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Issue 49

March 30, 2020

The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild is meeting online this month; please read below for the information to get connected !  

The world has changed a lot since our last newsletter.

There is not much to be said that you haven't seen in literally every other newspaper , blog, website, television or any form of social media . Please stay home, stay healthy , and it's important to remember to reach out to someone for a friendly phone call, an online call with a friend or relative with Zoom or FaceTime . Share your creative makes during this time with the many avenues of social media . You will surely inspire someone who might need a little extra push to keep a routine going in this new normal .

Please see below important information from our Community Outreach Committee on how to help by sewing masks for local hospitals or someone you know that needs one. 

Paula Kennedy 

Questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the newsletter are welcome, please email me .  I would also love to hear of any quilty news or ideas for content you'd like to share.  Constructive feedback is always welcome.  

Online meeting this month -
please read below on how to
connect !  

Let’s meet up!  We will be conducting a virtual meeting  at our regularly scheduled time:  
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 
10:00 am 
Via the Zoom Meeting application,  
available online  HERE
Meeting Link ID 

1. You will need to download this app on your tablet or laptop. (You can also do it on your phone, but it doesn’t work as well there.)  

2. To use the app on the day of our meeting, you will click on “join”. You will then be asked to enter a personal meeting ID,  (it's called Ede's meeting room!) It is a very simple process and a user friendly app!  You do not need to check your audio for sound, as everyone will be muted except the presenters Ede, Debra ,Marge and Sue. 

3. It is not necessary for you to set up an account with Zoom in order for you to participate in the meeting, but you do need to have the software installed to attend the online meeting . 

4. To improve the sound quality, all participants except those on the agenda will be muted.  If you have a concern or question you’d like to hear addressed during the meeting, please email the guild.

We will not be having a full meeting, obviously.  We anticipate it to last 30 min or less.  We won’t have programming, but we will update you on regular guild business, introduce our new block of the month….and roll out two fun new initiatives for this year that you won’t want to miss!

If you can’t make the meeting, or don’t want to use the app, we plan to upload the recorded meeting to our new YouTube channel (if technology cooperates!) here:

If you have questions about any of this, please email the guild at:
Hope you’ll join us for a little bit of fun and quilty friendship.  Stay safe and well!
  • We currently have 96 members in the guild. If you have not sent in your dues check for renewal, please do so as soon as possible to remain on the guild's roster for the most current updates .  Mail a check to our guild treasurer , Kathy Aber . Her address is in the directory . 
  • 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 Library Spotlight in the Minutes Section.  If you can't find what you want, make a recommendation to our Wish List.
  • TENTATIVE - Next month's general meeting is  May 6, at The Sewing Studio at 10am (No drink, No food in the room). Look for announcements via email to see if the meeting will be online or in person . 
  • April SewDays are canceled , and we'll keep you updated on May's dates.
  • Block of the Month (current and past) instructions, meeting minutesCalendar dates, and more can be found on the guild blog.
 Many brick and mortar stores have had to adapt almost daily to the evolving situation regarding the Covid-19 stay at home orders and quarantines. For information on our regular monthly meeting meeting hosts, the Sewing Studio, here's a link.
Thank you Sewing Studio !  
Orlando Modern Quilt members making masks 

Sue Kenard


There have been a lot of questions and postings about making cloth face masks. We have been in contact with both hospital systems in our area. Both are in need of masks!  Here are some guidelines:
  • There are several videos showing patterns and instructions. It has been agreed that some variation of the 6” x 9” Deaconess Health Systems pattern is the best so far. (see videos also  by Missouri Star Quilt Company , The Sewing Studio, Joann Fabrics and Deaconess for ideas)
  • You can use elastic or ties. There are advantages to both but we quilters are more likely to run out of elastic before any of us run out of fabric.
  • Making them out of two different fabrics helps to tell which side was worn on the outside.
  • Wash the masks when you are done. Package masks together in Ziplock bag for transport.
  • Delivery- Orlando Health may be setting up tents for drop off. We will have more information about this when they let us know. We would like to set up some kind of porch drop off system.
  • If you have completed masks ready to donate, contact Sue Kenard. She will work with you to collect the masks. ( or text 407-421-7691)
This is a huge challenge that all of us can get behind! 
Call for Blocks - Road to Tennessee Block 
Senior First Placemats
Large Drawstring Bags                                                                    


Debra Jalbert


In order to finish UFOs/WIPS I need some motivation. Admit it - we all have them. If you are like me join us to get it done. So let’s WRAP THEM UP!

This is how:
Choose 4 projects that you really want to finish

Write each project name next to a number on the attached sign-up sheet and post it where it will remind and motivate you.
(Thank you Caroline for passing on your work from the Cre-active Club)

If you want to be in the group,  email the guild here ,  I’ll email you when a number is chosen. Send me a picture or two so we can post before and afters.

When we have a meeting virtually or once we are back together a number will be selected and that is the project you can WRAP UP - giving you two months on each one. Then another number will be selected.

Once we are back together in person you’ll show off your finished project and your name will go in a drawing for your IT’S A WRAP door prize.

Some easy rules used in Cre-active that will continue:

To qualify, your projects must have been started in some ‘fibery” way: one block already made, or the fabric already cut, or the top almost finished and in need of quilting, or only adding a binding - your choice. If you don’t need two months to complete it combine 2 projects or stretch a complicated one to 4 months.

Join us by showing off your accomplishments proudly announcing: IT’S A WRAP!


 We have a new quilt along this year! What is it? We can’t really tell you because.........IT’S A MYSTERY!!
 Mary Smart will be guiding us through our first ever mystery quilt. This will be a throw size quilt, with lots of options for fabric choice and block placement.  Each month or so, Mary will email participants a new set of instructions. We will have a prize or two along the way, and a big reveal and show and tell after the first of the year! If you’re interested in participating, email the guild
here at and let them know you're interested in the  Mystery Quilt A Long ! 


Something to look forward to ! 

Susanne Plasse, Retreat Chairman, has signed the contract for the fall retreat; we will be returning to the Wyndham Ocean Walk , Daytona Beach, November  5-9 , 2020 
Mark your calendars ... we will be ready to retreat ! 


Marge Cree 

The Timna Tarr in -person class workshop unfortunately has been canceled .If you were participating , you should have received your check back in the mail. Please contact treasurer Kathy Aber if you didn't receive it !
Timna has developed a version of this class online , please check her website if you want more information and to support quilt instructors during this time. 
The good news is that contracts have been signed with two amazing instructors for workshops later in the year . The guild will welcome Amy Friend of  During Quiet Time on August 8, 2020, and Jacquie Gering  of Tallgrass Prairie Studio  Jan 22 & 23, 2021. Stay tuned for more info! 
Quilty Happenings 
You probably received this in your email on Monday , but the Modern Quilt Guild is offering additional webinars and learning opportunities during this time . Take full advantage of your membership and see what is being offered !

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

And , finally , a big shout out to our Social media coordinator , Aradria Csercsevits, for all of her hard work these past few weeks keeping us informed of all of the changes via social media , and your cute , cute graphics ! 
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