Tuesday, April 30, 2019

April 2019 meeting minutes

We had 24 members and 5 visitors.  Four visitors joined!

Whitner opened the meeting at 6:30pm.  Sherri Lynn Wood will be coming to Mount Pleasant May 17-19,  2019.  Lecture on May 17th is free to members and $10 for visitors.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend the Friday night demo/lecture at 6:30pm.  There is a sign-up for providing appetizers for Friday night.   There are currently two openings for the class being held May 18 - 19.  A catered lunch will be available each day.

Connie collected many sewn pet blankets for the Charleston Animal Shelter.  She also remind us about the Sew –In for the women at Florence Crittenton House on Wednesday May 8, 2019 starting at 5:30pm.  Hope will be heading up the evening’s project to sew burp cloths from the kits provided by Kim.  Contact Hope if you are interested in helping.  The project for July will be Zippered Toiletry Bags and members can make up and bring kits to the May and June meetings. 

The kits should include: 
A 14" or longer nylon zipper (no metal)
One piece of fabric 14" by 21" for the exterior
One piece of fabric 14" by 21" for the inside of bag
14" by 21" piece of fusible batting
6.5 x 3" scrap fabric  

Members voted to offer the CMQG 2019 and 2018 QuiltCon Charity Quilts to Florence Crittenton House for their Auction,  setting a minimum donation amount.  Amy will contact the director about the plans for their auction.

Alice A. taught Big Stitch hand quilting. We practiced the technique on quilt sandwiches brought from home or provided by  Bev.  Alice recommends hand basting and using a quilt hoop to keep tension on the fabric and to allow you to rock the needle through the fabric several times.  Big Stitch stitches can be any size you want but often are ¼ inch using heavy weight thread (12 or 8 wt).  Alice recommends YLI thread.
Phoebe taught Sashiko stitching.  In Japanese Sashiko means ‘little stabs’ and it was a running stitch used to repair worn fabrics in garments and other household textiles to extend their life. Phoebe had several examples of fabrics that had preprinted patterns on the fabric to guide stitching. Sashiko uses a thicker thread and it is similar to Kantha stitching practiced in India to bind several layers of thinner fabric. 

Susan brought her Brother Sashiko machine.  She had several quilted samples to show how domestic machines can be used to quilt patterns inspired by Sashiko.  She also demonstrated stitching with the Sashiko machine which allows you to adjust the stitch length and the space between the stitches. 

Final Notes
Kim reminded everyone of the AQS Challenge with quilts due on Aug. 28, 2019.  #chsmqgtwocolorchallenge features finished quilts and selected color combinations from members.  
No Sew Day in May.
Trunk Show Sign-ups available.
CMQG Tote bags still available.
Latifah Saafir has a great class on Bluprint.
JK Quilt Camp is Aug 23-25.  Contact Kim for more info.
SLW food sign-up,  bring SLW inspired quilts to decorate.
Bring zippered toiletry bag kits for Florence Crittenton.

Show and Tell
 Alice is the first person to bring in a finished two color challenge quilt!!
 Alice shared this cute Oreo zipper bag she made, but didn't bother to share any of the cookies...
Bev shared a travel quilt she made for her mother.  She's going to mark each city to which her mother has visited as a remembrance of her travels.
New member Vicki shared a cowboy quilt made as a sample for her booth at an upcoming show.
 Rick finished shams to go with the Charleston quilt he brought in last month.
 Charlene made these cutie Easter baskets for her grandchildren.
 She also shared a springy baby quilt she recently finished.
 Amy and Kim did a block swap and made these quilts using an Art Gallery collection.
 Amy also brought in a quilt top that she finished as part of the thencamejune Meadowland quiltalong.
 She rounded out her show and tell by sharing this gorgeous Single Girl quilt from a pattern by Denyse Schmidt.
 Irene has an unbelievable amount of determination to finish all 324 tiny blocks she needed for this quilt top.
 Hope made another sweet quilt for a wedding gift.
 She also brought in her quilt top for the two color challenge.
 Hope shared this quilt that was part of the QuiltCon 2019 show and will be part of our two color challenge.
 She also finished this paper pieced back for the tshirt quilt she made for her son.  
Last but not least, she brought in her curved mini quilt that was featured in the latest Curated Quilts magazine!

Our next meeting CMQG is May 28, 2019 at 6.30pm.  Doors open at the Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union at 847 Coleman Blvd in Mount Pleasant at 6pm.  

Saturday, April 13, 2019

March 2019 meeting notes

We had 23 members and welcomed 2 visitors (Charlene and Alice) who also joined tonight.

Whitner opened the meeting.  Sherri Lynn Wood will be coming May 17-19,  2019.  She will present a lecture/demo Friday May 17 which will be free for members and open to the public for $10.  The guild will provide appetizers/sweets for a reception at 6:30pm and the lecture will start at 7pm.  Please sign up at the April meeting to bring something to share.

We will have a two day intensive class on Wedge Curve Improv held on Saturday and Sunday, May18 - 19.  Registration is $200 for both days and includes catered lunch.  Please contact us at charlestonmodernquiltguild@gmail.com for more details. 

Charlene K. shared a presentation addressing Color Theory and use of hue,  value and saturation.  Charlene and Bev brought scraps and groups of 2-3 played with scraps looking at our ‘Go To’ palettes and our ‘Never Ever’ palettes.

Don’t forget to sign up for member presentations of Your Quilt Journey.    

Connie reported on a successful trip to sew with the girls at Florence Crittenton House in March.  They made keychains and lanyards.  The next scheduled trip will be May 8 organized by Hope, and they will make burp cloths using diapers and fabric.  Fat Quarters can provide enough material for 2 burp cloths.  Please bring in any fabric you would like to donate for this cause.  The July 10 visit will be headed by Marie and they will be making toiletry bags.

We are also making blankets for the cats and dogs at the SPCA.  Connie will provide the sizes needed.

Challenges and Swaps
Kim reminded everyone of the Two Color Challenge for members to make quilts by August 27,  2019 to submit to AQS for a local exhibit when the show is in Charleston in 2020.  Check out instagram #chsmqgtwocolorchallenge to see color selections by members. 

Sew Day
Phoebe led a paper piecing demo at our March sew day.  Here are a few of the finished pieces from class. 

May 18  -  We will still have a Sew Day at Five Eighths Seams for members not attending the Sherri Lynn Wood class.

Show and Tell
 Phoebe took a boro hand stitching class at QuiltCon with Kristin Axtman from Brooklyn Haberdashery and made this sweet sampler with linen, prints from India and vintage Japanese fabrics.
 Phoebe also took a lone star class at QuiltCon with Tara Faughnan and brought in her finished piece.
Phoebe shared one of her entries for our two color challenge.
 Hope showed off a sewing machine mat that she made from scraps left over from the jelly roll quilt below that she made as a wedding gift.

 Linda made this pineapple quilt as a sample for Wild and Wooly, a local fabric and yarn store.
 Amy is working on these gorgeous English paper pieced Lucy Boston blocks.
 Rick surprised us again with another finished quilt made from Charleston row house fabric.
 Alice showed off her paper piecing skills with this adorable and seasonally appropriate bunny pillow.
 She also shared a quilt pieced from her grandmother's handkerchiefs.
 Alice hand quilted it and added wonderful details like this little spider web.
 Cathy brought in her finished circle quilt to which she had applied some extra amazing quilting.
 Charlene shared a sweet holly Christmas throw.
Charlene also made this Valentine's quilt.  It was a very holiday themed show and tell!
 Lynn had a wonderful Liberty of London log cabin quilt.
 Hope showed us one of her first quilts she made for her son.
 And she was so inspired by the paper piecing class that she went right home and made this very impressive ring of flying geese! Nice work!!
 We all loved the owl quilt that Elaine brought in.
 And she also shared her Molehills quilt that she finished up after a class we took with Latifah Saafir.
Whitner designed and made this stunning quilt for a friend.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23rd.