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, Meeting, Meeting Notes

January Meeting Recap

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

2022 Membership

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

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


Our 2022 Board

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

President: Nancy Littlefield  

VP of Operations: Hadley Mendoza Miklos

VP of Activities: Janine Fulkerson

Secretary: Jen Collins

Treasurer: Kristyn Jansen

(And Charity Coordinator)


QuiltCon Updates

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

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

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


Activities

1st Quarter Challenge: Increased Learning

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

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

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

Monthly Member Spotlight

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

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

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


Charity

Current Charity Drive

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

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

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

Year-long Special Project: Women’s Resource Center

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

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

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

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


Sew and Tell

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

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

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

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

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


Coming Guild Events

Finally, here are some dates and events to remember. 

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

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

QuiltCon:  February 16-20 in Phoenix, AZ


Written By: Jen Collins

Posted By: Kristyn Jansen

Charity, holiday party, Meeting Notes

November Guild Meeting

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

2022 Membership

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

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

Election Nominations

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

President: Nancy Littlefield  

VP of Operations: Hadley Mendoza Miklos

VP of Activities: Janine Fulkerson

Secretary: Jen Collins

Treasurer: Kristyn Jansen

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

Holiday Party

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

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

Opportunity Quilt

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

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

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

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

Please see the holiday party email for more details!


Charity

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

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

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

Current Charity Drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Scrap Swap

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


Sew and Tell

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

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

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

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

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


Coming Guild Events

Finally, here are some dates and events to remember. 

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

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

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


Written By: Jen Collins

Posted By: Kristyn Jansen

Charity, Meeting Notes

October Meeting Recap

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

Election Update

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


Activities!

Holiday Party

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

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

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


Charity

Current Charity Drive

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

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

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

Chemo Lounge Group Quilt Project

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

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

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

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

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

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


Membership and Swag Pins

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


Sew and Tell

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

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

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

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


Coming Guild Events

Finally, here are some dates and events to remember. 

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

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

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


Written By: Jen Collins

Posted By: Kristyn Jansen

Meeting Notes

September Meeting Recap

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

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

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

Activities!

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

3rd Quarter Challenge – Zero Waste

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

Holiday Party

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

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

An RSVP will be requested in November.

Election Update

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

Participating on the board is both rewarding and fun!


Charity

Current Charity Drive

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

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

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

Chemo Lounge Group Quilt Project

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

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

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

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

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


Membership and Swag Pins

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


Sew and Tell

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

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

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

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


Coming Guild Events

Finally, here are some dates and events to remember. 

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

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

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


Written By: Jen Collins

Posted By: Kristyn Jansen