30 Aug

August 25-27 retreat

Our very first retreat was amazing! We stayed at the beautiful Windward Retreat Center, and meals were deliciously catered by Gourmet Day Catering.

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Our retreat swag was beyond wonderful, with patterns generously donated by Elizabeth Hartman and Alison Glass!

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We spent all of the daylight hours and most of the night sewing — there were only a few hours in the night when someone wasn’t at a machine.

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Val taught us to make fabric beads and shoe-holders that look like shorts!

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We also snacked, chatted, snacked, and laughed a lot! For more pictures from our retreat, take a peek at #oahumqgretreat on instagram. 🙂

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20 Aug

August 19 baby futon sew-in

Our wonderful guildies Andrea, Donna, and Ellen taught us how to sew baby futon at our August sew-in! They were such patient and knowledgeable teachers; everyone who started a baby futon finished theirs that day!

17 Aug

August 16 general meeting

Business was:

  • Announced our October 27-29 retreat!
  • Holiday swap item will be an iron cozy
  • Hawaii Woman Expo planning

Alli showed a few ways to join batting.

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Dari demonstrated how to make wonky Christmas tree blocks.

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Nancy F. brought her amazing Pixel quilt — it will be hanging in our booth at the expo!

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Annie made a Giant Vintage Star for her auntie.

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Dari shared her quilting journey — she considers herself a new quilter, but she’s sewn many wonderful quilts!

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16 Feb

February 15 general meeting

Business was:

We’ll be offering a cross-back apron project at the March sew-in.

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Mai did a great designer-of-the-month presentation on Jeni Baker of In Color Order. We shared a quilt made from her fabric and her Giant Vintage Star tutorial to introduce her work to our members.

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Sue sewed a sample of MQG‘s block of the month.

Sue's MQG block of the month

Dari did a really neat demonstration of how to make fabric washi tape!

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And Sue demonstrated Crazy Mom Quilts ticker tape quilt.

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During show and tell, Connie brought out her fantastic quilt that she made from a kit she won at our holiday party! Fabric from the kit was donated by Kilauea Kreations.

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Then Sue showed us her wonderful Postcards quilt made with Carkai fabric.

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Sue also shared a patriotic quilt and a Moda quilt.

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06 Feb

Pincushion swap with the Great Lakes Modern Quilt Guild

We announced at our January meeting that we would be having a pincushion swap with the Great Lakes Modern Quilt Guild, and here are the details!

Crazy Mom Quilts pincushion

Example with modern fabric and linen. From the Plenty of Pincushions vol 1 pattern by Amanda Jean Nyberg.

  • Make a pincushion
  • No more than 5″ across
  • Use modern fabrics
  • Stuff your pincushion with whatever you want (stuffing, crushed walnut shells…)
  • Bring your pincushion to our March 15, 2017 meeting. (If you can’t be there, send it with a friend.)
  • Attach a brief bio about yourself so whoever receives your pincushion can learn a little bit about you. Here are some things you might want to include in your bio:
    • How long you’ve been sewing
    • How you became a modern quilter
    • Some of your favorite fabric designers
    • Where you grew up
    • A photo of yourself
    • Your email address or instagram handle
  • The guild will take care of mailing all the pincushions to Michigan. You’ll get your pincushion at the April 19 or May 17 meeting, depending on the mail. Then everyone can see the beautiful pincushions we received!
Crazy Mom Quilts pincushion

Example with modern fabric and linen. From the Plenty of Pincushions vol 1 pattern by Amanda Jean Nyberg.

Crazy Mom Quilts pincushion

Example with modern fabric and linen. From the Plenty of Pincushions vol 2 pattern by Amanda Jean Nyberg.

It’s possible that the number of people who bring pincushions from each guild may not match up. If we collect more pincushions than Great Lakes does, you might get a pincushion from one of our own guild members. But that’s okay, because that’s fun, too!

We’re looking forward to seeing your beautiful pincushions at the March meeting!

03 Dec

Kona Cotton Trunk Show

The Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Trunk Show is at Kaimuki Dry Goods from now til about December 16th, and then it’s going to move to Sew Special on Maui. I got a chance to visit the other day, and the quilts are gorgeous!

North South, designed by Nichole Ramirez (who apparently works for Robert Kaufman in the marketing department!)

north south quilt

The quilting is beautiful! (The quilting on many of them were amazing, but this is the only one I managed to get a good close-up picture of. :} )

north south quilt close up

Dear Gunta, designed by Carrie Strine

dear gunta quilt

Smithereens, by Emily Cier of Carolina Patchworks

smithereens quilt

Metro Area, by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson!

metro area quilt

Spectrum, by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts

spectrum quilt

Triangulate, by Latifah Saafir of The Quilt Engineer

triangulate quilt

Bartow, by Carolyn Friedlander

bartow quilt

Rock Jetties, by Dorie Schwarz of Tumbling Blocks

rock jetties quilt

Wakefield, by Liz Havartine
(The colors came out really wrong in my picture, sorry!)

wakefield quilt

Floating Prisms, by Alex Wedgerwood of Teaginny Designs

floating prisms quilt

I’m glad I got a chance to see these in person!