Quilting Tools

We all need tools to work our quilting magic. Please leave a comment with the tool you use the most!

Bias Binder Calculator: Ever wonder how big to make your square to make bias binding? So Sew Easy has published a free excel sheet where you put in the length and width of your trimmed quilt and the width of your biased binding, et viola! It spits out how much binding you need and how big of a square you’ll need to start with.

How to Make Continuous Bias Binding: If you’re anything like me, you always forget which sides of the triangle to connect. Here are some links to on-line tutorials.

Craftsy: These instructions include clear photos with each step.

McCalls: Includes a video demonstration and clear written instructions.

Anjennette Klinder shows a unique way of doing continuous bias binding, without the long tedious cutting process on the end. The video is a Periscope, so it’s a live, unedited video, but be patient to see the magic!

How to Connect Binding: This is another area where I always have to quadruple check instructions.

OCMQG’s own Janet Crothers did a demonstration at a prior guild meeting. Watch the magic happen in this video.

Palette Builder: Play Crafts has a palette builder – upload a photo and the builder will show you the hex colors or the Kona solids or Aurifil colors that are the closest matches to the photo.

Randomized Quilt Top with Triangles! Play Crafts also has tools to help chose a random color palette or if you want to make a triangle quilt, this Equal tool randomizes the triangles and the colors in the palette in the size quilt you choose! Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 11.40.46 AM.png

July 2019 Meeting

Quilt Con Charity Quilt

Virginia Lucas talked about the QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge and asked for ideas on design concepts and the organization to which we will donate the quilt, since that could influence the design.  The committee is still open to members’ ideas on these and will begin their work at the next Weekend Sew on August 11.  If you have an idea, please email ocmodernquiltguild@gmail.com and include a simple sketch and description.  There’s still time to get involved.

Quilters Journey

Lisa Hanley gave an excellent presentation of her Quilter’s Journey.   She started in the traditional quilting world and made a LOT of quilts using a log cabin design but her first inspiration was crazy quilts.  While she is still very fond of log cabin, she has evolved into modern designs and enjoys improv.  In addition to a number of quilts Lisa also shared books she likes and has found instructive as well as enjoyable.   Being a longtime scrapbooker, Lisa has scrapbooks she has made of each quilt she created.  Included in each entry is a photo of the quilt, some fabric swatches, and thank you notes from those to whom she gifted the quilt.  Her favorite part of quilting is planning – she keeps a notebook of ideas with details on fabrics selected and inspirations.  Lisa is a very organized and creative quilter.

LBMQG Info

Jeff Warner, president of Long Beach Modern Quilt Guild joined us a special guest.  Our sister guild is creating a series of quilts as a philanthropy project for OC High School for the Arts.  The 36” by 36” quilts will be used for the school’s stage production of Quilters, The Musical.  Most of the blocks are being created by LBMQG members but Jeff brought along several that our members volunteered to complete.

Survey

Dana won this month’s quilting book drawing for completing our online Member Survey.  If you complete the survey before the August 29 meeting, you will be eligible for next month’s final drawing.

Block Lotto

Ruth Bailey presented a new Block Lotto for next month using the Six Minute Circle by Dale Fleming.  Ruth assured the group that they are rather quick and easy, just as the title promises.

Quarterly Challenge

Asymmetry Challenge Quilt is due at the next meeting, August 29. 

June 2019 Meeting

Quilt Con Challenge Quilt

  • Theme:  Text
  • Color Pallet:  Gray Scale  
  • Committee of 5:  One main coordinator and a back up (design, piecing, coordinate group of members for completion), by 10/5 submit application, finished quilt put in mail by 2/5/20.  Please email the guild if you are interested in helping with this years quilt!

Quilters Journey – Helene and Trudy shared their journey into quilting.  Trudy got into quilting cause her mom took quilting classes at a local college.  Trudy would hand quilt in the car when on vacation.  When her mom passed away in 2006, Trudy, Helene and their sister finished all of their mom’s WFO’s.  Her modern inspiration comes from her daughter that likes her to create more modern pieces.  She doesn’t buy any fabric online, she likes to see the true color of the fabric. They are part of 2 modern quilt guilds and 2 traditional guilds. 

Trudy has hesitant with starting quilting.  Her first quilt was a WFO from her mom.  She doesn’t consider herself a quilter until 2009.  She liked quilting to fill her time that is more meaningful.  Her stash did not start until 2010-2011.  Her first dip and inspiration was when she starting going to Cecile’s shop, Sewing Party.  The thing that she likes about modern quilting is the ability to express herself with color and design.  She has finished an estimated 257 quilts.

Upcoming November Meeting –  Nominating Committee Volunteers: We are looking for about 3 volunteers to help the board recruit the next year’s board.  We need them by the July Meeting.

Big Bear Quilt Show – We have 2 free passes to the quilt show on Aug 2-3.  Email the guild with the subject line Big Bear Show to be entered for a raffle for the free tickets.

Sew In’s –  Next Sew-In is July 14th and August 11th from 12-5.  Our attendance has been very small.  Members were asked input on location, times, and day of the week would be best for members.  If you have any input, please email the guild.

A-Symmetry Talk – What draws your eye in?  Color, placement, location of main focal point, Etc.  Asymmetrical design has always been in trend.  Use items that represent weight and balance those items to make it interesting.

August Challenge – A-Symmetry Design, 12 x 12 min., group or individual, finished and bound, and awards will be based on Member’s Choice, Best Use of Minimalism, Best Modern Design.

Block Lotto – Last month’s blocks we had 2 winners, Kathy S. and Helene.  Next month’s block is a representation of stars!  Can’t wait to see them all!

Handmade Raffle – 2 bags donated by Kelly Hogan and won by Karen M. and Sharron K.

Survey –  OCMQG has created a survey for members to participate!  Please follow the link to complete yours!  All members that complete the survey will be entered in a drawing for a quilting book! 

Show and Tell

MAY 2019 MEETING

Thank you to all who were able to make it to our April Meeting!  Welcome to our new members and guest.  

New Name Tags – Thank you Shannon S for making the guild all new name tags for the guild! They look great!

Philanthropy – Thank you to Ann A. for all the hard work she has put into philanthropy.  She will moving to Pennsylvania. We will miss you!

Block Lotto– We had two winners for last month’s block lotto since we got SO many blocks back! Mays block lotto uses snowballed corners to create X’s.

Next Challenge – Sandra gave a wonderful presentation about what A-symmetry is and how it is used in Art and Quilting!

·     August Challenge: A-symmetry design

  • 12 x 12 minimum
  • Group or Individual entries accepted
  • Must be finished and bound
  • Awards will be based on Member’s Choice, Best Use of A-Symmtery, Best Modern Design

Quilters Journey – Susan gave a wonderful walk through of her quilting journey with MANY examples!

Show and Tell

Mark Your Calendars

·     Thursday, June 27th: Monthly Guild Meeting

·     Sunday, July 14th: Monthly Sew In, 12-5 at the Los Olivos Room (clubhouse 2)

·     Thursday, July 25th: Monthly Guild Meeting

·     August Monthly Meeting:  Next Challenge Quilt Due

April 2019 Meeting

Thank you to all who were able to make it to our April Meeting!  Welcome to our new members and guest.  We had 4 new members this meeting!OCMQG Retreat info– Date Change!!!  We had to change the date due to conflicts with the venue. New Date will be October 11-13. Email the guild if you are interested in coming to our first retreat!

Philanthropy– Ann A. shared a story of a little boy that didn’t like to read, curled up in a harry potter book and quilt made by Kathy Miller from our November Children’s book challenge.  Thank you to Ann A. for all the hard work she has put into philanthropy.  She will moving to Pennsylvania. We will miss you!

Block Lotto– Kathy Miller won last month’s block lotto. Tis month’s block lotto is a triangle paper-piecing block. Check out our April Block Lotto Blog to find out more!

April Challenge– we had 13 entries in this quarters challenge. We had some really great entries! Our winners were:

Check out the April Minimalist Challenge Blog for pictures of all of the entries!

Next Challenge:

·     August Challenge: A-symmetry design

  • 12 x 12 minimum
  • Group or Individual entries accepted
  • Must be finished and bound
  • Awards will be based on Member’s Choice, Best Use of A-Symmtery, Best Modern Design

Raffle Item:  Scissor Holder and collapsible bin made by Mary O. was won by Barbara K.

May Social – We will be a Spring Social on May 18th

Call for Quilts

Southern California Council of Quilt Guilds is accepting entries for an exhibit at Road to California, January 23 – 26, 2020. Exhibit entries are limited to SCCQG members of Member Guilds or Affiliate Members only.

Road to California is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2020. You are challenged to create a quilt that is inspired by this wonderful quilt festival and features a technique that was learned in a Road to California workshop  or uses a pattern/book and/or fabric purchased from a vendor at Road to California during the years 1995 – 2019.  Entries are due by November 1st.

OC Fair submissions are due May 24th. Visit the OC Fair website for more details

Website Revamp:  We have done a HUGE overhaul to our website.  Our new website is https://ocmodernquiltguild.com  Thanks to Dawn and Kaylin for all your hard work!

Show and Tell

Mark Your Calendars:

·     No May Sew In, Happy Mothers Day

·     Spring Social – May 18th

·     Thursday, May 30th:  Monthly Guild Meeting

·     Sunday, June 9th: Monthly Sew In, 12-5 at the Los Olivos Room (clubhouse 2)

·     Thursday, June 27th: Monthly Guild Meeting

·     August Monthly Meeting:  Next Challenge Quilt Due

April 2019 Minimalist Challenge

Our April Challenge this year was to create a quilt using modern minimalism. Quilts had to be 12″ x 12″ or larger. Prizes were awarded for the following categories; best use minimalism, best modern design, and members’ choice.

The entries

OUR WINNERS

Best Use of Minimalism: Gail Sevilla | Best Modern Design: Mary O’Bannon | Members Choice: Ann Chavez

March 2019 Block Lotto

This months block were inspired by Maria Shell’s work and her exhibit at Visions Museum in San Diego. See her Instagram “Tales of a Sticher” for reference. Each block should make a nine patch, making a cross. Use solid colors only for the outside and aim for a strong mix of fabrics. Make your own prints by mixing patterns, stripes and blocks. 

THE RESULTS ARE IN:

March 2019 Meeting

Ice Breaker

This month we asked the members about their other creative endeavors outside of quilting. We have a range of talents in the guild. Members enjoy scrapbooking, cooking, ceramics, travel, genealogy, watching baseball, and writing.  

OCMQG Website

The website has been given an update and overhaul by Dawn. Kudos to Dawn for volunteering to refresh our website and spending hours and hour to organize our domain.

This Year’s Quilting Challenges

Our first Challenge of the year will be a modern, minimalist quilt!  As always, quilts need to be quilted, bound, and labeled.  Exercise your creativity and develop a quilt based on minimalism. The size can be 12” by 12” or larger and can be done individually or as a group project.  Prizes will be awarded for best use of minimalism, best modern design, and members’ choice.  

More Minimalism

We continued our focus on one of the major tenets of modern quilting design: Minimalism. This month we focused on fabric choices. Sandra lead a Q&A where each fabric sample was evaluated for how to best use each fabric in a minimalist design. All fabric has potential but not all items are a great fit for minimalism – you can end up fighting against the strength of the fabric and not utilizing its greatest potential.

Quilters Journey

Ruth Shared her Quilters Journey with us! She shared some amazing quilts and shared her Journey through the quilty world with us! Thank you Ruth!!

Tips and Tricks

Olfa has new quick release rotary cutters where it is very easy to change the blade. Also, there are new “smoked” rulers which are non-slip. M&Ls is having a spend 100 dollars and get a 20 dollar gift card promotion for another two weeks.

Be a Member and Dues are Due!

Membership dues for 2019 are due now. We will be keeping the dues the same at $50 for the year.  This grants you access to the MQG Website, guild workshops, block lottos, Guild Challenges, and so much more.   If you have not paid yet, Please mail your dues to Mary O’Bannon. Pins will be available next month for new members.

Quilt in Public Day Recap

Gail and Sandra organized a Quilt in Public outing at Orange Circle. They brought 4 quilts and got great photographs of their quilts. Ruth and her other guild members hosted quilting in public at the Laguna Woods Library and also at Café Laguna.

Quilting Retreat Anyone?

Who would enjoy a retreat to get away from everything—everything other than quilting and fellowship with other quilters, that is.  The OCMQG 2019 Retreat will be held from Oct 18-20 in Valley Center, CA. There are only 8 spots available for the retreat. We will fill the retreat on a first come first serve basis. The cost of the retreat is $275 per person. A $75 deposit is due within 14 days of reservation (April 15, 2019). Full payment is due 3 months in advance. There is no refund for cancellation within 3 months of the retreat unless we can fill your space. We will do our best to accommodate special food requirements. Please let us know in advance of any special requests. We do not serve alcoholic beverages. You may bring your own, however, please be courteous to others and don’t drink and drive. Check-in is anytime after 12 noon on Friday. Please let us know if you plan to arrive later than 6pm. Check-out is by 3pm on Sunday. Sleeping accommodations are in comfy twin beds (no bunk beds) in three bedrooms. Room arrangements can be chosen upon arrival.

Quilter’s Journey

Our member Ruth, shared a Trunk Show and shared how she became a quilter and showed us some of her quilts. Ruth started quilting in 1994. A friend picked up quilting and wanted an “engrossing activity for retirement.” There were quilt shops on every corner in 1995, like Leah’s in Long Beach. Ruth’s 1st quilt was a traditional rail fence. Gave it to her brother and wife but their dog inherited it. Another quilt was called a Hawaiian Amish with teeny tiny half inch nine-patch. Ruth’s mother was a dressmaker. Ruth made clothes on the treadle machine even when she was a little girl and was too short for the treadle. Never lived in a house without a sewing machine, so it was always an accoutrement to her life. “Fabric is an endless delight.”

It would be great to have other members share at future meetings; how about you? We need volunteers for June through November.

Block Lotto

This months block were inspired by Maria Shell’s work and her exhibit at Visions Museum in San Diego. See her Instagram “Tales of a Sticher” for reference. Each block should make a nine patch, making a cross. Use solid colors only for the outside and aim for a strong mix of fabrics. Make your own prints by mixing patterns, stripes and blocks.


Handmade Raffle

Ann Ainsworth donated handmade items we raffled off at the meeting. (2017 Hoffman “All A Twitter” picnic tablecloth and 16 fat quarters). Thank you, Ann! Items were won by Ann Chavez.

Quilter’s Block

The guild discussed different options to address warping and buckling in a quilt due to different density in quilting. Options to fix include pressing, adding more quilting to even out the thread density, get the quilt wet and let the fabric relax, or spray and block the quilt.

Show and Tell

We always love seeing what you’ve been making so keep bringing those modern quilts to the meeting, so we can see your great work in person!

Member Happenings

Sandra Johnson is taping 3 segments of Quilting Arts TV next week. Wish her luck! She also has a piece in an exhibition on 5th of April Freedom Railroad Exhibit in Cincinnati.

To Bring for the Next Meeting:

  • Ideas for the quilting retreat
  • Money for membership dues, raffle, and Block Lotto
  • Quilts for show and tell, issues for Quilter’s Block, give-aways for Going Green

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Saturday Crazy Quilters Guild 2019 Quilt Show Exhibit April 13, 2019
  • Sunday, April 14: Weekend Sew-In, 12-5 at the Los Olivos Room (clubhouse 2)
  • Thursday, April 25:  Guild Meeting and Minimalism Challenge Quilts Due
  • Orange County Quilt Tradition at April 27-28th
  • Saturday April 27-28th, Through the Vines Quilt Show in Paso Robles
  • May 18th – Guild Social Mixer – Afternoon Tea with BYOB at Cheryl’s in Irvine
  • Flying Geese Quilt Guild Show on June 8-9 at Socca University
  • Chinese Haute Couture Designer Guo Pei Exhibit – Running March 9, 2019 – July 14, 2019