Sunday, October 26, 2014


Nine quilters attended our Saturday Sew-In at the Oxford Community Center. Everyone worked on her own project, though Beth was the only one who "happily" shared a little boo-boo as she sewed together a baby quilt.

Debbie, who longarm quilted our 88" X 94" quilt for North Lake Presbyterian Church, brought it to the Sew-In. Thank you for your skilled quilting, Debbie!
88" X 94"
Thank you, everyone, who pieced blocks! And a special thanks to Frances for making the extra blocks needed to complete the quilt top.

Thanks to Linda H. for making the backing using a few blocks and Ikea fabrics.

Bette will be sewing scrappy binding to the quilt. Then, at our November 10 meeting we'll have a "binding bee" to hand sew binding to the quilt back. Please bring a hand-sewing needle, needle threader (if needed) and snips, so you can sew a section.

A volunteer is needed to make a label for the quilt. Please let Karen know if you're willing. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October 13 Meeting

Monday's meeting saw 27 quilters in attendance! Five of them were first-time visitors from the Lake County Quilter's Guild who became interested in the MQG after seeing modern quilts at Jacksonville's recent QuiltFest. We hope to see these quilters again!

  • The next Sew-In is Saturday, October 25 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Oxford Community Center. Cost is $4 to pay for rental of the space. Bring whatever you want to work on, your lunch (or eat out if you prefer), and plan to get acquainted with other modern quilters. Come for all or part of the day, if you're able.
Of critical importance is reviewing and deciding the future of our Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild chapter. By December 31, 2014, The Modern Quilt Guild (national organization) expects non-member chapters to make a commitment to join The MQG. That deadline has prompted us to form an Advisory Committee to reevaluate the status of our chapter.

The Advisory Committee has determined that our chapter cannot continue as we have - unstructured. Therefore, the Advisory Committee proposes that our chapter formalize. Formalizing locally is necessary before considering whether to join The MQG, nationally. 

Commitments needed from our regular CFMQG attendees are:

  • Payment of $25 local annual dues beginning in January 2015.
  • Volunteers for one year, beginning in January 2015, for one of these chapter positions:

Executive Board
President - Responsible for leading monthly meetings, participating in Executive Board meetings, and generally oversee chapter activities

Vice Presidents (two positions). The First Vice President will assist the President, and oversee Programs. The Second Vice President will oversee Subcommittee Chair positions (see below) and assist with Programs.

Secretary/Communications - Responsible for documenting meetings, taking photos, and keeping our chapter’s blog up-to-date.

Treasurer - Responsible for collecting dues and maintaining the chapter’s finances.

Subcommittee Chair Positions
Programs - Responsible for assisting the First and Second Vice Presidents to plan and schedule meeting programs.

Membership - Responsible for keeping current information about paid members; and attending meetings to accept sign-ins, and welcome visitors and new members.

Sew-Ins and Retreats - Responsible for planning and arranging Sew-Ins and Retreats.

Swaps and Challenges - Responsible for engaging chapter members in fun and educational modern quilting activities.

Every one of these positions must be filled for our chapter to continue.
The Advisory Committee proposes that if these Executive Board and Subcommittee Chair positions cannot be filled by the conclusion of the survey on Friday, October 31, we will finish the year with regular November 10 and December 8 meetings, and then disband the chapter effective December 31, 2014.

By Friday, October 17, regular attenders on our email list will receive a link to a survey that must be completed by Friday, October 31. Then, via email and this blog, the Advisory Committee will communicate results.

IF the consensus is "yes" to continuing our chapter:
Monday, November 10 - vote to accept Executive Board and Subcommittee Chair volunteers
Monday, January 12, 2015 -  Executive Board and Subcommittee Chairs assume positions

IF “NO” to continuing our chapter, and/or chapter Executive Board and Subcommittee Chair positions are not filled
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - disband CFMQG

If you have questions or concerns, contact a member of the Advisory Committee:
Karen E. - Linda H. - Beth S. - Debbie B. - Mary S.

These modern, art, and traditional quilts were shared during Monday's meeting.

The back of Brenda's quilt.
Frances shared recent fabric shop purchases.
The back of Linda's quilt.
The evening's program was presented by Linda H. who demonstrated cutting and sewing curves using the Quick Curve Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful.

Cut curves according to pattern instructions, measuring to place the curve in the correct position.

Linda uses an appliqué foot to sew a curve. 

After curves are joined, use the Quick Curve Ruler to square up the block.

Here are several completed blocks for the Urban Abacus pattern

This "Spring Fling" is a free pattern made with the Quick Curve Ruler. You can find it here.

At the next November 10 meeting, everyone who makes and brings at least one block using a Quick Curve Ruler will receive one chance to win a prize. Anyone who completes a Quick Curve Ruler project will receive two chances. 

As well, we'll be reviewing the very important results of our survey, and determining the future of our chapter.  

Friday, October 10, 2014

This Monday Evening

You'll want to attend our Monday, October 13 - yes, that's Columbus Day - to get in on some great activities and important discussions. Arrive at North Lake Presbyterian Church by 6:30 p.m.

The program, by Linda, is about how to cut and sew using a Quick Curve Ruler. The ruler is a wonderful new tool for creating quilts with curves. Learn more about it here, at the Sew Kind of Wonderful website.

Our next Sew-In is coming up on Saturday, October 25. If you haven't yet signed up, please do so and put down your $4 registration fee. As usual, we'll be sewing at the Oxford Community Center, near the corner of Highway 466 and 301.

Most importantly at our meeting, we'll be reviewing recommendations made by the five-person Advisory Committee. The group has spent time examining, discussing and making a recommendation about the future of our Central Florida MQG. Discussion about the future of our chapter been prompted but the national MQG who is asking all unofficial chapters - those using "modern quilt guild" in their name - to join national, or stop using the name. Where direction do you want to see our chapter go? Please attend to ask your questions. Following the October 13 meeting, everyone will receive an email with a survey link where we will collect your thoughts. Watch this space for developments and announcements.

Be sure to bring and wear your modern name tag. Also share with us your latest fabric and book acquisitions, and your latest modern projects, for show and tell. See you Monday!