Monday, June 19, 2017

May Meeting Recap

CMQG ended May with special guest Jennifer, from Camp Erin, who accepted loads...

and loads...

and loads of quilts for Camp Erin, a free overnight camp for kids 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. Each camper gets to take home a quilt made to remind them of their experience at camp - and this year 26 of those campers will take home CMQG quilts! Good job team!

Not a guild to rest on our laurels, we are already onto the next project: the QuiltCon 2018 Charity Quilt Challenge! We'll be accepting design ideas through July 1st - get more details on our Projects/Challenges page. And while we're on the subject, we've managed to work out a pattern for our last QuiltCon challenge and hope to have that available soon. Here's our first tester:

At our May meeting we also went over some rulers. Maritza, Kim and Allison showed us their favorites:

And now for your May show and tell:

Felicity showed us her first longarmed quilt, done on a beautiful top of her own design

Stephanie is still working on this lively quilt made with some
Anna Maria Horner Fibs and Fables fabric.

The hand quilting she's adding gives it a lovely texture.

Stephanie also played with screen-printed fabrics
and burlap to get this summery patchwork.

Rebecca continued to play with the mariner's compass and different quilting methods.

This experimentation resulted in an awesomely unusual set of placemats!

You may have seen Regina working on her dresden plates at Sew In.
They are finished - we liked her theory four is the perfect
number; more than that and it gets chaotic!

Gretchen finished this bright and beautiful rainbow
mariner's compass earned a round of applause.

Joy finished this lovely Single Girls quilt 

Dahlia's X block quilt reminded us of spring,
what a lovely green, and the perfect amount of it!

Worried your charm pack won't make a long enough quilt?
Here's Abigail's genius idea for stretching it out!

Kim shared a beautiful IPad case she made from a kit on Craftsy

And this top she made with the ruler she demonstrated. Fantastic choice of colors!

Finally, Allison showed off the adorable hedgehog pattern she tested. 

We look forward to seeing you all next Sunday for a special presentation by Timna Tarr - see your email for more information, and save your show and tell for our July meeting!

Monday, May 8, 2017

April Meeting Recap

It was great to see you all at our April meeting - many thanks to Rebecca for hosting us at her lovely home. We know many of you made out well at the fabric swap and we can't wait to see what you do with your new scraps and fat quarters! We got a great preview of our quilt show (Gather Here, THIS WEEKEND) since submissions were due. So here's a sneak peek if you missed the meeting!

T's sooo fetch Mean Girls inspired mini.

Stephanie's drunkard's path modernized into a pretty flower

Rebecca's vibrant new take on the old 9 patch

and Noodlehead tote bag (her advice, skip the front pocket!)

Carolyn's bursting mini Mariner's Compass urges us to just keep going!

and her lovely kiss quilt, quilted on a domestic!

Hildy's wonky disappearing 9 patch, made AFTER her machine died at retreat!

Hildy's Camp Erin contribution, a pleasing mix of stripe width and direction

Hildy made this and the following red hot quilts for her neighbor's lucky grandchildren!

Rebecca's two-tone Mariner's Compass is inspiring a set of placemats!

Lots of ohs and ahs for this blue wonder of Rebecca's designed with three sizes of log cabins.
Do you see the seahorse made out of seahorse fabric at the bottom?

We saw this colorful top of Rebecca's a few meetings ago,
 but now it's been beautifully hand quilted by her mother!

Chris's clever drunkard's path owl, complete with drunkard's path branches!

Julie's Moral Compass mini

Julie's "This One's for the Lawyers" quilt, inspired by Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Dissent Collar.

Sue's seasonally-spot-on drunkard's path tulip with interesting background repeats.

Kathy's mini-mariner's compass, with beautiful feather-like spikes. 

We were mesmerized by the two-tone fabric that blurred
the lines on Kim's flying geese.

Kim's second flying geese with intricate quilting

Kim's black and white scrap quilt made from the scraps of a different project!

Christine's modern take on flying geese played with fun colors and fabrics.

Jessica's neo 9 patch made with fabrics from retreat!

Mary's new take on the 9 patch that perfectly coordinates with her hair

Jared's clever creation, where there is just one rainbow per log cabin piece.

Jared's cool moon phase banner, his first raw edge applique project.
And note the hand embroidered flowers on his sweatshirt as you'll likely see more over the coming months!

Heather's mini with the color contrasts, size variation and creative quilting hitting all the right spots!

Lovely color and quilting choices on Jordan's flying geese.

Jane playing with drunkard's path, we were in awe of her circular quilting - she credits a Christa Watson tutorial.

Charlotte's lively mariner's compass included itty-bitty mermaid tails!

This is Melissa's cool and hand quilted log cabin

and Kaesmene's bluesy log cabin!

Fun quilting on Abigail's flying geese

Gwen's flying geese also had amazing quilting - that's not patterned fabric!

Maritza's precise mod log cabin 

Joanne's wonky log cabin

Ali's vibrant log cabin surrounding an actual log cabin!

Laurie's spiral of flying geese may have been hard, but it was worth it!

And because it's not always quilting around here,
 Laurie's hand-knit mermaid tail!

Joy's beautiful geese in flight
Come see them all in person this weekend as part of Cambridge Open Studios. If you can't make it, we'll see you all at the end of the month back at Gather Here. Get quilting!