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Issue 53 
It's August!  I don't usually wish for time to rush by--normally, I wish it would slow down--but I can't say I'll be sorry to see 2020 go on by.  While we're waiting and hoping for a return to some semblance of normality, though, the guild continues to plan activities to keep you engaged and creative while we're spending most of our time at home. 

This month, we are hosting Sara Trail, from the Social Justice Sewing Academy.  I hope you're looking forward to hearing from her as much as I am.  She is a dynamic and committed young woman who has created an equally dynamic organization dedicated to empowering children and young adults by using sewing as a means of both personal expression and as a medium for social protest.  It promises to be an exceptional evening.  If you are a member, you do not need to register--the Zoom code will be emailed to all members 24 hours prior to the event--but you may make a donation to SJSA using our PayPal  account.  Non-members who wish to register may make a donation using PayPal as well, and that will register you for the lecture.

In other plans, we're introducing a virtual Show and Tell night on August 26 , 
from 7-8:30 pm!  We've all loved watching Paula's wonderful videos of member work, but we've also missed hearing our members talk about the work they've made--who it was made for, why they made it, struggles, successes, etc.  So let's meet virtually and discuss! 

You can show work that has already appeared in one of the meeting videos, or work that hasn't been shown.  Feel free to also share works in progress--this is a great opportunity to ask questions, or to share a new technique or fabulous fabric!  If you'd like to present, either email the guild or me, just so we can have a list of people who'd like to speak.

I miss seeing all of you in person--so much--but I'm so grateful for the time we do get to spend together via the magic of Zoom!  Hope you'll join us for all that we have planned!


We are so excited to announce that Sara Trail, from the Social Justice Sewing Academy, will be a guest speaker for the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild on Aug 13 at 7 pm, via Zoom.
If you are not familiar with SJSA, please visit their website to see the incredible work they are doing in providing "hands-on workshops in schools, prisons and community centers across the country. SJSA empowers youth to use textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation and community cohesion and become agents of social change." Their exhibit at Quiltcon has been one of the most visually exciting and thought-provoking areas of the quilt show. 
Orlando MQG is sharing this experience with our members FREE, although members may make a donation to SJSA if they wish. 

We are also going to be opening this lecture to non-members, for a suggested donation of $10 or more ($5 minimum). Orlando MQG will donate 100% of the proceeds from this event to directly support SJSA and further their mission.

This will be a compelling presentation by an organization that's inspiring a generation of change.  In addition, it's helping children and young adults to discover a love of sewing, and using textile arts as a means of personal expression, in addition to amplifying their voices in calls for change.  

 Images from SJSA events: sewing and quilting , exhibitions , and workshops 
Members, please help us to publicize the event by forwarding this email, or by reposting our social media posts on Instagram and FB.  (Information will be posted by the end of the week.)  
PayPal link is posted below. Members may make a donation here, and non-members can use this link sign up for the lecture.  Zoom code will be mailed 24 hours prior to the meeting.  Deadline for signup for non- members is midnight, Aug 11, 2020.


PayPal Link to Donate  

Questions? Please email us here 
Sara Trail
Social Justice Sewing Academy
August 13, 2020, 7 p.m.

Online meeting this month -
please read below on how to

 We will be conducting a virtual meeting at our regularly scheduled time:  
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 
10:00 am 
Via the Zoom Meeting application,  
available online  HERE

Members will be sent the meeting code on Monday before the meeting to log in. 
A Virtual Show and Tell

August 26 

7:00- 8:30 pm

 Have your finished and WIP projects ready and be prepared to "show and tell" us what you have done !

The zoom code will be sent out the day before to join in the fun 

The slide show from the July meeting is on the Orlando MQG You Tube Channel here 
 If you would like to show off your project at this month's meeting , send us a picture via email here , or use the hashtag, 
 so it can be can found on social media .
It's not too late to send a photo for the virtual meeting next week !  

Can't wait to see what you've done!

Yes , the Orlando MQG is on television... 
YouTube Television that is!

here to access the channel to see the virtual meetings, Show & Tell slideshows , and specific education content from the meetings. Subscribe to the channel and always be updated on new additions ! 
You can always find the YouTube Channel with a general search on
Google, too . Just search "Orlando Modern Quilt Guild You Tube Channel" 
   Virtual Sew Days Ahead
Mark your calendars 

Another Sew day was held this past Saturday , it was a fun time ...Lots of ideas shared and it was good to see each other on Zoom.
Members are getting together to sew, (both machine and hand sewing) while staying connected during this unprecedented time . 

Everyone is welcome to join in , or host a Zoom , there is a Guild account you can use, so  please let us know if you would like to host  a sew day, sew night , ...anytime ! 
The  Zoom codes will be sent to members via email the day before to log on 

August 10 , 1:00 - 3:00 pm Hosted by Ede Nault 
August 15 ,  10:00 am -12:00 noon  Hosted by Michele Lancaster
August 24 , 9:30 am - 11:30 am Hosted by Mary Smart 

   If you have an item for Show and Tell,  we want to see it!  If you use social media , please tag it #orlandomqgshowandtell, or send your photos to Paula Kennedy , Secretary  here 
  • If you've borrowed a Library Book, please hold it until we meet in person at the Sewing Studio , OR feel free to pick it up at our librarian's driveway !  Go to our blog and see the list of books available to borrow or look at Aradria's "What's On the Bookshelf" below. If you can't find what you want, make a recommendation to our Wish List  HERE 
  • Next month's general meeting is September 2.  it will be a virtual meeting on Zoom at 10:00 am . An email will be sent to members before the meeting that contains the the meeting code and information. Meeting for October will be announced.
  • August in person sew days are canceled , but virtual sew days are happening. Please see information in the newsletter article. 
  • A link HERE  is for the Blocks of the Month (all current and past blocks with instructions) calendar dates, minutes and more can be found on the Guild blog HERE 

With regret, we have decided to cancel our in-person retreat scheduled for November of this year.  There is just too much uncertainty concerning the pandemic, and the health and well-being of our members is always our first concern.  However, a virtual retreat may be possible! 

Ede and Rene' attended a presentation by Silicon Valley MQG about their virtual retreat--they shared some wonderful ideas!  All we need now is for members to help organize!  If you're interested, please email either the guild or Ede.

                                                                  Sue Kenard, Chairman 

Baby Quilt Update- Sharleen reports that she has had more baby quilts turned in -  so keep up the good work! If you have quilts to donate and need to drop them off let Sharleen or me know.

Also, more placemats have been turned in; thank you, and 
if you are making drawstring bags , or anything else , please let me know ! 


                                     Debra Jalbert, Chairman 

 Christmas in July Scrappy Gift Swap is coming along !  

Participants have already been notified of their "not so secret" swap partner.

Please ‘swap’ your gift before the September 3rd meeting. 

Scrappy Gifts should be sent by mail, or you can do a porch drop off if your partner lives nearby. 

This swap is maker-driven. Some suggestions for small gifts include: mug rugs; pouches; journal covers; potholders; soup bowl cozies; sunglass cases; baskets; pincushions; rotary cutter pouches; ruler pouches; coasters; etc.    

ome ideas gathered in a Pinterest board that David Hastings from the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild has been set up to get your creative ideas flowing....Visit David’s Pinterest Board for some fun ideas,

We’re working on UFO project #4 now.  Finished #2 in July and have until September for this one.  Look what Kathy Aber finished!  Congratulations, Kathy.

“Finished the 52 (6-inch) Triangle Foundations that was a small group project 2019-20 - patterns by Leila Gardunia; I'm very happy with the result!” 


Another set of clues will be revealed this Wednesday, August 5 

                                      Marge Cree, Chairman 

Hello Friends!  Are you keeping your sanity?  Are you sewing up a storm?  I know I am, it just keeps me sane (not insane).   I have about 5 charity donation quilts done and finishing up some of my UFO’s.  
  • This week I attended a lecture/trunk show with Jen Kingwell hosted by the Triad Modern Quilt Guild.  It was just great, hard to believe that we can see such beautiful quilts from a renowed teacher who lives across the world!  It was easy, all I had to do was send a small donation, which they donated to a local food bank,  and they sent me the link to the Zoom meeting.  I got to attend their small business meeting before.  Just to let you know, they are doing the same things we are doing with Zoom meetings and show n tells and offering virtual classes.  
  • A few of the board members will be attending a presentation of teachers around the world hosted by The Global Quilt Connection.  These 3 Zoom meetings will give teachers, who have a virtual presence, the opportunity to tell us what types of classes they have to offer.   More to folllow on this.  
Upcoming Events 

Laurie Heine Collage Class – Rene Martinez, Instructor 
For those of you who signed up for the Laura Heine class, the 1st video class has been posted and supplies are being distributed this month.  Rene has scheduled the next classes.  If you signed up for the class and have not been notified please let us know ASAP. 

This just in from Aradria , Guild Librarian:

The new issue of Curated Quilts issue 12 Half Square Triangles. 

The Half-Square Triangles issue of Curated Quilts focuses on quilts made by using half-square triangles. The issue has a gallery full of great examples of half-square triangles quilts, three feature articles, a creative reset, and more!

Quilty Happenings, and other things !
  • Florida Quilt Network -  
  • Modern Monthly-  the MQG quarterly magazine, is always full of inspiration and interesting articles.
  • Quilt Alliance is sponsoring Quilters Share - Come Tell Us- Stories from Covid -19 , a documentary project spearheaded by the Quilt Alliance . For more info click here #quiltersshare
  • Quiltcon Together from the Modern Quilt Guild  has launched ... see here for more information about the dozens of classes available for the 2021 catalog . Our own Debra Jalbert will be teaching ! 


Orlando Modern Quilt Guild Quarantine Diary 
Zonetta Glenn
  1. Made and donated face masks
  2. Making 3 table toppers for Christmas gifts
  3. Made 10 placemats
  4. Working on a baby quilt for the guild project
  5. Logged 125 miles running by July 1st- too hot to run much more ! 
Karol Evans
  1. Made a twin quilt for a wedding gift
  2. Made 50 plus face masks (including several for my lady postman from uniform tops)
  3. Vegetable gardening (had 15# beans, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant and okra). No luck with tomatoes this year!
  4. Enjoying cooking a lot and trying new dishes
  5. Looking forward to Rene’s class in August!
Mary Smart
  1. Made about 60 masks from 3 patterns for family and friends in 6 states!
  2. Coordinating the guild Mystery Quilt while making one
  3. Starting to quilt for others again.  Quilted 1 old UFO, and 2 whole cloth linen quilts for my living room.
  4. Making headway on EPP Moonstone quilt (thanks to lots of TV binge watching)
  5. Regular 5 mile bike rides with my spouse
  6. Only has to pump gas twice since March 1 (and only top offs then!)
  7. Gone for groceries only once a week.  Wearing a mask, and using a typed list with aisle numbers!   I have never been this organized!
So many fun , interesting and helpful things our members  are doing ...thank you for a peek into your days ... If you want to participate in the Quarantine Diary next month , please email Member- At- Large Love Sullivan at the guild address, HERE  We would love to hear what you are up to! 

Thank you for being a part of The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild. We appreciate you taking the time to read our newsletter and hope you find it as interesting as we do!

President:  Ede Nault
Vice President:  Debra Jalbert
Secretary:  Paula Kennedy 
Treasurer:  Kathy Aber 
Community Outreach: Sue Kenard 
Education Coordinator: Marge Cree
Member-at-Large:  Love Sullivan
Founding Officers and Board Members:
René Martinez and  Michele Lancaster
Social Media Coordinator and Graphics:  Aradria Csercsevits 

Questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the newsletter are welcome! If you have any quilty news or content you'd like to share, please email Paula Kennedy , Secretary.  Constructive feedback is always welcome!
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