September 2018 “Artful August” Challenge

Our “Artful August” Challenge was pushed back to September! Check out our winners below.

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The Winner’s Circle! Gail won 1st, Ann won 2nd, and Ruth won 3rd
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Handmade prize ribbons
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Ruth’s
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Back of Ruth’s quilt
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Ann’s quilt was inspired by Gustav Klimt
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Gail’s quilt was inspired by David Hockney
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Vicki’s quilt was inspired by stained glass windows
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Ann’s quilt was inspired by the LA skyline
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Susan’s quilt was inspired the women’s movement
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Julie’s quilt was inspired by American Gothic
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Bunnie made this quilt at a workshop

November 2017 Hawthorne Supply Co. Charity Challenge

We announced the challenge for the November Philanthropy Quilt at the July meeting. We received many samples of digitally printed fabric from Hawthorne Threads who kindly donated these to the guild. The challenge is to design a quilt using the digitally printed fabric as inspiration, and to also incorporate it into the quilt. We also handed out Hawthorne Threads’s social media info for members to tag them on social media.The rules for the challenge were:

-Create a quilt in a size between baby (30 x 40) up to a twin (70 x 90)
-The quilt must be complete: quilted, bound, and labelled
-Design should be inspired by a Hawthorne Threads Digitally Printed Fabric and should include the fabric in the quilt top.
-If you are sharing your progress on social media, please include #hawthornethreads and #ocmqg in your comments along with your photo.

We had 13 participants for this month’s challenge!! Our new philanthropy chairwoman, Ann A., has chosen Orangewood Foundation to receive the beautiful quilts that were made. The Orangewood Foundation provides a safe haven for the foster children of Orange County. They also have a program for emancipated minors to help them successfully achieve their independence. The larger quilts that were made will be donated to that endeavor in conjunction with the Ambassador’s program that provides the resources for this worthy cause. Thank you to all of our members who participated and thanks to Ann for working to get the quilts to this worthwhile charity.

Our winners received gift certificates to Hawthorne Threads. Winners were:

First place: Barbara Knapp
Second place: Susie Johnson
Third Place: Mary O’Bannon

If you haven’t done so, please post a pic of your finished quilt on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #ocmqg and #hawthornethreads.

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July 2017 WIP Challenge

We had so many BEAUTIFUL entries for our July Challenge! Our winners were:

1st place: Sandy $75 gift card!
2nd place: Bunnie $50 gift card!
3rd place: Sandra J. $35 gift card!

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The winner!

Our prizes for this challenge were gift certificates from Superbuzzy.com in Ventura.

November 2016 Book Challenge

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.

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