Sew Along

Stitching Together QAL – Supplies and Week 1

While we’re still stitching away at home, Sue Bouchard has assembled a Stitching Together QAL for us to work on. This QAL will be presented in five parts over the next five weeks and presents different skills to work on in one project, or feel free to use each of the skills individually.

In this QAL, Sue will be presenting:

  • English Paper Piecing (EPP)
  • Organic Machine Quilting with a Walking Foot
  • Big Stitch Hand Quilting
  • Hand Applique
  • Bias Binding

If you’re interested in sewing along, the supply list and the instructions for Week 1 are attached below. We hope you’ll stitch together with us! If you want to share your progress on Instagram, use the hashtag #sdmqgstitchingtogether


April Guild Updates

Hi everyone! Hope this update finds you all healthy and sewing if you’re able to do so! Things are constantly changing, as I’m sure you’re well aware, so here’s a few updates from the guild:

  • The April meeting is cancelled. We really wish we could meet up, but as Social Distancing/Shelter in Place is in effect, we can’t make that happen. Quilt in a Day has also cancelled all of their classroom events through April 17th (as of 3/29/2020), so that also effects the decisions we’re making.
  • We may not be able to meet in person this month, but member Carolina Moore has offered to host a virtual meeting on her YouTube page on Sunday, April 5th at 11:00am – so, we will still be able to “meet” at the same time. Here’s the info from her post on the SDMQG Facebook group:

I’ll do a little intro, maybe a demo (let me know if you have any requests) and then my favorite part of the meeting … show and tell!! Which is where you come in! Can you send me pictures of your quilts/bags/projects that you would have shared at the meeting? Include your name, your Instagram handle if you have one, website if you have one of those, and any details about the quilt … the pattern you used, the fabric, and the story behind it. I’ll share all of that during the live so we can all continue to be inspired by this amazing group! Email them by Saturday April 4th at noon (need to make sure I have myself all organized) to with “San Diego MQG” in the subject line, please. Oh – and you’ll be able to join along! You will all be able chat with each other in the comments section during the live!! So it will be *almost* like a real meeting!

Here’s the link to her YouTube page:

If we receive a specific link to the YouTube live stream, it will be posted here, otherwise there should be a stream up on that page at 11:00am this coming Sunday.

  • We had also planned for a charity sew-in on Saturday, April 18th, but we will be rescheduling that for later in the year. Instead, we will be having a virtual charity sewing day instead. We will have a post up here and on our Instagram page as well with some more info once we get a bit closer to the 18th.
  • Progressive Swap – If you’re in the swap, hang onto the boxes you have and we will swap them at the June meeting (as we don’t have a May meeting)
  • If you’re on Facebook and in the SDMQG group, we’ve been having some fun discussions about quilts and quilting, so be sure to check those out!

Meeting, sew in, workshop

Sew In and Workshop Updates

For the safety and health of everyone during this time and to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, we have decided to cancel the sew-ins scheduled for the rest of this month.

We have also decided to postpone the Scaling Your Sampler workshop with Colleen Molen scheduled for next Saturday to a later date to be determined. We will let you know once a new date has been finalized.

At this moment, we are deciding whether or not to have our April meeting on Sunday, April 5th. We’ll see how things are progressing and update you with a decision once we get closer to that point.


March Newsletter and Upcoming Events

Our next guild meeting will be held on Sunday, March 8th at Quilt in a Day at 11:00am. Sue Bouchard will be presenting her modern quilting lecture at the meeting.

2020 Membership – if you haven’t paid your $50 dues and/or filled out the registration form (both new and returning members need to fill this out), please do so ASAP. You can fill out the registration form here: 2020 Membership Registration

Sign ups for the Scaling Your Sampler workshop taught by member Colleen Molen are open and spots are still available for this class. The cost is $25 and more information as well as the link to register are available here: Scaling Your Sampler Workshop

Looking ahead – we will be holding our April meeting a week earlier, as Easter falls on the second Sunday this year. Our meeting will be held on Sunday, April 5th at 11:00am at Quilt in a Day.

For more details about these and other upcoming events, check out our March newsletter.


Scaling Your Sampler Workshop

For the health and safety of everyone and to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, we have decided to postpone this workshop to a later date. We are still working on scheduling this new date, but will post an update once we sort that out.

Member Colleen Molen will be presenting a workshop called “Scaling Your Sampler” on Saturday, March 21st at Quilt in a Day from 9:30am-3:30pm.

This workshop is a little bit of improv, a little bit of color theory, and a little bit of quilt math (but not enough math to be scary).

In this workshop, you will take a sampling of 12” blocks and learn to add interest to your sampler quilt by scaling your blocks up and down in size. You will then learn to set them improvisationally and take your sampler to the next level.

This workshop is $25 for members and is limited to 24 spots. Lunch is not included in the price of the workshop, so please plan to bring your own.

If more than 24 people sign up for the class, a waitlist will open up. Payment and form must be received in order to hold your space in the class. Fee is non-refundable, unless your spot can be filled from the waitlist. You must be a current member of SDMQG to sign up – if space allows, we may open the workshop to non-members.

Registration for this workshop is now open. If you’re interested in signing up for this workshop, please follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the workshop registration form.
  2. Pay the $25 workshop fee.

Questions? Email the board at


February Newsletter and Upcoming Events

Our next meeting will be on Sunday, February 9th at 11:00am at Quilt in a Day in San Marcos.

If you still need to register for the 2020 year, please fill out our registration form and pay the $50 dues to be a fully registered guild member. The form and other information can be found on this blog post: Guild Registration

We have moved the April meeting up a week to Sunday, April 5th, as our usual second Sunday falls on Easter.

We are hosting a guild Progressive Quilt Swap for those that are interested in joining starting in February – check out the newsletter or blog post for more information about this swap.

Member Colleen Molen will be presenting a workshop for the guild on Saturday, March 21st called Scaling Your Sampler. More information about this class is in the newsletter and will be presented at the February meeting. Sign ups for this workshop will be coming to the blog on Tuesday, February 11th.

The February newsletter is available and full of a lot of upcoming events. Read more about the events above and more.


Progressive Quilt Swap

This year, we’re going to be having a progressive quilt swap. (Think Round Robin/medallion style quilt swap)

Sue has outlined the swap in more detail in this handout:

Timeline for the swap:

1/8 January Introduce the Progressive Quilt Swap 2020
2/9 February Bring in Starter Block in a plastic box with a lid
3/8 March Boxes are distributed
4/5 April Boxes with first Border exchanged
5/10 May No Regular Meeting – Sew In Day at QIAD only
6/14 June Boxes with second Border exchange
7/12 July Boxes with third Border returned to maker.

If you are interested in signing up to be in the swap, please fill out this information form.

A copy of your responses will automatically be emailed to you, so please print a copy to include in your swap box.


2020 Vina De Lestonnac Retreat

Our annual retreat will be held from Thursday, June 4th – Sunday, June 7th at Vina de Lestonnac Retreat Center in Temecula. Space is limited for this retreat, so don’t wait to register! Spaces for the retreat are now full for both the weekend retreaters and Saturday Sewers. We have opened a waitlist for both options. If you’re interested, please sign up and we’ll contact you if a space is available.

Pricing and Information

Weekend Retreater:
$370 for a triple room
$460 for a double room
$610 for a single room (not guaranteed, sign up dependent)

Registration and non-refundable $100 deposit due by February 9th. Your spot is not reserved until both the registration form and deposit has been received. The remaining balance due April 1st and is non-refundable, unless your spot can be filled by another member.

If you aren’t able to join us for the whole weekend, come spend Saturday, June 6th with us!

Saturday Sewer:
$55 for sewing, lunch, and dinner

Payment is due by April 1st, but Saturday sewer spots are not reserved until payment is made. Payments is non-refundable, unless your spot can be filled by another member.

Payment for both Weekend Retreaters and Saturday Sewists may be made in person by cash or check or online through Venmo. Additional payment information will be provided once your registration form is submitted.

Waitlists for both weekend retreaters and Saturday sewers will open once the allotted spaces have been filled.

Registration Steps:

  1. Registration for the retreat by completing the retreat form.
  2. Make your deposit if you’re a Weekend Retreater or complete payment if you’re a Saturday Sewer in order to secure your spot.