Thursday, December 8, 2016

OMQG ELECTION FOR 2017 BOARD

The Election Committee is currently accepting nominations for officers for next year's Board.

The current Board recently decided to expand the voting membership of the Board, to reflect the growing size of our guild and to enable more members to participate.  In addition to the current officers of the Board (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and two Founding Members), the Education and Charity Program Coordinators will now be elected positions and voting members of the board.  In addition, the position of Member At Large was also created. 

Descriptions of all positions can be found here.  (You will also find descriptions of a number of committee positions.  These are appointed positions, not elected ones, but if you have an interest in participating in any of the listed committees, please let the Election Committee know, and we will pass the information on to the incoming board members.)

If you are interested in a position on the board, or would like to nominate a person to an office, please contact the members of the election committee:  Ede N., Karol E., and Jodi P.  All nominations must be received by the committee by Dec. 17 at the latest.  And please don't hesitate to contact a committee member to ask questions about the offices, or the election process.

Potential officers will be asked to speak at January's meeting, with the election to follow.  New board members will take over their positions starting in March.

We are excited about the changes and the coming year--we hope you are too!  We look forward to hearing from you!

 MEETING MINUTES
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Maitland, FL

President Alissa called the meeting to order; 51 members, including 1 new member, and 2 guests were present. Alissa had the guests introduce themselves. Our guest from Ohio had donated cash for treats for the guild, as part of the Quilts for Pulse project, and visited on the day that coffee, OJ, and a variety of treats were provided to members with those funds.

THANK YOU

Alissa reported that Tanyia, our Vice President, is moving and leaving the guild. She thanked her for her work for the guild as Vice President this year and presented her with a gift. Alissa also thanked Sharleen for her wonderful year as Charity Coordinator and also presented her with a gift from the guild.

ICEBREAKER

The Icebreaker this month was to spend 10 minutes enjoying the treats provided by donations for that purpose and using that time to chat with each other.

TREASURER’S REPORT

With various expenses for the Quilts for Pulse project, including postage, and the purchase of member gifts, there was a loss this month of $155.96, leaving a balance of $11,918.61.

EDUCATION

Education Coordinator Ede noted that Frank’s dyeing class on January 7 is a fantastic bargain, with him providing the equipment and supplies so members taking it get this opportunity to try dyeing for just the cost of the fabric. There are 3 spots open, which can be held with payment of the class fee of $60.
There was a sign up sheet for the 2 free classes to be taught by Mary-Jeanine at Dr. Phillips Public Library on Feb. 4th, her gift to those who helped with the Quilts for Pulse. Ede asked members to sign up for one or both and to note their preference in case they fill and members are limited to one. Diana asked if members who cannot attend can get the patterns, and Ede will ask Mary-Jeanine.
Ede urged members to sign up on the wait list for classes that fill, noting that there are almost always changes, so those on the wait list often get to attend.
MANCUSO WORLD QUILT FLORIDA SHOW – JANUARY 19-21, 2017

Because Tanyia is moving before the World Quilt Show, Mary S is coordinating the guild’s display at the show. She asked those submitting quilts to the display to bring them to the January meeting with a short artist’s statement to be posted next to each quilt. The quilts will be returned at the February guild meeting.

MAITLAND SEW DAY – MONDAY 12-12-16

There will be a Holiday Party at the Maitland Library Sew Day, as well as the larger party at the Dr. Phillips Public Library Sew Day on Dec. 17th, so any wishing to participate in a gift exchange there should bring a pincushion they made themselves in a brown paper bag.

Alissa announced that the Maitland Library has confirmed all of our Sew Days there for all of 2017, 10 am -4 pm the Monday after each guild meeting.

GUILD NEWSLETTER

Rene asked that any members not receiving the emailed guild newsletter to let her know, so she can be sure she has their correct email addresses.

RAFFLE BASKET

Patty, who won the Raffle Basket last month, returned it filled with a number of fabrics, a special sewing kit in a tin with many notions, a notebook, and other special items. The basket was won by Jane.

UFO LOG

Kelly asked everyone to check the UFO log, to be sure it is correct as to which UFO projects members have finished, because it is the last chance before prizes are given at the December Holiday Party, with one entry in the drawings per UFO finished this year.

HOLIDAY PARTY

The guild’s Holiday Party will be at the December Dr. Phillips Library Sew Day on Dec. 17th.  Bring food to share. There will be a swap, so please bring a wrapped pincushion if you wish to be part of the exchange.  Come to sew with or without a pincushion to swap.

ELECTIONS

Ede, as a member of the Elections Committee (Ede N, Karol E and Jodi P), explained the process, including the fact that the Board decided to expand the board, due to the increase in membership and hoping for the participation of more members. There will now be a Member-at-Large and the person in that position, the Education Coordinator and Charity Coordinator will now be voting members of the Board, the Education Coordinator.  Ede and Karol read the job descriptions for each office, and officers briefly described the time commitment of each position.
·      Ede said the Education Coordinator communicates with potential teachers, researches and recruits teachers with a modern quilting aesthetic, and deals with contracts and travel arrangements. She said it sounds like a lot of work but is fun and easy to do on your own timeline.
·      Joan said being Treasurer is mainly keeping the checkbook and doing basic bookkeeping, which takes about 2 hours a month.
·      Mary said being Secretary is mostly taking minutes of guild and board meetings, taking pictures at guild meetings, typing them up and posting the guild meeting minutes and pictures on the blog, so it only takes some hours after meetings.
·      Alissa said that this was not a usual year because of the Quilts for Pulse project, of course, but that otherwise being President takes about 8 hours a month.
·      Tanyia said being vice president was doing what the president doesn’t want to do and mostly being responsible for Block of the Month, demonstrations and swaps, though we had fewer of those this year because of the Pulse project. She encouraged members to get involved because everyone enjoys demonstrations but we need more to get involved, so asked members to “take a chance and do something.”

Jodi noted that she trains nonprofit board members to be more effective as part of strategic planning, and she said “Don’t be shy – step up.”

The timeline on elections is that those interested in running for an office should let the Elections Committee (Ede N, Karol E and Jodi P) know their interest by Saturday, Dec. 17th. Candidates will be introduced at the January meeting, voting will take place at the February meeting, and new officers will take over at the March meeting.

Absentee Ballots:  Anyone not able to attend the February meeting should email Karol E for an absentee ballot, which must be returned by the February meeting to be counted with ballots cast at the meeting.  Nominees will be posted on the blog.

Ede encouraged anyone thinking about it to call and talk to the committee members. She said they will not assume you are running if you just call to ask about it.

SPECIAL GUEST – SCOTT PARSONS

Scott Parsons, whose wife Kelly received a Pulse quilt as a 911 dispatcher, contacted Alissa to request a quilt, because he and others in the Orange County Fire Department had not received quilts (while those in the Orlando Fire Department did). Alissa invited him to the meeting, and he and his wife came to receive his quilt. Alissa will contact his department to find out about getting one to the other fireman there who also didn’t receive one. Scott thanked the guild and reported that “the word is out,” and people receiving the quilts are loving them.

GUILD LIBRARY           

Guild Librarian Yanick brings the guild’s library of modern quilting books to meetings but would like to bring just books which members have asked online to check out. The book list is available at the guild website. Books may be checked out for a month and must be returned at the following month’s meeting.

QUILTS FOR PULSE  PROJECT – DECEMBER 13TH EVENT AT THE MEZZ

Alissa reported that 1,675 quilts have been photographed so far. Checking with members who have quilts still out for finishing, she estimates there are about 40 to be completed and about 30 more already completed were brought to today’s meeting.

Sarah reported on the big Quilts for Pulse event on Dec. 13 at The Mezz in downtown Orlando at 100 S. Eola. Quilts will be distributed to Pulse employees, the Mayor, Barbara Puma, owner of Pulse, and Patty Sheehan, county commissioner. All guild members are invited to attend and to bring a guest. They would like a full house so encourage everyone to attend who can. If going, you need to RSVP by Friday, by emailing Sarah L.

The event is 5-6:30 with speakers at 5:30. Volunteers are needed to open at 2 pm, unload quilts, set up a display, greet people in the lobby downstairs from The Mezz, and distribute quilts to those who come for one before 5 pm as well as to stay for the program, with speakers starting at 5:30, doors closing at 6:40. Sarah asked members to wear their red OMQG pins.

LUNCH           

Lunch for those who want to eat together will be at the Olive Garden on 17-92 in Winter Park.

DEMONSTRATION AND BLOCK OF THE MONTH

This month’s Blocks of the Month were made from Patty’s pattern and were won by Rosary.

Blocks of the Month for 2017 will be modern skill-building blocks, and Diana demonstrated the first one, for January, sewing easy Y-seams by machine to make a Tumbling Block. She has posted a tutorial with pictures on the guild blog. The blocks are joined to each other using the same easy machine Y-seam method. Make Tumbling Blocks for the January meeting using a dark solid, medium print, and light.

SHOW AND TELL





and a special small version as a thank you gift for Tanyia


MEMBER GIFT


The board had a fat quarter as a gift for each member and asked everyone to choose one at the end of the meeting. Those left will be taken to the next Sew Days, so those not getting one today can pick one there.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:30.

UPCOMING EVENTS

·      December 12 – Sew Day & Holiday Pincushion Swap at Maitland Public Library 10-4
·      December 17 – Deadline to let the Election Committee know you are interested in running for a guild office: Edi N, Karol E, and Jodi P
·      December 17 – Sew Day & Holiday Party at Dr. Phillips Public Library 10-4
·      January 7, 2017 – Frank’s class on dying fabric at Alissa’s house
·      January 19-21 – Mancuso’s World Quilt Florida in Orlando at the Convention Center
·      February 1, 2017 – February Guild Meeting & New Board Elections, 10 am, The Sewing Studio, Maitland
·      February 4, 2017 – Mary-Jeanine’s 2 class at Dr. Phillips Public Library
·      February 8, 2017 – OMQG Board Meeting – 5:30 pm, location to be determined with the new board after elections
·      February 23-17, 2017 - QuiltCon East 2017, in Savannah, GA
·      March 17-19, 2017 – Jacquie Gering 2 days of classes and Sunday trunk show
·      May 6, 2017 – Shannon Brinkley’s class
·      September 30, 2017 – Amanda Jean Nyberg’s class

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

January BOM

2016 was a big year for our guild. We grew in numbers and we grew together in strength as a guild. In 2017, let's challenge each other and grow our skills as quilters! And why not jump right in with a technique that people oftentimes avoid.... the DREADED Y-SEAM! The block we'll be making this month is a tumbling block:


Once you get past the fear of the Y-seam, this is a very simple, very fast block to make. In fact, it will take you longer to pick out and cut the fabric, than it will be to sew it. Let's start with fabric selection. You're going to need 3 different fabrics - 1 solid colored fabric, a coordinating medium print fabric, and 1 light value or low volume fabric. Each piece of fabric should be 4.5" x 8." You will also need a ruler with a 60-degree line on it.

Begin by stacking your 3 fabrics on top of each other, laying them on your cutting mat horizontally (I staggered my fabrics in the photo just so you could see all 3 layers). Position the 60-degree line of your ruler along the bottom of your fabric and cut along the right edge.


Now rotate the strip so that the 60-degree cut that you just made is on the left side like so:


Position your ruler so that the 4.5" ruler mark is along the 60-degree cut that you made. Now cut again on the right side. You should now have 3 diamonds. Lay them out with the solid diamond on the left, the medium print diamond on the right, and the light diamond on the top.


Using a 1/4-inch seam allowance, sew the solid and print diamonds together and press the seam open. I know some people like to press to one side, but for this technique to lay correctly, you really need to press it open, so please indulge me. :)

Once you have the solid and print units sewn together, it's time to sew that 3rd diamond. For most people (okay, maybe it's just me), it's logical to want to place the smaller piece of fabric on top and pin it. For this technique, you need to place the larger, 2-piece unit on top of the single diamond. So place the light diamond underneath the medium print diamond, right sides together and pin on the medium print fabric side. Take special care to place a pin into the middle of the seam as shown below.

Place a pin directly into the middle of the seam allowance
The block from the back - see how the pin lines up with the seam of the
other unit and is 1/4 inch from the edge of the light fabric

Now comes the fun part. Start sewing! When you get to the pin that is in the seam, slow down. You want to stop with your needle down directly in the middle of the seam.


With your needle down, raise your presser foot and pinch your medium fabric so that it folds back and the remaining half of your light diamond lines up with the solid colored diamond.



Line up your edges, lower your presser foot and finish sewing the seam. This is what the back of your finished block should look like.


Press your block toward the light colored fabric. Not only does it help to reduce bulk, but it also helps give the finished block a bit of a 3-dimensional look to it. Now, step back and admire your work. You've just sewn a Y-seam!


Thursday, November 3, 2016

December BOM

Making an ornament block
STEP 1:
Cut one main fabric square (Christmas fabric) measuring 9.5” square and four background squares (white fabric) measuring 3.5” square. Cut one 2” x 3” piece of fabric from a silver or gold piece of fabric (will look like the ornament hanger). Also cut two additional pieces, 2” x 3 ¾” of white fabric.
STEP 2:
Use a pencil and ruler to draw a diagonal line on all four background squares (or use a line you’ve drawn on your machine).
STEP 3:
Place the background squares on each of the four corners of the main fabric square. Pin in place as shown.







STEP 4:
Sew across each of the four pencil lines, backstitching at the beginning and end of each seam.
STEP 5:
Trim excess fabric ¼” away from seams.


STEP 6:
Press background fabric away from main fabric, and voila! A snowball block that measures 9.5”.
STEP 7:
Sew the 2” x 3” gold or silver piece in the middle of the two 2” x 3 ¾” white pieces of fabric making a 9.5” long strip that you will attach to the top of the snowball block (see photo).

Step 8:

Sew the strip to the top of the snowball block and there you have it, a Christmas ornament.