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Sew Day, December 2012

Well we have such good cooks within our group that the food started to disappear on Saturday faster than I could get a photo.

Elf supervised the small but merry group.







We had many projects in the works throughout the day and that did not stop us one bit with our eating, chatting, laughing and general holiday cheer.

December 2012 Meeting Minutes

OMQG Meeting Meetings
12-5-2012
10:00 AM to 12 Noon
Sewing Studio in Maitland

I.     Sign In, Meet and Greet
13 members were in attendance
The meeting was conducted by Linda.

II.    Raffle Basket-We are skipping December and the November winner will bring the Raffle Basket to the January Meeting.

III.   For our holiday celebration we had wonderful assorted finger foods through out the meeting and the formal meeting was followed by a social hour.


IV.    Block of the Month
The December Blocks were won by Alejandrina.


Michele showed a sample of the January Block.  It is to be done in Orange, Blue and Purple on a white background; 12.5 inches unfinished.  A tutorial is now available on the OMQG website.

V.     Classes and Other Business
Attendees of the Carolyn Friedlander class discussed the class and Mary showed the blocks she created with Carolyn's pattern.

It was also announced that there will be a class with Ellen Linder on double reverse applique in February.  More information t…

January 2013 Block of the Month

Our January BOM is the Modern Strings block in blue, orange, purple, and white. You can find the recipe to this block right here. Your trimmed block should measure 12.5" x 12.5". Just add enough white to get to that size. Bring it to the January 2, 2013 meeting and put your name in for a chance to win them all. If you make two blocks, you'll get two chances. Have fun!

Carolyn Friedlander Workshop

For our monthly Sew Day, we had a paper piecing workshop with the talented Carolyn Friedlander. The project of the day was her pattern "Olive Wall." Carolyn shared new tips and tricks for many of us that have paper pieced before and provided invaluable instruction for those who have never paper pieced. We all learned and accomplished so much. Carolyn has a new fabric collection called "Architextures" coming out very soon. She showed us her quilts made with her new line. Gorgeous!

We wasted no time getting busy (and messy). It was fun to see the variety of fabrics everyone chose. The library patrons were peeking in the window to see what we were up to. Some came in for a closer look.


One onlooker donated her mother's double knit yo-yo's she had been toting around in her trunk. There were plenty of heavy blocks already assembled and even more loose yo-yos. She was happy to see these go to a good home.

We had three tables of yummy food. No one starves on Sew …

December 2012 Block of the Month

Christmas Ribbons Block

EASY! This block uses red and green fabrics over a white background.

Start with several strips of red and green, varying lengths and widths. I cut widths between 1.5 and 2.5 inches:



Cut white strips to match the green and red strips so that they add to (at least) 12.5 inches in length and sew them together:



You may want to group the strips, by inserting a couple of totally white strips. In this block there are three groups:



The idea is to have enough strips to total 12.5 inches wide. Do not forget to count the 1/2 inch sewing allowance for every strip!

Sew them all together and press:


Trim to 12.5 inch square:


That is the basic block, and that is all you NEED to do for December BOM. For those with more time on their hands, read on...

I decided to add a little extra, in the form of round appliques that simulate Christmas ornaments on the ribbons. I traced them using the edge of a  spool:


Then used a light fusible like WonderUnder to attach them to a couple of th…

November 2012 Meeting Minutes

OMQG Meeting Minutes
November 7, 2012
Sewing Studio in Maitland
18 present

I.     Meet and Greet

II.    November BOM
Jodi won the November Blocks.




III.   December BOM
Alejandrina showed a sample of the December Block of the Month.
The blocks are to be red, green and white strips with the addition of circles or other simple shapes on some of the red and green strips.


IV.   Raffle Basket
The basket was won by Terry.

V.    Ugly Challenge
The ugly challenge blocks will be used in a donation quilt.  Kathryn won a package of Insul-Bright  in the Ugly challenge drawing.




VI.   Other News
--Judy was surprised with a quilt made by OMQG members as a comfort for her recent loss.

--Jodi is still collecting hand made kitchen items for Habitat for Humanity.

--Jodi showed off the quilt labels for OMQG purchased through Sweetwater Street.

--AAQI
OMQG Member, Mary Sorenson is participating in the AAQI Celebrity Invitational Quilt Auction. The auction is active now.

--OMQG member, Rene Martinez, is a final…