Monday, January 30, 2017

January 15, 2017 Meeting Minutes

1. Committee Updates: There were no updates given today.

2. Upcoming Meetings:

  • February 12: 1 – 4 pm: Natalie of Free Spirit Quilting ~ Trunk show and vending
  • March 19: 12 – 4 pm: Catherine Redford ~ Workshop: Walking Foot quilting
  • April 9: 1 – 4 pm: Suzy Quilts ~ Trunk show & vending

3.  Other Business: 

  • We collected membership forms and $35 dues.
  • New 2017 Secret Pals were assigned to those members who signed up.

4. Instagram Challenge: Instagram Show and Tell with buttons given to all participants who correctly finished the December challenge. The monthly prize was drawn. For the January challenge, members must post three photos in three separate Instagram posts of a current foundation paper piecing project they are working on. This project must be brought to the February meeting to qualify for the prize. See this post for all the details.

5. Door prize

6. Show and Tell

7. Sew-in and Garage Sale 10 – 4 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

January 2017 Instagram Challenge Free Patterns

Need some paper piecing ideas or inspiration for the January 2017 CLMQG Instagram Challenge? Check out these FREE block patterns available for download from the Splendid Sampler website until March 1, 2017!  I looked through all the 93+ patterns available to date, and found these 11 paper piecing patterns.  All of these blocks finish at 6", but be sure to select "no scaling" or "100% custom scale" when printing so you'll get the correct size templates.  Each pattern includes a 1" box or line to check and make sure that your templates are correct when printed.

We're excited to see what you make in this month's challenge!!  Click on the name of each block to be directed to the webpage containing the download link for the pattern.

After March 1, 2017 these block patterns will no longer be available to download online, but they will be published in a book later this year.  So hurry over to the Splendid Sampler website to get the patterns you want now!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January 2017 Instagram Challenge Requirements

January 2017 Challenge Requirements (Read our original post about this challenge for the complete set of rules and more details about this year-long challenge.)
  • The January Challenge topic is Foundation Paper Piecing.
  • Post at least three separate photos in three separate posts (one photo per post) of your progress on a Foundation Paper Pieced project you are working on right now.  It does not have to be a brand new project, but it must be something currently in progress and not already completed.
  • Photos must be posted by Thursday, February 9 to qualify.
  • Bring the project from your photos to the February 12, 2017 meeting for Show and Tell.  The project does not need to be fully completed - just bring whatever you have done so far.
  • You may start posting photos now.
  • Each January challenge photo must include the following elements:
  1. @crystallakemqg
  2. #clmqgigchallengejan
  3. At least two other relevant hashtags (no spaces and no special characters are allowed within the body of IG hashtags)

  • Remember to add relevant info to your photo captions - name of the pattern, fabrics you are using, etc.  The more information you can provide, the more interested people will be in your photos!
  • Be extra mindful when typing your hashtags and "@crystallakemqg".  If these are not correctly typed your photo(s) will not qualify for challenge prizes.
  • Use a space before and after each @ or # string.  Don't put spaces within the @ or # string of characters.  
***New Challenge Information***
  • Thumbs Up emoji comment from CLMQG tells you photo meets requirements.
  • Gold Star emoji comment from CLMQG means you have qualified that month with 3 correct photos
  • You must be present at time of drawings to win prizes.

Want to make the Geometric Sewing Machine block shown above and at the January 15 meeting?  Purchase and download the pattern here for $3.50

Want to use another pattern to make your FPP Challenge project?  Google "free paper piecing patterns" and you'll get thousands of results :)

New to Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP)?  Here are few great online tutorials to help:

View all slides from the January 15 meeting Powerpoint presentation here.

Monday, January 9, 2017

January 15, 2017 Meeting Reminder

Sunday, January 15 is our next meeting and program
at the Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center (see map on the right sidebar.)
The meeting starts at 9:00am and the day concludes at 4:00pm.

January Monthly Meeting Highlights:
  • 2017 Membership Renewals due (download and print the forms here AND here)
  • Garage Sale! (see this post for all the details)
  • January Instagram Challenge Theme announcement
  • Monthly prizes awarded for December Instagram Challenge
  • 2017 Secret Pal sign ups (download and print form here)
  • Open sew-in for 2017 CLMQG members
  • Show and Tell

What you need to bring for the meeting:
  • Items from your December Instagram challenge photos (if you are participating)
  • Show and Tell - bring your modern quilted items to share
  • Your completed Secret Pal sign up form (if participating)
  • 2017 Membership Forms and payment ($35 cash or check)
  • $$ for garage sale shopping
  • Donation Quilts - Bring any newly completed comfort quilts for Gavers Breast Care Center. Please remember to include a CLMQG label on the back of your quilt.
  • Snacks (if you signed up to bring this month)
  • Lunch and (non-alcoholic) beverage to get you through the day :)
  • Sewing machine, extension cord/power strip, sewing supplies
  • Iron and ironing surface to share (if you are able)
  • Cutting mat to share (if you are able)
  • Nametag
We hope to see YOU Sunday!
Don't forget to wear your nametag :)