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Tuesday's Tips and Tricks: Tutorials to Help

Let's talk tutorials.  Did you know the OrlandoMQG has a Pinterest board full of links to tutorials?!  If you aren't already following us on Pinterest be sure to click here to see our boards and to follow.

Here are a few recent tutorials that have peeked my interest:

HappySewLucky's Love flag tutorial
Happy Sew Lucky's Peace Hexie pattern
This post on the VancouverMQG's website has links to two free pattern downloads as well as links to other heart related tutorials.

Quilters are generous by nature and the online quilting community doesn't hesitate to answer a call for help.  Right now I am aware of two projects currently asking for help from quilters for Bostonians.  Below is some information with links if you'd like to contribute your quilty skills.

First is the "To Boston With Love" effort spearheaded by the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild to collect flags to string in a public exhibit to show feelings of love, peace and healing.  Please note the dea…

What Happens at Sew Day...

Our monthly Saturday Sew Day was tons of fun. We met at our usual haunt, the Dr. Phillips library community room. The room is gigantic and offers great lighting, design walls, tables and chairs. There's even room to dance if you feel like dancing.

There's always a dessert table to sustain us through the day.

Okay, we sometimes eat healthy stuff too. Everyone brings something to share and we nibble all day long.

There was plenty of quilting progress being made. Quilting quilts, various charity projects, curved piecing, hand applique, collaborative projects, and much more. It's fun to see what everyone is working on and to get advice and helpful tips from members.

Beth brought her rescued bird and everyone took turns feeding him/her every hour or so. Birdy happily chirped along with the sewing machines and napped in its coffee mug home. Later in the day, the bird was rescued again by animal control who will transport it to a refuge.
And here's a sneak peak at our June B…

Modern Quilt Guild FAQs

As discussed during our April meeting, the Modern Quilt Guild will require membership dues for all Modern Quilt Guilds by December, 2014. The link below directs you to the most frequently asked questions regarding the transition.

Modern Quilt Guild FAQs

Members of the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild will vote in the Fall whether or not to join. If you have any questions you would like us to ask the Modern Quilt Guild, leave a comment below or e-mail.

Tuesday's Tips and Tricks: Paper Piecing and Pressing

At Wednesday's meeting Alejandrina showed us her tips for pressing (not ironing) fabric and pressing seams which was very informative and included a discussion of whether to press seams open or to the side which led to members discussing other tips, offering suggestions and asking questions.

Alejandrina recommended a product she discovered at QuiltCon by teacher Susan Cleveland.  The Whacker  helps flatten bulky seams without constantly running to the iron.Love suggested using a brayer-type roller (such as used for wallpaper) for pressing seams when paper piecing, again without constantly running to the iron.  Penny of SewTakeAHike recommends the Curve Master seam roller in her paper piecing classes as this seam roller is beveled rather than flat so the fabric doesn't get warped while rolling.Mary Ellen's Best Press is a popular spray starch product used in pressing.  There are several links for making your own:  here, here, here, here and this one using Vodka!  I haven…

April 3, 2013 Meeting Minutes

4-3-2013 10 AM-NOON

20 Members and guests in attendance



Members presented their mini art quilts for the AAQI (Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative).

The basket was prepared by last months winner, Alejandrina, and was won by Deborah.


The April blocks were won by Yanick.

Rene showed an example of the May blocks which are scrappy chevrons. The tutorial is online.

The BOM committee consists of Rene, Alejandrina and Michele.  They ask the members to please submit suggestions for BOM to the OMQG email address.  If your block is selected you may either make the block and/or the tutorial or you may ask the committee to prepare the block and tutorial.

Alejandrina discussed changes to the workshop arrangments with Jacquie Gering (see her blog at Tallgrass Prairie Studio) due to the guild that was co-sponsoring the event ca…

May 2013 Block of the Month

May's block is a modern chevron block made with bright, saturated, modern prints for the HSTs and scrappy neutrals for the background.  The tutorial for the 12.5" unfinished block can be found here at In Color Order.

Jeni suggests two different ways for making the half square triangles.  I used the alternative method for my block.  When piecing the blocks, be sure to use a SCANT 1/4" seam.  You will want to select fabrics for the HSTs and background that have a high contrast to one another.

Enjoy digging through your scrap basket or finally cutting into your favorite fabrics to make your block(s).  Bring them to May's meeting for the block lotto drawing.  Happy stitching!

Tuesday's Tips and Tricks: Fabric and Colors

Here are some tips when matching fabric and thread for your project:

Jackie offers this tip she found for organizing paint samples and adapted to quilting purposes:

Cut a two inch square of each of the fabrics you want to find coordinating fabric and thread for; punch a hole in the corners; slip onto a key chain; take these with you to the fabric shop to match fabric and thread color.

Speaking of color, The Modern Quilt Guild's Week of Color Tutorials on the MQG website is a great reference.  My favorite (and one I really need to make) is by Sew Katie Did on color value.

One tip I have regarding choosing colors that work well together in a quilt is to look to nature.  Design Seeds is a wonderful website that features glorious photographs and their color palettes.

Last week's post included discussions on free motion quilting.  I have found another post that provides quite a bit of information and links to even more information.  Check out Katie's FMQ post.

How are you enjoy…