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Issue 57

As 2020 (finally) winds down, I've been trying to focus on the things I'm grateful for about this long, difficult year, instead of focusing on all the things I've missed.  One huge bright spot has been the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild!  I'm so happy that so many of you have embraced our new virtual existence. 

Our Sewcation Staycation was an unbelievable success--we never thought we'd have 60 participants when we started planning!  It was two FUN days of talking, laughing, sharing tips, playing games, and even some sewing took place!  I hope, now that you've experienced virtual group sewing, you'll join in on some of the many, many virtual Sew Days we have scheduled in December and January.  Remember--there will NOT be a general meeting in January, so take advantage of the Sew Days to spend some time with your guild friends!

I'm also extremely grateful for the other members of the Board of Directors and their hard work in keeping the guild active and engaged.  They never fail to come through with ideas, enthusiasm, humor and positive thinking.  I'm so lucky to be part of such a great group of women!

Holidays are going to look different this year, but I hope you'll still find time to spend with family and friends, even via Zoom.  Drop in for a chat!  I wish you all the very best during this holiday season and look forward to brighter days ahead in 2021.  See you in February (via Zoom, of course....)



Online meeting this ase read  b
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 
10:00 am 
Via the Zoom Meeting application,  
available online

Members will be sent the meeting code on Monday before the meeting to log in. 

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" 


   December Calendar Includes 
   Virtual Sew Days

An email will be sent to members for the December guild calendar to print . This calendar will include Zoom Codes and password. The updated and newly added sew days are included. 

The email link sent you will include the Zoom meeting room code and the password across the top banner for members only .
The calendar below does not show the Zoom codes or password.  

Please note, we will not be sending out a password
24 hours prior to each sew day, so please be sure to
download and print the calendar for reference . 

Print in landscape mode at 100% for the best results ! 

Please click this link for the full size calendar without zoom codes 
Print in landscape mode at 100% for best results.
The calendar sent to members on Monday, Nov 30 
will include Zoom codes and passwords  


Exchange Day will be the 2nd Monday of the month for December only !

   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 . The deadline is the third Friday of the month at 5:00 pm so the slideshow can be produced in time. 
  • As a member of the Orlando MQG, are you receiving the newsletter, but not the member emails ? Or vice versa ? Sometimes the email systems do not agree . Most of the time it is fine , but if you are not receiving either one , please email me here , and we'll try to get it resolved ! 
  • If you want to return or check out a library book,  please let our librarian know and she'll meet  you at the Sewing Studio in Maitland for the Third Monday Exchange  . 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 
  • We are taking a short break;  there is no meeting scheduled for January.  The February meeting will be February 3, 2021,10:00 am via Zoom 
  • December  in- person sew days are canceled , but lots virtual sew days are happening. Please see information in the newsletter article, or take a look at the calendar .
  • 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 

A Request From a Member ....

Dear Members,

If you have any jeans (condition does not matter) or any fabric (including scraps, orphan blocks, UFOs never to finish, etc). Would you consider donating them for donation quilts?

The organization is Prayers & Squares.  The quilts are given to parents for babies, children and adults who are sick, and loss of loved ones.  I can meet anyone on the third Monday of the month for donations at the Sewing Studio.

If you have any to contribute , please contact me
here .

Thank you,  
Pamela Edwards 

                                                                 Sue Kenard, Chairman

Call for Blocks/Charity Quilts-
We have received a request for quilts from a group in Oregon that is working with families impacted by the recent fires. A package is on the way to them. We have additional quilt kits (top, backing, batting, etc.) if you are interested in completing a charity quilt. I will have these kits at the monthly Swap Days at the Sewing Studio. Come take one and finish it at your leisure.
Baby Quilt Delivery-
The first group of our baby quilts has been delivered, a whopping 54 quilts. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your generosity. I was blown away by the variety of quilts. A special THANK YOU to Sharleen and Sarah for delivering the quilts and capturing the event in a video for us. See attached LINK to view the presentation.
There will be a second delivery of quilts in March. We already have 6-8 quilts donated for that. Keep up the good work. Get finished baby quilts to Sharleen or I can collect them at a Swap Day.
Retreat Baby Quilt Blocks-
There were three different sets of fat quarters in the retreat swag bags. (see attached photo) The finished blocks are being collected and we will make as many baby quilts as we can for the March delivery. The tops are being put together now, looking for quilters willing to quilt a small quilt or two. I will be collecting any blocks that you have finished at the December and January swap days.
Again, thank you for all of your ongoing support to the guild’s community projects. Keep up the drawstring bags and placemats, they are so quick to do and a great way to use your “why did I buy that” fabric.
Blessings to you and yours, hope to see all of you in person in the new year.



                                     Debra Jalbert, Chairman 

Call for Presenters for February 2021
circles, curves and wavy lines


We have a special challenge project for you to try, 
and we want
YOU to present!
If you have a success story, a favorite method, or fun mini tutorial,
contact Debra to show off your work at the OMQG 
Guild meeting in February !  


Debby Manuel 

Our UFO finishers have finished 3 of the 4 projects we selected to Wrap Up this year.  Our latest number is #1 on our lists.  We could complete a binding, a quilt top or finishing off a project that needed something small such as a name tag.  Whatever needs doing to be able to say It’s a Wrap!  

Betty Baker finished these cute fabric lollipops for It's a Wrap ! 


The Mystery Quilt Instructions 
have all been sent to members 

Now it's time to make sure you complete the quilt with quilting, binding and photographing! When finished, please be sure to email a photo here to be included in the Mystery Quilt slideshow 
for February .

If you have any questions about the Mystery Quilt Challenge ,
contact Mary Smart here 

                                        Marge Cree, Chairman 

Hello Friends.  Hope you are doing fine….I sure hope your Thanksgiving was fun but safe.  I have been busy making Christmas gifts, it’s funny, I have all year to make these but for some reason I always start in November, I guess I like the rush!  

Well the retreat is over and now I can relax for a few weeks, however, the 2021 schedule is on my mind.  In a previous newsletter, I asked if anyone has suggestions for a teacher in 2021, but not much response.  

Please look at Global Quilt Connection at the  
GQC website here there is so much information on teachers doing virtual classes.    

Here’s some teachers you may be interested in; 
take a look and give me feedback

Please have the happiest, safest holidays
and let’s all cheer for an easier 2021!


We’ve added two new titles to the library this month. Both of which I’m excited to say are gorgeous books. Read below for brief descriptions of each title.

The Library list on the blog has been updated as well.  

If you’d like to check out these or other titles please contact Aradria Csercsevits by December 13th. Contact info is in the guild directory. 

The Library and Exchange day are Monday December 14th,
10am @  The Sewing Studio. 


Whizz Bang!

by Rachaeldaisy

Watch out! These blocks can be addictive.

15 projects + 10 blocks patterns + Rachaeldaisy’s precious tips!

261 pages.

All the explanations to create Rachaeldaisy’s quilts and blocks are included in this quilting book.

Bi-lingual book: English/French


by Nicholas Ball 

No patterns here, but definitely a plan! 
Explore the freeing power of improvised piecing with Nicholas Ball in his first book, Inspiring Improv. Learn his step-by-step technique-based process to explore six fundamental piecing structures. Practice how to stitch fabric together in an improvisational manner to create blocks or sections before using them to sew unique quilts all your own.  
Improv piecing doesn't have to mean chaotic end results. Look to the eight original projects included to see how to create sophisticated quilts with structure focusing on repeating blocks or large-scale scrappy designs. Follow along as Nicholas walks you through his original inspiration and follow his plan through to finished pieces, as he discusses which combination of his core piecing methods he used, and how to achieve showstopping, exciting work. 
From simple strip piecing through to complex circles and rings, you will be eager to experiment with making slabs, gentle curves, insets, triangles and even 9-patch and Log Cabin stacks. In no time, you'll be using them as a stepping stone to sewing original full-sized improvisational designs.


 Here's a link to Quiltcon Together

 There is member pricing on QuiltCon registration -- ONLY
until November 30th, and that ends tomorrow!

After tomorrow, it'll be $10 instead of $8 for admission, workshops will be around $10 (mini) and $20 (mega) more, tours will be $12 instead of $10, also more expensive to buy the upgrade to workshops without member pricing. An all-access lecture pass goes from $150 up to $180.


Presented by the Modern Quilt Guild, QuiltCon is the largest modern quilting show of its kind. 

Each year, thousands of attendees come to see over nearly 600 modern quilts on display, including 400 juried in from MQG members around the world. This brand new online version of QuiltCon will still feature a juried quilt show as well as top notch workshops and lectures. The five day event will include live lectures, panels, and tours, as well as on-demand workshops and many opportunities for socialization, as well as a vendor's forum where there is sure to be plenty of great discounts and products available.   

Many Orlando MQG members have expressed how they have adapted well to online learning, and this is a perfect opportunity to learn and take advantage of your Modern Quilt Guild membership .

You can learn about individual expert makers as well as hear about how to refresh your creative process, different ways to tackle secondary designs, and more.

All QuiltCon Together lectures will be presented live! Classes and workshops will be a mixture of live and recorded presentations, depending on the level of class you choose.  

Here is a link to many of the Frequently Asked Questions about QuiltCon Together. 

QuiltCon is planning ot return to Phoenix , AZ in 2022 .

Quilty Happenings, and other things !

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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