Thursday, June 4, 2015

June Meeting Minutes

JUNE 3, 2015

The meeting opened with an icebreaker, advice to sew small one-inch blocks. Some cute advice given and hints  were ‘sew straight, drink wine and don’t use such small blocks. Serious advice was to use gridded wonder under and sew in strips instead of individual blocks.

Yanick welcomed new guests Frank P. and Jane A. Twenty-seven members and guests were present.

Marge presented the current financial report with our current total balance of $6,934.50.
Debra A. won the blog post book.

Pat won the lovely raffle basket put together by Rene, there were nearly a record breaking number of tickets sold at twenty eight.

The Maitland Library Exhibit will be in October, with the theme ‘What is Modern Quilting? Several members volunteered for the committee, including Beth, Mary, Karol, Marge and Debra.
Sharleen presented the Mailtland Sew Day Charity project. It is a fabric backpack that will be given to the Orlando Womens’ and Children Center. Sharleen will have pre cut fabrics to help get the project started. The directions can be found at:
Yanick presented information on the Maker Faire Orlando, it will be September 12-13, it is a chance for us to showcase what we love doing. We continue to need volunteers to participate, help set up, break down and have possible demo ideas. Please contact Yanick if you would like to join the fun.
The UFO challenge will be re-opened, expect another survey in which new members can list their UFO’s and those already on the list may have a chance to add any projects they neglected to list previously.
During show and tell Jodi showed an all pink quilt that was on her UFO list.
We are looking for a nice place to host our fall retreat, if you have any ideas, we would love to hear from you. Please email Debbe K. or Yanick.
Two more Alzheimer’s quilts were turned in. They will be accepted through July.  Also we can begin accepting Wheelchair Art Quilts both at meetings and at The Sewing Studio, if you turn it in to the Sewing Studio, please take a photo and email it to the guild.

This fall Alissa will begin to organize beehives for some block swaps.
Also for this fall Beth announced a challenge or swap that will include UFO’s that you do not wish to finish, but instead trade of give to someone else to complete. Also she will organize a swap.
Yanick showed one more postcard she received from a guild member in Leesburg.
If anyone is interested in having a mentor please contact Marge. The mentor will help new guild members if they have any questions concerning the guild, blog, or the Modern Quilt Guild.
The Block of the Month was won by Marge, she asked to have another name drawn, her name was chosen a second time. Debra offered and Marge accepted to trade a future win with her.

Six door prizes were given today from The Cloth Pocket of Texas, who sponsored today’s meeting. We will put some advertisements on the blog and Instagram, so keep your eyes out for it.

Show and Tell

We Dismissed for Lunch to ‘Another Broken Egg’, about a dozen members said they would attend.

July 2015 Block of the Month

Hello! I hope you're as excited as I am about this month's block. I know we haven't done a curved block yet and it's super scary to a lot of you, but I promise you can do it! Just sew a bit slower, pay a bit more attention, and you too can sew some curves. If you haven't ever sewn a curve, I would start with a drunkards path. It's a single curve, basically a quarter of a circle, and gives you a good base for this block since this is a few curves in a row. Follow the first link below for a drunkards path template to follow, and the second link is a great video to watch of the curve being sewn. Skip these links if you've sewn a curved block before!

Now on to this month's block! It's called Rolling Tide and it's by Alyssa Lichner of Pile o' Fabric. She is a great quilter, has a great online shop (I've ordered quite a few times!), and has absolutely wonderful tutorials. This block uses both a scrappy improv strip and curved seams, so it's two types of practice in one.

Follow the link, and I would advise you to read through the whole tutorial before attempting the block. There are great tips and tricks in there and the photos help a LOT. Please use blues/turquoise for the improv section, and white/off white/low volume for the two solid sections. You trim quite a bit off the block after its sewn so if i seems a bit wonky it's ok. A good starch and iron fixes most of that. After my two finished blocks, I think I have a few of my own tips for you!

First, I know she says smaller, shallower curves are easier, but personally I thought wider, shallower curves were easier for me. My first block I used the first part I cut off to cut my second section as well to make it an even on both sides, river-like, curve. But my second block, I used two different curves, one side with smaller, and one with wider. I thought the wider side was easier.

Second, be careful as you pull the curved pieces. When sewing the curves you pull the pieces towards each other towards either left or right, and when doing so near your improv blocks seams try not to pull too hard or you can pull the block apart! I almost did on my first block. On my second attempt, I pulled using the seam itself, not in front of the seam, so it stayed together better.

Third, when piecing the improv block, try to keep the end pieces a bit on the longer side, maybe 3 or so inches. It makes starting and ending the block easier. Without seams on each end, its easier to pull the pieces towards each other and gives you a bit more stability to hold on to. Obviously this is something I figured out after my second block as my improv seams are close to my edges!!

Fourth, have FUN! This is an improv block, so no worries on the center piece, use vertical seams, diagonal seams, horizontal seams, whatever you see fit. And if it's a bit wonky, that's ok. This is a new block for us! If it's super wonky, maybe try this with a solid center piece to get the hang of it before using your improv section.

Both my blocks together, top was done first

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Modern Quilt Books

Have you read any good {Quilting} books lately?!  Here are a few of the latest additions to my quilting library.

Modern Quilt Books
I love the variety of quilting books available!  I collect quilt books like I used to collect cookbooks.  Every time I go to the LQS, book store or log onto Amazon, I discover another quilt book.  Like purchasing fabric wasn't hurting my bank balance enough...ha!

What's your favorite modern quilt book?  Is there a modern quilt book that's on your wish list?

Image of Becoming a Confident Quilter: Lessons and Techniques Plus 14 Quilt Patterns
Elizabeth Dackson's book
Leave a comment on this post by Tuesday, June 2 for a chance to win a copy of Becoming a Confident Quilter signed by Elizabeth Dackson.  A random winner will be chosen at 11pm EST on June 2.
Edited to announce winner is Debra A.  Thanks everyone for playing along.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Hello Guild Friends

The Orlando Guild has a few job openings that we asking for member applicants.

BOM Committee: Responsibilities including choosing a block of the month and posting it on the blog.  As a committee member you would choose the block once every four months.  Job responsibilities include access to a computer and trainable to learn to upload a posting to the blog. 

Maitland Library Quilt Exhibit: A committee chairperson as well as chair members to help organize the Maitland Library Quilt Exhibit. This will be a short term commitment and the job responsibilities will be completed after the exhibit. 

Maker Faire Participants.
Maker Faire Orlando will be held on September 12th and 13th at the Orlando Science Center and surrounding Lock Haven Park, if you are interested in participating contact Yanick.

To apply for any of these positions, please email or Call Debra Jalbert, or comment here.


Monday, May 18, 2015

OMQG Board Meeting Minutes

OMQG Board meeting minutes
May 15, 2015

Present:  Yanick, Marge, Rene, Michele, Ede, Beth, and Debra (via Skype)

  • Discussion of placing ads on our blog.  We have received inquiries from some businesses offering us free materials in return for an ad placement on our blog.  After discussion, it was agreed that ads will be only for local shops, and will appear for a limited time.  Sewing Studio could have permanent ad due to the fact that they give us our meeting space without charge.  Ads might appear in the form of an interview with a quilt shop owner, for example, rather than an actual ad.  They could be part of a feature called "Friends of OMQG".  It was agreed that we do not want ads to dominate our blog.
  • Beth proposed  two new challenges: a mini-quilt swap and a UFO swap.  The mini-quilt swap would be voluntary, and take place after the Maitland Library show.  (Members would make a mini-quilt to be shown and then swapped if they wish when the show is over.)  UFO swap will take place in August and announced in June. Members will put a ticket in a jar or envelope for any UFO they are interested in, and winner of each UFO will be drawn from those tickets.
  • Two members have asked for mentors, and have been assigned.
  • Discussion of upcoming teachers:
  Carol Lyles Shaw would like to share her Fibonacci techniques at one of our Sew Days.  Board agreed to ask her if she could do this at our August meeting.  Debbe will calculate fees.

It was agreed that we should go ahead and book our teachers through 2016, and even 2017, as their schedules fill so quickly, and demand is so great.

  • It was agreed that we will investigate new locations for a possible retreat this year.   Debra knows of a possible location in Gainesville; will discuss with Debbe.
  • MQG has re-designed some of their website to encourage more interaction from members.  Rene will work on getting more items from our guild on the mothership website to encourage more interaction from our membership. 
  • We agreed to re-open the UFO list.  Mentors should encourage new members to add items to the UFO list, and to make name tags.
  • We would like to participate in this year's Maker Faire at the Orlando Science Center.  Volunteers for a committee will be solicited.
  • The Trenton quilt shop has a quilt show each year in Feb-Mar, and would like to feature our guild, alone or with another guild, at a future show.  We will follow up on this with guild membership
  • Debra will post a "Help Wanted" ad on our blog, for a new Block of the Month chair, and volunteers for the Maker Faire and Maitland Library quilt show committees.
  • Our next board meeting will be held Oct 1 at 8:30 am (prior to Sew Day) at Panera's on Sand Lake Road.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Saturday Sew Day

Hello from Saturday Sew Day! We have two Sew Days a month. Come play! Check our calendar for dates and times.

Marge is making a wedding quilt for friends. Beats cookie sheets or crock pots any day!

Our newest member, Bonnie shows Beth her UFO. I bet this beauty gets finished! Welcome, Bonnie! And welcome Leandra. We welcomed two new members this Sew Day! And there were more who came in inquiring. Go OMQG!

Michelle's table is busy with pretty projects. Love her paint tape tips. No wonder she is so prolific. And yeah, she drove from Georgia this morning for Sew Day. See, it's not that far for most of our members and Michelle rolled in from Georgia!

Leandra is making a quilt for the firefighters in her home town.

Mary found the cutest ABC panel and added her touches to make a darling quilt. It was so sweet.

Judy dazzled us with some English Paper Piecing. She fussy cut her fabrics to showcase the cute fabrics.

Yanick and her very good eyes, tackled a Wonder Woman paper pieced project. Oh, tiny pieces! I'm pretty sure Yanick might be the Wonder Woman! Go see the finish on her Instagram feed @sewnwithcurves. It's pretty wonderful!

This fun gift goes to the recipient of the Wonder Woman swap gift. Certainly good for a chuckle.

Beth was making a horse quilt for a dear relative's grandbaby. Look how cute the backing fabric is. The front was even cuter.

Did you get in on the postcard swap? Here are a few that were given or received. This was a fun swap so if you missed it the first time, we may try it again. What do you think?

Our June BOM. Thanks Debra! Jump right in and make one of these. They're easy! You can find the link for instructions on our side bar.

Our founder, Rene' is doing some cute reverse applique work for her little who is celebrating three soon! Rene' learned this technique at QuiltCon and obviously paid attention in class.

Ellen mastered curved piecing for this gigantic quilt. It just takes 90 or so blocks. It was surreal watching her sash her big blocks together and add borders in a few hours.

Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of the food. It's always excellent. Everyone brings delicious stuff and we eat, chat, and laugh all day. Our next Sew Day at Dr. Phillips is Saturday, June 20th. Mark your calendars! Hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

May Monthly Meeting

MAY 6, 2015

The meeting was called to order by President Yanick.  26 members and 2 guests were present, including Carole Lyles Shaw, who is our region representative to MQG!

The ice-breaker fabric toss was won by Julia.

Marge reported a balance of $6771.50.

.....was Alissa this month.

.....was won by Rene.
Lyn from the Sewing Studio gave us some great tips and advice on machine maintenance.
Margaret Loomis spoke about our next charity project, which will be making wheelchair art quilts.

She showed many wonderful examples:

Oxygen tank covers are another great project.
Complete instructions for these projects will be posted on our blog shortly.  Margaret stressed that all media used must be machine washable, and any enhancements must be completely sewed down.  We will be collecting these at our meetings from June-Sept, although Margaret will happily accept them anytime after that as well.

More Alzheimer's activity mats were collected.

Our fabric postcard exchange was a success! 19 postcards will be swapped with two other guilds.

American Made Brand is sponsoring a mini-quilt challenge.  Note that entries cannot appear on any social media prior to submission.

The Blogger's Quilt Festival takes place May 15-29.  You do not have to have a blog to participate; you can win prizes just by posting!

Our guild will again be participating in the charity quilt challenge for Quiltcon 2016.  The theme is "Improv-ing with Intent." More information will be coming at future meetings.

There will also be another Michael Miller Fabric Challenge at the next Quiltcon.  A fabric challenge registration link will be sent to all MQG members Sat May 9 at 10 am, so if you wish to participate, make sure you're at your computer at that time, as the fabric bundles will go really fast! Note:  if you are not receiving emails from MQG, contact Marge immediately so that she can verify your contact information.

A sew day for the Days For Girls project will take place at Wandering Stitches on May 18 from 10-3.

The Maitland Library has asked our guild to exhibit quilts in October.  Yanick proposed the theme "What Modern Quilting Means To Me", and asked members to start thinking about projects and submissions.  More details will be coming.

The May salon has been cancelled due to Mother's Day.


.....were won by Debra.


Meeting adjourned at 12 pm.