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. 


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!


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: [email protected] 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 [email protected]

Membership and Swag Pins

Please email [email protected] 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


Jacquie Gering Improv Shape Studies Workshop Sign-up

We’re excited to be hosting Jacquie Gering for a Zoom workshop on Saturday, October 10th from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Spaces are limited to 25 participants and are open for current San Diego MQG members. Cost of the workshop is $35 and payment instructions follow the registration form. We still have limited spaces available for members at this time. Follow the registration link below to sign up!

Jacquie will be presenting a workshop on Improv Shape Studies. In this class students will learn the free piecing improvisational technique from Quilting Modern as well as strategies to create effective compositions.  Students will learn and utilize several techniques including skinny line piecing, improvisational curves, angle piecing, paneling and creating and assembling building blocks. Students will create several small improvisational studies that can be framed or used as seeds for larger
compositions and quilts.

Images provided by Jacquie Gering

Signups for this workshop will be open to San Diego MQG members from Thursday, August 13th thru Thursday, August 20th at 7:00pm PDT. If the spaces for this workshop do not fully fill within that week, then spaces will fill on a rolling basis. We will start a wait list, if needed, from those that do not gain entry into the workshop via the lottery. As per our workshop policy, you must register and send in payment (once requested) to fully be enrolled in the class. A waitlist will be started once the spaces fill. As per our workshop policy, you must register and send in payment to fully be enrolled in the class.

If you’re interested in signing up for this workshop, please fill out the form here. Jacquie Gering Workshop Registration

You will be notified on how to pay for the workshop when notified it you have gained entry into the workshop, once the initial sign up window has closed.

Questions? Email the board at [email protected]


Bag Making Basics

We will be having a bag making workshop led by member Alison Gurganus on Saturday, September 21st from 9:30am – 2:00pm.

In this workshop, you will learn how to install a zipper, work with different types of interfacing, use vinyl, and how to work with piping.

The cost of the class is $25 and does not include lunch. The class is limited to 20 spots. If more than 20 people sign up for the class, a waitlist will open up. Payment and form must be received in order to hold your space in the class. Fee is non-refundable, unless your spot can be filled from the waitlist.

Registration is now open for current SDMQG members. In order to be fully registered for the Bag Making class, please follow these two steps:

  1. Fill out the registration form.
  2. Payment sent in following the instructions at the end of the registration form.

Supply lists and more information about the class will be forthcoming for those who have registered.

Questions? Please email the board at [email protected]

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July Newsletter and Upcoming Workshops

Our July newsletter is now available! We have a lot of exciting upcoming events and workshops, so be sure to check it out!

Upcoming Workshops:

We are excited to be bringing Latifah Saafir and Jen Carlton-Bailly to the guild for some workshops in August and September.

Latifah will be presenting her Glam Clam pattern in a workshop on Saturday, August 17th from 9:00 – 4:00 at Quilt in a Day. The workshop is $100 and includes the lunch. Signups for this workshop are open – for more information about this class or to sign up, check out the blog post here: Glam Clam Workshop

Jen Carlton-Bailly will be coming to San Diego in September and will be teaching two curved piecing workshops. Sign ups for the Jen Carlton-Bailly classes will open up on the blog on Sunday, July 14th at 12:00pm.

The first will take place on Saturday, September 14th from 9:30-3:30 at Quilt in a Day. The cost of this class is $100 and includes lunch. She will be teaching her Caution! Curves Ahead class, where participants will learn to sew all types of curves:

Does the idea of sewing curves scare the heck out of you? Don’t let it! In this class, students will learn different methods of sewing curves and lots of tips and tricks that will make it FUN and EASY! We’ll talk about how to square up blocks and sew them together with beautiful matching points. Students will leave addicted to curves wanting to make all the quilts. These blocks are some of the ones we will learn how to make!

Photo Credit: Jen Carlton-Bailly

Jen will also be teaching a hand sewing class, Curvlets on Sunday, September 15th from 11:00-3:00 at Quilt in a Day. The cost of this class is $50 and does not include lunch.

Curvlets Class Description: Slow down, take a seat, quiet your mind and start stitching. In this curvy hand sewing class you’ll learn how to prep your project, use templates for marking, and tips and tricks on cutting sewing. We’ll be working in small scale, 1 1⁄2”, but if you’d like to go bigger the technique is the same and will be accommodated. You’ll leave this class in love with hand sewing and eager to bring it with you everywhere!

Photo Credit: Jen Carlton-Bailly


Latifah Saafir Glam Clam Workshop

We are excited to announce that Latifah Saafir will be coming to San Diego to teach her Glam Clam pattern on Saturday, August 17th at Quilt in a Day. The class will be held from 9:00am – 4:00pm.

The cost is $100 for the class, which also includes lunch. Registration is now open for current SDMQG members. The fee for the class is non-refundable, unless we are able to fill your spot from a waitlist.

In order to be fully registered for the class, please follow these two steps:

  1. Fill out the registration form.
  2. Payment sent in following the instructions at the end of the registration form.

Supply lists and more information about the class will be forthcoming for those who have registered. If you’re looking for some inspiration or to see what this quilt is all about, check out #glamclamquilt on Instagram.

Questions? Email the board at [email protected]


Binding Workshop

Sue Bouchard will be presenting a workshop on six methods of binding a quilt. The workshop will take place from 9:30 – 2:30 on Saturday, June 22 at Quilt in a Day. You must be a current guild member to sign up for this workshop.

The workshop will cover: straight binding, French, accent, back to front, infinity and techniques on how to change the color of the binding to enhance the design of the front of your quilt. Each one offers a different design option for the perfect finished to your design.

Sign up for the workshop by following this link: Binding Registration

The cost of the workshop is $25 and is limited to 20 spots. Lunch is not included in the price, so please plan to bring your own. If more than 20 people sign up for the workshop, a waitlist will open up. Payment and form must be received in order to hold your space in the class. Fee is non-refundable, unless your spot can be filled from the waitlist.


Save the Selvages Workshop

Sandy Thompson will be teaching a Save the Selvages workshop on Saturday, May 18th from 9:30 – 2:30 at Quilt in a Day.

The cost of the class is $25 and is limited to 20 spots. Lunch is not included in the price, so please plan to bring your own. You must be a current guild member to sign up for this workshop. If more than 20 people sign up for the class, a waitlist will open up. Payment and form must be received in order to hold your space in the class. Fee is non-refundable, unless your spot can be filled from the waitlist.

Sign up for the workshop by following this link: Save the Selvage Registration.

Here’s the class description from Sandy:

In this class you will learn how to make Selvage Foundations, which are the base for all selvage projects. You will see how much fun it is to make projects with these foundations.

I will be giving you three patterns: Luggage Tag, Chicken Pincushion and Sewing Machine Mat. The Luggage Tag and the Chicken Pincushion are a great way to learn how to build foundations with your selvages. I will have the supplies for these for these two projects in class.

You may purchase my book “Save the Selvages” in class for $20. If you wish to make one of the sixteen projects in the book, I suggest you purchase the book before class. The supply lists for these projects are in the book.


Scout Tee Class

We will be having a Scout Tee class, led by guild member Kristyn Jansen on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The class will be held at Quilt in a Day from 9:30am-3:30pm. The cost of this class is $25 and lunch is not included.

The Scout is a woven t-shirt with capped sleeves and scoop neck. Fitted at the shoulders, this top falls into a loose shape below the bust.

This class will teach you foundational elements of garment sewing such as reading a garment pattern and selecting the correct size, setting in a sleeve, hemming, and bias binding.

Materials Needed:

  • Scout Tee pattern – either in an assembled PDF or paper pattern
  • Light to medium light weight fabrics such as cotton, silk, lawn, voile, charmeuse, crepe de chine or wool crepe. Extra fabric needed to match plaids, stripes or one-way design fabrics.
    • You will need between 1 2/3 and 1 7/8 yards depending on your size – see the size chart here for more information
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Fabric Scissors or Rotary Cutter
  • Pins or Clips
  • Seam Gauge
  • Marking Tool or Pen

At this time, we are accepting registration from dues-paying SDMQG members. If there are still spots available, we will open the class up to the entire quilting community.

To sign up for the class:

  1. Register for the Scout Tee class.
  2. Make your $25 payment in full. Payment information will be available on the confirmation page after you have submitted your registration form.

Still Weeks Ringle spots? What?!

Today, I thought I’d share some information about why we brought the wonderful Weeks Ringle to SDMQG!

On recommendation from several guild members, notably I-Chun and Chris B., we have heard from through the grapevine that Weeks Ringle teaches an amazing workshop class. Here’s a review of a class that the South Bay MQG had, and one from one of their members. They even write “This one comment broke through a creative wall I didn’t even realize I had.”. This is the type of feedback we have heard about her teaching; it’s not just a technique, it might change the way you approach your whole quilting adventure!

In case you’re not familiar with Weeks Ringle, her and her husband Bill Kerr founded The Modern Quilt Studio. The literally (and I mean this in the literal sense, not the millennial overemphasis sense) wrote the first book on Modern quilting. They’re pioneers!

Weeks and Bill are currently booking workshops for 2020-2021, so we would really love to see as many of your as possible take advantage of the visit in October. Here’s the link to the details for the lecture and workshop, as well as registration. Sue has ordered the patterns to Quilt in a Day an we’re getting 25% off! Score! I hope you can make it!

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Weeks Ringle Workshop and Lecture

We are extremely excited to announce that Weeks Ringle will be coming to SDMQG to present her lecture “Transforming Traditions: Modernism and Quilts” on Sunday, October 14th, 2018 at noon. This lecture is free for dues-paying SDMQG members and $10 for guests.

Weeks will also teach a workshop on Improvisational Piecing, which she describes below, along with a materials list. The workshop will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 9am-4pm at Quilt in a Day, San Marcos.

Registration is now open for SDMQG members at a cost of $100:

  1. Register here.
  2. Pay using Venmo (@sdmodernquiltguild), PayPal ([email protected]), cash or check to any board member.

We will hold spots for those paying non-electronically only until Sunday, September 9th. After that, your spot will be given to the next person in line. We will be opening this workshop to people outside SDMQG, pending availability, on September 9th.

Improvisational Piecing
Learn different techniques for improvisational piecing and choose one to develop a new project. We’ll guide you through a strategy that will have you making design decisions as you go. Students can begin making ourCall Me Crazy or Just Passing Through quilt or a project of their choice if they already have something in mind. Our patterns and magazines all ship for free to US destinations, so please order in advance to make sure you have what you need for class.

  • Student supplies needed: sewing machine, rotary cutting equipment, an assortment of cotton quilting fabric with different values and hues (small-scale prints, tone-on-tone prints and solids work well; avoid large-scale fabrics), extension cord, thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting.
  • If students wish to make the Call Me Crazy quilt with their own fabrics, they will need 2 3/4 yards white or other field fabric, 2 1/2 yards total assorted blue (or other color) fabrics and 3/4 yards binding fabric.
  • If students wish to make the Just Passing Through quilt with their own fabrics, they will need 3 3/4 yards solid field fabric and 1 1/2 yards contrasting solid fabric for the splicing and binding fabric.
  • Facility equipment needed: tables and chairs for cutting and sewing
  • Skill level: Adventurous beginner to advanced