2023 Workshops

In 2023, the Orange County Modern Quilt Guild is excited to offer great programming for both members and guests! In order to feature teachers from around the world, we will be holding workshops both via Zoom and in person. Please check the information on each workshop to see how they will be held.

Workshop registration will first open to OCMQG members, followed by registration for non-members if there are open spots remaining.

Click here to read our full Workshop Registration and Cancellation Policy – Article 4, Section 4 of the OCMQG By-Laws.

If you’re interested in any of our 2023 workshops or lectures, please contact the guild at ocmodernquiltguild@gmail.com

Saturday, June 10th 9:00 Am – 1:00 PM PST
Workshop: Charles Cameron
Crooked Crosses and Bent Boxes

this workshop will be held via Zoom

Crooked Crosses and Bent Boxes is a semi-improv modern quilt pattern, written for advanced beginners who want to look and feel of improv but who are not quite ready to give up your rulers. This modern quilt pattern contain instructions for 3 quilt sizes using Fat Quarters, Half Yards or Yardage.

Pattern Required. Purchase at quiltpatternmart.com

All Workshops- Members $65 by Zelle/cash/cheque or $67.50 by Paypal, Non Members $75 by Zelle or $78 by Paypal.

Get in touch with guild to register now! ocmodernquiltguild@gmail.com

Previous Workshops

April 1st, 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM PST
Workshop: Cindy Grisdela
“Fabulous Freehand Curves”

this workshop was held via Zoom

Cut large scale curves freehand without templates or patterns. Add dots, skinny lines, wonky triangles and more to give each curve its own personality, then combine them into a fun original design.

We’ll talk about color and design to create the composition as well as the techniques needed.

Basic sewing skills and a sewing machine in good working order are necessary.

Best for students with some experience with curves–not for beginners.

February 23rd, 2023
Workshop: Patricia Belyea
The Alluring World of Japanese Yukata Quilts

this workshop was held via Zoom

At age 50, Patricia Belyea took her first trip to Japan. At 53, she made her first quilt. Once she started quilting, Patricia worked on projects during every waking hour (and hours she should have been sleeping!).  

Then Patricia discovered vintage Japanese yukata cottons and she had found her calling. These hand-dyed fabrics with graphic patterns and luscious colors seemed ideal for making stunning quilts. 

Today Patricia co-owns Okan Arts with her daughter Victoria. The small family business imports vintage Japanese textiles for adventuresome quilters. Patricia teaches online quilting workshops focused on curved piecing to students around the world. Also, she and Victoria lead quilting and textile tours to Japan.

January 16th
Workshop: Libs Elliott
Improv with Dynamic Stripes

this workshop was held via Zoom

In this workshop, we will explore visually dynamic striped piecing and create one-of-a-kind striped compositions. We’ll review examples of how color, size and angles can affect visual outcome.

We will cover strip-piecing and how to cut equilateral and half-square triangles. Libs will share tips on ironing, pinning, and how to line up seams.

Participants will be able to make choices on what kind of stripes they want to make and how they want to cut their block pieces so, in the end, no two compositions are alike. During the course of the class, we’ll share our progress for group input. By the end of the session, participants will have the knowledge and motivation to complete the project at home (if not completed in class).

May 15th
Workshop: Cecile Choi
Color Play

this workshop was held in person

Cecile will prepare a large poster-size color wheel for workshop participants where they will use fabric swatches to create their own fabric color wheel using either prints or solids. In addition, Cecile will bring some of her personal quilts and talk about how she approaches fabric color choices for those quilts to make the design pop.

June 11th
Workshop: Carolina Oneto
Organic Shapes

this workshop was held via Zoom

Carolina will teach you how to make curved shapes with your sewing machine! She will explain step by step, in detail, how to make beautiful shapes, which will give you the possibility to freely create shapes on your quilts. It is not appliqué. In addition, she will show you 3 variations of these forms (one form on top of another, one form next to another and one form within another) and will give you ideas to inspire you in your next creations.

July 17th
Workshop: Audrey Esarey
Watercolor Quilts

this workshop was held via Zoom

The Watercolor Quilt is a wall hanging made from one large block that uses curved piecing to create the illusion of transparency from overlapping circles. The class will cover Audrey’s process for building a fabric gradation and tips and tricks for stress-free curved piecing. Take the guesswork out of color selection by using one of the published color gradations inside the pattern! The Watercolor Quilt finishes at 32 x 32 inches. Pattern must be purchased separately from cottonandbourbon.com.

September 11th
Workshop: Jean Impey
Spider Web

this workshop was held in person

The Spider Web Quilt has been around for hundreds of years and there are many ways to make one.  Jean has come up with a quick and accurate method using your scraps of fabric to create a unique quilt. The great thing about the spider web block is that it can be made traditional, modern, or liberated. Learn new techniques that will improve your speed and accuracy, which will apply to all of your quilt projects. In Jean’s one-day class, you will have enough time to make a pillow. If you love the process, you can continue on and make the whole quilt. It’s fun, it’s creative, and you’ll learn techniques that you will continue to use on other quilts you make. There is an additional $12.00 Kit Fee which includes your own Plexiglass Kite-Shaped Template.