Friday, January 16, 2015

MEETING MINUTES
January 7, 2015
Maitland, FL

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

TREASURER'S REPORT
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.
UFO CHALLENGE
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.

ELECTION COMMITTEE
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.

UPCOMING EVENTS
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 52quilters.com 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.

CHARITY PROJECTS
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.

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

DEMOS
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!

BLOCK OF THE MONTH
This month's blocks.....


....were won by Betty.
SHOW AND TELL













WISH I HAD MADE THAT
.....was won by Jodi!
Lunch took place at Miller's Ale House after the meeting.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Florida Quilt Shows This Quarter

So much to do and see! Here is a short list of Florida Quilt shows and their websites. Comment below, or on Facebook and possibly some of us can go together!


Quilting in Paradise           January 23-24, The Villages,  www.QGOTV.org
Quilt Fever                        January 23-24, Orlando, www.floridacabinfever.com/home-page/quilt-show/
Quilter's Crossing              January 30-31, Clearwater, www.quilterscrossing.net
Airing of the Quilts           February 7, Venice, www.sarasotamodernquiltguild.com
SunBonnetSue Quilters     February 13-14, Vero Beach, www.sbonnets1979.org/nextshow.html
Space Coast Quilters         February 13-14, Titusville,  www.spacecoastquilters.com
Original EXPO                 March 5-5, Lakeland, www.sewingexpo.com
Quilting Celebration          March 14, Tampa, www.quiltersworkshop.org/quiltshow.html

AND More, check out www.floridaquiltnetwork.com/calendar.html


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A common New Years Resolution is to begin a diet or exercise routine to lose weight and fit into those jeans. Well not mine. I'd really like to try a bit of paper piecing! Let's combine the two ideas and make these paper pieced jeans. 365 Paper Pieced Quilt Blocks has just the one! You can find the directions for Block #29 Nice Pants HERE.  Click on 'print the pattern' on their blog, or you can print the paper piecing pattern HERE The photo and directions are simple enough that if you decide not to take a try at paper piecing, you can easily just sew them together the traditional way. (I'll try both on).  Don't worry about the exactness to the jeans here, it would be nice for you to change it up to create a slightly different pair of jeans. Keep your final block size 6 inches square.

I also watched this Paper Piecing Made Easy Tutorial on You tube for a bit of help.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Let's Get Ready for 2015!

Many of you may have quilt-related resolutions for the New Year. Be sure to include your comment HERE to enter our next monthly raffle and allow us to cheer your accomplishments along the way!

Some "Quilty Resolutions" can include:

- Sewing only from your stash (Stash Busters Unite!)
- Completing more of your UFOs (Get ready for the new challenge in 2015!)
- Entering a quilt competition (Find opportunities HERE!)
- Learn a new technique (Have you seen our Pinterest page lately?)

If one of your goals include learning more about the art of quilting, consider attending the Studio to Gallery Conference presented by Studio Art Quilt Associates of Florida. The 2015 conference will be held in Melbourne, FL and it offers workshops, lectures and a gallery walk. Click HERE to learn more!

Looking forward to a creative 2015 with you!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Elections




The Union Star, Elizabeth Holmes, 1869, 90" x 71"
"This quilt was made 1869 by Elizabeth Holmes in her 68th Year."
"Abraham Lincoln: Grant Pr: Colfax VI: & The Union Forever."

Interested in running for a board position? Please review the position responsibilities on the OMQG website under the ABOUT US tab or click HERE.  The elected board positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer; all other coordinators are committee chairs and will be selected by  the incoming board. The deadline to become a nominee is January 7.  All nominees will be asked to introduce themselves at our January meeting.  Voting will take place at our February meeting by written ballot, and new officers will be announced at the end of that meeting.  Absentee ballots will be available via email from Jan 26-Feb 2 (dates approximate).  Email Karol or Julia to get an absentee ballot.

Please contact the election committee or any board member if you are interested or have questions.

As elections mark a new year for our guild, I thought it would be interesting to find out if our members make any quilting new year resolutions.  Do you make a list of projects you plan to make in the upcoming year?  Do you resolve to become more involved in guild activities?  Are there new techniques or classes you want to learn/take in 2015? It could be this is the time you decide to start your own blog, pledge to blog more or just plan to comment more on your favorite blogs.  Maybe your New Year's resolution is to not make any more resolutions.  We want to hear from you.  Tell us what your quilty resolutions are for 2015.  The Random Number Generator will choose a winner in early January.

Monday, December 8, 2014

MEETING MINUTES
DECEMBER 3, 2014
MAITLAND, FL

The meeting was called to order by President Yanick.  29 members and 2 guests were present.

TREASURER'S REPORT
Marge reported that as of Nov 30, our balance is $7157.29.

RAFFLE BASKET
The fabric-rich basket was won by Debra (and her lucky sister!)
 UPCOMING EVENTS
Cara asked that she be notified of all completed UFOs by the end of the day (Dec 3.)  A drawing will be held and prize awarded at our holiday party on Dec 20.  A new UFO challenge, headed by Kelly, will be coming in 2015!
The guild will be making another field trip to the Suwanee Valley Quilt Shop in Trenton on Feb 7.  There are many other shops in Trenton as well, including antiques and cross-stitch.  More details to follow.

OMQG purchased an ad in the Space Coast quilters program for their bi-annual show, which takes place Feb 13 and 14 in Titusville.  Deadline to enter the show is Jan 16.

Florida Cabin Fever quilters also have an upcoming show on Jan 23 and 24.  Submissions will be accepted until Dec. 7.  

ELECTION PROCESS COMMITTEE
Zonetta updated the group on the committee's progress.  If you are interested in running for a board position, please review the positions available and their responsibilities on the OMQG website under the "about us" tab.  The deadline to become a nominee is Jan 7.  All nominees will be asked to introduce themselves at our Jan meeting.  Voting will take place at our Feb meeting, by written ballot, and new officers will be announced at the end of that meeting.  Absentee ballots will be available via email from Jan 26-Feb 2 (dates approximate).  Email Karol or Julia to get an absentee ballot.
CHARITY PROJECTS
Linda will continue to accept quilts for the veteran's home until February.  Dimensions should be between 48-50 x 60-70 inches.  They can be red, white, and blue, but don't have to be.  Masculine colors are preferred but we do want to make sure the few women there also have appropriate quilts.  Debra needs some more 10in red, white, and blue blocks to complete the quilt she is making with the donated blocks; please email her if you have some, or can make some for her.

Our projects for Days for Girls are also ongoing.  Sharleen has fabric for the liners; contact her to get some.

Our quilt at OMA's Festival of Trees was seen by over 32,000 people!

Marge displayed the finished top for our Quiltcon challenge quilt.

BLOCK OF THE MONTH
This month's blocks......
....were won by Yanick!

Instructions for January's block are posted on our blog.

HOLIDAY PARTY
Our guild holiday party will be held on Dec 20, from 10-4:30 at the Dr Phillips Library (Southwest Branch).
Please bring a potluck dish to share, and any sewing projects you wish to work on.  We will have a gift exchange featuring mini-quilts (example shown below.)  Quilts should not be bigger than 18" on any side; participation is optional. Please bring your quilt in a brown paper or gift bag.
SALON
 The next Modern Quilting Salon will be held on Dec 11 from 6-8 pm at the Bernina Sewing Center in Lake Mary.  Bring an example of your favorite style of modern quilting.  This may be the last salon to be held for a while, due to conflicts with the space, and Yanick's schedule, so come while you can!

DOOR PRIZE
....was won by Susan.

SHOW AND TELL
 WISH I HAD MADE THAT
...was won by Sharleen!

Lunch at Brio followed the meeting.