Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Quilts Needed for Countryside Quilt Show

It's that time of year again to gather one, two, or a few of your favorite quilts to be displayed at the Countryside Garden Shop Quilt Show!

2015 marks the third year that CLMQG members will participate and have quilts hanging in the greenhouses for the public to enjoy free of charge. This year's show runs Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20.

Please follow these instructions to have your quilt(s) displayed in the show as part of CLMQG:

  • deliver your quilt(s) to Countryside September 14-17 OR
  • bring your quilt(s) to our September 13 meeting and Shelley will deliver them to Countryside on your behalf
  • if you deliver your quilt(s) to Countryside be sure to mention that you are part of the CLMQG group display
  • include a label on the back of your quilt with your name, quilt name, and date the quilt was made (this can be a sewn-on label or a postcard you have attached with a safety pin)
  • hanging sleeves or tabs are not required to display your quilt
  • each person is responsible to pick up their own quilt(s) on Monday, September 21

Questions?  Please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com 

Last year we had over 20 member quilts displayed in the show!  Check out the photo albums on our Facebook page to see the 2014 member quilts and 2013 member quilts hanging at Countryside!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Modern Block Improv in Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a workshop with quilter and author Sherri Lynn Wood in October, and they have invited our guild members to register and attend.

The workshop topic is Modern Block Improv and it will be held on Pittsburgh's North Side at the Pittsburgh Project on Sunday, October 4, from 12pm to 7pm. The workshop cost is $100 (plus fees if paying online). Registration closes on September 18.

If you are interested in attending, additional details/registration information can be found on this EventBrite page and on the PghMQG website.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Color Wheel Quilt Class

If you were you lucky enough to be at our July 2015 meeting when Kelly taught us about the Elements and Principles of Design including the color wheel, then this graphic should look familiar...

Now look at this amazing color wheel quilt that Kelly found online last week! After a little research we learned that the pattern is available as an online instructional program, and if CLMQG has at least 5 members that wish to register and participate, they will each be entitled to a 25% discount on the program!!

The finished quilt measures 60" square and is a great way to use up fabric scraps. Techniques learned in the online lessons include bias applique, foundation piecing, raw-edge and turned-edge applique, English paper piecing, improvisational piecing, and quilt-as-you-go. Whew - that's a whole lot of skills! You can find all of the details about the program and register here. Registration gives you lifetime access to the pattern templates and lessons.

If we have enough interest and participants within the guild membership it could be fun to hold some fabric fat-eighths swaps by color.

So who's in? Email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com, and we'll send you the discount code to use when you register.

You know you want to make this fantastic quilt!!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Member Feature - Marge Snyder

Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up and lived in Illinois most of my life, with a few wonderful years break in Virginia.  I attended the College of Du Page and spent most of my career working in the travel industry retiring from Carlson Wagonlit Travel in November 2014.  I love to travel and have visited most of the US and a good portion of Europe.  My favorite destination is Hawaii.  I have been married to Steve for almost 36 years and have a son Steve married to Ashlee and daughter Robin married to Justin.  Steve and Ashlee have blessed us with two grandsons, who have completely kidnapped my heart.

How and when did you start quilting/sewing?
I learned to sew from my mother and made cloth nursery tale dolls for my nieces and nephews when I was 12.  After making my wedding dress I retired from sewing other than an occasional Halloween costume until about 10 years ago.  A class at Barrington Sewing Center sparked my interest in quilting and I have enjoyed many pleasant hours in my studio.  I would like to dedicate a few hours each day to sewing but haven’t fit that into my schedule yet.  I am an avid gardener but have gotten behind the weeding regimen due to all of the rain this season.

What are you most and least favorite parts of quilting?
I love planning, cutting and piecing the quilt top.  Quilting it is not my specialty.

Favorite fabrics/designers/color palette? Where do you get inspiration for your quilting projects? 
My favorite fabrics are bright vibrant greens and blues, and I enjoy a variety of current designers including Riley Blake, Kaffe Fassett and Michael Miller.  Inspiration comes from everywhere - nature, magazines, classes, quilt shops and the guild.

What quilt/s are you working on now?
I have a hexagon baby quilt on my design wall, all the fabric for a Michael Miller inspired gnome baby Christmas quilt, a modern Elliptical Drunkards Path, and a Rose thread painting in progress. I just received the Michael Miller fabric for the Glitz Fabric Challenge and have no ideas yet!

What is on your quilting "bucket list"?
Don’t really know other than make a quilt for Steve and Ashlee and perhaps one for our bed! I always give everything I make away!!!

Where do you sew?
I am lucky enough to have a sewing room, as you can see from the pictures it’s bursting at the seams.

Do you tend to follow patterns or make your own designs?
I usually follow a pattern, although occasionally go off track and do my own design.

What kind of machine do you use?
I have a Janome MC 6600, Jem, and Viking Rose.  I also have a Grace Pro quilting frame that I haven't figured out how to use yet.

Are you a fabric or scrap hoarder? Do you finish a project before starting another or have multiple WIPs/UFOs?
Too many UFO’s and too much fabric!!!

Tell us something about yourself that other CLMQG members probably don't know.
Growing up in the 60’s and spending a semester in Europe I lived in a “commune” when we returned to the US, to the horror of my mother!

What is your most treasured/sentimental possession?
I am the keeper of the family photos/memories if there was a house fire I would go back for those after our pets were all safe.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

UPDATE: September Schoolhouse Volunteers Needed

We're looking for FOUR volunteers to 
demonstrate quilting techniques/tools/patterns 
at our September 13, 2015 meeting.

Due to personal circumstances, both of our original volunteers are unable to attend the September 13, 2015 meeting :(

The meeting is scheduled for 1:00-4:00pm.  Demo length needs to be approximately 20 minutes and will be presented 4 times at the meeting.

If you are able to share your quilty knowledge with the rest of our members 
at the September 13 meeting, please email us right away at