OCMQG May 2022 Meeting Minutes + Photos

OCMQG Membership Meeting Minutes
May 26, 2022
Laguna Woods Village

Thank you to all who attended in person and via Zoom. It was such a great presentation by our speaker Bill Stearman. It was a wonderful meeting with lots of sharing on many levels and lovely quilts. See all the upcoming events etc. in the minutes below. Don’t forget to check our website for many details on meetings, workshops, speakers, challenges, etc.

Maritza Rodriguez Farr, OCMQG Co-Secretary

Board Members: All Present
Membership Present: 15
Guests Present: 2
Zoom Guests: 10 (Speaker only)

INTRODUCTION: Cheryl Higley, President. Zoom etiquette reviewed.

SPEAKER INTRODUCTION: Susie Johnson, Workshops. Speaker Bill Stearman, known as the BackPack Quilter, from Toronto. He states he just likes to quilt and that our limits are only in our imagination. Sewing for him removed pain, from an injury, from his mind. He is a storyteller through his quilts. His Backpack presentation of quilts included was called The Power Of One. He presented 28 beautiful quilts with wonderful and inspiring stories. Bill noted that he uses fabrics that have a story from those he knows, making purchasing fabrics quite unique. He described how each quilts story was reflected in his life experiences and emotions. How he conveyed all of this in his quilts was amazing. 

August Challenge is a mini quilt challenge. Maximum size is a 118” perimeter.

November is the Book and Quilt Challenge. All quilts and books will be donated to the Orangewood Children’s Foundation, who supports the children in the system and youth who have left the child welfare system of Orange County.

Organic Shapes, Carolina Oneto will be presenting via Zoom on June 11th from 1 to 4PM. Members $35, Non-members $45

July 17th Audrey Esarey will be presenting via Zoom the Watercolor Quilt. A $12 pattern will be required in addition to the workshop fee. Members $60, Non-members $70

Workshop Policy – no refunds unless the instructor cancels. Please review policy on the guild website  ocmodernquiltguild.com

UPCOMING SPEAKER: June 30th Meeting Speaker – Audrey Esarey “Finding My Voice In Modern Quilting” 

BLOCK LOTTO: Square Circle block is from City Quilts book. It is a block that appears to have a circle, but is actually pieced. This is more evident when the block is made into a quilt. 

April Block Lotto Winner – Kelly

Jason showed a series of quilts that used different colors and other quilts using black and white fabrics. All his quilts were quite stunning and everyone enjoyed his creativity.

Kelly held an old fashioned quilting bee at her home where she used the time as a learning process on piecing and quilting. It was a successful endeavor. Kelly also showed her first quilt ever made and shared the process of her first experience. We all could reflect on our first quilts and how much we have grown.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Please note that the OCMQG has a Facebook page, please request to join on Facebook. Our website ocmodernquiltguild.com has information on all our activities, meetings, workshops, challenges, etc. Please check it out.

Needle in a Fabric Stash in Temecula has closed its brick and mortar store and is now only online. Sue, the owner, will be offering knitting classes at Between Stitches in Temecula. Sue was extremely generous in donating many bolts of fabric to the guild for philanthropy and to generate funds for our guild, including purchasing hygiene products for the Orangewood Children’s Foundation youth. We will be selling fabric at meetings and our events. Fabric was also provided for our philanthropy projects. 

Membership voted to present Sue with a year and a half of FREE membership for her donation. Lisa H. will be sending Sue a Thank You letter as well.

New focus for philanthropy will be quilts, pillow cases, and hygiene products.

MaryAnne agreed to quilt a quilt top. Lisa will provide what she needs at the June meeting. Thank You MaryAnne!

LENDING LIBRARY: The lending library now has lots of rulers, bias tape makers, books, etc. Pick up at meeting and return at the next meeting. We still need donations for the lending library.

SUMMER SWAP MEET: Our next Swap Meet is July 23rd, 10:30am to 2:30pm. There will be raffle prizes, quilt show, and selling of fabrics. Please bring hygiene products to donate to the Orangewood Children’s Foundation.

PHILANTHROPY SEW IN: Small Group Philanthropy Sew In is scheduled for June 25th, 11am to 3pm at Cheryl’s home. Two panels will be made into 2 quilts by two teams of quilters. Great opportunity to meet others and learn quilting. Feel free to bring your sewing machine, extra fabric scraps to donate and snacks. Bring your own drink too.

Samantha announced her upcoming Patchwork Show booth in Long Beach on June 5. 

VA Hospital in Long Beach needs quilts for veterans. Cheryl will be creating a group to work on this endeavor. Sign ups started. Quilts will be lap size for wheelchair use. 

We are open to anyone desiring to create a unique small quilting group. Please let us know your interest.

OC Fair deadline May 26th at 6pm.

Departing message from Cheryl – As humans we can make changes.

Minutes prepared by Maritza Rodriguez Farr, Co-Secretary

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