Friday, May 7, 2021

The First In-Person Meeting in Over a Year!

The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild had it's first in-person meeting this week since March 2020, and a very happy group of members it was ! 

Since the pandemic began,  the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild has been keeping up with programming and connection to members by hosting monthly Zoom Meetings and Sew Days, as well as online guest lectures and workshops . While it is still a terrific substitution, ( a few more months at least!)  there is nothing like meeting in person and sharing friendship and projects with your fellow quilters. 

The location was Maitland Community Park, in Maitland Fl, very close to the Sewing Studio, where the guild normally meets on the first Wednesday of each month. 

The Orlando MQG has welcomed several new members during the recent membership drive, and also members that joined last year, just as the pandemic began... a few people who have been members for over a year had never attended an in-person meeting ... our kudos to you for hanging in there with us! 

Even though masks were still "de riguer" nobody seemed to mind, as they were having too much fun in the meet and greet getting to know fellow new members and seeing old friends again. 

It was a casual meeting,  although a few announcements were made. We heard news about the upcoming annual retreat,  November 4-8 in Daytona Beach, and an overview of the great community outreach projects that are currently happening (you can see details on the projects in the sidebar here on the blog.)  We also saw a parade of results from the Curves and Transparencies workshop by Caroline Oneto.

The highlight of the meeting was the Show & Tell. So many beautiful projects were shown, you could hear the gasps from members so excited to view completed projects in person from fellow members. You can see all of the projects if you click on the link below to an additional blog post with all of the photos . 

While the Guild is going back to Zoom for general meetings for the new few months, stay tuned for details as the situation improves for us to meet again at the Sewing Studio. If you were at the meeting,  thanks to all of you who journeyed to the park; it was great seeing you ! 

The park was a beautiful setting to meet safely ! 

 Cara won a door prize! 

Mary Smart in the foreground 

 Julie Parrot and sister Laurie Watson 

Member update from Treasurer Kathy Aber 

 Ashley Gottshalk and President Ede Nault 

Shelly Doyal and Pam Edwards 

Member-at-Large Love Sullivan and Marilyn Wickland 

Rene Martinez , Leslie Gale, Michele Lancaster and Wendy Yates 

See the Show & Tell HERE  



Show & Tell May 2021 General Meeting

Nimmi Kroos 
 Dawn Vanderwolf 

Mary Smart 

CC Greer

Yanick Booz 

Kelly Eskin 

Anne Welsh, front and back 

 Ashley Gottshalk

Julie Becker 

Julie Becker 

 Julie Beckers label, a poem, for her label 

Karol Evans 

Pam Abrams 

 Jeff Rich 

 Cara Dobrev , her 1/3 of a 2021 temperature quilt ! 

 Kathy Aber 
Cherie Zabel 

Cherie Zabel 

Monday, May 3, 2021

May 2021 Newsletter


A newsletter designed with OrlandoMQG members in mind!
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Issue 61

It's almost here---our IN PERSON meeting!  As previously announced, we are meeting "live" on May 5 at 10 am at Maitland Community Park (see below for specific location information.)  We are so excited to see you, share some show and tell items, and just spend time together.  
Remember to wear your name tag! 

And we do ask that you wear a mask, for the comfort and safety of all our members.  Even though the world is opening up again (yay!), please keep in mind that this may be the first large-ish gathering many of our members are attending, and masks and social distancing will help us all get used to being together again. 

Thanks in advance for your understanding!  We'll be back on Zoom for June and July as we have some really fun and interesting guest speakers visiting us and then we'll keep you posted for our plans after that.  In the meantime, email the guild, or any Board member, if you have questions about this month's meeting.  CAN'T WAIT to see you all!!

The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild is
meeting in person 
this month !

Wednesday, May 5
10:00  am

Maitland Community Park

1400 Mayo Ave, Maitland , FL 
( very close to the Sewing Studio ) 
in Pavilion #2. 

This is not a regular business meeting, but a fun meet and greet; bring your items for Show & Tell  ( limit of two, please ! )

Please be sure to bring your show and tell items from the Caroline Oneto Curves and Transparencies class also!

* Maitland Community Park is very large, with plenty of parking available as well as nice restrooms .  There will be balloons and a sign to designate the pavilion to make it easier to find ! 

* Bring a snack to share (or not) and water--it will probably be warm!  This is a covered open air pavilion with ceiling fans.  There are picnic tables, but you are welcome to bring your own chairs if you prefer. 

* We will be following CDC guidelines for safe assembly so masks and appropriate social distancing will be required, even if you are fully vaccinated. 

This will not be a live Zoom event, but we will try to record at least portions of the meeting to post to our YouTube channel

Email us here if you have any questions
about the in person meeting for May 
    Don't forget to join us for the

    "Solar Flare" Quilt-A-Long!


    Orlando MQG Member Dawn Vanderwolf will be leading the quilt-a-long for this beautiful quilt , shown above in several colorways ... pick your favorite ! 

    It will run from June 2021 through January 2022, with monthly Zoom get-togethers to share progress, chat about new techniques you have learned, and take photos to share with other challenge members 

    The Solar Flare quilt,  designed by Amber Elliot, is a free pattern from the Modern Quilt Guild. Click here for the link to the pattern ( you will need to sign in with your MQG membership, and look in resources ) 

    Sign up by June 4 with Dawn HERE to get in on the fun!

    For more information, about the quilt a long and the Solar Flare quilt ,  
    check out the blog post 
      Where can you find the recordings of meetings and slide shows if you can't attend the general meeting?  - Check out the blog and YouTube ! 

        MAY 2021 CALENDAR 

        Please click this
         LINK for the full size calendar without zoom codes 
        Print in landscape mode at 100% for best results.
        The calendar was sent to members on Monday, March 28       
        will included the Zoom codes and passwords . 


          Pictorial Directory    

          The Orlando MQG photo directory with members information will be ready in the next week .

          It will be available through a download , and can be loaded into your phone or computer as a PDF, or you can print it out. 

          This will be the last call for any changes to be made to your information until the next update . Please send a photo if you have not done so already . We will be at the May 5th meeting to take headshot photos for anyone who doesn’t have one if that is your preference! 

          Paula Kennedy, Secretary 



            Do you have an embroidery machine catching dust because you don’t know how to operate it properly? Or are you great at machine embroidery and can help the novice or teach a class? Whatever your skill level the guild would like to start a Machine Embroidery Group.
            Some questions or problems individuals have come across: 
            1. How do I to set-up my machine?
            2. What is the correct stabilizer for a project?
            3. What is the correct thread to buy and use for a project?
            4. How do I order a pattern online and the correct download for my machine ( VP3, HUS, PES, etc.)?
            5. Why do my projects always pucker?
            6. What is the proper machine tension?
            7. Where can I order patterns online?
            If interested please e-mail the Orlando MQG HERE  and a Zoom discussion will be planned. 


                 May Calendar Includes 
                 Virtual Sew Days

              Print in landscape mode at 100% for the best results ! 

              The  calendar with Zoom Codes was sent out Sunday, May 2.  Please check your email for calendar download 

                BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND !


                WHAT - The Orlando MQG Retreat 


                WHEN - Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 to Monday, Nov 8, 2021


                WHERE - Wyndham Ocean Resort, 

                Daytona Beach, FL



                The group for our November Retreat is set up and guests can begin booking their reservations!   
                The retreat dates are Thursday November 4, 2021 to Monday November 8, 2021. 
                If a guest would like to book, please call the group line at  
                Group Reservations: 1-800-347-9092 (mention the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild 2021 group at the Wyndham Ocean Walk Resort) to receive the discounted group rate.  Office hours are Monday – Friday 9:00AM – 5:00PM EST and Saturday –Sunday 9:00 – 4:00PM EST.
                Here are a few reminders for guest when booking reservations:
                • A 2 night minimum is required for all reservations. Reservations will not be accepted that do not meet the minimum night requirement.
                • When booking reservations, a valid credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) will be required. To reserve a room, a deposit of one night’s rate plus tax will be due at booking. The remaining balance will be due at time of check-in.
                • If for any reason you must cancel, please do so 14 days prior to your date of arrival to receive a full refund of your deposit. Reservations canceled less than 14 days will not receive any refund.  No-shows and early departures will not receive any refund. 
                • Daily housekeeping not included
                • A $40 Check-In fee is required for each reservation
                If making reservations by phone, guests must call the group phone (1-800-347-9092) number to receive the discounted rate.


                MINIMUM IN EFFECT.                                                   

                GROUP RATES: Initial UNIT TYPE RATE 
                ONE BEDROOM SUITE $125.00 per night, plus 12.5% tax* 
                ONE BEDROOM OCEANFRONT or DELUXE $139.00 per night, plus 12.5% tax* 
                TWO BEDROOM OCEANFRONT $209.00 per night, plus 12.5% tax* 
                THREE BEDROOM $279.00 per night, plus 12.5% tax* 
                * These rates are exclusive of 6.5% sales tax and a 6.0% occupancy tax. Such taxes are subject to change without notice.  The above group rate is based on the number of rooms requested. Any deviation to this number may result in a rate adjustment. Additional nights are based on availability only. Wyndham Extra Holidays - Wyndham Ocean Walk Resort requires a minimum of one occupant in each condo to be 21 years of age.

                 For those of you that are new to the group or did not attend the retreat last year you will hear more about it at the meeting as it gets closer or just ask a fellow guild member or you can email Marge Cree at or call at 407-929-3208. 




                  Exchange Day will be June 21, 2021, due to the fact we are having an in-person meeting this month. Please bring any items for exchange to the May 5th meeting . 

                  Upcoming Sewing Studio Exchange Day -
                    June 21, 2021 


                    Please let me know if you need me to collect or distribute something for you. I am in the Sewing Studio parking lot from 10:00 am -11:00 am each exchange day. If I don't see you at the May meeting , see you June 21st! 


                    If you  participated in the Caroline Oneto Curves and Transparencies class last week, please bring your samples/projects to Show & Tell!

                       If you have an item for Show and Tell, we want to see it!  If you use social media , please tag it #orlandomqgshowandtell, or send your photos to Paula Kennedy , Secretary here .  The deadline is the 15th of the month ( business meetings only)  at 5:00 pm so the slideshow can be produced in time. 
                    • As a member of the Orlando MQG, are you receiving the newsletter, but not the member emails ? Or vice versa ? Sometimes the email systems do not agree . Most of the time it is fine , but if you are not receiving either one , please email me here , and we'll try to get it resolved ! The  most important thingyou can do to insure delivery is to add our address, to your address book on your email account. 
                    • If you want to return or check out a library book,  please let our librarian know and she'll meet  you at the Sewing Studio in Maitland for the Third Monday Exchange  . Go to our blog and see the list of books available to borrow or look at Aradria's "What's On the Bookshelf" below. If you can't find what you want, make a recommendation to our Wish List  HERE 
                    •  The June meeting will be June 2, 2021,10:00 am on Zoom 
                    • May in- person sew days are canceled , but lots of virtual sew days are happening. Please see information in the newsletter article, or take a look at the calendar .
                    • A link HERE  is for the Blocks of the Month (all current and past blocks with instructions) calendar dates, minutes and more can be found on the Guild blog HERE 

                                                                                       Sue Kenard, Chairman

                      The new guild year has started with a bang. The new Taggie project has been well received with 10 Taggies turned in at the April exchange day. The instructions for the Taggies, as well as the Incubator Covers for the NICU at Winnie Palmer Hospital can be found on the OMQG blog. And don't forget, instructions are there for  the Pillow Cases, too ! I will have samples of the Taggies at the May meeting. Can’t wait to see everyone.
                      Several members expressed the wish to share and/or trade flannel and ribbon at the May meeting. Please feel free to participate if you wish. As before we will be collecting any of your completed Community Outreach projects at our in-person meeting. There will not be a May Exchange day.
                      Sue Kenard

                      If you have any questions about the projects , please contact Sue Kenard ,

                                                              Marge Cree, Chairman 

                      COMING TO THE JUNE 2021 MEETING 

                      Sue Bleiweiss
                       Artist, Author & Architect of whimsical worlds created with fabric and thread …
                      We are excited to announce that Sue will be speaking at our June 2021 meeting via Zoom
                      Don’t miss her Trunk Show and Lecture at the June 2nd meeting 


                      Quilty Happenings, and other things !

                      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:  Ede Nault
                      Vice President:  Debra Jalbert
                      Secretary:  Paula Kennedy, Assistant Dawn Vanderwolf  
                      Treasurer:  Kathy Aber 
                      Community Outreach: Sue Kenard 
                      Education Coordinator: Marge Cree
                      Member-at-Large:  Love Sullivan
                      Founding Officers and Board Members:
                      RenĂ© Martinez and  Michele Lancaster
                      Social Media Coordinator and Graphics:  Aradria Csercsevits 

                      Questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the newsletter are welcome! If you have any quilty news or content you'd like to share, please email Paula Kennedy , Secretary.  Constructive feedback is always welcome!
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