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Issue 60
It's hard to believe, but this month marks one year that Orlando Modern Quilt Guild has been an all-virtual organization.  It hasn't been ideal, but I'm so glad that we've been able to maintain connection and enjoy some fun and learning along the way.  We even had a very successful and memorable virtual retreat! 

And finally, there is good news ahead, as more and more of us are able to get vaccinated.  We just completed our re-enrollment process--and picked up TEN new members along the way.   We look forward to welcoming those new members on Zoom at our April meeting but we'd REALLY like to meet them in in May we are going to do just that!  We will be meeting LIVE on May 5 at 10 am at Maitland Community Park, 1400 Mayo Ave, in Pavilion #2. 

This will be one of our "non-business" meetings and will be a chance for us to reconnect, and meet our new members.  We will also have a live show and tell (limited to two items per member.)  Bring a snack to share (or not) and water--it will be warm!  This is a covered open air pavilion with ceiling fans.  There are picnic tables, but you are welcome to bring your own chairs if you prefer.  We will be following CDC guidelines for safe assembly so masks and appropriate social distancing will be required, even if you are fully vaccinated.  This will NOT be a live Zoom event, but we will try to record at least portions of the meeting to post to our YouTube channel.

Going forward, we will be back to Zoom for our June and July meetings, as we have some wonderful lectures/trunk shows scheduled for both those months.  After that, we will work with the Sewing Studio on assessing when we can safely resume our meetings there--we'll keep you updated! Looking forward to seeing you all--virtually this month and in person next month!


Wednesday, April 7, 2021 
10:00 am 
Via the Zoom Meeting application,  
available online


 We had a great response to the guild's membership renewal and currently have 92 members!

Welcome to our newest members: 
(not listed in last year's directory)

Pam Abrams
Sue Beechum
Lynn Berelsman
Melissa Byrd
Jolyn Catledge
Hope Drake
Kim Hofmann
Julie Mauney
Felise O'Brien
Cheryl Unger

We look forward to getting to know each new member and hopefully seeing each other face to face soon. We will be publishing and emailing a new pictorial directory as soon as we collect photos and gather complete addresses for these new members and make corrections submitted during the registration process.

Thanks to everyone for your prompt response to the membership renewal. If there are any recent changes of emails, mailing addresses or phone numbers, please email them to me at
here . Very few changes came through with the membership renewal. 
Kathy Aber, Treasurer

The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild is
meeting in person 
next month !

Wednesday, May 5
10:00  am

Maitland Community Park

1400 Mayo Ave, Maitland , FL 
( very close to the Sewing Studio ) 
in Pavilion #2. 

Bring a snack to share (or not) and water--it will probably be warm!  This is a covered open air pavilion with ceiling fans.  There are picnic tables, but you are welcome to bring your own chairs if you prefer. 

We will be following CDC guidelines for safe assembly so masks and appropriate social distancing will be required, even if you are fully vaccinated. 

This will NOT be a live Zoom event, but we will try to record at least portions of the meeting to post to our YouTube channel

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 addtions ! 
  You can always find the YouTube Channel with a general search on
Google, too . Just search "Orlando Modern Quilt Guild You Tube Channel" 



Please click this
 LINK for the full size calendar without zoom codes 
Print in landscape mode at 100% for best results.
The calendar was sent to members on Monday, March 28       
will included the Zoom codes and passwords . 


   April Calendar Includes 
   Virtual Sew Days

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 ! 

The  calendar with Zoom Codes was sent out Wednesday , March 31, please check your email for calendar download 

Annual Orlando Modern Quilt Guild Retreat 

Have you ever been to a quilt retreat? The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild retreat is legendary for it's frendship , fun and lots & lots of amazing sewing and quilting projects happening .
Last year , Marge and Ede and their fantastic team put on a fantastic virtual retreat , but this year , it's back to Daytona Beach !

definitely a highlight of the year, so  mark your calendars;  more information regarding room rates and itinerary will be coming soon . 


Save the Date ! 

November 4,5,6,7,8 2021

     Wyndham Ocean Walk, Daytona Beach  


Exchange Day is the 3rd Monday of the month 

Upcoming Sewing Studio Exchange Day -
  April 19, 2021 

The exchange days have been a great success! They are a great way to safely say hello to fellow members .... almost like a mini-meeting. These exchange days are helping us get needed items distibuted until we are able to meet in person to exchange outreach items, supplies ,
library books , etc. 

  Please let me know if you need me to collect or distribute something for you. I am in the Sewing Studio parking lot from 10:00 am -11:00 am each exchange day. 
Leslie Gale is collecting batting scraps, piecing them together and cutting them into placemat size. Come by and grab a few to make placemats for Seniors First Meals on Wheels program clients.
It’s a great way to use up scraps!
I also have guild labels for the charity quilts that you make.

See you at the Sewing Studio on Exchange Day !

   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 15th of the month ( business meetings only)  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 
  •  The May meeting will be May 5, 2021,10:00 am at Maitland   Park, Pavilion #2 
  • April in- person sew days are canceled , but lots of 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 

                                                                 Sue Kenard, Chairman

  (Total quilt count- 100)
The last of the baby quilts were delivered on March 25th.  A video of the quilts will be shown at the April Zoom meeting. Special thanks to the amazing mother-daughter team Sharleen Jespersen and Sarah Lauzon for coordinating this project and producing the video! The following is a summary of the presentation.
Pastor Abbott reported that each of the quilts was presented to a foster child who they create a Care Team around.  Each Care Team Leader was able to choose a quilt for the child who's home they were going to visit and that quilt was given to the child. Another really wonderful thing happened.  The Commission 127 provides the frame work for this Care Team model. 

They were doing an event at Christmas and they were giving packages to children in foster care, not just at  Summit but anywhere in central Florida.  Some of our quilts were shared with them and so they went even beyond this specific ministry.  Pastor Abbott marveled at the beauty and individuality of each quilt and at the kindness and generosity of our quilt guild.

To watch the video of the presentation , click the image below

We are continuing with some small, one person projects until we are able to meet in groups to work on larger team projects. Please see the links below for instructions and information sheets for each of the projects.  

Two of the ideas are for the Winnie Palmer NICU. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Winnie Palmer serves over 1,400 pre-mature babies every year.

1. They are in need of 
Incubator Covers (quilts measuring approx. 48” x 66”) in order to help the babies learn the difference between day and night. The bright lights of the NICU make this difficult. These covers will be sent home with each child as they are discharged from the NICU.

2. The other project for Winnie Palmer are called 
A Taggie is a small (14 “x 14”) square of flannel with ribbon tabs on three sides. The Taggie is to help familiarize the baby with the parents’ scent. These two projects are very specific with certain design limitations, please follow the instructions carefully. We will try to have a sample of the Taggie at the April and/or May meeting.
 Pillowcases for the Orlando Union Rescue Mission. The OURM provides transitional housing for persons facing homelessness. The mission has a need for bedding and we would like to provide pillowcases. 

If you have any questions about the projects , please contact Sue Kenard ,

                                        Marge Cree, Chairman 

Hello Everyone...

  We currently have several members signed up for the April 24 Caroline Oneteo class , and there’s still a few openings!  

After April 1st, it opened up to outside guests to participate , so if you want to attend the class, please let us know before it fills up.

If you are a non-member and want to attend the class,
please let us know.




HOW MUCH:  $42.00 for Orlando MQG members 
        $50.00 for guests

Deadline for payment is Friday, April 16,  2021,

 Orlando MQG  PayPal LINK  

( please put your name in the notes section ) 

or by check, payable to:
 Orlando Modern Quilt Guild
mail to : 
Kathy Aber, Treasurer 
2016 Woody Drive,  Windermere, FL 34786 


 April’s feature and addition to the Library is the stunning book Bisa Butler Portraits.  I’m thrilled that we were able to add a copy to the guild library since it has sold out 3 times since it was printed in late 2020. YOu can check out her website here for more information here on this talented textile artist ! 

Did You Know? 

American Artist Bisa Butler,
whose book was just added to our Orlando MQG library,
is part of the current “Voices & Conversations” exhibit at the

Orlando Museum of Art.  
Her piece titled “Wangari Maathai” is included as part of the display, and uses quilted, wax fabric as the base for her rendering of this Kenyan environmentalist and activist.  
The exhibit runs through May 2, 2021, in the
Lockheed Martin Gallery II.
If you want to see this beautiful quilt in person, head to the museum and check it out!

The Orlando MQG has supported the Museum for several years with the contribution of an original quilt for the yearly
Festival of Trees auction in November . 


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, Assistant Dawn Vanderwolf  
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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