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!