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.