Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WIP Wednesday

The WIPs are few and far between this week.  Me thinks that most people are working on projects for the upcoming OKCMQG Show in June.  The submission form for the show will be up on the blog May 1-15th!

Now, on to the WIPs.

I have two projects going on right now.  Well, two quilting ones at least.  The first is for the Newbie Quilt-Along I have starting on my blog in May.  Right now the blocks are done and are waiting in a pile for me to put together into the quilt top.  I wish I could remember all of the fabrics I have going on in this one.  Most are from a Michael Miller line, and my binding and backing fabrics are from the "A Stitch in Color" line.

My second project is my first English Paper Piecing project.  OH MY GOODNESS!  Talk about fun!!!  (Sorry, I'm a nerd.)  I am immensely enjoying this little project.  I started out with just a wall hanging size, but hope to sometime make a nice throw sized quilt with this technique.  I'm doing "hand quilting" on it with some pearl cotton at the moment.  The background fabric is a lovely handkerchief linen.

Leslie is in the midst of designing a transparency quilt using a curved ruler.  I'm loving the colors in this block and look forward to seeing the overall effect.  Since it's Leslie's it's sure to be superb!

And lastly, but certainly not least, we have Agnes' "Avalon" quilt.  OH. MY!  :)  This finished up splendidly, and I hope she does submit it for the upcoming quilt show...remember, can submit 3 large quilts!!!  ;)  She made it for her daughter's birthday.  Isn't that sweet?!  Maybe she'll adopt me.  HA!
I hope you all have a fabulous week, and get a lot accomplished.  I'm in a flurry getting ready for a vacation without the kiddos.  EEK!  (That's an "eek" of both excitement and nerves.)  But, don't worry!  There will be our first "Coffee Talk Tuesday" to look forward to...which funnily won't happen until a Thursday so we can remind you about the submission form going up on the blog on Tuesday.  Oy!  Confusing.

Sew long for now,

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sew Day = Fun Day!

This past Saturday was a Sew Day for the OKCMQG!  :)  We had non-stop sewing time from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  And honestly...I could have gone longer.  HA!

While the turn out was small we had a blast and I think everyone accomplished a good bit.  Elizabeth stopped in for a bit to say hi and did some hand sewing.  I wish I had thought to snap a picture of her.  Sorry, Elizabeth!

We had some very deep discussion while we worked...quilt show, our next meeting, techniques, quilt ideas, blogs, copyright issues, and movies...  Specifically Hunger Games v. Twilight (which had better translation from book to movie and how writers of young adult novels need to step up their writing abilities), and my undying love for my favorite movie...TITANIC!!!  ;)  Seriously ladies...I'm going on're welcome to join me.

Okay...sorry about that...back to quilting!  Leslie spent her time quilting and binding this cheery quilt:

 She kept mentioning how relaxed she felt while working compared to her time at home.  I think most of us felt that way.  No pressure to work at a rapid fire pace before someone interrupts you.

Agnes was hard at work on her Avalon quilt with Michael Miller Poppies fabrics.  It's turning out GREAT!!  She sent me an update yesterday.
 It's incredible right?

Crystal spent her time trimming, and trimming, and trimming some more.  Poor thing!  But, it will be so worth it in the end.  She had a MASSIVE pile of little fabric slivers/strips by the time she was done.
 Stephanie cut up a layer cake into these large hexies and was sewing them together with y-seams.  We were very interested as y-seams aren't much fun.  She finished the quilt top and it turned out gorgeous!  Hopefully she'll bring it to Saturday's meeting.
Angela's machine was giving her problems so she had to borrow one from her church.  It was this amazing little Featherweight.  JEALOUS!  It sounded beautiful as she worked.  And her pieces weren't too shabby either!
I would be game for one of these like once a month.  Heck, forget meetings...let's just have sew days!!!

On that note...don't forget about the meeting on Saturday.  Info is on the right hand side of the blog or under the meetings/events tab at the top.  :)  Hope to see you there!


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Quilt Show Submission Information

Submissions for the quilt show are just around the corner.  A form will be going up on the blog May 1 - 15.  But, we wanted to give you a heads up as to the ground rules for submissions.  :)

Submission dates for The Oklahoma City Modern Quilt Show 'Defining [mod ern]' will be open from May 1st- May 15th. All quilts must be 100% finished at time of submission. Due to limited gallery space, Quilts by paid members of the OKCMQG will take precedence but outside submissions will be considered. If you are not a paid member of the OKCMQG and your quilt is selected, a $10 fee will be requested along with the cost of shipping if applicable.  Quilts will be displayed at The Parish during Live on the Plaza in Oklahoma City on June 8th with a limited number of quilts remaining on display for a week after the show. You will be contacted before June 1st on which quilts were accepted and not, Drop off and Pick up of the quilts will be arranged at a later date.

1) You may submit a total of 3 quilts for consideration. Please fill out a separate submission form for each quilt.
2) At least 1 photo, with a limit of 3, will be required for each submission. Please email these  to with the title of your quilt followed by your name in the subject  I.e. Wavey Lines by Jane Doe. Please send a separate email for each quilt submission
3) Entries selected from digital images are subject to additional evaluation when the actual quilt arrives at the show. At the time of arrival, the head of the submission committee or show committee reserves the right to reject the entry and override the selection committee's initial decision if the quilt is found to vary from the submitted photos or doesn't appear to be in a finished state. 
4) The submission process does not include smaller items I.e. bags, pin cushions, quilt blocks, etc. Anything over 36" is considered a quilt and will need to go through the submission process.  2 additional items may be dropped off during the designated quilt drop off times and will be displayed as needed. 
5) The Opportunity to sell your quilt will be available. The Parish has a commission of 20% for each sale and the OKCMQG will commission 5% of the sale as well with our cut going into a fund for future quilt shows. Further Info will be provided to you in the case your quilt is selected.   

Legal Clause:
By submitting your quilt for display you agree that The Oklahoma City Modern Quilt Guild and The Parish can not be held responsible for damage. Measures will be taken to ensure the public is aware that the items on display are works of arts and are to be treated as such. You are also agreeing your quilt may be photographed and published with proper credit being given. 

It's all so exciting!  Can't wait to see the submissions and what gets picked.  :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

WIP Wednesday

 It's that time again folks!  :)  See what some of us are up to this week:

Erin is free motion quilting the groups "habitat" quilt.  She is using the pieced side as a grid for the quilting curves in gray thread.  Very impressive!  

Angela made this jelly roll quilt using the Sweetwater line "Reunion" for Moda.  The technique sounds very interesting, in that as you create the quilt you don't actually know how it's going to look when it's won't know how your strips will end up.  And what makes this even more fun is it is from a class given by our very own Jemellia!  :)  I need to sign up for that...looks fun and quick.

How funny is Angela's son in this picture, by the way?  :)
Agnes is cutting pieces for her "Avalon" quilt, using Michael Miller "Poppy Fabrics."  This pattern combined with Agnes' sense of color is going to be stunning!  She plans to bring this along to our Sew Day on Saturday.

I for one am looking forward to Sew Day!!!  So if you're a member or are interested in finding out more about our group (and perhaps joining) join us for the Sew Day this Saturday.  It begins at 9:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Edmond.  Please bring a snack to share (label any snacks that contain gluten or tree nuts) and your lunch.  Hope to see you there!  I'll be the one with stacks and stacks of projects looking completely overwhelmed.  ;)