Monday, 30 December 2013

Let's Wrap Up 2013

Join us Monday night for our December meeting. 7:30 p.m. in the boardroom at the Ottawa Citizen building. We're talking scraps and quilting resolutions in our breakouts. Bring your show entries. Bring your bee blocks and/or swap fabric, if you are participating in those activities. Bring your quilts for Show and Share. Most importantly, bring your fine selves! 

Funny Workplace Ecard: God gave me these hands so I could one day become a sewing badass. Mission Accomplished.....

Monday, 16 December 2013


Attention.  Attention!  January quilt show deadlines have been extended and guidelines have changed.  You now have until NOON on Wednesday, December 18, to submit your works and we're now opening the show up to quilts/works of any size.  Small.  Big.  Somewhere in between.  Just keep it modern and submitted on time :)

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, 14 December 2013

OMQG Quilt Show Submissions Due Tomorrow

The snow is falling.  We're in the middle of one mother-of-a-winter storm and baby, it's cold outside!  So it's the perfect opportunity to buckle down and finish any last-minute quilt submissions before tomorrow's deadline.  I know what I'll be doing tonight!

Please send all submissions to

If we don't get enough submissions by the deadline, we may be calling for submissions of larger quilts, so stay tuned for details.

Happy sewing!

Monday, 25 November 2013

Tonight's Meeting...

Is going to be exciting, folks! Of course, we'll have our Show and Tell -- such modern inspiration -- can't wait!

For our break outs, we're talking Modern Colour Theory and Flickr. How do you choose colours and prints so that your fabrics don't just stay on your shelves looking pretty? Okay, who are we kidding, some of your fabrics will still stay on your shelves looking pretty, but you won't fear using them anymore!

An yes, we are going to attempt, for the first time ever in our 2 month history, to have a live Internet feed and see if we can provide a tutorial on Flickr. Will the technology gods look favourably upon us tonight? Will it work?

Come and find out!

7:30 p.m. at the Ottawa Citizen Building!

Monday, 18 November 2013

Ready. Set. Mark Your Calendars! Prelimary Submission Deadline Announced...

We hope you've been brainstorming and putting thread to needle rather than sitting on pins and needles.  The date you've all been wondering about has been finalized...Preliminary quilt show submissions are due at noon on December 15th.  We'll be accepting these submissions digitally and we'll announce where to send them to at our November meeting.

Finalists will need to bring their work to the December 30th meeting or arrange for alternate drop off.

In case you missed it, here are the guidelines:

- quilts must fall into the realm of the modern quilting aesthetic
- each quilt must not exceed a perimeter of 200”
- each quilt must include a sleeve for hanging purposes
- quilters must supply any specialized hanging materials or hardware if required

Good luck to all!

Thursday, 31 October 2013

So In for the Sew-In!

Funny Party Ecard: What happens at the Sew-In, stays at the Sew-In.

On Monday night, we also started the sign-up for our first OMQG Sew-In day! Mark your calendars -- it's Sunday, November 24th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Maki House. A perfect time to get the jump on those holiday gifts, eh? Or to sneak away before the holiday madness begins!

Maki House has plenty of tables and chairs so all you need to bring are your sewing materials, an an extension cord and your lunch. There's free parking in the lot out front and extra parking at the school next door. The cost is $12.

There are a few spots available so if you'd like to come, please email M-R (quiltmatters {at} gmail {dot} com). See you there!

Also, the information on our first fabric swap is up on Flickr.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

OMQG Bee Info Is Up on Flickr

Photo: #diyhumor
It was great to see the turnout at Monday's meeting and meet so many modern quilting enthusiasts in person!

While an email was sent directly to bee participants so they have the email addresses of their bee mates, the information about the Bees are also up on Flickr:

Bee 1

Bee 2

There is one spot open in Bee 2 so send M-R an email (quiltmatters at gmail dot com - replace the at and dot) if you'd like it. If you missed the meeting and would like to join a bee, review the rules and guidelines for bee 1 or 2 and send M-R an email, indicating your interest. If there are seven people interested, we could make another bee.

First order of business for bee members is to figure out which month you'd like to be Queen Bee. Please post your preference on your Bee discussion thread in Flickr (not here) and I'll update the schedules accordingly.

Also, maybe y'all could think of a better name for your bee?

Stay tuned for Sew-In and Text swap info later today or tomorrow... :)

Saturday, 26 October 2013

This Is The Plan, Stan!

Photo: #diyhumor #colors #fabricshopping

Hi all, our next meeting is this Monday, October 28th! Remember, we're at the Loblaws on McArthur Ave this month, up in the Community Room. Also, there is no outside food or drink allowed, but you can bring stuff up from the store below. 

We've got a fun program planned. In addition to a show and share and other fun modern quilting newsie bits like our first Sew-In (!), there will be two breakouts -- one talking about Zakka and one talking about Modern Design.

Each discussion will have a designated lead, but we want these sessions to be interactive so if you have any books, projects or other resources along these themes, please bring them to share!

See you Monday!

Monday, 23 September 2013

Tonight's the Night!

Photo: All the pretty colors!A reminder that our first meeting is scheduled for tonight! Woo hoo! 

It will take place at the Ottawa Citizen Conference Room located at 1101 Baxter Road, Ottawa. The meeting is scheduled to run from 7:30 to 9:30, and we ask that you not arrive earlier than 7:20 to allow us some time to set up the room.

For the first meeting, we are asking you to bring your own beverage (we will supply snacks), as well as something for show and tell if you would like. We are also planning to have a little fun getting to know each other with the game Two Truths and a Lie. You will tell the group 3 things about yourself – two of them must be true, and the other false. So be prepared!

Many people have already paid their membership, but if you haven’t yet, please bring your $35 cheque (or cash) to the meeting.

Guests are welcome (suggested donation is $5), so please bring a friend!

Hope to see YOU there!

Tuesday, 27 August 2013


It's all about location, folks!  And we are happy (and relieved) to report that after a long summer of researching and scouting, we have found the perfect location for our OMQG meetings.  Tables, chairs, easy highway access to the 417 and PARKING!  

Where, you might ask?  Why, in the conference room of our very own Ottawa Citizen.  All meetings (except for October's) will be held at 1101 Baxter Road, Ottawa.  Check out our MEETINGS page for all of the details.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Heather Ross Fundraiser

Who loves Heather Ross?  Well, I certainly do!  So when one of our guild members mentioned this fundraiser to me and then casually threw in that she not only knows Heather Ross personally, but that she is actually a very good friend, I just had to share this:    

(From Heather Ross)

Dear Friends,

My twin sister, Christie Danner, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Her prognosis is very good. Unfortunately, her insurance (the private, catastrophic sort) is not. Christie is a mother of three and works full time as an advisor and intervention counselor at a high school in the Santa Cruz mountains, and is an integral part of her close knit community She is also the glue that binds my (somewhat functionally challenged) family together. She is never the person that asks for help, she is aways the one who gives it.

I've asked my friends in this wonderful crafting community to help me to organize a fundraiser to help pay for her treatment, generously hosted by my friends at Harts Fabric in Santa Cruz. To say that I am overwhelmed by the generosity we recieved in return would be an understatement. We sent out a request for donations for an auction and raffle.  Walden is donating a Mermaid surfboardDenyse is sending a quilt, Natalie has donated a west coast workshop at Heath ceramics, my friends at Martha have sent over a truckload of crafty wonderfulness, Amy and Lotta are filling boxes straight out of their studios, Windham may drown us with fabric, Amy Sedaris is sending some celebrity shwag, and the list goes on and on. I'm adding a quilt that I made from Mendocino fabrics, and most of my own personal stash to the mix, plus some original artwork. We'll also be raffling off a workshop spot in one of our Palm Springs weekends.

The event, which will look a whole lot like a cocktail party, will include both a raffle and an auction which will be emceed by yours truly (no, in case you are wondering, I don't actually know how to emcee an auction. But I'm studying up!). A very limited number of tickets will be sold, and are available here and at Harts Fabric.

We are also selling a limited number of raffle tickets to those who can’t make the event but would like to support it, as well as tee shirts and signed copies of the poster (both pictured below) that I designed for the occasion. We will be tweeting the event live, so if you buy a ticket be sure to sign up for our twitter feed!

Thanks in advance for your help. My family and I feel lucky to be part of a world full of such creative, generous, wonderful people. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email me.


Wednesday, 24 April 2013

To Boston with LOVE


We are excited to announce that the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild is joining Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild in making flags for their wonderful project 'To Boston with Love.'

Visit their blog to get the tutorial and read more about this project:
Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild

"This is a small project that can easily be made in an afternoon. You may make as many flags as you are up for. The more flags, the bigger the impact. The overall idea is to provide Boston with an uplifting experience from quilters and sewists around the globe. We are inviting other modern quilt guilds to participate in this project and Berene Campbell will be coordinating participants."

For anyone who wants to participate via the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild, you can bring your flags to our information meeting on May 1st.