September Block Lotto

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For the month of September, we’re doing the Twizzle block by Buttons and Butterflys. (at time of post, this pattern is free from the Craftsy site)

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@eyecandyquilts posted her version on Instagram and we decided this would be a fun skill builder block. How many of us have done half-rectangle triangle blocks? Hm?

 

Update:

Here are the blocks everyone made- and congratulations to Karen M on winning these blocks.

 

 

October Block Lotto

This month, we’ll be working on curves. But these are gentle curves.

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Pieced by Karen M. Example block with solid

Fabric provided by the guild is a light grey Kona solid (thank you, Karen for cutting and making templates). From your stash, use a brightly colored solid to coordinate.

Karen M. picked out this month’s block and was inspired by Verena’s simply colorful blog about her experience with a Quick Curve Ruler.

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Picture, piecing, and quilting by Verena at einfach bunt…

 

 

Video Instructions:

September’s Monthly Meeting Recap

We had a ton of fun at this month’s meeting. T-Shirt Quilts, Show and Tell, Quilters Block, Block Lotto Fabulousness, Workshop Sign-Ups, changing of the guard….

Upcoming Events (see Calendar for more details):

10/9: Weekend Sew. Bring your projects or help us finish our QuiltCon Charity Quilt. A volunteer is needed to do the binding, once the quilting has been finsihed

10/15: We’ve been invited to celebrate LAMQG’s anniversary with  quilt show and party at St. Andrew’s Luthern Church in Van Nuys, 5-9 PM

10/27: Monthly Guild Meeting. Same bat-time, same bat-place

11/17: Annual Philanthropy Challenge: Make a quilt that goes with a children’s book

12/3: Latifah Saafir’s Design Your Own Bias Tape workshop. See your email for details

12/11: OCMQG Holiday Party! Mark your calendars.

Call for Officers and Volunteers!

Our lovely officers are ready to pass the torch. They’ve done a wonderful job for us, but it’s time to let them sit back and enjoy. We’ve had some folks volunteer to step in their shoes:

Co-Presidents: Karen (behind the scenes stuff) and Bunny (lead the meetings)

Secretary: Dawn

Treasurer: Shelly

Open: Membership Chairman/Secretary – Our guild is growing and we need help keeping track of our members. this role is responsible for keeping a list of members and maintaining OCQMG’s member’s access on the MQG mothership site.

Open: Occasional Event Lead – Have an idea for an event you would love to do with the guild? Or maybe there’s a charity near and dear to your heart that needs some quilty love? This position is a one-time-event (rather than year long) lead that would coordinate a specific event or charity drive. You’d be in charge of the event, calling for any additional helpers, and executing. (Think how Quilts for Pulse was done – everyone made a few blocks, but one person coordinated the gathering of materials and mailing to Orlando MQG).

Now the fun stuff…

T-Shirt Quilts!

Janet, our fearless leader, asked for folks to share their experiences with making T-Shirt quilts.

Trudy, Helene, Gail, Holly, Shannon, and Shelly all shared their awesome tips. Check out the TShirt Post under Resources – Quilt Tips.

There was much oooing and aahhhing over show and tell:

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Mary Anne brought some lovely inherited pieced arcs to Quilters Block – What would you do with these pieces?

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Janet is wondering if more quilting is needed in the medallions.

 

 

 

 

Block Lotto

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Twists! Everyone did such a lovely job on these half-rectangle blocks in Halloween colors. Congrats to Karen M for winning this month’s blocks.

 

 

 

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Photo, piecing, and quilting by Verena at einfach bunt…

October’s Block Lotto is “Confetti.” Check the Block Lotto page for information on this month’s block.

Please recommend a block and colors for the upcoming months – See any of our officers for suggestions.

 

 

 

Random Give Aways…

Thank you to Cecile for donating a lovely Fat Quarter bundle (which Karen A forgot to photo…sorry Cecile!)

July Block Lotto – Pluses

First, Apologies for the lateness of this post! This month’s Block Lotto is a nine-patch that’s a PLUS!


Material provided: Kona Dahlia or Kona Heliotrope

Material from your stash: neutral low volume

Finished block size: 12″

Instructions:

Option 1: Low Volume Cross

From purple: cut 4-41/2″ Squares

From low volume neutral: cut 5 – 41/2″ Squares – 0r 4 – 41/2″ squares

Make three rows:

Row 1: Sew Purple – Neutral – Purple

Row 2: Sew Neutral – Purple – Neutral

Row 3: Sew Neutral – Purple – Neutral

Connect Row 1 to Row 2

Connect Row 2 to Row 3

Finished block should measure 12″

To make the cross with Purple cross, reverse directions

Build by Strip Sets: Missouri Star YouTube Tutorial

Purple: 3 strips: 4.5″ x 13.5″

Low Volume Neutral: 3 strips: 4.5″ x 13.5″

Sew:

Strip Set 1: Purple – Neutral – Purple

Strip Set 2: Neutral – Purple – Neutral

Cut each strip set into three units 4.5″ wide

Arrange the strips so they look like a checker board. Sew 3 units together to make the block.

 

 

July Meeting Re-Cap

Welcome to our new members and big thank yous to Cecile for opening her studio for pre-meeting shopping (Sewing Party) and to Karen (Schoolhouse Sewing and Cosmic Quilting) for our new meeting home!

Challenge Winner

What a great turn out for our 18 x 18 mini quilt challenge!  We had 11 entries.

Congratulations to our first place winner – Irene, our second place winner – Karen, and our third place winner – Dawn.

Our November Thanksgiving Challenge

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2015’s Story Book Challenge Quilt Entries

This is our annual philanthropy challenge!  Create a quilt inspired by a children’s book or make a quilt and find a children’s book.  Due at our November meeting – November 17th (the third Thursday of the month due to the Thanksgiving Holiday).  All books and quilts will be donated to www.PCRF-Kids.org.  Please share with us as you work on it via social media with #storybookchallenge16. Post coming out soon with more details.

Block Lotto


Congratulations to Kathy Chevalier for winning the Block Lotto!!  Look for instruction to this month’s block lotto via our blog.

Blocks for Orlando

Thank you to our members who have donated blocks, tops, quilting, and binding: Gail, Morgan, Kathy S, Cathy M, Karen M, Karen A, and Susan M.


We are continuing to collect blocks and quilts for Orlando (see dates below for deadlines).  Karen Miller of Cosmic Quilting has agreed to quilt any quilt for Orlando (please bring batting and batting). Thanks for Susan M. for agreeing to bind the almost done quilts.

Important Dates:

8/14: Unfinished quilts are due at the August Sew (8/14). This includes blocks, binding, backing. Karen A. needs to ship these out on 8/15.

8/14: Tops to be quilted need to be given to Karen Miller no later than the August Sew (8/14)

8/25: Finished quilts are due at the August Meeting (8/25). This means you’ll need to coordinate with Karen Miller to get the top and bind the quilt. 

QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt

Look at the wonderful word blocks that have come back from our volunteers! We will be gathering at Schoolhouse Classroom & Meeting Space (23011 Moulton Parkway, A-15, Laguna Hills) on August 14th, Noon-4 PM to determine block placement and start on quilt assembly.

You are welcome to participate, even if you have not worked on a word.

Demo – Continuous Bias Binding (with a rotary cutter!)

Thank you Karen A. for your amazing demo of continuous bias binding!  We appreciate you passing on your knowledge to the group.  If there is something you would like to demo – please let us know.  We enjoy sharing knowledge. 

Instructions will be up on the resources page shortly.

Octagon Shimmer Make up Class

 

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For anyone who has taken the Octagon Shimmer class with Cecile – here is an opportunity to get help finishing your project.  Cecile will be holding a makeup class on August 28th for free from 10 to 4 in Bunnie’s clubhouse in Newport Hills.  There is a 12 person limit so if you are interested, please contact Cecile directly to sign up at eunsoo50@gmail.com

Free Quilting and Sewing Classes

Thank you Sandra for joining us at our meeting to share with us the opportunity of free classes at the Orange campus of Santiago Community College.  If you are interested please contact Sandra at Sandrajohnsondesigns@gmail.com.  The quilting classes are on Tuesday and the Sewing Classes are on Wednesday from 4 pm to 9 pm.  It’s at no cost except for the $2.00 parking fee.

For more information, when it becomes available:  Older Adult Programs (“older” meaning older than 18 years)

Creative Webinar: Definition Modern Quilt with Mary Fons

https://community.themodernquiltguild.com/content/creative-webinar-definition-modern-quilt-mary-fons

Road to California

The Road is looking for volunteers for the 2017 event.  Check out their website for more information.

Show and Tell and Going Green

Thanks to everyone for the show and tell of all those amazing quilts.  Keep them coming. And big thanks to Molly for all the fabric she shared with the group.

Upcoming events

Next Sew:  Sunday, August 14th at Cosmic Quilting
Next Meeting:  Thursday August 25
th at 6:30 pm at Cosmic Quilting

Open Studio:  Cecile’s studio will be open prior to our meeting on Thursdays from 4 to 6.  Be sure to stop by while you are in the area to pick up some really good fabric.  Cecile’s Studio is located just around the corner from our meeting at 23181 Verdugo Dr. Suite 102 Laguna Hills, CA 92653

See you soon!

Navigating the Mother Ship (or how to find stuff on The MQG site)

Hi, All – At the last meeting, there was a question regarding where to find links to the latest webinar on The MQG website. And then there were questions on how to navigate through the site…

First some quick links you may find helpful:

Mary Fons’s Webinar, “Definition: Modern Quilting” This was fabulous. Worth at least two viewings

The MQG free Quilt of the Month Patterns (member Mary Ann found inspiration for a surf themed quilt from Nov 2014 QoM Plumage)

List of past webinars

Here’s a short How-to-Find-Stuff on The MQG website.

Tip #1: Log in. When you joined the OCMQG, you should have received information on how to sign into The MQG.

Tip #2: When you first “land” on the site, there’s a menu along the top of the site. Hover over the menu word to see what’s included. For example, if you hover over Education, you’ll see Events, Teacher & Lecturer Directory, Blog, and Resources. If you hover over Events, you’ll see QuiltCon East, QuiltConWest, Webinars Future, Webinars Past, and Calendar

Tip #3: Once you’ve clicked a menu item, scroll down. Under Events, the top portion looks like it’s only a list of events. If you scroll down, you’ll see links to past webinars

Tip #4: Be patient and be prepared to click on every menu item to find what you’re looking for….(possibly have your beverage of choice handy)

Tip #5: BE AWARE THAT ONCE YOU LOG IN AND GO INTO COMMUNITY, THE MENU CHANGES.

Notes on The MQG landing page:

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Screenshot of MQG landing page
  1. About: Basic answers about what The MQG is all about
  2. Education: The education landing page shows upcoming events, then past webinars
    1. Events:
      1. QuiltCon East: Takes you to the QuiltCon East website
      2. QuiltCon West: Takes you to the QuiltCon West website
      3. Webinars Future: Take you to the Events Page
      4. Webinars Past: Takes you to the Resources Page, but only if you’re logged in
      5. Calendar: Takes you to the calendar page
  3. Design
  4. Community: This is where the menu changes, if you’re logged in. See below.
  5. Sponsors
  6. Shop
  7. Join

 

Notes on the Community Site:

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Screenshot of the Community landing page
  1. Home: This does NOT take you back to the MQG site. It takes you to the home page of Community
  2. Galleries: Photos of pretty modern quilts. 😀
  3. Events: This is DIFFERENT than the one under Education. This is a list of upcoming events (oddly, from most future event to most near event) and includes webinars and other guild events (if the guild posts their events through The MQG site; OCMQG does not)
  4. Groups: List of modern guilds
  5. Forums: Place to ask and answer questions.
  6. Resources: Links to Quilt of the Month, Past Webinars, Webinars for Businesses, Materials for guild officers, Annual Reports

Quilt Shows

We all know about QuiltCon (now accepting entries through Nov 30), but there are other quilt shows in our own backyard that are showcasing / requesting entries for modern quilting.

Quiltfest Oasis

Quiltfest Oasis is running October 6-9 in Palm Springs and is looking for Mid-Century Mod inspired quilts. Entries will also show at the Pacific International Quilt Festival October 13-16.

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Mid-Century Mod Theme Interpretation / A Brief Statement:
Mid-Century Mod emphasizes the look and feel of mid-20th century design. Artists are asked to draw inspiration from this period, reflecting their own exposures or from the work of artists such as Joan Miro, Piet Mondrian, Victor Vasarely, Frank Stella, etc. Where did you find the inspiration for your Mid-Century Mod quilt?

Quiltfest Oasis

If you are interested in submitting a quilt, entries are due August 30, 2016. More information regarding this show and the entry process can be found here: Entry Rules for Quiltfest

LA Quilt Show

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Entries for the LA Quilt show are due and must be delivered to CRAFTED no later than July 31st, 2016 at 6 PM PST. Submission form and rules can be found on their website: Submission Rules and Form

Other shows in the area (call for entries are closed):

August 31-Sept 3rd: San Diego Quilt Show

December 1 – January 22: MODERN QUILTS: Redesigning Traditions

 

June Meeting Recap

Thank you to everyone who came to our June meeting including our 9 guests!!  Welcome our new members Irene, Janet, Laura, and Lucinda!  We are excited to have you all. Looking forward to you sharing your quilts in the future.

We were so excited to have our first meeting at the new Cosmic Quilting!!!  Karen was so kind to let us meet there considering she had just moved in that day.  She shared with me her vision of the new studio.  AND we are excited to announce, after actively searching for a place to meet for months– Karen has agree to let us meet there permanently!!  We have a new home for the Orange County Modern Quilt Guild.  We are growing each month and the space will be invaluable.  THANK YOU – KAREN!

Please follow us on on Facebook (FB) at OrangeCounty Modern Quilt Guild and Instagram (IG) at @OCMQG for the most current information (plus sharing of pretties from around the MQG and the world).

Help us find your quilty photo shares on IG by using Hashtags – #. Karen monitors these # often to find pretty and interesting things to share. (She loves seeing what OCMQG peeps are making!)

  • #ocmqg #mqg #modernquilts
  • #quilts  #quilting #quiltguild

If you’d like to help with social media – writing an article or tutorial for our blog or finding events/photos/tutorials to share, taking pictures at our meetings – please contact Karen at aalders.karen@gmail.com.

Block Lotto!

Shellie with her blocks! (block design by mollie_sparkles)

Congratulations to Shellie for winning the May Block Lotto!!!  And we are looking forward to see the improvisational blocks for June at next month’s meeting. Here are the instructions for those who signed up on our blog or Crosscut Blocks by A Quilters Table for more tips on block construction. Can’t wait to see who wins!  If anyone has suggestions for a future month’s block lotto, please let us know.  We are looking for ideas. If you’d like to participate in next’s month’s lotto, it only costs a $1 / block (we provide some material).

Quilts for Pulse

Above tops and blocks were done using Cluck Cluck Sew’s 10″ Heart Block 

Please keep those blocks and quilts coming for Blocks for Orlando project.  See our blog article for more information on the project and blocks.   Karen A will be collecting blocks at the next sew (7/10) and the July 28th meeting.  If you have a completed top, please bring to Karen Miller as she has offered to quilt any completed quilt for free. Additionally, if you have batting, backing or binding to donate, they are accepting that as well.  Thank you for your time and energy – Love is Love is Love! 

QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge

“Listen” Block by Bunnie

Thanks Susan for the update on the 2017 Quilt Con Charity Quilt!  Thank you Bunnie for sharing your work “Listen,” which looks amazing. Reminder: Words are due to Susan at this month’s sew or the July meeting.  If you can’t make either, please be sure get them to Susan some other way.  Additionally, if you have any leftover fabric, please bring it to the July meeting.  Be sure to join us at the August sew to help design and put together the quilt!  For more information, please see our blog post QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt Challenge.

Show off your mad quilty SKILLZ

We are looking for individuals who would like to demo a technique at an upcoming meeting.  What can you share with the group? Tips on block construction, binding, label making, appliqué, precise cutting, improv, fun with colors, pillow making, bag making, how to find swaps on-line, etc…we’d love to see it!

🔔 Reminders:

·         The challenge is due at the July 28 meeting!

·         The Weekend Sew is scheduled for July 10, 2016 at Cosmic Quilting 12 to 4.

·         See you our next meeting, July 28th, 2016 at Cosmic Quilting

Written by Lisa, with edits/additions by Karen

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

 

June Block Lotto – Improv X

This month’s Block Lotto is a tiny dip in the world of improv piecing. The basic block is Crosscut Blocks by @aquilterstable (link to incredible tutorial). Our colors are Kona Denim for the background and fabrics that coordinate with Kona Pomegranate and Kona Sprout.

In addition to the background fabric you received, you’ll need 1″ strips of coordinating fabrics to make the “X.” The strips should be about an inch longer than the diagonal of the background square.

If you’re participating and sharing on FB or IG, please use #crosscutblocks #blocklotto #ocmqg so we can find your progress!

Below is the process in photos (see @aquilterstable’s tutorial if you need better instructions).

Cut the 10″ square block from corner to corner.

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2. Cut background fabric from corner to corner

Cut 2 – 1″ strips for each block, approximately 15.5″ long. These should be longer then the diagonal of the 10″ square blog

Sew one strip to the long side of the first triangle. Press.

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4. Sew strip to long side of triangle

Sew the long side of the second triangle to the other side of the strip.

Cut the square in half diagonally, across the center strip.

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6. Cut square from corner to corner

Sew the second strip to the long side of the first triangle. Press.

Sew the second triangle to the strip. The photo below shows how to center the pieces so the cross pieces are closely aligned. These DO NOT need to be perfectly aligned. Press.

Et Viola! Finished Block Lotto block.

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Trim finished block to 9.5″

 

You might be wondering … where’s the improv in this one block? Well, for me it’s about not having (and not trying to have) that cross *perfectly* aligned. Which can be difficult if you’re used to perfectly matching points.

The other part is actually cutting into a block, across something you’ve already pieced together. That’s another huge step for someone who’s never done improv.

If you are the winner, you have some options:

  1. Sew the blocks together in a traditional manner and quilt. Pretty….IMG_7268

2. Or continue with more improv. Sew together as in the above picture, then using a 6.5″ square ruler, cut the fabric into smaller squares, and re-assemble!

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