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January 2024

The Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild (CMQG) Monthly Meeting was at 7pm Jan 11, 2024, at the Corvallis Community Center with Colleen Powers presiding. This was an in-person-only meeting with 34 attendees including four new members and four guests, two from the Mary’s River Quilt Guild.

Program: Our guest speaker was Michael McCormick, founder and publisher of Quiltfolk Magazine. Quiltfolk is unlike other quilting magazines in that it is book length, has no ads, and features quilts from one area or subject. The current issue is 164 pages and Colorado quilting is the subject. Quiltfolk has branched out and now also offers workshops, online global quilting tours, books, and it publishes the Fiber Art Now magazine. Michael’s journey from professional baseball player to quilting publisher was fascinating. He gave everybody calendars and a coupon for 15% off back issues and goods and a coupon code for their Finishing School 101 Workshop that lets members attend free of charge (a $130 value). In this workshop famed quilters Mary and Marianne Fons teach how to finish orphan blocks and old quilt tops. Colleen will email the coupon to members. See for more information about the Quiltfolk organization. Mike also gave out calendars and donated books and magazines to our guild, which will be used as prizes at upcoming events.

New Website: Ann Geyer has done a great job creating our new website, Go there for information about the guild’s various activities. Ann & JC helped members with their website access.

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.

Dues: Please pay dues for 2024 by January 31. Dues have increased to $40 because of increasing costs. Please go online to our new website ( to make payment. Feel free to add a donation to help with our expenses.

Ultimate Finisher Drawing: We had the drawing for the 2023 Ultimate Finisher. Diana Finkenaur won first and second place ($70 and $42 respectively) and Lorna Myers won third place ($28). Marty Stowers is the new UF coordinator. See our website for more information and to download the sign-up sheet.

Swaps: Diana is in charge of swaps this year. We had an orphan block swap. All the orphans that were not claimed will be at our next In-person sew day on Jan 21st. Members can display at the February Show & Tell what they made with their orphan blocks.

Show and Tell: There were eight people with S&T items. For the first time the S&T items were displayed on tables so that members could examine them closely. We also enjoy seeing non-quilt fabric items. This month there were fabric bowls and fabric teapots as well as quilts.

February 8th Monthly Meeting: Guest speaker Roslyn Burmood THW Doula Executive Director, Community Doula Program from Monarch on 4th. She will be sharing about the community outreach work they do and how we can be a part of that. February’s theme will be focused on our community quilt work.

Modern Quilt Top Challenge: This due date has been extended to the March meeting. 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 March 14 meeting.


Sisters Quilt Show: Good news! 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 maximum of 20.

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. Quilts must be completed by April 11, 2024.


  • 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.

Welcome 2024 Retreat: The guild will have an in-person quilting retreat at 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.

Book Club: The book club meets monthly via Zoom at 7pm on the last Wednesday of the month, which is January 31. This month’s book is A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. The February book is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathon Safran Foer. Contact Pattie Dix if you wish to participate. 

In-person Sew Day: Using orphan blocks is the theme but attendees can work on any project. This will be Jan 21.

Fiber Bowl Class: Belinda Barnes is teaching a class Feb 3-4 on making fiber bowls. The cost is $50. Contact Belinda at

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 via the website. You must join the group first, if you have not yet.

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

Jan 21, In-person Sew Day at CPI

Jan 27, Virtual Sew Day

Feb 4: Hand-Sewing Group

Feb 11: Monthly Meeting

Feb 17-18 Welcome 2024 Retreat

Feb 25: Virtual Sew Day

The meeting ended at 8:30.

Submitted by Nancy Mandel, secretary of CMQG

1 Comment

Unknown member
Apr 08

Listing the full name of a place or quilt show, etc, in the first line of the first paragraph it is mentioned in rather than the initialism replacing it would be of great help- especially to new members. For instance I’ve attended the Sisters Quilt Show many times but it took me awhile realize that was referred to as SOQS as I didn’t remember Outdoor was part of its title.

True also for CPI, etc.

Website very helpful. Thank you to all for all the information!


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