Thursday, December 11, 2014

November Review

We were fortunate to have Joan Marr introduce us to her program titled "Ties-Some Things New from Some Things Old."  She demonstrated how to take old men's ties and make them into purses.  In this day and age of the work place becoming more casual, and people desiring to up-cycle their wears, this was a great use of fabric.

She really did a great job of taking your mind to look at the ties differently.  Here you can see where the tip of the tie is used as the purse clasp.  We all have lost earrings before.  Here she used the sole survivor earring as a clasp.  Again, another great up-cycle. 

We were also treated to a review of some of her amazing quilts.  Joan has lived in many amazing places where she has been able to connect with the local culture.

Thank you Joan for your time and sharing some of your beautiful and inspiring quilts.

What's Coming up? 

I hope you guys are finishing up your placemats (12 X 18) for the Holiday Party next week.  Don't forget your White Elephant gift, too!  

See you next week!

Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild New members are always welcome, contact us at

Friday, September 19, 2014

Name Tag Challenge

CAMQG members are in for a fun challenge!

At our September meeting this week we issued a challenge to the CAMGQ members, to make a quilted Name Tags! Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting some tutorials, and inspiration pictures of some of the awseome quilted name tags out there!Can't wait to see some, pop on over to this pinterest board!

Want to play along? Here are the guidelnes:
Name Tags are due at the Tuesday, October 21st meeting and will be placed on display at the beginning of the meeting for everyone to admire

Name Tags must include:
  • your name 
  • at least 1 hexagon, in honor of our logo
  • should integrate some or all of our logo colorways- bright green, teal, turquoise, light purple, hot pink, yellow  

Incorporate at least one modern quilting aesthetics:
  • negative space/minimalism
  • alternative grid work
  • improv piecing
  • use of solid fabric, bold colors and prints
There are soooo many possibilities!  If you work on a name tag, we'd love to see your progress! snap a photo and post it on the CAMQG facebook page! 

Happy Quilting!
Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild 

 New members are always welcome, contact us at

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August Updates

Here's What CAMQG Has Been Up To!

Congrats to all of our 2014 challenge participants! Our projects were as fun and diverse as our members! 

Check out what other MQG members accross the country have made, by searching #mqgfabricchallenge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

What's Coming up?
Sewing Day, Saturday, August 16th, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.:
  • We look forward to seeing all of our members who RSVPed at Giant in Camp Hill for a fun day of sewing and socializing!

General Business Meeting, Tuesday, August 19th, 6:30 p.m. social time, 6:45 p.m. meeting:

  • Project Show and Share - Bring along your in-progress and completed projects!
  • Program:  Show Us Your Crafts:  We will be asking members to share other craft media they work in (garments, weaving, jewelry, woodworking, needlework, pottery, etc.)  Bring sample projects and be ready to share what else occupies your time besides quilting.

Happy Quilting!
Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild 

 New members are always welcome, contact us at

Sunday, July 13, 2014

July Meeting Reminder

REMINDER: Our next General Business Meeting is this Tuesday, July 15th,
 6:30 p.m. social time, 6:45 p.m. meeting at the GIANT Community Room in Camp Hill, PA. 
  • Have a recent finished project or a work in progress, bring it for Show and Share!
  •  MQG's Michael Miller Fabric Challenge (please bring your completed projects or WIPs for sharing...entries are due/need to be posted by July 25th!)
Meg M. has used some fussy cut strips of her petals and also made a wonky churndash block so far, can't wait to see how these progress! 
  • Program:  CAMQG Unwanted Sewing/Quilting Items Yard Sale
  • Members and Guests/Visitors:  Want to clean out your sewing stash?  Have some notions that are just lying around?  Please bring items for our first member yard sale (Note:  this is only open to members and visitors to the meeting and NOT open to the public.  We thought this would be a good way to de-stash, raise some money, and socialize!)
  • You will place your items on 1 of 4 tables:  $0.25, $0.50, $1, or $2
  • At the conclusion of the business meeting (this one should be quite short), we will "open" the sale.  You will pay for items at each table using the honor system (we will have baskets with change at each table).
  • Money raised will be added to the guild coffers.
  • Along with your items that you are "donating" for the sale, please bring small bills and quarters!  I already have a nice size basket of goodies..I'm excited to see everyone else's treasures!   

Need some inspiration?  Look how our members have been using their Michael Miller prints:

Anna Liese has been having fun with her challenge fabric, too! 

(image used with permission: source)

Ann shared her finished mini quilt at the June meeting. Isn't that quilting gorgeous??

See you on Tuesday, Happy Quilting!

Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild

Thursday, May 22, 2014

#MQGFabricChallenge Inspiration!

Have you started your Michael Miller Fabric challenge yet? Need some inspiration? See what other modern quilters are doing with Petal Pinwheels: ‪#‎MQGFabricChallenge

{Image Courtesy of the MQG website}

Happy Quilting!

Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild 

 New members are always welcome, contact us at

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Rainbows and a Fabric Challenge

Here's What CAMQG Has Been Up To!

Our bottled rainbow blocks are coming back, and they look amazing! Participants took home a variety of scraps, a kona solid, and used a quilt as you go technique based on this Quilt Along.  

Once they are all done, they will be pieced into a quilt which will be donated to a charity auction for Caitlin's Smiles , a local group which works to bring smiles to children with chronic or life-threatening conditions through arts and crafts activities. How fantastic is that?

Have you heard that the MQG's has partnered with Michael Miller Fabrics for  the 4th annual MQG members fabric challenge?? 

{Image Courtesy of the MQG website}

Guidelines (from the MQG website) are...

  • The challenge runs from March 2014-June 23, 2014.
  • Winners announced July 8, 2014
  • Members may make anything they want as long as it is quilted!
  • Add in any solid or Michael Miller printed fabric.
  • You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you.
  • Upload and share your photos to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the Community site.
  • MQGs can create guild specific challenges, as long as the other guidelines are upheld.
  • Don’t forget to use the #mqgfabricchallenge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!
As if playing with these prints wasn't fun enough, Michael Miller is going to pick  3 winners. Each one will receive a posting on the Michael Miller blog and “A year of Free Fabric”.  

What!?!  How cool! Stand by for photos of our guild members' creations from this fantastic fabric line.

What's Coming up?
May Sewing Workshop Saturday, May 17th, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

  • "Paper Piecing How-To" by our very own JJ Rhinehart!
    • More information will follow (project specifics, materials list, etc.)
  • Members, email your RSVP to reserve your spot!

May Meeting:  Tuesday, May 20th, 6:45 p.m.

  • Project show and share
  • In honor of Mother's Day, our discussion/program will focus on family and traditional quilts and their link to modern quilting. 

June Meeting:  Tuesday, June 17th, 6:30 p.m. social time, 6:45 p.m. meeting time

  • Project show and share
  • On the agenda for this meeting will be a binding tutorial by our very own Beth Reese AND our MQG Michael Miller Fabric Challenge project sharing

Happy Quilting!

Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild 

 New members are always welcome, contact us at

Thursday, March 6, 2014

March Updates

Here's What CAMQG Has Been Up To!

There was a great turnout at the 2014 Gathering of the Guilds event at the end of February! Our members demonstrated improv pieceing and showed of some spectacular examples of member's modern quilts.

What's Coming up?
  • Meeting: Tuesday, March 18th
Members chose the Bottled Rainbows Quilt for our next group sewing project at our last meeting! If you haven't seen one before, check out the original version by Rachel from Stitched in Colors . Careful, you will most certainly be drooling over the rainbow goodness once you head over to the quilt along page!!

Image {source}

Members who would like to participate should bring a small sandwich bag of scraps to our March 18th meeting. If you are spending anytime with your stash or scraps this weekend, here's a chance to scrap bust! It's kind of like spring cleaning, but this is way more fun :) Rachel has a great set of tips to pick good scraps here. We will do a quick sort by color at the meeting then send everyone home with some yummy scraps and the coordinating Kona solid. There the magic begins, everyone will work on their blocks and bring them back to the April meeting.

This is a great way to try a new technique without committing to big project. Bonus: the final quilt will go to a special organization or charity in the Capital Area.  Awesome, right?

  • Sewing Day: Saturday, March 29th (tentative date) Open sew days are a perfect time to make progress on WIPs and finish those UFOs.

Happy Quilting!

Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild 

 New members are always welcome, contact us at

Friday, February 14, 2014

February Events and Updates

Hello everyone!  

February is here, and with it are some exciting events for CAMQG!

Here's What Been Up To!

  • The Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild is officially a member of the national Modern Quilt Guild Organization. If you haven’t already done so, check out their great website.

  •  CAMQG successfully left a modern mark on the PA Farm Show in January. Our finished quilt top was on display in the Family Living section where visitors were able to view the top and give hand quilting a try.  The non-traditional colors and pattern were a successful conversation starter, too!

  • Our January 25th meeting was held in the classroom space at Smile Spinners, in Marysville, PA. Guild members participated in a ‘Photo Inspiration challenge’. Each person brought 3 fat quarters that were inspired by a photo of a flower. They were then tasked with sewing a block of their choice, with somebody else’s fabric. It was fun to see everyone’s creative process and resulting blocks. Thank you all who participated!

What's Coming up?
  • Meeting : Tuesday, February 18th
  • Gathering of the Guilds: Saturday, February 22nd (9 am - 4 pm) –Swatara Church of God, 4860 Lindle Road, Harrisburg PA.
Gathering of the Guilds is a great opportunity for the public to meet with and learn about various fiber and needlework-related guilds in Central PA.
CAMQG members will have several modern quilts on display and will be providing a demo of improvisational piecing!  “Cost of admission” is a canned good. Hope to see you there
  • Meeting: Tuesday, March 18th

Happy Quilting!

Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild 

 New members are always welcome, contact us at