Tuesday, November 11, 2014

November 5, 2014
Maitland, FL

The meeting was called to order with 32 members and 4 guests present.

  • Cocoa Beach quilt retreat takes place Nov 7-9.  Attendees may want to carpool.
  • Victoria Findlay Wolfe workshop will take place on Dec 5 and 6 from 10:30 - 4:30 at the Dr Phillips Library.  Supply list can be found here.  There are still 5 spots available on Sat. and registration for those spots is now open to non-members.  Cara will order lunch for the group; if you have dietary restrictions, please let her know ASAP.  Please bring old phone books for paper piecing.
  • Cara asked if there was interest in another field trip to the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe.  She will check available dates.
  • UFO's need to be completed by our Dec 3 meeting.  Prize will be awarded at our Sew Day Holiday party on Dec 20.
  • Cara was the winner.
  • Remember to read the OMQG blog and respond to posts to have your name entered in our monthly raffle!
  • Our current total assets are $7766.25 
  • The winner was Kathryn.
  • A number of members contributed blocks for the quilt.
    Thanks to all who have volunteered to design, piece, quilt and bind this quilt.
  • Quilts for the Veteran's Home in Lake Nona will be collected by Linda at any time between now and February.  Approximately 50 x 70 is the desired size.  Color scheme can be either red, white, and blue, or any combination of masculine colors.  Members may submit either finished quilts, or 12.5" blocks in red, white, and blue, and Linda will assemble these blocks into quilts. Members may also bring in the "quilt as you go" free motion quilting blocks distributed at a previous meeting.  Beth's long arm machine is available for quilting charity quilts if anyone would like to use it.
  • Since our guild is growing so quickly, we will assign new members a "big sister" who will acquaint new members with the guild's programs, and answer any questions they may have.  A survey will be sent soon asking for veteran members to volunteer.
  • Our annual holiday party will be held on Sew Day on Dec 20, at the Dr Phillips Library, from 10-4.  Please bring a potluck dish to share.  Also, if you would like to participate in a gift exchange, bring a mini quilt (no bigger than 18" on any one side)  in a brown paper or gift bag.  (Ideas for mini quilts can be found on our OMQG Pinterest page.) Prizes will be awarded for our UFO winners. Alissa volunteered to be the "MC" for our games.
  • Information on current nominees for our region's representative to the national Modern Quilt Guild can be found on the MQG website.  Ballots for voting will be sent to all members on November 10, and must be returned by November 14.
  • Zonetta, Julie and Karol have agreed to serve as this year's committee.  Please look on the OMQG website for descriptions of all available OMQG board positions.  More information will be presented at future meetings.
  • Leslie won this month's blocks; Beth collected them for her.
  •  Instructions for this month's block can be found here.
  • Florida Cabin Fever quilt show will take place Feb 23 and 24.  Registration is now open for submissions.  December 7 is the deadline for registering.


 ....was won by Rene.

Meeting adjourned at 11:50 am.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

November Sew Days - Days for Girls Charity Project

This November we will be making a key part to the kits for the Days for Girls project. If you are attending the Sew Days in Maitland or Dr Phillips, you are encouraged to bring the following:

All the usual sewing supplies including sewing machine, scissors, pins and thread to go with your fabrics.  
Botanicals, geometrics and batiks work well.  
 Please avoid prints with people, reptiles,animals or bugs.
For each shield you will need;
9" X 11" piece of PUL (Provided by the Guild!)
pre-washed cotton - 2 pieces 9" X 11" (2 coordinating colors makes it easier)
                    1 piece 5" X 8 1/2" ( of either print)
For each liner you will need;
2 pieces 8 1/2 " X 9 1/2" med to dark pre-washed flannel

Sharleen has generously offered her time to show you how to make the shield and liners which is a key component to the kits needed.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

December Block of the Month

With the craziness of the holiday preparations, I thought a quick and fun block to be a good idea.  The X block fits the bill!  I whipped this one up in no time using fabrics from my scrap pile.  It's basically a slice and insert technique.

X block

Pile O' Fabric has a great tutorial for making this block which she calls the cross stitch block.  Her tutorial provides instructions for quite a few sizes.  Follow her measurements for making the {5" or 5.5" or 6"} size block and trim to 5.5".

Have fun making one or two or ten of these blocks using neutrals/low value/low volume fabrics for the backgrounds and bright modern fabrics for the X.  Bring them to December's meeting for a chance to go home with them all!

Happy stitching!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Festival of Trees

Our collaborative Festival of Trees quilt was presented to the Orlando Museum of Art's Council of 101 and received a standing ovation from the luncheon attendees!  Way to go everyone!!

A big thank you to our wonderful Festival of Trees Committee (Debbe, Kathryn and Yanick), our talented members who made the wonderful 6" blocks, Yanick for designing and piecing the quilt top, Beth for quilting, Mary for binding and Debra for making the quilt bag!!

Presentation of Quilt
With the contribution of so many members, this project came together beautifully.  The individual blocks are spectacular and the effect of them combined in this fabulous design by Yanick is just incredible!  I love admiring the quilt, noticing each individual block and guessing the creator's identity.
Creativity on display!
Our quilt will be auctioned at the Opening Gala of the OMA's Festival of Trees and displayed throughout the entire festival.  Seeing our quilt hanging in the Orlando Museum of Art is reason enough to attend the Festival of Trees, but if you need more click on their link to see pictures from past festivals.  A few hours at the festival will no doubt put you in the holiday spirit.

2014 Festival of Trees
The festival hours are 10am-5pm November 15-23.  Taken from the  museum's website, "Now in its 28th year, the Council of 101’s Festival of Trees will kick off Central Florida’s holiday season with a touch of tradition “Tis the Season.”  The Orlando Museum of Art will become a vibrant wonderland of holiday elegance with designer decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread creations all for sale, along with stunning holiday vignettes, drawings for dazzling prizes and a Toyland Town activity area and shop for the children. Other holiday decorations and gifts will be available for purchase in the Festival Boutique.
The entire family will enjoy the sites and sounds of this very popular Central Florida tradition benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art to further the cultural development and appreciation of the visual arts and children's art education programs."
Isn't she a beauty?!

 I am so proud to be a member of this guild!!!  We rock, if I may say so myself!!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

On or Off?

Quick poll here:  Do you sew with your shoes on or off?

Research shows quilters are particular about their foot ware, or lack thereof, when it comes to sitting down at the sewing machine.  It'll be interesting to see if our members prefer sewing shoeless or not.

A tougher question (thanks Beth for the suggestion) is how many quilts have you made?  We're talking baby quilt size or larger.  Don't worry.  We're not giving prizes based on the number of quilts.  Everyone has the same chance of winning as the Random Number Generator doesn't discriminate ;-))

Thank you for participating and helping us get to know each other a little better.

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 www.floridacabinfever.com.