Monday, August 17, 2015

Sew-In August 22!

Join us for a sew-in on Saturday, August 22, from 10am to 5pm at the Blue Ash Library. Bring your own projects to work on or pitch in on one of our charity quilts. We'll have tables and a few irons, ironing boards, rotary cutters, and cutting mats. Bring your machine and an extension cord. If you plan to work on a charity project, let us know, so we're sure to have enough for everyone to work on.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Heather Jones Book Event at Sewn Studio

Join Heather Jones, the founder of the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild, at Sewn Studio on October 7 to celebrate the release of her book Quilt Local!

There will be a trunk show of her quilts, she'll offer insight into her process, and you can get your copy of the book signed.

The event will take place from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Wednesday, October 7. There is no cost to attend, but Sewn does ask that you pre-register. And Julie from Sewn is offering a generous discount of 15% if you reserve your copy of the book before the event!

Hope you're able to come out and support Heather!

Monday, August 3, 2015

July Meeting 2015

July 8, 2015
St. Clare Convent
President Michelle Kirby presiding


Charity Update: Ellen spoke with Clermont County Senior Services about our donating quilts to them. There are three potential uses for our quilts. One would be for a pantry where caseworkers can go to provide seniors with something they need immediately; for this they'd want twin or lap size quilts. The quilts could also be used in their Adopt-A-Senior program that supplies gifts at the holidays to those who wouldn't normally receive any; again twin or lap size would be good for this. Finally, there may be a need for bedding size quilts for their adult day program. The organization seems excited to work with us! More details to come.

Quilt Con West Charity Quilt Challenge: For this challenge, the guild (or individual) is to create a quilt in the theme "improv with intent" using specific challenge fabric colors. The quilts must be twin size and are to be completed by the end of the year for showing at the Quilt Con even in February. The guild voted to participate in this challenge as a group; Ellen will get us registered. More information on how to help will be available at the August meeting.

Betsy Travel Bag Class: This class was held on Saturday, July 25, at St. Clare Convent. Thanks to bag designer Kristi McDonough for teaching!

August Meeting: 
Education: Bring your favorite quilting tool and talk a bit about it for the August education segment.
Swap: If interested in the quilting tool swap, purchase the tool (approximately $10) and receive the favorite tool of another guild member at the meeting!
Fabric Sale: Bring your stash fabric to sell to fellow guild members! Fabric pieces can be any size, and each participate will have a space of half of one table on which to display her goods. Price your fabric before the meeting and be sure to have cash on hand for your sales.

Education Challenge: At the June meeting, Brooke gave a presentation on the Magic Binding technique. The following guild members tried the technique and brought their pieces to show at the July meeting.

Christine's circle education challenge mug rug with the Magic Binding education challenge added.

Ellen put the flange side of the Magic Binding on the back of her quilt.

Janine put the Magic Binding on her Michael Miller challenge quilt. Check out that quilting!

Kay added a pink and orange Magic Binding to this super cute baby quilt. Kay used color blocking and fussy cutting in this quilt, too.

Trish added the Magic Binding to this Sew Along block from Silk Road.

Shona used the Magic Binding on this pillow.

Round Robin

Several of the guild members are participating in the latest Round Robin. Every other month they make a block for someone on their team and then bring it to show the guild. This month, Pam brought her design board so we could see how the blocks for each participant were looking.

Shona made these blocks for Wendy's quilt.

Robin added the bird block on the lower right to Carrie's collection.

Carrie added blocks to Shona's quilt.

Janine made a block for Annie's quilt.

Wendy added the pinwheel border to Ellen's medallion quilt.

Ellen added to Janine's quilt.

Annie added to Robin's quilt.
Abby added to Lesley's quilt.

Kathy made stars for Brooke.

Ellen added to Kathy's confetti quilt.

Brooke made some strips for Abby's feather quilt.

Show and Tell

Ellen made this quilt for Do Good Stitches. Her team members made most of the blocks, and she quilted it. This is also the quilt on which Ellen did the Magic Binding.

Amy's quilt.

Shona tried the Bargello technique.

Dorothy's quilt.

In addition to her baby quilt, above, Kay made this bag using a Noodlehead pattern.

And she tried the Dresden Plate block using these cute fabrics.

Christine's pirate quilt top for the Children's Home charity.
Pam's completed Swoon block quilt top!

And a block that didn't make the cut. Pam will make a pillow from this one.

Education: Quilt Sleeves

This month, Ellen M. shared three different techniques for quilt hanging sleeves.

The first technique is one the Modern Quilt Guild recommends for quilts submitted to Quilt Con. The quilt sleeve tutorial can be found here on Jacquie Gehring's blog.

Cut the sleeve fabric to the width of the quilt. Then hem the short ends 1/4 inch and 1/4 inch again.

Follow the instructions in the blog post to fold the sleeve, then sew the long ends to form a D shape. Hand sew the sleeve to the back of the quilt.

In the second method, the sleeve is sewn almost entirely by machine and another technique is used to ensure the D shape of the sleeve. You can read this tutorial by clicking the link here for the We All Sew site.

In the third method, tabs are sewn into the corner of the quilt at the same time the quilt it bound. You can then place a dowel in the tabs or place thumbtacks through the tab fabric to hold the quilt. For this corner tab tutorial, check out this link from the A Girl in Paradise blog.

Education challenge: Place a sleeve on one of your quilts using any of these methods and bring it to show at the August meeting!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June Meeting 2015

June 10, 2015
St. Clare's Convent
President Michelle Kirby, presiding

Welcome to our new space! The meeting room has great windows, nice light and lots of electrical outlets. The Convent was wonderful in getting us set up in the space, and a special thank you to Sister Anne for guiding our members to the room.


Reminder: New people are invited to come to two meetings to check out the group and see if it's a good fit for you. On your third visit, we ask you to join the guild. Dues are $40.

Charity Update: At a recent sew-in, Ellen and Shona put together this quilt top for our current charity, the Children's Home of Northern Kentucky. Janine has volunteered to quilt it.

Ellen will be contacting Senior Services of Butler County to see if they might be interested in receiving quilts from us.

The Modern Quilt Guild is sponsoring a charity project for Quilt Con. Members or guilds can sign up to create a quilt in the theme Improv with Intent. Quilts must be twin size and are due February 3, 2016. After the show, the quilts will be donated to a charity of our choice. We'll vote at the July meeting to see if we're interested in participating as a guild.

Betsy Travel Bag Class: This class will be held on Saturday, July 25. The bag designer, Kristi McDonough, will be guiding us through the making of the bag. The cost is $10 for members and includes the pattern and the class; cost is $50 for non members. Hardware kits for the bag are available for about $30. Contact Michelle at if you're interested in participating. 

July Meeting: Wednesday, July 8, 7pm, at St. Clare's Convent. Bring your magic binding education challenge (see below), your Round Robin blocks, and your latest modern projects for show and tell. In the education segment, Ellen will be teaching us all about quilt sleeves.

Show and Tell

Amy's Small World block as part of an Instagram challenge.

Ann's slice and insert quilt using the Birch Trees pattern.

Carrie's third or fourth millefiori hand-pieced block.

Christine's Sawtooth Star quilt.

Dorothy's charm quilt, which uses 646 different fabrics.

Dorothy's Wonky Four-Patch quilt.

Dorothy made this quilt to hang in the cubicle at her new job. See the details below.

Ellen received this piece in a swap from Cath at Wombat Quilts. See the back of the piece below.

Gillian made this curved piecing block.

One of Heather's latest quilts.

Janine's quilt for the latest Modern Quilt Guild fabric challenge.

Michelle's quilt for her husband.

Michelle slice and insert quilt. See the back below.

A table runner made by her uncle, a retired engineer and husband of a quilter.

The back of the table runner including a nice, big label.

Robin's paper-pieced mug rug made with fabric scraps.

Robin's Poolside Tote from Noodlehead.

Education Challenge

At last month's meeting, Christine spoke about quilt labels. Here are the labels members brought to show off their label know-how.

Education: Magic Binding

In record time, Brooke presented an education segment on the magic binding technique. The magic binding is a two-piece binding that results in a flange of the secondary color on the front of the quilt.

Cut the main binding fabric to 1.5" and the accent binding fabric to 1.75". Sew together and press the seam toward the main fabric.

Fold with raw edges together. Note the little touch of pink on the front binding side.

Attach the binding to the back of your quilt with the accent color facing up. Wrap to the front of the quilt and attach by sewing by machine between the seam of the main binding fabric and the colored flange.
Click here for the full tutorial from Aunt Marti's 52 Quilts. Try this technique yourself then bring your project to the July meeting for a chance to win a prize!