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Friday, December 19, 2014

Central Region Meetup on December 28

Need a break between the holidays? Come meet up for coffee/tea/cupcakes at Babycakes in Hillcrest on Sunday, Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. (They even serve brunch until 3!) Come eat, chat, show off your holiday finds and any gifts you loved (or even hated) getting.  
Babycakes has a large front patio and lots of seating inside. If those spots are taken, we'll try the small outside patio at the back of the store. There are a few parking spots in front of the shop, and metered parking around the neighborhood is free on Sundays. (You may  have to walk a few blocks but that will help work off the cupcake calories...)
Babycakes Hillcrest (map)
3766 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 296-4173

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December Meeting Highlights

Snowmen and earmuffs might not be common sights during December in San Diego, but that didn't stop us from celebrating the end of 2014 with our final guild meeting and Potluck party!

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

1) Membership Renewals - Our new Treasurer, Angela G., started collecting dues ($40 for 2015) from those who wanted to renew their memberships for next year. We will have to pay our guild's dues to the national organization by January 15, so please make every effort to renew your membership at the January 11 2015 meeting if you haven't already. 

2) Regional Group activities - our North County members have already organized two informal meet-ups, but the South/East County folks are right behind them with plans for a Sew-In on January 31 at Memory Lane Quilt Shop in El Cajon. We have to charge a small fee for this event to cover the room rental, and space is limited, so reserve your spot now!
The Central members are still waiting for a non-rainy weekend to reschedule the Photo Day in the Park. Watch this space for more details.

3) Anyone planning to go to Road to California in Ontario, CA on January 22-25? We're trying to organize carpools for either Friday the 23rd or Saturday the 24th. If you're interested, sign-up here. Even if you don't need a ride, check in for details about meeting up for lunch or a tour of the exhibits!

4) Upcoming Special Events - We are trying to plan a workshop on improv piecing with Jacquie Gering, director of the National MQG and popular author of Quilting Modern, to be held in March or April. Watch this space for more details!

Also in progress are plans for a Quilting Retreat to be held in September or October. Unfortunately, our first choice of venue, Sisters in Temecula, is booked up for all of 2015 already, so if you know of any other good venues that could accommodate 12-15 people and sewing machines, let us know.

5) Report from the Field - Speaking of Temecula, Susan M. reports that the recently opened Needle in a Fabric Stash is definitely worth the drive! She showed us many pictures of their wide selection of modern fabrics and supplies. 


1) Charity Quilts - Our QuiltCon Charity Challenge Quilt is finished! Thanks to Chris for quilting and binding, and thanks to everyone who contributed a block and helped us assemble it in the October meeting.
Soon it will be off to Austin TX to be exhibited during QuiltCon 2015!

After the con, the quilt will come back to us so we can donate it to a local youth charity. Nancy, our new charity coordinator, proposed we give it Just in Time for Foster Youth, an organization which helps set up households for young adults as they age out of the foster care system. 

Susan K., our outgoing charity coordinator, also brought along 2 big boxes with the quilts we've made and collected in 2014. Several guild members were enlisted to help sew on our guild labels to make the quilts ready for donating. The smaller ones will go to the NICU at UCSD Hillcrest Hospital, and the larger ones will find their way to senior and oncology units.

2) Bee Blocks - We took a bee break for the holidays, but be sure to finish your blocks for Jen (October) and I-Chun (November) by the January 11 meeting. The January block will be presented by Chris, followed by Theresa in February.

3) Demo - Sue Bouchard gave a very timely demonstration of a quick and easy, 1-yard, lined shopping bag pattern, based on a Lazy Girl Designs tutorial. Might be just the thing for those last-minute gifts!

Which do I want?
4) The Pouch Swap was a big success! We had 21 participants, and lots of stealing. Ilene was especially unfortunate. But we all went home with a handy pouch and an extra gift inside!

5) Sew and Tell! the best part of the meeting! All the wonderful projects from quilts to bags to scrappy teacher gifts! We can't post all the photos here, so click over to our Flickr Pool to see them all!

Just the beginning....
We wrapped up the meeting with our annual Potluck Lunch. Though there were some yummy vegetables and salads, our members also exhibited some serious skill in the cookie and desert arts! (That's why we only do it once a year...)

That's all until next year! But get ready - at our January meeting, we'll be doing Book Reviews and Iron Testing. Bring a new or favorite quilting book and tell us what's great about it. Pack your old trusty iron, and we'll use high-tech scientific equipment to evaluate which models work best. And don't forget your dues...

Join us for our next guild meeting on January 11, 2015 starting at 11:00 am at Quilt in a Day. See you there!

Monday, December 15, 2014

South/East County Sew-In at Memory Lane Quilt Shop January 31, 2015

Sure, it looks like the North County members of the SDMQG have all the fun, but the South/East County folks are going to get their chance to show us how it's done!
Whether you're a current member, or if you've been interested in learning more about the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild, but couldn't make the drive up north to our monthly guild meetings, you are invited to join us at Memory Lane Quilt Shop in El Cajon on Saturday January 31 for a special South/East County Sew-In event!

Just bring your sewing machine, supplies, and a project to work on. The shop is equipped with design walls, ironing stations, and cutting tables. 
Bring your lunch (Memory Lane has a microwave to heat up food and a fridge to keep things cold), or  plan to pop out to one of the many nearby fast food options (including Starbucks for the latte-dependent!)

We look forward to seeing you and meeting new quilters from the East County. We will take a few moments, mid sew-in, to share our projects.

The cost of the event is $10. The room accommodates 15 quilters with machines, so since space is limited, make your reservation now! 

October 24 N. County Meetup - Photographic Evidence

Elnora sent along these photos of the sewing part of the North County Meetup held on October 24, 2014. No was willing to turn over photos from the subsequent Happy Hour at El Callejon in Encinitas, however...

 Liz and Maho 
Carrie's first hand appliqué
Becky hard at work
Lenora's House block and Ilene's quilt top
Thanks to Elnora for organizing the Sew-In at Quilt in a Day, and thanks to Theresa for organizing the Happy Hour afterwards! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

December 14 Guild Meeting and Potluck Party!

The Holiday Season and the end of the year are rapidly approaching, so it's time for a party!

Please join us on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 11:00 am at Quilt in a Day  for the last SDMQG meeting of 2014.

We'll catch up on regional activities, see how the charity quilts turned out, watch a quick & easy bag demo, and maybe hear about some exciting plans for 2015! 

We'll also have a Yankee/White Elephant-style swap of zipper pouches (with small gifts inside), compare progress on our latest projects during Sew-and-Tell, and wrap it all up with our annal Potluck Lunch. Bring whatever holiday (or non-holiday) food or drink you like to share! Plates, cups, and silverware will be provided. 

After all that, we'll have the spacious classroom for free sewing until they chase us out at 4:00 pm! Finish your secret projects away from prying eyes, or just hang out and chat, we won't tell.....