Thursday, March 23, 2017

Zipper Pouch Swap

We know a lot of you are masters of the zipper pouch, and if you attended the March meeting for the zipper tutorial, you're now a zipper expert! 😉Let's put your new found skill to use by participating in the Zipper Pouch Swap. 

You'll be paired with another participating Columbus Modern Quilters member and have until the May meeting to make a pouch just for them. You can make any type of pouch your heart desires, so long as it has a zipper and can hold things. Go as simple or complicated as you want. Add some patchwork or not, it's up to you!

To participate, complete THIS FORM and you will be emailed your partner's information. You must be a dues-paying member to participate. Partnerships are SECRET so you won't know who is making for you. You must be at the swap reveal meeting to exchange your item. If you are unable to attend, your item must be sent with someone else, dropped off, or mailed to the recipient up to a week after the meeting date.

Per the Swap Rules, you will not receive the item made for you until the item you made is received. Remember to use quilt shop quality fabric and do your best work. Make something you’d be proud to receive/use, taking into consideration your partner’s likes/dislikes (we'll give you their Instagram and Facebook info).

Part of the fun of participating in secret swaps is posting preview photos and trying to guess who your partner is.  We encourage you to be active in the FB group and/or IG and share photos of your items as you’re making them. Please use the hashtag #cbusmqswap when you share your photos.

Need some help getting started? We've got some inspiration for you on the CMQ Pinterest Page. You can also find the info sheet from the March's zipper tutorial HERE.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March Meeting Reminder (Thursday 3/23/2017)

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Reminder that tomorrow's meeting is Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 6:30-8:30 at Old Worthington Library.

Old Worthington Library
820 High St,
Worthington OH 43085

We have a fun raffle for the meeting!  Leigh has a surprise that comes in a purple box to giveaway at the April meeting.
How to enter:
1.  Have your dues paid by the March Meeting (TOMORROW).

Check out the FB group page on how to get an additional entry.

Raffle will be drawn at the April meeting.  You must be present for the meeting.

Items to bring:

Name Tags
Block Raffle - Info can be found here.
Bee Blocks for Donna - Block info can be found here
Fabric Swap cut into F8s. This month is Pantone Color of the year Greenery.
Any drawstrings bags to be donated to Bags of Courage 
Items for Show and Tell


Ice Breaker
Bee Blocks
Block Raffle
Demo - Zippers - Rachel
Discuss Carpooling for the exhibit at Decorative Arts Center of Ohio.
Next Group Sew-in
Show and Tell

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February Block Raffle

Block Name: Scrappy Mountain Majesties


-Pick 2 contrasting colors (you will need to cut (1) 8.5 inch square from each color to complete one block)
-Each block is an entry in the raffle, make as many blocks as you like.
-Due at our February 23rd Meeting
-Do not sew the 2 pieces together

Examples of what 2 blocks look like together:

Friday, January 27, 2017

2017 New Year's Resolution Challenge

Welcome to 2017! To kick off your year of sewing, our first challenge of the year is going to be a "New Year's Resolution".

Is there a quilting or sewing technique you've been meaning to try but haven't found the courage or time to do it? Sign up to participate in the Columbus Modern Quilters New Year's Resolution Challenge! Click here to do so.

Also, please review the CMQ Challenge rules HERE.

You are challenged to complete a project that executes a technique you've never done before but have been meaning to tackle. For example, challenge yourself to try curves, paper piecing, applique, free motion quilting, bags or garments for the first time. Check out our Pinterest board for tutorials.

Your project is due at the April meeting and must be a completed item. It does NOT have to be a quilt but it does have to be finished. For example you are welcome to try your new technique on a bag, one-hour basket, pot holder, etc., or if you've been dying to applique cats onto a rad vest, go for it!

You have four months to complete your item, so be sure to post your progress on Instagram. Tag your work with #cbusmqchallenge.

By participating you will be entered into a random drawing for a prize and the group will also vote on best execution of the stated technique, with the winner also getting a prize. You must be present at the April meeting to win.

Please note that in order to participate in challenges, you must be a dues-paying member of CMQ. Make sure your dues are paid up by the March meeting to participate.

Questions? Email Rachel at

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

February 2017 Bee Block

Block Design Name: Row Houses

Link to block tutorial
Handout during meeting - I received the block at Glamp 2016 and it can only be used for personal use and not copied. Please make all 5 and do not sew them together.

Color selection
Bright colors for houses - plain white for the "sky" - no brown or grey or black please. Please fussy cut the windows with animals, objects, kids, etc. I have plenty of flower ones already.

Please name some designers or line of fabrics you like that will help us pick the right fabric for your block:
Anything bright - Tula pink, Michael Miller,

Will you be providing fabric?  No

Anything that we will need to know to make your block
Please fussy cut the windows with animals, objects, kids, etc. I have plenty of flower ones already.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

December 2016 Meeting Recap

Meeting Date: Thursday, December 15th, 2016
Location: Dabble & Stitch

Thanks to everyone attending our December meeting! We had our holiday meeting at Dabble & Stitch. Thank you so much for hosting us. If you've never been to Dabble & Stitch, you definitely want to stop by. Its a great shop owned by husband and wife duo Daniel and Katie. You can find the latest modern fabrics as well as take classes and use their sewing lounge.  If you can't make it to their store they also have a Etsy shop.

We had a little fun by wearing our holiday sweaters while enjoying all the treats brought by everyone.

The highlight of the meeting was our white elephant swap. Lots of laughs and gifts were exchanged by all.

Then it was time for show and tell.

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Some announcements:
  • Next Meeting:  Thursday, January 26th, 2016 6:30-8:30
    • Location: Whetstone Library
  • Charity Sew In for Bags of Courage
    • CHANGE OF DATE  - Saturday, January 28th 10-3:45
    • Location: Whetstone Library
    • More information on the event can be found here.
  • January Fabric Swap - Red and Green
    • For 2017, we will be swapping fabric by color.  This will be a great way to build up your stash!
  • Upcoming events to be announced:
    • Trip to Fabric Shack in Waynesville, OH.
    • Tour of the Decorative Arts Center in Lancaster, OH with a mini shop hop.

Friday, December 16, 2016

January 2017 Bee Block

Queen Bee:

Which Hive? 12 month January

Block Design: Autumn Arrowhead

Link to block tutorial

The block for January is the Autumn Arrowhead by one of our members Abby Hersey.  You can find the tutorial here.  This is a quick, easy block.  Just be mindful of the marking and cutting directions.

Color selection

Please use two vibrant contrasting colors.  Please avoid white, browns and low volume fabrics.

Will you be providing fabric?



Below are examples of the block and fabric combinations:
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Here are examples of the types of fabrics I was looking for: