Monday, September 26, 2016

September 2016 Meeting Recap

Meeting Date: Thursday, September 22nd 2015
Location: Grandview Library
Time: 6:30-8:30PM

Thanks to everyone for attending our September meeting. 

Beginning in September, attendees will have a chance to win a door prize.  This month's door prize was sponsored by Sunflower Quilts!  They graciously gave one of their awesome thread cutters to us to raffle off.

How do you enter the raffle?  You can enter the raffle multiple ways. 

1 ticket - Wearing your name tag
2 tickets - First time at a meeting
1 ticket - Returning member
1 ticket - Bringing a friend

At the end of the meeting we'll draw the winning ticket.  This month's September winner is Christina!

We also did our Alison Glass fabric swap.  You can read more about fabric swaps here.  Its a great way to get different cuts of fabric.

This month's queen bees were Jennie and Katy.  Katy requested colorful HSTs that will be turned into a fish quilt.

Here's Leigh holding up one of Jennie's economy 9 patch blocks.  

Next month's October queens are Heather and Chris.  Heather decided on a paper pieced exploding pineapple, and Chris chose a house block.  If you did not receive your instructions please contact Leigh or Chris.

Joanna led a discussion on color valuation.  We divided into groups to discuss colors and the important role color plays in our quilts, including saturation, high and low contrast, warm and cool colors, complimentary colors, and black and white combinations.

For our inspiration quilt challenge, here are Leigh's, Heather's and Cassandra's entries.

They each won a FQ bundle of Cotton+Steel Sprinkles.  Thank you Dabble & Stitch for carrying awesome fabrics!

Darci talked to the group about an awesome charity opportunity with Nationwide Children's Hospital and Beads of Courage.

For those not familiar with the organization, you can read more about it here.  As a group we will be making drawstring bags for the kids to hold their beads.  Instructions for the bags can be found here.   We will be planning a sew-in so we can get together and make the bags.  But, if you can't make it, you can contribute FQs or you can make the bags on your own.  We'll be collecting materials and bags at monthly meetings.  Please choose fabrics that would be suitable for a child.  More details will be available soon in a separate blog post.

Since the holiday's are just around the corner, we will postpone the next member swap until 2017. 

Next month is the Columbus Modern Quilters' Birthday!  The meeting will be held at Whetstone Library Meeting Room, Thursday, October 20th, 6:30-8:30.  Please note the date change from the fourth to third Thursday for this meeting! This is a chance for us to play some sewing-related games, win some fun prizes, and eat some delicious food. Sign-ups for food will be posted soon.

For the December meeting we will have a potluck and gift swap so be on the lookout for details.

New members are always welcomed!  You can send us a message or join our Facebook group to learn more about us.  See you next meeting!

Friday, September 2, 2016

October 12 month Bee Block

Name: Heather P.

Name of Block: Pineapple Block

Link to Block Tutorial:

Color Selection:
Super Scrappy with bright colors. No Browns or blacks. Triangles can be white or white on white

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:

The link has two templates. One for paper piecing and one for cutting each piece. I chose the paper piecing. For the white triangles I cut 5.5 squares and cut diagonally. For the strips I cut them 3 inches wide. I have found with paper piecing that it is easier to over estimate the size of the piece needed and then to trim down. Make sure the test square is 1 inch when you print. I had to increase the size by 18% to make the square one inch. I will be handing out copies of the templates at the next meeting so you don't have to mess with printing them. I can also mail copies to those not at the meeting. This block took me about 2 hours to complete.

Block Example:

Monday, August 29, 2016

September 12 Month Bee Block

Name: Katy J.

Block Design Name: Katy's Triangles Block
Link to block tutorial

Please see the direction you were given at the meeting. If you need another copy message Leigh M or Katy J and we can send you the PDF

Color selection
Bright Colors... NO florals, characters or animals or low volume
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?  Yes

Friday, July 29, 2016

August 6 Month Quilt

Name: Katy
Block Design Name: String Star Tutorial

Link to block tutorial

Color selection
Any Christmas Colors
Please name some designers or line of fabrics you like that will help us pick the right fabric for your block
Any Christmas fabric

Will you be providing fabric?  No

Just use 2 fabrics, don't to the strips

Inspiration Mini Quilt Challenge

Please see the general challenge rules HERE

Rules specific to the inspiration challenge:
  1. You will make a mini quilt or pillow cover that is between 12 and 36 inches. It can be square, rectangular, hexagon, be creative!
  2. Your mini quilt will follow either the color scheme or the overall theme from an inspiration photo that you choose (or both if you like). Be creative with your photo choice! (See an example and some suggestions of where to look below)
  3. Your interpretation of the theme does not have to be literal. You can make it as literal or abstract as you like, as long as the inspiration is clear.
  4. The mini quilt/pillow cover should be made entirely by you. Make something you'll enjoy because it's yours to keep! You can choose any pattern you would like. Try something new and challenge yourself in two ways!
  5. Please bring a copy of your inspiration photo to the challenge reveal.
  6. There will be 3 prizes awarded for this challenge. We will vote for the first two categories, and anyone who finishes the challenge will be eligible to win the 3rd:
    1. Most creative
    2. Best representation of inspiration photo
    3. Random winner
  7. Most important rule- HAVE FUN creating and learning something!
  8. Please have the mini quilt or pillow cover finished by our September 22nd meeting!
For the inspiration photo, be creative- use a photo that you took that you really loved, or find one online that inspires you. Pinterest and Instagram are always good sources of inspiration. Also, Design Seeds is a good place to find beautiful photos with fun color schemes. But, if you choose to use a photo that's not yours, please give credit to the owner in any social media/blog posts!

Here is an example, using one of my own photos from a vacation a few years back:

You will notice that I have Kona cotton colors next to the photo. I uploaded the original to Palette Builder, which will give you either the Kona or the Moda colors that correspond to colors in your photo. Playing with the Palette Builder is a great way to find the color scheme that most inspires you. Using this color combination, I could create a mini in any pattern I chose.
Or, from this photo I could also choose to make something that's pool/beach themed. Or something tiki hut themed. Or even swimsuit themed? The possibilities are endless, so go find something that inspires you and be creative.

August 12 Month Bee Block

Name: Christina
Block Design Name: Rocky Mountain Puzzle
Link to block tutorial
Color selection
Please list colors you would like your worker bees to use
Colorful and scrappy and low volume that reads as white, off white, or light gray. Please avoid the use of brown.

Please name some designers or line of fabrics you like that will help us pick the right fabric for your block
Carolyn Friedlander, Cotton & Steel, but anything modern is fine

Will you be providing fabric? No

Anything that we will need to know to make your block
For the background, please use a low volume that reads as white, off white, or light gray.
Links to example of the quilt block or fabric you would like us to use.
This could be a link to your pinterest board or other blogs that have also made this block.

August Block Raffle

August Block Raffle & Charity Block

We are excited to be able to donate another quilt to a wonder charity. Please complete the following before the August 25th meeting.

 Please complete 2 blocks of the bigger sister block- one for the raffle and one for our charity block. Make the block from fabric that are in the same color family (example: a teal and a navy)

Here is the link to the block: