Wednesday, February 10, 2016

January meeting pictures

Our January program was a wonderful lesson on paper piecing presented by Jessie, Kelleigh, and Lori. We divided up into two groups - one for those either new to paper piecing or needing a bit of encouragement and another for those who are more experienced who wanted to learn more about how to take a design and turn it into a paper pieced pattern.

Kelleigh brought LOTS of samples of her own paper pieced projects to show us to whet our appetites!




I think it's safe to say we all learned something new and were inspired to try paper piecing if we've never done it before or to branch out and try something new if we're experienced paper piecers!  Our swap for February is to bring something we have paper pieced to swap so we have the opportunity right off the bat to try out this skill. Thanks to Kelleigh, Jessie, and Lori for a great program!

After the program, we had our usual time of "Sew and Share" show and tell. So much beautiful work by our guild members and visitors.






 And finally, last but certainly not least, this quilt (below) which was a joint effort of several guild members. It will be given to St. Gabriel's Church for their auction in the fall as thanks for the use of the room in their Ministry Center for our regular guild meetings.


Isn't it beautiful!

Mark your calendars now, friends, for our February meeting, Tuesday night, February 23, from 6-8. Our program will feature information on how to use the many resources of the Modern Quilt Guild, including all of their informative webinars. As always, bring your quilts to share!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Paper Piecing and more ...

A great group of 30 women gathered for our first guild meeting of 2016. I think we were all glad that the snow and ice melted away and didn't interfere with our meeting!

After welcoming several visitors, we got right to business and discussed the following:

Weather Policy - We decided that going by the CMS school closure decisions may not make sense for whether or not we cancel a guild meeting so, in the event of inclement weather a decision will be made by the leadership about whether or not to hold a meeting and that decision will be communicated ASAP to the members and the wider public via our email list (for members) and website, facebook page, and instagram. (links below). 

Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild website and blog: http://charlottemodernquiltguild.blogspot.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/The-Charlotte-Modern-Quilt-Guild-142528345816277/?fref=ts
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cltmqg/

Email list - If you are a member, please make sure your email address is current. You should receive an email by Friday, February 29 to test our list. If you do not receive an email, contact us via the guild email address: cltmqg@gmail.com

QUILTCON east - The quilting convention for the Modern Quilt Guild is coming east in 2017! This years QUILTCON is in Pasadena from February 18-21, but next year, it'll be on our side of the country in Savannah, Georgia. If you are interested in attending QUILTCON east, check out the website. If you think you are going to attend, hotels near the convention center will fill up fast. You can make a reservation now using the QUILTCON east reservation system and will receive a special rate for convention attendees. Yours truly just made a reservation for a room for four and I'm excited already about attending for the first time ever! Lecture and workshop offerings will be posted on June 1 and course registration for Modern Quilt Guild members begins June 25. Spots fill up fast so mark your calendars now : )

QUILTCON east - http://www.quiltconeast.com/
Hotel reservations for QUILTCON east - http://www.quiltconeast.com/about/hotels/

Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild labels for charity quilts - Our group has donated a number of quilts to charities in our city. In addition, last month we donated placemats to Friendship Trays. It was suggested that we have labels printed for our charity quilts. Certainly every quilt should have a label and this would let others know about our guild. Great idea!

Springs Creative Company Tour - Program committee member, Dee, shared some of the ideas that the program committee is working on for 2016, including a tour for guild members to the Springs Creative Company factory in Rock Hill. We decided that a Thursday during the day is the best time for a tour. More information to come as this gets organized.
Springs Creative - http://springscreative.com/

In addition, we may try to plan a trip to the thread company, YLI, also in Rock Hill. https://www.facebook.com/ylicorp

Finally, from our Swap Captains, here is info for our February meeting:

Paper Piecing Swap
Practice all that you learned at our last meeting! Choose a paper piecing pattern and turn it into something to swap at our next meeting. You could make a mug rug, pot holder, needle case – you pick what you want to make! Turn your practicing into something fun to share!

Secret Sister Swap
Sara has emailed everyone the name of her secret sister for the next three months. For each meeting, please bring something small in a plain brown lunch bag marked with your secret sister’s name. I can be something you make or something you buy (examples from the past: a new name tag, chocolates, fat quarters) Be creative!

If you signed up for a secret sister and did not receive an email from Sara, please email her at sara.struhs@hotmail.com

Whew! This is a loooong blog post full of info! I'll save the pictures from the meeting for the next post. Stay tuned ...

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, friends! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to jump back into a new year. Our program committee has been working hard to figure out interesting and fun programs for the upcoming year and we'll post them on the Calendar and Events page of our blog as soon as they are finalized for each month.

For now, please mark your calendars for our January meeting on Tuesday, January 26th at St. Gabriel's Church Ministry Center, Room D.

Our program will be all about paper piecing and will be led by Jessie Gettliffe and Kelleigh Bland. The program will be geared to all levels of paper piecing from those who are complete novices to those who know how to paper piece and are interested in taking a design and developing a pattern for paper piecing it.

We will have different stations set up for piecing learning and growing at different levels:

Option 1 - If you've never done it, think you already hate it, don't like the idea of wasting fabric
This group will use colored paper and a stapler to try the technique. If you are interested in this option, bring paper cutting scissors and paper scraps (colored paper, leftover Christmas paper, etc.) and a stapler, if you have one.

Option 2 - If you already have the concept and need to learn how to prevent mistakes
A simple design, already drawn on foundation will be provided. We'll also have fabric scraps and needles and thread. You are also welcome to bring your own fabric scraps, scissors, needle and thread.

Option 3 - If you already know the basic concept and already have a pattern you want to do.
Bring an existing pattern and get help working out what order to add the pieces and how to avoid mistakes.

Option 4 - If you already know how, like paper piecing, and are ready to move beyond someone else's design.
Bring whatever image you want to paper piece and have the group help your figure out the design (or whether it's time to learn to applique instead : )

If you are interested in Option 4 and would like to send your image ahead of time, our program presenters will play around with the image ahead of time and try and figure it out. Email your image to cltmqg@gmail.com

Our swap team has also been working on upcoming swaps for the months ahead. For January, if you'd like to participate, you will have the opportunity to sign up for the Secret Sister Swap. This as always been a fun swap and a way to get to know another guild member better.

Our other swap for January is "Out with the Old, Start Something New"
Bring any UFO or orphan block you're tired of looking at and know you will never finish. At the meeting, you will have the opportunity to select from another guild member's "cast off" project that calls out to you and inspires your creativity. You will bring the completed project back to the February meeting so we can all see your creative re-imagining of someone else's UFO. We've done this swap before and there are always lots of ooohs and ahs as we see the direction these projects take.

Finally, do you have any New Year's sewing/quilting resolutions? Projects you want to complete in the year ahead? New techniques you want to try? Feel free to chime in in the comments section on the blog or the facebook page and we'll share some of these at the January meeting.

Til then, happy sewing and quilting!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Placemats delivered

After our December meeting, guild member, Liz Harris, graciously offered to deliver the 29 placemats that were sewn by our guild. Volunteers at Friendship Trays were so grateful to receive them and loved all the creativity and beauty in these simple placemats
.
We hope these placemats will brighten the day of each recipients that receives a meal with a lovely placemat included!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

A merry time!

Our annual guild holiday party at our last meeting was a merry time! Lots of great food, charity donations, fun swaps, and oohs and ahs over guild members' finished projects. If you weren't there, you missed a wonderful time and we missed you. Mark your calendar for next year's meetings and be a part of the fun, encouragement, and inspiration! Remember, we meet on the last Tuesday of the month at St. Gabriel's Church on Providence Road. Our January meeting is on January 26th and we've got a great program planned for it. (More on that in another post).

Now, how about some pictures from our holiday celebration ...

 Cute drawstring bags full of goodies for the swap.

 Lots of wonderful placemats made from orphan blocks 
that will be donated to Friendship Trays (Meals on Wheels in Charlotte).
I'm sure that these placemats, delivered with meals to shut-ins,
 will brighten the day of every recipient.
Great job, guild members!


 Another charity quilt sewn by Kelly. We will no longer allow her to say she doesn't quilt!

The following pictures are of our QuiltCon 2016 Quilt: Postcards from NC.
 



Swap for Someone you Love was completed this week and lots of perfect gifts were shared:
 
 A knitting needle roll for Xandi's mother-in-law

 A horse-themed bag, sewn by Kelly for Sarah's daughter

 A cute elephant themed baby quilt sewn by Sarah.

And finally, a few of our Sew and Share items:



At the end of the meeting, those who participated in the drawstring bag swap got to choose bags. Lots of fun bags and great goodies were received. We all decided this was a really great swap!
 

Remember, mark your calendars now for our January meeting. Dues for 2016 ($40) are due at that meeting.

Til then, have a joy-filled holiday season. Hope in the midst of the happy chaos (as Dee called what will be happening at my house with five sons, wives, and a grandbaby arriving for Christmas), you'll get a chance to sneak away to the sewing machine!
 

Monday, December 14, 2015

December Holiday Meeting/Social - Tuesday evening!

Hi Everyone! Just a reminder that our December meeting/holiday social is tomorrow evening, December 15, from 6-8 at St. Gabriel's Church. It will be a fun evening of food, swaps, sharing, and fun!

Please bring with you:

Show and Tell – What have you been working on? Bring it to show. We all want to see and oooh and ahhh and be inspired!

A potluck dish – A dish to share. The guild will provide cups, plates, napkins, etc. Kelleigh has already
claimed drinks so she doesn’t have to cook! Hope someone brings the fudge!

Swap for Someone You Love – If you signed up for this swap, please be sure to come to the meeting or
send your item through someone else. We all can’t wait to see what you came up with.

Drawstring Bag Swap – If you’d like, join us in a Christmas lined drawstring bag swap! We will use Jeni Baker’s free tutorial at http://www.incolororder.com/2011/10/lined-drawstring-bag-tutorial.html. If
you’ve bought her pattern (which is great), it does include other sizes, so please stick with this 10” x 7”
size. Make them Christmas/Holiday themed and fill them with a few little goodies. For each pouch you
bring in, you will get to choose one to bring home. No peaking at the goodies inside before choosing,
though! Those are a fun bonus.

Placemats – to donate to Friendship Trays. See the blog post from late August. These instructions are
only a suggestion – any way you’d like to make then is fine. We’d love to have each member donate at
least two. This is a great way to use up those 12 inch orphan blocks you have at home.

Secret Sewing Sister Swap – if you did not bring your final bag to the last meeting, please bring it in
December.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

December Meeting/Holiday Party Reminder

Hi Everyone! I'm sorry I forgot to post a reminder that there was no meeting in November.  I sure do hope no one showed up!  Sorry about that!

I do want to remind everyone about the meeting in December....all of the information is below.  We hope you will join us for an end of the year celebration!

Our next meeting will be the holiday party on December 15th, from 6-8 at Saint Gabriel's church, and it will be full of swapping, show and tell, and eating!  All the best things in my book!


Please bring with you:

Show and Tell – what have you been working on? We want to see it all!

A potluck dish – A dish to share. The guild will provide cups, plates, napkins, etc. Kelleigh has already
claimed drinks so she doesn’t have to cook!

Swap for Someone You Love – If you signed up for this swap, please be sure to come to the meeting or
send your item through someone else. We all can’t wait to see what you came up with. (At this point, I
can’t wait to see what I come up with…)

Drawstring Bag Swap – If you’d like, join us in a Christmas lined drawstring bag swap! We will use Jeni

Baker’s free tutorial at http://www.incolororder.com/2011/10/lined-drawstring-bag-tutorial.html. If
you’ve bought her pattern (which is great), it does include other sizes, so please stick with this 10” x 7”
size. Make them Christmas/Holiday themed and fill them with a few little goodies. For each pouch you
bring in, you will get to choose one to bring home. No peaking at the goodies inside before choosing,
though! Those are a fun bonus.

Placemats – to donate to Friendship Trays. See the blog post from late August. These instructions are
only a suggestion – any way you’d like to make then is fine. We’d love to have each member donate at
least two. This is a great way to use up those 12 inch orphan blocks you have at home.

Secret Sewing Sister Swap – if you did not bring your final bag to the last meeting, please bring it in
December.