Monday, October 20, 2014

Did You Know?

Some quilty items of interest to note:

  • Adventures in Fabric is by our very own Julie Creus of La Todera.  I have preordered my copy and can't wait for its arrival!  
  • As members of The Modern Quilt Guild, our guild has access to a wide array of lectures and patterns designed for members only.  The most recent webinar features Jacquie Gering discussing Modern Quilting:  Know It When You See It.  Once you are logged onto the MQG Community Site, clicking here will take you to the Resources page which provides a list of Patterns of the Month, Creative Webinars among other links.
  • QuiltCon design their t-shirt contest ends October 22nd.  The form and information can be found here.
  • I've mentioned this podcast before, but it's worth bringing up again. The Modern SewCiety ran a series of  podcasts regarding QuiltCon.  Even if you aren't attending this show, the guests offer advice that can be applied to any quilt class, workshop or conference.  These specific episodes are #41-44, but I highly recommend the podcast in general.  
  • Blogger's Quilt Festival starts this Friday, October 24th and runs for two weeks.  More information can be found here which explains the categories and dates for entering and voting.  The festival runs at the same time as Quilt Market each Fall and Spring giving the online community a chance to view hundreds of beautiful quilts from the comfort of their laptop!  If you're a blogger, be sure to enter a quilt by publishing a BQF post.  
  • Marge was the winner of our latest Getting to Know you blog post.  Look for another opportunity to learn about fellow guild members and a chance to win free fabric.
  • Don't forget to read other posts on our blog for details regarding upcoming challenges, Block of the Month instructions, minutes from past guild meetings and other helpful information.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Cabin Fever Quilt Show

Hello guildfriends, here is a local opportunity to show what you have worked on this year. Have you considered entering a quilt in a local quilt show? Or a chance to support another group of quilters?

Florida Cabin Fever Quilters Guild of Orlando's biennial quilt show will take place on January 23 and 24, 2015 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds located at 4603 West Colonial Drive in Orlando. Previous shows have had over 300 quilts on display, over 20 vendors, special exhibits. 
Registration to enter your special quilt begins October 1, 2014 and close December 7, 2014.

Categories include pieced, appliqué, art, collaborative and guild challenge.
Non members pay $10 per quilt entered. Registration will be at

Guild By-Laws

The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild By-Laws
Revised:  September 29, 2014

Article I:  Name and Location
The name of this organization shall be the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild, also referred to as OMQG or The Guild.  The Guild’s home is in Orlando, Florida with members from all the surrounding areas.

Article II:  Purposes/Mission Statement
The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild, a Chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild, is a non-profit organization formed to:
-inspire and support our members in their enjoyment of and growth in quilt making;
-educate our members with an emphasis on the modern aesthetic through programs and activities;
-promote an interest in and appreciation of the art of quilt making, especially in a no-rules modern approach to fabric arts;
-assist our community by creating quilts and other fabric projects for those in need.

Article III:  Membership
·      Membership is open to any person who agrees to the purposes of the Guild, completes the membership form and pays the annual dues.
·      Members are allowed entry to general meetings at no additional cost except for special programs. Extra costs may be necessary for speaking engagements, workshops, field trips, etc.  If a program is open to persons outside of the Guild, members typically pay a reduced fee.
·      Members will be provided with a Membership Directory with the understanding that it is to be used only for guild purposes and not for commercial gain, solicitation or fraudulent reasons. Member information will not be given or sold to outside entities.
·      Members are allowed the opportunity to vote in any elections, participate in all general meeting activities such as Block of the Month, Swaps, Bees, Show and Tell, Sew Days, etc. and full access to the Guild’s blog and Flickr sites as part of the annual dues.
I.              Presiding Officers
The President, and in his/her absence the Vice President, shall preside at all meetings.
II.            Members
Membership dues are set by the Board and currently are $50 annually. Prospective members can attend the first meeting (or sew day) for free.  The second and third meetings (or sew days) are $5.  After the third meeting, the person has to become a member and pay dues in order to continue attending meetings.  Members can be terminated for cause by a majority vote of the Board.
III.         Meetings
Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month from 10am to 12 noon at The Sewing Studio in Maitland, Florida.  Sew Days typically are held once a month at the Dr. Phillips Branch Library in Orlando.  Meeting information is posted on the Guild’s blog with pertinent details.
IV.          Officers
Officer elections are held each year for President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.  Officers serve a term of one year.  Voting to fill Officer positions shall be conducted by secret ballot.  A simple majority of members (in good standing and in attendance) is needed for a candidate to be elected. If no member is interested in an officer position the current officer continues in the position unless unwilling or unable. If an officer leaves midterm the position replacement will be made by majority vote of the Board Members. Descriptions of the offices are detailed in a separate document named Descriptions of Officer Positions and Committee Chairs.
    V.        OMQG Board
The OMQG Board consists of all officers listed above, plus all founding officers who maintain membership. The Board will convene quarterly.  Additional meetings of the Board may be scheduled as warranted. Each Board member has one vote for board decisions. 80% of the Board constitutes a quorum for voting and decision making purposes.
V.            Standing Committees
Standing Committees or Coordinator positions can be appointed by a majority of the Board and the responsibilities are described and designated by such. Committee Chairs or Coordinators are invited to Board Meetings as needed to make proposals and to participate in discussions.  These are non-voting positions.
VI.          Amendment of the Bylaws
The Bylaws can be amended by a majority of the Board Members.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Minutes October 2014

OCTOBER 1, 2014

30 members and 3 guests were present.

The meeting was called to order by Vice-President Debra, in President Yanick's absence.

Debra spoke about the upcoming Leadership Conference at Quiltcon, which takes place the Monday after Quiltcon.  The conference will discuss all aspects of running a local quilt guild.  Debra plans to attend, and encourages other Quiltcon attendees to consider attending.

The winners of two of our recent blog post random drawings were announced.  They were:  Alejandrina (absent) and Marge. Remember to check our blog frequently for opportunities to post--and maybe win!

Marge presented the monthly financial report.  We had eight new members join last month.  Our total current assets are $7258.25.

There are still eight slots open for the Victora Findley Wolfe workshop on Saturday; Friday's session is full.  Contact Marge ASAP if you would like to register for the Saturday class.  Click here for the supply list for the VFW workshop.

The raffle basket was won by Pat.

 More volunteers are needed to help if we are to submit an entry to the Quiltcon Charity quilts challenge.  A design committee has been formed, and members have agreed to piece and bind.  Ellen volunteered to quilt our submission.  Members who would like to participate were asked to stay briefly after the meeting to get fabric for the quilt. Instructions:
The deadline for the quilt to be delivered to MQG is January 3, 2015. We probably need 2 months to get it sewn together, quilted and bound, we need the blocks in by the November 5th Wednesday meeting.
·        Since it is a guild function Beth no longer needs to collect money for your fabric, the guild will fund the materials necessary to make it (the guild will reimburse Beth and she will give back the few $ she already collected).
·        You can make a block of your choice in 6.5, 9.5 or 12.5  using the color scheme that Beth has purchased.   We will have the fabric at the October meeting.  If you will not be there we will figure out how to get the fabric to you.  You will need to let us know how big you plan on making your block since that will determine how much fabric you will be getting.
·        Because we won’t know the layout of it until we get the blocks back, any leftover blocks will be used for the back or another charity quilt which will be given away at the same time.  I think these quilts will be displayed at Quilt-Con in February so we will donate them to a TBD charity after we get it back. 
·        Below are the rules from the MQG site:
Work Together
·        Your guild and/or members will provide the blocks for the quilt.
·        Your guild will provide batting, backing, binding and additional fabric to complete the quilt top.
·        Quilts should be no smaller than 68”x 88” and not greater than 72” x 92”
·        Quilting must be no farther apart than 2”. These quilts will be used, so please make sure they are sturdy.
·        Machine sewn bindings are ok.

Ede recapped the first Modern Quilting Salon conducted by Yanick and held at the Lake Mary Sewing Center.  Yanick presented a PowerPoint presentation defining modern quilting, and showed examples of her and others' work.  Attendees were encouraged to bring a modern quilt block of their own making to the next salon, which will be held on Oct 16, from 6-8 in the same location.

Sharleen spoke about the charity Days for Girls which provides feminine hygiene products to girls in countries where products are not widely available.  She also gave a demonstration on making sanitary napkins.  Members who are interested in helping can give items to Sharleen at any time.  Instructions can be found on the DFG website. 

 Debbe updated us on the Festival of Trees. It has been decided that our quilt will be the premiere auction item at the Opening Gala for the FOT.  The quilt will be displayed during the entire Festival.  It will be presented to the Council of 101 meeting on Oct 23 at 12:00 at the Orlando Museum of Art.  Any OMQG members are welcome at this meeting to see the quilt presented.

 Linda explained our next charity project, which is to make quilts for the Veterans Home in Lake Nona.  
 Members may participate in a "quilt as you go" project, or make their own quilt.  Finished projects are due at the Feb 2015 meeting.  Finished quilts should be 48-50" wide and 60-70" long.  Quilts do not have to be red, white, and blue, although Linda will be making a sample quilt from the "quilt as you go" supplies provided.  Any modern quilt in masculine colors is acceptable.

October's Blocks of the Month 

were won by Alissa.
 Jodi displayed November's BOM, which is a Flying Geese pattern in fall colors.  Instructions can be found on the OMQG website.

Door prizes were won by Karol
 and Colleen.
 Debra asked that members email her any suggestions they might have for our December holiday party.


"I wish I had made that" was won by Caroline.

Meeting adjourned at 11:45. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

November Block of the Month

I hope no one minds more Autumn colors for the next block of the month.  I just love Fall so much and since we live in Florida and we don't have as much foliage color variation as the more northern states, I thought we should at least have more fun playing with these warm colors.

This block is a rectangle and measures 8.5 x 4.5 unfinisthed and consists of four flying geese stacked on one another.  I have made four and, as you can see from the picture, you can mix and match the colors in any way.  I just request that you stick with an Autumn theme.

I used the tutorial and measurements from here.  I have also created a pin board on Pinterest with some quilts that inspired me to choose this for our block of the month.  I especially like that this tutorial has no waste!  

I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Social Media

Did you know that the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild  currently has 53 members!!!  That's quite a growth from our first meeting in March 2010 with 16 members!!  The word is getting out about our awesomeness!!!!

We're on Twitter!

Some of you may not realize that our guild has an online presence on various social media platforms. In addition to our blog here and our MQG Group page, make sure you check us out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and Pinterest.  Let us know your "handle" on any of these social media sites so we can keep up with you as well.  Especially with so many new members,  we may have missed following someone.  Also, if you have a blog and it is not listed on our sidebar,  please let us know so we can add you.

and Instagram

We want to know: what is YOUR favorite form of social media?  Leave a comment here letting us know.  Again, there are prizes involved ;-)  Ask Leslie and Alejandrina, our previous blog comment winners!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

More First Quilt Pics and a Winner

Thank you for sharing details of your first quilt here on the blog and pictures on Facebook, Instagram and Flickr!  Since not everyone is on Facebook, I am posting those pictures here for your viewing pleasure - with permission of course.

Alejandrina's first quilt
Beth's first quilt made
Cara's first quilt

Debbe's first quilt

Debra's first quilt

Joanne's first quilt

Judy's first quilt

Leslie's first quilt

Sue's first quilt
Maya's first quilt

Yvonne's first quilt

Zonetta's first quilt
If I have missed someone, please let me know.

Goodies for the winner
The Random Number Generator selected Alejandrina as our winner.   Congratulations Alejandrina!