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.


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. 


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. 


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 [email protected]

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

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.


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.


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 [email protected]

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

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 [email protected].  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

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 [email protected] 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.

Meeting, newsletter

January 2020 Newsletter

Happy New Year! Our first guild meeting of the year will be on Sunday, January 12th at 11:00 am at Quilt in a Day in San Marcos.

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

Our January newsletter is up and has a lot of information about the upcoming meeting, so be sure to check it out!

We will be opening registration for our annual June guild retreat at noon on Sunday, January 12th. More information is about this is in the newsletter. There will be a blog post with all of that information and a link to register on the 12th.

There will be a pouch swap after the January meeting. Bring any type, style, or size of pouch to the meeting in a brown paper bag and we will have a blind swap.

Hope to see everyone on the 12th!

Questions? Email the board at [email protected]

Meeting, newsletter

November Minutes

San Diego Modern Quilt Guild

November 11, 2018 


The meeting was called to order at 11 am by President ,  Stephanie Grainger.  

Guests were introduced.

2019  Board positions were announced. Voting was completed at the October meeting.

President – Jill Lombard

VP of Operations –  Pricilla Dulin

VP of Activities – Kristyn Jansen

Secretary – Sue Bouchard

Treasurer – Carrie Hanson

Geographic Outreach – Cohni Acevedo


Member dues of $50 need to be paid by the January meeting.  Be sure to fill out the registration form on Blog.  

Corky Blanco’s Estate Sale will be held on Saturday, November 24, from 10 am – 4 pm.  It will be held at 5246 Candlelight St. in Oceanside.  Peggy Ancinec, Elizabeth O’Toole and Sharon Kuder graciously organized the event.  They are accepting cash and checks only.

Birthday Club

Pam Sadler collected all the bags for the Birthday Club Fat Quarter exchange.  Distribution will begin in January 2019.

Christmas Party

Mark you calendars! The party will be on Sunday, December 2 at Teresa’s winery, Highland Hills. (same place as last year). Please RSVP if you are coming. It will be a Potluck meal.  

We will be playing two Left, Right, Center games.  One will be with Low Volumes and the other will be any Modern Fabrics.  Bring 3 Fat Quarters of each if you would like to play.  Laura is also bringing some other fun games.

Susan Kephart is collecting member quilts to hang around the patio. 

All Christmas volunteers should be at the winery by 9 am.  

Upcoming Workshop

December 9 Libs Elliot – Sold Out

Teacher contract for future instructors is being updated for 2019.

Charity – Kirstyn Jansen

Currently we are making 50” x 60” Lap quilts for Riverside Chemo Lounge.

For 2019 the recipients are: 

January – April    Polinsky Children’s Center

May – August.     Just in Time (Children who are aging out of the Foster Care system)

Sept. – Dec.        Riverside Chemo Lounge

We will possibly be adding an ongoing Small Pouch Bags collection for toiletries. 

Jill Lombard announced several new activities  starting in 2019.

Each month we will be doing a Lotto Block Exchange.  Sue Bouchard is presenting a new block each month.  The more you make the better your chances are to win.  Instructions are distributed through the SDMQG Blog.  

Member Spotlight – A 10-20 minute presentation of quilts from one member each month.

House Demos from members will presented right after the meeting in the Studio.

The following members will be doing 2-3 hours classes next year after the regular scheduled meeting. There is no charge to members for these classes.

Alison Gurganus – Bags/Totes

Sue Bouchard – Binding

San Thompson – Save the Selvages

Kristyn Janson – Apparel

Let the board know if you have any ideas for other classes.

Raffle prizes awarded. 

Sew and Tell

Respectfully Submitted

Sue Bouchard