February 2018 Meeting

OCMQG February 2018 Meeting Recap (held on 3/1/18)

Co President, Karen Miller, lead our meeting.

Important Notice about Meeting and Sew In Location Changes

We will no longer be able to meet at Cosmic Quilting starting the March 29, 2018 meeting.  New Location will be In Laguna Woods at Club Rooms 2 & 3 in Village Greens (24122 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92637).  You will enter through gate 12.  This will be the same for majority of the Sew In’s.  The space has lots of parking and holds up to 50 people.  Booked through the end of the year for meetings.  Sew In’s have also been booked based on availability.  When location is not available for Sew In’s, we are looking into having field trips on those days.  Sew In times have also changed to 1-5pm to accommodate the new space.  Location has Restaurant and Bar there for purchase.  However no outside food permitted.

Membership Renewals

Membership fees for the New Year are due.  Dues are $50 for the year.

Workshops Update

The workshop chair has become available.  However, Julie has volunteered to take position. Thank you Julie!!!


We took donations for the Thomas Fire Relief effort.  The area is still accepting donations of fabric, thread, notions, blocks, finished tops, batting, completed quilts, etc.  If you have any donations, please bring to the March Meeting.

Philanthropy Quilt Challenges

We have lined out our Quilt Challenges for the year.  We will still be doing the challenges quarterly in May, August and November.  More details will become available as we get closer.  However, below is a rough outline for the year:

May:  May Mini Quilt – tenets of modern quilting and will be no larger than 24 x 24.

Artful August:  quilt inspired by a work of art (painting, architecture, etc) and no size limits.

November Storybook Philanthropy Challenge:  children’s or teen book theme, minimum size is a baby quilt.

Field Trips

We would like to schedule some field trips for the year!  Dawn has volunteered to schedule those.  Thank you Dawn!  A survey was passed to members before break with different locations.  If you have any new locations, please let us know!  Some ideas were Super Buzzy, A mid weekday trip to Purl Soho factory store, Visions Quilt Museum in San Diego, Etc.

Quilt Con Recap

Members shared about workshops they took, what their favorite part of the event, how colorful the halls looked with all the Charity quilts.  Members were surprised with the variation on colors from the fabric makers. Various members took classes that opened their minds to new takes on creating works of art!

Charity Quilts

We have some Charity Quilt that still needs homes.  Still need homes for our 2017 quilt con charity quilt (suggested for a military veteran/family), our 2018 quilt con quilt (already received 2018 received back from quilt con), and our 2016 Christmas quilt.  If you have any ideas for places to donate, please contact us!

Directory Update

Our guild would like to get our Member Directory updated.  We passed out new forms so we can update your information.  If you missed the meeting please fill out at our next meeting.

Next Sew In

March 11, 2018 at Cosmic Quilting 12-4.

Show and Tell

Update on The Thomas Fire Quilts

By Gail: I briefly visited a sew in for Thomas Fire quilts yesterday. I went there to pick up blocks in sets to be sewn into tops. They are overwhelmed with blocks. They no longer need blocks. I picked up sets for 6 quilts. They are now requesting completed quilts, batting or backing. Check out update on Superbuzzy.com.  They have so many potential quilts that they can use machine quilters and folks that will do binding also. Just a brief update.

Block Lotto February

Last month we had a Double Disappearing Nine Patch. Using solids – now “modern”!


Feb Block Lotto

Gifts and Door Prizes

Thanks to Michele and Suzanna for the homemade items and donations of Art Gallery Fabrics (Ann A.) and Cotton & Steel ( Stacey A.) for the fat quarters. Much Appreciation!

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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:


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



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!


February 2016 Monthly Meeting

What a great meeting! We had about 25-30 people and a few new members have signed up! Welcome, ladies. We also had a wonderful new meeting space at Charrisse Consign Design in Laguna Niguel – thank you, Charrisse!
Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 6.14.38 AM.pngHens and Chickens, an auxiliary of the Golden State College Foundation, came by to show us their opportunity quilt. They are raising funds for the college – past giving has gone to scholarships and campus improvements.

This is the opportunity quilt – It’s 88″ x 103″ and was designed, constructed, and quilted by the members of Hens and Chickens. Tickets on the drawing of this quilt are available through any Hens & Chickens member or can be purchased through the Golden West College Foundation (714) 895 8316 ($1 for 1, $5 for 6)

Helen did a great demo showing us her One Block Wonder (stack and whack) quilts and how she created them. She really enjoys how you don’t really know what the blocks/rows will look like until after you’ve pieced them together. She is sometimes surprised out certain colors in the fabric will “pop” in the quilt when this method of cutting and piecing is used. Thank you, Helen!

We then moved onto SHOW AND TELL, which lasted the entire night. Pictures are up on our Instagram and Facebook; details will be coming out shortly on each of the photos. Get ready for an overshare on the feeds. Here are a few of the lovelies!

Other Announcements:

We now have a Facebook group called OCMQG Quilters. This is a closed group for our members only, so please keep what’s in the group in the group. Click on “Join” and you should be accepted within 24 hours.

March 13th: Weekend Sew at Cosmic Quilting. Bring whatever project you’re working on.

March 22nd: The MQG is having a free webinar: Freedom from Perfection & Procrastination. This is FREE if you are an OCMQG member; log into the MQG site and sign up!

June 16th-19th / June 23rd-26th: Southern California Quilter’s Run

QuiltCon 2017: If you’re thinking about going, now is the time to get hotel reservations if you want to be close to the convention center. Please check the website for hotel blocks and room rates. Also note that Savannah is pedestrian friendly, so if you’d like to walk or bike to the convention center, you can do that!

June 1: QuiltCon 2017 Catalog is published. Figure out what classes you want to take and make a list of backup options.

June 15: Deadline for quilt entries. Ontario Museum of Art and History is accepting entries for their “Modern Quilts: Redesigning Traditions” show, which starts on December 1, 2016.  Please contact Georganna Hawley for applications and addition information (ghawley@ontairo.ca.gov)

June 25: QuiltCon 2017 Member Registration opens. KNOW WHAT CLASSES YOU WANT TO TAKE.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR. SET AN ALARM. Popular classes fill up fast.