Mighty Lucky Quilting Club Kick Off

 

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Now that things have settled down a bit with QuiltCon, and we’re all started on The Splendid Sampler quilt along, who’s started on the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club?

This is a paid quilt along ($5/month or $50/year) hosted by Lucky Spool Media and will feature lessons/challenges by well known quilt artists.  Krista Fleckenstein kicked off January with a bias challenge, followed up by Season Evans in February with a minimalism challenge.

These lessons can be made into full size quilts, but are more focused on challenging a quilter to try a new skill and play with fabrics. Below are just a few of the blocks/quilts that folks are making from January and February.

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#mightylucky Instagram Feed

 

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Mighty Lucky Quilter’s Club February Challenge by Bunnie

Here’s an example of Bunnie’s February Challenge – Minimalism. Bunnie is an experienced modern quilter and enjoys minimalist design elements.

She said that the hardest part was choosing the fabrics, but she’s really enjoying the process of making this piece. The photo is the challenge in mid-process.

If you’re a member and you’ve not signed up yet, but are ready to try some new skills, please contact us via email (ocmodernquiltguild@gmail.com). If you sign up through the guild, you’ll get a small discount on the quilt along.

 

Please share your process with us! If you’re a guild member, please use #ocmqgml on Facebook and Instagram so we can see your interpretations and bring your creations to our next guild meeting. Or join the OCMQG Quilters FB Group and start a conversation.

We’re looking forward to what everyone creates!

 

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February Monthly Meeting

What a great meeting! We had about 25-30 people and a few new members have signed up! Welcome, ladies. We also had a wonderful new meeting space at Charrisse Consign Design in Laguna Niguel – thank you, Charrisse!
Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 6.14.38 AM.pngHens and Chickens, an auxiliary of the Golden State College Foundation, came by to show us their opportunity quilt. They are raising funds for the college – past giving has gone to scholarships and campus improvements.

This is the opportunity quilt – It’s 88″ x 103″ and was designed, constructed, and quilted by the members of Hens and Chickens. Tickets on the drawing of this quilt are available through any Hens & Chickens member or can be purchased through the Golden West College Foundation (714) 895 8316 ($1 for 1, $5 for 6)

 

Helen did a great demo showing us her One Block Wonder (stack and whack) quilts and how she created them. She really enjoys how you don’t really know what the blocks/rows will look like until after you’ve pieced them together. She is sometimes surprised out certain colors in the fabric will “pop” in the quilt when this method of cutting and piecing is used. Thank you, Helen!

We then moved onto SHOW AND TELL, which lasted the entire night. Pictures are up on our Instagram and Facebook; details will be coming out shortly on each of the photos. Get ready for an overshare on the feeds. Here are a few of the lovelies!

Other Announcements:

We now have a Facebook group called OCMQG Quilters. This is a closed group for our members only, so please keep what’s in the group in the group. Click on “Join” and you should be accepted within 24 hours.

March 13th: Weekend Sew at Cosmic Quilting. Bring whatever project you’re working on.

March 22nd: The MQG is having a free webinar: Freedom from Perfection & Procrastination. This is FREE if you are an OCMQG member; log into the MQG site and sign up!

June 16th-19th / June 23rd-26th: Southern California Quilter’s Run

QuiltCon 2017: If you’re thinking about going, now is the time to get hotel reservations if you want to be close to the convention center. Please check the website for hotel blocks and room rates. Also note that Savannah is pedestrian friendly, so if you’d like to walk or bike to the convention center, you can do that!

June 1: QuiltCon 2017 Catalog is published. Figure out what classes you want to take and make a list of backup options.

June 15: Deadline for quilt entries. Ontario Museum of Art and History is accepting entries for their “Modern Quilts: Redesigning Traditions” show, which starts on December 1, 2016.  Please contact Georganna Hawley for applications and addition information (ghawley@ontairo.ca.gov)

June 25: QuiltCon 2017 Member Registration opens. KNOW WHAT CLASSES YOU WANT TO TAKE.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR. SET AN ALARM. Popular classes fill up fast.

 

 

 

 

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?


 

The Splendid Sampler Kick Off

It’s the beginning of a new year and the start of many quilt alongs with bloggers, publisher, thread makers, and fabric companies. One that caught our member’s eyes is The Splendid Sampler, hosted by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson.

The Splendid Sampler quilt along is starting in just a few days – Valentine’s Day – and already there is much buzz on the interwebs about this project. Over 2,000 people worldwide have signed up for their community FaceBook group and have started to share their bonus projects and fabric selections.

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Photos from The Splendid Samplers FaceBook Page

The sampler will be 100 scrappy 6″ blocks, each with a different designer that will focus on different sewing and quilting techniques. Can you say, “Stash Buster?” (List of designers here) There is also guidance on fabric selection and tools needed – it will be fun to see how different these blocks will look with traditional versus modern aesthetics and how different cultures will affect fabric choices!

In addition to the sampler block patterns, there are also bonus pattern/mini projects! You’ll need to read the articles on The Splendid Sampler’s webpage to find them all, but here’s what is available so far: Block Station Project, French Knot Heart Pin Cushion, Walk in the Woods Mini Tote, and Fabric Bucket, and Cathedral Pin Cushion.

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Our members are welcome to join in the fun and we’d love to see our member’s progress, fabric choices, and block outcomes. Bring your pieces to Show & Tell at our guild meetings (last Thursday of the month) and/or take a photo and post to FaceBook, Twitter, or Instagram with #ocmqgss so we can see and cheer on your progress in between meetings!