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.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

August Meeting 2015

August 12, 2015
St. Clare Convent
President Michelle Kirby presiding


Charity: Quilt Con Charity Challenge: Our team gathered solid fabric of all the challenge colors and has decided on a tentative pattern, one that will evoke the seven hills of Cincinnati. The team has started to improv piece the hills using prints that match the challenge colors. They're off to a great start! The finished quilt is due in February.

Janine used a great polka dot fabric for the backing and binding of this charity quilt for the Northern Kentucky Children's Home. Ellen M. and Shon(n)a pieced the quilt top and Janine quilted it.

New Member Business: Anna has opened the HootnHaller Studio in Yellow Springs. There she offers quilting, sewing, and knitting classes, long arm services, long arm rental, and a great space for retreats and events. Congratulations, Anna!

Round Robin: Tragedy struck one of the round robin groups—Kara's medallion quilt top has been lost.

September Meeting:
Round Robin: Bring the next round of Round Robin blocks to show.
Make-and-Maybe-Take: Those who have signed up for the Make-and-Maybe-Take with Kara will receive their Dear Stella fabric at this meeting. The blocks using those fabrics are due at the November meeting.
Education: Brooke will teach us about making traditional blocks modern.

Education Challenge: Two members added sleeves to their projects using the techniques they learned from Ellen at our July meeting.
Kay added corner tabs to her wallhanging.

Here's the front of Kay's piece.

Robin added a full hanging sleeve to her quilt.


This month members were asked to bring their favorite tool or notion to share with the group. Those who wanted to participate swapped their tools with other members.
Amy brought TrueGrips to place on the back of an acrylic ruler to prevent it from slipping.
Carol brought this ruler that has holes in it that you can use to draw different sized circles.

Carolyn adds beads to a stylus and uses the stylus for turning corners.

Guest Cecilia brought variegated thread that she purchased from Thread Art.

Because great minds think alike, Brooke also brought variegated thread. Watching it as she winds her bobbins just makes her happy.
Dorothy brought her Pandora's Box plastic templates.

Dorothy also brought a wooden iron she uses to press seams when paper piecing.

Michelle brought cuticle sticks that she uses to turn corners and to hold fabric down when sewing.

Teresa brought Wonder Clips that she uses when sewing zippers and when sewing laminated fabric or vinyl that you can't pin. They're also great for keeping stacks of blocks together after you've laid out a quilt.

Wendy brought a wallpaper roller that she uses to press seams when paper piecing.

Anna brought Folded Corner Clipper templates for making flying geese.
Kay brought silicone fingertips to prefer burns when she's pressing small pieces.

Susan brought a telescoping magnet that she uses to pick up stray pins and larger items since the magnet is so strong.

Betsy Bag Class

The Betsy Bag class, sponsored by the guild and taught by Kristi McDonough, was held in July. About 15 people attended the class. The first attendees to finish their bags brought them to show in August.

Holly's Betsy Bag

Michelle's Betsy Bag

Sister Ann's Betsy Bag

Susan's Betsy Bag

Carolyn's Betsy Bag
Show and Tell
Brooke made the Austin House pattern by Carolyn Friedlander.

Cecelia was visiting the Cincinnati area from Uruguay, and she came to our meeting. She shared with us this book that she and some of her guild members published featuring traditional quilts from her country.

Cecelia played with values in this quilt for her son.
The back of Cecelia's quilt.

Dorothy's quilt that she'll be giving as a gift.

Eli worked at the Fabric Depot in Portland, OR, and made this quilt using scraps from there.

The other side of Eli's quilt.

Heather's new Marrakech pattern (for sale on her web site) made using Bright Heart prints from Amy Bulter.

The back of Heather's quilt.

Holly's baby quilt. For the backing, she used minky fabric.

Janice worked on this book with author Kathleen Loomis. You can purchase the book here.

Kara's first curved piecing project—the Double Wedding Ring.

Kara's quilt made with 10-inch blocks.

Michelle made these Christmas placemats from a Jacquie Gering pattern.

Michelle's quilt for her oldest daughter. After this one, Michelle is done with half-square triangles for a while.

Olivia and the fabric she picked out at Crimson Tate.

Robin made the Stash and Dash pattern from By Annie.

The other side of Robin's Stash and Dash.