Monday, July 25, 2016

Last week for buying Hip to be Square raffle tickets

After months of selling tickets, it's about time to draw a winner for our OKCMQG Charity Quilt!

If you've been putting it off, don't waste any more time before buying your tickets and supporting Anna's House Foundation, providing Foster Family Support in Oklahoma.

Go to the button on the right side of our blog where it says "Donate". Tickets are 1 for $1 or 6 for $5. Tell your friends! Spread the word! We want to give Anna's House as generous a gift as possible!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Flaunt Your Finish- June 2016

Are you in a summer slump or having a summer jump? I don't know if that makes sense, but let's go with it and see what our members are pumping out this summer!

Agnes always has something cooking. She made a gorgeous baby quilt for a friend in Hungary using the Astrodelic pattern. Check out what those quilted swirls do for the border! 

Agnes and her neighborhood craft group have come up with a great welcome gift for new neighbors- stenciled tote bags. Love it! So many possibilities!

Debbie finished this beautiful quilt with fabrics by David Butler of Parson Gray. She pieced it and the lovely quilting is by Wanda Pinkerton.


Elizabeth took an old quilt top she had from a swap and made it into a gift for her niece, nicknamed Squirrel. The back is perfect!  I have eyed that fabric many times just because it makes me smile.

Cynthia sent in this beautiful pillow. I love the knocked down pot! That's how some of my plants are looking right about now- ha!

Chanda sent in her Budapest challenge! I love the Bohemian feel! Great use of a rich color palette.

Melissa finished up this gorgeous quilt for her son, Lane. In her words- "He has been begging for a new one for months. He wanted orange and blue, and he also picked out the Carolyn Friedlander print for the white area. I quilted the solid areas with 'organic' lines using my free motion foot and the white areas with a meandering design. It's backed with Carolyn Friedlander's wide back in blue crosshatch."

Love the combination! Simple but with so much depth! 

Last but not least, Dee Dee made this as a gift for a friend with cancer. I am sure this beautiful gift will bring her much comfort as she gets through this!

We don't have a meeting in July, so save up your finishes to be featured in next month's Flaunt Your Finish! Thank you to all our members for sharing your art with us!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Show and Share- June 2016 Meeting

June is the traditional month of our guild social, and we had a great time chatting and visiting last week.

And as always, our members brought their summertime A game to show and share!

Bob went above and beyond! Crafters gonna craft.
Hi Bob!
The Secret Sewsociety small group did these amazing nautical flag themed quilts. Here is Ann S.'s!
Debbie's nautical quilt was also inspiring- love those colors.
And check out that awesome quilting!
Becky's used a pale blue as a neutral. Perfect pair for the sea.
Celeste is in a group that makes dignity quilts for the VA. Here is a great alternative log cabin quilt block they are using.
She also made an adorable seersucker dress. The summertime dress code!
Regina's flag pillow is perfect for the summer holidays.
Melissa participated in the Hoffman Fabrics challenge with Me + You Batiks- so original and modern. Love it!
Maria made this beautiful piece for her friends who love the southwest.
Chanda's great owl wall hanging for her office at the library. 
And her awesome halloween wall hanging. Bats!
The Anns brought their Riley Blake Fabric Challenge pieces. Here is Ann S's.
And here is Ann W's!
With a bright Swahili fabric on the back.
July is our month off for the year, so we look forward to seeing everyone at our August meeting! Keep sewing!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

#QuiltsforPulse Charity Drive

We share in the collective grief for all of the victims and survivors of the mass shooting at Pulse in Orlando. In conjunction with the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild and the National Modern Quilt Guild, we are participating in a quilt drive.

We are asking our members to make blocks following the Love Wins pattern by What the Bobbin.

Members need to have blocks to Maria A. by July 21; we will be receiving more info via email, meetings, and our Facebook group.

If you would like to participate individually, the Modern Quilt Guild has info for you on their website.

Quilters know that sewing and quilting is an act of love and a gift of comfort to the recipients, and has been so for hundreds of years. Let's show our love and support those who are suffering now. <3

Block by Maria
Block by Elizabeth

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Flaunt Your Finishes for May

Let's see what our members have been up to this month! It's a season of gift giving, and it shows in this month's submissions.

First up is Ann S. She says-

Completed the set of wine coasters and placemats for a May bridal shower gift preceding the June wedding. The coasters are a redraft of the fantastic ones made from three folded hexagons on top and one on the bottom. I remade these using octagons instead because of the shape of the bride-to-be’s engagement ring. THAT was a shape no sewist could pass up (and maybe inspiration for a future quilt for the couple). From one charm pack, I made a set of eight wine coasters (centers unfold like petals and will hold a wine glass stem) with Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Flax on the reverse. Placemats are the same linen with accents from a second charm pack.

Due to recovering from my hand surgery, dear Debbie Wanzer helped me trim them out mid-process! What a great friend!

A great friend, indeed! What a lovely gift.

Next up we hear from Agnes, who did another graduation gift quilt. What lucky grads! She said she wanted to use a new pattern-

This is half-rectangle triangles in mostly purple fabric. It was fun to put to use some of what we had learnt at Beth's color wheel class!

She also turned out an adorable dress. The model is pretty amazing, too!

Then this sweet Good Deeds Dress free pattern on Craftsy (by Elysium Patterns) caught my eye. I had to do a quick pattern test to see if it would work for a charitable project. It has no buttons or zipper, and you can make it with ready made bias edge too.

Trina has been a gift giving machine! And how lucky are these recipients?

Her awesome nephew is receiving an equally awesome arrow, Cotton and Steel quilt for his birthday. Future heirloom!

And her niece turned 15 and received another Cotton and Steel arrow quilt- wowsa! What a great aunt.

And check out this amazing quilt for the principal at her children's elementary school. Perfect for a Deer Creek principal! What a great appreciation gift! 

Chanda added a great seasonal wall hanging to her rotation with this halloween piece. 

And since Chanda is a school librarian whose office has an owl theme, this is a perfect, bright addition to her school. 

Celeste finished this mug rug made for a swap between the MoDerns from The NAQG.

Ann W (your humble author) finished up a purse for myself. I've been wanting to make something for myself using these great Hawthorne Threads fabrics!

Keep on sewing, friends!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Melissa Averinos Workshop- Coming October 9th

The Oklahoma City Modern Quilt Guild is happy to welcome Melissa Averinos to our guild to do her famous Faces workshop and also be at our October meeting.

We'd like to welcome members of the public to sign up for her workshop and attend our meeting as a visitor in October (cost to attend our meeting as a visitor in October will be $5. Most months it is free).

Click below to sign up for her workshop on October 9, 2016 from 9am - 4:30pm. There will be two three-hour sessions with lunch in between. Please arrive at 8:30 a.m. so you’ll have time to get settled in to your work area.

Class will be held at Journey Quilt Company at 16502 N. Pennsylvania in Edmond, just north of 164th/15th Street.

If you have registered/paid but cannot attend, please notify us as soon as possible. We will attempt to fill your spot from our waiting list and issue a refund only when ‘your’ place is sold. If there is no waiting list, we will notify you so you may attempt to fill the slot and transfer admission on your own. Please notify us so our class roll is accurate.
Melissa with her BEST IN SHOW winning Quilt- My Brother's Jeans- at Quiltcon 2016

If the class is SOLD OUT, you will be directed to a page with an email address to add your name to a waiting list should an already-registered student not be able to attend. Additionally, if for some reason PayPal accepts payments after class capacity of 16 is filled, only the first 16 registrations will be honored. Those erroneously charged will be refunded.

Further/revised details and materials list will be available to students closer to class date.

We are excited to host Melissa and offer the opportunity for members and the public to learn from her! 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

President's Challenge for 2016- Modern Color

Have you looked in your stash and said, “I must really like color X?”

Well, have I got the challenge for you! For the 2017 Winter Quilt Show in January, it would be awesome to show what you can do with color. This will be the fourth year OKCMQG will be showing a Modern collection of quilts at the WQS—and I would like to issue a challenge. It is pretty simple: make a quilt using your favorite color.

Here are the guidelines.

Size Whatever you want...well, at the very least a mini (24” x 24”) and feel free to make it larger (remember—we HAVE SPACE just for you)

Color Must be at least 75% of one color family and 25% other color(s), or ALL one color family.

Style Modern, with identifiable modern elements

Due October 10 Meeting - This is a 6-month challenge

That’s it. Need inspiration? Check out our Pinterest Board- “Color Quilts” 

Our goal is to fill up our WQS space with all of your Modern Color challenge pieces* so the greater the participation, the bolder the impact!

Want to see your entry in print? Submit a high-res photo of your challenge piece and the Guild will vote (in October) for the image to represent our “Modern Color” display that’s published in the WQS program!

-Shirlene, OKCMQG President

*Along with Modern Color challenge pieces, new quilts that were not displayed in the 2016 WQS will be accepted for 2017 WQS.