Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April Meeting 2015

April 8, 2015President Michelle Kirby presiding



E-mail: If you're a member and didn't receive the e-mail sent on April 7 regarding the April meeting, please contact Michelle at so that she can add you to the list.

Bylaw Changes:  Michelle proposed to change the bylaws to align the CMQG calendar year with that of the national Modern Quilt Guild. She also proposed to add wording to the bylaws required for our 501(c)(3) tax status. The changes were unanimously approved by the guild members present.

Stars for Stephanie: We collected several more Stars for Stephanie (see February post for more information). Wendy will be shipping our stars to the Knoxville Guild before the April 18 deadline. Thanks to all who contributed!

Carol's block

Anniversary: The CMQG celebrated its fifth anniversary at this meeting. Amy was the only founding member in attendance and shared a bit about the guild's history. Michelle brought a cake to celebrate.

Surveys: On April 14 two survey links were sent to members. One is the digital version of the Member Survey. Please fill this out even if you recently completed a paper version. Please fill out the parts about what you're able to share with the guild and what you'd like to learn. If you prefer not to be part of the Member Directory, please deselect the Yes box at the bottom of the survey.

The second survey is for Member of the Month. Help us all get to know each other better by filling out the questions. We'll select a few people to feature each month. Once you've been selected, you'll be asked to submit photos of your work. Be sure to include projects you've made in the past as we have a lot of new members who may not have seen them previously.

OHCraft Sew-In at Shawnee State Lodge: Kara shared that general registration for this event starts April 17. The sew-in will take place October 8 or 9 (your choice) to October 11. The cost of the sew-in includes lodging and all meals for the weekend. Plus you'll receive a great goodie bag and lots of time to sew! Join the OHCraft Facebook group for more information.
Click here for the 2015 OHCraft Sew-In pricing information and order form.  

May Meeting:
  • Round Robin blocks due
  • Education Challenge: Slice and Insert (see below)
  • Education Topic: Labeling Your Quilts. Bring samples of labels you've made (successful or otherwise) to share.
  • Discussion: Should we sign up for a booth at the Mariemont, Loveland, or other craft fair this fall as a fundraiser for the guild? The proposal would have the member earning 70% of the sale of the items she made and the guild would get 30%.

Make It and Maybe Take It

Members brought their Flying Geese blocks using the Valori Wells fabric donated by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, and one lucky winner went home with all the blocks.
Kara, our Make It and Maybe Take It organizer.













One block was selected from the bag, and the person who made it won all the blocks. The winner was . . .


Watch for the next Make It and Maybe Take It to start in June.

Show and Tell

Carolyn's Builder Block is featured in the latest issue of Generation Q magazine. Congratulations, Carolyn!
Kay and her Trail Tote made from a Noodlehead pattern.

Wendy's hand-pieced millefiori block made following the instructions in the book Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein as part of an Instagram challenge.

Carrie's millefiori blocks for the Instagram challenge.

Ellen's Flying Geese pillow.

Ellen M.'s 241 Tote from Noodlehead.

Annie made this quilt top before she learned about strip piecing.

A quilt for one of Kara's nieces.

The quilt for Kara's other niece.

Sheila's grocery tote.

Shonna's circle challenge block.
Brooke's boxy pouch made from the tutorial on Pink Stitches.


Education: Slice and Insert

Michelle and Ellen took at class at Quilt Con titled Slice and Insert taught by Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio. They shared the technique at the meeting. (Members, check your e-mail for Jacquie's handout from Quilt Con with lots of terrific tips and tricks.)
Cut your background fabric to larger than your finished size. Slice the fabric and sew in the insert fabric, making sure the insert fabric extends past the edges of the background fabric. Inserts 1-inch wide are a good place to start.

Square up your block, then make a second slice next to the first, if you like.

Or make a slice that intersects the first. Follow the tips in the handout for how to line up the pieces to sew them back together.

To mix things up, piece your insert fabric rather than use a solid strip.

One of Michelle's class pieces.

Another piece Michelle made in the QuiltCon class. Here she added a floating insert by piecing background fabric to both ends of her insert fabric.

Ellen's QuiltCon class pieces.
Education challenge: Try the Slice and Insert technique and bring your block or finished piece to the May meeting for a chance to win a prize!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March Meeting 2015

March 11, 2015
Centennial Barn, Cincinnati, Ohio
Vice President Amy Thonnerieux presiding


Name Tags: If you haven't done so yet, please make a name tag that you can wear to our meetings. We're always having new people join us, so it's nice to have the name tags so we can get to know each other better.

Member of the Month: Another way to help us get to know each other better is through the new member of the month program. Each month we'll feature a different member here on the blog. Look for more information coming soon!

Digital Member Forms: Members will soon be receiving an e-mail with a link to the member form. Even if you've filled one out in the past, we ask that you fill it out again with your latest information. This will also allow us to have all the information electronically for easy sorting and retrieval. Per Janine's request, we'll look into creating a member directory from the list. In addition, be sure to take some time to fill out the information about education: what you'd like to learn and what you might be willing to teach.

February Education Challenge: Several of the members brought pieced curve and reverse applique blocks using the techniques they learned at the February meeting. Thanks to all who gave it a try!

Stars for Stephanie: Heather shared that the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild lost one of their founding members, Stephanie Hicks, to cancer. The Knoxville Guild is collecting wonky stars blocks made in Stephanie's favorite bright solid fabrics from all modern quilt guilds; the Knoxville guild will then make the blocks into quilts to give to cancer patients. Blocks are due April 18.

The Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild will be collecting blocks to donate at the April meeting. After the April meeting, we'll ship all the blocks to the Knoxville guild. 

Please note that the blocks needs to 12.5-inch wonky stars made in bright solid fabrics. For a link to the wonky star tutorial and for more information, click here.

Make and Maybe Take: Remember the flying geese blocks using the Make and Maybe Take fabrics are due at the April meeting. Check out the February meeting notes for all the details.

April Scrap Swap: Bring your modern fabric scraps to swap at the April meeting. Place your scraps in a one-gallon zippered plastic bag, then at the meeting, we'll combine all the scraps and redistribute them back into the bags. You may bring more than one bag filled with scraps. Scraps should be at least 2" in size and of modern fabric.

May Sew-In: Mark your calendars for May 30 when we'll have our next sew-in. This one will be held from 10am to 5pm at the Newport Public Library.

Round Robin

The members participating in the second round of round robin quilts brought their blocks to show. The next set of blocks are due at the May meeting.
Abby's blocks for Ellen's quilt.

Annie made another asterisk block for Wendy's quilt.

Brooke added this fussy-cut border to Kara's quilt center.

Carrie added a flying geese border to Ellen M.'s quilt center.

Ellen made a few star blocks for Brooke's quilt, including one that used reverse applique, a technique featured in February's education segment.

Ellen M. made this paper-pieced block for Carrie's nature-themed quilt.

Janine made the block on the left to go with Robin's original block on the right.

Kara made this block using Lesley's pack of fabrics and some of her own.

Kathy made these feather block for Abby's quilt.

Lesley made this block for Kathy's confetti quilt.

Wendy made this block for Annie's quilt.
Robin's blocks for Shonna's quilt.

Show and Tell

Abby's rainbow mini quilt.

Annie made this baby-size version of Heather's Silo quilt.

Christine's messenger bag made using Soft and Stable to give it structure.

Christine completed this twin-size quilt top for the guild charity project. All the fabrics were donated.

Ellen M. attended Quilt Con and took long-arm quilting classes. Here's one of her practice pieces.

Here's Ellen's other quilting practice piece.

Gillian made this quilt using pinks for her daughter.

Gillian's hour glass quilt.

Heather made this piece at a Quilt Con event led by the women of Gee's Bend.

Robin's nautical baby quilt.

The back of Robin's quilt.

Teresa's chandelier quilt.

The back of Teresa's quilt.

Education: Flying Geese

For this month's education, Brooke showed us three ways to make flying geese, based on a presentation Ellen M. and Nancy gave at a guild meeting last year.

Method 1: Single Flying Geese
It's easy to make one flying geese block at a time, but as you'll see, there is a good amount of fabric waste.

For a finished 4" x 8" block, cut your fabric as shown here.

Draw a line from corner to corner on each of the square blocks.

Align one square block in a corner of the rectangle block. Sew on the line your drew on the square. Then trim off the excess with a 1/4" seam allowance.

Press the square back. Repeat with the second square on the other corner of the rectangle. Again, sew on the line.

Trim and press the second piece back to reveal your finished flying geese block.

With this method, these squares of fabric are all waste.

Method 2: No Waste Flying Geese
With this method you'll make four geese at one time with no fabric waste.

For finished 4" x 8" blocks, cut your fabric as shown here.

Draw a line from corner to corner on all the small squares.

Place two small squares on opposite corners of the large square. Pin in place. Sew 1/4" on either side of the drawn lines. Then cut on the drawn lines.

Press the triangles up, so you have two pieces that look like this.

Place the remaining two small squares as shown. Again, sew 1/4" on either side of the drawn line. Then cut on the drawn line.

Press open the triangles, and you'll have four flying geese blocks!

Method 3: Two Squares Flying Geese
With this method you'll make four geese, as well, with just tiny bit of waste.

For finished blocks of 4: x 8", cut your fabric as shown above.

Center the smaller square on the larger square. Draw a line from corner to corner.
Sew 1/4" on either side of the drawn line. Then cut on the drawn line.

Press the seams to the larger triangle. Now align the outside edges of the two new squares. Don't align the seams. Draw a line from corner to corner. Again, sew 1/4" on either side of the line and then cut on the line.

Now you'll have two pieces that look like this. Measure 4" from the left or right edge to cut apart the two geese blocks.

Trim the blocks down to size. Since you'll have two pieces like that shown in the previous step, you'll get a total of four flying geese blocks.

Your challenge is to bring flying geese blocks made using any of these methods to the April meeting. Everyone who brings a flying geese block or finished piece will be eligible to win a prize!