Monday, September 21, 2015

Calling All Bloggers!

Did you know we list our member bloggers on the left sidebar?  We have so many creative members, and it's nice to see what they are up to in between guild events.

Sewn With Curves
Our President Yanick is the featured quilter on Amy's blog this week.  Take a minute to read more about Yanick's artistic background, her passion for creating, and quilting tips.   There is some colorful eye candy there as well!

I noticed The Sewing Studio has updated their website to include a blog which features bios on the staff along with product features and tips not exclusive to quilting.

If you are a quilt blogger and are not listed on our sidebar, please let me know immediately so that can be rectified.  You can leave a comment here or email me (address in directory).

Have you thought about starting a blog, but not sure where to start?  I am sure any one of the bloggers listed on our site would be happy to help.  Feel free to leave any questions on this post.

Would you like to see a blog hop of all guild blogs with a last stop here for a giveaway?  Leave your comments and suggestions below and we will make it happen.  There will also be a random winner drawn from the comments on this post.  Suggest away!

Thursday, September 3, 2015



The meeting was called to order by President Yanick.  37 members and 6 visitors and new members were present.
Marge reported that current assets are $6937.04.

.....was won by Alissa.

....was Frank.  (I forgot to get a picture!)

Kelly passed around her list of submitted UFO projects so that members may update their completions.  Remember it is not too late to join this year's UFO contest; complete the form on the blog.  Each completed project will earn you a ticket for a lottery at our December meeting.  Contact Kelly with questions.


Michelle and her committee are ready for Maker Faire Orlando.  Stop by the OMQG booth! (NOTE: due to the great response for Maker Faire this year, some participants, including OMQG, will be in the Orlando Museum of Art, rather than the Science Center.) Cara mentioned that OSC members may be eligible for a free MFO ticket; Marge mentioned that tickets purchased in advance online are less expensive than tickets purchased at the door.

Remember to bring your unwanted UFO projects to October's meeting!  All projects will be raffled off to other OMQG members; they should be completed by their new owners and shown at our December meeting.  You are not obligated to take home as many projects as you "donate"!  Contact Beth with questions.

Karol is still collecting quilts for our October exhibit at the Maitland Public Library.  She will collect quilts at the Maitland Sew Day on on September 14, and later as well if necessary.  If you have quilts that you would like to display, please contact Karol ASAP to arrange for a time to get them to her.

Sign up for Carole Lyles Shaw's class on October 3 took place.  Class fee is $25, and will take place at the Dr Phillips Library from 10-4:30.  As of this posting, there are still a few spaces available.  Contact Marge ASAP if you would like to attend.  See the August meeting minutes for the supply list for this class.  Bring a potluck dish to share.

We are planning a weekend quilting retreat at the Kenilworth Lodge in Sebring.  Retreat will take place Nov 6-7.  Rates will be $77 for a double room for the weekend, or $153 for a single, which includes breakfast.  Please let Marge know as soon as possible if you would like her to reserve a space for you.  Payment will be required at our October meeting.

Alejandrina conducted a demonstration on how she uses pins placed along the seam lines to make sure that her pieces are correctly lined up while doing paper piecing.  She also highly recommended the use of a roller to press seams while piecing.

Once again, we are donating a quilt to Orlando Museum of Art's Festival of Trees.  Bags containing materials for the required blocks were distributed.  PLEASE remember that if you took a bag, you must return the completed blocks at the October meeting.  If you will not be at the meeting, please make arrangements to get your completed blocks to Alissa, who will be piecing the quilt, no later than the October meeting date. Many thanks to Frank and Mary W for volunteering to quilt and bind the quilt, respectively.  See below on the blog for more detailed information about construction of the quilt, and contact Debra if you have any questions about assembling your blocks.  (Debra will put an example of the green and white blocks on the blog.) Remember to use only the fabrics supplied in your bags. Do not add additional fabrics, although you do not have to use all the fabrics supplied to you. Blocks will be unfinished at  4 1/2 inches; please trim yours to this size before you return them.  If you were not at September's meeting, but would like to participate, please contact Debra to see if any bags are still available.

We are also once again submitting a quilt to Quiltcon for their charity display.  Fabric bags will be distributed and instructions given at our October meeting.  If you would like to get a head start on your blocks, contact Marge and she will make arrangements to get the fabric to you.  The theme is "improv with intent", and Yanick has chosen our quilt's theme--"Sticks and Stones".  Yanick will post videos of techniques for both "sticks" and "stones" on the blog, although other circle techniques (for the "stones") are acceptable as well.  Completed 6.5 inch blocks MUST be returned at our November meeting.  Some examples:



....was won by Karol.
Several members shared information about books on modern quilting that they've found especially informative and inspirational.  The books mentioned were:

Meeting adjourned at 12 pm.  Lunch followed at Keke's in Winter Park.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

October Block of the Month!

Hello everyone! It's Kate!

I am so excited to be choosing the October block of the month since autumn and Halloween are my favorite!
I chose a Spiderweb quilt block and the tutorial can be found here via Sew Mama Sew. These spiderweb blocks use a piece of fabric as your foundation (a new technique to try!) and give you a great use for your scraps (who doesn't love a good scrap buster?).

As a kid my favorite spooky stories were the Goosebumps "Choose Your Own Adventure" books so I thought why not do that for the color ways for these block to add some interest? You can also choose if you want to get super scrappy and have the spider web strips be different sizes (like the black and white webs) or more uniform (like the colorful webs)  So many ways to change up this block!

Color way 1:

Choose a black white or gray solid fabric for your foundation and add all your fun Halloween colors to the outside.

Color Way 2:

Choose a Halloween color solid for the center and keep your spiderwebs grayscale.

I understand not everyone will have the overgrown Halloween stash I have so feel free to use any prints or solids that fit the color scheme for your webs. Just have fun with it!

And as for these "Halloween Colors" I keep referring to, some examples would be: ghoulish greens, putrid purples, otherwordly oranges and even a little zombie skin blue.

Can't wait to see the blocks in October!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hashtag OrlandoMQG

How many guild members are taking advantage of the quilty information and inspiration on Instagram?  I periodically search the hashtag #OrlandoMQG to make sure I haven't missed any guild creativity.  More times than not I will discover I HAVE missed someone or something.

So here's this month's question(s) broken down in two sections?

If you ARE on Instagram:

  • What's your handle?  I want to make sure @OrlandoMQG is following you!
  • Are you following @OrlandoMQG?
  • Please use the hashtag #OrlandoMQG when posting guild related sewing projects or items that may be of interest to other guild members.
  • Do you recommend any particular IGers?
  • Do you have any tips on using the IG app?
  • Do you have any questions regarding the IG app that others could answer?
If you ARE NOT on Instagram, you can still participate in this month's post:

  • Just for fun, if you were on Instagram what handle (name) would you give yourself?
  • What quilt personality would you like to follow on Instagram?
  • Would you ever consider joining Instagram?  If so, what would prompt you to join?

As of last count, our guild has 71 members.  Wouldn't it be awesome if there were 71 comments on this post?!  I am interested to see how many OMQGers are on Instagram and read all the comments.  Once again, all comments are eligible to win a quilty prize.  A winner will be selected at midnight September 1st.

Also, check out this post at The Sewing Party on taking better pictures on Instagram!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

FOT Christmas Wreath

IT is that time of year again, yes, if you haven't already begun planning for the Holiday Season, well our guild will be! Pictured below is the planned project to donate to the Orlando Museum of Art's Council of 101 Fundraiser. This will be our 2nd year participating.

The project will kick off at the September 2nd guild meeting by handing out the fabric for this project.  In order to participate you simple pick a mini fabric bundle and make two 4.5 inch blocks from the pieces enclosed. There will be 3  different blocks to make. IF you take a bag, you COMMIT to making 2 blocks and returning them by the October guild meeting. (Some blocks may be used on the back or the carrying bag)

Here are the instructions:
Each block is finished to 4.5 (4 1/2) inches square. You will  be responsible to square your block to size. There are 3 different blocks to make.

14 Red Blocks

34 Green Blocks

32 1/4 green 3/4 white blocks. Here is just one example:

The red and green blocks must be Primarily that color, with any type of modern design you choose.

The 32, green and white blocks blocks MUST be approximately 1/4th green and 3/4th white, they will be the outer and inner ragged edges of the wreath.  So these block must be somewhat ragged or with a triangular edge similar to a quarter square triangle.

Additionally we will look for volunteers to piece, quilt and bind.  These volunteers will need to be available for a quick turn around as the project is due in November.

Please email Debra with any questions or if you would like to volunteer to piece, quilt or bind.

Last year's quilt

Monday, August 10, 2015


AUGUST 5, 2015

President Yanick called the meeting to order, with  44 attendees present.

Marge reported that our current balance is $7060.

.....was won by Cara.


It will be a good learning and interactive time for kids and adults. There is an orientation at the Orlando Science Center for all volunteers on Sunday, August 16th 11 am to 12:30 pm (Michele attending) or 1 pm to 2:30 pm. There will also be a meeting for our guild volunteers August 22nd, 2pm at the Sewing Studio; email Michelle L. for all the details.

We will accept donations of modern fabric, marking pens and scrap batting for the Maker Faire project. Please bring them to the September meeting.


To prepare for the October Maitland Library show, guild members are asked to add a 4 inch hanging sleeve to their quilt and a small dowel 2 inches larger than the quilt. This link is an excellent tutorial:  tallgrass prairie studio: Hang Your Quilt! (Hanging Sleeve Tutorial)

IF you have troubles with a sleeve please do not let that hold you back from showing your work. The volunteers will work with you. We can clip your quilt to a dowel if necessary. Contact Karol E. with any questions.  We will have a form for all quilts to be filled in at the September meeting. Bring your quilts that will be shown to the September meeting or either September Sew Day. 

The committee will meet for set up at the Maitland Library on Thursday, October 1st at 10:00 am.  Tear down is Saturday, October 31st, at 12:00.

The class will be on Fibonacci and Improv Piecing, October 3rd at the Dr. Phillips Library from 10:30 - 4:30. It will be a potluck so bring a yummy dish to share. The fee is $25; we will begin registration at the September meeting. See CLS' website for more information on this class. 

Instructions and supply list for class:
Improvisation Made Easy: Fibonacci Style!
Project: Quilt measuring approximately 59 by 62 inches
This one–day workshop is a surprisingly easy no-math approach to making a modern quilt using just a few basic block sizes. Block sizes are based on Fibonacci math—a number series common to many things in nature such as the spirals in seashells.
Don’t worry about the math! I will give you block sizes and directions for the basic block, as well as how to make interesting variations. You can create a quilt that looks modern, random and improvisational quickly and easily using this method.
Participants will develop confidence for intuitive design and piecing, alternate grid layouts and incorporating negative space.
Class is a full day and you should leave with a completed pieced top. Fast workers may have time to work on a 2nd top OR a small wallhanging. During class, we will discuss modern quilting approaches using straight line quilting, improvisational quilting and other approaches that can be easily accomplished on your home machine. We will review the use of quilting with threads in variegated, blending or contrasting colors.
If you have any questions, email
This list is sufficient fabric to make a top in the size shown. If you work really fast, I suggest you bring extra fabric so that you can start working on a 2nd project.
 One half yard of a focus print fabric--a bold multicolor print will work best. Use this fabric to guide you as you select the rest of your fabrics.
 Fat quarters of 14-16 fabrics with a mix of solids and prints. Go for a good mix in scale of the prints. Include light, medium and dark values. Look for fabrics that are interesting and different from each other but related in color to your focus fabric. The color dots on the selvedge of your focus fabric will help guide you. For interest, pick one POP color fabric that boldly stands out from the others.
 One-half yard of one black & white print.
 Four yards of a neutral color fabric in a solid, tone-on-tone or low volume print that complements your other fabrics. A low volume print has a very subtle pattern that almost looks like a solid from a distance.
Optional piece of white batting or flannel or flannel backed white table cloth for a portable design wall.
Basic Sewing supplies: Rotary cutter (new blade suggested) and cutting mat measuring at least 24 inches. Iron and pressing surface. Rulers: a long ruler (24 inches) and a short ruler (12 inches). Sewing machine with ¼ inch foot. Optional walking foot or free motion foot for quilting.
Optional rulers: Square rulers measuring any of these sizes: 3-1/2 inches; 5-1/2 inches; 9-1/2 inches (or larger). Rotating cutting mat if you have one.


Bring an unfinished quilty project that you do not want to finish yourself, or do not want back, to our October meeting. There will be drawings to 'win' the UFO you would like to finish. Bring the finished UFO Challenge Project completed to the December meeting to show.



Beth collected the guilds' post cards for the swap. She will continue to collect through Monday's Sew Day. Please include your address, a note and a stamp on the back of the card. 



Jodi demonstrated board basting,  a way to baste your larger quilt on a table using 2 trim boards. She showed us how to roll the front and backing onto the trim boards then unroll as you add the batting and either pin, spray bast or thread bast as you go. Clink here for a link to an explanation of her method.


Mary S was a judge for the AQS show in Syracuse last week. She showed a BEAUTIFUL slide show of winners and favorite quilts. Mary started teaching in 1993 and specializes in hand applique. She encouraged us all to enter shows to "share your joy" of quilting.

There will be an AQS show in Daytona Beach February 24-27, 2016.  October 16th is the deadline for quilt entries.



.........was won by Beth.

September Block of the Month was presented by Jodi.