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February 2022 – The Never-Ending Month – or Quilt Your Way to Spring

What is it about February.  It is the shortest month of the year and yet it seems to drag on and on with grey skies, sleet, rain (who’d have thought), then bitter cold and winds, then back to rain. And maybe snow at some point that doesn’t stay around for long. But the month is young and perhaps this will all be proved as being a wrong prediction!

It’s a good time to organize your sewing room – or that part of it that may have “frazzled” since the last time you did it: a thorough move-the-furniture vacuuming, dusting everything (no fair dusting around stuff), sorting, finishing projects, straightening up storage drawers, bins, boxes or shelves – whatever you use.  And if you haven’t done it since finishing the last project, give your sewing machine some love by taking apart what you can and getting out the lint (which I swear grows inside the machine without any help from me!).

Many guild members are participating in a “Done is Better than Perfect” challenge to complete those pesky UFO’s.  The first finished item will be due by the March meeting.  There are four time frames:  March, June, September 2022 and January of 2023.  So, if you want something easy finished by the March meeting, fill out one of the sheets handed out for your use (this isn’t a test!) and then fill out the others for the rest of the year. The sheets are for your reference and to help you get organized. Then you will be ready for Show and Tell, if you want to show off what you have completed.

Just as a gardener plans the garden during the winter months, quilters can find all sorts of ways to use February as a planning/dreaming month. There are a lot of sites you can go to for tutorials and inspiration on organizing, finishing projects, help with cleaning your machine, using up scraps and moving ahead with UFOs.



FEBRUARY BLOCK CHALLENGE – Since this month’s quilt block challenge is “Square in a Square” here are some ideas:




A few easy Valentines for those special people:



So while February may drag its heels, we don’t have to drag through the days. There are lots of ways we can utilize the cold days as we plan, cut, piece and quilt our way to Spring.

Mod Squad Meeting – October 2021

From our Pres – Sue T:

What a wonderful meeting we had on Saturday filled with lots of yellow and gray challenge quilts and great discussion.  The creative juices were flowing / overflowing as we talked about transparency quilts, modern quilts vs. traditional quilts vs. art quilts.  There were so many ideas, I could barely keep up.  So, what did I do?  I went to my friend Google and found a few websites and youtube videos that I thought I would share with everyone.  Thanks, Joy, for bringing along your table runner and sparking the conversation.

First up – Transparency Quilts.  Check out Karen Combs videos on the basics, followed by one by Thomas Bosket, which focuses more on the colors within colors to create a transparency effect.  All very interesting.

http://quiltinspiration.blogspot.com/2011/03/color-series-complementary-colors-cool.html – for the Ives Color Wheel.

And check out the Modern Quilt Studio for more transparency quilts.

Our attention then moved toward our next challenge – Improv Log Cabin.  No other guidelines required.  The deadline will be 
our January meeting – set for Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 12:30 pm at the Community Room at the Charlton Library.  For
those of us new to modern quilting and/or improv, I found this article that gives the basics of improv and how to get started.

https://www.cottonandbourbon.com/ – for Modern quilted textile art.

I want to thank everyone for making the Mod Squad such great fun.  We started this group three years ago (Oct 13, 2018 was our first meeting.), weathered the pandemic, and learned a lot about modern quilting along the way.  The gallery of yellow and gray quilts were inspiring and I was thinking that it would be great to share them with the rest of the guild at our January Big Show and Tell.  Think about it!

Have a great day!


Sue T

REMEMBER – Next MOD Squad meeting is January 22, 2022 at 12:30 pm in the Community Room of the Charlton Public Library!!

April 2021 MOD Squad Meeting

Hi, All,

Those who attended our Mod Squad meeting Saturday April 24th were treated to a great array of modern and not-so-modern quilts.  It was great fun not just for the show and tell but also for the in-person chat and laughter.  Welcome to Edna Dresser, Judy Bachand, Cindy Sumner, and Sally Lemay for joining us.

The Game of Clue challenge had been delayed from our original date of January and there were lots of great quilts and quilty items shared.  Check out www.facebook.com/cornerstonequilters for the eye candy.  Many thanks to Susan Detwiler who has posted photos to the guild’s website and facebook page.  And, many thanks to the participants – Susan Peterson, Susan Detwiler, Susan Burns, Monique Fontaine, Lynn Whitten, Joy Reece, Kathleen Lemansky, Becky Bachand, Ros Rock, and Sue Therriault – for showing and sharing their unique creations. 

The second round of show and tell included other-than-modern quilts, mostly traditional with a twist.  Lynn Whitten and Edna Dresser had completed temperature quilts – definitely on my list for 2021.  Kathleen Lemansky jumped into the Beth Helfter Accordion HST technique and created her own oversized martini complete with lime to commemorate Cinco de Mayo 2021!  Bridggette Fink treated us to her beautiful blue and yellow wedding quilt soon to be gifted.  Becky Bachand shared her very graphic snowflake and scrappy ombre triangle quilts.  And then there were the bags from Becky, Kathleen, and Joy.  So much to see and sew much inspiration!  

With time on our hands to explore the internet for quilty inspiration, several ideas surfaced.  Ros is interested in exploring transparency and, lo and behold, Joy has made one.  Looks like a discussion topic for next time.  If you want a color challenge and you want to use up some 2-1/2″ squares, then take a look at Debby Brown’s Scrap Quilt Along – www.debbybrownquilts.com.

I watched an episode on The Quilt Show about Mel Beach, quilt designer, who created a 100 Days of Dice Doodles challenge for herself where each day she rolls the dice and works within the parameters of color, shape, and design.  If you want to break out of your box, check out Mel’s website and / or sign up for her newsletter at www.melbeachquilts.com.

I also found another website – www.quiltinspiration.blogspot.com – that offers lots of free patterns and MORE inspiration.

Quilt Inspiration Megan writes, “This quilt is a wonderful opportunity to play with color interactions. I chose this name for the quilt because it’s electric – and it goes ’round !” www.quiltinspiration.blogspot.com

Finally, check out Karen Brown’s Just Get It Done Quilts.  Karen has added lots of new videos and interviews that are great fun – https://www.justgetitdonequilts.com.

Just Get It Done Quilts | Ontario | Free Quilt Patterns Welcome. Here we’ll explore quilts and quilt blocks to make them efficiently with colours that work for you. There are patterns to download. And fun to be had. Just Get it Done Quilts. www.justgetitdonequilts.com

So, what’s our next challenge?  The Dresden plate shape, i.e. a wedge.  With a nod to the past and an eye to the future, let’s see what we can create. It will be due at our next meeting, tentatively planned for Saturday, July 24th, and hopefully held outside.  Details to follow in early July.  All are welcome!

Have a great week!


Sue Therriault

October 2020 – Mod Squad Meeting

For those of you who don’t know, Sue T has dubbed the Modern Quilt Group “the Mod Squad” which many of you may remember was a TV show some years back. CQG Modern Quilt Group was a mouthful. Sue shares the following from the “safe-distancing, mask-wearing meeting” held middle of the month.

Hi, All,

We had a great time on Saturday afternoon showing and sharing our October half-yard exchange challenge.  Some were very creative (Susan Jorritsma’s art object, Kathleen Lemansky’s hexagon pillow, Joy Reece’s fussy cut attic window, Lin Bourie’s leaves and table topper), some tried something new (Lynn Whitten’s spiral machine quilting, Sue Therriault’s ice cream cone knitting bag), and some were very modern (Becky Bachand’s modern mini, Susan Burns’ colorful pieced quilt).  All agreed that it was a fun challenge and made us stretch out of our comfort zones.  If you’d like your quilt on the guild’s facebook page, please forward a picture to Susan Detwiler.  Marcia Kilpatrick was unable to attend but sent along her Churn Dash challenge.  Great job, Marcia!

We then turned our attention to talking about various podcasts and/or videos that have helped us as we navigate the pandemic.  Here are a few ideas if you have some time and want to be inspired:

This discussion led into talking about a few free Quilt Alongs available on the internet (i.e. Sewcialites offered by Moda and the Fat Quarter Shop, Stitch Pink 2020 offered by the Fat Quarter Shop) and free patterns (Jordan Fabrics, Fat Quarter Shop, Temecula Quilt Shop), which led into retreats and sewcations (https://stitching-with-gina.myshopify.com/collections/sewcations), and websites (UK quilters united).  So many ideas, too little time.  And, oh yah, a quilting calc app from Robert Kaufman available on your phone,  My head is spinning!   

And, before we called it a day, we decided on our next challenge:  Most people have played the game of Clue or seen the movie.  There are six characters:  Professor Plum, Miss Scarlet, Mrs. Peacock, Rev. Mr. Green, Colonel Mustard, and Mrs. White.  The challenge is to pick two of the following colours: Plum, Scarlet, Peacock, Green, and Mustard.  Add an optional third color (white is definitely an option), and make something modern.  

We will plan to meet sometime in January or early February.  The date and venue will be determined in late December/early January.   I will send an email reminder when we finally move into 2021!

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay connected to the guild and/or the Mod Squad…..and keep on sewin’!


Sue T