Thursday, March 13, 2014

Meeting Recap: March 2014

We’ve hit the big 5-0!

50 members, that is. Here’s a BIG WELCOME to our new members and a heartfelt “thanks for sticking around” to our returning members. Our growth is exciting!

We have SO MUCH going on! If you miss a meeting, there are many ways to stay informed:
  1. Read our monthly newsletter. If you are not getting our newsletter by email, please let President Ann know;
  2. Peruse this blog. Dates at a glance are on the side bar to the right. For more details, make your selection from the many topics on top menu bar; and
  3. Check in on Facebook. There’s a lot of fun, casual conversation that happens on Facebook.


For our March meeting, Teresa (Midnight Latte Designs), Jemellia (JemJam), Elizabeth (Pieceful Life), Candace (Saltwater Quilts) and I  (Leslie Unfinished) sat on a panel for a discussion about blogging. Amanda L. (The Cozy Pumpkin) was our moderator as we shared why we each began blogging and the techniques we’ve used to gain followers. Click MEMBER BLOGS on our top menu and discover blogs created by OKCMQG members. If you have any questions about starting your own blog, I know any one of them would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

One of the best things about having 50 members is MORE Show & Share! It moves pretty quickly, and I try to jot down the inspiration and ideas behind the project in between photos…but we had a lot to share this month and so my comments are short…and hopefully correct :) Such a nice complication to have!

Bri was participating in a Stash Bee and used up some of her odds & ends for this cute quilt.

Elizabeth A. used scraps from a quilt she made for her 5-year old daughter to make this wall hanging for her daughter’s room they are redecorating.

Kristine showed us this paper pieced dinosaur she received from Tartan Kiwi. 

Kristine also has a head start on Christmas! She completed this needlepoint stocking.

Elizabeth R. has been participating in a Scrappy Trip Along. She's hand-quilting with big chunky stitches.

A week or so ago, Audra posted on Facebook that her husband announced “So and so just had twins, can you make them two quilts?” Oh, yes, she can!

Agnes is presenting Fabric Printing at our April Meeting. She brought this teaser along to get us excited. It was printed using a potato and a “plastic thingy I found on the floor”.

Agnes also made these “mats” for lack of a better word from small scraps of fabric and then densely quilted them. The idea could be used many different ways.

Laura J. tested a pattern from Laura Burke and I’d say it was a great success!

Laura J. also was the only one to complete a top with our 2013 Block-of-the-Month series. Yay Laura!

Karen used pre-cuts (a jelly roll and a charm pack) to make this lovely quilt. I’m a big fan of this fabric line too! (Comma by ZenChic)

It’s true that Modern Quilters don’t have to be modern all the time. Rebecca was asked to join a more traditional challenge group that made use of lots and lots of half-square triangles. Congratulations Rebecca, for being the only one in the group to complete a BIG quilt top!

Ever wonder what you can make with those mini-charm packs? How about a Plus Quilt like this one that Angie made? She used about 5 mini-charm packs.

If you’ve been keeping track…Angie has been sponsoring a Big City Bags Sew Along on her blog, Sewing With Squeak. Here’s the latest bag!

Becca made this lovely French Rose quilt for her daughter. The roses are layers of “raw edge” flowers sewn on.

Shana completed this curved quilt top. When completed, she’ll donate it to a not-yet-decided-upon charity. So nice!

Whew! That was one of our biggest Show & Shares yet. We hope you’ve found some inspiration or motivation to complete your own projects. Remember to check with us at the end of the month for Flaunt Your Finish, where you can show off YOUR completed projects!

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