Monday, March 31, 2014

Meeting Reminder

It's the first Tuesday! Even though it's April Fools Day, no foolin', we are meeting as normal!

Who: members and guests
What: COMQG meeting and sew time
When: Tuesday, April 1st, 5pm to 8pm, business at 6pm.
Where: Quiltworks in Bend
Why: it's the first Tuesday!
a project to work on (handwork as space can be limited),
dinner or drinks if you're so inclined,
show and tell--something you finished, or maybe a work in progress to share or ask for advice,
your Absolute Bag from the class last week so we can see 'em!

See you there!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Modern Quilting Presentation Recap

On Wednesday, we provided a presentation on Modern Quilting for the East of the Cascades (EOTC) guild in Sisters. A bunch of people from the guild contributed quilts that were shown, and a bunch helped with the presentation. Thanks for asking us, EOTC! Here are some pictures!

Erin and Kayla hold up Susan's Mod Mosaic quilt
COMQG at EOTC March 2014 (13)

They got to see a preview of some of our Ohio Star Made Modern Challenge quilts!
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We showed some of our 2 + 1 Color Challenge quilts. I don't get tired of seeing these all together!
COMQG at EOTC March 2014 (23)

COMQG at EOTC March 2014 (22)

A couple of quilts from the MQG Riley Blake Fabric Challenge earlier this year
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And a group project! The quilt we made for a guild member when she was expecting. A lot of love went into this one!
COMQG at EOTC March 2014 (17)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday, Starfall Quilt

On Wednesdays we feature works in progress by guild members. A few members are in clubs hosted by the Stitchin' Post, and we're featuring them this week and next.
The Stitchin' Post is offering a block of the month type club called $5 Scrap that lasts 4 months. The premise is that you buy the whole pattern, pay $5, and bring your finished blocks each month to get the next month's part of the pattern and another scrap from the scrap pile for your blocks. At the end of the 4 month timeframe, we will have enough blocks left to make the quilt top.

The quilt we're making is Starfall Quilt by Faith at Fresh Lemons Quilts. This quilt is made up of 4 different blocks, and uses so many scraps and just looks great and is so fun to make!

The finished quilt.

Kayla's blocks:
Comqg meeting 3/18/2013

Susan's and Lindsey's blocks from the first month:

Susan was working on her blocks for next month at the sew day on Saturday:

Crystal joined this month and is cutting for hers:

Shannon's blocks:

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sisters Sew Day Pictures and The Week Ahead

Crystal is cutting for the $5 Scrap, Susan is finishing up her $5 Scrap blocks for this month, and Jeanne is working on yet another Sew Together bag
Susan is working on these awesome log cabin blocks, Tamra is cutting from this wonderful stack of fabric for her Tula 100 quilt, and Katy was binding this awesome wonky log cabin baby quilt. 

We had such a fun time on Saturday for the COMQG Member Sew Day! Thanks Jeanne for hosting, and everyone for coming and sewing!

The week ahead:

Tuesday the 24th at 5:30pm: Absolute Bag Class with Marilyn at Quiltworks. Contact Marilyn for information about cost and attending.
Wednesday the 25th at 6pm: Modern Quilting presentation to the East of the Cascades guild at the Stitchin' Post. Contact Kayla for information about how to help.
also at 6pm is the MQG modern quilting webinar by Heather Grant. Free for MQG members, and a recording will be available.
Thursday the 26th, 5 to 8: COMQG Member Sew Night at BJs. Come and enjoy some sewing time!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Modern Metallic

On Wednesdays we feature works in progress by guild members. Enjoy!

Quilter's Linen Metallic in (left to right) ash, grey, bone, and sand.

As a Pacific Northwest Modern Quilt Guild, we were invited to submit quilts for the exhibit titled Modern Metallic for the Quilt! Knit! Stitch! quilt show in Portland, OR in August. One of the wonderful members of Portland Modern Quilt Guild organized sponsors for our challenge, and we were all thrilled to see that Robert Kaufman was providing challenge participants with fat quarters of their new metallics. Since everyone in COMQG loves Quilter's Linen, it didn't take us long to decide we would choose Quilter's Linen Metallic.

I was positively giddy to receive the fabric, and immediately got to cutting and preparing bundles to distribute to the 10 challenge participants from our guild. Even though the overall challenge didn't require using this fabric for the challenge, we decided as a guild to use the fabric in some way in our quilt that fits the theme of Modern Metallic. Stay tuned to this space for updates as we work on our challenges.

Submissions for the show are due May 2nd, and we will all be bringing our finished quilts to the COMQG meeting at Quiltworks for show and tell on May 6th.

COMQG Meeting 3/19/2014

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COMQG 3/19/2014, a set on Flickr.

Thanks for a great meeting all! Check the Calendar to see our sew days coming up this weekend and next week.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Meeting Reminder

We hope to have you join us for the meeting this upcoming week, on Tuesday the 18th from 5pm to 8pm. We'll be at the Stitchin' Post in Sisters. We're in the back classroom, come in the backdoor if you'd like.

What to bring: 
yourself! we love guests
a project to work on: there's plenty of space for sewing machines,
show and tell, 
food or drink, 
lady luck for the door prize drawing.

On the agenda, starting at 6pm:
show and tell
door prizes!
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Ohio Star Made Modern exhibit update
Challenge updates (Modern metallic and MQG Michael Miller)
Sew day and class reminders
Charity projects (wish upon a card and house blocks for the Ronald McDonald House Quilt)
Pick up your member cards and pins

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Members Share their Space

Welcome to the blog series where we get a peek inside members' sewing spaces. Today is Jeanne's turn. Enjoy!
entrance to my 3rd floor sewing room

Here are a few pics of my ever changing sewing space.  I like change and am constantly changing my space to fit my current whim.  Currently I have two spots.  The 'real' one is on the 3rd floor of our house.

ironing area - 3rd floor

cutting area - 3rd floor

My husband I share a big loft type space.  He has his electronic stuff on one half and I have my sewing stuff on the other.  Along with an extra bed and mini refrig.  It was our son's room before he moved out for college and now 'life'.  I tend to not use this space much as my hubby is not up there much and I seem too far away and alone.

 storage in closet - 3rd floor
(are you all noticing a pattern of cats in the sewing space pictures? I guess we all love our pets!)

sewing area in family room

Instead, I like to work downstairs in our family room.  I bought a little table at costco and put it behind our couch. I feel more connected down there. And can catch up on my shows while sewing.

cutting area on kitchen island

I use our big kitchen island for my cutting and ironing area.  So as you see, I've kind of taken over parts of most rooms in our house.

Thankfully, my hubby doesn't mind all the sewing stuff around.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Toes in the Sand BOM and Park Bench BOM

On Wednesdays we feature works in progress from guild members. Today we're showing works in progress from the Toes in the Sand Block of the month pattern by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts.

Last year, Tamra of the Stitchin' Post taught this class. Each month, block-of-the-month'ers picked up fabric for the month's blocks, and we just picked up the last bundle of fabric this month. Tamra made the shop sample, and Shannon, Kayla, and Lindsey did the BOM through the Stitchin' Post, and Christy did it on her own. Some of us use the hashtag #toesinthesandQAL on Instagram and our photos were included in a recent post on Julie's blog!

Tamra's shop sample is just amazing:

Kayla's blocks are beautiful:

Christy already showed us her quilt blocks up on her design wall in her sewing space post:

Julie Herman has released a new BOM for this year. It is called Park Bench. Julie's sample is hanging at BJ's for a limited time, so get in and see the stunning, finished quilt in person! Starting this month, Shannon is teaching the Park Bench BOM at BJ's Quiltbasket. There is still space available, and it should be just as fun as the Toes in the Sand quilt was! Here are some of Shannon's class samples as she gets ready to teach. These blocks are just lovely!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Mark your calendars! Sew Days and a Class in March!

We have a busy month full of sewing time in March! Good thing we all love getting together to sew!
In addition to our regularly scheduled meetings, First and Third Tuesdays 5pm to 8pm, we have:

1) Saturday, March 22nd from 11am to 5pm.
Sew day at the Heritage building in Sisters.  Please RSVP to Jeanne if you'd like to attend. No cost for members!

2) UPDATE: This class will be Tuesday, March 25th from 5pm to 8 or 9pm.
Marilyn is putting on her Absolute Bag class for us. Please contact Marilyn at Quiltworks to sign up for her class. She will be providing us with pricing information and fabric and notion requirements for the class. We all love this pattern and can't wait to make this bag! There is a charge for the class, in addition to purchasing the pattern. Please contact Marilyn for more information about the price.

3) Thursday March 27th from 5pm to 8pm
Sew Night at BJ's Quiltbasket. To cap off a  busy week of COMQG sewing events, join us at BJs! No cost for members!

Any questions? contact Lindsey or the comqg email.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ohio Stars in Oregon

A few more fun shots of our latest quilts.  For more check out Flickr COMQG!
Marilyn of Quiltworks Bend enters our challenge!  

Corni's musical stars

Lindsey's value study of Ohio stars, can you see them all? 

quilty photo shoot.  

Erin's colorful masterpiece.  

Christy's DWR and Ohio Stars!

stack of quilts.