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.


May Block Lotto Instructions

Block Lotto

Here are detailed instructions on how to complete this month’s Block Lotto! Thank you Lucinda for coordinating this for the guild. The MQG charity quilt challenge theme is “Modern Traditionalism.” With that idea as our inspiration, this month’s lotto block is a traditional Ohio Star block, shaken up a bit. We’re going to piece it in the traditional way, but instead of placing the colors in the positions that highlight the star shape, we are going to toss them in randomly. We get to practice our HSTs, and some precision piecing, but we’re getting experimental with the color placement.

 There are dozens of Ohio Star tutorials online. This is the one I used. Here’s another good one.

The Ohio Star is a nine patch, made with five solids and four Quarter Square Triangles or hourglass squares.​

To make the block, you will need a total of:
Five 4 1/2” squares, which remain intact.
Four 5 1/4” squares, which form the QTSs.

The block will square up to 12 1/2”. The guild provides a piece of Kona Snow, large enough to make six of the squares, if cut as shown in the photo.

Participants supply the remaining material from their stash (you will need to come up with at least two 5 1/4” squares and one 4 1/2” square). Get scrappy! Use modern prints or solids, as few or as many colors as you wish.

For our remix of this traditional block, we are keeping the star pattern in our piecing, but changing the placement of colors so that the star is still present, but is “invisible”.

Take some care in planning your QSTs. If you pair white triangles with colored triangles, you will end up with the traditional QST hourglass square by default. Try pairing colored triangles with prints, or pairing white with white.

One of the tenets of Modern Quilting is an abundance of negative space.

Those who purchase two blocks will have more white to mix and match with. If you make two blocks, feel free to have more white pieces on one block, and fewer on another. Or add more Kona Snow from your stash if you want even more negative space.

When these blocks are combined, it will be a modern scrappy quilt with a traditional framework.

My process: I made the mistake of pairing my white squares with my prints to make my HSTs, which left fewer options for non-traditional color placement in the QSTs. Four HSTs combine to form four QSTs. Two of my QSTs have traditional color placement, and two are a little different.

Combine four QSTs with five 4 1/4″ squares. I used four white and one with the same low-volume print that I used in the QSTs.

Arrange the squares so that the seams form the “skeleton” of the Ohio Star, but the colors do not appear as a star shape. Choose a pleasing arrangement, and piece them together row by row. Square up to 12 1/2 inches.

May 2017 Meeting Recap

OCMQG May 2017 Meeting Recap

We had another full house at our May meeting! Thanks for coming!

Quiltcon 2017

Several members discussed their experiences at Quiltcon 2017. Highlights includied seeing OCMQG member Lucinda’s quilt at the show, the Siddi Quilts exhibit, the Angela Walters exhibit, and seeing all of the charity quilts.

Quiltcon 2018

Quiltcon 2018 will be held in Pasadena on February 22-25, 2018. If you are a member, you should be receiving emails from the Modern Quilt Guild about the conference. They are recruiting volunteers, see the website for details. https://www.quiltcon.com/ The theme for the charity quilt has been announced, it is Modern Traditionalism. We had FIVE people volunteer to coordinate the planning of charity quilt for our guild: Karen M., Gail, Leslie, Julie, and MaryAnne. Karen M. has suggested the Road to California block. Thank you to our volunteers!

Upcoming Workshops:

Indigo – Shibori Workshop & Lunch with Sandra Johnson

Sandra’s workshop will be held on June 3 from 10-3. The location is in a private home in South Orange County, and will be sent to those who register. It is $75 for OCMQG members, and $100 for non-members. To register, email Sandra at sandrajohnsondesigns@gmail.com This workshop covers:

learn to fold, tie and clamp resist using historic patterns
indigo dye is a natural fiber which is what we will be using
dye natural fiber goods in an indigo dye vat
learn a method for creating an acvite dye vat
all fabric for dying provided by instructor
in class you will learn to create a variety of paper patterns which you can use on fabrics
includes: fabric for dying ½ yard white cotton, dye, lunch, and fun!

Jackie Gehring Workshop

This workshop is being offered by Santa Barbara Quilting Retreats. It is in Carpinteria, CA and is on 9/11/17-9/13/17. Cost is $775, lunches are provided, and there will be a wine and cheese event. Discounted hotel is at the Holiday Inn Express in Carpinteria. She is going to teach her class “Composing With Lines.” For more info and to register, go here.

Cecile will be offering her workshop again: Playing with Color and Fabric: Making Your Stash Work For You. If you are interested in attending this workshop in June or July, email Cecile and let her know which dates in June or July work for you. customerservice@sewingparty.com

Cecile shows off one of her quilts

Quilt Shows and Lectures

Kaffe Fassett will be giving a lecture in Glendora in 9/23 at The Sew N Sew. The cost is $50. For more info, go here.

The Flying Geese quilt show is 6/3 and 6/4 at SOKA University in Aliso Viejo. This is a great opportunity to see an excellent show close to home with both modern and traditional quilts. Sewing Party will be a vendor at the show! For more info, go here.

Southern California Quilter’s Run

This will be held over two weekends this year! The dates are July 13-16 and July 20-23. The Quilter’s Run is a great opportunity to visit quilt and fabric shops in the area and get some inspiration from each shop. It’s also an opportunity to win prizes, grow your stash, score some new patterns, and have some fun! This would be a great opportunity for someone to get your feet wet leading a “field trip,” hint hint! For more info on Quilter’s Run, go here. http://www.quiltersrun.com/ and here for more info on Row By Row.https://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/ca.htm

Central Coast Quilter’s Run

This one is coming up soon: June 2-4. These shops are located from Ventura to Paso Robles. Superbuzzy, some wine tasting, and a mini buzz-y, anyone? 🙂 Check it out here!

Scrap Swap

Elise brought four bags stuffed with fabric swaps and four lucky people were chosen via random number generator to take the scrap bags home! If you received a bag, take out the scraps that you want and then add scraps from your stash back to the bag and bring it back next month. Thank you Elise for coordinating the scrap swap!

Handmade Items Raffle

Elise donated several items for the raffle, thank you, Elise! The materials that she used to make her items were donated by Sew Vac Ltd. in Long Beach and the patterns are from the Sew Sweetness blog. The raffle items raised $83 for the guild!


Make It Modern Segment

Gail brought in several of her quilts, some dating back to the 80’s! In addition to sharing her quilts, she also shared some books that have been influential on her quilting including Quilts of Gee’s Bend, and Collaborative Quilting. It was wonderful to see Gail’s progression as a quilter, so thank you Gail for sharing your quilting journey with us! Elise volunteered to bring in examples of her quilting for our June meeting.

Social Break
Several members brought cookies for our social hour—thank you! Julie’s homemade chocolate chip cookies are a Martha Stewart recipe. They were all delicious!

April Block Lotto

April Block Lotto

Here are detailed instructions on how to complete this month’s Block Lotto! Thank you Lucinda for coordinating this for the guild.

As a compliment to last month’s “Blue Moon” block, this month’s “Comet” block is on the opposite end of the spectrum. Last month’s solid was white, and it used a pattern, and curves. with an online tutorial. This block uses black, no pattern, and only straight lines, with no tutorial. These instructions are a guide, but there will be some improvisational decisions to make, and some monkeying around to fit the block together. Some may find this bit of freedom fun and easy, while some may find it more challenging.

The Guild provided one 11.5″ square of Kona Black. Participants provide scraps from their stash in three or more shades of a single color. It’s okay to use prints that read as solid. Stitch your gradation of scraps to form a rough strip approximately 3” x 12”. Seams do not need to be straight or parallel to each other.

Cut a long triangle wedge out of the strip. You choose the angles and direction. No need to measure. This is your “Comet”.

block lotto april 1

Cut the black square in two. You choose the placement and the angle of the cut.
block lotto april 2

Insert the Comet between the two black portions.

Take care to ensure that the result will yield at least a 10.5” square.

In order to accommodate the Comet piece, you may need to remove a wedge of black, adjust your angles, or flip one of your black portions over.
block lotto april 3

Sew the two black portions onto either side of your Comet. Don’t panic if the result is not square.

Square up the block, and trim to 10.5″

block lotto april 4

​It’s okay if the point does not meet the edge of the block.

Black backgrounds always seem to make colors glow.

We should end up with a fun collection of 10.5” Comet blocks which can be assembled in any the winner desires.

Have fun with the colors, and don’t sweat the details.

#OCMQG Members! Check your email – the #

#OCMQG Members! Check your email – the #QuiltCon2018CharityQuilt has been announced. This year will be modern traditionalism with a great color pallet. Take a read to get familiar (there are some great links to webinars). The guild will need to know if this is something we want to do and then we’ll need volunteers to coordinate and make. *exciting*

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February 2017 Meeting Minutes

OCMQG February Meeting Recap

Thanks for attending our February meeting and thank you Lisa for leading the February meeting! At the beginning of the meeting, Karen A. and Lucinda checked in from QuiltCon via Skype and shared their initial impressions of the conference, thank you both for taking the time to share your experience at the conference!

Block Lotto

Thank you Sandy for organizing this month’s Block Lotto and doing a demo of the pattern—it’s a paper-pieced coffee mug! Those who signed up received a piece of fabric in Kona Silver and RightPatterns (R)’s Coffee Cup pattern (available on Craftsy.com). Pull any fabrics from your stash to complete the coffee mug. Paper piecing the “steam” is optional, you can top the mug with a solid block if you wish. Sandy enlarged the block to a 10” block. The pattern when enlarged doesn’t include the 1/4” seam around the outside so be sure to include the 1/4” seam around the block.


If you would like to volunteer to demo a sewing or quilting technique at an upcoming meeting, let us know!


The 2017 budget was unanimously approved at the meetinng

Volunteer Positions Update

Sandra has volunteered to coordinate field trips and workshops for OCMQG, thank you Sandra! Lisa has also volunteered to help co-coordinate field trips, thank you Lisa!

Mary has volunteered to coordinate the handmade item raffle, thank you Mary! We also had many people sign-up to make a handmade item to donate to the guild for raffles, thank you to our amazing members for signing up! We have enough sign-ups to be able to have a raffle at every meeting through 2017! Raffle tickets will be $1 each or 6 tickets for $5, and proceeds will go to the guild. Each month, Mary will be touching base with the person who has volunteered to check-in on your progress. Bring some cash to the March meeting for raffle tickets.

Scrap Swap

At the meeting, some members brought scraps to donate to the “Scrap Swap.” Elise is coordinating this with the Long Beach MQG, thank you Elise! At the March meeting, Elise will bring back three “scrap bags” and three members will be chosen at random to take a bag home. Those people will select the scraps from the bag they would like to keep, add scraps back to the bag, and bring the bag back to the April meeting. If you donated scraps at the February meeting and are selected, you do not need to add additional scraps. There will be a separate bag of solid-color scraps. Elise will get a scrap bag from at the Long Beach MQG meeting on 3/7 to bring to our March meeting.

Social Break

Our mini Social Breaks are a big hit! Halfway through the meeting, we are taking a break so that members can socialize and get to know each other better.

March Challenge

Quilts for our first challenge of the year are due at the March meeting! Your quilt must be completed including binding. We’re so excited to see what our members have created and hope you are feeling a sense of completion as you tackle those UFO’s!

Staying with the theme of UFO’s, an idea for the next challenge (due in July) is to make a quilt from a pattern that you already own, so start going through all those patterns you’ve bought and never made!

Workspace Tours

Elise had a great suggestion to do a powerpoint presentation of people’s workspaces. If you would like to participate, send Elise some pictures of your workspace and a brief explanation of your setup, organization, or process. This presentation will give members some ideas and inspiration on how they might organize their workspaces better. Elise’s email is elise.a.beck@gmail.com.


The LA Modern Quilt Guild is having a workshop on smallscale piecing with Chawne Kimber on March 11th at Sew Modern in LA. For those of you who attended QuiltCon in Pasadena, you probably remember Chawne’s “I Can’t Breathe” quilt. For more info on the workshop, email Sandra at sandrajohnsondesigns@gmail.com. For more info on Chawne Kimber, go here: https://huntersdesignstudio.com/2016/02/25/important-quilts-meeting-chawne-kimber/

Show & Tell

During show and tell, Julie presented a quilt that had a QR code on the label. Using this technology, Julie recorded herself reciting the poem that is sewn on the quilt. When the code is scanned, it plays back Julie’s voice reciting the poem. What a great idea! For more info on how to add this to a quilt, check out Www.stkrit.com.

Finish up those UFO’s at our next Sew-In, it’s on Sunday March 12 at Cosmic Quilting from 12-4. Our next meeting is on March 30. Happy sewing!