Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas Party This Thursday!

Hey Quilters!

We're throwing another party this Thursday at Dabble & Stitch. Party starts at 6:30. Please bring something yummy to eat and share! and don't forget your secret santa presents for your partner. If you can't make the party contact your partner or please drop off your present at the store so they can have it.

Dabble & Stitch is located at:
211 Arcadia Ave, Columbus, OH 43202

Come join us for a quilty good time in this cute store!

Monday, November 18, 2013

November Meeting Reminder

Just a quick reminder we are meeting this Thursday (11/21/13) at our normal 7pm at Quilt Trends.

We have an exciting Speaker, Marcey Arter for Whimsey Square Quilts. She will be speaking about Selvage quilts and piecing. A few members met her this past summer at NQA at her booth, so those who didn't are in for a treat!

We also will be talking a lot about the upcoming year and slight changes our guild will be making.

So, pack your show and tells and we'll see you Thursday night!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Fun at our November Sew-in!

Thanks to Kathy and June for organizing our fun sew-in last Saturday - check out the pictures and a great write up from Kathy on her blog!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Flyer for our Sew In

Below is the flyer for our sew-in - we're mostly full, but we might be able to squeeze in a few more - especially if you have hand-sewing to do, as our sewing machine table space is full. Please RSVP, so we can make there are enough chairs! See the second image for responsibilities you may have forgotten you signed up for (not that I'm speaking from personal experience) 

See you soooon! 

 Sewing Machine, (with plug) extension cord, and power strip (label all your stuff)
 Sewing supplies and projects
 Demo materials if you are providing a demo
 Sweater for comfort—perhaps a pillow for chair
 Items for the “sale table” (with your name and price)
 Cash or check to purchase from the “Sale table”
 A snack to share—maybe your favorite holiday cookie?
 Lunch will be served

Birthday Party Wrap Up!

October Meeting:  Happy Third Birthday to Us!

(Thanks Barb (See her blog here!) for taking notes!!)

Prior to the feast and festivities, we did address some business.

The weekend of November 2 is a busy one…
·         The sewing retreat at the Keller Williams Real Estate office on East Wilson Bridge Road is November 2. Thanks to Kathy F for the beautiful space and Kathy G and June for coordinating! There will be demos, prizes, and lunch as well as a lovely space to sew in with your friends for a day. Who could ask for more? $5 will save you a seat and table to spread out.

·         Joanna let us know that November 1 and 2 Dabble & Stitch in Clintonville will be celebrating with 20-50% off fabric. Other merchandise will be on sale as well. Check it out!

·         And on November 2 is the 25th Annual Holly-Day Bazaar as the Westerville Community UCC on County Line Road in Westerville. Our very own Nancy is co-chair. This bazaar is a great one with a raffle, hand crafted items and baked goods. Oh and I would be remiss for not mentioning that Santa will be there from 10:00-1:00 (his busy season is about to begin so it’s great that they got him early for those photos). Admission is $2 and includes a raffle ticket.

Speaking of Santa, Jaclyn is coordinating our guild’s Secret Santa exchange. Everyone that was interested submitted their name, email address, fabric likes/don’t likes all that kind of stuff. Then we were paired up with a partner. In December a sewing-related gift valued at $12 will be exchanged.

We’re under new management starting next month! We’ll have Quint-chairs: Ann, Jaclyn, Joanna, Jana, and Nicole all stepped up to the plate to lead us into our 4th year as a guild. Woo hoo!

And thanks too to Dana, Abbe, and Stacey for being our leaders for the past two years. Job well done!

Be sure to mark your calendars for our November meeting. We’re having a guest speaker.  It should be fun.
See you all next month!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Annual Party this Thursday!

Hope lots of folks can make it for our annual party this Thursday, October 17th at 7 pm at Quilt Trends.  We'll have fabric games (you'll need to bring fabric to participate), and lovely door prizes! Plus delicious food!

So what do you need to bring? Just yourself is plenty! Come on out and join the fun!

But optional extras could include:

1. One (or two) Trip Around the World Blocks for our block raffle (more info here)

2.Fabric for our optional fabric games -

Musical Chairs – Bring 1 yard of nice fabric – text fabric if you can (you know, that cute fabric that’s out with letters, alphabet, etc.) Everyone passes the fabric around until; you guessed it, the music stops. Cut the fabric in half. Keep half and pass half. When the music stops; do it again. The fun continues until the strip is 1/8 yard. Bring scissors if you can because a lot of us ripped fabric last time and it didn’t always work very well.
Quilter’s Strip Poker – bring strips from a jelly roll or cut your own. Cards are dealt and whoever has the highest card wins the whole kit & caboodle.
3. Some food for our buffet table - It's a party after all!

4. Any works in progress or completed quilts you might have to show and tell

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Block Swap Reminder!

Just a quick reminder that we're having an optional Block Swap at our October 17th Party meeting! Those interested can make a Scrappy Trip Around the World block in bright modern colors - Everyone who brings a finished block gets a raffle ticket. We draw one ticket and Voila! That person gets all of the blocks. How great is that??

Go to and see the pattern for the Scrappy Trip Around the World (

You can also bring fabric for our other games: 

Musical Chairs – Bring 1 yard of nice fabric – text fabric if you can (you know, that cute fabric that’s out with letters, alphabet, etc.) Everyone passes the fabric around until; you guessed it, the music stops. Cut the fabric in half. Keep half and pass half. When the music stops; do it again. The fun continues until the strip is 1/8 yard. Bring scissors if you can because a lot of us ripped fabric last time and it didn’t always work very well.

Quilter’s Strip Poker – bring strips from a jelly roll or cut your own. Cards are dealt and whoever has the highest card wins the whole kit & caboodle.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Holiday Sew In!

To attend the sew-in, November 2 from 9-5 pm -- please bring $5 to the October meeting so organizers can purchase food! 

Other special features: 
  • Participant gift
  • Sale Table—bring your UFO’s unwanted sewing/quilting items—tag and price
  • Seating for 14 (more and it becomes cozy)
  • Demos through out the day
  • Lots of FUN and time to finish holiday gifts!!!

September Meeting Notes!

CMQG Meeting Notes 
September 2013 – Looking forward to our coming year
(Thanks to Barb for taking notes!) 

Seatbelt Covers were swapped with all of the appropriate ooohs and aahhhhs
New Officers – A signup sheet went around to see who would like to lead our guild into our 4th year. Next month we’ll find out who will be helping out
Secret Santa – Jaclyn is going to organize a Secret Santa for those who want to participate. More news at the October meeting!
October is our Third Birthday! – Be sure and come celebrate with us! A food sign up list went around for goodies at the meeting. What would a birthday celebration be without games?? Here are a few that we’ll be playing – feel free to participate in some or all of them:

·         Quilter’s Strip Poker – bring strips from a jelly roll or cut your own. Cards are dealt and whoever has the highest card wins the whole kit & caboodle.

·         Musical Chairs – Bring 1 yard of nice fabric – text fabric if you can (you know, that cute fabric that’s out with letters, alphabet, etc.) Everyone passes the fabric around until; you guessed it, the music stops. Cut the fabric in half. Keep half and pass half. When the music stops; do it again. The fun continues until the strip is 1/8 yard. Bring scissors if you can because a lot of us ripped fabric last time and it didn’t always work very well.

·         Block Swap – Go to and see the pattern for the Scrappy Trip Around the World ( . Make one in a bright color combo. Everyone who brings a finished block gets a raffle ticket. We draw one ticket and Voila! That person gets all of the blocks. How great is that??
All Day Sew In – June and Kathy G. are the brains behind this fun event: our very own Kathy F. with Keller Williams Realty has generously offered her office as a spot for a sew in. (Some of you may remember that we met there for our monthly meeting once last year.) Be sure to mark your calendar for November 2 from 9:00 – 5:00. A $5 donation will hold your spot and in turn you will be fed (they say “lunch” but I have a feeling there will be some all-day grazing going on), receive a participant gift and be able partake in fun events throughout the day. Whew! That’s a lot of fun for less than the price of two Starbuck’s Macchiatos, my friends.
Quilt Show: Heart of Ohio Quilters Guild is having their show October 4 and 5 at Bryn Du Mansion Field House. It’s at 537 Jones Road in Granville. They will have over 100 quilts made by their members, demonstrations, vendors, door prizes, a silent auction and red work raffle quilt. General Admission is $5 Hours are Friday 10 AM-8PM and Saturday 10 AM to 5PM. Parking is Free. For more info check out
December Party – Joanna graciously offered the shop, Dabble and Stitch in Clintonville for our December meeting. It’s a new sewing lounge that sounds great. More info to come on the December Party, in the meantime for your reading pleasure, here’s the link to the shop:
See you next month at our birthday celebration!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

See you Thursday!

Yay! We have a meeting this Thursday at 7 pm at Quilt Trends!

Hope to see you there!

If you are doing the Seatbelt swap - bring your partners project!

Also we're transitioning to new leadership - are you interested? Please let us know at the meeting.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

August Meeting Notes

Welcome to new members Joanna M, Joanna K and Melissa!

-  Seat Belt Cover Swap- The group swapped fabrics for the Seatbelt Cover Swap.  Projects are due in our September Meeting.
-  Holiday Sew In - June and Kathy G are putting together a fun Sew In day scheduled for November 2!  Sign ups will take place in the September and October Meetings.  The cost is $5 to help offset food costs. 
- CMQG Survey Results - Nicole reviewed some of the highlights from the survey we sent out to the group.  The survey provided some great ideas and insight on how we can improve our Guild.
-  MQG Guild Membership - We have not made a decision whether we are going to join the MQG as a guild or not.  Please continue to review the documentation Stacey sent out in email in August and bring your questions and suggestions to our meetings.
-  Leadership Opportunities - We announced in the meeting that Dana, Abbe and Stacey would like to scale back their leadership duties for the group and allow for members to step into those leadership roles.  We would like to target a transition to the new leadership team by our October meeting.  If you are interested in being more involved in the Guild and couldn't attend our last meeting, please email us your interest at:
Our Guild is turning 3 in October!   Planning will begin for our 3rd Birthday party - food, games and maybe a few giveaways!  Stay tuned!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Our next meeting is this Thursday, August 15th from 7 - 9 PM at Quilt Trends!
Agenda Topics:
- Seat Belt Cover Swap - Bring in a baggie of scraps to trade with another member to make this cute and quick project!  Ann will pass out sewing instructions and a template to use for the swap.  We are swapping fabric this meeting and the project is due in September. 
- All Day Sew In -  Signs up will begin for the All Day Sew in retreat on November 2.  Kathy G and June will give us the details.  Bring $5 to reserve your spot.
- Volunteer Opportunity - The James Stitching Sisters organization is moving their Sewing Center this weekend.  They need help packing up all the fabric, sewing supplies and quilts in preparation for their move.  More details will be provided at the meeting.
-  Guild Planning -  Let's take a few to discuss and ask questions about the National Modern Quilt Guild membership information.  We would also like to discuss the future of our Guild, Leadership opportunities and we can start planning for our Guild's upcoming 3rd Birthday party in October!
- Show n Tell - Bring in a item for Show n Tell or a work in progress that you need feedback on.
If you haven't taken our survey yet, please take a few minutes to do so before the meeting.  Thanks!

See you Thursday!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

July 2013 Meeting Notes

Thanks Barb for taking notes! 

August: The ‘Do We or Don’t We’ Meeting 

James Stitching Sisters – Kathy G. is leading two challenges for this great organization. One if for pieced tops with backing and the other is for quilting and binding. There will be fabric drawings and two sewing machines as prizes. Woo hoo! Be sure to see Kathy G. with any questions. 

All Day Sew In - Kathy F. with Keller Williams Realty has generously offered her office as a spot for a sew in. (Some of you may remember that we met there for our monthly meeting once last year.) Be sure to mark your calendar for November 2 from 9:00 – 5:00. (That’s  9 AM to 5 PM, by the way.)There will be a sign up sheet at the September meeting. 

Sewing Retreat – The “First Annual #OHcraft Sew-In” takes place a Hueston Woods Lodge and Conference Center near Oxford, Ohio in November.  Registration is now closed, but congrats to those of you lucky enough to get registered.

At the time of our meeting, some Giant Eagle grocery stores had a 2 pack of $30 JoAnn gift cards for $50. Put that with a 40% off coupon and you could go to town! 

MQG?? The remainder of the meeting was spent discussing whether we want to become an honest to goodness  official Modern Quilt Guild next year with dues, officers and all the goodies that come with it. Check your email boxes if you haven’t already take the survey that Stacy sent out to get feedback from our membership on the ‘do we or don’t we’ question. Here is the survey:

See you next week!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Last Chance to Sign Up for the #OHCraft Sew In

Just an update on this fun retreat being hosted here in Ohio. Details are below - sign up for the retreat here. Registration Closes on August 1st!

When: Friday, November 8 from 3:00 PM to Sunday, November 10 at 12:00 PM

Location: Hueston Woods Lodge & Conference Center 5201 Lodge Road College Corner, OH 45003
Thanks for your interest in the first annual #OHcraft sew-in; we are so excited to have you! :) This sew-in will not only include lots of sewing time but will also include options for a few swaps and maybe a field trip or two to a local LQS... be sure to watch your email in the months coming up to our fabulous weekend for details!

This sew-in will be at the lodge and conference center in beautiful Hueston Woods, located just outside of Oxford, Ohio. There are two registration options for this sew-in: Friday-Sunday or just Saturday. Prices for Friday-Sunday are:

$279.00 +tax: one person/room
$189.00/person +tax: two people/room
$159.00/person +tax: three people/room
$139.00/person +tax: four people/room

The prices above not only reflect the lodging but also include sewing space as well as dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday! If you have special dietary needs, please make a note of them in the registration form- they can be accomdated by the chef! :)
If coming just on Saturday works best for you (please arrive between 9:00 and 10:00am), the price is $20.00+tax which includes sewing space and lunch.

All rooms have double beds; if you choose to room with 2 or 3 other people, you will need to share beds. If you are coming alone and would like to share a room with someone else who will also be coming alone, please say that below and I will assign you with a roomie. I will assign only two people/room and these assignments will be emailed out in September. If there is an odd number of people requesting roomies, the last person's registration I receive will be assigned a single room (I will email that person before doing so). Please note that up to four people who know each other can share a room together (two to a bed) but I will just be assigning rooms of two people, as requested, since it'd be a little odd to share a bed with a stranger. ;)

There is a refundable deposit (returned when you arrive at the sew-in) of $50 for peeps spending the night and $20 for the folks coming on Saturday only. I will send out invoices for deposits via PayPal only and hope to receive the deposits back as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please email Kara at . Please note that due to the size of the conference center at Hueston Woods that this sew-in is LIMITED TO 60 PEOPLE. Please don't wait to register as all spots may be filled!

Hope to see y'all at Hueston Woods in November! :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

See you this Thursday!

This Thursday, July 18th at 7 pm is our monthly Columbus Modern Quilt Guild Meeting! As always, everyone is welcome, no charge and no need to bring anything - though everyone is encourage to bring a show and tell quilt/sewn object or work in progress

A couple details:

  • Barb is looking to write an article on pieced Quilt Backs (or even two sided quilts). If anyone has any quilts they designed and made themselves with interesting quilt backs, would they please bring them to the meeting to be photographed? 
  • Swap! There will be a swap to make Ann’s cute seat belt cover. Just bring a baggie with some small pieces of fabric to be teamed up with another member for the swap.
  • We'll be discussing the July 27th trip to the Dairy Barn Arts Center trip to see the Quilt National 2013. 
  •  We'll be discussing the details on the potential for membership into the National Modern Quilt Guild
  • Last but not Least…last month we collected contributions ($2/person) so that we can apply to become an NQA guild, but we came up a bit short. Please consider contributing at this meeting.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Columbus Modern Quilt Guild - May 16 Meeting

Columbus Modern Quilt Guild - May 16 Meeting
Special Presentation: The Jaclyn & Elise Show (Here is a link to Jaclyn's flickr): Quilt as You Go - Beautiful baby and excellent quilting tips were enjoyed by all! 
Mark your Calendars:
This weekend! June 7: Sew In at Quilt Trends - Sign up Here! 
June 16:  Art Quilt Alliance reception from 2:00-4:00 at Inniswood Metro Park in Westerville to kick off their show that will be on display throughout the month.
No CMQG meeting in June (so erase that one from your calendar!)
June 28: Group outing to NQA show at the Columbus Convention Center – check our blog for meet up details if you want to carpool
July meeting – there will be a swap to make Anne’s cute seat belt cover. Just bring a baggie with some small pieces of fabric to be teamed up with another member for the swap.
July 27: Dairy Barn Arts Center trip to see the Quilt National 2013. According to those who have gone before, this is an awesome show that deserves a big “Woo Hoo!”
Last but not Least…we collected contributions ($2/person) so that we can apply to become an NQA guild, but we came up a bit short. Please consider contributing at the next meeting.  Speaking of NQA; as of our meeting they were still looking for volunteers, so if you’re interested, email
No formal meeting in June so we’ll see you all in July!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Sign Up for our June Sew In!

The sew-in will be from 4:30-9:00 (or a bit later). Please sign up so we can make sure there's enough room for everyone! The form is below or you can follow this link if there are issues with the form. We can bring food or order in food, so there is a slot for that.

See you soon!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Updates From Other Ohio Guilds

Some quick updates from other sewing areas of Ohio!

First Kara at Me and Elna from Cincinnati is hosting an #OHcraft sewing retreat in Ohio in November 2013 - sign up at this link! If we get enough Columbus Modern Ladies, we can do a four to a room for those that are interested? It's getting full, so sign up quick if you would like to attend!

Second, the NW Ohio Modern Quilt Guild is hosting this fun ArtSpark Challenge and they'd love some participation from Columbus Guild members! Here is the basic overview
The idea behind this challenge is to visit your local art museum and find a piece of art that inspires you. Any piece! A sculpture, a piece of glass, an oil painting, anything! Classic, baroque, modern, contemporary - your choice! You game? 
Winners will be picked randomly from the Flickr pools. Enter as many pictures as you would like but only 1 picture/quilt per person is eligible to win. What do you have to do to win?
- By July 1st, 11:59 PM EST upload a photo to the Flickr Art Spark WIP group- By August 1st, 11:59 PM EST upload a photo to the Flickr Art Spark Finished Projects group
Hope to see all of you at our June 7th Mini-Quilt Retreat Sew-In! There will be chocolate, so what more could you want? Oh yeah, and sewing!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

See You This Thursday!

See you this Thursday, May 16th at 7 pm at Quilt Trends for our monthly meeting.  Bring your finished quilts or a work in progress you want to workshop with the group!

We'll be finalizing some of our summer adventures so feel free to bring along your calendars!

Please bring $2 for our guild membership to NQA. Our first request for dues!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Vote for Katie in this Spoonflower Contest!

Katie Paluch entered this gorgeous fabric design into the Fabric8 contest this year sponsored by Spoonflower and Robert Kaufman, and she has made it in the top 100! 

Now it's all about the votes. Please stop by before May 15th to show your support in this cool contest! 

Katie's fabric is called: Geek Circuits by katie_lou_creations - Here's the scoop from Spoonflower: 

100 Semi-Finalists: Who Will Make the Fabric8?Today we're very pleased to announce the semi-finalists in the Fabric8 Contest from Spoonflower and Robert Kaufman Fabrics. The 100 designs up for voting were selected by a team of fabric industry professionals out of a pool of over 750 entries. Between now and May 15th, vote for your favorite Geek Chic designs. The top eight designers selected by voting will be asked to expand their design into a 4-piece collection before the final votes are cast and the next fabric design superstar is announced!
Vote for in the Fabric8 semi-finals

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Save the Date: Sew In!

Our next Sew In is scheduled at Quilt Trends for Friday, June 7th after 4:30 PM.  We will have details at our next meeting and we will post a sign up link closer to the Sew In date.

The deadline for quilt submissions to the NQA show is May 10th.  There are still openings  for entries so send something in from your collection!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Reminder: Abbe's Show this Saturday!

We are meeting up this Saturday - April 27th - at 4 PM to see Abbe's quilt show at the Vinyl Frontier. The Vinyl Frontier is located at 51 E. Gay Street (between High St and 3rd St) in Downtown Columbus. We'll meet at the shop, view the quilts, and grab a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant. See you there!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

April 2013 Meeting - Madrona Road Reveal!

Columbus Modern Quilt Guild Madrona Road Challenge Winner
Madrona Road - What a Challenge Meeting
April 2013
  • Cristin had twin girls on April 10th: Summer & Mckenna. Here's the link to Cristin's blog if you want to see one of the sweetest photos ever
  • Lots of bits and pieces were discussed this month...
    • We still need to decide if we want to be part of the national Modern Quilt Guild (if you don't have any idea what I'm talking about, check out the meeting notes from last month. Cliff Notes version: the national guild is putting more guidelines around the Modern Quilt Guilds and if we want to join it'll mean dues and (gasp!) by-laws.)
    • If you want to give a demo at a future meeting - see Stacey.
    • We talked about having a Friday Night Sew In at QT. Stacey jotted down some dates to run past Sue. So more to come on this.
    • Everyone who went to the international Quilt show in Cinn. last weekend seemed to have a fabulous time. Check out this link to Pokey Bolton's blog and see if there's a photo of anyone you recognize!
    • Upcoming evets: we're talking about going to Country Fabrics and Door Mouse in the August timeframe and The Dairy Barn July-ish.
    • We also talked about becoming an NQA guild. Since we don't have dues, if everyone could bring $2 to the May meeting, we'll take up a collection to join.
Columbus Modern Quilt Guild Madrona Road Challenge Winner
OH! And don't forget to check out Abbe's quilt show at Vinyl Frontier Record Shop downtown on Gay Street. A bunch of foks are going down to see it on April 27. See Stacy or Dana if you want more info. And Abbe is officially a professional quilter because she sold one of her wall hangings at the show. Way To Go Abbe!

Madrona Road Challenge - And the winners were (do I hear a drum roll??) Abbe, Stacey, and Erika. Well done ladies!

Here are the pictures (More on our flickr page
See you all at the next meeting!
Columbus Modern Quilt Guild Madrona Road Challenge Winner

Friday, April 19, 2013

Quilters Yard Sale!

We had an awesome meeting last night - with some amazing quilts for the Madrona Road Quilt Challenge! More info on that soon, but in the mean time, here is a great opportunity for those who want to build their stash or get some great deals on quilters fabric and notions - also - if you have quality quilting supplies you'd like to donate to support another guild, bring them!

Read more about the "Yard" sale hosted by the Heart of Ohio guild here.

The "Yard" sale is on Tuesday May 21st at 7:15 pm at St. Leonard's Catholic Church 57 Dorsey Mill Rd - Heath, OH 43055  Take 70 east to 79 North. Right on Dorsey Mills and go to the end of the road - the church is on the right.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

See you Thursday!

Hope to see you all this Thursday, April 18th at 7 pm at Quilt Trends!

We'll be doing our big Madrona Road Challenge reveal! Please bring your challenge piece - finished or not - so we can see it!

We'll have some voting for small prizes as well!

Please also bring, as always, any show and tell pieces you may have!

Monday, April 1, 2013

March Meeting Notes

Thanks to Barb for taking notes! 
Columbus Modern Quilt Guild – March 21
Modern Quilt Guild Update Meeting
Reminder: James Sewing Sisters BIG Sew In Day is this Saturday, April 6th! 
Lots of Announcements this month!
·         International Quilt Show is in Cincinnati April 10-13. Admission is $10. It’s an awesome show – so try to go if you can. And as Abbe said, wear comfortable shoes!
·         Speaking of Abbe, she has a friend who is selling a Pfaff Embroidery Machine with a free arm table. See Abbe if you’d like more info.
·         Sue Sandritter gave us a great demo of the Hex & More Ruler. It’s pretty darned amazing. Five different shapes can be made with the one single tool.
·         Modern Quilt Guild had a big pow-wow for all of the chair people. Stacy filled us in. Here are a few of the main points…
o   National would like to formalize the membership; either for local guilds or individual members.
o   Dues would be $15/person/year if our guild decided to be an official MQG chapter. However, if we didn’t want to, individuals could still be members for $25/year.
o   We’d need a bank account and by-laws. (Polly recommended they should read as follows: 1. There are no rules 2. See #1.)
o   The MQG web site will have a customer relationship part of the site ready in July.o   MQG has applied for 501C3 status (that’s IRS speak for ‘non-profit’).
o   Some of the advantages of our guild joining would be an easy way to communicate with other MQGs, development of a social media hub, first dibs on MQG-sponsored events, and here’s the main reason we should participate…there will be membership cards
We have until December 2014 to decide if we want to be an official MQG chapter.
·         Kathy F. and Barb talked about QuiltCon and the trends they saw at the show in February.
Next Month – Reveal for the Madrona Road challenge so don’t forget to bring those fabulous projects!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Events on Saturday, March 30th

Our next Sew-in is scheduled for this Saturday, March 30th from 11 AM - 5 PM at Quilt Trends!  Bring your sewing machine, notions, and a UFO... or start a new project!  Cutting table and irons are provided.  Bring a snack to share if you'd like.  Feel free to drop in any time during the Sew-in!

In other Guild news, Abbe is the featured Artist for the month of April at the Vinyl Frontier record shop! The opening night for Abbe's show is also Saturday, March 30th from 5 PM - 10 PM at the Vinyl Frontier - 51 E. Gay St in downtown Columbus.  Stop by after the Sew-in to see Abbe's quilts!  We are also planning a Guild outing in April to go see Abbe's show - more details to come!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March Meeting Reminder

Our next meeting is this Thursday, March 21st, from 7-9 pm!

Sue, the owner of Quilt Trends, will be our guest speaker.  Sue will demonstrate the Hex N More ruler from Jaybird Quilts.  Kathy, Barb and Karen will share with us their experience at the QuiltCon show.  We will have an update from the national branch of the Modern Quilt Guild and we will be planning a road trip to the International Quilt Festival show in Cincinnati.
If you participated in the Jelly Roll Swap, this month we will distribute the fabric! 

Don't forget to bring something for show and tell!
See you Thursday!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

February Meeting Notes

Our amazing notetaker Barb was busy living it up at QuiltCon, so sorry the notes aren't as lovely as usual! Can't wait to hear from our friends that attended how it went!

Joanne Lester from the James Stitching Sisters was our powerful guest speaker. Everyone was moved by the amazing stories she shared and the amazing number of quilts that this group have made! Lots of folks took quilt kits to make a quilt to donate to the project and if you would like to get one too, let us know.

The James Stitching Sisters Annual Quilting Day is April 6, 2013, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m at the Bethel United Methodist Church, 1220 Bethel Road, Columbus 43220. There are plenty of other volunteer opportunities with the James Stitching Sisters, check out the website for more information -

Madrona Road Challenge projects are due for our April Meeting - April 18th. We'll have a reveal and a little voting with some prizes!

Update! Our next Sew In day at Quilt Trends will be on Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

March Agenda Topics:
Guest Speaker: Sue Sandritter - Jaybird Quilt Hex n More ruler Demo
Guest Speakers: Kathy, Barb will share their experiences at QuiltCon.

Retreat Survey! Here is a survey linked here to fill out - we got word there are some dates open in September 2013 for a quilt retreat and need to decide at the March meeting if we want to try and plan for that - please pass this along and fill it out if you might be interested!

Monday, February 18, 2013

See you Thursday!

This Thursday, February 21st from 7-9 pm is our next meeting! Our special guest will be Joanne Lester, of the James Sititching Sisters, talking about JSS and making charity quilts for cancer patients. Thanks to Kathy G. for setting this up!

Don't forget to bring your strips cut for our Jelly Roll Swap! Rules are linked here

Don't forget to bring something for show and tell - a finished project or something you want some input on if you are stuck.

We'll also be talking more about our 2013 plans.

See you then!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

January 2013 Meeting Notes - and an announcement!

Below are our meeting notes from our January meeting but first, we want to encourage folks to check out Quilt Trend's binding class this Saturday, February 16th -this is the perfect opportunity to perfect your binding skills for your Madrona Road Challenges!

Binding Class - Sat, 2/16 from 12 - 4 PM  and the cost is $25.  People can call the shop to register.  There are minimal supplies needed - some strips from scraps for binding practice and basic sewing supplies that people should already have.

Notes from Columbus Modern Quilt Guild – January 17 Meeting Notes “The What Will 2013 Bring” Meeting

At the beginning of the meeting we broke into small groups and talked about what we like most about our fabulous guild as well as what we’d like to do in 2013. Dana and Stacey took scrupulous notes. (Hope you’re feeling better, Abbe; we missed you!)

Some of the incredible ideas included

  • Evening Sew In 
  • A micro quilt challenge to focus on quilting 
  • Demos on… 
    • how to hang your quilts 
    • how to photograph your quilts 
    • T-shirt quilts (the “cool kind” ) 
    • Quilt labels 
  • MQG has a Kaffe Fassette 300 word essay challenge. (Hopefully you all read Karen’s submission that Dana distributed – it was a-w-e-s-o-m-e!). There are fabulous prizes involved so check it out. 
  • Madona Road fabric challenge is happening now! Here are the guidelines we put together for our guild: o
    • 120” maximum parameter 
    • Stars & Stripes is our theme 
    • Deadline is the April CMQG meeting 
    • There are already some finished Madrona Road pieces in our Flickr group! 
  • Jaclyn is putting together a Rainbow Jellyroll Swap. If you’re interested check out this link on our guild’s blog. But here are the basics…sign up to bring one color, no solids, no batiks, bright 20 strips 2.5” wide. 
  • Our next meeting is Feb. 21 which is the first day of Quilt Con! Hope you can all make it.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Color Rebel

The Modern Quilt Guild recently hosted an essay contest where folks wrote up why they love fabric designer Kaffe Fassett  to celebrate his new autobiography coming out - thought you all would enjoy Karen's entry - you can see some of Karen's work on her blog~ 

Color Rebel

by: Karen Hall Calhoun

Age 3:  “No, sweetie, redheads cannot wear pink or red.”
                                “Why, Mommie?  I so pretty!”
Age 5:  “Blue and green fingerpaints do not belong together.”
                                “Skies blue, trees green, and they       together.”
Age 16:  “No, only one print, and the rest have to be solids”
                                “But why?  These prints sing together.”
Age 20:  “Don’t put black and brown in the same piece!”
                                “Um, but this tobacco brown and coal black look great.”
Age 27:  “You can’t have gold and silver in the same item”
                                “Bummer.  Are there Metal Police out there now?”
Age 31:  You simply cannot put a plaid and floral print next to each other.”
                                “Dang if I know who made up all these color rules, but I’m not sure I believe them.”

So, how did Kaffe help me grow as a quilter?

I started my first quilt in college.  It was horrible, and I never finished it.  A few years later, my next quilt was a rainbow of two inch squares.  I hand-pieced this postage stamp pattern in campgrounds as we  back-packed through Europe between medical school and internships.  I did finish this one, and still have it.:)  Then we dove into our careers, and my quilting shrank to collecting a yard of fabric here, a yard there, for a quilt ‘someday’.

A few years later, I wanted some fancy flower pots for our garden, so made a brief foray into mosaics, first looking for a few books to get me started.  It was then that I first ‘met’ Kaffe, in his ‘Mosaics’.  I was astounded.  Here were shapes, textures, colors- that I’d dreamed of.  Almost as though he’d peeked at my dreams and made them solid!  But it was actually in a BOOK!  Nobody was harassing him for ‘illegal’ color choices!

And so, the beginning of my Color Rebellion.

My next meeting was Kaffe’s Glorious Needlepoint.  Another visceral response:  Big wonderous flowers, ethnic prints, all sorts of geometric variations- it really could be done!

I then realized that Kaffe had also designed some quilt books.  I felt almost involved in some torrid romance as I paged through these books, again and again.  I loved seeing the objects Kaffe collected, that inspired and informed his designs.

As my children got older and I had more time, I tip-toed back into quilting.  For a while, art quilts and surface design delighted me, but I never lost my love for commercial fabrics.  I mixed colors, shapes and patterns with abandon.  Some were dismal, well deserving of their place in the ‘round file’, but I gradually developed a surer eye for mixing and designing. 

Now I’m enjoying the Modern Quilt movement, the play of solid colors with patterned cloth, and negative spaces showcasing imaginative quilting designs.  Kaffe’s books, compositions and designs were a passport to Color Freedom.  Thanks so much!  Just thinking of these brings a happy smile to my face!