Thursday, November 12, 2020

New Website!

 After many years of using the current Blog, we will be moving over to a new website!

Posts on this blog will stay up through 2021.

Please bookmark our new site,

Join us for our November meeting tonight, November 12th at 7pm via Zoom. Members have received the meeting invitation in their email. If you'd like to join us as a guest, please email to receive the Zoom meeting invite.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Improv Challenge 2020!

CMQG Improv Challenge 2020
Sponsored by Winter Creek Cloth!

 Here are the guidelines... there aren't many. Hey, it's IMPROV!
Quilt top only: no need to quilt and bind, so give yourself the freedom to play and experiment. 

Choose your size and shape (but make it at least 24" x 24").

Select a minimum of three from the following improv piecing techniques and incorporate them into a quilt top:

  • wonky stars
  • triangles/flying geese
  • free-form curves
  • inserts
  • rings/roses
  • slabs/floating squares

Other techniques you want to try? GO FOR IT! Just include a minimum of three.

This challenge is voluntary and for personal growth only, to apply what you've learned about improv piecing-- and specifically to get yourself out of your comfort zone! There are NO judges, so relax and enjoy the creative process.

Everyone who finishes a top and submits a photo by November 9th will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate, courtesy of our improv challenge sponsor, Winter Creek Cloth!



Wednesday, September 9, 2020

CMQG Fall 2020 Schedule!

Hi everyone! Here is a schedule of Guild events for the next few months. Please join us!
All events are via Zoom and are by invitation only, so if you'd like to be included on the Guild's email list, please email us at:
Thursday, September 9th: 7:00 PM
September Meeting
Call for nominations for 2021 board of directors.
Special Guest Speaker Daisy Schrock, Eugene Modern Quilt Guild.
Improve Challenge kick-off, sponsored by our friends at Winter Creek Cloth.
Saturday, September 26th: Noon to 4:00 PM
Sew Day - hosted by Kim.
Do hand work, machine work... or just stop in to say hello!
Wednesday, October 7th
Last day to sign up for Holiday Gift Swap
Thursday, October 8th: 7:00 PM
October Meeting
QuiltCon blocks due.
Name exchange for the Holiday Gift Swap.
Show your favorite book on quilting and tell us why you love it.
Business meeting/election of 2021 board of directors.
Saturday, October 24th: Noon to 4:00 PM
Sew Day - hosted by Kim.
Do hand work, machine work... or just stop in to say hello!
Monday, November 9th
Photos of Improv Challenge entries due.
Thursday, November 12th: 7:00 PM
November Meeting
Improv Challenge show and prize drawing.
Make and Take - virtually, but together! Led by Camille.
Discuss/show handmade holiday gift ideas, or gift ideas for sewists.
Saturday, November 28th: Noon to 4:00 PM
Sew Day - hosted by Kim.
Do hand work, machine work... or just stop in to say hello!
Thursday, December 10th: 7:00 PM
Holiday Party & Gift Swap
Virtual Party on Zoom; Real gift exchange among Guild Members!
Cocktails and festive attire optional.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

CMQG Summer Schedule!

Hi everyone! Here is a schedule of Guild events for the next few months. Please join us!

Admittance to all Zoom events is by invitation only, so if you'd like to be included on the Guild's email list, please email us at:

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Saturday, May 23rd: Noon to whenever
Sit & Sew -- hosted by Kim
Do hand work, machine work... or just stop in to say hello!

Thursday, June 11th: 7:00 PM
June Meeting -- Discussion: Share your current favorite quilting gadget/notion. We've done this before, but there's always something new on the market! 

Saturday, June 13th: 11:00 AM to 1:00  PM
How to get started with Improv Piecing, taught by Pam Raby. 
Pam is a respected teacher who was recently invited to appear on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims; her episode will air in summer 2020. Prior to the pandemic, Pam taught at the Pine Needle Quilt Shop, the Stitchin' Post and Quilters' Affair, and closer to home at JanniLou Creations. She was honored to be the featured quilter for the 2019 Pendleton Quilt Show. And guess what? She's a member of the Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild!

Saturday, June 27th: Noon to whenever.
Sit & Sew -- hosted by Kim
Do hand work, machine work... or just stop in to say hello!

Thursday, July 9th: 7:00 PM
July Meeting -- Guest speaker: Brad Parks (owner, Paramount Sewing in Salem and Eugene.) Brad will teach us how to use the 24-color Essential Color Wheel. Everyone who is a current Guild member will receive one of these amazing wheels as a benefit of membership, so you can have it in hand as Brad demonstrates. Stay tuned for details.

Saturday, July 25th: Noon to whenever.
Sit & Sew -- hosted by Kim
Do hand work, machine work... or just stop in to say hello!

Thursday, August 13th: 7:00 PM
August Meeting -- Guest speakers: Jill and Dana Huntington (Portland). Non-traditional quilt design. More details as we get closer.
Also, our Color Challenge projects are due!  See below for a reminder of the challenge requirements. And, blocks for our "Covid" charity quilt are due tonight as well (see Sheila's email for details.)

** We will be having an improv/non-traditional layout challenge (with prizes!) Details will be announced.**

Saturday, August 22nd: Noon to whenever.
Sit & Sew -- hosted by Kim
Do hand work, machine work... or just stop in to say hello!

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CMQG 2020 Color Wheel Challenge

Here are the guidelines:
All fabrics in your quilt must be solid in color, with no design or pattern.

Choose a solid color as your main focal color, then use its complementary and two of its analogous colors, along with a neutral color of your choice (grey, white, cream, tan or black). All fabric must be solids. Use your main focal color at least twice as much as all the others.
Mini quilts must be sewn, quilted, and bound. They should be no smaller than 20"x20" and not larger than 36"x36".
Every guild member who completes a mini quilt, follows these guidelines, and shows the quilt during our August 13th Zoom Meeting will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Grand prize is a stack of 25 Kona Cotton fat quarter solids!!
There are NO judges, so have fun and create your best work! This challenge is voluntary and for personal growth only -- to apply what you've learned and increase your skills. So get creative! Make it modern!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

707 Masks!

Phew! We finished another mask collection last night... 330 masks total (including masks that were made and distributed elsewhere.) Friends, that means you made over 700 masks in under seven days! Wow! Never underestimate the power of a compassionate individual with a sewing machine! 

This latest collection went mostly to Lumina Hospice, Stoneybrook, and West Hills Memory Care Center

We are now turning coordination and collection over to the FaceBook group the Corvallis Sewing Brigade ( for those who don’t use FaceBook.) 

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I'm copying below the summation you can also see on the Brigade's FB page, but I'll reiterate: ALL masks of ALL kinds are needed. Make which ever one you enjoy and of which you can create the most of quickly. 

What we are working on // What each kind of mask is for:

Note: All masks are useful - make masks you can enjoy making and can make a lot of!

The pleated pocketed mask (with ties mainly, not elastic) because these are meant to have .3 micron filters in them making them equivalent to an N95 mask. To be used for people who have tested positive.

The pleated mask, no pocket with either elastic or ties. These are for everyone else and are for quick change, quick use, can be washed (not autoclaved). Elastic is great and quick (easy on, easy off - good for many applications) but may be a problem for some people (latex allergies etc) so ties are good too for these, but all masks will be used and people with latex allergies can use the tie masks for sure! These masks go to hospice, the youth shelter, adult health/foster care etc as well as to the hospital to be used by family and non surgical staff. We need TONS of these too.

We are not worrying about wire at this time. Feel free to make wired masks but please don't get bogged down by that - we have asked Samaritan to provide the proper wire or point us to the medical grade they want. It can be added later as needed. Or you can make some with wire for friends as you desire. Just don't let it slow you down.

Thank you everyone - you are amazing!

Drop location: 1333 NW 17th Street - Corvallis (buckets in the driveway)

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Benton County EOC is now coordinating donations. This site provides a list of everything needed along with ways to volunteer and to ask for help if you need it.

Mask making info on the page as well.  But the FB page remains the best source for mask making details.

Many thanks for all you're doing!

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Masks for Samaritan

On a Friday, our Guild got approval for making facial masks from Samaritan Hospital. We have invited members of Marys River Quilt Guild to also take park, and now we ask for your help. Our immediate goal is to get as many masks as possible to Samaritan by Monday, but the effort will continue as now many clinics, care centers, fire departments, etc., are asking for masks made by community members. 

Samaritans first choice for fabrics are: sheets, pillowcases, and tight knit cotton t-shirts/fabric as these fabrics do the best job of filtering small particles. Quilting cottons can also be used but you might consider using three layers instead of two show in the tutorials. All masks will be washed by Samaritan as soon as they are received: no need to pre-wash your fabrics. 

There are links below to two pattern tutorials: pick which option best suits your skill level. Please: all types of masks are needed!

Samaritan’s first preference is a mask with a rust-proof wire along the top, to form around the bridge of the nose, and a pocket to insert a filter (Samaritan will provide the filter.) Listed below is a link to a blog post with tips for making this type, which includes a link to the YouTube video tutorial. If you want to make one for your personal use, the blog has some tips about what to use.

However, Samaritan will also take the easier-to-make mask shown in the video provided by Boston’s Deaconess Hospital. There is also a link at the bottom to that video. Please, if you don’t feel comfortable with your sewing skills to make the more difficult mask, make as many of these as you can. They will certainly get used by people throughout our community. The need is great. 

NOTE: Samaritan would like to have masks with ties, and masks with elastic IF the elastic is latex free. If you’re not sure about your elastic, make ties. Make sure the ties/elastic are sewn tightly into your seams so they don’t pull out with heavy use. 

Friends, fire up your sewing machines! If you have any questions, please contact as at

Pattie Dix, President
Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

March Meeting -- CANCELED

Our March Meeting has been canceled. We will move our color presentation to the April Meeting -- guild members can refer to Pattie's email for more information.

See you in April!