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Sunday, March 9, 2014

March Meeting Madness!

Even though it was a beautiful almost-Spring day outside, the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild meeting room was full to bursting for our March 9, 2014 guild meeting. Maybe it was the Quilt Shop Hop going on outside, or the promise of scraps to swap, but we were delighted to see so many new and returning faces!

Business: Our membership has been officially renewed with the mothership/national Modern Quilt Guild, so all you members will be able to get valuable discounts, such as when you register for QuiltCon 2015 later this year!
Elizabeth from the El Camino Quilters stopped by to invite us to their Quilt Show on April 11-12 in Oceanside. And sign-ups are closed for the next Michael Miller Fabric Challenge. We expect to get the fabric in the next month (fingers crossed!), and distribute it at the April 13 meeting.

SDBee: This was the last month for Pam's Blue Slab Blocks. Now that her daughter's wedding is over, she will have time to sew, so if you didn't get yours in, contact her. We collected some modern pinwheel blocks for Theresa M. The rest are due at the April 13 meeting. For the March block, Patti handed out kits to make converging corner blocks, to be collected at the April and May meetings. Sign-ups for the next round of the bee will start in May, so if you didn't get to participate this time, you'll have your chance!

Charity Quilts: The Manly Wonky Cross Quilt went to Susan M. for binding, the Urban Chickens Quilt is off to Jen for binding, and Ileen promises to get the Wonky Houses quilted before she's distracted by all that new fabric she'll be bringing home from her trip to Liberty of London. The January Guild Challenge quilts should be finished soon as well. The Texas Star quilt top and back that Theresa C. donated is off to Becky for quilting. The 2Q14 charity project will be a flashback to the early days of the SDMQG - details at the April 13 meeting.

Swaps: We had a vigorous scrap swap, as you can see from the picture above. Somehow, there were even scraps left over! Nancy used her keen eye for design to collect coordinating scraps for future charity quilts, and the rest will be featured in an "up for grabs" bin at future meetings.
For the April 13 meeting, we will be having a grocery bag swap! Everyone who brings in a handmade bag (of any design) can participate. Need ideas? Lots of useful links here. 

Sew & Tell: Lots of amazing projects were shared, and many can be seen in our Flickr pool. Alas, some photos turned out too blurry (for some reason).

Demo: Deb gave us lots of helpful tips for fusible appliqué, including 6 (or 7 or 8? I lost count) different edge effects.

The it was off to the free sewing time. There are lots of interesting projects in progress - we should have good Sew & Tells at future meetings.

Hope to see you all at our next meeting, on Sunday April 13, at 11:00 am at Quilt in a Day!


  1. Hi, I've been sorting those scraps into lap quilts for the elderly and it looks like I will have at least five or more. So many of the prints were either manly or old fashioned (not in a particularly modern way) that this seems the best use. I will piece and quilt them, then bring them to the meeting to pass on to someone else for binding. This has helped me clean my own stash of the same types of fabric.

    After some research on line it seems that 36x40 is the preferred size for wheelchair lap quilts. Any bigger and there are problems with getting caught in the wheels, etc. If this size isn't good for the hospital, maybe a local nursing home could be the destination.

    Susan, let me know if you need a different size asap and I'll change it up as I go along.

    Thanks, Nancy L.

  2. Nancy, you're a dynamo! I'll get in touch with the volunteer services coordinator at the hospital and see if they have a preference. Thanks for taking this on!

  3. Hi! Is there a guild like this closer to San Diego? I'm new to SoCal area (live in Baja Mexico). Thank you!

    1. Viktorya, we have members from as far south as Chula Vista and as far north as Temecula, but the Quilt in a Day, San Marcos, was the only location we could find that would accommodate us all. It is a bit of a drive, even for those of us in central San Diego. We'd love to have you at a meeting if you can make the drive, but if you can't, check the Guild Locator page for the international Modern Quilt Guild ( There are guilds in Australia, Germany, Denmark, Brazil, Ireland, India, and many other countries, so there's no reason why there shouldn't be a Baja, Mexico branch too. Maybe you could start one!

  4. Can someone contact me about your guild? My email address is Thank you!!!