Happy New Year!

And as an early Three Kings Day treat from Blossomheartquilts.com, click on the photo for a time saving aid:


If you can't get to Nebraska

With the challenge reveal next at our December meeting of blocks made in your decade, here's an exhibit of quilts through the years you can see online:
c. IQSC at University of Nebraska, 2015
Click on the caption to go to the exhibit. Then click on view the exhibit (on right sidebar) to see the quilts. Enjoy - an easy way to gather quilt history.

A reminder:  The December meeting is our potluck meeting. We thank you for any goodies you bring to share.  Merry Christmas!


Happy Thanksgiving

to you all!

Are you buying something quilty the day after?  Tell us about it.


Christmas Exchange - November 17th

The Christmas Exchange (otherwise known as the steal game) will take place at the November meeting. Members wishing to participate need to:
  1. Make a candle mat - bigger than a mug rug - smaller than a placemat. Must be made by you. The theme of your candle mat can be any holiday you choose.

  2. buy a candle and candle holder (could be a 2 in one candle - may be battery powered) to go with your mat
  3. Place the items in a brown paper bag which you can decorate as you so choose to decorate or not.
  4. at the bottom of the bag, inside an envelope, place your name so that the recipient will know who made the candle mat.  This envelope will be opened once the last owner has claimed the mat.


We had a great meeting.

We had a great meeting last month, but then don't we always?  The Busy Bee from Calimesa came to bring goodies and tell us about their shop.  We got to buy, too!.
The great projects they showed - many from kits.
 An enthusiastic and funny speaker/owner of Busy Bee

Showing us a class sample made with Kaffe Fassett fabrics.
 Goodies are always divine.
 Our greeters and signer-ups.
 Members are shopping - trying to decide from all the goodies!
They had a little bit of everything.  Be sure to bring your badges.  I saw the door prize ladies shopping for the guild last month.  Maybe even a kit was bought for our December raffle!

Our next meeting is Oct 20th.  See you then!


Domestic and Longarm Quilters:

Over at:

single flower2

Designs by Urban Elementz

there is some free stuff you don't want to miss.  Go here to see their goodies and see this great site.


Baltimore - Sue Garman's Way

This post has so much eye candy, instruction, and inspiration. Click here to enjoy.


Another place to search

Haven't found a block?  Try the Quilt Index or copy and paste into your browser: http://www.quiltindex.org/browse.php
Scroll down to the time periods to narrow down your search.  There will thousands so you'll have to do a bit of searching. Reading the captions to the right of the thumbnails you'll be able to find one in your decade. Then read the basic record to see if it is made from an earlier period.  Below is an example of one with a copyright date of 1954 (and yes, Angie with foot in mouth clarifies that copyright has been around since the Romans, although many in US haven't taken it seriously until the Copyright Act of 1976).
Boyd, Leona Uelia Phillips. Grandma's Brooch. c. 1954. From Arizona Quilt Documentation Project, . Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=67-EC-290. Accessed: 09/21/2015
Have fun finding your block!  This is a fabulous site.


Another QOV Presentation

And a thank you note from the family:

Hi Ms. C,

I just want to get back to you so you know the wonderful impact of your organization's beautiful gift to Lewis Barrett this last Monday. Even the presentation by you created an opportunity to bring family and care staff together in a way that has renewed this wonderful man's support system to improve and increase his quality of life.

It was many years that our uncle Lewis seemed anonymous as to his military past, which has always effected his life and family. It has been in recent years that he has looked back and taken some degree of pride and acceptance and has been willing to talk about it. The quilt was almost an overwhelming experience, but he recognizes the singular significance of this recognition and he is very proud and continues to "glow".

We appreciate the work and effort, and creativity that went in to it. It was beautifully patriotic and symbolic of the honor it connotes. Please extend our appreciation to your colleagues and especially the ladies who made the quilt. The impact will continue to be present in Lewis' life and decorative in his living environment.

I have included a few pictures.

Thank you very much,
on behalf of Lewis' family and on his behalf,

Bill and Lorraine Mairs


QOV Help Needed ASAP

Susan C is looking for someone who would be willing to fill in for her, to present a Quilt of Valor for the Foundation.  This will be a family Birthday dinner.  What Susan does, is explain a little about the foundation, that they have presented over 100K QofV and thank the veteran for their service.  It takes less than 5 minutes.  Please let Susan know if you would be willing to do this on Saturday, 9/12 at 2:00 p.m.  The birthday celebration is in Mission Grove.  Susan has the quilt and presentation case, provided by the foundation.
Please contact Susan by email or call.  Her information is in the Directory.  If you can't find your directory, contact Angie N - she is in the phone book.  I'll give you her info.


Yes, It Has Dates

The Barbara Brackman book - Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns does have some dates of when a block was first published (meaning no earlier reference) and gives years.  Here's one (Rolling Square) from 1958:
This is a Generations Quilt photo.  Go here to see their tutorial.  They do it with paper piecing, but those corner blocks can be done with regular piecing. Visit Bonnie and learn how here.  See the tutorial for size of the blue fabric.  The block was also known as Home Comfort, Mrs. Anderson's quilt, Garden of Eden.

Another block from the same source - Wagon Wheels Carry Me Home - a KC Star block printed 6/4/52. Go here to get see the pages from the book.  Also called Old Fashioned Wagon Wheel.


Help in Finding your Decade’s Block:

More like what is not a new block, but very interesting:
Nancy Cabot's 30s blocks can be seen here

For the 60s-70s
and here is a book:

Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman. If you have it please let us know if it gives dates when originated or when popular. You can leave a comment.
An 80s favorite - pillow panels 

From Susan N at Quilt Block of the Month:



Embroidered-States-Quilt.htm  Now I remember seeing a lot of women working on both birds and flowers of the states when I was little.

The book, Victory Quilts by Eleanor Burns would probably provide some good ideas.  It's sampler quilts from the 1940s.  I imagine early in the decade there were a lot of the same designs as the thirties, judging by the fabric reproductions we've had the last ten years.  


QOV News

RQG members Susan C (treasurer) and daughter Samantha N (Pet Donations coordinator) delivered a Quilt of Valor to William K. of Corona del Mar.  Bill is a Korean and Vietnam War veteran.  After the presentation, with the Pacific Ocean in the background, they were treated to fresh baked blueberry pastries (berries flown in for the occasion from South Dakota by Williams daughter).  Another daughter, who arranged the event, is an author and a freelance writer who writes largely about textiles for the Moda blog.  She has also written about Quilts of Valor.  Linzee Kull McCray is author of “Art Quilts of the Midwest”, and the blog “Pear the Squirrel”.  She can be found on Instagram and Twitter @seamswrite.  Susan serves the National Quilt of Valor Foundation by delivering Quilts of Valor to veterans in a 100 mile radius.

A challenge has been issued!

Hope you choose to accept!

This next challenge is supposed to be challenging.  There are three challenges you can choose from to complete.

1. Choose a block from the decade in which you were born.  Complete four of them.  They can be in a wall hanging, table runner, four placements, etc.

2. What is your favorite block?  Complete four of them.

3. What is your favorite art work?  Recreate this with fabric.  The artwork doesn't have to be hanging in your house.

Complete one, two, or all three of these challenges.

Bring the completed challenges to the November meeting.

Have fun searching and creating for these challenges.


September BOM

Hi All,

September BOM has been posted in the 2015 BOM tab.  Have fun.

Elly & Carol


Yard Sale!

Time for our annual yard sale!

If you're de-stashing (the new trend), downsizing, cleaning out, re-organizing your sewing room, bring what you've culled to the yard sale. Only quilting related items please.  These are always fun, and who knows? You might find just the right piece you need to finish a UFO.  Speaking of UFOs - those are welcome, too.  Sometimes we just don't want to revisit them, or realize, "What was I thinking?" Ten percent of your proceeds for Community Service. See Susan C.

There will be sale spots in the back and sides of the room for your goodies and sale items.  You might want to bring a sheet to throw over your pile while you grab your snacks or while we have the meeting.

The yard sale will be during our next time together, August 18th.  See you there!


So Fun Tour

It was so fun to go to Hoffman Fabrics on the 20th! Go here to read Elizabeth E's photo-filled report on it.  Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing the great time had by all. And thank you, Evie, for arranging it.


More Materials

Please find the materials needed for the rest of the projects we have planned for this Saturday's Projects Plus Playtime day *here*.  

Have fun gathering supplies and hope to see many of you this Saturday, July 25th.  

Sew Day: Cool Laptop Table

Supplies to bring:

1.      2 or 3 Empty foam egg cartons.  You will want enough, so when the closed cartons are placed side by side, your laptop will cover them.  I have a supply that I have been saving for this class.  If you would like to use mine, please let me know how many you would like via email.

2.      Fabric to cover the Cool Laptop Table (about 1 yard, 44" wide)

3.      Batting (enough to wrap the table, approximately 36" x 44")

4.      Ribbon (about 3 yards), optional

5.      Standard sewing supplies including a hand sewing needle

6.      Matching thread for your project

I will supply:
Glue and glue gun
Foam board
Cutting mat, ruler, blades and scissors to cut the foam board

Questions: Contact Susan C in the directory.


August BOM!

Hello BOM Quilters!

The August BOM has been posted.  Have fun with another flower garden block.


Sew Day!

Reminder: Hoffman tour is July 20th.  Go here for details. 

At our next meeting, July 21st,  we will continue to show the thread video. We will also hand out a survey for members to tell the board what they would like to see or do at our meetings.  We really want to hear from you. Please give this some thought so you'll be all ready to write it down for us. 

Our July Sew Day, 7-25-15, is "Projects Plus Playtime". We will have small projects for members to
An Etsy photo. We'll make something similar.
make.  There will be six time slots, 9 am to 10 am, 10 am to 11 am, 11 am to 12 pm, lunch 12 pm to 1 pm, 1 pm to 2 pm, 2 pm to 3 pm and 3 pm to 4 pm. The projects are:  Box bottom grocery bags, cool laptop table, casserole carrier, ditty bag, button top thread catcher in 3 sizes and a coffee mug tool holder. Reserve the date!  

The day will be at our usual meeting place from 9AM to 4PM. Please bring something for our main course salad or a dessert item for our Potluck lunch sharing. These are always fun!


From Landauer


Create a cute sewing box from your favorite author, Edyta Sitar

Make a fun "Back to School" project.  This free project comes from Edyta Sitar's award-winning book, Scrappy Firework Quilts. Scrappy strips create the siding of the sewing box house and coordinating fabric make the door, windows and roof. Store all your sewing goodies in this fun and functional sewing box! Click here to download this free project!
Visit Free Projects Page


Hoffman Tour

2015 Hoffman Tour…

When:                    Monday, July 20 at 9:30am – lasts approximately 90 minutes

Directions:            Hoffman California Fabrics
25792 Obrero Drive
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

§  91 to 55 to 5 south
§  Continue about 12 miles to Alicia Parkway exit
§  Turn left onto Alicia Parkway
§  Drive about 1 mile to Via Fabricante and turn left
§  Go about 1/4 mile to Obero Drive and turn right to 24792 on the right
§  Enter parking lot, turn left to far end, turn right and continue to back building

Map:                       https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zCFIgj0Dyia0.kRezwPa6wfE0
                                Click on location symbols for more information.

Carpoolers:           Meet at back of Sears at 7:45am — leave for Hoffman at 8am

Questions:            Contact  Evie R

Nearby quilt shops and food:

Near Hoffman Fabric — Food: Laguna Hills Mall (I-5 & El Toro Road) as well as others along El Toro Road

Flying Geese Fabric
307 El Camino Real, Tustin 92780
714-544-9349 — www.flyinggeesefabric.com
Food: Black Marlin www.blackmarlinrestaurant.com; Central Eatery on Main St by El Camino Real; Morey's Place www.moreysplace.com; Roma d'Italia http://romaditalia.com; Rutabegorz www.rutabegorz.com

Orange Quilt Bee
628 E Katella Ave, Orange 92867
714-639-3245 —
Food: Greenery Natural Kitchen www.greenerynaturalkitchen.com; Lazy Dog Café

Quilt Cupboard — new location — former Calico House address
1243 E Imperial Hwy, Placentia 92870
714-993-3091 — www.thequiltcupboard.net
Food: Brooklyn Pizza www.brooklyn-pizza-works.com; El Pueblito Mexican Restaurant; Paul's Country Kitchen http://countrykitchenrestaurants.com

Tranquility Quilts & Fabric Shop

10191 Valley View St, Cypress 90630
714-952-8928 —


Christmas in July

c.Quilt Inspiration
Click here to go to their blog and find the patterns. This is only part 1.



Big sale at M&L starting July 5th.  

M&L Fabrics and Jenny's Fabrics
are having a July Super Sale!


Effective dates are July 5th - July 19th 2015

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July BOM!

Hi all my fellow BOM makers.  The newest BOM directions and template has been posted.  Make sure when printing the template that the box next to scale at 100% is marked.  This ensures that the template is printed at the correct size. Or create your own rose pattern. Have fun.


Our Meeting Tuesday

The June Meeting is this Tuesday, June 16th.  It is our Summer Potluck!  As always thank you for the goodies you bring for the potluck and the wonderful Show N Share!

Our speaker will be Cindy Myers who lives in Southern California and has been quilting since the early 80’s and has been teaching for more than 14 years. She is a certified instructor for Judy Niemeyer.

The workshop will be on Saturday, June 20 from 9-4 and there are only 20 spaces available. This is  the time to learn Niemeyer’s paper piecing techniques that are both timesaving, organized, and addictive. The cost for this workshop is $50 and this includes the $28 Vintage Compass pattern which contains all printed paper for the quilt (no need to make copies or trace). Call Susan M to reserve your spot while there are still some available.

Vintage Compass



June's Workshop

Our speaker will be Cindy Myers who lives in Southern California and has been quilting since the early 80’s and has been teaching for more than 14 years. She is a certified instructor for Judy Niemeyer. The workshop will be on Saturday, June 20 from 9-4 and there are only 20 spaces available. This is  the time to learn Niemeyer’s paper piecing techniques that are both timesaving, organized, and addictive. The cost for this workshop is $50 and this includes the $28 Vintage Compass pattern which contains all printed paper for the quilt (no need to make copies or trace). Call Susan M to reserve your spot while there are still some available.

Vintage Compass


Non-Quilting Challenge

We had a great non-quilting challenge response.  There were so many of us we had two rows of participants on the stage at the showing.  So many great ideas and executions from crocheted rug, gorgeous bags, wine totes, grip pads, table runner, scrub brush, stuffed toys, lots more plus the most darling little dresses.  Here's Reagan demonstrating her Grandmother Christine's creations:

She the cutest little model in her zoo dress.  Thank you, Elly for a fun challenge.

If you have or take a photo of your non-quilt challenge, please send to Angie N and it will be added to this post. Thanks!


More Freebies!

c. McCall's Quilting

This is just one. Click on the link and it will take you to all of the previous ones. Lots of eye candy there!


On this Memorial Day

We remember those who served and those who gave their all for us:

And thank you for remembering them throughout the year:


June BOM

Hi Quilting buddies!  The June BOM directions for the Dresden flower has been posted. 


Recipes from the Retreat

We had such good snacks/food at the retreat.  Gloria's contributions were a great hit (as were others) -see some photos of our last meal there on right sidebar.  Here are the recipes she promised:

Chili relleno casserole
1/2 stick margarine, 1 70z. can whole green chilis & 1 small can chopped chilis, l lb. cheddar grated chees, 3 eggs, 2 cups milk, 3/4 tsp. salt, 1 cup bisquick, small pieces of jack cheese
 enough to put 1 inside each whole chilis
Melt butter in 13" x 9" pan, arrange whole chilis stuffed with jack cheese n bottom of pan, then add 3/4 of cheddar cheese on top of whole chilies , blend eggs, salt, chopped chilies, milk & bisquick & then pour over whole chilies & cheese in pan, sprinkle remaining cheddar cheese on top and place in preheated over at 350 degrees.  bake 35-40 minutes (casserole will be golden brown on top)  let set a few minutes before serving warm.

Green chili appetizer
Use a 9 x 13 baking pan, 1 lb. of grated cheddar cheese, 3 eggs well beaten, 1/4-1/2 cup green chili mixture (I use "Green fudge" which is a mixture of chopped green chilis and little bit of jalapano & spices to "spice" it up). I use 1/4 cup in appetizer.

In baking pan sprayed with oil, spread 2 cups grated cheddar cheese.  Add & mix green chili mixture with eggs and then pour over cheese in pan and then add remaining cheese about 2 cups to top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Cut in pieces and serve warm with tortilla chips.

If you have any trouble reading this please let me know.  Thanks, Gloria.

I'll be adding them to our recipe tab.  See you at the meeting next Tuesday!


Our May Speaker:

Juli Shulem, PCC

Juli Shulem, PCCSee her quilts here  .  Click on Gallery.
"Conquer Your Quilt Room!" - Step-by-step Power Point Presentation of how to deal with the overwhelm of organizing fabric and quilt supplies.
My presentation is a light, funny and very informative presentation on how to go about organizing and maintaining one's quilt room.  I don't sell or promote any specific products, so it isn't slanted toward anything but the step-by-step process and how to create space for items where none previously existed.
I have been a speaker and workshop presenter in the field of Organizing and Time Management for nearly thirty years. Since I am a quilter I was encouraged by members of my own guild to share my information so I decided to turn my skills toward this arena as well.

Should be interesting.

May Challenge - have questions about the May challenge - making a non quilt item - contact Elly H in our directory.

Textile Care

from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln's International Quilt Study Center:
Click on the photo to go to the page. They have a pdf of the brochure you can download.

Also for us who have neither the time nor means to go to these excellent quilt museums, go here to see a great article and photos on Reflections of the Exotic East in American Quilts.  Their online collections are great reading, too.  We could spend hours here. Enjoy!


Where's your pin?

A reminder:

Where's Your Pin?

Your Guild Pin - I mean.  Is it on your badge?  We haven't seen many of them on badges.

In May we have a new drawing - your chance to win something quilty if your name is drawn for the Who's Got the Pin Prize.  How do you enter? First, put your guild pin on your name badge. Then,  when you sign in at the May Meeting you'll get a special ticket on which you write your name and place it in the Pin Box. A lucky winner will be drawn that night.

Don't have a pin?  See Sandy Sheppard to buy one.  Buy it before you sign in at the May meeting so you can play this game.

This won't be a monthly drawing - just one now and then so be prepared - wear your pin.


Retreat was Fabulous

Back from retreat - what a grand time we had.  It was a beautiful place.  The weather couldn't have been nicer or the facility better.  They had set up cutting tables and ironing stations even before we got there.  Once our work stations were as we wanted, they came and taped down the cables so no one would trip.  There were bathrooms on each end of the hall, and a full kitchen to use.  And the all included meals were fabulous!
Where we went! A beautiful retreat center
in the heart of wine country in SoCal.
We even had hot air balloon sitings one morning - getting ready for balloon festival.
Mom working on her disappearing nine-patch - she got the top done!

The quilting room couldn't have been nicer.  It even has a quilting library!
Of course we had to sample the local wines!

Here we all are at Primitive Gatherings, CA store. We also went
to The Temecula Quilt Co. - two stores with big online presence.
More photos on right sidebar.  We know the week days were a problem. Next time will be a weekend - weekends were already booked a year in advance!