17 Jun

June 17 general meeting

Business was:

  • Upcoming dates:
    • August 3 beginning paper piecing workshop
    • August 27 sew-in
    • September 9-11 our booth at Hawaii Woman Expo
  • Sue will be collecting and assembling blocks for Orlando Quilts for The Pulse
  • Gave overview of the committees that will be formed to plan for the Hawaii Woman Expo and passed around sign-up sheets

sample heart blocks

Sharon gave a fantastic presentation on the basics of English paper piecing and foundation paper piecing! She also demonstrated with a foundation paper-pieced heart block that she drafted herself.

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We presented the three completed quilts and a pillowcase for Oahu Care Facility, but forgot to get photos. Here’s a picture of the pillowcase made from an orphan block, though!

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During show and tell, Leslie shared the Poolside Tote that she finally finished after last year’s workshop.

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She also made a quilt that came out perfectly, even though she said it made her brain hurt! 😀

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We were lucky to have Deb Trail stop by on her way home, and she shared a gorgeous pillow cover that she made from Quilt Lovely.

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Norine finished a second travel quilt after Val’s fantastic Jammin’ It workshop!

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She also completed her quilt top from Val’s stack ‘n whack workshop.

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Alli brought one of the travel quilts she made after Val’s workshop.

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28 Oct

October general meeting

Oops, blogging October’s meeting late! Business was:

  • Announced Carolyn Friedlander, Lotta Jansdotter, and Lizzy House fat quarter swap at November’s meeting
  • Reminder about lunch with Dani Miller
  • Holiday sew-in and party coming up!

During show and tell, Chris showed us the two weekender bags she finished after our workshop!

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Then Kelley shared a quilt that she made with her mom!

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18 Sep

September General Meeting

Our September meeting was so exciting with a ton of new faces — our meeting room was full almost to capacity! (Lots of people were still wandering around at this point. :} )

OMQG meeting room fills up!

Business was much lighter after the expo; we went over these items:

  • Holiday fabric basket swap (details in Current Sewing and the Facebook group)
  • Board elections coming up in November! Nominations open now; email nominate@oahumodernquiltguild.com to nominate yourself or another member. Must have been a member for 6 months in order to become a board member. Executive Officer Duties
  • Reminder that the guild currently offers members free webpage ad space for their quilting-related business. Info in Guild Resources and the Facebook group.
  • Trinia is offering OMQG members 20% off quilting services!
  • Upcoming dates: see Events

After that, Trinia did an amazing screen printing demonstration! She showed us how to develop our own screens with computer-printed transparencies and a light based process, and then showed an alternative using sticky vinyl and craft cutters like the Silhouette. She also passed around samples of her own screen printed fabric, which were beautiful! She also provided a list of the affordable and easily-obtainable supplies that she uses to do her own screen printing.

Note: Trinia is now offering OMQG members screen printing workshops by request!

Trinia's screen printing demo

During show and tell, new member Leslie shared her adorable Noodlehead 241 Tote.

Leslie's 241 tote

Then Trinia showed us the three minis she was inspired to sew after her epic tour through eighty-jillion mainland quilt shops. 😀

trinia's minis

Mai shared her Oh Fransson-tastic mini, quilt, and quilt top!

Mai loves Oh Fransson

New member Sharon wowed us with her intricately pieced quilt top…

Sharon's quilt top

… and then completely blew us away with her beautiful self-designed rainbow spiral quilt top! There were also gorgeous paper-pieced stars meant to go in the corners and center, but I didn’t manage to get good pictures of them. >_< Sharon's rainbow wip

Finally, new member Joan shared her two baby quilts and cracked us up joking about those 10-minute blocks. 😀

Joan's quilts

We finished up the meeting by handing out the mixed up fat quarters from our Cotton + Steel swap. Almost everyone participated so it was a big success, and we even made some Cotton + Steel converts! It might be a little hard to tell, but this is a Poolside Tote full of the fat quarter packs we redistributed… I should have just grabbed it and ran out the door! 😀

cotton + steel fat quarter packs

21 Aug

August general meeting

Our August meeting started out with something fun: a sewing relay race! Amber and Alli brought their Juki TL-2000qi machines so that both teams would have identical machines, and relay racers had to sew as precisely and quickly as possible on paper printed with black lines. Then for every messily-sewn line, a person’s team was docked five seconds, and the fastest team after scoring won. muhahahaha!
sewing relay race

Guild members then voted on and passed various amendments to the by-laws, including a new latter-half-of-the-year dues rate and additional membership levels.

Our patriotic charity quilt and completed guild quilt were revealed!
patriotic charity quilt

OMQG guild quilt

Both a September Cotton & Steel fat quarter swap and a new paper piecing challenge ending in November were announced. Then, once business was done, Nancy L. did an amazing demonstration and presentation of partial seams and Y-seams!
Nancy's partial seams and Y-seam demo

After the demonstration, one of our brand-new members won the door prize, yay! Then for show and tell, we oohed and aahed over everyone’s adorable wee animals blocks for our last charity quilts of the year. Some people made amazing original blocks!
wee animals quilt blocks, left

wee animals quilt blocks, middle

wee animals quilt blocks, middle

27 Jul

July general meeting

At our July general meeting, we covered a lot of business:

  • New charity quilt for Kapiolani Hospital
  • Upcoming guild activities:
    • July 18 sew-in
    • August 19 general meeting
    • September 11-13 Woman Expo!
    • September 16 general meeting
    • October 17 Weekender bag workshop
  • Our new guild library will be open soon!
  • 2015 Woman Expo business: new guild banner, sitting the expo, helping with setup/takedown, submitting quilts for display

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After the business was taken care of, Nancy F. gave a wonderful demonstration of how to attach quilt sleeves! She showed us a couple of different methods; plus, she told us about different hardware we could use to hang our quilts. It was a fantastically organized and informative demonstration!

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At show and tell, Nancy F. shared her adorable OMQG-themed pressing mat.

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She also showed us her first EPP project ever — a beautiful wheel block for which she drafted her own templates!

And her amazing mini quilt using English paper piecing. #oahumqg

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Next, Megan and Alli modeled the tanks they made at our Eucalypt tank workshop. 😀

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Nancy L. shared the sweet X and O quilt she made for her friend.

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Emily wowed us with her modern baby quilt!

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Then she showed us the biiiig quilt she made for her friend.

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Mai and Alli displayed the totes they made at our Poolside tote workshop.

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Finally, Alli shared the June medallion quilt she made from the Modern Medallion Workbook.

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20 Jun

June general meeting

At our June general meeting, we:

  • talked about our favorite quilt blocks and the blocks we’d like to learn
  • brought up the possibility of Sarah teaching a cathedral windows class
  • announced upcoming events at Hidden Yardage:

    Classes are $25 for members and $35 for non-members, and does not include the cost of the sewing patterns. The sew-in is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information, email communications@oahumodernquiltguild.com.

  • Women’s Expo 9/11 – 9/13!!! We’re going to have a booth and two committees to help plan: quilt display selection committee, and a booth set up/break down committee.
  • membership committee is also open for new members
  • other upcoming events:
    • July 15 general meeting @ 6:30 pm
    • July 18 sew-in @ 10 am – 8 pm, Aliamanu Community Center activity room
    • August 19 general meeting @ 6:30 pm
    • September 16 general meeting @ 6:30 pm

After all the business, Megan did a wonderful demonstration of precision curves! She showed us the pinpinpin method and the wing-it-and-trim-it methods in drunkard’s path, clamshells, and orange peels.
Megan's precision curves demo

precision curves samples

Show and tell was inspiring, as usual! Val showed us her gorgeous quilt top (I wasn’t able to get a picture that really captures how pretty it was >_<). Val's quilt

Sue made a patriotic pillow in time for the fourth of July. 😀
Sue's patriotic pillow

Sarah made a memory quilt out of baby clothes for a happy mom.
Sarah's memory quilt

She also finished up a ton of baby quilts to sell!
Sarah's baby plus quilt

We especially loved this trip around the world quilt. 🙂
Sarah's baby trip around the world quilt

Sarah's HST baby quilt

Sarah's scattered stars quilt

16 Apr

April general meeting

At our April general meeting:

  • Our freebie table continues, and was a big success! There were some really covetable scraps brought and adopted (sparkly Kokka skulls, hehehe)!
  • We collected blocks for our guild quilt, and they were amazing. The guild quilt blocks deadline has been extended to May 9th at 1pm, and can be dropped off at the sew-in that day.
  • We reminded everyone that blocks for our Wounded Warriors charity quilt are due at the May 20th general meeting.
  • Mai did an awesome Instagram 101 presentation.
  • Megan wowed us with her improv curves presentation.
  • We gave another QuiltCon goodies door prize away!

Our guild quilt is going to be gorgeous — just look at these wonderful blocks!
guild blocks, left side

guild blocks, center

guild blocks, right side

guild blocks, bottom

Mai’s Instagram 101 presentation was adorably low-tech. 😀 Everyone loved it and learned a lot!
Instagram 101

learning during Instagram 101

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Megan’s improv presentation was so inspiring that afterwards, some members were talking about using the technique for our next quilt block.
improv curves presentation

During show and tell, resident machine Jackie shared the photo quilt she was working on for her friend.
Jackie's photo quilt

And finally, Sarah showed us the ADORABLE smocked baby dress her mom made. 🙂
Sarah's mom's smocked dress

19 Mar

March general meeting

At our March general meeting:

  • We had our first freebie table! We’ll have this at all future meetings, as well. People took home some excellent goodies!
  • We announced our upcoming events, including a May sew-in.
  • We also announced our first charity quilt for the year and formed a charity quilt committee. We’ll be making up 12.5″ unfinished red, white, and blue blocks (any pattern) into a quilt to donate to Wounded Warriors. In order to be able to present it in July, charity blocks will be collected at the May general meeting.
  • Sarah T. did a wonderful QuiltCon recap!
  • We gave away a bag of some QuiltCon goodies that Sarah brought back!

Show and tell was amazing, as usual! People kept grumbling about having to follow the last beautiful quilt, but theirs were always also wonderful!

Trinia brought her finished Hexie Framed quilt, which she pattern tested!

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Jackie (The Machine) showed her in-progress Fletcher quilt. You should have heard the collective gasp when we found out that she did all of that straight-line quilting without a walking foot! :D:D

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Nancy F shared her adorable chocolate heart quilt — the bottom right bit is cross-stitched and the quilting is so clever!

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Megan brought her perfectly pieced Harry Potter-themed baby quilt top. What a lucky nephew!

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19 Feb

February general meeting

Our February general meeting was on 2/18, and the exciting news was that we received our membership cards and adorable pins from the national MQG!

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Now we can really make use of the discounts some awesome local businesses have given us:

We also discussed:

  • March’s weekday sew-in
  • Future general meeting dates: 3/18, 4/15
  • Bonnie bucket bag sewalong finishes will be shared at March’s general meeting
  • Guild quilt blocks will be collected at April’s general meeting
  • Treasurer’s report

And some show and tell items were shared. 🙂

Trinia made a lovely Flyaway baby quilt.

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Ronnie was almost finished with her amazing Preppy Knee Socks quilt.

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And her backing was fabulous!

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28 Jan

January general meeting

January’s general meeting was a great kickoff for the new year! We discussed our:

Everyone’s show and tell items were amazing!

Val and Norine made a beautiful Swoon for their friend.
val norine swoon

Val also made a fun Road to Hana quilt.
val road to hana

Trinia made her husband his own Ten Squared Too quilt!
trinia ten squared too

Nancy and her family made this absolutely beautiful Starshine quilt for their mom. Her husband quilted it!
nancy starshine

Amber showed us her adorable improv baby quilt top…
amber improv baby quilt

… and also a totally covetable Cotton & Steel patchwork quilt top.
amber cotton & steel patchwork

Alli made a scrappy Hazel Hedgehog quilt.
alli hedgehog

Sue made an all-solids Follow the Trail quilt.
sue follow the trail

Jackie made a beautiful Ethel and this “Drinks on the” Patio quilt out of novelty whiskey fabric for her dad. 😀
jackie ethel and jack

Norine had so many quilts to share! A block challenge quilt…
norine block challenge

… a colorful mystery quilt…
norine mystery quilt

… and a nifty exploding pineapples quilt.
norine exploding pineapples

Everyone made amazing things! 🙂