Monday, January 27, 2014

Improvisational Round Robin

Last February, Linda and Sarah attended QuiltCon, in Austin, Texas. They both were lucky to be able to book a class by Sherri Lynn Wood of Daintytime. That's a story for another time!! The class was called Improv Round Robin.   They each brought a container of fabric, started off making a block, then passed it around the room. It was interesting to see how the other participants were changing  original creation.  They brought their end result to the CLEMod meeting, and the members wanted to take a stab at it.

Here are the results:





Lis and Chani


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

May, 21 2013 Meeting

Hi, Everyone!
  We started this month's meeting with Show and Tell- we saw Sew Mama Sew blocks from Rosanne, Jean and Barb. We also saw Linda's Solid Fabric Wedding Quilt and she also brought the latest Modern Quilt Magazine (she quilted Virginia Findlay Wolfe's featured quilt). Sarah brought her "Freedom Rings" quilt.
  This meeting, Linda made a presentation of her photos from the Modern Quilt Convention. We saw lots of inspiring and conversation starting pieces! We were very fortunate she was able to go and thank her very much for sharing her experiences with us!
  Shows/Exhibits in the area:

Quilt National at the Dairy Barn Arts Center: May 25- Sept. 2- Athens, OH

Nation Quilting Association Quilt Show- June 27-29 Columbus, OH

Kaleidoscope of Quilts- July 19-20 in Sylvania, OH

  The next meeting will be June 18, 2013, be sure to bring your summer projects for Show and Tell and for those participating, bring your Sew Mama Sew blocks!


Friday, March 29, 2013

March 19 Meeting Summary

Hi, Everyone!
This one's going to be short since I couldn't make it to the meeting this month!

A very special THANK YOU to Ellen for her presentation of her Modern Quilting Thesis at the last minute since Linda was unable to make the meeting for her presentation on Quilt Con.

If you are interested in reading Ellen's Thesis, copy the link below and paste it into your browser.

 The other news from the meeting is the creation of the first Art Quilt Guild in Cleveland by our very own Charlotte. The meetings will be held on the 4th Tuesday of every month, the first meeting to be held on April 23. No other information is available at this time, but if you do have questions, please call Anna's Sewing Center at 440-716-8884. With the creation of the Art Quilt Guild, we will be focusing on Modern Quilting.

The next meeting will be held on April 16, 2013; 7pm at Anna's Sewing Center in North Olmsted, Oh.

Sorry this is late- I have been VERY busy lately!


Saturday, February 23, 2013

February 19, 2013 Meeting Summary

Hey, Everyone!
   We had a wonderful meeting on February 19, 2013, with a very special guest speaker- Melissa Stramel from Lilac Lane Patterns! We were very excited to have her contact us, asking to join our meeting and make a presentation. Too bad the weather was not very cooperative (which is very typical of Cleveland)!
   We started off with Show and Tell- Rosanne: a Pink, Orange and yellow baby quilt; Bev: sunset mini quilt and mini abstract green quilt; Paula- Fabric Notebook Cover with inside pockets; Joanne- Modern Cross Baby Quilt and Modern Strip Quilt called "Old School Library" from; Liza- Finished Solid Fabric Challenge Makeup Bag; Shirley- "Chocolate Covered Strawberries"; Sue- Zebra Pattern House wall hangings; Gabby- Melted Snowman Wall hanging and Quilted Zipper Bag; and finally Gaye- Bow Tie Tonga Treats Quilt.
   Once Show and Tell was over, we were treated to a presentation by Melissa (who was in town to tape 2 episodes of the PBS show "It's Sew Easy", airing in May and this fall), where she talked about learning to sew at an early age, her life in Kansas and how she turned her talents into publishing patterns and a book. She has been featured in the Moda Bake Shop and she is a selling designer on, as well as having been published in many quilting magazines. She featured her latest patterns for sale and presented samples of her work. 24 patterns are currently for sale; encompassing Cross Stitch, Girls Clothing (with matching American Girl doll patterns), handbags & totes, learn-to-sew patterns and Quilts. Her newest publication will be in the May issue of "Stitch" magazine.
   Her book, "A Year of Making Life Beautiful" features a pattern, recipe and other treats for each month of the year. With everything from forcing flowers to canning; scrap booking to flower arranging, there is something for everyone of all ages and talent level to be learned from her book. All the pictures in the book were her own photos of her children and family farm in Colby, Kansas.

   We were very fortunate for Melissa to present to us and thank her very much for the wonderful opportunity!

   The next meeting will be March 19, 2013, 7pm at Anna's Sewing Center in North Olmsted, OH and this one will have an exciting presentation from Linda Sekerak who was at Quilt Con this week.

Guild Secretary

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

February Meeting Reminder

Feb 12, 2013

Hi, Everyone!
Just a quick note to remind everyone that the next meeting is a week from today on February 19, 2013. You may not want to miss this one as we have a very special guest speaker- Melissa Stramel of Lilac Lane Patterns. Please join us at Anna's Sewing Center in North Olmsted, OH at 7pm for this extra special meeting. Hope to see you all there!

Judi- Guild Secretary

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

January 15, 2013 Meeting Summary

Hi, everyone!
   We really hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. It was really nice to see everyone at the meeting this past Tuesday on January 15, 2013!
   We kicked the meeting off with some really exciting news! At our next meeting on February 19, 2013 we will be hosting Melissa Stramel, pattern designer, quilter and owner of Lilac Lane Patterns as guest speaker! Her patterns for doll and girl's clothing, quilting and cross stitch and more are available on her website at She has been featured in McCall's Quick Quilts ("Melissa's Maze" in October/November 2011 edition), DIY Magazine (June Edition) and American Quilter (May 2010 edition). Online, she has been featured on Moda Bakeshop, Ucreate, and Quilt Story, to name a few!
   We also learned that a few of our members have decided to branch out and start an Art Quilt Guild. We really want to encourage everyone to lend support and help to Charlotte as she works toward setting up Cleveland's very first Art Quilt Guild. We will be posting more information as it becomes available.
   Also mentioned is the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo will be March 21, 22, and 23, 2013. We hope to see you there!
   Another announcement was made for Lake Farm Park's Quilts 2013 Quilt Show. For more information, please visit the Lake Farm Park website at

   Show and Tell was next and we all got to see Ellen's Log Cabin Variation and Rail Fence quilts, Joyce's Tree Skirt and Angel Wallhanging, Paula showed us her nurse's mug rugs and Celtic handbag, Cathi brought her Mystery Solid Quilt and Modern Baby Quilt, Jean's slouch bag, Shirley's Chocolate Covered Cherry and Jungle Fever quilts, Marilyn's Curved Log Cabin, Bev's Fleece Quilts for the NICU, and lastly, Rosanne showed us "Val's Quilt" (which is available in kits at the store!).

  We discussed future challenges and starting a Modern Block of the Month where we all will make the same block for each month, then sew them all into our own quilts. You make it your own! We will most likely be starting at the March meeting (March 19, 2013) and participation is always optional. We also talked about a Fabric Swap Challenge maybe for this summer. More information will be coming on the Block of the Month Challenge.

   We hope to see everyone at the next meeting (especially since we will have a special guest!), which will be February 19th, 2013 at 7pm; located as always at Anna's Sewing Center in North Olmsted, OH 44070.

Guild Sectretary

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

January Meeting Reminder

Hi Everyone!
I hope everybody had a safe and Happy Holidays! Well, it's now 2013 and next Tuesday, January 15 is our very first meeting for the year! As always, we will meet at Anna's Sewing Center at 7pm. Don't forget to bring your Show and Tell pieces and we can't wait to see you there!