Showing posts with label meeting minutes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label meeting minutes. Show all posts

Monday, October 7, 2013

September 2013 meeting

CMQG Meeting
September 11, 2013
Centennial Barn

Since the August meeting was so jam-packed, we moved right into the fun stuff!

Mug Rug Swap
Our meeting started with the mug rug swap. Teresa put all the mug rugs in a bag, and anyone who brought one to swap picked one out of the bag at random.

Next month we’ll have a small bag swap. It can be any sort of small bag, including a pouch. The drawstring bag tutorial from In Color Order is one idea for this swap, and we’ll post others on Facebook or the blog during the month.

Show and Tell: The First Half

Amy made an improv square pillow

and a mug rug for herself in addition to the one she brought for the swap.

Gillian made lots of fun stuff: a pillow out of an embroidery piece

a plus quilt that she made for her husband out of two Chicopee charm packs

a star quilt for her son that was inspired from the Mars land rover. She free-motion quilted this, following Holly’s advice from last month’s meeting.

Gillian also made a quilt top for her daughter in a broken pinwheel pattern from the Briar Rose fabric line

and her St. Louis 16-patch quilt that Jill just finished quilting.

Jessica brought a picnic quilt that she made for her family using 5” squares that she cut from fat quarters

and a do. Good Stitches charity quilt. She was a quilter in this group for 2 years, along with 10 other people in each group. This quilt uses every color of the rainbow except purple, and no blacks or browns, with low-volume backgrounds. This quilt will go to Project Linus.

Next Jessica showed a quilt that she made for her best friend from junior high and high school, who wanted a scrappy quilt. Jessica used Elizabeth Hartman’s Superstar quilt block.

Cass made a quilt for charity from a quilt kit using Disney fabric.

Carolyn made a quilt for a challenge from another guild where they made a quilt inspired by a photo. So she made a beautiful embellished wall hanging. 


And she brought her winning quilt block submission for the Generation Q block challenge. Congratulations, Carolyn!

Janice made a beautiful pillow from a vintage tea towel

 and a bag she made out of another beautiful vintage linen.

Pam made a cute, modern pinwheel pillow.

Christine made a quilt she calls Yellow Plus Pink, which she quilted with a figure-8, inspired by Holly’s presentation.

Michelle made a quilt from a pattern in one of Gwen Marston’s books

and a beautiful Wonky Houses quilt.

Ellen made some blocks for two different do. Good Stitches groups that she’s in—some pink log cabin blocks

and a black-and-white block.

Judy brought a beautiful quilt made from a Fons & Porter pattern where she made a template and then cut her fabric, Moda Juggling Summer, using the template.


Modern Quilt Guild
After the break, Jessica announced that we are now officially members of the MQG! If you haven’t gotten an email yet from the MQG, you should soon. When you do, you can set up your profile where you can write something about yourself and link your blog and your Instagram with your profile. In the Forums section you can find out about challenges and lots of other things, like the current Riley Blake challenge.

Riley Blake Challenge
We joined the MQG just in time to enter this challenge. It is with Riley Blake Basics. You can add any solid fabric to the fabrics you are given, and you can add any print that is a Riley Blake print. And you can make any quilted project with it. Project photos can be uploaded to the MQG online community. This isn’t a challenge about winning a prize but rather about being part of the whole modern quilting community. The projects are due sometime in December. If you didn’t sign up to receive the fabrics, send an email ASAP to

Charlie Harper River City Quilt Guild
The River City QG is having a show from the last Saturday in September through October 6 showing Charley Harper quilts and their River Runs Through It quilts. And Charley Harper’s new fabric line will be released soon.

Sew Down
Sew Down is coming up in Portland, Oregon, and Heather is teaching at it! It will be a weekend of sewing together and taking classes and attending lectures. The Sew Down closest to us is in Nashville, April 11-13, and registration for this event will open in October.

Centennial Barn Fall Festival
We have two events in one at the Centennial Barn Fall Festival, October 20, from noon to 5 p.m. We’ll do a quilt show and have a booth for a fundraiser also. Members need to sign up to put a quilt in the show, so if you haven’t done that already and you want to show a quilt, email Jessica ASAP at (Update: We need more quilts for this! Please put two in the show if you can.) Bring your quilts to the October guild meeting.

For our fundraiser booth, we are asking members to bring two sewn items that we can sell—baby items, small bags, etc. Also, we need people to work at our booth, so please email Jessica at to sign up for this.

We now have a Modern Quilting Resources page on our blog, and this is where we would like to include and promote our members. If you have an Etsy shop, longarm quilting services, or anything else quilting related, email Christine with your information.

Sew In
Sew In on September 28 at the Wyoming Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring some cash for lunch and let’s have fun sewing together!

Cincinnati Museum Center Quilt Project
(Update: This project has been canceled, but here is what we discussed at the meeting, before we knew it was canceled.) Union Terminal sew-in November 16. We’ll have more info at next month’s meeting. Everyone in the community is invited to make a 9” unfinished square with their Cincinnati memories on it, for a giant quilt that will be on display at Union Terminal and at the Underground Railroad.

Show & Tell: Second Half

Brenda made some projects for her church craft bazaar: some teeny tiny owls, pumpkins, and flowers

and a Jumping Java quilt

and a colorful embellished wall hanging

and a colorful floral quilt that says “A weed is just and unloved flower”

and two flying geese quilts.

Carrie brought her first quilt—a baby quilt that she made for her mother-in-law. Good job, Carrie!

New member Lisa has discovered that she loves simple piecing and made two different quilt tops using aboriginal prints.

Jill brought her beautiful Easy Street quilt.

Jill also brought a fun quilt that she made for her dog sitter. 

Charlotte told us about the 14th Annual CQAFA (Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists) Quilt Show, which will be at the Cincinnati Nature Center October 18–20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an artists’ reception on Friday evening, October 18, 5–8 p.m.

She also brought a colorful wall hanging she made.

Heather brought a quilt she just finished today using her new industrial machine

and two small quilts that she made for another project.

Our next meeting is October 9, a week and a half before the Centennial Barn Fall Festival. Bring your small bag for the swap, two items to sell at the Fall Festival, and your quilts complete with hanging sleeve for the Fall Festival quilt display.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

May 2013 Meeting

CMQG Meeting
May 8, 2013
Centennial Barn

At the start of the meeting members voted on the issue of joining the national Modern Quilt Guild. Jessica reviewed some of the benefits and explained the issues on the ballot: To join? When? How to pay the national dues? When the results were tallied later in the meeting, out of 28 votes: all 28 voted for joining (Yeah!); 26 voted to begin membership in July and 2 voted to begin membership next January; and for the big question of how to pay the dues, 11 voted for dues only, 2 voted for fundraising only; and 15 voted for a combination of both dues and fundraising. More on fundraising ideas below…

Current Business and Events
The River City Quilt Guild show is June 13–15. If you have a quilt to display in the show, please bring it to the June CMQG meeting. Quilts must have a sleeve and a label. Send an email to ASAP if you are entering a quilt, because they need to know. The show is in Finneytown at the Baptist Church. Also June 13–15 is the Creative Festival at the Convention Center in Sharonville.

The Louisville show Sew Original wants our Dresden quilts and our Ohio Star quilts to show in their expo. We are going to have a booth in the show also and need to have it manned during the expo. Please consider this opportunity and email if you can do this and also to let Jessica know if you want your quilt in the show.

Sew-In this Saturday, May 11, at the Madeira Library from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you want to order lunch, please bring $6.00 and we will order from Panera.

The Shop Hop will be on Saturday, July 13, organized by Kara Sanders. There will be a small fee for transportation. The route will probably start out at Sewn Studio, then Lavender Street in Montgomery, then Fabric Shack in Waynesville. We can rent a 15-passenger van for this.

Charity collections for Boston were received at the meeting and can be brought to the Sew-In on Saturday also. You can also make some and send them on your own next week if you want to contribute to this. The Boston MQG is receiving blocks in a specific color scheme for charity work for victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon. And the Vancouver MQG is organizing a flag banner for the city of Boston also. 

Christine made a pretty yellow and gray block. Sheila brought a pretty block. 

Teresa brought a ship block that she made and is pictured on the BMQG website! 

Janie made a friendship block. Ellen made a flag with Xs and Os. 

Gillian made an origami crane flag.

New Business
The first Sew Down, a national event organized by the Modern Quilt Guild, will be held in September in Philadelphia. Registration will open toward the end of May, and even though our guild won’t be a member of the national guild until July, we can let them know of our intent to join in July to obtain the discounted member rate for registration.

Fundraisers for National MQG Dues
Member Kayla Wilcoxson is a consultant for Thirty-One and has offered a fundraiser for CMQG toward our national guild membership. Members can buy the Large Utility Tote, Top-a-Tote, or Pocket-a-Tote, and she will donate 15% plus her profits toward the national dues. If we buy 16 bags total, we can pay for all of our $200 dues for this year (July through December). Orders need to be placed by next month’s meeting.

Another fundraising opportunity is via F&W Media, who is publishing a small publication for sale at JoAnn’s stores. F&W is very interested in making a 32-page pamphlet on our guild’s Ohio Star quilts from the 2012 IQF. Their idea is to showcase our Ohio Star quilts by including a photograph of all of them and then including a pattern for 5 to 8 of them. So we are very interested in this, because the remuneration could be very good and be used toward the national membership and also compensation to the pattern writers. All of the instructions would be needed sometime in June or early July. You wouldn’t have to remake your quilt but write the instructions and go through the process on paper. If we don't get enough patterns from the original quilt makers, we may need members to create Ohio Star quilts and write instructions for this project. Christine will be notifying the guild as to the status of the project the week of May 20.

F&W is also interested in doing a booklet on Tula Pink’s new City Sampler book. If we chose this option, we would make her City Sampler blocks using JoAnn’s fabrics. This could be tough to organize but perhaps we could do this at a special Sew-In organized only for this purpose. There’s also a Farmer’s Wife book and a Civil War book. These could all be group projects or individual members can take on one of the books, too. Either way, these projects have a quick turnaround; the compensation would be less than that for the Ohio Star project. Contact Christine for more information.

Happy Hours!
Several members met spontaneously for happy hour one night and had so much fun that we decided to schedule a guild happy hour open to anyone! All will be from 8:30 p.m. to ???
  Nametag Challenge

For the May challenge, several members and even guests made beautiful nametags using the colors from our CMQG logo and blog header.

Jessica brought two prizes from Lavender Street that weren’t given away at the Modern Meetup, a tote bag and a fat quarter bundle. And Ellen brought a book that she won at QuiltCon titled We Love to Sew, by Annabel Wrigley. And the winners were … Amanda won the book, Sister Ann won the bag, and Kathy won the fat quarter bundle.

Demonstration: Hand Quilting

After the break, Ellen introduced a demonstration on hand quilting by Sr. Ann and Lisa. Sister Ann never took any formal classes in hand quilting but learned when she was a child by filling in the spots that the adults had missed when the quilt needed to be turned on the large frame. Nobody does the same stitches, and even the same person won’t make identical stitches. 

She taught her method of taking several stitches at a time and rocking the needle back and forth, and then let members give it a try for themselves.

Lisa demonstrated two different techniques. She explained some differences in needles and threads and the difference between quilting tighter vs. looser woven fabrics. 

She showed several quilts and small projects that she has made over the years and recommended a book called The Perfect Stitch, by Dierdre McElroy.

Upcoming Events

Next month’s challenge is to hand quilt something. Lisa’s advice: quilt something small!

Janine promised to post her recipe for the sweet-and-salty crackers she brought for refreshments.

Future lectures and demos we be
  • Heather’s presentation at QuiltCon
  • Janine on cathedral windows
  • Holly on free-motion quilting
  • Cass on quilt-as-you-go

Show and Tell

Gillian showed a sweet baby quilt (it’s baby season in Gillian’s world) for a new baby named Sylvia, done in Appleville fabric. 

And she showed a quilt top she made using all one line of fabric by Tula Pink, Parisville.

Ellen and Michelle wore skirts they made at Camp Stitchalot in Michigan. Another Camp Stitchalot is coming up in August. 

And Ellen showed a purse that she made in Katy Jones’s class as well as Katy’s book, 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks.

Janie showed a colorful quilt top she has in progress using Jane Sassaman’s fabric. This is a project she works on a little, puts it away, then repeats.

Teresa showed a beautiful panel she began at QuiltCon and completed at home. She quilted in with wavy lines. She’ll hang it in her kitchen for some color.

Guest Lynn Whitley from Lexington brought some coupons for her fabric shop, Q—First in Quilting, just south of Lexington. She showed a picnic table runner that was her first experiment with free-motion quilting.

Janine showed a cute baby quilt.

Inspired from last month’s challenge, Carolyn showed an upcycle project that she bought for $0.49. It was made from men’s ties. 

And she showed another purse made from one men’s tie.

Carrie shared a fabric marking pen that has an eraser, the Frixion pen. Note that the ink irons off, but can reappear if the fabric is put in the freezer. To keep the ink off permanently, erase it or wash it.

Carol brought a patriotic quilt she made, not for Quilts of Valor, but for a friend who has a son who was injured in the Iraq war. The backing is navy blue camouflage. 

For her great niece she made a doll quilt that is a leftover scrap she used in a quilt for her niece when she was a baby. 

And another quilt she made for a neighbor who recently had a baby boy.

Heather shared that she taught at the Makerie in Boulder, Colorado, a couple weeks ago. She brought the projects she made with the students in her class: an improv-pieced pillow and mini quilt. 

At the Makerie the instructors got to take a class from another instructor, so Heather took Amy Butler’s class, Creating Your Color Story, and she brought her project from that class. And she got to dye fabric in Kaari Meng’s class on fabric dyeing.

Jessica showed a do.good.stitches quilt, an online bee that she’s in. The quilt is beautiful Flying Geese, inspired from Andie Johnson’s Flying Geese quilt in her (and Kelly Biscopink’s) book, Modern Designs for Classic Quilts.

Please join us for our next meeting on June 12, from 7-9 pm at the Centennial Barn.