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Next Meeting and Sewing Day - Sunday, February 8, 2015, 11 am - 4 pm, Quilt in A Day, San Marcos

Sunday, December 9, 2012

2013 Meeting and Sew-In Information

Since you have all been good little quilters this year, I have a GREAT holiday present for the SDMQG.... we finally have a new meeting and sew-in space! It's the one and only Quilt in a Day!

This is a great little quilt shop located in San Marcos with lots of fabric and awesome sewing space. Quilt in a Day is located at 1955 Diamond Street, San Marcos, CA,92078.

Starting in January 2013, we will be meeting at Quilt in a Day on the second Sunday of the each month from 11am-12pm. The sew-in will start right after the meeting from 12pm-4pm. Come for just one part or stay all day!

For those of you at the December meeting, I know we discussed meetings on Saturdays starting in March, but it was recently discovered that Quilt in a Day will be opening on Sundays starting in January so we changed the plans :)

For those of you who want exact dates for your calendar (like me), here is the list of all 2013 meeting/sew-in dates: 1/13, 2/10, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12, 6/9, 7/14, 8/11, 9/8, 10/13, 11/10, 12/8.

I hope everyone has a lovely family-filled, handmade gifting, wonderful holiday season and a happy new year. See you all in January!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

NICU quilts and ideas for the future

The incubator quilts that were collected at the Dec. 1 meeting were delivered to the UCSD Medical Center Volunteer Services office today. (Many thanks to new member Theresa M. for the advice on who to contact!) 

While there, I had a nice chat with Judy, one of the volunteer coordinators, about their needs for future quilt donations. 

1) More incubator quilts (at least 44"x52") are always welcome, since they have 49 units, and send the quilts home with the patients when they leave.

2) They could also use lap quilts for patients in their Senior Behavioral unit (for patients being diagnosed with dementia, not a long-term care unit).

3) They could also use bed-sized quilts for their Oncology unit. Patients who are recovering from bone-marrow transplants spend a lot of time in isolation and could use some warmth and cheer.

If you have a quilt that could serve any of these purposes, just bring it to any meeting or Sew-in and I'll see that it gets delivered. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Hurricane Sandy quilts?

If you wanted to donate a quilt to Hurricane Sandy Relief, the mothership has recommendations:
The first place, ACACIA Network/Bumblebeans Basics ( already has so many quilts they will stop taking donations Dec. 7. The other two places primarily want Twin - Queen sized quilts. Since time is of the essence, I encourage you to send your own donations off as soon as possible rather than waiting to bring them to the Dec. 1 meeting. 
[I sent two of mine off this morning, and it will take about a week for the package to cross the country by parcel post.]

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sew-In This Weekend, Nov 18th

Our last sew-in at Quilter's Paradise is this Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 11 am - 3 pm.  

All are welcome to join in!

Also, since they are closing, QP is having a big sale :)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Dec. 1. Hand Quilting Demo...

For the hand quilting demo, these are the following supplies we will be using...

(However, keep in mind that I will bring all the supplies plus 2 hoops and 2 thimbles. So no need to buy anything, only if you want to, might want to try it first. But feel free to bring whatever supplies you want.
Also, if you have a hoop or frame, and or the specific thimbles and could bring it, that would allow more people to try at a time. If you can do so please let me know what size the hoop or frame is, so I will have enough fabric/batting. 

- quilting hoops/frames
Ie. I noticed that Rosie's had two 14" hoops @ $22., and Country Loft had one 17" hoop @ $28. Both plastic resin types. Takes a week to get them in.
- perle cotton balls, size 5,7 or 8.
- embroidery needles, eye big enough for the thread to go through.
- quilting thread.
- quilting needles or Betweens, range from 7(large) to 12 (small).
- thimble with a grid texture or raised lip for the index.
- rubber finger for pointer finger.
- fabric and batting.

If you have any questions please reply here or on SDMQG Flickr page.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Winter 2012 Fabric Challenge with the Modern Quilt Guild (AKA Mothership)

As mentioned at the November meeting, our guild will be participating in the upcoming fabric challenge sponsored by Michael Miller.  The fabric is Madrona Road by Violet Craft.

Our (re)newly elected Activities Coordinator has set up a sign-up on Flickr.  We need sign-ups by Thursday, November 8th since they are providing free fabric!   Here is a handy link to the sign-up.

A few more details, or at least pretty pictures, here -

And because I like a post with pictures, here's a little pouch I made from Madrona Road. . .

Saturday, November 3, 2012

November 3rd Meeting Summary

We had a good turn out for the meeting today. Special thanks to Pam for bringing extra chairs!

The meeting kicked off with SD Bee blocks.

Susan has all but two of her blocks back.

Sandi's herringbone blocks are looking good.

I presented my plan for string blocks in a specific color pattern including red, yellow, orange and pink.

We had a good discussion about potential new Sew-In locations. Amanda will be taking the lead to confirm our options. The general consensus was that the size of the room was most important with location and cost following. If needed, most members were willing to pay a nominal fee for sew-in events. If you have any additional options or ideas, please contact Amanda (platty82 on Flickr).

For our December 1st Meeting we will be changing to a new location. Jen has reserved space for us at UCSD and more details will follow. We will have a short meeting and potluck. The demonstration will be hand quilting presented by Pam. Sewing is optional but there is definitely space for it!

There will be no December Sew-In.

The guild budget discussion and vote was tabled until our Sew-In location/costs is finalized.

The bylaws were also discussed and unanimously approved with two changes; we will add a clause to default to Robert's Rules of Order should the bylaws not cover something. Also we will add in a revision date.

Officer elections were also held and the only change to 2012 officers is the addition of Susan Kephart as Community Relations Coordinator.

We also agreed to sign as a guild up for the Modern Quilt Guild Challenge this year. It will feature the Madrona Road fabric by Violet Craft. Angela D. will be the coordinator of this event.

As a reminder, Jessica is coordinating our involvement in the QuiltCon charity quilt donations. The quilt is due in February but we have not yet received the blocks to start. Some members have already contributed coordinating fabric to complete the top.

Sew and Tell

Theresa's christmas quilt

Jen's two owl costumes

Marisa's banned book book bag

Ilene's millionth quilt from one fat quarter set

Pam's last NICU quilt from SD Bee blocks

and back

Deb's BOM with Sunkissed

and her Christmas door hanging

Dawn's bow tie quilt

Sandi brought bits from the Heather Ross sample sale.

Please bring any donation quilts for the UCSD NICU to the December 1st meeting. Susan K. will be collecting them for donation.

Amanda has put together the wonky stars from our first block collection and created a quilt that is 54 inch square. We had hoped to make a twin size quilt (65x88) so please make additional blocks or let Amanda know if you prefer we just finish at the current size.

Susan K. has started a Flickr discussion for additional charities to direct our donations as a guild. Please add your ideas there.

Alicia demonstrated free motion quilting including using stencils and chalk to mark the pattern as well as tips that have worked well for her.

Raffle prizes and extra purple strips for Sandi's bee blocks.

Teresa won the book, Free-Motion Quilting by Angela Walters.
Marisa won the Heather Ross mermaid notepad donated by Sandi.

We hope to see you at the November Sew-In on the 16th and the December meeting on the 1st!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Meeting This Weekend, November 3rd!

Please join us on Saturday, November 3rd at 10 am for the November meeting of the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild.  We will meet at Home Ec Studio in South Park.  Address is 2225 30th St, Suite 3, San Diego, 92104.  Street parking is available.

We have a ton in store for this month's meeting including
  • Monthly Swap Announcemnt
  • Possible sneak peeks of the October Bag of Scraps projects; due at December meeting
  • SD Bee Block presentation 
  • Alicia's Free Motion Quilting Demonstration - here's an example of her crazy good skills -

  • Bylaws and Officer Discussions and Voting
  • Sew and Tell  (by you!)

Additionally, as you may know, we have been looking for a new location to continue our monthly sew-ins.  A few options have come up so we will also be discussing new locations.  

Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Sew-In Location

Our last sew-in at Quilter's Paradise is next month.  They will be closing their retail location to focus on other ventures.  Exciting times for them but we are now looking for another space to meet for hours of sewing madness.

There has been a lot of effort already by our members to find a new home - much of the discussion is on Flickr

If you happen to have space for 10 - 20 people, please contact us!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Meeting Reminder! Tomorrow, 9/8 at 10 am

Details here.
Everyone is welcome!

This month's demonstration will be English Paper Piecing.

If you have a project to show off, we would love to see it!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Meeting August 4th Confirmed

Sandi and I met with the lovely owners, Roselle and Yvonne, of
Home Ec Studio

We have confirmed a regular meeting time of the first Saturday of the month (unless holidays interfere) from 10 am - 11:30 am.

The address is 2225 30th Street, Suite 3, San Diego, CA 92104 but since I'm more of a visual gal, here are pics of both entrances.

Fern St Entrance

30th St Entrance

Agenda to follow soon, start thinking about what you will bring to show off!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Beach Day was a success! We soaked up some sun, met some guild family members, and even did a little sewing down in La Jolla this weekend. 

Why aren't all our guild meetings on the beach? :)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Beach Day Tomorrow 7/21/12

Don't forget Beach Day tomorrow! We are meeting at La Jolla Shores, by the playground at 10am. Bring your family. Angela will be showing anyone interested in how to make english paper pieced hexagons. We hope to see you there! ;)

Friday, June 29, 2012

Rosie Coupon

For those who don't check Flickr, here's a good reason to start -

Jessica posted a notice about a Living Social Deal, $15 for $30 to spend at Rosie's -

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

June's Bee Block

For June's Bee Block Decide to make 1 or 2, your choice, of a block with the following descriptions: - wonky style log cabin - the center square being a novelty print a child would enjoy (fussy cut one object, any size or shape) - build around the log cabin with scraps, prints and or solids (hopefully mostly modern) - finished shape, either square or rectangle - don't square it up when done, just leave as is - over all size could be roughly as small as 6"x6" or as big as 12"x12", or 12"x15" or anywhere in between - gender neutral or gender specific is your choice My plan is to make NICU quilts with them.  I can't wait to see your creativity and have the challenge of putting them together in 2, maybe 3 quilts.  Hope you enjoy the process. Thanks ahead of time.  Let me know of any questions.  I will post this on Flickr.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Meeting on Sunday, June 17th!

Just a quick reminder that we will be holding a meeting and sewing day on Sunday, June 17th.

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

June Swap!

Our next swap for the June 17th meeting/sewing day is  RED CHARMS.

Signups are due by Friday, June 1st so head on over to Flickr to join the fun!

Again, while you can sign up to receive email notification of all blog posts (right top corner), most of our guild discussions are posted on Flickr.  It's free to join and easy to use.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

SD Bee May Blocks

The first set of April blocks are in! The circuit board blocks are lots of fun.  Here's the whole group of them from the May meeting.  There are a few outstanding and then Amanda will have a great quilt top!


Barb presented her blocks and put together a PDF to share.

Please post pictures of completed blocks to the Flickr group, we'd love to see them!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Meeting Next Weekend, May 20th!

Quick reminder for everyone that our next Sew-In / Meeting is Sunday, May 20th.  We hope to see you between 11am - 3pm at Quilter's Paradise in Escondido.   If you are only coming from the meeting, we will try to start at noon.

SD Bee
If you signed up for the SD Bee, please bring your circuit blocks for Amanda.  Check Flickr for some of the latest photos.  Barb will also be showing off the block she's chosen for May!

Polka Dot Swap
We're looking forward to seeing all of the polka dot charms!

Survey Results
If you haven't completed the surveys yet, the post is here.  Now's your chance to speak up about the direction we go as a guild!

And as always, plenty of time for sharing and sewing!

Monday, April 23, 2012


Your turn!

We've created surveys to help determine what you are looking for in this guild.   They each have just a few questions, we know you want to get back to your projects!  Of course we'd love to hear any other ideas and comments!

The links to the four* surveys are below.  Please complete all surveys!


We hope to review the survey results at the next meeting and talk about future plans.

Any questions or technical issues, please comment on this post and I'll get in touch with you.

* There are four short surveys in order to maintain a free account on SurveyMonkey.  We'd all rather spend money on fabric!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Polka Dot Charm Swap

Just posting a quick reminder to sign up for our May swap - Polka Dot Charms by tomorrow - Sunday, April 22nd!   If you can't make the meetings, you're still welcome to participate via mail!

Swap Details on Flickr

As soon as we have all participants, we will let you know how many charms to cut!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Activities Abound!

April is the first month of our SD Bee, with Amanda's circuit board blocks starting us off! If you've signed up, please check which month is yours at Flickr Month Assignments
At the April 15th meeting, Angela announced the next swap! We'll be swapping polka charms (5 inch squares). Details can be found at Flickr Charm Swap
Bliss by Bonnie & Camille
In case you missed the April meeting/sewing day, we do have a couple of reminders. Quilt Con Challenge Blocks will be due in June if you would like to send them in through the guild. Special thanks to Susan who shared solids in the Quilt Con colors at the March meeting. Block Challenge Details
Remember, it's for the children!
Also, as you all know, we are a relatively new guild and want to make sure that we're starting up in a direction YOU like. Please stay tuned for a series of surveys to ask your opinion later this month! If you can't wait that long, please contact one of the officers!
Our next meeting/sewing day is May 20th at Quilter's Paradise in Escondido. We hope to see you there!
As always, there's plenty of discussion and pictures at our Flickr group. Please click on the slideshow to the right of this page or SDMQG Flickr Group

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Quilting Bee / Block Party!

We are starting our very own SDMQG quilting bee. I think I will call it the SD Bee to keep it simple. Is that the most creative name? No. If you have any better name ideas, please comment.

This is how it works…

The SD Bee will be made up of 12 people (hopefully) who are each assigned a separate month as their month to determine what blocks will be made and be the recipient of the blocks. The bee will run for a year, starting at the April SDMQG meeting (4/15/12). Each member of the SD Bee will take turns making blocks for everyone else for 11 months, and one month distributing fabric and receiving their own blocks back.

The rules…

When it is a month you are making a block for someone else: Come on by the monthly sew-in at Quilters Paradise and pick up your fabric. When you get the fabric, read the directions the person included (or posted online somewhere) about what they want their blocks to be. You will have 2 months to complete 2 fabulous blocks. We decided on two months instead of the usual one month deadline because we are all going to miss a sew-in here and there, so that way it’s no big deal.

When it is a month you are choosing the block to be made: Figure out what kind of blocks you want everyone to make you. You can give vague or detailed direction. Determine what fabric will be used. You can have the other members make blocks entirely from there own fabric/scraps, you can distribute some fabric and encourage members to add there own fabric also, or you could ask that only your distributed fabric be used to make the blocks. If you are distributing any fabric, be sure to let us know about what to do with the scraps. If you might need them back to complete the quilt, let others know. Otherwise, members can just keep them. Print out or post online directions/inspirations for your blocks. Post those directions on the SDMQG flickr page. Come on by the monthly sew-in to give members instructions and/or fabric. Wait a couple months for finished blocks to come back to you. Marvel at the awesome sewing skills of your friends. Sew these blocks into a quilt, two quilts, twelve pillows, or shove them in a closet.

Be sure to check out this GREAT website all about virtual quilting bees with lots of great block ideas, tutorials, and inspiration. (It's also where I got most of the info on how to organize this bee!)

We still need a few things to get this party started. First, please suggest any names for the bee you can come up with. Second, let me know if you want to join the fun! We already had seven people “sign-up” at the March meeting, so we have five spots left.

Who’s in? Let us know here.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Officers for 2012-2013

At the meeting on Sunday, the following officers were elected:

President- Sandi (missplanner on flickr)
Vice President- Amanda (platty82 on flickr)
Special Events Chair- Angie ({Angela D} on flickr)
Social Media Chair- Shanley (shanleytulip on flickr)

We are still looking for a volunteer for the Treasurer position.  Please let us know if you are interested.

The officer team is looking forward to the upcoming year!

Stitched at Vision Art Museum 3/24 at 2pm

"Stitched" follows renowned quilters Hollis Chatelain, Caryl Byer Fallert, and Randall Cook as they prepare for the 2010 International Quilt Festival competition in Houston, Texas, one of the most prestigious in the field. "Stitched" explores the contemporary quilting scene through the experiences of innovators who push the art form into new terrain," says "Stitched" director Jenalia Moreno.

The screening of "Stitched" will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 24th at Visions Art Museum.

Admission is $10 which also includes admission to the three exhibitions on view encompassing 109 quilts: Art Meets Science, Selections from the Thomas Contemporary Quilt Collection, and Magical Mystery Tour: en homage.

More information can be found here:

Monday, February 20, 2012


If you haven't been keeping up with all the talk going on over at flickr, we are officially going official by officializing our officialism... officially. Get it? GOOD!

What I'm trying to say is that we are electing officers for our guild. At our meeting on Sunday, we decided to keep it simple and just have a position for President, Social Media crew, and Special Events officer. Each position could have a term of one year, with elections every March.

The President would just be... president. Overseeing it all, helping where needed, and keeping communication with "the mothership". We could also make this a President/Vice President team if there was interest.
The Social Media crew would be in charge of the blog, flickr, and facebook. Making everything pretty and keeping regular updates.
The Special Events officer would be in charge of swaps, get-togethers that aren't the sew-in, and any kind of excuse for a celebration, etc etc.

So now is the time to accept nominations and volunteers for each of these positions. Who's in? Let the campaigning begin! A discussion has been started over on flickr HERE. Come join the fun!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Year, Same Schedule.

Happy 2012, San Diego quilters! The schedule for our sew-ins at Quilters Paradise are officially booked for the new year, so I thought I would share the info with you. We will be keeping it the same with meetings on the 3rd Sunday of every month, 11-3pm, in the big room. Mark those fresh new calendars...

2012 Meetings

Our January meeting is actually in the smaller room this month, but we still managed to fit nicely last time. I hope to see everyone there this Sunday!

If you have never been to a meeting/sew-in before, COME ON BY! All levels of quilters, sewers, and/or fabric enthusiasts are welcome. Our little group is meant to be a place for non-traditional quilters to connect and create. We would love to chat and sew with you.

P.S. Happy 1st Birthday, SDMQG!