Sunday, July 1, 2018

CAMQG June Meeting

Our Member Spotlight this month was Amy Butler.

Here are a couple of her quilts...
each block was made by choosing
a color from a box of crayons.

This one is called Chickadee Window


Our program this evening was titled Art and Quilting. Beth Reese shared her art and how quilting influenced it.

 Here is one of her quilts...

And some Artist Trading cards that she has  made and received.

Sew and Share

Nancy shared her Zig Zag quilt

Karen made a backpack purse
from Smile Spinners
with a matching small zipper bag out of scraps.

She also shared with us a quilt top she made after learning the technique for Quarter Stripe quilt at the Letort Quit Show in Boiling Springs.

Lois showed her finished Legendary Quilt designed by Elizabeth Hartman.

Sigrid was busy this month
as she shared several different projects.

A Spring Fling Bag from

Progress being made on her Dream Big digital print panel.

A Star Kit Quilt Pattern which was a McCall's quick quilt

And lastly, she made a Sew Portable Travel set to carry her newly acquired Singer Featherweight machine.

See the meeting minutes.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May Member Spotlight: Karen

Karen was in the Member Spotlight this month.  She said knew she wanted to do something fun when she retired six years ago, but she was busy taking care of her grandkids.  Now that they are in school she has more time to sew and quilt.  She says she likes the creativity of it.  

Inspired by one of the guild's 2018 Blocks of the Month, she made a baby quilt and asked our opinion about how to quilt in the blank space.  Members liked the idea of quilting the log cabin design in white thread, but we'll see what Karen decides to do!

Another crowd pleaser was a small project made from the Little Twister template.  She says that there is a mistake in it because she got cocky and thought she was smarter than the directions.  No one could see the mistake and she didn't want to point it out.

Karen showed some works in progress including the first step in picking bargello fabrics.  She says she felt wild that day! 

Because she is also interested in sewing, she shoe us a tunic in progress made the the pattern in The Tunic Bible

Going with the theme of unofficial bag night, she also showed her bag, which was made from the Quicker Tote pattern.  She said that she thought it wasn't very quick!  She also showed the unique hanging pocket and handle designs.

CAMQG May Meeting

CAMQG members (and one guest) waited for a severe thunderstorm to pass before venturing out to the regular May meeting on May 15.  See the meeting minutes.  We laughed because it seems that there has been terrible weather every third Tuesday of the month during 2018!

The picture to the left is from MaryEllen's program, where she shared techniques for mosaic quilts by Cheryl Lunch Quilts.  MaryEllen says that she either completes projects at retreats or on what she calls "Fun Sewing Friday", which is fun, but then she has guilt for spending time on something fun in stead of working.

Several members had items to share with the group. Melanie shared a self portrait project she had started in a class, and a bag that she made as a gift.

Mary Ellen showed several diaper bags that she had made as part of a drive for the Capital Area Pregnancy Center.  She says she won the fabric she used for part of the bags, and wasn't sure what to do with it, but that this was the perfect project for it. 

Marla made an Amy Butler bag using the challenge fabric for the American Sewing Guild.  She added another color and used a decorative stitch on her machine to top stitch around the top.  We decided it was starting to look like an unofficial Bag Night at CAMQG!

Beth shared a quilt made from a Villa Rosa Designs pattern and quilted by Nancy in a triangle design called Prism.  There was a short discussion on why the quilt could be considered modern, with group members pointing out the negative space, the lack of a border, and the modern quilting design.

 Does this look like fun?  Join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, June 19.  Email Capital for more information.

Friday, April 20, 2018

April Member Spotlights

Our members' Spot Light this month are Pat and Melanie. Here are a few of Pat's quilts, that she shared with us.

Pat began her quilting with this small quilt she made with her children.

She took a quilting class and made this.......

                      and later made a more modern version......

She took a couching class.

Her modern take of the Log Cabin Block.

And here are two more of her quilts she shared with us.

Melanie was our second member in the Spot Light.

She began quilting in kindergarten with her mom. She made this quilt out of jeans.

Here's her modern take on her first quilt.

Here is a quilt she made while an undergraduate at Ohio State.

Being from Wisconsin Melanie had to have a quilt from cow fabric.

Here's a quilt that hung in an art show at school.

Some reverse applique and echo quilting


                                            Melanie had several T-shirt quilts to show us, too.

Thank you Pat and Melanie!

April Sew and Tell

Here's what CAMQG members have been up to!

Lois has started her Christmas early with this Cod Cardinal quilt. The design is based on a Charley Harper print. She found the pattern in American Quilter, November 2017.

Here's a Kaffee Stars pattern that she also sewed with Jordan's Fabrics using a free pattern.

She also made an Elizabeth Hartman Legendary Pattern which she is making for her brother.

Sigrid designed this beautiful T-Shirt design.....Eat, Sleep and Quilt.

Mary Ellen took a workshop sponsored by the York Quilt Guild to learn the Interleave Technique. The workshop was taught by Ann King. Mary Ellen told us that Ann will be offering this class at the York Quilt Guild's quilt show in May.

Melanie shared her Riley Blake Challenge. She was looking for some suggestions on the binding. Hope we gave you some ideas!

Marla showed us a beautiful baby quilt, Oh Boy. The pattern can be found in the May/June 2017 edition of Modern Patchwork on pages 28-33. The quilting was done by Mary Ellen.

And here's the back! 

Cordell made this beautiful quilted jacket from her mother's tablecloth. She used a brayer to apply textile paint while it was basted. She later removed the basting to create the jacket.  The Tabula Rasa Jacket pattern  is by Rae Cumbie of Baltimore. Cordell tells us that the pattern offers a blank slate conducive to embellishments.

Cindy made this quilt using  the pattern Vintage from Cluck, Cluck, Sew.

Join us for some fun at our next meeting on Tuesday, May 15.

April Meeting

Our March meeting was cancelled due to snow, our second cancellation due to snow. Tonight's meeting was packed with a great Sew and Tell, 2 Member Spotlights, 2 short sewing programs and our BOM.

Donna shared the sewing technique for our BOM. This month's block is the Mini-Tumbler.

 Jamie shared  her process in making coffee sleeves. She has used several different types of closures. She also told us about her new Etsy shop, where she sells table runners, coffee sleeves, place-mats and bowl cozies. You can find her shop at:
                                   Square Chalkie Creates

Pat shared her journey into T-Shirt Quilts and how she constructs them. She has created many dynamic looking quilts. She brought several to share.

See the meeting minutes for more information about our meeting and watch our blog for full coverage of the April Sew and Tell and our 2 member Spotlights.