Friday, April 3, 2015

March Meeting Re-cap

Hi Everyone!

It was great to see everyone at the meeting!  We had a great turn out and our new space was wonderful!  Thanks Dee for arranging our new meeting space for us.  St. Gabe's has a large campus and now that we know, the name of our building is the Ministry Center.  We will be meeting in room D, unless otherwise noted.

Below you will find links to all of the wonderful things we talked about at our meeting.

The proposed by-laws, the needlebook instructions/options, the Block-of-the-month instructions and also a few links to introduce you to the Make Welcome Refugee Ministry and their craft store, A Journey Home.  The ladies from Make Welcome will be visiting with us in May and more details will follow as we get closer to May

Link to Proposed Guild By-Laws:  Please read over the by-laws as we will vote to approve the changes at the May meeting.  More details will follow on how to vote if you will be absent.   Also, you can find the By-Laws under the new tab at the top of the blog that reads:  Proposed CLTMQG By-Laws 2015

Our swap for the April meeting will be a needlebook.  Here is the list of websites to help inspire you:

This is the BOM that Jenn and Vicki shared with us at the meeting.  The instructions are found through the link below.

Link to Block of the Month instructions:

We had a wonderful assortment of items for Sew - n - Share.  I tried to capture a picture of all of them, I hope they are all represented below!  

You can find information about Make Welcome and their craft shop, Journey Home Crafts through the links below:

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 28th at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in Charlotte.  Also, don't foreget to bring your Secret Sewing Sister goodies if you are signed up to participate.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Meeting TUESDAY March 31st

Just a reminder that the meeting is this Tuesday, the 31st! 

Please remember to bring the following with you:

If you are participating in the swap; please bring a used book(s) to swap 

Bring you Secret Sewing Sister gift if you signed up at the January meeting

Also, bring along your charity blocks (sailboats) if you have made any, and don't forget to bring your latest items for Sew and Share time! 

We will be hearing presentations about working with interfacing and also on accessing the benefits of the MQG

We are looking forward to seeing you all at St. Gabe's!  We will be meeting from 6-8 pm

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!