Saturday, February 6, 2016

Our Blog has Moved!

We are re-vamping our on-line presence and have decided to move our blog to Orange County MQG.

As of February 6, 2016, we will no longer be updating our blogger website.

The new site will include the same features of this blog, but with additional content and connections to other Modern Quilt Guilds, local resources, and events. We will also start including more articles on the topics our members want to hear about most - MODERN QUILTING!

In other exciting news - we are now on Instagram - follow us @OCMQG.

Take a look at our new blog: Orange County MQG

Friday, February 5, 2016

During January's meeting, we had two suggestions for doing a block or quilt of the month club.

The first is through Lucky Spool Media called "Mighty Lucky Quilting Club."

Mighty Lucky Member ButtonFrom their site:
Just as with a “Mystery Block of the Month Club,” when you join the Mighty Lucky Quilt Club, you’ll receive a single challenge or project idea each month. Unlike a mystery BOM club, though, these projects are focused on increasing your design skills rather than simply completing a specific block or section of a quilt.

There is already an active on-line community using #mightylucky to tag their progress and share their success!

Cost is $5/month or $50.

If you are an OCMQG member, we may be able to get a discount. Please contact Lisa if you're interested.

The second is The Splendid Sampler. As the project creators worded it: "The Splendid Sampler is a year long 100 block ‘Epic Adventure’ of quilt making." If you're up for a different type of challenge, why not check this one out and make it modern?

 This quilt along will have a Facebook group and will be using #TheSplendidSampler.

This is a free quilt along - the first block is on Valentine's Day and goes through February 2017. They will be publishing a book in March 2017, so the patterns will only be free until then.

What other quilt alongs interest you? Leave your comments below!

Monday, February 1, 2016

OCMQG January Meeting Recap

Welcome 2016! 

Our first meeting of the year was held at Cecile’s Studio and was a rousing success. We had many members returning and new members sign up.  Check our flickr link for the amazing quilts our members are working on or have finished.

Thank you to JayBird Quilts and Elizabeth Hartman! for donating quilt patterns for our monthly raffle.
L to R: Shelly, Peggy, and Trudy

Make it Happen in 2016!

We asked our members what they set for their quilting goals for this year and this is what they said: 

1. Practice free motion quilting on a long arm machine
2. Start sewing again!
3. Finish at least one UFO per month before starting a new project
4. Quilt my stash

What are your goals for this year?

2016 Guild Challenge #1 - Due March 24th!

Members present in March's meeting will vote on the quilts and the winner will receive a prize!

Modernize a traditional Quilt State Star or A Log Cabin Pattern
Link for ideas: Quilters Corner Club
One side needs to be at least 20" long
Must be completed
Must be a member of OCMQG to participate

How would you make these modern?
Star Block Examples
Log Cabin Examples
Join us on February 25th at Cosmic Quilting for our next monthly meeting and.... 
   ...Bring your finished projects (we love to OOHH & AAHHH)
      ...Bring projects where you are stuck and need suggestions
         ...Bring a friend
            ...Bring yourself!