Thursday, April 27, 2017

Solids/Color of the Year Challenge

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We all love prints, but have you ever made a project using nothing but solid fabrics? That's what we're challenging you to do with the CMQ Solids Challenge.

But that's not all. Have you seen Kona's Color of the Year, Pink Flamingo? If we give you some of this fabric can you figure out how to incorporate it into a project? That's the idea behind the Color of the Year Challenge.

That's right - there are two challenges here and a prize for each category. Choose to participate in one or knock out both challenges by making a project using only solid colors including Pink Flamingo.

Here are the details:

Solids Challenge: Make a project using ONLY solid-colored fabrics - and that's fabrics plural, so it has to be more than one! And solids means solids, so no low volume, no grunge, no shot cotton, like the Moccasin Sampler from Gen X Quilters above.. You can make anything you like - a mini quilt, a fabric basket, a bag, so long as piecing or applique is involved. You'll be judged by your peers, who will choose their favorite final product.
As a side note, Moda's Bella Solids Challenge is still going on. If you're working on that contest, feel free to use your project for our challenge as well.

Color of the Year Challenge: Use Kona Pink Flamingo in your project. It's that simple. We just want you to make any pieced/appliqued project you desire but incorporate this color in any quantity you choose. If you attended the April meeting, you went home with some of this fabric. Again, it cannot be the ONLY color in your project and piecing or applique must be involved. Make a mini quilt, fabric basket, bag, garment with piecing, whatever makes you happy! The group will vote on their favorite use of the color.

Ready to sign up? Click Here to register. Projects are due at the June meeting. Also, click here for the CMQ Challenge Rules. You must be a dues-paying member to participate, so make sure you're paid up!

Questions? Email Rachel at

Friday, April 14, 2017

March Meeting Recap

Columbus Modern Quilters
Monthly Meeting

Thursday March 23rd, 2017
6:30pm – 8:30 pm

Ice Breaker
What colors do you sew with the most?

New Years Resolution Challenge
The New Years Resolution Challenge has officially closed. More information about the challenge can be found here. The prizes are two FQ bundle prizes that have been graciously donated by Dabble & Stitch so be sure to enter!

Zipper Demo
Rachel demonstrated different zipper installation techniques. Which leads us to a zippered pouch swap! This will be a secret swap so you will not know who you will be receiving from until the reveal at the May meeting. You will only be able to receive your swap pouch if you have your pouch for your partner. Be sure to post a mosaic on Instagram and use #cbusmqswap. More information can be found here.

Annual Dues
Be sure to get your dues of $10 to Jennie H. You have a chance to win a March Cotton+Steel Stash Builder Box at the April meeting! You must be present at the April Meeting to be entered into the drawing.

Bee Blocks
The queen bee for March was Donna. She chose a paper pieced string star. Can’t wait to see then all together.

The queen bee for April is Cynthia. Cynthia chose a wonky economy block. Details for the block can be found here.

Block Raffle
For the block raffle this month we made the Scrappy Majestic Mountain Block from Bonnie Hunter. The modern spin on this block looks fantastic. Congrats to Ellen for being our lucky winner.

Beads of Courage
Thanks to Ellen and Chris for donating their bags to our charity initiative for 2017 benefiting Beads of Courage. We’ve already donated 50 bags to Nationwide Children’s Hospital with more to be donated soon. More information about our charity initiatives can be found here.

Fabric Swap
For March we swapped the Patone color of the year Greenery. So much pretty fabric!

Announcements and Upcoming Events

April 27th 2017 – April Meeting at Northern Lights Library 6:30PM-8:30PM
May - Fabric Shack Shop Hop
June - Summer Sew in / No Meeting for June

Monday, March 27, 2017

Cynthia 12 Month Bee Block

Cynthia 12 Month Bee Hive April Directions:
Name : Cynthia C

Which Hive? 12 month April

Block Design: Wonky Economy Block

Name Link to block tutorial
None, see Directions Below
Color selection
Low volume for center block, and bright for both surrounding fabric. Make sure there is at least one matching color in each surrounding. (Just so it looks they coordinate ) no tans, browns or "dull" colors.
Please name some designers or line of fabrics you like that will help us pick the right fabric for your block
Will you be providing fabric?
"Start with 1 low volume square that is 4.25"". Trim a bit off 3 sides to make it ""un-square."" Cut 2 squares for the first surround at 4.5"". Now, cut these corner to corner,  but wonky. Meaning not directly down the center. The outer fabric, cut 2 squares at 9"" and cut wonky from corner to corner.
Assemble as you would an economy block. Sew 2 opposite sides of the center to 2 fabrics of 1st layer, press, trim. Now sew the opposite sides, press. Trim with a .25"" margin above the points all the way around. This will not be a 90 degree square. 
Next sew the larger wonky cut triangles to the unit. Opposite sides first, press, trim. Now the final 2 wonky triangles. Press.
Finally cut the square with right angles.  Pick a point in the center of the block, measure 5 inches out to all sides. Trim along those lines. "

Directions Links to example of the quilt block or fabric you would like us to use.   


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