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

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 dogundermydesk.com

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.

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

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 Areamqg@gmail.com 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!