February 2017 Meeting Minutes

OCMQG February Meeting Recap

Thanks for attending our February meeting and thank you Lisa for leading the February meeting! At the beginning of the meeting, Karen A. and Lucinda checked in from QuiltCon via Skype and shared their initial impressions of the conference, thank you both for taking the time to share your experience at the conference!

Block Lotto

Thank you Sandy for organizing this month’s Block Lotto and doing a demo of the pattern—it’s a paper-pieced coffee mug! Those who signed up received a piece of fabric in Kona Silver and RightPatterns (R)’s Coffee Cup pattern (available on Craftsy.com). Pull any fabrics from your stash to complete the coffee mug. Paper piecing the “steam” is optional, you can top the mug with a solid block if you wish. Sandy enlarged the block to a 10” block. The pattern when enlarged doesn’t include the 1/4” seam around the outside so be sure to include the 1/4” seam around the block.

Demo’s

If you would like to volunteer to demo a sewing or quilting technique at an upcoming meeting, let us know!

Budget

The 2017 budget was unanimously approved at the meetinng

Volunteer Positions Update

Sandra has volunteered to coordinate field trips and workshops for OCMQG, thank you Sandra! Lisa has also volunteered to help co-coordinate field trips, thank you Lisa!

Mary has volunteered to coordinate the handmade item raffle, thank you Mary! We also had many people sign-up to make a handmade item to donate to the guild for raffles, thank you to our amazing members for signing up! We have enough sign-ups to be able to have a raffle at every meeting through 2017! Raffle tickets will be $1 each or 6 tickets for $5, and proceeds will go to the guild. Each month, Mary will be touching base with the person who has volunteered to check-in on your progress. Bring some cash to the March meeting for raffle tickets.

Scrap Swap

At the meeting, some members brought scraps to donate to the “Scrap Swap.” Elise is coordinating this with the Long Beach MQG, thank you Elise! At the March meeting, Elise will bring back three “scrap bags” and three members will be chosen at random to take a bag home. Those people will select the scraps from the bag they would like to keep, add scraps back to the bag, and bring the bag back to the April meeting. If you donated scraps at the February meeting and are selected, you do not need to add additional scraps. There will be a separate bag of solid-color scraps. Elise will get a scrap bag from at the Long Beach MQG meeting on 3/7 to bring to our March meeting.

Social Break

Our mini Social Breaks are a big hit! Halfway through the meeting, we are taking a break so that members can socialize and get to know each other better.

March Challenge

Quilts for our first challenge of the year are due at the March meeting! Your quilt must be completed including binding. We’re so excited to see what our members have created and hope you are feeling a sense of completion as you tackle those UFO’s!

Staying with the theme of UFO’s, an idea for the next challenge (due in July) is to make a quilt from a pattern that you already own, so start going through all those patterns you’ve bought and never made!

Workspace Tours

Elise had a great suggestion to do a powerpoint presentation of people’s workspaces. If you would like to participate, send Elise some pictures of your workspace and a brief explanation of your setup, organization, or process. This presentation will give members some ideas and inspiration on how they might organize their workspaces better. Elise’s email is elise.a.beck@gmail.com.

Workshop

The LA Modern Quilt Guild is having a workshop on smallscale piecing with Chawne Kimber on March 11th at Sew Modern in LA. For those of you who attended QuiltCon in Pasadena, you probably remember Chawne’s “I Can’t Breathe” quilt. For more info on the workshop, email Sandra at sandrajohnsondesigns@gmail.com. For more info on Chawne Kimber, go here: https://huntersdesignstudio.com/2016/02/25/important-quilts-meeting-chawne-kimber/

Show & Tell

During show and tell, Julie presented a quilt that had a QR code on the label. Using this technology, Julie recorded herself reciting the poem that is sewn on the quilt. When the code is scanned, it plays back Julie’s voice reciting the poem. What a great idea! For more info on how to add this to a quilt, check out Www.stkrit.com.

Finish up those UFO’s at our next Sew-In, it’s on Sunday March 12 at Cosmic Quilting from 12-4. Our next meeting is on March 30. Happy sewing!

Storybook 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.

July Challenge

If you had 18″ x 18″ of space to play with and make a modern design, what would you do?

Choose a favorite block design or improv? Create a minimalist quilt or choose a technique you’ve just learn to create your own pattern?

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Google Images: Modern Art Mini Quilts
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Google Images: Bee Sewcial

This quarter’s challenge is all about showing the world your interpretation of a modern mini. So show us what inspires you and what you create! Share on IG/FB #18ModernMini #OCMQG

And, since there are always rules ….here they are:

  1. You must be a member of OCMQG to participate
  2. The quilt must be at the OCMQG July Monthly Meeting
  3. The quilt must be 18″ x 18″ and completed
  4. The design must be modern

March Monthly Meeting Recap

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.

Reminder! February Monthly Meeting

February seems to be packed with events this year – Quilt Along start ups, Q1 Guild Challenge, and QuiltCon.

We will be meeting on Thursday, February 25, between 6:30 and 8:30 PM in a new place this month: Charrisse Consign Design, 23461 Ridge Route Drive, Laguna Hills CA 92653. Please bring only water to drink.

Agenda:

  1. QuiltCon: We want to hear everything! What did you make? What surprised you? What did you enjoy most? What would you do differently? Bring anything you wish to show and share with the group!
  2. Social Media Plan: You may have noticed more activity on the guild’s blog, FaceBook, and Twitter, plus the addition of an Instagram account. Karen will give an overview of our vision on how we’d like to use these tools.
  3. March Challenge: Modern Star (#ocmodernstar) and Modern Log Cabin (#ocmodernlc) are due in March. Bring along a teaser block or just let us know how you’re progressing.
  4. Quilt Alongs! Both the Mighty Lucky Quilters Club (#ocmqgml) and the Splendid Sampler (#ocmqgss) have started. Bring your finished blocks to show.
  5. Demo! Helene will be demonstrating the One Cut Wonder technique
  6. Show and Tell: Let us Oooohhh! and Aaaahhhh! over your latest work
  7. Quilter’s Block: Stuck on a project and need some help moving forward?


 

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.

This quarter’s challenge is about taking a traditional state star block or log cabin block and making it modern.

Take 3o 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