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December 2023

The Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild (CMQG) Monthly Meeting was at 6pm Dec 14, 2023, at Common Fields with Colleen Powers presiding. This was an in-person-only meeting with 23 attendees.

Program: This was our annual Christmas Party. This year we ate at Common Fields in downtown Corvallis. The food and drinks were excellent and so was the weather, a bit chilly but dry. The December meeting always features a special swap, a kind of secret Santa Claus. This year the swap items were notebook covers, chatelaines, and open wide bags.

Volunteer Needed: The guild needs somebody to handle its Social Media (Facebook and Instagram accounts). Please let Colleen know if you can help with this.

No Hybrid meetings: The board decided we would no longer have hybrid meetings (meetings that are both Zoom and in-person). All meetings will either be in-person only or Zoom only. Members who have already paid their dues can receive a refund if this impacts their decision to be a member. Contact Diana if this is the case.

Raffle Drawing: There was no raffle drawing and won’t be in the coming year because of budget constraints.

Community Quilts: Colleen showed the completed QuiltCon quilt that members had made blocks for during in-person Sew-days. It was designed & organized by Susan Clark, longarm quilted by Shasta Byington, and the binding was done by Colleen Powers. It has been approved for QuiltCon 2024 and will be sent in January for the February event.

Dues: It is time to pay dues for the upcoming year. Dues are increasing to $40 in 2024 because of increasing costs. Please go online to our new website ( and pay dues for 2024. Feel free to add a donation to help with our expenses.

Member Passwords and Profiles on new website: Instead of a site password that everybody uses to access the guild’s website, every member now has their own password. Each member needs to go to the new website and create a profile and password for themselves. At the January meeting we will have somebody helping members with this.

Ultimate Finisher: Members have until the January meeting to complete their UF items. Members can email Lorna photos of completed items if they are unable to bring them to the meeting. The UF drawing will be held at the January meeting.

Group email: Please send out guild-wide emails as a Bcc, to avoid getting so many email replies to the whole guild. The guild-wide email address is

January Monthly Meeting: Our guest speaker is Michael McCormick, founder of Quiltfolk Magazine. Quiltfolk is unlike other quilting magazines in that it is book length and features quilts from one area. The current issue is 164 pages and Colorado quilting is the subject. See their website for more information. At the meeting we will also have the Modern Quilt Top Challenge as part of Show and Tell and the Ultimate Finisher drawing.

Modern Quilt Top Challenge: The challenge is to make a quilt top with a modern design, at least 60 inches in circumference, and with at least two of the following characteristics of a modern quilt: modern traditionalism, alternative grid work, expansive negative space, bold use of color and solid fabrics, improvisational piecing, minimalism, maximalism, and high contrast. We will display these quilt tops during Show and Tell at the January 11 meeting.


Green Curves Challenge: This challenge is to make a modern quilt that is mainly green with mainly curved seams. Pieced and applique seams are both allowed. The guild has applied to have a display at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show but has not heard from them. That show requires quilts to have a perimeter of at least 160 inches and be rectangular. Quilts must be completed by the April meeting.

Book Club: The book club meets monthly via Zoom at 7pm on the last Wednesday of the month, which is December 27. This month’s book is Tracy Flick Can’t Win by Tom Perrotta. The January book is A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. Contact Pattie Dix if you wish to participate. 

Exploring Hand Stitching Class: Jennifer Ayotte is teaching this again winter term through LBCC.

Hand Sewing Group: This activity is at the home of Pattie Dix on the first Sunday of the month. It has moved indoors so there is limited space. If you wish to attend, please RSVP Pattie when she sends out more information.

Upcoming Events:

More information on these events is either above or will be shared later.

Dec 17, In-person Sew Day at CPI

Dec 23, Virtual Sew Day, 9 to 12

Dec 27, Book Club

Jan 7, Hand Sewing

Jan 11, Monthly Meeting

Jan 14, In-person Sew Day at CPI

Jan 27, Virtual Sew Day

The meeting ended at 8:00.

Submitted by Nancy Mandel, secretary of CMQG


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