Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March Meeting 2015

March 11, 2015
Centennial Barn, Cincinnati, Ohio
Vice President Amy Thonnerieux presiding

Business

Name Tags: If you haven't done so yet, please make a name tag that you can wear to our meetings. We're always having new people join us, so it's nice to have the name tags so we can get to know each other better.

Member of the Month: Another way to help us get to know each other better is through the new member of the month program. Each month we'll feature a different member here on the blog. Look for more information coming soon!

Digital Member Forms: Members will soon be receiving an e-mail with a link to the member form. Even if you've filled one out in the past, we ask that you fill it out again with your latest information. This will also allow us to have all the information electronically for easy sorting and retrieval. Per Janine's request, we'll look into creating a member directory from the list. In addition, be sure to take some time to fill out the information about education: what you'd like to learn and what you might be willing to teach.

February Education Challenge: Several of the members brought pieced curve and reverse applique blocks using the techniques they learned at the February meeting. Thanks to all who gave it a try!

Stars for Stephanie: 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. Blocks are due April 18.

The Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild will be collecting blocks to donate at the April meeting. 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.

Make and Maybe Take: Remember the flying geese blocks using the Make and Maybe Take fabrics are due at the April meeting. Check out the February meeting notes for all the details.

April Scrap Swap: Bring your modern fabric scraps to swap at the April meeting. Place your scraps in a one-gallon zippered plastic bag, then at the meeting, we'll combine all the scraps and redistribute them back into the bags. You may bring more than one bag filled with scraps. Scraps should be at least 2" in size and of modern fabric.

May Sew-In: Mark your calendars for May 30 when we'll have our next sew-in. This one will be held from 10am to 5pm at the Newport Public Library.

Round Robin

The members participating in the second round of round robin quilts brought their blocks to show. The next set of blocks are due at the May meeting.
Abby's blocks for Ellen's quilt.

Annie made another asterisk block for Wendy's quilt.

Brooke added this fussy-cut border to Kara's quilt center.

Carrie added a flying geese border to Ellen M.'s quilt center.


Ellen made a few star blocks for Brooke's quilt, including one that used reverse applique, a technique featured in February's education segment.

Ellen M. made this paper-pieced block for Carrie's nature-themed quilt.

Janine made the block on the left to go with Robin's original block on the right.

Kara made this block using Lesley's pack of fabrics and some of her own.

Kathy made these feather block for Abby's quilt.

Lesley made this block for Kathy's confetti quilt.


Wendy made this block for Annie's quilt.
Robin's blocks for Shonna's quilt.


Show and Tell

Abby's rainbow mini quilt.

Annie made this baby-size version of Heather's Silo quilt.

Christine's messenger bag made using Soft and Stable to give it structure.

Christine completed this twin-size quilt top for the guild charity project. All the fabrics were donated.

Ellen M. attended Quilt Con and took long-arm quilting classes. Here's one of her practice pieces.

Here's Ellen's other quilting practice piece.

Gillian made this quilt using pinks for her daughter.

Gillian's hour glass quilt.

Heather made this piece at a Quilt Con event led by the women of Gee's Bend.

Robin's nautical baby quilt.

The back of Robin's quilt.

Teresa's chandelier quilt.

The back of Teresa's quilt.


Education: Flying Geese

For this month's education, Brooke showed us three ways to make flying geese, based on a presentation Ellen M. and Nancy gave at a guild meeting last year.

Method 1: Single Flying Geese
It's easy to make one flying geese block at a time, but as you'll see, there is a good amount of fabric waste.

For a finished 4" x 8" block, cut your fabric as shown here.

Draw a line from corner to corner on each of the square blocks.

Align one square block in a corner of the rectangle block. Sew on the line your drew on the square. Then trim off the excess with a 1/4" seam allowance.

Press the square back. Repeat with the second square on the other corner of the rectangle. Again, sew on the line.

Trim and press the second piece back to reveal your finished flying geese block.

With this method, these squares of fabric are all waste.

Method 2: No Waste Flying Geese
With this method you'll make four geese at one time with no fabric waste.

For finished 4" x 8" blocks, cut your fabric as shown here.

Draw a line from corner to corner on all the small squares.

Place two small squares on opposite corners of the large square. Pin in place. Sew 1/4" on either side of the drawn lines. Then cut on the drawn lines.

Press the triangles up, so you have two pieces that look like this.

Place the remaining two small squares as shown. Again, sew 1/4" on either side of the drawn line. Then cut on the drawn line.

Press open the triangles, and you'll have four flying geese blocks!

Method 3: Two Squares Flying Geese
With this method you'll make four geese, as well, with just tiny bit of waste.


For finished blocks of 4: x 8", cut your fabric as shown above.

Center the smaller square on the larger square. Draw a line from corner to corner.
Sew 1/4" on either side of the drawn line. Then cut on the drawn line.

Press the seams to the larger triangle. Now align the outside edges of the two new squares. Don't align the seams. Draw a line from corner to corner. Again, sew 1/4" on either side of the line and then cut on the line.

Now you'll have two pieces that look like this. Measure 4" from the left or right edge to cut apart the two geese blocks.

Trim the blocks down to size. Since you'll have two pieces like that shown in the previous step, you'll get a total of four flying geese blocks.

Your challenge is to bring flying geese blocks made using any of these methods to the April meeting. Everyone who brings a flying geese block or finished piece will be eligible to win a prize!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

February Meeting 2015

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


Business

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!