Friday, August 18, 2017

CAMQG August Updates

The minutes from the August business meeting can be found here.  Barb also shared some ideas for how to create modern quilts from jelly rolls.











Our members have been busy sewing this summer!

Up first Amy shared a lovely quilt that started last October.  She says that it involved a lot of precision sewing...and lots of ripping!  She plans to give it to her mom for her 80th birthday.












Mary Ellen shared her improv sampler.  It is quilted and almost finished!  She also shared a t-shirt quilt she made for the son of a friend for his high school graduation.  She used interfacing to stabilize the t-shirts, which made the quilt very heavy.



















Lois shared a lovely leaf quilt that she made from a quilt.  The leaves are raw edge applique, and she used paper-backed fusible and cut the center out, then machine blanket stitched.  She says she is glad to finally have it done!











Sigrid shared a paper pieced zebra pillow that will go on her gray couch.  Everyone oohed and ahhed over the bright colors!










Karen made a bag that feature inside pockets and straight line quilting.  The fabric features a bunny hopping through the tulips.











Marla shared two paper piece blocks, and says that she likes how they turned out.













Cindy shared a Row by Row made from a kit from a quilt shop in Virginia.  She says she's surprised that she actually finished it!















Dawn went to longarm certification and shared a sample of her quilting that she made from a pantograph.  She did a great job for her first time, and you could see her improvement as she got a little practice!  She also shared a jelly roll quilt and says that she will practice quilting on it.









Gay says she is on a roll with table toppers.  She shared several of these - one was made from a charm pack, another from a mini-charm pack, and another featured hexagons that had different quilting in each hexie.











Ann shared a mini-quilt that she didn't get done in time from the Riley Blake Challenge, which is why she started it.  It features all Riley Blake fabrics.















 Does this look like fun to you?  New members are always welcome!  Contact us at CapitalAreaMQG@gmail.com for more information.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

June CAMQG Sew and Tell

What have our members been up to this summer?

Jamie is new to paper piecing, but made two paper pieced blocks. She also created several microwave bowls made some out of a layer cake.  She made several table runners and says she still needs to work on binding technique!

 







Cindy made two paper pieced blocks for the guild sew-along - she likes how the colors on one turned out, but not other other one.  

 








Mary Ellen share the second of 3 memory quilts for a family that had parents that died.  The quilts are made out of the parents' old clothes – some of the cotton with spandex was challenging to work with!


 






Pat, Donna and Debra each made paper pieced blocks for the guild sew-along.  Debra is pictured here with her block.


 













Karen showed a wallhanging of lotus flower for minister that is leaving to go to another church.  She also made a baby quilt – for her grandson that will be born on Monday! She told us she's going to miss the July meeting because she’s going to be taking care of the baby.

 






Nancy showed a customer quilt because it is beautiful and unusual.  What you can't see in the picture is that the black fabrics are a variety of tone-on-tone prints that adds lovely detail. 

 









Sarah (Nancy’s friend) showed a quilt she made from a Craftsy pattern.  There was a mistake in the pattern, so she told the story of how she had to call the company to resolve the issue.  Her quilt still has a "mistake" in it, but we couldn't tell!
 







Members are reminded to bring their fundraising ideas and paper pieced blocks to the next meeting.


 Are you interesting in quilting with us?  New members are always welcome, contact us at: CapitalAreaMQG@gmail.com

Friday, May 19, 2017

Sew and Tell from CAMQG May Meeting

What have CAMQG members been up to?  During the regular meeting each month there is time set aside for members to share what they have worked on during the month.

Amy shared a wool felt candle mat work-in-progress.  She says that she was able to sew on several pansies in just one night, but the real challenge will be getting it finished!















 Janet showed a beautiful quilt that was nearly finished except for the binding.  She said she loves to incorporate surprises into each quilt that she makes, but perhaps the most surprising thing that she shared was that she only has two projects in progress at any given time!








It was fun for the entire group to see what Cindy brought.  A few months ago she won all the blocks from the group sew.  This month she brought the quilt top to share!  Everyone had fun looking for the blocks that they made.














Melanie shared a story about an unfinished project from about 15 years ago.  She pulled it out shortly before Mother's Day and finally finished it up to give it to her mom.  She shared the story because it showed how much she has learned about quilting in the past 15 years.  The quilt was already with her mother in Wisconsin, so she shared a picture of the wall hanging.

Gay is a new member who brought two quilted projects.  She asked if the group thought that they were modern, which prompted many replies from the peanut gallery.  When she finished saying, someone piped up with the comment, "She's modern and didn't know it!"









Nancy shared a beautiful quilt top and asked us to see if we could find her mistake - and no one could!  Once she pointed it out to the group, many tried to convince her to leave it.  But she remains resolute to fixing it!  Can you spot the "mistake"?








Mary Ellen was excited to share a memory quilt that she had made for someone else.  A daughter had requested memory quilts to be made from her parents' clothing.  It was hard for Mary Ellen because her dad wore some of the same styles of shirts that she sewed into the quilt, which was very hard for her.  The back was made from fabric from the mother's stash.  Mary Ellen says that she still has several more memory quilts to work on.




Dawn shared a tuffet that she made at the Lancaster quilt show using fabrics from her daughter's quilt.  She said that she thought the class was pretty expensive, but the materials for the tuffet were very good quality and would last a long time.

Adventures with Paper Piecing

The next group project for CAMQG involves paper pieced blocks.  All the blocks will be put together into a charity quilt.  For each block that a member makes, they will win a chance to win a group sew prize at the end of the year. 

Pat gave the group a quick paper piecing tutorial
At the past meeting, many members indicated that they had paper pieced in the past.  If you are new to paper piecing, or need a refresher, check out this quick tutorial for paper piecing from the Craftsy blog.

Just a reminder to add a quarter inch seam allowance for each of the block patterns passed out at the meeting.

Make your blocks in any color scheme of your choice, but keep in mind that all fabrics should be solid.  Bring your blocks to either the June or July meeting.

For all the happenings from the May meeting, please refer to the May meeting minutes

Are you interested in paper piecing with us?  New members are always welcome to join the Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild, contact us at CapitalAreaMQG@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CAMQG March 2017 Meeting

The CAMQG gathered in the community rooms of the Camp Hill Giant on March 21, 2017 for the regular monthly meeting.  Read the meeting minutes for a full account of the meeting.

In February, guild members received instructions for a specific 12 inch quilt block (see the February meeting post for more detail).  At the March meeting members brought the blocks they constructed over the course of the month - see some of them in the photo to the left! For each block submitted the member received a chance to win all the blocks.  One of our new members won all the blocks.  Congratulations, Cindy!

There is another Group Sew project this month.  If you would like to participate but misplaced your handout, find it here.  The more blocks you make, the more chances you have to win!

Would you like to join in our Group Sew projects?  New members are always welcome, contact us at CapitalAreaMQG@gmail.com.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

What have CAMQG members been up to?

Sew and Tell is an opportunity for CAMQG members to share what they have been working on over the past month.  Here are some pictures and highlights from members from the February meeting.  Click here to read the minutes from the February meeting. 

Joanna has a goal of getting some unfinished projects done. This project was made with blocks started at the Lancaster quilt show a few years ago.  She used the project to practice custom quilting instead of edge-to-edge designs.  Unfortunately, the quilt top is already so busy that you can't really see the quilting!  
 The second project Joanna showed features wedding photos that you might not normally get framed.  She printed them on her home printer and then created a quilt top in the wedding colors.  She plans to custom quilt this project, after all that practice on the last quilt!










Donna Lohman had many projects to share at Sew and Tell this month - she told us that she sews for about six hours a every day!   The first quilt  Donna showed is a quilt with a beachy feel that she made for her daughter-in-law.  She also  made matching little quilts for their two dogs. 












Last year Donna participated in the 365 Challenge, which involved making a quilt block every day for a year.  The patterns come each day via email, and it is free to participate.  Donna's quilting has 10,865 pieces in it, which she knows because she sat down and counted all the pieces! 










Mary Ellen showed us a pumpkin table runner that she started at quilt camp two years ago at Grace Baptist Church.  She also showed a sample she made for quilt camp, which was the first quilt where she used monofilament thread.

The day before the meeting Mary Ellen went to a workshop on wool felting on the machine which she says is much easier and quicker than doing it by hand.



















Mary Ellen also showed us what she received through the Modern Mini Swap – she received a hexie quilt from North Carolina.

Beth also showed the mini she received through the swap - a colorful wall hanging featuring improvisational piecing and straight line quilting.

Linda showed us a little quilt featuring several 16-patch blocks, which she says is the first quilt she has made with really small pieces. Linda also brought some sunbonnets and other items made from feedsacks by her grandmother.













Jamie showed the group her second quilt, which she made for her dad’s 75th birthday.  She went to her first quilt show in September, where she bought charm packs and a panel.  She quilted it herself on her Brother machine – she tried both stitching in the ditch and free motion quilting.  She also made two dog bandanas for her father's dog, and a little one for the cat! 











Melanie shared two minis she made from Thimble Blossom patterns.  She says that she likes making minis for two reasons - she doesn't have a lot of time to quilt, and because she has a good place to display them in her office.









 
Dawn showed a Valentine’s day quilt.  She shared how she bought the 10” squares on sale after Valentine's Day last year, and then bought the red Kona to go in between.

Have quilt projects you'd like to share?  New members are always welcome to CAMQG, contact us at CapitalAreaMQG@gmail.com.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

CAMQG February Meeting

 The last meeting of CAMQG was February 21.  Click here for a full version of the meeting minutes.

In January, Kona Snow was passed out to each of the members, with instructions to use it as the background for red and blue Wonky Star blocks.  At the February meeting members brought an impressive array of blocks, which will now be assembled into a Quilts of Valor quilt for a local veteran.

This month the Group Sew project is a 12 inch block that is primarily an exercise in color value.  See the pattern for the specific placement of light, medium and dark fabrics.  Make and bring as many blocks as you like to the next meeting on March 21.  Someone will go home with all the blocks!

Would you like to join in our Group Sew projects?  New members are always welcome, contact us at CapitalAreaMQG@gmail.com.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

CAMQG 2017 Group Project

This year the CAMQG will start a series of group projects!  Here are the basics:
  • We will make two complete quilts and one top throughout the year
  • The first quilt will be donated to Quilts of Valor and presented to a veteran
  • The second quilt will be donated to an organization of our choosing
  • The quilt top will go to a member who has participated in the group projects via a drawing in December
    • For each block donated you receive a chance to win
    • If you help with piecing the top you receive 2 chances to win
    • If you do the quilting you receive 5 chances to win
    • If you do the binding you will receive 3 chances to win
    • If you make the binding you will receive a chance to win 

Getting started with the first quilt:
  • The first quilt will be donated to Quilts of Valor
  • Color pallet: red, white and blue 
    • Please be sure to test your red and blue fabrics to ensure they are color fast
  •  Kona Snow has been provided for the background  
  • Block design: Wonky star - a carryover from last year's sampler 
  • Block size: 12.5 inches and 8.5 inches
  • Please be sure that there is at least 1/2" of white beyond the points for piecing
  • Blocks are due at the February meeting
  • The design and sewing of the quilt top will take place between the February and March meeting
  • The top will go to the quilter and binder by the March meeting
  • The goal is to have the finished quilt ready for showing at the April meeting

Happy Quilting!

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

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Member Spotlight: Debby Moreland

One of our member spotlights at the December meeting was from Debby Moreland.  She started sewing years ago, and made her first quilt approximately forty years ago.  She says she likes to make small quilts because of her short attention span.

Debby finds inspiration in many places, including when her daughter studied abroad in Northern Ireland.  She wowed the group with her wonderful color selections.



Debby took a Craftsy class where she learned how to do straight line quilting, and she quickly decided that would be her signature quilting style.

She also showed us the first quilt pattern she designed herself which features pieced birds in colors and shades of gray and is finished off with straight line quilting, of course!


Share your talent with us!  New members are always welcome, contact us at CapitalAreaMQG@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

December Meeting Recap

The group met on December 20 to wrap up the year with a holiday party, complete with mug rug and gift exchanges.  Very special thanks to the leadership team for a successful year!

There is a lot for the Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild to celebrate, specifically:
  • 22 baby quilts donated to the NICU
  • 2 speakers that we actually had to pay!
  • Our first swap with another guild
We had some great items shared during Show & Tell this month!  Lois shared her husband's Christmas present, which was an elephant quilt made from a Charlie Harper design.  The quilt will hang in the Child Advocacy Center, where her husband works as a pediatrician.



We're modern quilters and inspired by modern methods of sharing quilting ideas.  Jamie Lindsley loves YouTube and shared several projects inspired by quilting videos including a ten minute table runner, place mats, coasters and coffee cozies.

Members are reminded to bring Show & Tell items to each meeting.  We love seeing what you have been working on!

Interested in joining us in the new year?  New members are always welcome, contact us at CapitalAreaMQG@gmail.com.  Dues are $36 for the year.  We meet on the third Tuesday of the month at the Giant in Camp Hill.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Member Spotlight: Linda Hope

 Each month we have a "Member Spotlight" which gives CAMQG members an opportunity to share their quilting experience.  One of the Member Spotlights at the December meeting was from Linda Hope. 


Even though Linda started sewing as a kid, she started quilting just this past summer!  She says that everything she tries is a new learning experience.

Linda mentioned that even though she has to limit some of her activities due to medical issues, quilting is something that she can do.

Linda loves handwork, including embroidery.  At the meeting she shared a piece of "chicken scratch" embroidery with the group and her Grandmother's feedsack quilt.

As a little girl, she remembers her grandmother's quilting frame in the front room, and she couldn't wait until she was old enough to quilt too.  Welcome to the club, Linda!



Interested in joining the fun?  New members are always welcome, contact us at CapitalAreaMQG@gmail.com