Navigating the Mother Ship (or how to find stuff on The MQG site)

Hi, All – At the last meeting, there was a question regarding where to find links to the latest webinar on The MQG website. And then there were questions on how to navigate through the site…

First some quick links you may find helpful:

Mary Fons’s Webinar, “Definition: Modern Quilting” This was fabulous. Worth at least two viewings

The MQG free Quilt of the Month Patterns (member Mary Ann found inspiration for a surf themed quilt from Nov 2014 QoM Plumage)

List of past webinars

Here’s a short How-to-Find-Stuff on The MQG website.

Tip #1: Log in. When you joined the OCMQG, you should have received information on how to sign into The MQG.

Tip #2: When you first “land” on the site, there’s a menu along the top of the site. Hover over the menu word to see what’s included. For example, if you hover over Education, you’ll see Events, Teacher & Lecturer Directory, Blog, and Resources. If you hover over Events, you’ll see QuiltCon East, QuiltConWest, Webinars Future, Webinars Past, and Calendar

Tip #3: Once you’ve clicked a menu item, scroll down. Under Events, the top portion looks like it’s only a list of events. If you scroll down, you’ll see links to past webinars

Tip #4: Be patient and be prepared to click on every menu item to find what you’re looking for….(possibly have your beverage of choice handy)


Notes on The MQG landing page:

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Screenshot of MQG landing page
  1. About: Basic answers about what The MQG is all about
  2. Education: The education landing page shows upcoming events, then past webinars
    1. Events:
      1. QuiltCon East: Takes you to the QuiltCon East website
      2. QuiltCon West: Takes you to the QuiltCon West website
      3. Webinars Future: Take you to the Events Page
      4. Webinars Past: Takes you to the Resources Page, but only if you’re logged in
      5. Calendar: Takes you to the calendar page
  3. Design
  4. Community: This is where the menu changes, if you’re logged in. See below.
  5. Sponsors
  6. Shop
  7. Join


Notes on the Community Site:

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Screenshot of the Community landing page
  1. Home: This does NOT take you back to the MQG site. It takes you to the home page of Community
  2. Galleries: Photos of pretty modern quilts. 😀
  3. Events: This is DIFFERENT than the one under Education. This is a list of upcoming events (oddly, from most future event to most near event) and includes webinars and other guild events (if the guild posts their events through The MQG site; OCMQG does not)
  4. Groups: List of modern guilds
  5. Forums: Place to ask and answer questions.
  6. Resources: Links to Quilt of the Month, Past Webinars, Webinars for Businesses, Materials for guild officers, Annual Reports

Benefits of MQG: Webinars

Last week, we posted about MQG’s pattern of the month as one of the “perks” to belonging to The MQG mother-ship. This week, we bring you WEBINARS.

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About once a month, the MQG hosts a webinar on a topic related to quilting – Creative and Business. Past Creative Webinar topics have included Social MediaBeing True to Your Inner Quilt Artist, Alternate Gridwork, and many others.  They are done by people who are involved in the quilting world – business owners and artists – and they share their knowledge about how to start your own quilt related business to tips on color theory.

There’s one coming up in March 22nd, Freedom from Perfection and Procrastination with Amy Marson (publisher of C&T Publishing). Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 6.08.58 PM.pngFind upcoming webinars from The MQG home page under EVENTS.  This information can also be found on this blog under MQG Calendar, which is linked to MQG’s calendar (tech magic). To sign up, just go to the event, click on the webinar you’re interested in, and click on the REGISTER HERE! button. Let us know if you’ve tried these and what you’ve learned (at our next meeting, on our FB Group, or in the comments below)

So, now that you want to see what they are all about, how do you know when they are scheduled and how do you get to view past episodes? Why, just log into The MQG site with your user name and password (you should have received instructions on getting these when you initially joined OCMQG). Then click on COMMUNITY. Then RESOURCES. On this page, you’ll see a list of topics.

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 6.01.12 PMFrom here, you can click on Creative Webinars to see the list of creative topics OR click on Business Webinars to see the list of business topics.


Benefits of MQG: Free Patterns!

One of the questions that’s routinely asked by new members (and current ones) is: What are the benefits of belonging to The MQG through OCMQG?

Besides member discounts for QuiltCon (future post), every month a new pattern is released to MQG members. These patterns are designed by active modern quilters, many of whom have their own quilting businesses.

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If you remember to sign up for the MQG monthly newsletter, you should also be receiving a link to the latest pattern mid-month. This month’s pattern is Meeting of the Geese by Sylvia Schaefer.

Let us know if you’ve made a quilt using one of these patterns – comment below or post to Instagram with #ocXXXMQGpattern (where XXX is the month – jan, feb, etc).

Didn’t sign up for the newsletter? Forgot to download a previous month’s pattern?

Fear not! Help is on the way…

  1. Go to the MQG website and login (login is in upper right hand corner)
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  3. Click on RESOURCESScreen Shot 2016-02-08 at 6.38.44 PM.png
  4. Under Table of Contents, click on 1. Click Here for Quilt of the Month PatternsScreen Shot 2016-02-08 at 6.39.52 PM.png
  5. You should now see a list of links to patterns, newest patterns first. Click on the pattern you want.
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  7. Et Viola! The pattern should open up in a new page. Once it’s finished opening, you should be able to save it to your computer or other drive (dropbox, google drive, etc). You can also print it out, if you wish. Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 6.53.44 PM.png



February 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 (

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.





QuiltCon East – Feb 2017

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Hi, All – If you’re interested in attending QuiltCon in Savannah, CA next year, it’s time to start planning. As the event gets closer, there may folks who are willing to share a room/need a room, which can cut down on hotel costs (quilting AND adult slumber party anyone?).

The convention center is near Historic Savannah, so if you stay in the historic district, pedestrian and public transportation is available to the convention center.

Important Dates:

NOW: Hotel reservations. Hotels are already sold out near the convention center. If you reserve now, double check change/cancellation fees, in case life happens and you cannot attend (boooo).

Information as of 2/25/2016; see QuiltCon East’s website for up-to-date information.

Course Catalog released by June 1, 2016.
Member registration opens June 25, 2016. (if you’re a member of OCMQG, you’re a MQG member!)
General public registration opens on July 1, 2016.
Full refunds for cancelled registrations end July 30, 2016.

Quilt Entry: You have almost 9 months to design and make a quilt for entry! 

Quilt show entry open July 1 to November 30, 2016.
Notifications of acceptance by December 30, 2016.

Volunteers: This is a great way to meet new people and there may be perks 

Super Volunteer application released by May 15, 2016.
Super Volunteer applications accepted May 15 to May 30, 2016
Super Volunteer notifications go out by June 23, 2016.
General Volunteer sign-ups begin December 1, 2016


QuiltCon – What’s Your Modern Style?

Contribution by Karen Aalders

There are many spectrums in modern quilting – the construction of the quilt top, the style of the quilting (stitch in the ditch, straight line, free motion), or on the artistic spectrum of eclectic (bold and scrappy) to minimalism. QuiltCon had quilts that represented all of these areas and were inspiring to people who are just starting out to folks who are diving into more advanced quilting techniques.

Many people come into modern quilting asking, “What is modern quilting?” and they get the gamut of answers – modern fabrics, lots of negative space, alternate grid work, improv, straight line quilting, free motion quilting that creates a picture in the negative space….

In my personal quilting journey, I started off as a traditional quilter (yes, there was Civil War reprint fabric in my stash), learning the traditional blocks and ways to finish a quilt. I did that for a while, until life happened and I took a break from quilting for about 10 years. When I was ready to get back into quilting, I found a quilt-a-long with Pile O’ Fabric and Carolina Patchworks, where the challenge was using solids and the pattern was made of bold, graphic lines. That’s when I fell in love with modern quilting.

Groovy Movie Quilt pieced and quilted by Karen Aalders (pattern by Carolina Patchworks)

My journey moved on to trying wonky log cabins, using fabrics with more modern designs/colors, and experimenting with straight line and free motion quilting (can you say paisleys?).

By the time QuiltCon 2015 rolled around, I was ready to take the plunge into improv piecing, where you loose the rotary cutter and ruler. Now, that was scary. Then liberating and FUN.

This year, I’m dipping my toes even further – the Might Lucky Quilters Club is already stretching my comfort zone with using bias tape and creating a piece using minimalist methods.

Where are you in your modern quilting journey? How are you going to incorporate the sights from QuiltCon 2016 into your quilting journey?

Where ever you are in your journey, remember – there are no quilt police in Modern Quilting. Create and move along the modern quilting spectrums at your own pace.

Share your journey! We’d love to see your work – post your work with #quiltsofocmqg to share your experience with us.


QuiltCon 2016: How are you getting there?

There’s just a week to go until modern quilters from all over the world gather to go crazy over Modern Quilts and workshops with their favorite modern quilters.

If you are local to Southern Orange County or Southern California, you know how bad the freeways can be, especially getting into and around the Los Angeles area.

For extra special commuting fun, the 91, which connects Riverside and LA, will be CLOSED in Corona on February 20th and 21st. MetroLink has special offers for those who are willing to take the train.

Here are a few suggestions on making the commute a little nicer, if you are looking for an alternative to driving:

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If you’re close enough, why not get some exercise in and walk/bike to the Convention Center? This will avoid traffic and parking hassles. This can also help you keep to a spending budget – you can only buy what you can carry home! (We are checking with the Convention Center on where a person can lock up a bicycle)

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Find some other people who are interested in going and pile in one car. That way, IF you get stuck in traffic, you have someone to talk to besides yourself. You can also share the cost of parking, which will be $12 at the convention center. Also note that on Feb 20 and 21st, the 91 will be CLOSED in Corona, so alternate routes are going to packed.


Public Transportation (Bus/Subway, Local Train, Amtrak)

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Yes, Virginia, there is public transportation that can get you to Pasadena. It is safe and clean. Plus, you can get some handwork done on your way there! Then drool over all the goodies you got at the show on your way home….

Below are some of the options, HOWEVER – Please check Metro Bus/Metro Rail/MetroLink/Amtrak sites for the latest information on Schedules/Fares. Fares may be different, based on your age, military status, or student status.

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When checking the schedules, be sure you’re using the Weekday (M-F) schedule for Feb 18 and Feb 19 and the Weekend Schedule for Feb 20 and Feb 21. Fares and service are generally different for weekdays versus weekends.

There’s an app for that – Finally! Metro has a mobile resource page and has a mobile app for iOS or Android to help navigate the Metro Bus, Metro Rail, MetroLink, and Amtrak schedules. Google Maps can also help with this, but may not give you all the options available. Note that using an app may use your data plan and drain your device’s battery faster when in use.

It’s also strongly recommended to have a printed schedule on you so you know your options (because smartphones do have a battery life and they die when it’s the LEAST convenient).


Buses and the Light Rail:

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 1.06.47 PM.pngMetro Bus / Metro Rail: These are LA’s bus and light rail systems. System Maps can be found on their site and can be downloaded/printed.

The Metro Rail’s Gold Line connects Union Station to Pasadena Del Mar Station, which is a 10 minute walk to the Convention Center. The buses will take cash or Tap cards. The Subway takes Tap cards or tickets. Subway tickets or Tap cards can be purchased and loaded at subway stations.

Please do the math before purchasing a day pass or a 7 day pass; it may be cheaper to pay per ride. Check the fares at LA Metro.


Get to the train station at least 20 minutes in advance to allow time to park, get your ticket, and find the track/platform your train is on. Stations are generally clean and have seating/waiting areas while you wait. Larger stations may have vending and restrooms available. Trains stops are very quick – 5 minutes – so it’s important to be there on time.

Amtrak and MetroLink are both heavy rail train systems and terminate at LA Union Station, where you can grab the Metro Gold Line to Pasadena’s Del Mar Station. If you’re transferring in Union Station, it will take 5-10 minutes to get from the train platforms to the Metro Rail stations, depending on how fast you walk. There are train station employees on the platforms, so do ask them if you need help.

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 1.07.37 PM.pngAmtrak: Use Amtrak’s Trip finder to purchase tickets from your local station to LA Union Station (LAX). Amtrak does have a snack car on board, as well as rest rooms, really nice, cushy seats, and power outlets in every row.

Fares are dependent on how far you travel, but are $36 round trip from Irvine and $24 round trip from Riverside. Tickets can be bought online, through their app, or at the Amtrak station. Tickets must be purchased prior to boarding the train.

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 1.08.30 PMMetroLink: Use MetroLink’s Plan a Trip function to find which train to catch to get you to Pasadena. While MetroLink does not have a snack car on board, some cars do have rest rooms, comfortable seats, and sometimes the cars have power outlets. Tickets MUST be purchased at the train station. If you are taking the MetroLink to Union Station, you should be able to use your ticket to transfer to the Metro system at no extra cost.

Fares are dependent on how far you travel, but are $21.50 round trip from Irvine and $26 round trip from Riverside. There’s also a weekend pass available for $10, regardless of where you get on the train. PLUS, if you’re coming in from Riverside, they are offering a 2 for 1 promotion on Feb 20 and 21st, due to the 91 CLOSURE IN CORONA. Tickets must be purchased at the MetroLink station and must be bought prior to boarding the train.

What ever way you decide to get to QuiltCon, be safe and enjoy yourself!

Call for Volunteers!


QuiltConWest is almost here – just two short weeks before creative people from all over the world come together to celebrate modern quilting.

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If you are a member of a California MQG and are planning to attend the show, how about volunteering for a few hours at the California MQG Booth? For a few hours of your time, you will receive a one day show pass and the opportunity to share your love of modern quilting and your guild.

Click here for the link to volunteer: QuiltConWest Volunteer

Hope to see you at the show!