Block Lotto – July 2020

Quilt as You Go is your challenge for July. Each kit has a square of batting and three colors. There are two ways to go about making your block.

  1. OPTION 1. Sew your scraps into a block that finishes about ~7×7. Lay your finished block over the batting. Quilt as desired. No need for backing at this time.. For an example, see:
  2. OPTION 2. Alternatively, cut your fabric into smaller scraps. Sew the scrap right side up onto the batting.
    1. Quilt over the scrap to secure in place. Straight-line quilting looks very good in this method.
    1. Grab your next scrap. Lay fabric right side down, overlapping the previous piece. Sew the seam in place.
    1. Fold the second scrap over (right side now up) and fold down onto the batting.
    1. Quilt this second piece as you go.

Online tutorials:



Register today! Come hangout, meet your guild members
who can and will become your new friends, and your new
quilt will be completed at the same time. A weekend of
relaxing and quilting – for experienced quilters and
beginners alike. Join fellow quilters as you work on your
choice of quilting projects, share tips and enjoy a common
hobby together.
We have a host of giveaways and games to keep the fun
coming. You can jump on at any time and stay as long as
you want. This will run for 28 hours on a Zoom meeting
Early Registration $25 now until July 2, 2020 ending
midnight. $30 price after deadline

Reach out in our email, with your interest or any questions

Block Lotto – June 2020

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to make a cactus or succulent inspired block. Design your own or take a peek at the resources below. You can put your cactus in a pot, add a flower or prickly pear, and I think these cactus block could lend themselves well to some embroidery embellishments. Any size and any shape welcome. Any technique too!

Fabric kit is free this month. 1 kit per member available for pick up at the Swap & Meet. Color palette is white fabric for the background, greens for the cacti, and bright colors for pots and flowers.

Resources and Inspiration:

April 2020 Opposites Challenge Entries

Winners Announced!

At our January 2020 Meeting we announced the opposites challenge. And since we are sure that a number of our members had already been working on quilts for the challenge, we wanted to find a way to still host the challenge. Members were asked to submit their quilt submissions online with a title, description and up to three photos, below you can find all of the submissions, displayed in the order the submissions were received.

Quilter: Jason Titus
Quilt Name: Opposites
Designer: Jason Titus
Description: Made with reversible fabric – a weave – not a print – each side of each fabric makes the quilt
Opposites Represented: Black on white, white on black


Quilter: Helene Born
Quilt Name: N/A
Designer: Soiree by Amy Ellis
Description: Pieced block (6″) set with white on white. Quilted on my longarm using a panograph.
Opposites Represented: Black & white


Quilter: Mary Anne Skorpanich
Quilt Name:
Sun and Moon
Mary Anne Skorpanich
The fabrics are bright and dark, an assortment of metallic prints on black backgrounds. The moon is nested within the sun, representing bright and dark, day and night.
Opposites Represented:
bright and dark, day and night, sun and moon. Although the sun and moon can be considered opposites, the light of the sun is needed for the moon to be visible to us, the moon has no illumination of its own.


Quilter: Mary O’Bannon
Quilt Name: Star
Designer: Mary O’Bannon
Description: A star falling and disassembling as it falls. I have always wanted to try to figure out a way to make a pattern disassemble. It was a challenge.
Opposites Represented: Whole/Part, Large/Small, Up/Down


Quilter: Ann Chavez
Quilt Name: Boomerangs
Designer: Ann Chavez
Description: Black and white boomerangs, plus a whole lot more.
Opposites Represented: The front is black and white, two opposite facing boomerangs make horizontal floating panel, quilting is the opposite direction as the boomerang panel, backside white and black, boomerangs run vertically, quilting is perpendicular to boomerangs.


Quilter: Lisa Handley
Quilt Name: Improv Color Wheel
Designer: Lisa Handley
Description: I created this quilt to continue my color theory knowledge. I also am working on my improvisational skills.
Opposites Represented: Opposites side of the Color Wheel


Winner: Member’s Choice

Quilter: Barbara Knapp
Quilt Name: Wolf
Designer: Barbara Knapp
Description: Wolf face divided in half. I don’t know why but it reminds me that there are two sides to every story. Might be given as a gift to a 2020 graduate who has always believed that the wolf is her spirit animal.
Opposites Represented: Black & white, side to side (even the binding is half & half)


Winner: best modern design

Quilter: Susie Johnson
Quilt Name: Homage
Designer: Geraldo de Barros via his painting, Diagonal Function
Description: This 24”x24” wall hanging is my quilted homage to Geraldo Barros’ 1952 painting, Diagonal Function. His very modern design from 68 years ago; my fabric re-creation with quilting in 2020. This is the first time I’ve drafted my own pattern, and not being a math person, I’m tickled that I figured out the correct proportions. Quilted on my domestic machine – completely improv, which is really out of my wheelhouse – a good challenge for me.
Opposites Represented: Black and white, shapes (horizontal, vertical, diagonal)


Winner: Best expression of opposites

Quilter: Gail Sevilla
Quilt Name: Anger/Calm
Designer: Gail Sevilla
Description: This free form improvisational quilt is representing Calm and Anger. I had only a rough sketch of what I wanted it to look like. I made the Anger section in February. I began making improv triangles of sharp colors for the anger portion. There is a reference to a common swear word in a couple of places too. There is black fabric with text on it that represents harsh, painful words. There is machine quilting of lines at different angles contributing to the chaos of anger.

After a relaxing vacation, I had planned to do the Calm section. Who knew that it became one of least calm times in modern life- Covid time? It took a week or so of just processing so many of the losses before I could tackle sewing again. I began making curved organic shapes in soft lilacs and white to represent Calm. I machine quilted soft, echos of curves, like waves quenching the anger. I included some overlap of the anger colors into the calm. The anger may still reside in smaller pieces and it may rise up in unexpected ways.

I wanted more texture and depth so I added hand embroidery thread. It is knotted and messy in the angry area. The calm area features more big stitch echos of curves. To add more depth to the calm, I also appliqued circles of organza (remnants of my wedding dress) randomly in the calm zone. They are tacked on gently with just a bit of stitching. It is finished with a facing with some semi circles and points reaching out from the edges.

Making this quilt was a consuming project during this difficult time. I am certain I will never forget all the mixed feelings we all dealt with during the months of March and April.
Opposites Represented: Anger and Calm


Quilter: Jeri Polizzotto
Quilt Name: Improv by the Sea
Designer: Jeri Polizzotto
Description: I call this quilt “Improv by the Sea.” I loved the theme opposites and really couldn’t stop once I got going. I started with my favorite opposites on the color wheel – blue and orange. The center squares are the improv part, kind of subtle. Then I got going on the quilting and decided to throw in some large circles to contrast with the squares. Inside of those large circles I decided to quilt a sea creature. I love octopuses so I quilted one! I filled in between the large circles with different size (large & small) circles and had fun putting different motifs in a lot of the circles.

One day about 5 years ago I was at my sister in law’s house with my best friend and she had a bunch of embroidered flip flop blocks that she had gotten at a garage sale. We divided them amongst us and said that we would all make quilts out of them. Well I don’t think that any of us ever made quilts out of those blocks! It did however inspire me to get back into quilting after not having done it for more than 10 years (kids got in the way!). I put one of those flip flop blocks in there as kind of a reminder to myself of how much I love quilting and how it’s important in life to do things we love.
Opposites Represented: Blue and orange, circle and square


Quilter: Virginia Lucas
Quilt Name: Square Pegs, Round Holes
Designer: Virginia Lucas
Description: Wall Hanging 19” wide x 30” long, raw edge applique
Opposites Represented: Shapes, size of shapes, background color


Quilter: Sandra Johnson
Quilt Name: Silver Circles
Designer: Sandra Johnson
Description: Sewn in large circle and applique smaller circles
Opposites Represented: Black and Light Blue


Quilter: Kelly H.
Quilt Name: Hopepunk is the opposite of grimdark. Pass it on.
Designer: Kelly H.
Description: I saw an online post by writer Alexanda Rowland in 2017 that said shortly “The opposite of grimdark is hopepunk. Pass it on.” This short little phrase caught on, was expanded into an essay, and now is a shorthand for a genre of fiction. So I wanted to take the spirit of Hopepunk into quilt form. I improv-ed the letters for Hopepunk in all different shades of purple and did a double-layer of batting beneath it to try for the trapunto effect. I also tried reverse applique for the letters (new technique for me). I did a loopy meander for the quilting and framed it with a dark grey binding. Hopepunk is “It’s about doing the one little thing you can do, even if it’s useless: planting seeds in the midst of the apocalypse, spitting on a wildfire. Hope and strength comes from our bonds with each other, from the actions we take as a community, holding hands in the dark….There are no heroes and no villains. There are just people. That’s hopepunk: Whether the glass is half full or half empty, what matters is that there’s water in that glass. And that’s something worth defending.”
Opposites Represented: I wanted to contract the explosive nature of punk with rich bold colors and have the text pop off quilt by adding extra batting and only quilting around the letters. The purple should pop off the dull grey everywhere else on the quilt.


Vote here:

Opposites Challenge April 2020 post

As we announced in January, entries for the Opposites Challenge are due at our membership meeting April 30. Our April meeting will be now be held online so in order to give every member the opportunity to show their quilt to its best advantage, we will be holding the Challenge online also.

The procedures will be similar to submitting a quilt to QuiltCon or the Orange County Fair, and we’ve worked to make it as simple and easy as we can.

  1. Below is a link to an online form where you will fill out your name and information about your entry.
  2. You’ll take 1-3 photos of your quilt and either email them to us OR send us a link to them. Only one photo is required.
  3. Once we receive the entries, info and photos will be posted online and you’ll get another link to see them and vote.
  4. At our next in-person meeting you’ll get a chance to see all those fabulous quilts in person.
  5. At our May meeting winners in the three categories will be announced:
  • Best Expression of Opposites Theme
  • Best Modern Design
  • Members’ Choice


April 27- Online submission begins, a link to entry form emailed to members
May 10- Deadline for online entry form and photos
May 17 – Online viewing and voting begin
May 25 – Last day to vote
May 28 – Membership meeting: see quilts in person, winners announced, prizes and ribbons awarded

Need help with the form or uploading your photos? Email the guild with the best phone number for contacting you and someone will assist you.


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 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 . 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 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 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 

• 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