Photos from 2018 Hoffman tour

On a hot and steamy Monday July 30th, we toured the Hoffman California factory in Mission Viejo. Wow! You think you've got a killer stash - you should see what they've got! Many thanks again to Evie for organizing. Click here to see the pictures.

And check out the machines they use to transfer the new fabric from rolls to bolts!

- Cassandra G.


It's funny to go back to school

Q: What's the worst thing you're likely to find in the school cafeteria?
A: The food

Q: How do you get straight A's?
A: By using a ruler

Q: Why didn't the sun go to college?
A: Because it already had a million degrees

Q: What makes a Cyclops such an effective teacher?
A: He has only one pupil

Q: What’s the difference between a teacher and a train?
A: A teacher says, “Spit out that gum!” and a train says, “Chew! Chew!”

Teacher: Class, we will have only half a day of school this morning.
Class: Hooray!
Teacher: We will have the other half this afternoon.
Class: ...
- Cassandra G.


Coming up this month August 2018 at Raincross

Here's your monthly round up of upcoming events this month at Raincross Quilt Guild, specifically what to expect at our next guild meeting and any unique events beyond the usual scheduled events. And don't worry - I'll still post a reminder blog a few days before the meeting with your list of things to bring. :)

Just a reminder of other regularly scheduled events include Sew Night (the first Wednesday of the month at the First United Methodist Church in Riverside) and Friendship Quilters (the second and third Wednesdays of the month at the Goeske Center). If you are interested in those events, please check out the guild Calendar and/or post in the comments below and we'll help you learn more about them.

Coming up at this month's Raincross Quilt Guild meeting...

For this month's guild meeting we will have Demo night! This has become a new tradition of a round robin style of learning new techniques and equipment. Feel free to check our demos from last year!

We'll also hear from Chaplain Caroline Flanders who is the new staff chaplain at Riverside Community Hospital. Chaplain Caroline has reached out to us to help her make quilts for her patients in hospice at the hospital, so we'll hear from her and learn about this new opportunity for our quilts to give love and comfort to those in need.

Other unique RQG activities coming up this month...

Following the visit from Chaplain Flanders, we'll have a sew day Saturday August 25th at Rancho Cabelleros. We'll have kits ready to be sewn up, so please prepare to bring your lovely selves, sewing machine and notions, and a fixings for a salad potluck.

- Cassandra G.


July 2018 Meeting Review

(Ed. note: Sorry this one got away from me. Better late than never!)

Utah consumes the most JELL-O in the US and even made it the official state snack!
We must have been nice because Santa surely visited us at our Christmas in July guild meeting! Thanks for everyone bring their holiday best quilts (check out the photos and video) and treats and congratulations to everyone who won a Christmas gift during our better-late-than-never Christmas gift raffle.

  • Portable iron - Vickie B.
  • Wool scraps - Barbara M.
  • Square wheels kit - Florence
  • Storm at sea batiks - Jeanie
  • Rotating cutting mat - Jan C.
  • Folding cutting mat - Joyce
  • Mini appliqué iron - Jamie
  • Bracelet & earrings - Susan C.
  • Ruler set - Monica J.
  • Ruler holder - Samantha N.
  • Watercolor kit - Arlene
  • Connecting Threads kit - Mary M.
  • Cardinals panel - Andie B.

And a big welcome to our guests Caroline, Donna, Becky, Claire, Maggie, Eva, Liz and our newest members, Simone and Monica!

We are happy to now be partnering with the Inland Empire Quilt Guild to help create Happy Bags, Isolette Covers and Baby Quilts. Thank you IEQG! Click here to learn more about helping out with our various charity projects. Speaking of which, we collected 6 baby quilts, 100 Happy Bags, 24 Survivor Bags, and 3 ChildHelp quilts. Well done! Happy Bag Maven Dawn M. reminded us that back to school specials are on everywhere, so keep your eyes peeled for 25 cent crayons, good prices on colored pencils and the like, and don't forget to grab free flashlights when shopping at Harbor Freight.

Sharon C. also reminded that our chapter of Threads of Love is now supporting two hospitals, Riverside Community and Parkview Community, so if you have any kits out, please either sew them up and bring them back or just bring them up unsewed (it's okay!) so that someone else can get it sewed.

With Samantha N. planning a move away from the Riverside area (ed. note: /cry), a local Girl Scout troop has stepped forward to help sew up the dog beds - yay! BUT we need someone to manage the charity, collecting the chopped salad and kitty beds and coordinate with the Troop for pick up. It would be GREATLY appreciated if someone could step forward - if you haven't helped the guild in the past and you love furry four legged friends, now is your opportunity!

The Quilts of Valor train is still chugging along and Susan C. announced that she has kits and quilts to be quilted. Please see her if you're able to help.

Hoffman Tour was Monday July 30th, organized again this year by Evie - thank you! Pics to come in a separate post.

Elly H. showed our latest BOM, the disappearing Missouri Star (ed. note: and the kitchen sink). It's not too late to catch up on your blocks this year, which are all available here.

Elly also announced our next challenge: the Panel Challenge! Take a panel and make something interesting with it, a quilt or some other project. We will bring them to share at our October meeting.

Don't forget about the Steal Game coming up in November - this year's theme is Casserole Carriers! If you're not sure how to make one, visit Pinterest or Google "free casserole carrier pattern" for some great ideas.

Mark your calendars! The December guild meeting has changed dates - it will be Friday December 14th. This is because the Janet Goeske Center goes on vacation the week before Christmas so our usual night is not available.

Our next guild retreat is coming up November 1st-4th at Campbell House in Twentynine Palms. The cost is $398 and includes 3 nights and 4 glorious days of quilting, learning, laughing, and loving together and lots of tasty food! There are a few spots still available so contact Barbara M. for more information.

Door Prizes

  • magnetic scissors holder & fats - Christine S.
  • 1.5 yds green fabric - Tami A.
  • fats & earrings - Paula W.
  • clippers & fats - Andie B.
  • bw fats - Shirley L.

Mystery Basket - Gail A.
- Cassandra G.


A little levity for the Dog Days of Summer

Q: When do you go at red and stop at green?
A: When you’re eating a watermelon.

Q: Where do sharks go on summer vacation?
A: Finland.

Q: What did the pig say at the beach on a hot summer’s day?
A: I’m bacon!

Q: Why do bananas use sunscreen?
A: Because they peel.

Q: How do men exercise at the beach?
A: By sucking in their stomach every time they see a bikini.

Remember to wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, and please check on any elderly neighbors to make sure they are staying cool! Click here to find a cooling center near you.
- Cassandra G.