Be part of our exciting 2022!

So many great reasons to participate in 2022. We will meet in person at the Laguna Woods Clubhouse. You can look forward to the following video lectures:

Of course, there will be block lotto, sharing of our work and the meeting of old and new friends that can’t be beat. The following workshops will also be offered at a very fair price to our members. Most are zoom.

Workshops– January 16 with Libs Elliott, “Improv with Dynamic Stripes”,

March 20- Carolina Oneto, “Organic Shapes”,

May 15- Cecile Choi, IN PERSON, “Color Play”,

July 17- Audrey Esarey, “Watercolor Quilt”,

September 11- Jean Impey, IN PERSON, “Spider Web”,

If you have any questions, please reach out in our email at Membership is just $50 and includes your membership in the international organization, The Modern Quilt Guild. This is a valuable resource for webinars, patterns, community and more. Excited to see what this coming year will mean to our quilt world. Don’t miss out.

2021 November Book Challenge

Maker: Sally Sloane
Book: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
Quilt Description: This twin size quilt is done from a collection of sea colored batiks with a sea themed embroidery added to the middle of each block.

Voted winner for Best Representation of Book and Members’ Choice.

Maker: Barbara Knapp
Book: Polar Bears & Bear Came Along
Quilt Description: I found this pattern of a momma & baby polar bear and just loved it. The pattern is called Polar Bear Peekaboo and is approximately 55” x 62”. It is the largest foundation paper pieced project I have ever done and really enjoyed doing it. I don’t know how many pieces are in it, but it is a lot. I wanted to keep the quilting simple so I did straight lines at an angle. I also did a double edge binding which gave a little pop of white around the edge.

Maker: Gail Sevilla
You Will Leave a Trail of Stars by Lisa Congdon
Quilt Description:
I was inspired by an alphabet I bought from Laura Hartrich, @laurahartrich. I wanted to make something scrappy. Just now, looking at her feed, I guess I was inspired to add stars from a baby quilt she made. Who doesn’t support “Girl Power”? Lisa’s book is full of colorful illustrations and empowering essays. It is actually a coincidence that the colorway turned out to be so close to the cover. I chose the Kona blue “Storm” as it is brighter than navy and would work with all the colors.

Voted winner for Best Modern Design

Maker: Susan Manson
You Matter by Christian Robinson
Quilt Description:
Using a block lotto win I was able to create two toddler-sized quilts. The abundance of color plus being bound in a variety of skin tones reinforces the story of inclusion no matter your gender, ability, or ethnicity. Two copies of the book and two pillow cases using Ann Kelle’s “See Us, Hear Us, Love Us” fabric will be included.

Maker: Betty Altstadt
Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston. The book centers on a 13 year old girl, Amari, who goes on a search for her missing brother. She discovers that she has a place in the supernatural world. To help her figure things out, she meets up with a wise man who plucks constellations out of the sky. He gives her the stars and has her toss them back into the sky, where she sees her ancestors, herself and her future.
Quilt Description:
The quilt is my own design based on a nine patch with wonky stars. I selected fabrics to give a feeling of being under a starry sky. The quilt was long-armed by Cosmic Quilts. The binding is by M&S fabrics and the back reminds me of colorful paint swatches.

Maker: Kelly Hogan
This book was a sci-fi coming of age novel about a young girl breaking free from an abusive home life and starting a new life with friends, food, and kindness. It’s also about autonomy and making choices and how people should be treated. I picked fabrics with happy food for the back. The front has fabrics with empowering messages for girls inspired by RBG.

Maker: Julie McCluney
Book: Z is for Moose

November Guest Speaker: Mary Fons

After our great October meeting where we saw many great pieces made by members and finished up our business issues, we are looking forward to our meeting on November 18, 6:30 pm PST.

Our guest speaker will be Mary Fons, with Lecture and Trunk Show – Extreme Home Edition. Mary has a great breadth of knowledge of all things quilting and a gift of humor that makes her talks so popular. We are grateful we are able to have her share with us.

We welcome non-members to participate. We ask for a modest $5 donation and ask that you reach out to us at We will happily share the zoom link. To ensure that you are included, please request by no later than noon, Wednesday, November 17.

Following Mary’s talk, we will share our Book Themed Challenge. This is always a highlight. Members chose a book theme quilt to make and then donate the quilt and book to our partner the Orangewood Foundation in time for Christmas.

If you are looking to learn more about quilting and especially, the modern take on design, please check out our group. We hope to meet in person beginning in January. We looks forward to any questions you may have about our very warm, inviting quilt guild.

October/November 2021

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 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.

September 2021

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 We will also host Daisy Auschehoug, “Giant Nested Curves” on November 14. Look up her work on instagram or on her website 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

We have had a lot of exposure to improv this year with lectures and workshops- David Owen Hastings, Cindy Grisdela, Amy Friend, and more. Use your inspiration to participate in our August challenge.

Quilts must be completed with quilting and bound. Quilts must measure no less than 18″ per side.

Three prizes will be awarded based on member voting – Best Improv Quilt, Best Modern Quilt, and Members’ Choice. The dates to remember are submission open July 29 until August 13. There will be an online form and you will need photos (by phone are great). The voting will be August 16 right up till our meeting on August 26. Be part of the fun. Let us see what you can do. Improv is such a great brain puzzle!

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 🙂

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 let’s try this approach.

Winner for Members’ Choice

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.

Winner for Best Modern Design
Winner for Best Representation of Improv

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

Winner for Best in Show

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

July 2021

Did I get your attention with the image above? It is by Libs Elliott from her website 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

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!

June 2021

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,

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.

Workshop registration is open for Marge Tucker, Modern Log Cabin on
July 18, . 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

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.