Tuesday, December 5, 2023

December 2023 Meeting

Monday, December 11th, 6:30 p.m.
Carriage House at Overholser Mansion
405 NW 15th St, Oklahoma City

Christmas is a Claus for Celebration
Join us on Monday, December 11th, as we celebrate the season with our quilty friends!

  • Ho-Ho-Holiday Ornament Exchange: Bring a handmade ornament to exchange or Yule be sorry...
  • Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Bring a sweet or savory finger food treat to share with all. #yummy
  • But wait, there's Myrrh: Committee signups, Show-and-Share, and brand new door prizes to name a few!

There's snow time like the present (handmade, that is)
Bring a handmade ornament (or other festive item) for our annual Ornament Exchange.

Sleigh what?! How does that work?
You bring one, you get one. It's that simple.

Deck the Crockpots
It's a good old fashioned holiday potluck party! 
  • You provide the food: Bring a sweet or savory dish to share.
  • We do the rest: The Board will provide plates, napkins, utensils, cups, and delicious Christmas Spirits (both alcoholic and non-alcohlic).

Note: Stretchy pants not included.

We'll see you on the 11th!

Thursday, November 9, 2023

November 2023 Meeting

Monday, October 9th, 6:30 p.m.
Carriage House at Overholser Mansion
405 NW 15th St, Oklahoma City

Exploring the Art and Activism of Queer Quilting
Join us on Monday, November 13th, as our very own Chantry Sipress-Banks takes us on a journey to explore the art and activism of queer quilting.

Who is this 'Chantry' person?
For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past several years - or those who are absolutely brand new to our wonderful little community - Chantry is one of the movers and shakers in our guild.

A former past president of the OKC Modern Quilt Guild, Chantry is currently the Executive Director of Preservation Oklahoma, the state's only private, nonprofit membership organization that is dedicated to promoting, supporting, and coordinating historic preservation activities throughout the state.

We're looking forward to hearing from Chantry on the 13th - and we'll see you all there!

Monday, October 2, 2023

October 2023 Meeting

Monday, October 9th, 6:30 p.m.
Carriage House at Overholser Mansion
405 NW 15th St, Oklahoma City

Round Robin Reveal
It's the meeting we've been waiting for all year... it's time to reveal those Round Robin quilt tops!

This year we had 4 groups of 5 who participated, resulting in an incredible 20 quilt tops! And while my math skills are indeed awe-inspiring, they are nothing compared to the awe we'll experience when these tops are revealed for the very first time...

...but first, a few details to be aware of before Monday's meeting!
  • The October meeting will begin a little early (did you catch that above?). We are asking for members and guests to be in their seats by 6:25pm on Monday so we can get right to it. 
  • There won't be a business meeting or regular Show-and-Share that night. (The Show-and-Share support group can meet afterwards at Louie's).
  • The order of the groups presenting will be selected at random that night so that everyone can enjoy an equal amount of stress prior to the meeting.
  • Each of the 4 groups will have 20 minutes to present their 5 quilt tops, which includes time for light discussion about each member's contribution and approach to the process for each quilt.
Wait...how does this work?
I'm glad you asked. See below...

The handy dandy 'Outline of a Group Reveal'
  • (Surprise!) The quilt top is revealed to the quilt owner (aka the person who made the center block) by the person who added the last round.
  • Once revealed to the quilt owner and oooohhhhhh and ahhhhhhhed by everyone you will then hang the quilt at the front of the room. Hangers will be provided for you to clip on.
  • Repeat above steps 5 times.
  • Once all 5 quilt tops have been revealed, the group members will use the remaining time to share their thoughts with the audience on how they approached creating their center block and then how they went about contributing to each quilt.
  • When the group's presentation is complete the quilts will be re-hung along the walls around the Carriage House, and we will move on to the next group for their reveal.
Can I walk around and look at the quilts in detail?
Yes. But we ask that you please wait until all 4 groups have finished. At the conclusion of all group presentations, guild members and guests may wander around our impromptu quilt show at their leisure to look more closely at the quilts and ask any questions they have to the makers.

The goal is for the meeting to be finished by 8:15pm, with everyone packed up and out the door by 8:25 or so.

See you on Monday the 9th!

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

September 2023 Meeting

Monday, September 11th, 6:30 p.m.
Carriage House at Overholser Mansion
405 NW 15th St, Oklahoma City

Fold it, Snip it, Rip it, Drop it, Pass it, Repeat (x7)
Someone sent a video to Ann, she shared it with the board, and we've got a brand new creative challenge for everyone to participate in!

We demonstrated the Stop, Drop, and Roll Fold it, Snip it, Rip it, Drop it, Pass it, Repeat (x7) challenge at the August guild meeting, but if you were forced to miss it against your will or have had too much wine since there, here's a video showing you how it works:
Fold it, Snip it, Rip it, Drop it, Pass it, Repeat (x7)

Action item:
Bring 1 yard of fabric that you love to the September meeting. You will be going home with 1/2 yard of this fabric, so make sure you really like it.

Must be cotton quilting fabric. No batiks.
Bring a Christmas craft/project/ornament/gift idea to share
Grab your favorite Christmas craft/project/ornament/gift/whatever idea to share with the guild, along with instructions on how to make it.

So we can all 'oooh and ahhhh' and go away with several new ideas for our own Christmas projects and/or gifts to make this year.

How to I share the instructions?
Here are options for that:
  • Print off several copies on paper to pass out to the guild members at the meeting,
  • Print off instructions on one piece of paper and bring to the meeting - Jen will take it and compile it with the others to share with the group, or
  • Email the instructions to Jen at okcmqg [at] gmail [dot] com and she'll take care of it.
We'll see you at the September meeting this Monday! 
Guests are always welcome and your first meeting is free!

Thursday, August 3, 2023

August 2023 Meeting

Monday, August 14th, 6:30 p.m.
Carriage House at Overholser Mansion
405 NW 15th St, Oklahoma City

Guest Speaker: Mary Fisher

Threads and Needles
If you’ve ever said, “My machine doesn’t like this thread,” then you won’t want to miss August’s guild meeting.

Our guest speaker is Mary Fisher, an award-winning longarm quilter who specializes in free motion and computerized quilting. She is a certified Superior Threadologist who teaches free motion quilting to both domestic and longarm quilters, and is also a former Handi Quilter educator.

In this presentation Mary will be teaching all about thread, how it’s made, and why you should choose different threads for different applications. And chances are you’ll be able to use any thread in your machine!

We hope to see you on August 14th!

Monday, July 3, 2023

July 2023 Meeting

Monday, July 10th, 6:30 p.m.
Carriage House at Overholser Mansion
405 NW 15th St, Oklahoma City

Guest Speaker: Dee Bushrod of Pixel Quilts

From the Beginning to Finding My Passion in Pixels: My Journey in Quilting
Dee's quilting journey began in 2006 when she made her very first quilt. This month she will share that journey with us, including the tips, tricks, and techniques she learned the hard way (is there any other way?) that led her to discover her passion for designing and making pixel quilts.

Join us on July 10th as Dee explains how to avoid the pitfalls of pixel quilt design, specifically how she goes about choosing the images that will give her the best result from this unique quilting process.

She will also present a trunk show of her most popular pixel quilts, including the quilt requested by Queen Elizabeth, along with many other quilts and projects she has created along the way.

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 1, 2023

June 2023 Meeting

Monday, June 12, 6:30 p.m.
Carriage House at Overholser Mansion
405 NW 15th St, Oklahoma City

Show Off Your Craft
There are so many reasons to show off your quilts in shows, festivals, and fairs.

It motivates you to complete your projects. It helps us to take pride in our craft. It allows others to get to know you as a quilter and a creator. It helps you to see your own work from a different perspective. It can also inspire creativity in others.

There are many more reasons for submitting your quilts for display, and at this month's meeting we'll be sharing information on how and why we should all be doing this on a regular basis.

We hope to see everyone there!

Monday, May 1, 2023

May 2023 Meeting

Monday, May 8, 6:30 p.m.
Carriage House at Overholser Mansion
405 NW 15th St, Oklahoma City 

The Color of Emotion
May's meeting will feature an interactive color exercise - led by Lela and Tisha - to examine color in a different way! We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Monday, April 3, 2023

April 2023 Meeting

Monday, April 10, 6:30 p.m.
Carriage House at Overholser Mansion
405 NW 15th St, Oklahoma City

What is a Round Robin?
No matter your skill level, participating in a Round Robin is a fun way to push your creativity and design style as a quilter. It's also a great way to share a 'piece' of yourself with some of your fellow guild members!

Round Robin quilts are medallion-style quilts that are pieced from the center out. Each group member creates a center block that is then passed around to each of the other members to add a creative pieced border of their choosing.

Join us on Monday as we go deeper into the purpose and intent of a Round Robin quilt. Last year's groups will also take you through how they approached each round in order to continue the story from the previous round.
The 2023 OKC MQG Round Robin
This is it... the moment we've all been waiting for... you can signup now for the 2023 Round Robin!

Got questions? We'll answer all of them at this month's meeting, as well as go over the general guidelines of this incredibly fun group event!

Don't delay... the deadline to signup is Friday, April 21st

Monday, March 6, 2023

March 2023 Meeting

Monday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.
Carriage House at Overholser Mansion
405 NW 15th St, Oklahoma City

What does it mean to be a 'Modern Quilter?'

 This question can be difficult to answer because in many ways the definition of a modern quilter is as individual and unique as the actual quilter.

Modern quilting is a relatively new movement that has flexibility and innovation at its heart.

It is also about the attitude and the approach that modern quilters take. It respects the amazing artistry and talent of the tradition of quilting, while at the same time allowing the individual quilter to challenge the 'rules.'

At this month's meeting we'll be talking about the design elements that serve as a guideline when asking "What makes this quilt modern?"

The good news? It's not a rigid formula - in fact, many quilts may have only one element that deems it 'modern.' Instead, the concept of modern quilting is intended to reflect the individual personality and personal style of the quilter.

tl;dr If there were one 'rule' in modern quilting, it would be that there are no rules.
Are you sad you didn't attend QuiltCon?

Fortunately for us, however, we get to re-live the entire experience vicariously through Lela and Shankari!

Join us next Monday as Lela O'Dell and Shankari Paradee present their recap of everything QuiltCon 2023.

And then mark your calendars for February 22-25, 2024, for QuiltCon 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Because FOMO is real...

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

February 2023 Meeting

The February Guild meeting will be Monday, February 13th, at 6:30pm at the Carriage House at the Overholser Mansion in OKC. 

This month we will be shining the spotlight on 3 of our incredible members - Vicki Medlin, Ronna Harris, and Shankari Paradee - and we can't wait to see and hear their stories. 

Whether you're a seasoned member or a first time guest, we hope you will join us!

Note: Current members be sure to renew your membership before the end of February! Check your email for more information or click here to check this off your to-do list right now (you got this!).