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Meet Jackie Clark

Creativity is a lifestyle.  I am so lucky and blessed to be doing what I love.  Got into sewing as an adult. No one in my family sewed. My first machine was a Singer 2010 in 1980. A computerized machine. Wow. So much fun to create. I now have about 13 machines, among them Singer featherweights, a hand crank antique machine and a Singer Treadle.  I started learning how to make clothes from patterns and books. Next apprenticed myself to a costume shop and spent five years there working part time learning all I could about making costumes for catalog and costume events and Halloween. Then moved on to theatre where I worked behind the scenes as a Costumer for plays. I even tried my hand doing alterations. Yuk. Definitely not me. Our move to Florida in 1989 propelled me into quilting. I thought this kind of sewing wouldn't require so much space. Joining OMQG really opened up the world of quilting to me and it was here I found the people who were actually like me and loved to quilt. 

October Meeting Minutes

--> MEETING MINUTES Wednesday, October 5, 2016 – 10:00 am Maitland, FL
President Alissa called the meeting to order; 51 members and 5 guests were present. She invited new members to introduce themselves, but there were no new members today. As an icebreaker, Alissa passed out paper and asked members to name icons that might be suitable for a guild banner, which Debra has volunteered to design.
Marge, former Treasurer filling in for Joan, reported on receipts and expenses resulting in a balance of over $13,000. As a separate account, the Quilts for Pulse project has received donations of over $6,600 and, after expenses such as purchasing backing and batting, there is a balance of approximately $1,500 for the Pulse project for ongoing expenses.
Education Coordinator Ede reported that Christa Watson, who taught a class for the guild two weekends ago, donated a copy of her new book (The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting: Long-Arm and Sit-Down--Learn …

November Block of the Month...And the winner is.....

You asked for it, so you got it!!

This month we did a little poll on Facebook to see what kind of block would be preferred by the guild.  Votes were overwhelmingly in favor of scrap busting blocks.  So here is a little tutorial for how to bust through your mounds of scraps.  Don't deny it, we all know you have lots of scraps!

We are calling this the Haphazard Block because it is based on the Haphazard Quilt over on My Poppet Makes.

Let's begin!


1 - 6.5(ish) center block in either white or gray
4 - strips of bold, bright and highly saturated scraps measuring at least 3" x 13"

Next, sew strips all around the white center block in a log cabin fashion, one on each side of the block. 

Trim so that it is at least 11.5".  The white block doesn't need to be centered.  It will be fun to have some a little bit off center.  You will want to make sure there is at least two inches of colored fabric on each border of the white block.

Cut the trimmed block into fou…

Meet Caroline Garnier-Janney

Bonjour à tous et à toutes,

I am the French lady with a somewhat British accent! Very often I get the question: ‘where are you from? Strangely enough ‘from Orlando’ does not seem to satisfy whoever’s asking.So where am I from?My passport says France, but considering that I have moved 13 times over the last 22 years, lived in 5 different countries, on 3 different continents, I am not quite sure anymore, but I can happily claim that I have quilty friends from all over the world, and we all know ‘Quilty friends are the best’.
Where did my crafty adventure start?Probably at my parents’ kitchen table when I was around 7, trying to crochet a blanket for my doll - I did not know how to crochet a rectangular shape, and ended up with a trapezoidal shape, so I turned it into a skirt. I have always been crafty: from knitting, to sewing my own garments, cross-stitching, but quilting came by accident.When my last child was just few-month old and my 2 other kids were still very young and not going to s…