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Issue 52 
I'm hoping yet another month of meeting virtually is still finding you all safe and well.  Thank you so much for the excellent response we got from the survey we sent out last week!  Suddenly becoming a completely virtual entity has not been easy but the Board was buoyed by your many positive comments and suggestions. 

We have so much planned!  Our founder, Rene' Martinez, is launching a new class (see details below) that I'm ridiculously excited to take. And we're talking with other organizations, teachers, designers, etc., about lectures/classes/trunk shows--
you name it! 

And, you're going to have the opportunity to make a connection with a fellow guild member with our Christmas in July scrappy swap!  Our Cocktail with the Longarmers panel was fascinating--I got some great tips about quilt preparation--and it lessened some of the anxiety and insecurity I've had about sending one of my quilts to a longarmer.  If you missed it, you can watch it on our YouTube channel! 

I hope you'll also think about joining us for one of our virtual Sew Days.  I've really enjoyed getting to know and talk with some members I haven't had the chance to sew with before.  We are a large guild and these virtual Sew Days have helped us make some connections with fellow members. Join us--and we'd love to know if you'd be willing to host a Sew Day as well.  Just email Debra, or the guild at

Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday!

Online meeting this month -
please read below on how to

 We will be conducting a virtual meeting at our regularly scheduled time:  
Wednesday, July 1, 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. 

Show and Tell 

We presented a great Show & Tell at the June virtual meeting; it is currently available on the Orlando MQG You Tube Channel here 
 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!

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

Click 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" 

    Saturday , June 27, Sew Day was hosted by Sandra 
   Virtual Sew Days Ahead

Orlando Modern Quilt Guild Sew Days are a huge success !
Members are getting 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 
Saturday, July 11, 10:00 am-12:00           Hosted by Yanick Booz
Saturday, August 1, 11:00 am-1:00 pm   Hosted by Paula Kennedy

   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 August  5,  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 September will be announced.
  • July 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 

                                                                  Sue Kenard, Chairman 

Baby Quilt Update- Sharleen reports that she has had 8 baby quilts turned in so far. Keep up the good work. If you have quilts to donate and need to drop them off let Sharleen or me know.
Placemats- the most recent batch of placemats were delivered to Senior's First last month. Please let me know if you have any completed placemats ready for pick up or delivery.



                                     Debra Jalbert, Chairman 

It’s time for a Christmas in July Scrappy Gift Swap!  A swap with your fellow Orlando Modern Quilt Guild members. Everything will be from your scraps; no need to go shopping. You know your stash better than anyone!

If you would like to participate, email the guild at by July 15th.
You will be emailed your "not so secret" swap partner.

Please ‘swap’ your gift before the September 3rd meeting. This will allow you 6 weeks to get to know your partner and create something special. See if you can make a gift your partner will enjoy receiving!

Scrappy Gifts will be sent by mail. (Or, you can do a porch drop off if your partner lives nearby.)

This swap will be maker-driven. Take a look at what you have on hand, and choose something you’ll enjoy making. 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. But hey, no masks! Most of us are pretty tired of sewing masks by now!

Here are some ideas, gathered in a Pinterest board that David Hastings from the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild has set up, to get your creative ideas flowing. Don’t feel limited by these ideas, this is your chance to make something of your choice! Visit David’s Pinterest Board for some fun ideas,

It’s a Wrap has completed the first UFO on the list of four you chose to complete.   Here’s the one I finished after 3 years all pinned and waiting to be quilted.
 My husband loves to nap with it.

If you’re ready for the next one on your list,
 it will be  
#4, and it will be due in September.  
Keep wrapping ‘em up!   Debby Manuel 


Another set of clues will be revealed this Wednesday, July 1

                                      Marge Cree, Chairman 

In our everchanging world there are many ways to
remain creative...

Have you wanted to try a virtual class, but don’t know how to
begin, and which one would be right for you?  

Well, we have a surprise for you! 

The Orlando MQG along with Rene Martinez  has developed a virtual class for our guild members.  Rene is a certified instructor of this beautiful collage quilt technique developed by Laura Heine and she has put together online instructions that will step you through.  The class will include a combination of pre-recorded videos and live Zoom meetings to complete this Sewing Machine mini quilt.
  As a gift to our members, the guild will be providing a kit with most of the recommended supplies needed for this project, you will supply your own fabrics.  

Here’s how it will work:

If you want to join this class all you have to do is purchase the pattern @ $25.00
 You can write a check to Orlando MQG and send to Kathy Aber, or use this
PayPal link. 
This purchase will reserve your place in the class and let us know how many will attend.    The deadline to make the pattern purchase is July 10.  Your check or PayPal payment must have been received by the guild by that date if you want to receive the free materials kit from the guild. 

This will give us time to purchase the required patterns and supplies and have them delivered to you.   Once you purchase you will receive a link to a pre-recorded video showing what additional supplies, such as fabric, you will need.  We will give you adequate time to collect your fabric choices.

After that, stay tuned for other information regarding three Zoom meetings and videos to complete the project.   The time frame for the Zoom meetings will start in August 2020,, but don’t worry if you are busy during that time because all Zoom meetings will be recorded so you can watch them
when it is most convenient for you ! 


This month What’s on the Bookshelf  features scrappy quilting books. I’ll be doing a presentation at the virtual meeting to introduce each title. 

Orlando MQG Library is now open for drop off and pickups! Members are welcome to checkout books and pick them up from my home, just email or text me to request titles for check out, and set up a time to meet for pickup .You can also return books by dropping them off in a plastic bag; let me know via text or email you’ll be returning books you’ve checked out!
I’m in the process of updating the guild library catalog on the Orlando MQG blog. Newer titles haven’t been added in yet, so please feel free to ask if you don’t see something listed on the blog; we may already have the title!      Aradria 

Quilty Happenings, and other things !
  • The International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska, has a beautiful  exhibition named "For the Love of Gaia" you can view online HERE 
  • If you didn't see it on our Facebook pages , here's a link to read about  amazing quilt artist Rosie Lee Tompkins and her improv quilts 
  • For anyone wanting to make a house quilt , (since so many of us have been staying in our homes this past 3 months) here are a couple of links to cute modern blocks . I am making one to "commemorate" this time in my family's  lives . Some great inspiration samples are HERE and HERE  and HERE and HERE and HERE         Enjoy , Paula 
  • 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. 


Orlando Modern Quilt Guild Quarantine Diary 
Jan Bilbro
  1. On a weekly basis, she turns in 8 memory bears to Vitas (and picks up 8 more to make).
  2. 50 large bags for kids aging out of the foster system
  3. 35 smaller bags for gifts to younger foster children
  4. 65 smaller bears for Quilting Angels, police and fire department
  5. 18 placemats for Meals on Wheels
  6. 12 quilt tops and backs ready to quilt for veterans
  7. In between the above projects, she is working on UFO’s. One questions if she eats or sleeps!
Kam Watson
  1. Experimented with different face mask patterns.  Made 46 of the best one.
  2. Working on Christmas gifts
  3. Purging closets, guest room and sewing room.  Sent a huge pickup truck of donations to charity.
  4. Making celebrations for granddaughters’ university graduation (without the pomp and circumstance of the college ceremony).
  5. Enjoying a visit with her daughter from California!
Debbie Zopp
  1. Making face masks
  2. Gardening (pictures of her patio pots of flowers are beautiful!)
  3. Embroidery projects
  4. Scan & Cut projects
  5. No reports this summer of bear hunting with her dog! 

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 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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