fundraising, holiday party, Meeting Notes

November 2022 Meeting Recap

Our last meeting of the year was held on November 13th. If you weren’t able to join us or just need a reminder of all that was covered, here you go! 

Elections!!

Elections are final! And we even had a member step up to fill the empty Secretary position. The 2023 board will be:

President: Nancy Littlefield

VP of Activities: Janine Fulkerson

VP of Operations: Michelle Hodgson

Treasurer: Candy Flory Barnes

Secretary: Dori Conboy (Thank you, Dori!!)

Membership Renewals

We will be launching our dues renewal campaign shortly. Be sure you return both your payment of $50 and your registration form so that we can complete your membership renewal properly with the MQG. Please also take a few minutes and provide us with your feedback so that the board can help make this guild the best it can be!

Activities

Holiday Party

Our 2022 holiday party will be held on December 4th at 11:30 at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Vista. There will be lunch (please RSVP by November 30th), games and we will be drawing for this year’s opportunity quilt! We will also be hosting a brown bag swap of a handmade item. If you make something, you take something! Please see the holiday party RSVP email for more details!

4th Quarter Challenge: Gifts!

We wrapped up our 4th quarter challenge with a select presentation of holiday gifts in the works, including a lovely zippered pouch made by Jill and tissue cozies made by Stephanie! 

Special December Sew-in

Because of the holiday party and when Christmas falls this year, our last sew-in of the year will take place during our regular meeting time on December 11 from 11-4 at Quilt in a Day. It’s a perfect time to finish up all of your last minute gifts! No sign-ups required. We look forward to seeing you there!

Looking Ahead to 2023

Coming events include a lanyard sew-along on January 22nd and a scrappy quilt breakout session on February 12th. More details to come.

Monthly Member Spotlight

We are currently seeking volunteers for 2023. Remember, you can make this presentation work for you! We can accommodate all types of presentations and you are always welcome to share the spotlight with a friend! Please talk to Janine or email the board if you are interested in signing up for any spots next year! 

November’s Member Spotlight featured our new Secretary, Dori! We enjoyed seeing the evolution of this engineer turned quilter and her spectacular quilts.

Charity

Charity Planning Meeting

The charity committee met recently and decided to continue to support the three quarterly focused organizations we are supporting this year (Ronald McDonal House, Just in Time for Foster Youth’s My First Home program, and the Moores Cancer Center). We do not currently have a year-long project set up, but placemats for Meals on Wheels was suggested at the meeting. We will look into that opportunity and report back with more details if it is selected.

Current Charity Drive

We are currently in the middle of our third trimester drive of 2022 (September – December) supporting the Moores Cancer Center. We are asking for lap and throw-sized quilts (at least 50×60” or larger). Block kits have all been handed out for the group quilt project and were due back at the November meeting.

QuiltCon Community Outreach Challenge Project: Color Shift

Our quilt top is now complete and has been handed off to member Judy LaVine for quilting. We can’t wait to share it with you all! 

Donation Update!

Kristyn was able to make a recent donation of 38 quilts to Ronald McDonald House, bringing our year total to 83 so far!! And 15 quilts were also recently donated to JIT! 

Year-long Women’s Resource Center Project

Speaking of donations, it was turn-in day for our year-long project supporting the Women’s Resource Center. The call was put out for 33 bed or large size throw quilts to cover all 33 beds of the center’s emergency shelter. At the start of the meeting 32 quilts had already been turned in and show and tell revealed a parade of many more finished quilts, including the third SDMQG team quilt and the SDMQG group quilt (plus we know there are a few more out there)! Kristyn will provide the final count for this drive at the holiday party, but you guys have been amazing!! We cannot thank everyone enough who participated in this drive in all capacities. We could not have achieved this without you!

If you still need to turn in a quilt, please contact Kristyn ASAP to make arrangements as we’re planning to make the donation soon.

Tops Available for Quilting

The guild has a backlog of donated tops that are in need of quilters to turn them into finished quilts. Again, 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.

Opportunity Quilt

As in prior years, we are raising money for Feeding San Diego by selling tickets to bring home our 2022 Quiltcon Community Outreach Challenge quilt: Big Bay Boom (Fail). An email was sent out to all members with details on how to buy tickets. Please share this with your family and friends or anyone you think might be interested in supporting this fundraiser. Tickets are $10 each and the winning ticket will be selected at the holiday party on December 4th. You do not need to be present to win.

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


QuiltCon 2023

The final day to register for your free QuiltCon show pass is November 30th. QuiltCon is being held in Atlanta, GA on February 23-26, 2023. All members can go to the show for free, but you need to register by this date or you will need to pay the daily rate to enter. Additionally, Kristyn (who is the QuiltCon volunteer manager) gave us some information about the volunteer opportunities available to all. Shifts are as little as 2 hours, but you get some big perks if you can be a Super Volunteer (16 hours over the course of the entire event). Sign up here

Scrap Swap!!

Oh boy did we have a great turn out for the scrap swap! So much great stuff and all of the leftovers went to our local area Girl Scouts and our cat bed project.


Sew and Tell

November’s Sew and Tell had a theme of cleaning out and turning in! A couple spotlight projects included: 

The third SDMQG team WRC quilt:

Our SDMQG group WRC quilt: 

And Jill’s amazing paper pieced eye-spy quilt:


Coming Guild Events

Finally, here are some dates and events to remember:

Next Sew-In: Sunday, November 27th from 11-4 at Quilt in a Day – No sign-ups required!

Holiday Party: Sunday, December 4th at 11:30am at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, lunch will be provided. RSVP by 11/30!

Special December Sew-In: Sunday, December 11th from 11-4 at Quilt in a Day – No sign-ups required!

Next Meeting: Sunday, January 8th at 12:00 pm at Quilt in a Day (with Zoom viewing option). Stay after the meeting for sew-in time. No sign-ups required. 


Written By: Jen Collins

Posted By: Kristyn Jansen

Charity, Meeting Notes

October 2022 Meeting Recap

We held our October meeting on Sunday, October 9th. Here’s the short and sweet version of what we covered: 

Elections!!

Elections are being held electronically and have been emailed to all members. Please cast your ballot today. No one volunteered for the Secretary position. However, because this is a mandatory position, Janine has offered to switch to the Secretary position instead of VP of Activities if someone else doesn’t volunteer. If you are interested in serving as the board Secretary for 2023 (which at a minimum is responsible for taking notes at the board and general meetings), please email the board as soon as possible. Otherwise, the board will do its best with the volunteers who have already stepped up to help the guild next year.

Activities

Scrap Swap

Our annual scrap swap will be held directly after the November meeting. Bring anything you want to share with your fellow guildmates.

4th Quarter Challenge: Gifts!

Our current challenge is to share what you are making for holiday gifts this year. This can be anything you are currently making and plan to give this holiday season – it does not need to be holiday themed! Please share your gift making projects at the November meeting for a chance to win a prize!

Holiday Party

Our 2022 holiday party will be held on December 4th at 11:30 at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Vista. There will be lunch (RSVP requests will go out after the November meeting), games and we will be drawing for this year’s opportunity quilt! We will also be hosting a brown bag swap of a handmade item. If you make something, you take something! More details to come!

Monthly Member Spotlight

We had the pleasure of learning more about the quilting journey of our new-er member, Kelly Crittle! We are SO glad her love for modern quilting has blossomed and we are excited to see what else is to come!

Next month, we will be featuring Dori Conboy and we are seeking members to share their work for the January to March 2023 meetings. Please talk to Janine or email the board if you are interested in signing up for any spots next year!


Charity

Current Charity Drive

We are currently in the middle of our third trimester drive of 2022 (September – December) supporting the Moore’s Cancer Center. We are asking for lap and throw-sized quilts (at least 50×60” or larger). Block kits have all been handed out for the group quilt project and are due back at the November meeting.

Year-long Women’s Resource Center Project

27 of the 33 goal quilts have already been turned in and 4 more were turned in at the October meeting! Quilts are due at the November meeting unless you have already made other arrangements with Kristyn. 

Charity Planning Meeting

Kristyn has tentatively scheduled the charity planning meeting for Saturday, November 5th. An email will go out to those who have participated in the past, as well as to anyone who indicated they were interested in helping with the charity program in their membership questionnaire. Final meeting date and time will be based on those who respond to that email.

QuiltCon Community Outreach Challenge Project: Color Shift

At the October sew-in (October 23th from 11-4 at Quilt in a Day) we will be working on assembling the quilt top. Please come if you would like to help. No sign-ups required. If you have any block packets, please return to Kristyn as soon as possible. We also need a quilter to quilt this project. It doesn’t need to be fancy. Please let Kristyn know if you would like to do the quilting. 

Tops available for quilting

The guild has a backlog of donated tops that are in need of quilters to turn them into finished quilts. Again, 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/pr binding fabric upon request. If you would like to help, please email the sdmqgcharity gmail or talk to Kristyn at a meeting.

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


Special Guest: Sandra Chandler

We hosted Sandra for an inspiring trunk show and lecture about denim quilts. She showed us her beautiful work and let us know that she will be teaching at the upcoming Stitches West event in Pasadena in November as well as Road to California in January. She will be giving two lectures at Quiltcon in Atlanta in February. Be sure to check her out!! 


Sew and Tell

October’s Sew and Tell was beautiful! A couple spotlight projects included: 

The lovely finished group quilt benefiting the WRC project shared by Laurie M.:

Our guest, Fran’s fabulous bearpaw thrift shop shirt quilt: 

Connie’s beautiful square quilt she is making as a gift:


Coming Guild Events

Finally, here are some dates and events to remember:

Next Sew-In: Sunday, October 23rd from 11-4 at Quilt in a Day – No sign-ups required!

Next Meeting: Sunday, November 13th at 12:00 pm at Quilt in a Day (with Zoom viewing option) with Scrap Swap! Stay after the meeting for sew-in time. No sign-ups required. 

Holiday Party: Sunday, December 4th at 11:30am at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, lunch will be provided.


Written By: Jen Collins

Posted By: Kristyn Jansen

Meeting Notes

August 2022 Meeting Recap

Our August meeting was held on Sunday, August 14th. It may have been our longest meeting to-date! If you weren’t able to make it, here’s what we covered:

Elections!!

We spent a good bit of time at the beginning of the meeting discussing the coming elections. We have three board members who are terming out and their positions (VP of Operations, Treasurer and Secretary) will need to be filled for 2023. However, all board positions are available if someone is interested in any of the positions. Our two returning board members (President and VP of Activities) are willing to either continue their positions or shift if there is a desire by other members to fill their current positions.

We need your help to keep the guild active and move it forward with new ideas. Serving on the board is a lot of fun and doesn’t have to take a lot of time. If you are interested in ANY of the positions, have any questions or would like to discuss your possible involvement in the 2023 board, please reach out to any of our board members directly or email the sdmqgboard gmail.

Here are some dates to remember:

  • September: Taking nominations
  • October: Election (actual voting) 
  • November: Soft transition/training period 
  • December: Holiday Party (no meeting)

Activities

3rd Quarter Challenge: Summer!

Our current challenge is to make something inspired by summer. You can make anything you would like from a mini quilt to a bag. Show off your creation and inspiration at the September meeting for a chance to win prizes!

Bomber Jacket class with Sandra Chandler: September 25th from 11:30-3:30 AND October 2nd from 12:00-2:00 at Quilt in a Day

Details have been emailed to members. The cost is $60 for members and will include your zipper and collar/cuff ribbing. Pattern will need to be purchased separately. Register here today! 

Social Justice Sewing Academy with Sara Trail: at our September meeting (Sept 11th) at Quilt in a Day

We are excited to be hosting Sara Trail for a trunk show about the Social Justice Sewing Academy. Please visit the SJSA’s website for information about their project as well as how you can get involved!

Monthly Member Spotlight

Treasurer and Charity Coordinator, Kristyn Jansen shared with us her life as a maker and how she became a quilter. We have all seen a lot of the work Kristyn has done as part of the guild’s charity program, but it was such a treat to see more of her personal work!

Next month, we will be featuring Meli Mathis and we are currently scheduling members for presentations in 2023.


Charity

Cat Beds!

We had a mountain of completed cat beds at the meeting! Keep them coming and your fiber trash out of the landfill! We have donated fabric available to make the outside of the beds if you would like some. When you are done, turn them in to Hadley for donation.

Current Charity Drive

We wound up our second trimester drive of 2022 (May – August) supporting the Just in Time for Foster Youth’s My First Home Program. This program assists young adults who are aging out of the foster care system and establishing their first apartments. We are asking for throw quilts and bed quilts to donate to the program. If you still have a quilt you would like to donate to JIT, we will continue to accept them throughout the year. 

Next Charity Drive

For the last trimester of the year, we will be supporting Moore’s Cancer Center with donations of lap quilts. More information will be provided next month. 

Holiday Basket Program Change

We announced at the meeting that the Community Resource Center’s Holiday Basket program will not be accepting quilts this year. They are switching to a gift card system so families can buy the items they need directly from retailers. They are however welcoming donations of lap quilts to their senior holiday bags program.

If you have a quilt you were saving for the Holiday Baskets drive, we are happy to accept them for one of the other organizations we support.

QuiltCon Community Outreach Challenge Project: Color Shift

Quilt block packets were handed out for our contribution to the 2023 Quiltcon Community Outreach Challenge. We would love for as many members as possible to participate in this group collaboration. If you weren’t able to pick up a kit already, please contact Kristyn at the sdmqgcharity gmail to make arrangements – we still have kits available for members to sew up to contribute to this project.

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


Sew and Tell

August’s Sew and Tell was a great one! Some spectacular examples of modern quilting include: 

Shelly’s Anna Maria Horner Heart quilt made with Tula Pink Scraps: 

Angela’s scrappy boat quilt: 

And Dori’s “Black and White” double wedding ring quilt:


Coming Guild Events

Finally, here are some dates and events to remember:

Next Sew-In: Sunday, August 28th at 11:00 am at Quilt in a Day with bonus time for Bomber Jacket planning (see class registration email for details)

Next Meeting: Sunday, September 11th at 12:00 pm at Quilt in a Day (with Zoom viewing option) with special guest Sara Trail of the Social Justice Sewing Academy. 

NO SEPTEMBER SEW-IN! 

Bomber Jacket class with Sandra Chandler: September 25th from 11:30-3:30 AND October 2nd from 12:00-2:00 at Quilt in a Day


Written By: Jen Collins

Posted By: Kristyn Jansen

Meeting Notes

July 2022 Meeting Recap

Our July meeting took place on Sunday, July 10th. We kept the business meeting short and sweet so we had plenty of time for our Member Spotlight presentation and the Rummage Sale! If you couldn’t join us, here’s what we covered:

Activities

3rd Quarter Challenge: Summer!

Our current challenge is to make something inspired by summer. You can make anything you would like from a mini quilt to a bag. Show off your creation and inspiration at the September meeting.

Save the Day – Laura Hartrich August 13th at 11 on Zoom

We will be hosting a Zoom lecture by Laura Hartrich on quilt labels and documenting your quilt’s journey. This lecture will be free to all members and $10 to guests. We will send a registration email as we get closer to the date.

Workshops in the Works

We wanted to provide the update that we have some workshop and lecture opportunities in the works and very nearly finalized. As soon as the contracts have been signed and all of the details ironed out we will be spilling the beans. 

Rummage Sale!

We had a great turnout for the rummage sale. There were so many amazing deals to be had and some members left a little lighter and some left a little heavier! 

Monthly Member Spotlight

Sheri Knox shared with us her creative journey that led her to the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild. As an active maker, it was wonderful to see her progression into quilting and her discovery of modern quilting. And now we are all a little inspired to look into the annual Tiki Oasis!

Charity

Cat Beds!

We started off strong with several donations of completed cat beds. Keep them coming and your fiber trash out of the landfill! We have donated fabric available to make the outside of the beds if you would like some. When you are done, turn them in to Hadley for donation.

Current Charity Drive

For our second trimester of 2022 (May – August), we are supporting the Just in Time for Foster Youth’s My First Home Program assisting young adults who are aging out of the foster care system and establishing their first apartments. We are asking for throw quilts and bed quilts to donate to the program. 

The disappearing nine-patch group quilt kits are due back to Kristyn by the August meeting. Note: all of the block kits for this project have been claimed.

Year-long Special Project: Women’s Resource Center

We have now received 17 completed quilts towards our special year-long quilt drive to support the Women’s Resource Center’s emergency shelter. Everyone is doing amazing work and we are so proud of our members and their commitment and drive to reach our goal of 33 (or more!) twin-sized bed quilts.

The WRC rail fence group project is also off to a good start. All of the kits have been handed out, so we are now looking for members to use their scraps or stash to help finish up the blocks needed for the quilt top. As a reminder, we are asking for blocks that are at least 11” square sewn with strips of one color. Each block should be one of the WRC colors (i.e. it should read as one color). If you have a lot of navy, make a navy block. Lots of light blue? Make a light blue block. Use what you have! Blocks are due back to Jen by the August meeting. Here is an example of four scrap blocks:

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. The deadline for finished quilts is the November meeting. Details of the project have been emailed out to members and can be read in this blog post

QuiltCon Community Outreach Challenge Project: Color Shift

Our charity coordinator, Kristyn, gave us an update on the plan for our contribution to the 2023 Quiltcon Community Outreach Challenge that resulted from last month’s planning meeting. It’s a good one! We decided to go with the teal to lime green color range. More details will be forthcoming but as usual we will be asking for as many people to contribute toward this quilt as possible. There will be opportunities available for all skill levels and time commitments, so there should be something for everyone who wants to help. You can read more about this year’s theme of “Color Shift” and see the available color palettes here

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

Sew and Tell

July’s Sew and Tell ran the gamut of styles and colors, including: 

Suzanne’s stunning temperature quilt: 

Meli M’s never-again puff quilt: 

And Judy L’s slashed sampler:


Coming Guild Events

Finally, here are some dates and events to remember:

Next Sew-In: Sunday, July 24th at 11:00 am at Quilt in a Day.

Laura Hartrich Zoom Lecture: August 13th at 11:00 AM on Zoom

Next Meeting: Sunday, August 14th at 12:00 pm at Quilt in a Day. 

We will continue to offer a Zoom viewing option for the foreseeable future as an option for those who can’t make it to our in-person meetings. Watch for each meeting’s Zoom link in our monthly newsletter emails.

August Sew-In: Sunday, August 28th at 11:00 am at Quilt in a Day.


Written By: Jen Collins

Posted By: Kristyn Jansen

Meeting Notes

June 2022 Meeting Recap

We held our June meeting on Sunday, June 12th. June meetings are always full of information and sew and tell because we are catching up on two months of activities and projects. A lot was covered, so if you missed the meeting a brief overview is below! 

Membership

Half off for the rest of the year!

Beginning in July dues are only $25 for the rest of the calendar year. If you have put off joining or were on the fence, now’s a great time to get in on the fun for a reduced rate. Our membership registration link and information on how to submit your dues payment can be found here

Equity Membership

If you or someone you know would love to be involved in the guild but have been unable to make the commitment to the dues payment, please contact us at the sdmqgboard gmail. We are starting an equity membership program. We do not want the dues payment to be a barrier to joining the guild and participating fully. More information will also be provided in the July newsletter. 

Activities

2nd Quarter Challenge: Bag Swap

We had a great turnout for the Bag Swap. All of the bags made and exchanged were lovely and it was so much fun to see everyone’s work.

3rd Quarter Challenge: Summer!

Our current challenge is to make something inspired by summer. You can make anything you would like from a mini quilt to a bag. Show off your creation and inspiration at the September meeting.

Retreat

We held our summer retreat at the Vina de Lestonnac Retreat Center at the beginning of June. It was a FABULOUS time. Many members showed off their projects during sew and tell. If retreat intrigues you but you haven’t been before, plan ahead for next year! Our weekend is (in general) the first weekend of June. Many thanks to members, Jill and Sue for all of their hard work in planning this year’s retreat!

Rummage Sale in July!

Our annual rummage sale will take place after the July meeting on July 10th. We invite members to bring anything quilting or sewing related to sell. These are member to member transactions. So prepare for the sale like you would for hosting your own garage sale: price and organize your own items and be able to make change. There’s always LOADS of great treasures at the rummage sale so bring your dollars!

Save the Day – Laura Hartrich August 13th at 11 on Zoom

We will be hosting a Zoom lecture by Laura Hartrich on quilt labels and documenting your quilt’s journey. This lecture will be free to all members and $10 to guests. We will send a registration email as we get closer to the date.

Monthly Member Spotlight

Jenny Day shared with us her amazing sampler quilts and her all time favorite quilt pattern the Sparkling Cider Quilt from All Washed Up Quits. (This pattern does not seem to be readily available, so do some google searching for a copy from an independent seller!)

Janine is taking names of interested members to start scheduling presentations for next year. Whether you are a new quilter or an experienced quilter, we all have our story to tell and we want to 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. Please email Janine at the sdmqgboard gmail to sign up!

Charity

Cat Beds!

Hadley walked us through a super simple way to turn fabric scraps and trash into cat beds to be used at local area cat rescues. Keep your trash out of the landfills AND help out a little kitty, what’s more to love? All you need is a half yard-ish of fabric, leftover batting and your sewing trash. Use what you have – stuff you aren’t in love with, decor weight, or your non-quilt shop cotton. We recommend sewing up a pillow shell and then adding your scraps until it’s time to sew up and turn in! We will also have some charity fabric available to anyone who wants to use it. 

Want to join in the fun? Follow these easy steps:

  1. Layer batting to the wrong side of your half yard-ish of fabric (remember this doesn’t have to be an exact size).
  2. Fold right sides together and sew all around leaving a few inches open at the end for turning and stuffing
  3. Turn
  4. Stuff
  5. When full but not over stuffed, fold over the seam and sew closed. It doesn’t have to be fancy. The kitties won’t care.
  6. Turn into Hadley for distribution!

Ronald McDonald Charity Drive Wrap-up

We were able to donate 45 quilts to the Ronald McDonald House as part of the first trimester’s charity drive. We are still taking quilts for this effort, so you can turn them into Kristyn at any time.

Current Charity Drive

For our second trimester of 2022 (May – August), we are supporting the Just in Time for Foster Youth’s My First Home Program assisting young adults who are aging out of the foster care system and establishing their first apartments. We are asking for throw quilts and bed quilts to donate to the program. Kristyn also showed off the finished group quilts from last year.

Kristyn designed and put together a new group quilt for this effort and block kits for these easy disappearing nine-patch blocks are currently available, due back in August. If you’re interested in sewing up a block kit or two, they can be picked up at the July meeting or other arrangements can be made by emailing the sdmqgcharity gmail account.

3rd Trimester Charity Drive Update

For the last trimester of 2022 (September – December), we will be supporting a San Diego-based chemo center at the Moore’s Cancer Center. More details will be provided as we get closer to September, but we will be asking for lap and throw-sized quilts for easy use during chemo treatment. 

Year-long Special Project: Women’s Resource Center

Our special year-long quilt drive to support the Women’s Resource Center’s emergency shelter is doing great! More than 10 quilts have already been turned in with many more near finish. One of the guild groups was able to share their finished quilt at the meeting, too.

Secretary, Jen C. also organized a group quilt project to support the Women’s Resource Center. This is a perfect opportunity for anyone who doesn’t have the bandwidth for a larger project or just wants another opportunity to contribute. We are making a rail fence quilt and are asking for scrap blocks 11” or larger made of strips. Each block should be one of the WRC colors (i.e. it should read as one color). All block kits have been handed out but please feel free to use your own scraps! Blocks are due back by the August meeting. Here is an example of four scrap blocks:

WRC quilts were also the theme at this year’s retreat. Look at all of these fabulous projects!

As a reminder, 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 can be read in this blog post

QuiltCon Community Outreach Challenge Project: Color Shift

Several members met after the meeting to brainstorm ideas of our contribution to the 2023 Quiltcon Community Outreach Challenge. You can read more about this year’s theme of “Color Shift” and see the available color palettes here. The meeting was very productive and we left with a firm idea. More details will be forthcoming but as usual we will be asking for as many people to contribute toward this quilt as possible. We fully embrace the collaborative nature of this project and welcome (and value!) your involvement.

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

Sew and Tell

June’s Sew and Tell was FULL of projects and inspiration. As usual, most of the shared projects were posted on instagram and some highlights are featured here:

Amanda W. showed off her Women’s Resource Center project that she worked on and completed entirely at this year’s retreat. Her quilt won best in show for the charity category! 

Carol R. shared her beautiful gradient paper birds. Such a scrappy masterpiece! 

And Kristyn shared her completed Women’s Resource Center quilt top made with contributions from her quilting bee.

Coming Guild Events

Finally, here are some dates and events to remember:

Next Meeting and Rummage Sale: Sunday, July 10th at 12:00 pm at Quilt in a Day. 

We will continue to offer a Zoom viewing option for the foreseeable future as an option for those who can’t make it to our in-person meetings. Watch for each meeting’s Zoom link in our monthly newsletter emails.

Next Sew-In: Sunday, July 24th at 11:00 am at Quilt in a Day.

Laura Hartrich Zoom Lecture: August 13th at 11:00 AM on Zoom 


Written By: Jen Collins

Posted By: Kristyn Jansen

Meeting Notes

April 2022 Meeting Recap

Our April meeting was held on Sunday, April 10th. If you weren’t able to make it, check out what we covered below. 

Special Guest from the San Diego County Fair

Home Made coordinator, Elena

Elena stopped by and provided some detailed information about opportunities at the San Diego County Fair this year to not only exhibit your work, but also judging, volunteer and job opportunities as well. The Home Made exhibit has been renamed and will be relocated to a slightly different area of the fair. Entries of quilts (or other hand made items) are open to any California resident and due by May 9th. All entrants get a ticket and special invitation to the Open House event on June 8th. Any questions can be emailed to sdfairhomemade at gmail dot com. Entry information can be found here and the entry form is here.


Activities

UFO Swap!

We held our annual UFO (UnFinished Object) swap after the April meeting. There was some great stuff exchanged and we are looking forward to seeing any finished projects. Be sure to bring them back to share at a future meeting and/or use the hashtag: #sdmqgorphanlove to share with everyone what you did!

2nd Quarter Challenge: Bag Swap

Our current challenge is a bag swap! Make any bag of your choice (big, small, zippered, handled) and bring it in for a blind swap at our June meeting. If you make one, you will bring one home! 

Our President, Nancy will also be leading anyone who is interested through a simple zippered pouch during our regular May sew-in on May 22nd. We will have available zippers and interfacing and we will be sewing up the Noodlehead Open Wide Zippered pouch. A free pattern in three sizes you can access here

Monthly Member Spotlight

Janine is looking for a few more of our members to feature at future meetings throughout the year. Whether you are a new quilter or an experienced quilter, we all have our story to tell and we want to 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. Please email Janine at the sdmqgboard gmail to sign up!

Retreat

Registration for our summer retreat at the Vina de Lestonnac Retreat Center has concluded and all participants have been notified for initial payments. Final payments for weekend retreaters are due no later than May 14th. There are also a couple more day spots available for Friday or Saturday. If you are interested, please email the sdmqgboard gmail to find out what is available. First come, first serve, so do not delay! 


Charity

Outdoor Charity Day!

Similar to events we held last year, we will be meeting at Carrie’s house in Carlsbad on Saturday, May 14th from 10-11am for a special charity day. This is a great time to drop off your completed donations, pick up supplies or grab a quilt kit to finish. And if you have a charity project you offered to complete for the guild, this is your motivation to get it done and turn it in! Address of the meet-up will be emailed closer to the day. 

If you or your group anticipate needing supplies to complete your WRC project or any other charity project, please let Kristyn know ASAP so that she can order any needed supplies in time for the Charity Day in May. Requests cannot be guaranteed for pickup for the Charity Day at this point, but all efforts will be made.

Year-long Special Project: Women’s Resource Center

Our special year-long quilt drive to support the Women’s Resource Center’s emergency shelter is doing great! There are several guild groups working on quilt projects as well as many friend groups. Thank you to everyone who is helping in this effort! We have officially received 7 quilts towards our donation and have seen several others in progress.

As a reminder, 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 can be read in this blog post

Potholders?

Still have a hankering to sew up some potholders? We have more insulbright as a result of a donation, so let Kristyn know if you would like some. You can access the tutorial Sue put together here. Potholder donations will be held and submitted as part of the end of the year Community Resource Center’s Holiday Baskets program. 

Opportunity Quilt

Kristyn shared the guild’s completed Quiltcon Community Outreach Challenge Quilt. Thanks again to all who contributed to our firework spectacular of a quilt. We will be using this quilt to raise money as a summer opportunity quilt. More details to come! 

Current Charity Drive

Our first trimester of 2022 (January – April) supporting the Ronald McDonald House is wrapping up! There are still a few group quilt blocks out there, so please return them to Kristyn ASAP! If you weren’t able to sew them up, no worries! But please send them back so we can start to finish up the group tops. Please also let Kristyn know if you are interested in helping finish up one of these group quilts. You can contact her by emailing the SDMQGcharity gmail.

Coming Charity Drive

For our second trimester of 2022 (May – August), we will be supporting the Just in Time for Foster Youth’s My First Home Program assisting young adults who are aging out of the foster care system and establishing their first apartments. We will be providing throw quilts and bed quilts to the program. 

Ideas for End of the Year Charity Drive

For the last trimester of 2022 (September – December), we have been supporting the Riverside Chemo Lounge. While our contact is willing to still drive them out to the Chemo Lounge, she has recently moved so we are looking into opportunities to support a San Diego-based chemo center. If you have any suggestions or idea of a center who might be interested in receiving our donations, please let Kristyn know so she can contact them! 

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

Our members showed off a lovely assortment of quilts which included the following…

Michelle F. wowed everyone with her lovely Tula Pink Color Outside the Lines quilt by Kelli Fannin:

Linda P. shared her amazing modern rendition of her Dear Jane quilt made with only one Kaffe Fassett print! 

And Amanda W. shared her “all scraps and guild stuff” quilt!


Coming Guild Events

Finally, here are some dates and events to remember because there are lots of activities before our next regular meeting in June:

Next Sew-In: Sunday, April 24th at 11:00 am at Quilt in a Day.

Special Mother’s Day Sew-In: Sunday, May 8th at 11:00 am at Quilt in a Day. (No meeting)

Charity Day: Saturday, May 14th from 10:00 to 11:00 am at Carrie’s house in Carlsbad.

May Sew-In with bonus bag sewing tutorial: Sunday, May 22nd at 11:00 am at Quilt in a Day

Retreat: June 2-5th

Next Meeting and bag swap: Sunday, June 12th at 12:00 pm at Quilt in a Day. 

We will continue to offer a Zoom viewing option for the foreseeable future as an option for those who can’t make it to our in-person meetings. Watch for each meeting’s Zoom link in our monthly newsletter emails. 


Written By: Jen Collins

Posted By: Kristyn Jansen

Meeting, Meeting Notes

March 2022 Meeting Recap

Our March meeting on Sunday, March 13th was a great one! If you weren’t able to make it, here’s what you missed! 

President Quilt

Our 2021 President, Priscilla, was gifted her President Quilt that was made by our members. She was thrilled and it came out beautifully. Thank you to everyone who made blocks, Hadley who assembled the top, Carrie for quilting and Sue for binding this special thank you gift.


Activities

UFO Swap Coming in April!

We are holding our annual UFO (UnFinished Object) swap after the April meeting. Bring your languishing projects that you are ready to pass along to someone else. Those unfinished projects that may be bringing you down are fresh inspiration to someone else! Bring your project(s) in a bag with a label explaining the contents. You do not need to bring something to take something. The goal is an empty exchange table when we are all done!

Wrap-up – 1st Quarter Challenge: Increased Learning

Members who participated in the first quarter challenge shared what they learned! Examples included: 

  • Tula Pink’s English Paper Piecing video tutorials
  • Katie Pasquini Masopust’s workshop at Asilomar
  • Peggy Martin’s Foundation Paper Piecing tips
  • David Owens Hastings Quiltcon minimalist design class
  • Visible and textural stitching by Heidi Parkes and Zak Foster 

Announced – 2nd Quarter Challenge: Bag Swap!

Our next challenge is a bag swap! Make any bag/pouch of your choice (big, small, zippered, handled) and bring it in a brown bag for a blind swap at our June meeting. If you make one, you will bring one home! 

Monthly Member Spotlight

Janine is looking for a few more of our members to feature at future meetings throughout the year. Whether you are a new quilter or an experienced quilter, we all have our story to tell and we want to 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. Please email Janine at the sdmqgboard gmail to sign up!

Our March Member Spotlight was Jen Collins, our Secretary! Jen shared how knitting became quilting and how she started to find her creative voice through creative limitations. 

Retreat

The details of our summer retreat at the Vina de Lestonnac Retreat Center were discussed and registration opened after the meeting. Once registration is confirmed, members who will be attending need to provide their deposit payment and the balance is due in May. 


Charity

Year-long Special Project: Women’s Resource Center

Our special year-long quilt drive to support the Women’s Resource Center’s emergency shelter is doing great! There are several guild groups working on quilt projects as well as many friend groups. Thank you to everyone who is helping in this effort!

As a reminder, 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 can be read in this blog post

Current Charity Drive

For the first trimester of 2022 (January – April) we are supporting the Ronald McDonald House. The group quilt blocks were due back at the March meeting, but if you still have blocks at home be sure to contact Kristyn at the SDMQGcharity gmail to make arrangements to turn them in. Please also let Kristyn know if you are interested in helping finish up one of these group quilts.

Mark Your Calendars! Outdoor Charity Day is Coming!

Similar to events we held last year, we will be meeting at Carrie’s house in Carlsbad on Saturday, May 14th for a special charity day. This is a great time to drop off your completed donations, pick up supplies or grab a quilt kit to finish. Details of the meeting will be provided closer to the day.

If you or your group anticipate needing supplies to complete your WRC project, please let Kristyn know by the April meeting so that she can order any needed supplies in time for the Charity Day in May.

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

As usual, our members brought some amazing, beautiful and inspiring projects to share. But we would be remiss if we didn’t take a moment to honor Suzanne and her astounding number of quilts that she completed completely by hand in the last couple of months and donated to Ronald McDonald House. Here are a few standout examples: 

Mega Freebee Day

After our meeting, Hadley put out a wide arrangement of fabrics, books, thread and patterns that were a result of a few recent donations to the guild. We are excited about being able to offer this service to our community by helping rehome materials (frequently when a quilter’s family needs to find a home for their loved one’s stash). We first review all donations for our charity program, anything left over is then offered to our members for their own use. Any items not taken by members are now being donated to local school maker’s spaces, The Girl Scouts, Social Justice Sewing Academy and the Navajo Project. We are hoping through this intentional distribution of materials, we are helping keep them in makers’ hands and out of the landfill! 


Coming Guild Events

Finally, here are some dates and events to remember:

Next Sew-In: Sunday, March 27th at 11:00 am at Quilt in a Day.

Next Meeting: Sunday, April 10th at 12:00 pm at Quilt in a Day. 

We will continue to offer a Zoom viewing option for the foreseeable future as an option for those who can’t make it to our in-person meetings. Watch for each meeting’s Zoom link in our monthly newsletter emails. 

Next Sew-In: Sunday, April 24th at 11:00 am at Quilt in a Day.


Written By: Jen Collins

Posted By: Kristyn Jansen

Meeting Notes

February Meeting Recap

Our first in-person meeting of 2022 was held on Sunday, February 13th. If you weren’t able to make it, here’s what you missed! 

We will continue to offer a Zoom viewing option for the foreseeable future as an option for those who can’t make it to our in-person meetings. Watch for each meeting’s Zoom link in our monthly newsletter emails. 


2022 Membership

Our 2022 registration drive is wrapping up. If you are planning to renew your San Diego Modern Quilt Guild membership, please complete the registration form and pay your dues as soon as possible by clicking here

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! 

Hadley also took a few minutes to discuss the difference between the Modern Quilt Guild and the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild and the most efficient way to get your questions answered. You are always welcome to send your questions to us, but questions about QuiltCon or your MQG account may be answered more quickly by reaching out directly to the MQG.


Activities

1st Quarter Challenge: Increased Learning

Our first quarter challenge is going strong! As a reminder, 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. Anyone who indicated they were willing to participate should have received an email from Janine asking for their availability so that she can start to fill out the schedule for the rest of the year. All presentation styles can be accommodated- from free form with show and tell to a powerpoint presentation with pictures and anywhere in between. 

Our February Member Spotlight was Janine, our new Vice President of Activities! Janine shared her creative history and some of her amazing art pieces made using a technique called Stitching Painted Fabric, including:

Retreat

Planning has started for our summer retreat at the Vina de Lestonnac Retreat Center. Our retreat weekend will be held June 2-5, 2022. This year in addition to full weekend retreaters, we will be able to offer day retreat spots on both Friday and Saturday. Members are welcome to register for one or both day spots. Registration will happen in March and will be open for a week. When registration closes, spots will be filled on a lottery basis. Details will be emailed to members at the beginning of March. We will ask for a $100 deposit from weekend retreaters once spots have been confirmed. 


Charity

Year-long Special Project: Women’s Resource Center

Our special year-long quilt drive to support the Women’s Resource Center’s emergency shelter had a strong start! Several members shared off their finished and near-finished quilt projects.

As a reminder, 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 can be read in this blog post. The guild-organized groups have been formed and we love seeing the friend and sewing circle groups that have formed to support this effort. Thank you to everyone who is planning to help!

Current Charity Drive

For the first trimester of 2022 (January – April) we are supporting the Ronald McDonald House. The group quilt blocks are due back at the March meeting or please contact Kristyn at the SDMQGcharity gmail to make other arrangements to turn in your blocks. 

Donation Update

Kristyn dropped off another quilt donation in February of 27 quilts to Just in Time for Foster Youth! Thank you again to everyone who donated quilts or participated in our group project. 

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

We saw some amazing quilts from our members! A couple inspiring highlights are included below.

Dori shared her stash quilt using the Minky binding tutorial Nancy shared at the January meeting:

Daina shared the Fiesta quilt that she and her friendship quilting circle made.

And Linda I. shared the Quiltcon Mini Swap project she made for her swap partner.

Finally, Kristyn shared the second completed group quilt that the guild made for the Riverside Chemo Lounge drive in 2020. 


Upcoming Guild Events

Finally, here are some dates and events to remember:

Next Meeting: Sunday, March 13th at 12:00 pm at Quilt in a Day. 

Next Sew-In: Sunday, March 27th at 11:00 am at Quilt in a Day.


Written By: Jen Collins

Posted By: Kristyn Jansen

Charity

QuiltCon Community Outreach Quilts: A Look Back

As we get ready for QuiltCon next week, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at the previous Community Outreach/Charity Challenge quilts that the guild has created over the years. We’ve participated every year that the challenge/QuiltCon has happened and there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes to make these quilts happen. For some of the older quilts, we don’t have as much information, but have tried to share as much as we could to tell about these quilts.

We’re looking forward to revealing more about this year’s quilt, once the show opens, but take a look at the quilts we’ve created for prior challenges.

2021 – Twists and Turns

  • Theme: Curves

In this unpredictable year of together apart, our members were challenged to create blocks of the same size using curved piecing and to use any technique that they would like to achieve the curved element in their block. They were not given any direction beyond “include at least one curved element.”

We did not know what these blocks would look like or how they would work together with such a broad prompt, but they came together to create flow and movement throughout the quilt. Though we’re not physically together to create, we’re many voices still able to make connection with a shared purpose.

2021 Community Outreach Quilt – “Twists and Turns”

We wrote more about this quilt and the process behind it on a blog post last year – check it out for more details about the quilt.


2020 – Welcome

  • Theme: Text

With member input, we decided on using the word “Welcome”, and it’s similar phrasing, in languages spoken in San Diego County. We researched the languages spoken here and came up with a list that members could choose from, as well as providing an option to help paper piece letters, patterned by Colleen Molen, to spell out “Welcome” and “Bienvenidos”. Members who sewed blocks for the languages were given fabric kits and instructed to create their block in any style that worked best for that particular language, as one method was not best suited for all languages. Blocks were created with various types of applique, pieced letters, embroidery, and even raised felt dots to create Braille letters.

The quilt top was assembled at a guild sew in with member assistance and input to the layout. Once complete, it was handed off to member Chris Broehmer for quilting and then back to our Charity Coordinator Kristyn Jansen for finishing and photographing before it needed to be mailed off.

This quilt was featured in the 2020 QuiltCon Magazine and even found at the entrance to the exhibit hall in Austin at the QuiltCon event.

2020 Community Outreach Quilt – “Welcome”

Text from our quilt statement:

San Diego is a culturally diverse community. The San Diego Modern Quilt Guild wanted our quilt to reflect our dynamic San Diego community as well as highlight our vital role as a border city. We have a strong cross-border relationship with Mexico and our city is known as a welcoming new home to residents who join us through the refugee and asylee process each year. We know that diversity makes us stronger and wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge the people that make San Diego such a wonderful place to live.

Our goal each year is for our Quiltcon Charity Challenge submission to be a collaborative project within our guild. We decided on the idea of the quilt as a committee and brain stormed early layout ideas. More than 32 members contributed to the piecing of the quilt. Final layout was decided as it was being assembled based on active feedback of guild members. We are very proud of this quilt and it wouldn’t be the same without the participation of so many of our guild members.


2019 – Float On

  • Theme: Small Piecing

Drawing inspiration from ocean waves, member Kristyn Jansen designed the overall look of the quilt. We asked guild members to create a block to contribute to the all over design in varying color pairings. The blocks were then grouped by color pairs and improv pieced together to create the look of ocean waves. The quilting was done by member Chris Broehmer, which added dimension, as well as movement throughout the quilt. The additional details she added also helped to bring out the overall vision for the quilt.

Members provided input on ideas for the quilt and then the overall look was designed by coordinator Kristyn Jansen. Members were given fabric kits of different color pairings. Quilt layout was worked on at guild sew-ins with member input and then final sewing of the sections was done separately.

2019 Community Outreach Quilt – “Float On”

2018 – Fragmental

  • Theme: Modern Traditionalism

Inspired by tangram puzzles, we used half-square triangles as our design starting point and then manipulated the size and relationship of each half-square triangle in order to create different shapes. Our design also moves away from true tangram puzzles, in which all pieces touch in some fashion to create a specific shape. The shape manipulation serves to provide interest and movement throughout the quilt. Blocks were produced by members in advance, based on the initial quilt drawing, and then assembled during a guild sew-in. SDMQG member Carrie Hanson (Gotcha Covered Quilting) took the design a step further with her quilting, which adds a secondary layer of movement to the finished quilt.

This quilt was designed by Kristyn Jansen. The overall design was broken up into sections and members sewed up their chosen section of the quilt. The finished quilt was one of the featured quilts on the lecture hall stage at QuiltCon 2018.

2018 Charity Challenge Quilt – “Fragmental”

2017 – Breaking Out

  • Theme: Scale

The San Diego MQG wanted to explore how scale could impact movement within a design. Inspired by colorful nine-patch quilts frequently seen, we decided to use a tweaked nine-patch as our base for experimenting with scale, resulting in rectangle 2×3 blocks instead of square blocks. Blocks were produced in advance, but final design and layout were done collaboratively during a guild sew-in. SDMQG member Gotcha Covered Quilting (Carrie Hanson) did an amazing job adding another layer of movement and texture with her quilting.

2017 Charity Challenge Quilt – “Breaking Out”

Jen Collins, who spearheaded this quilt, wrote all about it for the MQG blog. More about the process of this quilt and some additional photos can be found here:


2016

  • Theme: Improv with Intent

For this quilt, members made improv slab blocks using the color palette plus white and grey. This quilt was quilted by Nancy Littlefield.

2016 Charity Challenge Quilt

2015

  • Theme: Alternate Gridwork

Members were instructed to take a bag of strips in the designated colors and sew a 40” column between 4” and 10” wide with the strips sewn at an angle, starting and ending with white or grey. They could also include their own fabrics if they were “almost solid” and one of the colors.

2015 Charity Challenge Quilt

2013

For the very first QuiltCon, each participating guild was given the QuiltCon color palette the freedom to make a twin sized quilt however we wanted. The finished quilts were all donated to a local Austin organization. We had members make blocks of their choosing and we ended up with enough blocks for two quilts! 


Written and Posted By: Kristyn Jansen

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