July 2018 Newsletter

July 2018 Newsletter
A newsletter designed with OrlandoMQG members in mind!
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Issue 32

July 1st, 2018

Dear Guildies,

Happy Summer and Happy Independence! I hope you all have a fun and safe mid-week holiday. Be sure to check out The Sewing Studio's fantastic July 4th sale this Wednesday. You are sure to run into many fellow members scrambling for some great deals.

Get ready! This month brings 3 Sew Days! YAY! Maitland is July 9th, Dr Phillips is July 21st, and Oviedo is July 28th. The usual August Dr Phillips day is not available but Rene snagged a special Friday, August 10th, 12:30-4:30. Perfect for all our new Sewcial and Interest Groups to plan a meet up.

I know Sarah and a few others have visited the special Pulse Memorial exhibit at the Orlando History Center. The photos I've seen of it take my breath away and put it at the top of my must see list. Be sure to check it out while it's on display until October. Photos courtesy of Sarah.

Did you sign up for QuiltCon 2019 in Nashville? It was a mad dash to snag your favorite classes this week before they filled up but you can still register to attend the convention and lectures.

Check out this month's Member Highlight featuring Kate Elliott 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
  • Friday, July 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.
  • 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.
Paula Kennedy

Interest Groups and Bees

Have you participated in any of the outside interest groups yet? It has been an amazing month to see all of the friendly faces and conversations happening as we sit and sew, and learn! I never knew exactly what EPP was, nor did I know how to use a  “Add a Quarter “ ruler, or especially how to edit on my Scan and Cut… While it sounds like a lot, I wanted to participate because I am curious and just to see how things were going and I can report that they have been going great! Meanwhile, I cant believe how much I love each and every one of these skills I have learned. I am grateful we have some of the nicest members in our guild who are taking the time to organize and facilitate these groups.  If you want to learn any of these skills, or just sit and sew and have some great conversation, (and snacks, too) enroll thru Sign Up Genius, and please join any of the groups… all are welcome !

Meanwhile, the bees are into their 2nd and 3rd months, and results are starting to happen, I hope we see some reveals, soon!

July Meeting Program
This Friday's meeting is sure to be a lot of fun and full of helpful information.
How to handle those achy muscles we get from too much sewing!
Catherine from the Sewing Studio will be our guest speaker to talk all about proper sewing posture, ergonomics, cabinet and table heights, etc.  And, we might have a special guest to lead us in how to deal with some of these achy muscles at home!

Paula Kennedy
Vice President, Monthly Programming 

Community Outreach
Marge Cree

Call for Blocks – Beth Schmidt – Chairperson 
This month Beth will send 2 quilts to San Jose, Texas for a buyback guns program.  Yes, you heard that correctly, they are giving a guilt to everyone who hands in gun to their police department. Below is an excerpt from an April 2018, Newsletter from Meg Cox:

Quilt activism isn't a new idea but the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles is taking it in a powerful new direction. The museum just opened an exhibit of artworks that grapple with the issue of gun violence, and I'll tell you about the quilts in a minute. While many are striking, they aren't as remarkable as what the museum is doing next: spearheading an unusual gun buyback program with the local San Jose police department….  Starting in December, every gun owner who brings one or more guns to the police will receive cash AND a quilt. The tagline for the campaign: "Trade something hard for something soft. "New, attractive, functional quilts that are lap-sized or larger are needed -- potentially a great many of them (the last several San Jose buybacks led to the surrender of between 200 and 690 guns.) The museum says the color and pattern of the quilt is totally up to you but they are not specifically looking for gun-themed quilts or fabrics. Think beauty and comfort!

We are also 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 
In June Kate Elliott delivered 30 place mats to Orange County Meals on Wheels and Sue Kenard delivered 30 place mats to Osceola  County Meals on Wheels. Both were truly excited to get them and will be distributing them to brighten a few folks’ day. Please continue to make them and we will continue to deliver them.  

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.  Here’s some pics of blocks in progress.  Don’t forget to post your progress on IG #orlandomqgcommunityoutreach2018


2018 Festival of Trees – Kate Elliott – Chairperson
The team has been established and design is underway to be completed and delivered to the Festival of Trees coordinator by the November meeting.  

2019 Quilt Con Quilt – Kathy Aber – Chairperson
The theme is ‘Small Piecing’. Alissa has designed the quilt which will be shown at the July Guild meeting. Kits 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.

A big thanks to Elaine Poplin aka @messygoat for the awesome class on Saturday. Many fun and unique projects were started and we hope to see them in Show and Tell soon.



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.

Cre-active Club Challenge

#creactiveclub and #2018creactiveclub
Caroline Garnier

Project #1 was selected at the June meeting and you still have another month to work on that project since it isn't due for Show and Tell until August!

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 (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 6th, same time and place. This change is due to The Sewing Studio's Annual Sale on July 4th.
Locally, Globally, and on the Web

Do you like to listen to podcasts while you sew? Here are a few member favorites to add to your queue:
How I Built This
Hello My Quilting Friends
Modern Sewciety
How I Built This

Crafty Planner

Cute pencil pouch tutorial by Noodlehead.


Member Highlight

Meet Kate Elliott

Please tell us how long you have been sewing and/or quilting and when/why you joined the Orlando MQG.
I started quilting 43 years ago.
I joined the MQG to get more modern in my quilting and for inspiration.

How did you learn to quilt?  
A quilt pattern for a cathedral window I picked up at the Louisville state fair. 

What machine(s) do you drive?
2 Elnas

What and/or who inspires you?  
I think the fabric inspires me the most- what can I do with it

What is your most treasured (sewing related) possession?  
My Beba sewing table--I love it

Do you sew with your shoes on or off? 
Definitely off

What is your favorite thing you’ve made to date?
A wall hanging made with my reconstructed fabric and is hand quilted and beaded.

What is your next sewing adventure?
I am going to master putting zippers if it kills me!

Tell us a little-known fact about yourself.
I love old musical movies.

Which talent would you most like to have?  
I wish I could sing well. You do not want to hear me do it now.....

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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