Friday, July 21, 2017

Hello Guild Friends,

Tuesday July 25 at 6 pm is the next Guild Meeting.
We are having a Sew- in to work on the QuiltCon 2018 Charity Quilt.
All the fabric will be provided- bring sewing machines and scissors/rotary cutters/ mats. Pressing Pad and Iron will be provided.

At the last meeting the members decided to be inspired by the Modern Triangles Quilt Book. Everyone will be given fabric and will create a block {maybe a little Improv) that will be cut into a right triangle and then composed into a quilt.

Cosette Blackmer will share her Charming Life.
Don't forget to bring show and tell. We had some great items last meeting shared with us.

June Meeting Recap

We Discussed the Hello Neighbors! Quilt Exhibit with Free Range Brewery Quilts need to be delivered by October 24th. Opening Night Reception is November 10 7-9pm.

Don't Forget the 10 inch mini quilt challenge. Everyone should participate in this one. it's like a potholder sized quilt- bind it anyway you like.

Shakerag Workshops  - this is the workshop Lucy Attended.

Diane also suggested having a demo/discussion about quilt binding and ways to troubleshoot binding issues

We hope to see you all next week to help create our Charity Quilt.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May meeting tongiht

Guild friends - our May meeting is tonight from 6-8 at St Gabriel's Catholic Church. Hope you can make it. As always, bring your projects to show and share and inspire us all!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

March meeting

Guild friends - we hope you'll all be at our March meeting this Tuesday, March 28, from 6-8 PM at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, Ministry Center, Room D.

Our program will be all about organizing your sewing space. This will be a time for all to share so come with your great ideas for organizing your sewing area, how you manage your stash, and other sewing space related topics.

If you have taken the Block of the Month Challenge and made the Modern Quilt Guild February block, please bring and, as always, bring your projects to show and share!

Hope to see you all there!

Friday, March 3, 2017

January Modern Quilt Guild Block of the Month

A couple of our members took the challenge and tried the January Block of the Month from the national Modern Quilt Guild. If you are a member of our Charlotte guild, you are automatically a member of the national guild and have access to all the great resources including block and quilt patterns, webinars, and so much more.

Here are the versions of the January MQG BOM made by our members:

Using prints ...

and solids ...

We're going to use the Modern Quilt Guild's BOM each month for our own BOM and hope many of you will join in the fun! If anyone wants to try the MQG BOM for February, here's the link.If you do try it, be sure and bring your blocks to  the guild meeting on March 28.

February Meeting Update

Guild friends ... thanks to all of you who attended and shared your work at our February meeting. It was great to see the beautiful work you are doing. We started our meeting with a few announcements including a short discussion of the possibility of doing a gallery show for our guild sometime later in the year. Beth shared about her time at Quilt Con and encouraged guild members to consider going to Quilt Con in Nashville in 2019! Road trip, anyone?!!

We did our usual Show and Share early in the meeting so that we could use the rest of the time for sewing. Such beautiful work our guild members shared ...

After Show and Share, we got to work making hearts for the I Found A Quilted Heart Project. Several members brought their sewing machines and we pulled from several bins of scraps to create the quilted hearts. Some of us did hand sewing and embellished with lace and trims. Heather had printed some cute labels for the hearts which give info about how to share online if you find a heart. Everyone enjoyed the time to sit and sew and talk and we look forward to seeing if any of our hearts are found and shared online! The main point, though, is that the hearts bring a little joy to someone who finds them, whether we ever know about it or not.

If you missed the fun, we hope you'll be able to join us in March. Mark your calendars now - our March meeting is Tuesday, March 28!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Color study


 "Color is one of the simplest and most effective ways of dramatically changing the look of a quilt. By trying new color palettes and finding color inspiration in the things you love, you can expand your use of color and come up with exciting and surprising results. In this Block of the Month lesson you will learn some color vocabulary and a couple of fun exercises for coming up with new color palettes."  - from the description of the January 2017 Block of the Month from the Modern Quilt Guild

We'd love for several of our guild members to try this block and share what you learn about color with the guild. If you're interested in trying this, contact guild President, Deanna at

We hope that several of you will give this a go. There just might be a little reward 😉 for those that do!

For February

Guild friends - Mark your calendars now - February is a short month and it's speeding by! Our next meeting will be Tuesday evening, February 28, from 6-8 PM at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, Ministry Center, Room D.

February Program
Our program/activity for the meeting will be making quilted hearts for the I Found a Quilted Heart Project. To learn about the project, visit the website. It's helpful to read the sections on Sewing and Sowing. See the map with Locations where hearts have been found is also very interesting!

We will make quilted hearts at the meeting and will then ask for volunteers from the guild to spread them around, to sow them

To participate, you can prepare ahead if you like by using some of the improv techniques we talked about in January and make some pieced "fabric" from which you will sew a heart. Or you can just bring fabric scraps and anything else you might want to use for embellishing your heart. It'll be a fun evening, creating these little hearts to spread a little love around our city!

Clean out your stash, share with others 
Guild members have been incredibly generous in the past in sharing fabric with others. Here are a couple of opportunities if you want to clean up and clear out and share.

Make Welcome Refugee Sewing School. Co-founder and Director, Beth Pinckney (that's me) is always happy to accept your donations of fabric. Currently, we're focusing more on garment sewing so accepting fabric in one yard or larger sizes. Cottons and knits are welcome. We also sometimes take used machines in good working order that we pass on to students who need machines, as well as notions, thread, and other sewing supplies.

The Red Bird Project. Former guild board member, Xandi Hamilton alerted us to this wonderful project. A neighbor of hers is collecting fabric, ribbon, buttons, and any other kind of embellishment to pass on to the maker of these little dresses that are sent to girls in Africa. She makes over 1000 dresses a year. If you have fabric or embellishments you'd like to share with her, bring to the guild meeting in February and Xandi will deliver. In addition, she includes a beanie baby in the pocket of each dress, so if you have a stash of forlorn beanies in a box in your attic, bring them too.

 In the next post, we'll let you know about an option for sharing your learning with the guild at our February meeting. Stay tuned ...

Monday, February 6, 2017

Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild Show

Friends - mark you calendars for the Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild Show, "Not Just Another Quilt Show," April 21 and 22 in Greenboro. Follow this link for more information.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

How to find us and more ...

Guild friends - we've got a LOT coming up this year. So many fun new ideas and projects that we are considering for 2017. If you are a member, I hope you attended our January meeting (and paid your dues 😊).

For starters, we want you all to know how you can interact with the guild during the month. We only meet once (last Tuesday of each month) but there is so much going on that we want you to be able to be connected.

If you're here, you know that we have a blog. We'll use this space to update you on upcoming meeting. share links for tutorials and projects, let you know about upcoming events, and tell you about what we've been doing. So, place #1 - the blog. If you want to tell someone how to find us, just tell them to google Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild. That will normally lead them right here.

If you're on Facebook, we have a page for the guild. Again, just search facebook for the Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild and you'll find us. Like the page and you'll get updates. We'll use the fb page for announcements, photos, meeting updates, and the like. Feel free to comment on posts, ask questions, share ideas or quilting related events that you want us all to know about.

If you're on Instagram, we are, too! Follow us at cltmqg.

If you are a member of the Charlotte Modern Quilt guild, then you are automatically a member of the national organization of which we are a part, the Modern Quilt Guild. As a guild member, you have full access to all the resources of the national guild. There is so much there - tutorials, webinars, patterns, challenges, articles - and you can access it ALL!

Finally, if you want to get in touch, email us at  You can also contact us via private message on facebook.

OK, how about some eye candy from our meeting ...

Those are teasers, friends. Stay tuned for more ...

Monday, January 30, 2017

January meeting and Dues due!

Quilting friends - don't forget! Our January meeting is tomorrow night from 6-8 PM at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, Ministry Center, Room D.

Skip down to this blog post for details and especially, don't forget to bring your dues of $40 for the year.

Hope to see you all tomorrow!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Charlotte Quilters Guild Show coming up ...

The Charlotte Quilters Guild 2017 show, "A Walk Down Memory Lane" will be help on March 10 and 11 at the Union County Agricultural Center in Monroe. For more details, see their website.

January meeting details

Happy January, quilting friends. I hope you've all marked your calendars for our next meeting, Tuesday evening, January 31, from 6-8 PM at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church. Here are a few details for the meeting and a little challenge for you to try between now and then!

- Dues are due! Our yearly dues of $40 per member are due in January. Please come prepared to pay up for another year in the guild. You can pay by check or cash.

-January Program - Our next president, Deanna, will demo her Mile-A-Minute Improv Blocks. These blocks are a great way to use up scrap fabric and play around with improv piecing. She has written a tutorial which is posted on her website here.

-A challenge for you. In the next couple of weeks before our January meeting, try making a few improv pieced blocks. You can use Deanna Mile-A-Minute method, using her tutorial as a guide. Another helpful explanation of improv block making is from Victoria Findlay Wolfe's 15 Minutes of Play website. Her website shows LOTS of examples of improv piecing by quilters who have joined in the fun on her website. Her instructions are here. 

-A swap - Want to have some fun with these improv blocks. Bring the blocks you've made and swap with a guild member. Take your swapped block home and use it to make a mini quilt to give back to your swap partner OR use it to make a placemat that we will give to our guild charity, Friendship Trays.

-Finally - Quilt Con East is coming up soon - February 23-26 . For more details about the annual convention of our umbrella organization, the Modern Quilt Guild, visit the Quilt Con website. For those guild members that are planning to attend, it would be nice to chat at our January meeting and perhaps figure out if we want to do any carpooling!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A look back ...

Just a quick look back, friends, at our holiday potluck/guild meeting in December. We were a small-ish group but what we lacked in numbers, we made up for with good food and conversation and lots of beautiful quilts. Enjoy a few pictures from the meeting and plan to be with us in January!

More details to come on our program for January and some improv play for you to do before the meeting ...

See all that good food we shared!
And here's another stack of placemats for Friendship Trays!
Great work, guild!

Treasures, large ...


and small ...

So much beauty and creativity in our group! I know every time I come to a guild meeting, I go home encouraged and inspired.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, quilting friends! We are looking forward to another fun year in the guild and hope you'll join us as often as you can.

We meet on the last Tuesday of each month. Get your calendars out and go ahead and pencil in the dates for 2017 ...

January 31, February 28, March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29, September 26, and October 31 (though we may change that one to the previous week for obvious reasons! We'll let you know).

We do not meet in November because of the Thanksgiving holiday and our December meeting is earlier in the month, usually the second Tuesday. Again, we'll get you that date as our plans get firmed up in the next couple of weeks.

Your leadership team will be meeting this month to plan programs, swaps, challenges, and other fun things for the year ahead so if you have any ideas you'd like to share, programs you'd like to do ( or have someone else do), block of the month, swap or other ideas, either comment on this post or email to us at

We look forward to a great 2017 in the guild!