Meeting Notes

July 2023 Meeting Recap

We were so happy to meet up once again. Below is a summary of our July meeting and of things to come. 


Starting at 11:30 am instead of 12 noon allows for more time after our meetings conclude for sewing time! It worked out beautifully. 

Our Guild newsletter will now be published quarterly instead of monthly. Our guild president will continue to send out an informative monthly email. 

Guild Calendar/Coming Events 

Activities Calendar 2023 Meetings Sew-InsYearly Planned Activities
JulyJuly 9July 23
August Aug 13Aug 27Rummage Sale
September Sept 10 Sept 24Board Election Nominations
October Oct 8Oct 22Scrap Swap
November Nov 12Nov 19
DecemberNo MeetingNo Sew-InHoliday Party Dec. 3

Holiday Party – we have a new venue! 

Our president Nancy has secured her community clubhouse for Sunday Dec. 3. Located in Carlsbad, not far from Quilt in a Day, it looks like a wonderful facility. Mark your calendars now! 

SDMQG Retreat 2024 

We have reserved our spot again for next year’s retreat. It will take place from May 30 – June 2, 2024 at Vina de Lestonnac Retreat Center, Temecula. It is so much fun, and a great way to get to know your fellow members better. Pencil it on your calendar!

3rd Quarter Challenge 

Janine announced that our third quarter challenge, due at the Sept 2023 meeting, will be “Americana” themed. Flexibility is huge – as Americana can be whatever YOU feel it is. It does not have to be red, white and blue. Also, it can range from a quilt to a wall hanging, a tab 

Janine provided an excellent presentation to help spur our design juices. Americana includes wholecloth quilts to applique quilts to storytelling quilts, Gees Bend quilts, Native American quilts and more. All of these and more are part of the American tradition. 

Block of the Month 

A group of interested members meet after the regular meeting wraps up to discuss BOM. Janine is facilitating this large group, and emails updates and information as needed. The pattern can be found at or check out the Instagram hashtag.

The first BOM’s were shared with our group. Nice work! 

Charity 2023 – Kristyn Jansen coordinator 

Ronald McDonald House (January – April) 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego provides a “home-away-from-home” for families with children being treated for serious, often life-threatening conditions at local hospitals. In May we delivered 28 quilts for their patients. Thanks to all who donated a finished quilt or helped to finish up an in progress one from the guild stash. 

If you missed this donation, fear not! We usually make at least two donations during the year, as we collect quilts throughout the year for this and the other organizations we support. All sizes of quilts are accepted for Ronald McDonald House. 

Second Trimester: Just In Time (May – August) – My First Home Project 

Our second trimester (May – August) focus is Just in Time for Foster Youth (JIT) and their My First Home Project. JIT serves transitional youth, those 18-26, who are aging out of the foster care system. We support their My First Home Project, which helps to provide those everyday items that one needs to furnish a home, by providing throw and bed sized quilts. 

JIT Group Quilt – Tunnel Blocks 

For our group quilt this trimester, we will be making Tunnel Blocks using this tutorial from Stitched In Color. Blocks can be made at home using your own fabrics or you can pick up a kit at a guild meeting. For these blocks, we will be sticking with the same gradient style as in the tutorial (dark center out to a light outside), but feel free to create your gradient between shades of the same color, within a set of colors, or between different colors. If you’re unsure if you have a gradient (or close to one), a great way to check your values is to take a picture of what you’re working on and then edit it to be in greyscale. A lot more fabrics are more of a medium tone than you realize! 

General guidance for fabric colors is to stick to blender types of fabrics so that the overall color can be read and avoid fabrics that have multiple colors within one print. Blocks are due back by the August guild meeting (August 13) either in person or can be mailed back to Kristyn.

For the blocks, please follow the cutting/sewing directions on the blog post and use a standard 1/4″ seam allowance. Several people worked on these blocks during the guild retreat in June so we’re off to a good start already!

2024 QuiltCon Community Outreach Challenge Quilt 

The theme and palette have been announced for this year’s challenge quilt (check this link for all the details and specifics) and we have been challenged to create a quilt with symmetry with colors from the following palette: 

A design from one of our members has been selected for our QuiltCon quilt. Kristyn will be emailing details to our members. Fabric has been ordered. The goal is to have block kits available ASAP, and all blocks returned to Kristyn no later than the September meeting. They are basic blocks using easy paper piecing. 

Help Needed!!!! – Tops available for quilting 

The guild has a backlog of donated tops that are in need of quilters to turn them into finished quilts. Quilting does not need to be fancy and this is a great way to practice free motion quilting or getting used to a new long arm. Quilt tops of all sizes are available and we can provide batting, backing fabric, and/or binding fabric upon request. If you would like to help, please email the sdmqgcharity gmail or talk to Kristyn at a meeting. 

Special Charity Opportunity – Gently Hugged 

Our contact and point person for this charity is Shelly Hoffman, [email protected] This effort is providing blankets and quilts for babies in need via social workers and nurses. This organization hands out about 60 care packages a month. Dimensions maximum – 45” x 30” 

No religious prints, sports prints, holidays, etc. 

Special Charity Opportunity – Cat Beds (Hadley Mendoza-Miklos)

We’ve donated 128 cat beds to date! Save your fabric scraps, batting, threads, and use all that debris as stuffing for much appreciated (by the cats) cat beds. Give our landfills a break, as well as the cats!

QuiltCon 2024, Feb. 22-25, Raleigh, NC 

Volunteers Needed 

Our own Kristyn Jansen is the manager of volunteers for QuiltCon – from preparation before opening to the tear down at the end. Please consider signing up for a time slot or two, or more, to help make QuiltCon a success. A single slot of volunteering can be as short as two hours and you get a Volunteer t-shirt! Look for signups to open in September.


Registration for Modern Quilt Guild Members opens August 15. Study your class options and be ready when registration opens! Make sure you know your MQG login ahead of time and be sure to read all emails from The MQG that you receive as they have lots of information about the registration process. If you have any questions about registering for QuiltCon, please direct them to [email protected].

Questions? – please email board at [email protected] 

2023 Board Members 

President – Nancy Littlefield
Secretary – Dori Conboy 
Treasurer – Candy Flory Barnes
VP Operations – Michelle Hodgson
VP Activities – Janine Fulkerson

Written By: Dori Conboy

Posted By: Kristyn Jansen