Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sew-In on Saturday, January 7th!

Exhausted from this busy Holiday season?  

Come to Quilt Trends on
Saturday, January 7th to sew to your hearts content! Bring your sewing machine, notions, and a few projects to work on... and a snack to share if you wish. Irons and cutting mat provided.
Two sessions: 11am - 2pm or 2pm - 5pm

Feel free to sign up for one or BOTH sessions!

Email with any questions.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Thursday Columbus Modern Quilt Guild Special Speaker!

We're so excited, it's almost time for our special event featuring Maria Elkins!

She will be our guest speaker this Thursday, December 15 at 7 pm at Quilt Trends. She’s a fabulous quilt artist from the Dayton area. Check out her website to see some of her amazing work at

Remember to bring your swap item if you exchanged fat quarters at the November meeting.

Also, don't forget, our Book Exchange starts this month – You are invited to Donate a book or relatively new magazine and get a coupon. Hand in that coupon whenever you want to redeem it for one of the books or magazines that have been collected. Thanks to Kathy for coordinating!

Last but not least, Quilt Trends is going to remain open for sales during our meeting, so you can combine some shopping with all the other quilty fun going on.

See you soon!

Monday, November 28, 2011

CMQG November Meeting Notes


November: The Transition Meeting

Note from the scribe, Barb: going forward, we will post meeting notes monthly so that all members can see what fabulousness they missed and what’s in store for the next meeting.

November meeting was one of transitions: Anne Marie stepped down and Abbe, Dana, and Stacey stepped up. (Thank you all!). Also the Quilt Trends doors were locked so Kathy let us use her Keller Williams Realty office on Wilson Bridge Road (thank you, Kathy!).

Lark Book Publishing contributed copies of Pretty in Patchwork Doll Quilts by Cathy Gaubert to the first 50 Modern Quilt Guilds that responded to their offer. Anne Marie was quick to raise her hand and now we have one to share.

Fat quarters were swapped by everyone who is participating in the Sewing Caddy exchange that Linda is coordinating. Be sure to bring your finished masterpieces to the next meeting.

Thoughts for the new year

· If anyone is interested in participating in another book club, let Dana know. If you’d like to join the current book club that’s reading The Artist’s Way, let Barb know.

· If you have any quilt puzzles at home; (you know those projects you’re working on and you’re not quite sure what to do next… I know you know what I mean…whether you admit it or not, we’ve all been there) bring them to our meeting. We have many talented members who would be happy to share words of wisdom.

· A list was sent around to see what demos we’d like this year. (How to sew on a binding was a quite a popular topic.) Several members offered to share their techniques with the group.


· Book Exchange starts next month – Donate a book or relatively new magazine and get a coupon. Hand in that coupon whenever you want to redeem it for one of the books or magazines that have been collected. Thanks, Kathy for coordinating!

· Northeast Ohio Quilting Council - Paula let us know that this group will have a retreat in Painesville in February. Various classes will be offered. Hotel accommodations Friday-Sunday and six meals are included in the cost. What is the cost, you ask? I’m not sure because I didn’t write it down, but I’m sure Paula could answer that question for you. J

· Business Cards – If you’ve been with the guild for at least 3 months, you qualify for our faaaabulous CMQG business card. Among other things you can use it to get a JoAnn VIP Discount Card - - it will give you a 10% discount at any JoAnn store. See Abby if you need a card.

Maria Elkins will be our guest speaker at the December 15 meeting. She’s a fabulous quilt artist from the Dayton area. Check out her website to see some of her amazing work à As of our meeting in November, there are only four tickets remaining!

See you all on December 15 for our last meeting of 2011!

Here are some pictures of the show and tell from this month's meeting:

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Electric Quilt 7 Review and Software GiveAway

Hi All!

I just wanted to let you know I have a very big giveaway going on over at my blog (Gen X Quilters) this week.  I have posted a very thorough review of Electric Quilt 7 quilt design software and the Electric Quilt Company (based in Bowling Green, OH) has been generous to offer a giveaway copy to one of my readers.

This is the same quilt design software I volunteered to demonstrate at our last meeting.  If you have a chance, hop on over and check it out!  It may help you decide if you'd like to add EQ7 to your holiday wishlist.

And don't forget to enter to win a copy!  AnneMarie

Thursday, November 17, 2011

How To For Our December Swap!

Thanks to Linda of Dragon Threads for putting together this great tutorial on how to make this month's swap item - a handy sewing caddy for our sewing tools.

If you were able to attend the November meeting and swapped fat quarters with someone, please bring your completed swap item to the December meeting!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Columbus Modern Quilt Guild Meeting This Thursday!

Remember, this Thursday, November 17th is our next Quilt Guild meeting.

It will be our first meeting where we transition to our new leadership ~ Thanks again for all your awesome work starting the guild Anne Marie!

A few things to bring:

1. Your quilty item for show and tell
2. Names of friends who want to snag one of the last seven seats for Maria Elkins in December
3. Two fat quarters and any coordinating scraps you want to add in to participate in our upcoming swap

See you soon!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

7 Open Seats for Maria Elkins Talk - Dec. 15

We have just 7 open seats for the Maria Elkins guest lecture at the December meeting, December 15, 2011 at 7pm.

The ticket price for the lecture is $10.  You will only be able to attend the lecture if you have paid the $10.

If you are interested in attending, but have not yet paid, please contact me immediately!

I am also opening up the remaining seats to any friends you have (from other guilds and such) that may want to attend.

Email me at to reserve a seat for yourself or friend.  Thanks!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Meeting Reminder: 1st Anniversary Party Thursday, October 20

Our big celebration is tomorrow night!

Here's a mini list of what to bring:  (see the 2 previous posts for full details)

1.  Hexagon sewing supplies
2.  Jelly Roll strips for strip poker
3.  FQs for L-C-R game
4.  Wrapped Ugly FQ for White Elephant
5.  Potluck item

Thanks everyone for volunteering to make food and organize games, etc.  It's going to be great fun!  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

1st Anniversary Party: Potluck Sign Up Sheet

Hi again-  Prepping for the BIG Party again.

Those who were at the meeting in September asked if I could send out the potluck signup list to remind everyone what they are supposed to bring.

Feel free to supplement what you see here if you weren't at the last meeting.

1.  AnneMarie - pulled pork, buns
2.  Katie P. - broccoli casserole

SIDES - Veggie Tray
1.  Barb K.
2.  Shelia - Japanese salad
3.  Joyce and Bryan L.

SIDES - Hors d'voeuvres
1.  Dana K.
2.  Nancy E. - pasta salad
3.  Mary S. - deviled eggs
4. Linda T.
5.  Beth N. - chips and dip
6.  Abbe F. - broccoli salad

DESSERT - Cookies
1.  Stacy V. - choc chip
2.  Ann M. - snickerdoodles
3.  Paula - Brownie Bites

1.  Pamela B. - Cake
2.  Kathy F. - peach kuchen
3.  Beth N. - pb and choc r.k. treats

1.  Cristin  - 2 2L soda
2.  Ann M. - 2 2L soda
3.  Abbe F. - 2 2L soda
4.  Ellen - 2 2L soda

1.  Cristin - cups
2.  Dana - bowls, plates, silverware

1st Anniversary Party: What to Bring

Ok folks!  The BIG Party is only one week away!!  I thought you may want to start looking at your stash to plan for all the fun activities we have planned.  Participation is voluntary - so choose what you'd like to do.  The more the merrier...

Making Hexagons (Demonstration - and then group hand sewing)

Websites for English Paper Piecing Patterns & Templates         on this website, check out the free downloads for
 hints, pattern sheets, cutting guides and design sheets

Below is a template calculator.  Enter size and it will give you a template. 

Supplies for Making Hexagons - What to Bring
Fabric squares – (for a 3 inch hexagon, cut squares 4”??”
Scissors – small embroidery
Straight pins
Thread to baste with – different color than fabric (you want something to stand out – it will be removed
Templates (print out templates from links provided above)
Thread to match or blend with fabric.


1.  Strip Poker
To Bring:  at least 10 strips of fabric, 2.5" x Width Of Fabric (Jelly Roll strips or make your own!)
Each player antes up 1 strip, then the dealer deals everyone ONE card, and high card wins all the strips!  Deal again, and repeat!  Super Easy!  

2.  Left-Center-Right
If you would like to participate in the Left Center Right Game (LCR) you will need to bring three fat quarters.  These fat quarters will end up moving around from person to person throughout the game depending on how you roll the dice. The object of the game is to be the last one with a fat quarter. Only one person wins per game and it’s winner take all so please be prepared to leave either without your fat quarters or with a whole bunch more! It’s a game of luck so no skill besides rolling the dice is needed. It’s a lot of fun and very easy to learn.

Bring more FQs if you'd like to play more than one round of L-C-R.

3.  White Elephant FQ Exchange
White Elephant Exchange for ugly fabric! Bring a fat quarter of the
ugliest fabric you can find (wrap it or put it in a gift bag). We will
do a blind swap -- and remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
You may end up with something you love! ;-)

Reminder:  Please respond to the Evite if you haven't already - I would like everyone to have a head count who is bringing food.

PS  The potluck list is next to be emailed out...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

CMQG Member GiveAways!

Hi all-  Soon I'll be posting all the details for the Anniversary Party next week.  But I wanted to tell you about 2 GiveAways going on by our very own members.  Please check out the links if you're interested in entering the drawings.

1.  Cristin (Sew This Is My Life) is giving away an Accuquilt GO! Baby.  This is the SAME machine we had demonstrated by Beth and Cristin at our last meeting!

Go HERE to enter!

2.  Me (AnneMarie of Gen X Quilters) is giving away a copy of the new book Deploy That Fabric and a matching Eco-Messenger Bag.

Go HERE to enter!

Love to see local winners!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Looking for Ann?

Hi all-

Ann M., who volunteered to lead the Left-Center-Right game at the Oct meeting.....please email me!  I couldn't figure out your email address from our list of subscribers.

Thanks!  AnneMarie

Monday, September 12, 2011

Meeting Reminder: Thursday, September 15, 2011

The next CMQG meeting is THURSDAY, SEP 15 from 7-9pm at Quilt Trends. Beth and Cristin are doing a demo on the Accuquilt GO! Baby fabric cutter.  They will be letting the rest of us try it out!  Bring some fabric scraps with you if you'd like to play a bit.

What to bring:

1. Habitat Challenge Finishes
2.  Scraps for the GO! Baby demo
3.  Show and Tell item
4.  $10 cash to purchase a seat at the Maria Elkins talk in Dec.

We will also discuss plans for our big CMQG 1st Anniversary Bash (Oct. meeting) and setting up committees/volunteers for the guild's second year.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Japan Relief Charity Quilts Finished!

These quilts look spectacular(!) and I am so proud of them because they were put together in the first-ever charity effort by the Columbus Modern Quilt Guild.

We had a couple extra charm packs leftover from the Robert Kaufman Kona Challenge, so we decided to make lap quilts using Wonky Star blocks for the relief effort in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami hit the country hard in the spring.

CMQG Japan Charity Quilts
The charms were divided up into ziploc baggies and passed around at a meeting.  Everyone snatched them up and returned these awesome funky stars.  Look they so vibrant assembled together!


I am packing up both quilts and sending them to a friend who returned to Japan this summer.  

A huge THANK YOU to all in CMQG who helped with these quilts.  

And a special thanks to: 

Kristen H. who helped organize and sew much (pieced, quilted and bound one quilt top)

Beth N and Marilyn G. who donated Kona White

Amanda S. who donated backing fabric

Stacy V for binding one quilt

Pamela B. for piecing one quilt top

Cristin W. for quilting one quilt top

(let me know if I forgot someone...)


quilt back #1


quilt back #2

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Meeting Reminder: Thursday, August 18, 2011

The next CMQG meeting is THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 from 7-9pm at Quilt Trends. We will be watching the documentary "Stitched". We will have a brief meeting before the movie begins.

What to bring:

1. Habitat Challenge progress

Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 15, 2011

July's Meeting

Our next meeting is this Thursday! How did it sneak up so quickly?

If you couldn't come to our July meeting, you missed:

A presentation on hand dyeing fabrics by Dana that included some of her own beautifully dyed fabrics...

Some really inspiring show-and-tell projects, including this small selection...

And a great discussion about the future of our guild, including ideas for officers. If you are interested in this discussion it will be ongoing for the next meeting or two!

And because I was remiss in posting after our April and May meetings (so sorry, work and travel got the better of me!), here are our group photos from the Kona solids challenge!

See you Thursday!


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Reap What's Sewn Shop Hours

Hi all- Just wanted to pass along some information from Pam. She drove up to Reap What's Sewn (the shop that sent us the fliers and coupons at the July Meeting) and found out that the hours are changed.

The hours are changed to 10-5 Monday to Saturday. (NO late evenings during the week.)

FYI in case anyone decides to drive up to Delaware....

Thanks Pam for sharing!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Meeting Reminder: Thursday, July 28, 2011

The next CMQG meeting is THURSDAY, JULY 28 from 7-9pm at Quilt Trends. Dana is doing a demo on fabric dyeing.

What to bring:

1. Wonky Star Blocks for Japan Relief Quilts
2. Show and Tell item

Marilyn has all the fabric for the Habitat Challenge ready to pass out too!

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Quilts for Japan Update

The first CMQG charity project is well underway!

(Japan Charity Quilt #1)

Twenty nine of the wonky star blocks were returned at the last meeting, enough to complete one quilt top. Many thanks to Pamela for piecing the top and to Cristin for volunteering to quilt it.

I hope to collect the remaining blocks at the next meeting - Thursday, June 28th. I would love to have both quilts pieced, quilted and bound for our August meeting so they can make their way to Japan. If you still have a wonky star block PLEASE bring it to the next meeting! If you cannot be at the meeting drop me an email (k_hofferberth[at]yahoo[dot]com) to arrange for delivery of your block.

As we bring this project to a close I will be looking for our next charity project - if you have any ideas please share them!

Also, if you would be willing to help me coordinate future charity endeavors please let me know. You know the saying, "Many hands make light work".

See you on Thursday!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Our very own Dana wins MQG Project Modern Challenge 3!!

A BIG congratulations to our very own Dana!!!  Her quilt is among the winners of the Modern Quilt Guild's Project Modern:  Challenge 3 "Organic".

Go here to read all about it!

Dana, we hope you'll bring the winner to the next meeting to show it off!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sew-In on Saturday, August 6th!

[photo via Beth]

Ready to start those Christmas Projects or finish up that WIP you forgot about two months ago?!
Come to Quilt Trends on
Saturday, August 6th to sew up a storm, without distractions! Bring your sewing machine, notions, and a few projects to work on... and a snack to share if you wish. Irons and cutting mat provided.

Two sessions: 11am - 2pm or 2pm - 5pm

Feel free to sign up for one or BOTH sessions!

Click HERE to sign up!
Email with any questions.

**Also, don't forget the next CMQG meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 28th!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Rockin' Robin Quilt Along

If anyone is interested in joining in on a summer quilt along, I am co-hosting the Rockin' Robin Quilt Along with four other designers/bloggers.

We'd love for you to join in the fun!

Stop by my blog Gen X Quilters for details.  The Quilt Along gets started next week, but feel free to join in at any time!

P.S. See you at the end of July - next meeting is Thursday, July 28.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

New Challenge for CMQG: Habitat by Jay McCarroll & Free Spirit Fabrics

This week the National Modern Quilt Guild announced a new challenge for the Modern Quilt Guilds.
In this challenge we will use fabric provided by Free Spirit Fabrics. The line of fabric is " Habitat" by designer Jay McCarroll. Please visit to see swatches of this line. There is also a free quilt pattern online using Habitat fabric.
We do not have the dates of this challenge nor the exact amount of fabric to be provided by Free Spirit. I will keep you informed when we hear more from national.
If you missed the sign up sheet Thursday or were not this month's meeting, please email me & I will add you to the list. We have 23 signed up so far. The Kona Challenge was a lot of fun & I'm sure this one will be also.

My email:



Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Meeting Reminder: Thursday, May 19, 2011

The next CMQG meeting is THURSDAY, MAY 19 from 7-9pm at Quilt Trends. Paula is doing a demo on facing a quilt.

What to bring:

1. Your Completed Quilts for the Kona Charm Challenge
2.  Wonky Star Blocks for Japan Relief Quilts
3.  Any leftovers from the Kona Challenge you'd like to donate to the Japan Relief Quilts
4. Show and Tell item

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sew-In on Saturday, June 4th!

Summer is almost here, so its time to finish up those picnic quilts, summer skirts, and sun hats!

Come to Quilt Trends on
Saturday, June 4th to sew to your hearts content! Bring your sewing machine, notions, and a few projects to work on... and a snack to share if you wish. Irons and cutting mat provided.
Two sessions: 11am - 2pm or 2pm - 5pm

Feel free to sign up for one or BOTH sessions!
Click HERE to sign up!

Email with any questions.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Quilted Surface VI - Happiness Exhibit by Carol Taylor

Thanks to Paula for alerting me to this exhibit.  Thought maybe others would be interested....

The Quilted Surface VI - Happiness by Carol Taylor

May 5- July 7, 2011
Riffe Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

Her website is: 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Guest speaker?

Maria submitted to the First Quilts guest series I have on GXQ.  While browsing around her site, I discovered she is from Ohio.  She does guest lectures and workshops for guilds... and her work looks AMAZING.

Seeing as we do not have dues to pull from to pay her guest lecture fee, we would have to pay to attend her lecture.  So....

Question 1:  Are we interested in bringing her in to speak to the guild?

Question 2:  If yes, are you willing to pay $10 per ticket to attend?  Her fee for guest lecturing is $300.  We have about 30 regularly attending meeting.

I'd love to hear your thoughts!   Here's her site:

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Meeting Reminder: Thursday, April 21, 2011

The next CMQG meeting is THURSDAY, APRIL 21 from 7-9pm at Quilt Trends. Abbe is doing a pressing demo.

What to bring:

1. Your progress for the Kona Charm Challenge
2.  Just One Star Blocks
3.  Any leftovers from the Kona Challenge you'd like to donate to the Japan Relief Quilts
4. Show and Tell item

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Japan Relief Charity Quilts

There are 4 charm packs left over from the Kona Charm Pack Challenge and CMQG is planning to use them to create 2 charity quilts for the Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Effort.

Here are the details:
(we're going to take it easy since this is our first charity effort....)

Two Quilts:  Each quilt will consist of (16) 12.5" square Wonky Star Blocks.  The star in the block will be made from Kona Charms and the background will be Kona White.  Each quilt will be approximately 50" x 50".

Block details:
The tutorial for the Wonky Star block can be foundhere.  I chose this block because it is very forgiving and wanted something that all skill levels could participate in.  Also, having lots of white around the edges will help with squaring up, as I am one of those whose blocks always end up 1/4" short of their required dimension...

Each block will use 5 charms (cut into 4.5" squares) and 8 - 4.5" squares of Kona White.  Baggies will be passed out at the next meeting for those who are willing to make a block (or two).

KONA WHITE DONATIONS:  To complete this charity project, we are in need of 4 to 4.5" yards of Kona White.  Keep in mind at Kona White is available at Joann's in stock for $6.99 per yard.  You can use your 40% coupons to get it for about $4.20 per yard.  If we have just a few people who are willing to donate half to one yard, we can easily make this project a success!

Please let me know if you are willing to donate unwashed Kona White for use in this project.

More details will be posted on this page as we need them.....

Saturday, April 2, 2011

March Meeting Recap

We had a fun meeting on St. Patrick's Day! This month's presentation was by me, so I have no photos, but I did promise to post some of the paper piecing patterns I showed during the meeting.

Circle of Geese
Tequila Sunrise
Cozy Cabins

We also completed our Mug Rug Swap, and what a beautiful group of mini quilts it was!

Do you see yours??

And instead of showing everyone's show and tell items, I'm doing the highlights. I will rotate who gets featured, and this will save me so much time processing photos!

Kristin's Eric Carle Quilt

Ann's Car Quilt

Paula's Paper Pieced Beauty

Jaclyn's Sewing Organizer

Brian & Joyce's Ohio Quilt

Stacey's St. Patrick's Day Wall Hanging

Also, don't forget AnneMarie's call for help!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Call for H...E..L...P!

Hi Everyone-   *Warning - get your cup of coffee before you sit down to read this - it's a long one - but very important!**

Well, I think the Columbus Modern Quilt Guild is off to a great start!  After four meetings, it seems like we have a nice regular group of about 25-30 and I hope the Mug Rug Swap helped us get to know each other a little better. Now that we are not so brand-spanking new and have gotten our feet wet a little, I hope you will consider volunteering to help out in planning some fun activities for the guild.  After all, I simply cannot do this by myself forever!

I hope to still keep things casual and would like to try to avoid electing "officers" and other rigid no-fun sounding positions.  These volunteer spots do not consume a huge amount of time independently.  If we divide up all the responsibilities, we can have many fun things going on at once.

So, that being said, let me tell you that both Cristin and Beth have been helping out behind the scenes.

Cristin has taken on organizing the Sew-ins - she informs the group about the activity via blog posts, keeps track of who is attending, and communicates necessary info to attendees.

Beth, in addition, to giving a sweet paper piecing demo, has been working with me doing graphic design work to create a logo/header for the group, which will then translate into membership cards.

Barb came up with the great idea for the Book Club reading the Artist's Way.

At the March meeting, Beverly volunteered to help with copies and Paul volunteered to collect/mail out the Just One Star blocks for the group.  All these things will help keep this group running smoothly.

So here are some things I think we need:

Swap Boss(es):  Overall, I think we can only have 3-4 swaps per year.  One swap per quarter sounds like a lot?  The Mug Rug Swap was one idea... we potentially saw another cool idea in Jaclyn's On-the-go sewing organizer....  don't forget fabric swaps...  I think the ideas for these will just naturally flow out at meetings.  One to two people in charge of organizing swaps will be responsible for planning what is being swapped, the timing of the swaps (kickoff at which meeting, bringing back finished projects, etc.), finding a "free" pattern for us all to use if needed, and writing up a little sheet for people to reference to hand out at meetings.

Challenge Boss(es):  Again, very similar to the swaps.  3-4 per year if we can.  So far, we have had the Xmas Fat Quarter Challenge, and now we are doing the Kona Charm Pack Challenge.  Often, Challenge activities are passed down from the national group to each branch.  One to two people in charge of organizing challenges will be responsible for planning what the challenge is, the timing (kickoff at which meeting, bringing back finished projects, etc.), finding a "free" pattern for us all to use if needed, and writing up a little sheet for people to reference to hand out at meetings.

Charity Bee Mama(s):  I am starting to organize now our first charity quilting project - Japan Relief quilts with the remaining Kona Charm Packs.  In general, bees require a certain number of people to volunteer to make blocks to be assembled in a charity quilt, someone to assemble the blocks, quilt, and bind.  Finding charities to donate to is very easy.  The Bee Mama(s) will need to determine all the basics (who, what, when, where the fabric comes from (donated from quilt shops, people provide their own, etc).

Demo Speakers for Monthly Meetings:  This one is easy!  Share your knowledge and skills with the group.  We can all learn something from even basic topics.  The goal would be about a 10-15 minute demonstration on whatever topic you feel comfortable speaking about.

**That being said, I didn't realize at the meeting that I had volunteered myself to not only give the demo on blogging, but also to organize the Japan Charity effort.  Yikes.  That's WAY too much.  Would someone else like the demo for the April meeting??**

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered thus far, it is greatly appreciated!  I hope you are as excited as I am about all the things I see in the future for this group - we have a really nice and talented group of quilters in our MQG.  I hope you look forward to the meetings as I do!

Please click over to the CMQG website and leave a comment at the end of the post to discuss these items so the group can see the conversation.  Thank you!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Meeting Reminder: Thursday, March 17, 2011

The next CMQG meeting is THURSDAY, MAR. 17 from 7-9pm at Quilt Trends. Beth is doing a paper piecing demo.

What to bring:

1. Your completed Mug Rug for the Swap
2. Show and Tell item

3.  Donations (blankets, blanket supplies, bath items) for My Very Blanket

Monday, March 14, 2011

How Would You Like to Kick Up Your Creativity a Notch?

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron is just the book to help you take your quilting projects up to the next level. This is an international best seller has inspired millions to overcome the limiting beliefs and fears that can inhibit the creative process.  

Photo from Julia Cameron's site

Freddy Moran,  a fabulous quilt designer (who's mantra is "red is a neutral"!)  states in the book she co-wrote with Gwen Marston,Collarboartive Quilting: "This book {The Artist's Way} changed my life.  It is a workbook with weekly assignments designed to help the reader overcome creative blocks and express her inner artist. It taught me that the process of creating art involves predictable struggles and obstacles, and that it is worth it to face the obstacles and finish the piece."

If you'd like to join a book club to encourage other guild members on the journey through this book, enter your info here.  Planning for the club will occur at the March guild meeting. See you there!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Take Note: Sew-In at QT RESCHEDULED!

Dear all,
If you've already signed up for the Sew-In at QT this Saturday, PLEASE READ THIS!

Due to a calendar snafu the date has been changed to Saturday, April 9th! (Same time slots: 11am-2pm and 2-5pm)

I'll be emailing those who have already signed up, too!

If you'd like to sign up for the new April 9th Sew-In, you can do so by clicking HERE! Sorry for the inconvenience, we hope you can attend on April 9th!

Email me with any questions: cristin [dot] wilson {at} gmail (dot) com

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sew-In on Saturday, March 12th!

Come to Quilt Trends on Saturday March 12th to sew to your hearts content! Do you have a stack of fabric you've been just itching to cut into? Been wanting to make that set of potholders for ages now? Trying to get a jump on that spring top you swore you'd finish by June?

Bring your sewing machine, personal supplies and projects! You'll have your own sewing table with electrical hookup. Multiple irons will be available to press those seams nice and crisp!
Feel free to bring your own snacky-snacks and drinks too!

There are two time slots available:
11am - 2pm
2pm - 5pm

Click HERE to sign up!
See you on March 12th!

Contact Cristin with any questions: cristin {dot} wilson [at] gmail (dot) com

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

CMQG February Meeting

We had a great meeting last Thursday featuring a fabulous presentation by Rita on free motion quilting.

Rita included great tips like...

...practicing your pattern by drawing it on a whiteboard before sewing...

...and wearing grippy safety gloves while sewing! Thanks, Rita, for a great demo!

As usual we had a great turn out for show & tell!

AnneMarie's Quilt Along Quilt

Ellen's Christmas Mug Rug

Marilyn's Mesh Bag (with that great clip!)

Ann's Castle Peeps Quilt

Erin's Quilt

Rita's Quilt

Stacey's OU Quilt

Sheila's Backpack

Beverly's Wordplay Quilt

Katie's Quilt

June's Wall Quilt

Paula's Technicolor Yawn Quilt

Polly's Wall Quilt

Joy's Mug Rug

Linda's Fabulous Purple Dress

What inspiration! Hope to see you on March 17 at 7:00 pm for our next meeting at Quilt Trends!