Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sew Excited For Sew Boston

Sew Boston is happening this Sunday Oct 23, 2016 at the Cambridge Marriott in Kendall Square. We'll be sewing from 9am to 8pm with lots of fun activities sprinkled throughout the day. Three spots have recently become available so email us if you aren't yet registered. Friends from multiple local modern quilt guilds will be there, sewing it up!  We are very fortunate and thankful to have generous donations for swag bag items and door prizes from the the following companies:

Produced in Italy, Aurifil Threads offers hundreds of different high quality threads in varying weights and colors.  This is the thread of choice for many quilters and we are thankful they have donated some awesome door prizes for our event.  Thanks Aurifil! Check out their website and IG handle @aurifilthread

United Notions, Moda Fabrics and Moda Home is a multi-line fabric, notions and finished product manufacturer and distributor selling to the trade. Moda strives to bring you the latest and greatest in both fabrics and other quilting and home products.   Moda generously donated multiple items for our swag bag and door prizes.  Thanks Moda Fabrics!  Check out their website  and their IG handle.                                                                                

Michael Miller, out of NYC, creates quality fabrics for several industries including quilting.  They have generously donated swag bag and door prizes for our first Sew Boston.  Thanks Michael Miller!  Check out their products on their site and their IG handle 

Robert Kaufman Co, Inc. makes awesome quilting fabrics and textiles for retailers and manufacturers. They are a fabric supplier to many industries, including retail & quilting, home decor, bridal, uniforms, and the apparel industry.  They have generously donated some of their amazing fabrics for door prizes.  Thanks Robert Kaufman!  Check out their products on their website and their IG handle

Westwood Acres is a wife and husband run shop specializing in fabric by the yard, modern fabric bundles, and beautiful patterns to go with them.  They have generously donated beautiful fabric bundle door prizes.  Thanks Westwood acres!  Check out their products on their site and their IG handle

Zipit Zippers is an Etsy based store that specializes in selling YKK zippers in multiple sizes and colors at great prices.  They have generously donated both swag and door prizes.  Thanks Zipit Zippers!  Check out their goods on Etsy.

Gather Here is a fabric, yarn, and fibers store offering classes, an inspirational work space, and knowledgeable instructors. They are Cambridge's first stitch lounge with machines, supplies, tables and most importantly, space, for the maker to create.  Plus they host the CMQG monthly guild meetings and generously give members a discount!  Thanks Gather Here for donating an amazing door prize and being all around awesome to the CMQG and all local makers!  Check out their awesome offerings here and their IG handle.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Meet Your (quilt) Maker: Jen McPhilimy

A little PSA before you meet Jen: If you are in town this weekend we would LOVE (can't stress that enough) to see you at our sew-in on Sunday afternoon. We will be at the Cambridge Quilt Shop, 95 Blanchard Road in Cambridge. If enough of you come, we should be able to finish up the top this weekend! If too few people show, we'll probably have to do another sew in...  So please, if you have even an hour to spare, come and hang out with us! Bring your sewing machine and cutting mats/rotary cutters. Just do one square! There may even be ghoulish treats. 

If you've been to one of our previous sew ins or have been following our progress on Instagram, you've seen a hint of Jen McPhilimy's aesthetic and design talent. Jen won our 'Design Our QuiltCon Quilt' contest a few months ago, and it's about time we meet the woman behind it all. 

This a life size raw edge applique self portrait. I'm trilled to include it here because
what else are you supposed to do with a self portrait? Hang it over your bed? Creepy.

What’s your favorite podcast/music/audiobook genre to listen to when you quilt?

Mostly I listen to NPR when I’m quilting. Oh! and I’m secretly a sucker for a good musical. Soundtracks to musicals are great to quilt to since there’s variety across the songs and a narrative thread to follow. 

What sewing skill are you most proud of?

I’m pretty good at eyeballing things. That’s super handy.

This quilt was started in a workshop with Joe Cunningham.

What skill are you itching to master?

I really should do more machine quilting of my own.

Do you sew for a living?

No. I studied graphic design in college and have worked in that field for over 20 years. Today, I am part of a startup software company called Shoobx where I’m the head of product and user experience.

What kind of fabric are you most attracted to?

My stash is full of fabrics that read as a single color—some commercial prints, some batiks, and some I’ve dyed myself—a lot of them are murky, earthy colors. You say, “huh…baby shit brown”; I say, “Let’s make a quilt!”

This quilt was hanging on the wall at Gather Here this summer!

Tell us about the quilt that means the most to you and why. This doesn’t have to be one that you made. And we’d love to see a picture!

When our half sister graduated from high school, my sister and I jointly made a quilt for her to take to college. We collaborated on the design and mailed the pieces back and forth between Boston and Chicago. That’s the sentimental fave, but I don’t have a picture.

How/When did you start quilting/sewing?
I sewed as a kid and even worked in a fabric store one summer during college, but I made my first quilt in 2004. My family decided we should only exchange handmade gifts that year (and we’ve been doing that ever since), and I made a queen size quilt for my mom.

Two quilts in a series inspired by Greek myths, the stories of Persphone and the Sirens.
I worked in some photos of pomegranates and bird wings.

From designing and picking fabrics to watching a recipient’s face when they see your quilt for the first time, what is your favorite part of the whole process?

Designing. Definitely designing. It’s a little puzzle that you turn around in the back of your brain until you have an idea that might possibly be worthy of the time investment it will take to make.

A baby quilt I call Hugs and Kisses.

What do you do to get over a hump when you get stuck on a quilt?

Step away. Sometimes you just have to back away from a troublemaker quilt for a bit. Then look at it in a new way—next to something else, upside down, from across the room.

What kind of other crafts are you into besides quilting?

I also do some silversmithing. You get to play with metal and fire, which is hard to do in quilting.

Several of the sterling silver pendants I make.

Another example of my jewelry making.
This is a neckwire with picasso jasper and smokey quartz stones.

Where’s your fave place to eat in Cambridge?

So hard. I like to try new restaurants. Maybe the next one will be my fave…

Do you have any favorite blogs/insta accounts we should know about? And where can we find you on the internet?
@jmcphilimy for Twitter and Instagram. You can always find me at

Anything else you want us to know about you?

I’m happy to have found CMQG.

Monday, September 19, 2016

September Meeting With Amy Friend

We are getting excited for our September meeting featuring quilt designer and author Amy Friend.

She'll be joining us this Sunday (sorry, members only!) at Gather Here.  If you don't know Amy, she's the blogger behind During Quiet Time, and a prolific quilter and designer. Here is a selection of her quilts (click captions to go to her corresponding blog post):

Caged 2016

Garden Stroll 2015

Haberdashery, 2016


Tell Me A Story 2015

Tumble 'Round, 2015

Amy's quilts have appeared in numerous publications, but recently she published her first book: Intentional Piecing. It's a great tool for anyone wanting to refine their fabric choice and placement skills. She'll be sharing some quilts from that book and talking to us about how her work relates to the modern quilting movement. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday! Unfortunately we won't have time for show and tell this months, so save your pretties up for the October meeting.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Quilting for Pulse

Thanks to all you guild members who came together and answered the call for Quilts for Pulse. From making squares, to piecing tops, quilting, binding and labeling, it's been heartening to see what our quilting community is capable of, both locally and nationwide.  In collaboration with the Boston Modern Quilt Guild we sent off 9 completed quilts this week to be distributed to people affected by the tragedy in Orlando. We'd like to thank members of both guilds for their generous donations of time, talent and materials. You guys rock. And a a huge thanks to Gwen Marceline, who organized our effort and picked up any slack she saw!

In addition, we thank the following businesses and organizations for going above and beyond for us:

Jane Barnett of Quilter's Way

Here are pictures of some of the quilts we made with the BMQG:

Kim did this whole quilt herself - start to finish

Karen L's finished quilt (BMQG)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

It was great to see so many of you on Sunday.  We owe a big thanks to Gretchen for showing us the ins and outs of rope basket sewing:

And then it was off to show and tell:

Gretchen's Culture Quilt, for a scientist's lucky baby. Because she doesn't just make baskets!

Julie's colorful cat quilt squares

Rebecca's beautiful Boston Streets quilt

Jean's 24 hour quilt - pieced, quilted and bound in a day. On a WORK day no less.

Jean's Flight Club quilt, an artful pattern she was testing for designer Sam Hunter

Felicity brought in her lovely star quilt - her first longarm project!

Carolyn had to miss our raspberry kiss lottery, so she went and made a whole quilt's worth.
No orphan blocks at her house!

Taz's "I don't even like Halloween" quilt, which inspired much autumn love from the rest of us.
Pattern from Sunday Morning Quilts.

Hildy took a resist dyeing class and this pastel pretty was the outcome.

Hildy slashed and dashed this colorful wonder as well.

Marilyn brought in this seasonally appropriate (and beautiful) Ann Shaw designed sunflower 

She calls this sliced and diced piece Pinot Noir

Dalia won around 50 raspberry kiss blocks in the lotto a couple months back, and she's already used them up! You all did beautiful work on this one!

Kim practiced some intricate free motion quilting on placemats for her book group.

Maritza showed a lovely variation on modern drunkard's path

Laurie finished this intricately paper-pieced Snails Trail quilt

Lisa showed us her very first quilt - Cape Cod. Now she just has to take her first trip to the Cape!

Lisa also pieced this cute little pineapple

And her welcoming wine table runner

These rows on their way to becoming a kid's camping quilt.
We will be meeting up at Gather Here on September 11th and September 18th from 11-3 to work on our QuiltCon quilt. Please drop by if you can and help us get our submission all squared away (heh heh) before the holidays descend!