We are burning up days until the year ends so I thought I better roll right into November.

Our guild meeting for October is the 28th at 6:30. We will be zooming but want to feature your quilts and work. Please submit photos to ocmodernquiltguild@gmail.com as soon as you can. We would love to show lots of work, so don’t be shy. We will also vote on by laws and officers and share some of our great plans for 2022.

November will feature guest speaker Mary Fons on November 18. We will also award prizes for our Book Themed quilt challenge. These are always so varied and amazing. Don’t miss this.

Pictured above is Daisy Aschehoug in front of one of her amazing quilts. She is presenting a workshop on November 14. She will teach about Giant Nested Curves. There are a few openings. I have heard her speak and I am sure this will be a rewarding day.

We will be having a social meeting on December 5 with many more details to come.

If you haven’t, please reach out to renew your membership now. You will not be disappointed in all the great resources we have planned for 2022. They will be shared at our October meeting and I will post here soon.

Stay safe.


Congratulations to our Best of Show winner Susan Manson! There were so many wonderful pieces entered in our Improv Challenge this month. Everyone should be very pleased with their work. The skills in our guild have really moved up with the help of so many great workshops.

We also want to mention that we had a wonderful lecture about Minimalism by Teresa Duryea Wong. It was just so informative and beautiful using examples from art and architecture to inform our understanding of Minimalisim.

Our next meeting is September 30 with guest speaker Carol Lyles Shaw. She will be talking about What makes a Quilt Modern. We welcome guests at just $5. Reach out in our email or there is a link on our meeting page.

Workshops are just around the corner. Libs Elliot, “Improv Stripes” is September 12, Sunday. There are few more openings. The cost is $60 for members and we welcome non members at just $70. Again, email us at ocmodernquiltguild@gmail.com. We will also host Daisy Auschehoug, “Giant Nested Curves” on November 14. Look up her work on instagram or on her website Warmfolk.com to be inspired.

We also have our sewing Sewcial on September 12. We welcome any member to host and use it as an opportunity for sewing or just catching up. Please let us know if you would like to host.

Lastly, we look forward to more members reaching out and volunteering for leadership positions. It is not that hard and is a great way to get to know guild members and help us stay a strong, vibrant guild. We looks forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the activities in September!

August 2021 Improv Challenge Entries

Maker: Jason Titus

Maker: Susie Johnson

Quilt Name: Happiness Doubled

Quilt Designer: Susie Johnson

Quilt Description: This is my improv quilt from Cindy Grisdela’s workshop, Improv Puzzle Quilt. I used all scrap fabrics from my stash, and that makes me happy! I also love the fabric color combinations and that also makes me happy to look at it ๐Ÿ™‚

Improv Techniques Used: free-hand rotary cutting with no set pattern except for the improvised log cabin-style blocks

Maker: Jeri Polizzotto

Quilt Name: I’m Not Afraid of Storms

Quilt Designer: Carol Lyles Shaw

Quilt Description: One of my favorite things about this quilt is the color palette. I started with a large scale print and dyed greys, blues, and purples to go with it. Working with Improv is a lot of fun although I sometimes have mixed feelings about the end product. It kind of makes me want to sew a nine patch or something that is more structured! This quilt is measures 72″X72″ I quilted it on my home machine using my walking foot.

Improv Techniques Used: Improv Curves and stack and whack

Maker: Lisa Handley

Quilt Name: Marge Tucker Log Cabin Improv

Quilt Designer: Lisa Handley

Quilt Description: This is the quilt that was the result of the Marge Tucker Improv workshop.

Improv Techniques Used: Improv and Log Cabin

Maker: Mary O’Bannon

Quilt Name: Just a little Fun!

Quilt Designer: Mary O’Bannon

Quilt Description: I had fun with the workshop from Cindy Grisdela. I liked adding the black and white for fun!

Improv Techniques Used: Vivid colors, change of size and just letโ€™s try this approach.

Maker and Quilt Designer: Gail Sevilla

Quilt Description: Using fabrics from 1978 until the present, I was able to finally house these children and let them come out into public. I want to thank the book Collaborative Quilting by Freddie Moran and Gwen Marston for inspiring this over 15 years ago. They let me know that not everything in quilting had to line up and be uniform.

Improv Techniques Used: improv house blocks framed with improv strips, improv triangles and log cabin

Maker: Maritza Rodriguez Farr

Quilt Name: Improv Orange Pop Puzzle

Quilt Designer: Maritza Rodriguez Farr

Quilt Description: The bright orange fabrics really pop in this quilt. The white on white fabric a well as the green fabric, used in small quantities, have dots that provide a nice contrast to the geometric shapes. I used a bright orange Aurifil thread for quilting.

Improv Techniques Used: Techniques from our workshop with Cindy Griselda were used.

Maker: Sam Saturday

Quilt Name: Terrace

Quilt Designer: Sam Saturday

Quilt Description: As a lover of vintage Disneyland, Terrace was inspired by the stained glass backing of the original Tomorrowland Terrace stage, where musical acts have performed through the years. I borrowed some of the shapes, then chopped them up to create negative space. I quilted it was I went, borrowing from mid-century patterns.

Improv Techniques Used: Improv applique, improv quilting

Maker: Susan Manson

Quilt Name: SuperSpreader

Quilt Designer: Susan Manson

Quilt Description: Using planned and unplanned improv techniques as well as taking cues from the fabric design itself, the composition evolved intuitively over many months. By using mostly ruler free triangles in various colors and values from both sides of the fabric, I was able to create movement across the quilt directly correlating to news of super spreader events causing a disproportionate rise in COVID-19 transmission rates. The rectangle structures represent those who were safer at home and in their pods. Finishing this quilt with facing allows the design to fall off the edge, expanding the design concept of the virus transmission.

Improv Techniques Used: Planned and unplanned improv, alternative grid, ruler free piecing, matchstick quilting

Maker: Nikki Constantine

Quilt Name: Tuckered

Quilt Designer: Nikki Constantine

Quilt Description: This quilt is a compilation techniques and blocks from the OCMQG Marge Tucker workshop.

Improv Techniques Used: Strips, curves, pieced curves, insets, modern log cabin blocks


Did I get your attention with the image above? It is by Libs Elliott from her website https://www.libselliott.com/. Libs will be teaching at a workshop on September 12, “Improv with Dynamic Stripes”. Registration is now open.

We have Marge Tucker teaching a workshop on July 18, “Modern Log Cabin”. A few openings remain, non members welcome. Write to us at ocmodernquiltguild@gmail.com.

Our June meeting was wonderful with a lecture by Malka Dubrawsky. We also got excited about creating our Community Outreach quilt for Quiltcon 2022. Kelly shared with us great information about literature for young adults and kids in preparation for our November challenge. Kelly is also keeping our Coat Quilt along running. She welcomes your photos and input.

We are very pleased to be offering scholarships for members who might not otherwise be comfortable spending on our workshops. Our latest minutes has the details and the link to the form to apply.

This Sunday, July 11, is our Sunday Sewcial. We would love to hear about what you have been doing. It is not just limited to sewing but that is the excuse we use!

I think you can see that our Guild has been very agile in adapting to the challenging year plus that we have been on Zoom. It has allowed us to have the chance to offer more workshops and speakers than ever before. In some small ways, it has allowed our treasury to grow and in return, we have been creative in ways to give back to the guild. We are so glad that you have continued to participate!

Our next meeting is July 29, 6:30 PST. We do not have a guest speaker but are planning a lot of interesting content. We would love to share projects that you are working on. It is also the first day to submit a quilt for our August Improv challenge. We will also begin to accept registration for our last workshop of the year, Daisy Aschehoug, “Giant Nested Curves”.

See you again soon! Keep sewing!


This gorgeous quilt was made by our guest speaker for our June meeting, Thursday, 24th, Malka Dubrawsky. Malka will share insight on “Designing a Quilt”. To my mind, the one above is perfection. Guests are welcome for a $5 donation. Go to our meetings page to find the links to pay. Meetings start at 6:30 pm, PST

My apologies for being late in posting this. You may have missed our June Sunday Sewcial on June 13. Our next sewcial will be July 11.

We are accepting registrations for our workshop with Marge Tucker, “Modern Log Cabins” on July 18th. Non members are also welcome at this time. Libs Elliott will be teaching us “Improv with Stripes” on September 12. This open to members only at this time but check around August 12 for non members.

Lot’s of activities for members right now. We have our next challenge, Improvisation, open for entries on July 29 through August 13. Kelly is hosting a Quilt coat sew along. See #ocmqg.quiltcoat.along2021. It is open to everyone everywhere! Email us if you want to get in touch with Kelly, ocmodernquiltguild@gmail.com.

We have also begun the planning for our Community Outreach Quilt for 2021. You can look forward to hearing more at this month’s meeting.

Thanks to all our members so being so open and enthusiastic in participating with the guild even though we have been distanced. We look forward to seeing all of you at our August 22 Swap Meet/Summer Social!!!

Great to see you!

We enjoyed seeing so many of you at our May meeting. Cheryl Brickey (above) shared so much input on the inspiration and challenge of designing the quilting on our work. Our words block lotto was a big success. We are looking forward to receiving members input for the community charity quilt for Quiltcon 2022. https://www.quiltcon.com/community-challenge

Workshop registration is open for Marge Tucker, Modern Log Cabin on
July 18, http://margetuckerquilts.com/classes . Also, we opened registration for September 12 workshop with Libs Elliott, Improv with Dynamic Stripes,
Each of these classes is $60 and given via Zoom. We will open to non members a month before if there are openings.

We see your smiling faces and thank you for contributing and participating in our guild. We look forward to seeing you at our meet up on August 22. Please always feel free to reach out to any of us at ocmodernquiltguild@gmail.com.

Workshop Update

Unfortunately, we have had to change plans for our November workshop. Jean Impey is not available for a zoom workshop. We are very fortunate to book Daisy Aschehoug of Norway for a workshop titled “Giant Nested Curves”. The date for the workshop is November 14. Sign ups will begin July 29. She has a beautiful clear modern style that I think you will really enjoy learning about.

Current registration is open for Marge Tucker, “Modern Log Cabin” on
July 18. The Libs Elliot workshop, “Improv with Dynamic Stripes” will be September 12 with registration opening at our next meeting, May 27. All of our workshop are offered to members at $60. If there are openings, we open to non members about a month before at $70. We will be posting on instagram when those workshops are open to non members.

May News

Quilt by Susie Johnson

We trust everyone enjoyed our April “Swap Meet. So great to see friends and quilts in the wild. We will meet again in person on August 22.

Our next meeting is May 27, 6:30 zoom with guest speaker Cheryl Brickey. Cheryl’s talk is “Quilt as Desired”. She will give us inspiration on choosing that final element, the quilting. Please know that we welcome guests. To cover our costs, a nominal fee of $5 is charged. The form is under our heading meetings including a link to paypal. We have many great speakers ahead: Malka Dubrowski, Teresa Duryea Wong, Carole Lyles Shaw and Mary Fons. Follow us on instagram @ocmqg.

We may have a spot or two for our workshop with Cindy Grisdela, May 23. We are accepting reservations for members to our July 18 workshop, Marge Tucker: Modern Log Cabins. The cost is $60. Reach out by email to reserve a spot. We will open to non members closer to the date.

Many of us are now vaccinated. The outlook is starting to brighten. We are grateful that you have continued to participate and make our guild strong.

April 2021 Challenge – Alternative Gridwork


Best Use of Alternative Grid Work

Best Use of Modern Design and Members Choice


It’s April!

We made it. The months go by and hopefully, many of you are vaccinated and feeling optimistic.

We have our Sunday Sewcial, this Sunday, April 11, 10 am until 3 pm. As usual, our Show and Tell is at 1 pm. Please drop by and say hi.

Don’t miss out on catching up at our Spring Fling on April 17 from 1 pm to 4 pm. There will be exchange of block lottos, raffles, submit your quilts to see in person and more.

Our monthly meeting is on April 29, zoom link to come in your email. We are having the guest speaker Cindy Grisdela to inspire us about Improvisational design. She is also presenting a workshop on May 23. Registration is open now.

So glad you are part of our guild! We look forward to seeing you soon.