Saturday, November 7, 2015

October Meeting 2015

October 14, 2015
St. Clare Convent
President Michelle Kirby presiding


2016 Officers: E-mail Michelle if you're interested in being a board member in 2016. Officers include: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Member at Large. We're also looking for committee chairs for Education and Charity.

Guild Library: Gillian reminds us that the books in the guild library are available for borrowing. Sign out each book and bring it back the next month.

Thank You: To Sister Anne for donating the goodies that were free for the taking.

November Meeting: Bring your Round Robin blocks—it's the last round of this session!

Make-It-and-Maybe-Take-It Plus Modern Ohio Star Challenge

For last month's education challenge, members made modern Ohio Star blocks. Those who participated in the Make-It-and-Maybe-Take-It also made Ohio Star blocks.

Ellen2 was the winner of the Ohio star blocks! And Julie from Sewn Studio donated charm packs for the winner of the Education Challenge, which Michelle C. won. Thank you, Julie!

Show and Tell

Education: Free Motion Quilting

Holly took a class to learn free-motion quilting and techniques. She found it great to see how other people quilt, and she learned their tips and tricks.

Holly sketches her quilting ideas first. She's found that  if you can draw it with a pencil you can quilt it on a machine. She uses drafting tracing paper rolled out on her quilt top and sketches the design, using washable crayola markers (just in case the paper tears).
Holly showed us some different quilt designs, and we practiced drawing them.

Holly practices drawing curves over and over on tracing paper then she moves to a practice quilt sandwich.  She finds it's also a good idea to use practice sandwiches to warm up before free-motion quilting.

Holly recommends starting with smaller quilts when beginning free-motion quilting. She said, “No one will ever see the mistakes except for you.”  She leaves the mistakes and doesn’t rip out stitches. Just learn from mistakes and move on.

She starts in the middle of the quilt and works outward.  She does not bury her threads.  She takes a few stitches, pulls out thread and clips it.  

Holly uses quilting gloves (actually gardening gloves) to help grip the fabric as she free-motion quilts. She also recommends an extension table to help move the quilt around.

She usually free motions straight lines to allow quilting on a diagonal unencumbered by a walking foot. 

Coming up with a design can be the hardest part. Holly gets a lot of her ideas from blogs, magazines, pictures and other quilters (copy designs as you begin to get comfortable with ideas). One of her favorite magazines is Machine Quilting.  

You need to learn new muscle memory with free-motion quilting, and it just takes practice, practice, practice to achieve that.

Education Challenge: Practice free-motion quilting and bring your work to the November meeting for a chance to win a prize!


Sunday, October 4, 2015

September Meeting 2015

September 9, 2015
St. Clare Convent
President Michelle Kirby presiding


Visitor Letter: Michelle handed out a copy of a letter that will be given to all visitors to the guild, starting with the September meeting. The letter welcomes the visitor and explains who we are and what we do, making it clear that this is a modern guild. The letter will hopefully help prevent lengthy discussions about the guild's purpose during guild meetings.

Election for 2016 Officers: Start thinking about running for office in 2016! Elections will be held in January 2016 with the new board taking over in February 2016. All members are encouraged to run for any of the five positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member-at-Large. See Michelle for more information or to get your name on the ballot.

Heather Jones Book Signing: Heather will be at Sewn Studio on Wednesday, October 7 for a discussion and to sign copies of her new book Quilt Local. Preregister at Sewn, and preorder the book from Sewn for a 15% discount. The event will be held from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Charity Update: The members working on the QuiltCon charity quilt have started to sew the fabrics together. The white improv-pieced fabric will be the background; the teal fabric will be one of the seven hills.

Make-It-And-Maybe-Take-It: Kara kicked off the second installment of Make-It-And-Maybe-Take-It by handing out fat quarters of Dear Stella fabric to the participants. Each participant is to use only the fabric they receive plus white to make as many modern Ohio Star blocks as they wish. Blocks are due in October, and one lucky participant will go home with all the blocks! A huge thank you to Dear Stella for donating the fabric!

Round Robin

The participating members brought their Round Robin blocks to share at the September meeting. The final found of blocks is due at the November meeting.

Abby made three star blocks for Brooke: this one and the next two below.

Annie had Carrie's nature-themed quilt and added some camping blocks including this fire block and two some tent blocks.

Annie also make this block of Carrie's home state of Wisconsin, a lovely place to go camping.

Brooke made this block for Ellen.

And she mixed the pattern up a bit for this block.

Carrie made this block for Annie.

Ellen very sweetly made this starter block for Kara to replace Kara's medallion round robin quilt that got lost.

Janine made these blocks for Shon(n)a.

Kara made a few confetti blocks for Kathy.

Kathy made some feather blocks for Abby.

Robin made some asterisk blocks for Wendy. See also below.

Shona added a border to Ellen's quilt.
Show and Tell
Amy finished her Betsy Bag.

Brooke made this hexi-bottom bag for a pirate swap on Instagram. See next two photos, too.

Carrie made this dress from a Dottie Angel for Simplicity pattern.

Carrie has been working on her millefiori blocks. See the one below, too.

Carrie made this for a mini quilt swap.

Dana made this double-sided baby quilt.

The back is a modified Drunkards Path.

Dana also made this fusible web applique pillow.

The back of the pillow.

A Dr. Seuss quilt Dorothy made for the older brother of twins.

One of Dorothy's quilts for the twins.

Kara's friend Elizabeth made this quilt for Kara.

The back of Elizabeth's quilt.

Kara made this Modern Maples quilt. It was quilted by Jill Montgomery.

Kara made this table runner and then quilted it at a long-arm class at The Workshop of the Quilter's Studio in Loveland. Now that Kara has taken the class, she can rent the long-arm machine on any hourly basis.

Kayla's quilt for her daughter's big-girl bed.

The back of Kayla's quilt.

Robin is having a baby soon, but she doesn't know the gender. So she made a boy quilt . . .

The back of Robin's boy quilt.

. . . and a girl quilt!

The reverse of Robin's girl quilt.


This month, Brooke's education segment was all about making traditional blocks modern. First she broke down some of the differences between modern quilts and traditional quilts. Typically, a modern quilt includes bright, solid and/or graphic fabrics. Modern quilts sometimes incorporate a lot of negative space or giant blocks and often there's an element of improv to them (or at least a lack of rules).

With this in mind, Brooked showed examples of three traditional blocks made modern: the Log Cabin, Churn Dash, and Dresden Plate blocks. She also included pieces made by CMQG members.

Ellen's modern Log Cabin.

Christine's modern Churn Dash.

Ellen's modern Dresden Plate.
For our Education Challenge, we are to create modern Ohio Star blocks. Everyone who brings a modern Ohio Star block to the October meeting will have a chance to win a prize!
Brooke's modern Ohio Star quilt.