Friday, March 28, 2014


There were some amazing journals in our swap this week and thirteen people played along!!  Xandi has 2 great swaps coming up and complete details are below.  Key dates to note:

Sewing Room Swap - Bring completed item to the April meeting for our swap.

WIP Swap - Bring your WIP to the April meeting.  We will then have 2 months to turn them into completed projects.

Here are the complete details from Xandi...

CLT MQG Sewing Room Swap
Due April 24th – choose ONE (you're welcome to sew more than one! For each item you sew you get to take an item home.)

For this swap, please focus on using MODERN, QUILT-SHOP QUALITY fabrics. Don't stress too much about that, though! If you’re unsure, solids (not batiks or blenders) are always a safe go-to.

Pincushion and Thread Catcher - Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson!

Sewing Machine Cover – Jennifer from Ellison Lane Quilts
(Any design you want, sewing machine not required!)

Scrap Basket Set – Christina from Sometimes Crafter

and for the WIP project:
At our next meeting on April 24th, we will start a swap that involves your WIPs. These are "Works in Progress", those bits of things you have lying around that you don't think you will ever get to finishing. I have a million. They can be in any state - maybe you bought a pattern and some fabric, maybe you cut out a bunch of fabric and lost the urge to do anything, or maybe you have a stack of bee blocks that you have no idea what to do with. Don't worry that the WIP is not good enough or modern enough or anything like that. The fun challenge of this swap will be that the recipient of your WIP will think creatively to turn it into something they love for themselves. These do not have to start or end as quilts - tote bags, mug rugs, pin cushions - anything goes.

Please bring a WIP with you to the April meeting for the swap. If you have more than one to give, or if you don't have time for a swap but have a WIP(s) you can donate, please bring them. Although the concept is foreign to me, I hear we have members that actually finish the things they start. Shocking ;-). These extra WIPs will be added to the pile so that these other more diligent sewists can play along!

Monday, March 24, 2014

March Meeting Madness!!!

Don't miss our March meeting coming up this Thursday.  We will have a little "hoop" March madness of our own and some fun sharing of our specialty ruler "champions".

On the agenda:

1.  Your Favorite Specialty Ruler/Template
Please bring one of your favorite specialty rulers or templates (and a project or pattern using the tool, if possible).  We can all share some of our favorites with the group, and if you participate in the journal swap (see below) you might win the new ruler giveaway.

2.  Fabric Journal Swap
This month we will be swapping fabric journals.  If you participate in the swap, your name will be in the drawing for a new specialty ruler.  I have my journal supplies so I better get sewing!

3.  2014-2015 Officers & Committees
We will discuss the slate of nominees and officially vote them into office.  Hooray and thanks to all of those that have volunteered!  It looks like it is shaping up to be a great year.

4.  March BOM & Block In A Bag
If you would like to play along with the March BOM then bring your block(s) in to maybe win them all. Also, if you are in the Block In A Bag program don't forget to bring in your bags to pass to the next person.

5.  Sew-N-Tell
Let's see what fun things you are working on.

6.  Fat Quarter Hoops
How are your hoop skills?  We will have a fun round of Fat Quarter Hoops to see who will be crowned the Fat Quarter Champion.

Date:  Thursday, March 27
Time:  6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location:  Dowd YMCA - 7th Floor Conference Room

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Look at Amanda's beautiful faceplate entry

BerninaUSA is hosting a Faceplate Faceoff and Charlotte's own Amanda Murphy is in the contest. It is hosted over on Facebook and all you have to do is head over to the BerninaUSA Facebook page and click on the Faceplate Faceoff tab to vote, or just click here. Every time you vote you are entered to win a brand new BERNINA 350 SE. The contest runs through April 14 so get going, vote for your favorite.  Best of luck, Amanda!!!

Via Amanda Murphy's Blog

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sew In Saturday!

Come join in the fun this Saturday for our March Sew-In.  Bring a project and a snack to share.

Saint-patricks-day -clip art

We will have a fresh new fabric line on hand for anyone that wants to help with a new donation quilt.  The block is simple and should go together VERY quickly.

SATURDAY - 3/15/14
10:00 - 2:00

Monday, March 3, 2014

Join in the fun... Sew-In, Swap, BOM & more

February was a great meeting.  Thank you to Ellen Lemaux for her presentation on applique and the interesting technique she uses.  Her work is beautiful!
One of Ellen's amazing blocks

Elaine & Kelleigh practicing their applique
The February BOM was fun and colorful.  Elaine won the drawing for the Modern Applique book and I (woohoo) won the block drawing.

The March BOM will be Dinner Date by Film In The Fridge blog.

Block:  Dinner Date
Blog:  Film In The Fridge
Size:  4 small squares combine to make 1 block (see example below)
Colors:  ALL SOLIDS - Any gray for background, white strips, your choice for other colors

p.s.  Be sure and check out this block on her blog.  I was very surprised how the blocks come together in the quilt and love the design.

Dinner Date Block - Tutorial on Film In The Fridge blog

A sew-in this month!

Date:  Saturday, March 15
Time:  10 - 2
Location:  Dowd Y - 7th Floor LARGE Conference Room

Xandi announced our next swap - JOURNAL COVERS.

Swap:  Journal Covers (Any size, include the notebook)
Due:  March Meeting
Swap Style:  All can join in, just bring your journal to the meeting and you're in!

And I saved the best for last...

The Inspired Mini Quilt swap concluded this month, and WOW were we impressed.  Here are the gorgeous projects.

Gorgeous quilt made by Liz for Elaine
(Inspired by a collection of paint chip strips)

The back of the quilt made by Liz (above)

Great mini made by Iris for Liz
(Inspired by a graphic leaf photo)

Touching and fabulous quilt by Elaine for Kelleigh
(Inspired by Kelleigh's love of pigs & her wonderful work with the hearing impaired)

p.s.  The sign is I LOVE YOU.  Elaine, this quilt was so loving of you!!!

Kelleigh made this cool mini for Iris
(Based on a photo called Black Falling Leaves)

Thank you all for the inspiration!

Karen E.