June Newsletter

June 2018 Newsletter
A newsletter designed with OrlandoMQG members in mind!
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Issue 31

June 3, 2018

Dear Guildies,

Thanks to your dedication and generous hearts, our Guild is making great progress on our Community Outreach goals for the year! Look for the update on all the donations we've made to date.

We're excited to share a new Sew Day location in Oviedo. Hopefully the first 2 days will be a hit and we can continue meeting their regularly.

Look for this month's Member Highlight featuring Wendy Yates to follow soon.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the newsletter, please email me. I would also love to hear of any quilty news or ideas for content you'd like to share. Constructive feedback is always welcome.

Happy stitching,

Ashley Gottshalk
Meeting Reminders
  • Wednesday, June 6th is our guild meeting at The Sewing Studio 10-12. At this time, parking is NOT available at the gas station next door. Carpooling is suggested for those who have this option.
  • Bring your Block Lotto block(s). Each block made earns you one ticket in the raffle of ALL blocks. The more blocks you make, the better your chance of winning! Here is the current block's details
  • Bring your finished projects for Show and Tell.  
  • Remember to bring you Bee Blocks for your Queen Bees.
  • All books checked out from the guild library need to be returned by Wednesday's meeting. If you checked out a book but will not attend the meeting, you need to make arrangements to give the book to someone who will. Check the link on our blog to see what books are in our inventory and to add books to the ongoing wish list.
  • Members receive a 15% discount at The Sewing Studio on guild meeting days and a 10% discount on non-meeting days.
  • Saturday, May 5th is the Dr. Phillips Library Sew Day. Monday, May 7th is the Maitland Sew Day.
  • Block of the Month (current and past) instructions, meeting minutes, Calendar dates, and more can be found on the guild blog.
Paula Kennedy

We love 'em, We need 'em, We have to have 'em ...

Tips, Tools, & Techniques!

Join us at Wednesday’s meeting for a fun time as we share
our favorite tips, tools, and techniques with other members .

A fun program is planned; if you have a tip to share, please contact
me at paula.kennedy@usa.net so we can add you to the line up!


The outside interest groups are up and running!

Several get-togethers have happened already in the areas of paper piecing, EPP and the Scan n Cut, and new projects are definitely happening. The results will be fantastic to see how many new skills have been shared and learned!

I had the opportunity to attend the EPP get together at Mary’s house, (the lemonade was yummy) and I had a great time laughing, chatting and learning this relaxing, amazing technique. I can’t wait to show the results, and have a plan in mind for a bigger project now!

A big thank you to our hosts and organizers who have made these opportunities happen, and if you want to join in on any of the groups, please go to SignUp Genius.com and sign up!  


Bzzz…. and have you heard the bees and hives are buzzing along, too? I’ve seen a few of the prompts for the Improv Bee, and they make you think, think, think and be uber -creative! And, I made a block for Yanick, (she’s our Queen Bee this month) for the "Queen Bee Says“ bee, and I hope she likes it!  Jodi’s online Quilt-a-Long is super popular, and the updates are fun to see what everyone is creating. You can see images on everything using the hashtags provided here in the newsletter via Instagram or Facebook.

Whew ! We always have lot going on the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild, and we like it like that!

Paula Kennedy
Vice President, Monthly Programming 

Community Outreach
Marge Cree

Don’t forget to reserve your spot for the November Orlando MQG Retreat!

Community Outreach News
Because of your kindness, Beth Schmidt sent 3 quilt tops to #quiltsforbroncos which will be made into quilts for those who lost loved ones in Saskatchewan in the "Broncos" hockey team accident.

Placemats for Meals on Wheels 
Kate has collected 59 placemats so far for Meals on Wheels. She will make the first delivery after the June meeting. Please continue to make your placemats and give to Kate Elliott. There is no deadline for these, we can continue to work on them all year! The more the merrier!

Quilts for Health Central Park ALF (Assisted Living Facility)
Have you started a quilt because you wanted to try that technique but don’t know what to do with it? Kathy Aber will collect any quilt you want to give to the residents of Health Central Park ALF.

Quilts for Samaritan Village - Kathy Aber – Chairperson
Kathy has been forming the six groups and has started contacting group leaders who will choose the quilt blocks and coordinate tasks with their group. If you volunteered, you will be hearing from your group lead soon!  Quilts are scheduled to be completed in November to be presented to the Samaritan Village.

2018 Festival of Trees – Kate Elliott – Chairperson 
You will be hearing soon from Kate Elliott if you have volunteered. The design, piecing, quilting and binding will be completed by the November meeting.  

2019 QuiltCon Quilt – Kathy Aber – Chairperson 
The theme is ‘Small Piecing’. Alissa Lapinsky has volunteered to create two designs which will be presented at the July meeting to be voted on. Kathy Aber will be in contact with those who have volunteered to assist. The quilt will be finished and displayed at the December Guild Meeting.  

The Modern Quilt Guild released this year's QuiltCon 2019 Charity Quilt Challenge color palette and theme. What a great way to show off your creativity! 


Patti Lapinsky

Save the Date for the Strips as Sourdough Quilt Starter Class with Elaine Popham aka @messygoat June 30th at Bernina Sewing Center in Lake Mary. Checkout her blog and find her on Instagram to see her amazing work.

Elaine's description of her class:
"If there’s a design concept or exploration that they’ve been wanting to try but didn’t want to risk wasting fabric, this is a great time for that. If they want to explore improvisational piecing, this is a great time for that. Basically, it’s string piecing on hyperdrive, with no foundations to constrain what they can do with it. I can manage there are 20 very different projects happening simultaneously.

First thing we will do is make a small string strata out of 10 2.5” strips, and then we will chop them up according to how the spirit moves them as individuals. Sometimes people are very organized and systematic about how they create their strings – all parallel cuts, alternating colors, gradations of colors, high/low contrast, fabrics made to go together or not.
It honestly doesn’t matter. I will bring samples of straight cut strings, parallel cut strings, curved strings, color gradations, high contrast, low contrast, attempting to clash (I tried to make on ugly- I can’t do it).

Then people can slab them, create blocks (traditional or not), use template rulers, whatever. I have cool tricks for curved piecing that takes the angst out of that, etc. I LOVE doing Drunkards Path blocks with this technique.

My favorite thing about this approach is that I never seem to run out of ideas- there’s always something else I can try. And if I decide that an idea isn’t worth developing, I haven’t used a lot of fabric to discover that – it can be made into a zip pouch, a mini, or whatever and I don’t feel like I’ve wasted my time or money."

Board Member at Large
Jane Allingham

Oviedo Sew Day
New Sew Day on a trial basis in Oviedo at the Oviedo Public Library, 310 North Division, Oviedo, FL  32765

Date: July 28 -9:00 to 1:30 and September 29 – 10:30 to 3:00.
Both are 4th Saturdays.

Thanks to Dar Arnswald who set this up.

Cre-active Club Challenge

#creactiveclub and #2018creactiveclub
Caroline Garnier

Bring your final Cre-active Club finish from 2017 to the June meeting to Show and Tell!

There's still time to join the 2018 Cre-active Club Challenge. Complete your list before the first number is drawn at this month's meeting.

Pick out 6 unfinished projects (or less) that you would love to finish, write your list (pdf here) and send it to Caroline (carolinejanny@hotmail.com). You can also hand it in at the meeting.
July Meeting Date Change
Please update your calendars: the July meeting previously scheduled for July 4th has been changed to Friday, July 9th, same time and place. This change is due to The Sewing Studio's Annual Sale on July 4th.
Locally, Globally, and on the Web

Fabric bin tutorial, perfect for stowing tools, catching threads or scraps. 

Striking Bird Watching Quilt pattern for the triangle lover.

Free quilted placemats patterns perfect for our Community Outreach project.

Thank you for being a part of The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild.  We appreciate you taking the time to read our newsletter and hope you find it as interesting as we do!

President:  Sarah Lauzon
Vice President:  Paula Kennedy
Secretary:  Ashley Gottshalk
Treasurer:  Zonetta Glenn
Community Outreach: Marge Cree
Education Coordinator:  Patti Lapinsky
Member-at-Large:  Jane Allingham
Founding Officers and Board Members:
Rene' Martinez, Michele Lancaster
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