November 2017 Meeting

We announced the challenge for the November Philanthropy Quilt at the July meeting. We received many samples of digitally printed fabric from Hawthorne Threads who kindly donated these to the guild. The challenge is to design a quilt using the digitally printed fabric as inspiration, and to also incorporate it into the quilt. We also handed out Hawthorne Threads’s social media info for members to tag them on social media.The rules for the challenge were:

-Create a quilt in a size between baby (30 x 40) up to a twin (70 x 90)
-The quilt must be complete: quilted, bound, and labelled
-Design should be inspired by a Hawthorne Threads Digitally Printed Fabric and should include the fabric in the quilt top.
-If you are sharing your progress on social media, please include #hawthornethreads and #ocmqg in your comments along with your photo.

We had 13 participants for this month’s challenge!! Our new philanthropy chairwoman, Ann A., has chosen Orangewood Foundation to receive the beautiful quilts that were made. The Orangewood Foundation provides a safe haven for the foster children of Orange County. They also have a program for emancipated minors to help them successfully achieve their independence. The larger quilts that were made will be donated to that endeavor in conjunction with the Ambassador’s program that provides the resources for this worthy cause. Thank you to all of our members who participated and thanks to Ann for working to get the quilts to this worthwhile charity.

Our winners received gift certificates to Hawthorne Threads. Winners were:

First place: Barbara Knapp
Second place: Susie Johnson
Third Place: Mary O’Bannon

If you haven’t done so, please post a pic of your finished quilt on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #ocmqg and #hawthornethreads.

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Membership Renewal for 2018

Renew your membership by December 31 and receive an “early bird” discount. Bring cash or a check made out to OCMQG for $45 to the Holiday Party. Or, you can mail your check to Sandy Pratt at 25592 Loganberry Lane, Lake Forest, CA 92630.

Holiday Party

Our Holiday Party is December 10th (Sunday) from noon to 4:00 and will be held at Julie’s house. Thank you Julie for volunteering to host the party!

* Bring a potluck dish to share along with serving utensils if needed.

* This event is BYOB: wine, sparkling wine, beer, and cider, but no hard alcohol please.

* We will be sewing a quilt for charity, Shannon is leading this project and preparing the quilt to be sewn at the party.

* We will also have a “Yankee Swap” of five fat quarters. They should be modern, quality quilting fabrics that coordinate together and that are relatively new. Please bring FQs wrapped. Participation is not required, but it’s always lots of fun!

* We will send out a party reminder with the approximate number of attendees to help you plan your potluck dish.

Modern Batik Workshop

Julie is having a workshop on modern batik using wax and water soluble dyes. The workshop is $35 and will be January 13th from 9:30 to 3:30 at Julie’s home in Villa Park. It includes lunch. Please see the attached flyer for detailed info on this exciting event!

Laura Heine Pattern Workshop

Our new Workshop Chairwoman, Elise, let us know about a workshop opportunity! Sew Vac Long Beach is having a workshop that will teach you how to make a Laura Heine collage pattern. The workshop is 2 days and is only $30 for both days. The dates are December 17th and January 7th, both Sundays, from 12:30-4:30. Those who are signed up are being encouraged to share their scraps at the workshop. Sew Vac has all the supplies you will need including some Laura Heine patterns. If you would like to sign up, send us an email. Dawn is attending and is open to carpooling from south OC.

Donations for Santa Rosa

Shellie will be mailing the items that were donated at the meeting, thank you Shellie!

QuiltCon Charity Quilt

Our charity quilt was quilted at the November Sew-In. Those who attended the sew-in got to help choose the thread and the pattern. Karen put the quilt on the longarm and we got to see the quilting in action! Thank you to Karen and all of those who were involved with this year’s charity quilt! It was thanks to the help from so many that this quilt turned out so beautifully and was so easy to plan and put together. If anyone would like to volunteer to add the binding or deliver the quilt to Pasadena, please let us know.

Handmade Item Raffle

Susie made some beautiful table runners for this month’s handmade item raffle—thank you Susie!

Our next Sew-In:
The Holiday Party replaces the December Sew-In.

Our next meeting:
January 25th 2018

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October 2017 Meeting

We had another full house at our May meeting! Thanks for coming!

Quiltcon 2017

Several members discussed their experiences at Quiltcon 2017. Highlights includied seeing OCMQG member Lucinda’s quilt at the show, the Siddi Quilts exhibit, the Angela Walters exhibit, and seeing all of the charity quilts. Including OURS:

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Quiltcon 2018

Quiltcon 2018 will be held in Pasadena on February 22-25, 2018. If you are a member, you should be receving emails from the Modern Quilt Guild about the conference. They are recruiting volunteers, see the website for details. The theme for the charity quilt has been announced, it is Modern Traditionalism. We had FIVE people volunteer to coordinate the planning of charity quilt for our guild: Karen M., Gail, Leslie, Julie, and MaryAnne. Karen M. has suggested the Road to California block. Thank you to our volunteers!

 

Show & Tell

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Upcoming Workshops:

Indigo – Shibori Workshop & Lunch with Sandra Johnson

Sandra’s workshop will be held on June 3 from 10-3. The location is in a private home in South Orange County, and will be sent to those who register. It is $75 for OCMQG members, and $100 for non-members. To register, email Sandra at sandrajohnsondesigns@gmail.com

Jackie Gehring Workshop

This workshop is being offered by Santa Barbara Quilting Retreats. It is in Carpinteria, CA and is on 9/11/17-9/13/17. Cost is $775, lunches are provided, and there will be a wine and cheese event. Discounted hotel is at the Holiday Inn Express in Carpinteria. She is going to teach her class “Composing With Lines.” For more info and to register, go here.

Cecile will be offering her workshop again: Playing with Color and Fabric: Making Your Stash Work For You. If you are interested in attending this workshop in June or July, email Cecile and let her know which dates in June or July work for you. customerservice@sewingparty.com

Quilt Shows and Lectures

Kaffe Fassett will be giving a lecture in Glendora in 9/23 at The Sew N Sew. The cost is $50. For more info, go here.

The Flying Geese quilt show is 6/3 and 6/4 at SOKA University in Aliso Viejo. This is a great opportunity to see an excellent show close to home with both modern and traditional quilts. Sewing Party will be a vendor at the show! For more info, go here.

Southern California Quilter’s Run

This will be held over two weekends this year! The dates are July 13-16 and July 20-23. The Quilter’s Run is a great opportunity to visit quilt and fabric shops in the area and get some inspiration from each shop. It’s also an opportunity to win prizes, grow your stash, score some new patterns, and have some fun! This would be a great opportunity for someone to get your feet wet leading a “field trip,” hint hint! For more info on Quilter’s Run, go here and here for more info on Row By Row go here.

Central Coast Quilter’s Run

This one is coming up soon: June 2-4. These shops are located from Ventura to Paso Robles. Superbuzzy, some wine tasting, and a mini buzz-y, anyone? Check it out here!

Scrap Swap

Elise brought four bags stuffed with fabric swaps and four lucky people were chosen via random number generator to take the scrap bags home! If you received a bag, take out the scraps that you want and then add scraps from your stash back to the bag and bring it back next month. Thank you Elise for coordinating the scrap swap!

Handmade Items Raffle

Elise donated several items for the raffle, thank you, Elise! The materials that she used to make her items were donated by Sew Vac Ltd. in Long Beach and the patterns are from the Sew Sweetness blog. The raffle items raised $83 for the guild!

Make It Modern Segment

Gail brought in several of her quilts, some dating back to the 80’s! In addition to sharing her quilts, she also shared some books that have been influential on her quilting including Quilts of Gee’s Bend, and Collaborative Quilting. It was wonderful to see Gail’s progression as a quilter, so thank you Gail for sharing your quilting journey with us! Elise volunteered to bring in examples of her quilting for our June meeting.

Social Break

Several members brought cookies for our social hour—thank you! Julie’s homemade chocolate chip cookies are a Martha Stewart recipe. They were all delicious!

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September 2017 Meeting

Thank you for attending our September meeting! Karen M. moved the tables out of the space to free up more room for our attendees. Thanks Karen! Thanks to the members who helped put the Cosmic Quilting space back to its usual set-up. And thanks to Julie for bringing fruit cups for our social time!

Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting will be in November. In October, we will be putting a budget together to determine if dues need to stay the same or if they will increase. We are looking for volunteers to help out with creating the budget. Budget will go out to members in October and will be voted on in November. Bunnie and Susie are co-charing this committee and we would like 2-3 members to help out. The committee will meet on October 18th at Bunnie’s house in Newport Beach for dinner and wine. Please email us if you are interested in helping out!

Also, the bylaws are included with this email for members to review. This will be voted on at the November meeting, also.

In November, we will be having November elections. Officer positions are: President, Vice-President, or two Co-Presidents, Treasurer, and Secretary. Our current officers are:

* Co-President: Karen A. will not be re-running.
* Co-President: Bunnie is open to re-running, but is also open to someone else taking over as president.
* Secretary: Dawn is open to being secretary again, or is willing to take a position that we have been having trouble filling, like Social Media.
* Treasurer: Susie is re-running.

We will also have a nominating committee, email us if you would like to join this committee to help elect officers. This committee will just need to meet once before the November meeting. Karen M. has already volunteered to be on this committee.

MQG Mini Quilt Swap

Susan brought some examples of mini quilts and items that she has received doing many different swaps. Thanks, Susan! One of the neat things about this swap is that there will be a meetup at QuiltCon so you will have the opportunity to meet your swap partner. Info:

Once again, we’re making mini quilts — no larger than 24″ x 24″ — with the suggestion (not requirement) that they be themed for your swap partner’s sewing space. This swap is a one-to-one partner swap, so once matched, participants will know who they’re making for and who’s making for them. If you’re going to QuiltCon and your partner is too, we’ll have a special meetup so you can swap in person. Not going? Not a problem! Mail your item to your partner, get yours in the mail and join the virtual meetup on Instagram. You’ll have a Swap Fairy assigned to you to check in during the swap to make sure everyone’s on track. You’ll meet your Swap Fairy and get to know them in early November when partners are announced.

Important Dates for the Mini Swap:
Participant sign-ups open: October 1, 2017
Participant sign-ups close: October 25, 2017
Participants notified of match with partner: early November, 2017
Deadline for international shipping: February 9, 2018
Deadline for domestic shipping: February 16, 2018

QuiltCon Charity Quilt

We had an “interactive display” of the progress of the charity quilt. We will put all of the individual blocks together at the next Sew-In in October! The border will be attached, and we will also gather ideas for the quilting. Hoffman Fabrics will be donating the fabric for the backing. Lucinda brought several examples and the guild voted on the backing fabric. In November, we will have a “quilting bee” and either do a combo of hand quilting and longarm quilting.

Demos

Elise has volunteered to do a demo at the October meeting, if you would like to share a cool technique with the guild, just let us know and you can be the star of a future meeting!

November Challenge

How is your November philanthropy challenge quilt coming along? The challenge is to make a quilt using the digitally printed fabric donated by Hawthorne Threads that have been handed out at past meetings. Don’t forget to put your progress on Facebook or Instagram and tag #hawthornethreads and #OCMQG. Requirements for the challenge:

Create a quilt in a size between baby (30 x 40) up to a twin (70 x 90)
The quilt must be complete: quilted, bound, and labelled
Design should be inspired by a Hawthorne Threads Digitally Printed Fabric and should include the fabric in the quilt top.
These quilts will be donated to a local charity TBD.

Workshops

We received some great feedback during the meeting about how to make workshops WORK better for the guild. Elise has volunteered to be a Workshop Chairwoman! Thank you Elise! We hope that by having a dedicated person actively working on planning workshops, that we will be able to:

– offer workshops regularly
– offer workshops that will be scheduled out 6-12 months in advance
– offer workshops that will be well attended (and that will pay for themselves)

QuiltCon OCMQG Social Time

Karen M. came up with the idea to have a designated social time at QuiltCon. We would use the QuiltCon app to advertise that members of the OCMQG are available for an informal “meet and greet”. This would be a great way to meet people who are attending QuiltCon from all over the country—and the world! It’s also a way to let SoCal people know about our guild. More info will be coming!

Block Lotto instructions are attached to this email. Thank you Lucinda for the great work you do planning Block Lotto!

Our next Sew-In: October 8 at Cosmic Quilting

July 2017 Meeting

OCMQG July 2017 Meeting Recap

Co-president Karen A. lead our meeting. It was great to have her in town and not working in Florida for our July meeting!

Volunteer Positions

Shannon and Stacy volunteered to be co-chairs for the Philanthropy Chairpersons! Also, Kaylin has volunteered to take over updating the blog and has been one of our photographers at the last several meetings. Thank you ladies!!

Update on QuiltCon Philanthropy Quilt:

The Philanthropy Quilt committee have completed the pattern for our “Modern Traditionalism” quilt. The fabric has been purchased and we are on schedule to complete the quilt on time. Thank you everyone who has been involved with the planning and we hope everyone will help to make a block! Thank you Karen for the update!

Workshops

The Compass Bag Workshop will be lead by Elise! It’s on August 27 from 10:00-3:00. $30 for members and $40 for non-members. We have five sign-ups so far, feel free to email Susie if you would like to sign up at sujoh@hotmail.com. The pattern is available from Noodle Head. Sew Vac Long Beach has the pattern along with the hardware that you will need. We will send a supply list to those who have signed up soon.

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Our next workshop will be in early November. We passed around a survey listing three different workshops and let members vote on which one(s) they would like to take. We’re hoping these workshops will be of interest to our members! Also, Craft Napa is in January and we are looking into getting one of the presenters at that event to come down and to do a workshop in OC.

July Quilt Challenge

We had so many BEAUTIFUL entries for our July Challenge! Our winners were:

1st place: Sandy $75 gift card!
2nd place: Bunnie $50 gift card!
3rd place: Sandra J. $35 gift card!

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The winner!

Our prizes for this challenge were gift certificates from Superbuzzy.com in Ventura.

November Philanthropy Quilt Challenge

We announced the challenge for the November Philanthropy Quilt at the July meeting. We received many samples of digitally printed fabric from Hawthorne Threads who kindly donated these to the guild. The challenge is to design a quilt using the digitally printed fabric as inspiration, and to also incorporate it into the quilt. We also handed out Hawthorne Threads’s social media info for members to tag them on social media. We’d like to encourage members to post pics of the prizes and fabrics that they receive at meetings to thank the companies that donate these items to us. The rules for the challenge are:

-Create a quilt in a size between baby (30 x 40) up to a twin (70 x 90)
-The quilt must be complete: quilted, bound, and labelled
-Design should be inspired by a Hawthorne Threads Digitally Printed Fabric and should include the fabric in the quilt top.
-If you are sharing your progress on social media, please include #hawthornethreads and #ocmqg in your comments along with your photo.

These quilts will be donated to a local charity TBD. If you weren’t at the July meeting and want to participate, don’t despair! We still have a lot of samples left, so come to the August meeting to pick out your fabric sample.

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Karen shows off some of the digitally printed fabrics donated by Hawthornethreads.com


Handmade Item Raffle

Kathy S. donated two gorgeous handmade fold-up grocery bags for our Handmade Item Raffle—thank you Kathy S!

Make it Modern

For our Make It Modern segment, Karen A. created a “modern vs. traditionalism” poster board for members to place a post-it to mark where they fall in the realm of modern vs. traditional quilting. It was interesting to see how our members judge their modern/traditional aesthetic.

Scrap Swap

We had our Scrap Swap where three lucky ladies were randomly chosen to take home a big bag of scraps!

Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting is in November where there will be voting on officer positions, by-laws, and the 2018 budget. The last Thursday in November is AFTER Thanksgiving, so we voted to have the November meeting on 11/30.

Our next meeting is August 31 (the 5th Thursday of the month)

Our next Sew-In is August 13, from noon to 4:00 at CQ.

Here are some of the quilts from this month’s challenge!

June 2017 Meeting

Our “Ice Breaker” at the meeting was to share something you’ve accomplished this year, and something you’d like to accomplish by the end of the year. Thanks everyone for sharing your accomplishments and hopes for the last half of 2017!

Author Presentation

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Elisabeth Woo and Nichole Ramirez, authors of “The Fussy Cut Sampler,” gave an amazing presentation at our June meeting! They brought a lot of examples of individual blocks utilizing their techniques, and it was fascinating to see all the detail and work involved in each block. They discussed how the book came about, the publishing process, gave helpful tips and techniques, and answered questions from guild members. Their blog is thefussycutsampler.com.
And you can follow them on Instagram for more fussy-cut inspiration. Elisabeth’s Instagram is @elisabew and Nichole’s is @catwithfins.

QuiltCon 2018Super volunteer signups have passed, but there are still volunteer opportunities. Keep an eye out for an email from the MQG about more volunteering opportunities. Registration began earlier in the week, and the popular classes were fully booked within 15 minutes!

QuiltCon Charity Quilt UpdateMany members met at the last sew-in. Gail picked up the solid Kona and Moda fabrics so people could see the colorways in person. The committee thinks that Kona is the way to go as these will be easy to pick up and they liked the colors better. At the meeting, a timeline for completing the quilt was created to keep us on schedule. After a brainstorming session, Sandy created a rough draft of a quilt, and Lucinda put it into EQ7 to create a potential pattern and filled in some potential color options. The next meeting will be at the sew-in on July 9th! At the July sew-in, we’re hoping to complete this step of the schedule: Design Finalized – Assignments, and possibly begin cutting fabric. Thank you Karen for the update.

Volunteers

We are still looking for a Social Media volunteer to update the blog, social media, and take pictures! Please talk to an officer or send us an email if you are at all interested. We are also looking for people to demos! We have a lot of experienced quilters who could do some demos, so if you have an idea, send us an email.

Workshops

Elise brought examples of bags for a potential workshop! We will be sending out a separate email with details as soon as this has been finalized.

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My Small World

Here is your chance to make a really fun and beautiful quilt, using a pattern designed by Jen Kingwell. This is a 6 month Block of the Month project that, with guidance and artistic talent provided by Cecile, will challenge you to select many different fabrics from your stash, and learn how to play with a variety of color combinations. You will also learn several quilting techniques, including a new method of hand applique and paper piecing.  After taking the 6 sessions, you will not only gain confidence in playing with color, but will create a beautiful and unique wall hanging. This class will meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 10:00-3:00, starting August 15 for 6 months.  The first class is $50, and the other 5 classes are $40 each.

Your Personal Journey into the world of Jen Kingwell

The class is already full, but please sign up on the waiting list with your email address, and Cecile will contact you when space opens up. This class is perfect for anyone who loves Jen Kingwell, or is currently working on any of her 43 patterns, or who wants to start one. This class will meet the 2nd Saturday of every month, beginning August 12.  Each class costs $50, and you only pay for the classes you attend.

Independent study with Cecile

For intermediate and advanced level quilters, this class is your chance to bring a new or ongoing quilt project and work one-on-one with Cecile to create something unique and special.  Cecile’s help will include tips on playing with color, fabric selection and design layout.  Since this is a one-on-one session with Cecile, time, place and cost will be discussed with each individual quilter.

July Challenge

Challenge quilts are due at the next meeting! Bring a finished quilt from a pattern that you’ve had for awhile to the July meeting. There will be FABULOUS prizes so there’s still time to make a quilt for the challenge.

Block Lotto

This month’s Block Lotto turned out amazing! The July Block Lotto requires English Paper Piecing. Lucinda spends a lot of time putting these detailed instructions together, taking photos of her process, AND doing all of the planning for each month’s Block Lotto—THANK YOU LUCINDA!

Southern California Quilter’s Run

This will be held over two weekends this year! The dates are July 13-16 and July 20-23. The Quilter’s Run is a great opportunity to visit quilt and fabric shops in the area and get some inspiration from each shop. http://www.quiltersrun.com/

Scrap Swap

3 scrap bags were taken home for the Scrap Swap. If you took home a bag, bring it to the July meeting with your scraps. Thank you Elise for coordinating this!

Make It Modern

Elise brought some of her beautiful quilts for Make it Modern! Thank you Elise!

Handmade Items Raffle

Julie brought two awesome handmade items for tonight’s raffle! A beautiful fabric bowl in some cool summery colors, and three mini design boards. She also brought chips for our Social Break. Thank you Julie!

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Maryanne donated a 1949 Singer sewing manual and shared the book’s Dedication with us: “This book is dedicated to women and girls—and especially to teachers of sewing everywhere—who enjoy the feel of fabric, the beauty of textures, the precision of stitches, the smoothness of seams, and who delight always in appropriate fabrics carefully cut and made for a happy purpose.” Timeless!

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Door Prizes
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Elisabeth and Nichole donated three Kona Cotton Solids Charm Squares in ALL of the Kona solids! One lucky winner received this prize tonight. Sewing Party also donated 2 Moda Lollies by Jen Kingwell Designs. Thank you!

Next Sew In is on July 9. Charity Quilt Meeting will take place at the Sew In.Next meeting is on July 27.


May 2017 Meeting

OCMQG May 2017 Meeting Recap

We had another full house at our May meeting! Thanks for coming!

Quiltcon 2017

Several members discussed their experiences at Quiltcon 2017. Highlights includied seeing OCMQG member Lucinda’s quilt at the show, the Siddi Quilts exhibit, the Angela Walters exhibit, and seeing all of the charity quilts.

Quiltcon 2018

Quiltcon 2018 will be held in Pasadena on February 22-25, 2018. If you are a member, you should be receiving emails from the Modern Quilt Guild about the conference. They are recruiting volunteers, see the website for details. https://www.quiltcon.com/ The theme for the charity quilt has been announced, it is Modern Traditionalism. We had FIVE people volunteer to coordinate the planning of charity quilt for our guild: Karen M., Gail, Leslie, Julie, and MaryAnne. Karen M. has suggested the Road to California block. Thank you to our volunteers!

Upcoming Workshops:

Indigo – Shibori Workshop & Lunch with Sandra Johnson

Sandra’s workshop will be held on June 3 from 10-3. The location is in a private home in South Orange County, and will be sent to those who register. It is $75 for OCMQG members, and $100 for non-members. To register, email Sandra at sandrajohnsondesigns@gmail.com This workshop covers:

learn to fold, tie and clamp resist using historic patterns
indigo dye is a natural fiber which is what we will be using
dye natural fiber goods in an indigo dye vat
learn a method for creating an acvite dye vat
all fabric for dying provided by instructor
in class you will learn to create a variety of paper patterns which you can use on fabrics
includes: fabric for dying ½ yard white cotton, dye, lunch, and fun!

Jackie Gehring Workshop

This workshop is being offered by Santa Barbara Quilting Retreats. It is in Carpinteria, CA and is on 9/11/17-9/13/17. Cost is $775, lunches are provided, and there will be a wine and cheese event. Discounted hotel is at the Holiday Inn Express in Carpinteria. She is going to teach her class “Composing With Lines.” For more info and to register, go here.

Cecile will be offering her workshop again: Playing with Color and Fabric: Making Your Stash Work For You. If you are interested in attending this workshop in June or July, email Cecile and let her know which dates in June or July work for you. customerservice@sewingparty.com

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Cecile shows off one of her quilts

Quilt Shows and Lectures

Kaffe Fassett will be giving a lecture in Glendora in 9/23 at The Sew N Sew. The cost is $50. For more info, go here.

The Flying Geese quilt show is 6/3 and 6/4 at SOKA University in Aliso Viejo. This is a great opportunity to see an excellent show close to home with both modern and traditional quilts. Sewing Party will be a vendor at the show! For more info, go here.

Southern California Quilter’s Run

This will be held over two weekends this year! The dates are July 13-16 and July 20-23. The Quilter’s Run is a great opportunity to visit quilt and fabric shops in the area and get some inspiration from each shop. It’s also an opportunity to win prizes, grow your stash, score some new patterns, and have some fun! This would be a great opportunity for someone to get your feet wet leading a “field trip,” hint hint! For more info on Quilter’s Run, go here. http://www.quiltersrun.com/ and here for more info on Row By Row.https://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/ca.htm

Central Coast Quilter’s Run

This one is coming up soon: June 2-4. These shops are located from Ventura to Paso Robles. Superbuzzy, some wine tasting, and a mini buzz-y, anyone? 🙂 Check it out here!

Scrap Swap

Elise brought four bags stuffed with fabric swaps and four lucky people were chosen via random number generator to take the scrap bags home! If you received a bag, take out the scraps that you want and then add scraps from your stash back to the bag and bring it back next month. Thank you Elise for coordinating the scrap swap!

Handmade Items Raffle

Elise donated several items for the raffle, thank you, Elise! The materials that she used to make her items were donated by Sew Vac Ltd. in Long Beach and the patterns are from the Sew Sweetness blog. The raffle items raised $83 for the guild!

Make It Modern Segment

Gail brought in several of her quilts, some dating back to the 80’s! In addition to sharing her quilts, she also shared some books that have been influential on her quilting including Quilts of Gee’s Bend, and Collaborative Quilting. It was wonderful to see Gail’s progression as a quilter, so thank you Gail for sharing your quilting journey with us! Elise volunteered to bring in examples of her quilting for our June meeting.

Social Break
Several members brought cookies for our social hour—thank you! Julie’s homemade chocolate chip cookies are a Martha Stewart recipe. They were all delicious!

April 2017 Meeting

Little bit of Show and Tell to kick things off….

Batty Lady Presentation

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Alicia showing off her wares – Wonderfil Thread and Batting

Thank you Alicia for the informative presentation on batting and thread! Thank you also for the gifts that our attendees received, and for the awesome door prizes as well! Alicia gave us a lot of great info on the differences between and advantages of various types of batting and the various weights of thread. The Threaducation Centre is located in Orange at 910 North Batavia Street (on FB: CA Threaducation Centre). You can purchase batting and WonderFil thread there. Once a month (usually the third Friday of the month) there is a “Thread Tasting” and there are also weekly “Thread Play Days.” You can bring your machine to the Threaducation Centre and they will help you figure out which WonderFil Threads will work best with your particular machine and for your sewing needs. Be on the lookout for some upcoming classes as well! Regular hours are Mon-Fri 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM and by appointment. Alicia’s phone # is 900-816-2545.

Upcoming Workshops

Indigo – Shibori Workshop & Lunch with Sandra Johnson

Sandra’s workshop will be held on June 3 from 10-3. The location is in a private home in South Orange County, and will be sent to those who register. It is $75 for OCMQG members, and $100 for non-members. To register, email Sandra at sandrajohnsondesigns@gmail.com

This workshop covers:

  • learn to fold, tie and clamp resist using historic patterns
  • indigo dye is a natural fiber which is what we will be using
  • dye natural fiber goods in an indigo dye vat
  • learn a method for creating an acvite dye vat
  • all fabric for dying provided by instructor
  • in class you will learn to create a variety of paper patterns which you can use on fabrics
  • Materials included: fabric for dying ½ yard white cotton, dye, lunch, and fun!

Scrap Swap

Elise brought four bags stuffed with fabric swaps and four lucky people were chosen via random number generator to take the scrap bags home! If you received a bag, take out the scraps that you want and then add scraps from your stash back to the bag and bring it back next month. Thank you Elise for coordinating the scrap swap!

Handmade Items Raffle

Susan made a cute sewing kit for this month’s raffle

Susan M. donated two gorgeous handmade items for the raffle: an adorable (and useful!) pincushion and a super awesome sewing kit. Thank you, Susan! We also had a donation of a framed embroidery sampler. The raffle items raised $30 for the guild.

Make It Modern Segment

We are trying something new, different, and educational at our monthly meetings! We will be exploring the tenets of modern quilting in-depth. We handed out a list with the tenets of modern quilting. Bunnie, Susie, and Karen A. brought in some samples of quilts to show their quilting journeys from their early, more traditional quilts to their modern examples. Then we discussed if/how their quilts meet the tenets of modern quilting.

At upcoming meetings, people will bring in quilts that they have made and based on the tenets, we’ll discuss what makes each example modern. It’ll be educational and interesting to see other people’s work in the light of the modern aesthetic! As quilters, we all like to try out something new and diffferent, and we hope that this new segment will help you evaluate your own work, and the work of other guild members, as we discuss what makes our quilts modern. For next month, bring a quilt that shows off your journey from traditional to modern to share with the guild.

Susie brought delicious cookies to the meeting, here is the recipe.

Block Lotto

As a compliment to last month’s “Blue Moon” block, this month’s “Comet” block is on the opposite end of the spectrum. Last month’s solid was white, and it used a pattern, and curves. with an online tutorial. This block uses black, no pattern, and only straight lines, with no tutorial. These instructions are a guide, but there will be some improvisational decisions to make, and some monkeying around to fit the block together. Some may find this bit of freedom fun and easy, while some may find it more challenging.

The Guild provided one 11.5″ square of Kona Black. Participants provide scraps from their stash in three or more shades of a single color. It’s okay to use prints that read as solid. Please see the instructions under April Block lotto for how-to’s and tips for this block.

March 2017 Meeting

OCMQG March Meeting Recap

We had a full house at Cosmic Quilting for our March meeting! It is always wonderful to see so many people at the meetings!

Upcoming Workshops

Playing with Color & Fabric: Making Your Stash Work For You with Cecile Choi

We have two exciting workshop opportunities for our members. Cecile’s workshop will be held on Sunday, April 30, from 10-4 at Cosmic Quilting. This is not a sewing workshop; it’s about how to put fabrics together. You will bring fabrics from your stash. Cecile will use someone’s stash as an example and pull from other people’s stashes to create intriguing color palettes and combinations. Bring approximately 60 pieces of fabric from your stash. Using a pattern that Cecile chooses as an example, she’ll show you how she’d put the pattern together using fabrics from your stash. The cost is $60 for members, $70 for non-members, limited to 12 participants. The workshop will be open to friends if it does not fill up with members.

Indigo – Shibori Workshop & Lunch with Sandra Johnson

Sandra’s workshop will be held on June 3 from 10-3. The location is in a private home in South Orange County, and will be sent to those who register. It is $75 for OCMQG members, and $100 for non-members. To register, email Sandra at sandrajohnsondesigns@gmail.com This workshop covers:

    • learn to fold, tie and clamp resist using historic patterns
    • indigo dye is a natural fiber which is what we will be using
    • dye natural fiber goods in an indigo dye vat
    • learn a method for creating an acvite dye vat
    • all fabric for dying provided by instructor
    • in class you will learn to create a variety of paper patterns which you can use on fabrics
  • includes: fabric for dying ½ yard white cotton, dye, lunch, and fun!

Scrap Swap

Bring your scraps to the April meeting to participate in the Scrap Swap with the Long Beach Modern Quilt Guild!

Quiltcon Charity Quilt

We are seeking a female veteran that we can give our Quiltcon Charity Quilt to. If you know someone, please send an email to ocmodernquiltguild@gmail.com.

Raffle Items

Sandra donated three beautiful handmade items to this month’s raffle: A gorgeous fat quarter basket, a nifty zipper bag for holding sewing supplies, and a beautiful notepad/journal cover. Thank you Sandra! We raised $78 for the guild with this month’s raffle!

March Challenge – UFO

Thanks to everyone who participated in the March Quilt Challenge! There were so many beautiful quilts presented, and it was great to see so many UFOs completed. Congratulations to our winners!

July Challenge – Library

July’s challenge is to make a quilt from a pattern in your pattern library that you have bought and never made before. It could be from a magazine or a book. There is no minimum size; it can be a table runner or a king size quilt! You do not have to post a picture of the pattern you will be using on social media, but we’d love to see what you’ve got planned – use #ocmqglibrary or #ocmqg.

Quilt Show

The Orange County Quilter’s Guild show will be held on April 21-22, Friday and Saturday, from 10-4. Location is 222 N. East St., Anaheim. There is a special preview evening with a Wine & Cheese Reception on Thursday, 4/20 from 6-8:30 PM, cost is $25 for the preview evening. Tickets to the show are $10 at the door, or $8 presale. To purchase tickets, visit their website.

Quilt Show in San Diego

Jean Wells, a quilt artist and author, is having an exhibit entitled “Anatomy of Nature.” It will be at Visions Gallery in San Diego. Jean has been quilting for 39 years and owns and operates The Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, OR. She has experimented with many different quilting techniques. She designs with line, pattern, color and texture, and recurring themes are inspired by nature—rocks, trees, grasses, flowers and landscapes. Bunnie and Kathy have taken 2 workshops from Jean and can tell you firsthand that she is a fantastic teacher and person.

Her exhibit opens on Saturday, April 22nd with a special opening reception from 5-7 PM. The exhibit runs until July 2nd. Bunnie will be going to the opening and can take 3-4 people in her car. Send Bunnie an email at bunnie@dbmsoft.com if you are interested in carpooling. For more info on the exhibit, visit here.

Speaker for the April Meeting

The Batty Lady will be giving a presentation on batting and thread at our April meeting, thank you Alicia! You will learn everything you need to know about different types of batting and thread at this presentation, so be sure to attend the April meeting!

2017 Budget

One item was incorrect on the budget presentation at last meeting, the amount for our Cosmic Quilting space was listed as $300/year and the actual amount should be $600/year. Bunnie proposed a motion to approve the space rental and this was approved by the guild.

Block Lotto for April

Thank you Lucinda for organizing this month’s block lotto! Here are detailed instructions on how to make the block.

Traditional Meets Modern – “Blue Moon”

This is a block made up of four Drunkard’s Path units, joined to make a circle.

We are using the free tutorial from Stitched by Crystal

Traditional Drunkard's Path Patter
Pieced by Lucinda Walker

STITCHED by Crystal: Tutorial: Quilting curves – The Drunkard’s Path

The tutorial instructions are thorough, with clear pictures of each step, and the measurements are generous to allow for trimming down and squaring up.

For each block, the guild will provide two 5” squares of WHITE, and participants will use two BLUE (prints or solids) 5” squares from their stash (a total of four 5” squares are needed to complete the block.). Prints with outer space or sky motifs are especially cute and reinforce the Moon theme, but there is no need to purchase new fabric. Any solid shade of blue will also work. Your two blue squares do not have to match. Mix it up!

You will need an 8″ circle to use as a template. Paper templates were distributed at the meeting, but if you did not get one, you can use any means to create a circle with an 8” diameter.

When making my samples, I encountered two points that were not discussed in the tutorial, which might be helpful for first-time curve piecers.

1. One of the steps is to “find the center of each piece and pin them together.” The easiest way to find the center of a curve is to simply fold it in half and make a little finger-pressed crease. Match up the center creases of the convex and concave pieces, keeping right sides of the fabric together. Pin the center first, then pin the corners, and then fill in with as many pins as you find helpful.

2. I found that I was able to get the bias of the curve to stretch more easily when I fed the fabric through my machine with the convex piece on top. The tutorial pictures show the concave piece on top. Try one each way to see which works best for you.

Individual Drunkard’s Path units will be squared up to measure 4.25” each.

Four units will piece together to make a moon block measuring 8” square.

In order to create the Half Moon look, join the units so that they form a white semi-circle.

No one expects perfection! This is a way to build our skills with curves and try something new. Let’s make it fun!

See you at the April Sew-In on 4/9 from 12-4!

February 2017 Meeting

OCMQG February Meeting Recap

Thanks for attending our February meeting and thank you Lisa for leading the February meeting! At the beginning of the meeting, Karen A. and Lucinda checked in from QuiltCon via Skype and shared their initial impressions of the conference, thank you both for taking the time to share your experience at the conference!

Block Lotto

Thank you Sandy for organizing this month’s Block Lotto and doing a demo of the pattern—it’s a paper-pieced coffee mug! Those who signed up received a piece of fabric in Kona Silver and RightPatterns (R)’s Coffee Cup pattern (available on Craftsy.com). Pull any fabrics from your stash to complete the coffee mug. Paper piecing the “steam” is optional, you can top the mug with a solid block if you wish. Sandy enlarged the block to a 10” block. The pattern when enlarged doesn’t include the 1/4” seam around the outside so be sure to include the 1/4” seam around the block.

Demo’s

If you would like to volunteer to demo a sewing or quilting technique at an upcoming meeting, let us know!

Budget

The 2017 budget was unanimously approved at the meetinng

Volunteer Positions Update

Sandra has volunteered to coordinate field trips and workshops for OCMQG, thank you Sandra! Lisa has also volunteered to help co-coordinate field trips, thank you Lisa!

Mary has volunteered to coordinate the handmade item raffle, thank you Mary! We also had many people sign-up to make a handmade item to donate to the guild for raffles, thank you to our amazing members for signing up! We have enough sign-ups to be able to have a raffle at every meeting through 2017! Raffle tickets will be $1 each or 6 tickets for $5, and proceeds will go to the guild. Each month, Mary will be touching base with the person who has volunteered to check-in on your progress. Bring some cash to the March meeting for raffle tickets.

Scrap Swap

At the meeting, some members brought scraps to donate to the “Scrap Swap.” Elise is coordinating this with the Long Beach MQG, thank you Elise! At the March meeting, Elise will bring back three “scrap bags” and three members will be chosen at random to take a bag home. Those people will select the scraps from the bag they would like to keep, add scraps back to the bag, and bring the bag back to the April meeting. If you donated scraps at the February meeting and are selected, you do not need to add additional scraps. There will be a separate bag of solid-color scraps. Elise will get a scrap bag from at the Long Beach MQG meeting on 3/7 to bring to our March meeting.

Social Break

Our mini Social Breaks are a big hit! Halfway through the meeting, we are taking a break so that members can socialize and get to know each other better.

March Challenge

Quilts for our first challenge of the year are due at the March meeting! Your quilt must be completed including binding. We’re so excited to see what our members have created and hope you are feeling a sense of completion as you tackle those UFO’s!

Staying with the theme of UFO’s, an idea for the next challenge (due in July) is to make a quilt from a pattern that you already own, so start going through all those patterns you’ve bought and never made!

Workspace Tours

Elise had a great suggestion to do a powerpoint presentation of people’s workspaces. If you would like to participate, send Elise some pictures of your workspace and a brief explanation of your setup, organization, or process. This presentation will give members some ideas and inspiration on how they might organize their workspaces better. Elise’s email is elise.a.beck@gmail.com.

Workshop

The LA Modern Quilt Guild is having a workshop on smallscale piecing with Chawne Kimber on March 11th at Sew Modern in LA. For those of you who attended QuiltCon in Pasadena, you probably remember Chawne’s “I Can’t Breathe” quilt. For more info on the workshop, email Sandra at sandrajohnsondesigns@gmail.com. For more info on Chawne Kimber, go here: https://huntersdesignstudio.com/2016/02/25/important-quilts-meeting-chawne-kimber/

Show & Tell

During show and tell, Julie presented a quilt that had a QR code on the label. Using this technology, Julie recorded herself reciting the poem that is sewn on the quilt. When the code is scanned, it plays back Julie’s voice reciting the poem. What a great idea! For more info on how to add this to a quilt, check out Www.stkrit.com.

Finish up those UFO’s at our next Sew-In, it’s on Sunday March 12 at Cosmic Quilting from 12-4. Our next meeting is on March 30. Happy sewing!

January 2017 Meeting

OCMQG January 2017 Meeting Recap

Thanks to everyone who came to our first meeting of 2017! It’s always nice to see so many faces—and quilts! We’d like to thank Elizabeth, who donated a gorgeous fat quarter bundle for a future prize. Also thanks to Lucinda for coordinating this month’s Block Lotto! Lucinda has also volunteered to be our new Block Lotto Chairperson, thank you Lucinda!

Speaking of Block Lotto, February’s Block is inspired by Linda Miller’s “Scrappy Lines.” We are changing Miller’s proportions, and using solids instead of prints. Each block is a different shade of off-white, with a single pieced stripe. We are supplying Kona Snow and Moda Eggshell, one piece is 5” x 8.5” and one piece is 2.5” x 8.5”. You will add your own solid-color pieced stripe to the middle of the pieces that were supplied. The strip you will add is 2.5” x 8.5” so the finished square is 8.5” x 8.5”. FYI the pieces we are giving are generously cut. Tip: the pieced strip is the width of a jelly roll strip. Feel free to use pre-cut solids if you have them. Use solids for your middle strip, you can use neutrals or do a pop of color, but adhere to the modern quilting aesthetic.

Inspired by Linda Miller's “Scrappy Lines.”
Pieced by Lucinda Walker

Sandy has volunteered to plan the March block of the month, thank you Sandy!

Dues Renewal for 2017

Those who renewed their dues at tonight’s meeting paid $45 instead of $50! The dues amount will be $50 if you did not renew at tonight’s meeting. The money from dues  goes to the MQG and to the OCMQG, and pays for our membership to the MQG, workshops, the holiday party, block lotto fabrics, Cosmic Quilting space for sew-ins and meetings, and so much more! Our budget was emailed to members, or you can see a hard copy at a meeting—just ask an officer. We currently have approximately $2300 surplus in our budget.

Officer Update

Susie has volunteered to be our new treasurer!! Thank you Susie!!

Sewing Party Block of the Month

Cecile is offering the Delilah Block of the Month from Jen Kingwell Designs! The registration fee is $20 per month including shipping. You will get a pattern and an acrylic template, block sizes are 6”, 9” or 12”. She is going to create fabric selections including three colorways, and she’ll be bringing in some samples. She will make up some kits as well. For more info, contact Cecile at info@sewingparty.com. You can sign up online as well at sewingparty.com.

Quiltcon Charity Quilt

Our quilt is finished and it looks amazing! Thank you Susan for heading up this project and those who helped create and design it. Karen used her longarm to quilt it at Cosmic Quilting, and members who attended the January sew-in had a chance to quilt a few rows. Thank you Karen for doing the quilting of our philanthropy quilt!

Quiltcon is in February, Lucinda has a quilt entered in the show, congratulations Lucinda!

Field Trips and Classes

Sandra Johnson is leading a field trip to Hoffman Fabrics on Thursday, February 9th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The tour is FREE! Come and see how they make their fabrics. Bring money to possibly purchase fabric at the end of the tour. Every visitor will get a gift, feel free to bring a friend who would like to get inspired to start sewing! Hoffman Fabrics address: 25792 Obrero Drive, Mission Viejo. Sandra is also offering free sewing/quilting classes in Anaheim Hills on Thursdays from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the East Anaheim Community Center. The address is 8165 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd, Anaheim Hills 92808. For more info contact Sandra at sandrajohnsondesigns@gmail.com.

Holiday Philanthropy Quilt

Karen Miller / Cosmic Quilting will be doing the quilting for our holiday party philanthropy quilt and Susan has volunteered to do the binding, thank you Susan and Karen!

Scrap Swap

Elise is the liason between our guild and the Long Beach Modern Quilt Guild. The Long Beach Modern Quilt Guild would like to participate in a “Scrap Swap” with us. Each person donates some scraps, takes the bag home, and picks out some scraps. We will switch bags with the Long Beach guild. Donate “usable” sized scraps. Bring your scraps to the next meeting! More details to come. Elise has offered to teach how to make a skirt at our February sew-in, a supply list and more info will be included in the February sew-in reminder.  The LBMQG meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month at Sew Vac and their next meeting is 2/7. The address is 1762 Clark ave, Long Beach.

At this meting we switched things up a bit and had a 15 min. “social break” during the meeting. Members had a chance to mingle and chat during the meeting. At this meeting, we also gathered feedback from members on what you’d like to see from the guild this year, and things we can improve on. Thank you for supplying feedback, guild officers will take your comments into account when planning our events and meetings for 2017!

Our “icebreaker” at the meeting was: what are your quilting goals for 2017? We had so many great answers, here are some of them. If you didn’t make it to the meeting hopefully they will be an inspiration for the upcoming year of sewing and quilting.

Finish UFO’s — Learn How to Use a New Machine — Sew Your Stash — Make your Own Clothing — Sew More to Post More on Instagram — Downsize the Fabric Stash — Work Less and Sew More — Make Some of the Patterns You’ve Already Bought — Finish Pieced Tops — Take a Class — Quilt at Least a Little Bit Every Day — Watch All the Craftsy Classes You’ve Bought — Use FQ Bundles — Turn Quilting into a Career / Business

Lastly, check out these MQG Perks in January:

See you at the sew-in on Feb 12 or our next meeting on Feb 23. Happy sewing!