November 2016 Meeting

Our November meeting was filled with sharing and our Storybook Challenge.

Sharing Finishes:

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.

Storybook Challenge:

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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 ocmodernquiltguild@gmail.com.

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.

September 2016 Meeting

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)

Secretary: Dawn

Treasurer: Shelly

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…

T-Shirt Quilts!

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:

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Mary Anne brought some lovely inherited pieced arcs to Quilters Block – What would you do with these pieces?

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Janet is wondering if more quilting is needed in the medallions.

Block Lotto

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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.

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Photo, piecing, and quilting by Verena at einfach bunt…

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!)

July 2016 Meeting

Welcome to our new members and big thank yous to Cecile for opening her studio for pre-meeting shopping (Sewing Party) and to Karen (Schoolhouse Sewing and Cosmic Quilting) for our new meeting home!

Challenge Winner

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

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2015’s Story Book Challenge Quilt Entries

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.

Block Lotto


Congratulations to Kathy Chevalier for winning the Block Lotto!!  Look for instruction to this month’s block lotto via our blog.

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.

Important Dates:

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

Shellie’s Shimmer Block from 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 eunsoo50@gmail.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

https://community.themodernquiltguild.com/content/creative-webinar-definition-modern-quilt-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.

Upcoming events

Next Sew:  Sunday, August 14th at Cosmic Quilting
Next Meeting:  Thursday August 25
th 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!

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

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

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.