Sunday, April 19, 2015

Meeting Reminder

UPDATE Monday April 20th::: 

It's that time again, the third Tuesday of the month. So we're meeting at the Stitchin' Post at 5pm. We're meeting at Quiltworks in Bend, from 5 to 8. We'll do the business portion of the meeting at 6.

On the agenda:
  • Show and tell
  • group discussion: favorite resources that aren't online. Maybe it's a book you love (maybe it's not quilting but it still inspires your quilting?), or a place? or a person. I know for many of us it's each other! 
  • Ongoing challenges:
--Black to White challenge for QKS, a challenge open to any MQG member in the PNW. see for all the information. Due date in June
--MQG Riley Blake fabric challenge. Due date in July.
--COMQG cool colors challenge, due October 1st. 
  • Christy's scrappy stash buster next meeting is Wednesday this week, too! This is a just-for-fun quilt along, and many members are following along the pattern, some are just doing a few blocks. 
  • Upcoming Sew days/retreats:
May 1-3rd retreat hosted by Lindsey (that's me!)
June 13th sew day hosted by Erin. 

Remember to bring:
your show and tell
your sewing project to work on during the meeting. There's space for sewing machines or handwork.
your ideas for our group discussion--your face 'offline' resource
your nametag to be entered to win in the drawing for door prizes

Also remember that Central Oregon Shop Hop is coming up this week, starting on Thursday!

See you all there at the meeting! We love guests!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Meeting Reminder

It's that time again, so we're meeting on the Third Tuesday, March 17th from 5pm to 8pm at the Stitchin' Post. 

On the agenda, starting at 6pm:
1) Last week was the first meeting of the Scrappy Stash Buster Group. We'll get an update. Remember, the pattern is here:
2) Registering Quilts at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Website. We need to register our guild challenge quilts:
Register yours NOW!
3) Fabric Nametags! Get your COMQG logo fabric from Kayla at the meeting. Wear your finished nametag to the first meeting in April to have a chance to win the QuiltCon Goodie bag!
4) Sew day at Erin's in April. Erin will host a guild sew day and potluck on Saturday, April 4th
5) Retreat.  Lindsey will host a retreat May 1st -3rd.
6) Challenge:Have you thought about our Cool Color challenge yet? Bring your ideas and questions for a discussion. 

Bring along: 
--your sewing machine or sewing project, or anything you want! There's plenty of room for sewing. 
--your show and tell

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Scrappy Stash Buster Project

Christy is hosting the Scrappy Stash Buster Project. 

Meetings start tonight! We'll be working on this until June. 
Things are flexible: make one block, or make all 12, or make more! 

We'll be working on the Half Square Triangle BOM created by Jeni Baker:

This is just for fun, for us to work on a project together and maybe swap some scraps and have fun together. 

How to sign up: follow the instructions in the email sent last week, or email

Friday, March 6, 2015

Meeting Notes

We had a great meeting on Tuesday. If you need more information about locations, or where to sign up for any event, look at your email, sent to members. Or email with questions. 

Action item!
-We distributed fabric with our COMQG logo. Make a nametag with this logo fabric, and wear it to our first meeting in April, and you'll be eligible to win a QuiltCon goodie bag! Trust me, it's pretty awesome!
-keep wearing your nametags at future meetings, we'll have giveaways for people wearing nametags only. 

-we voted, and cool colors won!
-due date is October 1st. 
-Challenge requirements: use entirely cool colors. A pop of warm colors is acceptable, but the quilt should be primarily cool colors. The quilt should be lap size: approximately 50-70 inches by 50-70 inches. 

Update from QuiltCon
-recap of QuiltCon. We had 6 members attend and had a great time!
-Kristin's blog has some great recaps:

here are the COMQG members at QuiltCon with our charity quilt.

Christy's scrappy stash buster
-Meeting dates are Wednesdays: March 11, March 25th, April 22, May 6, May 27, June 10, from 6:30 to 8:30.
-Pattern we'll be following is the Half Square Triangle Block of the Month by Jeni Baker at In Color Order. 
-check your email for further instructions if you have already signed up. 

Sew day at Erin's in April
-Erin will host a guild sew day and potluck lunch on Saturday, April 4th from 11am to 5pm.

-Lindsey will host a retreat May 1st -3rd

BTW challenge for Quilt Knit Stitch:
-we have the option again this year to make a quilt to submit to the juried show at Quilt Knit Stitch. This year's theme is Black to White (BTW, get it?), and the link for all the information and entries is here:

Save the date, more information coming:
--Meetup at Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show planned
--PNW MQG meetup in Seattle August 20-23
--COMQG 5 year anniversary party at Quiltworks in November. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Meeting Reminder

It's the first Tuesday in March, and we're meeting at Quiltworks in Bend on March 3rd, from 5pm to 8pm.

At 6pm we'll do the business portion of our meeting, and we have a packed agenda!

On the agenda:
-we'll announce our challenge
-Report from QuiltCon
-upcoming sew days and a retreat
-upcoming scrap quilt meetings

Please bring:
-a hand sewing project
-a quilted nametag for show and tell. We'll be discussing making new fabric nametags with our guild logo, bring yours along to show us!
-other show and tell

We hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Wonky Star Tutorial

At our last meeting, I passed out bundles of fabric for making a blue wonky star block for a charity quilt. This one will be quilted by Corni and sent along to Camp Erin, a children's bereavement camp.

Here's how you make a star! Any questions, get a hold of Lindsey. There's also plenty of 12.5 inch wonky star block tutorials out there, try an internet search .

The block bundle contains 8 background 4.5 inch squares, 1 center 4.5 inch square, and 8 triangles for the star points. 

The bundle pieces (left), and how they will all fit together in the final block (right).
To make the star points, use the 'flip and stitch' method. First lay the triangle over the corner of the square rights sides together like in this picture, and stitch a 1/4 inch seam. The angle you lay the triangle affects how 'wonky' the star point is. Try out some different angles!

Then trim away the background square that will be underneath the triangle once it's flipped over 

Now, press.

Repeat for the other star point. Lay the triangle on the background, right sides together, and stitch a 1/4 inch seam.  

Trim the background 

Press, and then trim this completed star point block to 4.5 inches.  

Make four of the star point blocks. Here you can all the block pieces all laid out. 

Sew the pieces together in rows, then sew the rows together for the completed block.  

Admire your completed block!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Meeting Reminder

Hey All, it's that time again!

It's the first Tuesday, so we're meeting at Quiltworks in Bend from 5pm to 8pm tonight.
We're meeting upstairs in the gallery, the classroom is in use today.
Our meetings are primarily a sewing and social time, so we hope you'll join us!

Bring along: 
hand sewing project
show and tell--bring a finished project or an in-progress one to share with us!

We'll do the business portion of our meeting at 6pm. On the agenda:
Discussion of challenges
future charity quilt
Show and tell

We hope to see you there!