January 2019 Meeting

Thank you for joining us at our monthly Guild meeting!  We had lots in store for you this month. Our first meeting of the New Year, we focused on one of the major tenets of modern quilting design: minimalism, with the “guest” speaker, our own Sandra Johnson of Sandra Johnson Designs.  In addition to the talk we’re asking all our members to bring examples of minimalism to share, which can be quilts made by you or others. Next month we will be talking about minimalist quilting. Please bring a piece of backing, batting, and top and we will have a demo on minimalist hand quilting.

Ice Breaker

Members answered various questions that they pulled out of a bowl. They answered various questions about goals for 2019, what they enjoy the most about quilting and the process, what is your favorite thing you ever made, etc.  Thank you Kelly for your great Ice Breaker!


This is one of the Charity quilts from the 2018 Holiday Party! They are both quilted and will be donated to the Orangewood Foundation!

Quilt Con Charity Quilt

Thanks to our many volunteers (you all know who you are) we developed a design concept, made blocks, and assembled the top using some improv skills.  Special thanks to Julie McCluney for getting us organized, Batty Lady (Alicia Campbell and Trudy Teshima) for a group workspace, and Ann Chavez for quilting! It will be shipped on 2/1 to Quiltcon!  The quilt is made of birch trees to symbolize new beginnings!

Quilter’s Journey

Karen Miller, our guild’s long-arm quilter known as Cosmic Quilting, shared a Trunk Show and shared how she became a quilter and showed us some of her quilts.  It would be great to have other members share at future meetings; how about you?

Become a Member!

Membership dues for 2019 are due by the February meeting.  We will be keeping the dues the same at $50 for the year. This grants you access to the MQG Website, guild workshops, block lottos, Guild Challenges, and so much more.

This Year’s Quilting Challenges

Our first Challenge of the year will be a modern, minimalist quilt!  As always, quilts need to be quilted, bound, and labeled. Exercise your creativity and develop a quilt based on minimalism. The size can be 12” by 12” or larger and can be done individually or as a group project.  Prizes will be awarded for best use of minimalism, best modern design, and members’ choice.

Block Lotto

Gail presented a “Cross” block. We can’t want to see how they turn out!

Potential Quilt Retreat

Quilting Retreat Anyone?– Who would enjoy a retreat to get away from everything—everything other than quilting and fellowship with other quilters, that is.  Bring your ideas for an upcoming OCMQG Retreat or fall sew weekend.

Handmade Raffle

Sandra made handmade items we’ll be raffling off at the meeting. Thank you Sandra!

Show and Tell

We always love seeing what you’ve been making so keep bringing those modern quilts to the meeting so we can see your great work in person!

TO DO List for the next Meeting:

  • Please bring a piece of backing, batting and top and we will have a demo on minimalist hand quilting.
  • Examples of minimalism to share/li>
  • Ideas for the quilting retreat
  • Money for membership dues, raffle, and Block Lotto
  • Quilts for show and tell, issues for Quilter’s Block, give-aways for Going Green

See you in February!

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