Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Quilt Spotlight: QuiltCon Charity Quilt

The  Omaha Modern Quilt Guild will be starting a recurring feature on our blog...a quilt spotlight featuring fabulous modern quilts made by our members! First up is the OMQG QuiltCon charity quilt.

When the idea of making a charity quilt for QuiltCon was presented, members of the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild were excited to participate. OMQG Vice President Katie Roehlk and Secretary Stephanie Jacobson headed up the effort. We decided to use a limited color palette and chose the following colors for members to work with:

We decided to make a star sampler quilt and set up a Pinterest board with links to various star quilt block tutorials and patterns as inspiration for our members. We also posted guidelines for our members. The blocks we received at our November meeting were pretty amazing, and it was fun seeing them up on the design wall.

The blocks were divided among four members (Katie Roehlk, Kristina Morrow, Kristie Jarchow, and Stephanie Jacobson), and each member was responsible for assembling her quarter of the quilt by piecing the blocks together, adding additional fabric or blocks, and quilting the section. Huge thanks to Kristie Jarchow for assembling the 4 parts of the quilt, binding it, and getting it shipped safely to Austin.

We look forward to seeing our quilt displayed at QuiltCon in Austin and donating it to a charity in the Omaha area.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

January Meeting

The Omaha Modern Quilt Guild had a great year in 2014, and we're looking forward to an even better year in 2015. Our first meeting of the year will be this Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 7pm at Sunshine Stitches (525 N. 155th Plaza...in the Pepperwood Shopping Center next to Baker's Supermarket). On the agenda for this meeting:

  • Dues/Membership: We will be renewing our membership in the Modern Quilt Guild after the January meeting. If you are renewing your membership for 2015 and haven't already paid dues, please bring $35 dues to the January meeting. You may fill out the online membership form ahead of time if you'd like. The Modern Quilt Guild has a lot of great activities planned for 2015 including a spring fabric challenge so be sure to keep your membership active to take advantage of all the MQG has to offer.
  • January Activity: Our January meeting activity will be a white elephant UFO (unfinished object) swap. If you'd like to participate, please bring an unfinished quilting item (orphan quilt blocks, pattern, fabric, a kit you never started or started but didn't complete, a quilt top you don't love enough to finish, etc) wrapped/concealed in a bag.
  • PHD List: 2015 is the year to earn your OMQG PHD by finishing your Projects Half Done and Piled High & Deep! Start compiling your list of unfinished quilting projects you want to finish (or start/make progress on) in 2015. You can make your own list or print/save this form to keep track of your projects.
We'll see you Tuesday!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pilger & Beaver Crossing Quilt Deployments

On Sunday, May 11, 2014, a tornado hit Beaver Crossing, Nebraska. 16 homes were destroyed and 22 homes sustained major damage. The Omaha Modern Quilt Guild began our effort to collect quilts for the residents of Beaver Crossing. On June 16, 2014, twin tornadoes caused extensive damage in the town of Pilger, Nebraska, and our guild extended its efforts to also collect quilts for Pilger residents. Many quilt shops generously served as drop-off sites for quilts. AccuQuilt let us use their amazing design studio to hold sew-ins to make quilts and allowed us to store donated quilts in their warehouse. Over a period of approximately 4 months, we collected over 600 quilts and afghans.

On Friday, September 12, 2014 and Saturday, September 13, 2014, members deployed to Pilger, Nebraska to sort and distribute quilts to residents.

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, we deployed to Beaver Crossing to distribute quilts to those that had been affected by the May 11 tornado.
Quilts ready to be distributed.
Just a few of the residents with their new quilts.

There is a long list of individuals and organizations to thank for their help with our efforts including the members of the Omaha Modern Quilt GuildLincoln Quilters Guild, Cottonwood Quilters Guild,Omaha Quilters GuildAccuQuilt,Quilts for Kids, Quilts from the Bluffs,Omaha Project LinusNebraska State Quilt Guild, virtually every quilt shop between Omaha and Grand Island and countless quilters from several states who donated time, materials, support and quilts to make this all happen!

A HUGE thank you to Omaha Modern Quilt Guild President Lori Bain for her efforts in coordinating so many individuals and groups to make these deployments a huge success. We greatly appreciate the time and effort you put forth for this cause!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Flash Block Party!

The Omaha Modern Quilt Guild will be having a "Flash Block Party" to work on quilt blocks and quilts for Quilts for Beaver Crossing, Pilger & Beyond.

Saturday, July 2, 2014
1:15pm - 5pm
Sunshine Stitches
525 N. 155th Plaza
(Pepperwood Shopping Center
next to Baker's Supermarket)

Bring your orphan blocks, UFO's and quilt projects to work on for the quilt drive. An OMQG member has generously agreed to bring her AccuQuilt Go! to help us make blocks and quilts in a flash!

Hope to see you all there!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Quilts for Beaver Crossing & Beyond

Our hearts are breaking as storms have done extensive damage with fatalities in NE, OK, KS, MO, AR, MS & AL. We need the help of our incredibly generous quilting community to help us “Bring Hope & Encouragement to the Hurting” in these communities. The Quilts of Compassion Disaster Response Team has a deep passion to help those that have experienced tremendous loss and are hurting...which brings HOPE in the midst of suffering.

Quilts of Compassion, in conjunction with the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild will deploy August 13 -18, 2014 to deliver quilts to those impacted in Beaver Crossing, Nebraska and beyond. We lovingly deliver quilts DIRECTLY to those that have been impacted by the storms. Many have lost their homes and all of their possessions, many have lost their place of employment and many have been injured or lost a family member or friend. It is truly heartbreaking.

We are accepting quilts of all sizes for men, woman, children and infants. They may be quilted or tied. If you enjoy crocheting or knitting, we can certainly use afghans of all sizes too.

Please search your stash of quilts and afghans for donation to help your friends, relatives and neighbors here in Nebraska and Iowa. A complete and current list of donation spots can be found here. A huge thank you to the shops that have agreed to be drop-off sites.

Aside from donating quilts, how can you help?

  • Visit and like the Quilts for Beaver Crossing & Beyond facebook page. Share our page. Help spread the word about this cause.
  • Visit and like the Quilts of Compassion facebook page. This organization does amazing work across the country to bring hope and healing to those affected by disasters.
  • Spread the word via social media (instagram, facebook, twitter, etc). #quiltsforbeavercrossing
  • Check back here and the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild facebook page for upcoming volunteer opportunities and sew-ins.
Thank you in advance for your help in this huge endeavor!

Monday, March 10, 2014

National Quilting Day Event at Accuquilt

The Omaha Modern Quilt Guild will be the guest of  Accuquilt Saturday, March 15th fom 12p - 4p.  A tour of the Accuquilt facilities (8843 S 137th Circle Omaha, NE 68138)  followed by access to the Accuquilt studio for sewing and quilting fun!   We will have access to a variety of dies for cutting, be able to tour the Eleanor Burns display and a make and take project will be available.  The tour starts promptly at 12:15 so please be sure to be there a bit early.  This event is open to all, members and non-members of the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP below so that we have an approximate head count. 



Please also visit our Facebook page and join our open group to stay up to date on events!


You can also visit the Accuquilt webpage to view all of their fabulous time saving and creative dies, patterns and projects at http://www.accuquilt.com/

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Charity Sew Down Reminder - note the new location

Quick reminder of our charity Sew Down this Saturday, September 28, 2013 11A - 4P.  Be sure to note the change of location to the Saddlebrook Library 14850 Laurel Ave., Omaha, NE 68116.   This is just off 144th & Fort and is attached to the Saddlebrook Elementary School. 

We have a fun new project to make quick quilts using a scrappy Quilt As You Go (QAYG) method of string quilts.  Not to worry if QAYG is new to you because it is quick, easy and fun!  We will provide the demo for this method along with precut pieces of the backing and batting.  These blocks work up very quickly and should allow us to quickly complete charity quilts for donation to those in need.   (Check out the sneak peak below...)

Please bring your usual BS (basic supplies) including your machine (and power cords and pedal foot - just sayin' in case some of *us* might leave these behind occasionally...), piecing thread, scissors,  etc...  If you have a walking foot for your machine it would be helpful, but not a must.  Please scour your scrap bins for scraps and fabric you might wish to use and donate.  This project uses strips of varying widths from 1" - 3" of cotton fabrics.  If you have any fun variegated thread to use in your bobbin (this will show on the back of the quilts) these would be great to bring along as well.

Of course, we will have some sort of treats as well.  Am considering trying a new copycat recipe of Starbucks Lemon loaf...  Haven't done a test run yet so that could be dicey!  Hope to see you Saturday!  And remember, this is open to all quilters who wish to do some charity sewing, not just members of the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild so feel free to bring a buddy!