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

OCMQG August 2022 Meeting Minutes + Photos

August 25, 2022
Laguna Woods Village

Completed by: Maritza Rodriguez Farr, Co-Secretary

Board Members: Cheryl Higley, President, Lisa Handley, VP, Janet Segner, Treasurer, Elizabeth Wing, Co-Secretary, Maritza Rodriguez Farr, Co-Secretary, Gail Sevilla, Membership, Ruth Bailey, Hospitality/Facilities, Kelly Hogan, Block Lotto, Sam Saturday, Social Media/Website, Susie Johnson and Mary O’Bannon, Workshops, Kaylin Murray, Technical Support

Membership Present: 23
Guests Present: 1
Zoom Participants: 8 (includes speaker)

Opening Remarks and Welcome – Cheryl Higley

Speaker – Carrie Olsen, a quilter, spoke about her career path. Started as an elementary school teacher, but her quilting journey began with a visit to family in Seattle. Unexpectedly her quilting journey began. Carrie’s journey and creativity was a delight to hear. Her talents were very evident with the beautiful quilts she shared. Carrie will begin teaching/working at the Quilt Bee. We are all excited for the opportunities it will provide for quilters.

November Book Challenge – Our book challenge is a long running challenge we have undertaken for several years. The challenge is to pick a children’s or young adult novel and then create a quilt inspired by the book. Both the books and quilts are donated to local foster care youth through the Orangewood Children’s Foundation. Please go to our website for resources etc. to assist you in participating in the November Book Challenge www.ocmodernquiltguild.com

August Mini Quilt Challenge – voting and presentations of quilts! Many lovely quilts were presented AND the winners were Elizabeth Wing, Members Choice, Samantha Saturday, Best Mini Design, and Susie Johnson, Best Use of Color. Congratulations!

Upcoming Workshop – Susie shared Jean Impey’s Spider Web Workshop is September 11, 2022. This is an in-person workshop and we still have openings. Please email the guild at OCModernQuiltGuild@gmail.com or Susie at sujoh@hotmail.com if you are interested in purchasing a spot for this workshop. Members: $60 and Non-Members $70. There is also an additional $12 fee payable at the workshop for the template that will be used. Bring your sewing machine and supplies to the workshop. The scholarship for this workshop is still available. Please see our website for the application and information. 

Block Lotto – For a tutorial on how to make your hexies, please see: https://www.theyellowbirdhouse.com/epp-hexie-projects-to-sew/ We have five extra kits so if you could not make the meeting, you can pick up a kit in Laguna Hills (half price).

The winner of the disappearing 9 patch block lotto was Jason Titus. Congratulations Jason!

Philanthropy – Lisa advised that the fabrics for sale at the meeting would be the last of the sales. The remaining fabrics will be donated to the Navajo community. We raised over $1000. Half of the funds will be used to purchase hygiene products that will be donated to the Orangewood Children’s Foundation for emancipated foster youth. The remaining funds will be used for our guild’s ongoing efforts in philanthropy as well as our ongoing expenses.

12 pillow cases were returned, which now can be donated to the Orangewood Children’s Foundation.

Community Outreach Quilt – Gail reported on the status of the quilt which will be sent out for quilting and completion to meet the Modern Quilt Guild timeline and submission for QuiltCon. Gail thanked the following for piecing blocks: Jason, Sally, Virginia, Dianne, Betty, and Sue; and assembling blocks: Sue, Susie, Betty, and Maritza.

Show and Tell – beautiful quilts presented by Mona, Kelly, Gail, Jason, Sam and Trisha. Congratulations to Jason and Gail on their OC Fair winning quilts too. Jason received the Modern Quilt Award from us and Gail received the Theme Award from the OC Fair.

Upcoming Board Elections – we are asking all members to consider a Board position. The Board positions, roles and responsibilities were covered during the meeting. NOTE: keep an eye out for an announcement you will receive to join us via Zoom at the September 14th Board Meeting. This will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions, etc. 

Door Prizes – Neyha chose the fat quarter bundle and Barbara received the Robert Kaufman colors panel. Congratulations! 

NEXT Meeting is September 29th! See you all soon.

OCMQG July 2022 Meeting Minutes + Photos

OCMQG Membership Meeting Minutes
July 28, 2022
Laguna Woods Village

Board Members: Cheryl Higley, President, Lisa Hanley, VP, Janet Segner, Treasurer, Elizabeth Wing, Co-Secretary, Maritza Rodriguez Farr, Co-Secretary (Zoom), Gail Sevilla, Membership, Ruth Bailey, Hospitality/Facilities, Kelly Hogan, Block Lotto, Sam Saturday, Social Media/Website, Susie Johnson and Mary O’Bannon, Workshops, Kaylin Murray, Technical Support

Membership Present: TBD
Guests Present: 1
Zoom Participants:  TBD (includes speaker)

Welcome – Cheryl
Zoom will be open for the entire meeting versus just the speaker portion of the meeting. 
Guests welcomed.

Guest SpeakerTeresa Duryea Wong
Teresa Duryea Wong is an author, lecturer, and historian. She is the author of five nonfiction books on quilts and textiles and is a staff writer for the Modern Quilt Guild Journal, Quiltfolk, Curated Quilts, and contributes to several other magazines. Teresa is a member of the International Advisory Board of the International Quilt Museum and in 2021 was named the Scholar in Residence for Visions Art Museum in San Diego. She is also a quiltmaker and antique quilt collector. Learn more at: https://TeresaDuryeaWong.com

IG @third_floor_quilts

Teresa spoke on “Hello Modern Art, Meet Antique Quilts.”  Teresa spends a lot of time thinking about the Modern Quilt Movement and antique quilts. Its color and form echo each other throughout time. She gave a wonderful lecture on modern artist from the New York School of Art and the Modern Art Movement. She covered different antique quilts and modern quilts in a beautiful presentation. Teresa has written 5 books. Definitely look into her publications.

Show and Tell – Members
Gail Sevilla showed us some beautiful quilts from her classes with Irene Roderick and one she creatively cut up from other projects. She provided some beautiful inspiring words too!

Jason Titus showed us his beautiful creations and one quilt he wants to remake (we all can relate to the latter). 

Susie Johnson shared she saw a quilt on IG from @3rdstorywrokshop and decided she would make it. Her quilt has lovely colors, shapes and great negative space placement. Susie recommends people look up Audrey Esarey’s facing technique on her website www.cottonandbourborn.com

Julie McCluney shared an outstanding quilt from a pattern by Judy Niemeyer. Ideas on final finishing and color were shared.

Susie Johnson shared our next in-person workshop, Sunday, September 11th is with Jean Impey called Spider Webs. Jean’s website is www.sewjean.com so check her out. Go to www.ocmodernquiltguild.com to register and pay for this workshop or email us at OCModernQuiltGuild@gmail.com for assistance. Payment method prefered is Zelle, but check or PayPal are ok. We incur fees with PayPal, which is why we no longer want to use it.

Block Lotto
The block lotto was a disappearing nine patch (inspired by Bill Stearman’s Trunk Show). Instructions are found here: https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/disappearing-nine-patch-quilt-2821751

August Mini Quilt Challenge – Cheryl
Quilts must have a total perimeter of 119 inches or smaller.
Winners will receive a $30 gift card or future workshop credit.

Prize Categories:
Members’ Choice
Best Modern Design
Best Use of Color

Voting privileges are for in-person members.
Must be present to enter your quilt.

2023 Leadership Positions
We have several positions to fill.
Please visit our website  www.ocmodernquiltguild.com for information or email us at OCModernQuiltGuild@gmail.com.

Lisa Handley reported a total of $1035 dollars have been raised selling fabrics received from A Needle In A Fabric Stash closing its brick and mortar location. (Online sales are still available for the latter.) Fifty percent of the funds will be used to purchase hygiene products for the Orangewood Children’s Foundation. We sold approximately 500 yards of fabric! 

Fabric Sales
Swap Meet = $626.00
Private Sales = $269.00
Guild Meetings = $140.00
Total Fabric Sales – YTD = $1035

At our Swap Meet we received numerous amounts of donated hygiene products for the Orangewood Foundation too! 

Quilts for Vets – Jason Titus presented our new philanthropy endeavor which is making quilts for vets at the Long Beach Veterans Hospital. He is already working on quilts and has received quilts for donation as well. He is working on developing quilt labels for the donated quilts. Looking at already made labels or printable labels which a quilted can sign once they finish their quilt to be donated. Jason can be contacted through the guild email at OCModernQuiltGuild@gmail.com.

Elizabeth Wing is also starting a new philanthropy effort by making Isolette Covers for the Kaiser NICU in Orange County.  She showed us some beautiful quilts she has already made. Reach out to Elizabeth through the guild email at OCModernQuiltGuild@gmail.com.

Special Presentation 
Cheryl Higley gave special recognition to guild members who had submitted quilts to the Orange County Fair and had received some recognition.

Jason Titus – Best Modern Quilt
Gail Sevilla – Theme Quilt Award
Maritza Rodriguez Farr – Honorable Mention

The Orange County Quilt Guild was in attendance to show their special raffle quilt and sell tickets to our membership. Jennifer Kerr thanked us and loved all our quilts presented!

Door Prizes
Winners of the door prizes were Lisa Handley and Susie Johnson

Upcoming Events 
August 4 – 6 Quilt Festival in Long Beach
Next Membership Meeting is August 25th.

OCMQG June 2022 Meeting Minutes + Photos

OCMQG Membership Meeting Minutes
June 30, 2022
Laguna Woods Village

Board Members: Cheryl Higley, President, Lisa Handley, VP, Janet Segner, Treasurer, Elizabeth Wing, Co-Secretary, Maritza Rodriguez Farr, Co-Secretary (Zoom), Gail Sevilla, Membership (Zoom), Ruth Bailey, Hospitality/Facilities, Kelly Hogan, Block Lotto (Absent), Sam Saturday, Social Media/Website (Zoom), Susie Johnson (Absent)  and Mary O’Bannon, Workshops, Kaylin Murray, Technical Support

Membership Present: 18
Guests Present: 3
Zoom Participants: 13 (includes speaker)

INTRODUCTION: Cheryl Higley, President. Zoom will be open for the entire meeting versus just the speaker portion of the meeting. Guests welcomed.

SPEAKER – AUDREY ESAREY: Audrey is a modern quilter, teacher and pattern designer whose work has been around the world. She has received awards at AQS Paducah, QuiltCon, Houston International Quilt Festival, and recently won the Young Emerging Artist Award at Quilt National ‘21. Her Watercolor Study #6 won 1st prize for small quilts at QuiltCon Together 2020. We are holding a Zoom workshop with Audrey on July 17th, 10am to 3pm (PST) where we will learn how to make her Watercolor Quilt. Go to www.ocmodernquiltguild.com to register and pay for this workshop or email us at OCModernQuiltGuild@gmail.com for assistance. Cost is $60 for members and $70 for non-members. (Great time to become a member!) Audrey’s website has information on patterns, etc. The pattern for the workshop is available for purchase on her website www.cottonandbourbon.com.

Audrey started quilting in 2005 and described her amazing and creative journey. She began quilting a series of quilts and started with her Radial Quilts – Offset Radial, Red Hot Radial, Repelling Radial (QuiltCon Reject and Houston Judges Award), Retro Radial, Indigo Radial, Obtuse Radial etc. Indigo Radial was her first pattern developed. Many beautiful award winning quilts. She also began exploring optical illusions quilts. She also has a series of quilts – Angular and Straight Seams; Watercolor Quilts; and her newest in progress Modern Loops. Audrey showed how use of threads including metallic threads in quilting dramatically changed the quilts’ appearance. 

She uses Adobe Illustrator and EQ8. 

BLOCK LOTTO: Turn in your completed blocks for drawing. Winner takes all completed blocks. Purchase blocks for next month. Go to the guild website for information details on the block etc.

Block Lotto winner – Leslie 

PHILANTHROPY: Lisa Handley. Fabric from the closing of Needle in a Fabric Stash available for purchase ($2/yd – $1 goes to guild, $1 goes to OCF hygiene product needs). We sold $140 in fabrics during the meeting. Philanthropy projects available for pick up and completion. Thank you to those returning completed projects – 2 quilts and 15 pillowcases. Thank you to all who are supporting our philanthropy efforts.

SWAP MEET: Our Summer Swap Meet will be held Saturday, July 23, 2022 from 10:30am to 2:30pm. There will be lots of fabric for sale. Please bring hygiene products for donation to the OCF for foster youth and youth who have exited the child welfare system. There will be tickets to purchase for several raffle prizes and a game of Left, Right, Center. For the game, the OCMQG will be providing the fabric. How can you miss such a great event?! Bring snacks to share with those attending.

Please sign up to bring items needed for the Swap Meet. Email us if you can help. 

QUILTS FOR VETS: Jason Titus. Jason is the Lead on this wonderful and heartfelt project. Small quilts for wheelchair veterans at the VA Hospital in Long Beach are needed. These small quilts can be made quickly and should be fun and rewarding. Currently the Basic Team consists of Jason Titus, Carrie Olsen, Maritza Rodriguez Farr, Ruth Bailey, Betty Altstadt, and Cheryl Higley. Please let us know via email if you are interested in joining us in making quilts for veterans at the VA in Long Beach. There are no quotas or deadlines, but we would like to complete 2 to 3 quilts per month for donation. Size of quilts should be approximately 34 to 36 inches wide X 42 to 45 inches long. Any pattern is welcomed. Color preference is red, white and/or blue – patriotic. Variations are acceptable too. Batting can be cotton, wool, or 80/20 cotton/poly. There are no special requirements for the backing. Flannel is okay too. Jason will also put together kits, but you are welcomed to use your stash and donate quilts. Thank you in advance to all and Jason for his lead on this project. Label ideas will be forthcoming.

QUILTCON COMMUNITY OUTREACH QUILT: MaryAnne S. Each guild submits to the Modern Quilt Guild a quilt.  MaryAnne explained the kits and that each triangle is paperpieced. Gail Sevilla has been the lead and put together all the kits. You only make the triangles and return them at the Swap Meet or at the July meeting. Another meeting will be scheduled to put together all the triangles and create the quilt top. Anyone is welcomed to participate in putting together the top too.  If you would like a triangle kit(s), please email OCModernQuiltGuild@gmail.com.

Quilts must have a total perimeter of 119 inches or smaller.
Winners will receive a $30 gift card or future workshop credit.

Prizes will be awarded for:
Member’s Choice
Best Modern Design
Best Use of Color

LEADERSHIP BOARD RECRUITMENT: We are starting to look at the needs for our 2023 Board. Please consider volunteering for an office. Look at our website information and By-Laws and feel free to reach out to us if you have questions. Our guild can only exist with a Board and membership working as one team.

DOOR PRIZE WINNERS: Cheryl H. and Barbara (Winners must be present)

SHOW AND TELL: Elizabeth Wing made a lovely quilt as a gift. Discussed the challenge of working with colors that are preferred by the recipient vs the quilter.

NEXT MEETING: July 28, 2022, 6:30pm

Minutes prepared by Maritza Rodriguez Farr, Co-Secretary

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

OCMQG April 2022 Meeting Minutes + Photos

OCMQG Membership Meeting Minutes
April 28, 2022
Laguna Woods Village

WELCOME: Lisa Handley, Vice President. A ‘penny’ ice breaker was held and members shared lovely and amusing memories. 

GUEST:  Gail Sevilla, Membership introduced Arlene Stevens representing the California Heritage Quilt Project. She is also a member of the Inland Empire Quilt Guild. The California Heritage Project is eager to build its membership as other states have already started, so they can begin documenting quilts. Efforts have already been made and quilts have been documented from 1850 – 1945.  People interested in being part of the California Heritage Project are encouraged to contact them at www.chqp.org to learn about planned Board meetings in the summer

TREASURER: Janet Segner had no new updates. 

WORKSHOPS: Susie Johnson presented Cecile Choi from Sewing Party who will be presenting the next in-person workshop on Mary 15th, 9:30am – 3:30pm on Color Play. Cecile described how color can change a pattern and showed examples of what to expect in the upcoming workshop. There are still openings. Please email the guild at ocmodernquiltguild@gmail.com if you are interested in registering. Cecile’s website is www.Sewingparty.com

Organic Shapes Workshop (Zoom) with Carolina Oneto is scheduled for June 11th, 1pm – 4pm. We have openings. Email the guild if interested in registering. 

Watercolor Quilt Workshop (Zoom) is scheduled for July 17th. Email the guild if interested in registering. In addition to the registration fee, there is a $12 pattern required.

APRIL QUILT CHALLENGE: Each participant presented their quilts to the members.

Betty – used pattern called Spinning Wheel. Did hand and machine quilting with different threads.

Carrie – did different machine quilting techniques.

Jo – did machine quilting and machine embroidery.

Sam – called her quilt Give Me A Squeeze. It was an exploration of design for a larger planned quilt.

Susie J – created a quilt inspired by an art piece. She did echo and reverse quilting from the piecing. Did machine quilting.

Mily – did a llama quilt. Did straight line quilting and circles in areas to highlight fur. 

WINNERS – Winners are to email the guild advising where they would like their gift certificate from.
Best Use of Quilting – Carrie
Best Modern Design – Susie J
Members Choice had a tie – Betty and Mily

BLOCK LOTTO: Kelly Hogan presented the upcoming block lotto sewing technique Korean Patchwork/Bojagi. The https://ocmodernquiltguild.com  block lotto section has information on the technique and construction.

Arcacia Quilt Guild is having a David Owens Hastings workshop. If you were not able to attend ours, this is an opportunity to participate. 

The Modern Quilt Guild has just announced the 2022 Make-A-Difference Challenge. Proceeds will benefit “Oceana” to protect and restore the oceans of the world. All of our members are automatically also members of The Modern Quilt Guild. www.themodernquiltguild.com is their website, which contains all the information for the Challenge. Their website also has a lot of other valuable resources.

Orange County Fair Quilt Challenge – deadline is May 27th. Go to the OC Fair 2022 website for additional information and submission guidelines.

The Orange County Quilt Guild is holding its Quilts in the Garden event May 7th from 10am – 3pm at Kiwanis Land Park 9840 Larson Avenue, Garden Grove. There will be quilts, opportunity baskets, and a “garage sale”. Entry fee is $10.

LENDING LIBRARY: Kelly Hogan introduced the beginning of the Lending Library. Donations of rulers, books, etc. are welcomed. The Guild plans on using some of the bank rebate funds for additional purchases. More information will be provided in future meetings.

BEGINNER RESOURCES: We have received some inquiries on beginner quilting classes and the following resources for classes were presented

Jordan Fabrics
Missouri Star
Modern Quilt Guild Website
Orange Quilt Bee, Orange, CA
Saddleback Community College

SEW-IN OCMQG EVENT PLANNED: Kelly Hogan is planning a Philanthropy Collaborative Sew-in. It will be held late May or early June. Quilts will be sewn in teams for the Orangewood Children’s Foundation youth. More information to follow.

PHILANTHROPY: Lisa Handley received 8 pillow cases and 2 quilts (the latter need binding). 

Jo – delightful black, red and white quilt. She got the fabric from one of our going green events.

Susie – her first quilt was made from the Modern Log Cabin workshop. Colorful quilt. Used fabric from her stash – warm and cool colors. Did Sashiko quilting. Her second quilt was from the Libs Elliott workshop. Used one focus fabric plus black and cream. Also did Sashiko quilting. Her third quilt was from an online workshop called Pebble Pop. Beautiful focus fabrics used in each of the large circles. All the circles were made using an improv technique. 

Mily – presented a stunning quilt. Great use of fabric and colors.



NEXT CHALLENGE – MINI QUILT CHALLENGE: Look at Curated Quilts for ideas.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Gail Sevilla has one of her quilts highlighted in the Red issue of Curated Quilts! Congratulations Gail!

NEXT MEETING: May 26th at 6:30pm. Please arrive early so you can meet other members! Meetings are a great way to not only meet members, but to see the work of others during show and tell as well as Challenges. SPEAKER – the May meeting speaker will be Bill Stearman the “BackPack Show”.   www.billstearman.com

Minutes prepared by Maritza Rodriguez Farr, Co-Secretary

OCMQG March 2022 Meeting Minutes + Photos

Thank you to all of you who were in attendance or participated via Zoom for our first in person membership meeting. Your participation ensures our guild is a success. Your beautiful quilts also made the meeting extra special. Thank you to all and we look forward to seeing you at our next in person meeting on April 28th. 

Maritza Rodriguez Farr, OCMQG Co-Secretary

OCMQG Membership Meeting Minutes
March 31, 2022
Laguna Woods Village

WELCOME: President Cheryl Higley welcomed all in attendance back to LIVE OCMQG meetings!  For many of us, both new and “seasoned” members, it’s the first time we’ve seen each other face to face.

GUEST SPEAKER (via Zoom):  Tara Miller, www.quiltdistrict.com or Facebook “The Quilt District”
Mary O’Bannon introduced us to Tara Miller 

Tara’s fascinating talk focused on quiltmaking in the context of 20th Century mainstream “women’s sphere” and “women’s work” in the United States as well as societal norms for each period of history. Beautiful examples of quilts crafted throughout the century were presented in 25-year increments, with commentary on society’s impact on both quilt design, function and fabric choices. She did not disappoint! An important message from her presentation “Our soul is reflected in what we create.”

The Leadership Board was introduced to the members by President Cheryl Higley.  

Our 2022 Board Members are:

Cheryl Higley – President
Lisa Handley – Vice President
Susie Johnson – Workshops
Gail Sevilla – Membership
Kaylin Murray – Technical Support
Mary O’Bannon – Workshops
Kelly Hogan – Block Lotto
Sam Saturday – Social Media & Website
Maritza Farr – Co-Secretary
Elizabeth Wing – Co-Secretary
Janet Segner – Treasurer
Ruth Bailey – Facilities/Hospitality/Greeter

Total membership for 2022 to date is 48.

To those of you who rejoined – thanks for holding on through Covid!
Welcome to our new members, we’re so happy to have you!

Janet was out of town, but we have been assured that our Guild finances are in tip-top shape!

Guild banking was switched from Wells Fargo to Chase, and we have received the “new account bonus” of $300 – which will be used in various ways for the benefit of our members.

We are encouraging everyone to use Zelle for all Guild payments.  This method is free to the Guild, while PayPal charges a fee.  Eventually, we will transition solely to Zelle. 

Please see the link below to OCMQG Membership FAQs page for ways to pay with Zelle through various banks:

And, YES…the Guild will still accept personal checks for workshops (and cold hard cash for Block Lotto)!

CHALLENGES: April is our “Focus on Quilting” Challenge:
Bring your completed quilt with fabulous quilting to the LIVE Membership meeting on April 28th.

These quilts must be a minimum of 18” x 18” and must be SELF-QUILTED – by hand, domestic machine, longarm – or a combination.

Awards will be given in 3 categories:
Best Use of Quilting
Best Modern Design
Members’ Choice

Current Challenge information can be found at:

Future Challenges (details to come as we get closer to the dates):
August – Mini Quilt
November – Annual Book Challenge

Mary O’Bannon reviewed the lineup of upcoming speakers and Workshops

Membership Meeting Guest Speakers:
May – Bill Stearman, “BackPack Show”  www.billstearman.com
June – Audrey Esarey, “Finding My Voice in Modern Quilting”  www.cottonandbourbon.com
July – Teresa Duryea Wong, “Hello Modern Art, Meet Antique Quilts” www.thirdfloorquilts.com
September – Rachel Derstine, “Keep it Simple But Pack a Punch”
November – Janneken Smucker, “Amish Quilts”  www.janneken.org

Workshops (please note LIVE vs ZOOM before signing up!):
May 15th LIVE – Cecile Choi, “Color Play”  www.Sewingparty.com
June 11th ZOOM – Carolina Oneto, “Organic Shapes”
July 17th ZOOM – Audrey Esarey ($12 pattern), “Watercolor Quilt” www.cottonandbourbon.com
September 11 LIVE – Jean Impey, “Spider Web” www.sewjean.com
October 30 & Nov 6 (two ½ days) ZOOM – Rachel Derstine, “Keep it Simple But Pack a Punch”

Important workshop links:
See the link below for all upcoming workshop info:

Cecile Choi workshop scholarship form: https://forms.gle/913dgDGoQQhzCcDdA

Carolina Oneto workshop scholarship form: https://forms.gle/QAwu4T7FiKJqetCGA

Be sure to watch your OCMQG emails for workshop sign up information!

Kelly offered the April Block Lotto kits – “Cheater Hexies, No Y-Seams” – for sale, and the response was very positive. There may be some kits left, please email Kelly for information at  kel.hogan@gmail.com.  The “hexie” instructions can be found in the link below:

Your completed “hexies” should be returned to Kelly at the April Guild meeting, and the winner will be drawn that evening.

At the April meeting, Kelly will also be offering kits for “Korean Patchwork/Bojagi”. Kits are $2 each, or three kits for $5 (please bring cash to pay).

Don’t wait too long..this one is going to be very popular!

After many months of (mostly) viewing each other’s accomplishments only virtually, we were excited to see so many beautiful completed quilts! Though we ran short on time, there was no shortage of oohs and aahs. We look forward to seeing those quilts we didn’t have time for, as well as additional creations, at our next meeting.

During Show and Tell, the beautiful OCMQG Community Outreach quilt that had been entered in QuiltCon was presented as a surprise gift to our wonderful Ruth Bailey as a thank you for her many years of service. We hope this quilt, which Ruth had expressed a very strong interest in, will bless her with many warm memories and be a reminder that she is so appreciated.

Sam got a chance to let us know about the Orange County Fair Quilt competition…it’s coming up quickly, we know that MANY of you have gorgeous quilts to show off – and what better place than the OC Fair?

Info on OC Fair competition entries:

Kelly reviewed this new benefit to our members – a “library” of books and quilting related tools that members may check out at the meeting and return at  the following month’s membership meeting. If you have quilt rulers, tools, pattern books, etc. that you would like to donate, please bring them to future meetings. 

Lisa was happy to announce that we had 13 beautifully completed pillowcases, and one completed quilts returned. Don’t forget to check the philanthropy table at each meeting and see if there’s a project waiting for you to dive into! Also, bring in those “orphan blocks” and completed quilt tops to the Guild meetings. We love to give!

Elizabeth drew tickets for three great little prizes. The door prize is something we’ll do at each meeting – no purchase is necessary, just be sure to sign in for the meeting as we’ll be picking winners from the list of attendees in the future.

We look forward to seeing all of you at our next OCMQG meeting on Thursday, April 28th!

OCMQG February 2022 Meeting Minutes

Below are the OCMQG Membership Meeting Minutes for February 24, 2022. Please email us at ocmodernquiltguild@gmail.com if you have any questions. 

Maritza Rodriguez Farr, OCMQG Co-Secretary

OCMQG Membership Meeting Minutes
February 24, 2022 (Zoom)

Board Members Present: 
Cheryl Higley – President, Lisa Handley – Vice President, Susie Johnson – Workshops, Gail Sevilla – Membership, Kaylin Murray – Technical Support, Mary O’Bannon – Workshops, Kelly Hogan – Block Lotto, Sam Saturday – Social Media & Website, Maritza Farr – Co-Secretary , Elizabeth Wing – Co-Secretary, Janet Segner – Treasurer, Ruth Bailey – Facilities/Hospitality/Greeter

Members Attending: 31

Welcome : Cheryl

Welcome – Zoom Etiquette

Next meeting on March 31st, is in person at Laguna Woods Village, 19 Restaurant & Lounge, Gate 12, 24122 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Woods, CA 92637, Rooms 1 & 2

Speaker will present via Zoom – Tara Miller on Graphic Quilts of the 20th Century,   Zoom link is for the speaker portion of the meeting only. 

Membership dues must be received by March 1st. $50 via PayPal or check. Send checks for membership renewals or new membership to Janet Segner, Treasurer. (check email for address)

April Challenge – quilt minimum size is 18” X 18”. Quilting must be done by the member. Can be done on a domestic machine, by hand or long arm machine. Award categories – Best Use of Quilting, Best Modern Design, and Members’ Choice

Under the Challenges ocmodernquiltguild.com website see some of the Webinars on quilting available through the Modern Quilt Guild. The Modern Quilt Guild website has many other resources too. 

Future Challenges – 
August – Mini Quilt Challenge 
November – Annual Book Challenge

Upcoming Workshops:
See the OCMQG website for details and Sign-up

Carolina Oneto – March 20th
Cecile Choi – May 15th
Audrey Esarey – July 17th
Jean Impey – September 11th
Rachel Derstine – two day workshop, October 30th and November 6th

Guest Speakers for 2022:
March – Tara Miller, Graphic Quilts of the 20th Century
May – Bill Stearman, BackPack Show
June – Audrey Esarey, Finding My Voice in Modern Quilting
July – Teresa Duryea Wong, Hello Modern Art, Meet Antique Quilts
November – Janneken Smucker, Amish Quilts

Show and Tell by Members:
Janell Searles, Jason Titus, Carol Stanley, Susie Johnson, Kelly Hogan

QuiltCon 2022:
All winners can be seen on QuiltCon.com. Please see the following instagram names and websites that provide details about the slides on QuiltCon presented at the meeting.

Best of Show: Hillary Goodwin @entropyalwayswins
Susan Manson @modernmanson
Lolo @lolomakesthings
Navajo Quilt Project- frenchgeneral.com
Michelle Wilkie   @ml_wilkie
Laura Loewen    @quiltfortco
Candace Murray   @sewlegacy
Nicholas Ball   @quiltsfromtheattic
Brittany Burton   @brittanybowenburton
Latifah Saafir      @latifahsaafirstudios
Patti Coppock    @patticoppock
quiltcon.com    tab to see winners 
@curatedquilts  (interviews in front of quilts with makers)
@carriebloomston (lecturer and fabric designer)
Roderick Kiracofe @roderick752 (collector and author of books on quilts)

QuiltCon 2023 will be held in Atlanta

Block Lotto:
February – Art Gallery No Waste Stroked Flying Geese.

At the March meeting bring cash to purchase one block kit for $2 or three block kits for $5. Thirty (30) kits will be available for purchase per month:

March – Cheater Hexies with No Y-Seams
April  – Korean Patchwork / Bojagi
May – Square Circles Block 

Social Media:
Facebook – Orange County Modern Quilt Guild and OCMQG Quilters
Instagram – @ocmqg (if you do not have Instagram, you can now view our Instagram posts via the menu on our website)

Lending Library:
The OCMQG is looking for a volunteer to help set up and manage a lending library for books, tools, rulers, etc for members of the guild. Items would be picked up and dropped off during in person meetings. If you are interested in volunteering, please email the guild at ocmodernquiltguild@gmail.com 

Please bring your pillow cases, quilts still needing binding, etc. to the March in person meeting.

Please consider donating any incomplete blocks, quilt tops etc to the guild for philanthropy projects.

Block Lotto February Winner – Gail Sevilla

Door Prize Winners – Shannon S. and Cheryl Higley

March in-person meeting final reminders:
Speaker via Zoom – Tara Miller

Dress in quilted clothing (optional)

Arrive as early as 6pm, but no later than 6:30pm, meeting start time

Mission Viejo Library Quilt Exhibit date extended through March 2022. Quilts by our member Jeanette Floyd are on display.

OCMQG January 2022 Meeting Minutes

OCMQG Membership Meeting Minutes
January 27, 2022 (Zoom)

Maritza Rodriguez Farr, Co-Secretary

Board Members Present:  Cheryl Higley – President, Lisa Handley – Vice President, Susie Johnson – Workshops, Gail Sevilla – Membership, Kaylin Murray – Technical Support, Mary O’Bannon – Workshops, Kelly Hogan – Block Lotto, Sam Saturday – Social Media & Website, Maritza Farr – Co-Secretary , Elizabeth Wing – Co-Secretary, Janet Segner – Treasurer, Ruth Bailey – Facilities/Hospitality/Greeter

Members Attending: 32

Welcome – Cheryl Higley
Reviewed Zoom etiquette

Speaker Introduction – Susie Johnson

Speaker – Jacquie Gering
Jacquie spoke on Finding My Voice, An Artist Journey. Jacquie is a noted quilter and author with books on machine quilting. Jacquie started her journey by accident. She loves simplicity and lines. Jacquie shared her evolution through her quilts. Q & A held after her presentation. Membership enjoyed this fabulous presentation.

Challenges – Susie Johnson and Mary O’Bannon.  
The upcoming April quilt challenge will be held at the in person April Membership meeting. Focus will be on quilting – machine and/or hand quilting. Voting will occur at the meeting. Minimum size is 18” X 18”. Awards will include the following categories: Best Use of Quilting, Best Modern Design, and Members’ Choice.

Link for Challenges https://ocmodernquiltguild.com/guild-challenges/

2022 Membership Drive – Gail Sevilla

Most of the 2021 membership has renewed membership for 2022. We have an exciting year of activities and speakers in 2022. 

Dues remain at $50 per year. Payment can be made via PayPal or by check. Send checks for membership renewals or new membership to Janet Segner, Treasurer. (check email for address)

Any questions can be directed to Gail Sevilla, Membership.

QuiltCon 2022 Community Outreach – by Gail Sevilla 
OCMQG Quilt is now at Houston. Thank you to all the members who contributed blocks and the members who finished the quilt for display.

A special thank you to Julie McCluney for attaching the quilt sleeve and label, and paying for shipping to QuiltCon. Workshops – Susie Johnson and Mary O’Bannon
Our next workshop is a Zoom class with Carolina Oneto on March 20, 2022 from 1pm to 4pm. She will be focusing on Organic Shapes. Slots are available. Workshop will be opened to non-members on February 20th. See Carolina’s web page www.carolinaoneto.com 

Upcoming 2022 Workshops
May 15th – In person, Cecile Choi, Color Play
July 17th – Zoom, Audrey Esarey, Watercolor Quilt
September 11th – In person, Jean Impey, Spider Web

Workshop link https://ocmodernquiltguild.com/2022-workshops/

Scholarships – One scholarship is available for each workshop. Members only. A member is allowed to receive one scholarship per year. The process is confidential. A member, if not selected, may submit an application again. Link for scholarship form https://forms.gle/B2xY3sSkX7h9pWc48

Guest Speakers 2022 at Membership Guild Meetings
March – Tara Miller, Graphic Quilts of the 20th Century
May – Bill Stearman, BackPack Show
June – Audrey Esarey, Finding My Voice in Modern Quilting
July – Teresa Duryea Wong, Hello Modern Art, Meet Antique Quilts
November – Janneken Smucker, Amish Quilts

Block Lotto – Kelly Hogan
January Block Lotto link https://ocmodernquiltguild.com/2022/01/25/january-2022-block-lotto/

All prior Block Lotto link https://ocmodernquiltguild.com/block-lotto/

November 2021 Block Lotto winner was Jason.

Social Media – Sam Saturday
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram

Facebook – OCMQG Quilters. A private group that is open to active members.  Request to join. Members may post. Link to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1751696078398807/

Instagram – @OCMQG.  Not available for members to post. Send an email to ocmodernquiltguild@gmail.com or samantharae@gmail.com if you would like us to post something.

Remember to tag us @OCMQG on Instagram with your work.

Philanthropy – Lisa Handley
Lisa thanked everyone who has helped out with quilts and pillow cases.

Lisa requested that all projects that are completed be brought to the March in-person meeting. 

Many projects yet to be completed, so please consider picking up projects to complete at the March meeting.

QuiltCon 2022 – Cheryl Higley
February 16th – 20th in Phoenix, AZ.

QuiltCon requires either proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the start of the workshop or proof of full vaccination. All safety guidelines can be found here:


Upcoming Events – Cheryl Higley
Next month’s meeting will be held via Zoom on February 24th at 6:30pm. 

Members can share what they have worked on.

Door Prize – Fat Quarter Bundle won by Sandy Pratt.

Thank Yous – Cheryl Higley
Joy to the World Swap Meet was a huge success.
Thank you to Julie McCluney for sharing her beautiful home and garden for the event. 

Orangewood Foundation received:
8 quilts and books from the November book Challenge
5 quilts made by members
20 pillow cases
A significant amount of hygiene products

April 2020 Meeting

We held our first online meeting. A recording of the meeting is posted to our private Facebook page, members can check it out there.  Here’s the President’s message and the slides from Kelly’s presentation on creativity. 


President’s Message

Like many of you, I have just completed my 7th week of physical distancing.  We, unfortunately, still don’t know how long this this will last,    As our member, Sam, commented on a photo I posted last night on Instagram regarding our meeting last night – “So fun! Definitely nice to have a little normalcy in our not so normal time”.  But I know we are stronger than we think – we can take charge of our lives right now.  No need to wait until things come back to normal.  And last night was a great start to establishing some normal!

Thank you to those members that joined us for our first virtual meeting!  It was a lot of fun to see everyone and chatted about what each of you have been doing.

I opened the meeting talking about Quilting ourselves to a healthier lifestyle.  I thought I would share what I said, for you to take in and think about how quilting has benefited your life.  Enjoy!

Everyone has had their own path when it comes to quilting.  Some of us learn from family and friends and others just found our way to it.  Regardless of how we got into quilting, the skills we have learned have more benefits than we may realize.

There is an estimate of somewhere between 7 – 10 million quilters in the US. We already know how quilting can have positive impact on our lives.  But studies have shown quilting can have not only a healing effect on the mind but the art of quilting may help restore or maintain our health.

There are many aspects to quilting that have been uncovered:

·         Productive use of time

·         Engaging in Creativity

·         Colors are psychologically uplifting

·         Quilting is challenging, demands concentration.

·         We experience a flow or meditative state while quilting

·         The affirmation from others boosted our self-esteem

·         Finding a purpose which helps extend our life

·         Effective way to combat depression

·         And, quilts are often given altruistically which gives quilting an added purpose.

Not only does quilting have cognitive and emotional aspects, but it has long since been a social activity.

·         Where strong social network are formed and fostered

·         Long term friendships are created and nurtured

·         Overcome the loneliness we may experience

·         Many of us participate in Quilting Bees, Retreats, Conventions, Classes, Online groups and, of course, our guild.

And being a part of our Guild is the Best Social Club!  It’s our community!  We have many titles – whether we consider ourselves creators, quilters, quilt top makers or artists, it’s hard to argue the benefits that quilting brings into our lives.

I hope that last night we provided an opportunity for you to continue to stay healthy while staying at home and provided a little bit of normal. 

Happy Quilting, Lisa Handley

Creativity Presentation

Creativity Presentation