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March 2024

The Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild Monthly Meeting began at 7pm March 14, 2024, at the Corvallis Community Center with Colleen Powers presiding. This was a hybrid meeting with 30 in-person attendees and five on Zoom. Two visitors and two new members, Alice Marshall and Karen Cunnigan, were introduced to the group. Welcome to the guild, Alice and Karen!

Website Presentation:

Ann Geyer started the presentation on Zoom from her home, but because of connection difficulties, JC Briar took over showing how to navigate various areas, especially the members-only section. The guild new website platform still has the same browser address, This should be the first place members go for membership renewals, meeting recaps, purchase of event tickets, a member list, event calendar, and other information.


Membership chairperson, Joyce Loper shared results from the survey on the CMQG membership application/renewal form were presented.  21 forms have been completed and returned, and they reflect our diverse experience in quilting (2 to 54 years of experience) as well as our shared interest in developing a community of quilters, gaining knowledge of quilting, and gaining inspiration from one another. Five additional surveys were turned in at the meeting, and all members are encouraged to fill out the survey.



Get It Quilted. Many quilters like making quilt tops but not quilting. This month JC Briar led a panel discussion of four members who enjoy quilting: Colleen Powers – hand quilting, Colleen Pokorny – quilting on a domestic machine, Mieke Vandenreek – quilting on a sit-down longarm, and Derrith Bartling – quilting on a stand-up longarm. They discussed the pros and cons of these four types of quilting and shared their enthusiasm for this aspect of making quilts.

Welcome 2024 Retreat:

The quilt retreat was a great success. Twenty-six members attended either one or both days and 12 donation quilts were created. Kits are still available for members who would like to help make a donation quilt. Some of these were shown during our meeting.

Quilt As Desired Workshop:

This class has been rescheduled to March 30. This is a Zoom Class by noted quilter Jacquie Gering. 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 cost is $80. Only two members are presently signed up for this.

April 11 Monthly Meeting:

This will be a Zoom only meeting with David Owen Hastings. He will lecture on “Minimal Design, Maximum Impact.” This is for free members, and guests may attend with a $10 fee.

Inspired by Art Workshop:

This workshop is taught by David Owen Hastings. He describes the workshop as “Starting with a favorite work of art, develop your own unique modern quilt design. Be inspired by shapes, colors, structure, or the feeling you get and design a block or whole quilt with an eye on modern minimalism.” The workshop will be 9:30 to 3:30 on Saturday, April 13.

Future meetings:

Colleen and JC are planning the meetings for the rest of the year and into 2025. If you have any ideas for meeting topics, let them know. Beginning in July, the Corvallis Museum will be our regular meeting place. We will be donating our QuiltCon quilt to the museum who will raffle it off to raise funds for the museum. This will fulfill our agreement with the museum in exchange for holding our meetings in the museum meeting room. We don’t normally have a monthly meeting in July because it conflicts with the Sisters Quilt Show, however if there is sufficient interest, we could have one. We did have a July meeting in 2023.

Sisters Quilt Show (SOQS):

We presently have 14 quilts planned for our display at the SOQS. We are allowed up to 15 so we could have one more. These are our Green Curves Challenge Quilts. Let Colleen know soon if you wish to participate. You have until July 10 to finish the quilt. Participating quilters please remember to register with SOQS by March 29th. The cost is $25.

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 are available online. 

Show and Tell:

Twelve people had Show and Tell items, including eight who had Modern Quilt Top Challenge items. Our submission to Quiltcon has been returned and was displayed. We thank Susan Clark for all the work she put into this lovely quilt.

Small textile art pieces:

Karen Miller brought a collection of small pieces of textile art that were amazing in their variety and beauty. These were from a trunk show by the Valley South chapter of Studio Art Quilt Associates SAQA.

Book Club:

The book club meets monthly via Zoom at 7pm on the last Wednesday of the month, which is March 27.  This month’s book is Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister. The April book is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer and the May book is The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner. Contact Pattie Dix if you wish to participate. 

Upcoming Guild Events:

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

March 17: Virtual Sew Day, 9am to 4pm

March 27: Book Club

March 30: Quilt As Desired Workshop

April 7: Hand Sewing Group

April 11: Monthly meeting

April 13: Inspired by Art Workshop

April 21: In-person Sew Day

April 27: Virtual Sew Day

The meeting ended at 8:45.

Submitted by Nancy Mandel, secretary of CMQG


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