February’s Block is inspired by Linda Miller’s “Scrappy Lines.” We are changing Miller’s proportions, and using solids instead of prints. Each block is a different shade of off-white, with a single pieced stripe. We are supplying Kona Snow and Moda Eggshell, one piece is 5” x 8.5” and one piece is 2.5” x 8.5”. You will add your own solid-color pieced stripe to the middle of the pieces that were supplied. The strip you will add is 2.5” x 8.5” so the finished square is 8.5” x 8.5”. FYI the pieces we are giving are generously cut. Tip: the pieced strip is the width of a jelly roll strip. Feel free to use pre-cut solids if you have them. Use solids for your middle strip, you can use neutrals or do a pop of color, but adhere to the modern quilting aesthetic.
OCMQG January 2017 Meeting Recap
Thanks to everyone who came to our first meeting of 2017! It’s always nice to see so many faces—and quilts! We’d like to thank Elizabeth, who donated a gorgeous fat quarter bundle for a future prize. Also thanks to Lucinda for coordinating this month’s Block Lotto! Lucinda has also volunteered to be our new Block Lotto Chairperson, thank you Lucinda!
Speaking of Block Lotto, February’s Block is inspired by Linda Miller’s “Scrappy Lines.” We are changing Miller’s proportions, and using solids instead of prints. Each block is a different shade of off-white, with a single pieced stripe. We are supplying Kona Snow and Moda Eggshell, one piece is 5” x 8.5” and one piece is 2.5” x 8.5”. You will add your own solid-color pieced stripe to the middle of the pieces that were supplied. The strip you will add is 2.5” x 8.5” so the finished square is 8.5” x 8.5”. FYI the pieces we are giving are generously cut. Tip: the pieced strip is the width of a jelly roll strip. Feel free to use pre-cut solids if you have them. Use solids for your middle strip, you can use neutrals or do a pop of color, but adhere to the modern quilting aesthetic.
Sandy has volunteered to plan the March block of the month, thank you Sandy!
Dues Renewal for 2017
Those who renewed their dues at tonight’s meeting paid $45 instead of $50! The dues amount will be $50 if you did not renew at tonight’s meeting. The money from dues goes to the MQG and to the OCMQG, and pays for our membership to the MQG, workshops, the holiday party, block lotto fabrics, Cosmic Quilting space for sew-ins and meetings, and so much more! Our budget was emailed to members, or you can see a hard copy at a meeting—just ask an officer. We currently have approximately $2300 surplus in our budget.
Susie has volunteered to be our new treasurer!! Thank you Susie!!
Sewing Party Block of the Month
Cecile is offering the Delilah Block of the Month from Jen Kingwell Designs! The registration fee is $20 per month including shipping. You will get a pattern and an acrylic template, block sizes are 6”, 9” or 12”. She is going to create fabric selections including three colorways, and she’ll be bringing in some samples. She will make up some kits as well. For more info, contact Cecile at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can sign up online as well at sewingparty.com.
Quiltcon Charity Quilt
Our quilt is finished and it looks amazing! Thank you Susan for heading up this project and those who helped create and design it. Karen used her longarm to quilt it at Cosmic Quilting, and members who attended the January sew-in had a chance to quilt a few rows. Thank you Karen for doing the quilting of our philanthropy quilt!
Quiltcon is in February, Lucinda has a quilt entered in the show, congratulations Lucinda!
Field Trips and Classes
Sandra Johnson is leading a field trip to Hoffman Fabrics on Thursday, February 9th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The tour is FREE! Come and see how they make their fabrics. Bring money to possibly purchase fabric at the end of the tour. Every visitor will get a gift, feel free to bring a friend who would like to get inspired to start sewing! Hoffman Fabrics address: 25792 Obrero Drive, Mission Viejo. Sandra is also offering free sewing/quilting classes in Anaheim Hills on Thursdays from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the East Anaheim Community Center. The address is 8165 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd, Anaheim Hills 92808. For more info contact Sandra at email@example.com.
Holiday Philanthropy Quilt
Karen Miller / Cosmic Quilting will be doing the quilting for our holiday party philanthropy quilt and Susan has volunteered to do the binding, thank you Susan and Karen!
Elise is the liason between our guild and the Long Beach Modern Quilt Guild. The Long Beach Modern Quilt Guild would like to participate in a “Scrap Swap” with us. Each person donates some scraps, takes the bag home, and picks out some scraps. We will switch bags with the Long Beach guild. Donate “usable” sized scraps. Bring your scraps to the next meeting! More details to come. Elise has offered to teach how to make a skirt at our February sew-in, a supply list and more info will be included in the February sew-in reminder. The LBMQG meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month at Sew Vac and their next meeting is 2/7. The address is 1762 Clark ave, Long Beach.
At this meting we switched things up a bit and had a 15 min. “social break” during the meeting. Members had a chance to mingle and chat during the meeting. At this meeting, we also gathered feedback from members on what you’d like to see from the guild this year, and things we can improve on. Thank you for supplying feedback, guild officers will take your comments into account when planning our events and meetings for 2017!
Our “icebreaker” at the meeting was: what are your quilting goals for 2017? We had so many great answers, here are some of them. If you didn’t make it to the meeting hopefully they will be an inspiration for the upcoming year of sewing and quilting.
Finish UFO’s — Learn How to Use a New Machine — Sew Your Stash — Make your Own Clothing — Sew More to Post More on Instagram — Downsize the Fabric Stash — Work Less and Sew More — Make Some of the Patterns You’ve Already Bought — Finish Pieced Tops — Take a Class — Quilt at Least a Little Bit Every Day — Watch All the Craftsy Classes You’ve Bought — Use FQ Bundles — Turn Quilting into a Career / Business
Lastly, check out these MQG Perks in January:
- There are new articles being published every month on the Resources page about modern quilting techniques and designs. https://community.themodernquiltguild.com/resources
- There are brand-new entertainment discounts available for all members — including on things like movie tickets, theme parks, resorts and more. https://community.themodernquiltguild.com/resources/member-discounts-save-exclusive-entertainment-travel-offers
See you at the sew-in on Feb 12 or our next meeting on Feb 23. Happy sewing!
This was our second year of doing the storybook challenge: Choose a children’s book and make a quilt based on the book. Once again, our guild members have really pulled out the stops and created beautiful, thoughtful quilts for the Pediatric Cancer center. The quilts were made for children baby to 18 years old.
Our members made 14 quilts for this challenge, with an additional 3 made during our Christmas parties from prior years.
Here are the lovely quilts (the maker and book name are in the photo caption):
And the winners! Tied for first place: Lisha’s Nature’s Beauty coloring book and Susie’s Put Me in the Zoo. Third place: Karen’s Neverwhere.
Thank you to the guild members who donated these lovely quilts and books.
Our November meeting was filled with sharing and our Storybook Challenge.
Sharon quilted “Old Blue,” a quilt she made in a workshop with Fiberworks. Bunnie drew inspiration from Cecile’s studio – Dresden Plates – and made “Grandma’s Garden.” The grouping represent her children’s family and her grandchildren. Gail finally used some stashed fabric from 1982 and made an adorable Bunny quilt. Karen A finished the top for her Aunt Louise, using suggestions regarding the background from the last meeting. She’s hoping to get it quilted in time for Christmas. Karen M (@cosmicquilting) shared a quilt from her client, where the quilting shows off the lovely applique.
We had 13 people participate in our annual philanthropy challenge – with 14 quilts/books. Thank you to everyone who participated and donated their quilts. To see al the quilts, please go to the Philanthropy 2016.
Winners! Lisha and Susie tied for first and Karen A came in third.
Tuesday, November 22 10 AM – 3 PMish: Meet Sandra at Michael Levine in LA for a fun filled day of fabric and notion shopping.
Sunday, December 3, 10 AM to 4 PM: Bias Tape Workshop with Latifah Saafir. The workshop is full. If you are signed up for the class, you should have received an email with the supply list. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, December 11, Noon to 4: Holiday Party! It’s potluck, so please bring a dish to pass. Non-staining beverages are welcome (white wine, Champagne/sparkling wine). If you’d like to participate in the Yankee Swap, please wrap 5 coordinating fat quarters (modern, quilt weight fabric). We will also do our annual Holiday philanthropy quilt (thank you, Susie, for coordinating this challenge), so get ready to sew.
At our September meeting, Janet solicited members’ knowledge on how they’ve approached making a T-Shirt Quilt. As usual, our members came through!
If you have a suggestion for making a t-shirt quilt, regarding design elements or construction, let us know in the comments.
- This quilt has t-shirts, stabilizer, batting, and backing.
- Use iron-on stabilizer on all tshirt material (Karen recommends Pellon SF101); this allows using a 1/4″ seam and makes the material feel like quilting grade fabric
- Save scraps from the t-shirts, in case gaps need to be filled between the blocks
- This quilt has t-shirts and flannel (it’s really soft)
- Instead of using interfacing and batting, sew flannel to the back of the t-shirt blocks
- To create a boarder around the t-shirt block, piece the blocks so the seam is on the t-shirt side. Sew seam allowance open and down – a flannel border with raw edges is now visible on the t-shirt side of the quilt
- This quilt used t-shirts, stabilizer, batting, and backing
- Use stabilizer
- This quilt used t-shirts, stabilizer, batting, backing, and pieced blocks from quilting material
- Use a block pattern that can easily be adjusted in size to fill in any weird spacing issues due to different t-shirt block sizes.
- This type of pattern allows the quilt to be customized to the owner’s color preferences
- If the t-shirt has a plastic-y decal, do not iron over it! It will melt. Iron around it.
- Check Pinterest for ideas. Shannon found a schematic for using different block sizes.
- Use unique features of the shirt – special tabs/buttons – in the quilt design
- Browse Craftsy for classes on making a t-shirt quilt
- If the quilt will be a wall hanging, use flannel instead of batting to lighten the quilt. press the seams open, if you have to piece the flannel to make it big enough.
Suggestions for Making it Modern
- Use all the same color t-shirts to create more negative space in the quilt
- Cut t-shirts into strips, circles, hexagons, etc and piece back together randomly
- Use different sized t-shirt blocks
- Use a few t-shirt blocks as part of the overall design of the quilt
For the month of September, we’re doing the Twizzle block by Buttons and Butterflys. (at time of post, this pattern is free from the Craftsy site)
@eyecandyquilts posted her version on Instagram and we decided this would be a fun skill builder block. How many of us have done half-rectangle triangle blocks? Hm?
Here are the blocks everyone made- and congratulations to Karen M on winning these blocks.
This month, we’ll be working on curves. But these are gentle curves.
Fabric provided by the guild is a light grey Kona solid (thank you, Karen for cutting and making templates). From your stash, use a brightly colored solid to coordinate.
Karen M. picked out this month’s block and was inspired by Verena’s simply colorful blog about her experience with a Quick Curve Ruler.
We had a ton of fun at this month’s meeting. T-Shirt Quilts, Show and Tell, Quilters Block, Block Lotto Fabulousness, Workshop Sign-Ups, changing of the guard….
Upcoming Events (see Calendar for more details):
10/9: Weekend Sew. Bring your projects or help us finish our QuiltCon Charity Quilt. A volunteer is needed to do the binding, once the quilting has been finsihed
10/15: We’ve been invited to celebrate LAMQG’s anniversary with quilt show and party at St. Andrew’s Luthern Church in Van Nuys, 5-9 PM
10/27: Monthly Guild Meeting. Same bat-time, same bat-place
11/17: Annual Philanthropy Challenge: Make a quilt that goes with a children’s book
12/3: Latifah Saafir’s Design Your Own Bias Tape workshop. See your email for details
12/11: OCMQG Holiday Party! Mark your calendars.
Call for Officers and Volunteers!
Our lovely officers are ready to pass the torch. They’ve done a wonderful job for us, but it’s time to let them sit back and enjoy. We’ve had some folks volunteer to step in their shoes:
Co-Presidents: Karen (behind the scenes stuff) and Bunny (lead the meetings)
Open: Membership Chairman/Secretary – Our guild is growing and we need help keeping track of our members. this role is responsible for keeping a list of members and maintaining OCQMG’s member’s access on the MQG mothership site.
Open: Occasional Event Lead – Have an idea for an event you would love to do with the guild? Or maybe there’s a charity near and dear to your heart that needs some quilty love? This position is a one-time-event (rather than year long) lead that would coordinate a specific event or charity drive. You’d be in charge of the event, calling for any additional helpers, and executing. (Think how Quilts for Pulse was done – everyone made a few blocks, but one person coordinated the gathering of materials and mailing to Orlando MQG).
Now the fun stuff…
Janet, our fearless leader, asked for folks to share their experiences with making T-Shirt quilts.
Trudy, Helene, Gail, Holly, Shannon, and Shelly all shared their awesome tips. Check out the TShirt Post under Resources – Quilt Tips.
There was much oooing and aahhhing over show and tell:
Mary Anne brought some lovely inherited pieced arcs to Quilters Block – What would you do with these pieces?
Janet is wondering if more quilting is needed in the medallions.
Twists! Everyone did such a lovely job on these half-rectangle blocks in Halloween colors. Congrats to Karen M for winning this month’s blocks.
October’s Block Lotto is “Confetti.” Check the Block Lotto page for information on this month’s block.
Please recommend a block and colors for the upcoming months – See any of our officers for suggestions.
Random Give Aways…
Thank you to Cecile for donating a lovely Fat Quarter bundle (which Karen A forgot to photo…sorry Cecile!)
First, Apologies for the lateness of this post! This month’s Block Lotto is a nine-patch that’s a PLUS!
Material from your stash: neutral low volume
Finished block size: 12″
Option 1: Low Volume Cross
From purple: cut 4-41/2″ Squares
From low volume neutral: cut 5 – 41/2″ Squares – 0r 4 – 41/2″ squares
Make three rows:
Row 1: Sew Purple – Neutral – Purple
Row 2: Sew Neutral – Purple – Neutral
Row 3: Sew Neutral – Purple – Neutral
Connect Row 1 to Row 2
Connect Row 2 to Row 3
Finished block should measure 12″
To make the cross with Purple cross, reverse directions
Build by Strip Sets: Missouri Star YouTube Tutorial
Purple: 3 strips: 4.5″ x 13.5″
Low Volume Neutral: 3 strips: 4.5″ x 13.5″
Strip Set 1: Purple – Neutral – Purple
Strip Set 2: Neutral – Purple – Neutral
Cut each strip set into three units 4.5″ wide
Arrange the strips so they look like a checker board. Sew 3 units together to make the block.
What a great turn out for our 18 x 18 mini quilt challenge! We had 11 entries.
Congratulations to our first place winner – Irene, our second place winner – Karen, and our third place winner – Dawn.
Our November Thanksgiving Challenge
This is our annual philanthropy challenge! Create a quilt inspired by a children’s book or make a quilt and find a children’s book. Due at our November meeting – November 17th (the third Thursday of the month due to the Thanksgiving Holiday). All books and quilts will be donated to www.PCRF-Kids.org. Please share with us as you work on it via social media with #storybookchallenge16. Post coming out soon with more details.
Blocks for Orlando
Thank you to our members who have donated blocks, tops, quilting, and binding: Gail, Morgan, Kathy S, Cathy M, Karen M, Karen A, and Susan M.
We are continuing to collect blocks and quilts for Orlando (see dates below for deadlines). Karen Miller of Cosmic Quilting has agreed to quilt any quilt for Orlando (please bring batting and batting). Thanks for Susan M. for agreeing to bind the almost done quilts.
8/14: Unfinished quilts are due at the August Sew (8/14). This includes blocks, binding, backing. Karen A. needs to ship these out on 8/15.
8/14: Tops to be quilted need to be given to Karen Miller no later than the August Sew (8/14)
8/25: Finished quilts are due at the August Meeting (8/25). This means you’ll need to coordinate with Karen Miller to get the top and bind the quilt.
QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt
Look at the wonderful word blocks that have come back from our volunteers! We will be gathering at Schoolhouse Classroom & Meeting Space (23011 Moulton Parkway, A-15, Laguna Hills) on August 14th, Noon-4 PM to determine block placement and start on quilt assembly.
You are welcome to participate, even if you have not worked on a word.
Demo – Continuous Bias Binding (with a rotary cutter!)
Thank you Karen A. for your amazing demo of continuous bias binding! We appreciate you passing on your knowledge to the group. If there is something you would like to demo – please let us know. We enjoy sharing knowledge.
Instructions will be up on the resources page shortly.
Octagon Shimmer Make up Class
For anyone who has taken the Octagon Shimmer class with Cecile – here is an opportunity to get help finishing your project. Cecile will be holding a makeup class on August 28th for free from 10 to 4 in Bunnie’s clubhouse in Newport Hills. There is a 12 person limit so if you are interested, please contact Cecile directly to sign up at email@example.com
Free Quilting and Sewing Classes
Thank you Sandra for joining us at our meeting to share with us the opportunity of free classes at the Orange campus of Santiago Community College. If you are interested please contact Sandra at Sandrajohnsondesigns@gmail.com. The quilting classes are on Tuesday and the Sewing Classes are on Wednesday from 4 pm to 9 pm. It’s at no cost except for the $2.00 parking fee.
For more information, when it becomes available: Older Adult Programs (“older” meaning older than 18 years)
Creative Webinar: Definition Modern Quilt with Mary Fons
Road to California
The Road is looking for volunteers for the 2017 event. Check out their website for more information.
Show and Tell and Going Green
Thanks to everyone for the show and tell of all those amazing quilts. Keep them coming. And big thanks to Molly for all the fabric she shared with the group.
Next Sew: Sunday, August 14th at Cosmic Quilting
Next Meeting: Thursday August 25th at 6:30 pm at Cosmic Quilting
Open Studio: Cecile’s studio will be open prior to our meeting on Thursdays from 4 to 6. Be sure to stop by while you are in the area to pick up some really good fabric. Cecile’s Studio is located just around the corner from our meeting at 23181 Verdugo Dr. Suite 102 Laguna Hills, CA 92653
See you soon!