Monday, December 29, 2014

Let's Get Ready for 2015!

Many of you may have quilt-related resolutions for the New Year. Be sure to include your comment HERE to enter our next monthly raffle and allow us to cheer your accomplishments along the way!

Some "Quilty Resolutions" can include:

- Sewing only from your stash (Stash Busters Unite!)
- Completing more of your UFOs (Get ready for the new challenge in 2015!)
- Entering a quilt competition (Find opportunities HERE!)
- Learn a new technique (Have you seen our Pinterest page lately?)

If one of your goals include learning more about the art of quilting, consider attending the Studio to Gallery Conference presented by Studio Art Quilt Associates of Florida. The 2015 conference will be held in Melbourne, FL and it offers workshops, lectures and a gallery walk. Click HERE to learn more!

Looking forward to a creative 2015 with you!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


The Union Star, Elizabeth Holmes, 1869, 90" x 71"
"This quilt was made 1869 by Elizabeth Holmes in her 68th Year."
"Abraham Lincoln: Grant Pr: Colfax VI: & The Union Forever."

Interested in running for a board position? Please review the position responsibilities on the OMQG website under the ABOUT US tab or click HERE.  The elected board positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer; all other coordinators are committee chairs and will be selected by  the incoming board. The deadline to become a nominee is January 7.  All nominees will be asked to introduce themselves at our January meeting.  Voting will take place at our February meeting by written ballot, and new officers will be announced at the end of that meeting.  Absentee ballots will be available via email from Jan 26-Feb 2 (dates approximate).  Email Karol or Julia to get an absentee ballot.

Please contact the election committee or any board member if you are interested or have questions.

As elections mark a new year for our guild, I thought it would be interesting to find out if our members make any quilting new year resolutions.  Do you make a list of projects you plan to make in the upcoming year?  Do you resolve to become more involved in guild activities?  Are there new techniques or classes you want to learn/take in 2015? It could be this is the time you decide to start your own blog, pledge to blog more or just plan to comment more on your favorite blogs.  Maybe your New Year's resolution is to not make any more resolutions.  We want to hear from you.  Tell us what your quilty resolutions are for 2015.  The Random Number Generator will choose a winner in early January.

Monday, December 8, 2014

DECEMBER 3, 2014

The meeting was called to order by President Yanick.  29 members and 2 guests were present.

Marge reported that as of Nov 30, our balance is $7157.29.

The fabric-rich basket was won by Debra (and her lucky sister!)
Cara asked that she be notified of all completed UFOs by the end of the day (Dec 3.)  A drawing will be held and prize awarded at our holiday party on Dec 20.  A new UFO challenge, headed by Kelly, will be coming in 2015!
The guild will be making another field trip to the Suwanee Valley Quilt Shop in Trenton on Feb 7.  There are many other shops in Trenton as well, including antiques and cross-stitch.  More details to follow.

OMQG purchased an ad in the Space Coast quilters program for their bi-annual show, which takes place Feb 13 and 14 in Titusville.  Deadline to enter the show is Jan 16.

Florida Cabin Fever quilters also have an upcoming show on Jan 23 and 24.  Submissions will be accepted until Dec. 7.  

Zonetta updated the group on the committee's progress.  If you are interested in running for a board position, please review the positions available and their responsibilities on the OMQG website under the "about us" tab.  The deadline to become a nominee is Jan 7.  All nominees will be asked to introduce themselves at our Jan meeting.  Voting will take place at our Feb meeting, by written ballot, and new officers will be announced at the end of that meeting.  Absentee ballots will be available via email from Jan 26-Feb 2 (dates approximate).  Email Karol or Julia to get an absentee ballot.
Linda will continue to accept quilts for the veteran's home until February.  Dimensions should be between 48-50 x 60-70 inches.  They can be red, white, and blue, but don't have to be.  Masculine colors are preferred but we do want to make sure the few women there also have appropriate quilts.  Debra needs some more 10in red, white, and blue blocks to complete the quilt she is making with the donated blocks; please email her if you have some, or can make some for her.

Our projects for Days for Girls are also ongoing.  Sharleen has fabric for the liners; contact her to get some.

Our quilt at OMA's Festival of Trees was seen by over 32,000 people!

Marge displayed the finished top for our Quiltcon challenge quilt.

This month's blocks......
....were won by Yanick!

Instructions for January's block are posted on our blog.

Our guild holiday party will be held on Dec 20, from 10-4:30 at the Dr Phillips Library (Southwest Branch).
Please bring a potluck dish to share, and any sewing projects you wish to work on.  We will have a gift exchange featuring mini-quilts (example shown below.)  Quilts should not be bigger than 18" on any side; participation is optional. Please bring your quilt in a brown paper or gift bag.
 The next Modern Quilting Salon will be held on Dec 11 from 6-8 pm at the Bernina Sewing Center in Lake Mary.  Bring an example of your favorite style of modern quilting.  This may be the last salon to be held for a while, due to conflicts with the space, and Yanick's schedule, so come while you can!

....was won by Susan.

...was won by Sharleen!

Lunch at Brio followed the meeting.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

January Block of the Month

For January, we'll do a very simple block in "winterish" colors: grays and blues with white background. Light tones seem nicest, but of course any shade will do. The block is a double chevron design:

Here is what multiple blocks look like:

It makes a 12 1/2 inch block. The instructions are here and it's so easy you may want to do more than one.