Friday, March 18, 2016

Here's what CAMQG has been up to!

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March Madness... ...For Quilting

Our March meeting was very productive and "shear" enjoyment with guest speaker Narda.  Narda is a local quilter who visited our CAMQG.  Guild members were entertained and witnessed Narda's skills for design, color mix and match, and inspiration.

We are also onto Step 2 of our Stars and Strips modern quilt sampler.  If you need instructions or missed Step 1 instructions, please let us know and we will send you updates.

Quilt on ladies!  Looking forward to our April meeting. 

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

January 2016 Guild Meeting

Pat Driscoll will lead us through 2016.  Please share all of your ideas and thoughts to help her build a great 2016 program. 

Welcome new members: Joanna Rockhill and Karen Sikes

Come to our meetings and take a chance on our new CAMQG 50/50!  Proceeds will go into our budget to support new speakers and new programs.

Barbara Phillips-Long introduced plans and instructions for a 2016 Modern Block-of-the-Month.  Hope you are all excited to start a new MODERN project.

CAMQG January Member Spotlight - Meg Connor

Reminder - Please wear your CAMQG name tag to meetings.  It helps all members (old and new) know who you are.  ;)

WELCOME to 2016 with the CAMQG!

Ladies, we are all excited to begin our 2016 year with the Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild.  There are lots of new ideas to explore and new projects to begin and we all look forward to getting started. LET'S DO THIS! 

Monday, October 26, 2015

October 2015

October 2015

Modern Minute
This months Modern Minute we explored various unique quilt designs and the various techniques used.  Paper Piecing, scrappy, angular, and curves.

We had elections this month for Treasurer and President Elect.
Dawn will be our new Treasurer for 2016
Barbara will be our next President Elect and shadow Pat in 2016

Next month we will be collecting dues.  Please have a check or exact cash to give to the Treasurer.  

This month we steered away from the a regular program and had a more social event.  We played the card game "war" for the chance to win a stash of 5" charms of fabric.  (Aren't those the most PERFECT cards for Quilters!) Originally, you are suppose to play till someone wins ALL the fabric.  It was taking a while so, we decided to divvy up the stash and each of us has to make something with the fabric for the next meeting.  No requirements.  It can be a bag, a quilt, a placemat, etc.  Just have fun!

Where's the Show and Share?
Check out FLICKR
If you are on Instagram...Tag your quilting activity photos to #CAMQG

What's Coming up?

November 13, 14,15
(Click title for more info)

See you next month with your mystery stash!

Happy Quilting!
Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild 

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This Post failed to get published originally, so...

It was a great meeting that we talked about our favorite Quilting Tools.  Below you will find a great resource to some great tools.  
Happy Quilting!

Modern Minute

Pat introduced the topic of Bold Prints.  We went around and looked at everyones Show and Share and asked the Maker what drew them to the chosen prints.  It was interesting.  Some were drawn to the colors, some to the pattern on the print, and others to the size of the print.  Some were geometric others floral, others neon.  So many options!

Community Project

Check out the Flickr page and see some of the adorable baby quilts that have been made for the Pinnacle Neonatal Unit.  You have until next month's meeting to get yours in.  Have some fun with it and try something new  Keep the size to 36" X 36" and enjoy the opportunity to play with the quilting space.  Free Motion anyone?

What's your Favorite Tool?  

Wow, what a great response to this!  It was fun to see all the gizmos that people use.  I never knew there were so many gadgets to help with quilting!  I composed a list below of most of the items mentioned. If you click on the name, it should link you to purchasing them or getting more information.

Used for Appliqué

The help to make perfect circles for appliqué
She was just featured on the cover of AQS Magazine for her "Best of Show" Quilt, Majestic Mosaic.

To help with seams.

To use for Free Motion Quilting

Proline Quilters Groove

For every type of ruler need

For picking things off the floor.  Add a magnet to help with fallen needles.

If you pre-wash your fabric, This helps with the fraying of the fabric after it is washed.

A great wall hanging to place hooks in to hold rulers, scissors, and various items

It is useful to use to cut leaves

This seemed to be big enough but not too big.

Saves your wrist.

I hope you find this post of interest.  It was great to hear and see what everyone uses.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Modern Minute
Jill did the introduction on Improv Piecing.  The funny thing is it seems like you either love to improv piece or it scares you to death!  She showed some great examples from Pinterest.  It was funny to see peoples reactions when we talked about doing "curved" improv...Yikes!

Free Motion Quilting on your Home Machine 
by Anne Renfrew

We were fortunat to have Anne demonstrate how she does her Free Motion Quilting.  She explained that she has taken Craftsy classes from Angela Walters, Jacquie Gerring, and her favorite Leah Day.  Here is a link to Craftsy to look up some great online classes.  

The one thing we learned, PRACTICE!  Take your scraps of fabric and batting and make small squares to "doodle" with your machine.  

Here she demonstrates how to do "Pebbles".

Here are some pictures of her quilts.

Here are some closeups of her free motion work.  It is amazing the detail she can capture.

It was a very inspiring meeting.  We all left wanting to go play on our machines.
Thanks Anne!

Where's the Show and Share?

Check out this month's on

Other places to check us out...

Like Us on Facebook to get additional updates.

On Instagram, Tag your work with #CAMQG

Upcoming Dates

May 16 
Giant at Camp Hill, Community Room

This is our Sew Day. 
 We will be making 36" X 36"
Baby Blankets for the Pinnacle Health NICU.   

Please bring your own fabric.  You can use this time to piece a quilt, quilt a quilt, or do some binding.  We have members that have generously offered to long arm the quilting, if needed.   There is no specific design you need to do so it is a fun opportunity to get creative!  Please let Pat know if you plan on attending.

Next Meeting

Camp Hill Giant
6:30 Social.  6:45 Meeting

June 19 
The Susquehanna Art Museum

They will be hosting an Exhibit titled "20/20: Traditional Roots, Contemporary Art".  Info can be found here.  
Opening Night is June19.  The exhibit is on display until August 20.
It looks like a great local opportunity to see some amazing quilts.  Inspiration!