March Opportunities

The year is moving right along. We have our March Sewcial this Sunday, March 14 from 10 am to 3 pm. Join the Show and Tell at 1 pm. Just stick yourself in and say hello. We would love to hear how you are doing and what quilty things you might be up to.

Our next meeting is the last Thursday, March 25 at 6:30 pm. We are so grateful that everyone is hanging on with our Zoom meetings. We look forward to seeing you. Maybe you will win a door prize?

Look for zoom links in your email. If you know someone who would like to attend, have them reach out in our email, for a link.

Our Challenge, Alternative Gridwork inspired by Amy Friend, has begun and the entries can be accepted from March 25 until April 16. Voting begins shortly afterwards. You can participate with something as small as 18″ on the sides. Prizes will be given during the April meeting for Best Representation of Alternative Gridwork, Best Modern Design and Member’s Choice. Amy Friend’s website is for inspirtation.

Credit for above image- Image by ju Irun from Pixabay

February Meeting Tonight

Hopefully, you have received your zoom link. We will have lot’s of catching up to do. What did you think of Quiltcon? What have you been working on? Learn what workshops are coming up and you can sign up for the May workshop with Cindy Grisdela. See you tonight!!

Quiltcon Meetup

It’s true, we decided to add a signature cocktail for our Quiltcon Cocktail Hour on Friday, February 19 at 6:30 pm. Of course, you don’t have to drink and certainly, this is a zoom meetup, NO driving. Please join us just to say hello to some familiar and hopefully some new faces to share what is going on these days. We can share excitement about Quiltcon or anything else that you might want to talk about. We have learned we are social animals and need contact. If you have not received the zoom link in your email, please reach out at We welcome those from other guilds or anyone interested in saying hi! (Please do have an identifying name in your zoom sign on.)

February Happenings

In this short sweet month we will pack in all the usual fun. Our Sunday Sewcial by Zoom is this Sunday, February 14 from 10 am to 3 pm. Please show us what you have been up to at our 1 pm Show and Tell. Our Guild meeting will be February 25, the usual, last Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm. Between those two dates, many of our members will be enjoying Quiltcon Together in the comfort of their sweatpants. We will share notes at our Guild meeting but we may also have a Quiltcon weekend meetup. Keep an eye out in your email.

Our next Quarterly Challenge has been announced. Our theme is Alternate Gridwork as presented by our January speaker, Amy Friend. Submissions begin March 25 and close April 16. Winners will be announced at our April meeting. The minimum size is 18″ on one side. You can do this! There is plenty of time. Our Challenges are always so interesting and full of amazing work. Please don’t hesitate to participate.

Please continue to let us know how we can be the best guild for you. Check out our events page for upcoming workshops. 2021 is full of promise!

Forgive me for using my own quilt for this illustration- @snailsews

Workshops for Everyone, 2021

Quilt by Amy Friend

At our January meeting, Susie and Mary let us know about great workshops throughout the rest of the year.

March 7- Amy Friend: Designing Paper Pieced Curves. Zoom meetup. Registration open now. $60 for members, $70 non members if available.

May 23- Cindy Grisdela: Improv Puzzle Blocks. Zoom meetup. Registration will open February 25 (our next meeting). $60 for members, $70 for non members if available.

July 18- Marge Tucker: Modern Log Cabin. Zoom meetup. Registration will open April 29. $60 for members, $70 for non members if available.

September 12- Libs Elliott: Improv with Dynamic Stripes. Zoom meetup. Registration will open May 27. $60 for members, $70 for non members if available.

CANCELLED——-November 7- Jean Impey: Spiderweb Quilt. This will be an in person workshop if possible. Stay tuned.

November 14- Daisy Aschehoug: Giant Nested Curves. Zoom meetup
Registration will open July 29. $60 for members, $70 for non members if available.

January Meeting Fun

We enjoyed a great lecture from Amy Friend. Check out her work at her website . She is also offering us a discount on purchases for a limited time, please reach out if you don’t see it in the email. Now you can be inspired to make something for our spring challenge based on her talk, Alternate grids.

Great news on finances, OCMQG merchandise, workshops and more. So glad that so many of you made it to this meeting. It makes a difference. I will be posting additional information about workshops in the next post. You should also have more detailed minutes in your email.

Orangewood Drive a great Success!

Our generous guild was able to donate 32 bags of toiletries to Orangewood after our December Driveway meetup. I understand the staff at Orangewood was so surprised and grateful. We also donated 23 book quilts! Other quilts were also donated this year including a drive for baby quilts. We hope to keep this generosity going in 2021. We have opportunities to make Charity quilts, quilt already made tops, continue to collect toiletries and more. Special thanks to Sheri and Diane for all the hard work they put into coordinating these projects. We couldn’t have done it without you!

January Events

We made it to 2021! Already this Sunday, January 10 is our first Sewcial. It is from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Zoom information has been sent to your email. If you have any questions, please reach out at

Jacquie Gering Workshop is coming up soon. It is on January 17. If you are signed up, you will have received information. I think this workshop is sold out but you can inquire at our email above.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at our first meeting of the year, Thursday, January 28. We are lucky to have a guest speaker, Amy Friend. She will also present a workshop in March that you can sign up for now.

Please remember to renew your membership as soon as possible. We can accept paypal payments and checks. Please reach out in an email if you need more details. Quilt on!!

Sign up now for Amy Friend Workshop

Email if you would like a spot at the Amy Friend workshop on March 7, 2021. The cost for members is just $60. (Not open at this time for non members, check at beginning of February or contact us.) It is a day long virtual workshop. Her website is

This is her description of the workshop: Designing Paper Pieced Curves

“I love designing paper pieced curves. In this workshop, I will lead you through a series of exercises where you will design 6 paper pieced blocks, each with a different type of curve. Because you will be drawing your own blocks, everyone’s finished piece will be unique! We will also learn about modern quilt layouts that include negative space and alternate grid work. Using our paper pieced curves, negative space and alternate gridwork, we’ll each create an 18″ mini quilt or pillow cover. “

Holly Jolly Fun

Those that were able to make it to our December swap meet really enjoyed catching up. There were raffle items, block lotto exchanges, our toiletries drive for Orangewood, masks by Dawn and a look at our fantastic Quiltcon at Home quilt for 2021. It made us all hopeful for the coming year. So many wonderful quilty friends! Our next swap meet up will probably be in the Spring.