Navigating the Mother Ship (or how to find stuff on The MQG site)

Hi, All – At the last meeting, there was a question regarding where to find links to the latest webinar on The MQG website. And then there were questions on how to navigate through the site…

First some quick links you may find helpful:

Mary Fons’s Webinar, “Definition: Modern Quilting” This was fabulous. Worth at least two viewings

The MQG free Quilt of the Month Patterns (member Mary Anne found inspiration for a surf themed quilt from Nov 2014 QoM Plumage)

List of past webinars

Here’s a short How-to-Find-Stuff on The MQG website.

Tip #1: Log in. When you joined the OCMQG, you should have received information on how to sign into The MQG.

Tip #2: When you first “land” on the site, there’s a menu along the top of the site. Hover over the menu word to see what’s included. For example, if you hover over Education, you’ll see Events, Teacher & Lecturer Directory, Blog, and Resources. If you hover over Events, you’ll see QuiltCon East, QuiltConWest, Webinars Future, Webinars Past, and Calendar

Tip #3: Once you’ve clicked a menu item, scroll down. Under Events, the top portion looks like it’s only a list of events. If you scroll down, you’ll see links to past webinars

Tip #4: Be patient and be prepared to click on every menu item to find what you’re looking for….(possibly have your beverage of choice handy)

Tip #5: BE AWARE THAT ONCE YOU LOG IN AND GO INTO COMMUNITY, THE MENU CHANGES.

Notes on The MQG landing page:

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Screenshot of MQG landing page
  1. About: Basic answers about what The MQG is all about
  2. Education: The education landing page shows upcoming events, then past webinars
    1. Events:
      1. QuiltCon East: Takes you to the QuiltCon East website
      2. QuiltCon West: Takes you to the QuiltCon West website
      3. Webinars Future: Take you to the Events Page
      4. Webinars Past: Takes you to the Resources Page, but only if you’re logged in
      5. Calendar: Takes you to the calendar page
  3. Design
  4. Community: This is where the menu changes, if you’re logged in. See below.
  5. Sponsors
  6. Shop
  7. Join

Notes on the Community Site:

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Screenshot of the Community landing page
  1. Home: This does NOT take you back to the MQG site. It takes you to the home page of Community
  2. Galleries: Photos of pretty modern quilts. 😀
  3. Events: This is DIFFERENT than the one under Education. This is a list of upcoming events (oddly, from most future event to most near event) and includes webinars and other guild events (if the guild posts their events through The MQG site; OCMQG does not)
  4. Groups: List of modern guilds
  5. Forums: Place to ask and answer questions.
  6. Resources: Links to Quilt of the Month, Past Webinars, Webinars for Businesses, Materials for guild officers, Annual Reports

Benefits of MQG: Webinars

Last week, we posted about MQG’s pattern of the month as one of the “perks” to belonging to The MQG mother-ship. This week, we bring you WEBINARS.

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About once a month, the MQG hosts a webinar on a topic related to quilting – Creative and Business. Past Creative Webinar topics have included Social MediaBeing True to Your Inner Quilt Artist, Alternate Gridwork, and many others.  They are done by people who are involved in the quilting world – business owners and artists – and they share their knowledge about how to start your own quilt related business to tips on color theory.

There’s one coming up in March 22nd, Freedom from Perfection and Procrastination with Amy Marson (publisher of C&T Publishing). Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 6.08.58 PM.pngFind upcoming webinars from The MQG home page under EVENTS.  This information can also be found on this blog under MQG Calendar, which is linked to MQG’s calendar (tech magic). To sign up, just go to the event, click on the webinar you’re interested in, and click on the REGISTER HERE! button. Let us know if you’ve tried these and what you’ve learned (at our next meeting, on our FB Group, or in the comments below)

So, now that you want to see what they are all about, how do you know when they are scheduled and how do you get to view past episodes? Why, just log into The MQG site with your user name and password (you should have received instructions on getting these when you initially joined OCMQG). Then click on COMMUNITY. Then RESOURCES. On this page, you’ll see a list of topics.

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 6.01.12 PMFrom here, you can click on Creative Webinars to see the list of creative topics OR click on Business Webinars to see the list of business topics.

 

Benefits of MQG: Free Patterns!

One of the questions that’s routinely asked by new members (and current ones) is: What are the benefits of belonging to The MQG through OCMQG?

Besides member discounts for QuiltCon (future post), every month a new pattern is released to MQG members. These patterns are designed by active modern quilters, many of whom have their own quilting businesses.

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If you remember to sign up for the MQG monthly newsletter, you should also be receiving a link to the latest pattern mid-month. This month’s pattern is Meeting of the Geese by Sylvia Schaefer.

Let us know if you’ve made a quilt using one of these patterns – comment below or post to Instagram with #ocXXXMQGpattern (where XXX is the month – jan, feb, etc).

Didn’t sign up for the newsletter? Forgot to download a previous month’s pattern?

Fear not! Help is on the way…

  1. Go to the MQG website and login (login is in upper right hand corner)
  2. Click on COMMUNITYScreen Shot 2016-02-08 at 6.38.08 PM
  3. Click on RESOURCESScreen Shot 2016-02-08 at 6.38.44 PM.png
  4. Under Table of Contents, click on 1. Click Here for Quilt of the Month PatternsScreen Shot 2016-02-08 at 6.39.52 PM.png
  5. You should now see a list of links to patterns, newest patterns first. Click on the pattern you want.
  6. Click on the link to the .pdf file (yes, there’s a lot of clicking involved)Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 6.41.43 PM.png
  7. Et Viola! The pattern should open up in a new page. Once it’s finished opening, you should be able to save it to your computer or other drive (dropbox, google drive, etc). You can also print it out, if you wish. Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 6.53.44 PM.png