Monday, April 18, 2016

April Meeting Recap

We had our meeting on April 12 at Pennington Quilt Works. We had a lot of announcements about upcoming sewcials, retreats, classes, and shows. It's going to be a busy year.

Bee: Bee participants brought in their blocks for Janneke
bee blocks for Janneke

Patchwork City QAL: QAL participants showed some of their first blocks and were entered in a drawing for two fat quarters from Elizabeth Hartman's collection.
Patchwork City QAL blocks

Lori S. got impatient and made a whole small quilt from her QAL blocks so far. Great job!
Lori's Patchwork City QAL quilt

Challenge: The challenge for this month was to make a 12.5" churn dash block for a mini quilt.
challenge: churn dash blocks

The swap was spring-themed small print fabric. The swappers did the exchange at the break.
swap: springy small prints

Demo: After the break, Jessica L. gave a demo on quilting possibilities for the churn dash blocks. She suggested drawing on paper copies of the blocks to work out the quilting patterns. The challenge for next month will be to bring in the quilted churn dash minis.
demo: quilting churn dash mini quilt

Show and Tell: Our members never disappoint! Click to see bigger.
show and tell: 2015 bee quilt finished show and tell: Jamee

show and tell: mounting minis on stretched canvas show and tell: quilt-as-you-go panel

show and tell: volcano mini show and tell: rainbow raindrops

show and tell: circle mini

Thank you everyone for a great meeting! See you next month.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

March Meeting Recap

Because the February meeting was cancelled, this was our new president's first meeting to lead! Yay Neva! There was also a ton of stuff to cover from a lost month.

The guild presented a quilty thank you gift to former president Jessica Skultety for her years of service.
gift for jess s4

Two gifts were left over from our Secret Quilter swap in January.
secret quilter 1secret quilter 2
On the left, Linda received a purple mini from Laura. On the right, Kathleen got a turquoise and yellow piece from Kathy.

Aurifil Thread had contacted Jess S. about our guild, and sent a box swag bags that were handed out to members. We are all so grateful! Included in a reusable bag were informational brochures, two color charts, and a sample pack of six weights of thread. Amazing!
Aurifil swag bag

Bee: Transportation themed blocks for Beth, covering lots of different types!
bee blocks - transportation

Demo: Elaine gave a demo on faux piped binding, and passed around several examples.
faux piped binding demo

Block of the Month: The 2015 BOM from the Knoxville MQG is all done! We were impressed that there were so many finishes. Way to go, BOM participants.
2015 QAL finishes 1
2015 QAL finishes 2

Swap: Anything Valentine themed! Our members made mini quilts, mug rugs, and baskets. Great job!
valentine swap

Show and tell:

show n tell 1
Lee finished a small quilt with different kinds of hearts and stars.

show n tell 3
New quilter Katie showed her high contrast, bright lap quilt.

show n tell 5
Chawne Kimber came to visit our guild, and brought her quilt "The One for Eric," which had just returned from QuiltCon where it won first place in the Improv category.

show n tell 9
Neva finished a bee quilt with a purple rectangle theme.

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Jess S brought a small wonky cross quilt and one made with Carolyn Friedlander fabrics.

show n tell 8
New member Laura brought in a top with hundreds of small squares. So many!

show n tell 10
Another visitor was Jenelle of TrashN2Tees, who showed an applique piece she's working on cut from upcycled tshirts.

show n tell 11
And speaking of tshirts, Laura B made her own to wear to work!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February meeting CANCELLED

Due to the incoming snow this evening through tomorrow, our February guild meeting will be cancelled tonight. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, March 8th, with the same exciting events to experience that we were planning for this evening!

Use this extra time to make something for the the Valentine Swap if you haven't already, finish your bee block if you were running behind or start making some blocks for the Patchwork City guild quilt-a-long.

We'll see you in March! Stay warm (with quilts) and safe.


Monday, February 8, 2016

CJMQG Cloud 9 Challenge Display at Hillsborough Library

Stop by the Hillsborough Library during the month of February to view our Cloud 9 Challenge display!

Last year we were given samples of Cloud 9 Cirrus Solid fabrics and tasked with making a 15" mini quilt using only the solids from their collection.

The results gave us another opportunity to showcase the amazing talent that the members of our guild possess. I am always in awe of how each member of our group can be given the same instructions and yet create uniquely diverse quilts.

Fifteen quilts from this challenge are currently on display made by the following:

Teddi Munslow
Linda Schultz
Kim Rotter
Janneke ​V​an ​d​er Ree
Lori Saporito
Kathleen Stanish (2)
Krishma Patel
Jessica Skultety
Susan Flick
Helen B​ranch
Lynn Pilquist
​Neva​ Asinari​
Lee​ Burnham​
Jam​ee ​Pemberton​

Note that two of the quilts made for this challenge by Laura Bennett and Jessica Levitt were accepted to Quiltcon 2016 and are currently in Pasadena, CA. Stay tuned for a future post of their minis as well as the other CJMQG quilts that went to Quiltcon this year!

Also, our award winning (Quiltcon 2015 3rd Place Group Quilt) guild banner is also on display!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Goodbye from the 2014-2015 Board

Jessica Levitt (founder, former President, current VP), Jessica Skultety (former VP, current President and Webmaster), and Kristina Bobo (current Treasurer) have been on the board for the past two years (or more). We'd like to collectively thank you for all of your help in making our guild a wonderful place to be! It's been a pleasure to serve the CJMQG.

Jess S. (left) with Jess L.

Kristina at one of our retreats


Laura Schafer, who is staying on as Secretary through 2016, also has some words: "I'm excited to continue working with the guild leadership in the position of Secretary. The CJMQG has made a huge difference in my creativity, confidence and capabilities in quilting, and I'm happy to do my part to assist others in their quilty journeys. I really enjoy our activities, learning experiences, and new friendships. Let's make Year 5 a great year!!"


I'd personally like to thank all of you for your continued support of the guild and my own quilting. I never thought that I would be in the position of guild president when I joined four years ago as a very intimidated college student (you are all STUNNINGLY talented!). You have become friends and loyal comrades, and it feels like coming home whenever we have a guild meeting or event! Thank you for making all of it worthwhile. I'll still be around, but you can look towards the back of the room instead, where the old board will surely be cackling like Statler and Waldorf.

Maggie Schreiter is taking over all newsletter and blogging duties as the Webmaster, so you can look for her posts here. Neva Asinari is our new President! They have both taken over their duties with grace and thoroughness. Thank you also to Christina DiMarco and Krishma Patel for volunteering for the essential roles of Vice President and Treasurer! I can't wait to see where our guild goes next!

-Jess S.