Friday, May 31, 2019

May Meeting Recap!

Calendar of Events:

ABC House Quilts - Florence (Diana's Mom) will be bringing our quilts back in June! She has also graciously agreed to quilt another round of quilts for us - she'll be collecting them at the June meeting and they will be returned to us to bind them in October. Backing reminder: fabric must be 8" larger than your quilt (aka: 4" extra on all 4 sides), please use a 1/2" seam allowance for piecing your back, and please no selvedge in the seam.

We have a few fun events coming up this summer!

May 25th -- Sew Day at the Consumers Power (CPI) Meeting Room located at 6990 SW West Hills Road from 10am until 5pm! 

If you haven't been to a sew day before - it's basically just a big open sew! The CPI space is wonderful, full of windows and natural light, lots of table space and plenty of outlets so no extension cords are needed. There will be at least one ironing board and iron - but feel free to bring your own if you have a lot of ironing to do. Amber will be bringing her Accuquilt Go if you'd like to try it out. Also, feel free to bring snacks to share (reminder: there is no fridge or microwave)! Sew day is a great opportunity to get things done without the interruptions we often get at home - plus it's always so inspiring being there with fellow quilters working away on our individual projects!

06-14-19 ETA:  The meetup with Eugene was canceled.

June 22nd -- Meetup with Eugene Modern Quilt Guild!

Where: Sweet Earth Vineyards; 24843 Kyle Road, Monroe.

When: Saturday, June 22nd from 12pm to 2pm

What to bring: 
  • Quilts to show! Sweet Earth has a wonderful area for hanging quilts and extra clothes line as well. 
  • Snacks to share! This will be a very informal potluck. Any snacky food is encouraged.
  • Money for wine! Sweet Earth has tastings available, or wine by the glass.
  • Fabric baskets to swap! We'll be having a swap between the guilds and the theme is fabric baskets! If you need inspiration, we've got some great idea's pinned herePlease bring the basket in a paper bag for a blind swap!
The winery is pretty easy to find, driving south on 99W go to Monroe, turn right on Alpine Road (I'm pretty sure there is a sign saying Sweet Earth, but it's right after Dairy Mart), drive 3 miles or so to Kyle Drive and take a left. The winery is on Kyle Drive about 1.5-2 miles in. You can also get there taking Bellfountain to Alpine as well. 

The winery has a decent amount of parking, but feel free to reach out if you're interested in carpooling. We'll chat more about this event at the June 13th Meeting.
 
Reminder -- No July Meeting. Our July meeting falls during the week of Quilters Affair and the Sisters Quilt Show.

July 27th -- BBQ Potluck at Pattie's! More details to come!

August 3rd -- Farmers Market! We'll be at the intersection of NW 1st Street & NW Jackson Avenue with a fun morning sharing our love of modern quilting with the community. Several of our members joined us after meeting us at the Market! As we get closer, there will be a call for modern quilts to display in our tent. 

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Show + Tell:

This first photo are a few of the projects created with the one-yard challenge fabric from the April swap:


A cat quilt for April's son:


A couple of Lorna's projects: 


Jane shared her meditation mat:



Diana shared a new quilt for her son, the dinosaur's glow in the dark!:





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Next Meeting: June 13th
No Swap, as we'll be swapping with our EMQG friends at Sweet Earth on June 22nd.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

April Meeting Recap!

Calendar of Events:

As we talked about last month, our quilts for Quilt County will be displayed at Soft Star Shoes in Philomath! Pattie toured the space and reported back that it will be a great location with room for large quilts! We'll be forming a set-up/take-down task force and will be setting up at the end of August. We'll put out a call for quilts as we get closer. They will be hanging in the space for the entire month of September. Our QuiltCon quilt will be a part of a landscape themed display at Eats & Treats Restaurant, also in Philomath. We're thrilled to have our guild represented at multiple locations! 

Lattice Charity Quilt - final call for blocks! They are due at the May 9th meeting. We have a piecer (thanks Anne!), a backing provider (thanks Amber!) and a binder (thanks Sarah!), but we're still in need of a quilter. Reach out to Sheila if you'd be willing to quilt this.

We're also exploring a raffle quilt for next year! The quilt would be pieced this year and raffled off January thru October of 2020. Stay tuned for more details!

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This month Caroline shared her zipper knowledge with us! Thank you Caroline!





Show + Tell:


 













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Next Meeting: May 9th
No swap - but bring your finished project that you made with the rip & snip one-yard fabric challenge to show off!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

March Meeting Recap!

Calendar of Events:

Quilt County -- Every two years since 1991, Benton County transforms itself into Quilt County during the autumn months. Quilt County honors the art and quilt making of our region with many diverse exhibitions. The next Quilt County will be held during Fall, 2019.
(*excerpt taken from Marys River Quilt Guild website)

This fall, our quilts will be displayed at Soft Star Shoes in Philomath. Pattie will be touring the store prior to the next meeting and will give us an update about the space!

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This month we had a presentation and round-table discussion about pressing + ironing! Amber brought her wool pressing mat and bar, along with her mini iron (great for paper piecing or when you have to iron every seam - you can set up a little station next to your machine!). We talked about steam vs. no-steam, when to press seams open or to one side, different types of starch and pressing sprays (did you know you can use vodka?!) and even different threads to reduce bulk.

Shelia presented our Quarter 2 Charity Quilt - a Lattice Quilt! Blocks are due at the April 11th Meeting. We are still looking for someone to piece the blocks, and to quilt it. Any volunteers? Reach out at the April Meeting!

Show + Tell:

Jan was visiting us for the first time and brought along show + tell! She showed us two bright + cheery quilts using the according half square triangle method.



Kim showed off her sew tiny sampler blocks. They are SO TINY! She also brought along a cute spool of thread mini quilt.




Lorna shared a great bag, a beautiful + huge quilt made from aboriginal fabrics, and a sweet happy camper baby quilt.







Pattie showed us a darling heart baby quilt she made for her new granddaughter.




Chris shared her first sew together bag. We all loved the sushi fabric! She also showed off her new paper piecing skills - learned from Diana at the last Sew Day!





Caroline showed us two beautiful quilts - an amazing tiger lily quilt made using the YouPatch pattern service and this wonderful La Fin Du Monde quilt. She will be donating the heart quilt to our ABC House quilt drive!




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Next Meeting: April 11th
Our swap will be a one-yard fabric exchange! Bring one yard of fabric in bright colors! Make sure you like it, because you'll be going home with a half-yard of it!

Monday, February 25, 2019

QuiltCon!

Each year, the Modern Quilt Guild hosts QuiltCon, the largest modern quilting show of its kind. An exciting part of QuiltCon is the Charity Quilt Challenge! The Modern Quilt Guild choses a theme and color palette and then guilds + individual members from around the world work to create quilts that are displayed at the show. The quilts are then sent back to the makers to be gifted to a local charity. 
This year the theme was "small piecing", which the MQG defined as incorporating fabric pieces that are smaller than 1" in either width or length. 


For our quilt, we were inspired by Marys Peak - the highest point in Oregon's Coast Range, and prominent feature of our Corvallis skyline. Members contributed tiny pieced 4-inch blocks which were sewn to form her silhouette.


One of our members, Amber, attended QuiltCon and sent us these photos from the show! So fun to see it hanging up with all the other amazing quilts. Thanks for tracking it down, Amber







We're looking forward to showing this quilt off at various events throughout the year, before we gift it to a local organization. We haven't chosen our recipient yet so if you have any suggestions on a local charity or organization that would benefit from this gift - please reach out!

Nice work CMQG Members! 

February Meeting Recap!

Calendar of Events:

Our ABC House quilt drive is in full swing! REMINDER: Diana's mom, Florence, has once again graciously offered to quilt ABC House quilts for us! Diana will be taking quilts to her in March - please have your tops + backs to her by the March 13th Meeting. Quilts will return to us in June and be distributed back to each maker to bind. 

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This month our member, Nancy, gave an excellent presentation on batting! She gave us a great hand-out along with a baggie of batting samples. Any members that missed the talk and would like a copy of the hand-out, please reach out to Sarah at the next meeting (she has extra copies!). I think we all learned a lot about all the different types and when + when not to use each kind. Thank you Nancy!!

Show + Tell:




Our meeting fell on Valentine's Day so our swap was heart themed mini (10-inch) quilts using either the decorative stitches on our sewing machines, or hand stitching! They were all so great!



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Next Meeting: March 14th
Our swap for March will be bookmarks! Make any size or shape you'd like.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

January Meeting Recap!

Happy New Year Quilters!

Calendar of Events:
The 2nd annual Willamette Valley Quilt Festival will be held on February 1st & 2nd at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany, Oregon. The hours are from 10am to 5pm, both days. CMQG will have a table and we're looking for members to sign up to help each day. Please contact Pattie, if you'd like to help out!


(edit: this blog post is being posted after the Quilt Festival - big thanks 
to everyone who volunteered at our table this weekend!)
 
We're excited to announce that we'll be hosting a free motion quilt class with Christina Cameli in October - more details (date, cost, location) to come!

The members present at the January meeting also voted YES! to continue with our ABC House quilt drive! This will be our 3rd year donating quilts to ABC House - we'll be collecting them all year to gift to ABC House in December. We love supporting this amazing organization! NOTE: Diana's mom, Florence, has once again graciously offered to quilt ABC House quilts for us! Diana will be taking quilts to her in March - please have your tops + backs to her by the March 13th Meeting.


New Years Goals:
Our January meeting usually centers around our individual goals, plans, quilting/sewing skills we'd like to learn and patterns we hope to accomplish in the coming year. As we went around the table, there were a couple of common themes - finishing projects (UFO's!) and learning/further developing our free motion quilting skills. 

Some other goals were: learning how to quilt on a long arm, cleaning + organizing our craft/sewing spaces, learning needle turn applique, piecing triangle quilts and improv quilting.

Show & Tell:

Caroline shared two table runners and a couple of quilts:


 

Diana shared four pillow covers she's made recently: 
 

Karla has been working on her free-motion skills and shared this great sampler:
 

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Next Meeting: February 14th
Our swap for February will be 10" mini quilts featuring decorative stitches - with a heart theme, of course! It's a chance to try out a few of the many decorative stitches that come with our sewing machines (or get creative with hand stitches, if you prefer). This will be a blind swap - so bring your finished mini in a brown paper bag. As always, feel free to add other little goodies to the bag, if you'd like!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

2019 Meetings & Sew Days!


The Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Community Room of the First Alternative Co-op South Store (1007 SE 3rd Street). We meet from 7pm to ±8:30pm. 

We also will host four Saturday Sew Days this year (February, April, August & October) from 10am to 5pm. Currently our Sew Day location is to-be-determined. We will announce the location of sew days as soon as it’s been secured. 

You can find these meetings, sew days, and other CMQG & quilting related events on our calendar. Feel free to leave us a comment or send us and email us with any questions! -- corvallismodernquiltguild@gmail.com

 
JANUARY 
Meeting – January 10th

FEBRUARY
Meeting – February 14th
Sew Day – February 23rd // Location: CPI (Consumers Power, Inc.) 6990 West Hills Road

MARCH
Meeting – March 14th

APRIL

Meeting – April 11th
Sew Day – April 27th

MAY
Meeting – May 9th
Sew Day - May 25th

JUNE
Meeting – June 13th

JULY
Meeting – No meeting this month.

AUGUST
Meeting – August 8th
Sew Day – August 24th

SEPTEMBER
Meeting – September 12th

OCTOBER
Meeting – October 10th
Sew Day – October 26th

NOVEMBER
Meeting – November 14th

DECEMBER
Holiday Party – December 12th