Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Monthly Meeting for January 2016

Happy new year to our quilty friends!

It was a joy to see each other at our first monthly meeting of 2016.

We covered some new business, including the details of the ACE Program. We are also currently batting around ideas for a possible show this fall, so stay tuned for more information.

Our members showed off some lovely finishes for the month!

Shirlene made this awesome Sew Date Traveler that she is already putting to good use.

Agnes made a lovely fall/winter version of the Noodlehead Gingham Tote.

Paula has a fresh take on a Crown Royal bag quilt, and the back is really a stunner!

Her Colorado-dwelling son will love it!

Dana's Fancy Fox quilt was certainly a fan favorite at the OKC Winter Quilt show and at our meeting.

Chanda made some very cool folding-technique potholders as Christmas gifts (but had to keep one, of course!)

She also shared her Michael Miller MQG challenge piece that she didn't quite finish in time. But isn't it amazing?!

Phoebe shared one of her artistic new year's resolutions, which is to make one mini quilt a week. She wants to use this as a way to practice free motion quilting on her machine. What a great idea! I can't wait to see what she accomplishes in this year of creativity!

Elizabeth shared the quilt she submitted in the Winter Quilt Show- friendship beads! Bright and fun just like Elizabeth.

Jana showed us the baptist fan pattern quilting she did on one of her customer's pieces. So lovely to see a traditional pattern that can also add a modern spin to a project!

Bob has been busy. He sewed a banner for his Scandinavian Club's Christmas Smorgasbord.

He also made some great bags to put his sisters' Christmas presents in, but your humble photographer didn't get a great picture.

Jemellia's labor of love has been this lovely version of the Big Game quilt. She used her favorite fabrics from Liberty of London to create this delightful piece.

Leslie made this stunning piece for the Winter Quilt Show from ombre fabric. The effect is dazzling!

Shirlene also had two pieces that she showed in the Winter Quilt Show. This one had lovely gradations of blacks and purples.

And who doesn't love the Cotton + Steel ghost bunnies print for the back?

Shirlene also made a lovely variation on a nine patch quilt using Gardenville fabric.

The back was actually made of panels, which gave it this modern effect.

And she showed us her Quilter's Planner!

It was a great time and we look forward to next month, where we'll spend some time getting to know fellow OKCMQG members.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New initiative- ACE program!

For those who were at our monthly meeting last night, the board was excited to announce a new initiative to help our members get more involved with our community, each other, and the art of quilt making.

The ACE program gives members a chance to earn three pins throughout the year in recognition of three different aspects of the mission of the OKC Modern Quilt Guild. To earn a pin, simply complete three activities from each category. You can earn pins one at a time- no need to rush!

Here are some sample activities for each category, but there is freedom to come up with your own!

Art (making)-

  • Have Quilt in Guild Show
  • Show & Share Modern Quilt
  • Participate in block exchange or group quilt
  • Participate in Swaps or Challenges

Community (external to guild)- 

  • Complete Charity Quilt
  • Participate in Charity Sew Day
  • Make Stockings or other guild charity project
  • Quilts of Valor


  • Do a Demo – at a meeting or for the blog
  • Do a Presentation
  • Contribute to newsletter
  • Work the booth at the Winter Quilt Show
  • Go to other guilds to sell tickets for the raffle quilt (can also count as Community)
You can also find the info on this downloadable PDF.

Achievement pins will be presented during each meeting after Show & Share – you will be asked to share your completed activities with the guild to encourage others to participate in this endeavor.

Some activities may fall into multiple categories; however, we ask that you only count each activity toward one pin. We won't be tracking your activities; this is an honor system driven program.

The list is intended to serve as examples for each category- feel free to come up with your own tasks!

We are excited to use this program to help our members get more involved with the community and grow in the art of modern quilting!

If you have any questions, please direct them to any board member or to okcmqg at gmail dot com

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2016 Charity Raffle Quilt: Hip to Be Square

We are thrilled to unveil Hip to Be Square, the 2016 Charity Raffle Quilt made by members of the Oklahoma City Modern Quilt Guild! 

Yes! YOU have a chance to win this vibrant quilt! 

Details on how to enter are at the end of this post.

Hip to Be Square
Hip to Be Square is a collection of approximately 100 vibrant colored squares made by dozens of OKCMGQ members. 

Guild members were given the direction to make a 6-inch or 12-inch block of concentric squares using solid colored, 100% cotton fabric. They could use any color (except shades of brown) and were required to use at least 3 different colors per block. The widths of the concentric squares were up to each sewist.

The blocks were collected and assembled into a quilt top by guild member, Leslie Lamb.

The quilt was then quilted, using a cotton batting, with various free-motion designs by guild member, Beth Furnish of Bunza Quilting.

All proceeds from the raffle will benefit The Anna's House Foundation, a community of several homes in Luther, Oklahoma dedicated to providing foster children with a stable and nurturing home environment until a more permanent/long term foster or kinship placement can be found.  This unique community serves as an alternative to the continuously over crowded shelter system and the high probability of multiple moves. 

A black cotton binding frames the quilt and makes the colorful blocks pop!

Oops! I almost forgot the back (literally). Hip to Be Square has a smattering of colorful blocks on the back and measures approximately 75" x 79". 

1 Chance = $1.00
6 Chances = $5.00

Winner drawn July 31, 2016

Purchase your chances to win with our 
Raffle Quilt PayPal button at the top of the sidebar. 

Online purchases must be a minimum of $5.00. 
That's 6 chances, which is more bang for your buck!

All tickets (online and physical) will be combined. 
The winner will be drawn July 31, 2016 and announced here, on the blog. 
Winner will be contacted the same day via email or phone.

Thank you for your participation and best of luck!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Flaunt Your Finish: December 2015

We hope you've had a terrific year! We've had a great year of beautiful projects from our Guild members and we're wrapping up 2015 with our December Flaunt Your Finish.

Don't forget to link up a project you finished during the month of December at the end of this post!

While most of her friends were sewing Christmas dresses, Robyn decided to try her hand at a romper that celebrated another December event - the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She had wanted to try the Sweet Comfy Romper by Puperita for her 5-month-old son, and this particular Star Wars print proved just too much to resist. Unfortunately, she didn't have it ready in time for premiere day, but here he is wearing and enjoying it early the next week! I'm sure the romper is cute, but I can't stop looking at the baby!

Robert made these 9” x 11” bags for his sister’s Christmas mugs. What a great gift bag idea!

Robert also made this 17” x 55” Jul banner for his Scandinavian club’s smorgasbord.  “God Jul” is how Swedes & Norwegians say Merry Christmas. 

This is a paper pieced pattern that Angie has been wanting to try since someone suggested it back in September. She did the rough draft of the pattern right after that but never had time to actually put it together until this month. It will eventually become a pillow but "who knows how long that will take?", says Angie. Look at that face!

Ann S. managed to knock out two Fat Quarter quilts for family members for Christmas. Both quilted by Trish Maxwell. Our daughter-in-law is a big OU fan (went there for a semester or two, I think) so this was HER ‘school quilt.’ I bought these pattern FQs off our Guild Marketplace from Katie Cox. I used large cuts to keep the print from getting too chopped up, make it quicker to put together, and be more durable.

There’s no fabric line for Oklahoma City University, her husband's son’s alma mater, so Ann S. chose Starfleet Academy. Works just as well. This was actually the first of the two I planned out and knew I didn’t want the print cut up too much. It has a perfect moda Grunge Black on the back—dark and ominous like space. Glad to get these two finished — DONE is better than perfect!

Also from Ann S., more drawstring bags. And here's the FREE PATTERN from In Color Order. 

After all that OU-ing, I needed to cleanse my palate. This was for our neighbor who is a fervent OSU booster. 

And this one was designed and pieced to mimic a Mondrian theme. Turned out well, but doing it in a hurry to meet a deadline was maddening. I interfaced the 3/4” black strips in hopes of reducing tug and twist. Effective but had to shear down every seam afterwards so they’d lay flat. Great job, Ann!

Ann S. also made these wine glass coasters for her friend and book club leader. She’s also one fantastic collage artist so the fabric only seemed natural! Becky S. made Ann a set last year and she loves them!

Shirlene has been sewing for babies this month.  She made a couple of Self-Binding baby blankets from Missouri Star Quilt Company's Block Idea book from late Summer Vol 1 Issue 4, or you can watch from their tutorial http://youtube/lqwdNqMZ8Ro.  This one is for a work friend. I love flannel baby blankets!

Shirlene also completed this baby carrier canopy for a friend.  She found this version on Mommy by Day Crafter by Night on Pinterest.  

This next project was 18 months in the making for Agnes. Claire Shaeffer's Vogue 8804 "Chanel" jacket should be called "Blood, Sweat, and Tears". My friends, it has over 90 steps, and even hobbyists with serious garment sewing background agree that it requires a minimum of 80 (!) working hours. But it is all worthwhile in the end, and you learn so much along the way! I highly recommend :-) What an amazing job!

Agnes' next project is a green-on-green quilt she made with half square triangles. You know that shortcut where you place two squares of fabrics right sides together, sew around the perimeter and cut along the two diagonals to get 4 nice and quick half square triangles?  DON'T DO IT!  You basically get a quilt whose EVERY square has all bias edges. It is a pain! I had to quilt the heck out of it, and play with the binding to finally make it more-or-less straight! I do love the mix of solids and patterned fabric though! We love it too!

And finally, from Agnes...a little postcard/mug rug to herald in the holidays. This is a block from last year's #haveyourselfaquiltylittlechristmas Quilt-Along by Bee In My Bonnet

A Christmas gift for her sister, Ann W. made this quilt from Cotton and Steel fabric and backed in chambray. It was a hit! No doubt she loved it, it looks great!

Vicki made this cute stocking for her granddaughter's first Christmas.

Vicki has been calling this the "drama quilt". It has survived coffee being spilled on it, perle cotton thread that wasn't colorfast after all, and a wet navy blue tote bag that faded on it. Even when I finished it I found little spots that look like rust stains! I am glad to finally be able say that this drama is over. At least I hope that it is! It looks great to us!

Beth made Shannon Brinkley's Trip Around the World as a twin size quilt for a dear friend in Germany with whom she reconnected with last year after 20+ years.  She used Carolyn Friedlander's ledger fabric for the equatorial zone and tried to make the quilting like the jet stream, accented by big stitches, as well as the prime meridian. This is the first time Beth has used big stitches in a quilt and she is HOOKED! Wow!

Beth also used Shannon Brinkley's scrappy bits applique method to make another quilt "Hirsch" for her dear friend's parents in Germany. They hosted Beth for a few months when she was in college trying to become fluent in German. 

Thanks to all for sharing your terrific projects. Now it's your turn to link up below.

Check back next year (ha, ha) for a chance to win our 2016 Raffle Quilt.

Best wishes for a happy 2016!