Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Call for Blocks

Two Kissimmee families recently lost their homes in a fire.  Beth and the Calls for Blocks Subcommittee are collecting blocks to make seven quilts for two adult males, three adult females, and two boys, ages 6 and 10.

Sarah's blocks

The blocks are inspired by the "Missing U" blocks in the amazing Sunday Morning Quilts book by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison.  A tutorial for the color slab blocks can be found on Cheryl's blog post (used with Cheryl's permission).   Each block is many hues of 1 color with a square/rectangle of white and should be trimmed to 12.5" to finish as 12".  The blocks are due by the June meeting.  If you are on Instagram, please use the hashtag #justoneslab.  Thank you for your participation.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Quirky Scrap Quilt Along Part 2

Are you ready for the second task in our Quirky Scrap Quilt Along?  If you aren’t ready or you are joining us late, don’t worry.  The assignments are small and spaced out so you can catch up at any time.  If you aren’t a member of our guild you are still welcome to play along with us.  Just upload your pictures to our community Facebook page or on Instagram using #QuirkyScrapQuiltAlong and be sure to tag @SewnByLeila and @OrlandoMQG

So let’s just say that your scraps are all nice, neat and organized and you have pulled at least 24 different fabrics totaling six yards or more.  Now it is time to cut, cut, cut!  Go to this link for Leila’s instructions.  While you are there make sure you follow her on Instagram.

Here are a few things that has worked for me when cutting my blocks and strips.  The 5” squares will eventually become HST’s, the 5.5” squares will become QST’s, and the 2.5’ strips will become 4-patch blocks. Personally I looked for contrast in my blocks and I tried my best to achieve that by pairing up my fabrics as lights and darks.  If that wasn’t possible, I just made do with what I had.Also, I didn’t have fabric that was long enough to get enough 21” strips so I had several that are 11 inches (+/- ) in length.  Hey, we do what we have to do, right? ;-) 

So go forth and start cutting!  Or sorting still, if you are playing catch-up, whatever works as there is no shame here. 

Below are some pics of our guild members’ scraps.  I may or may not be jealous of their organization skills or their number of scraps. 
Jodi's scraps organized 
Jodi's messy scraps
Catherine's scraps
Catherine was a brave soul and shared her scraps.  Thank you for being so candid, Catherine!  We have all have a room that looked like this at some point in time.  What I really want to know is, how did she take that picture from that angle??So much pretty inspiration in Michele, Cara, and Sharon’s scrap stash!
Michele's scraps
Michele's scraps
Sharon's scraps
Sharon's scraps
Cara's scraps
Cara's scraps
I love how neat and organized Rosary, Alejandrina, Susan, Paula, Karol and Wendy are.
Rosary's scraps
Alejandrina's scraps
Susan's scraps
Paula's scraps.  She fears she doesn't have enough. The poor thing may need to purchase more fabric!
Karol's scraps
More of Karol's scraps
Wendy's scraps are folded so neatly.

Look on Instagram #QuirkyScrapQuiltAlong for even more scraps! 

Block of the Month with a Twist

This beautiful block of the month can also be a placemat ! Thank you to our contributor this month ,  OMQG member Melissa Huether. This is so cute ... it would make a great set of placemats for a summer table , or a great quilt with added color blocks, too .

If we receive enough blocks for the lotto, they could be divided into sets of six for placemats for more winners . If you are the first winner and want all of them for a quilt , no problem ...it would make a great quilt, too !


* black background: 

2 black strips : 

2.5 " wide x 12.5 long
10.5 " wide x 12.5 long

* color strip: 

4. 5 " wide x 12.5 long

the inside color design strips can be wonky or straight , but please sew the strip straight to the black background pieces for uniformity 

Color palette can be in any color family, just please use the same family of colors on one block

* Using 1/4 inch seams , the finished block/placemat size should be close to :
 16.5 " wide x 12.5 " long  

If you have any questions , please email or Facebook Paula or Melissa 

Come to the June meeting with your blocks and good luck !

Here are Melissa's samples:

There is a also a great photo for inspiration of placemats in this style with a white background on the OMQG  Pinterest board / Blocks of the month... check it out , and all of our great inspiration boards on Pinterest for OMQG !

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Meeting Minutes May 3, 2017

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Maitland, FL


Sarah, president, was not able to attend, so the meeting was conducted by Vice President Paula. There were 58 members and 8 guests present. Paula invited everyone to look over the fabric and related items which will be for sale during the Fabric Auction before the meeting. She asked guests to stand and then new members who have joined in recent months, and she asked new members who have not received their membership gift to choose either a bag or mug today.



Nametag Challenge

Paula had those who made nametags for the challenge to come to the front. Each told about their new nametag. Carla won a drawing among those who participated in the challenge for a prize which include a gift certificate to the Sewing Studio, and everyone with a new nametag received a small gift. Special mention to Susan, who couldn’t find her new nametag so wore one of paper.

Cre-Active Club Challenge

Caroline reviewed the guild’s new Cre-Active Club Challenge, in which anyone wanting to motivate themselves to complete UFOs lists 6 they would like to complete this year in a list, 1-6. Every 2 months, Caroline will choose a number, and everyone will work on that numbered UFO on their list for 2 months. If you miss a meeting, the number will be posted on the blog. Caroline asked that everyone wanting to take part (and compete for a prize) to send her their list of 6 UFOs by email today. The one to work on for the next 2 months was drawn, and it’s #2.

Quirky Scrappy Quiltalong

Jodi reported that the next step for the Quirky Scrappy Quiltalong will be emailed this weekend. She reminded us that Leila of SewnbyLeila.com, who gave instructions for this quilt first in her quiltalong several years ago, is joining us in the quiltalong.


Marge reported on income and expenses for the past month, with income exceeding expenses about $1500 this month, and she noted that the guild has now paid for the D&O insurance recommended by the Modern Quilt Guild.


Mary Sm read the two new policies in the bylaws, which were required by the insurance company for our general liability and D&O insurance -- our anti-discrimination policy and our anti-harassment policy -- so member are aware of them.


Mary W reported that she has received many ShareBears, being made as part of a guild short-term project to make ShareBears for children in the hospital, part of a project by UCF medical students to make 1,000 bears for children in Orlando, Gainesville, and Fort Lauderdale hospitals. The UCF students have provided the fabric with the pattern marked on it; members only need to stitch and stuff. We have been invited to a Sew Day at the UCF School of Medicine at Lake Nona, where those attending will sew with the medical students, including the one who initiated the ShareBear project at UCF, and members attending may have a chance to meet UCF Medical School Dean Debra German and have a tour of the med school. That Sew Day is Saturday, May 27th, and Mary W will be sending details by email or posting it on the blog.

She reported that Wendy is heading the committee to work on the Festival of Trees quilt. She invited all members to consider joining Community Outreach subcommittees.

Mary W reported that the Quilts for Pulse Legacy Committee hopes to wrap up the project by the June 12th, one year after the shooting. The guild still has about 120 quilts, some needing to be photographed, and she will get them to individuals she knows about, including a group of 7 Lake Mary handlers and canines who were involved with victim families at the hotel where they gathered after the shootings, at the stadium with survivors, and in therapy afterwards. After other requests are filled, the rest will go to the OUAC (part of United Way), which has contact with the families and survivors and anticipate more victim family members being in Orlando for the commemorative events in June. Mary W noted that the guild will continue to work with the Orange County Regional History Center in its effort to catalog and maintain all memorials of the Pulse events and aftermath, including its efforts to capture an oral history.

She also reported that she is in contact with several quilting magazines, including Modern Patchwork, which are planning articles about our Quilts for Pulse project or about “craftism” generally, which will include the Pulse project. She said there is a project by Kathy A, a member, to gather handprints of volunteers involved with the Pulse response that we may be involved in as a group.

Beth reported that she will be collecting “Missing U” blocks (designed by Cheryl Arkison; search online for images and tutorials) for quilts for the two families that recently lost their homes in Kissimmee to fire. They are hoping to get 6 quilts for 2 men, 2 boys and 2 girls. Each is many hues of 1 color. Beth would like the blocks by the June meeting.


Debra J reported that next year’s QuiltCon Charity Quilt has been announced on the Modern Quilt Guild website, and she showed the color palette selected.  She said members who can’t log into the MQG site should let Marge know. The website is at themodernquiltguild.com. If not already done, members should register to use it with a user ID (or email address) and create their own password.


Anne announced that there are two places open for the ShannonBrinkley Scrappy Applique class this Saturday, May 6th, at Dr. Phillips Public Library. Anne asked that anyone going to the class who has not received a materials list let her know, and she will make sure it is emailed to them. Future classes include Amanda Jean Nyberg on September 30th.


Diana returned the Education Basket filled with many special items, including fabric, books, a ruler, several acrylic templates, a tin with a number of bobbin/spool pins and a seam ripper, and a QuiltCon water bottle, among other things. The basket was won by Janet.


The black and white Wonky Disappearing 9-Patch blocks were won by Debbie Z. Melissa showed next month’s Block of the Month, which instead of a square is a 12-1/2” x 16-1/2” pieced “block,” which can each be finished as a placemat or assembled with others into a quilt. Backgrounds should be black with any piecing added wonky or straight, in any color, probably to one side so it will show if used as a placemat. Melissa suggested that the drawing next month be held for sets of 6-8 for sets of placemats.


Marge reported that the guild has a tentative reservation for our retreat at the Wyndham Ocean Walk in Daytona Beach for the first weekend in November, Thursday-Sunday, November 2-5. It is on the beach, has several swimming pools, and is close to a number of restaurants. She said the sewing room will be a ballroom on the 8th floor, the cost for which will be divided among those attending and will add about $10 per day to the cost. The discount prices for rooms and ballroom that we will receive ($159/night, without tax added yet, for a 1 bedroom accommodating 2 people - 2 queen beds and a kitchenette), is based on the guild renting at least 15 rooms, so Marge is discouraging members from seeking 2 and 3-bedroom units which will accommodate 4-6 per room, or we might not reach the 15 room level for this price, which would raise everyone’s cost per room. She will provide more details later. She passed around a roster asking members who think they will attend to circle their name and those knowing they will not participate to cross their name out, so she has an idea of how many may be going.


Jane passed out member surveys and asked that everyone complete one while waiting for their chance to shop the auction. Anyone who doesn’t complete a survey at the meeting is asked to do it online at the blog. It will be used to plan future programs, demonstrations and classes, and activities


The fabric auction was the program this month. Members were allowed to shop 5 at a time, starting with the 5 who were the last to shop last year, then others called by random number generator of their sign in number. Fabric sold for $2/yard, $.50/FQ, $.25 magazines, books and other items at various prices, on the honor system, with members paying Marge, all proceeds to the guild. When everyone was done purchasing, everything left was free.

GUILD LIBRARY           

Guild Librarian Yannick brings the guild’s library of modern quilting books to meetings. The book list is available at the guild website. Books may be checked out for a month and must be returned at the following month’s meeting.






 Susan F









Paula reported that she has requested door prizes from various vendors, and that this month’s door prizes include a fabric from Cherrywood (hand dyed fabrics) and thread from Aurifil. They were won by Ede and Laura.


Today members going to lunch will meet at Shake Shack on 17-92 in Winter Park.

The meeting was adjourned at about 12:00.


May 6 – Shannon Brinkley’s Scrappy Applique class, Dr. Phillips Public Library, 10-4
May 8 – Sew Day, Maitland Public Library, 10-4
May 20 – Sew Day, Dr. Phillips Public Library, 10-4
May 22 – Sew Day at UCF School of Medicine – details to be provided
June 7 – OMQG Meeting – Sewing Studio, 10 am
- Bring plan for Unmodern Made Modern Challenge
- Bring 1st block of Modern Principles Challenge
- Bring Missing U blocks for the Kissimmee families that lost homes to fire
September 6 – OMQG Meeting – Sewing Studio, 10 am
 - Bring Unmodern Made Modern Challenge completed project to the guild meeting
September 30 – Amanda Jean Nyberg’s class