Monday, August 11, 2014

Traveling Quilts: Round 3

In July, the participating guild members brought the traveling quilt blocks back to show what they added in the latest round.
Amy made some X blocks to go with Janine's O blocks, on the table.

Brooke added a block to Kayla's home quilt that represented the apartment and tree-house dwellers of the world.

Carole added this paper-piecing treasure chest to Brooke's pirate quilt.

Christine added a wonky stars block to Kim's quilt of mini quilts.

Christy added these blocks to Michelle's quilt.

Ellen made an adorable school of fish for Christine's shark quilt.

Janine added a variety of blocks to Amy's modern sampler quilt.

Kathy made this cute paper-pieced crab for Christy's nautical quilt.

Kayla made some improv blocks for Gillian's low-volume quilt.

Kim added these blocks to Teresa's quilt.

Michelle made this pretty block for Kathy's quilt.

Teresa made the top block for Kay's flying geese quilt (part of the original block is in the lower right).

We'll be showing off the next round of blocks at the September meeting!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July Meeting 2014

July 9, 2014


Email Updates: If you haven't been receiving an e-mail from the guild before each meeting, let us know so we can add you to the list. Email

Education: Is there something you want to learn? Or something you want to teach? Let us know! Email or contact Brooke.

Pat Sloan: The Ohio Valley Quilt Guild is hosting Pat Sloan, quilter and radio personality, on August 3 and 4. Click here for more information on the all-day workshops.

MakerFaire: We've applied both as vendor and exhibitor to this event. We'll find out August 1 if we're in and announce it at the August meeting. If we do get in, we'll be asking for volunteers to staff our booth. The event will be held September 13 and 14 at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Click here for more information on Cincinnati MakeFaire.

Sew-In: Join us for our next sew-in on Saturday, August 23, at the Blue Ash Library. We'll be there from 10am to 5pm.

August Swap: Modern fat quarter swap—bring one, take one. Limit 3 fat quarters per person.

Modern Quilt Guild Site: Members, if you haven't visited the MQG site yet, check it out! You can access past webinars, sign up for new ones, look at lots of great modern projects, and more. Click here to go the Modern Quilt Guild site.

Michael Miller Challenge: The challenge is officially over, but we'll be collecting finished quilts at the August meeting for Project Linus drop off. Here are the Michael Miller quilts shown at the July meeting.

Carole designed this quilt herself and fussy cut each of the triangles. She quilted it on her home machine.

Carolyn made her first quilt! She poured herself a drink and started cutting! She folded in the edges of the front and back and sewed them together rather than bind the quilt.
The back of Carolyn's quilt.
Cass made this quilt for the challenge.
Ellen designed this quilt to look curved, but all the seams are straight.
The front of Harriet's challenge quilt.

The back of Harriet's challenge quilt.
Susan started making a Disappearing Nine-Patch quilt with her challenge fabrics, but she didn't like it. So she improvised this design with the leftover fabric.
Janine used every speck of challenge fabric for her quilt.
As did Holly for her challenge quilt.
Back of Holly's quilt.
Kathy made this quilt using the fox pattern from Animal Parade by Cheri Leffler.
Detail of Kathy's fox.

Show and Tell

Amy made this quilt using blocks from two different swaps.

Brooke received these two pieces in a swap where she said she liked pirates and Carolyn Friedlander fabrics.
Carrie received this piece from an Australian quilter in a recent swap.
Carrie's improv block quilt.
A block from Carrie's Charley Harper Swoon quilt that she's going to hate giving away.

Sandy made this quilt using every fabric in the Charley Harper fabric collection.

A second quilt by Sandy.
Pascale made this quilt for her brother using the quilt-as-you-go method. Each block is a different fish with different quilting.

Detail of Pascale's fish quilt.

Christine made this quilt as a gift; the question of whether it looked too much like a baby quilt resulted in a lively discussion.

Ellen made this quilt to practice on her new long-arm. Each column is a different quilt design.

The back of Ellen's practice quilt.

Ellen started this piece in Carolyn Friedlander's class at Sew Down Nashville. She didn't like her quilting, so she just kept adding more until she did.

Jill made this zippered bag in a chevron design, enlarging the pattern slightly.

The inside of Jill's zippered bag.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Michael Miller Challenge

If you're ready to upload your photos for the Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Fabric Challenge, here are the instructions. Remember, all images need to be uploaded by July 25, 2014.

Go to
Log in (upper right)
Click on Community in the top navigation
Click on Forums in the top navigation
In the list that appears, click on MQG Fabric Challenges
Click on the Sticky post FINISHED Michael Miller Fabric Challenge
Click the arrow that says Last Post
Scroll down until you see Add New Comment
In the comment box, type any text you'd like
To upload your photo, click the last icon (blue sky with green mountains)/ Add Media
Click the Browse button in the pop-up window
Select the image you want to upload
Click Upload
Click Next (to make the image Public)
Click Next (or Title the image and then click Next)
To add another image, click the blue sky with green mountains/ Add Media icon again and repeat steps.
Click Save
Click Submit

Leave a comment on this post or send an e-mail to if you have any problems. I can't wait to see what you all have been working on! —Christine

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

June Meeting 2014

June 11, 2014

Mug Rug Swap

We kicked off the meeting with the mug rug swap. Brooke, Sister Ann, Ruth, Robin, and Christy each created fun and bright pieces to swap.
Brooke, Sister Ann, Ruth, and Robin each holding the mug rugs she made.


Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at International Quilt Festival: Entries for the modern quilt showcase at the Houston Quilt Festival will be accepted until July 27. Click here for more information.

QuiltCon: Quilt Show: Entries for the quilt show at QuiltCon will be accepted starting July 1, 2014. There will be cash prizes for first, second, and third place, or you can submit your quilt for "exhibit only." Click here for more on the QuiltCon quilt show.
Giveaway Quilt Challenge: Create an original quilt pattern sketch and enter it into this contest. The winning design will be made into a pattern to be sold to benefit MQG, and the winner will receive a prize of $500. Click here for details.

Michael Miller Challenge: The deadline for this challenge has been extended to July 25! Make your quilted item using the fabrics we received and upload an image of the item to the MQG site by that date. Remember, the Cincinnati Guild is encouraging you to make a quilt to donate to Project Linus (the minimum size for these quilts is 36" square).

Pat Sloan Lecture and Workshops: The Ohio Valley Quilt Guild is hosting Pat Sloan, quilter and radio personality, on August 3 and 4. Click here for more information on the all-day workshops.

Cincinnati Quilt and Fiber Artists: This group is having a gallery show through the end of June at Gallery Veronique at Harpers Point. Carole from our guild has pieces in the show.

#OHCraft Sew-In: Guild member Kara Sanders is organizing a sew-in at Shawnee State Park the first weekend in October. Click here to go to Kara's blog for details.

Show and Tell

Brooke's Star Fall Quilt (pattern from Fresh Lemons).

The back of Brooke's quilt. This block didn't turn out the right size for the pattern, so it became a design element on the back. Ta da!

Carol's Duke baby quilt.
Christine's Michael Miller Fabric Challenge entry. She'll be donating the quilt to Project Linus.

The back of Christine's quilt where she used most of the leftover challenge fabric.

A signature quilt Ellen made for her boss as a retirement gift. Employees from all over the country signed blocks.

The back of Ellen's signature quilt. This is also the first quilt Ellen quilted on her new long-arm!
Christy made this, her first T-shirt quilt, for her nephew.

Two Delectable Mountain blocks Jessica made for a quilting bee.

This is Pascale's first quilt! She chose a kaleidoscope pattern that used 1200 triangles. (She may go for a slightly easier pattern next time.)

Ruth cut the backing for a previous quilt too small, so she made this quilt to go with the mis-cut backing.

Amy made this block for Michelle's traveling quilt.

Farewell, Jessica!

Tonight was President Jessica Rider's last meeting before she moves with her family to Nashville. To show their appreciation for all her hard work, several members went all out on snack-time treats. Thanks to all who brought something! The guild also presented Jessica with a gift certificate for a new modern fabric store in Nashville.

And just to make sure the hole in our collective hearts caused by her absence was extra huge, Jessica created a truly awesome Quilt Trivia game for us to play. She came up with five questions in each of five categories: Modern Sew Modern; Fabric; Technique; History; and Name That Block.

Two contestants came up to the table to answer each question and rang in on cell phones with a downloaded game show buzzer app. The person who answered the question correctly earned participation points.

At the end of the fun and lively game, Jessica selected our first participation point winners (participation points are earned by attending sew-ins, bringing snacks to the meetings, and participating in show-and-tell and swaps). Prizes included a fat quarter bundle, a modern sewing book, and a collection of tools and notions. We'll start new with an empty participation point bucket at the July meeting.

July Meeting

Remember to bring your traveling quilt blocks to show off. And we'll be welcoming Michelle Kirby as our new CMQG president!