Common Threads Quilt Guild 

NEXT MEETING – Tue, May 22, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 PM

At this month’s meeting, we welcome Patsy Thompson who will present a trunk show of her free motion quilting and ruler work.   Patsy is well-known for her “Fast and Free” quilting technique and instructional DVD’s on free motion machine quilting.  She will also present workshops the following day (Wednesday, May 23rd).  There are classes in both beginning and intermediate free motion quilting or take both classes for a full day of instruction.  There are only a few spots remaining, so please contact Lucie Grena-Hewitt soon if you would like to sign up!

A $5.00 admission fee will apply to visitors who are attending the program.


Saturday, June 9th, 9:30am – 4:00pm
Columbus Public Library, Parsons Ave Branch
1113 Parsons Ave
Columbus, OH 43206

Come join us to make baby quilts for Moms2B.  There will be kits available or bring in one you have been working on at home. Come in for the whole day or stop in for however much time you can.  Don’t want to drag in your machine? – we can always use someone to iron.

Bring your sewing machine and whatever supplies you need. Irons, ironing boards, rulers, and cutting mats will be supplied by the guild.

Bring your lunch or there are plenty of place around to get food.  No red drinks are allowed in the library.


Block Swap

Mug Rugs – The May meeting will have another mug rug swap. Make a mug rug at least 4 x 6 inches, put it in an envelope and bring it to the May meeting. Envelopes were passed out at earlier meetings but if you missed a chance you can still join us by putting it in your own envelope. There will be a basket to collect the envelopes before the meeting and you will pick up a mug rug to take home with you. We had lots of fun with this one at the March meeting and this should be a big hit again this time.

Chickens –  There is still time to join the chicken swap.  You can find a copy of the chicken pattern, What the Cluck, at Sindy Rodemayer’s website 12 of the same chicken are to be made with 30’s prints, fused to a background of shirting or a neutral fabric.  Chickens are to be appliqued using your favorite machine applique stitch; buttonhole, zig-zag, invisible stitch. Bring 12 chickens and you will get back 12 different chickens. If you would like to get back a certain chicken you have made, please mark it with your name. Bring those chicks home to roost at the July meeting!

Strips – We also hope you will join in our strip swap. The swap consists of strip sets that are at least nine inches wide and 20 inches long, it’s okay if they are slightly larger. The strips are to be cut 1 and 1/2 inch to 2 and 1/2 inches, then sewn together with all seam allowances pressed in the same direction. The theme here is scrappy fabrics with a pleasant mix of colors and hues made of quality fabrics.  Participants will turn in 12 sets of strips (ambitious folks may sign up more than once) at the June meeting, and get 12 back. Looking for ideas for your strip sets? – search for “strip set quilts”.

Fat Quarter Lotto

Here is what’s coming up for the Fat Quarter Lotto:

  • May – Novelty
  • June – Pastels
  • July – Grunge
  • August – White-On-White
  • September – Civil War
  • October – Batiks
  • November – 20 Charm Pack Sq. (5×5, basted or tacked together, no pins or safety pins)
  • December – Christmas Party – No Lotto

Just a reminder, please make sure your name is on your labels.


This year’s Challenge is “Orphan Blocks.” This refers to those samples you made or extra blocks that didn’t make their way into a quilt. Use your imagination! Projects can be a quilt, chair cover, bag, whatever rings your bell!  Come to the Challenge table at the meeting for details and see a “Gypsy” quilt using some “Orphans.

We have blocks at the table for anyone to have. We are also asking everyone to donate some of your “Orphans” so that they may find a new home.

Happy digging through your stash.



The 2018 Common Threads Fall Retreat will be held Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16 at the Berlin Resort, 5330 County Rd 201, Millersburg, OH 44654. Registration will begin at the guild meeting on June 26.  During this retreat you will have an opportunity to attend an event, presented by 5 area quilt shops, called Gathering Stitches on Friday or Saturday morning.  Also, Dennis from Somewhere Sewing will be available at our retreat to provide machine cleanings and scissor sharpening at a reasonable price. Now is the time to circle the dates in your calendar and find a roommate.

For more information and the registration form, see the Retreats page.


The Common Threads Biennial Quilt Show will be September 18, 2018 from 6:30-8:30PM at Mifflin Presbyterian Church in Gahanna. It will include a judged show, quilt raffle, basket raffle, and a featured quilter from our guild to show off the best of our best.

I know what you’re thinking. “Oh wow, what should I be doing to get ready?” Here’s everything you need to know.

  • Put the date on your calendar.
  • Start to plan on your quilt entries now. There will be a category for every size and technique, including totes and other three-dimensional entries. You can enter up to three pieces at $5.00 per entry. Note: although entering quilts in the show that have been at Show and Tell and/or the Franklin County show earlier in the year is not banned, the show is a lot more fun when the attendees haven’t seen most of the quilts before.
  • Think about how you’d like to volunteer: judging, set-up, tear down, raffle baskets, snacks, etc. There is a slight change in schedule. Judging will be on Monday, September 17, 2018 from 12-5PM with show set-up immediately following that evening. Sign-up sheets will be circulated beginning at the January meeting. Please email Karla Zadnik to volunteer.

Let’s make it our best show ever!


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.


See the newsletter page for the latest 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. Email Jackie Jones at moc.liamtohnull@eikcajeikcahw if you have any questions about membership.
  • 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.
  • Deposit Form – Here is the form for listing deposits to give to the Treasurer.


Members, click here for your roster.

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