Thursday, February 4, 2016

February 3, 2016
Maitland, FL

President Yanick called the meeting to order.  39 members and 2 guests were present.

Participants were asked to share their work from OMQG's recent precision piecing class with Lee Monroe, and share tips they learned from the class.

Marge presented our projected 2016 annual budget, which was approved by the membership.

Last month's winner Tanyia made a special quilt which she included among the other goodies in the basket....
.....which was won by Cara!
Blog post winners for this month are Diana and Michelle.

  • Yanick reminded everyone that membership renewals will be collected next month for 2016.  Dues are $50.
  • The OMQG exhibit at Mancuso's World Quilt Fest was such a success last month that we have been asked to again have a special exhibit at next year's show.  Yanick suggested that the guild consider a theme for our entries, as this was something a number of other guilds exhibiting in the show did.
  • Check the blog for a number of exciting quilt shows that are taking place in Florida in the near future.

The link for this year's challenge is now available on the blog.  You can find the survey here or by clicking on the "Challenges" tab.

The prospective slate of new officers for 2016-2017 is as follows:
Alissa, President
Tanyia, Vice-President
Joan, Treasurer
Mary Sm, Secretary

All officers were elected by a vote of the membership.

Thank you to Zonetta and her committee for conducting the search and the election.

Our annual fabric auction will take place at the April meeting.  Marge is collecting donations now, and will do so throughout March.  Please add a label to your fabric showing the measurements of any yardage or FQs.  Smaller pieces may be collected in bags and sold as one item.  Books and notions will also be sold.

Alissa conducted a very helpful demo on a quick method for chain piecing.
Several of our members have appeared, or will be appearing, on various podcast.  Frank  recently was a guest on Crafty Planner,  and the outgoing Board members will be featured soon on Modern Sewciety.

The OMQG Library is now open!  Remember, books may only be checked out for one month, and MUST be returned at the next meeting.  Please donate any modern quilting books you may be finished with, and also contact Yanick with any suggestions for books you'd like to see the library purchase.  Remember to review any Lucky Spools books you check out on Amazon.


This month's gorgeous blocks......

....were won by Mary Sm.

Jodi presented next month's BOM; pattern is now available on the blog.

In closing, Yanick and the outgoing board thanked the membership for a great experience!  It's been really fun for all, and great way to get to know more of our members.

Meeting adjourned at 11:30.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Block of the Month - March 2016

For our block lottery we will be making 8.5 inch (8 inch finish) Economy Blocks.  Economy blocks were all the rage in 2014 and a search for #economyblockalong on Instagram will get thousands of results in many different colors and several different sizes.   Catbird Quilt Studio has a tutorial and a cheat sheet so that you can make these blocks in any size you want.  For our block lottery let’s stick with the 8.5 inch block but I have already done the math on a couple other sizes as well in case you are interested. 


Please choose any three fabrics that coordinate well with one another.  I prefer significant contrast between the colors, but that is just my opinion. 

Cut one 4. 5” x 4. 5” square for the center.
Cut two 4.25” x 4.25” squares for the inner triangles and then cut each square in half diagonally.
Cut two 5.5” x 5.5” squares for the outer triangles and then cut each square in half diagonally.


Next sew two center triangles to opposite sides of your center block.  Press. 

Then sew the remaining two sides and press.  

Next trim the block to 6 inches making sure you leave 1/4 inch at each point. 

Repeat the same steps with the outer triangles and trim to 8.5 inches.  I haven’t trimmed my blocks down in the picture.  

Please visit Catbird Quilt Studio if you need more detailed instructions.

Additional sizes

Last month, Yanick asked us about our quilty new year’s resolution and several of us said that we wanted to make a dent in our scraps.  I was one of those people so while choosing the block of the month, I wanted to choose a block that is versatile and can work in many different color combinations.   My plan is to make a bunch of these blocks, some of which will be for our block lottery and some will be for me to eventually turn into a scrappy quilt or two. 
I have realized that one of the things that overwhelms me about my scraps is that I want to make a matchy-matchy quilt and when I start trying to pick through my scraps to find the fabrics that go together I get frustrated and end up planning a quilt with new fabric, which of course leads to more scraps.   I need to be able to throw all caution to the wind, pick a block to make, pick random fabrics for that block and then throw them all together to make a fun quilt!   

That sounds good until I start looking at scrappy quilts on Pinterest and the internet.  Honestly, I really don’t care much for the totally crazy, color-filled quilt that has no overall color coordination.  Upon further observation, I realized that I can do crazy, busy, uncoordinated colors if I were to have some negative space to sort of “tame” the color theme. 

If you remember Carole Lyles Shaw taught us how to make a quilt using 13”, 8” and 5” blocks.   She beautifully arranged these blocks in negative space to create her Finonacci Quilt.   She said that if we use blocks that measure the same as the numbers in the Finonacci number sequence then our blocks will always work out mathematically. 

My plan is to use up a bunch of my scraps making 13”, 8” and 5” economy blocks and then arrange them in a Fibonacci style quilt.  I am including the measurements for the two additional sizes in case you are interested in doing the same thing.  Only the 8” blocks will be for the block lottery though.

All three sizes together

13” (13.5 unfinished) Economy block

Cut one 7” x 7” square for the center.
Cut two 6” x 6” squares for the inner triangles and then cut each square in half diagonally.
Cut two 8” x 8” squares for the outer triangles and then cut each square in half diagonally.
After you sew on the inner triangles you will trim your block to 9.5”

5” (5.5 unfinished) Economy block

Cut one 3” x 3” square for the center.
Cut two 3.25” x 3.25” squares for the inner triangles and then cut each square in half diagonally.
Cut two 4” x 4” squares for the outer triangles and then cut each square in half diagonally.
After you sew on the inner triangles you will trim your block to 4”.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Quilt Guild Trivia

How well do you know YOUR OrlandoMQG?!!!

Just for fun, take this quick quiz to find out.  Afterwards, leave a comment telling us how you did!


Monday, January 18, 2016

Quilt Shows in Florida

Here is a list of some of the many Quilt Shows happening in and around central Florida for February and March. It is certainly Quilt Season! 

Busy Bees Quilt Show …  “Quilts: what is old is new again” 
Feb 5 & 6, 2016  9am-4pm
Silver Springs Presbyterian Church
674 Silver Road, Ocala

Airing of the Quilts, Venice Fl Feb 6
Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild
Free & Open to the Public
Maxine Barritt Park, Beachfront near the Pier  
1800 S. Harbor Drive, Venice FL 34285
(Near Sharky’s Restaurant)

On Feb 12, 2016 QSF  Quilt South Florida, a fiber and art quilt exhibition and show.  First United Methodist, 622 N Krome Ave, Homestead, FL  33030

Feb 24-27 Daytona Beach QuiltWeek AQS

Lake County Quilters Guild, 34th annual, March 4, 9-5, Lake Receptions 4425 Hwy 19a Mount Dora, $7.00

February 2016 Quilt Show and Lady Dresden Tea.  It will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27 from 9 AM to 4 PM.  The event is in our Community Center in High Point Community, Brooksville, FL 34613.  12249 Club House Road.  
The email for the newsletter for more info is

Seaside Piecemakers presents:
"Quilting A Memory" Quilt Show
March 4 & 5, 2016
Friday and Saturday
10AM to 5PM
Melbourne Auditorium
625 Hibiscus Ave., Melbourne, Fl.
Tickets $8 at door

2016 Quilt Show "Charlotte's Garden" presented by The Pelican Piecemakers Quilt Guild NSB. 
March 11,12, 2016 10 AM-4 PM. Location is Christ Community Church 1210 Mission Dr, New Smyrna Beach, Fl 32168. 
For additional information please contact the guild at

Original Sewing Show and Expo, Lakeland  March 17-18

Trenton’s ninth annual Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival, Florida’s largest outdoor quilt show and sale, will be held Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the picturesque town of Trenton, FloridaFor more information about the festival, visit us on Facebook, go to the Festival website

Thursday, January 7, 2016

World Quilt Florida - Orlando Jan 7th - 9th

The Mancuso World Quilt Show is in town this weekend. It is being held from Jan 7th to the 9th from 10 am to 6pm at the Orange County Convention Center.

The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild was excited to have a special exhibit of quilts from our talented guild members. Here are just a few of the quilts that were spotted.

If you get a chance to stop by the show you can see them all. They also have a pretty impressive display of works from many different countries, lots of vendors with fabrics and more, and lectures. Have a wonderful quilty weekend!