Friday, April 18, 2014

Member Spotlight: Caroline Press

Well, our small guild is slowly growing, and we've welcomed several new members lately.  Guess it's time to start introducing everyone so we can all get to know each other a little better.  

Meet Caroline Press, Secretary 

How long have you been quilting, and who/what inspired you to start? I have been quilting since 2010. I was inspired to start by Tula Pink.  Her fabric line Neptune had just come out and I wanted to make a quilt with it for my mother-in-law who lives at the beach.  The fabrics were just her colors and I knew she would love the quilt for her home. I hadn't ever quilted anything before but I just dove in and did it.  I practiced free-motion-quilting on a few doll quilts I made for my daughter and after that I felt I could complete the quilt. I couldn't have done any of this without the internet and countless bloggers who posted videos and photo tutorials of their step-by-step process. 

What is your favorite part of quilting? Probably choosing fabric. I love putting color stories together and dreaming up the designs. Sewing the first block is always fun but the rest is pretty mechanical. I do like hand-sewing on the binding mostly because I know the end is in sight and I do love pulling a finished quilt out of the dryer for the first time! 

What is one quilting technique that you would like to learn? Trapunto. Never done that before and I do like to play with textures. 

Do you have any other hobbies, crafty or otherwise? Oh yes. I am the craft queen. There probably isn't a craft I haven't tried but I try to limit myself to only a few, simply because I don't have the time for it all.  I do enjoy knitting a lot and always have. Other hobbies include skiing which I enjoy immensely, and interior design. 

Do you have any social media sites? 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

March Meeting Notes

Our leader was absent so Lisa and I muddled through. 

We welcomed 4 new people to our guild meeting.  Welcome to Lisa,  Sarah, Kelly, and Mancy! 
It was so nice to see fresh faces. We hope you will join us again.

The fabric for the Metallics challenge for Quilt-Knit-Stitch in August in Portland has been received from Robert Kaufman.  It needs to be cut and will then be distributed. Possibly by March Sew day

There is no update for the fabric for the Michael Miller Modern QuiltGuild Challenge.

Membership cards arrived and were distributed.  Anyone who joined in the first round received their card.  We have cards for a couple of members who were not present.

Upcoming Events

March Sew day is  3/22 at Market of Choice in Corvallis.  
922 NW Circle Blvd #110, Corvallis, OR 97330 Corner of 9th and Circle
This month we are doing a  pillowcase challenge.  Bring your spare fabric and sew up some pillowcases for a good cause. They will be donated to a local charity.

Some useful Pillowcase tutorials can be found here:

Here's an easy pillowcase tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Company.

.... and some others for the Million Pillowcase Challenge

Don’t worry about not knowing how to sew them, there will be plenty of us present who can show you how it’s done!  Bring your sewing machine and some fabrics.

April's meeting will be held April 9th from 7-8:30 at the ReNew Church in Corvallis
Please NOTE this is another location change (this will probably keep happening until we find a permanent home)
1677 SW 35th St, Corvallis, OR 97339
The Swap theme for the April meeting is "Spring"

April sew day is April 26th and we will be in Lebanon at Santiam Scrappers from 10-11.
CMQG will present a few modern quilts and talk about the Modern Quilt movement.  Anyone is welcome to join us. Please email the google group for carpool info. (CMQG email at right sidebar) or leave a comment below

After Lebanon, we'll return to Market of Choice and have Sew Day until 6pm.

Show and Tell

Lisa showed us her very first quilt
Lisa's first quilt

And so did Courtney

 Courtney's first quilt

Well done ladies!

Tutorials for sewn and swapped items are here:

Dana use this cute pattern to make an Origame Drawstring Bag. Frances Newcombe's blog Belly Buttons Boutique which I guess she got from mairuru's blog and it is called Cute Origami Drawstring Bag. Super simple and it just takes two 16" squares and a little string.

My tote was the Multi-tasker Tote pattern by Anna Maria Horner

See you at Sew Day!

Friday, March 7, 2014

March Events

This months meeting will be held at
Natural Grocers in Corvallis,
1235 NW 10th Street
Corvallis, OR 97330
Also the time has been moved up to 6:30.
Natural Grocers Closes at 8pm and we need to be out of there promptly
Please NOTE that this is a location change.  We will NOT be meeting at Market of choice this month.
Sew day this month will be on
March 22 at Market of Choice from noon-6pm

Thursday, January 23, 2014

January Meeting recap

CMQG January meeting minutes

We have a challenge this month for all our members.
Get your name tags done! 

Our monthly Sew Day is coming up this Saturday – that’s January 26th, so it’s a perfect opportunity to finish/start your nametag! (noon till 6pm at the Market of Choice community room, upstairs past the elevators, 9th St in Corvallis)

Lisa recapped the board planning meeting

Start planning now!
March sew day is pillowcase sew day. 
March 22nd bring your fabrics and come make pillowcases for a  local Corvallis charity.  No experience necessary. We will show you how.

Santiam scrappers trunk show is taking place on April 26th.  We will be in Lebanon to talk about modern quilting April 26 – please join us.

CMQG will be at the Corvallis farmers market August 30 again this year.  Save the date!

Mission statement
:   To support and encourage the growth and development of modern quilting through art education and community
(credit to the MQG mothership)

Potential speakers:  We would love to hear your feedback on any potential speakers you would like to see at your next CMQG meeting.  Please email us your ideas.

Some ideas we are currently considering:
An expert in sewing machine repair – someone who could come show us the basics of machine maintenance
Someone from a local charity that makes quilts
Linda Johannson - local fabric artist

To do – we need to step up our Pinterest presence. Caroline is doing this. If you don’t already use Pinterest, go check it out!

Field trips

Pacific Northwest meet-up coming up in August.  Date TBA
Spring shop hop or a coast shop hop were suggested.  Carol is organizing, if you want to join us, please let her know. (email CMQG)
Sisters Quilt Show! Want to join us! Let us know.

Stitches in bloom potential van trip up there.  Please let us know if you’re interested in going along
Potential new meeting space needed. Market of Choice space is limited and not always available.  We are looking into other spaces for our meetings and sew days.

Mug rugs were swapped.
 Corvallis MQG mtg ~ Mug rug swap   
 Aren’t they gorgeous?
Corvallis MQG mtg ~ Mug rug swap Corvallis MQG mtg ~ Mug rug swap

Dana (Winter Creek Cloth) gave us some pretty Kate Spain mini Charm packs.

Dana wins the door prize this week.

We have 2 new members! Yay.  Welcome to Courtney!

We would like to extend a warm welcome to anyone from other quilt or craft guilds in the area.  Our meetings are open for anyone to attend. Meetings are always the 2nd Wednesday of the Month and our Sew Days are the last Saturday of every month.
Lisa mentioned the Astronomical quilt challenge.  Several members are participating. We invite you to join us.

Next months meeting (February) will be a pouch swap.  Any kind of pouch is eligible. 

That's it for today!  See you are Sew Day!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

January News

CMQG October meeting swap

It's 2014! Can you believe it?

The CMQG is ready to start the new year. We will be having our month meeting this Wednesday, January 8th at 7pm.

NOTE - there is a LOCATION CHANGE!!!!
Our usual meeting spot was booked, so this month only we will be meeting at:

NEW LOCATION! (Just for this meeting)
Re:New Church
1677 SW 35th St, Corvallis, OR 97339

On the agenda:
Brown Bag Swap: Mug Rugs!

Some links to mug rug ideas if you want some inspiraton:

Show & Tell: Bring your Riley Blake Challenge projects, and anything else you want to show.

Topic: CMQG in 2014!  Where are we going, what are we planning?  And what are YOUR ideas?

Door prize: Extra pack of Riley Blake Challenge fabric!

January Sew Day ~ will be held at Market of choice on January 25th starting at noon.

And finally a pic from December's meeting at Big River Restaurant in Corvallis

#corvallismqg holiday meeting at Big River in #corvallis

Thursday, November 21, 2013

November Sew Day

Are you trying to finish some homemade Christmas gifts? Join us for our sew day on Saturday, November 23rd from noon till 6 PM at Market of Choice (upstairs).  Come and go as you please!  Bring your sewing machine and everything you need for the projects you'd like to work on.  We'll have an iron/ironing board, and cutting mat, but feel free to bring yours with you.  If you have an extension cord, bring that with you, too.  We're now accepting memberships for 2014. If you haven't joined us before, drop by for a visit -- we'd love to meet you!  

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October Meeting Recap

Meeting minutes

It's official! The Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild is now a member of the national Modern Quilt Guild.  All present unanimously voted to join the mothership at our monthly guild meeting.  Yay!

The annual dues amount was voted on and passed at $30.   This membership is good through the end of 2014.

Modern Quilt Guild bylaws were voted on and approved unanimously.

Board members were elected for the following positions:

Connie Langevin, President
Lisa Nielsen, Vice-President
Christina Fox and Carol Terrill,  co-Treasurers
Caroline Press, Secretary

Connie pointed out that anyone who wishes is welcome to help out the guild, plan events, organization, or any other job you would like to do or to help with.  You do not need to be a board member to help out . If you have an idea or suggestion, please email any of us or bring up the idea at the monthly meeting.

This months swap theme was CMQG official colors which are lime, navy, orange and teal.

Here are the items we swaped at this months meeting:

Wow, they all color coordinate amazingly well.

Upcoming dates:

October Sew day 26th
The next guild meeting is November 13th
November Sew day is November 23rd, one week earlier due to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend

Next months swap theme is Celebrations/Fireworks (Guy Faulks tie-in, no particular reason)