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

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hives 1 & 2 February Blocks

CMQG Bee Blocks
Hives 1 & 2

Hello to all of the fabulous quilters out there! We are inching closer to March and have already made some fun and creative bee blocks for Christine. We are on our second month of bee blocks for Hive 1, and have just started our first month for Hive 2.

In case you missed instructions or just want to check out what the CMQG Bee Hives are up to, check out the instructions below for both Hives. We hope that you enjoy making these fun blocks!

Hive 1 – February

Yo created instructions for a modern block using solid colors for the thinner strips and possibly a print for the larger strips. She suggests using a jelly roll for this project, less cutting is good! Yo enjoys purples, blues and greens.

You can see her instructions below:

Hive 2

Carrye brought everyone a piece of Robert Kaufman’s Effervescence fabric to use in a block of their choice! Directions were very simple, just use the focal fabric with any other matching fabrics to create a 12 ½ inch square block. She will love anything you create, and most importantly have fun!

Robert Kaufman's Effervescence 

We look forward to seeing what you create. We hope to see you at our next guild meeting on March 8, 2017 at The Barn!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February 2017 Meeting

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

We had a great turnout at our February meeting, and continued use of round tables to inspire more quilty conversation!

Many of our members participated in the challenge for this month’s meeting. CMQG members were asked to create or wear a quilty nametag to the meeting. Every participant was given a raffle ticket and we drew Susan’s name for the grand prize! Congratulations Susan! See some examples of name tags below.

Guild News
     There will be a sew-in at The Barn on February 18 from 1-4 p.m. This sew-in is not sponsored by CMQG, so there will be a $5 fee. We hope that you can make it!

     The Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild will be participating in the Stringtown Quilt Guild Quilters Day Out event held on March 18, 2017 from 10 am- 3pm. CMQG will have a booth and will display the 2016 Seven Hills Quilt, as well as have information on our meetings! The event is free, however if you wish to participate in a lecture there is a $5 fee. We hope to attract more visitors and members to our lovely guild.

     We had sign-ups for those wishing to participate in the event and will also be taking zipper pouches made by our members that will be available for purchase. We recommend making the Noodlehead peddle pouch or the wide open zipper pouch. We wish to offer zipper pouches that have a modern style and give visitors an idea of who we are. We are hoping to raise funds to offer our members more speakers and other fun activities.

Color Scheme Challenge!

This challenge should be great fun for our members! Dana chose a color scheme challenge to help members better understand color theory and color placement. Members drew a color and a color scheme to start their challenge. An example of this would be randomly drawing yellow as your color and ‘square’ as your color scheme. That would mean you need to incorporate yellow, red orange, blue green and violet into your quilt. See below for all color scheme examples.

The goal is to make a quilt, a jacket, or any other quilted item using these colors and present it for a chance to win one of three prizes.

We will have a color theory talk at our March meeting, and quilts will be due at our May meeting. If you would like more details, please feel free to reach out to Dana or email us at 

Quilting Bee Hive 1

Christine received these gorgeous wonky blocks made by Hive 1. Nice job ladies!

Yo gave instructions for February’s bee blocks, which will be due in March. We look forward to creating something unique for her! We will be posting instructions on our blog shortly for those who could not attend.

Quilting Bee Hive 2

This is the first month for Hive 2, and Carrye presented her instructions and gave everyone matching fabric to use in the block. Carrye requests 12 ½ inch blocks of your choice. These are sure to be fabulous!

Show and Tell:

Kay shared her new tote made with leather straps.

Becky had the start of a project for the Once Upon a Time Instagram swap. She plans to incorporate this paper pieced block into a tote.

Dana has made more progress on her hand pieced cogs, made with Cotton & Steel fabrics.

Carrye brought a lovely quilted jacket.

Ginny brought a modern wall hanging with buttons in the center of the blocks for added interest.

This is Erin’s third quilt! She created it using the shoofly block.

Heather presented two quilts, one made with her own fabric line from Robert Kaufman! The white and navy quilt is an improv piece using 20 inch blocks.

Allie used Cotton & Steel basics for this adorable quilt.

Jeanine had a lovely story to go with this gorgeous vintage quilt. She found the vintage quilt top online, and later made a more modernized version!
Vintage Version 

Modern Version 

Michelle brought a large orange peel quilt.

Amy showed us her shoofly quilt made with solids.

We were excited to see that Abby chose a lovely blue fabric to bind her quilt. Looks great!

We hope to see you at our next meeting on March 8, 2017!