Charity, Meeting, Meeting Notes

January Meeting Recap

Oh wow! Our January meeting was FULL of good quilty inspiration! The board decided to pivot back to Zoom due to the latest changes in the pandemic. The last thing we wanted was to start everyone’s year off as a super spreader event! So we met on Zoom on Sunday, January 9th. For anyone who wasn’t able to join us, below is a summary of what we covered. 

2022 Membership

Registration for 2022 membership in the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild is live and a link to the registration page was emailed to all existing members with the January newsletter. You can also access that link by clicking here. Dues are due as soon as possible but no later than the end of February. If we haven’t heard from you in February, you will likely get a call from Hadley to make sure your membership doesn’t lapse if your intention is to renew. If your circumstances have changed and you already know you won’t be renewing your membership, please send us an email (at the sdmqgboard gmail) so we can update our records.

Dues will continue to be $50 for the year. Those dues go in-part to the Modern Quilt Guild and get you access to all of the membership resources including discounted admission to QuiltCon classes and lectures as well as webinars, patterns and other quilting resources. The other portion of your dues remain with us. We use those funds to pay for programming, activities, raffle prizes, charity supplies and more! 


Our 2022 Board

In case you missed it, our shiny new 2022 board is comprised of:

President: Nancy Littlefield  

VP of Operations: Hadley Mendoza Miklos

VP of Activities: Janine Fulkerson

Secretary: Jen Collins

Treasurer: Kristyn Jansen

(And Charity Coordinator)


QuiltCon Updates

We wanted to make sure everyone read the email that came from the MQG on Jan 3, 2022 related to safety protocols that will be in place due to the pandemic. Key information is:

  • QuiltCon is happening, but with increased protocols.
  • Workshop attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination or negative PCR test results, taken within 72 hours of workshop date/time. Check email for link to upload your vaccination card before going to Phoenix
  • This year only, cancellations until January 21st for 35% refund. Check email for the link. 
  • NOTE:  for a fee, you can transfer your workshop to another member. Refer to QuiltCon guidelines for more info.
  • General safety protocols are in place for the whole venue, but only the workshops require proof of vaccine.

QuiltCon will continue to be an ongoing conversation through the February meeting. For those going to Phoenix, we will be arranging a get together one night during the show. More details to come.


Activities

1st Quarter Challenge: Increased Learning

Between now and March, challenge yourself to learn or try something new. It can be anything that adds to your quilting journey that you can share with the group: 

  • Something you learned in class
  • New color patterns
  • Read an article or view an instructional video
  • Challenge yourself to try something you have been avoiding 

Whether you find something on your own or while at QuiltCon, bring your new found knowledge/project and share it in March. Participants are eligible for prizes.

Monthly Member Spotlight

We would like to feature YOU at a future meeting! Whether you are a new quilter or an experienced quilter we all have our story to tell. Share your quilting journey so we can get to know you better. 

All presentation styles can be accommodated- from free form with show and tell to a powerpoint presentation with pictures and anywhere in between. Nervous to do it alone- pick a friend to present with you. And yes your pet pictures are welcome 🙂 Want more info or to sign up, please email Janine at the sdmqgboard gmail.

Speaking of Member Spotlight, our new President, Nancy was our first presentation for 2022. Nancy dazzled us with her amazing quilting history. She shared so many beautifully inspiring pictures, projects and tips. A few of her gorgeous quilts are included below.


Charity

Current Charity Drive

For the first trimester of 2022 (January – April) we are supporting the Ronald McDonald House. Kristyn gave us the great news that we were able to donate more than 60 quilts to Ronald McDonald House as part of our 2021 drive. 

To jump start our 2022 drive, she gave us a preview of this trimester’s group quilt block kits. Using some cute Elizabeth Hartman fabrics that were donated, we will be making these super fast Slash and Dash blocks. These will be alternated to make a pinwheel design.

Block kits can be picked up in person at the January sew-in on the 23rd (even if you will not be attending the sew-in) OR please email Kristyn at the sdmqgcharity gmail to make other arrangements. The completed blocks are due back by the March meeting.

Year-long Special Project: Women’s Resource Center

We will be holding a year-long quilt drive to support the Women’s Resource Center’s emergency shelter. The Women’s Resource Center helps to serve women and children who have been victims of domestic abuse and/or sexual assault. Our goal is to provide quilts for all of the 33 beds in the shelter. We are asking for twin sized or large throw quilts in the color scheme below so that they will coordinate at the facility. 

Details of the project have been emailed out to members and are in a blog post, but this long-term project is a great way to meet other guild members by joining a team! If you would like our help getting matched up to a group, please complete the form here.

Finally, have a quilt that doesn’t fit with this trimester’s drive? No worries! All of your beautiful and generous guilt donations are always welcome. Any charity questions or requests for supplies can be sent to Kristyn at sdmqgcharity@gmail.com

And keep tagging your charity makes (in-progress or finished objects) with #sdmqgcharity on Instagram so everyone can see your contribution!


Sew and Tell

You guys have been busy and knocked it out of the park with your amazing quilts and projects! A few highlights are included below. 

Chris B. showed off her completed Violet Craft Wolf quilt that she gifted to her wolf-loving daughter:

Dori C. showed off her completed Finger Paints quilt that she started during the workshop we hosted with Laura Loewen in October last year.

And Meghan D. blew us away with her serendipitous masterpiece (Paws All Around by Mary Go Round Quilts).

Finally, Jen C. shared the completed group quilt that the guild made for the Riverside Chemo Lounge drive in 2020 (better late than never!!). 


Coming Guild Events

Finally, here are some dates and events to remember. 

Next Sew-In: Sunday, January 23rd at 11:00 am at Quilt in a Day – watch for registration email

Next Meeting:  Sunday, February 13th at 12:00 pm at Quilt in a Day. If anything changes and we end up back on Zoom for the February meeting, we will notify membership by email before the meeting.

QuiltCon:  February 16-20 in Phoenix, AZ


Written By: Jen Collins

Posted By: Kristyn Jansen

Charity

Charity Year Long Project: Women’s Resource Center

Our year long charity project this year, will support The Women’s Resource Center, which is located in Oceanside. The Women’s Resource Center helps to serve women and children who have been victims of domestic abuse and/or sexual assault. Our year long project is to support their emergency shelter and provide large throw and twin sized quilts to furnish their 33 beds. These quilts will stay at the center and be used by anyone staying there. 

Since the quilts will be staying in use at the center, they have asked us to make the quilts in a cohesive color palette of blues, aqua/turquoise, and grey. White/very low volume is also ok. Please keep fabrics in this color scheme and do not add a print that has a lot of another color that is outside of the color scheme.

Due to the large scale nature of this project, we can only accept finished quilts from individuals and teams. As this project is a great opportunity to work with others in the guild (and reach our goal of 33 quilts), we will help match people up with a group/team in your geographic area so that you can work together to complete quilts for this drive. This is a great time to get to know some of your fellow guild members! This is also an opportunity for you and a friend to team up and work on a quilt together!

We will facilitate the grouping of the teams and check in every once in a while, but once created, the teams will need to be self-sufficient and will be responsible for communication amongst themselves and all of their quilt making logistics. Teams can organize their quilt project or projects in any way agreeable to the members. Some examples include: 

  • Each person can take on one task (piecer, baster, quilter, binder). These jobs could rotate or be repeated if the group wants to make more than one quilt.
  • The group could function like a bee throughout the year with each member organizing one quilt project. The bee members help make the blocks for the top, but the rest of the quilt is completed by the queen bee in any manner they choose. If quilting isn’t your thing, the group could pool resources for long-arming (assuming we cannot help match you with an available long armer in the guild). 

Remember this is a long term project, so while there is certainly no obligation to contribute to more than one quilt, you may find that you have time given the group effort. In planning your group project(s), we encourage everyone not to overextend yourselves. One finished quilt is better than 3 partial quilts.

Some things to note:

  • Quilts can be made from any desired pattern. If you would like some suggestions, please ask!
  • Large Throw Quilts should be at least 60″ square
  • Twin Sized quilts should be 65″x85″ or larger
  • Finished quilts for this project are due no later than the November guild meeting. 
  • Supplies are on hand for batting/backing (and additional ones can be purchased) – Some of the funds we raised from our Opportunity Quilt at the end of the year are set aside for this specific purpose, so I’m happy to provide them for you.
  • There are a limited amount of fabrics available for quilt tops, but I can provide some as a jumping off point if requested.

If you’re interested in working on a quilt as part of a team, please fill out this form. The deadline to fill out the form is February 10th, so that teams can be made by the February meeting. Every effort will be made to group people as closely by their geographic location, but it all depends on who signs up to be on a team.

If you’re a longarmer or someone who would be interested in volunteering your time to quilt for individuals/teams who are in need of that skill, please send Kristyn an email and let her know how many quilts you could potentially take on.

We’re looking forward to seeing all the wonderful quilts that will be made for this charity effort and if you have any questions, please let Kristyn know by emailing her at sdmqgcharity@gmail.com


In case you’re in need of some inspiration for your quilt or want some examples of types of fabrics to use:

Blocks on left: by Kristyn
Blocks on right: by Hadley

Written and Posted By: Kristyn Jansen

Registration

2022 Guild Membership Registration

Are you interested in joining the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild? We’d love to have you! Membership to the Modern Quilt Guild is included in your annual dues, which includes access to all the resources, webinars, and more on their website. Guild dues also go towards our various technology needs, guild programming, charity supplies, and more!

In order to register as a guild member:

1. Complete the 2022 registration form.  Both renewing members and new members need to complete the form. Our form changes slightly each year and we want to make sure we have the most up-to-date information from you.

2. Pay membership dues ($50, or $25 after July 1) online via Venmo (preferred) or via check (made out to San Diego Modern Quilt Guild) by mail or in person.  Details for submitting payment are provided when you submit your membership form.

Please note: to be a fully registered member of the San Diego MQG, you must submit both your registration form and dues payment.

All monthly meetings are currently held concurrently in person and virtually over Zoom.

Questions? Email the board at sdmqgboard@gmail.com

Charity, holiday party, Meeting Notes

November Guild Meeting

Our last official meeting of the year was held Sunday, November 14th at Quilt in a Day as well as via webinar on Zoom. For those who weren’t able to join us either in-person or virtually, here’s a recap of what we covered. 

2022 Membership

Information about renewing your membership in the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild will be emailed to members in January and we will be conducting a renewal campaign that month. If you are anxious to pay next year’s dues, hold tight for now. We will be ready for you in January! 

Dues will continue to be $50 for the year. Those dues go in-part to the Modern Quilt Guild and get you access to all of the membership resources including discounted admission to QuiltCon classes and lectures as well as webinars, patterns, and other quilting resources. The other portion of your dues remain with us. We use those funds to pay for programming, activities, raffle prizes, charity supplies and more! 

Election Nominations

We completed the nominations for the 2022 board and will hold the election at the holiday party on December 5th. The slate of nominees are as follows for each position:

President: Nancy Littlefield  

VP of Operations: Hadley Mendoza Miklos

VP of Activities: Janine Fulkerson

Secretary: Jen Collins

Treasurer: Kristyn Jansen

We understand that not everyone will be able to come to the holiday party, so we have emailed a link to an electronic ballot to all members (please see the email about the holiday party). Members should only use the electronic ballot if you will not be voting in person. Ballots must be received by midnight on December 4th to be counted in the election. 

Holiday Party

Additional information about our 2021 Holiday Party was provided. For a recap, the holiday party is being held Sunday, December 5th at 11:00am at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Vista. We will have access to the inside and outside space (weather permitting). We will be ordering lunch from Panera. Water will be available but you are welcome to bring your own drinks. Please RSVP using the form that was emailed to members. On the form you can select your meal preference as well as indicate any dietary restrictions. We will accommodate those restrictions to the best of our ability. RSVPs are required by Thursday, December 2nd.

Activities will include a brown bag gift exchange (instead of the coordinated mini swap we have done in prior years), as well as two rounds of Left Right Center. We will also be selecting the winning ticket for this year’s opportunity quilt! 

Opportunity Quilt

Our 2021 QuiltCon Community Outreach Quilt is our Opportunity Quilt this year and we will be picking a winner for it at the Holiday Party (winner need not be present).

Opportunity quilt tickets are being sold to raise money for Feeding San Diego and to help support our 2022 Charity Special Project (supporting the Women’s Resource Center – more below). Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online via Venmo (@sdmodernquiltguild). Please mention Opportunity Quilt in the note field. They can also be purchased via check at the Holiday Party. Checks can be made payable to: San Diego Modern Quilt Guild and should mention Opportunity Quilt in the memo. Checks can also be mailed to our treasurer (address in the holiday party email), but they must be received no later than December 4th to be considered for entry.

Non-members are also welcome to buy tickets for the Opportunity Quilt – please include your email if entering via Venmo, so that we have a way to contact you.

The quilt is approximately 68″x85″ and was longarm quilted by member Chris Broehmer of SweetPea Threads.

Please see the holiday party email for more details!


Charity

Kristyn provided an update on the coming year’s charity program resulting from the recently held Charity Committee Planning Meeting. The Charity Committee plans to continue with a trimester drive structure focusing on Ronald McDonald House at the beginning of the year and Just in Time for Foster Youth’s My First Home program for the 2nd trimester. Due to a change in our connection to the Riverside Medical Center’s Chemo Lounge, we are looking into a local option to support individuals going through cancer treatment for our third trimester. If you are aware of a cancer treatment center in San Diego that will take quilts donations (many don’t!), please let us know! We will also round out the year with donations to the Community Resource Center’s Holiday Baskets.

New for next year, we will be holding a year-long quilt drive to support the Women’s Resource Center’s emergency shelter. Our goal is to provide quilts for the 33 beds in the shelter. More specific details will be provided in the future, but we will be asking for large throw to twin sized quilts in a specific color scheme so that they will coordinate at the facility. We are also going to be helping people pair up or team up to work on quilts. This will be a great way to meet other guild members, share tasks, and get more quilts completed!

Finally, going forward we are planning to offer two opportunity quilt fundraisers during the year to raise money to support other local organizations financially where quilt donations are not feasible. One will be a more traditional opportunity quilt, like the one we are holding right now and the other will be a different kind of event. We will provide more information on that event next year.

Current Charity Drive

Riverside Medical Center’s Chemo Lounge (September – December)

We support the Chemo Lounge by providing quilts for patients to use during their treatment at the center. Patients are able to keep the quilt they have chosen after their treatment.

Our focus for this trimester is on lap/throw sized quilts – approximately 50″ x 60″ or larger. Please feel free to bring in any final donations to the holiday party. 

Kristyn also collected the blocks for this year’s group quilts. If you are interested in helping assemble, quilt or bind either of the two quilts we are making together, please let Kristyn know by emailing sdmqgcharity@gmail.com.

We also finished collecting potholders for our year-long potholder drive. Together we were able to donate more than 200 potholders to support the Community Resource Center and their Holiday Baskets program. Many quilts and other handmade items were donated, including 66 baby quilts from Jill L. and a large assortment of bags from Lauren M. 

As we reach the end of the year, we wanted to take a moment to thank each and EVERY member who contributed in any way to the charity program this year. We know that everyone’s bandwidth and resources are different. Whether small or large, we appreciate you and your contribution.

Finally, keep tagging your charity makes (in-progress or finished objects) with #sdmqgcharity on Instagram so everyone can see your contribution!


Scrap Swap

Following the meeting we held the annual scrap swap! If you haven’t been to one before, it is a great opportunity to pass long your scraps that you are done with and freshen your scraps with new-to-you gems! It’s always a lot of fun and this year was no exception! 


Sew and Tell

As usual, we had a lovely and colorful show and tell full of quilts, bags and other makes! 

A couple projects include Jill’s happy version of the Tiny Town quilt from Pen + Paper Patterns:

Barbara showed off her whimsical kaleidoscope quilt she completed with her sewing circle.

Kenza showed off her gorgeous QuiltCon submission (quilted by member Chris of SweetPea Threads).

Finally, Jen shared one of the completed group quilts that the guild made for the Ronald McDonald House drive earlier this year! 


Coming Guild Events

Finally, here are some dates and events to remember. 

Holiday Party: Sunday, December 5th at 11:00am at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by December 2nd!.

Next Sew-In: Instead of our regular meeting, we will be holding a special sew-in on Sunday, December 12th at 11:00 at Quilt in a Day – we have a capacity limit for this event, so look for a sign up email closer to the date of the sew in. Please Note: There will be no regular 4th Sunday sew-in on December 26th.

Next Guild Meeting: Sunday, January 9th at 12:00 at Quilt in a Day to be followed by a handwork stitch and sew. No sewing machines please due to capacity constraints. Masks required.


Written By: Jen Collins

Posted By: Kristyn Jansen

Charity, Meeting Notes

October Meeting Recap

Our October meeting was held Sunday, October 10th at Quilt in a Day as well as via webinar on Zoom. For those who weren’t able to join us either in-person or virtually, here’s a recap of what we covered. 

Election Update

Our most important agenda item was the 2022 elections. Hadley made a rousing and encouraging speech about joining next year’s board. We hadn’t yet heard from anyone interested in the two open positions of President and VP Activities, so we decided to postpone nominations and hold a zoom meeting this month for anyone interested in either position, wanting to ask questions or explore ways they can support the guild. We will reconvene at the November meeting for nominations and bump the election to December to ensure there is enough time for members to make thoughtful decisions. If you are interested and want to know more about either open position, please email the board at sdmqgboard at gmail.com


Activities!

Holiday Party

Our 2021 Holiday Party is being held Sunday, December 5th at 11:00am at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Vista. In order to accommodate “all things pandemic” we will be catering the party. We will offer seating inside, but members are welcome to bring a quilt and eat out on the lawn (weather permitting). 

We will be doing a brown bag exchange instead of the coordinated mini swap. You can bring any make (mini quilt, bag, etc.) and you will swap with another member to bring home a lovely gift in exchange. We will also be playing Left Right Center. More details to come!

An RSVP, requesting dietary restrictions, will be requested in November, following the November meeting.


Charity

Current Charity Drive

Riverside Medical Center’s Chemo Lounge (September – December)

We support the Chemo Lounge by providing quilts for patients to use during their treatment at the center. Patients are able to keep the quilt they have chosen after their treatment.

Our focus for this trimester is on lap/throw sized quilts – approximately 50″ x 60″ or larger.

Chemo Lounge Group Quilt Project

Jen has assembled kits for this trimester’s group project – we are making these gradient log cabin blocks that radiate from a darker color out to light. Each kit will contain fabric to make two blocks. Blocks can be a straight log cabin or feel free to make it a bit wonky like in the photo below.

All kits have now been handed out and are due back to Kristyn by the November meeting. If you won’t be able to turn your blocks back in-person, please email Kristyn to make arrangements to mail them to her: sdmqgcharity@gmail.com

Keep tagging your blocks #sdmqgcharity on Instagram so everyone can see your contribution!

Community Resource Center’s Holiday Baskets Program (Beginning of December)

In addition to the potholders that we have made throughout the year, we also support the Community Resource Center and their Holiday Baskets program by donating quilts of all types and sizes at the end of the year. This program helps to support families in need and allows them to select from a variety of goods such as food, clothing, blankets, toys, and more. Potholders and quilts for this drive need to be donated no later than the November 14th guild meeting.

Finally, have a quilt that doesn’t fit with this trimester’s drive? No worries! All of your beautiful and generous guilt donations are always welcome. If you’re interested in helping us out with quilting, send an email! We have lots of quilt tops that are in need of quilting and we need your help to get those quilted up for donation. Any charity questions or requests for supplies can be sent to Kristyn at sdmqgcharity@gmail.com


Membership and Swag Pins

Please email sdmqgboard@gmail.com if you need your two membership pins or to purchase one or both of our adorable SDMQG spirit pins for $6/each or $10/both.


Sew and Tell

As usual, our members didn’t let us down with another beautiful assortment of makes. 

Laurie M. showed off her super cute version of the Ghost Quilt from Then Came June and Pen + Paper Patterns.

Suzanne brought another of her amazing 100% hand pieced and hand quilted masterpieces. This time a beautiful temperature quilt.

And Jenny H. showed off the recent foundation paper pieced pattern test she completed for  Sarah Pitcher! An Octopus, of course!!


Coming Guild Events

Finally, here are some dates and events to remember. 

Next Guild Meeting: Sunday, November 14th at 12:00 at Quilt in a Day to be followed by a handwork stitch and sew. No sewing machines please due to capacity constraints. Masks required.

Next Sew-In: Sunday, November 28th at 11:00 at Quilt in a Day – we have a capacity limit for this event, so look for a sign up email closer to the date of the sew in.

Holiday Party: Sunday, December 5th at 11:00am at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. Lunch will be provided. RSVP will be requested in November (watch your email!).


Written By: Jen Collins

Posted By: Kristyn Jansen

Meeting Notes

September Meeting Recap

Our September meeting found us back and in-person at Quilt in a Day! Even though the group was small, it was so nice to see those of you who could come. 

We were also able to offer a Zoom viewing option for those who were not able to come in person. We know there is a need to offer a remote viewing option and we hope to continue to be able to do this. Going forward, we will send out a Zoom webinar link for the meeting along with the newsletter so those viewing from home will have the meeting link in advance. Unfortunately there are a lot of technical logistics involved and we need some help. Right now, the board is not able to both hold the in-person meeting as well as moderate the online webinar version of the meeting. If you can help with either equipment or your time, please let the board know as soon as possible. We want to make the at-home viewing option the best it can be!

For those who weren’t able to join us either in-person or virtually, here’s a recap of what we covered. 

Activities!

We are hosting an in-person workshop with Laura Loewen of Quilt Fort Co.! The Ruler Free Finger Paints workshop will be held Saturday, October 16th at Quilt in a Day from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The cost is $80 for members which includes workshop and lunch. Members can register here. If we don’t fill all spaces with members, we will open it at $100 to non-members on September 20th.

3rd Quarter Challenge – Zero Waste

We wrapped up the 3rd quarter challenge: Zero Waste Quilting! We had several members share their zero waste projects in person and several showed off their scrap saving ideas on instagram using the hashtag #sdmqgzerowaste. Be sure to check out the hashtag! All of the original information about the challenge and Zero Waste quilting can be read here

Holiday Party

Our 2021 Holiday Party is being held Sunday, December 5th at 11:00am at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Vista. In order to accommodate “all things pandemic” we will be catering the party. We will offer seating inside, but members are welcome to bring a quilt and eat out on the lawn (weather permitting). 

We will be doing a brown bag exchange instead of the coordinated mini swap. You can bring any make (mini quilt, bag, etc.) and you will swap with another member to bring home a lovely gift in exchange. We will also be playing Left Right Center. More details to come!

An RSVP will be requested in November.

Election Update

If you are interested in participating on the board next year, please let us know by the October meeting. We will be holding the official nominations in October and the election in November. The position of Vice President Activities will need to be filled and while the rest of the existing board is willing to continue for another term, we welcome anyone else who is interested in any of the available positions. 

Participating on the board is both rewarding and fun!


Charity

Current Charity Drive

Riverside Medical Center’s Chemo Lounge (September – December)

We support the Chemo Lounge by providing quilts for patients to use during their treatment at the center. Patients are able to keep the quilt they have chosen after their treatment.

Our focus for this trimester is on lap/throw sized quilts – approximately 50″ x 60″ or larger.

Chemo Lounge Group Quilt Project

Jen has assembled kits for this trimester’s group project – we are making these gradient log cabin blocks that radiate from a darker color out to light. Each kit will contain fabric to make two blocks. Blocks can be a straight log cabin or feel free to make it a bit wonky like in the photo below.

We still have kits available – they can be picked up in person at either the September sew-in (on Sunday the 26th) or at the October meeting or by mail if you aren’t able to make the in person events. Please send Kristyn an email if you would like blocks mailed to you and indicate the amount of kits you would like to sew: sdmqgcharity@gmail.com Blocks are due back no later than the November meeting and can be returned at a guild meeting/sew in or mailed back to Kristyn.

Community Resource Center’s Holiday Baskets Program (Beginning of December)

In addition to the potholders that we have made throughout the year, we also support the Community Resource Center and their Holiday Baskets program by donating quilts of all types and sizes at the end of the year. This program helps to support families in need and allows them to select from a variety of goods such as food, clothing, blankets, toys, and more. Quilts for this drive need to be donated no later than the November 14th guild meeting – date subject to change once we hear more specifics for this year’s event.

Finally, have a quilt that doesn’t fit with this trimester’s drive? No worries! All of your beautiful and generous guilt donations are always welcome. If you’re interested in helping us out with quilting, send an email! We have lots of quilt tops that are in need of quilting and we need your help to get those quilted up for donation. Any charity questions or requests for supplies can be sent to Kristyn at sdmqgcharity@gmail.com


Membership and Swag Pins

Please email sdmqgboard@gmail.com if you need your two membership pins or to purchase one or both of our adorable SDMQG spirit pins for $6/each or $10/both.


Sew and Tell

Not only did we get to see some AMAZING finishes in-person, a couple of our members had some exciting news to share about their projects. 

Kristi Schmits’ beautiful quilt (which was a reimagined version of a quilt her grandmother made) has been published in the November/December issue of McCall’s Quilting. Look for her quilt called Frosty Flakes at your favorite place to pick up quilting magazines!

Corinne Pitcher’s gorgeous pandemic all-stash double wedding ring quilt has been included in the new book Quarantine Quilts: Creativity in the Midst of Chaos being released at the end of this month.

And Michelle F. delighted us with her version of the Parallel Universe Mystery Quilt co-hosted by guild-friend, Latifah Saafir.


Coming Guild Events

Finally, here are some dates and events to remember. 

Next Sew-In: Sunday, September 26th at 11:00 at Quilt in a Day – we have a capacity limit for this event, so look for a sign up email closer to the date of the sew in.

Next Guild Meeting: Sunday, October 10th at 12:00 at Quilt in a Day to be followed by a handwork stitch and sew. No sewing machines, please due to capacity constraints.

Ruler Free Finger Paints workshop: Saturday, October 16th from 11:00 to 4:00 at Quilt in a Day. Registration required.


Written By: Jen Collins

Posted By: Kristyn Jansen

Meeting Notes

August Meeting Recap

We had a great August meeting. Here’s what you missed if you weren’t able to join us. 

We are still planning our first in-person meeting in September. However, because of the ever-changing conditions of the pandemic, we will pivot back to online, if needed. If we are able to meet in-person, we will do so following any current CDC guidelines and Quilt in a Day store policies. At the moment masks are required regardless of vaccination status. Please note that in-person meetings will begin an hour later at 12:00pm. 

Activities!

Timna Tarr returned for a virtual Q&A session. We discussed map plans and she shared so many wonderful examples of her maps and how to implement them. You are still welcome to take her online Map Making with Fabrics online course directly with Timna. You can take the course at your convenience (currently a course purchase gives you access to the course through June 30, 2022) and she welcomes questions both within the online platform as well as over email. 

We are also excited to announce an in-person workshop with Laura Loewen of Quilt Fort Co.! The Ruler Free Finger Paints workshop will be held Saturday, October 16th at Quilt in a Day from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The cost is $80 for members which includes workshop and lunch. Members can register here. If we don’t fill all spaces with members, we will open it at $100 to non-members in September.

3rd Quarter Challenge – Zero Waste

Our 3rd quarter challenge: Zero Waste Quilting is going strong! We are challenging you through September to use something that you used to throw in the trash in a productive way. You can use your materials however you would like, whether you make art, start a new project, repurpose materials or start a “hiding place”. Remember to use the hashtag #sdmqgzerowaste so we can see what you are working on! Please see our dedicated blog post for more information and additional resources on Zero Waste Quilting here. If you share what you made or are working on during the September meeting, you will be eligible for prizes!


Charity

We are currently supporting Just in Time (JIT) for Foster Youth’s My First Home Program for our 2nd trimester’s charity drive, which ends in August. JIT helps transition 18-26 year olds who live in San Diego County and have spent time in the foster system. We support their My First Home project, which helps to supply items for an individual’s first home. For this trimester, we will be accepting throw and bed sized quilts, approximately 50”x60” and larger.

Kristyn has designed a beautiful group project for our guild JIT donation. All of the block packets have been returned and are being sewn into tops. Interested in helping quilt one of the group projects or one of the quilt tops in our charity closet? Please email sdmqgcharity@gmail.com We always need help at this stage of the process, so if you have bandwidth to help, we would love it! Beginners welcome!

Kristyn also gave an update on our QuiltCon 2022 Community Outreach Challenge project. The FPP packets have all been handed out but if you are interested in helping with background blocks, please send Kristyn an email! We are going to keep our design a secret from public eyes for now, but it’s an ‘explosive’ idea using these striking challenge colors:

 

As a reminder, blocks for the QuiltCon Challenge quilt are due back at the September meeting either in person or can be mailed to the address on your block instructions.

Finally, have a quilt that doesn’t fit with this trimester’s drive? No worries! All of your beautiful and generous guilt donations are always welcome. Any charity questions or requests for supplies can be sent to Kristyn at sdmqgcharity@gmail.com


Membership and Swag Pins

Please email sdmqgboard@gmail.com if you need your two membership pins or to purchase one or both of our adorable SDMQG spirit pins for $6/each or $10/both.


Sew and Tell

As usual, we got to see some beautiful work from our members during the August Sew and Tell. Judy L showed us her map work in progress:

Angela D. shared her thoughtful and touching memory quilt:

And Karen J. showed off her collage project using the famous “Military Gold” thread:

Coming Guild Events

Finally, here are some dates and events to remember. 

Next Guild Meeting: Sunday, September 12th at 12:00 at Quilt in a Day to be followed by a handwork stitch and sew. No sewing machines, please due to capacity constraints. Please note the time change.


Written By: Jen Collins

Posted By: Kristyn Jansen

Meeting Notes

July Meeting Recap

We hope you were able to join us for our July meeting, but if you missed it, here’s a quick overview. 

First and foremost, we are pleased to announce our return to in-person activities at Quilt in a Day! While our August meeting will still be held on Zoom, we will be holding the July and August Sew-Ins in-person! Because there is a capacity limit for the time being, we are holding sign-ups and spots will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis with a wait list. Our first in-person meeting will be in September. More details to come!


Current Workshop Opportunity

Timna Tarr joined us for our meeting and stayed to give us her fabulous virtual Flying Colors Trunk Show. Her work is a beautiful mix of color and spans a really diverse range of styles and methodologies. Please check out her work if you are not already familiar with her.

Now all members are invited to take Timna’s Map Making with Fabrics online course directly with Timna. You will be able to take the course at your convenience (currently a course purchase gives you access to the course through June 30, 2022) and we will reconvene with Timna for a virtual Q&A session on Sunday, August 8, 2021 after the August business meeting. You are welcome to attend the Q&A session whether you finished your map project, are looking for ideas, or just want to hear more about it. She said that it is a great time to brainstorm for ideas, so there’s no pressure to have your project finished by next month. To register for the Map Making with Fabrics class, please visit Timna’s website via the link above. The cost is $35 for the course. Email us at sdmqgboard@gmail.com if you have any questions!  


3rd Quarter Challenge – Zero Waste

Jen C. introduced us to our 3rd quarter challenge: Zero Waste Quilting! We are challenging you over the next two months to use something that you used to throw in the trash in a productive way. You can use your materials however you would like, whether you make art, start a new project, repurpose materials or start a “hiding place”. Jen shared some ideas on how to get started, stay organized and things we can try. Please see our dedicated blog post for more information and additional resources on Zero Waste Quilting here.


Charity

We are currently supporting Just in Time (JIT) for Foster Youth’s My First Home Program for our 2nd trimester’s charity drive. JIT helps transition 18-26 year olds who live in San Diego County and have spent time in the foster system. We support their My First Home project, which helps to supply items for an individual’s first home. For this trimester, we will be accepting throw and bed sized quilts, approximately 50”x60” and larger.

Kristyn has designed a beautiful group project for our guild JIT donation. All the packets have been sewn up and returned and we are getting ready to sew them into quilt tops. Interested in helping quilt one of the group projects or one of our donated quilt tops? Please email sdmqgcharity@gmail.com We always need help at this stage of the process, so if you have bandwidth to help, we would love it! Beginners welcome!

Kristyn also showed off the design for the Quiltcon 2022 Community Outreach Challenge. We are going to keep our design a secret from public eyes for now, but it’s an ‘explosive’ idea using these striking challenge colors:  

Finally, have a quilt that doesn’t fit with this trimester’s drive? No worries! All of your beautiful and generous guilt donations are always welcome. Any charity questions or requests for supplies can be sent to Kristyn at sdmqgcharity@gmail.com


Membership and Swag Pins

Please email sdmqgboard@gmail.com if you need your two membership pins or to purchase one or both of our adorable SDMQG spirit pins for $6/each or $10/both.


Sew and Tell

Our members brought an incredible collection of gorgeous projects to show off for this month’s Sew and Tell. I think we can all relate to the sentiments behind Lauren M’s Lockdown quilt using Sarah Fielke book “Stitch your Story”:

Dori C. shared her beautifully modified The Avenue quilt by Louise Papas.

And Susan K. cut into her long hoarded Innocent Crush fabric to create this incredible Disoriented Geese quilt!


Coming Guild Events

Finally, here are some dates and events to remember. 

Next Guild Meeting: Sunday, August 8th at 11 on Zoom to be followed by the Timna Tarr maps Q&A session (all are welcome to stay!).

Next Sew-In: Sunday, August 22nd at 11:00 at Quilt in a Day – we have a capacity limit for this event, so look for a sign up email closer to the date of the sew in.

Zoom links will always be sent via email.


Written By: Jen Collins

Posted By: Kristyn Jansen

Meeting Notes

Zero Waste Quilting – 3rd Quarter Challenge

Our third quarter challenge is all about Zero Waste Quilting!

What is Zero Waste Quilting? It is the concept of using your quilting waste and byproducts rather than throwing them in the trash. Examples of Zero Waste Materials include:

  1. project leftovers (batting scraps, binding triangles, “snippets”)
  2. trash (thread clippings, fabric bits that can’t be sewn, stained/damaged fabric)
  3. packaging materials (cardboard backings, plastic bags, ribbons)
  4. reclaimed materials (clothing, linens, mattress pads)

Using these materials can be accomplished in so many ways! Your challenge from now until the September meeting is to use something that you personally used to put in the trash in a productive way. Some ideas include:

  • making art
  • starting a new quilt project
  • upcycle your material waste
  • use reclaimed materials
  • hide it in plain sight

Share what you did at the September meeting to be eligible for prizes! Be sure to tag your project with #sdmqgzerowaste so we can all follow along!


But why do we do this? If you were lucky enough to be able to follow Sherri Lynn Wood’s artist in residency with Recology, you got a first hand look at what ends up in the dump: EVERYTHING. For four months Sherri Lynn had to source 99% of her materials from the San Francisco dump. She was able to create a fabulous range of quilts and art from what she recovered from the dump, many of which were featured at Quiltcon Nashville in 2019. You can read more about the work that resulted from her residency here, view photos here, and learn more about recology here.  

Another reason to use all of your materials is that you paid good money for them. Fabric is $10 a yard whether it is a 10 inch piece or a half yard. By using all of your materials, you get more value from the materials you purchased.


So how does someone get started? One of the first things you can do is to audit your waste and see what you actually throw away. By monitoring your trash for a while, you can see what is available and start thinking of ideas for how to use them.

Also think about what kind of quilter you are and the types of projects you like to work on. Use that information as a starting point. Do you like to make art? Turn your trash into an art piece. It doesn’t have to be a quilt! But it can be.

Getting organized is a great way to manage your scrap materials for easy use. By keeping them contained, easy to find and in order, you are more likely to use them. Processing your scraps instead of leaving them in bags or boxes allows you to see what you have. Meg of Tea & Brie put together this great flow chart to help you figure out what scrap management process might work best for you.

Meg also wrote a great blog post about scrap processing that you can read on her website here.

By organizing your materials and keeping like-things together, you can easily see when it is time to stop collecting and time to start making! Use simple storage solutions (plastic bins, cute boxes) or reclaimed containers (zippered plastic bags, shoe boxes) to keep like-things together. Jen C. shared her “Easter basket method” for corralling string scraps for twine. 


Another great way to use up scraps is to start a dedicated scrap project. A leaders and enders project is an efficient way to use your scraps while you work on other projects. Jen C. uses binding triangles to sew half square triangles as an ongoing leaders and enders project and harvested fabric for an English Paper Piecing project from weird curve scraps. 


Using reclaimed materials from around your house is also a great way to make something functional out of something you were ready to throw away. Got an old stained blanket? Turn it into the batting for your next quilt. Have a perfectly good blanket that you were ready to donate to Goodwill? Use it as your batting AND backing for a quilt. Quilting with old clothes is another way to use fabric that might eventually end up in the landfill. An old mattress pad protector, a ripped pair of jeans and backing scraps were pieced and quilted into this dog bed for little Penny.


Finally, you don’t have to use everything generated from your quilting but that doesn’t mean it has to go in the trash. That stuff you just want out? It may be exactly what someone else is looking for! Trade with them or use our members’ facebook group to find a resource for your scrap trash. Finally, look to your local community to see if someone is looking for what you have to offer.

Want to be inspired and learn more about Zero Waste? Check out the following instagram accounts:

@recologyair

@sherrilynnwood

@zerowastedaniel

@zakfoster.quilts

@heidi.parkes 

And listen to the Sustainable Sewing chats on YouTube about Repurposing and Zero Waste.

Share what you did at the September meeting to be eligible for prizes! Be sure to tag your project with #sdmqgzerowaste so we can all follow along! We can’t wait to see what you work on!


Written By: Jen Collins

Posted By: Kristyn Jansen

Meeting Notes

June Meeting Recap

Summer has started off with a bang! We had a great June meeting despite being without our fearless leader. If you couldn’t join us, here’s what we covered. 

Coming Events

We are offering a special trunk show and course event with Timna Tarr. She will be giving her virtual Flying Colors Trunk Show on Sunday, July 11, 2021 after the business meeting. Timna will introduce us to her beautiful work, including her map quilts! Members are then invited to take Timna’s Map Making with Fabrics online course directly with Timna. You will be able to take the course at your convenience. We will reconvene with Timna for a virtual Q&A session on Sunday, August 8, 2021 after the business meeting. Feel free to join if you have specific questions, plan to take the class, or just want to listen in. To register for the Map Making with Fabrics class, please visit Timna’s website via the link above. The cost is $35 for the course. The trunk show and Q&A sessions are free to members. Guests can join us for $5 (please Venmo the guest fee to @sdmodernquiltguild). Email us at sdmqgboard@gmail.com if you have any questions!  


2nd Quarter Challenge – Nine Patch

We wrapped up the 2nd quarter challenge by seeing some lovely examples of nine-patch blocks and nine-patch variations. One beautiful example was Angela D.’s beautiful nine-patch leaders and enders project:

Jen C. worked on a scrappy bear paw quilting bee project:

And Kenza C. showed us quite a few lovely blocks from an on-going project, including these:


Charity

Kristyn gave us an exciting update that we have donated 33 quilts to the Ronald McDonald House so far this year (with another donation coming soon)! You guys are amazing and we couldn’t help this many kids without your generous support. THANK YOU!

We are currently supporting Just in Time (JIT) for Foster Youth’s My First Home Program for our 2nd trimester’s charity drive. JIT helps transition 18-26 year olds who live in San Diego County and have spent time in the foster system. We support their My First Home project, which helps to supply items for an individual’s first home. For this trimester, we will be accepting throw and bed sized quilts, approximately 50”x60” and larger.

Kristyn has designed a beautiful group project for our guild JIT donation. Packets have been distributed and due back to Kristyn the week of the July meeting (no later than July 16th). Please email sdmqgcharity@gmail.com if you have any questions!

Finally, have a quilt that doesn’t fit with this trimester’s drive? No worries! All of your beautiful and generous guilt donations are always welcome. Any charity questions or requests for supplies can be sent to Kristyn at sdmqgcharity@gmail.com


Membership and Swag Pins

Please email sdmqgboard@gmail.com if you need your two membership pins or to purchase one or both of our adorable SDMQG spirit pins for $6/each or $10/both.

Sew and Tell

Our members brought an incredible collection of gorgeous projects to show off for this month’s Sew and Tell. Highlights included Meghan D.’s striking version of the Flame Seeker pattern by Lillyella Stitchery:

Suzanne A. has outdone herself with her colorful assortment of potholders for our potholder drive:

And Connie S. is working on this lovely Plaidish (tutorial by Kitchen Table Quilting) as a donation quilt for the JIT drive!

Coming Guild Events

Finally, here are some dates and events to remember. 

Next Sew-in: Sunday, June 27th from 11-1 on Zoom!

Next guild meeting: Sunday, July 11th at 11 on Zoom to be followed by the Timna Tarr trunk show.

Zoom links will always be sent via email.


Written By: Jen Collins

Posted By: Kristyn Jansen