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Friday, October 31, 2014

Nov. 1 Meetup - Check the Weather First!

Those of you planning to join us for Photo Day in Balboa Park on Saturday November 1, may have noticed the weather forecast is calling for rain. :(

To avoid dragging our nice quilts through a soggy park, if there is rain in the Balboa Park area before 9:00 am Saturday morning, we'll officially reschedule this event for another day. Check your favorite weather app before you head out!

Check our Facebook group page for last minute updates.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

UPDATED: 2015 Board of Directors Nominations - Treasurer Needed!

We need treasurer candidates!

At our last guild meeting, nominations were taken for the 2015 Board of Directors positions, and these people agreed to run:
President: Chris Broehmer
VP Operations: Marisa Thompson
VP Activities: I-Chun Chen
Treasurer: Pam Sadler - Termed out :( 
Secretary: Susan Kephart
On review of our bylaws, however, we confirmed that board members are limited to two consecutive terms of service. Though Pam has been an excellent Treasurer for the past two years, the term limits prevent her from being elected again.

So if you can be our Treasurer please contact Deb [dsdonovan23(at)gmail(dot)com] or Marisa [marisa(dot)thompson(at)gmail(dot)com] before the nominations close at 5:00 pm, Sunday, October 26

Descriptions of the officer roles can be found in our bylaws. Elections will be held at the November 9 guild meeting.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October Meeting Highlights

QuiltCon Charity Quilt in progress
We had a full business agenda at the October 12 SDMQG meeting, but that didn't stop us from having a lot of creative fun as well! 

If you couldn't be there, this is what you missed:


1) 2015 Dues: The board proposed dues for next year be raised to $40 ($20 if you join after July 1). The National Modern Quilt Guild (the Mothership) asses dues to the member guilds based on size, and since we are growing, our dues are going up too. The motion was voted and passed with no dissent. Dues for 2015 can be paid starting at the December 14 meeting.

2) Nominations were taken for the 2015 Board of Directors positions. So far, we have these candidates:
President: Chris Broehmer
VP Operations: Marisa Thompson
VP Activities: I-Chun Chen
Treasurer: Pam Sadler
Secretary: Susan Kephart
Nomination will remain open until 5:00 pm, Sunday, October 26. If you still want to throw your hat in the ring, e-mail Deb [dsdonovan23(at)gmail(dot)com] or Marisa [marisa(dot)thompson(at)gmail(dot)com] by that time. Descriptions of the officer roles can be found in our bylaws. Elections will be held at the November 9 guild meeting.

3) Volunteers were taken for various committees:
Welcoming Committee/greeter: Jen Collins
SDBee organizers: Theresa McClellan and Angela Greenwald
Charity Committee: Nancy Littlefield and Jen Collins
Location Committee: Marisa (No. County), I-Chun (central), Ileen (So. County)
Extra curricular activities: no takers yet, will twist arms as necessary throughout the year...
Anyone is welcome to join any committee at any time - there are many ways to contribute! 

4) Location search and regional activities: 

    Although we love our Quilt in a Day meeting space for its big classroom that we can all spread out in, we realize that San Marcos is a long drive for some of our central and south county members, and it may even prevent some interested quilters from joining our guild. To overcome that, we are exploring new sites for meetings and other special events. The Location Committee will identify and assess alternate meeting spaces, and their findings will be presented to the guild for discussion in the first half of 2015. 

    Meanwhile, we've asked members to identify what regions of the county (north, central, south, east) they hang out in, and whether they'd be willing to plan informal regional meetups. We're going to kick it off with a Photo Day in Balboa Park for the centrally located folks (and anyone else who's interested!).

5) A summary of our Survey results was sent on October 9 to members using the e-mail addresses we had on file. If you did not get one, please contact Chris [cbroehmer(at)gmail(dot)com]. There were lots of good suggestions for future activities and speakers! But don't wait for the next survey - we will now be featuring a Suggestion Box at our meetings to collect all your great ideas.

6) The San Diego Quilt Show planners are looking for our input for next year! They would love to have some of our members help organize the 2015 show, and they are seeking suggestions for Modern Quilting-friendly vendors, teachers and speakers to invite. The Planning Committee meets the 4th Wednesday of each month, 6:30pm, at Rosie’s Calico Cupboard, 7151  El Cajon Blvd., San Diego.  Meetings start in January. Contact them at

Swaps: We swapped Polka Dot Charm Squares this time, but now it's time to start gathering up your scraps for the November 9 Scrap Swap! Bring a bag of scraps, as small or large as you want, we'll dump them into a big pile for redistribution. You can take home as much as you bring in! And if you have larger scraps or yardage you don't want, we'll take it for future charity projects. (Even if it's not especially modern, we'll find a use for it.)

At the December 14 guild meeting, our swap will be zipper pouches with small ($10ish) gifts inside. 

SDBee: Jen kicked off Round 3 with her Scrappy Sampler concept. If you need fabrics, contact her on Flickr. I-Chun is on deck for November. A few blocks for Marisa might still be out there - check behind your sewing tables!

Charity Quilts: Carrie gave us some awesome swirl quilting on our Wonky Star charity quilt and will hand it off to Susan M. for binding. Meanwhile, we took the QuiltCon Charity blocks made by our members and collaboratively designed the top. With many volunteers, we were able to piece the whole top during the Sew-In, and it's now in the hands of the talented Chris B. for quilting. When she's done, Susan K. will bind it, add a hanging sleeve, and see it's sent off to Texas by the January 3 deadline.

Even after all that, we still had an amazing Sew-and-Tell: Some Halloween projects, some finally-finished WIPs, and some great quilts from new members were on display. Pictures are worth thousands of words, so check out the guild Flickr Group for all the details! (now if the photographer could just work her camera properly after the software upgrade...)

Then it was off to the free sewing time. There are many interesting projects in progress - can't wait to see the results! 

Hope to see you all at our next meeting, on Sunday November 9, at 11:00 am at Quilt in a Day! 


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Central Regional Meetup - Photo day in the Park - Nov. 1

Sometimes it can be hard to make connections at busy guild meetings, so we're planning some informal events in various regions of the county for members to meet, hangout, and get to know each other. 

To kick this off, we're planning a central-region meet up for Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at Balboa Park. Weather permitting, we'd like to make this into a photo day!

We'll meet from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Pepper Grove Picnic Area/Playground. There is parking available behind the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center. (map). Bring your quilts and any photo gear, and we'll work together to get some outdoor glamour shots of your fabulous creations! 

Guild members, family, friends, and interested persons from all over the county are welcome. There's a playground nearby, so the little ones can run off their Halloween candy energy. If you don't need photography, just bring some handwork and hang out.

Bring your own picnic if you want to stay for lunch, and we'll provide soft drinks. 

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

October 12 Guild Meeting and Sew-In

Polka dots and charity blocks
We need all hands on deck for the next San Diego Modern Quilt Guild meeting because we will be discussing important issues for next year and the future of the guild!

Please join us at 11:00 am, Sunday October 12, 2014 at Quilt in a Day, San Marcos. We will be voting on dues for 2015, and taking nominations for next year's officers. (Elections will be held at the November 9 guild meeting). 

We realize it's a long drive to QiD for some members, so we are asking for volunteers for a committee to find more central locations for future meetings. We also need people to oversee charity projects and help plan regional activities. This is your chance to make the guild better for all!

Our swap this month is Polka dot charm squares. Check the link for who has signed up and how many to bring. Meanwhile, start collecting your scraps for our fall scrap swap in November, and don't forget the zipper-pouch swap in December...

Please bring your charity blocks for the QuiltCon Challenge project so that we can assemble the top during our Sew-In after the business meeting.

Jen will kick off Round 3 of the SDBee - can't wait to see what she's dreamed up this time!

And most importantly, bring your latest projects for Sew and Tell - we love to share your inspiration and creativity!

After the talking is done, the Sew-In will begin. We have Quilt in a Day's spacious, air conditioned classroom until they close at 4:00 pm. Help us with the QuiltCon challenge quilt, or just get some uninterrupted sewing time for your own projects.

Hope to see you then!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Nominations for 2015 Officers Needed!

Do you have ideas to make the SDMQG better? Are you looking for a way to get more involved in the guild? 

Then consider running for one of our executive positions for 2015!

At our October 12, 2014 guild meeting*, we will be accepting nomination for the following officer positions:

1) President
2) Vice President of Operations
3) Vice President of Activities
4) Treasurer
5) Secretary

Descriptions of each role can be found in our bylaws. We need people to help keep our guild vital and interesting! Is that you? 

Elections will be held at our November 9th meeting. 

If an officer position isn't right for you, we are also looking for volunteers to organize charity projects and plan regional activities. There are many ways to contribute!

*If you can't be at the October 12 meeting, you can still nominate yourself by e-mailing Deb ( or Marisa ( before the meeting.