Monday, January 19, 2015

January 2015 Meeting Location

As most of you are aware, we have lost our meeting space at the Dowd YMCA, due to renovations.

We are currently working on securing a new, permanent location for our guild to meet.  Until then, we are happy to let you know that we do have a place to meet this month!

We will be meeting at the Trane location in Charlotte.  It is located at 4501 S. Tryon St. Charlotte, NC 28217  (right of Hwy 77 near Billy Graham Pkwy)

One of our guild members is an employee there, and they have graciously offered us space to meet this month while we are still looking for a new home for the CMQG.

We will be meeting at our normal time:  6-8 pm
On our normal date:  The last Thursday of the month; January 29th

Hope to see you there!  Thanks for your patience as we find a new location!

Monday, November 10, 2014

October Meeting Wrap Up!

Hi Everyone!  I'm sorry I'm so late getting a post out about our last meeting.  My computer was shot but is now fixed and back where it belongs!  So here we go......

First, thank you to all of those who came to visit with us in October!  It is always nice to see new faces.  We hope you enjoyed your visit and will come hang out with us again!  Also, welcome to our new members!  We had three new members join us last month.  We are so glad to have you all!

Check out some of the great finishes that were shared with the guild during our Sew and Share time! 

Here is our next BOM.  Since we don't have a "real" guild meeting in December, you can either bring it with you then, or you can finish it and bring it to the meeting in January.  So, don't make yourself crazy trying to get it done with all the holiday stuff going on.  Here is a link for a free tutorial on how to make this block:    Modern Maple Leaf Tutorial

Now some more fun stuff!  Our next meeting will be our Christmas Party on December 11th.  The get together will be held from 6-8pm on the 7th floor of the Dowd YMCA.  We will have an ornament swap and share in some good  food and fellowship!   For every ornament you bring you will be able to swap for one to take home!  Also, I created a Sign-up genius for the party.  

Please head over there and sign up for something to bring!   Christmas Party Sign Up

Don't forget that Carol Doake has offered $20 off her new Craftsy class "paper pieced stars"  here is the link to receive that discount.  Discount for Class

One last of our guild members, Beth, wanted to let us all know about the Quilt Auction being held by Sari Bari this Spring.  It is time to get started if you would like to particpate:  Here are some links for you to follow:    Sari Bari  (this is their main site)    Quilt Auction Info  (this is a link to some information about the auction)   and here is an email if you would like to get involved:   Below you will find a letter from the Quilt Auction Coordinator.  It gives you all the details.  

In May 2015, we will hold the 4th annual Sari Bari Quilt Auction.  We are excited for the opportunity, through quilting, to connect both the materials and the stories of Sari Bari with your own stories and passions as quilt artisans.  Thank you for your partnership!

This year Sari Bari will produce 10 large quilts and we hope to have 10-20 more quilts from gifted quilters like you.  The auction will potentially engage churches, schools, and our friends around the globe attracting thousands of participants to help us raise funds for a building purchase.

Please read the following carefully for all the information you need to be a part of this year’s auction:

1. Materials for the quilts:
o   Sari Bari will provide saris in a color scheme of your preference, with enough fabric to complete your quilt as well as plenty for future personal projects.
o   Available colors are reds, greens, blues, browns, yellows, oranges.
o   All saris sent will be recycled. 
When working with recycled saris, be aware that they are quite thin, soft, and stretchy.  They will be washed before they are sent to you, but you may want to wash them again before you work with them.
o   We consider your participation a donation of your time and quilting supplies as partnership with the women finding freedom with Sari Bari. Sari Bari will provide saris and cover shipping expenses.
2. Auction timeline: 
November:  Send out Sari Materials to Quilters
March 31: Quilts completed and mailed to distribution point
April 1-30:  quilt auction promotions, quilt shows, photo shoot of quilts
May 1-10, 2015: Sari Bari Quilt Auction online
3. The next step for you:
Please confirm your participation by cutting and pasting the following into a reply email. Please reply by November 15 for late November delivery of your saris:
Phone number
Color preference: Choose two or at most three colors from the list below. We will do our best to accommodate your color preferences based on color availability. 
o   Reds, greens, blues, browns, yellows, oranges.
Quilt size:  Twin, Queen, King, Baby
4.  We will need the following information from you at a later date. We will advise you on when this information is due:
Personal or group bio:  250 words or less
Quilting materials:  batting type, thread type and material, other materials used, backing material,
Exact measurements of the quilt:
Quilt design and a description of the quilt:
Quilt name preference:

From all of us at Sari Bari, thank you so much for sharing your quilt skills for freedom.
Your 2015 Quilt Auction Coordinator,
 Natalie Cook

I hope that covers everything!  If you have any questions, please ask!  We hope to see you in December! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Meeting this Thursday!

Meeting this Thursday

Don't Forget the Guild Meeting this Thursday, October 30th!

We meet at the Dowd YMCA
from 6-8
on the 7th floor
400 E Morehead St Charlotte, NC 28202
Hope to see you there! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Belated September Meeting Re-Cap

First let's check out some of the great finishes that were shared with the group! 

Block in a Bag finishes!  Well done ladies!   Those sure are some beautiful blocks!

Now to business!  First, both ballot issues passed unanimously.  Xandi wants to make sure to thank everyone for sending ballots or coming to vote so that we could meet quorum to decide on these issues.  She also wants to ask that everyone have a little patience with us as we go through the steps needed to become MQG members. As the information is made available, they will present the benefits and tools that are available to the guild.  

At the September meeting Kelleigh presented our new charity quilt program/system.  We would like to make quilts as a guild to donate to charitable organizations that want them. We know that many CLT MQG members have groups that are dear to their hearts and we want everyone to have a chance to share them with the group and have the group donate a quilt we all made. There is now a form for people to nominate a group, which I'm working at getting attaching so you can just print one out. As soon as I get it linked up you will see it here: Charity Quilt Nomination Form Until then, we passed them out at the guild meeting and will always have them at meetings as well. You can nominate as many groups as you want at any time. We will draw one form from the pile and that will be the charity we are working on next - this way we can make sure that the BOMs we are all making can be appropriate for any color/pattern/age/sex requirements. When there are enough donated and coordinating blocks for a quilt Jenn will let us know and somehow it will magically turn into a quilt. 

The BOM link to the tutorial for the October block is below.  This block is called Granny Squares (the easy way!) Jenn and Vicki had a great time making these and they hope we all have just as much fun!  It sure is a pretty block.  

Margaret will be teaching us how to make a quilted ornament at the October guild meeting, in case we want to whip one up for the ornament swap at our holiday get together!  AND, don't forget our swap this month is the Key Fob Swap, there are many, many links below to get you started on your key fob! 

Key Fob Swap Links

Lastly,  Don't forget about the Sew In!


Carmel Presbyterian Church - Ligon Hall
2048 Carmel Rd.
10am -  10pm 
(Come any time and stay for whatever works for your schedule)

Ligon Hall is the building behind the church and beside the playground. You can park right at the building and easily bring your things into the hall. 

There is a small kitchenette with a refrigerator.  A lunch order from Brixx will be picked up around 11:15 if you would be interested in ordering lunch let us know so we can include you in the order.  

Also, please remember to bring all of your basic sewing supplies and a power strip may come in handy as well! 

We hope to see you there!  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Meeting this Thursday!

Meeting, Thursday September 25th
7th Floor of the DOWD YMCA

Please come join us!
We will have a presentation on Making String Quilts Modern
Scissor Case Swap
Turn in BOM and new block for next month
Sew and Share Time


Please remember that we are voting tomorrow night to approve/disapprove joining 
the National Modern Quilt Guild 
and also to to pass the By-laws. 

IF you will not be there tomorrow night, please send in your votes by midnight tonight using  

Monday, September 15, 2014

Please Don't Forget to Vote!

I  wanted to remind everyone that we are voting at the September meeting on whether or not to approve the new By-laws and also on whether or not we should join the national Modern Quilt Guild.

We know that many of you may not be there to vote in person so we want to make sure that you are aware that you can vote by email.

We would really like you to take just a moment to send in your vote if you are not going to be at the meeting.  You have until midnight on the 24th to send in your vote to be counted.

Please respond with your answer to both of the following questions: 

1.  The Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild should become a member of the national Modern Quilt Guild:

Please respond:     I agree      OR       I disagree

2.  The Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild 2014 proposed By-laws should be approved: 

Please respond:      I agree   OR         I disagree

You can send in your vote to  Make sure you send your vote in by midnight on the 24th!

Thank you and as always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

August Meeting Wrap Up

It was great to see everyone last month!  Here is a quick glimpse at a few of the great projects that were shared with the group!   Don't forget to check on Instagram, #cltmqg for a look at some of the other projects as well! 

Xandi put together a wonderful presentation on the different ways to take the traditional Churn Dash block and Make it Modern!  You can find her presentation at the link below:

Churn Dash Presentation

Below you will find a link to the September Block of the Month.  It is called the Antique Tile Block and Jenn put together two examples.  One from the same fabric and also a scrappier version.

Antique Tile Block link:


Jenn said this block was very easy and quick to make, and scrap friendly.  Don't forget that she will be bringing  white background for the guild to purchase and distribute at $5.00 a yard.

Scissor Case Swap for September Meeting:  Here are some links:

In October the swap will be a key fob or a lanyard.  Remember that Margaret has some webbing for the keyfobs in lots of pretty colors that she will bring with her to the September meeting.  So, if you are having a hard time finding some or just want to pick it up from her, bring a couple of dollars and buy some from her! 

In December we will have an ornament swap, and a little program at the October meeting to teach us how to make a round quilted ornament.  

Also, please take note!  Our swap captain wants to remind you, if you have taken part in the Block in a Bag Swap, bring it with you to the September meeting!  They are need to be handed in, No Exceptions!  

September Program

In September our program will be:  String Block:  Make it Modern!  Elizabeth suggested that we gather up a bunch of our stringy scraps and bring them along in a sandwich sized zip lock bag.  Strings about 1- 2 inches thick and as long as you have, you can always cut them down. 

Important Dates To Remember

September 25th:  Guild Meeting
October 18th:  Sew in 
October 30th:  Guild Meeting

One last thing!  Don't forget that we will be voting on whether or not we will be joining the MQG at the September meeting.  If you can't be there but would like to vote, you can email your vote by September 24th at midnight, as per the CMQG Bylaws. 

I think that covers everything!  If you have any questions please send and email to us and we will get right back to you!