Member Spotlight

Introducing Donna Essex! We asked Donna to share a bit about herself, so check out our interview, below. Also take a look at our Instagram account (@centralohiomqg) throughout the next few days as we share some of Donna’s projects!
What kind of crafting do you enjoy? I like knitting as well as quilting. I have been sewing and knitting since I was nine. I started hand quilting in 1980 but only started machine quilting about five years ago.
Do you have a blog/website/anything people should check out online? I used to have a travel blog but I didn’t really keep it up.  While I love to read, I’m not much of a writer.
Anything in the way of big projects or awards in your creative history that you’re particularly proud of? or looking forward to?  I love traveling, going to quilt retreats and classes and cherish time spent with my three kids and their families.  My third grandchild is due in the spring.
How long have you been with COMQG? I have been in COMQG for about two years, and in CMQ for almost four.
Introducing Sonia Cipiti! We asked Sonia to share a bit about herself. Her BIO is below. Also take a look at our Facebook and Instagram account (@centralohiomqg) throughout the next few days as we share some of Sonia’s projects!

Piecing Together History is a school project Sonia is very proud to have volunteered for.

Below are two of her blue ribbon quilts, as well as her first design (our Guild’s fundraising quilt!) that also was awarded a blue ribbon at the 2018 Ohio State Fair. 

 

Lastly, Sonia shared her sewing machines.

My grandfather was a tool and die maker for Husquvarna (manufacturer). This was also the place my mother grew up (Huskvarna, the city) before immigrating to Canada where I originate from. While I was expecting my twin boys, I worked for Husquvarna and was fortunate enough to acquire one of the last machines made in Sweden. Here I am chain piecing nine patches for a new quilt I designed that will be taught at Lazelle Woods Recreation Center beginning October 29th.

posted 10.15.2018

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Introducing Cassandra Beaver! We asked Cassandra to share a bit about herself, so check out our interview, below. Also take a look at our Instagram account (@centralohiomqg) throughout the next few days as we share some of Cassandra’s projects!

What kind of crafting do you enjoy? Quilting and painting are my favorite creative pursuits, but I have dabbled in most crafts at some point including garment sewing, knitting, crocheting, cake decorating, and cut paper. Recently, I have done a bit of block printing which I suspect is going to lead me back into some fabric painting and dying.

Do you have a blog/website/anything people should check out online? I blog at http://thenotsodramaticlife.com, but I am most active on Instagram at @cassandra.beaver
Are there other creative things you are or have been involved in (fine art, dance, music…)? I have a BFA in Painting and an MFA in Theatre: Scenic Design. As an undergraduate student, I painted with oil and acrylic, but switched mostly to watercolor and gouache in graduate school. I use the AutoCad drafting skills I developed as a scenic designer to design my quilt patterns.
Anything in the way of big projects or awards in your creative history that you’re particularly proud of? or looking forward to? I am fortunate to have had many of my quilts juried into major quilt shows including QuiltCon and American Quilter’s Society shows.  Some have even received prizes! My biggest quilting accomplishment to date is having one of my quilts, Infused Plaid (image below), accepted into the permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.
How long have you been with COMQG? My first meeting was January 2016. I had been an individual member of the national Modern Quilt Guild for a couple of years, so I was very excited that a local chapter had been formed. It is wonderful to be able to connect with other modern quilters face to face!

Are you involved in other guilds or craft groups? Yes, I am also a member of the Columbus Modern Quilters, and a small group called the Magpies.

Is there anything else you’d like to share? I live fairly far out of the city, but I love the creative community in Columbus. I have been working with Dabble and Stitch this year to create a block of the month quilt that honors the institutions that are the cornerstones of the Columbus community. Each block is a major landmark of the city. This month’s block is Thurber House, and other blocks include the Art Museum, Zoo, Main Library, History Center, Franklin Park Conservatory, and State Fair.

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Infused Plaid

posted 10.1.2018

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Introducing Mary Maben! We asked Mary to share a bit about herself, so check out our interview, below. Also take a look at our Instagram account (@centralohiomqg) throughout the next few days as we share some of Mary’s projects!
What kind of crafting do you enjoy? I’ve always been a creative person, since birth I like to say. Aside from sewing, I love paper crafts and I love to make cards and gift tags.
Do you have a blog/website/anything people should check out online? I am on Instagram as @marymoondesigns
Are there other creative things you are or have been involved in (fine art, dance, music…)? I also sing in the Worthington Chorus, so I’m working a different creative side.
Anything in the way of big projects or awards in your creative history that you’re particularly proud of? or looking forward to?  I used to own my own business and sold my wares for over 15 years throughout Ohio and a few other states. I now just do swaps and make stuff to give away.
How long have you been with COMQG? I’ve been with COMQG since day one!
Below is an adorable Hoop Quilt that Mary made in a recent workshop we had with AnneMarie Chany. Check out the adorable fabric flower accent she created.
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posted 9.25.2018
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Introducing Nadia Barksdale! Nadia currently serves as our 2018 Vice President. We asked Nadia to share a bit about herself, so check out our interview, below. Also take a look at our Instagram account (@centralohiomqg) throughout the next few days as we share some of Nadia’s makes!
What kind of crafting do you enjoy? I’ve always loved crafting and have always taught myself – through books as a child, and more recently through YouTube. Quilting is my main craft but my sewing room is also storage to a seemingly endless supply of yarn for crochet and knitting, as well as embroidery thread for cross stitch and embroidery. As a kid I was really into making outfits for my American Girl doll, as well as painting, macrame, and weaving. I clearly wasn’t aware that it was the ’90’s and not the ’70’s… As far as quilting goes, I’m currently trying to get better at handwork. Last Christmas, I got a new machine with larger throat space, so I’m also trying to learn to finish quilts myself. I usually keep it simple with ties or straight lines but I am dabbling in point-to-point designs.
Do you have a blog/website/anything people should check out online? I want to work on a blog in the future, but for now I just share my work on Instagram @nadiashae.
Are there other creative things you are or have been involved in (fine art, dance, music…)? I’ve played violin and guitar. Most recently I’ve been trying to learn mandolin. I have a dulcimer but haven’t been able to properly tune it yet, so my Joni Mitchell dreams are currently on the back burner.
Anything in the way of big projects or awards in your creative history that you’re particularly proud of? or looking forward to? I’ve sewn projects for booths at Quilt Market in the past, and that was fun! I loved the challenge of getting a never-before-seen line of fabric and creating something with it. It was fun to see my work in the booth as well. I went through a phase where I put a lot of pressure on myself to seek recognition for my quilting, and I was comparing myself a lot to people on social media. It nearly destroyed my sew-jo. For now I’m happy to just quilt for the sake of keeping my family warm, and to keep learning new things. I’m so excited for Quiltcon 2019, so I can do just that!
How long have you been with COMQG? Since the very beginning, when we were 10 or so interested people sitting on the floor of someone’s house. I’m happy that it’s gotten so much bigger. It’s been neat (stressful, but neat) getting to coordinate our first retreat and our first workshop/speaker this year. Having been with the guild since the beginning, it was so cool to get to finally see us get to that level.
Are you involved in other guilds or craft groups? Nothing official. I just love getting together with close friends to sew and chat whenever we can.
Wedding Quilt
Nadia and Ben

 

Nadia
Quilty Nadia

 

posted 9.17.2018
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Introducing Kate Schwartz! Kate currently serves as our 2018 Technology and Social Media chair. We asked Kate to share a bit about herself, so check out our interview, below. Also take a look at our Instagram account throughout the next few days as we share some of Kate’s makes!

What kind of crafting do you enjoy? I enjoy all manner of crafting. Whether it be sewing and quilting, or cooking, drawing, sculpting. If I can exercise creativity than I am happy.
Do you have a blog/website/anything people should check out online? I sure do! Follow me on Instagram! Lakardia has my writings and quite a bit of my sewing content to share. I also have a Facebook page for Lakardia. There’s a few things I’ve made that are for sale on Etsy under the shop name Two Katies.
Are there other creative things you are or have been involved in (fine art, dance, music…)? The list would take all day to type, honestly. My mother tells a story of me being quite young and crying my eyes out that we couldn’t take a trip to the fabric store. I can’t recall a day in my life where there hasn’t been a large basket of markers within reach. Painting came to be my favorite outlet. In high school I worked Saturdays in a couple art galleries. My work earned awards and accolades, but of all of them, I’m proudest of winning third place in a Cleveland graffiti mural contest. The reason being that I was stepping SO far out of my comfort zone, and up against some crazy talent. 
In 1997 I studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art for a bit. I spent a few summers as a camp artist for Days Of Creation, a nonprofit that taught fine art to children on a weekly basis in Central Ohio. I took dance lessons into my twenties. Sometimes I’d be hired to teach or create origami at parties.
Creatively, I was in a bit of pause when I found quilting. It’s a door that I am thrilled to have opened. Life is not the same and it is just infinitely better because of quilting. I’m obsessed!
Anything in the way of big projects or awards in your creative history that you’re particularly proud of? or looking forward to?
Something in my past I am proud if is having started a sewing and antique sale business with my friend Kate. We named the business Two Katies and I really gave it my all. It didn’t prosper and, over time, I conceded to the fact that, as the saying goes, you really can’t squeeze much juice from a turnip. The business still exists but it gets very little nurture from me.
I won a Second Place award from the Ohio State Fair this July, and was a runner up winner in the August 2018 Patterns By Annie photo contest.
Right now I am most looking forward to the quilting education I’ll be receiving at 2019 Quiltcon. Plus, I am going with my Mom and we’ve never done such a big trip, just the two of us. I think about it every day. YAY!
How long have you been with COMQG? I think it has been about a year and a half. January 2017. I was so nervous to show up, I remember feeling almost sick about it! So any new people who have the jitters, come sit by me. I understand!! Guild. Do you know that before I joined guild I don’t think I ever used that word even once in my whole entire life!? Now I say it all the time.
Are you involved in other guilds or craft groups? I have a couple pals that I text with about sewing every day. That is sort of a group, my quilt gang.
Is there anything else you’d like to share? My creative name, Lakardia, is from my Grandmother. It’s the name her parents gave her before they moved to America from Poland. She did not go by Lakardia here in the US, so it was sort of a lost name. I asked her for permission to use it and to give it some life; She thought it was a great idea!
I also am a collector of dishes (Fiestaware, Pyrex, and more) and I’ve been collecting U.S. postage stamps since I was a kid. Some of the artwork in those stamps is so beautiful – it’s a source of creative inspiration to me.
Thanks for taking the time to get to know our Kate a little bit. Below is a photo of her when she first set up a home sewing area. Look at her template plastic and scissors! No one had taught her yet about rotary cutting.
Be sure to check out our Instagram to see more from Kate this week!
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posted 7.30.2018
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Introducing Kayla Lopilato! Kayla has been with the Central Ohio Modern Quilt Guild for about two years now. She currently serves as our Guild Secretary. We asked Kayla to share a bit about herself, so check out our interview, below. Also take a look at our Instagram account throughout the next few days as we share some of Kayla’s makes!

What kind of crafting do you enjoy? I love quilting and cross stitching.
Do you have a blog/website/anything people should check out online? No blog or website.
Are there other creative things you are or have been involved in (fine art, dance, music…)? I started piano lessons when I was quite young. I don’t play now-a-days. I am a Krav Maga instructor and am a white belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu.
Anything in the way of big projects or awards in your creative history that you’re particularly proud of? or looking forward to? The biggest project I’ve been a part of is the Joann Polaris 45′ long quilt that is mounted on the wall. I co-led this project with Angi, and we had so much fun when we were finishing up this project!
How long have you been with COMQG? I attending my first COMQG meeting in August 2016.
Are you involved in other guilds or craft groups? I am not a member of any guilds or craft groups.
Is there anything else you’d like to share? I love animals, hiking, Krav Maga, jiu jitsu, quilting, reading, and movies! There are so many inspiring things in this world.
Thanks for taking the time to get to know our Kayla a little bit. Below is a photo of her at her first guild meeting. Be sure to check out our Instagram to see more from Kayla this week!
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posted 7/9/2018

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Introducing Randa Johnson! Randa has been with the Central Ohio Modern Quilt Guild for under a year. We asked her to share a bit about herself, so check out our interview, below. Also take a look at our Instagram account throughout the next few days as we share some of Randa’s makes!

What kind of crafting do you enjoy? I enjoy quilting, embroidery, and woodworking (right now refinishing old furniture). I’ve been doing woodworking on and off since I was young, but the other two are recent additions! I’m hoping to add sewing clothes to the regular mix.
Do you have a blog/website/anything people should check out online? I don’t have a blog yet, but I’ve been thinking about starting one! Perhaps a woodworking & quilting blog: build the table to put your runner on!
Are there other creative things you are or have been involved in (fine art, dance, music…)? I used to ballroom dance when I was younger, but I haven’t kept it up since high school. I’ll dabble in acrylic painting occasionally, as well as knitting, and unfortunately I’m a hopeless case when it comes to crochet. I’ve just never gotten it down…
Anything in the way of big projects or awards in your creative history that you’re particularly proud of? or looking forward to? I’m really excited about my first venture into sewing clothes. I will be going to San Diego Comic Con at the end of July, and I will be making 3 costumes to wear that weekend. It’ll definitely be a challenge!
How long have you been with COMQG? I joined just this past year! I was quilting for about a week when Nadia insisted I attend a meeting.
Are you involved in other guilds or craft groups? No other craft groups, but I do regularly go watch the Columbus Women’s Rugby team! (who I played with for about 3 years before retiring from rugby)
Is there anything else you’d like to share? I have two shiba inus and if you follow me on instagram, it’ll be about 50-50 crafting to dog pictures. I’m also originally from South Carolina, so there will be plenty of Clemson football pictures as well!
Thanks for taking the time to get to know our Randa a bit. Below is a photo of the Wanta Fanta block quilt she made for her mom. Isn’t it great!? Some of the blocks are from our Bee this year (click here). Be sure to check out our Instagram to get to see more from Randa this week.
Randa's Mom Quilt

 

posted 6/1/2018

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Introducing Marah Light! Marah has been with the Central Ohio Modern Quilt Guild for six months, and she serves on this year’s fundraiser quilt committee. We asked Marah to share a bit about herself, so check it out, below. Also take a look at our Instagram account throughout the next few days as we share some of Marah’s makes!

I am a textile designer working for Abercrombie & Fitch in New Albany, Ohio. Every day I get to work with paintings, sweaters, garments of all types which is incredibly inspiring (not to mention all my talented team members). I love the technical and the creative and bringing the two together to work in harmony.

Outside of my job I love to sew, quilts in particular, though my start with sewing was in 4-H. I’ve sewn all types of garments, including 2 hand beaded wool gowns in high school that encouraged me to pursue sewing and textiles in college. I went to Philadelphia University (now Jefferson University) and studied print, wovens, and knits.

4-H Beaded Dress - Marah age 17
4-H Beaded Wool Dress

I picked up quilting again after college and began dabbling in designing my own quilts and that is where most of my free time goes now. Recently, I entered my quilts into QuiltCon for the first time, WINDOW and FIGURES (see them below) and they got in! I am very excited that QuiltCon 2019 will be in Nashville and I hope to enter again and attend.

My hope is to see more young people get involved with quilting or sewing, to show that the arts are vibrant, rewarding, and there is something for everyone at any skill level.

Fun Facts:
– I love quilting, sewing, and knitting. I miss screen printing and weaving which we got to do most days in college.
– I won State Fashion review at 18 with a cocktail dress, coordinating jacket, and fascinator hat
– You can find me on Instagram here and my website here.

posted 4/9/2018

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Introducing Jodi Murray! She has been with the guild since it’s inception. We asked Jodi to share a bit about herself, so check it out, below. Also take a look at our Instagram account throughout the next few days as we share some of Jodi’s makes!

What kind of crafting do you enjoy?
This is a tough one to answer! Over the years, I have enjoyed so many different crafts:  jewelry making, greeting card design, painting, making clothing and so much more. These days I appreciate learning one thing at time and getting GOOD at that one thing. So, while my love for quilting will never fade, I’ve recently been concentrating on embroidery. It’s been very therapeutic throughout our Midwest winter and I’m super happy with the results.

How would people find your makes online?

I use Instagram for sharing projects: @barefoot_stitcher

Jodi's boys

Are there other creative things you are or have been involved in (fine art, dance, music…)?

If volunteering for my boys’ creative projects count, then YES. My older son is a gifted trumpet player and singer who plays in a couple jazz bands and occasionally performs in school musicals. My young son has just started doing drama this year. I love being a stage mom and most of all, the loudest clapper in the audience. I’m very proud of them!

Anything in the way of big projects or awards in your creative history that you’re particularly proud of? or looking forward to?

While I love to admire the award-winning work of others, I really create things for the pure joy in the process. I’m not good at sticking with rules and deadlines. I recently attended the Quilt National show at the Riffe Gallery downtown. It was so inspiring to see all of the creativity in one room.  I recommend stopping by that show if you’re in the Columbus area.

How long have you been with COMQG?

I’ve been a member since the start of COMQG – so going on 3 years. While sometimes I cannot be super active in the guild due to a busy family life, I always look forward to connecting with my sewing sisters!  They inspire me each month. Thanks to one of our members, I felt brave enough to start free-motion quilting. So thankful to be around this caring, creative group.

Are you involved in other guilds or craft groups?

One of the joys of my life is when I get to meet up with a small sewing group in my neighborhood. We make each other a comforting dinner, share some wine, talk shop, have show & tell and get some hand-stitching done.

Is there anything else you’d to share?

I wanted to share that I’m so grateful that my mom taught me how to sew at young age. While I throughout my life I would go long stretches of time without making anything, today I stitch a little each day or at least cut some fabric. It helps me stay relaxed, centered and excited for that NEXT project. This photo is of my very first sewing project – a little felt cat coin purse. I remember cutting it out and sewing the sides and buttons. Thank you, Mom, for all your patience and love.

posted 2/26/2018

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Introducing Erin Gillogly. She has been with the guild since it’s inception. We asked Erin to share about herself this week as it is her birthday week! Stay tuned as we share Erin’s makes in our Instagram account throughout the next few days!

What kind of crafting do you enjoy?

I love to make things and have since I was a kid. Presently, I knit, quilt, and sew household items and some garments. I’ve also picked cross-stitch back up, have some embroidery on deck to work on, and at some point, need to pick crochet up again. I’ve also spun yarn but that craft is on a temporary hiatus until my kids are a little bit older. And I am desperately trying not to learn how to weave. But it’s so pretty. @purlverde on Instagram will be the reason for my downfall if I do pick up weaving. Her makes are gorgeous.

Do you have a blog/website/anything people should check out online?

I do have a blog, it hasn’t been updated in a while but I have delusions of getting it going again: halfacregoods.com

Are there other creative things you are or have been involved in (fine art, dance, music…)?

When I was in middle and high school I did theatre. In fact, our high school production of “Quilters” is where I learned about “life quilts” and I’ve always wanted to make one. Speaking of which, I’ve probably hit enough milestones in my life to get started designing one. Maybe I’ll add that to the 2019 to do list.

I wasn’t onstage much in high school, mostly behind the scenes doing tech. I’m still proud of the set design I did for “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”. There were also many years of church choir and piano lessons.

Anything in the way of big projects or awards in your creative history that you’re particularly proud of? or looking forward to?

I’ve designed a quilt for myself based on the Modern Traditional Charity quilt challenge put forth by The Modern Quilt guild. I have all the fabric and a layout, all I am missing is the math for piecing each block. I’m really looking forward to seeing this project sewn up.

My other big project for this year is to tackle all my WIPs, although this is really a perennial project for me. I’ve been tidying my craft room and uploading fabric combos to my project queue on Textillia so that I can see everything I have planned out. There is plenty to keep me busy for a good while.

Alas, no quilting awards for me yet. I am hoping to submit a quilt for judging in the next year or two.

How long have you been with COMQG?

I’ve been with COMQG since the beginning! The Guild arrived in my life at just the right moment. My local knitting group wasn’t meeting much anymore and I was eager to get out and talk with other crafters. It’s been exciting to watch us grow and I’ve been really happy to find another group of crafty friends!

Are you involved in other guilds or craft groups?

I’m part of a local knitting group, the Clintonville Knit Gang, but the name is a bit of a misnomer now since only one of the members still lives in Clintonville. 😊 We don’t meet weekly anymore, but we do get together periodically, and we’ve mixed in board gaming with our knitting and quilting.

My knitting journey started with my paternal grandmother wisely telling me to find a hobby so I would be less lonely when I first moved to DC after college. She was right. Knitting is how I found friends when I was working from home in a sleepy Dayton, Ohio suburb, and then Ravelry which opened me up to so many more of my friends.

Once my husband and I moved back to the Columbus area, a family friend got several of us ladies together to make t-shirt quilts. And lo, my entry to the quilting world was really born. I also stopped sewing for a bit because I learned all the “rules of sewing” that I’d never learned as a kid. It really intimidated me, especially having to square up fabric. Until the night I found Jenny Doan’s videos on YouTube – she assured me the quilting police wouldn’t come knock down my door if everything wasn’t perfect and I started quilting up a storm after that. 😊

You can find me on Instagram and Twitter as LittleWitKnits. Mostly, I post pictures of my crafts and my family. If you want details on my projects you can find me on Ravelry and Textillia as LittleWit.

Here is a photo Erin sent us, her and her husband engaged in their respective hobbies on their wedding day. What a great photograph! We’ll share more throughout the week on our Instagram. Hope you have a great birthday, Erin!

hobbies Erin Gillogly

posted 2/8/2018

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