Thursday, April 20, 2017

April Bee Blocks- Hives 1 & 2

CMQG Bee Blocks
Hives 1 & 2 

Hello to all of the crafty worker bees out there creating blocks for Hives 1 & 2! We hope you are enjoying your hives so far, and the chance to create unique, fun, out of the box blocks! 

Please see below for instructions for April blocks for Hives 1 & 2. Please feel free to contact the recipients, or a guild officer for more information! 

Hive 1

Tara has requested a mix of paper pieced tea cup and coffee cup blocks for April! She gave members of Hive 1 a copy of the paper pieces and instructions.

Tara gave a piece of teal fabric that she plans to use for sashing, so fabrics should somewhat coordinate, or not clash, with this fabric. She likes all colors, but isn't a fan of brown! You can make two blocks, a mix of tea cups and coffee cups or two of the same block!

If you need a copy of the paper pieces or the instructions, please feel free to contact Tara or one of the members of Hive 1.

Hive 2 

Dorothy shared a pattern that uses 3 shades of one color, such as 3 different shades of red as seen in the picture below. In all blocks there will be a consistent shade of grey which Dorothy has provided. You can place the grey wherever you want in the block as long as it's used and you don't mix different colors within a block.

Dorothy trimmed down the block to be 10'' square. 

If you have any questions about the blocks for Hive 2, please feel free to contact Dorothy or a member of Hive 2. 

See you next month for May's bee block instructions! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

April 2017 Meeting

April 12, 2017  
The Barn in Mariemont
President Abby Graham presiding

Happy April everyone! Flowers are blooming, birds chirping and quilters quilting!

Thank you for all who contributed pouches, patterns/books or their time to the Quilter's Day Out event that our guild attended on March 18, 2017. It helped spread the word about our awesome and talented guild. We managed to raise a bit of money for potential speakers and workshops!

Guild News

Leftover zipper pouches from the Quilter's Day Out event will be sold at guild meetings, or on Instagram under a destash hashtag. We plan to continue to sell the remaining pouches in hopes of raising more money for our guild! If you have any fundraising suggestions, please feel free to reach out to our president Abby, or any current guild officers.

Swap Update!

We had seven members participate in the fun pin cushion swap. Members brought their pin cushions and placed them in a bag so that the recipient and maker were kept secret. Everyone loved their new cushions! Thank you to our Swap Committee for their hard work.

Don’t forget to participate in next month’s swap! Please bring two fat quarters bundled together and concealed. They can be any designer or color, but be sure to bring quilt store quality fabric! You must give and receive two fat quarters in order to participate. This is a fun way to broaden your stash horizons!

Charity Update

The Charity Committee has been hard at work deciding what direction to take both QuiltCon charity quilts. Last year’s QuiltCon quilt will be donated to the charity Women Helping Women as a silent auction item to raise money. This charity helps women survive domestic abuse. Our second QuiltCon charity quilt will be donated in Brooke’s name and given to a cancer fundraiser. We hope to raise money for this cause in Brooke’s honor.

Next month guild members will be donating pillow cases for a boy’s home in Northern Kentucky. Boys ages 8-18 will be receiving the pillow cases. We ask that you make all pillow cases using the hotdog pillow case method, making them all uniform. You can use any age appropriate fabric! Click the link below for a hotdog pillowcase tutorial.

If you have any charity suggestions, please feel free to contact a guild officer!

Quilting Bee Hive 1

Natalie received grey scale arrow blocks for March. She plans to incorporate a bright colored block surrounded by grey blocks.

Tara requests paper pieced tea cups and coffee cups for April. She gave copies of the paper piece patterns along with instructions. For more information, please see our next blog, April Bee Blocks- Hives 1 & 2.

Quilting Bee Hive 2

Ginny was very impressed by the creativity shown on her bee blocks! Everyone came up with a  unique block using a piece of matching fabric that she provided.

Dorothy presented her bee block example at the meeting. She provided a piece of grey fabric for Hive 2 to incorporate into their blocks. All blocks will be uniform with a specific pattern, but with different  solid colors. Please see our next blog, April Bee Blocks-Hives 1 & 2 for more details!

Show and Tell:

Kay brought a springtime quilt

Holly brought a quilt she just completed with a fun longarm pattern

Holly made this table runner using leftover heart blocks for Pulse

Nice work Christine! You have completed your Hive 1 bee blocks quilt top!

Janine brought a gorgeous, bright cathedral window quilt

She also brought a scrappy quilt she plans to gift

This is her second quilt, completed! (grey background) As well as a baby quilt

Dana wowed with a new noodlehead caravan tote. She customized it with pockets.

Dana has been hard at work completing her cogs quilt top and has it basted and ready for hand quilting.

Carrye brought her sister’s English paper pieced quilt in lovely pastels.


Dana put together three fantastic live paper piecing tutorials for our April guild meeting. Each session was 20 minutes and members were able to attend two of three sessions. You had the choice between machine paper piecing, hand piecing with a running stitch and English paper piecing.

Check out the photos from our live sessions below! For more information about this education segment, please feel free to check out the upcoming blog, Mastering Paper Piecing.

Stay tuned for more blog posts. Upcoming posts include information about Hives 1 & 2, as well as our April education. We hope you have enjoyed reading about our April meeting and look forward to seeing you next month on May10!


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild Color Challenge!

Here are all the details for the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild Color Challenge!

First things first, if you want to participate, you need to draw a COLOR and a COLOR SCHEME from There will be an opportunity at the April meeting to do so! Projects aren't due until June so there is still time to join the game!

If you already have drawn your assignment, and you choose to accept it, here are links to the CMQG Color Challenge document with all the rules as well as some handy color wheels for you to use to gain further understanding of your color scheme.

For those who wish to see the presentation we did at the March 2017 meeting on Color here is a link to the full presentation

Have fun everyone and can't wait to see your awesome creations! 

March 2017 Meeting

March 8, 2017  
The Barn in Mariemont
President Abby Graham presiding

Happy March everyone! Thank you to all CMQG members and guests who attended our March meeting! We had a great turnout and even had to add chairs! It was a wonderful meeting filled with bee blocks, zipper pouches and an awesome education segment.  

Guild News

We are participating in the Quilter’s Day Out event on Saturday March 18th. This is a fun and unique way to invite other quilters to our activities and meetings and spread the word that modern quilting is fabulously fun. The details are as follows:

Stringtown Quilters Guild presents: Quilters Day Out
Saturday, March 18, 2017
10:00 am- 3:00 pm
Boone County Extension Enrichment Center
1955 Burlington Pike
Burlington, KY

Admission is free, however if you wish to attend the lecture and trunk show by Frieda Anderson, there is a $5 charge.

We are collecting zipper pouches to sell at this event in hopes of raising money for activities or speakers. If you have a zipper pouch you want to contribute, or a modern quilt you would like to display, please reach out to a board member so we can arrange pickup.

We encourage our guild members to come support this event! We look forward to meeting some new faces from the local quilt world.

Other Guild News

If you have fabric or notions that you don’t have a place for anymore or want to pass along to someone else, please bring them to our guild meetings! Someone in our guild might find your long lost treasures irresistible. You may price them, or give them away for free. Shop or destash at guild!

Abby asked members what would make members more enticed to come to sew-ins. Members suggested longer sew-in times due to packing up all necessities for the sew-in. Other suggestions included tutorials, food and beverages so that we could stay longer, sign-ups and have limited spots available and changing locations to libraries. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to reach out to a board member.


We have some fantastic work being done by some of our committees in the guild. Our swap committee has some exciting activities planned for our guild! Here is a tentative list of swaps to come!
·         March- Pin cushion swap. Bring a handmade pincushion to swap. Please bring this item concealed in a bag and unmarked. We will be adding more details on the blog shortly.  
·         April- Fat Quarter swap
·         May- Thread swap. Bring your favorite thread or thread color to swap!
·         June –TBD
·         July-Favorite Notion swap
·         August- Bring a yard of fabric for a “Rip Off”. Everyone will leave with fabric!
·         September- Polaroid block swap
·         October – Low volume charms swap
·         November- Bag of scraps swap
·         December – Mug Rug swap

Fantastic work by Becky, Allie, Dorothy and Elizabeth! We appreciate and admire your hard work.

Quilting Bee Hive 1

Yo received some incredible and colorful blocks for her month in Hive 1. Check out photos below!

Natalie gave instructions for the Disappearing Pinwheel Arrow Quilt by Missouri Star Quilt Company. She is requesting two blocks with a low volume white/light grey background and a darker grey arrow. She loves text print, newspaper prints and it’s okay to add the tiniest bit of color. However she is trying to stick with grey scale. Check out her completed block below. You may contact her if you have any questions.

Quilting Bee Hive 2

Carrye was dazzled by the creativity shown in her bee blocks! She has a wide array of shapes and colors. This will be a fun quilt!

For March in Bee Hive 2 Ginny gave everyone a piece of fabric, 6 x WOF, to use in whatever block they want to make! She would like it to be 10 ½ inch square and use your imagination. The fabric is hand painted and is a swirl of turquoise, purple and blue!

Show and Tell:

Yo shared her QuiltCon quilt swaps

Christine shared the newly quilted gift for her mom. Quilted by our very own, Holly!

Carrye brought the start of an adorable baby quilt. This quilt is a group effort, she volunteered to make the sail boats and designed the blocks!

Janine brought a client project that she quilted. Pictures don't do this quilt justice, the quilting is magnificent! 

Erin has completed her fourth quilting project, a fun table topper! Nice work!

Dorothy is patiently awaiting the arrival of a new grand baby. She has a hand quilted baby quilt for the new arrival.

Christy brought her awesome Charley Harper inspired mini quilt for an Instagram swap she’s participating in. How fun!

Dana has almost completed her cogs and they are looking great! 

Tara brought her colorful creation, what a beauty! 


Dana prepared a fantastic color theory presentation to correspond with our Color Theory Challenge! For more details on this challenge, please refer to the February meeting blog post. Although there will be a separate blog post for the education segment, I want to share some tips, tricks and helpful hints on color theory.

  • The hue refers to the pure color. Saturation refers to how intense the color is.Value refers to whether the shade is light or dark. Shade is the hue+black, Tone is the hue+grey. Tint is the hue+white. 
  •  Color theory can greatly improve your fabric selection.
  • Helpful Hint! If you are struggling with color selection or fabric selection, take a picture of your project or fabric choices and blur the photo. This may help ‘clear’ things up for you because it gives you a more abstract view of your choices. You see colors and shapes verses the fabric design.
  • Putting a black and white filter on your photo can also help because it shows what fabrics are standing out most and what is being left in the background. Value and Saturation can be seen more clearly with this trick.

Stay tuned for more blog posts. We hope you have enjoyed reading about our March meeting and look forward to seeing you next month on April 12th