Sept 2021 Meeting Recap

The Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild (CMQG) Monthly Meeting started at 7pm, Sept 9, 2021, on Zoom with Pattie Dix presiding. 18 people attended including one guest.

Nominations for next year’s officers: Nominations for elected officers are set. We still need a donation coordinator and more sew-day hosts (these are non-elected positions). Sheridan volunteered to be a sew-day host. Sheridan also volunteered to help with technology as she does that professionally.

Needle book swap: 17 people are signed up. We’ll open during the October meeting so make sure to mail early if your recipient lives out of the area.

Quiltcon Quilt: The theme this year is angles. Diana created the design and divided it into 10-inch blocks (finished size). She recommends using Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) to make these blocks and is giving presentations on FPP. We still need more volunteers to sew the blocks. Several people volunteered but we need a few more.

Sew Day: The next sew day is Sept 25, 9am to 6pm. Diana will do an FPP demonstration at 1pm.

Hand-sewing Mini-group: The next meeting is Sept 12 at 10am. Because of covid it will be in Pattie’s yard again, not the realtor’s office as previously announced. Members who have volunteered to make a Quiltcon block can pick up the fabric at that time if the member lets Pattie know she is coming.

Free Motion Textures Quilting Class: Christina Cameli is teaching this class to our guild on Sept 18. Christina taught a beginning free-motion quilting (FMQ) class to our guild in August that all participants agreed was excellent. The class description says participants should be of intermediate skill at FMQ but Pattie says that is not necessary. Participants just need to know how to set up their machine and the basics of FMQ. Ten people are signed up. There are still openings. The cost is $45 for members.

Charity Quilts: Charity quilts are given to ABC House and need to be finished by December.

Weeknight chat group: Because we are meeting via Zoom, members are not becoming acquainted with each other. To promote member interaction, it was suggested at last Sunday’s board meeting that we have a weeknight chat group. Derrith is taking the lead on this. She suggested calling it. “Quilting Conversations”. It would a one-hour weeknight meeting, separate from our monthly meeting. Ways to make this happen were discussed including breaking into smaller groups. It was also suggested that we have a 30-minute social time, beginning at 6:30 on monthly meeting nights. Pattie will start this at our October monthly meeting.

October Monthly Meeting: Pam Raby will give a presentation on single-fold binding. Next year’s officers will be elected.

Philomath Museum exhibit: The Mary’s River Quilt Guild has an exhibit of quilts by members that are now deceased.

Corvallis Arts Center exhibit:  There is an exhibit by the Portland Fiber Arts Guild.

Show and Tell: Two people had show-and-tell items.

Website: Pattie reminded attendees that our guild has an excellent website containing lots of information and urged us to use it.

Book Club: The book club meets on Sept 22.

Meeting presentation: Camille gave a presentation on “quilt as you go”. This is a technique in which you piece onto the batting.

The meeting ended at 8:30 pm.

Submitted by Nancy Mandel, acting secretary.










August 2021 Meeting Recap

Welcome new members Florence Speight and Sara Power.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 Board of the CMQG. You can self-nominate! You can also volunteer to help with short-term projects of interest to you. Email your information to

Informal survey results re: in person monthly guild meetings. 64% of members responded as of Thursday morning, with the majority not wanting to gather in person for monthly meetings until the latest Covid surge has passed. We are committed to continuing with a Zoom component when we start gathering in person, so members from out of the area can still attend.

Call for quilts! The Guild will be participating in the September 16th Corvallis Arts Walk, displaying our creations at the offices of the Downtown Corvallis Association. We’d like to hang the small quilts created during our various guild challenges (the Color Challenge, the Improv Challenge and the Unconventional Materials Challenge) and the classes taught by Irene Roderick and Cindy Grisdela. Quilts are needed by September 1. Contact Camille to make arrangements.

Hand Sewing Mini Group. Meetings will take place in the offices of Keller Williams Realty (1121 NW 9th Street, next to Shari’s restaurant.) Masks will be required for all attendees. Schedule is September 12, October 3, November 7 and December 5, Sunday mornings from 10-1. Contact Missy to RSVP.

Upcoming classes. There is still space available for our two upcoming classes, on August 21 and September 18, taught by Christina Cameli. Please see the Store section of our website for details and to register.

Charity quilts. We have packages of E. Hartman blocks (each packet containing enough blocks to make one quilt top) that need piercing. We’re also looking for any stray Hartman blocks that may be floating around. Contact Sheila.

Photos and info needed for the members-only section of the website. Please take a selfie and send it in. You can also add your phone number, Instagram and Facebook name, if you desire. Please send to Ann.

Swap. Our current soup bowl cozy swaps were opened during the meeting, and the next swap was announced: needle books. Elfster sign ups are due by August 31, names will be assigned on September 1 and we’ll open during the meeting in October. Sign up using the link sent in email from Pattie (contact her if you need it resent.) Contact Lorna for questions about the swap.

QuiltCon Community Quilt 2022. The theme is angles and Diana is our quilt designer/coordinator. An email with directions for online sign ups will go out soon, and packets of fabric will be provided (please add your own touch by using solid white or white on white fabric from your stash.) There are blocks for all skill levels, and Diana will be offering a demo on foundation paper piercing for the intermediate blocks (TBD: details will be emailed.) Finished blocks will be due by October 31.

Soup Bowl Cozy Swap

Soup bowl cozy   

Make 1-2 cozies to be swapped at the August meeting. Be sure to allow time for delivering/mailing your cozies to your swap partner. 

You must sign up for the swap on Elfster by July 4th.  Names will be drawn on the 5th. Use the “wishlist” option to indicate your preferred colors, fabrics or other preferences. 

Contact Lorna if you have questions about the cozy.  Remember you can always include other little goodies with your swap.  Be creative and have fun!

Handsewing Group Forming

Hand sewing
We’re starting a group of hand-sewing enthusiasts. Any kind of hand work applies: EPP, hand quilting/piecing, stitching a binding, embroidery, etc.

Our first gathering will happen in Pattie’s back yard in Corvallis. We’ll spread out underneath the trees, sew and have the chance to visit that we’ve all missed so much this past year.

DateSaturday, June 5 (second gathering tentatively planned for July 10)

Location: Pattie D.’s house (address in the members-only section.) A restroom will be available.
PLEASE BRING: a lawn chair/quilt to sit on, water and snacks for yourself, and your project/supplies. If you don’t have a lawn chair and need one, speak up: between all of us, we probably have extras!
NOTEWe’re assuming those who attend will be fully vaccinated but if for some reason you are not, please plan to wear a mask. Thanks.

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


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:
  • 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.


  • 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.