Tuesday, October 30, 2018

October Meeting Minutes

Welcome with Donna Lohman (Debbie Lohman was traveling for work this month)

Show and Share:

Amy Barrick  - “national sew day” Tote bag and table runner
MaryEllen Wical - “quilt camp” tote bag, Christmas door hanger
Gina Padilla -   show : Stack and wack quilt top and  English paper piecing blocks using fussy cutting
                   share :“ Humble Stitch” new shop in Newport Perry County
                               Little Foot Quilt shop near Evans City (Pittsburgh Area) 
                                Loom Exquisite Textiles (near Pittsburgh)
Gloria  DeCreny -  CAMQG name tag “Glo Worm”
Barbara Phillips Long -  Show:Abrigonal Australian inspired fabric from Quilter’s Corner 
                                      Share: Book “Intuitive Color & Design by Jean Wells
Lois Bruno - Green and Yellow quilt finished as part of Angela Walter’s Swirl Quilting along
                     Quilted Banner Logo for her daughter’s organization. “70 years old and still helping my daughter with her science projects”

Segrid -  Zip around wallet by dogundermydesk.com

Meike  -  Elk (moose) wall hanging from red fabric collected over many years (hand appliqué)
                sampler wallhanging completed during the sew day in September

Gay W - Improv sampler top from Beth Reese Workshop September sew day
               Star Quilt with wonky stars and  snowballed corners

Evelyn Hunt -  show:  “When You Die” Star quilt from York Guild yard sale (top was donated by     spouse of former York guild member)
                        share:  Robert DeCarli’s book and advertised the York Quilt Guild workshop this Thursday Oct 8 at 7pm as well as this workshop Oct 27.  

Pat Arnold - Purple stripes blocks from last month’s demo 

Committee Reports:
Treasurer: Donna Lohman explained that Barbara Thrush had resigned to go for an extended visit with family and then to travel in the first half of 2019. Debbie Lohman would be taking over the roll of treasurer.

Announcements:  Sign up for holiday dinner to be held at Isaac’s in Lemoyne, PA $10 (order from the menu) Bring a microwave bowl to exchange as well as a $20 gift grab exchange. The gift exchanges are not mandatory. All are welcome with or without the gift exchange.

The board meeting was rescheduled for Nov 20 6pm.  All are welcome, however only board members may vote.
Evelyn Hunt reminded us that the LebanonQuilters Show is November 9,10 she will be exhibiting 3 quilts and Nancy King will be vending this event

Monthly Give aways:  
BOM - Karen Sikes Winner
Door Prizes - Amy Barrick, Nancy King, and Beth Reese

Communications Committee ask for volunteers to assist on their committee.  

Modern Updates:
MQG mini swap signups until Oct 25, Quilt con entries, webinars on MQG website

Member Spotlight: Cindy Wolfe “When did you first learn about quilting?”
“once I got into quilting, I fell for it pretty hard like everyone else.”
“My Style - I try things” 
Cindy like podcasts and shared that 2 were particularly interesting
“Just wanna Quilt” by Elizabeth Townsend
Quilting Podcast  “Annie Smith” from California

Block of the month:  Flying Geese explained by Donna Lohman

Amy Barrick presented English Paper Piecing Christmas ornaments
referenced Sue Daly “25 days of Christmas” and Connecting Threads magazine , paperpieces.com 

November’s meeting Donna Lohman will be presenting, Cordell will be the member spotlight.

Respectfully submitted by MaryEllen Wical 

Friday, October 12, 2018

September Sew and Share

What have CAMQG members been up to over the past month?  Check out the Sew and Share summary below:

Debbie made a new quilt for her granddaughter who just started going to preschool from a fabric line called Kinder. She says she got the idea from Instagram.  It is finished with straight line quilting.

When Debbie turned 60 two years ago people in her family gave her a yard of Kona cotton.  She has a relationship with each of the people who picked out the colors, so that’s how the colors for this quilt were selected.  On the back each person who gave her a yard of fabric has a wonky star.  MaryEllen did the quilting.

MaryEllen said that the York Guild is having a stocking challenge, where you make stocking and fill them with personal care items for veterans.  She has made two stockings so far – and her feedback is that she doesn’t like the one that she did with metallic thread because the thread kept breaking!

Lois created a cat from a Laura Heine after she saw another member, Melanie, create a different pattern by the same designer.  

The second quilt Lois shared was made from Kaffe Fasset fabrics.  We were so impressed how she used the leftovers on the back to make it just as stunning as the front!


Sigrid jumped on the jelly roll rug bandwagon.  She said it was fun to make, but it was the only thing that she made all summer.

Maike said that she didn't have anything new to show, but she did just make her nametag!

Beth made a quilt for her niece from layer cakes and a free pattern called Auntie’s Diamonds from Moda Bakeshop.  It has minky on the back and no batting, making the drape of the quilt really nice.

Melanie shared two table runners - one that she pieced using a quilt-as-you-go method from a kit purchased just ten days ago at the Quilt Expo in Madison, Wisconsin.  She showed another that her mother started in a class and she gave to Melanie to quilt.

New members are always welcome! Contact us at CapitalAreaMQG@gmail.com

Friday, October 5, 2018

Modern Improvisational Piecing Workshop with Beth Reese

On Saturday, September 22, CAMQG held a Modern Improvisational Piecing Workshop led by our very own Beth Reese.  Twelve members of CAMQG gathered to learn and sew the day away. 

Beth led us through the creation of blocks such as Shifty Strips, Positive Addition, Daring Diamonds and Twin Peaks.  Everyone had fun letting go of our inner perfectionists and just having fun with the improvisational techniques.

The group enjoyed a delicious fried chicken lunch organized by Donna, and the cookies lasted throughout the afternoon. 

We delighted in seeing how everyone's blocks came together - they all looked so different with the varying fabric selections and placement of light and darks.  The day sped by!

New members are always welcome!  Contact us at CapitalAreaMQG@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

September Meeting

The September meeting of CAMQG was held on September 18, 2018 in the community rooms of the Camp Hill Giant.  You can find the meeting minutes here

The program was conducted by Karen, who demonstrated how to transform striped fabric into dynamic blocks. By the end of the evening we were itching to go home and dig out all the striped fabric out of our stashes.  Special thanks to Karen for sharing this neat technique! 

New members are always welcome!  Contact us at CapitalAreaMQG@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

August Sew and Show

Here's what CAMQG members have been up to this month and shared at the August meeting!

Marla showed a quilt that was a long time in the making.  She bought the kit and pattern in 2009 at the Houston quilt show, finally finished the top.  The pattern is called The Space Between.

Nancy got a new phone case - she ordered it on Amazon.  She passed it around and we were all envious of the neat design!

Karen brought a finished quilt top which she made expressly for her granddaughter, who has a birthday in September.  She was born Sept 9, 2009 and someone asked why she didn't make a nine patch!  At any rate, now that her granddaughter has grown, she needs a bigger quilt now.  One fish on the bottom is swimming the opposite way.  Karen is going to try out her new Pounce to get it quilted with wavy lines.

Cordell informed us that this quilt is made from old fabric from her stash.. This quilt has mostly cotton, unlike some of her other quilts.  It was quilted using the walking foot.    She also made her pants from a Sewing Workshop pattern. 

Gloria showed her first quilt, which was just started in June!  She started it on a cruise, which she went on with her sister, that offered quilt classes and a sewing room that was available 24/7.  On the cruise there were 63 quilting participant, three rooms and three instructors offering three different classes.  Gloria took one class out of the 3 classes offered.  As a beginning quilter, it was great because she had access to the instructor as she worked and could ask questions when she got stuck.  Back to the quilt - the quilt was pre-cut and ready for her to put together.  It was quilted by MaryEllen.   And she’s keeping it for herself!

Debby has an orange couch in living room and made this quilt specifically to match. She likes straight line quilting, but this one has squiggles.  It is made from Scandinavian fabric and has an equally interesting back!

Beth showed a Quilt of Valor.  She saw a pattern sort of like this on the internet, which she used as inspiration and then made this quilt based on the amount of fabric that she had in her stash. 

MaryEllen made a purse out of Beauty and the Beast fabric.  She went with black accents but regrets it and wishes she would have gone with the purple vegan leather.  The zipper turned out wonky, but she left it on her cutting table and went to Oregon for a week.  When she came back she saw it and thought she would finish it.  Interesting anecdote: while she was pounding the rivets in she bounced a coffee cup off her work table. 

For her next trick, MaryEllen showed a quilt that she made completely on her long arm, except for binding.  She pieced it, appliqued it, and of course quilted it, all on the long arm. 

Melanie showed a quilted mini that she said scared her husband when she showed it to him.  She's going to hang it on her sewing room door to remind him not to take her fabric scissors!  She also showed a polygon quilt started in a class taught be Gyleen Fitzgerald in Houston.  Melanie likes to have a new quilt to hang in her office on the first day of school, and this is the quilt that she is displaying starting this fall.

Melanie also showed batik fabric that she picked up on a recent trip to Malaysia.  She shared the different ways that one buys batik, and how each state in Malaysia has their own style of batik.  Melanie also showed how Malaysians traditionally wear their batik.

Join us at the Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild! New members are always welcome.  Contact us at CapitalAreaMQG@gmail.com for information about our next meeting.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

August Meeting Recap

CAMQG meetings are never dull!  We've had a rash of bad weather for several of our meetings in 2018, but this was the first meeting where the power went out.  And then the fire alarm sounded. 

You can read more about our exciting meeting in the August meeting minutes.

Members are reminded that we have a CAMQG Sew Day coming up on Saturday, September 22.  Beth Reese will be teaching Modern Improvisational Piecing and making a quilt top in the style of the picture to the left.  Interested members should make sure their name is on the sign-up sheet.  The cost is $10.

Does this sound fun to you?  New members are always welcome!  Contact us at CapitalAreaMQG@gmail.com.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

CAMQG July Meeting


Our Program tonight was provided by Donna, she demonstrated the Full Line Stitch porducts of iron off marking and everyone got a free bee pencil. She also demonstrated how to make a microwaveable fabric bowl.

Sew and Share

Gay Weigand showed a quilt where each block was quilted differently. The pattern is "Playground" from the book Simple Retro with Camille Roskelley.  She also shared a bag she had just finished.

Grace Hoyt made a wall hanging of half square triangles in an asymmetrical layout. The pattern is from the All People Quilt website. She made the quilt to improve her half square triangle skills after taking a class in May.

Cordell Affeldt made a quilt from her stash of fabrics left over from other projects. She thought more negative space would make it more modern. 

Nancy King showed her award winning quilt. The pattern is Deconstructed Lone Star by Carolyn Murfitt. She used the Quilt Smart Foundation to piece the lone star.  The quilt won best Machine Quilting at the York Quilt Guild show.

Nancy also brought in the new Oowhee Slip Free rulers. They have a special coating on one side to keep them from slipping on your fabric. You shout Oowhee when you try them!

Cindy Wolfe made a series of baby quilts using the Curvalicious ruler by Cheryl Lynch. Using a 36” square of fabric for the background she cut out from contrasting fabric the shape of the ruler and fused it to the top and then button holed stitched along the raw edge.

Marla Wasson made a crazy quilt bag.

Debbie and Donna shared that they both have two quilts in the Hershey Quilt Show.

July meeting highlights and information.

Next month is the Annual Yard Sale.

 Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild New members are always welcome, contact us at CapitalAreaMQG@gmail.com