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!