Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Blocks for Traveling Quilts

At the March meeting, we kicked off a year of Traveling Quilts! Members signed up to participate and were then divided into three groups. Each member of the group made a block for their Traveling Quilt and specified guidelines she would like the rest of the group to follow when making a block for that quilt. At the end of the March meeting, each quilt block went home with someone else who is to make a block to go into a quilt with the original block. The members have two months to make a block, and then in May the blocks will go to another member of the group. We'll trade blocks in July, September and November, as well.

Here's our original blocks along with some of the guidelines the maker put into place. We'll show round two of the Traveling Quilts in May!
Christine's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: the goal is for this quilt to get donated to a boy between the ages of 8 and 12, so not girly, using red, blue, gray, and teal as primary colors; sharks not required.  

Kim's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: make any mini quilt block in any colors and add a white border.

Teresa's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: mix lights and darks plus neutrals, but otherwise anything goes.
Ellen's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: whateveryou can even cut up her piece!
Amy's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: the goal is for this to be a modern sampler quilt; use a low-volume background.
Amanda's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: make more confetti blocks with a white border.

Christy's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: use blues and greens with an ocean theme.  
Michelle's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: use magenta, teals, and yellows and a gray background.

Janine's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: make any block pattern in any color.
Kathy's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: make this block or any block with bright colors on a white background.

Carole's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: anything goes.

Kayla's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: make any house block, wonky improv house, or steppingstones block.

Jessica's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: make a circle-themed block using a bit of the Jay McCarroll fabric provided.

Brooke's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: the theme is nautical, so anything pirates, sailboats, etc. Brooke included a journal with her block to give her team members some inspiration.

Gillian's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: make improv blocks using low-volume scraps; trim her piece or chop it up if you like, too. Gillian included a journal with her block, too.

March Meeting 2014

March 12, 2014

Cincinnati Modern Quilt a Guild Meeting


Dues: If you have not yet paid your dues for 2014, please do so at the April meeting. The dues for 2014 are $40.

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge: The national Modern Quilt Guild is sponsoring another fabric Challenge! This time, twenty-five CMQG members can sign up to receive six fat eighths of Michael Miller's Petal Pinwheels line. For the Challenge, you can add any solid or Michael Miller print, and the finished piece must be quilted. The winner of the Challenge will receive a year of Michael Miller fabric! The deadline for the Challenge is June 23. The fabric will be distributed at the April meeting or contact Jessica (she'll let us know when it comes in). Click here for more info on the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge (to access link you must be logged into the MQG website).

In addition to the guidelines in the national Challenge, CMQG is challenging its members to make quilts with their fabric and to then donate those quilts to Project Linus. The quilts will be collected at the June and July CMQG meetings and donated to the Cincinnati chapter of Project Linus, which delivers quilts to children in need in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren counties through hospitals, fire departments, crisis centers, and camps. The smallest quilt size they accept is 30" x 36", but other than that, quilts can be any size. The quilts should not have buttons or embellishments attached and must be smoke- and pet-hair free. See the Project Linus site for more info.

Quilt Con: Will be held February 19-22, 2015 in Austin, TX. Registration for members is June 24. The conference filled up very quickly last time, so plan to jump online as soon as registration opens! Click here for more on Quilt Con. 
The conference will also include a quilt show that's open to members. Entries in the show will be accepted starting July 1. Click here for the link to the forms on the ModernQuilt Guild site and for more info.

Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at International Quilt Festival and Market: There's a call for entries to participate in a Modern Quilt Guild Showcase. Submissions will be accepted from May 30 to June 27. The quilts for the show will be chosen and the makers will be notified on August 1. Click here for more information and for the entry form.

April Swap: Make and bring a small bag using modern fabrics to swap at the April meeting. Any kind of bag—zippered, drawstring, tote—is great.

May Meeting: Bring back your Traveling Quilt/ Round Robin blocks and show them off!
Look for the Traveling Quilt/ Round Robin and Education portions of the meeting in their own blog posts. Coming soon!

Show and Tell

Teresa brought the pillow she made for the Riley Blake challenge.

Robin made a baby blanket for her son. This is her second quilt and the first one that she quilted. Yay, Robin!
And another quilt by Robin!

Christine made this quilt for Project Linus, hoping it will go to an older boy.
The back of Christine's quilt.
Heather will soon have a tutorial for how to make this quilt. In it she used American Made Brand fabric by Cloth Works. The fabric was made entirely in the U.S. with a fine thread and a light feel.

Carole participated in a challenge and created this bird, which she appliqued on and then thread painted. She used Peltex inside the wall hanging for extra stiffness.
Does this quilt look familiar? Kim used the pattern in Modern Designs for Classic Quilts by our very own Kelly Biscopink and Andie Johnson for this quilt.
Detail of Kim's Modern Log Cabin top.
Kay used an Amy Bradley pattern for this quilt and free-motioned it on her home machine.