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Monday, December 30, 2013

Important Treasury Announcement

​ As a reminder, next month's meeting, Jan. 12, will be the time you will want to pay dues in order to renew or start your membership for 2014.  If you are unable to make the Jan. meeting you can email me on SDMQG Flickr / Facebook / blogg for where to send your check.  It's important for us to have an accurate account of members in the month of Jan.  The amount is $35.  If you have any further questions, please let me know.  Thanks, coastal gray

Sunday, December 15, 2013

We Make Stuff. And Give it Away. Sometimes to People We Don't Even Know...

Judith of UCSD Medical Center's
Volunteer Services with our Quilts
Quite a charitable year for the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild! We made Blocks for Boston, sent off a care package of quilts for Oklahoma tornado relief, and that still left us with a big pile of quilts to donate locally.

Remember our in-meeting Guild Challenge from June? The amazing finished quilt, and another one generously donated by Julie, along with two presentation pillowcases found their way to Bits & Pieces Quilt Shop in Poway, and into the hands of Sandra, the San Diego County QoV representative. 

They'll add their presentation labels next to our labels, and find the quilts suitably valorous homes.

But that's just the beginning! As in previous years, our guild members donated several incubator-sized quits for the UCSD Medical Center's NICU, but this year we also made bed-sized quilts for the Oncology Department and lap quilts for the Senior Behavioral Department, 18 quilts in total!  (As you can see from the photo at the top of the post, they especially liked the Scrappy Trip Along quilt that was our 1Q guild charity project.)

 18 (!) Quilts for the UCSD Medical Center

Keep up the good work, everyone! Don't let "not knowing who to give it to" stop you from starting that next project - our SDMQG charity committee can find a loving home for it one way or another.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December Meeting Recap

So many changes for the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild in 2013 - a new meeting place, lots of new members, joining the National MQG, a field trip up North, and lots of exciting challenges and projects!

The December 8th meeting was the last one led by our outgoing President Sandi (aka Missplanner), but she ran us through a full agenda before stepping aside. Here are some of the December meeting highlights:

SD Bee: we collected string blocks for Angela G's chevron quilt. If you have more, bring them to the January 12, 2014 meeting. No new bee for December - we're taking a holiday break. So we'll all be rested and ready for Pam's January assignments.

4Q Charity Quilt: We gave a stack of Urban Chicken blocks to Patti for piecing. When she's done, Chris will be on quilting duty, with Jen waiting in the wings, ready to rock the binding.

**Heather Ross Fussy Cut Challenge Winners**
Of course we're all winners for coming up with such creative and wonderful projects, but Heather Ross herself select two of them for special recognition: I-Chun's tea cozy set won the Small/Mini category, and Pam's amazing Heather Ross Village Quilt was the winner in the Large Category. Well done, everyone!

National MQG membership - Make sure you are counted!
Our dues-paying members (as of October) should have received an e-mail in early November from "" with the subject line "Account Activation: Welcome to Modern Quilt Guild membership through your local MQG!"  
If you did, please make sure you followed the link to create your profile on the MQG website. 
But wait! There's more! Click the "Groups" tab at the top of the page, find the San Diego MQG page, and click "Join Group" so they'll know you're really a member. You might want to "follow" the group too, so you don't miss any of the exciting discussions and announcements.

Secret Santa gifts were exchanged (many photos on the Flickr page), to the delight of the recipients. For everyone else, there were many raffle prizes, generously donated by Angela D. from her enormous fabric collection.

And then it was time for the changing of the guard. Sandi gave us a brief history of the guild (4 people in January 2011 growing to 39 members as of November 2013!) and we said goodbye to the outgoing officers Amanda, Angela D., and Sandi (Pam and Susan K. are staying on for 2014). We surprised Sandi with a thank you Presidential Quilt, made with contributions from several stealthy sewists (say that three times fast!) Our new officers will take over in January, if we all survive the holidays.

Sew & Tell featured many beautiful projects, including Jen's 50 (!) bookmarks and Angela D's Giant Bee Quilt. Check out all the projects on our Flickr page. (If you don't see your creation there, it's because your secretary/photographer is a little clumsy with the focus button.)

We ended the meeting with a potluck lunch to celebrate a successful year with the company of many good friends. Looking forward to more of the same in 2014!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

So Cal MQG Meet Up

The Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego Modern Quilt Guilds are getting together for a meet up on Saturday, January 18th (the Saturday of MLK weekend) somewhere in either Orange County/southern LA County.  If you are interested in attending, please sign up here:

Sunday, December 1, 2013

December 8 SDMQG meeting and sew-in

Now that your turkey coma has worn off, it's time to think about the next big event - the December San Diego Modern Quilt Guild Meeting and Sew-in! 

Join us next Sunday, December 8*, 2013 starting at 11:00 am at Quilt in a Day, San Marcos for an exciting year-end meeting featuring a potluck lunch, the culmination of the Secret Santa Swap, more details on the So Cal MQG meet up in January, and a few other surprises. Bring your latest project to share during Sew-n-Tell. Once the talking is done, the Sew-In continues until 4:00 pm, perfect for working on those last-minute projects (or for getting a head start on your 2014 sewing?)

See you there!

*the earliest possible second Sunday of the month, if you keep track of those things....

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November Meeting Recap

It was great to see so many of you at our November 10 meeting! For those of you who couldn't make it, here's what you missed:

SD Bee activities (explanation and schedule here):
Butterfly blocks were collected for I-Chun. If you have more, bring them to the December 8 meeting.
Angela G. passed out supplies for string blocks for what looks like it will be an awesome chevron quilt.
Sadly, our BeeKeeper Dawn is moving on, so if anyone is interested in taking over as BeeKeeper, please make yourself known. Dawn's Bee month was going to be March 2014, but Patti, who was scheduled for December, volunteered to trade months. That way, everyone will have a Bee break during the busy holiday season.

Charity Quilts:
We collected some Urban Chicken blocks for our 4Q quilt. If you have more, bring them to the December 8 meeting. 
During the Sew-In, Angela D. worked furiously on piecing our 3Q wonky cross blocks, and got nearly two tops out of them. See our Flickr page for some action shots.

Time is running out on the Heather Ross Fussy Cut Challenge! Will you have your entry finished and uploaded to the challenge pool by November 30? Some nice entries were shown during Sew-n-Tell.

Elections for the 2014 officers were held, and since all the candidates were unopposed, vote counting was easy. The winners were:
           Treasurer - Pam Sadler
            Secretary - Susan Kephart
            VP of Operations – Marisa Thompson
            VP of Activities – Chris Broehmer
            President - Deb Donovan

Potluck! We're having a potluck at the December 8 meeting to celebrate the end of another wonderful year. Check out the details and suggestions for what to bring here

We had lots of great projects at Sew-n-Tell, as you can see on the Flickr page. The nieces and nephews (and sisters and mothers) of the guild are going to have some nice holiday surprises! Also, see if you can figure out who is our favorite quilt pattern designer ;)

The meeting finished with a very helpful demonstration by Alicia on how to machine-piece hexagons without tears. The secret is Washi tape!

See you at the next meeting (and Potluck!), Sunday, December 8, 2013 at Quilt in a Day!

Monday, November 4, 2013

November 10 SDMQG Meeting: Elections and More!

Please join us for our next meeting and Sew-in, this Sunday, November 10, 2013 11am - 4 pm at Quilt in a Day, San Marcos.

The meeting starts at 11:00 am. We will be voting on officers for 2014, collecting Bee and charity blocks, and Alicia will demonstrate machine-piecing of hexagons. Be sure to bring your latest creation for Sew-n-Tell, especially if you've finished your Heather Ross Challenge project!

After all the business is done, our Sew-in will continue from 12 - 4 pm. Get some quality uninterrupted project time, or just stay and chat about all things Modern and Quilty.

See you there!

Monday, October 14, 2013

October 13, 2013 SDMQG Meeting Recap

We had a full house with several first-time visitors at the October San Diego Modern Quilt Guild meeting. Fortunately, we had a lot to talk about:

SD Bee activities (explanation and schedule here)
September: Some self-starters have already finished their bookshelf blocks for Jennifer. If you have more, bring them to the November 10 meeting.
October: Directions for I-Chun's butterfly butterfly blocks are on Flickr. Use your own fabric, or contact her on Flickr for supplies. Bring finished blocks to November 10 and December 8 meetings.
Charity Quilts:
The 2Q wonky house quilt is off to be quilted. When finished, it will go to Operation Homefront. We also finished collecting the 3Q wonky cross blocks, so they are off to be pieced by Angela D., and then quilted by Amanda. This one will go to the UCSD Oncology unit.
For the 4Q quilt we will be making Urban Chicken blocks, as inspired by the Portland MQG.  Fabric packets are available from Angela D., and blocks will be due by the December 8 meeting. Volunteers for piecing, quilting, batting and backing are still needed, so please sign up on the Flickr page if you are interested.

Heather Ross Fussy Cut ChallengeWe have until November 30 to finish our entries and post them to the Challenge Flickr group). Only three entries are posted as of today, but there were more projects at the meeting. So get sewing!

Secret Santa Swap sign-up is closed and partners have been assigned. Starter gifts were exchanged at the October meeting, or bring them to the November 10 meeting. Bring completed swap items to the December 8 meeting.

2014 dues: Our President, Sandi proposed raising dues from $25 to $35 for 2014 to cover the cost of joining the National MQG. After a brief discussion of the guild's expenses and budget, the motion passed. Collection of the $35 2014 dues will begin in January.

Nominations for 2014 officer positions were taken, and the following people volunteered/were volunteered. We decided to be nice and not nominate anyone in absentia this time :)
            Treasurer - Pam Sadler
            Secretary - Susan Kephart
            VP of Operations – Marisa Thompson
            VP of Activities – Chris Broehmer
            President - Deb Donovan
The vote will be held at the November 10 meeting.

★★Special fun activity alert!★★ Clear your calendar on January 18, 2014 for the first ever SoCal MQG Meet-up to be held at Sewing Party in Laguna Hills. We’ll connect with our counterparts from the LA, Orange County, and San Bernadino Modern Quilt Guilds. Time and transportation details to follow, as we figure them out.

Sew-and-Tell: Many wonderful projects were shared. Check out the photos posted on Flickr (

And finally, just in time for autumn, Deb Donovan gave us a demonstration of two quick and easy ways to make no-waste and low-waste flying geese.

We look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting, November 10, 2013, at Quilt in a Day, San Marcos!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Meeting and Sew In 10/13/13

Hope to see you at our next meeting and sew in!  

Sunday, October 13th  11am-4pm at Quilt in a Day!
11-12ish meeting
12-4 sewing!!!

Join us for our meeting and sew in on Sunday, October 13th. We will nominate the officers for 2014, vote on dues and have lots of fun!!!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Next Meeting - Sunday, Sept 8th

The meeting will be up at Quilt in a Day next Sunday.  Hope you can make it.   And yes, it's very air conditioned in our meeting room!

There will be lots of quilts to be shown off, please bring yours!


Friday, August 30, 2013

Proposed Bylaw Revisions

As previously discussed, the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild has voted to join the Modern Quilt Guild. To join, 501c3 clarification language must be included in our bylaws. Look here for more information!  

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Heather Ross Fussy Cut Challenge!


The San Diego Modern Quilt Guild is excited about Heather's new quilting cotton fabric line, Briar Rose. To celebrate her return to quilting cottons, the challenge will be to use Heather Ross fabrics in a fussy cut manner to create a project, and then enter it for a chance to win a prize!

The rules:
1. The item must feature Heather Ross fabrics (any of her lines is okay). You don’t need to use Briar Rose fabrics, but we’d sure like it if you did!
2. The item must feature fussy cut components of Heather’s fabrics. 
3. You may add other fabrics to compliment her fabrics. 
4. One project per person (choose either the Small/Mini category or the Large category)
5. The item can be anything (quilt, clothing, bag, etc.)
6. You must upload a photo of your item by November 30, 2013 8:00 pm Pacific Time at (you must join the Flickr group in order to post a photo)
7. Note which category you are entering in the details of the photo and include any pertinent information such as dimensions.

Small/Mini: maximum side length of 24″
Large: 36″ minimum on one side

We are thrilled that none other than Heather Ross herself will be the judge! Yes, you read that right! She will judge after November 30, 2013 and winners will be announced at a future date.

Small/Mini: mini charm pack of out of print Heather Ross fabrics
Large: charm pack of out of print Heather Ross fabrics

We are working on getting some other donations. Additional prize items will be announced when available.

A limited supply of Heather Ross scrap packs will be available for dues paying members (first come, first served) – come to the August meeting to get yours! 

Flickr Discussion at

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Meeting Next Weekend, July 14th

Our next meeting is July 14th. We will be having a scrap swap again, details are here.

While you are sorting your scraps, why not make a house block for our charity quilt, they are fast and fun. Links to tutorials on Flickr.

We hope you can join us!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Report from the Field

Nine guild members met at a Park and Ride for the quick jaunt up to Sew Modern.   We made really good time and ran into the owner, Lauren, in the nearby Starbucks.  Two members (and their families) met us up there as well.  We soon descended on the shop and were so happy with our finds (and the extra help brought in for cutting)!

Susan, First Through the Door

Dawn, Winner of the Most Excited Award
Sew Modern is a fantastic shop, the staff are extremely helpful and there are so many wonderful fabrics all in one place!  Get ready for photo overload!

After so much quilty goodness, we walked down the street for sandwiches and salads.  Two members of the LA MQG met us at the cafe and showed off some lovely quilts.  

Next up, for the group, was Momen+.  Where there may or may not have been a scuffle brewing over Melody Miller typewriters.  I was a little late so don't have any proof of that.

Order was restored and treats were consumed at the delightful Torrance Bakery just a few doors away.   

Our final stop was Sewing Party, where the delight continued.   They had a great selection as well as many, many samples and a great space for classes.  

I think we would all call this trip a success and we had a lot of fun.

Many thanks to Ileen for organizing the day so well and to all the drivers!

If you want to see a little more, check our Flickr group for posts about the fabric and other goodies that made it home with us.

Stay tuned for great projects popping up soon!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Guild Challenge Success!

Our first guild challenge was a success! We all tried something new, had fun playing with pretty blue fabric, AND made an entire quilt top and back in one sew-in. Thank you to everyone who came to make a block with us!

Thanks again to Robert Kaufman Fabrics and Julie Herman for the generous fabric donation. We also hope to use the scraps again in future guild charity quilts, so it's a gift that keeps on giving :) This quilt will be donated to Quilts of Valor, a foundation who's mission is to cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

Here is the completed top and back.



We have already had a few requests for more guild challenges in the future, so come join us to get in on the action, the second Sunday of the month at Quilt in a Day at 11am.

Stay tuned for the completed quilt soon!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Our First Guild Challenge!

Right after this Sunday's SDMQG meeting, we will start our first ever guild challenge. Our goal is to learn something new and complete an entire charity quilt top by the end of the sew-in. Thanks to Robert Kaufman fabrics and Julie Herman, we have a few donated stacks of pretty blue Kona Cotton Solids waiting to be cut.

The goals for this challenge are to have any participants make a block for this quilt in 30 minutes, using some improv quilting techniques. I will give a short demonstration on a few methods of "improv" for anyone to practice on just one block. All the completed blocks from our members will then be sewn together to make an entire quilt top by the end of the meeting! 

All you need to do to join the fun is show up to the meeting, bring your sewing machine, thread, a rotary cutter and/or fabric scissors, and the willingness to try something new. 

This should be FUN! See you there!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

SD Bee - May Block

Apologies to those not in the bee - here are the PDFs for Kirsten's fun block

Template A

Template B

Details on Flickr Discussions

Signups are also open for Round 2 on Flickr now!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

San Diego Quilt Show

During sewing at the last meeting, we had two visitors come in to talk about the San Diego Quilt Show.  It will be September 5 - 7, 2013 at the Convention Center downtown.

For the first time, they will have a modern quilt prize of $100.  Anyone is welcome to enter their quilts for the show and they will have quilt drop off locations at Rosie's and a new one in North County.

If quilts are entered together as a group, they will hang them together.  I think that's a great idea so I am volunteering to collect quilts for our guild.  If you are interested in having a quilt displayed, please contact me (shanleytulip on Flickr) or leave a comment on this post.

Entry deadline is July 1 but the quilt doesn't need to be finished by then.

It would be great to have a showcase of modern quilts at the show to let people know about local options.

For more information, please visit their website -

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April Meeting and Sew-In

Our next meeting is at Quilt in A Day at 11:00 AM on Sunday, April 14th. You can stay and sew with us directly after.

Jessica will be demonstrating fabric painting for us this month and Marisa will be announcing her choice for an SD Bee block. A new round of the bee is coming up soon, stay tuned!

There is no swap this month as we are working on the grocery bag swap for May, details on Flickr in the discussion group.

Angela D will be announcing our 2nd quarter charity block project and we hope to see the finished 1st quarter charity block quilt soon!

Please bring your first quilt to share as well as anything else you want to show off.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

QuiltCon Charity Quilt

Better a late post than a late quilt, right?
Thanks to our talented volunteer, Jessica, this quilt was completed and shipped off to Austin in time to be displayed for the lecture pass holders and then donated to children in Austin.

I didn't have a lecture pass so didn't see it in Austin, if anyone has a photo of it with it's friends, please let me know!
Great job, Jessica!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

February Meeting: Maze Quilt Demo Preview

Maze block
At the upcoming February SDMQG meeting (02/10/13, 11:00 am, @ Quilt in a Day) I'll be giving a demo on how to make a maze quilt using patterns from my favorite online maze generator, but I couldn't arrange the necessary A/V equipment to do a live website demo, so I hope you all have a chance beforehand to check out this website:
Play around with the settings, scroll down and read the FAQ, then try to save and print a maze pattern on your own computer. I'll have more details at the meeting, plus some preprinted pattern and fabric kits for those who want to try it themselves. Hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

February Meeting This Weekend

Just a quick reminder that we are meeting this Sunday, February 10th at Quilt in a Day.
Meeting 11 - 12, Sew in 12 - 4
More details on this post.
This month, Susan will present on using a maze generator program to design a quilt.