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.

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.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

September's Block of the Month

I recently saw this cute block on the Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild blog.  I thought it look fun and summery and even though most of the country considers next month to be Autumn, here in Florida it will still be hot as heck and we will all still be spending time at the beaches, lakes and swimming pools.

So for that reason I went ahead and chose a fish block!

I thought the directions were clear and the measurements were generous so I think it is safe to say that everyone's block will measure at least 12.5 inches when completed.  I have chosen not to trim mine down as I will let the winner of the blocks do that just in case there is a slight variation in the blocks.

Please make the blocks using solid light blue/aqua/turquois fabric and orange for the fish.  You can find the instructions here.

I hope you enjoy the block!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Quilty Podcasts

With summer here many of us are taking trips, either on the road or in the air, which means time away from our sewing machines.  Many times my daughter has her headphones in listening to her music and my husband will have his music blaring on the car radio - this is usually my signal to put my OWN headphones in since my taste in music is not theirs!  To get my quilting fix, I will tune in to a quilty themed podcast.

Here are a few of my favorites:

While searching "Crafty Podcasts" I ran across this blog post which provides suggestions and links to other podcasts.  

Do you regularly listen to podcasts?  If not, I suggest you giving it a try.  It helps pass the time while driving, or even sewing for that matter.  If so, what is your favorite podcast?  Leave a comment on this post (by the evening of August 4th) for a chance to win a door prize at next Wednesday's meeting.

Thursday, July 2, 2015


JULY 1, 2015

The meeting was called to order by Vice-President Debra.  28 members and 3 guests (and one very adorable baby, courtesy of Cara) were present.
 Our current balance is $7061.50.

..... was won by Ede.  (No picture.....forgot my selfie stick.)

Our guild has been accepted to have a booth at this year's event, Sept 12-13 at the Orlando Science Center.  This is a wonderful chance to gain exposure for the guild, and share our love of quilting.  Michele L. has agreed to chair; volunteers are needed for set-up, demos, breakdown, etc.  Please email Michele to join in on the fun.

Carol Lyles Shaw will be conducting a workshop based on her "Fibonacci sequence" work, and "improvising with intent."  (The latter technique will be utilized in designing and executing our charity quilt for Quiltcon 2016.)  Workshop will take place Oct 3 at the Dr Phillips Library.  Cost and registration information to come ASAP.  NOTE:  This is different date from the one that was announced at the meeting.

The "mother ship" has announced a new challenge for Quiltcon 2016.  Details can be found here.  Note that, in order to get free templates, you need to look for the email from MQG on July 7 at 10 am EST.  (If you are not getting email from MQG, contact Marge immediately so that she can update your contact information.)  Templates may also be purchased from

Beth announced another round of our postcard swap.  This one will take place just within our guild membership, and those who follow us on Facebook and who express an interest in participating.  Remember to make your cards just slightly smaller than 4x6 (standard postcard size.)   If you were not present at the July meeting, please email Beth if you'd like to participate.  Check out the OMQG Pinterest page for ideas!

Our newest challenge will be a UFO swap!  This is your chance to clear out those projects that you know, for whatever reason, you are never going to finish.  Your UFO could be someone else's inspiration!  Bring in as many UFO's as you're willing and eager to part with to the September meeting.   Winners of each project will be selected via a ticket raffle.  Now take that newly acquired UFO home and finish it in whatever way you want!  Bring the completed projects to our December meeting.

Due to the number of ongoing and new projects scheduled for the fall, it was decided that we would postpone our fabric auction until sometime in the spring.

The Charleston Modern Quilt Guild is collecting blocks to be assembled into a quilt for the Emanuel AME church, to show the widespread love and support that exists for their members.  This is a no-sew project.  Complete instructions can be found here.  Please note that the deadline for the receipt of the blocks is August 1.  Beth volunteered to collect blocks at both July sew days, and mail them altogether (or you may send one on your own.)

......were won by Jodi and Ede.

Linda reported that she has collected 12 Alzheimer activity quilts so far.  Our wheelchair art quilt project is still ongoing; Linda will collect these at least through Sept or Oct. Click on "charity projects" above for instructions, and scroll down to our May meeting minutes to see some wonderful examples.

Sharleen put together supplies to make drawstring bags at the last Maitland Sew Day.  Completed bags will be donated to local homeless shelters for children.  Pictures of this project can be found on the OMQG Facebook page.

Vice-President Debra gave us some great techniques and ideas for some quick (no more than 8 hours from start to finish) stash-buster projects.

The completed project..........hard to believe this beauty took less than 8 hours!

Our guild's quilts will be featured at the Maitland Library exhibit through the month of October.  Start thinking about quilts you'd like to show.  Due to space considerations, smaller size quilts are preferred.  These do NOT have to be something new made specifically for this exhibit.  Original designs and those from published patterns are both acceptable, as long as attribution is made to the pattern designer. The theme for this exhibit is "What Modern Quilting Means To Me."  Submissions must be made in September.  A committee has been formed to coordinate the exhibit, but more volunteers will be needed to help hang the quilts.


This month's blocks......

.....were won by Sharleen (Leslie picked them up for her!)
Instructions for August's BOM will be on the blog shortly.

Remember to email Kelly E when you complete one of the UFOs on the list you submitted to her.  New members (and procrastinators)--it's not too late to get your UFOs on the list!  Any project that you had "started" (meaning at some stage of completion, or had at least selected a pattern and fabric for--"ideas only" don't count!) is eligible to be completed.  A prize will be awarded at our December holiday party for the person completing the most UFOs and all participants will be eligible for other prizes.  Click HERE to add your name and list of projects you want to complete. You can view the items you've submitted to the list HERE.

Due to lack of attendance, all future Modern Salon dates have been cancelled.

Our guild will once again be making a holiday quilt to be displayed and sold at the Orlando Museum of Art's Festival of Trees.  The guild will once again supply the fabric, and members will make individual blocks that will then be assembled into a "wreath quilt".

Meeting adjourned at 11:45, followed by lunch at Miller's Ale House.