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.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

February Sew and Tell

Here's what CAMQG members have been up to!

Lois shared her "On Point Quilt" from Angela Walters and the Midnight Quilt show.  She quilted it herself,  using a stencil that Sigrid made for her.

Sigrid shared a quilt that she designed in EQ as an experiment with color placement.  It all paper pieced, but not finished yet.  The idea was to use up her stash, but she says it isn't even making a dent.

Gay shared a dog pillow from an Elizabeth Hartman pattern called "Dogs in Sweaters".  She free motion quilted it on her longarm.  This was a part of a challenge in the Gettysburg Quilt Guild, where she had to find a way to use a certain floral fabric, and this is what she came up with!

Karen wanted to try a Dresden Plate, so she used the black, yellow and gray fabric that she won at the 2017 guild Christmas party.   She also made her pants from a wonderful ponte fabric and a Vogue pattern.

Barb shared a quilt she started in 2010 and just finished in January.  She started with a piece with odd edges, and then worked outward from there.  She says she loves to embroider!

Cordell makes quilts for charity out of fabric she has.  This is her first quilt with quarter-inch binding, which was an accomplishment for her.  She also painted her own fabric using textile paint and found objects such as bubble wrap.  She also made her shirt with a pattern from a famous Japanese designer and Maasai fabric.

Nancy's quilt is from a Missouri Star Quilt Co. pattern called "Pecking Order", which can be found on their website as a free download.  She says she "quilted it like crazy in great big circles."  She's also proud that she bought the back from $6 on sale.

Amy made a Chubby Charmer tote, which she started several years ago and recently finished. (The pattern is by Penn Sturgis by Quilts Illustrated.) 

Amy also finished a quilt for her Mom's birthday, and Mary Ellen quilted it for her.  The quilt pattern is called Chickadee Window by Jackie Robinson. 

She also shared what she received and what she made for the MQG mini-swap.  To make her mini-swap quilt, she did lots of searching and asked lots of questions to try to figure out what to make for her swap partner.

Mary Ellen says she had a slow January, so she finished a quilt made from Moda's Fire and Ice line and quilted it with wool batting.  The fabric has special meaning for her because she used to be a fire fighter. 

She also showed her church quilt camp project, which was a MSQC quilting tutorial called three big bags from one jelly roll. 

Mary Ellen also showed a Victoria Findley Wolfe project "15 Minutes of Play", featuring quilted hearts on the back, and then shared a cat mosiac quilt from Cheryl Lynch Quilts.

Cindy said her quilt is the "bright quilt you'll see this year".  This is a Leah Day sampler, which she started in January and finished in the beginning of February.  She said it was a good refresher on basic techniques.

Does this look like fun?  Join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, March 20.  Email Capital for more information.