Monday, July 27, 2015

Coats and Clark Thread Evaluation: Deadline: July 29th

From time to time Coats and Clark conducts consumer tests of their threads. These evaluations can be quality related, a comparison to other products or evaluation of a proposed new product.  They will be conducting an evaluation this month and they are hoping to recruit participants through the Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild.

Here is the information:
Thread Evaluation
Coats & Clark is looking for people who sew to participate in a comparison test of all-purpose threads. All materials will be supplied.  Participants should:
•             Own or have access to a sewing machine
•             Sew on a fairly regular basis
•             Be able to devote 1-2 hours to the test
•             Be able to complete in the next 3-4 weeks.
  
They usually send out a packet which contains the thread, fabric and needles plus instructions and an evaluation form. It also includes a postage paid envelope for returning the samples.  If Lynn has email addresses, she can follow up with details and get the shipping info. If anyone wants to contact her directly via email that is great!  Here is the email of Lynn Browne:  Lynn.Browne@coats.com
You will need to contact her by July 29th!   Get to it!  



Wednesday, July 15, 2015

June Meeting Recap!




First, let's send out a big THANK YOU to Lee Monroe for joining us at last month's meeting.  She was such a delight and shared so much of her amazing work with us, as well as great tips and insight on how to design and incorporate different color palettes into our quilt projects.  She is such an inspiration!  

Lee has started a new series on her website, called "color stories", it is a great resource to see how to use color in a way you may not have thought about before.  She will be in our are again in August teaching some classes! She will be at the Quilted Thimble Cottage on August 14th and also at We're Sew Creative on the 15th.  You can find more about the classes she is offering, here:  http://www.maychappell.com/learn/

Lee shared so many wonderful quilts with us at the meeting!  If you want to get a glimpse at them, head over to our Flickr account and you can view them there!   https://www.flickr.com/groups/cltmqg/pool/   If you took some pictures during the last meeting it would be great if you could share them on Instagram!  Use the hashtag  #cltmqg and we will all get to see them if we are following the CLTMQG account.  



The Block of the Month for the August 4th meeting is below.  

There isn't a tutorial online for this one, here are the steps:
- Cut 36   2.5" squares of all the same shade - in my example it's all in the pink family
- Each block will have 6 squares in each row, and 6 rows total making it 6 x 6  2.5" blocks
- Arrange colors randomly, I sewed them 2 at a time and then began adding them together to make the rows... no planning on the layout




We did not follow through with the fabric swap during the last meeting, so we are just going to plan to do it again at the August 4th meeting!   Bring a fat quarter or two and swap with the other ladies who are participating! 

Please remember that our meeting day has changed, just for the July meeting.  The church needed the room that evening, however they can accommodate our group on Tuesday, August 4th instead!  We voted at the last meeting to cancel or take the new date for our July meeting, and since you all love the Cltmqg so much, you voted to meet on the 4th!   Same time: 6-8; same place:  St. Gabriel's, Room D.  See you there!   You are not going to want to miss out, Vicki Chase will be doing a program Fabric Postcards and Printing on Fabric From Home!


Sunday, June 28, 2015

You Really Don't Want to Miss this!!!!

Hi Everyone!  I want to remind you that the very talented and incredibly sweet Lee Monroe will be speaking at our June meeting.  This is a very special opportunity to get to know Lee, learn from her and see some of her amazing work in person.  Please plan to attend!  Information about the meeting and a short bio of Lee can be found below.


June’s program is going to be so exciting!  We’ve booked Lee Chappell Monroe to come visit our guild and speak.  Lee will be speaking about her quilting path, showing a “ton” of quilts, and talking about the patterns she’s designed. 

Here’s a bit more about Lee, straight from her blog www.maychappell.com.

"Lee has been creating since she first discovered crayons at age 2! She’s from a family of quilters and learned everything from her mother, affectionately known as The Guru. She loves all things fabric—from zippy pouch to queen size quilt—and everything in between. With a love of color and bold graphic shapes, Lee enjoys designing patterns and teaching all types of classes, while sharing her adventures on her blog, www.maychappell.com. She is a trained graphic designer which shows in her clean aesthetic. She was runner up in the Accuquilt Barn Quilt Design Competition and her work has appeared in multiple publications, including Stitch and Quiltmaker. She is Vice President of the Triad Modern Quilt Guild. Lee lives in beautiful North Carolina with Mack the Chihuahua."

Please visit Lee’s blog to check out more of her work – and a great series of tips every Tuesday.

We are so happy to welcome Lee to Charlotte, and would love for members and guests to join us on June 30th at 6 pm, at St. Gabe’s.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Did you know.....Lee Monroe is coming to CLTMQG in June? Don't Miss Out!

June’s program is going to be so exciting!  We’ve booked Lee Chappell Monroe to come visit our guild and speak.  Lee will be speaking about her quilting path, showing a “ton” of quilts, and talking about the patterns she’s designed. 

Here’s a bit more about Lee, straight from her blog www.maychappell.com.

"Lee has been creating since she first discovered crayons at age 2! She’s from a family of quilters and learned everything from her mother, affectionately known as The Guru. She loves all things fabric—from zippy pouch to queen size quilt—and everything in between. With a love of color and bold graphic shapes, Lee enjoys designing patterns and teaching all types of classes, while sharing her adventures on her blog, www.maychappell.com. She is a trained graphic designer which shows in her clean aesthetic. She was runner up in the Accuquilt Barn Quilt Design Competition and her work has appeared in multiple publications, including Stitch and Quiltmaker. She is Vice President of the Triad Modern Quilt Guild. Lee lives in beautiful North Carolina with Mack the Chihuahua."

Please visit Lee’s blog to check out more of her work – and a great series of tips every Tuesday.

We are so happy to welcome Lee to Charlotte, and would love for members and guests to join us on June 30th at 6 pm, at St. Gabe’s.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Meeting Reminder

Hello Ladies! Just a quick reminder that next week's meeting is with Make Welcome.  Please bring a traditionally southern dish, thread (3 spools) and any fabric you might like to donate.  Also please pack up your sew and share bags with anything you would like to share with our new friends.  We want to encourage these ladies by showing them our first/last projects and with a variety of things that we make.

The guild is providing plates, napkins and utensils.  I am bringing the cups and drinks (Sundrop and Cheerwine, both born in the Carolinas, as well as Sweet Tea and water).  

Please plan on sharing your self and your sewing with these ladies.  I can't wait to see what you all bring!


Also:  Please remember to vote for the bylaws, in person or by email by midnight the night before our meeting on Tuesday. Our email address is cltmqg@gmail.com 


We will meet Tuesday, May 26th from 6-8 pm at Saint Gabriel's Catholic Church. We will be in Room D of the Ministry Center.  See you there! 

Monday, May 4, 2015

April Meeting Re-Cap


It was great to see everyone at the meeting in April!  We had a great turnout and several new faces joined in the fun.  It is great to see familiar members and to welcome new friends to the guild.  

Thank you Liz for the great presentation on Surface Design.  We learned a great deal and the presentation was helpful and informative. 

We also want to thank Liz again for wading through all of the details involved in becoming members of the National Guild and how to be determined as a non-profit group.  Thank you for all of your hard work! 


Here is a look at some of the great work that you all brought in to share! 



It is always inspiring to see what you all have been up to!



The BOM for next month is pictured below.   Here is a link to follow for the instructions on how to piece it together! http://weallsew.com/2015/04/10/scrap-plus-quilt-along-week-1/



Now, let's get to some of the details for the May meeting! 

Don't forget, in May we will be hosting the ladies from Make Welcome!  This is a refugee craft collective that Beth Pinckney, one of our Guild members, helped found.  

We will be sharing a meal with the ladies who come to visit, so please bring a dish to share!  We will be keeping to a "Southern Foods" theme, so please plan accordingly.  For example, I will be bringing some Banana Pudding; some other ideas are; biscuits, fried chicken, greens, coleslaw, watermelon, bbq, cornbread, peach cobbler, sweet tea etc.  You get the idea.  Please bring enough to share with the group.  

We will each be bringing three spools of thread to give to each lady.  If you have any fabric in your stash that you would like to donate, please consider doing so!  The ladies only make items from donated fabric, so it would be great to be able to add to their stash!

Also, please, please bring several items to the Sew and Share portion of the meeting.  We want to share with the ladies, items that we have made and the progress we have made during our time sewing.  Even, something that you made early on and something you completed more recently.    

Lastly, don't forget to bring your Secret Sewing Sister her last goodie bag!  This is the last month and when you will reveal to you SSS who you are!  

Alright, really, the LAST thing to remember:  If you aren't going to be at the meeting in May please remember to VOTE on the amendments to the By-Laws by midnight the Monday (25th) before the meeting! You can email your vote to cltmqg@gmail.com 

The next meeting is Tuesday, May 26th, from 6-8 pm in room D of the Ministry Building at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, at the corner of Providence and Sharon Rd.  See you there! 



Monday, April 27, 2015

Meeting Tuesday April 28th!

Just a quick reminder that we are meeting this Tuesday, April 28th at St. Gabriel's Church.  We will be meeting from 6-8 pm in Room D of the Ministry Center located on the St. Gabe's campus. There is a link below to the map of the campus.  


http://stgabrielchurch.accessdomain28203.org.s205844.gridserver.com/wp-content/uploads/Campus-Map.pdf

Don't forget to bring your items for the Secret Sewing Sister swap, if you signed up for that back in January!  Also, bring your completed blocks of the month for the charity quilt and your needle books to swap if you decided to participate!

See you tomorrow!