Tuesday, June 28, 2016

May meeting (very late but just before the June meeting) recap!

Guild friends - goodness, I've been slow getting this post up, but I'm trying to get it up just under the wire. I'll miss seeing you all tonight. I'm in Virginia with family, but look forward to hearing about our program with the representative from Coats and Clark talking "All Things Thread!"

Last month's meeting included an impromptu program about podcasts. Some of you had asked about what podcasts are and how to listen to them. Here are the notes from last month's meeting with some instructions and the links to podcasts that were mentioned. Enjoy! And if you have a favorite, please share with the rest of us, either in the comments here or on the facebook page.

Some pictures from last months meeting with soooo many beautiful quilts!


Monday, June 6, 2016

Postcards from NC - featured on MQG!

Friends, I will get a recap of our May meeting up on the blog in the next couple of day. Today I want to give you a heads up that our submission for the 2016 QuiltCon Charity Challenge, "Postcards from NC" is featured on the Modern Quilt Guild blog today. Wooohoooo!!!!

Thanks to Elizabeth, Kelleigh, Jennifer, Vickie, and others who worked so hard on this quilt!

Here's the link:  Modern Quilt Guild blog

Thursday, April 21, 2016

April Program reminder

Our next meeting is coming up! Next Tuesday, April 26, we will meet at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church Ministry Center, Room D. Come ready to sew, as Dee presents our program. Also, as always, bring what you've been working on to show and share!

A couple of reminders from Dee about what you need to participate in the program and also info about our upcoming field trip to Springs Creative and YLI Thread:

"On Tuesday, April 26, our CMQG program will be having “fun with felted wool”as
we create a mug rug, glasses case or a pin cushion. Please bring your hand-sewing box
with several sized needles, scissors, sewing thread (dark and light color)and a bit
of traceable fusible web if you have some. There will be instructions to follow for
your design or you can be the designer and do your own thing.Just come ready to sew.
You will love this incredible fabric.
There will also be maps available for our Thursday, April 29th field trip to Rock Hill
to visit the YLI thread company (morning) and Springs Creative (afternoon.)We will
also meet for lunch at Amelie’s in the historic Rock Hill downtown area if you are
interested. We need a count of those coming so please be ready to commit on Tuesday

If you will not be attending Tuesday evening the addresses of our tours are as follows:
        YLI - 1439 Dave Lyle Blvd, Rock Hill
        Springs Creative - 300 Chatham Ave, #100, Rock Hill
        Amelie's - 157 E. Main Street, Rock Hill"
Thanks, Dee, and program committee for organizing all of this! Hope to see you all on Tuesday. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

March meeting

Our co-prez, Kelleigh Bland opened the meeting and welcomed guests. We're always glad to have guests and hope that newcomers find our guild to be welcoming and fun, as well as informative and encouraging!

Discussion Topic: Library Resources, report by Xandi Hamilton
Xandi talked about our library resources and the way our library will work. She will bring featured resources from the library each month to highlight the items of interest and to keep from transporting the entire collection to each meeting. A full list of all of the DVDs, Books, and Magazines are posted on the web site and available for members review.Click here to see the list. (Tool bar under our blog heading).

Guild members encouraged to check out resources and be willing to offer a review on the resource to the group. A book review format is provided. Anyone wanting to purchase a book, provide a book review and donate the book/resource to the library is encouraged to do so.

Xandi provided our first book review and challenge to the guild members.  

She reviewed the book, Vintage Quilt Revival by Katie Blakesley and Lee Heinrich. The point of this book is taking traditional quilt blocks and making them modern with different design choices. With this traditional/modern idea in mind, we have a guild challenge based on the book review and an inventory of past date and very traditional quilting magazines.  

The idea is that members take home a quilt magazine from our collection and find something in their magazine to reinterpret in a more modern way. It can be step by step instructions followed in modern fabric, a block simplified, or even something completely different that they were inspired to make from something they saw. It could be from a pattern provided, a quilt shown in a featured article, or even something from an advertisement. The nice thing about this is there will be something for every skill level.

At the April meeting, Those who participated would do a show and tell of the picture that inspired them and show what they made. It could be a mini, a mug rug, a quilt, a raw block they never intend to do anything with, whatever they want. The magazine and the item they made is theirs to keep.

Taking a magazine in March does not imply a commitment to make something – we're glad for those magazines to be gone. But if you took one and are inspired, we'll enjoy seeing your modern reinterpretation of a traditional quilting design/motif/idea/pattern/whatever! 

Our second book review of the evening was Delia's review of City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks by Tula Pink. 

Thanks for the reviews, Xandi and Delia. Keep reading, everybody,  and sharing your favorite books with us! 

Swaps for April

Name Tags

Secret Sister Swap - If you participated in the secret sister swap, the final swap will be at the April meeting.

Modern Fat quarters or, bring approximate sized material to swap in modern fabrics; solids or blends that go with modern fabric. For every fabric you bring, you get to choose a fabric to take home.

Upcoming Program for our April meeting on Tuesday, April 26

Felted Wool pin cushion or mug rug  tutorial led by Dee Wittmack.
Bring a small sewing kit with scissors, thread, and pins.Dee will provide the felted wool and stuffing

Tour of YLI and Springs Creative, Thursday, April 28th

11:45 a.m. optional lunch at Amalie’s in Rock Hill
1:00 p.m. tour YLI thread company
2:30 p.m. tour Springs Creative

If you want to participate, please comment on the blog post, facebook post, or via our guild email.

June meeting on Tuesday, June 28th

Mark your calendars now. At our June meeting we will have special guest, Lynne Brown from Coats and Clark who will talk thread with us.

That's all the announcements for now. Next post, pictures from our March Program and Show and Share. Special thanks to Susan Austin for taking notes and pictures at our March meeting since I was down east in North Carolina, cycling and enjoying the beautiful spring flowers, rivers and creeks, and good food in New Bern!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Librarian's Corner

Did you know that our guild has a lending library? We have books and DVDs about sewing and quilting that you can take home for as long as you like – no due dates or renewals. But it is HEAVY, you guys, so we are making some changes this year. Read on ...

A list of everything in the library is posted on our website. Click on the CLTMQG Library tab at the top of the page, just under our logo, to see the list of ALL the books and other items that are in the library. If you want to check something out, just send us an email at cltmqg@gmail.com with "Library" in the subject line. Tell us what book or other item you'd like you’d like to borrow and we will bring it to the next guild meeting. 

Additionally, our librarian will bring a themed selection of books to highlight at each meeting – maybe applique one month and art quilts the next.

Another feature we are adding this year is book reviews – and we’d like to hear them from you! If you have a quilting related book you love, please volunteer to tell us all about it at a guild meeting. If you’d like to donate a copy of the book to the CLT MQG library as well we would love that, but it is not necessary. There are so many different aspects of sewing and quilting and so many different books about all of them – we’d like to hear from our friends which ones we should be sure not to miss!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

February Meeting - announcements and pictures

Good morning, friends. Isn't this spring weather lovely! It's my favorite time in the Carolinas and all I want to do is be outside.

Here is a recap of our February meeting ...

Next Month's program will be on your favorite tool or sewing/quilting help. Bring something you can't work without to show us and tell how you use it.

Our swap will go along with this program. Bring a favorite tool or notion to swap. It doesn't have to be a quilting tool, but something that you use when you sew. Everyone who brings a tool or notion to swap will have a chance to choose something from the goodies that we bring.

Our charity right now is Friendship Trays. Anytime you have an orphan block or UFO, feel free to turn it into a placemat that we can give to Friendship Trays.

The Charlotte Quilt Guild annual show is this weekend, March 11 and 12 at the Metrolina expo. More info and a $1.00 off coupon here.

We had a short followup to our last month's program on paper piecing. Lori showed us her beautiful squares and explained how to reuse the foundation papers used in piecing. 

Librarian's Corner - Xandi is our new librarian and she has worked hard to catalog all the books in our guild library. If you are interested in giving a book to the library or writing a review of a favorite book, we'd love to hear from you. More info in the next post.

Now for some pictures of what guild members have been working on ...

 Mark your calendars now - our next meeting is Tuesday evening, March 29. Hope to see you then!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Last night's program

Hi everybody! We had a great turnout at our meeting last night. Announcements and pictures to come, but here is the presentation we enjoyed on the Modern Quilt Guild. Thanks to Lorie for her help in learning how to navigate the national guild site and make use of all the resources they provide!