June 2016 Meeting

Thank you to everyone who came to our June meeting including our 9 guests!!  Welcome our new members Irene, Janet, Laura, and Lucinda!  We are excited to have you all. Looking forward to you sharing your quilts in the future.

We were so excited to have our first meeting at the new Cosmic Quilting!!!  Karen was so kind to let us meet there considering she had just moved in that day.  She shared with me her vision of the new studio.  AND we are excited to announce, after actively searching for a place to meet for months– Karen has agree to let us meet there permanently!!  We have a new home for the Orange County Modern Quilt Guild.  We are growing each month and the space will be invaluable.  THANK YOU – KAREN!

Please follow us on on Facebook (FB) at OrangeCounty Modern Quilt Guild and Instagram (IG) at @OCMQG for the most current information (plus sharing of pretties from around the MQG and the world).

Help us find your quilty photo shares on IG by using Hashtags – #. Karen monitors these # often to find pretty and interesting things to share. (She loves seeing what OCMQG peeps are making!)

  • #ocmqg #mqg #modernquilts
  • #quilts  #quilting #quiltguild

If you’d like to help with social media – writing an article or tutorial for our blog or finding events/photos/tutorials to share, taking pictures at our meetings – please contact Karen at aalders.karen@gmail.com.

Block Lotto!

Shellie with her blocks! (block design by mollie_sparkles)

Congratulations to Shellie for winning the May Block Lotto!!!  And we are looking forward to see the improvisational blocks for June at next month’s meeting. Here are the instructions for those who signed up on our blog or Crosscut Blocks by A Quilters Table for more tips on block construction. Can’t wait to see who wins!  If anyone has suggestions for a future month’s block lotto, please let us know.  We are looking for ideas. If you’d like to participate in next’s month’s lotto, it only costs a $1 / block (we provide some material).

Quilts for Pulse

Above tops and blocks were done using Cluck Cluck Sew’s 10″ Heart Block 

Please keep those blocks and quilts coming for Blocks for Orlando project.  See our blog article for more information on the project and blocks.   Karen A will be collecting blocks at the next sew (7/10) and the July 28th meeting.  If you have a completed top, please bring to Karen Miller as she has offered to quilt any completed quilt for free. Additionally, if you have batting, backing or binding to donate, they are accepting that as well.  Thank you for your time and energy – Love is Love is Love! 

QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge

“Listen” Block by Bunnie

Thanks Susan for the update on the 2017 Quilt Con Charity Quilt!  Thank you Bunnie for sharing your work “Listen,” which looks amazing. Reminder: Words are due to Susan at this month’s sew or the July meeting.  If you can’t make either, please be sure get them to Susan some other way.  Additionally, if you have any leftover fabric, please bring it to the July meeting.  Be sure to join us at the August sew to help design and put together the quilt!  For more information, please see our blog post QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt Challenge.

Show off your mad quilty SKILLZ

We are looking for individuals who would like to demo a technique at an upcoming meeting.  What can you share with the group? Tips on block construction, binding, label making, appliqué, precise cutting, improv, fun with colors, pillow making, bag making, how to find swaps on-line, etc…we’d love to see it!

🔔 Reminders:

·         The challenge is due at the July 28 meeting!

·         The Weekend Sew is scheduled for July 10, 2016 at Cosmic Quilting 12 to 4.

·         See you our next meeting, July 28th, 2016 at Cosmic Quilting

Written by Lisa, with edits/additions by Karen

May 2016 Block Lotto

May’s Block Lotto is a pattern from Molli Sparkles, called Jagged Little Pill.

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Jagged Little Pill Block by Shelli (photo by @kroqnk9)

The guidelines:

Use Kona Steel provided as the background and choose fabrics from your stash that coordinate with Kona Red and Kona Aqua.

Cutting instructions and block construction can be found on Molli Sparkles Tutorial Page.

Bring your finished block to the next guild meeting on June 30th!

Show your progress / finished block on Instagram or Facebook: #ocmqg #jaggedlittlepillblock #blocklotto

If you would like to participate in the next lotto, please bring $1 for fabric to the next meeting. Send ideas for the next block to ocmodernquiltguild@gmail.com.

Happy Sewing!

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Instagram image and quilt by @molli_sparkles: You Learn quilt using Jagged Little Pill Block

 

April 2016 Meeting

Wow! What a great meeting. Thank you, Cecil, for lending us your space for the night.

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The meeting kicked off with Who Inspired YOU? Quilters are inspired by the things they see, hear, touch, and by the people they come into contact with. Our members are inspired by the following people….who inspires you to create quilts?

Quilt Group, Family, Mom, Grandmother, and Friends

Elizabeth HartmanCecile ChoiJacquie GeringKaffe Fassett , Gwen Marston,  Julie HermanJean Impey, Ursula KernAnna Marie HornerNancy Crow,
Allison HarrisBoo DavisCarolyn Frielander, Sherri Lynn Wood

QuiltCon Charity Quilt 2017 – Playing with Scale

The Challenge rules are out and posted. This year’s challenge is playing with scale – making blocks really BIG or very tiny or combining different sizes of the same blocks to create an overall theme and pattern. At least three colors need to be used from the color palette below. Full details will be on a future post. We are looking for someone to coordinate – Please email ocmodernquiltguild@gmail.com if you’re interested!

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Block Lotto – First Round!

Janet has pulled together our first round of block lotto! The block on the left is our first block and fabric was distributed at our April Meeting. If you would like to participate in the next round, the block on the right is May’s block. It costs $1/block to participate – money will be used to purchase fabrics for the next round. Details can be found on our Block Lotto page.

May Monthly Sew – May 15th – ROAD TRIP!

We’ll be doing a road trip to Sew Modern in LA on May 15th. Watch your email for more details!

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

May 15: QuiltCon 2017 Super Volunteer Applications Open

May 19: MQG Webinar – English Paper Piecing

June 4 & 5: Fantasea of Quilts at Soka University. Tickets are $10

June 15: Deadline for Entries to Modern Quilts – Redesigning Traditions

July 31: Deadline for Entries to LA Quilt Show

April 2016 Block Lotto

At April’s meeting, we introduced Block Lotto.

Here’s how it works: We provide some/all of the fabric (quilt cotton quality) and you pay $1 for each block’s worth of fabric. You make the block and bring it to the next meeting, then names will be drawn to see who gets all the blocks!

Big Thank YOU! to our President, Janet, for pulling the directions together and making the sample blocks.

Here are the  fabric choice guide lines  and directions for making the blocks.

April Block Lotto – Flip Flop Block

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March 2016 Meeting

Here’s the recap from March’s Meeting.

Once again we had a great turnout for our March meeting – Thank you to Cecile for hosting us at the Sewing Party! (Reminder – The Sewing Party Studio Open House is always the 2nd Saturday of the month – Next one on May 14)

Block Lotto

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Snapshot of Block Lotto Gallery

We talked about the Block Lotto – and passed around an interest list.  If you weren’t able to make it to the meeting and would like to participate, please let us know.  We will have fabric at our April meeting, a block to make – those participating bring a $1 for every block you want to enter.  And in May – we will draw for all the blocks and hopefully someone will walk away with a quilt. (photo above is from Block Lotto Gallery and shows what you can do with the blocks!) 

Congrats to our March Challenge Winners

Left: 1st Place went to Shellie Rancilio for a Modern Star and Modern Log Cabin Combo. Middle: 2nd Place went to Kathy Schwager
Right: 3rd Place went to Gail Sevilla

July Challenge

Our July Challenge is an 18″x18″ Mini Quilt. It must be modern and it can be anything you want. Please see the Challenge Page for more details. Looking forward to seeing all the wonderful Mini Quilts!

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QuiltCon 2016 Charity Quilt

We decided as a group to donate our QuiltCon Charity quilt to PCRF – Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation!  Thank you Susan for assisting us in getting our quilt to this amazing organization.

Give Aways!

Gail and Kathy were double winners! Thank you to JayBird Quilts for donating some beautiful patterns and to Art Gallery for donating fabric.

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

Our Social Chair (Butterfly) Margie brought us a lot of great information from fellow guilds (thank you, Margie!)

Our next Sew is at Cosmic Quilting on April 10 – that’s a week from today.

Our next Meeting is on April 28th at Charrisse Consign Design

Looking forward to see everyone soon and Keep on Quilting.

February 2016 Monthly Meeting

What a great meeting! We had about 25-30 people and a few new members have signed up! Welcome, ladies. We also had a wonderful new meeting space at Charrisse Consign Design in Laguna Niguel – thank you, Charrisse!
Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 6.14.38 AM.pngHens and Chickens, an auxiliary of the Golden State College Foundation, came by to show us their opportunity quilt. They are raising funds for the college – past giving has gone to scholarships and campus improvements.

This is the opportunity quilt – It’s 88″ x 103″ and was designed, constructed, and quilted by the members of Hens and Chickens. Tickets on the drawing of this quilt are available through any Hens & Chickens member or can be purchased through the Golden West College Foundation (714) 895 8316 ($1 for 1, $5 for 6)

Helen did a great demo showing us her One Block Wonder (stack and whack) quilts and how she created them. She really enjoys how you don’t really know what the blocks/rows will look like until after you’ve pieced them together. She is sometimes surprised out certain colors in the fabric will “pop” in the quilt when this method of cutting and piecing is used. Thank you, Helen!

We then moved onto SHOW AND TELL, which lasted the entire night. Pictures are up on our Instagram and Facebook; details will be coming out shortly on each of the photos. Get ready for an overshare on the feeds. Here are a few of the lovelies!

Other Announcements:

We now have a Facebook group called OCMQG Quilters. This is a closed group for our members only, so please keep what’s in the group in the group. Click on “Join” and you should be accepted within 24 hours.

March 13th: Weekend Sew at Cosmic Quilting. Bring whatever project you’re working on.

March 22nd: The MQG is having a free webinar: Freedom from Perfection & Procrastination. This is FREE if you are an OCMQG member; log into the MQG site and sign up!

June 16th-19th / June 23rd-26th: Southern California Quilter’s Run

QuiltCon 2017: If you’re thinking about going, now is the time to get hotel reservations if you want to be close to the convention center. Please check the website for hotel blocks and room rates. Also note that Savannah is pedestrian friendly, so if you’d like to walk or bike to the convention center, you can do that!

June 1: QuiltCon 2017 Catalog is published. Figure out what classes you want to take and make a list of backup options.

June 15: Deadline for quilt entries. Ontario Museum of Art and History is accepting entries for their “Modern Quilts: Redesigning Traditions” show, which starts on December 1, 2016.  Please contact Georganna Hawley for applications and addition information (ghawley@ontairo.ca.gov)

June 25: QuiltCon 2017 Member Registration opens. KNOW WHAT CLASSES YOU WANT TO TAKE.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR. SET AN ALARM. Popular classes fill up fast.

Modern Star and Modern Log Cabin Challenge

The OCMQG holds a challenge once a quarter for its members to show off their creativity and have some fun. See the Challenges Page for our current challenge and challenge details.

For the first quarter 2016, the challenge is about taking a traditional state star block or log cabin block and making it modern.

Take 30 seconds and think about / write down what “making it modern” means to you.

Below are images from Google Image searches on “California Star Quilt Blocks” and “Log Cabin Quilt Blocks” – which are showing mostly traditional ways of creating the blocks.

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How can the modern aesthetic be brought to these blocks to create a modern quilt? Well, first – what the heck defines a quilt as “modern?” This question is hotly debated and is as controversial as “should you prewash your fabrics?”

Basically, modern quilting has no rules. The individual quilter decides what rules to follow or not follow. For example, in traditional quilting, there’s usually a standard sized block that is repeated in rows and columns, has one or more borders, and uses traditional fabrics.

What rules do you “break” or “bend” when translating traditional into modern?

One way to make the block modern is to use a solid “background” fabric to create negative space and to use modern patterned fabrics (right) or to use only solid fabrics (left).

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Made in 2013 by an OCMQG member

Another way is to super size the block and show off one block or a part of the block. The quilt to the right is a traditional block called Ohio Star. The OCMQG member who made this blew up the block to the size of the quilt and used saturated solid fabrics.

These three example all use precise measuring and piecing, but move away from the traditional in the fabric choice and block size.

Other ways to make it modern:

  1. Use only scissors to cut the block pieces (no rotary cutters or rulers)
  2. Make the pattern “wonky.” In a log cabin, the sides of each strip are usually parallel to each other – What would it look like if they weren’t? What happens when a star block made with 60 degree triangles now has triangles that vary between 45 degrees and 90 degrees?
  3. Use “found” fabric. Old jeans, ties, button down shirts, slacks, bedsheets, towels, curtains can all be used to make a quilt. How do different fabric types affect the look and feel of the quilt?
  4. Create blocks and align them so a large amount of negative space is created

Join the conversation – Tell us your favorite ways of making traditional patterns into your version of “modern.”

Follow our hash tags for this challenge on Instagram #ocmodernstar and #ocmodernlc

OCMQG 2014 Holiday Party

This year’s holiday party was hosted at Bunnie’s home. Each year at the holiday party, we take time to sew a quilt together which will be donated to charity. We also had a Yankee Swap of handmade items. The handmade items included mini quilts, bags, aprons, and more! Our holiday parties are always fun opportunities to get to know fellow guild members better while celebrating the joy of the season. Here are pics from this year’s amazing party!

2014 Philanthropy Recap

(written by Lisa Handley, 2014 Philanthropy Chair)

Once again- I want to thank you everyone for their philanthropy efforts this year.  It was a great year!  

To recap, in March we presented over 25 quilts to Casa Teresa for those in need of a temporary home and on-going support for pregnant women who are alone.

Thanks to Janet and our members for all of your hard work over the prior 18 months to delivery such beautiful quilts to these mothers.    

From March through Oct, we worked hard to hit a goal – our goal was to have quilts ready for the holidays for those in need.  And WE DID IT! We completed 32 quilts in a very short time and 3 local organizations benefited from our efforts – Women’s Transitional Living, Inc., Interval House and Human Options.

Each of these organizations help those affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse.

I am grateful to each and everyone of you for your participation.

XOXO

Lisa