Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Inspired Mini Quilt Swap/Challenge

At our meeting last week Xandi announced our next swap/challenge.  Get INSPIRED and bring your inspiration piece to the December party!  Here is the information sheet she shared.

December Party - Sign up and bring inspiration piece (photo, picture, fabric, color, etc.)

February Meeting - Mini quilt is due

Inspired Mini Quilt Swap/Challenge

Our next swap is one I’ve seen other MQGs doing – you bring in an inspiration picture, and someone else makes you a mini quilt (any size) inspired by your prompt. Here are some possible inspiration pieces:

·       a photo you’ve taken
·       a picture from a magazine
·       a printout from of your favorite Monet
·       a picture your kid drew
·       a piece of fabric
·       a color palate
·       photos of the d├ęcor in the room where it will hang when done

…or something else. Your partner isn’t COPYING your picture (unless they just want to), they are using it as a jumping off point.

This one takes some thought, so you have a long time. Bring in your picture and this form on DEC 12TH. The mini quilt we be due FEB 27th. That’s 2.5 months.

Judging? I have a little fabric prize -would you like this to be a judged challenge? We would be looking at the favorite interpretation of the inspiration piece, not at your quilting skills. If not it can be a raffle for participation. Vote below, majority rules. And don’t not participate because you are afraid you will be judged – you can always say you do not want to be considered when you show your quilt.


Name ___________________________________________________

Email ____________________________________________________

I’d like this to be a judged challenge ______
I don’t want this to be a judged challenge ______

Ideas for future swaps:

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


At our meeting last week I was struck by how much of the meeting centered around giving...

-  to those we love in our recent swap
-  to women oceans away in India (Sari Bari)
-  tote bags to Red Cross volunteers
-  new book for the guild library (Thanks Diane M.)
-  a quick and easy stocking pattern/demo (Thanks Elizabeth B.; pattern link below)
-  and a surprise turnaround for some donated blocks

I've always known quilters have great hearts but this fact shone brightly last week.


We had the reveals for the items we made for our swap partners.  Here is a recap of this fun swap!

Elizabeth B. made adorable elephants for Kelleigh's twin godchildren.
Free pattern and tutorial at Birch Fabrics

Kelleigh, our resident bag EXPERT with a capital "E", made a beautiful Aeroplane bag for Kim's mother.     Pattern for sale here - SewSweetness blog

Kim made the most "amazing amazing amazing" (my son's description) Yoda/Darth Vader pillowcase and a matching bedside book caddy for my son.  I wish I had recorded his reaction when I gave the items to him, priceless.  He has told me several times since then how much he LOVES his items!! Thank you Kim!
Free Star Wars blocks from QuietPlay blog & Craftsy store
Free bed book caddy pattern at Sew4Home site

Or flip it over to the "dark side"

I (Karen) made a pink Buttercup Bag for Beth P's granddaughter.
Free pattern at Made-By-Rae blog

Beth made a beautiful wall hanging from Indian fabrics for Sue's sister that has been battling an illness.


This program wrapped up this month with 4 more bags being turned in.  We will be donating 20 bags to the Red Cross for their volunteers.  Way to go CMQG!


OK, I hope I get this story right because it is a GOOD one.

Back in September there was a stack of units on the counter with a note that said something like "Free- take if desired".  They were quite lovely and I wondered who brought them and why the person had donated them.  Well, at the end of the meeting the blocks were still on the counter back with the library books, so Elaine N. (our librarian) packed them up with the books and took them home.

This month Elaine brought the blocks back...   in the form of a FANTASTIC BABY QUILT for Elizabeth B.!  You see Elizabeth was the person that originally donated the blocks.  She said she had stared at the blocks for so long and did not know what in the world to do with them.  Now she can use the quilt to cuddle up with her baby.  How sweet!

Thanks Elizabeth, thanks Elaine... this made me SMILE!  

Have a great week,
Karen E.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Ideas and links for ornament swap


Here are some free tutorials you might like to use for our ornament swap in December. Remember your ornament can be anything crafty – knitting, beading, papercraft, etc. You only see sewing represented below because that is all I am familiar with, but do whatever makes you happy!

Can’t wait to see them!


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Look who is on Sew Mama Sew today!

CMQG member Beth P., Sari Bari and the gorgeous quilts are featured on Sew Mama Sew today!!

There is a great slideshow featuring the quilts that will be auctioned starting November 1.

Check it out here:

Beth showing her gorgeous Sari Bari quilt at our past meeting.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Upcoming Programs & Dates

I have SO MUCH to share from the meeting last night that I will need to break it out into several posts.

I'll start with some key dates and upcoming events.

November Sew-In
Saturday, November 16
1:00 - 5:00
7th Floor Conference Room (larger room to right of elevator)

Bring your machines or a hand project or just come and socialize.  This is a great way to meet new people and get to know members.

December Party
Thursday, December 12
Bring a dish, dessert, or appetizer to share

There will be NO meeting in November due to the Thanksgiving holiday and our next meeting will be our potluck get together on Thursday, December 12.

December Block-of-the-Month
Join in the fun of the monthly BOM.  For each block you turn in you get a chance to win them all.

Block:  Magic Hourglass
Color Scheme:  Yellow, Rusty/Orange With White Background
Due:  December Party

Congrats to Beth P. for winning the lovely assortment of aqua and gray blocks from October's BOM.

December Ornament(s) Swap
We will be swapping ornaments at the December party.  Anything handmade...  fabric, fiber, yarn, clay, paper, anything!  For each ornament you bring you will get to swap for another handmade ornament.

I love to hang handmade ornaments on my tree, and it's even better when I know they are made by friends!

Xandi has put together a list of fun ornament ideas and tutorials.  I will post that on the blog in the next day or so.

OK, that is it for now.  More to come in the next few days about our other meeting topics and the Swap For Someone You Love items and pictures.  

Boy oh boy you should have seen my son's reaction to his swap items from Kim.  He L-O-V-E-D them!!!

Happy Weekend,
Karen E.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Class in Chapel Hill

Thimble Pleasures quilt shop in Chapel Hill is hosting a trunk show and class with Carolyn Friedlander.  They have a few spots left and asked us to share the information with you.  Carolyn's style is quite modern and I LOVE her fabrics.

"The Grove" Class Project

From the shop...
I wanted make sure the Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild knows that modern quilter, Carolyn Friedlander (designer of Architextures fabric) is going to do a workshop here on November 16 and we have a few more spaces left. She is teaching her pattern called “The Grove” and will be giving us a sneak preview of her new pattern and fabric line coming out in November. Here is a link to her class:
If you would be willing to post this in your announcements, we would very much appreciate it! Here is Carolyn's website:

Thank you! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Karen West
Thimble Pleasures
225 South Elliott Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Class info can be found here:

Monday, October 21, 2013

Meeting THIS Thursday 10/24

Don't forget our October meeting will be THIS Thursday 10/24 at 6:00 (due to the following Thursday being Halloween).  Hope you can make it.

400 East Morehead Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Conference Room #4
Take the elevator to the 7th floor,
Take a left out of elevator and the room is at the end of the hall.

Xandi has a few reminders for our ongoing and upcoming swaps:

Swap for Someone You Love is due (I'd like each person to stand up and say who they had, their inspiration/pattern/thoughts, show what they made)

Next round of swapping for Block in a Bag is due. Make sure to bring your bags, let me know if you have any questions.

Swap for next meeting is handmade Christmas ornaments - does not have to be quilting - any kind of crafty endeavor people are interested in. Bring in as many as you like and take home as many as you bring.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Foothills QuiltFest: October 11-12

Passing along information about an upcoming show...

Foothills QuiltFest 2013 is coming our way Oct. 11-12 at the LeGrand Center, 1800 E. Marion Street in Shelby, NC, a new venue for the 10th bi-annual event. The new location will allow even more quilts, three times as many vendors and lots of special demonstrations. 

On Saturday, Oct. 12, Leah Day, an internationally known free motion quilter and teacher, will give a lecture at 11 a.m. and demonstrate her quilting skills throughout the afternoon. Leah, who lives in Cleveland County, has taken her quilting skills to worldwide fame via her blog “The Free Motion Quilting Project.” Show organizers, the Foothills Quilters Guild, are expecting their biggest show ever with more than a hundred quilts showcasing the talents of quilters from throughout the foothills area. Eighteen vendors including scissor sharpening and sewing machine repair will be available on site during the show. Admission is $5 which includes Leah’s lecture and demonstrations on Saturday. 

Show hours areFriday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

For more information go

Thursday, October 3, 2013

This, that and one beautiful cat

Elizabeth B. has emailed the current directory to all 2013-14 paid members.  If you have paid your dues and did not receive your directory via email please contact us and we will make sure you get a copy.  Click here to contact us

The Sew Modern Retreat has been scheduled for April 3-6, 2014 in Blowing Rock.  Joyce Mullis is planning the retreat again this year and complete details can be found over on her website  We will also have brochures and more information available at the upcoming meeting.

My last blog post was about CMQG member Karen Ponischil and her upcoming classes.  Karen recently learned that her quilt, Princess Daphne, has won an Honorable Mention in the upcoming IQA show in Houston.  Karen actually had TWO quilts accepted into the show.  Wow!!!  Congrats, Karen. The quilts are truly amazing!

Details about the show and a list of winners (including Karen!) can be found here:

You can read more about Karen's entries and see a picture of Daphne on Karen's blog here..

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Want to learn from an award winning quilter... how about someone that lives nearby... how about someone that is a member of our guild!

Karen Ponischil is now teaching at Mary Jo's in Gastonia and here are her upcoming classes:

Machine Quilting Basics - Free Motion Quilting
Learn curvy and angular machine quilting techniques.
Oct 16th:10am-2pm & Nov 16th: 3pm-6pm

Feathers, Feathers, Feathers (Machine quilting feathers)
Nov 7th: 10am-2pm

Dimensional Postcards
Oct 24th: 9:30am-2:30pm & Nov 15th: 9:30am-2:30pm

Applique Poinsettia Wall Hanging
Oct 25th: 9:30am-2:30pm & Nov 16th: 9:30am-2:30pm

If you haven't checked out Karen's website you should run over there NOW!  Her quilts are amazing and award winning.  Be sure to click on the ABOUT tab at the top to learn more about Karen and see the juried shows where her gorgeous quilts have been shown.  

Karen's site:

Mary Jo's site: