OCMQG 2017 Holiday Party!

Our 2017 Holiday Party was a hit! Julie hosted the party at her home and members brought potluck dishes to share. 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 5 fat quarters with a theme of modern, quilting weight fabrics that coordinate together. 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!

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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QuiltCon 2017 – Charity Quilt Challenge

It’s that time of year again – planning and piecing our entry for the QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge – 2017. Susan Manson is our fearless leader for this project (thank you, Susan!).

We’d like the quilt to go to an Orange County female veteran – Please contact Susan if you know a woman who is an US Veteran and is from the area.

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Google Image Search on Modern Word Quilt

The challenge is playing with scale. We’ll be doing a word quilt in Kona Silver, Kona Yarrow, and Kona Ultra Marine. Our members voted and this is the quote that will be pieced into the quilt:

Be bold. Be brave. Listen to your heart.
Live the life you’ve always imagined.
– Thoreau

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Google Search on Word Quilt

Important Dates: 

July 10, Monthly Sew: If you’ve signed up to make a word and haven’t started, why not come to the sew to work on it and see what others are doing?

July 28, Guild Meeting: Finished Words are due. Completed words can be turned in any time before this meeting.

August 14, Monthly Sew: Quilt Assembly begins. If you were not able to make a block, but would like to help with assembly, please join us!

Making words:

Volunteers signed up to take specific words in the quote at the May meeting. If you want to be an Angel (someone who can make a word if one of the volunteers cannot), please let Susan know. Because life happens (quilting injuries, family is always fun, work gets in the way) and someone may not be able to make their word.

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Needle in a Fabric Stash pull of blenders to work with our colors

Our colors are Kona Yarrow, Silver and Ultramarine. Only closely coordinating solids are permitted.

 

If unsure or have any questions, take a pic and send to Susan. (susanperrymanson@gmail.com)

Letters in the word(s) can be pieced or appliquéd. Thread play is welcome, but please no embellishments such as beads, since the quilt will be long arm quilted. Words can be between 3” to 24” long. Please use your judgement on height, keeping in mind that the quilt is a twin.

Words can use any 2 colors or any 3 colors. Matching fabrics may be used as long as they read as a solid of Silver, Yarrow, or Ultra Marine. Mix it up! There’s no guideline on which of the three color(s) should be the background or make up the letter.

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Designed and pieced by Kathy Schwager, OCMQG Member

 

Please save your scraps (solids and coordinating fabrics) and bring to the August sew. We may want to make “filler blocks” using the same fabrics used to make the words.

Share your progress on Facebook / Instagram: hashtags: #ocmqg #quiltconcharity2017

HAPPY SEWING!

PS: Life happens! If you find you are unable to complete your word, please contact Susan as soon as possible so we can get fabrics to another member to make the block.

Resources:

Pat Sloan: Free Pieced Alphabet from Moda

Quilters Cache: Alphabet Pattern

Shiny Happy World: Shiny Happy Alphabet

Patchery Menagerie: Is for Alphabet

Craftsy: Name Quilts

Examples of Word Quilts Quilted Letters and Word Quilts