August 2022 Block Lotto

Classic EPP Hexie

The August block is the Classic EPP Hexie!

These blocks are due at the September 19, 2022 meeting. Each block turned in at the meeting counts for one entry to win all the August blocks. Only blocks made with kits purchased at the August meeting will be eligible for entry.

For instructions, visit

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:

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

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 so check her out. Go to to register and pay for this workshop or email us at 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:

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 for information or email us at

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

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

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.

July 2022 Block Lotto

Disappearing Nine Patch Block

The July block is the Disappearing Nine Patch block! These blocks were inspired by our guest lecturer Bill Stearman, who uses them prolifically in his work.

These blocks are due at the August 25, 2022 meeting. Each block turned in at the meeting counts for one entry to win all the July blocks. Only blocks made with kits purchased at the July meeting will be eligible for entry.

For instructions, visit

June 2022 Block Lotto

Puff Block

The June block is the Puff block! Kelly will be selling these again at the July meeting.

These blocks are due at the August 25, 2022 meeting. Each block turned in at the meeting counts for one entry to win all the June blocks. Only blocks made with kits purchased at the June meeting will be eligible for entry.

For instructions, visit

OCMQG June 2022 Meeting Minutes + Photos

OCMQG Membership Meeting Minutes
June 30, 2022
Laguna Woods Village

Board Members: Cheryl Higley, President, Lisa Handley, VP, Janet Segner, Treasurer, Elizabeth Wing, Co-Secretary, Maritza Rodriguez Farr, Co-Secretary (Zoom), Gail Sevilla, Membership (Zoom), Ruth Bailey, Hospitality/Facilities, Kelly Hogan, Block Lotto (Absent), Sam Saturday, Social Media/Website (Zoom), Susie Johnson (Absent)  and Mary O’Bannon, Workshops, Kaylin Murray, Technical Support

Membership Present: 18
Guests Present: 3
Zoom Participants: 13 (includes speaker)

INTRODUCTION: Cheryl Higley, President. Zoom will be open for the entire meeting versus just the speaker portion of the meeting. Guests welcomed.

SPEAKER – AUDREY ESAREY: Audrey is a modern quilter, teacher and pattern designer whose work has been around the world. She has received awards at AQS Paducah, QuiltCon, Houston International Quilt Festival, and recently won the Young Emerging Artist Award at Quilt National ‘21. Her Watercolor Study #6 won 1st prize for small quilts at QuiltCon Together 2020. We are holding a Zoom workshop with Audrey on July 17th, 10am to 3pm (PST) where we will learn how to make her Watercolor Quilt. Go to to register and pay for this workshop or email us at for assistance. Cost is $60 for members and $70 for non-members. (Great time to become a member!) Audrey’s website has information on patterns, etc. The pattern for the workshop is available for purchase on her website

Audrey started quilting in 2005 and described her amazing and creative journey. She began quilting a series of quilts and started with her Radial Quilts – Offset Radial, Red Hot Radial, Repelling Radial (QuiltCon Reject and Houston Judges Award), Retro Radial, Indigo Radial, Obtuse Radial etc. Indigo Radial was her first pattern developed. Many beautiful award winning quilts. She also began exploring optical illusions quilts. She also has a series of quilts – Angular and Straight Seams; Watercolor Quilts; and her newest in progress Modern Loops. Audrey showed how use of threads including metallic threads in quilting dramatically changed the quilts’ appearance. 

She uses Adobe Illustrator and EQ8. 

BLOCK LOTTO: Turn in your completed blocks for drawing. Winner takes all completed blocks. Purchase blocks for next month. Go to the guild website for information details on the block etc.

Block Lotto winner – Leslie 

PHILANTHROPY: Lisa Handley. Fabric from the closing of Needle in a Fabric Stash available for purchase ($2/yd – $1 goes to guild, $1 goes to OCF hygiene product needs). We sold $140 in fabrics during the meeting. Philanthropy projects available for pick up and completion. Thank you to those returning completed projects – 2 quilts and 15 pillowcases. Thank you to all who are supporting our philanthropy efforts.

SWAP MEET: Our Summer Swap Meet will be held Saturday, July 23, 2022 from 10:30am to 2:30pm. There will be lots of fabric for sale. Please bring hygiene products for donation to the OCF for foster youth and youth who have exited the child welfare system. There will be tickets to purchase for several raffle prizes and a game of Left, Right, Center. For the game, the OCMQG will be providing the fabric. How can you miss such a great event?! Bring snacks to share with those attending.

Please sign up to bring items needed for the Swap Meet. Email us if you can help. 

QUILTS FOR VETS: Jason Titus. Jason is the Lead on this wonderful and heartfelt project. Small quilts for wheelchair veterans at the VA Hospital in Long Beach are needed. These small quilts can be made quickly and should be fun and rewarding. Currently the Basic Team consists of Jason Titus, Carrie Olsen, Maritza Rodriguez Farr, Ruth Bailey, Betty Altstadt, and Cheryl Higley. Please let us know via email if you are interested in joining us in making quilts for veterans at the VA in Long Beach. There are no quotas or deadlines, but we would like to complete 2 to 3 quilts per month for donation. Size of quilts should be approximately 34 to 36 inches wide X 42 to 45 inches long. Any pattern is welcomed. Color preference is red, white and/or blue – patriotic. Variations are acceptable too. Batting can be cotton, wool, or 80/20 cotton/poly. There are no special requirements for the backing. Flannel is okay too. Jason will also put together kits, but you are welcomed to use your stash and donate quilts. Thank you in advance to all and Jason for his lead on this project. Label ideas will be forthcoming.

QUILTCON COMMUNITY OUTREACH QUILT: MaryAnne S. Each guild submits to the Modern Quilt Guild a quilt.  MaryAnne explained the kits and that each triangle is paperpieced. Gail Sevilla has been the lead and put together all the kits. You only make the triangles and return them at the Swap Meet or at the July meeting. Another meeting will be scheduled to put together all the triangles and create the quilt top. Anyone is welcomed to participate in putting together the top too.  If you would like a triangle kit(s), please email

Quilts must have a total perimeter of 119 inches or smaller.
Winners will receive a $30 gift card or future workshop credit.

Prizes will be awarded for:
Member’s Choice
Best Modern Design
Best Use of Color

LEADERSHIP BOARD RECRUITMENT: We are starting to look at the needs for our 2023 Board. Please consider volunteering for an office. Look at our website information and By-Laws and feel free to reach out to us if you have questions. Our guild can only exist with a Board and membership working as one team.

DOOR PRIZE WINNERS: Cheryl H. and Barbara (Winners must be present)

SHOW AND TELL: Elizabeth Wing made a lovely quilt as a gift. Discussed the challenge of working with colors that are preferred by the recipient vs the quilter.

NEXT MEETING: July 28, 2022, 6:30pm

Minutes prepared by Maritza Rodriguez Farr, Co-Secretary

OCMQG May 2022 Meeting Minutes + Photos

OCMQG Membership Meeting Minutes
May 26, 2022
Laguna Woods Village

Thank you to all who attended in person and via Zoom. It was such a great presentation by our speaker Bill Stearman. It was a wonderful meeting with lots of sharing on many levels and lovely quilts. See all the upcoming events etc. in the minutes below. Don’t forget to check our website for many details on meetings, workshops, speakers, challenges, etc.

Maritza Rodriguez Farr, OCMQG Co-Secretary

Board Members: All Present
Membership Present: 15
Guests Present: 2
Zoom Guests: 10 (Speaker only)

INTRODUCTION: Cheryl Higley, President. Zoom etiquette reviewed.

SPEAKER INTRODUCTION: Susie Johnson, Workshops. Speaker Bill Stearman, known as the BackPack Quilter, from Toronto. He states he just likes to quilt and that our limits are only in our imagination. Sewing for him removed pain, from an injury, from his mind. He is a storyteller through his quilts. His Backpack presentation of quilts included was called The Power Of One. He presented 28 beautiful quilts with wonderful and inspiring stories. Bill noted that he uses fabrics that have a story from those he knows, making purchasing fabrics quite unique. He described how each quilts story was reflected in his life experiences and emotions. How he conveyed all of this in his quilts was amazing. 

August Challenge is a mini quilt challenge. Maximum size is a 118” perimeter.

November is the Book and Quilt Challenge. All quilts and books will be donated to the Orangewood Children’s Foundation, who supports the children in the system and youth who have left the child welfare system of Orange County.

Organic Shapes, Carolina Oneto will be presenting via Zoom on June 11th from 1 to 4PM. Members $35, Non-members $45

July 17th Audrey Esarey will be presenting via Zoom the Watercolor Quilt. A $12 pattern will be required in addition to the workshop fee. Members $60, Non-members $70

Workshop Policy – no refunds unless the instructor cancels. Please review policy on the guild website

UPCOMING SPEAKER: June 30th Meeting Speaker – Audrey Esarey “Finding My Voice In Modern Quilting” 

BLOCK LOTTO: Square Circle block is from City Quilts book. It is a block that appears to have a circle, but is actually pieced. This is more evident when the block is made into a quilt. 

April Block Lotto Winner – Kelly

Jason showed a series of quilts that used different colors and other quilts using black and white fabrics. All his quilts were quite stunning and everyone enjoyed his creativity.

Kelly held an old fashioned quilting bee at her home where she used the time as a learning process on piecing and quilting. It was a successful endeavor. Kelly also showed her first quilt ever made and shared the process of her first experience. We all could reflect on our first quilts and how much we have grown.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Please note that the OCMQG has a Facebook page, please request to join on Facebook. Our website has information on all our activities, meetings, workshops, challenges, etc. Please check it out.

Needle in a Fabric Stash in Temecula has closed its brick and mortar store and is now only online. Sue, the owner, will be offering knitting classes at Between Stitches in Temecula. Sue was extremely generous in donating many bolts of fabric to the guild for philanthropy and to generate funds for our guild, including purchasing hygiene products for the Orangewood Children’s Foundation youth. We will be selling fabric at meetings and our events. Fabric was also provided for our philanthropy projects. 

Membership voted to present Sue with a year and a half of FREE membership for her donation. Lisa H. will be sending Sue a Thank You letter as well.

New focus for philanthropy will be quilts, pillow cases, and hygiene products.

MaryAnne agreed to quilt a quilt top. Lisa will provide what she needs at the June meeting. Thank You MaryAnne!

LENDING LIBRARY: The lending library now has lots of rulers, bias tape makers, books, etc. Pick up at meeting and return at the next meeting. We still need donations for the lending library.

SUMMER SWAP MEET: Our next Swap Meet is July 23rd, 10:30am to 2:30pm. There will be raffle prizes, quilt show, and selling of fabrics. Please bring hygiene products to donate to the Orangewood Children’s Foundation.

PHILANTHROPY SEW IN: Small Group Philanthropy Sew In is scheduled for June 25th, 11am to 3pm at Cheryl’s home. Two panels will be made into 2 quilts by two teams of quilters. Great opportunity to meet others and learn quilting. Feel free to bring your sewing machine, extra fabric scraps to donate and snacks. Bring your own drink too.

Samantha announced her upcoming Patchwork Show booth in Long Beach on June 5. 

VA Hospital in Long Beach needs quilts for veterans. Cheryl will be creating a group to work on this endeavor. Sign ups started. Quilts will be lap size for wheelchair use. 

We are open to anyone desiring to create a unique small quilting group. Please let us know your interest.

OC Fair deadline May 26th at 6pm.

Departing message from Cheryl – As humans we can make changes.

Minutes prepared by Maritza Rodriguez Farr, Co-Secretary

May 2022 Block Lotto

Square Circle

In your kit you will have two color fabrics. Both are blue or green shades.

  • In one color you will have two strips. 
  • You will have just one strip of the second color. (3.5 inch wide by ~18 inches)
  • Some of the square circles will have dark centers, some will have light centers, and some will have similar tones so don’t be distressed if your colors don’t match the photo below.

1) From the two strips of fabric you have, cut two 9.5-inch strips and one 3.5-inch square. From the single piece of fabric, cut five 3.5-inch squares.

2) Place a square on each end of the 9.5-inch strips. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Sew on the diagonal line. Press the seam. Trim off the excess (similar to HSTs). Repeat for the second 9.5-inch strip.

3) For the center row, sew three squares together in a row. (Center square will match the corners).

3) Join the rows together to make your Square Circle. Press to the dark side.

These blocks are due at the June 30, 2022 meeting. Each block turned in at the meeting counts for one entry to win all the May blocks.

OCMQG April 2022 Meeting Minutes + Photos

OCMQG Membership Meeting Minutes
April 28, 2022
Laguna Woods Village

WELCOME: Lisa Handley, Vice President. A ‘penny’ ice breaker was held and members shared lovely and amusing memories. 

GUEST:  Gail Sevilla, Membership introduced Arlene Stevens representing the California Heritage Quilt Project. She is also a member of the Inland Empire Quilt Guild. The California Heritage Project is eager to build its membership as other states have already started, so they can begin documenting quilts. Efforts have already been made and quilts have been documented from 1850 – 1945.  People interested in being part of the California Heritage Project are encouraged to contact them at to learn about planned Board meetings in the summer

TREASURER: Janet Segner had no new updates. 

WORKSHOPS: Susie Johnson presented Cecile Choi from Sewing Party who will be presenting the next in-person workshop on Mary 15th, 9:30am – 3:30pm on Color Play. Cecile described how color can change a pattern and showed examples of what to expect in the upcoming workshop. There are still openings. Please email the guild at if you are interested in registering. Cecile’s website is

Organic Shapes Workshop (Zoom) with Carolina Oneto is scheduled for June 11th, 1pm – 4pm. We have openings. Email the guild if interested in registering. 

Watercolor Quilt Workshop (Zoom) is scheduled for July 17th. Email the guild if interested in registering. In addition to the registration fee, there is a $12 pattern required.

APRIL QUILT CHALLENGE: Each participant presented their quilts to the members.

Betty – used pattern called Spinning Wheel. Did hand and machine quilting with different threads.

Carrie – did different machine quilting techniques.

Jo – did machine quilting and machine embroidery.

Sam – called her quilt Give Me A Squeeze. It was an exploration of design for a larger planned quilt.

Susie J – created a quilt inspired by an art piece. She did echo and reverse quilting from the piecing. Did machine quilting.

Mily – did a llama quilt. Did straight line quilting and circles in areas to highlight fur. 

WINNERS – Winners are to email the guild advising where they would like their gift certificate from.
Best Use of Quilting – Carrie
Best Modern Design – Susie J
Members Choice had a tie – Betty and Mily

BLOCK LOTTO: Kelly Hogan presented the upcoming block lotto sewing technique Korean Patchwork/Bojagi. The  block lotto section has information on the technique and construction.

Arcacia Quilt Guild is having a David Owens Hastings workshop. If you were not able to attend ours, this is an opportunity to participate. 

The Modern Quilt Guild has just announced the 2022 Make-A-Difference Challenge. Proceeds will benefit “Oceana” to protect and restore the oceans of the world. All of our members are automatically also members of The Modern Quilt Guild. is their website, which contains all the information for the Challenge. Their website also has a lot of other valuable resources.

Orange County Fair Quilt Challenge – deadline is May 27th. Go to the OC Fair 2022 website for additional information and submission guidelines.

The Orange County Quilt Guild is holding its Quilts in the Garden event May 7th from 10am – 3pm at Kiwanis Land Park 9840 Larson Avenue, Garden Grove. There will be quilts, opportunity baskets, and a “garage sale”. Entry fee is $10.

LENDING LIBRARY: Kelly Hogan introduced the beginning of the Lending Library. Donations of rulers, books, etc. are welcomed. The Guild plans on using some of the bank rebate funds for additional purchases. More information will be provided in future meetings.

BEGINNER RESOURCES: We have received some inquiries on beginner quilting classes and the following resources for classes were presented

Jordan Fabrics
Missouri Star
Modern Quilt Guild Website
Orange Quilt Bee, Orange, CA
Saddleback Community College

SEW-IN OCMQG EVENT PLANNED: Kelly Hogan is planning a Philanthropy Collaborative Sew-in. It will be held late May or early June. Quilts will be sewn in teams for the Orangewood Children’s Foundation youth. More information to follow.

PHILANTHROPY: Lisa Handley received 8 pillow cases and 2 quilts (the latter need binding). 

Jo – delightful black, red and white quilt. She got the fabric from one of our going green events.

Susie – her first quilt was made from the Modern Log Cabin workshop. Colorful quilt. Used fabric from her stash – warm and cool colors. Did Sashiko quilting. Her second quilt was from the Libs Elliott workshop. Used one focus fabric plus black and cream. Also did Sashiko quilting. Her third quilt was from an online workshop called Pebble Pop. Beautiful focus fabrics used in each of the large circles. All the circles were made using an improv technique. 

Mily – presented a stunning quilt. Great use of fabric and colors.



NEXT CHALLENGE – MINI QUILT CHALLENGE: Look at Curated Quilts for ideas.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Gail Sevilla has one of her quilts highlighted in the Red issue of Curated Quilts! Congratulations Gail!

NEXT MEETING: May 26th at 6:30pm. Please arrive early so you can meet other members! Meetings are a great way to not only meet members, but to see the work of others during show and tell as well as Challenges. SPEAKER – the May meeting speaker will be Bill Stearman the “BackPack Show”.

Minutes prepared by Maritza Rodriguez Farr, Co-Secretary

April 2022 Block Lotto

Pojagi – Korean Patchwork

Pojagi is an ancient Korean textile art form. The first documented mention of it was in AD 42, so it is about 2,000 years old – much older than western quilting. A pojagi (po) is a cloth that is used to wrap, carry and store things. Reversible patchwork is the most unique option of pojagi. It is very different from western quilting because the seam are finished on both sides. The best way to view these items is with light shining through them. It gives the impression of stained glass. Designs tend to be geometric and random rather than the shapes and repeating designs of western quilts. The techniques involved in pojagi are now used for many things beyond wrapping cloths. You can see them in table linens, clothing, and other decorative pieces. (Source – Epida Studio)

1) Take a piece of the linen. Have another scrap of the same length. Have one fabric have a larger seam allowance than the other fabric (if top fabric is ¼ inch, have the bottom piece poke out a ¼ more (1/2-inch total).

2) Sew the pieces together. (Alternatively, sew a ½ inch seam. Once sewn, trim one of the two ½ seams to ¼ inch so you can fold the larger seam over the smaller seam.)

3) Press the fatter bottom seam allowance over the raw edge of the top shorter seam allowance.

3) Press the fatter bottom seam allowance over the raw edge of the top shorter seam allowance.

4) Open the seam. You will fold the fat seam over the raw edge of the short seam. Topstitch down.

5) On one side of the finished piece, you see two stitching lines. On the other side, you only see one stitching line, but the seam is finished on both sides. All the raw edges are tucked away inside. – This is very similar to flat fell seam used in garment sewing, like on jeans.

For more information straight from the source, please see:

1) 8 Minute Introduction – Hansan Ramie Patchwork 한산모시조각보 Constancy & Change in Korean Traditional Craft 2014

2) A close up showing the process with Raime and hand stitching

3) Another demo – designing and then sewing multiple pieces coming together and

4) For a deep dive and additional stitching techniques by Bojagi Artist Taerim Claire Jeon : 30 Minutes Introduction and Tutorial from and

For English Language Tutorial:

1) Epida Studio – Modern Pojagi Simple Seam Tutorial

2) Flat Fell Seam – The art of Pojagi on It’s Sew Easy with Rebecca Kemp Brent

3) 101 Patchwork Projects: Pojagi Seam Technique

4) Flat Felled Tutorial Seam

COLORS: The fabrics included in all the kits are warm neutral tones.

These blocks are due at the May 26, 2022 meeting. Each block turned in at the meeting counts for one entry to win all the April blocks.

OCMQG March 2022 Meeting Minutes + Photos

Thank you to all of you who were in attendance or participated via Zoom for our first in person membership meeting. Your participation ensures our guild is a success. Your beautiful quilts also made the meeting extra special. Thank you to all and we look forward to seeing you at our next in person meeting on April 28th. 

Maritza Rodriguez Farr, OCMQG Co-Secretary

OCMQG Membership Meeting Minutes
March 31, 2022
Laguna Woods Village

WELCOME: President Cheryl Higley welcomed all in attendance back to LIVE OCMQG meetings!  For many of us, both new and “seasoned” members, it’s the first time we’ve seen each other face to face.

GUEST SPEAKER (via Zoom):  Tara Miller, or Facebook “The Quilt District”
Mary O’Bannon introduced us to Tara Miller 

Tara’s fascinating talk focused on quiltmaking in the context of 20th Century mainstream “women’s sphere” and “women’s work” in the United States as well as societal norms for each period of history. Beautiful examples of quilts crafted throughout the century were presented in 25-year increments, with commentary on society’s impact on both quilt design, function and fabric choices. She did not disappoint! An important message from her presentation “Our soul is reflected in what we create.”

The Leadership Board was introduced to the members by President Cheryl Higley.  

Our 2022 Board Members are:

Cheryl Higley – President
Lisa Handley – Vice President
Susie Johnson – Workshops
Gail Sevilla – Membership
Kaylin Murray – Technical Support
Mary O’Bannon – Workshops
Kelly Hogan – Block Lotto
Sam Saturday – Social Media & Website
Maritza Farr – Co-Secretary
Elizabeth Wing – Co-Secretary
Janet Segner – Treasurer
Ruth Bailey – Facilities/Hospitality/Greeter

Total membership for 2022 to date is 48.

To those of you who rejoined – thanks for holding on through Covid!
Welcome to our new members, we’re so happy to have you!

Janet was out of town, but we have been assured that our Guild finances are in tip-top shape!

Guild banking was switched from Wells Fargo to Chase, and we have received the “new account bonus” of $300 – which will be used in various ways for the benefit of our members.

We are encouraging everyone to use Zelle for all Guild payments.  This method is free to the Guild, while PayPal charges a fee.  Eventually, we will transition solely to Zelle. 

Please see the link below to OCMQG Membership FAQs page for ways to pay with Zelle through various banks:

And, YES…the Guild will still accept personal checks for workshops (and cold hard cash for Block Lotto)!

CHALLENGES: April is our “Focus on Quilting” Challenge:
Bring your completed quilt with fabulous quilting to the LIVE Membership meeting on April 28th.

These quilts must be a minimum of 18” x 18” and must be SELF-QUILTED – by hand, domestic machine, longarm – or a combination.

Awards will be given in 3 categories:
Best Use of Quilting
Best Modern Design
Members’ Choice

Current Challenge information can be found at:

Future Challenges (details to come as we get closer to the dates):
August – Mini Quilt
November – Annual Book Challenge

Mary O’Bannon reviewed the lineup of upcoming speakers and Workshops

Membership Meeting Guest Speakers:
May – Bill Stearman, “BackPack Show”
June – Audrey Esarey, “Finding My Voice in Modern Quilting”
July – Teresa Duryea Wong, “Hello Modern Art, Meet Antique Quilts”
September – Rachel Derstine, “Keep it Simple But Pack a Punch”
November – Janneken Smucker, “Amish Quilts”

Workshops (please note LIVE vs ZOOM before signing up!):
May 15th LIVE – Cecile Choi, “Color Play”
June 11th ZOOM – Carolina Oneto, “Organic Shapes”
July 17th ZOOM – Audrey Esarey ($12 pattern), “Watercolor Quilt”
September 11 LIVE – Jean Impey, “Spider Web”
October 30 & Nov 6 (two ½ days) ZOOM – Rachel Derstine, “Keep it Simple But Pack a Punch”

Important workshop links:
See the link below for all upcoming workshop info:

Cecile Choi workshop scholarship form:

Carolina Oneto workshop scholarship form:

Be sure to watch your OCMQG emails for workshop sign up information!

Kelly offered the April Block Lotto kits – “Cheater Hexies, No Y-Seams” – for sale, and the response was very positive. There may be some kits left, please email Kelly for information at  The “hexie” instructions can be found in the link below:

Your completed “hexies” should be returned to Kelly at the April Guild meeting, and the winner will be drawn that evening.

At the April meeting, Kelly will also be offering kits for “Korean Patchwork/Bojagi”. Kits are $2 each, or three kits for $5 (please bring cash to pay).

Don’t wait too long..this one is going to be very popular!

After many months of (mostly) viewing each other’s accomplishments only virtually, we were excited to see so many beautiful completed quilts! Though we ran short on time, there was no shortage of oohs and aahs. We look forward to seeing those quilts we didn’t have time for, as well as additional creations, at our next meeting.

During Show and Tell, the beautiful OCMQG Community Outreach quilt that had been entered in QuiltCon was presented as a surprise gift to our wonderful Ruth Bailey as a thank you for her many years of service. We hope this quilt, which Ruth had expressed a very strong interest in, will bless her with many warm memories and be a reminder that she is so appreciated.

Sam got a chance to let us know about the Orange County Fair Quilt competition…it’s coming up quickly, we know that MANY of you have gorgeous quilts to show off – and what better place than the OC Fair?

Info on OC Fair competition entries:

Kelly reviewed this new benefit to our members – a “library” of books and quilting related tools that members may check out at the meeting and return at  the following month’s membership meeting. If you have quilt rulers, tools, pattern books, etc. that you would like to donate, please bring them to future meetings. 

Lisa was happy to announce that we had 13 beautifully completed pillowcases, and one completed quilts returned. Don’t forget to check the philanthropy table at each meeting and see if there’s a project waiting for you to dive into! Also, bring in those “orphan blocks” and completed quilt tops to the Guild meetings. We love to give!

Elizabeth drew tickets for three great little prizes. The door prize is something we’ll do at each meeting – no purchase is necessary, just be sure to sign in for the meeting as we’ll be picking winners from the list of attendees in the future.

We look forward to seeing all of you at our next OCMQG meeting on Thursday, April 28th!