Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Blocks for Traveling Quilts

At the March meeting, we kicked off a year of Traveling Quilts! Members signed up to participate and were then divided into three groups. Each member of the group made a block for their Traveling Quilt and specified guidelines she would like the rest of the group to follow when making a block for that quilt. At the end of the March meeting, each quilt block went home with someone else who is to make a block to go into a quilt with the original block. The members have two months to make a block, and then in May the blocks will go to another member of the group. We'll trade blocks in July, September and November, as well.

Here's our original blocks along with some of the guidelines the maker put into place. We'll show round two of the Traveling Quilts in May!
Christine's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: the goal is for this quilt to get donated to a boy between the ages of 8 and 12, so not girly, using red, blue, gray, and teal as primary colors; sharks not required. 

Kim's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: make any mini quilt block in any colors and add a white border.

Teresa's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: mix lights and darks plus neutrals, but otherwise anything goes.
Ellen's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: whateveryou can even cut up her piece!
Amy's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: the goal is for this to be a modern sampler quilt; use a low-volume background.
Amanda's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: make more confetti blocks with a white border.

Christy's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: use blues and greens with an ocean theme. 
Michelle's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: use magenta, teals, and yellows and a gray background.

Janine's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: make any block pattern in any color.
Kathy's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: make this block or any block with bright colors on a white background.

Carole's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: anything goes.

Kayla's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: make any house block, wonky improv house, or steppingstones block.

Jessica's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: make a circle-themed block using a bit of the Jay McCarroll fabric provided.

Brooke's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: the theme is nautical, so anything pirates, sailboats, etc. Brooke included a journal with her block to give her team members some inspiration.

Gillian's Traveling Quilt. Guidelines: make improv blocks using low-volume scraps; trim her piece or chop it up if you like, too. Gillian included a journal with her block, too.

March Meeting 2014

March 12, 2014

Cincinnati Modern Quilt a Guild Meeting


Dues: If you have not yet paid your dues for 2014, please do so at the April meeting. The dues for 2014 are $40.

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge: The national Modern Quilt Guild is sponsoring another fabric Challenge! This time, twenty-five CMQG members can sign up to receive six fat eighths of Michael Miller's Petal Pinwheels line. For the Challenge, you can add any solid or Michael Miller print, and the finished piece must be quilted. The winner of the Challenge will receive a year of Michael Miller fabric! The deadline for the Challenge is June 23. The fabric will be distributed at the April meeting or contact Jessica (she'll let us know when it comes in). Click here for more info on the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge (to access link you must be logged into the MQG website).

In addition to the guidelines in the national Challenge, CMQG is challenging its members to make quilts with their fabric and to then donate those quilts to Project Linus. The quilts will be collected at the June and July CMQG meetings and donated to the Cincinnati chapter of Project Linus, which delivers quilts to children in need in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren counties through hospitals, fire departments, crisis centers, and camps. The smallest quilt size they accept is 30" x 36", but other than that, quilts can be any size. The quilts should not have buttons or embellishments attached and must be smoke- and pet-hair free. See the Project Linus site for more info.

Quilt Con: Will be held February 19-22, 2015 in Austin, TX. Registration for members is June 24. The conference filled up very quickly last time, so plan to jump online as soon as registration opens! Click here for more on Quilt Con. 
The conference will also include a quilt show that's open to members. Entries in the show will be accepted starting July 1. Click here for the link to the forms on the ModernQuilt Guild site and for more info.

Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at International Quilt Festival and Market: There's a call for entries to participate in a Modern Quilt Guild Showcase. Submissions will be accepted from May 30 to June 27. The quilts for the show will be chosen and the makers will be notified on August 1. Click here for more information and for the entry form.

April Swap: Make and bring a small bag using modern fabrics to swap at the April meeting. Any kind of bag—zippered, drawstring, tote—is great.

May Meeting: Bring back your Traveling Quilt/ Round Robin blocks and show them off!
Look for the Traveling Quilt/ Round Robin and Education portions of the meeting in their own blog posts. Coming soon!

Show and Tell

Teresa brought the pillow she made for the Riley Blake challenge.

Robin made a baby blanket for her son. This is her second quilt and the first one that she quilted. Yay, Robin!
And another quilt by Robin!

Christine made this quilt for Project Linus, hoping it will go to an older boy.
The back of Christine's quilt.
Heather will soon have a tutorial for how to make this quilt. In it she used American Made Brand fabric by Cloth Works. The fabric was made entirely in the U.S. with a fine thread and a light feel.

Carole participated in a challenge and created this bird, which she appliqued on and then thread painted. She used Peltex inside the wall hanging for extra stiffness.
Does this quilt look familiar? Kim used the pattern in Modern Designs for Classic Quilts by our very own Kelly Biscopink and Andie Johnson for this quilt.
Detail of Kim's Modern Log Cabin top.
Kay used an Amy Bradley pattern for this quilt and free-motioned it on her home machine.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

2014 Quilt Shows near Cincinnati

Member Cassandra Plott has compiled a list of quilt shows in our area to share. Thank you for all of your work, Cass!

2014 Quilt Shows near Cincinnati
(Updated, 2/12/2014)
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
            Quilts stitch history of African Americans
Tuesday-Saturday 11-5   Now thru March 29       Adults $12    Seniors 60+ $10

RiverCity Quilt Guild—at the Centennial Barn
            110 Compton Road, Cincinnati   45215
 Sunday- Saturday   Feb. 16-22    Noon-4   free        Tea Party: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1-3, $10

Heritage Quilt Show in Bloomington, IN         
Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center, 302 S. College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403
Thursday-Saturday   March 6-8                  Thurs. & Fri. 9-6    Sat. 9-5     $8

Lebanon Quilt & Fabric Art Show         
            Warren County History Center, 105 Broadway, Lebanon  45036
            Special Exhibit: Jennifer Chiaverini’s Elm Creek Quilts
            Friday-Sunday           March 7-9                  $5

Essex Studios Art Walk (not quilts but great art for sale)
            2511 Essex Place, Cincinnati 45206   (Walnut Hills corner of E. McMillan & Essex Place)
            Friday-Saturday   March 7-8    6pm-11pm    free

Pigeon Forge,  A Mountain  Quilt Fest                         
            March 19-22 2014

Rising Sun Quilt Fest                
            Rising Sun History Museum, 212 S. Walnut Street, Rising Sun, IN  47040
            Friday-Sunday       March 28-30      10-5 Daily

AQS Paducah                            
            Paducah Expo & Convention Center, 415 Park Ave, Paducah, KY 42001
            Wednesday-Saturday   April 23-26   W-F  9-6  Sat. 9-5

One Stop Shop Hop---New Location    
            Wright State University-Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435
            Friday-Saturday        April 25-26     Fri 9-5  Sat 9-3                       $5

Sauder Village Quilt Show       
            22611 St. Rt. 2, Archbold, OH 43505
            Tuesday-Sunday    April 29-May 4 T-Sa 10-5 Sun 11-4

Essex Studio Art Walk              
            Friday-Saturday        May 2-3          6pm-11pm

South Lebanon School House Quilt Show
            10 N. High Street, S. Lebanon, OH  45065
            Thursday-Saturday               May 8-10        9-4 daily

NQA-Columbus Convention Center      
            Friday-Sunday                       May 23-25      F-Sat 9-6 Sun 9-3

Creative Festival-Sharonville Convention Center        
            11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, OH 45246-4002
            Thursday-Saturday   June 12-14   Th-F 10-5  Sat 10-4
            Featuring: Nancy Zieman

International Quilt Show—Chicago      
            Donald E. Stephen’s Convention Center, Rosemont, IL
            Thursday-Saturday   June 19-21    Th  10-7    Fri-Sat 10-6   No preview night

Shipshewana Quilt Festival                 
June 25-28, 2014        866-243-9434

Machine Quilting Today-Milwaukee, WI
            Olympia Resort & Convention Center, 1350 Royale Mile Rd., Oconomowoc, WI
            Classes start Monday, Aug. 4    Preview Wednesday, Aug. 6  3-6pm
            Thursday-Saturday   August 7-9    Th-F  10-5   Sat. 10-3

Ohio Quilts Retreat—Berlin, OH        
            Zinck’s Inn, Berlin, OH     Sat-Wed   Aug. 24-27


Super City Quilt City Connection Quilt Show
Metropolis, IL & Paducah, KY   September 13-14, 2014    Besides quilt show check out Superman museum

Southeast Indiana One Stop Shop Hop  
            Lawrenceburg Events Center, Walnut Street
            Friday-Saturday        Sept. 19-20     9-5 Daily   Special Guest Jenny Doan

Ohio Quilts Annual Meeting     
            Quest Business Center, Columbus, OH    Sat. September 27

MQX Quilt Festival Midwest   
            Crown Plaza Hotel, Springfield, IL  Classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 24
            Thursday-Saturday     Sept. 25-27    Th-10-7   Fri. 10-6   Sat. 10-5    $12

RiverCity Quilt Guild—Farbach Warner Nature Preserve-
 Charley Harper Quilt Show            TBA

One Stop Shop Hop—Wright State University            
            Wright State University-Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435
            Friday-Saturday   October 3-4         Fri 9-5   Sat 9-3            $5

Houston International Quilt Show       
            George R. Brown Convention Center     Wednesday Oct. 29   Preview 7pm-10pm
            Thursday-Sunday           Oct.  30-Nov. 2      Th-Sat 10-7    Sun 10-4

Contemporary Quilt & Fiber Art Show             
            Nature Center—Rowe Woods, 4949 Teal Town Road, Milford, OH 45150
            Friday-Sunday     October 17-19

Weavers’ Guild Sale                 
            4870 Gray Road,  45232                    sign-up on line for sale information

  (Usually not quilts but great art work—some local Guild’s will have a booth on 2nd level)
            Northern Kentucky Convention Center
            Friday-Sunday              November 28-30    F-Sat  10-5   Sun  11-4

Cass Plott


Friday, February 7, 2014

December Meeting

A bit late, but I wanted to get the awesome show and tell items from December up on the blog. We had a lovely relaxed holiday meal with no business, but lots of fun quilts and gifts. Enjoy!

Also, correct me if I'm wrong about who made some of these gift exchange items!

Janine made a cute banner for Holly.

 Jessica made this pillow for Christine.

Ellen made Janine a pretty divided basket. 

Holly made Sheila an amazing quilted pillow.

  Sheila made this cute pouch for Teresa.

Teresa made a great bag for Carole

Kayla made Amy a very cool star ornament. 

Cassandra was lucky enough to get Jill's Sew Together bag. 

And Jill got TWO cutie dachshunds from Cass!

Amy made me a great sewing machine mat and a bag. 

What a great year for Secret Santa! You can't lose with this group :)

Carrie showed two recent baby quilts...

And two pretty Rock Candy quilts she made as gifts. 

Kathy's cute Christmas table runner.

 Gillian was especially busy this month with her 16 patch, Swoon, and Modern Maples quilts. 

Pam did a wonderful job making a pretty quilt with team colors.