Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2015 ~ The year ahead

2015 ~ It's a new year, we have new officers and a new plan for the Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild

To start, I've added a google calendar to the right-hand side on this blog page. You should be able to see all the events we have coming up this year.  This will be updated periodically as we change specifics, but you should be able to see everything we will be doing listed there.

Here's a synopsis:

  • Meeting - January 9th
  • Sew Day - January 24th
  • Meeting - February 13th
  • Sew Day - February 28th
  • Meeting - March 13th 
  • Sew Day - March 28th
  • Meeting - April 10th
  • Sew Day - April 25th
  • Meeting - May 8th
  • Sew Day May 23rd
  • Meeting - June 12th
  • Sew Day - June 29th
  • Meeting - July 10th
  • Sew Day - July 25th
  • Meeting - August 14th
  • ***Corvallis Farmers Market*** NO SEW DAY (Details to be announced at a later date)
  • Meeting - September 11th
  • Sew Day - September 26th
  • Meeting - October 9th
  • Sew Day  October 24th
  • Meeting - November 13th
  • Sew Day - November 28th
  • Holiday Party - December 11th (Details to be announced at a later date) 
We plan to update this with specific information as we book speakers and so on for those dates.  So stay tuned.

The Swap idea for February is to make a Thread Catcher/Scrap catcher
Here's a link to some ideas/tutorials so you know what we are making. Remember to bring it to the Feb. meeting in a brown paper bag - this is a blind swap.  

In News and Events - Quiltwork Patches is having Strip club stash buster.  Contact Quiltwork Patches for more information is you are interested.

CMQG is now on Pinterest.  If you are an avid Pinner, please follow us on Pinterest.  I will be adding more and more to this page over the next few months.

Quiltcon - it's just over a month away!  We did manage to finish our charity quilt on time and we couldn't have done it without your help! A huge special thanks goes out to Lisa for quilting it and to Linda for adding a sleeve, label and mailing it to Austin! Without these ladies - this project would not have been done on time.  Thanks girls!

Lisa presented a sampling of nametag ideas - we will be crafting these at our January Sew Day (Jan 24th noon-5 at Crossroads Church 2555 NW Highland Dr.)   She created a Pinterest board you can follow to get some design ideas and inspiration.

Show and Tell:

We had a great turnout at the January meeting and saw lots of great quilts, tops and other items made by our members.

Check it out:

Monday, January 12, 2015

Quiltcon 2015 Charity quilt project

Quiltcon is the bi-yearly conference of the Modern Quilt Guild.  This year they had a challenge to make a quilt for charity using the quiltcon color palette and an alternate grid design.

I thought it would be fun if the quiltcon charity quilt we made reflected our home town so I chose the theme of 'confluence' for our quilt which represents the confluence of rivers that meet here in our hometown of Corvallis, the Mary's River and the Willamette River. This gives a little nod to our roots.  Corvallis means "heart of the valley" so we've added a little heart to the quilt.  

I thought it would be appropriate to make a somewhat wonky and improvisational quilt block along the lines of the shattered slash and insert block designed by the queen of modern quilting herself, Jacque Gering.  We took elements of her block and made ours even easier by inserting 2 slashes of fabric to represent the two rivers in Corvallis.  Each member chose colors from the quiltcon palette and proceeded to make a block or blocks however they preferred using the slash and insert method.  The quiltcon fabrics were graciously provided by one of our members, Dana McCluer who runs Wintercreek Cloth.  

Methods for block construction were posted in a tutorial post you can find here.

After the blocks were returned, I sewed them all together in an offset design with lots of negative space.  The quilt was quilted by Lisa and finally Linda Brown added a sleeve, label and binding. 

Unfortunately, we didn't get any good daylight shots due to our very busy (over the Christmas holidays) time schedule.  Lisa and I will try to get a good post of the quilt at Quiltcon.  Here is the finished quilt:

 We will be donating this quilt to a local Corvallis Charity.  

~ Caroline Press, Secretary Corvallis MQG