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.

Update: Quilts for Pulse

It’s been a couple of weeks since the shooting in Orlando occurred. In an effort to help the survivors and the victims families, the Orlando MQG has started a quilt drive.

Thank you to Kathy, Cathy, and Morgan for the two tops and stack of blocks that were dropped off at the June meeting. Thank you to Karen @cosmicquilting, who has volunteered to quilt the tops on her long arm.

Our guild is collecting materials to send to the Orlando MQG. Karen A. will be at the July 10th Sew, as well as the July 28th Meeting to collect materials.

We can send the following:

  1. Binding
  2. Backing fabric
  3. Blocks (make 1. make a bunch. any quantity) – 10″ square
  4. Tops (at least 48″ x 60″ but no larger than a twin) – Please include a label
  5. Completed quilts – Please include a label

Important Date: July 28 – Karen A. will be collecting all materials to send in one package to Orlando MQG. If you wish to make something, but cannot make these meetings, please email Karen at aalders.karen@gmail.com.

For the blocks/tops/quilts, here is what the Orlando MQG blog says:

Can I use a block other than the one you showed?
By all means, do your thing. I chose the block so everyone could take part. I know there are plenty of heart blocks out there and feel free to use anything you’d like. I only ask that your quilt includes a heart or hearts of some sort, and that its mostly brights and/or rainbow. I chose brights and rainbow to represent not only the LGBT flag, but also ALL of the different people affected by the event. I also want them to be cheerful, and want the recipients to know that these are created with love, given with love, and in using them, they will be covered with love. I want them to be comforted knowing that even strangers care and that they did not go through this without the support of others

The MQG posted additional patterns/options for hearts. Some of the options are shown below.

There’s a block pattern by Cluck Cluck sew that is very easy to make and finishes at 10″

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Photo, Design, and Piecing by Cluck Cluck Sew

 

 

If you make many of these blocks, you’ll end up with many HST – which Jay Bird Quilts has created a large heart block to use those scraps. Six blocks can make one quilt that is just about a twin quilt. #BigHeartBlock

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Block photo, design, piecing by Jay Bird Quilts

Another fun block to try is by Threaded Quilting Studio. This is a paper pieced block. #ModernHeart

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Photo, Design, and piecing by Threaded Quilting Studios

Love Free Wins block by Amanda Hines of What the Bobbin? This is also paper pieced and finishes at  10″

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Photo and Design by Amanda Hines

 

Love is Love is Love….

(Written by Karen Aalders)

Sadly, there’s been another mass shooting in this county and the survivors and the families of the victims need a little love. Alissa Lapinsky, president of the Orlando MQG, is coordinating an effort to get quilts filled with hearts to those in need. I will be watching their blog and Instagram account for more details on when the blocks/quilts are due and where to send them.

Instagram is starting to explode with hearts….@morticia360 says it well, “I wish I could stitch back together all the lives that have been torn apart…in Orlando, in Roseburg, at Sandy Hook…this list is too long.”

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Let’s send some love from Orange County….I’ll be collecting heart blocks, quilt tops, and/or finished quilts to send to the Orlando MQG at our guild meetings on June 30th and July 28th . From the Orlando MQG blog:

My idea is hearts in bright, rainbow colors to represent everyone affected, and obviously represent the love we are sending them. We will be using a tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew to make 10″ blocks. And I ask that the quilts be no smaller than 5 blocks wide and 6 blocks long. You’re more than welcome to make them larger, I’d just like to keep them at the very least lap sized

…a varying, rainbow of hearts in bright colors, with a low volume background. I think the 10″ blocks will make the sewing a bit quicker, and give us more quilts for the victims. You can put the heart in rainbow order or not, that is up to you, but i would love for you to put a tag on the quilt so that the recipient knows who made the quilt for them.

Details: Blocks, tops, and finished quilts are all welcome!

  1. Cluck Cluck Sew Tutorial
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    Cluck Cluck Sew: 10″ block in the back
  2. Blocks: 10″ blocks with a white/low volume background and bright, rainbow colors for the heart
  3. Tops: No smaller than 5 blocks wide and 6 blocks long (30 blocks total) or no smaller than lap sized (47.5″ W x 57″ L)
  4. Completed Quilt: Again, no smaller than 5 blocks wide and 6 blocks long (30 blocks total) or no smaller than lap sized (47.5″ W x 57″ L)
  5. Please include a tag or label on your work.
  6. Due Date: July 28th. Karen Aalders will be collecting blocks/tops/finished quilts at the next guild meeting on June 30th and at the July 10 Weekend Sew and at the July 28 guild meeting and will send to the Orland MQG as a gift from our guild

If you can’t make the meeting, or would like to send some out on your own, I will post the details once the Orland MQG has more information.

Let’s join the helpers and send a little love from our guild.

 

 

 

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