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.
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 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nicknamed the Covid Quilt, our most recent community quilt contains improv blocks inspired and created members’ experiences during the pandemic. The finished blocks were pieced, quilted and bound by guild member Ann Geyer. It was based on a pattern from the MQG (Keep Calm and Sew On No. 6: Character Improve Quilt Piecing by Melanie Tuazon.)
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.
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.)
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:
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!