Saturday, February 26, 2011

Our first Sew-In at our new home





The Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild held our first Sew-In of the year at The Centennial Barn, our group's new home. I have always wanted to quilt inside of a barn, and today I got the chance. And although it might sound a bit corny, it really felt like home.


Our group worked in a second-floor loft area, which was set up with plenty of table space and room to spread out.














The Barn was built in 1898 and was renovated in 2010. It's located on a 35-acre parcel of land that is part of the St. Clare Convent which is run by the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, who could not be more kind, generous, and accommodating to our group.

Here are a few shots of the exterior of the Barn, which is constructed from brick and has an adorable green metal roof. It was way too cloudy today to get many good photos!







I bet this view will be beautiful in the spring and summer.





The renovation of the Barn was done extremely well, and I especially love that so many of the it's original features have been kept intact. There are tons of exposed beams and rafters throughout the interior.










There are tons of exposed brick walls inside too. Don't you just love the pattern of this arched section?






And the cutest barn doors you've ever seen.








Our monthly meetings will be held in this large room on the first floor.



We'll have plenty of room to gather and we even have a flat screen tv and dvd player available for our use, which will be great for presentations, speakers, or even a couple of chick flicks during our next Sew-In. ;)

There are more original beams and moldings in our room.





And the cutest little windows.






There is even an attached kitchenette that we can use during our meetings.




The CMQG meets monthly, on the second Wednesday of the month, from 7-9 pm. Our next meeting will be on March 9th, and if you're in the area, we'd love to have you join us! Feel free to email us at cincinnatimodernquiltguild@gmail.com for more information, or check out our Facebook page.

Heather

Monday, February 21, 2011

Upcoming Fiber Exhibition and Call for Entries







The Textile Art Alliance of the Cleveland Museum of Art has a call for entries for their Focus: Fiber 2011-2012 exhibition. It is a regional, juried exhibition that will feature the best of contemporary textile/fiber work from an eight state region, including residents from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

The exhibit will be juried by internationally recognized fiber artist Dorothy Caldwell and will be on display at the Canton Museum of Art in Canton, Ohio. The TAA will produce a color catalog to accompany the exhibition.

Entries are due April 30, 2011. For more information and to download the prospectus please visit the TAA's website.

Good luck!
Heather

Sunday, February 20, 2011

CMQG Logo - We need your vote!

CMQG Members and Friends:
Pick our new logo!

Voting is open until March 1!
{Please only vote once and voting is limited to CMQG members and CMQG Facebook friends}

Choice 1
Blue/One Block



Choice 2
White/Multi Block


Friday, February 18, 2011

Sew In!

CMQG Sew-In
Saturday, February 26
10am til 3pm.

The big news is that our Sew-In will be held at a new location for the CMQG: the Centennial Barn (http://www.centennialbarn.org/). We are really excited about this new space and we think it will solve a lot of the issues we had with prior meeting space.

First, the Barn has various sized meeting rooms, so there is room for our group to grow. At the same time, the rooms at the Barn are not so big that we will feel overwhelmed by the space. We think the space will be appropriately cozy! And, we can configure the room however we need (e.g. tables for the sew-in; chairs for the meetings).

Second, there is plenty of parking behind the Barn, so no more worrying about leaving your car on the street.

Third, the Barn hosts a wide variety of community oriented programs, including arts related events, so we think the Barn is a good fit for the CMQG.


DETAILS FOR THE SEW-IN:
CMQG will provide:
Tables, chairs, a large cutting mat, an ironing board and an iron. A couple of folks have signed up to bring drinks and some light snacks as well.


You bring:
You’ll need your sewing machine and related supplies, of course. You should also bring an extension cord, your own cutting tools, and your own lunch. The natural and overhead light is very good in the room, but if you need task lighting you may want to bring your own.



Questions? Email cincinnatimodernquiltguild@gmail.com!


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

CMQG 2011 Calendar

It's here!!!  Yippee!  The CMQG 2011 calendar, full of fun-osity and thrill-dom has arrived!

Read it. Love it. Commit it to memory. Update your personal calendars.

Seriously, lots of important info here regarding our monthly meetings, Saturday Sew-Ins, swaps, community service and plenty more.

See you soon!

-Kelly


Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild
2011 Calendar
*Times and locations subject to change
**Additional info to come as available
February 9
Monthly Meeting
7:00p–9:00p
Ø     Swap: Valentine’s Day inspired small item (doll quilt, mug rug, potholder, etc.)
Ø     Next Month: Block Swap; 10 ½” block, any pattern, must prominently feature Kelly green color; sign-ups at February meeting; number of blocks to make TBD after February meeting signups; ; make 1 extra for a Community Service quilt!
Ø     Sign-up to attend February Sew-In; 15 people maximum!

February 26
SATURDAY SEW-IN
Location: Sue’s House (contact Heather @ Cincinnatimodernquiltguild@gmail.com)
Hours: 10a–3p
Details: Sign-ups at February meeting – 15 members MAXIMUM!

March 9
Monthly Meeting
7:00p–9:00p
Ø     Swap: Block Swap; 10½” block, any pattern, must prominently feature Kelly green; sign-ups at February meeting; number of blocks to make TBD after meeting; make 1 extra for a Community Service quilt!
Ø     Next Month: Scrap Swap! Fill up a Gallon Ziplock bag with large-ish scraps;bring a bag, take a bag—bring as many as you like!; no sign-ups

April 13
Monthly Meeting
7:00p–9:00p
Ø     Swap: Scrap Swap! Fill up a Gallon Ziplock bag with large-ish scraps; bring a bag, take a bag!; no sign-ups
Ø     Next Month: Throw Pillow Swap (19” case for a 20” pillow; partners assigned at April meeting)

May 11
Monthly Meeting
7:00p–9:00p
Ø     Swap: Throw Pillow Swap (19” case for a 20” pillow; partners assigned at April meeting)
Ø     Next Month: Pincushion Swap; no sign-ups

June 4
SATURDAY SEW-IN
Time and location TBD

June 8
Monthly Meeting
7:00p–9:00p
Ø     Swap: Pincushion Swap; no sign-ups
Ø    Next Month: Spoonflower Charm Square Swap; buy ½ yd. of your favorite Spoonflower print and cut into 6” charm squares; all swappers receive at least 1 charm square from each print, depending on number of       participants; signups at June meeting

July 13
Monthly Meeting
7:00p–9:00p
Ø     Swap: Spoonflower Charm Square Swap; buy ½ yd. of your favorite Spoonflower print and cut into 6” charm squares; all swappers receive at least 1 charm square from each print, depending on number of participants; signups at June meeting
Ø     Next Month: Embroidery Block Swap; make (1) 12” block featuring an embroidered design of your choosing; direct one-to-one swap; no sign-ups

August 10
Monthly Meeting
7:00p–9:00p
Ø     Swap: Embroidery Block Swap; make (1) 12” block featuring an embroidered design of your choosing; direct one-to-one swap; no sign-ups
Ø     Next Month: Doll Quilt Swap; partners assigned at August meeting

August 27
SATURDAY SEW-IN
Location TBD
Hours: 10a–3p
Details: From 10a–12p, we will be sewing charity quilt kits for Quilts for Kids;
            Open Sew from 12p–3p

September 14
Monthly Meeting
7:00p–9:00p
Ø     Swap: Doll Quilt Swap; partners assigned at August meeting
Ø     Next Month: Table Runner Swap; must be Autumn or Halloween inspired; no signups

October 12
Monthly Meeting
7:00p–9:00p
Ø     Swap: Table Runner Swap; must be Autumn or Halloween inspired; no signups
Ø     Next Month: Fat Quarter Swap; bring a FQ, take a FQ—bring as many as you’d like!; no sign-ups

November 9
Monthly Meeting
7:00p–9:00p
Ø     Swap: Fat Quarter Swap; bring a FQ, take a FQ—bring as many as you’d like!; no sign-ups
Ø     Next Month: Holiday Ornament/Small Decoration Swap; no sign-ups

December 3
SATURDAY SEW-IN
Time and location TBD

December 14
Monthly Meeting
7:00p–9:00p
Ø     Swap: Holiday Ornament/Small Decoration Swap; no sign-ups



Monday, February 7, 2011

Sneak Peek of Sewn Studio





If you haven't heard by now, Cincinnati is about to become the new home of a modern sewing lounge in the Design District of Oakley. Sewn Studio is set to open on February 14, with a huge grand opening celebration to follow on the 26th, but last week I was lucky enough to meet Stephanie, the owner, at the shop for a bit of a sneak peek.

Let me tell you, I was like a kid in a candy store. There's nothing like it in the city, and I for one cannot wait for the doors to open. Until they do, here are some photos to whet your fabric-loving appetite.










There are shelves full of bolts of beautiful fabrics lining the walls of the shop.



Oooh, a little Innocent Crush by Anna Maria Horner + some Parisville by Tula Pink = s.w.o.o.n...






Gorgeous Soul Blossom fabrics, Amy Butler's newest line.

A reading lounge, fully stocked with loads of inspirational books on sewing and quilting.








Bright, cheerful fabrics from Riley Blake.




A beautiful selection of Central Park by Kate Spain.



And almost every color imaginable of Mettler thread.








Stephanie is going to offer classes ranging from Sewing 101 to more complex courses down the road. She's also looking into holding workshops with some of the top fabric designers in the industry. Sewn Studios is located at 3212 Madison Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45209. The shop will be open Mon.-Wed. 10-6, Thurs. 10-8, Fri. 10-6, and Sat. 10-5. There is ample off-street parking located directly behind the shop. as well as some on-street parking right in front of the store. For more information and updates, please become a fan of their Facebook page by clicking here and check out their website as well.




Heather