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 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!


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 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, 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!


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 [email protected].

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

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Holiday Party Mini Quilt Swap

We will be having our annual mini quilt swap at this year’s member holiday party on Sunday, December 6th. Sign ups will be open for this swap until Monday, October 19th, after which partner pairings will be made and then emailed out within the week.

Mini quilts for this swap should follow these guidelines:

  • Quilts are not holiday specific, unless your partner indicates on their form that they would like something holiday themed.
  • Minis should be no larger than 24″ on any side.
  • The quilt can be any type of shape.
  • Must be quilted and bound by the maker.
  • Should have some sort of hanging method and label on the back.

Partners will be revealed at the holiday party during the swap, so please do not reveal who you are making for until that point. The minis also do not need to be wrapped, as we will hang them up for display during the party. If you are unable to make it to the holiday party, you are still able to participate in the swap – you will just need to contact your partner closer to the party date to swap on your own.

If you’re interested in signing up for the swap, please fill out this form: Mini Quilt Swap Sign Up.

If you’re in need of some inspiration, check out our Instagram page @sandiegomodernquiltguild. Here’s a sampling of the mini quilts from last year!

Questions? Email us at [email protected]

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October Guild News and Updates

Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, October 11th at 11:00am on Zoom. Members will receive an email this week with a link to the meeting.


Elections for our 2021 board will take place at our October meeting. Members will be able to vote on the slate that was nominated at our September meeting.

Orange Challenge:

Our October guild challenge is to use the color orange in a project. Your sewn item does not need to be finished to be entered into the challenge. Photo submissions can be sent in using the information in your meeting link email.


Our current charity drive is for the Riverside Chemo Lounge. We are accepting donations of lap sized quilts.

Our group quilt project for this trimester are these Starlite Blocks:

We still have a few block kits left and if you’re interested in sewing up a block, please email Kristyn at [email protected] with your address and we’ll get a kit mailed off to you. Blocks for this project are due back the week of November 8th.

QuiltCon: We’ve received a lot of our blocks back for this quilt and are excited to start arranging and putting it together. As a reminder, any outstanding QuiltCon quilt blocks are due back to Kristyn no later than October 16th.

Upcoming Events:

Tara Faughnan Webinar: We are excited to be hosting Tara Faughnan for a webinar titled “Color and Design” on Saturday, November 7th at 11:00am PST. This webinar will be open to everyone. The webinar will be free for members and $10 for guests. Registration will open on Tuesday, October 6th.

Drawing on 20 years of experience in quilting and textile design, I will share some of my approaches to the creative process, and discuss the importance of value, proportion and color when designing a quilt.

For more information about Tara, check out her website or her Instagram page @tarafaughnan.

Holiday Party and Mini Quilt Swap:

We have tentatively scheduled our annual holiday party (pandemic version) for Sunday, December 6th at 11:00am at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Vista.

It will be a potluck and we will have a sign up sheet closer to the party.  A rousing game of left-right-center is planned along with our mini swap.

The party will be held outside – weather permitting.  If the weather is inclement we will need to postpone the party.

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Holiday Party Info & Reminder

Just a reminder that our annual guild holiday party is coming up next Sunday, December 8th.

Invites have been sent to all current members and we’re asking that you RSVP by Sunday, December 1st, just so that we can get a head count and know how many tables/chairs that we need to set up at the venue.

We encourage you to carpool to the event, as some of the parking is a bit farther away. Additional parking is just to the north of the main entrance and we will have signs directing you where to park.

We will be playing two games of LCR (a dice game) with fat quarters at the party. One game will be with low volume fabrics and the second will be rainbow with fabrics of any color. In order to play, just bring three FQs, either low volume, rainbow, or both. You may choose to play in both games, just one, or none – it’s up to you. The winner of each particular game takes home all of the FQs of that round!

Feel free to bring hand work projects to work on as we eat, chat, and celebrate this past year.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the party!

Questions? Email the board at [email protected]