Monday, February 9, 2015

Quilt Alongs 101

Several members have requested information regarding Quilt Alongs so I thought I would share a few pointers and links where you can join in the fun.  Also, please share any information or tips you have regarding past or current quilt alongs.

There are many benefits to participating in a quilt along, depending on the type and whether it is currently in session. It's a great way to sew with others, learn tips and tricks, and keep on track with posted time frames.

Various types of quilt alongs can be found and are usually one of the following:
  • Hosted by a blog author who shares a tutorial and series of posts for making a quilted project
  • Quilt Along based on a published pattern (needs to be purchased) where you follow along in making that pattern.   The pattern designer may or may not be the host but has approved of the quilt along and sometimes offers tips.
  • Quilt along with pattern designed specifically for that purpose such as a block of the month or skill builder series.
In the past, most quilt alongs were posted on blogs but more and more are popping up on Instagram.  Hashtags make it easy to quickly browse pictures on Instagram from a particular quilt along.  Examples include #kcmqgsteampunkalong #economyblockalong #facingeastqal #nestedchurndash #floweringsnowballalong .  Flickr is another resource for quilt along posts.

Past quilt alongs of interest:

In case you want to join one from the beginning:

Timber Quilt Along has just been announced and starts March 2015.  This is based on Alison Glass's Timber quilt pattern (which is required).
Elephant Parade a free quilt along by Sew Fresh Quilts started February 2015.
Moccasin Block of the Month Club - through Gen X Quilters and started January 2015.  Fee involved.
Quilt Along Directory - an online directory of quilt alongs and linky parties

I've found some tutorials start off as a quilt along but then later become patterns or books, so keep that in mind ;-)  Pinwheel Sampler and Great Granny Along are two that I completed a while back but when referencing for this post I see are now only available for purchase.

I hope this post has shed some light on sew alongs and quilt alongs.  We've only touched on a few of many quilt alongs.  Do you know of any other great quilt alongs that are just now starting?  How about any past quilt alongs you have participated in?  What tips do you have regarding what makes a great quilt along?  Please leave a comment below.  The random number generator will pick a winner on March 1st for a quilty prize.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The subject came up at the February meeting about some members not receiving emails from the guild (you should have received one TODAY February 8th from Marge) nor communication for the MQG Mothership. 

Concerning the MQG. In order to receive the newsletter and other news emails, each member must individually go into their own MQG account and edit. 

Here's how:
First ensure it isn't going into your email spam box
If not, Go to the MQG Website here MQG
Click Login on the top right corner, then sign in with your own personal login
On the right of the page you will see Communication Preferences
Ensure BOTH boxes are checked
Click Update
Next check that they have your correct email by
Clicking the Edit Tab

For our Orlando Modern Quilt Guild
First check your spam box to ensure the emails are not going there
Next ensure your own email is correct on the roster. (mailed today)
If you do not have access to the roster, please email Marge (ATTN Marge/email, and she will be happy to check for you. Or you can add a comment here to this post.
If you are a NEW member or ANY of your information has changed please fill out the complete membership form.

If you have any further question you may also contact Debra through her email on the roster or ATTN Debra,

Thursday, February 5, 2015

FEBRUARY 4, 2015

The meeting was called to order by Vice President Debra.  35 members and 7 guests were present.

Debra reminded members that all are welcome at OMQG Board of Directors' meetings.  The Board's next meeting is Friday, February 6, at 12 pm at Tartini's.

Marge reported that our current balance is $4551.76.  Members' annual dues of $50 are due at our March meeting. Marge will accept payment at Sew Day and through the mail as well.

This month's basket was won by Julia.
Debbe spoke about "And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations", an exhibit featuring story quilts, at the Orange County Regional History Center February 7 - May 3. The Eatonville quilters will be holding a workshop in conjunction with the exhibit on Mar 28, and a group rate may be available for this day, if enough people are interested in attending.  Please email Debbe if you would like to attend.

Please let Debbe know if there are any particular teachers/companies you would like her to make contact with at Quiltcon.  (It was mentioned that swag from Cherrywood would be nice.)

Information about the upcoming RaNae Merrill workshop will be coming ASAP after the Board meeting on Feb 6.

Our next "Modern Salon" will take place Sunday, Feb 15, from 4-6 at the Michael's store in Winter Park.

Debra gave a demo on making lanyards.  She encouraged members to join Instagram and follow quilters to find all kinds of challenges and swaps; the lanyards she made were part of a swap on Instagram.
Next month's demo on different kinds of bindings will include brief presentations from Beth S, Pamela, Marge, Jodi, Jane H, Mary S, Alejandrina and Pat.

Our 2015 challenge to clean out those UFO's has begun.  Please fill out the survey and send to Kelly ASAP (no later than Feb 12.) 

Linda reminded members that all quilts for the Veteran's Home are due at our March meeting.

She also gave a "sneak peek" at our next charity project, which will be making small quilts for Alzheimer's patients.  These quilts should be made of tactile materials, featuring different textures and embellishments.  Linda and Alejandrina shared some examples:
Details will follow at next month's meeting.

Please contact Linda with any smaller-scale charity projects you would be interested in having her share with the Board for their approval.

Our next challenge will be making fabric postcards that will be mailed and exchanged with a couple of other modern quilt guilds.  Postcards should be 4x6.  Beth shared a number of websites postcard ideas: click here, here, here, and here.  Also check out the board on OMQG's Pinterest page.  Bring your finished cards to show at our April meeting; Beth will then mail all of them.

This month's blocks...

...... were won by Debbe.

Block of the month for March is "Circle of Friends".



....was won by Beth.  It's a present for Cara's baby, with artwork done by Cara's daughter and mother!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Block of the Month - Circle of Friends Block

What is a quilt guild?  Well it is a big circle of friends.  Am I right?  Well this month's quilt block is called Circle of Friends.  It seems very fitting, doesn't it?

I found the tutorial on the Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild's website.  They had it for their block of the month as well.  I guess great minds think alike.  :-)  You can find the tutorial here.

This block is easier than it looks.  It is a basic nine patch made up of mini log cabin blocks.  Take a look at the tutorial to see how easy it is.

Here is the block I have made.  Let's use solid white as our background fabric and the colored blocks should be in a rainbow of colors.  Do you remember Roy G. Biv from art class?  Well follow that order but sneak an extra color in there somewhere since there are eight blocks in the round.  I added a pink between the purple and the red but you can add one where ever it fits best in your rainbow.

Have fun sewing your own circle of friends!

Friday, January 16, 2015

January 7, 2015
Maitland, FL

Our meeting was called to order by President Yanick.  31 members and 6 visitors were present.

Our current balance is $4717.97.

HAPPY 2015
Yanick asked members to share any "quilty" resolutions with the group.  In addition to the ones mentioned in Yanick's post below, others were to "finish one thing before starting another", do fewer "have to" quilts and have more fun, and collect as much Quiltcon swag for the group as possible (thank you, Debbe!)

This month's BLOG POST winner was Sharleen. Remember to comment on something you see on the OMQG blog to be eligible to win a prize!

The RAFFLE BASKET this month was won by Pamela.
2014 winners were Rene and Sharleen, who was also the "UFO Queen", finishing 100% of her projects!

A new UFO challenge is coming for 2015, chaired by Kelly.  The survey asking for your "UFO list" will go out shortly, and must be submitted by Feb 5.  As we did last year, your UFO list can include any project for which you have selected a pattern, pulled fabric, or completed some work on.  Quilts still just in the "idea" stage do not qualify.

Committee chair Zonetta informed the group that no new candidates came forward, and all current officers would like to serve another term.  In this case, according to our bylaws, no election is necessary and all officers will continue in their current offices for 2015.

Debbe, who is our new education coordinator, and Cara (our past coordinator) updated the group on some upcoming events:

  • The field trip to the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shop in Trenton will take place on Feb 7.  Please email Debbe if you are interested in going.  

  • RaNae Merrill will conduct a spiral boot camp workshop on Mar 21.  Class will be limited to 25 people.  Cost and further info will be posted on the blog soon.  RaNae's book is Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts which isn't a requirement for the class, but might be helpful.
  •  There are many, many upcoming shows and workshops in our area!  See Debra's post below. And kudos to Debra for having her quilt be one of only 400 selected for showing at Quiltcon!
  •  Alissa and Rene have been selected to participate in the "52 Quilters" project on Instagram, Twitter, and the website.  Check the blog to see their posts.
  • Alissa will also be getting a new "bee"started for our guild.  Look for more info in the coming months.

Linda has extended the deadline for quilts for the Veteran's Home to our March meeting.  She plans to take a count of how many quilts will be coming in at our February meeting.

After these quilts are done, we will be moving on to some smaller projects, including lap quilts for Alzheimer's patients.

If you have a potential idea for a charity project for the group, please let Linda know, and the board will then discuss and approve.

Please contact Beth with any ideas you might have for the group.

In March, Debra will be leading a demo on various kinds of binding.  She asked for more participants to speak briefly about their experience with different kinds of binding.  Volunteers included Beth (double binding and piping), Jane (facing), Pamela (prairie points), and Jodi.  You do not have to demonstrate any techniques at the machine, but can just talk about them, and please include failures as well as successes!

This month's blocks.....

....were won by Betty.

.....was won by Jodi!
Lunch took place at Miller's Ale House after the meeting.