Tuesday, April 8, 2014

UFO Challenge

2014 UFO Challenge

The Basics

This challenge is open to any current member of the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild. The goal is to encourage one another and clear out some of our UFOs.

An Unfinished Object (UFO) is any quilt or quilted item that you have begun, but not finished as of April 2, 2014. This includes any items for which you have done significant planning (i.e. selected fabrics and a pattern), as well as those on which you have begun cutting or sewing. It does not include quilts you've considered doing, but haven't actually started planning.

An object is 'finished' when it is ready for display or use.

The Procedure

(1) Submit your list in this SURVEY.

(2) Work on your UFOs in the order that appeals to you and in your own time.

(3) At each subsequent show and tell, bring in any completed UFOs and show us what you've done. Then, triumphantly mark it off your list!

(4) For each UFO completed, a raffle ticket will be marked with the member's name and entered in the year end drawing.

(5) At the Christmas party, there will be a raffle drawing and prizes will be awarded.



Contact Cara at cmhallmon@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

April 2, 2014 Meeting Minutes

MEETING MINUTES
APRIL 2, 2014
MAITLAND, FLORIDA

1.  WELCOME AND GREETINGS
Introduction of Visitors
There were 28 members and guests in attendance.


2.  RAFFLE BASKET
The April Raffle Basket was presented by Zonetta

and won by Christina.

3.  TREASURER'S REPORT
The monthly Treasurer Report was given by Marge.

4.  THANK YOUS
Yanick offered thanks to past officers and committee chairs.

5.  CURRENT COMMITTEE LEADERS
Yanick announced committee leaders as follows:
-Education: Cara
-Charity: Linda and Beth
-Mentoring:  Michele and Marge
-Bees: Jodi and Sue
-Demos: Debra
-Sunshine: During the meeting Beata volunteered for this position
-Challenge Committee: Please contact Yanick if you are interested in this.

6.  COMMITTEE REPORTS

-EDUCATION
Cara is working on lining up teachers for this year and possibly for 2015.

-CHARITY
OMQG will work with Beta House. Linda presented the first of three projects.  The first is for interested members to each make a baby blanket to donate to Beta House.  Linda will collect the quilts at the May, June and July meetings. The sample quilt that Linda made was 36 by 36 inches.


-BEES
Friday is the deadline to join one of the Bees.  Please contact Jodi.


7.  DEMO
A paper piecing demo, including the joys and challenges of paper piecing, was given by Love.

10.  SHOW AND TELL


















"I Wish I had Made That" was awarded to Maya.

11.  BOM
The April Blocks of the Month

were won by Yvonne.


Debra presented the Wonky Log Cabin Block as the May BOM to be done in White and Black and one other color.


The tutorial by Jacquie Gering is here.

12.  UFO CHALLENGE
Cara introduced the UFO Challenge. Members (who want to participate) are to count all UFOS as of April 2 and report this number to Cara either by email in April or by bringing a written list to the May meeting.  For each UFO completed from now until the December holiday party, members will earn a ticket to be entered as a chance in a prize drawing in December.

13.  AUCTION
Yanick introduced the idea of an auction fund raiser.  More to come on this in the following months.

14. FABRIC CHALLENGE
The Michael Miller fabrics for the Challenge just arrived to Orlando on April 1st.  Members will be able to get their fabric at the May meeting or at one of the Sew Days in April. For those who want to participate in the MQG challenge the final day to upload a photo of your completed quilt is June 23rd.  For the local level challenge there are no rules.  We ask members to bring their completed project to the July Meeting to share with all the OMQG members. More information is available here.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Meeting Minutes for March 5, 2014

ORLANDO MODERN QUILT GUILD
MEETING MINUTES
MARCH 5, 2014
MAITLAND, FLORIDA

1.  WELCOME-NEW AND RETURNING MEMBERS AND GUESTS
There were 29 members and guests in attendance.
The meeting was lead by the new President, Yanick.
2.  TREASURER REPORT
The Treasurer's Report was given by Marge.
Dues were collected for the new year and membership pins and cards were distributed.

3.  NEW THIS YEAR
A Q & A period will be added prior to the meetings starting in April.  Members who arrive to the meeting at 9:45 can participate in discussions and information sharing on various topics.  This is optional and the official meeting time will continue to be 10 am.

There will be a UFO challenge which will be announced at a future meeting when Cara is in attendance to discuss it.

Debra introduced some changes to Show and Tell.  There is a brief form to use to indicate you want to share some items at Show and Tell time.  This makes it possible to gauge how much time can be allotted to each of the participants. There is also a place to post an item you want to display but do not particularly want to discuss.

4.  RAFFLE BASKET
The March basket was provided by Kathryn who won the basket last month.  The March winner was Zonetta.

5.  GOALS FOR THE NEW YEAR
Social Media-Encouraging the use of Social Media tools especially the MGQ site and the OMQG site.
Education Opportunities such as demos, mini workshops and the classes in December with V. Findlay-Wolfe.
Mentoring opportunities-Be a mentor, Find a mentor.
Leadership Development of future officers.

6.  INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL MEDIA
Rene provided handouts and discussed the basics of using the Modern Quilt Guild site including the both the community site and the OMQG public guild page.

 7.  INTRODUCTION TO BEES
Jodi introduced the idea of the OMQG having hives that would make and share 6 blocks each quarter.  So far 21 members have expressed interest in participating which would be enough people for 3 hives.

Jodi shared examples of blocks that she has received in Bees she has participated in outside of OMQG.
 8.  DOOR PRIZE
Jodi won the door prize
 9.  BOM

 The March Blocks of the Month were won by Debbe.
A sample of the April BOM to be made in orange, yellow and red on a grey background was shown by Jodi.  The tutorial is already available online. Please note this is a two for one opportunity.  See the tutorial for more information.

10.  FESTIVAL OF THE TREES
Debbe lead a discussion on the various member ideas for the Festival of the Trees quilt. The committee will meet soon to discuss.

11.  SWEETWATER EPISCOPAL ACADEMY VOLUNTEERS
Yanick discussed the project and reviewed some of the information she had shared previously by email.  Volunteers are needed to help at the school on Fridays.

12.  SHOW AND TELL











 Sharlene won a door prize for having won "Wish I Had Made That."





Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Block of the Month plus a bonus

April's of the month is the Origami Star Block by Amy Newbold.  Amy blogs at Suki, Don't You Know Who I Am? and is also the treasurer of our mother ship, The Modern Quilt Guild.

She has a wonderful tutorial for the Origami Star block at Origami Star Block.  It is a cute and easy block that finishes at 8" and 8.5" unfinished.  The tutorial is very easy to understand and my only tips are to use a scant 1/4 inch seam and to be careful with your finished blocks because they do end up with bias edges so can be prone to some stretching and distortions.

These blocks should be made with red, orange and yellow stripes with a gray background. Here is my sample block.



Now for the bonus!

When you add the gray squares to the corners of the striped squares you will trim off two triangles.  I just hate to see those corners get wasted so I sewed each pair together to make half square triangles and then created little 3.25 inch pinwheels.  I thought we could have a second drawing for the pinwheel blocks too.  So we can have two winners this month!  Yay for winners!!


And here is a picture with them all together.  I think the little pinwheels would be fun in the same quilt as the Origami Star.  Maybe one lucky person can win both sets!