Monday, July 28, 2014

Meeting this Thursday!

Don't forget there is a guild meeting this Thursday, July 31st
The meeting is from 6-8 and is on the 7th floor of the Dowd YMCA

We hope you can make it to the meeting, we have a lot going on!

The program for the evening will be presented by one of our own guild members, Margaret McCullough, who will be teaching us a ruffled binding technique.

We will also have the Open Wide Zippered Pouch swap and will be turning in our completed blocks for this months BOM.

There will be a new swap announced for next month as well as a new BOM, so come and find out what fun stuff we are going to be putting together!

Also, and this is the important stuff, we will be getting some business done at this meeting and you don't want to miss it!   We will take some time to present and discuss the pros and cons of joining The Modern Quilt Guild.  In addition, we will also be presenting and discussing some amendments to the guild Bylaws.

Of course, as always, please bring what you have recently finished working on to share with the group during the Show and Tell time! We all love to see what everyone has been up to!

I haven't even mentioned the Sew-In date, the Charity Box and the new program for next month!  Check back here to find out more after the meeting....or better yet, come and join us on Thursday night!  We would love to see you there.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Looking Ahead and What About that BOM?

Hi Everyone!

Just a quick update on what you can look forward to at the July meeting!

One of our lovely guild members, Margaret McCullough, will be doing a program on how to complete that wonderful ruffled binding she showed us back in May.  See that sweet binding at the bottom of the apron that Margaret shared with us?  We are going to learn how to just whip one of those right up!

I also wanted to give you all a little more direction on the BOM, as there have been some questions.

First, since these blocks are all going to be made into a sampler type quilt for charity, they do not all have to be the same color.  For example, this month Jenn and Vickie shared the BOM with us in a blue color scheme.  However, we may or may not get enough blocks to make an entire quilt with just July's blocks and will need to include previous Block's of the Month into this quilt in order to complete it.  For example, we only received two completed blocks for June, and those blocks will need to be combined into another quilt. June's colors were yellow or purple and this month please feel free to make a block in any of those colors OR any color that will compliment the over all scheme at this point, possibly red or green.

Second, the link I shared with you;  Bitty Scrap Around Block, was for a completed 6.5 inch block.  If you refer back to the picture in the previous post, you will see that Jenn and Vicki combined four of these blocks to make one completed 12.5 inch block.  So, make four 6.5 blocks and sew them together to complete the BOM for July!

Our next meeting will be:   Thursday, July 31st

Don't forget to keep working on your Open Wide Pouch for the swap!  I've seen some pictures on InstaGram of some of the pouches heading to guild and you are not going to want to miss out!  

If you have any questions concerning swaps, BOM, programs, or anything guild related, please don't hesitate to ask!  Email us at

Saturday, June 28, 2014

June Meeting Wrap-Up

It was great to see everyone at the June Meeting!

If you were one of our visitors this month, we just want to say thank you again for joining us and hope you had a wonderful time.  We are so glad you decided to come and check us out.

We covered a lot of ground at the June meeting, including sharing some of these great swap projects that were started a few months ago.  The projects below were part of the WIP swap.  It was amazing to see what was created from other guild member's left over odds and ends!

There were also some great finished projects shared during our "Sew and Share" time:

We also did a good bit of housekeeping at the meeting, and I want to take a minute to run down some of the details for those who weren't able to attend.

  • If you are interested in volunteering for the AQS show that is coming to Charlotte at the end of July, they are still in need of volunteers.  You can volunteer through the Charlotte Quilter's Guild.  If you are interested, you can get in touch with Kelleigh and she will give you the phone number of the person you will need to get in touch with. 

  • We discussed the possibility of joining the Modern Quilt Guild.  Instead of voting at the meeting, it was decided to get more information regarding the benefits of being a MQG member, specifically the type, number and availability of the webinars as well as other issues brought up at the meeting.  Please be on the lookout, either here on the blog or in your email, for more information regarding these issues sometime in July, as we will be voting at the July meeting.  

  • We also introduced the new Charity Box, which goes hand in hand with our BOM program.  We will each be putting the name of our favorite charity in the box, and as we receive enough blocks to complete a quilt top, we will draw a charity from the box and the quilt made from the BOM blocks will go to that charity. This will give us the opportunity to give completed quilts to charities that are near and dear to our guild members and will also give us the chance to get to know one another better as we discover why that charity is so special!  

Our BOM this month is  the Bitty Scrap Around Block  that Jenn and Vicki shared with us at the meeting. Just click on the link and you will find the tutorial for the block.   Here are two pictures of the block so you can see a  super scrappy version (2nd below) , or one that is a little more symmetrical with the opposite sides having matching fabric (directly below).  You can make either version, it is totally up to you which you prefer!

We will be making the open wide pouch for our next swap project.  You can find the link to the pouch right here: Open Wide Pouch Tutorial.   Isn't that convenient?  Bring your finished pouch to the meeting in July and you will have the opportunity to swap yours for one of the lovely pouches the other guild member's have completed!  Elizabeth B. completed one and shared it with us this month, isn't it adorable?!

Also, thank you to Elizabeth and Jenn for their presentations on Making it Modern: Flying Geese and Paper Piecing.  I will get links up to those power point presentations very soon, so you can have access to all the great information they presented us with.  Thank you to Vicki and Jenn for providing us all with a free kit to take home and try for ourselves!   Thanks ladies, you were awesome! 

That just about covers it! Thanks again to all the visitors for coming and spending the evening with us, we would love to see you next month.  

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

See you THIS Thursday night!

Hi Everyone! 

Don't Forget, our Guild meeting is this Thursday night, June 26th !  We can't wait to see you there.  

We will be meeting, as usual, on the 7th floor of the Dowd YMCA, starting at 6pm.

At the meeting we will be having a workshop/presentation on the "Modern Aesthetic".  Elizabeth B. will be talking to the group about what makes something "modern" and Jenn will be sharing a modern sewing project with us, complete with a kit to take home and try on our own!  

We are looking forward to seeing you all there.  

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hi Everyone!  Just a quick reminder about the block for the BOM that is due in June:

The BOM for June is called Herringbone by Bijou Lovely.  Here is the link for the tutorial:

Jenn did her block in all purple, but wanted to remind you that you can choose any color for the block (such as a block of all blues, or a block of all yellows, etc)

There will be a demo at the June meeting of the paper pieced block pictured below.  There will also be a free kit for everyone to take home to practice with!  

We can't wait to see you on Thursday, June 26th for the meeting.  We meet from 6-8pm at the Dowd YMCA on the 7th floor in conference room #4.  See you there! 

Friday, May 30, 2014

May Meeting Wrap-Up

We had a great time at our May meeting; spending some time sharing a meal, playing some games (with fabulous prizes) and sharing our projects with each other!

Here are just a few of the amazing projects some of our guild members have completed or are working on:

At the June meeting we will be having a workshop/presentation on the "Modern Aesthetic".  Elizabeth B. will be talking to the group about what makes something "modern" and Jenn will be sharing a modern sewing project with us. 

Xandi wants to remind you all that our WIP swap will wrap up in June.  If you took a WIP home in April, and have made something from it, please bring it to our June meeting for a little show and tell.  I cannot wait to see what everyone came up with!  For those who missed the kick-off, WIP's are "Works in Progress", those bits of things you have lying around that you don't think you will ever get to finishing.  Those who wanted to get their old WIP's off their hands brought them to the April meeting to pass on and have re-purposed.  The projects didn't have to start out as quilts and don't need to end as quilts.  If you took a WIP in April you still have time to turn it into whatever you want; a tote bag, journal cover, pin cushion, mug rug, mini quilt, place mat or anything else you can think of.  Just bring it with you to share at our June meeting!

As always, if you have something to share with the group, please bring it for Sew and Share!  

Can't wait to see you all in June! 

June Meeting
Thursday, June 26
DOWD YMCA, 7th Floor

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Meeting this Thursday 5/22

Don't forget that our May meeting is one week early this month.  We hope you can join us for our "end-of-the-year" party this Thursday 5/22 at 6:00.

Bring an appetizer/sweet/any food item to share and come have some fun.  We will be welcoming the new board and committee members that will start at the June meeting.

6:00 - 8:00

Let's have fun with some games and prizes!
Bring a food item to share with the group.
Bring sew-n-tells.