Saturday, September 6, 2014

August Meeting 2014

August 13, 2014


MakerFaire: We have been accepted as exhibitors at the Cincinnati Mini MakerFaire to be held September 13 and 14 at Union Terminal. We will need volunteers to be at the booth for both days of the event. Once we find out how much space we will have, we'll make a plan as to what we'll display. But for those volunteering, please bring small, modern, quilted items to show and talk about. You may also want to bring some handwork to do, as this will help engage people walking by. This may include sewing hexagons, sewing on a binding, or cutting out your next project. More information to come at the September 10 meeting.

Click here to learn more about Cincinnati Mini MakerFaire.

Charity Project Survey: We received about 12 responses to the charity project survey sent out to members in August. Everyone who responded wanted to keep our donations local, rather than national. And it was agreed that each charity drive would last about 3 months. The first group for which we'll be making quilts is veterans in VA hospitals.

Michelle has contacted a number of fabric and batting manufacturers about donating product for our charity projects. Robert Kaufman Fabrics has already sent fabric for us to use! And Hobbs batting contacted us about their program to sell batting "seconds" at a discounted price. We'll also be looking into other discounts and partnerships to help offset the costs of making these quilts.

If you have fabric, orphan blocks, scraps, or other supplies to donate, please bring them to the next meeting.

Project Linus Quilts: Ellen contacted the local Project Linus chapter to let them know that we'd be donating many of our Michael Miller challenge quilts to them, and they were thrilled!

Here are a few more of the Michael Miller challenge quilts:

Harriet finished her challenge quilt and is looking forward to submitting it to upcoming quilt shows.

This is the first quilt Ellen free-motion quilted on her longarm. The backing fabric is from Ikea.

Carol liked the fabrics so much she didn't want to cut into them, so she designed this quilt keeping the pieces mostly whole. The backing fabric is from Michael Miller, too.
Michelle used the challenge fabrics to help sate her obsession with half-square triangles that make a square.
Sister Ann finished her quilt with a pretty gray on the back.

Sew-Ins: Mark your calendars for these upcoming CMQG sew-ins. Each will be held from 10am to 5pm.

Saturday, October 18: Anderson Public Library
Saturday, November 15: Wyoming Public Library

New Local Businesses: Two new businesses of interest have opened!
Cincinnati Sew and Vac: 3156 Linwood Ave in Mount Lookout. The owner is focusing on servicing machines, but there will be some for sale, too. All brands are welcome for servicing.

Weekend Quilts: 125 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Owner Karla Tankersley attended the meeting to tell us about her new modern quilt store. In addition to fabrics, she'll be selling items for the quilter's lifestyle, including quilt-themed or quilt-inspired apparel, jewelry, and home decor items. She'll also be offering many unique classes. Click here to check out Weekend Quilts' Facebook page.

Flickr: Would you like to see the photos in our monthly blog posts larger? Then join our Flickr group! Click here to check out the CMQG Flickr group.


Show and Tell

Sheila created this quilt for her nephew, a Captain America fan, using Heather Jones' You Plus Me pattern. Sheila plans to bind it with white fabric.

Kathy made this quilt for her nephew who is expecting his first child. The child's room has a jungle theme, so Kathy used a cute panel fabric.

Harriet made this signature quilt for her pastor who is leaving. The quilt has 176 signatures, and the Bible verse in the center is the pastor's favorite.

Sandy made this Buckeye quilt with rich, gorgeous fabrics.

Annie made this quilt to enter in a charm pack contest. She finished the day of the meeting (but didn't meet the deadline for the contest).

Another project Annie finished up recently.

Annie started this quilt a year ago and finished it the day of the meeting, too.

Cass made each of the balls from Patchwork Puzzle Balls by Jinny Beyer. Each ball uses scraps from a different quilt Cass has made. The balls are all hand-pieced and took a bit of thought, but Cass says they were fun to make.
Carole made this baby quilt for her granddaughter. The theme is the movie Frozen. Carole appliqued the figures and painted their faces.
This is first quilt Kay has made! She thought she was making a green and navy quilt, but she learned that a little orange goes a long way.

Kay brought her second quilt to show, too.
Lauren make this baby quilt for her baby, who also attended the meeting. The quilting is little sheep.
Lauren also showed this stack and whack quilt; this is the first time she did a scalloped binding.

This quilt by Heather is featured in the September/October issue of Quiltmaker magazine. Angela Walters did the quilting; the only guidelines Heather gave her was to include quilted feathers.

Heather also has a quilt in Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making. Heather's chapter is on large-scale piecing, and she created this large Churn Dash quilt. Our own Jill Montgomery did the quilting.

Teresa's daughter Molly made this, her first quilt. She even did her own free-motion quilting on it.


Brook and Gillian shared their paper-piecing tips and techniques at the meeting. They demonstrated simple and slightly more advanced patterns.

Circle of Geese paper-piecing pattern.

Brooke showed this piece to demonstrate how intricate and stunning paper-piecing can be.

Next Meeting

September 10, 7pm, at the Centennial Barn, 110 Compton Road, Cincinnati 45215

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.