August 2018 Newsletter

August 2018 Newsletter
A newsletter designed with OrlandoMQG members in mind!
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Issue 33

July 29th, 2018

Dear Guildies,

Yesterday's first sewday at the Oviedo Public Library was a full house and a great time to catch up with friends and our favorite projects. Read on to found out about the 3 extra sewdays added this year.

Check out this month's Member Highlight featuring Aradria Csercsevits at the end of the newsletter.

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, August 1st 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.
  • Monday, July 9th is the Maitland Sew Day. Saturday, July 21st is the Dr. Phillips Library Sew Day. Saturday, July 28th from 9:00 - 1:30 is the first Oviedo Library Sew Day.
  • Block of the Month (current and past) instructions, meeting minutes, Calendar dates, and more can be found on the guild blog.

Orlando Public Library
2 to 4 p.m.

The Guild has signed up to participate in the Fall Fiber Festival. We will need a few volunteers for the weekend to demonstrate quilting. The Fall Fiber Festival is an annual celebration of the the fiber arts in Central Florida. The festival will include demonstrations, exhibitors, and hands-on activities, as well as a Fiber Arts Contest. Register today for the Fiber Arts Contest. The grand-prize winner will be awarded $250. Entries will be accepted in the following categories: sewing, knitting and crochet. Contest registration is open from June 1-August 30. Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, skill level required, utility and attendance in fiber arts classes. For more info, visit the event website.

Board Member at Large
Jane Allingham

Oviedo Sew Days
This month's Oviedo Sew Day was such a big hit we secured 3 more for this year! New Sew Days have been added to the schedule in Oviedo at the Oviedo Public Library, 310 North Division, Oviedo, FL  32765

September 29 – 10:30 to 3:00
October 6 - 9:00 to 12:00
November 24th - 9:00 to 2:00
December 15th - 9:00 to 1:30

Community Outreach
Marge Cree

Call for Blocks – Beth Schmidt – Chairperson 
We are always in need of HST for our ‘stash’ for quilts we keep for when there is a Call for Blocks. They should be half white/half bright, 10 inch square. 

Placemats for Meals on Wheels – Kate Elliott – Chairperson 
Bring your finished placemats to the August meeting.

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.  You have until January 2019 when they will be given to Health Central Park.   

Quilts for Samaritan Village - Kathy Aber – Chairperson
Teams are on their way and if you are part of a group you should be busy sewing your blocks. If you haven’t been assigned to a team please contact Kathy Aber and she can get you in a team. The more the merrier!  Each team will have their quilt completed to be presented to the Samaritan Village by November. Don’t forget to post your progress on IG #orlandomqgcommunityoutreach2018

2018 Festival of Trees – Kate Elliott – Chairperson
The design was selected and the team is actively working on this year's quilt to be completed and delivered to the Festival of Trees coordinator by the November meeting.  

2019 Quilt Con Quilt – Kathy Aber – Chairperson
Kits are ready and will be distributed at the August meeting to be handed in by the September meeting for piecing, quilting and binding to be completed by the December meeting.     

November Retreat  Nov 9 – 12 
Anyone interested in joining the committee? Contact Marge Cree. We’ve already got a few surprises in store.
We are starting to collect door prizes. If anyone wants to donate a door prize please bring to the guild meetings. Just remember, it should be something that you would like to win! This is not the fabric auction. Just a fun sewing supply, new or slightly used,  that you may not have use for anymore would be a great prize.
Don’t forget to register online or by phone.  



Patti Lapinsky

Hurry and sign-up for these classes while you can! See more of Melissa's work on Instagram @melissaaverinos or on her site.

Cre-active Club Challenge

#creactiveclub and #2018creactiveclub
Caroline Garnier

Bring your Project #1 for Show and Tell this month. The next project will also be chosen at the meeting.

There's still time to join the 2018 Cre-active Club Challenge. Pick out 6 unfinished projects (or less) that you would love to finish, write your list (pdf here) and send it to Caroline ( You can also hand it in at the meeting.
Locally, Globally, and on the Web

If you are looking for some fun patterns to practice your paper piecing, check out From Blank Pages.

Free cute and versatile Cargo Duffle for weekend trips.


Member Highlight

Meet Aradria Csercsevits


How long you have been sewing and/or quilting and when/why you joined the Orlando MQG?
I learned to sew at 11 years old. Aside from a few Halloween costumes, curtains and a quilt or two, I didn't sew very often--until I found out about OMQG from the Quilts for Pulse project. The Pulse project was what got me back into sewing and making quilts. I forgot how much I had enjoyed it but definitely had a learning curve ahead of me because I had always just "winged it" when it came to sewing. 

How did you learn to quilt?
My Grandmother, who was a quilter, taught me how to chain piece when I was 16 but we never got to work on a quilt together. Later in life, I taught myself basic quilting when I became pregnant with my first child and couldn't find bedding I liked for him. I decided I'd make him a baby quilt and bedding for his room--something I continued to do for each of my children. 

What machine(s) do you drive?
I use my two Juki sewing machines the most. I also have a 3 antique sewing machines as well. 

What and/or wo inspires you?
My Grandmother inspired me the most as she was an incredibly talented traditional quilter. I also find inspiration every day from the world around me--art, advertising, design and architecture. Modern quilting can be very graphic and I draw on my graphic design background and influences when I quilt. I can't leave out the online quilting community and the many skilled guild members--after each meeting I leave inspired to push myself to learn new things. 

What is your most treasured (sewing related) possession?
I have two treasured sewing related possessions. The first one is a quilt I have from my Grandmother it's a EPP grandmothers garden that she also hand quilted. Secondly, my Featherweight, I'm in the process of cleaning it up. I found it locally from the original owner's family. It was like a little time capsule, it had all of the original attachments and accessories in the case.

Do you sew with your shoes on or off?
Shoes off.

What is your favorite thing you’ve made to date?
I have two. My most recent projects are my Klimt quilt and my EPP owl quilt. I love the Klimt project because I let myself be more relaxed with the piecing and quilting, usually I'm always stressing over the rules and trying to get things perfect. The owl quilt is a favorite because it was EPP, which is a new skill for me, and I love sewing by hand as it's so relaxing.

What is your next sewing adventure?
Trying to learn free motion quilting. At the moment I'm still in the hot mess/love hate phase of FMQ. 

Tell us a little-known fact about yourself.
My nickname as a kid was "Jaws" because I talked a lot.

Which talent would you most like to have?
To be able to do FMQ quilting without it totally stressing me out. 

What words or phrases do you most overuse?
That's awesome and I love it.

Which fictional character do you most identify with?
Liz Lemon from 30 Rock.


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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