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Sunday, September 14, 2014

September Meeting Highlights

Sammy contemplates his human's pillow swap prize
Lots of Angela-Walters-inspired quilting on display at the September 14 SDMQG meeting! If you couldn't be there, here is what you missed:


1) Membership cards and pins for new members should be here soon. We no longer have to wait 3 months for them to come in.

2) We're adding members' shops and blogs to the blogroll to the right. Let us know if you have a link to add. Shop local! 

3) Board elections will be in November. If you are interested in getting more involved in the guild, we will start taking nominations/volunteers at the October 12 guild meeting for the offices of President, VP of Activities  VP of Operations, Secretary, and Treasurer. We could also use a new Charity Coordinator.

4) Speaking of elections, The Modern Quilt Guild is taking applications for a Region 1 representative (covering AK, AZ, CA, HI, NV, OR, UT, WA). Our own Sandi Sawa Hazlewood is the current representative. Applications are due Oct. 15. Request an application here.

5) Membership Survey results are still being processed. There was some interest in having regional activities so that South and East County folks wouldn't have so far to drive every time. We are looking for volunteers to be regional directors and plan local activities on an occasional basis. With that in mind, we are considering a Balboa Park Meet-Up for mid October. Stay tuned for details!

On the Road:

1) Our own Susan Kephart will be giving a presentation on Modern Quilting to the Chula Vista Quilter's Guild on October 8 at 7:00 pm, using quilts made by several fabulously talented SDMQG members. If you're in the area, come and offer moral support. Otherwise, help her compile a list of Modern Quilting Resources to share with our CVQG friends.

2) The first ever Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs is the weekend of October 2-4. Or if that's too far, the Temecula Outdoor Quilt Show is also October 4. Take a long weekend and hit both!

3) But if you're trying to save gas, why not register for The Sewing Party on November 8? This online craft festival will feature classes on Quilting, DIY fashion, home decor, and much more! And you have 90 days after the event to stream whatever classes you like. Use promo code HV97248 if you do register.

Charity Quilts:

We decided on a concept for the QuiltCon Charity Challenge - Random Chevrons, and distributed fabric kits for "blocks". Thanks to Carrie for providing the fabric at cost! We will collect the "blocks" at the October 12 meeting and use the Sew-In time to assemble the top. More info on the Flickr link.

We wrapped up Round 2 by collecting blocks for Marisa and Grace. There are a few slots left for Round 3, but they are going fast! Sign up on Flickr, and Jen will start us off in October.


This time, we swapped pillow covers, to the delight of our feline associates, as seen above. 

At the October 12 meeting, we will be swapping 5" Polka Dot Charm Squares. Sign up at the Flickr link by September 30 so we can determine how many squares each one of us needs to bring.

The November 9 meeting will see the return of the ever-popular Scrap Swap. Scraps and unwanted yardage will be welcome. More details to come.

And finally, the December 14 meeting will feature a zipper-pouch swap. Make a (non-seasonal, please) zipper pouch, and bring it with a small (<$10 worth) gift inside, and we'll swap at our year-end potluck party.


Both Marisa and Deb gave quick presentations on tricks to make inserting zippers in your projects easier. Wonder tape actually lives up to its name!


Many wonderful projects both large and small were shared and can be seen in our Flickr Pool. Seems like half of them featured quilting techniques from the Angela Walters class last month! We were delighted to have first-time visitors like Suzanne and Maho share their projects this time, and it was great to see how Lori has mastered free-motion quilting in such a short time.

Go check out all the projects and let their creators know how much you like them!

Quilt Along: 

The folks participating in the Vintage Quilt Revival Quilt Along met to show their blocks and and share sewing tips. Check out the schedule to see which blocks are up next. There are going to be some amazing quilts coming out at the end of the QAL!

That's it until our next meeting, Sunday, October 12, at 11:00 am at Quilt in a Day. Hope to see you then!

Modern Quilting 101 (Essential Resources?)

Want to learn more about Modern Quilting? 

Where should a beginner go to find out more?

What are your favorite Modern Quilting resources?

Though I'm no expert in the field, I've agreed to give a presentation on Modern Quilting to the Chula Vista  Quilters Guild on October 8, at 7:00 pm, using examples from our fabulous and talented SDMQG members. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by and offer some moral support!

But if you can't be there, maybe you can help me make a list of Essential Modern Quilting Resources to share with the CVQG members. Here's a few that I've put together from my own collection - did I forget any?

Essential Modern Quilting Resources
Updated September 12, 2014


The Modern Quilt Guild (national organization)

Flickr groups

[Flickr is a photo-sharing platform. It’s what we used in the dark ages before Instagram, you know, back in 2010! To view the Flickr groups, all you need is a web browser. To upload photos and post in the discussion areas, all you need to do is create a free Yahoo account. Just go to and click “Sign Up” on the top left side of the page.]

Web magazines

Modern Quilt bloggers of note
Alissa Haight Carlton
Jacqui Gering             
Elizabeth Hartman    
Rossie Hutchinson   
Latifa Saafir                
Heather Jones           
Jeni Baker                   
Malka Dubrowski       
Rita Hodge                 
Ashley Newcomb      
Heather Grant            
            (She no longer updates the site, but the archives are well worth exploring)

The San Diego Modern Quilt Guild

Modern Quilting Books:

Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts April 24, 2012 by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen

Modern Minimal: 20 Bold & Graphic Quilts March 16, 2012 by Alissa Haight Carlton

The Classics:

Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects July 7, 2005 by Denyse Schmidt and Bethany Lyttle

Sunday, September 7, 2014

September 14 Guild Meeting and Sew-In

Are you exhausted from the San Diego Quilt Show and the Back-to-School grind? Do you need some quiet time with a good pillow? Then be sure to come to the next meeting of the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild!

Be there at 11:00 am on Sunday September 14, 2014 at Quilt in a Day, San Marcos, where we'll discuss the Membership Survey results and the QuiltCon Charity Challenge. We'll collect SDBee blocks for Marisa, and take sign-ups for the last few slots for Round 3. We'll catch up with the Vintage Quilt Revival Quilt-Along, and have a double-barreled demo on zippers

Our swap this month is pillow covers! Make a pillow cover to fit a standard 14-, 16-, or 18-inch square pillow form, and be prepared to swap it for another member's fine creation. The pillow insert is not required.

Then the best part - Sew and Tell! Bring your latest projects to share your inspiration and creativity!

After the talking is done, the Sew-In will begin. We will have Quilt in a Day's spacious classroom until they close at 4:00 pm. (You can also probably find a quiet nook to nap in, if so inspired...)

Hope to see you then!