Tuesday, February 17, 2015

February Meeting 2015

February 11, 2015
Centennial Barn, Cincinnati, OH
President Michelle Kirby presiding


Officer Elections: The following members were nominated for 2015 officer positions by President Michelle Kirby and Brooke, seconded by Brooke and Janine, and agreed upon by the membership.

President: Michelle Kirby
Vice President: Amy Thonnerieux
Secretary: Christine Doyle
Treasurer: Abby Graham
Member at Large: Robin Campbell

In addition, Annie Iverson has agreed to be our new Hospitality Chairperson. Thank you to all these women for volunteering their time and talents to the CMQG!

Dues: 2015 Member dues of $40 are due this month. If you have not yet paid, please contact Michelle at cincinnatimodernquiltguild@gmail.com to arrange payment. Because we pay national dues on our guild membership, we need to have all members paid up by the end of the month. Non members will be removed from the e-mail list and will not have access to the national site; however, whenever you pay your dues, those benefits will be reinstated.

Charity: Ellen, Michelle, and Terese dropped off four charity quilts at the VA for veterans in care there. The administrators were extremely appreciative of the quilts and the time and energy that went into them.   
A VA administrator, Michelle, Ellen, and Teresa with one of our donated quilts.

Our next charity will be the Children's Home of Northern Kentucky. The facility has been in operation since 1882 and currently serves as a home for boys aged 7 to 17 before they eventually move to foster care. Each boy receives twin-size bedding when he arrives, and he can take that bedding with him when he leaves. For the next few months, we'll work on making some twin-size quilts to donate to them.

Knoxville Guild: Heather shared that the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild lost one of their founding members, Stephanie Hicks, to cancer. The Knoxville Guild is collecting wonky stars blocks made in Stephanie's favorite bright solid fabrics from all modern quilt guilds; the Knoxville guild will then make the blocks into quilts to give to cancer patients. The Knoxville guild is collecting blocks until April 18.

The Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild will be collecting blocks to donate at the March and April meetings. After the April meeting, we'll ship all the blocks to the Knoxville guild. 

Please note that the blocks needs to 12.5-inch wonky stars made in bright solid fabrics. For a link to the wonky star tutorial and for more information, click here.

Sew-Ins: Michelle will be scheduling guild sew-ins for the next few months. She'll send an e-mail to members once the dates and locations are set.

Guild Library: We're looking for someone to take over the running of the guild book and magazine library. If you're interested, please contact Michelle at cincinnatimodernquiltguild@gmail.com.

Make and Maybe Take: Kara has started a new challenge for the guild. Three times this year, she will introduce a different quilt block to the group. Guild members have two months to make as many of these blocks as they like. At the meeting in two months, all the blocks will be put in a basket and one will be drawn out. The person whose block is drawn will win ALL the blocks!

The block Kara introduced this time is flying geese. All the blocks made must include flying geese (in any formation), must be between 4" and 20" square, and must include at least one piece of Valori Wells, Ashton Road fabric by Robert Kaufman (AVW-14839-288 Cabana and AVW-14839-288 Aqua).

Robert Kaufman generously donated enough of these two fabrics for 15 guild members to receive pieces. But any guild member can still participate in the Make and Maybe Take by purchasing this fabric and including it in your blocks. These blocks are due at the April meeting. Be sure to use the hashtag #MakeandMaybeTake when showing your blocks on social media. To download some flying geese paper piecing templates from Fresh Lemons Quilts, click here.

March Meeting: Wednesday, March 11
Bring your round robin blocks and your education challenge projects (see below).

Show and Tell

The tote Brooke made for Ellen.

Kara's fussy-cut heart pillow.

The mini quilt Kara received in a recent swap.

Michelle's green and black quilt top.

Robin's blue quilt.
The back of Robin's quilt.

Education: Circles

Brooke presented two techniques for sewing circles: pieced curves and reverse applique.

First Brooke showed us her first ever pieced curve project.

Next she stepped through the technique. Brooke used templates from Pillow Pop by Heather Bostic for this demonstration, but lots of templates are available online or you can purchase templates or make your own with a compass.

Cut out the pieces of the template using scissors for the curved part, if desired. Note that the convex and concave parts don't fit together perfectly at this point.

Find the center of each curve. With the concave piece on top, pin the two pieces at their centers with right sides together. Then align and pin each of the ends.

Continue to pin the pieces, using between 7 and 9 pins. (There is a non-pinning technique that Susan shared, as well.)

Slowly sew around the curve keeping the concave piece on top. Smooth out the fabric if it gets bunched as you sew. Press toward the concave piece. And there's no need to clip the curve!
Another of Brooke's projects.
Next Brooke demonstrated reverse applique.
Trace your shape onto the papery side of a piece of freezer paper (not the waxy side). Cut out the shape on the drawn line, leaving the background (or frame) intact.

Iron the waxy side of the freezer paper to the back of your frame fabric. Again cut out the shape, this time cutting about 1/4" inside the line of the shape. Snip all around the 1/4" seam allowance. Then bend the snips back, leaving the freezer paper on.

Detail of the snips being bent to the back of the fabric.

Place the frame fabric over your shape fabric. Pin the pieces together, making sure the snips stay bent back.

Sew around the circles about 1/8" from the edge of the frame. Remove the freezer paper template and use it several more times.

Education Challenge: Bring a finished project or a block using either of these techniques to the March meeting. Everyone who does will have a chance to win a prize!

Monday, January 26, 2015

January Meeting 2015

January 14, 2015
Centennial Barn
Secretary Christine Doyle presiding


National Dues: The national Modern Quilt Guild dues were due this month. As you may recall, we joined in July of last year and paid for half the year. Now our dues will need to be paid in January. Michelle has paid based on our December membership.

Guild Dues: Normally, we would begin collecting our guild dues in February, but because the national guild dues needed to be paid, we are starting our dues collection early. Dues are $40 per year. With that money we pay the national guild and fund projects here in our own guild. If you did not pay at the January meeting, please bring a check or cash to the February meeting.

Guild Elections: At the February meeting, we will be electing officers for 2015. There's still time to sign up, if you're interested in running. Just e-mail Michelle. The positions available are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member-At-Large.

Charity Update: Ellen is working on finding a children's charity to which we can donate quilts. The Homeward Bound organization at the Brighton Center in Northern Kentucky suggested we contact the Children's Home of Northern Kentucky, which Ellen will do next.

FAB Collective: Susan Austin told us about a new group forming at the Barn in Mariemont. It's the Fiber Arts at the Barn Collective, and Susan is in charge of finding instructors to teach fiber arts classes. There will also be regular meet-ups for fiber arts enthusiasts. To learn more, contact Susan at FABulousfibers2015@gmail.com or check out artatthebarn.org.

February Meeting: For the guild challenge, make a name tag if you haven't done so yet. The meeting will be Wednesday, February 11, at 7pm at the Centennial Barn.

Round Robin

This month starts the next session of Round Robin quilts. For those of you not familiar with these, whoever wants to participate brings a starter block. This starter block gets passed around to other members of the team who make a block to go with that starter block. Each team member has two months to make that block, which then gets brought to a meeting and gets passed to someone else on the team. The person who initiated the block can include fabric they want the team members to use or list guidelines they'd like the team to follow.

Here are some photos from the first round:

Brooke's round robin is a star quilt–any pattern, any size. She'd just like them all to have a navy background.
Wendy would also like a star quilt. Or asterisks are good, too.

Robin provided a book of quilt blocks and jewel-toned fabrics for her quilt.

Kathy is looking for help finishing up a confetti quilt she started. Team members will be asked to make a confetti block with her pattern and white background fabric.

Janine would like her round robin quilt to be winter themed.

Ellen M. would like a quilt with red fabrics and white prints for the background.

New member Ellen is looking for her team members to make blocks similar to this one with jewel tones and neutrals.

Carrie make this block a while back, and now it's the starter block for her nature-themed round robin quilt.
Lesley created packets for each team member to use and add their own fabrics to.
Kara would like this to be the center of a symmetrical medallion quilt.

Annie would like more of this same block using fabrics she provided.

Show and Tell 

Robin made this Christmas Swoon quilt in time for the holidays.

The back of Robin's Christmas quilt.
Carolyn found this book at the library and is really liking the comparisons between traditional quilts and modern quilts.

Lesley made this quilt for the grandchild of a friend.

The back of Lesley's quilt.
Annie worked on this charity quilt using donated fabrics.

The back of the charity quilt.
Abby made this for a mini quilt swap.

Brooke made this for the same mini quilt swap.

The back of Brooke's swap quilt.

Carrie's mini quilt for the same swap.

Monday, January 12, 2015

December Meeting 2014

December 10, 2014
Centennial Barn
President Michelle Kirby presiding


Round Robin: The next Round Robin/ Traveling Quilt session will begin in January. Bring your starter block and any fabrics you'd like to pass along with your block as well as any instructions you'd like your team members to follow when making something for your quilt. Teams will be determined at the January meeting.

Officer Elections: Elections will take place at the February meeting. If you're interested in running for any of the five positions, please let a board member know at the January meeting. The five positions are: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member at Large.

Dues: Membership dues for the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild and the national Modern Quilt Guild are $40 total for 2015. Please bring your money to the January meeting so that we can pay our upcoming national dues. Cash or checks, made out to the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild, are accepted.

Charity: Ellen shared that the next charity we'll be making quilts for is the Brighton Center's  Homeward Bound Shelter for youth. More at the January meeting.


  • Also at the meeting, the ten members who participated in the Holiday Swap exchanged gifts. 
  • At Show and Tell, Ellen shared a quilt she made for Do Good Stitches. Carrie and Christine both made bags. Kathy pieced together her Round Robin quilt top. Kay made a baby quilt; Lesley made a quilt with batiks. Annie showed a piece she made at a free-motion quilting class at Sewn Studio. And Heather shared her Quilt Con quilt.
  • This meeting was also our annual pot luck. Members brought delicious soups, salads, appetizers, and desserts.
Next meeting to take place on January 14, 2015, at 7pm at Centennial Barn, 110 Compton Road, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Traveling Quilts: Final Round

The final round of the first CMQG round robin/ traveling quilts sessions ended at the November meeting. Here all the blocks for each person's quilt were hung on a design wall for everyone to see.

Note: You can sign up for the next round of round robin/ traveling quilts at the December meeting. Then bring your first block and any fabrics you want others to include in their blocks for you to the January meeting.

The blocks for Amy's modern sampler quilt.

The blocks for Christine's shark quilt.

The blocks for Christy's nautical quilt.

The blocks for Ellen's motion-themed quilt.

The sewn blocks for Gillian's low-volume quilt.

The blocks for Janine's quilt.

The blocks for Jessica's circle-themed quilt.

The blocks for Kathy's modern triangles quilt.

The blocks for Kay's flying geese quilt.

Detail of the newest block added to Kay's quilt.

The blocks for Kayla's house quilt.

The blocks for Kim's mini-quilt-block quilt.

The blocks for Michelle's quilt.

The many pieces for Teresa's quilt.