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Issue 51 

After March, which seemed to be 11,000 years long, time has started flying by!  We'll be meeting via Zoom again on Wed June 3. Your board members are continually brainstorming new ideas and projects for our group.   No, it's not the same as being together in one room, but we have some great, fun, informative stuff planned each month so I hope you'll continue to join us. 
And we'd like to hear from all of you! 
We're adding a new feature to the newsletter, highlighting a few members each month sharing the ways in which you've been passing your time in quarantine.  Have you found a new hobby, or rediscovered an old one?  Read a good book?  Cooked something super tasty?  Baked something fabulous (or a complete fail?) Binge watched some great TV?  Got any great advice for coping with boredom and isolation?  We'd love to share it with everyone.  If you'd like to participate, please email your list to our Member At Large, Love Sullivan.
In the meantime, please stay safe and well. 

I'm looking forward to seeing you all in person someday soon!

Ede , President 

Online meeting this month -
please read below on how to

 We will be conducting a virtual meeting at our regularly scheduled time:  
Wednesday, June 3, 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. 

Please note , there is an update to Zoom that you must download in order to use the app. It is for improved security , and you must install, or you will not be able to join meeting . 

Show and Tell 

We presented a great Show & Tell at the May virtual meeting; it is currently available 
on the Orlando MQG You Tube Channel
 If you would like to show off your project this month , 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! 
  Virtual Sew Days Ahead

The first ever
Orlando Modern Quilt Guild Sew Days were a huge success !
Members got together to sew , ( both machine and hand sewing ) while enjoying friendship and lively discussion!
Everyone is welcome to join in  !
The  Zoom codes will be sent to members via email the day before to log on 
  • Wednesday,  June 10, 10:00 am  - 12:00    Hosted by Rene Martinez 
  • Wednesday , June 17, 1:00 pm -3:00          Hosted by Ede Nault 
  • Saturday, June 27, 8:00 am -10:00              Hosted by Sandra Fay 
  • Saturday, July 11, 10:00 am-12:00              Hosted by Yanick Booz 
Cocktail Hour with the LONGARMERS ! 

WHEN: June 24, 2020
TIME: 7-8 pm
 via Zoom ( zoom code will be sent via email )

Our group is so lucky to have a number of very talented longarmers as members. Four of them will share their expertise with us, and answer questions that were raised in the brainstorming event last year. 

Join us with your beverage of choice! 
(In case you need an idea , we've included a recipe below!)  



  • 1/2 fluid ounce vodka
  • 1/2 fluid ounce rum
  • 1/2 fluid ounce gin
  • 1/2 fluid ounce tequila
  • 1/2 fluid ounce triple sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
  • 1 fluid ounce sweet and sour mix
  • 1 fluid ounce cola, or to taste
  • 1 lemon slice


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour vodka, rum, gin, tequila, triple sec, and sour mix over ice; cover and shake. Pour cocktail into a Collins or hurricane glass; top with splash of cola for color. Garnish with a lemon slice.

  • Monday,  June 1, is the last day to pay dues ( this deadline was extended ) for the 2020-2021 year to our Treasurer , Kathy Aber. She must receive a check in the mail by then .  All contacts will be updated for the pictorial directory , members Facebook page, email blasts, etc. 
  • 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 .  Go to our blog and the list of books available to borrow and/or look at Aradria's "What's On the Bookshelf" in the Minutes Section.  If you can't find what you want, make a recommendation to our Wish List.
  • Next month's general meeting is Wednesday, July 1; it will be a virtual meeting on Zoom at 10:00am . An email will be sent to members before the meeting that contains the the meeting code and information. Meeting for August will be announced.
  • June in-person SewDays are canceled, but virtual sew days are happening. Please see information in the newsletter article. 
  • Block of the Month (current and past) instructions, meeting minutes, calendar dates, and more can be found on the guild blog.


                                                                         Sue Kenard, Chairman 



Sharleen Jespersen proposed that the quild help Summit Church (Waterford Campus) with their Foster family support program. It’s a fairly new program for the church (6-12 months). They partner with a faith based group, Commission 127, that helps train churches to tangibly support foster families. We’re looking to provide the group with baby quilts for children birth to age 3.

The quilt would be a gift to the child and stay with the child as they transition out of foster care. We’re planning to have the first batch of quilts ready for delivery to Summit Church after our November meeting. If you are unable to hold on to the baby quilts until November, Sharleen or Sue Kenard can collect them.
This project could be a simple ongoing project like our placemats and
drawstring bags, and it will be fun ! 


                                     Debra Jalbert, Chairman 


This is the Mystery Quilt’s next step -

 The picture shown below is for the 3rd set of Instructions for the
 Square in a Square Block 

The instructions will be mailed on June 3rd 

There are just 4 more sets of instructions after this!
Mary Smart


                                      Marge Cree, Chairman

Our New Normal 

We are starting to see a number of teachers re-inventing their classes on social media due to travel unease.   Immediately following
the update information , please read about

Sherry Lynn Wood , a well known instructor who has already put together a list of classes and will be offering them throughout the year.  We will be talking about this  type of offering from different instructors at our next general Zoom meeting,  and will conduct a survey as to whom will be interested in this type of distance learning. 


 Here's some information on the instructors we had scheduled to teach at Orlando Modern Quilt Guild , and their updated status:


Well this pandemic has certainly stopped our ability to book classes but it shouldn’t squash our creativity!

Unfortunately, another class has been cancelled.  Amy Friend, who was booked in August will probably not feel comfortable flying.  Also, it would be difficult to find a place to sew with 20 people while having the ability to social distance.  HOWEVER, we can still be creative right?  Currently, Amy is sponsoring a Quilt Along that caught my eye!   All you have to do is buy her new book called PETAL AND STEM, here’s the link  Her blog outlines the blocks each week and gives any special hints  Sure does look pretty!


I know I was disappointed to have Timna Tarr cancel but did you see that she is teaching the same class virtually. See the link below for information on that.  Maybe a few members could get together and take the class and have Zoom meetings to discuss their progress and questions?  We all need to be inventive during this time.  I know that I would be ‘in’ to do that with some folks!

Now that the Modern Quilt Guild has announced that QuiltCon will be virtual in 2021 everyone is busy creating virtual classes.  Be on the lookout for those to be published after QuiltCon in February.  Also, if you see a virtual workshop popping up please share on Social Media with the guild.  

We’re still working on teachers for 2021 so let’s hope that we can have a fun successful next year!  

P.S.  We also are working to get a virtual ‘surprise’ in
August, so we'll keep you posted!


Sherri Lynn Wood

                  Livestream Workshops For Guilds

Get Your Curve On-Line livestream workshop with Arapahoe County Quilters


Some of you may have heard of the buzz about the livestream workshops I’ve been teaching out of my sewing room in Cincinnati. 
When the pandemic hit every in-person workshop I had scheduled fell like dominos through the end of the year. Out of necessity, along with a healthy dose of YES AND to overcome my uncertainties, I pivoted to offering livestream improv quilting workshops. The first two were hosted by Arapahoe County Quilters and Tulsa Modern Quilt Guild, guilds I had in-person workshops scheduled with in April, who were brave enough to pivot with me to offer livestream workshops instead. We didn’t know if people would sign up for them at all. To our great surprise we sold out both workshops within a week! And they were a blast! 
FYI… Summer workshop registration fees are $79/person for 1-day, and $159/person for 2-day workshops. Each workshop is five hours per day and caps at 72 attendees.

                       Classes offered by Sherry Lynn Wood : 

Bias-Strip Daisy Improv Curves  
Improvising From A Score  
Freestyle Strings: Character & Story 
Patchwork Improv Doodle  

"I teach improv process through the practice of quilt making. My content and the way I teach it, as a creative practice for living, can hardly be more relevant or useful during this pandemic. My workshops foster community, and unite makers from all over the country and abroad to sew and quilt together. They are filled with energy and connection, and your guild can play a role in making it all happen".
Sherri Lynn Wood


Aradria here from the OMQG library with a new newsletter feature called
“What’s on the Bookshelf”
Since the library is temporarily on hold due to the current situation,  please hold onto any books you have checked out at the moment. If you’d like to return them, you’re welcome to drop them off at my home. My contact info is in the guild directory. 

An exciting new addition to our library is a subscription to
Curated Quilts Magazine. Here’s a little info from the publisher:

 “Each Curated Quilts journal is focused on one theme - we curate a selection of modern quilts from the modern quilt making community to feature in our gallery and throughout the journal.

Each issue includes five articles, including trending ideas and a creative reset to recharge your creativity in the studio, all with a general focus on the theme as well.

Our Mini Quilt Challenge continues to be a reader favorite, as the color palette and inspiration always offer an element of unknown to their mini creations.”

The first issue we received is Issue 11 Appliqué .
Our very own VP Debra Jalbert is featured in this issue with her Clementine quilt.
The Appliqué issue of Curated Quilts focuses on quilts made by using the appliqué technique. The issue has a gallery full of great examples of appliqué quilts, three feature articles, a creative reset and more!” 

Quilty Happenings 
  • Florida Quilt Network -  
  • Modern Monthly-  the MQG quarterly magazine, is always full of inspiration and interesting articles.
  • Curated Quilts Magazine - each issue features submissions from quilters in their magazine. The next feature will be about youth quilters under 18 years of age. This seems like a perfect opportunity especially for those us with kiddos home for the summer. Deadline for submissions is July 15, 2020. 
  • The pictorial directory will be ready very soon! Check your email for  the 2020-2021 update !                                          


Orlando Modern Quilt Guild Quarantine Diary 
It's no surprise that our OMQG members are responding to some tough times with creativity and humor  :) 

Here's what KATHY ABER has been doing:
• making masks, masks and more masks
• lots of sewing - working on various UFOs
• using my mask while picking 1 gal of blueberries under CDC guidelines and then making blueberry - muffins, scones, cobbler and bars and sharing with neighbors and friends 
• rebuilding a dry (no mortar) stone wall in my side yard - still ongoing
• joining a socially-distanced, bring-your-own-everything outdoor Happy Hour and ice cream social with 3 family members and/or a couple of friends
• visiting new churches online
• pulling out and using my ancient brush rollers when I couldn't get my hair to do anything - they're small so I looked like "little orphan Annie"
•working on scrapbooks untouched for 10-20 years - supplies so old the glue on the stickers was dried up
• more baking - Martha Stewart's "Everything But the Kitchen Sink cookies" as seen on the CBS Sunday Morning Show
• lots of talking on the phone, cleaning closets and yard work

SUE KENARD has been tackling her closets, using this method:
I tried on every pair of pants in my closet- dress slacks, capris, jeans, and leggings. Got rid of anything that fit the following criteria:
doesn’t fit, will never fit again
don’t like the color
never liked these pants
too short, too long
what were you thinking when you bought these
rip in rear, that can’t be mended
Then I started on blouses, tops, and shirts, still working on that lot.

MARGE CREE has been wearing out her sewing machine!

Sewing, sewing, sewing…..until my back hurts too much and then I stop for a while. 
Wow, it’s been a long time, hasn’t it????  
What I’ve been doing during Quarantine.  
All caught up on my two QAL’s I’ve signed up for, one is Sarah Filke’s "Little Wilderness"  and the
other is Leila Gardunia’s "State Fair" 
Completed 2 baby quilts for donation and one other one that probably won’t go to charity because I like it too much!

In the process of completing a quilt as you go quilt from EPP squares from the class we had with Guicy Guice.  I knew I would never make that many EPP’s so I made blocks out of them for a quilt. 

Joined a QAL with  Blossom Heart Quilts and made this quilt out of scraps and Debra Jalbert
quilted it.  Someone will get a beautiful charity quilt!

Started a QAL with Jacquelynne Steves, she has some adorable embroidery blocks included in her blocks. 

Finished my "Peaceful Whimsy"" embroidery pattern that was created by our own Rene Martinez,
I just love it and my daughter has already claimed it.


Finished this wall hanging with my embroidery machine.  The pattern is "Mystery Garden" from Sweet Pea Embroidery

Last but not least I finally finished this wall hanging for my laundry room using the tulle  technique
that Debra Jalbert taught us last month.  I bought this pattern 4 years ago when we were in Alaska. 

Let’s not forget the 80+ masks I’ve made to give to my friends and family!
I always have an audio book that I’m listening to when I sew  and an  Ebook on my tablet.  Two amazing books I’ve read were The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead and The Reminders by Val Emmich.  Currently reading two good ones;  The Huntress by Kate Quinn (WW2) and The Cooked Seed by Amchee Min. 

And of course I have been fortunate enough to have a weekly Zoom meeting with a few of my favorite people. 
But don’t forget happy hour at 5:00.  My poor family get telephone calls during that time. 
AND online shopping, I've bought my share of fabric…..
I have been lucky enough to still be able to work 2 days a week (only one other girl in the office when I’m there so we have been safe).  Life does go on! 

And MICHELE LANCASTER has compiled a quarantine top 10 list:
  1. Completed Netflix
  2. Discovered, AND LOVE grocery delivery
  3. Went pond fishing with kids
  4. Showered almost daily, hair and makeup not so much
  5. Used a lot of all-purpose flour, unfortunately game over
  6. Gained five pounds (see #5)
  7. Zoomed
  8. Did not deep clean or organize one thing
  9. Laughed at social media
  10. Admired all the stuff people were making
What have YOU been doing (or not doing--see Michele's #8).  It will help us all to feel more connected in these socially distant times.

Please send your "quarantine diary" entry to our Member at Large, Love Sullivan, for inclusion in a future newsletter.

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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