Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Oklahoma Tornado Relief - Moore Love

Thank you to everyone who has offered their help and have been so patient with us as we try to devise a plan.  Many wonderful ideas were sent to us, our guild members had many fabulous thoughts, and we discussed them all at our meeting last night.

We know you want something tangible to go to the victims of these horrific tornadoes.  We have had many offers of completed quilts, and due to limited man power on our end, we have decided to ask everyone to send completed quilts to our guild rather than blocks.  It could be a quilt you have waiting for a good home, a new one you want to make special just for someone in need, it can be modern, traditional, any size, any colors, made by an individual or a group.  You send us your completed quilts and we will get them to those in need.

Quilts will be due to the OKC Modern Quilt Guild by June 30th.  If you e-mail us at we will get an address to you.

Our guild will also be creating two quilts to raise money for two charities in the form of a drawing, as money is a big need for that area right now.  That post should go up about mid June so please stay on the lookout for that one!

Thank you for your outpouring of support, love, positive thoughts, prayers... and quilts!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Stay Tuned...

Hi Everyone,

First and foremost we here in the OKC Metro Area want to thank you for all of the prayers and positive thinking you have sent our way.  It appears as though everyone in our guild is doing well; however, as you all know by now this is not the case for so many friends, families, and "Oklahomies" in Shawnee and Moore, OK.  These people are in need of so many things right now, but they are also still living in a state of chaos for the most part.  They are being very careful with who they allow into that area at this time.

Our guild is holding an emergency meeting tonight to go over our options for assistance and we certainly would love help from everyone that is willing.  We have already received multiple e-mails and facebook messages, and we appreciate each and every one of them.  We are quickly organizing ourselves and will have a fully formulated plan in place tonight.  So, please stay tuned for further information tonight and tomorrow.

You will be able to find information here on the blog, our public facebook page, member blogs, and we will do our very best to spread the word throughout facebook, other blogs, and the Modern Quilt Guild.

Please bear with us as we work towards organizing this wonderful effort to help those in need!  Thank you, and we'll be back with more information soon!

Much love from Oklahoma!

OKC Modern Quilt Guild

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Block-of-the-Month

Hey everyone, it's Andrea here bringing you the block of the month for May!  

I have a fat quarter pack of the Michael Miller cotton couture QuiltCon colors that I’ve been dying to cut into.  When I saw this block I thought it could be very cool to vary the colors from block to block using the QuiltCon colors.  The block is called “Binary” and is designed by Angela Pingel.  While it looks simple enough, it is important to be precise in your cutting so that everything lines up properly.  


Let’s get started!

Cutting Your Fabric:
From your background fabric (in this case, white) you will cut:
1.  2 strips 3 ½” x 12 ½”
2.  1 strip 2 ½” x 12 ½”
3.  8 strips 2 ½” x 1 ½”
4.  2 squares 2 ½” x 2 ½”  
5.  From your four colors you will cut:
    (in this case dark grey, light grey, orange and lime green)
     (a)  1 rectangle 1 ½” x 2 ½”; and 
     (b)  1 square 2 ½” x 2 ½” from each color

1.  Using my completed block photo as a guide, arrange the two columns using the 1 ½” x 2 ½” white and colored rectangles and the 2 ½” x 2 ½” white and colored squares.

2.  Sew the colored pieces to the white pieces using a ¼” seam allowance with right sides together. 

3.  Once your two columns are complete, take them and sew to either side of the 2 ½’ x 12 ½” white strip with right sides together.  Press your seams away from the pieced columns.

4.  Add your 3 ½” x 12 ½” white strip to either side of your block from Step 3.  Press the seams away from the pieced columns.

5.  Trim the block to 12 ½” x 12 ½”

Voila!  You are finished!!  This block has a lot of possibilities including, but not limited to, rotating the block 90 degrees or switching up the colors from block to block.  

Have fun!

For those of you at home keeping score, here's where we are!