Saturday, December 15, 2012

Reminder - Party This Tuesday!

We hope to see everyone at our year-end party this Tuesday 12/18.  Bianca sent an evite today with the address.  If you did not get the evite just email us and we will get the address/information to you.

Bring a food item to share and a handmade ornament if you would like to participate in the ornament swap. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Where:
Bianca's Home

Monday, December 3, 2012

December & January Events

Here are the dates of our upcoming events:

Tuesday, December 18:  Holiday Party
I know we discussed a different date at the meeting, but due to a conflict the party had to be moved back to Tuesday 12/18.  I hope everyone can make it.  It is being held at Bianca's house and she will be sending out an evite soon.  Please bring a handmade ornament to share in our swap.  After all of the creativity shown in the potholder swap, I can't wait to see the ornaments.

Saturday, January 26:  Sew-In
Come join us from 10-2 at Carmel Presbyterian Church (Ligon Hall)

Thursday, January 31:  Next Meeting
Location site and more details to follow.


After the holiday and year-end rush is over, take a minute and make a block for our January BOM.  Each block you make gets you a chance to WIN THEM ALL.  January's block is:

BLOCK - Another Star Quilt Block / Tutorial by Fresh Lemon Quilts
COLOR - Modern fabric, bright colors, white background
TUTORIAL LINK: - Fresh Lemons Tutorial



November Meeting Recap

Fun things at our November meeting...


-  Elizabeth P. won the BOM drawing




-  There were wonderful and creative potholders swapped




-  Kat taught a great mini workshop on reverse applique




-  There were some wonderful scrap quilts, gifts and other beauties shown during Sew & Tell.  There are lots of pictures over on the  Flickr Group.  Go check them out!

Be on the lookout for another post to come shortly with holiday party details, January meeting information and our next Block-of-the-month.

Back soon with more details - Karen

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Holiday Ornament Swap

Hi everyone!

We're swapping ornaments at our Holiday Party December 20 (new date is 12/18 - more details to come) at Bianca's house.

Feel free to create any ornament you would like as long as it is handmade and please use modern fabrics in your design.

Here are a few tutorials and ideas to inspire you! Can't wait to see your creativity!

Felt Ornament Tutorials

Fabric Ornament Tutorials

Kid Friendly Ornament Tutorials


Happy Holidays!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Meeting This Thursday

There are lots of fun things planned for the November meeting. We hope to see you all and encourage visitors to join us! The November meeting will be held at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in the same room as the October meeting.


NOVEMBER MEETING

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29
6:00 PM

Myers Park Presbyterian - Outreach Building
Room F101 (first floor)

1073 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28207

Monday, November 19, 2012

Spring Retreat: Can you join in the fun?

Are you planning to come to the spring retreat?  We hope so! 

I know April sounds far away, but we need to gauge interest and #s so plans can move forward.  If possible, please sign-up at the November meeting or email your interest to Joyce. 

Complete details and a registration form can be found on Joyce's site:
http://heartsdesirecreations.wordpress.com/modern-guild-retreat/



The CMQG and heARTS Desire Retreats present...
Spring Retreat in the Mountains
Meadowbrook Inn, Blowing Rock NC
April 19-21, 2013
Games! Prizes! Fun!
 

This is going to be SO MUCH FUN. The cost is $45 for Modern Guild members and $55 for all others. 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

What a fun day!

Rotary cutters were rolling, sergers and sewing machines were flying, and irons were steaming!!  Today we made 100, YES, ONE HUNDRED pillowcases to donate to the Charlotte organization Beds For Kids.   http://www.bedsforkids.org


We had eleven members and 1 "cutie pie junior member" join us for a fun day of sewing, laughs and lots of productivity.



We hit the 50 pillowcase mark around noon and thought "Maybe we can make it to 75?". 













Then we hit the 75 pillowcase mark and our "cutie pie junior member" proclaimed "I bet we can make it to 100!".

Encouraged and inspired we kept going until we made it all the way to 100!!!











Thank you so much to Springs Creative for donating the many bolts of cheerful fabric and to Carmel Presbyterian Church for letting us use their wonderful facilities.  Thank you, thank you!

We were also able to cut the fabrics for 50 more pillowcases and we will bring those kits to our next meeting.  The pillowcases are so fun and easy to make.  We hope to complete these 50 additional pillowcases soon and pass them along to new happy homes.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

NOVEMBER MEETING

There are lots of fun things planned for the November meeting.  We hope to see you all and encourage visitors to join us!  The November meeting will be held at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in the same room as the October meeting.

NOVEMBER MEETING
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29
6:00 PM
Myers Park Presbyterian - Outreach Building
Room F101 (first floor)
1073 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28207


NOVEMBER SWAP - POT HOLDERS
 
The November swap will be potholders in a holiday/winter theme.  If you want to participate just make and bring a potholder to the November meeting.  Jennifer M. has posted more information and links to tutorials over on the Flickr group.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/cltmqg/discuss/72157631849665130/



NOVEMBER BOM - BALKAN PUZZLE
 
The Block-of-the-Month program has been so much fun.  Here is how it works.  Make 1 or more blocks based on that month's block/color scheme, bring your block(s) to the meeting and you could win ALL of the blocks donated that night.  You get 1 entry for each block donated.  Just think, you could go home with almost an entire quilt top worth of blocks!!

The November block is the Balkan Puzzle in YELLOW, GRAY on a light background.  Your block should be 12.5".  The complete details can be found at Craftsy.  This is a great online class site and this block is part of their FREE 2012 BOM program.  The Balkan Block is shown in the February 2012 video and class materials.  Craftsy:Block-of-the-Month






 And finally, don't forget to mark your calendars for the Spring Retreat in the Mountains

Spring Retreat in the Mountains
Meadowbrook Inn, Blowing Rock NC
April 19-21, 2013

Games! Prizes! Fun!

This is going to be SO MUCH FUN. The cost is $45 for Modern Guild members and $55 for all others. Complete details and a registration form can be found at Hearts Desire Creations or at our upcoming meetings. Thank you Joyce for planning such a fun event.




















 






 
 

Meeting Recap & Upcoming Sew-In

The October meeting was lots of fun and it was great to see so many new faces.  Thank you to Kelleigh and Fran for the mini-workshop on pillowcases to get us ready for our upcoming sew-in. 

BEDS FOR KIDS PILLOWCASE SEW-IN

Saturday, November 10, 2012
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Carmel Presbyterian Church (Ligon Hall)
2048 Carmel Road
Charlotte NC 28226

We hope everyone can join us for a fun event!  The pillowcases we make on Saturday will be donated to a great local organization, Beds for Kids.
 

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"Beds for Kids mission is to provide a bed and other essential furniture to every child and family in need in Charlotte."
 
One of the techniques we will be using is the "roll it up" method (aka: hot dog method).  Here is a link to an easy online tutorial located on All People Quilt. 
 
Basic Pattern
http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/instructions/RollItUp.pdf
 
 

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

If you paid your dues prior to the October meeting, you should have received an email document of our membership directory,  Please email us if you have not received one yet.  Any new members will be receiving their directories soon.
 
 
Information on our upcoming November meeting, BOM, swap and all kinds of fun will be coming in the next post...
 
 


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

October Meeting - This Thursday, Different Location

We hope to see you at our October meeting this Thursday.  Don't forget the different location due to the library being unavailable.

 
OCTOBER MEETING

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25

6:00 PM
Myers Park Presbyterian - Outreach Building

Room F101 (first floor)

1073 Providence Road

Charlotte, NC 28207
 
 
Visitors are always welcomed!
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Here are the details if you are participating in the Fat Quarter Swap or the Block-Of-The-Month.  I would love to see the design wall full of scrappy spiderweb blocks!  They are so much fun to make.
 
October Swap
The holidays are just around the corner, so the October swap will RED & GREEN FAT QUARTERS. To participate in the swap bring:

1 Fat quarter that is mostly RED
1 Fat quarter that is mostly GREEN

The fabric does NOT need to be holiday themed but should be "modern" and read as mostly red or mostly green.

October BOM
The block-of-the-months are a fun way to try different online blocks and tutorials. Try your hand at this month's BOM and let's have a great collection for the drawing. Bring 1 block for 1 chance to win, 2 blocks for 2 chances...

The block this month is Broken Spiderweb and the tutorial can be found here at House of A La Mode. Our color theme this month: Bright & scrappy with a light colored center.
 
 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Barnful of Quilts - Recap

Courtney did a very nice recap of yesterday's Barnful of Quilts.  Go HERE to read about it and see Fran's fabulous CMQG banner!

Friday, October 5, 2012

A Ribbon Winner!

CONGRATULATIONS to Elizabeth Phillippi for earning a ribbon at this weekend's Cabarrus quilt show.  Elizabeth's quilt won Honorable Mention in the Large Wall Quilt - Longarm/Midarm Machine Quilted category.  This was her very first entry into a quilt show. Way to go!!!

Her quilt was a beautiful scrappy storm at sea quilt that some of you got to see in person at one of our recent Sew & Tells.  Fellow modern guild member, Jenn Reeves  (Honu Quilting website), did the gorgeous machine quilting for the quilt.  What a great team.

The show runs through tomorrow (10/6) at the Cabarrus Arena in Concord, NC.  Hours on Saturday are 10-5.  And don't forget the Barnful of Quilts on Saturday...
 
Barnful of Quilts
Saturday 10/6 is the 10th annual Barnful of Quilts in Waxhaw. It will be held from 10-5 at the Fox Family Farm at 7505 Sims Road (704-516-8060). The Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild will have an information booth at the show and several of our members have quilts that will be in the show. The proceeds benefit Samaritan's Purse.

Lots of quilty goodness this weekend.


Elizabeth P's Storm At Sea Quilt

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October Meeting - NOTE LOCATION CHANGE


Here are the details for the October meeting.  Please note the change in location due to the library being used for early voting.

 
OCTOBER MEETING
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25
6:00 PM

Myers Park Presbyterian - Outreach Building
Room F101 (first floor)
1073 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
 
Visitors are always welcomed!  Hope to see you there.

 

 

 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Courtney's beautiful entry

Our fellow member, Courtney, has entered a beautiful entry into the Borderline Brilliant Contest over at Prudent Baby (contest details).  I hope you can click on over and see the beautiful pieces and vote (Goooooo #27).  Good luck Courtney.

VOTE HERE - Courtney is #27



Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sari Bari

Thursday night one of our guests, Beth, shared her inspiring story about the organization Sari Bari.  Beth is a member of Blue Flax Quilters, a group of women that has made 2 quilts for this organization.  The quilts will be auctioned beginning on Monday, October 1 as part of the Sari Bari annual auction. 

Here is an excerpt from the Sari Bari website:

"Sari Bari is a safe place of employment where women who have been exploited in the sex trade or who are vulnerable to trafficking can experience a new life in the making. The name "Sari Bari" comes from two symbols. A sari is the traditional clothing worn by women in India. In India, a sari represents the essence of womanhood. The word bari mean "house or home" in the Bengali language."


To learn more about Beth's group and the Sari Bari organization please visit the links below:

Blue Flax Quilters

Sari Bari Auction

Friday, September 28, 2012

Ready for some fun? Upcoming events!

October Meeting


Date/Time/Place - To Be Determined ASAP
The October meeting will be held at a different location due to the library needing the space for early voting.  Complete details will be coming shortly.


October Swap
The holidays are just around the corner, so the October swap will RED & GREEN FAT QUARTERS.  To participate in the swap bring:

     1 Fat quarter that is mostly RED
     1 Fat quarter that is mostly GREEN

The fabric does NOT need to be holiday themed but should be "modern" and read as mostly red or mostly green.


October BOM
The block-of-the-months are a fun way to try different online blocks and tutorials.  Try your hand at this month's BOM and let's have a great collection for the drawing.  Bring 1 block for 1 chance to win, 2 blocks for 2 chances...

The block this month is Broken Spiderweb and the tutorial can be found here at House of A La Mode.  Our color theme this month:  Bright & scrappy with a light colored center.


 

Barnful of Quilts

Saturday 10/6 is the 10th annual Barnful of Quilts in Waxhaw.  It will be held from 10-5 at the Fox Family Farm at 7505 Sims Road (704-516-8060).  The Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild will have an information booth at the show and several of our members have quilts that will be in the show.  The proceeds benefit Samaritan's Purse.


Spring Retreat in the Mountains

The CMQG and heARTS Desire Retreats present...

Spring Retreat in the Mountains
Meadowbrook Inn, Blowing Rock NC
April 19-21, 2013
 
Games!  Prizes!  Fun!

This is going to be SO MUCH FUN.  The cost is $45 for Modern Guild members and $55 for all others.  Complete details and a registration form can be found at Hearts Desire Creations  or at our upcoming meetings.  Thank you Joyce for planning such a fun event.







September Recap

What a fun September!  There is so much to share that I will do one post recapping all the fun and another post detailing the upcoming events. 
 
 
Sew-In
The September sew-in had a really good turn out and there were lots of pretty projects.  Mark your calendars for our next sew-in on Saturday, November 10. 
 
 
 
 
Quilt Con Blocks
Congratulations to our members that had their QuiltCon blocks featured on the MQG blog.  A HUGE congrats to Emily for having her block chosen as one of the blocks to be used on the raffle quilt! MQG post recognizing Emily's block
 
 
 
 
Block-of-the-Month
September's BOM was the X+ block from the Badskirt blog.  Congrats to Cindi for winning all of the fun blocks at the meeting.
 
 
 
 
 
September Swap
The mug rug swap was so much fun.  Who knew little quilts could lead to so much laughter, Diet Coke and to Kelleigh's first official "quilt"!!  Below is the mug rug Cindi made (love the thread used and the quilting).  I've posted pictures of all the mug rugs over on Flickr.
 
 



That should do it for the recap.  I'll be back with another post detailing all of the upcoming fun - swaps, sew-ins, retreats , BOMs...

More soon - Karen

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Meeting This Thursday

Hope you can make it to our meeting this Thursday 9/27 at the Morrison Library starting at 6:30.  Please note the LATER start time due to another group using the meeting room before us.

If you are participating in the mug rug swap or the block-of-the-month don't forget to bring those items.

See you there!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sew In This Saturday

A quick reminder...

Our sew-in is this Saturday 9/15 from 10-2.  It will be held at Carmel Presbyterian Church on Carmel Road (in the smaller building beside the playground).  Hope to see you there!

Address:  2048 Carmel Road
                Charlotte, NC 28226

If you have trouble call finding it call Bianca at 704.839.9364

Monday, September 10, 2012

UPDATE: Mug Rug Swap

Since last month's workshop was on Foundation Paper Piecing, we'd love it if you would give paper piecing a try for your mug rug swap this month.

You can use one of the patterns Courtney gave you or give any other foundation paper piecing pattern a try. There are lots of free ones online. You can find a lot at 365 Quilt Blocks .

You could also try a tea cup and slice of cake pattern,

or this shop that has owls and other paper piecing patterns for sale.

Tallahassee Block
The Tallahassee Block (above) can be paper pieced. Here is the link for the template to print.

You can also print a basic diamond in a square template here.

Lots of options out there! It is not madatory to paper piece your mug rug but we hope you'll feel inspired to give it a try!
:)

Remember the mug rugs are due at the September 27 meeting.
For the list of participants and partners, see this post.

See you then!



Friday, September 7, 2012

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Jennifer Mathis for winning the Festival of Hexagons over at a.squared.w!  It is such a beautiful quilt - way to go!


hexie ispy 1

September Swap- Mug Rugs!


It's swap time and our theme for September is Mug Rugs.
So what's a mug rug anyway?

Well, it's a small quilt - somewhere in between a coaster and a placemat. It's usually between 4" x 6" and 6" x 8" but the size is flexible.

What do you do with it? Well, it's a snack mat; a place to put your drink and some cookies.  It's also looks cute.

It's a great way to showcase some favorite fabrics, a small design or block or some hand-sewing skills.

Since Courtney did such a great job teaching foundation paper piecing last month, we would love for you to give paper piecing a try for this swap. It is not mandatory but it is FUN! 

We hope you'll feel inspired and give it a try. 
For more info on paper piecing and links to free patterns, click here

This will be a partnered swap. Names were put into a pot and drawn out two at a time. The two names became partners and you will make a mug rug for your partner.

Partners are:
Susan Austin & Jen Bland
Bianca Miller & Jennifer Mathis
Courtney Lyons & Liz Harris
Fran Lyons & Cindi Woody
Gail Toliver & Elizabeth Phillippi
Elyse Mullis & Karen Ernest
Kat Bierma & Kelleigh Bland
Joanie Page & Jennifer Mathis

Creating a flickr mosaic is optional. We'll have a tutorial on how to do this at the September meeting.

If you would like to create a flickr mosaic of the type of things you like to inspire your partner,  click HERE for a tutorial.


Here are a few mug rugs to inspire you!

source: Marianne 
Source: etsy.com via Marianne on Pinterest
source: Mug Rug by Katie of Swim, Bike, Quilt
Source: flickr.com via Jennifer Mathis on Pinterest
source: Better Off Thread
Source: flickr.com via Jennifer Mathis on Pinterest
source: jm1122
Source: flickr.com via Jennifer Mathis on Pinterest


Mug Rugs will be due at the September meeting on the 27th so please bring it with you to the meeting that night. We'll show them off and present them to your partners.

Have fun!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Jennifer Mathis - In The Top 10

Our own Jennifer Mathis (Ellison Lane Quilts) is one of the top 10 finalists in the Festival of Hexagons.  Voting is open until Thursday, September 6.  If you have a minute head on over, look at the beauitful entries and  VOTE!  Good luck Jennifer!


hexie ispy 1

Friday, August 31, 2012

August Meeting Recap

A quick recap of the August meeting held last night:

WORKSHOP
A big thank you to Courtney HERE for teaching the foundation piecing workshop and providing the beautiful journal cover as a giveaway.  I have posted a picture of the journal and some of the show & tell pictures over on Flickr CMQG Group On Flickr.


BOM
Our first block-of-the-month (BOM) event was a big success with 14 blocks turned in.  Congrats to Kat for winning the gorgeous collection of granny square blocks.  The September BOM is the Japanese X and + block.  The tutorial can be found HERE.  The color scheme is BRIGHT/SCRAPPY and according to the tutorial the blocks should finish at 7 1/2" (8" with seam allowances).

Bianca matched the BOM color scheme - love it!


UPCOMING SWAP
The September swap will be MUG RUGS.  More information will be coming shortly.


NEXT MEETING (Note time change)
The September meeting will be on Thursday, September 27 at 6:30.  Please note it is 30 minutes later than usual because of a group using the room prior to our meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Morrison Library.


SEPTEMBER SEW-IN
Our next sew-in is coming up on Saturday 9/15 from 10-2.  It will be held at Carmel Presbyterian Church on Carmel Road.  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Upcoming August Meeting

Hope you can join us for the next meeting!
 
Thursday, August 30
6:00 PM
Morrison Library


1.  August Book Swap: 

Bring a quilt or sewing related book to swap (published in the last 10 years).


2.  Block-of-the-Month:

The block this month is the Granny Square block.  Bring your completed block(s) for a chance to win them all!   
  • Block - Granny Square
  • Color - Navy & Coral On A White Background
  • Due Date - At August Meeting

Tutorials for the block can be found at Blue Elephant Stitches Tutorial and I'm A Ginger Monkey Strip Piecing Tutorial.


3.  Meeting Topic:

This month Courtney HERE will be covering Foundation Paper Piecing.  FPP is a great skill to have, as it gives you the ability to make very complicated blocks with near perfect results.  You can see a traditional style block  HERE and a more complicated block HERE.  For those interested, we will have a future potholder swap with paper pieced blocks.  There will be some printouts available or you are welcome to find or create your own pattern. 

Hope to see you next week!


Friday, July 27, 2012

Important Dates & Fun Projects

July Meeting

What a fun meeting we had last night.  A big thank you to Jennifer from We're Sew Creative for speaking to our group and bringing all of the wonderful shop items.  They have lots of new classes and BOM programs so go check them out at We're Sew Creative.

I've added some pictures from Sew & Tell to our Flickr group CMQG Flickr Group.

Upcoming Dates

Here are a couple of guild dates to put on your calendar:
  • Next Meeting - Thursday, August 30 at 6:00 (Morrison Library)
  • Sew In Dates - Saturday 9/15 & 11/10 from 10:00-2:00 (Carmel Presbyterian Church)

New BOM

Want to try some new blocks, some new color combinations and have a chance to win lots of great blocks?  Then let's participate in the CMQG Block-of-the Month!

Each month a new block/color combination will be announced.  Complete 1 or more blocks and bring them to the next meeting.  We will have a drawing and one lucky winner will get all of that month's blocks!  You will get one entry per block turned in (1 block = 1 entry, 2 blocks = 2 entries, etc.).

     August BOM
  • Block - Granny Square
  • Color - Navy & Coral On A White Background
  • Due Date - At August Meeting

Tutorials for the block can be found at Blue Elephant Stitches Tutorial and I'm A Ginger Monkey Strip Piecing Tutorial.
 

Salt Lake Modern Guild Contest

The Salt Lake guild is having a Dresden Challenge and the prizes are wonderful - sewing machine, iron, gift certificates, fabric, notions...  The Linky Party will be September 1-6 so there is still time to check it out and sew an entry.  More information can be found here Salt Lake MQG Dresden Challenge.







Monday, July 23, 2012

Meeting This Thursday

Don't forget our July meeting will be this Thursday (7/26) at the Morrison Library.

  • Meeting starts promptly at 6:00
  • Bring something for Sew & Tell
  • Annual membership fee of $40 is now due
Jennifer from We're Sew Creative will be our speaker.  Come hear her talk about what is new and fun in the fabric world.    She will be bringing lots of goodies from her store and there will be plenty of time for everyone to browse and shop.

Friends and visitors are always WELCOME.  Hope to see you on Thursday!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Hi everyone.  This is Karen Ernest and I have the fun duty of being the photographer/web manager for the upcoming year.  Web manager is quite a funny term since I do NOT know what I am doing on this thing.  However, I have lots to learn and lots of fun things to share, so here goes...

MEETINGS

Our next meeting will be Thursday, July 26 at 6:00 PM at the Morrison Library.  Our speaker will be Jennifer Roycroft from We're Sew Creative.  Jennifer's store is located near Concord Mills and carries beautiful fabrics, great notions and Babylock machines.  She will be talking about what is new and hot on the market today.  She will be bringing lots of goodies for us to check out and purchase if interested (cash and credit cards will be accepted).

Also, bring what you have working on for Sew & Tell.  Quilts, bags, garments or anything sewing and fabric related.  We want to see those lovely creations!!

Doors open at 5:45 and the meeting will start at 6:00.  Don't forget to wear your name tags.  We will have paper name tags if you forget, but we strongly encourage everyone to make and wear a creative name tag.

Going forward we plan to have our meetings on the LAST THURSDAY of the month at 6:00.  If the date or time should need to change we will let everyone know.  We are only allowed to book our meeting space 1 month in advance, but we will do our very best to stick to this schedule.

Future topics we have lined-up include applique (Kat) and paper piecing (Courtney).

SWAPS

Jennifer Mathis is our new Swap Captain for this upcoming year so you know we will have some fun swaps.  Our first swap will be the book exchange and it will be held in AUGUST.  Jennifer will discuss all of the details at our July meeting.

MEMBERSHIP

Our membership year runs from June - June.  The annual membership is $40 and is now due.  Membership forms will be available at the July meeting.  We will be collecting information for a directory we will publish in the fall (available only to members).  The forms will allow you to specify what information you would like included.  For example, if you have a blog you can let us know if you would like it included on the sidebar blogroll on the CMQG site.

Visitors are STRONGLY encouraged to attend our meetings and see what we are about.  You may attend 2 meetings for free.  We would love to have you join us.


Hope to see you on the 26th!



Friday, June 22, 2012

Congrats New Officers!

A big THANK YOU to Bianca for hosting the anniversary party last night. It was such a fun get-together. Delicious food and great company!

A big CONGRATULATIONS to the new officers of our guild. The following slate was passed unanimously last night.

President: Bianca Miller
Vice President: Elyse Mullis
Treasurer: Joanie Page
Secretary: Kelleigh Bland (alt. Kat Bierma)
Charity Captain: Janet Robnet
Workshop Captain: Courtney Lyons
Swap Captain: Jennifer Mathis
Photographer / Web Manager: Karen Earnest

Mark your calendars for the next meeting, Thursday July 26. Dues ($40) will be collected for the new year 2012-2013.

See you soon!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

1 Year Anniversary Party

Our One Year Anniversary Party is next Thursday, June 21!
6:30 June 21 at the home of Bianca Miller.

Come join us for food and fun as we celebrate our first year as a guild.

Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share (along with a serving dish.)

Beverages will be provided.

We'll vote on our new officers:
President: Bianca Miller
Vice President: Elyse Mullis
Treasurer: Joanie Page
Secretary: Kelleigh Bland
Charity Captain: Janet Robnet
Workshop Captain: Courtney Lyons
Swap Captain: Jennifer Mathis
Photographer & Web Admin: Jennifer Adams, Gail Toliver, Karen Earnest, Melissa Devenney

Bring a show and tell too!

$40 Annual Dues will be due in July.

Emails have been sent with the party address. Please email me if you did not receive one.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Favorite Things Meeting!

Hey friends!
This month is our FAVORITE THINGS meeting! That's right- bring your favorite book, notion, pattern, fabric, etc to show.  We'll have show and tell and learn about something new!

Don't forget to bring your QuiltCon challenge block. It needs to be 12.5" tall by however wide you want to make yours. I can't wait to see your interpretation of modern quilting!

We'll announce the slate for the new officers and voting will take place at our June meeting. Dues are due next month as well. $40 annually.

Those of you working on the Habitat quilts, please bring them to the meeting too.

We've got a few giveaways in store as well so see you all this Thursday night (May 24!)  6:00 Morrison Regional Library.



Monday, May 14, 2012

Come Sew With Us!

This Saturday is our Spring Sew-In day. Come sew with friends and make some progress on your WIPs.

There will be some door prizes and snacks. (You should probably eat lunch before you come.)

Bring:
your machine
works in progress
extension cord
iron and ironing board
rotary cutter and mat (if you need it)


12:00 noon- 4:00 

Carmel Presbyterian Church
2048 Carmel Road
Charlotte, NC 28226

We'll be in the Ligon Building (around back, beside the playground.)

Please leave a comment below to let me know if you can make it.
Hope to see you then!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

May Meeting on the 24th!

Hey all. Just wanted to make sure you marked your calendars for our upcoming May meeting on the 24th (NOT the 31st.)
6:00 Morrison Regional Library.

See you then!
If you haven't had a chance to fill out the form for leadership next year, please do so. You can find it in the post below. Thanks!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Please Fill Out this Form!

Calling all CLTMQG members!
I need your help! Please fill out this form ASAP- (it only takes 1 minute!) 

We need YOU for our leadership positions to keep our guild going strong. 

PS: Even if you filled out this form already, please do it again as there was a glitch in the other form. Thanks!! 


Monday, April 23, 2012

Guild Meeting This Thursday!

Hey everybody! 
Just a reminder that our guild meeting is this Thursday- 6:00 PM at Morrison Regional Library. 


Don't forget to bring your pincushion if you did not bring yours for your partner swap last month. 


Keep in mind we will be electing new officers and a new board in June. Be thinking how you can best serve our guild and what position you are most interested in. 


Our mini workshops this month will be on alternative binding options for mini and wall quilts led by Joyce, and we'll have a hand quilting how-to session led by Elizabeth.

**Please bring a small quilt sandwich, scissors, a thimble, a needle and hand quilting thread to the meeting to get some hands-on tips and practice.

Also on the agenda: What does Modern Quilting Mean to You? We'll discuss modern quilting and get the details on a new modern quilting challenge.

We'll also have some great giveaways thanks to Westminster Fibers.



Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday night! 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

April Meeting!

Hey everyone! Happy Spring!

Our next meeting will be April 26 at 6:00- Morrison Regional Library.

We have some fun things in store so you definitely don't want to miss out!

Our mini workshops will be on alternative binding options for mini and wall quilts led by Joyce and we'll have a hand quilting how-to session led by Elizabeth.


Please bring a small quilt sandwich, scissors, a needle and hand quilting thread to the meeting to get some hands-on tips and practice.

Also on the agenda: What does Modern Quilting Mean to You? We'll discuss modern quilting and get the details on a new modern quilting challenge.

We'll also have some great giveaways thanks to Westminster Fibers.

It's going to be a great meeting - looking forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Meeting Time Changed!

Our meeting this month (this Thursday, March 29) will be at 6:30 instead of 6:00 at Morrison Library! Be sure to note the change.

Big thanks to Amanda Murphy for teaching us how to do Y seams and trapunto! I am sure it will be great!

Don't forget to bring your pincushion if you participated in the swap and everyone that makes and wears a name tag to the meeting will be entered to win the fabric prize from Westminster Fibers! That's what I call motivation! :)


Have a great week!

Monday, March 19, 2012

I Need Your Help!

We need two more of you wonderful members to teach a mini session at our meeting next week!

We are going to have three small group sessions on specialty quilt blocks or techniques. You will need to bring a block to demonstrate your technique and your sewing machine along with any supplies, etc. needed to demonstrate how to make it.

Who can help us out? You will be demonstrating your block or technique 3 times in small groups so it does not need to be especially complicated or long!

Who would like to help out? Send me an email please! ellisonlane@gmail.com or cltmqg@gmail.com.

Also, please make sure you make and bring a nametag for the meeting next week. Everyone with a nametag will be entered to win some great fabric from Free Spirit / Westminster Fibers!

See you on the 29th at 6:00 at Morrison Library!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March Meeting!

Hey everyone! Hope you are having a great month and enjoying this fabulous Spring weather!

Our next meeting is Thursday, March 29 at 6:00 at Morrison Regional Library.

Please bring a nametag! We would love for everyone to make one and those that have a nametag will be entered to win a doorprize from Westminster Fibers! Woo Hoo for free fabric!

More info coming soon about our mini workshop for this month.

Don't forget to check your email for the Spring's Creative sample sale info!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Fabric Sample Sale

Have you heard about the Springs Creative Sample Sale? It's March 14-17 and you can find the details here. Everybody needs more fabric, right?!

Don't forget that the Charlotte Quilter's Guild is having their quilt show next weekend, March 9-10 at Metrolina Expo. You can download a $1.00 coupon here.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

February Meeting and Blog Roll

Hey everybody!

Our meeting is tomorrow night 2-23-12!
Morrison Regional Library at 6:00.

We have a great mini workshop tomorrow night on turning the perfect circle and crazy curves. Many thanks to Joyce and Elizabeth for teaching!

The Sew-In was so much fun last Saturday. Thanks to all that came and a BIG thanks to those of you that helped me sort my charm squares. That was a huge job and I really, really appreciate it!

Our next sew-in will be Saturday April 28 so mark your calendars now.

We finished the two charity quilt tops and backs and now just need two wonderful people to quilt them. Who would like to step up and help us out? I know I can count on two of you!
I will bring the quilts to the meeting tomorrow night.

Don't forget to work on your pincushion for your swap partner. If you haven't made the mosiac yet, the tutorial for the inspirational mosaic is in our Flickr group.

Modern Star Challenge blocks are due tomorrow night!!! It is very important that you bring your blocks as we will be showing them off and dividing them up. Two very lucky people will be going home with a stack of blocks and some Echo fat quarters to make quilts. What fun! I cannot wait to see everyone's blocks. After the reveal tomorrow, please upload pictures of your block to the CLTMQG Flickr group.

Have you heard about QuiltCon? I'll be sharing details with you tomorrow night.

And finally, do you have a personal blog you would like us to add to your blog roll? We love to feature CLT MQG members blogs on our home page. Send me the link to your blog, and I will add it to the blog roll!

See you all tomorrow night. Remember, our meeting is at 6:00 NOT 6:30 like last month.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sew-In Saturday and Modern Star Block Challenge!

Hey friends, 


Don't forget that our sew-in Saturday is this weekend from noon-4:00. We are meeting at Carmel Presbyterian Church2048 Carmel Road  Charlotte, NC 28226
(704) 366-5114

Bring your sewing machine, a power strip, an extension cord, 
your sewing projects and whatever else you need to have fun!
If a few of us could bring an iron and ironing board too, 
that would be great. 

Let's plan to finish the Habitat fabric charity quilts as well.! 

Get ready for our next meeting on Thursday, February 23 at 6:00. 
(Morrison Regional Library) 
We will have a great mini workshop on curves and circles! 

Are you working on your Modern Star Challenge blocks? 
Remember that you need to complete 2 12.5" blocks by our meeting 
on the 23rd.  There are several tutorials in the Flickr group to inspire 
you but please feel free to use your own ideas and come up with 
something original if you would like.  

I will bring the extra Echo fabric to the sew-in if you didn't have a chance to 
share your FQ with someone and would like to. 

See you soon! 


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Modern Star Challenge

Are you giving some thought to your modern star challenge block?

Remember that you can use your fat quarter and white. (If you shared some of the fat quarter fabric with a friend, you can use both and white.)

Finished blocks should be 12.5" x 12.5".  Please bring them to the February meeting!

Our sew in Saturday is coming up on February 18. I think we are going to have a great turn out! If you did not sign up and would like to come, please let me know so I can make sure we have enough tables and chairs set up.

The sew in is at Carmel Presbyterian Church, noon - 4:00 PM on 2/18/12.   We will meet in the Ligon building by the playground. See you then!

Our next meeting is Thursday, February 26 at 6:00. A big thanks to Joyce Mullis for teaching us all about turning the perfect circle and crazy curves! The Modern Star block challenge winners will be revealed too, and I can't wait to see all of your blocks.

If you are participating in the pin cushion swap, you should have received your partner information from Karen. Please make an inspirational mosaic and post it in the Flickr group for your partner to have some direction and ideas. A tutorial on how to go about this is in the Flickr group as well.

Have a great week!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Pincushion Swap- Sign Ups!


Pin Cushion Swap

Our next swap will be PIN CUSHIONS - something beautiful and useful!  Karen will do a random drawing of participants and email everyone next week.  If you DID NOT sign the sheet at last week’s meeting and would like to participate, please email Karen no later than this Friday, February 3.   

This is shaping up to be a fun swap since we already have 14 members participating!


Pincushions will be due at the March meeting (not February!) 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Zip Pouches and January Meeting Recap

Hey Friends!

What a fun meeting tonight. I so enjoyed seeing all of you and was so happy to see so many new faces too! It is a great feeling having our Modern Quilt Guild grow and thrive!

First off, if you are taking part in our Modern Star Block Challenge, 
be sure to make your modern star block with the following requirements:

  • 2 blocks finished at a 12.5" x 12.5"  size. 
  • Background fabric: white
  • Create a modern star block using any pattern you like. 
  • Bring your finished block to the February Meeting.


We will put each participant's name in a hat and two winners will each take home 17 blocks plus three fat quarters of Echo to finish out their quilts.

Be creative, be modern and have fun!


SEW-IN SATURDAY! 
Carmel Presbyterian Church Ligon Hall
2048 Carmel Road  Charlotte, NC 28226-5098
(704) 366-5114

Park by the playground. The building is on your left. 


February 18, 12:00-4:00.

Come for all of it or some of it. We would love to have you join us. If you didn't RSVP at the meeting, please let me know if you can make it. I want to have adequate sewing space. Bring your own project, sewing machine, extension cord and power strip. If someone could bring an iron and ironing board, so we have 2 that would be great. Also, another cutting mat and rotary cutter would be nice too.

Let's plan on finishing those Habitat charity quilts!

We'll have prizes and snacks and lots of fun. Hopefully we'll get some sewing done too! :)

Thanks Karen for a great and creative swap! It was super fun. If you would like to participate in the pin cushion swap in March, please email Karen so she can add you to the list. She will email you your secret partner. It would be most helpful for you to create a mosaic in Flickr of your pincushion favorites for your partner's inspiration. You can find out how to do that HERE.

Now, thanks for all of the kind words about the zip pouch tutorial. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Here are a few tips from tonight's demonstration:

4 pieces of fabric (6" x 8") 2 for lining, 2 for outer
2 pieces of batting or medium-weight interfacing
2 pieces of outer fabric cut 2" x 2.5" to make tabs (folded and pressed so edges meet to give you a finished edge)

  • cut your zipper so that it is about 1/2" shorter than your fabric (on both ends) 
  • place your fabric lining and outer fabric, right sides together with the zipper in between to make your sandwich when you sew the zipper on. 
  • when you sew your pouch closed, right sides together, UNZIP your zipper first! 
  • leave about a 2.5" - 3"  opening in the lining (backstitch at the beginning and end of your opening) when sewing your right sides of the pouch together. 
  • when you sew the right sides together, fold your zipper on itself towards the outer fabric (this makes more sense when you actually do it) 
  • when you sew your right sides together, sew right next to your tabs but not through them! You won't be able to see them but you'll be able to feel them. 
  • Use a 1/2" seam to sew your lining (right sides together) and about a 1/4" seam for the outer fabric (right sides together.) 
  • Press your fabric before you turn it right side out. 
OK, hope those tips help! I will post them in the CLTMQG Flickr group too for easy reference. 
Be sure to check out Anna Graham of Noodleheads' gathered clutch tutorial for more information and instructions. 

Good luck! Email me if you have questions. :) 


Looking forward to a great meeting in February and hope to see you at the sew-in day. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

January Meeting and Modern Star Challenge

Hello All! 
I hope you are getting excited for our January meeting next week. We have lots of great things in store for you. 


We'll roll out our plans for the year and have some great ideas up our sleeves. Fun swaps, challenges and workshops. Our guild is only as good as its members, and lucky for us we have such an amazing collective of talent! We need to share what we know! 


Sign ups for teaching mini workshops and demonstrations will be held at the January meeting.  You can sign up with a friend and team up to teach the demos together if you would like. 


We need you! Our workshop topics for this year are: 


Piecing Curves
Specialty blocks: Y Seams, Disappearing 9 patch, Wonky & Improv Blocks
Machine Binding
Hexagons (English Paper Piecing) 
Words on Quilts
Thread School


Please give some thought to what you would like to teach our group. 


So, ready for the next challenge? We have this fabulous stack of modern fabric ready and waiting. 




The Modern Star Challenge kicks off this meeting. Each participant will receive some of this beautiful Echo fabric by Lotta Jansdotter.  More details on Thursday! 


Our next sew-in day is Saturday, February 18. We'll complete the Habitat fabric charity quilts and work on individual projects. Sew-In is from noon to 4:00, and we'll sign up to bring snacks. 
The sew-in will be in Ligon Hall at Carmel Presbyterian Church.  It is a beautiful church hall, at the intersection of Carmel Road and Sharon View Road, not far from Morrison Regional Library.  
The address is: 

2048 Carmel Road  Charlotte, NC 28226-5098
(704) 366-5114

Pull around to the back of the church and park by the playground.


And finally, we are sharing the love with a fat quarter swap on Thursday. 



Valentine’s Day  is on the horizon so why don’t we “SHARE THE LOVE”

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WHAT:          A fun, easy fat quarter swap

WHEN:           Our January meeting

HOW:         Bring 2 fat quarters that have PINK or RED somewhere in the fabric
(FQs may be washed or unwashed quilt shop quality fabric)


Turn in your fat quarters at the beginning of the meeting and they will be mixed and paired in twos.



At the end of the meeting each person will then have a turn to select the pair they would like to take home.


Please note the time change for this meeting: 6:30 at Morrison Regional Library! See you next week!  
PS: A big congrats to Amanda Murphy! Her quilt is on the cover of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting