March 2018 Meeting

Our new meeting location worked out wonderfully for our March meeting! Everyone was able to find the new location and the space is comfortable and has a beautiful view. Many thanks to Karen Miller for the work she has done to host our meetings and sew-ins.


Handmade Raffle Items

Kaylin made two gorgeous sewing kit bags for this month’s handmade item raffle! The patterns are available at and the pattern is called Peek-A-Boo Pouch. Also, Kaylin has a website where she will eventually be selling her own patterns! If you sign up for her site’s mailing list, you will get her FREE paper-pieced pattern of the California bear.

Show & Tell

Meeting Recap

Please note that the location for the meetings will be different than the locations for the Sew-Ins! Sew-Ins will be held in Clubhouse 2, up the hill from Restaurant 19, in the Los Olivos room. Also, after the April Sew-In, the remaining 2018 Sew-Ins will be on the FIRST Sunday of the month. Sew-Ins will now be from 1:00 – 5:00.

Dates for Sew-Ins:

April 8
May – no Sew-In – Mother’s Day conflict
June 3
July 1
September – no Sew-In – Labor Day conflict
Oct 7
Nov 4

Donations for From the Ashes – Thomas Fire Quilt Relief

They are no longer accepting quilt blocks. They have a surplus of blocks that they’ve received from all around the world, and not enough people to sew them! They are now only accepting:

-finished quilts
-quilt shop quality backing fabrics in cuts of 4 yards or larger (wide backs are great too!)

They also need: our help! If you can get to Ventura County, consider attending a Thomas Fire Sew-In. These are held every Saturday in Ventura from 10-4. They would appreciate any volunteers who can help with sewing and quilting. Go here for more info on Sew-Ins!

Also, if anyone would like Gail to pick up some blocks that need to be sewn together when she is there on 4/13, just contact us and we will let Gail know to pick up some blocks.

Quarterly Challenges!

Here are the themes for our 2018 challenges.

May Mini – For our May challenge, sew a mini quilt using tenets of modern quilting. It can be as small as you like, but cannot exceed 24” x 24”.

Artful August – Create a quilt inspired by a work of art. It can be a painting, photograph, sculpture, or architecture. Bring a picture of the art that inspired your quilt. Any size is okay.

Philanthropy Storybook, November – We are bringing back our popular storybook quilt challenge! Create a quilt inspired by a children’s book, picture, book, or Young Adult book you donate along with the quilt. Quilts and books will be donated to Orangewood Home for Children. The size should match the age group of the book. Minimum size is baby size 30” x 40”.

Violet Craft Workshops

The San Diego Modern Quilt Guild has some extra spots available for 2 workshops and a trunk show with Violet Craft. These events will take place the weekend of June 16-17 at Quilt in a Day in San Marcos. They are having an FPP Atomic Starburst workshop on Saturday ($100), a trunk show on Sunday ($10) and a peacock EPP workshop on Sunday ($50). They are offering the spaces at the same price as for their guild members. Dawn is going and is willing to carpool!

Julie McCluney Workshops: Polymer Button Making

Create buttons from colorful polymer clay. You will learn a wide variety of techniques and then you will create your own set of buttons. The date is Saturday May 5th from 10-3 and cost is $35. All supplies and lunch will be included! Lunch is a chopped chicken salad and baked potato bar (yum!). Click here to see the brochure for this workshop.

Ice Dying

Ice dying with MX dyes produces beautiful patterns and vibrant colors. Create your own unique fabrics by sprinkling dyes over ice covered with fabric. Many of the supplies will be provided but you will need to bring a few things (see brochure here). Lunch will be provided! This workshop is Saturday June 2nd from 10:30-3 and cost is $30.

Art of Adorning – Bowers Museum

A member mentioned this one-day event that is a Bead Bazaar. With 75+ premier artisan vendors, there will be a wide selection of handcrafted jewelry, beads and bead-related items for sale. Bring a friend and come shop! It is on April 28th from 10-4.

Purl Soho Field Trip

Karen Miller will lead a field trip here on May 8th (Monday) so mark your calendars. We will visit Purl Soho followed by lunch or coffee afterwards. More details coming soon!

Block Lotto

This month’s Block Lotto uses the “Stack and Whack” technique! All the fabric and instructions were included for this Block Lotto to make it super easy for participants to complete. Thank you Lisha for organizing Block Lotto!

Our next Sew-In:

April 8 from 1:00 – 5:00

Sew-Ins will be held in Clubhouse 2, up the hill from Restaurant 19, in the Los Olivos room.

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