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Stitching Together QAL – Week 5

We have arrived at the last week of the Stitching Together QAL and this week’s tutorial is all about bias binding!

Sue’s instructions walk you through cutting and making the bias binding and then on how to attach it to your quilt.

Check out the latest tutorial here:

Missed out on the previous weeks? Follow the links to the previous blog posts to sew along with us!

If you’re sewing along at home and want to share your progress on Instagram, use the tag #sdmqgstitchingtogether on your post.

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Stitching Together QAL – Week 4

Week 4 of the Stitching Together QAL is now live!

This week, we’re covering hand applique with instructions on how to sew your EPP shapes to the quilted background.

As always, you’re welcome to apply the lessons individually to your work or follow along from the first lesson and sew up the whole project!

Week 4 Hand Applique Tutorial:

Missed the previous lessons? Check them out here:

Stitching Together QAL Week 3

Next week will be our final week, week 5, of the QAL with bias binding.

If you’re sewing along at home and want to share your progress on Instagram, use the tag #sdmqgstitchingtogether on your post.

Meeting, newsletter, Retreat

June Guild News

We just have a couple of quick announcements for our virtual/at home events that are happening this month:

Virtual Retreat – Since our usual June retreat at Vina de Lestonnac has been cancelled for this weekend, we thought we’d have a virtual Zoom retreat instead. The Zoom link has been emailed out earlier this week from Jill to guild members. We will be virtually retreating on Saturday, June 6th from 10am-4pm. Feel free to join us the whole time, for an hour, or pop in and out as necessary.

We will be having a few events throughout the day as well as some raffles.

  • Ongoing throughout the day will be our current charity group quilt project for Just In Time: My First Home Project. More details about those blocks can be found here: JIT Improv Triangles
  • At 10:30, Sue will be demonstrating her Make It/Take It project – Origami Take Along Bag. Instructions as well as a supply list have been emailed out to guild members.
  • At noon, Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts will be joining us to talk about her new block of the month quilt – Nebula. The link goes to her Instagram page where you can see more of this quilt!

If you didn’t receive that email, please check your spam/junk/promotions in case it got sent somewhere else first and then email Jill to touch base if you still did not receive it.

June Zoom Meeting – We will be having our regularly scheduled June meeting at 11:00am on Sunday, June 14th virtually on Zoom. An email to members will go out within the next couple of days with a link to the meeting. We will be having our usual virtual Show and Tell and instructions on how to submit your photos will be forthcoming as well.

Stitching Together QAL – Sue has put together a weekly QAL that anyone can join in on at any point. Week 3 of 5 has been posted this week and you can check out all the QAL posts here: Stitching Together QAL

The QAL will be covering these different topics:

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

Opportunity Quilt – The board has decided that we would like to collect money as a guild to donate to the San Diego Food Bank. The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and North County Food Bank Chapter are currently providing food assistance and resources to 350,000 of our neighbors!   To encourage even more charitable giving, we will be giving one lucky donor our QuiltCon 2019 charity quilt (the miniature piecing!)  For every $10 donation you make through our guild your name will be entered in a drawing.  Of course, no donation is necessary to win.  If you would like to be entered in to the drawing without making a donation please email  You can Venmo your donation to @sdmodernquiltguild (and note that it is a donation for the Food Bank) or send a check made payable to “San Diego Modern Quilt Guild”. Information about how to mail in your check was included in the Retreat Zoom email or email Jill to get that information.

QuiltCon 2019 Small Piecing Group Quilt – quilted by member Chris Broehmer

Just In Time (JIT) Group Charity Blocks – Improv Triangles

Our charity program year is broken up into trimester projects and as we’re currently into the second trimester of the year, it’s time to present our JIT My First Home group project.

We typically provide fabric and kits for members to take, sew up, and return to our Charity Coordinator Kristyn, but seeing as we’re all sewing at home for the time being, we’re asking for this group project that you use fabric from your stash for these blocks. If you are in need of fabric in this color palette, please email Kristyn at to make arrangements.

A little about the JIT My First Home Project:

JIT is an organization that helps support those in San Diego County, ages 18 – 26, and is for anyone that has ever spent time in the foster care system. They provide various services to these individuals to help them break the cycle of foster care, become self-sufficient, and build a secure future.

We support the My First Home project, which helps to set up a first apartment and furnish that apartment for each individual. Our focus for this trimester is on throw and bed sized quilts. Quilts should be 50″ x 60″ or larger.

Our block for this trimester is an Improv Triangle block. You can create these blocks using various methods, but here’s a quick and easy way that makes two blocks at once.

First, here’s our color palette of blues, aqua/teal, greens, and yellows with light greys and low volume. Feel free to use any type of fabrics, solids or prints, as long as they fit in within this color range.

Blues, aqua/teals, greens, yellows
Light greys and low volume

Next, you’ll want to cut two pieces of fabric that are the same size and layer them on top of one another. The two pieces can be any two colors from the color palette.

These pieces can be a square or rectangular, just make sure they’re the same size. They can be any size you’d like to make – want to make large 12″ blocks or small 4″ blocks, go for it! The triangle you cut from the fabric can also be any size – make it tall and narrow, or short and wide, or anything in between.

Once you have your two pieces layered, you’ll be making two angled cuts on your fabric. The first should be cut from top to bottom on one side, then slide that to the side so that you don’t cut into those pieces with your second cut. Make the second cut on the opposite side so that you have the other side of your triangle.

Swap your center triangle on each block so that you have the background in one fabric and the triangle of the second.

Sew up your block using a 1/4″ seam, press your seams to the side, and then trim any bits that over hang the edges. (For reference, these blocks are approximately 5.5″x6.5″)

We’ll be sewing these blocks through August, which is the end of our trimester. When you’ve completed your blocks, please email Kristyn at to make arrangements for either pick up or to mail them to her. Any other questions about this project or any of our other charity efforts can also be emailed to Kristyn.

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Stitching Together QAL – Week 3

Week 3 of the Stitching Together QAL is now available and we’re halfway through it!

This week’s tutorial includes instructions on how to add Big Stitch Hand Quilting to your quilted background.

Check out the tutorial here:

Miss the previous weeks tutorials? Catch up with the previous lessons here:

Stitching Together QAL Week 1

Stitching Together QAL Week 2

If you’re sewing along at home and want to share your progress on Instagram, use the tag #sdmqgstitchingtogether

Check in next week for Week 4: Hand Applique

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Stitching Together QAL – Week 2

Week 2 of our Stitching Together QAL is now live! Sue has put together a tutorial for machine quilting the background of your quilt.

Here’s the Week 2 tutorial:

Missed the first week on EPP? Check out the instructions here: Stitching Together Supplies and Week 1

If you’re sewing along at home and want to share your progress on Instagram, use the tag #sdmqgstitchingtogether

Check in next week for Week 3: Big Stitch Hand Quilting

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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.