Quilt for 8 years. ARDCO makes some templates, and Janine used their Cathedral Windows template set for this. Start with three 8.5" squares of fabric: the front, the back, and muslin for the middle. 

Both the front and the back fabrics will show on the front of the quilt, so they should be fabrics you like and that coordinate. Lay the three squares together, with the muslin first, then the back fabric right side up, then the front fabric with the wrong side faceup (so the back and front fabrics are right sides together). Place the circle template on the fabric layers, draw the circle, and then sew the three fabrics together on the marked line. Cut the seam allowance really close to the sewn line with pinking shears. Then carefully cut a small slit in the back fabric and turn the circle right side out. The slit should be an inch or two away from the seam, so that it won’t show when the circle edges are folded over later. The template set comes with a square template that you then use to fold the circle edges over the square template to press your fold lines. With your folds pressed, sew two folded circles together on a single fold line, matching the folds. Then sew the circular edges down. Some people hand sew these down, and others machine sew using a fancy stitch or thread.

Next month Holly will present on free-motion quilting. Remember her amazing Dresden quilt?

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, August 14, at the Centennial Barn. See you then!

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