Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Programming Has Been Updated

Hello and Happy Wednesday to you all!  Just letting you know that, for your reference, the Meetings tab has been updated with the 2017-2018 programming.  

See you in January!

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

January Block of the Month

I know, its not even Christmas yet, but for those of you (like me) who are counting down the days until the holidays (and days off to sew!) why not get started on our January block! I knew the months leading up to the holidays were going to be BUSY, and I just love how this block looks, so we're using a tutorial by Caroline from SewCanShe, and making the #Hashtag block!

Instructions for the Hashtag block can be found here.

Please use the below colour palette to make your blocks: blues, greens and turquoises, in prints (so long as the main colours are represented) or solids. No whites allowed (which is VERY hard for me!)

Here are two that I've made for samples. Looking forward to seeing everyone's Hashtag blocks in January!

~ Jenn

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

December Sew-In

We have a sew-in this Saturday December 2nd 9am-9pm in the Program Room at the Kanata Recreation Complex.  Stop in when you like, stay as long as you like.

Members $12
Non-Members $15
(You can pay by cash, cheque, or credit (+fee) when you stop by)

What to bring:

  • Sewing Machine + Cords and Pedal
  • Cutting Mat + Scissors and Rotary Cutter
  • Thread + Needles
  • Iron or Mini Iron and applicable Ironing  Board (1 iron and board will be available ~10am - 5pm)
  • Lunch
  • Extension Cords + Power Bars
  • Projects
  • Smiles and Good Cheer

It's a perfect day to get away and do some holiday sewing and maybe some gift wrapping, too! 

Please email with any questions or concerns.

See you Saturday! 

Monday, 6 November 2017

November Block of the Month

Here it is! Again, thank you all for the fantastic participation in last month's Block of the Month draw! I can't wait to see all of the gorgeous blocks that you all make. You can improv your blocks or use the FPP pattern attached to the instructions that you can find here. Enjoy!

- Jenn

Monday, 9 October 2017

October Block of the Month

Thank you all so much for the great response and participation in September! I loved seeing all your blocks online and at the start of the meeting. Instructions for the October Block of the Month are available here!

Looking forward to seeing all the incredible improv in your October blocks!

~ Jenn

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

September 2017 Block of the Month

Our first meeting of the 2017-2018 year is coming up in just over a month, and with new meetings comes another year of Block of the Month! So why not start off with a fun, quick and impactful block to get you back into the BOM groove.

September's block is called Falling Arrow - using a solid or print of your choice and a low volume will give this block a punch, especially combined with other bold blocks of different colours. This block finishes at 12" (12.5" with seam allowances).

Download the tutorial here - we would love to see everyone bring at least one block to the September meeting - if we have more than 12 we will divide up the goodies and we will draw (at least) 2 winners! You couldn't make a quilt any quicker, and the more people making blocks for BOM the better.

For those new to the group, we'll be set up once you arrive at the guild meeting - drop off your block(s) and get a ticket for each block made. All tickets go into the draw and the lucky winner(s) take home all the blocks!

See you at the September meeting!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Quilt submissions - 2017 Richmond Fair

The Richmond Fair Quilt Committee has forwarded us their call-for-submissions for their annual fair quilt show. Here are the links to the forms and guidelines - we love having the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild membersrepresented at local shows and fairs, so please consider submitting to the Richmond Fair!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Love Paper Piecing workshop with Berene Campbell


The world is going through crazy times, and the time to spread the LOVE is now! This edgy tattoo inspired heart block is the perfect way to show it. Join us for our October workshop and complete this gorgeous paper pieced block designed by Berene Campbell of Happy Sew Lucky

Level: Intermediate (NOTE: there are two Y-seams). Some paper piecing experience is recommended.

Size: 20" x 15" with borders (16" x 10.25" without).
  • Sunday, October 22, 2017
  • Location: Kanata Recreation Complex - Program Room
  • Time: 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Cost: $60
  • Class maximum: 18 people

To register for this event please email presidentomqg(at) or bring payment to the September guild meeting.

Monday, 10 July 2017

New season, new workshops!

Summer is finally here! And with the summer comes the behind-the-scenes work getting ready for a new season! Our first workshop takes place the day before our first guild meeting, and the lovely Krista Hennebury (@poppyprint on Instagram) will be here! Join us for Krista's workshop "Improv Speed Dating" at the Kanata Recreation Complex (programming room) on Sunday Sept. 24 - 10am-5pm. Cost is $55 for OMQG members, $60 for non-members. And while you're at it, come to our first guild meeting on Monday Sept. 25 to see Krista's trunk show! For more details and to register for the workshop please email presidentomqg(at)gmail(dot)com.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

June BOM

The June Block of the Month is a pinwheel variation. I saw this in a quilt on line the other day and immediately loved it - I hope you feel the same way.  Instructions produce a 10.5" block, with minimal seams and no y-seams to worry about.

I'm suggesting a grey background, which should be the lightest of your 3 fabrics.  A dark(ish) in the center of the pinwheel and a medium (preferably something bright) for the outer portion of the pinwheel.

You can find the directions here.

Bring your block to the June meeting for the draw, and the winner will take home the whole set.

Monday, 8 May 2017

November Retreat

  • Dates: November 24 to 26th
  • Location: Gracefield Christian Camp and Retreat Centre - Gracefield, QC
  • Amount: $210 per person ($217 with square app) – includes 7 meals
  • Limit – 35 spots - There are 10 rooms available - if more than 10 sign up, you will need to have a roommate.
  • Signups are available at the OMQG meetings or by emailing 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017


The May BOM  instructions can be found here.  Use white and any colour (or print) you like. You need about a fat eighth of each to make the block.

Bring your block back to the May meeting. The winner of the draw will take all the blocks home.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

May 15 Meeting - Silent Auction

Our meeting falls early this month because of Victoria Day.  Come join us for our annual Silent Auction.  Members bring items and bid on items to help support our programming for next year.

To download the form, go to:

Can't wait to see y'all there!!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

April 24th Program - All about Scraps with Johanna Masko

Come join us on Monday to talk all about scraps with Johanna Masko
Johanna will talk about using scraps to create modern quilts.

Can't wait to see you all there!!

Monday, 27 March 2017

April Block of the Month

This month's block is a herringbone pattern. You will need just slightly more than one 2" wide width of fabric strip of each of 4 colours, or a fat eighth of each.

Full instructions for the block are found here, by Sew Mama Sew.

Bring your block back to the April meeting. The winner of the draw will take all the blocks home.

Spiro Quilting Workshop

Sign up at next meeting or by emailing  Note: you must pay to have a spot reserved for the workshop.

·        Date: Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 10am to 4pm
·        Instructor: Debby Soll
·        Location: Kanata Recreation Complex – Program Room
·        Fee: $60 cash/cheque ($64 using square app)
·        Class Maximum 15

Quilting with a walking foot:
In this class you will learn to quilt some very interesting designs by using arcs, lines, triangles and circles, with my unique technique. This class is for beginners to intermediate
Requirements for class:          
·       Sewing Machine in good working order with Machine Manuel and an extension table if you have.
·       Walking foot – in case it is a closed toe, please also bring an open toe walking foot if not a regular open toe foot also.
·       1 pack Top Stitch needles size 90/14.
·       Pre make 6 quilt sandwiches approximately 18” x 18” square, solid white or off white fabric please with a contrast thread. (No prints) but the contrast thread is very important you need to see it clearly for learning purposes. Do not forget your thread stand if using a cone of thread.
·       Notebook with a pencil and eraser
·       1 x 6” x 24” Ruler
·       1 pair of quilting gloves
·       1 Unique wash out pen – Turquoise
·       1 x sewing kit
·       1 x geometry set from the Dollarama.

March 27th - Whole Cloth Quilts

Can't wait to see everyone tonight.  Our meeting program is on Whole Cloth Quilts.

See you there

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Feb 27 Meeting Announcement - Room Change

We have been moved to the Upper Hall B room for Monday's meeting.  It's one room past our normal meeting place at the Kanata Recreation Complex.

There will be signage directing you to the right location.


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Feb 27 Meeting - Sashiko Quilting

Next meeting will feature a interactive talk on Sashiko quilting by Debby Soll.  

Debby will be selling kits  for $6 each which includes fabric with printed design, needle and thread 
  • Kits will be available at the sign-in table - first come basis
  • Please bring $6 cash (exact change) for the kits
  • It is not mandatory to purchase a kit - Feel free to bring your own supplies or just watch

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

February Block of the Month

This is the block that we'll do for the February meeting.  The size is only 6" this time - so feel free to make more than one :)  You'll get one ticket into the draw for each block 6" block you submit.


I picked this block after seeing this photo, of a Riley Blake design. I loved it - very striking but so simple.

Bring your block(s) to the February meeting, and the winner of the draw will take them all home.