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Let's talk sewing machines

A recent guild meeting icebreaker question asked members to spill the beans on how many sewing machines they owned.   I'll not reveal the member with the most in case her husband is reading ;-)  This question got me thinking... Do you name your sewing machine(s)?

I do name my machines and you can meet them below.  These may or may not be all the sewing machines I have!

"Jewell" is my black 1938 featherweight, named after my paternal grandmother.

"Dee" is my mint green/white 1968 featherweight,  and named after my maternal grandmother.

Not to play favorites, but my Juki is my favorite ;-)  I've tried to come up with a clever name for this machine, but keep coming back to "Juki".

This Janome Horizon was purchased while at SewDown Nashville and signed by my quilty friends, but so far I haven't spent much time getting to know her, so at the moment she does not have a name. Any suggestions?

So, tell us.  Do you name your machine(s)?  If so, what i…

Spirals Boot Camp

Today's workshop opened our eyes to a new technique of paper piecing. We had a great time with RaNae Merrill. There were a few "aha moments" along with great company, fab fabric, and of course, our famous Sew Day potluck.

Meeting Minutes

MARCH 4, 2015

The meeting was called to order by President Yanick.  38 members and 2 visitors were present.

Jackie won the icebreaker by owning the most sewing machines--13!! (Don't tell her husband.)

Our current balance is $5559.76.

Payment is due for the RaNae Merrill workshop ASAP.  If you did not pay at the meeting, please mail Marge your payment prior to the workshop.  There may still be a couple of places open, so contact Marge immediately if you would like to attend.  Fee for OMQG members is $40.

We are getting the mentoring program up and running; further information to follow.

NOTE: if you are not receiving regular emails from OMQG, please contact Marge immediately so that she can update your contact information.

....was won by Pamela.
 Several members spoke about their fantastic experiences at Quiltcon.  This was a successful week for our guild; Debra's quilt won first place in the Michael Mi…

April Block of the Month

Let's all make Friendship Star blocks for April's block lotto.  The tutorial I followed can be found here.  Your block should measure 12.5" with seam allowances to finish at 12".

I went scrappy and used cream and low volume prints for the background squares and chose blues for the star.  Follow the color palette as a guide for selecting blue fabrics for the star and any white/cream/neutral fabric will do for the background.

Don't forget to share your pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #orlandomqg, post on our Facebook page and our Flickr group.

Saturday Sew Day

We celebrated the end of February with a fun Sew Day at the Dr. Phillips library. Debra brought her first place ribbon from QuiltCon 2015.

She also brought the cake her family had made to celebrate her winning. It looks just like her winning quilt.

Our guild had another first place winner. Beth won first place at the Space Coast Quilters show with her dragon quilt.

Look at all the Veterans' quilts we've made! Linda will give an update at Wednesday's meeting. Thanks to everyone who has helped to make these beauties.

Here's what we were working on at Sew Day. There were even some finishes!