Sunday, March 22, 2015

Meeting TUESDAY March 31st

Yes.  The meeting is the 31st.  This is totally on me, although I did try to blame Kelleigh.  Sorry about that girl.  We are not meeting this Tuesday.   We are definitely meeting Tuesday,  March 31st.
I will send out an email to everyone as well to clarify.

I really do apologize for confusing everyone. Thanks for your patience.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Update on Next Meeting

Hi Everyone!

Just to clarify, we will be meeting on the last Tuesday of March which is the 31st.  I'm sorry for the confusion.

We also decided to push back the Secret Sewing Sister Swap, so just bring your goodies for the swap to the March meeting and we will treat this as the first of the three months.  

Same goes for the block of the month.  Just bring your sail boats with you if you decided to piece any together!

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the end of the month!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tonight's Meeting is Canceled

Please take Note:

The Meeting of the CLT MQG for tonight, Tuesday, February 24th has been canceled.
Due to the possibility of dangerous road conditions because of the inclement weather, we will not be meeting.

Please stay safe and warm.  We will see you next month!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Meeting this TUESDAY and Survey Results!

At the January CLT MQG meeting, we surveyed members about their quilting goals for 2015. You all THOUGHT that you were just filling out a form for the Secret Sewing Sister Swap, but Xandi and Kelleigh were being sneaky! We hope to use the answers to plan future programs, plus it's just a fun way for us to all get to know each other more.

By far the most popular answer was "Finish my WIPs" (Works in Progress). Another frequent reply was "Sew my Stash". And the rest:

- Learn to FMQ (Free Motion Quilt)
- Get better at FMQing
- Get better at straight line quilting
- Everything - I'm a brand new quilter
- Piecing shortcuts
- Organize my sewing room
- Quick gifts/projects
- EPP (English Paper Piecing)
- Using a serger
- Learn hand sewing/embroidery
- Wall hanging/mini quilt
- Amy Butler bags
- Double wedding ring quilt
- Cathedral window quilt

Also, please don't forget that we are meeting this TUESDAY!!  We will meeting at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church on Tuesday, February 24th from 6-8pm.

Remember to bring a quilt/sewing book to swap!  

We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.  

Saturday, January 31, 2015

January Meeting Wrap Up

First let's just say, it was great to see everyone again!  What a nice way to start the New Year.  Thank you to Jenn and her employer, Trane, for allowing us to borrow their wonderful conference room.  It was a great space and we enjoyed having our meeting there!  Thank you so much.  

Now, speaking of great space, we have a new meeting space for the foreseeable future.  We will be meeting at Saint Gabriel's Church at the corner of Providence and Sharon Rd.  The address is: 3016 Providence Rd. Charlotte, NC 28211.  We will be meeting in Room D on TUESDAY, February 24th from 6-8 pm.  Please note the change in the day of the week....we will now be meeting on the last TUESDAY of each month instead of Thursday.  We worked very hard at trying to find a place that would accommodate us on our usual evening, but we were unable to do so  without a substantial fee.  As our guild is fairly young, a free space is really what we need.  Thank you to Dee for securing a place for us a St. Gabe's.  We will be working on some projects for them in the future, making some items for the church to auction off at a future event.  

One last bit of business before we can jump into the fun stuff.  We are now officially members of the Modern Quilt Guild.  Some of you, those who are members in good standing, have received an email from the Modern Quilt Guild inviting you to join.  At the meeting we played a video tutorial from the MQG that walked you through the process of setting up your profile on their site.  If you weren't there and are not sure where to start, please watch the video at the following link:   MQG Database Signup

Now onto Swaps!  Fun times!

Next month is an easy one, I think we all can participate in this one.  
  • We will be having a book swap in February.  Just bring one of your quilt books and you can swap it with one that someone else has brought.  If you bring two, swap for two and so on! I actually have some duplicates in my collection, so I will definitely be bringing some books to swap! 
  • In March we will be making a needle book. Check back in February for some links to make a needle book for the March swap.
  • In April we will have a fabric swap.   

Next, The BOM for February will be these cute little sailboats below!  Aren't they the cutest? Thank you Jenn and Vicki for putting them together for us to see.  Here is a link for you to check out how to piece these sweet blocks.

If you are wondering what happens to the Blocks you make for the BOM, this little quilt below will serve as an example.  This quilt was put together from blocks donated for a BOM.  The top was finished and quilted by Jenn and Vicki at the Quilted Thimble Cottage (thank you) and was donated to charity.  A charity was drawn from those nominated by members using the charity nomination form that you can pick up at any guild meeting,  This quilt will be donated to A Child's Place.  This is an organization in Meck County that serves homeless children in our area.  Please check out their website for more information about this amazing organization and how you can help them achieve their goals.  Thank you to all of you who pieced blocks and gave your time to make this donation possible.

Vicki and Jenn presented a program about baby items that we can easily make for gifts.  The first project was presented by Vicki and was how to make self-binding baby blankets.  (There is a picture of the amazing pile of blankets she has completed in the collage below)  These little blankets make great gifts and don't take the time and effort a full blown baby quilt takes.  Here are some links you can go to find some examples and instructions:  Missouri Star Quilt Co. Video,  Mamaging Blog Tutorial   and Sew Much Ado Blog Tutorial  Vicki also made a great diaper clutch.  I will make sure to bring copies of her great and detailed handouts to the next meeting so you can grab one, or you can email me and I will send you a PDF copy of the handouts.  

Jenn showed us how to make burp cloths.  She has made many in her day and says that the chenille used in this tutorial is the most absorbent of all the varieties she has tried.  So, here's the link:  Dana Made It, Burp Cloths

Since we were on the topic of great baby gifts, Bianca pointed us toward a great tutorial for a hooded baby towel.    She has made this several times as a quick, go-to baby shower gift and it looks easy and adorable!

Now to Sew and Tell!  As usual, there were some beautiful projects shared with the group!

There are a few last things to take note of.

First, y'all are just going to need Margaret's email.  She has so much going on, and if you are wanting to participate, you are going to need to get in touch with her.

  • On the first Friday of each month, starting at 10 am there will be an open sew time at Quilt Patch Fabric in Stallings.  If you are interested in attending, please get in touch with Margaret.  The cost is $2/person, but is waived if you spend $15 in the store while you are there. 
  • Threads of Love is an organization that collects little bitty blankies for babies in the NICU. They are typically made of  2 fat quarters, cotton or flannel and can be given to Margaret at a guild meeting and she will get them to the lady in charge of the donations.  There are specific instructions to NOT wash any of the fabric.  If you are interested in donating, please talk to Margaret. 
  • Also, Margaret is going to be teaching two classes at a Quilted Thimble Cottage in the near future.  One is the Mondo bag that is pictured in the left hand corner in the collage above.  The other is the citrus colored quilt in the collage above that (bottom row, middle).  If you are interested in either class....guess what?  Please get in touch with Margaret!  
Here is her email:

Whew.....that was a lot of information for one post.  If you have any questions, please email us and let us know!  We will be happy to help.  

See you next month at St. Gabe's.  On TUESDAY, February 24th! 

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!