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February 2024

The Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild (CMQG) Monthly Meeting began at 7pm Feb 8, 2024, at the Corvallis Community Center with Colleen Powers presiding. This was an in-person-only meeting with 34 attendees including two new members and two guests.


Our guest speaker was Roslyn Burmood, the Executive Director with the Community Doula Program of Monarch on 4th. This non-profit provides mentors to expectant mothers and new mothers, helping them and their newborns live healthy, happy lives. The guild is partnering with them this year to provide quilts and other items for their clients.


We have 63 members including seven members who have joined this year.


Quiltcon has received our quilt for the show. The show is Feb 22-25 in Raleigh, NC. Two of our members said they were going to Quiltcon.

Ultimate Finisher Contest:

Every year members can enter this contest for $10 a sheet. You can list up to ten projects on your sheet and can purchase more than one sheet. When you finish an item, please display it during show-and-tell and Marty Stowers will check it off your list.  Items can be added to your list during the year. For each finished project you have one chance of winning a portion of the pot (all the money collected). Sheets for the 2024 UF were available at the meeting and are available online. 

Welcome 2024 Retreat:

The guild will have an in-person quilting retreat at the Consumers Power Incorporated office (CPI) on Feb 17-18. New members are especially welcome as it is an opportunity to meet other members. The focus will be on community quilts, and we will be making one (or more) together. Kits have been created. Participants can work on a community quilt or on their own projects. The cost is $25 for both days and $15 for one day. Lunch is provided.

Quilt As Desired Workshop:

This is a Zoom Class by noted quilter Jacquie Gering. Jacquie taught a quilting class last fall that all participants agreed was excellent. This time participants will not need to do any sewing. Instead, each will send a photo of a quilt top to Jacquie and she will discuss how to quilt it. The workshop is Saturday March 16 from 9am to noon. The cost is $80.


Two people participated in the Swap. They made very cute bags.

Show and Tell:

There were ten people with S&T items.

March 14 Monthly Meeting:

JC Briar will lead a member panel on “How to Quilt It”. Also, members will display their work for the Modern Quilt Top Challenge.

Modern Quilt Top Challenge:

The challenge is to make a quilt top with a modern design, at perimeter of at least 60 inches, and 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 March 14 meeting. Everybody participating in the challenge will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Sew It Seams.


Sisters Quilt Show (SOQS):

Our guild has been accepted at the Sisters Quilt Show. We will display our Green Curves Challenge Quilts. Please let Colleen know if you can help with the show. Quilters wishing their quilts to be part of our guild’s display will need to pay a $25 registration fee to the Sisters Quilt Show. We need to provide a minimum of 4-8 volunteers to host our “Quilt Zone” on Quilt Show Day. We need a minimum of 10 quilts and a maximum of 20. Six people in attendance indicated they were making Green Curves Challenge Quilts.

Green Curves Challenge:

This challenge is to make a modern quilt that is at least 50% green with at least 50% curved seams. Pieced and applique seams are both allowed. Quilts must be completed by April 11, 2024.

SOQS Quilt Requirements:

Quilt Size:

  • Width = 24” to 96”, Length = 36” to 96”, Minimum Perimeter = 160” Examples: 40”x40”, 24” x 56”, 42” x 38”

  • Quilts must be three layers and quilted, not tied, to qualify for entry in our show.

  • Quilts must be square or rectangular.

  • Quilts must have a label on the back with the exhibitor’s name that matches the name used to register the quilt.

Karen Miller Lecture:

Karen will be giving a Zoom lecture on Feb 22 on Katazome, Japanese Stencil Dyeing, a Textile Record of Natural History. A Zoom link will be sent to members.

Oregon Quilt Festival:

The Festival is Feb 15-17 (Thr -Sat) at the Salem Fairgrounds.

Book Club:

The book club meets monthly via Zoom at 7pm on the last Wednesday of the month, which is Feb 28.  This month’s book is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathon Safran Foer. Next month’s is Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister. Contact Pattie Dix if you wish to participate. 

Upcoming Guild Events:

More information on these events is either above or on the website.

Feb 17-18: Welcome 2024 Retreat at CPI, 10 to 6 and 10 to 4

Feb 24: Virtual Sew Day, 9am to 4pm

Feb 28: Book Club

Mar 3: Hand Sewing Group

Mar 14: Monthly meeting

Mar 16: Gering Workshop

Mar 17: In-person Sew Day

Mar 23: Virtual Sew Day

March 27: Book Club

The meeting ended at 8:30.

Submitted by Nancy Mandel, secretary of CMQG


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