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Issue 47

January 5th, 2020

Dear Guildies,

Welcome to 2020!  From all the Board members, I wish you will fill this year with sewing, friendship and all the things you love.

We are almost at the end of our #10yearinthemaking year-long celebration, and it has been a lot of fun.  There are still a couple of surprises and challenges coming, so make sure not to miss any meeting. 

In the meantime, we are looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, January 8th at 10am at the Sewing Studio.

Happy stitching,

Caroline Garnier Janny

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.  
  • If you've borrowed a Library Book, it is time to bring it back.  We hope you have enjoyed it.  Go to our blog and check 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.
  • Next General meeting is on January 8th, at The Sewing Studio at 10am (No drink, No food in the room).
  • January SewDays are:
  • Due to conflicts with library activities, Sew Days at the Dr Phillips Library will no longer take place on regularly scheduled Saturdays.  However, Sew Days may be scheduled there on other days of the week, or at alternate locations.  Announcements will be made in our newsletter, and at our meetings.  Please watch the blog for any updates.
  • The 2020 calendar is taking shape, it can be found on the blog HERE.  Just a couple of dates to remember:
    • February 5th: Election Day - don't miss your chance to elect your new Board;
    • March 4th:  Guest speaker
  • Block of the Month (current and past) instructions, meeting minutesCalendar dates, and more can be found on the guild blog.

Kelly Eskin

Our Guild members' generosity is our strength.  There are so many ways you can participate:
  • Road to Tennessee block for our on going Call for Block (instructions HERE);  Laurie, Connie and Julie are also looking for people to quilt and bind finished quilts.
  • We are still collecting twin-size quilts for the Zebra Coalition drive.  Our goal is to deliver 25 quilts to the organization.
  • Place mats for Meals on Wheels - they are always welcome and bring joy to the recipients.
  • Memory bears - check the Minutes from our May meeting (HERE) and contact Jan B. if you are interested in taking part.
  • Jan B. is also collecting large drawstring bags, either patched or whole cloth, for youngsters aging out of foster care.  The details are on the June newsletter (HERE).  Jan is accepting fabric donations too.
If you're looking for more opportunities to give time or sew comforting items, HERE is an article about 11 charities that need handmade goods or donations.  Some of these organizations have local chapters: The Sewing Studio is a drop off point for Project Linus, Days for Girls SE Orlando Chapter has regular local sewing meetings.

Yanick Booz

I made a quilt!  A virtual one!  There are only 2 more blocks to reveal and our special 10th anniversary BOM will be complete.  Have you kept one of each block for yourself?  We can't wait to see what your anniversary quilt will look like.

If you want to catch up, all the BOM are on the blog HERE.

Please contact Ede or Yanick for any programming ideas, or send an email to
Locally, Globally, and on the Web
  • The OrlandoMQG will be represented at the Annual Quilting & Fabric Art exhibition  at the Lake Mary Museum Maitland.
    "Promoting and preserving the heritage textile from handmade to sewing machine pieces; from early functional quilting, fiber art types to new styles in fashion and design.
    Date: January 4- February 1st.
    Museum hours: 
    Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 10am - 3pm 
    Wednesday, Thursday: 10am-6pm"
  • Crystal, a local Quilter, is doing an awesome work at finding and documenting all the QALs.  I am pretty sure you will find something you'll like amongst the 40+ QALs starting in 2020.  Go and follow @Letsquiltqlong.
  •  The Quilts by the Lakes Quilt Show - Lakeland, FL, is on January 24 & 25 at the First Presbyterian Church located on 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, Florida.  Over 200 quilts will be on display, including many that will be donated to local charities. There will be judged quilts, quilts made my guild members, an Opportunity Quilt, treasure baskets, a boutique and several vendors.  A cafe will offer sandwiches, snacks and beverages. Admission is $7.00, children under 6 are free.

  • The Quilting Guild of the Villages is having Marketplace event on January 24th and 25th.  It will a giant shop hop all under one roof.  They have 35 vendors slated to attend with a wide variety of quilting and sewing items.  Please come join in the fun!
  • If you've missed the diffusion of the Craft in America's episode on Quilts, you can catch up on their website HERE.
  • Exciting news (at least for me), the MQG is having a special European Exhibit at Pour L'Amour du Fil in Nantes, France, next April.
Member Highlight

So happy to welcome Alejandrina to our Member Highlight page.

Portrait of Alejandrina
What draws you to modern quilting?

I’m a lover of texture and bold graphics, with little room for cuteness. Give me geometry, asymmetry, minimalism, color block, abstract fabric designs. Modern quilting is all that, so it fits right in. Currently I’m particularly drawn to my mountains of scrap, improvising (hail Debra Jalbert and Sarah Lauzon), but the scrap pile is not getting any smaller. Improvisation is so liberating and exhausting at the same time but ultimately most rewarding.

White and Blue wall hanging, 3 blue Hawaiian motives appliqueed onto white background

I’m very happy to see the resurgence of hand work: needle turn applique and hand quilting are favorite techniques and I love using them in a modern setting. 


Do you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate or advanced quilter?  

I’m probably an intermediate quilter, if only because I’ve been doing it for so long. Some techniques I do well, others not so much. I used to agonize because not all points matched; now I don’t worry or choose a pattern where perfect points don’t count; that must be what “intermediate” means.


How long have you been quilting?

In the late 1980s we used to live 30 minutes from Lancaster, PA, Amish country and would often go there for a Saturday trip. I loved all those quilts but never thought to attempt them, as I was into cross-stitch. One weekend we stopped in a quilt shop and, on a whim, signed up (husband and I) for a quilting class that was none other than needle-turn applique but we didn’t know what that was. One of my most cherished mental images is thinking of my husband, in a business suit and tie, in an airplane, taking out his plastic container with bits of fabric and attempt to sew them onto a background. Can you imagine the other passengers’ looks?

Mid-1990s, I signed up for a community college quilting class where everything was by hand. What a joy was to discover the rotary cutter after that! Next came my trusty Pfaff  and a huge Horn cabinet and more fabric that is advisable.

At that time there was very little modern quilting, so I stuck to more traditional forms, even though I was lucky to live near a couple of quilt shops that were, at a minimum, contemporary. I used to do a lot of needle-turn applique because I’ve had very good teachers: my friend Joy Shelton and the many classes with Mary Sorensen. But I didn’t know that I loved modern quilting until...I saw the Gee’s Bend article in the New York Times and my world completely changed. At about that time a friend mentioned the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild, thinking I’d enjoy the group. Was she right! When I joined there were about 25-30 members; I am absolutely enchanted with the Guild’s growth, all my new friends and our 10 years in the bag. Go OMQG!!


Besides quilting what activities do you enjoy? 

I like to read and cook. At this point, all three enthusiasms are getting in each other’s way so I’m struggling to find the happy balance point. Maybe it’s a part of getting old, who knows. I’ve been retired for a couple of years and I’m still looking for the daily structure that “going to work” provides. All I DO know is I’m happiest when I’m sewing.

What types of workshops, speakers, challenges, do you enjoy?

I love to learn or improve techniques. Since closet(s) are bulging with unfinished projects, I’m happy with classes that show a technique and don’t expect me to finish anything. It took a while to realize that not everything must be completely done. The Guild’s challenges, bees and special interest groups have been very beneficial to try new things. Last but not least, I love making quilts for others -- the Pulse quilts or the 70273 Project in addition to our yearly initiatives. The Guild has been a powerful force in giving to the community and I love it all the more for it.

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:  Yanick Booz
Secretary:  Caroline Garnier
Treasurer:  Zonetta Glenn
Community Outreach: Kelly Eskin
Education Coordinator:  Alissa Lapinsky
Member-at-Large:  Beth Schmidt
Founding Officers and Board Members:
René Martinez and  Michele Lancaster
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