Unconventional Materials Challenge

 Many thanks to the Vermont MQG for the basis of these guidelines.

THE CHALLENGE: Create a quilt using materials not normally associated with quilting. The quilt should consist of a top and bottom layer, with optional batting in between, which are quilted in some manner. Quilts are due June 10.

Kay Khan, Quilting Artist

MATERIALS

You can use whatever material you want – except for quilting cotton, old t-shirts, old jeans, or other commonly used quilting fabrics. An exception is made for the back of your piece: traditional quilting fabric is ok should you choose to use it. You can use as many (or as few) materials as you’d like.

Let’s be creative!

You’re encouraged to really get creative and use materials never seen in quilts. Consider unusual fabrics like silks, velvet, corduroy, etc. Or go all out using recyclables, office supplies, crafting supplies, gaming pieces/playing cards, junk drawer items, natural elements, or anything else you can work with. The possibilities are endless! Feel free to use conventional thread, but it is not required. Dental floss, fishing wire, yarn, or other materials are great, too.

Batting Optional

Batting is optional. You won’t be making a traditional quilt and with some materials, it may be difficult to include batting. Additionally, you are welcome to use something other than standard batting.

Backing and Binding

Cotton backing and binding are okay. It can be difficult to sew or make binding out of some slippery materials. However, going for the extra challenge and not using traditional binding is strongly encouraged. Just remember: the edges do need to be “finished” in some way. How you choose to interpret that is up to you!

Quilting Required

Because this is a quilting challenge, stitching/sewing/quilting is required. The front and the back must be sewn to one another in some fashion.

Aside from the materials used and the size, anything else you do with the quilt is up to you. Feel free to explore minimalism, improv, modern traditionalism, hand quilting, machine quilting, etc.


Get inspired! See what others are doing.

The Details

Metal Measure by Jamie Fingal

SIZE: Each quilt needs to be a total of 256 square inches. It could be 16”x16” square or 10” x 25.5” rectangle, or whatever shape you’d like: it’s up to you! But it MUST have a finished edge and some type of stitching holding front and back together.

DUE DATE: Your Challenge piece is due at the CMQG June 10th meeting. Please have your photos submitted no later than June 8th.

WINNERS: Two winners will be drawn at random from all those completing the challenge and will receive one of two prizes: a package of goodies donated by Alison Glass including notecards, a pin and stickers plus TWO fat eighth bundles of her Kaleidoscope Plaids and Strips collection. The other prize is the book WALK: Master Machine Quilting with Your Walking Foot, by Jacquie Gering.

Good luck! Have fun with this challenge and think outside of the box!

February 2021 Meeting Recap

The February 2021 meeting saw us welcome a couple new members, Kitty Crawford and Aimee Hobson, and we had some guests for our program. This month’s program was a presentation by member, Caroline. Caroline was an original member of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild and a founding member of the Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild. Caroline presented on her journey through quilting, foundation paper piecing, and her walking foot quilting.

Other business:

  • We’re still looking for the scrap bag with the bow on it. If you have it, please contact Pattie.
  • The Queen of the UFO challenge pot is at $80. If members would like to join you can find the form and Lorna’s address in the members only section of the website.
  • Ann is collecting rulers and notions for the lending library. There will be a deposit for your first ruler checked out and the ruler selection will be added to the website.

Charity Quilt update from Sheila:

  • Guild member, Tracy, has offered to longarm our quilts for our ABC House quilt drive. Quilting is at no charge and her contact information is in the members only section.
  • Group charity sew day, using donated Elizabeth Hartman fabrics, will take place during our June Sew Day on Saturday, June 26th.

March Swap is a postcard. Deadline to sign up on Elfster is February 28th. Names will be drawn on March 1st.

Cindy Grisdela’s lecture, Playing with Color will be Thursday, March 4th at 6:30pm. This is a week prior to our regular meeting. This lecture is a benefit of membership and the Zoom link will be sent out to current members the week of the lecture. No guest passes will be available.

Cindy Grisdela will also be offering a workshop on Saturday, March 13th from 10am – 1pm. The workshop is Mini Puzzle Blocks. Cost is $55 for CMQG members and $70 for non-members. Registration is open now.

For the March meeting we will share ONE tip you learned from a class or lecture you’ve recently attended.

The monthly door prize of a trio of scissors, marking pencils, and an 8 piece fat quarter bundle went to Sharyn.

This month’s Sew Day is Saturday, February 27th from noon to 4pm.

Our next meeting is Thursday, March 11th at 7pm.

January 2021 Meeting Recap

New members were introduced: Carol Wright and Donna Westwood. Welcome!

General Business:

  • Brenna Gates, Communications Manager with the Modern Quilt Guild, gave us a quick tour and answered questions about the members-only section of the MQG website.
  • Our Guild is starting its own book club! Please contact Missy Rice Cook or Janet Kok with questions, and for a list of upcoming books and meeting dates.
  • We’re trying to locate the scrap bag with the big bow on it. Contact Pattie if you have it.
  • Please send a selfie to Camille, so we can include a photo of everyone in our Guild on the members-only section of the website.

Membership: Now is the time to renew your membership for 2021!

  • As a benefit of belonging to the Guild, members in good standing at the end of February will be treated to a FREE lecture given by Cindy Grisdela.
  • If you’re not familiar with her bold and colorful work, visit her webpage: www.cindygrisdela.com
  • The Zoom invite will go to new members and those who have renewed, and only current members will be allowed into the meeting.
  • SAVE THE DATE!  Cindy’s hour-long lecture, Playing with Color, will take place Thursday, March 4th at 6:30.

New Class Announced: Cindy Grisdela will be teaching (via Zoom) a half-day version of her Improv Puzzle Blocks workshop on Saturday, March 13, from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST. $55 for members/$70 for non-members. See details and sign up on the STORE tab of the website. Space is limited: members get first chance to register until the end of February, when we’ll open registration to non-members.

Improv Puzzle Blocks Class by Cindy Grisdela

Queen of the UFO’s: Sarah drew the winner of the Queen of the UFO’s for 2020. Congrats to Amber, who won $180!

Lorna will be taking over this challenge in 2021. Please print out a sheet to fill out and mail, along with $10 per sheet, directly to Lorna. The sheet and Lorna’s address are located in the members-only area of the website.

Ruler/Notions Lending Library: Ann has offered to organize a lending library among members of various specialty rulers and notions. She will be sending out a survey: stay tuned for details.

Charity Quilts: Sheila announced that all charity quilts in 2021 (except for the QuiltCon Community Partners Quilt) will be given to ABC House in Albany. Many quilts made by members last fall were generously donated instead to victims of the Oregon fires, so ABC House can use our support again. Minimum 50×50, no holiday or “kiddie” fabrics, please.

Sheila and Ann discussed the “Covid” quilt members made last Fall.

Swaps: Lorna and Susan C. will be heading up swaps this year. We will create only things that are easy to mail, until we can meet again in person. First up will be a mug rug made with skinny strips of fabric. We’ll use Elfster to randomly assign names: sign up before the end of February. Please have your completed rug to your swap mate in early April: we’ll open them together during the April monthly meeting. Contact Lorna for questions.

Discussion and Show & Tell: Personal sewing-related goals were shared.

Upcoming:

  • Sew Day is January 23, hosted by Kim. Noon to 4:00.
  • February’s monthly meeting will feature a trunk show and talk given by Caroline.
  • Plan ahead! Since Guild members are taking many classes (via Craft Napa, QuiltCon, Sew Expo and our own class by Irene Roderick) please plan to share ONE tip you learned during the monthly meeting in March.

Improv Challenge 2020 Results

At the November meeting the guild had the big reveal of quilts made for the Improv Challenge. The requirements for the challenge were:

Select a minimum of three from the following improv piecing techniques and incorporate them into a quilt top:

  • wonky stars
  • triangles/flying geese
  • free-form curves
  • inserts
  • rings/roses
  • slabs/floating squares
  • At least 24″ square
  • Does not need to be quilted and bound

All those who participated in the challenge we’re entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate for Winter Creek Cloth, a local online fabric shop.

Many thanks to Dana of Winter Creek Cloth for her generosity and sponsorship of the prize for this challenge. And thank you to those who participated in the challenge.

Quilt makers in order of appearance:

  • Ann
  • Colleen
  • Karla
  • Lorna
  • Nancy M.
  • Sheila

And the winner of the Improv Challenge drawing was Nancy M! Congrats to Nancy.

November Meeting Recap

We have a new website: https://corvallismodernquiltguild.org/. Sections are still in the works, but you can renew your Guild membership beginning now in the STORE.

Registration is now open for our first-ever Virtual Quilt Retreat (Jan. 8-10) and the two-day “Dancing with the Wall” Improv Workshop with Irene Roderick (Jan. 30-31.) Space is limited to 15 people for Irene’s class and CMQG members get first option, so sign up soon. Go to the STORE tab on the website.

Our December 10th Zoom “meeting” is our Holiday Party. No business, all fun: We hope you’ll plan to be there! Festive attire is encouraged: a hat/headband, jewelry, ugly Christmas sweater, pajamas or anything else you can think of.

We’ll toast the end of the year with our favorite cocktails/mocktails!

Here are a couple drinks found on Pinterest to get you in the holiday spirit! Recipes have not been tested.

Non-alcoholic holiday punch recipe.

Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer

Gingerbread White Russian

Boozy Eggnog Milkshake

To help us get to know each other better, please email Pattie your answers to the following four questions:

  • What is your current occupation (or previous career if you’re not currently working?)
  • When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  • What’s something you’ve done in your life that no one would guess?
  • Name one thing on your bucket list of things you still want to do/accomplish.

We’ll email out a questionnaire to be completed before the meeting: whoever connects the most answers with the correct Guild member wins a prize (there may be fabric involved!)

For our Holiday Gift Swap, please check in with Pattie no later than December 1st. Let her know if you’ve finished your gift, who it’s for, and how it will be delivered. If possible, please delivery your gift on your own starting December 1st (contact a guild board member for your person’s address.) If this isn’t an option, by December 1st use a drop off location in Albany, SE Corvallis, or NW Corvallis (contact a board member for addresses.)

Make sure your gift is wrapped/bagged and tagged!

The meeting ended with an attempt to make a Scandinavian Star ornament. Here is the link to Betz White’s Tutorial and Mister Domestic’s YouTube video if you’d like to make one.

Improv Challenge 2020

CMQG Improv Challenge 2020Sponsored by Winter Creek Cloth!

Here are the guidelines… there aren’t many. Hey, it’s IMPROV! Quilt top only: no need to quilt and bind, so give yourself the freedom to play and experiment. 
Choose your size and shape (but make it at least 24″ x 24″).
Select a minimum of three from the following improv piecing techniques and incorporate them into a quilt top:

  • wonky stars
  • triangles/flying geese
  • free-form curves
  • inserts
  • rings/roses
  • slabs/floating squares

Other techniques you want to try? GO FOR IT! Just include a minimum of three.

This challenge is voluntary and for personal growth only, to apply what you’ve learned about improv piecing– and specifically to get yourself out of your comfort zone! There are NO judges, so relax and enjoy the creative process.

Everyone who finishes a top and submits a photo by November 9th will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate, courtesy of our improv challenge sponsor, Winter Creek Cloth!