Sunday, March 27, 2011

Our First Sew-cial

On March 21, we held our first Sew-cial.  It was an opportunity for our members to get together to celebrate the end of our first year as the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild.

We invited friends and prospective members to join us and enjoy some examples of our quilt projects.

We provided information about our guild, and 

about various charity projects different members have participated in.

We displayed examples of some of our favorite quilt resources.

We had colorful and varied samples of our work.

The results of the Robert Kaufman Challenge were a big hit.

Thanks to our guests for coming and making our event sew special and thanks to all of the guild members for your efforts in creating and attending our first Sew-cial. A special thank you from all of us to Marty for the beautiful and delicious donation of cheese and fruit.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

BIG sale!!

The Ultimate Sewing Place, (Quilt store in Titusville), announced today that it is going out of business.
Effective immediately, all fabrics and notions are 50% off.  This place has a VERY nice selection of quality fabrics, and they won't last long.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sew Day was Sew Much Fun

We had our March Sew Day yesterday, March 19th.
This is a small sampling of all the projects in the works during Sew Day.

And as usual it was sew much fun!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Happy National Quilting Day!!!

Happy National Quilting Day to everyone!!!  

Again, this auspicious occasion falls on OMQG's Sew Day...can't wait to see all the creativity that results from spending a full day sewing with friends!

Friday, March 18, 2011


I have been using my computer program on the LA machine, and am getting a grasp on it.  (I LOVE IT!!)
I have done 2 quilts for ladies at the Titusville quilt guild, and they both loved the designs I used.  Well, there goes the creative aspect of LA quilting for me.
However, I have now decided to "create" something each day. (This is NOT easy for me).  I really am comfortable with lines matching, following patterns, and at least attempting to follow rules.  But I am hoping that as I try new things each day, I will "learn" to be creative. (And maybe even do something decent some day).
I will post pics as soon as I figure out how again.  LOL
I am sew looking forward to Saturday Sew Day!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March 2, 2011 Meeting Minutes

The March Meeting was held on March 2, 2011 from 10 am until Noon at the Sewing Studio in Maitland.  There were 24 members and guests present.

I.  Rene welcomed members and guests.  She explained the Block of the Month, January Meeting Minutes were approved and Michelle gave the Treasurer's Report. As of 3-1-11 the Guild fund balance was $217.65.  March marks the start of the new Guild Year and so members are asked to renew their memberships by paying $50.00 in annual dues.

II.  Rene gave a detailed and helpful powerpoint presentation on the OMQG blog and Flickr group, including how to utilize them and how they extend and connect our local quilters to the quilt community on a national and international level.

III.  Alejandrina discussed her work to line up several programs or workshops for this year.  The first one will be held on April 30th (our April Sew Day) with Tonya Ricucci from South Florida. Alejandrina passed around a list of Tonya's workshops and asked meeting attendees to indicate which workshop by Tonya they would be most interested in attending. Tonya is the recent author of Word Play Quilts: Easy Techniques from the UnRuly Quilter.  Tonya has flickr groups for her quilts  plus one for  Word Play Quilts. You can read more information about her on her blog.

An exciting possibility for an additional workshop is Valerie Goodwin of Tallahassee, Florida. For information about her work see her website. I believe she has been featured several times in Quilting Arts and you can see one of these articles here.  Or check out her quilts on Facebook.

Alejandrina is also working out a possible field trip to visit Lisa Mullins at her long arm quilt studio named Wandering Stitches Quilting Studio in Orlando.

Alejandrina was the winner of the Block of the Month drawing.

V.  Other Guild Business
Renewing Members were given one of the new tote bags with the guild logo.

The upcoming Sew-Cial was discussed.  The hours of the event are 6:30 til 8:30 pm on Monday, March 21st at the Southwest (Dr. Phillips) Branch of the Orange County Library System.  Members are asked to come by 5 pm to assist with the room set up and to contribute the quilts and resources you plan to share.  Please rsvp so that we can get a reasonable estimate of the number of members who will be present.  Let Hope know which quilts you plan to make available to display (think modern) and any resources (books, magazines etc.) you would like to loan for the event to display as favorite resources. We will also display our Kauffman Challenge quilt tops at the Sew-cial. Please invite any of your friends you think might be interested in becoming members and if you need flyers to display please contact Hope.

Door prizes were won by Sylvia and Leslie.

VI.  Show and Tell: The pictures tell it all.

Mosaic Tile Block

April's Block of the Month is a mosaic tile block.  The pattern is from Oh Fransson's mod mosaic pillow tutorial and can be found here.  {She has a link to a pdf file with the pattern.  Please note that her pattern is for a floor pillow.  It is just the technique that you will be following.}  

Sample mosaic tile block
As with the previous BOM (block of the month), this can be made with scraps you already have on hand.  Use a white/neutral fabric for the 1" strips and green fabrics for the "tiles".  Your block should be 5" by 7" unfinished.  

Participation in the Block of the Month program is optional.  You can choose to make one block, two or more blocks or no blocks.  Participating members, bring your block(s) to the April 6th meeting.  Each block you bring gives you a chance at the drawing for all the blocks.

Please feel free to email or comment with any questions you may have.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

February Sew Day Recap

February's Sew Day was held Saturday, February 26 at the Dr. Phillips branch of the Orange County Public Library. One Saturday a month we meet together for a full day of fun. Everyone enjoys sewing together and there are lots of tips, tricks, and laughter shared throughout the day.

Mary Ann was hard at work on her Hoffman Challenge quilt. It's going to be a stunner. Margaret and Rene' are in the background concentrating on their projects.

We had eight members sewing, chatting, and eating Saturday. We bring everything but the kitchen sink, but only because there's a kitchen sink already there!

Julie has channeled her inner geek and is making a Super Mario quilt for a colleague. It was fun to see her put the design together in our big library room. It's the perfect room for big projects.

The patriotic string blocks everyone made from our string goody bags are put on the "design floor" for layout. Don't they look great? Hope has the honor of putting the top together. I'm sure the guild will find a good home for this quilt.

Hope and Heather are having fun with their pretty fabrics. Sew Day was relaxing and fun. If you haven't had the chance to join us, please do. The next Sew Day will be Saturday, March 19 from 10 am to 4:45 pm. If you need an excuse to get out of the house, that day is National Quilting Day! See you there!