QuiltCon Charity Quilt-In

Saturday and Sunday we met at the Batty Lady in Orange to work on this year’s QuiltCon Charity Quilt.

Once again, OC Modern Guild Guild is participating in the Modern Quilt Guild’s charity quilt challenge to be showcased at QuiltCon 2019 in Nashville, TN.  Color palette and small piecing theme of the challenge are described in more detail at quiltcon.com/charity-quilt-challenge-2019/.

PHASE 1.  Once we had our design concept of trees, our members got kits to sew and turn in.  Each kit made into a somewhat wonky block of small piecing in all the challenge fabric colors except blue.  Now the magic begins.  DSC_0827_2169floodDSC_0827PHASE 2.  We originally envisioned drawing an outline of the trees and fitting the blocks into the composition.  But wait, how do we fit in all the different sizes, shapes, and colors of blocks into cohesive trees?  After much discussion we quickly adapted our design approach to ‘build trees’ from the blocks first, then create the composition.  It continued to evolve through many, many changes as you can see from the progression of photos below.


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The quilt began to take shape:

Plans went from straight trees to curved-pieced trees, from 3 trees, to an addition of a stubby tree with a broken branch, the next day the plan changed again! Now five trees, do we have one going off the left side? Or not? How many branches should we have? Could some go down rather than all going up?  Everyone had their input and it was a site to see this beautiful quilt take shape.

Thanks to our great volunteers who put the quilt top together: Trudy, Helene, Julie and Mary Anne both days and Susie and Gail on Sunday.

See you all at the October Guild meeting where you’ll see our progress!

A huge thank you to Alicia Campbell of Batty Lady who generously allowed us use of her studio space for several days.  Kudos to all the Guild members who contributed to this project!

PHASE 3: Great brainstorming session at the last Guild meeting.  We generated lots of creative ideas on quilting design and use of embellishments.


July Meeting –

The perfect dress. Love it Susie.

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Our QuiltCon Charity Quilt inspiration is a Birch Tree.

The theme of the challenge is “small piecing” Here you see the color pallet on the show board. Karen and  Mary Anne explain how the kit should be put together. The kits contain 10 WOF (width of fabric) of either white or cream and then a 5″ x 10″ piece of each of the fabric palette except for blue which is the background. Cut up your fabric in 1 1/2″ strips and sew them together using the inspiration photo as your model. Here one of the slides show a design board with an example. Make your block 6 to 10 inches wide and as long as you can with the fabric provided. Do not square up your block, we will be cutting these blocks up to make the trunks and limbs of the Birch Tree. Please bring them back no later than the August meeting.



Madam Secretary


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Handmade items for the raffle. Sew cute!

Next month Block Lotto is EPP – English Paper Piecing!

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This months lotto winner!



Door prizes.
Susan Manson featured in Curated Quilts

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Show and Tell

Shannon S. with “Lisa the Unicorn” Designed by Elizabeth Hartman

Nancy E. with “Eldon” designed by Edyta Star.

Julie Mc with “Laundry Daze”  an original design made with real laundry line an clothe from a friends baby – as a memory quilt

Natascha B. with a Sew Fresh Quilt from the CluckCluckSew website.


Artful August Challenge has been put back a month. (Yea…giving you an extra month to get your art quilt together!) The challenge is Art or architecture.

We have a guest speaker in August Erin Dollar from Cotton & Flax and so September is when the challenge will happen.

This months Sew In

Our Sew In this month is hosted at the “Batty Lady”,  910 Batavia Ave., Orange  92867. 714-855-5801

Saturday August 11 and Sunday August 12 from 11 – 5:00. Bring your own project, work on the Quilt Con Charity Quilt or just chill out and socialize. Bring a snack to share.



Thank to all who share the fabric you don’t love!

Thank you for visiting our blog and keep on quilting.



June Meeting

Recap of our June Meeting

Ice Breaker– Members shared about items that someone made for them that gave happy memories!

Beach Cities Quilt Showand Seven Sisters Quilt Show– Members shared their experiences at both shows!  Overall feedback was great and all that went had a good time despite the fire.


·     Exit Left workshop with Beach Cities Quilt Guild with Tonya Alexander on 7/13. The cost for non-members of Beach Cities guild is $40 (reduced!) but must register by 6/30/18. If signed up for the workshop you can also attend the general meeting the evening before to hear the speaker  without paying. The speaker is Tonya Alexander (blog is http://eyecandyquilts.blogspot.com) and the workshop date is July 13, 10am – 4pm at Community Presbyterian Church, San Juan Capistrano. OCMQG members can email the workshop chairman, Lynne Sales, at lpsales80@gmail.comto get more information or to sign up.  After June 30th, contact Marian Mapes at mmapes1231@aol.comto sign up.  General Information for Workshops:Our workshops are held at Community Presbyterian Church, 32202 Del Obispo Street, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675.Time: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. You may arrive 15 minutes early to set up your work space. Remember to bring your lunch/drink/snack.Fee: $40.00 for guild members; $45 for non-members, payable at sign-up. No refunds, but you may find a substitute to fill your spot and have them pay you.

·       Here is the info for the 8 week Quilt Course #6940

o   Quilt Teacher, Mary Ellen Ewert

§  Saturdays July 7 – August 25, 2018

§  8:30 am – 12 pm at   Trabuco Center, 5701 Trabuco Road, Irvine

§  Registration required : yourirvine.org  or call 949-724-6610

§  8 week class. Resident $80.00. Non-Residents $90.00

§  Drop in Class:  $13.00 per class. (12 Students per class)

§  Beginning quilters bring a sewing machine and scissors and receive a list of supplies at registration. Experienced quilters bring a project you want to complete. Cutting boards and irons are supplied.

o   About the teacher:  Mary Ellen Ewert has been quilting for over 40 years.  She has been teaching Quilt Art for the City of Irvine at the Fine Arts Center since January 2000.  She has recently started a second quilt instruction class with the City of Irvine at the Trabuco Senior Center.  Mary Ellen has taken home first and second place ribbons at the Orange County Fair.  Her favorite technique is paper piecing or foundation piecing.


§  Mary Ellen 949-683-4472

§  Dana LaVenture 714-984-3805 or 949-559-4986

Philanthropy – Ann Ainsworth shared quilt that members put together for the Thomas fire.  We had a volunteer step forward and offered to bind it.  Thank you!

Membership– Mary shared that our guild has over 40 members and we had about 10 join since the last meeting!  Welcome to all members!

Block Lotto– Ann A. won this months Block Lotto.

Quarterly Challenge:

May Mini Winners – 1stPlace was Bunnie, 2ndPlace was Kathy and 3rdPlace was Sandy.   Congrats to last months challenge winners!

Our next Quarterly Challenge is Artful August.  Create a quilt inspired by a work of art. It can be a painting, photograph, sculpture, or architecture. Bring a picture of the art that inspired your quilt. Any size is okay. It must be a finished quilt, ie, quilted and bound.

Quilt Con Charity Quilt– Must be finished by December.  Theme is small piecing and using a lot of negative spaces.  We are currently looking for member to help piece this together.

Show and Tell, Quilter’s Block, & Going Green:  We had a lot of fun quilts shared this month! Look on our social handles for a recap of all the fun projects!  For the show and tell sign-up, we will now have a spot where members can put their social media info if they would like to be tagged when we post a pic of their quilts on OCMQG IG and FB.


Philanthropy Quilt

Chairperson: Ann

Next Months’s Block Lotto. “My Wedding Ring”

Pattern thanks to: Sewing Party – pattern by Eunsoo Kang. “My Wedding Ring” as seen in Simply Moderrne Issue #12 Cover.

Ann the winner of this months “Spool” Block Lotto
Dawn – Catching up on May Mini Challenge
Dawn with a “Travel Quilt”
Ann “WiFi” with the Mod TV from ColourWerkx – Made for hubby’s Father Day. Includes his favorite tv shows printed on cloth.


Ann with “Dia los Muertos”. Hand stitched skulls.
Kathleen with “Winner’s Bouquet”
Julie with VioletCrafts Elephant Abstraction. Quilted with Makawa’s, African Ladies, Tree Frogs and a little mouse at his foot.


Pat with Bargello Flag


Helen with Modern Romance
Helen with Wonky Cranes tablerunner.
Winner of tonights door prize….. Helen
and Kelly

Sunday Sew In

Next Weekend Sew– we will not be having a sew in for August or September due to conflicts.  We will see everyone at the next sew in for October.

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Our next meeting: 

July 26, 2018 from 6:30-8:30pm
Village Greens, Club Rooms 2 & 3
24122 Moulton Pkwy
Laguna Woods, CA 92637

(Laguna Woods Village Golf Course Clubhouse)


Magical May Meeting


Big Bear Lake by Lisha

DSC_0519_2001floodDSC_0519DSC_0520_2002floodDSC_0520DSC_0521_1998floodDSC_0521DSC_0522_1997floodDSC_0522Kite Block Mini by Julie Mc.


San Francisco Bridge


Sashiko Stitching by Anne

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Mexico trip – literally where Karen broke her ankle.


Block Lotto display
Cute ribbons by Julie
Block Lotto purchases
3rd Place


2nd Place
Bunny – 1st Place
Our three winners
Madrone Bark by Kathy
Gravity by Shellie pattern by JayBird Quilts
Cecile – 9 Tissues de Tahiti
Finished Peace Symbol Block Lotto
Aloha to Royal Gardens by Ruth B. Gift to brother living in Hawaii at the time of the volcano.
Trip to Hawaii by Bunny

Unique blocks in remembrance of a trips to San Francisco and Hawaii with her grandson. San Francisco Bridge,  Alcatraz, The USS Arizona and “Surfing Lesson”.

Chuckles an Elizabeth Hartman pattern
by Shannon S.
Susie J.presented Uban Sunsets
Urban Sunsets
Julie Mc. presented “Knitters Gifts”
Paper pieced blocks – “In The Garden” by Julie Mc
New member Sherry made her fabric with water salvable stableizer
Sherry the “Scrap Buster”
Majesty Pillow \ Entered into the Orange County Fair
Trudy’s Succulent Garden


Helene’s Old Blue pattern by Lori Heine
Pat G. showed off her grand-children’s talent
The back of the quilt has the original drawing attached… see photo right below.


Martin Luther King an award winning quilt.
Rosa Parks


Michael Jackson
Pat attached a white glove on the back of Michael Jackson


Door prize winner – Gail
Door prize winner – Pat

February 2018


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. I thought I might bring them to Sandra’s class on Saturdays or ? They are now requesting completed quilts, batting or backing. Check out update on Superbuzzy website. Maybe they should back the quilts with more blocks? 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 2018

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


Feb Block LottoGifts 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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QuiltCon 2018

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Missed QuiltCon or just want to spend more time there? Here is a little slideshow of some of the highlights.



It has been a while and S….E….W there is a lot to share:

January 2018 Meeting

Our two new co-Madam Presidents are doing a great job keeping the meeting interesting and moving.


Charity and Philanthropy

Our QuiltCon Charity Quilt and results of our Holiday Party Charity Sew In.

Block Lotto

Lisha present this months Block Lotto. A simple Double Disappearing Nine Patch using all solids.


Here is some inspiration for layout of a Modern Double Disappearing Nine Patch:

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Here is a tutorial on how to make one!

December Holiday Party

Holiday Party and Charity Quilt In.

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The gift exchange was a Exchange

November 30, 2017

With the new leadership there has been a little lag in posts on the blog so today we will catch up with photos from our November 30th meeting which was all about philanthropy! We were given by #Hawthornethreads lovely sampler strips and asked to incorporate them into quilts.

October 26th, 2017


September Block Lotto

OCMQG Block Lotto

Sept-Oct 2017

This month’s block is a scrappy pieced strip block from a tutorial by Mama Love Quilts on the Spoonflower blog:

Free piecing quilt block tutorial – Spoonflower Blog – Design & Sell your own Fabric, Wallpaper, and Gift Wrap

It’s a simple and fun way to use scrap strips.

The Guild provided:

One piece of Kona Snow 8” x 22”

Participants supply:

Print or solid scraps from their stash, approx 8-12 pieces in strips of varying widths up to 3” wide.

My photos show the process in brief, but the tutorial (linked above) is very thorough.

The block will be squared up to 12.5” x 12.5” and will finish at 12” square.

1.) I started by cutting strips of Snow, in varied widths, about 8” long, sometimes shorter, sometimes longer. (The tutorial starts with cutting the scraps. You can do it either way.)

Bear in mind that you will lose 1/2” seam allowance in between strips, and you will need to end with al least 12.5” of width, ideally 13” so that you can trim down. A greater number of wide strips will help insure that won’t lose too much width. Try not to cut all your strips super skinny, or you will run out of fabric!

2.) Then I cut each strip in two without measuring, creating uneven pairs. Then I laid them out so that the two far ends of each strip lay about 14” apart, leaving a blank gap in the middle. (bottom left image)

3.) Next I chose scraps from my stash, and cut them to fit into the gaps. My picks were mostly modern prints in somewhat coordinating colors, and a couple of solids.

4.) Then I pieced the strips, pressing seams either open or toward the scrap. Each strip should be at least 13” long. Now you can rearrange to the strips to your liking.

5.) Connect the strips. I staggered the strips a little bit in order to get a nice flow across the scraps, so my edges were very uneven. I was careful to keep at least 13” of length across all strips.

6.) Square up to 12.5”

With all of our varied scraps, and the consistency of the white throughout, the finished quilt should be stunning! Blocks can be arranged in any manner the winner chooses. Vertical strips resemble books on a shelf, while horizontal strips call to mind a stack of coins. And of course they can be alternated or randomly placed as well.


July Meeting Recap

OCMQG July 2017 Meeting Recap

Co-president Karen lead our meeting. It was great to have her in town and not working in Florida for our July meeting!

Volunteer Positions

Shannon and Stacy volunteered to be co-chairs for the Philanthropy Chairpersons! Also, Kaylin has volunteered to take over updating the blog and has been one of our photographers at the last several meetings. Thank you ladies!!

Update on QuiltCon Philanthropy Quilt:

The Philanthropy Quilt committee have completed the pattern for our “Modern Traditionalism” quilt. The fabric has been purchased and we are on schedule to complete the quilt on time. Thank you everyone who has been involved with the planning and we hope everyone will help to make a block! Thank you Karen for the update!


The Compass Bag Workshop will be lead by Elise! It’s on August 27 from 10:00-3:00. $30 for members and $40 for non-members. We have five sign-ups so far, feel free to email Susie if you would like to sign up at sujoh@hotmail.com. The pattern is available from Noodle Head. Sew Vac Long Beach has the pattern along with the hardware that you will need. We will send a supply list to those who have signed up soon.


Our next workshop will be in early November. We passed around a survey listing three different workshops and let members vote on which one(s) they would like to take. We’re hoping these workshops will be of interest to our members! Also, Craft Napa is in January and we are looking into getting one of the presenters at that event to come down and to do a workshop in OC.

July Quilt Challenge

We had so many BEAUTIFUL entries for our July Challenge! Our winners were:

1st place: Sandy $75 gift card!
2nd place: Bunnie $50 gift card!
3rd place: Sandra J. $35 gift card!

The winner!


Our prizes for this challenge were gift certificates from Superbuzzy.com in Ventura.

November Philanthropy Quilt Challenge

We announced the challenge for the November Philanthropy Quilt at the July meeting. We received many samples of digitally printed fabric from Hawthorne Threads who kindly donated these to the guild. The challenge is to design a quilt using the digitally printed fabric as inspiration, and to also incorporate it into the quilt. We also handed out Hawthorne Threads’s social media info for members to tag them on social media. We’d like to encourage members to post pics of the prizes and fabrics that they receive at meetings to thank the companies that donate these items to us. The rules for the challenge are:

-Create a quilt in a size between baby (30 x 40) up to a twin (70 x 90)
-The quilt must be complete: quilted, bound, and labelled
-Design should be inspired by a Hawthorne Threads Digitally Printed Fabric and should include the fabric in the quilt top.
-If you are sharing your progress on social media, please include #hawthornethreads and #ocmqg in your comments along with your photo.

These quilts will be donated to a local charity TBD. If you weren’t at the July meeting and want to participate, don’t despair! We still have a lot of samples left, so come to the August meeting to pick out your fabric sample.

Karen shows off some of the digitally printed fabrics donated by Hawthornethreads.com

Handmade Item Raffle

Kathy S. donated two gorgeous handmade fold-up grocery bags for our Handmade Item Raffle—thank you Kathy S!

Make it Modern

For our Make It Modern segment, Karen A. created a “modern vs. traditionalism” poster board for members to place a post-it to mark where they fall in the realm of modern vs. traditional quilting. It was interesting to see how our members judge their modern/traditional aesthetic.

Scrap Swap

We had our Scrap Swap where three lucky ladies were randomly chosen to take home a big bag of scraps!

Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting is in November where there will be voting on officer positions, by-laws, and the 2018 budget. The last Thursday in November is AFTER Thanksgiving, so we voted to have the November meeting on 11/30.

Our next meeting is August 31 (the 5th Thursday of the month)

Our next Sew-In is August 13, from noon to 4:00 at CQ.

Here are some of the quilts from this month’s challenge!

Block Lotto for June/July 2017

EPP Modern Tumbling Blocks

There has been a request to have a Block Lotto using the English Paper Piecing technique.

A common shape for EPP is the ever-present hexagon. EPP is a great way to hand-piece hexagons and other shapes that present challenges to machine piecing, either because of the small size of the units, or because of the difficult Y-seams. Next month we will try a block using machine-stitched Y-seams, but this month let’s try hand-stitched EPP.

Instead of connecting multiple hexagons together into a traditional flower pattern, we are going to create a small hexagon block out of three 60-degree diamond units. By using three different colors (a light, a medium, and a dark) the hexagon will have the appearance of a 3D cube.

When multiple cube-hexes are pieced together, the overall pattern creates the optical illusion of never-ending stair steps. Whether the cubes are right-side-up or up-side-down, whether the steps are ascending or descending, depends only on the viewer’s perception, and can switch in an eye-blink, thus giving this pattern its name: Tumbling Blocks.

We will create a three-inch hexagon out of three 1.75” diamond units.

For each block purchased, the Guild will provide:

  • 3 diamond paper templates
  • a scrap of White Kona
  • a scrap of black Kona

Participants will supply:

  • 1 mid-tone print scrap from their stash


In order for the 3D illusion to persist throughout the quilt, each participant must arrange the light, dark, and mid-tone diamonds in the same placement!

When the hex is oriented as shown above (point up),




Three tumbling blocks together give the illusion of three right-side-up cubes.


1 To find out if your print is a suitable middle tone, lie it out in between the black and white scraps and squint your eyes. If the print blends in or is hard to distinguish from either the black or the white pieces, then it may be too light or too dark. In the sample above, the bird print is nearly too dark, and the geometric print is almost too light. However, as we can see, the 3D effect is still working. These prints pass the test, but any lighter or darker, and the illusion would be spoiled.

2. After auditioning a LOT of scraps from my stash, I discovered that the prints that coordinate best with black and white, are prints that contain black and/or white within them. In order for the end result to be a well-coordinated quilt, try to choose modern graphic prints with at least a little black or white in them. This is just a suggestion! The most important thing is to have fun and choose something you like!


There are as many ways to do English Paper Piecing as there are quilters. Having never tried it before, I used a combination of web tutorials and books to teach me. I share my method here, but please experiment and chose what works for you.


  1. Lay your paper templates on the wrong side of the fabric scraps. Trim the fabric to about ⅜” around the paper. It’s not important for the seam allowance to be perfect. You may choose to use a glue stick or paper clips to hold paper onto the fabric. The paper will be removed later, so if you use glue stick, please use just a dab.
  2. Fold one side of fabric around the paper template and finger press to a crisp line.
  3. Do the same on an adjacent side, tucking the corner.
  4. With a hand needle and thread (knotted at the tail), take a stitch in the seam allowance, biting through all layers of fabric at the corner. These stitches do not need to be pretty or even.
  5. Stitch once more through the same layers, at the same spot. This is a tacking stitch. Fold the next side around the paper, finger press, and tack stitch the next corner.
  6. Continue until all corners have been secured. Take a last tack stitch where you started, feed the thread through to the back of the seam allowance, and cut the thread, leaving a short tail.
  7. Baste all remaining units. It is not necessary to trim the little flags on the corners.


10. Make sure your diamond units are in the correct positions! White on Top, Black on the Right.

11. Hold two units with right sides together, with their edges aligning a closely as possible.

12. With a hand needle and thread (knotted at the tail), whip stitch along one edge of the two units, biting just enough fabric to grab. There is not much fabric excess beyond the edge of the paper template inside, so you can only stitch into a couple threads worth of fabric, which is perfect. Make your stitches about 1/16” apart. Do not sew through the paper! Take special care to secure the corners with an extra stitch, and stitch a knot when you come to the corner. Feed thread through to the back of the seam allowance, and cut the thread, leaving a short tail.

13. Open the two pieces like a book, and insert the third diamond unit into place.

14. Hold the last diamond with its right side flat against the right side of an adjacent unit.

15. Stitch along the edge as before.

16. Open like a book, and align the last two unsewn edges.

17. You may have to pinch or gently bend the paper to get the last two pieces to lie with right sides together.

18. Sew along the last edge, and your block is complete. Give it a quick press with the iron to set the folds and make the edges nice and crisp. Use caution if you have used glue for basting! Make sure it can be ironed without discoloring the fabric!

Here is a helpful tutorial.




June 2017 Meeting Recap

Our “Ice Breaker” at the meeting was to share something you’ve accomplished this year, and something you’d like to accomplish by the end of the year. Thanks everyone for sharing your accomplishments and hopes for the last half of 2017!

Author Presentation


Elisabeth Woo and Nichole Ramirez, authors of “The Fussy Cut Sampler,” gave an amazing presentation at our June meeting! They brought a lot of examples of individual blocks utilizing their techniques, and it was fascinating to see all the detail and work involved in each block. They discussed how the book came about, the publishing process, gave helpful tips and techniques, and answered questions from guild members. Their blog is thefussycutsampler.com.
And you can follow them on Instagram for more fussy-cut inspiration. Elisabeth’s Instagram is @elisabew and Nichole’s is @catwithfins.

QuiltCon 2018Super volunteer signups have passed, but there are still volunteer opportunities. Keep an eye out for an email from the MQG about more volunteering opportunities. Registration began earlier in the week, and the popular classes were fully booked within 15 minutes!

QuiltCon Charity Quilt UpdateMany members met at the last sew-in. Gail picked up the solid Kona and Moda fabrics so people could see the colorways in person. The committee thinks that Kona is the way to go as these will be easy to pick up and they liked the colors better. At the meeting, a timeline for completing the quilt was created to keep us on schedule. After a brainstorming session, Sandy created a rough draft of a quilt, and Lucinda put it into EQ7 to create a potential pattern and filled in some potential color options. The next meeting will be at the sew-in on July 9th! At the July sew-in, we’re hoping to complete this step of the schedule: Design Finalized – Assignments, and possibly begin cutting fabric. Thank you Karen for the update.


We are still looking for a Social Media volunteer to update the blog, social media, and take pictures! Please talk to an officer or send us an email if you are at all interested. We are also looking for people to demos! We have a lot of experienced quilters who could do some demos, so if you have an idea, send us an email.


Elise brought examples of bags for a potential workshop! We will be sending out a separate email with details as soon as this has been finalized.


My Small World

Here is your chance to make a really fun and beautiful quilt, using a pattern designed by Jen Kingwell. This is a 6 month Block of the Month project that, with guidance and artistic talent provided by Cecile, will challenge you to select many different fabrics from your stash, and learn how to play with a variety of color combinations. You will also learn several quilting techniques, including a new method of hand applique and paper piecing.  After taking the 6 sessions, you will not only gain confidence in playing with color, but will create a beautiful and unique wall hanging. This class will meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 10:00-3:00, starting August 15 for 6 months.  The first class is $50, and the other 5 classes are $40 each.

Your Personal Journey into the world of Jen Kingwell

The class is already full, but please sign up on the waiting list with your email address, and Cecile will contact you when space opens up. This class is perfect for anyone who loves Jen Kingwell, or is currently working on any of her 43 patterns, or who wants to start one. This class will meet the 2nd Saturday of every month, beginning August 12.  Each class costs $50, and you only pay for the classes you attend.

Independent study with Cecile

For intermediate and advanced level quilters, this class is your chance to bring a new or ongoing quilt project and work one-on-one with Cecile to create something unique and special.  Cecile’s help will include tips on playing with color, fabric selection and design layout.  Since this is a one-on-one session with Cecile, time, place and cost will be discussed with each individual quilter.

July Challenge

Challenge quilts are due at the next meeting! Bring a finished quilt from a pattern that you’ve had for awhile to the July meeting. There will be FABULOUS prizes so there’s still time to make a quilt for the challenge.

Block Lotto

This month’s Block Lotto turned out amazing! The July Block Lotto requires English Paper Piecing. Lucinda spends a lot of time putting these detailed instructions together, taking photos of her process, AND doing all of the planning for each month’s Block Lotto—THANK YOU LUCINDA!

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. http://www.quiltersrun.com/

Scrap Swap

3 scrap bags were taken home for the Scrap Swap. If you took home a bag, bring it to the July meeting with your scraps. Thank you Elise for coordinating this!

Make It Modern

Elise brought some of her beautiful quilts for Make it Modern! Thank you Elise!

Handmade Items Raffle

Julie brought two awesome handmade items for tonight’s raffle! A beautiful fabric bowl in some cool summery colors, and three mini design boards. She also brought chips for our Social Break. Thank you Julie!


Maryanne donated a 1949 Singer sewing manual and shared the book’s Dedication with us: “This book is dedicated to women and girls—and especially to teachers of sewing everywhere—who enjoy the feel of fabric, the beauty of textures, the precision of stitches, the smoothness of seams, and who delight always in appropriate fabrics carefully cut and made for a happy purpose.” Timeless!


Door Prizes
Elisabeth and Nichole donated three Kona Cotton Solids Charm Squares in ALL of the Kona solids! One lucky winner received this prize tonight. Sewing Party also donated 2 Moda Lollies by Jen Kingwell Designs. Thank you!

Next Sew In is on July 9. Charity Quilt Meeting will take place at the Sew In.Next meeting is on July 27.