Thursday, June 26, 2014

Reminder: Meeting Tonight!

Just a friendly reminder about our meeting tonight at 6:00 PM. We'll be meeting at The James Stitching Sisters Sewing Center in Dublin.

All of the details can be found in the previous blog post (directions, etc.).

Don't forget to bring a snack to share and any bee blocks you have to turn in!  Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight. Let's have a quilty party!

And once again, thanks Kathy for hosting :)


Monday, June 9, 2014

CMQG Gives Back to the Community at June & July Meetings

As many of you may know, Kathy Gordon is very involved with The James Stitching Sisters and she has kindly agreed to host our June and July meetings at the Sewing Center!  Thanks Kathy for all of your hard work in pulling this together.
I know everyone in the CMQG is looking forward to giving back to the community using our quilting skills!  All of the meeting details are included below:
The James Stitching Sisters Sewing Center
289 Cramer Creek Court
Dublin, OH
The sewing center is just off Frantz Road with easy access from I-270 for those of you that come from outlying areas.

Psst...It's also nearby Red Rooster Quilts, if the need for some fabric shopping strikes before the meeting! Red Rooster has a great selection of pre-cuts, quilt kits, and modern basics.  They also carry traditional fabrics, so there's a little something for everyone. I feel the need to plan a fabric road trip, but that's a story for another day...
When:THURSDAY, June 26th
6-9 PM
THURSDAY, July 24th
6-9 PM
What to bring?Since we're meeting a little earlier than usual, please feel free to bring a snack to share. You know Kathy...she's always looking to have a party!
What not to bring? 
Due to the danger of loose pins, hot irons, ironing boards that could tip over, etc., we ask that you leave your children at home where they will be safe.       
What to expect?
 Kathy has lots planned for us to keep us busy all night, including:
  • tour of the center...but you can get a sneak peak of it here on Kathy's blog-- Kwilty Pleasures.
  • long-arm sewing machine quilting  
  • regular sewing machine piecing
  • cutting kits
  • labeling quilts  
  • making binding
  • sandwiching quilts for kwilting
  • and more!!!!
If you cannot stay for the entire time of the meetings, please stop in and check out the facility, have a snack, and find out how you can help...even from home!
To learn more about The James Stitching Sisters, please visit their website. 
We're looking forward to seeing everyone for a few nights of charity sewing this summer!  Thanks again Kathy for all you've done to organize and host.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

June's Bee Block Instructions

Hi All, Ann here. It’s time for my month of the Bee and I’m super excited to tell you all about my bee block.

For the June Bee block I have picked “X + Plus” blocks.  I’ve seen some really incredible scrappy versions of these on Flickr and various blogs.
There is a great Tutorial for making this block by Amy of BadSkirt. However, her blocks turn out to be only about 7.5” square. However, I’d like the blocks to be a bit bigger.  Below are the modifications to make the block finish at 12” (12.5” unfinished).  Please use the below measurements for cutting fabric. You can then use the assembly instructions via the tutorial.
Center Cross – two 2.5” squares + one 2.5” x 6.5” rectangle
Edges of cross – four 2.5” x 3.5” rectangles
Background triangles – eight 3.5” squares
Branches of the X (can be different fabrics for each part of the X if you want)  – four 5.5” squares
Here is an example block I made for my Feb Bee block for Janna. I originally thought I wanted them to be monochromatic but I think I like the scrappy multicolored look more.
Color palette and fabric selection: bold colors of the rainbow. Please try to stay away from pastels. You can use multiple colors in the block if you like. Multicolored prints are fine too. The scrappier the better.  For the background fabric (the white part in my example block), it would be great if you could use some kind of text or low volume print (but if not that’s OK too).  Anything light is fine (gray, white, cream, etc).

I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! Thanks!