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

February 2020 Meeting

OCMQG February Meeting Minutes February 27, 2020 

A big welcome from OCMQG to our new members and our guests. Thank you for coming! 

Members shared their experiences at Quilt Con! Members enjoyed the variety of charity quilts in shades of gray! They attended lectures and met new designers. Overall they had a great time! 

We welcomed Jeff Warner, who shared his Quilter’s Journey and Truck Show. Jeff Warner has been a stitcher for 35 years. Entirely self-taught, he began by taking his clothes apart and using the pieces as patterns on new fabric. In 1991, he caught the quilt bug, and turned his attention away from clothing and into quilt piecing. Jeff has worked as a theatrical lighting designer since the early nineties, as well. He has used his sewing skills to create immense scenery pieces for the stage. Quilts took a hiatus for a few years. In 2002, he changed gears and began creating custom leather clothing, bags and accessories. In 2013, he came back to quilting with new ideas for an old style. Jeff specializes in Bargello quilts and is currently writing his first pattern featuring the unique design and simple construction of this old classic. Follow him on social media by following his hashtag at #jeffwarnerquilter 

Membership Update: If you have not submitted your new membership dues, please contact the guild email so we can get you in touch with Kaylin, our membership chair. We have to send our dues to MQG and we need to make sure that our membership numbers are accurate! The new 2020 Directory is attached for your reference! 

Workshop Policies: We have created a Workshop Policy that was reviewed with the guild. You can find the policy attached. 

Workshops: There are a few workshops that we have scheduled for 2020! We will have Cecil’s Color Theory on 4-4-20 from 10-4 (there are only 1 spots available!), Natalie Barnes 7-25-20 on Modern Piecing (Sign Ups will be in April), Jean Impy 9-12-20 on Spider Webs (Sign Ups will be in July). Please email ocmodernquiltguild@gmail.com to sign up! We will also have sign ups at future guild meetings. 

Retreat: We have some locations options. However if you are interested in attending a Guild Retreat possibly in October, please contact the guild email! 

Block lotto: Congrats, to Sue F. and Dana L., who won last month’s blocks! This month’s block lotto directions is attached or youtube tutorial at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LN8q01GYZM . Please tag #OCMQG when posting online so we can see your blocks! 

Handmade Raffle: This month’s Handmade Item was a bag by Julie M. Thank you! A big thank you to all that have volunteered for each month’s raffle items. 

Challenges: April Challenge is coming up! The theme is “Opposites” and due at the April 30th meeting. Minimum size is 12×12 and much be finished and bound! We already have members working on their entries and we cant wait to see them! Members get a ballot and can vote for 3 entries Best Modern Design, Best Representation of Opposites, and Members’ Choice. We will be also having a Fundraiser in conjunction with our Challenges for Orangewood. Please bring donations of hygiene items. Bags and list of items will be handed out at the March Meeting. 

Fabric Drive: If you are looking at going through your stash and would like to donate you unwanted fabric, please bring to the next meeting! We will be using the fabric for philanthropy quilts! Thank you in advance for all your donations! 

Holiday Quilt Volunteers: Thank you to Karen M. for volunteering to quilt our holiday party quilts and Renee for offering to bind them! Thank you ladies! 

Social Media: Instagram 101 – We talked about Social Media. Using hashtag (#) boosts our following numbers. We can use for donations and designers for future use. Many members have 2 accounts, one personal and one public, to allow other followers to see your work and hashtags. Tagging #OCMQG will allow the guild and other hashtag followers to see your work. This is also a great avenue to share ideas, brainstorm, connect with other quilters, etc. If you need assistance in creating or setting up your Instagram pages, please see a Guild Board member at the next meeting and we will be happy to help! 

Color Theory Study: Our president shared about the author of The Quilter’s Field Guide to Color by Rachel Hauser. It is a hands on workbook for Mastering Fabric Selection. Rachel will be hosting a 6-month “follow along” that runs from March 2020 to August 2020. She will use themes and exercises in the book for us to use color together in what she is calling Quilter’s Color Quest. Check out http://www.stitchedincolor.com for more information. You will also want to subscribe to the blog and can follow #quiltersfieldguidetocolor and #quilterscolorquest on Instagram. What would be your color? 

Quarterly Sew-In: We are looking for a place to hold our quarterly sew ins. We are having trouble finding space as nothing available in Laguna Woods for 2020. If you have any ideas, please email the Guild! 

Upcoming Events 

• International Quilt Festival – July 9 -11th – Class information is up. Enrollments will open in early spring. More info at https://www.longbeachcc.com/events/international-quilt-festival-long- beach/ 

• OC Fair Submissions are due by May 29. See attached for details 

• The Camarillo Quilters Association Quilt Show on 4/24-25/20. More info at https://www.camarilloquilters.com 

• Grunge Contest by Moda, due in August, is an opportunity for original work, as no patterns are allowed! See attached flyer. 

• Color Theory Study: March 2020 – August 2020 

• Quilt with Color – San Diego’s Quilt Shop Hop 3/6 – 3/14 • Next monthly meeting – March 26th, 2020

January 2020 Meeting

Welcome to a new year of the OC Modern Quilt Guild! 

We had a lot of new faces and returning faces that included 10 Guest! Big welcome from OCMQG and Thank you for coming! 

Ice breaker: We asked members why do they Quilt? Members said to be Creative, its artistic, they don’t want to garden, enjoy creating art, the love for fabric, creates perpetual motion, stress relieving and creating calmness, tradition/family affair, and Community. 

Guest Speaker: We had a guest speaker tonight, Natalie Barnes, from Beyond the Reef. She took us on a journey on a reference of color. She shared 4 color schemes. The Hallmark Color Scheme is an opposite colors of each other: red/Green, Orange/black, Orange/blue. The monochromatic color scheme is different shades of the same color that creates designs. Allegis color scheme are adjacent on the color wheel. Teriadic Color scheme is comprised of 3 colors evenly spaced on the color wheel. She shared that if you throw in an “ugly” color into your project, it adds contrast to your work. You also need contrast on your quilts with color and scale. Its not always about being a light and a dark but can be a difference in color or scale. Color in terms of binding is to always finish or stop your concept of your quilt. Thank you Natalie for sharing your knowledge of color! 

Membership Update: Membership dues are due ASAP. Please submit your dues to Kaylin. 

Workshops: Next workshop is Play with Color with our very own Cecile Choi! April 4th, 10-4pm in Laguna Woods at Clubhouse 6. The class is $50 for members and $60 for non-members! Please contact the Guild email if you want to sign up! 

Quilt Con Update: Virginia shared our Quilt Con Charity Quilt. Thank you for all the members that made blocks! Our charity quilt is ready for display at Quilt Con. Tag #ocmqg if you see our quilt! 

Quilt Con is February 20-23 in Austin, Tx. Tag #ocmqg in all your post to keep all us at home up to date! We will have a time at our next guild meeting! 

Raffle: Handmade Item was a lovely table runner donated by Susie J. Thank you for all your hard work! 

Block lotto: Thank you Kelly for a fun fussy cut block. Cant wait to see what members have come up with! 

April Challenge: Theme is opposites. Members get a ballot and can vote for 3 entries, Members Choice, Best use of Theme, and Best Modern Design. Entries must be a minimum of 12×12 inches and finished quilt. 

Upcoming dates 

• QuiltCon is February 20 – 23. Look for our quilt. 

• Quilt with Color – San Diego’s Quilt Shop Hop 3.6 – 3.14, Register online for coupons 

• Southern California Quilt Run “Party on the Run” 6.16 – 6.19 & 6.23 – 3.26 

• International Quilt Festival Long Beach 7.9 – 7.11 (Class list available in March) 

Next monthly meeting – February 27th, 2020