Wednesday, December 13, 2017

December Bee Block

Name: Leigh Morgan

 Name of Block: Raspberry Kiss

Tutorial Link: Wooden Spoon Quilts

Fabric & Color Directions (the below is for one block):

4 - 1 1/2" background fabric squares- white & black or grey (more white than black*)

Fabric for crosses:
(Please use bright and fun colors, but use the same print for all three pieces)
2 - 1 1/2" squares
1 - 3 1/2"x 1 1/2" rectangle

2 - 3" squares- a different white & black or grey fabric than the background (more white than black*)

Please make four 4 1/4 inch blocks, all of them different color/fabric (if you don't have enough different background prints, please at least make the middle fabric all different.)

Do not sew them together.

Here a link to my Pinterest Pins of some of the quilts I like that are made with this block:

*The pictures in the tutorial and Pinterest board are good examples of background fabrics to use

Thursday, October 26, 2017

November Bee Block

Name: Kim H

Block Design Name: Scrappy Bear Paw

Link to tutorial:

Color Selection:
Please make the bear paw with scrappy Fall colors (red, yellow/gold, orange, green, brown, etc.). Background should be low volume prints that coordinate well with the Fall colors. 

Please name some designers or line of fabrics you like that will help us pick the right fabric for your block:
Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Denyse Schmidt but really any modern designers.  Color is more important than the designer. 

Will you be providing fabric?

Feel free to use a 4 patch, a HST or a fussy cut square instead of the one large block in the corner of the bear paw.  As long as the overall size of that square stays the same size.  

Friday, October 6, 2017

Raffle Block for October Meeting:

 Modern Christmas Tree Block
Any paid member can make one or how many you want of the block. Needs to be made in modern Christmas fabric or in green and/red fabric and make the stumps brown. You will bring your block(s) to the meeting and your name will be put in the raffle for every Block you bring. Who’s ever name is picked will get to take all the blocks home!!!
Here is the tutorial:

This is an example of a finished quilt by one of our members, Darci :

Thursday, September 21, 2017

October Bee Block

Queen Name : Heather P

Block Name:  Star Sampler

Link to block tutorial

Color selection
Contrasting, but coordinating colors.  2 fabrics from the same line would work. Bright colors any designer.  Background should 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 
Any Designer

Will you be providing fabric?

The directions say to cut the squares to 3 7/8 inches.  I cut my squares to 4 inches and then trimmed my half squares to 3.5 inches.  It was MUCH easier. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ornament Swap

As quilters, we know the holidays will be here sooner than we are ready. With that in mind, it's already time to hold an Ornament Swap so you can add something new to your holiday decor and enjoy the talents of your fellow CMQers. 

We're talking about an ornament - something small and hangable - that you make yourself. Maybe it's just a glass ball with fabric scraps inside. Maybe you're going to hand piece fabrics into a sphere. It can even be a no-sew project so long as you feature some fabric. Go as simple or complicated as you want.

You will have until the November meeting to make an ornament to give away. You will not be assigned a specific partner, so make something you think is cool and we'll let participants fight over it white elephant style. That being said, you must wrap your ornament for presentation at the meeting so we don't know what or whose ornament we're getting until we open it!

To participate, complete THIS FORMYou must be a dues-paying member to participate. You should be at the swap reveal meeting to give and receive an ornament, but if you can convince a friend to bring and choose an ornament for you, that's allowable. All ornaments that show up to the November meeting will go home with someone, so no late submissions!

Per the Swap Rules, do your best work. Make something you’d be proud to receive.

Part of the fun of participating in swaps is posting preview photos on social media.  We encourage you to be active in the Facebook group and/or Instagram and share photos of your items as you’re making them. Please use the hashtag #cbusmqswap when you share your photos.

Need some help getting started? We've got some inspiration for you on the CMQ Pinterest Page.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

September Bee Block

Queen Name : Rose W

Block Name:  Wanta Fanta Block

Link to block tutorial

Color selection
I would like the foreground to be bright and scrappy. Very saturated prints that read as all one color. My favorites are common in the Cotton & Steel palette, Aqua, Mustard, Navy, and Magenta. But anything that is bright and saturated will work.

Please use low volume prints for the "background." I prefer super low volume prints, white on white, or light grey, but use what you have. No solids, novelty fabrics, or traditional batiks. 

Please do not use solids anywhere on the block. Also, please don't use prints that are too large (for example the C&S mustangs print is awesome but wouldn't work well here).
Please name some designers or line of fabrics you like that will help us pick the right fabric for your block 
My favorites are Carolyn Friedlander, Lizzy House, Karen Lewis, and any Cotton and Steel, especially the basics.

Please make the block entirely scrappy throughout. For example on the x-shaped block use 4 different colors in the foreground, and 4 different corner colors on the o-block. When printing please make sure you print it the correct way. 
DO NOT sew the 4 blocks together.  You should make 4- 6.5" blocks.

Links to example of the quilt block or fabric you would like us to use.  

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Bee Block

August Bee Block

Name : Christina L

Which Hive? 12 month December

Block Design: Raspberry Kiss
Name Link to block tutorial
Color selection
"Background - low volume that reads as white, off-white, or light grey. Cross -
 any colors except browns, grey or black. Feel free to use scraps.
Please name some designers or line of fabrics you like that will help us pick the right fabric for your block
Anything modern is fine
Will you be providing fabric?
Please make 4 of the 4.5 inch blocks
Directions Links to example of the quilt block or fabric you would like us to use.   

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July Bee Block

****Due at the August meeting, our July meeting is the Sew In July 29*****

Name : Katy J
Which Hive? 12 month
Block Design: Variation on a disappearing 9-patch

Name Link to block tutorial
Color selection
No Navy, Brown, or blacks as the dominant colors 
Please name some designers or line of fabrics you like that will help us pick the right fabric for your block
Bonnie and Camille is one of my favorites
Will you be providing fabric?
Each of the nine squares should be one predominate color but can have other colors in it. Each nine patch should be a different color or shade of the same color is fine. Use White as the background


Thursday, June 22, 2017

June Meeting Agenda

6:30-8:30 Whetstone Library Meeting Room


Yellow/Orange F8 Fabric Color Swap 
Color Reveal Challenge
Bee Blocks
Curve Improv Demo
Show and Tell

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Bee Block

Name : Cassandra B

Which Hive? 12 month December
Block Design: Improv Circles
Name Link to block tutorial
I would like you to create a circle or implied circle of any type as long as it reads sort of circular when you are finished.  Improv is encouraged!
Color selection
Please use low volume fabric(s) for the background.  The "circle" should be a single bright color of your choice, but you can include as many fabrics as you would like. For instance, if you choose to make a blue circle, you can use as many blue fabrics as you would like, as long as they are all blue.  Please avoid large amounts of brown, black or grey.  (Small amounts in a print are ok)
Please name some designers or line of fabrics you like that will help us pick the right fabric for your block
Any modern fabric or color wall fabrics would work for this block.  Try to avoid prints with a large number of competing colors.  Most Carolyn Friedlander, Alison Glass, and Cotton and Steel Basics fit into this category, but I hope you will use what you have in your scrap bin and stash.
Will you be providing fabric?
Create a block of your choice that has a circle-like motif.  Try to make your blocks finish at 10" or larger.  Hint:  If you are using curves, bigger is easier!  Improv blocks are ideal, but you can also use a traditional block.  Try to not use a commercial pattern- I am planning to make this for a group quilt show entry, and I don't want to have to track down permission from numerous sources.  Your "circle" can have curves or be constructed with all straight seams.  Choose a bright, dominant color for the main circle and low volume prints for the background.  I created a Pinterest board with various types of circle blocks, but I hope you will do what inspires you most!
Directions Links to example of the quilt block or fabric you would like us to use.

Monday, May 22, 2017

May Meeting Reminder

Do you believe the May meeting is already here?

The next meeting will be held Thursday May 25th, 6:30-8:30 at Whetstone Library.

Things to bring:

Name Badge
Bee Blocks for May's Queen Bee Darci
Zipper Pouch for the swap
UFOs for the UFO Challenge
Fabric for the metallics F8 Swap
Items for Show & Tell
Items to sell at the garage sale.
Get ready for quilty Olympics!!!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

UFO Challenge 2017

It's that time again. Sign up for the UFO Challenge! UFO (unfinished object) is a project you have already started and have yet to finish. It's probably been sitting in the back of your mind, taunting you, for months or even years. Well no more! You're taking that sucker the last stitch! πŸ˜„

Unfinished means any degree of incomplete. You could have bought a pattern, fabric, started piecing/cutting or even be half way done with the quilt. You can enter up to 5 quilts.

Prizes, you ask? Oh yes, there will be prizes. We'll do drawings at the August and November check ins among those who have brought completed projects.

And don't forget about our July Sew-In. What a great time to work on that UFO and be encouraged by your fellow members.
1. Sign up by June 5, 2017
2. For Members only, so pay those dues!
3. Bring your UFO to the May Meeting, if you are not able to make the May meeting please post to our Facebook page, or post on Instagram and tag cbusmodernquilters #cbusmqchallenge
4. Bring your finished UFO to the August or November meeting to be entered for a prize.
Please Sign up HERE.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

May Bee Block

Name : Darci

Which Hive? 12 month December

Block Design: #holidaypatchworkforest

Name Link to block tutorial
Color selection
Fabric will be provided

Will you be providing fabric?
Using the tutorial and the fabric I have provided, you will make 2 blocks in reverse colors.  Cut a 2 inch strip from the bottom of the 2 main fabrics.  This will go on either side of the trunk.  The trees will all be wonky (some tall and skinny, some short and fat, others leaning to one side or the other).  You can trim up the blocks a bit, but I'll cut them to size once they all come back and I can see what sizes they turned out to be.
Directions Links to example of the quilt block or fabric you would like us to use.

Solids/Color of the Year Challenge

Image result for kona pink flamingo

We all love prints, but have you ever made a project using nothing but solid fabrics? That's what we're challenging you to do with the CMQ Solids Challenge.

But that's not all. Have you seen Kona's Color of the Year, Pink Flamingo? If we give you some of this fabric can you figure out how to incorporate it into a project? That's the idea behind the Color of the Year Challenge.

That's right - there are two challenges here and a prize for each category. Choose to participate in one or knock out both challenges by making a project using only solid colors including Pink Flamingo.

Here are the details:

Solids Challenge: Make a project using ONLY solid-colored fabrics - and that's fabrics plural, so it has to be more than one! And solids means solids, so no low volume, no grunge, no shot cotton, like the Moccasin Sampler from Gen X Quilters above.. You can make anything you like - a mini quilt, a fabric basket, a bag, so long as piecing or applique is involved. You'll be judged by your peers, who will choose their favorite final product.
As a side note, Moda's Bella Solids Challenge is still going on. If you're working on that contest, feel free to use your project for our challenge as well.

Color of the Year Challenge: Use Kona Pink Flamingo in your project. It's that simple. We just want you to make any pieced/appliqued project you desire but incorporate this color in any quantity you choose. If you attended the April meeting, you went home with some of this fabric. Again, it cannot be the ONLY color in your project and piecing or applique must be involved. Make a mini quilt, fabric basket, bag, garment with piecing, whatever makes you happy! The group will vote on their favorite use of the color.

Ready to sign up? Click Here to register. Projects are due at the June meeting. Also, click here for the CMQ Challenge Rules. You must be a dues-paying member to participate, so make sure you're paid up!

Questions? Email Rachel at

Friday, April 14, 2017

March Meeting Recap

Columbus Modern Quilters
Monthly Meeting

Thursday March 23rd, 2017
6:30pm – 8:30 pm

Ice Breaker
What colors do you sew with the most?

New Years Resolution Challenge
The New Years Resolution Challenge has officially closed. More information about the challenge can be found here. The prizes are two FQ bundle prizes that have been graciously donated by Dabble & Stitch so be sure to enter!

Zipper Demo
Rachel demonstrated different zipper installation techniques. Which leads us to a zippered pouch swap! This will be a secret swap so you will not know who you will be receiving from until the reveal at the May meeting. You will only be able to receive your swap pouch if you have your pouch for your partner. Be sure to post a mosaic on Instagram and use #cbusmqswap. More information can be found here.

Annual Dues
Be sure to get your dues of $10 to Jennie H. You have a chance to win a March Cotton+Steel Stash Builder Box at the April meeting! You must be present at the April Meeting to be entered into the drawing.

Bee Blocks
The queen bee for March was Donna. She chose a paper pieced string star. Can’t wait to see then all together.

The queen bee for April is Cynthia. Cynthia chose a wonky economy block. Details for the block can be found here.

Block Raffle
For the block raffle this month we made the Scrappy Majestic Mountain Block from Bonnie Hunter. The modern spin on this block looks fantastic. Congrats to Ellen for being our lucky winner.

Beads of Courage
Thanks to Ellen and Chris for donating their bags to our charity initiative for 2017 benefiting Beads of Courage. We’ve already donated 50 bags to Nationwide Children’s Hospital with more to be donated soon. More information about our charity initiatives can be found here.

Fabric Swap
For March we swapped the Patone color of the year Greenery. So much pretty fabric!

Announcements and Upcoming Events

April 27th 2017 – April Meeting at Northern Lights Library 6:30PM-8:30PM
May - Fabric Shack Shop Hop
June - Summer Sew in / No Meeting for June

Monday, March 27, 2017

Cynthia 12 Month Bee Block

Cynthia 12 Month Bee Hive April Directions:
Name : Cynthia C

Which Hive? 12 month April

Block Design: Wonky Economy Block

Name Link to block tutorial
None, see Directions Below
Color selection
Low volume for center block, and bright for both surrounding fabric. Make sure there is at least one matching color in each surrounding. (Just so it looks they coordinate ) no tans, browns or "dull" colors.
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?
"Start with 1 low volume square that is 4.25"". Trim a bit off 3 sides to make it ""un-square."" Cut 2 squares for the first surround at 4.5"". Now, cut these corner to corner,  but wonky. Meaning not directly down the center. The outer fabric, cut 2 squares at 9"" and cut wonky from corner to corner.
Assemble as you would an economy block. Sew 2 opposite sides of the center to 2 fabrics of 1st layer, press, trim. Now sew the opposite sides, press. Trim with a .25"" margin above the points all the way around. This will not be a 90 degree square. 
Next sew the larger wonky cut triangles to the unit. Opposite sides first, press, trim. Now the final 2 wonky triangles. Press.
Finally cut the square with right angles.  Pick a point in the center of the block, measure 5 inches out to all sides. Trim along those lines. "

Directions Links to example of the quilt block or fabric you would like us to use.   


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Zipper Pouch Swap

We know a lot of you are masters of the zipper pouch, and if you attended the March meeting for the zipper tutorial, you're now a zipper expert! πŸ˜‰Let's put your new found skill to use by participating in the Zipper Pouch Swap. 

You'll be paired with another participating Columbus Modern Quilters member and have until the May meeting to make a pouch just for them. You can make any type of pouch your heart desires, so long as it has a zipper and can hold things. Go as simple or complicated as you want. Add some patchwork or not, it's up to you!

To participate, complete THIS FORM and you will be emailed your partner's information. You must be a dues-paying member to participate. Partnerships are SECRET so you won't know who is making for you. You must be at the swap reveal meeting to exchange your item. If you are unable to attend, your item must be sent with someone else, dropped off, or mailed to the recipient up to a week after the meeting date.

Per the Swap Rules, you will not receive the item made for you until the item you made is received. Remember to use quilt shop quality fabric and do your best work. Make something you’d be proud to receive/use, taking into consideration your partner’s likes/dislikes (we'll give you their Instagram and Facebook info).

Part of the fun of participating in secret swaps is posting preview photos and trying to guess who your partner is.  We encourage you to be active in the FB group and/or IG and share photos of your items as you’re making them. Please use the hashtag #cbusmqswap when you share your photos.

Need some help getting started? We've got some inspiration for you on the CMQ Pinterest Page. You can also find the info sheet from the March's zipper tutorial HERE.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March Meeting Reminder (Thursday 3/23/2017)

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Reminder that tomorrow's meeting is Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 6:30-8:30 at Old Worthington Library.

Old Worthington Library
820 High St,
Worthington OH 43085

We have a fun raffle for the meeting!  Leigh has a surprise that comes in a purple box to giveaway at the April meeting.
How to enter:
1.  Have your dues paid by the March Meeting (TOMORROW).

Check out the FB group page on how to get an additional entry.

Raffle will be drawn at the April meeting.  You must be present for the meeting.

Items to bring:

Name Tags
Block Raffle - Info can be found here.
Bee Blocks for Donna - Block info can be found here
Fabric Swap cut into F8s. This month is Pantone Color of the year Greenery.
Any drawstrings bags to be donated to Bags of Courage 
Items for Show and Tell


Ice Breaker
Bee Blocks
Block Raffle
Demo - Zippers - Rachel
Discuss Carpooling for the exhibit at Decorative Arts Center of Ohio.
Next Group Sew-in
Show and Tell

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February Block Raffle

Block Name: Scrappy Mountain Majesties


-Pick 2 contrasting colors (you will need to cut (1) 8.5 inch square from each color to complete one block)
-Each block is an entry in the raffle, make as many blocks as you like.
-Due at our February 23rd Meeting
-Do not sew the 2 pieces together

Examples of what 2 blocks look like together:

Friday, January 27, 2017

2017 New Year's Resolution Challenge

Welcome to 2017! To kick off your year of sewing, our first challenge of the year is going to be a "New Year's Resolution".

Is there a quilting or sewing technique you've been meaning to try but haven't found the courage or time to do it? Sign up to participate in the Columbus Modern Quilters New Year's Resolution Challenge! Click here to do so.

Also, please review the CMQ Challenge rules HERE.

You are challenged to complete a project that executes a technique you've never done before but have been meaning to tackle. For example, challenge yourself to try curves, paper piecing, applique, free motion quilting, bags or garments for the first time. Check out our Pinterest board for tutorials.

Your project is due at the April meeting and must be a completed item. It does NOT have to be a quilt but it does have to be finished. For example you are welcome to try your new technique on a bag, one-hour basket, pot holder, etc., or if you've been dying to applique cats onto a rad vest, go for it!

You have four months to complete your item, so be sure to post your progress on Instagram. Tag your work with #cbusmqchallenge.

By participating you will be entered into a random drawing for a prize and the group will also vote on best execution of the stated technique, with the winner also getting a prize. You must be present at the April meeting to win.

Please note that in order to participate in challenges, you must be a dues-paying member of CMQ. Make sure your dues are paid up by the March meeting to participate.

Questions? Email Rachel at

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

February 2017 Bee Block

Block Design Name: Row Houses

Link to block tutorial
Handout during meeting - I received the block at Glamp 2016 and it can only be used for personal use and not copied. Please make all 5 and do not sew them together.

Color selection
Bright colors for houses - plain white for the "sky" - no brown or grey or black please. Please fussy cut the windows with animals, objects, kids, etc. I have plenty of flower ones already.

Please name some designers or line of fabrics you like that will help us pick the right fabric for your block:
Anything bright - Tula pink, Michael Miller,

Will you be providing fabric?  No

Anything that we will need to know to make your block
Please fussy cut the windows with animals, objects, kids, etc. I have plenty of flower ones already.