OCMQG September 2022 Meeting Minutes + Photos

September 29, 2022
Laguna Woods Village (and via Zoom)
Completed by: Elizabeth Wing, Co-Secretary

Membership Present: 18
Guests Present: 1
Zoom Participants: 8 (not including speaker)

Opening Remarks and Welcome – Lisa Handley, Vice-President
Please keep our President, Cheryl, in your good thoughts and prayers as she prepares for surgery in the next few weeks.  We miss her, extend our support and wish her the very best!

IMPORTANT:  We will vote to accept our 2023 budget and confirm our new Board for 2023 at our Membership Meeting on October 27th. PLEASE plan to attend, either in person or via Zoom, as we need a quorum (28 members) in order to vote. 

We will vote at the beginning of the meeting, so if you’re short on time, you don’t have to stay for the full meeting.

Please also consider stepping up to fill one of the many critical roles needed – you shape our Guild & keep it running smoothly!

We need a Co-President!!!

Guest Speaker – Rachel Derstine: “Keep it Simple but Pack a Punch”
Rachel is an award winning, prolific fiber artist living in Philadelphia, PA.  Her works have been featured in invitational and juried gallery shows and fine art/craft shows throughout the country. Her work has been strongly influenced in both style and fabric selection by having grown up in Japan…she uses kimonos, silks, ikats, hand-dyed and batik fabrics.  She includes traditional techniques of quilting as well as her own contemporary methods.  She commented that she doesn’t consider herself a “modern quilter”, but those of us fortunate to be in attendance were mesmerized by her beautiful work, numerous design styles and innovative use of fabrics and quilting techniques – these were not your grandma’s quilts!.  She shared information about many of the products she relies on for success and inspiration in her pieces, referencing numerous other artists and fabric designers. Especially now that we’ve had a taste of what’s to come, we’re hoping to reschedule Rachel’s workshop in 2023.

You may find many examples of her artwork on https://racheldersinedesigns.com
You’ll find her online and virtual live quilting classes on https://artfulquiltingandsewing.com
Facebook Pages:  Rachel Derstine Designs, Artful Quilting and Sewing
Facebook Group:  Artful Quilting and Sewing Group
Instagram:  @derstinedesigns,  @artfulquiltsew

(One of the unique products she uses frequently is Evolon – a non-woven, paintable textile that may be purchased at Dick Blick’s or at

Block Lotto – The August kits were “Hexies”, and Sue F. was the winner – congrats!
Kelly introduced the October Block Lotto kit, inspired by the Japanese “Kintsugi” method of using gold in the repair of broken pottery. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. The kits contain hand-dyed ombre fabric in pastel shades and shimmery gold fabric accent strips. There is no pattern – this is a free-form block, any size, “do your own thing”!  

Please remember to bring your completed blocks to the October meeting!

Lending Library: Kelly advised that we have 20-30 patterns available along with numerous rulers, a bias tape maker, and other tools. Come have a look!

Philanthropy: Lisa reminded us that there are pillowcases waiting to be stitched up for the Orangewood Foundation!  Everyone, PLEASE take a half dozen kits home, use the easy Missouri Star Company pattern/directions, and bring them back – let’s try to wrap up this project by our November meeting!

Jason shared a heartfelt email he received from Isabelle Krasney (Veteran Outreach Specialist) thanking him for the 13 quilts that were donated in September for patients at the VA Hospital and Veteran Senior Rehab Centers. He also shared a dozen more quilts that were completed for our Vets, sewn with love by Jason, Carrie, Sharon, Trudy, Helene and even two by Sam’s mom!  Keep ‘em coming, you’re all amazing!

Membership…YES, you may renew now for the 2023 year!  It would be very helpful to our Guild if you would please renew asap rather than waiting until the February deadline. The dues will remain at $50.00/year. You may pay by cash, check or by Zelle at any time. AND you get all those cool benefits with the MQG!

Our OCMQG Quiltcon Community Outreach Quilt has been quilted and bound! Gail will share with us at the next meeting before it gets mailed off to Atlanta!

2023 Budget – Janet provided copies of the proposed budget and reviewed the figures with Membership. We’ll be voting to accept this at our October meeting.

QuiltCon Atlanta 2023 – Register for QuiltCon by November 30, 2022 to get the full benefit of your membership and receive your four-day show pass for free, 20% off all lectures, and 20% off all workshops!

November Book Challenge – This long running challenge asks members to pick a children’s or young adult novel and create a quilt (lap size, minimum) inspired by the book. Both the books and quilts are donated to local foster care youth through the Orangewood Children’s Foundation. Please see our website for resources to assist & inspire you for this challenge! www.ocmodernquiltguild.com

Show and Tell – SO many beautiful quilts were presented: By Lisa (we finally got to see her fantastic “Shattered/Exploding Heart” quilt, a tribute to Ukraine, that was so poorly displayed at the OC Fair…shame on them!), Jason shared several (note: he was the winner of the Block Lotto Disappearing 9-patch blocks, resulting in a fabulous quilt!), and too many others to detail but kudos also to Jonathan, Betty, Trish, Carrie and Helene for their multitude of unique creations.

Door Prizes – FQ bundles were won by Sharon K. & Mona – congratulations!!!

Sam shared information about the Patchwork Show maker fair in Tustin to be held on November 6th. She, and other talented artists, will have unique handmade crafts for sale. Time to start your Holiday Shopping (if you haven’t already!) 
For more information, please go to:

We have been invited to the Quilt Show and Craft Sale presented by Quilters Piece Corps of Victor Valley (Hesperia) – free admission, Nov 12th, 9a – 3p.  If interested, please email Elizabeth Wing for more info:  mewinghome@gmail.com

Closing remarks – we still need numerous Board positions filled for 2023!!!
President or Co-President  ***CRITICAL
Block Lotto
Lending Library
Social Media & Website
Technical Support

Please think about where you might ‘fit in’.  Most positions can be “shared”. Current leaders will train you and you’ll be ready to hit the ground running! Send an email with your area of interest to our Guild at ocmodernquiltguild@gmail.com

NEXT Meeting is October 27th!
See you all there! 

Elizabeth Wing, Co-Secretary

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