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February Meeting Recap

We had record attendance at our meeting this month, about 20 people in person and 20 on zoom! It was so much fun to see everyone. We had several new members in attendance and some guests as well. Our speaker, Carolina Oneto, was a real treat! Carolina is a wife, mother, civil/industrial engineer, and an award winning modern quilter who has immersed herself in the study of the principals of art. She is well know for her colorful quilts and she gave us a terrific lecture on “The Power of Color.” She overwhelmed us with beautiful examples of color inspiration and she shared how color can be used to influence the elements and principles of art. She graciously provided us with an outline of her presentation. Members can access it in Member’s Corner on our website.

Did you miss the meeting? Do you need an overview of upcoming activities? No worries. We have all the details below!

February Block of the Month

Here is our Block of the Month. You may make it any size and with any color palette. Although we are only making one block (left), it’s fun to see the versatility of this block. For more details visit our 2023 BOM page here.

2023 Opportunity Quilt

Can you help us sell raffle tickets for our Opportunity Quilt fund raiser? If you attend other guild meetings, please consider asking if you can take our quilt to your meeting and sell tickets. This quilt is so beautiful, that the tickets practically sell themselves! For more information about the quilt go to the 2023 Opportunity Quilt page on our website here.

March Meeting

Our March Meeting will be via Zoom and in person at Arlanza Library. We will have our 2022 Block of the Month reveal. Its not too late to participate. All 12 block patterns are available in Member’s Corner . They sew together quickly, and you only need to bring a finished quilt top to participate. Also, If you would like to donate your quilt top to charity, bring us your backing and binding and we will finish your quilt. Just make sure your backing is 8″ longer and 8″ wider than your quilt top. Each donation to charity gets you an entry into the end-of-year raffle basket drawing. We will also have a guest speaker at our March meeting. Ector Simpson, of Mizell Senior Center will speak to us about the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.


  • 2023 Membership dues are now due. The cost is $45 and includes one book of Opportunity Quilt raffle tickets. Go to Members’ Corner for more information.
  • Sign-ups have started for our 2023 Retreat, November 6-9th at Vina de Lestonnac. Total cost is $445, and includes four nights and all meals. Deposit of $100 required. Go to Members’ Corner for more information.
  • Drop-in Sew: on Zoom. Link goes out the Sunday before. February 13th and 27th, 7 – 9pm.
  • QuiltCon is February 22nd – 26th in Atlanta Georgia. If you can’t attend, follow the hashtag #quiltcon2023 for updates.
  • Saturday March 4th Meeting: 2022 BOM Reveal and guest speaker for NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.
  • Sunday June 4th Meeting: Guest Speaker, Veruschka Zarate of Pride and Joy Quilting.
  • Saturday, July 1st Meeting: Modern Wedge Challenge Reveal. Get the details here.
  • Fabric of a Nation Exhibit at Skirball Cultural Center now through March 12, 2023. Reservation may be required. Click here for more Info.

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January Meeting Recap

We had a very well attended January meeting. What a great way to begin the new year! Our president, Candy Scott started the meeting off with some important announcements. She was followed by an introduction to our 2023 Block of the Month program by member, TriciaWilliams. Next we saw many fantastic show and share items from our talented members. Program Vice President’s Laura Green and Jennifer Boling wrapped it up with a fun, informative, and interactive workshop on modern wedges. Following the workshop they announced our first challenge of 2023 – the Modern Wedge Challenge!

Did you miss the meeting? Do you need a brief review? Then read on because we’re have all the details right here!


  • 2023 Membership dues are now due. The cost is $45 and includes one book of Opportunity Quilt raffle tickets. Go to Members’ Corner for more information.
  • Sign-ups have started for our 2023 Retreat, November 6-9th at Vina de Lestonnac. Total cost is $410, and includes four nights and all meals. Deposit of $100 required. Go to Members’Corner for more information.
  • Drop-in Sew: on Zoom. Link goes out the Sunday before. January 9th and 23rd, 7 – 9pm.
  • Saturday, February 4th Meeting: Guest speaker Carolina Oneto
  • Saturday March 4th Meeting: 2022 BOM Reveal. Have at least a quilt top to show.
  • Sunday June 4rd Meeting: Guest Speaker, Veruschka Zarate of Pride and Joy Quilting
  • Saturday, July 1st Meeting: Wedge Challenge Reveal
  • Fabric of a Nation Exhibit at Skirball Cultural Center now through March 12, 2023. Click here for more Info

2023 Block of the Month

Guild member Tricia Williams kicked off our program with Half Square Triangles (HST’s). This year each block will be made with 16 same-sized HST’s. This modern take on a sampler quilt was designed by Omaha Modern Quilt Guild Member, Stephanie Jacobson and is used with her permission. Members will need a total of 192 same-sized HST’s. The size of the finished quilt will depend on the size of the HST’s each member chooses to make, and whether or not sashing is used. There are plenty of ways to make HST’s and we will share some of them on the Block of the Month page here. Check out the page for all the details, some inspiration, and some helpful tutorials.

Modern Wedge Challenge

Put on your thinking caps and your Machingers and join our 2023 quilt challenge, “Wedges”. Grab your 9°, 10°, 15°, 45° or whatever size wedge you have and create! We will show off our quilts at the July 2023 meeting. For the rules and other helpful information, check out our our 2023 Challenge page.

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Our talent members had quilt a variety of work to impress us with!

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Can you say Red? White? Blue?

We’re excited to have some more quilts to share with you. We asked for redwhiteblue, or red or white or blue, or any combination of these colors, and it’s been fun to see them come in. They do not have to be patriotic, and we also encouraged you to send in photos of bags, totes, zip cases — in other words — small makes in these colors would be fun to see, too.

Small Make Title: Mini Double-Pocket Bag
Maker: Elizabeth Eastmond

Elizabeth writes: I was perfecting my new pattern for the Mini Double-Pocket Bag, and thought about our RWB makes on this blog. And after the sheep baa-ed at me, I knew I had to use these fabrics. Red, white and blue is always cheery.

Maker: Laura Greene
Quilt Title: Symbol of Freedom
Dimensions: 24″ × 72″
Machine Pieced and Quilted in March 2020

I wanted a quilt that would fit my wall space. It needed to be simple yet modern. I marked the eagle and hearts on meltaway stabilizer on the back use free -motion quilting. I used stencils and a frixion pen to mark the red and white stripes for quilting.

Maker: Debi Gardner
Title: Red, white, and blue table runner

I made this for the top of my buffet. The pattern is in a quilting magazine. I can’t remember which one, though. [Note: This is the Arrow Points quilt block by Nancy Page, 1920-1940.]

Quilt name: Chuck’s Quilt
Quilt Maker: Pat Klassen
Size: 20″ x 32″
My son has a cat named Chuck who sleeps on his pillow every day which was taking a toll on his pillow. So I had these scraps of War planes and patriotic fabric and turned it into a wonderful little quilt Chuck could sleep on.

Quilt Title: Azulejos
Quilt Maker: Elizabeth Eastmond
Quilt by: Cathy Kreter
Dimension: 63″ x 76″

This quilt is based on a tile seen in Lisbon, Portugal, when we visited a couple of years ago.

This last quilt was added in to show you that your quilt doesn’t have to be a patriotic quilt, or even an equal mix of the three colors. Send us your quilts with red, white, blue, or any mix or combo of the three hues.

Housekeeping: We’ve posted the newest Board Minutes up on the Minutes Tab, above. And our VPs of Programs were able to get more Zoom Meeting Dates for us for the rest of this year. They will show on the right in Calendar, but please do mark them on your calendars:

• Saturday, August 1 (submit your Show and Shares by July 29th, to In addition, please submit photos of your MQGuild Block of the Month Strawberry Blocks. (see info below)
• Saturday, September 5
• Saturday, October 3
• Saturday, November 7
• Saturday, December 5 — our Christmas party
Please submit your Show and Shares by the Wednesday before the meeting.

We’d like to encourage you to take advantage of the resources available on the national Modern Quilt Guild website, so to do that, we’re asking you to create a Block of the Month along with them. Laura writes that the July Block of the Month comes from The Modern Quilt Guild website, and was highlighted during our meeting. The strawberry block pattern, which was designed by Sarah Flynn, can be downloaded from the Modern Quilt Guild, after you log on as a member. Here are some of her creations:

And now for two creations from our guild:

Michelle Nicols, one of our members, is well on her way to making this table mat.
Inspired by Nicole, Laura made a table runner of strawberry blocks.

Head over to the Modern Quilt Guild national site, log on and download your free pattern. Send photos of your blocks to our guild email, and at our meeting in August, Laura will coordinate a slide show of strawberry block creations.

from here

Since next week is a holiday weekend, we’ll be taking a break with our next post on July 13, 2020. We hope you have a great 4th of July! Wear your quilty masks! Practice physical distancing! Enjoy some time celebrating our country’s Day of Independence! And submit your REDWHITEBLUE makes and quilts! The show continues through the month of July.

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Block Lotto • March 2020

Simone has a new block for us to try, and she writes: “The block’s name comes from the drunkard’s path shape. Since the block is raw edge appliqued and there’s the bonus geometric shape in the lower corner I’m calling it Drunkish. It’s kind of like a drunkards path, but it also has some other features.” She has quite a few photos showing us how to make the block *here.* And has provided us a pattern on her blog, so head over there to download it.

Please make your blocks in three analogous colors: blue, blue-green & green.

NOTE: Because of meeting cancellations and library closures due to the COVID-19 disease, we are putting a hold on Block Lotto. We will let you know when to make and bring them, so for now, enjoy using this pattern for your own use.

I pulled together an array of the three specified colors and starching, stitching and playing:

Congratulations to Jan, our Block Lotto winner for March:

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October 2018 Block Lotto – Witches Hat

This month’s block is Witches Hat, but was originally called ‘Triangles 4 Fun’.  You’ll start by printing out the one-page pattern to show the cutting diagram here. The rest of the instructions are found below for constructing your triangle block!  Happy Triangles!

You SHOULD spray and iron your fabric before cutting triangles; as you can see – I didn’t.

Align the print triangle fabric “down” ¼” from the point of the background triangle (yellow fabric).

After the first ¼” seam is sewn, align the points of the background triangles and stitch the second side,

After pressing – like a good quilter – you’ll have this.  Square up this module to 7 ½” wide X 6 ¼” high.

Add the 1 ¾” strip at the bottom to complete the square. Re-trim for a 7 ½” block.

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August Block Lotto – Square in a Square

August 2018 Block Lotto Challenge

Improv Square in a Square

This month’s challenge is inspired by a Pinterest post I can no longer locate.  I’m sure no one has EVER had that happen before!!

The quilt was composed simply of an improv square in square blocks. No sashing, no repeating pattern, no color theme – it was stunning.  This month’s challenge is going to be that quilt!

Create an 8 ½” square in a square block. The “inside” square can be any solid (or, reads solid).  I used up some scraps and leftover squares from another quilt. The “outside” square should be a light neutral/white/beige. I used improv techniques for several of mine – again – just to use up odds and ends from my stash.

The inside square can be ANYWHERE in the square! You can put it in the middle, on the edge, in a corner. Make it big, make it small, on point. Have fun with it.

Bring your squares to our August 4th meeting and let’s see who wins!

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July Block Lotto – Wonky House

Wonky House Tutorial

Block measures 12.5″ square
Seam allowances are 1/4″ but don’t need to be perfect
Press seams to the side that is darker
I suggest you read through all the steps first before beginning

You will need at least four prints for the house, roof, door and windows (more for additional windows, chimney, etc.), a background fabric and a green print for the grass.

I find it extremely helpful to mark off the finished block size on my cutting mat with painter’s tape.  This helps to keep proportions accurate and ensures you don’t cut anything too small!!


Looking at the final block picture above, you will see that it is basically three sections – the base, the house body and the roof.  Begin by cutting the base 13″ long and at least 4″ wide.

For the house body, it is easier to cut the door and window first and then “fill in” the area around them with the house pieces. They can be trimmed and adjusted as you go, but you don’t want a door or window that is too small or too big so I start with them. I like to cut the roof triangle now so I can “see” how it is going to come together.

These measurements are a good starting point, yours may be different. I like to start with straight edges and I trim them at angles later.

Now cut the house pieces.  Using the picture as a guide, cut a piece for below the window, between the door and the window, the right side, the left side, and the top.  Remember to cut them too big and trim as you go.

The numbers indicate the order to sew them together.

To make it wonky, trim the angled edges as you go.

To make your angled edges match before sewing, cut one piece to the desired angle, and then use a clear ruler to cut the second piece.  In the picture below, I first cut the blue door piece at an angle. Then I placed the red piece next to it – straight.  I placed a line on my ruler along the cut edge (the 3/4″ here, but it doesn’t matter). Then I cut the red piece.

I did this on both sides of the door.  Doing it this way keeps everything on the straight of grain which prevents distortion.

I used the same method to angle the window.

After sewing pieces 1 – 6 together, trim the top edge and bottom edges.  They can be straight or angled.

Sew on the top piece.

Trim the sides and do it wonky!!

Cut two rectangles out of the background fabric..  Mine are 4″ x 8″, but you will want them to be at least an inch bigger than the finished background area.

Using a clear ruler, cut the angle to match the sides of the house in the same manner
as you did the door and window.

Sew the two side pieces to the house body and trim the top and bottom edges even with the house.

It is looking pretty cute, right?  I know you are dying to see how it looks sitting on the green grass, so go ahead and sew that to the bottom edge.  First cut the angled edge on the green rectangle to match the angled edge on the bottom of the house.  You should be pretty good at that by now!!

Notice that the block is extending beyond the blue tape – that is good!  You will trim it up nice and square when it is all done.

Test the roof triangle to make sure you are happy with the fit now that the house is done.  If you want the roof to extend beyond the sides of the house, keep in mind that you’ll lose about 1/2″ in seam allowances.  Trim it smaller if you need to.  If it turns out that it is too small, toss it in the scrap bin and cut another one.

This is my foolproof method of making sure the roof and background fit together nicely.

Cut a rectangle at least 1 inch bigger on all sides than the finished piece will be.

Place the roof piece on top of it in the exact location of the finished roof.

Line up your ruler with the edge of the roof and cut through both thicknesses.
(oops – the sun was coming through the window!!)

Put the underneath piece of background fabric in the scrap bin.

Sew the roof piece to the right background piece and then the left

background piece. Don’t worry about the seam allowances or the edges not lining up – the piece will be trimmed down.

(If you want to add a chimney first, cut one of the background pieces in half where you want the chimney to go.  Piece the chimney with the background fabric and sew into place.)

Trim the lower edge and sew it to the house section.

Using a 12.5″ square ruler, trim the block to size.  If you don’t have a 12.5″ ruler, I recommend you get one!  It is the one ruler I couldn’t live without!!


I hope this all made sense and was easy to follow.
If you have any questions, please leave me a comment and I will be happy to help you!

If you’d like a PDF printable file, you can find one here.

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June Block Lotto – Arrow Block

This is NOT an original design; I used several online sources for inspiration. I changed and combined them to come up with something a bit more modern. I’m not a great quilt mathematician, but I made several of these and they worked well for me. I have ALL kinds of respect for those bloggers who make video and picture tutorials. I thought I’d taken photos of each step of the process, but alas, these are all I have.

This is a really fun and easy block that looks much more complex than it is. It only took me about 45 minutes to cut, press and assemble.

Cutting Requirements – ALL STRIPS ARE CUT FROM THE LONG SIDE OF FAT QUARTERS – approximately 22”
Three [3] 1 ½” strips
Two [2] 1” strips One [1] 1” strip for shaft (Dark)
One [1] 1” X 5” rectangle (I used low volume red text prints for my shafts (I thought blood should go with arrows) – it seems more defined than a solid, but it’s a personal preference)
Three [3] 4 ½” squares – cut on diagonal
Two [2] 4” X 15 ¼” improv strips 1.

1. Cut three 1’ strips and two 1 ½” strips from 5 coordinating fat quarters. The fabrics and colors are completely up to you – brights, solids, prints, pastels, anything goes. Arrange to your liking, sew and press seams in one direction.

2. Fold the finished strata in half and align edges

3. Make a 450 cut at the end, then another 450 cut – 4” out. Since you’ve folded right sides together this gives you mirrored feathers.


4. From the leftover central portion of the strip cut the center triangle by using the opposite 450 angle on your ruler.

5. Here is what your “leftovers” should look like.

6. Make two [2] 4” X 15 ¼” improv strips – the fabrics should be low volume or solid neutrals. I forgot to take a separate picture of my improv strips, but you know what to do.

7. Cut three [3] 5” squares from low volume neutrals and slice diagonally.

8. Complete your feathers by sewing one triangle on each end. Finished feather unit is 9 ¾” X 4”.

9. Add the improve strip to the top of the feather. Your piece should now measure about 24”(+/-) depending on your trimming. I prefer not to trim the bottom of my feathers or the top of my arrowhead.

10. Assemble the other side of the feather.

11.  Sew together the arrow shaft and the shaft end, and then assemble the arrow base. The finished base/shaft unit should measure 24 ¼” X 8”

12.  Center the remaining triangle and using the arrowhead, make a simple flying geese unit. Don’t match the bottoms!! You need the additional width from the triangles to make everything match. The finished flying geese unit should measure 4 ½” x 8”.

13.  Sew the arrowhead onto your shaft unit and yippie ki-yay! The finished block is 8” X 28 ¼”. It won’t take too many to make a fun quilt.

For a print-friendly version of the pattern instructions above, click here.

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May Block Lotto – Magic 8 HST

Magic 8 HST Method – Not my original idea

Use a 12” square of one bright/bold solid and one neutral solid to create EIGHT 5 ½” Half Square Triangle Blocks.

Each 12” finished square = 8 blocks = 8 entries for End of Year Grand Prize!

  1. Place 2 squares right sides together and mark diagonally (green line.) Stitch scant ¼” on both sides of both lines.

  1. Lightly press stitched square.
  2. Cut (blue lines.)
  3. Press then trim each HST to finished size.

Voila! 8 HST’s with 4 stitching lines!!!

To obtain a PDF version of this pattern, click: May 2018 Block Lotto Challenge

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Block Lotto 2018 – General Information from Shelley Wardrop

Block lotto is fun!  I’m challenged to attempt a block outside my skill set, to stretch my design imagination and combine colors that aren’t my favorite. Often the block is fun and  I’m inspired to make a entire quilt of my own.

For those new to Block Lotto in our Guild, we receive a block pattern, idea and size specifications  each month, then you do the rest. When you return your completed block the following month, your name is entered into a drawing to win all the completed blocks. Making a quilt using the competed blocks is another opportunity for expanding your skills and imagination.  This year you will have 9 monthly opportunities to participate! Block Lotto will be “dark” during April for our Negative Space Challenge, September for the Song Title Challenge, and in December.

I’d like to “kick it up” a notch this year. I love raffles and opportunities to win something! Anticipating the drawing and dreaming of what I’ll do when I win the prize excites me.  That’s one of reasons I love Block Lotto. I’ve never won, but I might!

For each entry block you compete throughout 2018 you’ll be entered into a year long raffle. Compete 1 block, you’ll get one raffle entry; compete 5, you’ll be entered 5 times. There are no monthly or annual limits to the number of entries you can accumulate.  And there are no raffle tickets to save.  The drawing will be held at our December holiday party. Two lucky winners will each receive a basket of ‘quilty goodness’.  What could be better than that?

So let’s get going! Your first opportunity to enter is this Saturday at our February 3, 2018 Guild meeting. Create a 6.5″ improv block for your entry for our February Block Lotto.  In the event you have questions, feel free to let me know either at our meeting or by posting a comment here, on our website!