Common Threads Quilt Guild 

NEXT MEETING – Tue, July 25, 2017

picnicJuly is our Annual Picnic.  Sing up at to let us know what you’re bringing.  See your newsletter for the login and password.  We will start serving food at 6:15 so that there is plenty of time to check out the garage sale items.

Following the picnic dinner, the garage sale will be open for shopping. There are fat quarter packs, charm packs, yardage, notions, scissors, books, magazines, patterns, and rulers, as well as yarns and threads.  There is a good amount of decorator and garment fabrics, too. You might think you have everything, but there’s probably something that will catch your fancy.

Before the dinner, you will be able to bid on items in a Silent Auction. We had some nice items donated for the garage sale, and Silent Auction will give everyone a fair shot at them. These will start with a base price and the first person to bid can bid that price. Increases will be in $1 increments from there. At 8 p.m., we will pull the bid sheets and award the item to the highest bidder.

Here is a sampling of the Silent Auction goods:

  • Alto’s QuiltCut2 fabric cutting system. Take a look at the video at to see how this works. It does not come with directions, but the video does a good job of explaining how to use it. It retails at quilt shows and on Amazon for around $200. Minimum bid is $50.
  • Gia Rolling Sewing Machine Tote. New, in the box, you can find this tote online for between $150 and $200. (One source has it at $99 but that is sold out.) Take a look at Minimum bid is $50.
  • OttLite HD. New, in its packaging, Model #290009, battery operated. Retails for about $20. Minimum bid is $7.
  • OttLite. Older, plug-in, with carrying case. Minimum bid is $7.
  • “Park Bench” Block of the Month. From Jaybird Quilts in 2014, this modern BOM is the full kit with pattern and 10 yards of fabric to make a 65” x 88” beauty. Originally, the kit retailed for $180, and it has been on sale for $150. Minimum bid is $50.
  • Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric, by Wendy Richardson. A small box of luscious, 100% cotton squares of Wendy Richardson’s Velvet Forest collection. Small, but precious. Minimum bid, $10.
  • Longarm Quilting Services. Donated by Guild members who longarm quilt for others, there will be at least three $50 certificates available for minimum bids of $25. (Longarmers interested in participating, please let Catie know, 614-296-0434.)

You can donate to the garage sale up to the day of the sale. Bring items to Bexley United Methodist Church, to the room where we have our regular meetings, before the meeting. Be prepared to separate items onto different tables (e.g., books, or fabric, or notions). Tables will have prices on them. For yardage, please pre-price if you are bringing items right before the meeting. Many thanks!

The Fat Quarter Lotto is for patriotic fabrics.  For double the fun, we are also having a drawing for batiks – any color!  Make sure your fat quarters are fat enough – the FQ police will be on hand!


Fall Retreat – Dates are Sept 15-17, 2017, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  It will be held at the Berlin Resorts in Berlin, OH.  Cost is $150. Click here for all the details and registration form.


We are having our 2nd Annual Shop Hop Caravan.  We will be visiting Country Fabrics in Shiloh and The Door Mouse in Bettsville.  There will be sign-up sheets at the June and July meetings.


The next Common Threads “Social Sew-In” is Saturday, August 26. We have reserved rooms 1 & 2 at the Parsons Avenue Library from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for Saturday, August 26

There is also one scheduled on Saturday, October 7, 2017.


Block Lotto

PASSION FOR PURPLE – You can make the block of your choice, any block with a finished size of 12 inches, unfinished size of 12.5 inches. The only other rule is that all of the fabrics must have some purple in them, maybe just a little, or maybe a lot.  You can use a background in a neutral color, cream, white, tone on tone neutrals, but the block must be predominantly purple. Any shade, any pattern, any style, you name it. We will collect blocks up until the start of the July meeting, at which time we will draw for winners for a group of 12 blocks. Get to work, dig through that stash, open up that purple drawer, dump that basket of purple scraps and enter a few blocks. You might get lucky and be snuggled under a purple quilt before the year is over. Any questions you can check in at the meeting or email Sew Atkins.

Block Swap

BOXY STARS – New sign-ups are still being taken for Bonnie Hunter’s Boxy Stars blocks.  Make 12 blocks the same and get back a variety of 12 blocks from your fellow guild members.  It’s a fun, easy block made from 2.5 inch strips, scrappy so no need to buy fabric.  The light background colors can be neutral by Bonnie Hunter standards. You may make your flowers any color you wish. The block will measure 12.5 inches unfinished.  These will be swapped in August.  We will sign up in groups of 12, you may sign up for more than one group, but please don’t repeat fabrics between your sets. you can find full directions at: 

Fat Quarter Lotto

The colors for the upcoming year are:

  • July – Batiks, any color
  • August – Yellows
  • September – Thirties, Aunt Grace
  • October – Blues
  • November – Stripes and Dots


We need some pillowcases for the Quilts of Valor already made.  Kits will be available at the meeting.

We will be making the pillows for the Jefferson Elementary School Project all during the year in case the January Charity Sewing Day is cancelled due to bad weather.  The items needed for pillow kits are pre-cut 4″ WOF strips and 16″ squares for the back.

We also need many more baby quilts for Moms2B.  There are always kits to be pieced and tops/batts/backings that need to be quilted.  You can also make one with your own supplies and pattern.  There is no size requirement.

Bev is looking for an assistant to help carry things in and out of meetings, to help answer questions at meeting and to help cut kits.


The Guild now has a Facebook page, thanks to Judy Sagara.  Our Show-and-Tell photos are available on our Facebook page.   If you are a Facebook user, search for Common Threads Ohio Quilt Guild.  Click on the “Join” icon.  This is a closed group, so only members will see what is posted.  Judy, as admin for the page, needs to approve your request, and then you will have access to the page. Use it to share pictures of your work, ask questions of other members, and share interesting quilt-related information. You need a Facebook account in order to access the page.


Click here to view the July newsletter.


  • Membership Form – Use this form when you would like to join, or renew, so that we have your latest information.  Membership Forms need to be turned in no later than the March meeting to be included in the Membership Roster.
  • Expense Form – If you have any expenses that need reimbursed by the Treasurer, please submit them using this Expense Form. Be sure to attach your receipts.  (Editable PDF file) (Word Document)
  • Deposit Form – Here is the form for listing deposits to give to the Treasurer.


Members, click here for your roster.

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