10/16/17

Corny Jokes (candy corny?)


Q:  Why did the vampire get fired from the blood bank?
A:  He was caught drinking on the job!
Q:  What do skeletons say before eating?
A:  Bone Appetit!
Q:  How can you tell if a vampire has a horrible cold?
A:  By his deep loud coffin!
Q:  How do you mend a broken Jack-o-lantern?
A:  With a pumpkin patch.
Q: Why didn’t the scarecrow eat dinner?
A: He was already stuffed.

Tee-hee!
- Cassandra G.

10/12/17

Reminder: Guild meeting Tuesday!

Trick or treat! Smell my feet! Give me some quilts to eat! (or something like that)

Reminder: This Saturday is the Elizabeth Eastmond class Home Sweet Home from 9am - 2pm with a Happy Bag sew day afterwards at Rancho Cabelleros.



Here's your reminder list of things to bring:
  • Your homemade name badge
  • Your Raincross Quilt Guild pin, which is worth an EXTRA ticket in the door prize drawing! If you don't have one, you can purchase one for $5 at the door.
  • If you are participating in the 2017 BOM, the eighth two blocks.
  • If you are participating in Susan M.'s mini 9 patch group, the brights and white/white blocks are due.
  • If you were born on April, October, or December, you are invited to bring a snack to share (but it's not required!).
  • Bottled water or other non-alcoholic drink

See you all Tuesday!

- Cassandra G.

10/11/17

Sign up now for the Spring Retreat

We're getting a head start on our 2018 spring retreat at Vina de Lesstonac in Temecula (The Nunnery)!


Where: Vina de Lestonnac - Temecula
When: May 18 - 20, 2018
Cost: $270
What it includes: 2 nights/3 days at the beautiful retreat center, PLENTY of room, all meals (AMAZING!), and fun and cute make-n-takes!
Theme: "Our Quilted Neighborhood"

See Barbara M. to sign up!
- Cassandra G.

10/6/17

Photos from the San Diego Quilt Show

Last weekend, Barbara M. and I went to the San Diego Quilt Show at the San Diego Convention Center. If you weren't able to make it, here are a few photos I took that I thought I'd share. Enjoy!

2017 Best in Show - the quilting was AMAZING!

More amazing quilting!

Sparkely!

- Cassandra G.

10/5/17

Miss Demo Night in August? See the video!

I uploaded this a while ago but I keep forgetting to tell you all about it. It's unedited and probably shaky, but if you'd like to see the demos from Jeri R., Lisa J., Samantha N., Carol H., Susan C., and Stephanie Z., be sure to check it out!


- Cassandra G.

10/4/17

2017 Reindeer Dash This Weekend


Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling, too
Come on, it's lovely weather for a Reindeer Dash with you!

(The sound was so loud, my phone sort of muted it down a bit...but trust me, they're LOUD.)

Hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner, but it's time to make your list and check it twice and get those Christmas gift projects stitched up!

- Cassandra G.

10/3/17

Coming up this month October 2017 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. :)

*Usual scheduled events include Sew Night, Friendship Quilters, Featherweight Club, and the RQG Board meeting. 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...
Cool stuff! Octobery stuff! When I know, you'll know!

But! As a reminder, we meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month and this month is blessed with FIVE Tuesdays...our meeting this month is Tuesday, October 17th, so watch your calendars!

Other unique RQG activities coming up this month...
Elizabeth Eastmond's workshop Home Sweet Home will take place on Saturday October 14th from 9am-2pm at the Clubhouse at Rancho Cabelleros. Contact Andie B. to inquire if there are any spots available. We'll have a potluck salad lunch. Following the workshop, 2pm until we drop, we'll have a Happy Bag Sew Day! Come help us stitch up bags as December is right around the corner.

Our 2017 Fall retreat is Thursday October 26th (or Friday October 27th for those who prefer) through Sunday October 29th at Campbell House in 29 Palms. We'll get the supplies list out to those attending as soon as we can.

Edit: The Quilt Room Tour is POSTPONED until spring as some circumstances changed.

10/2/17

Quilters Estate Sale October 8th

From Cherry Berry Quilts...

"Hello Everyone,

It is with a heavy saddened heart that this email get crafted. As many of you know we recently lost a great friend in Sharon Blackburn. Sharon was an avid quilter and sewist who's skill and knowledge were only exceeded by her generosity and kindness. Sharon was a great mentor to us as we started this business and became a great friend through the years. Her sudden passing was a shock to us all and we are working with her husband Charlie to help liquidate her sewing room and supplies. To that end there are a number of machines that we will outline here that were kept in immaculate condition and a significant stash that needs to be liquidated.

Sunday October 8th 11am-4pm
Cherry Berry Quilts, 1096 Calimesa Blvd B, Calimesa, CA 92320
Fabric $3/yd
Threads, quilts, and other notions

All items will be 1st come, 1 served.
CASH ONLY"

Click here for the flyer.
- Cassandra G.

10/1/17

September 2017 Meeting Review


We had such a great meeting two weeks ago with the fabulous and informative Heidi Stagno of Heidi's Longarm Quilting Center in Calimesa. But first, we were serenaded by Jeri R. and Susan C. singing 'My Favorite Quilting Things', modified by Terri Dobitz and sung to the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein 'My Favorite Things' from the musical The Sound of Music, which was enjoyed by all, including our 7 visitors!

Heidi gave quite a presentation on machine quilting, reminding us that it's not a quilt until it's quilted, we don't have to use cotton thread to quilt our quilts, and when you're stuck in a corner, just ditch it and stitch it! Her workshop the following Saturday was fantastic and I highly recommend that you check out her Quilted Feathers class coming up on December 9th.

Elly H. was not able to join us, but Jeri R. and Susan M. showed off our next BOM, Spinning Pinwheel. Instructions are here.

Also, due to some unfortunate flooding and cancellations, we're postponing the Home Room Tour that was scheduled for October 21st until sometime in the spring.

Susan C. announced that we'll have our annual Quilt of Valor presentation on Saturday November 11th at the East Hills Community Church. If anyone still has an QoV quilt at home, finished or not, please finish if you and regardless, bring it to the October meeting.

Barbara M. announced that we have a few spots still available for the Raincross Fall Retreat to Campbell House, so please contact her if you are interested.

Door Prizes

  • Super grip - Carrie A.
  • Telescoping magnet & fats - Betty D.
  • Personal power strip, super gripper - Judy B.
  • .5 yd of 2 blue fabrics - Susan C.
  • Cake mix recipes, for layer cakes - Barbara M.

Mystery Box

  • Jeri R.

- Cassandra G.

9/29/17

Quilts of Valor Presentation November 11th



Raincross Quilt Guild and Friendship Quilters are pleased to announce their 2017 Quilts of Valor presentation Saturday, November 11th, at 2pm at the East Hills Community Church, 20660 Orange Terrace Parkway, Riverside, CA 92508. This event is complimentary, and the quilts are made with love and given freely to our Veterans. Light refreshments will be served.


Please RSVP to Susan C. with the number of people attending and the name of your Veteran guest of honor.

For more information or to contribute, visit QOVF.org. Download flyer for this event.

Susan asks that anyone who still has a QoV quilt or quilt top at home please bring it to the October meeting so that they can be finished and ready for the presentation.
- Cassandra G.

9/28/17

Quilters the musical this weekend at Ramona High School

Quilters, the musical, is being performed  at Ramona High School this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 pm. The musical is about the lives of American pioneer women based on the book The Quilters:Women and Domestic Art by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen.

Several of the 30 inch quilt squares that are featured in the show were made by Raincross Quilt Guild members. Jeri R. and others assembled the enormous quilt.

- Cassandra G

9/26/17

Spots still available for Campbell House Retreat

I'll get the guild meeting review up tomorrow, I promise...

There are still a few spots available for the Raincross Quilt Guild Fall 2017 Retreat to Campbell House in Twentynine Palms (formerly Roughley Manor) -- if we don't get enough people, we may have to cancel, which would be very sad!

The retreat is Thursday October 26th (or you can come Friday October 27th instead) through Sunday October 29th. The prices are $399 for Thu-Sun or $286 for Fri-Sun. The theme this year is Christmas.



Contact Barbara M. today and join us!
- Cassandra G.

9/20/17

Supply List for Heidi's Class this Saturday

What a fantastic presentation by Heidi last night! For those attending Heidi's class this coming Saturday at the Goeske Center from 9am-3pm, click here for the supply list.

We'll have a potluck salad for lunch so bring your salad mix-in or side.

Contact Andie B. if you are interested in attending.

I can't wait!
- Cassandra G.

9/15/17

Reminder: Guild meeting Tuesday!

I find myself reflective this morning and thinking those in Texas, the Caribbean, Florida, and Mexico who've recently been touched by hurricanes and earthquakes. If you haven't done so and have the ability, consider making a donation to a reputable charity. Consider as well that sometimes one's first instinct in giving may not be the best choice.

Be thankful for what you have and be sure to tell someone today that you appreciate and love them - let's make our own thunder burst of love. :)

Hurricane! by Carol Taylor
Here's your reminder list of things to bring:
  • Your homemade name badge
  • Your Raincross Quilt Guild pin, which is worth an EXTRA ticket in the door prize drawing! If you don't have one, you can purchase one for $5 at the door.
  • If you are participating in the 2017 BOM, the seventh two blocks.
  • If you are participating in Cassandra G.'s Row by Row Round Robin, your next row is due.
  • If you are participating in Evie's Mini Hoffman Challenge, your challenge is due
  • Fabric fats or large cuts for Christine S. to put in the October Mystery Box.
  • If you were born on February, May, or September, you are invited to bring a snack to share (but it's not required!).
  • Bottled water or other non-alcoholic drink

See you all Tuesday!

- Cassandra G.

9/14/17

Happy (Belated) Birthday, California!

California just celebrated it's 167th birthday on September 9th (and YOU thought you had a lot of candles on your cake!).

Check out this cool California artwork by 3 Fish Studios - wouldn't it make cool fabric?! Might have to do that yourself!


- Cassandra G.

9/7/17

M&L $20 gift certificate for every $100 you spend

OH BOY! It's that time of year again when M&L Fabrics in Anaheim has there get a $20 gift certificate for every $100 you spend promotion! This promotion is running the entire month of September, then the gift certificates expire the end of October.


See you there!
- Cassandra G.

9/6/17

Stitch in the Ditch

Just an amusing photo from a recent Row by Row Experience run I did with some guild mates...we ventured south to the greater San Diego area and had to stop by Quilt in a Day.

I think I need a sign like this!


- Cassandra G.

9/5/17

Coming up this month September 2017 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. :)

*Usual scheduled events include Sew Night, Friendship Quilters, Featherweight Club, and the RQG Board meeting. 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...
Heidi is coming to give us a trunk show of her fabulous quilts! Also due at this meeting is your Row by Row Round Robin (contact Cassandra G. if you have any questions), the mini Hoffman Challenge issued by Evie following the Hoffman Tour, and fabric donations to Christine S. for the October Mystery Box.

Other unique RQG activities coming up this month...
She will follow that with a workshop on Saturday September 23rd at the Goeske, Quilting on Home Machines for Beginners. The workshop is $25 and spots may still be available - contact Andie B.

- Cassandra G.

8/31/17

Quilters Estate Sale Sept 2nd and 3rd

We received notice of this sale and with approval from the board, are passing the information onto you:

"Dear Patchwork/Quilters,

Many of you knew my wife, Gail Giberson, co-author of "Primarily Patchwork" and avid patchwork author, collector, and teacher. She passed away in July, 2016 from brain cancer.

We are offering 2,000 yards of her fine-cotton fabric collection in 50-yard, clear plastic bags at the low price of $50.00/bag! It is valued at $3.00$-10.00 per yard. There are numerous pieces in each bag, sorted by colors and marked with their dimensions.

What: Quilt Fabric, Notions and Accessories, including:

  • Bernina Arista165 embroidery machine with dozens of rolls of thread, many accessories and training manuals
  • Surger sewing machine. Baby Lock Model # BLE1AT.
  • Folding quilt table
  • Hundreds of buttons including black glass and military types.

When: Saturday, Sept. 2nd and Sunday, Sept. 3rd - 8am to noon

Where: 2833 E. Brookside Ave. Orange, CA (across street from Villa Park shopping center)

Please Reply with your interest and if you will come with friends. We will have donuts!

Thank you,

Jon Giberson
714-637-3064"

See the flyer Jon made here.

Jon, we're so sorry to hear about your loss of your dear wife, may she rest in peace. Thank-you for the invitation to your sale.
- Cassandra G.

8/28/17

August 2017 Meeting Review

We had another rousing round at Raincross Quilt Guild a few Tuesday nights ago. We welcomed visitor Megan and Susan as a new member - so glad you joined us!

It was demo night with Jeri R., Lisa J., Samantha N., Carol H., Susan C., and Stephanie Z. showing us some cool tips and tricks with sewing feet, zippers, quilting patterns, and more! Check out the video.

We've been making survivor bags to help the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center (RARCC) and they wanted to extend their thanks to us. They also let us know if that they also need small 6-8" teddy bears, which are given to the children of the survivors. Contact Sandy S. if you have any questions.

Coming up at Raincross:
In September, we'll be joined by Heidi at our meeting for what I'm sure will be a fabulous trunk show, and then the following Saturday, Heidi will give the first of two quilting workshops. Her first workshop will be introduction to domestic quilting and is $25. Contact Andie B. to sign up. Her second workshop will be quilting feathers on a domestic machine, which will be held on December 9th.

Not at Raincross, but there are also two quilt shows coming up in September - the Glendale Quilt Show and the San Diego Quilt Show. Remember to check the Raincross Calendar for all events and please let me know if I'm missing any!

October will be a busy month with the long awaited for Elizabeth Eastmond class Home is Where the Heart Is on the 14th from 9am-2pm at the Rancho Cabelleros Club House, with a Happy Bag Sew Day afterwards. The class is $35 and spots are still open. Contact Andie B. to sign up for the class.

Elizabeth has also graciously offered that if you can't make it to the class on October 14th, contact Andie B. to sign up and we'll find another day to hold another class.

The following weekend is our annual Sewing Room Home Tour, October 21st! More details to follow but we'll organize a carpool for those interested and of course, there will be treats at each house. Mark your calendars!

Finally, our annual fall retreat to the Campbell House (formerly Roughley Manor) will occur the last weekend of the month. Contact Barbara M. to get a spot or get on the waiting list.

This year for our annal Steal Game at the November meeting, make your best Kitchen Accessory! It can be pot holders, an apron, a tea cozy - whatever! And whatever theme/season you'd like. Jeri R. has promised a new method to the Steal Game so that it's more action packed and a bit tighter on time, so get ready! And remember, make something really awesome that you want to keep for yourself.

Finally, looking forward to the December potluck and gift exchange (where the Guild gives each member tickets to put in the pot for various gifts) - this year, the gifts will include two entrance vouchers for the 2018 Road to California - can't wait!

Ramona High School is preparing to put on a production of the hit musical "Quilters" and has asked RHS alumni to help make the oversized seminal quilt for the show. As you can see from this photo stolen from Jeri R.'s Facebook page, Jeri and Mary (and Linda?) show off one of the nearly completed Tree of Life blocks. Way to go ladies!

On July 31st, lots of lucky Raincrossers journeyed to Hoffman Fabrics for our annual tour, organized by Evie. Check out the photos - I did receive a few photos from Evie, but if you also took photos, please email or text them to me (or to the guild) and I'll add them to the photo album. Many thanks to Michelle Flores and her colleagues at Hoffman Fabrics for their time and as a bonus, fabric for us to have another mini challenge! For those who attended (or who wish they could have), Evie handed out little brown paper bags with fat eights of Hoffman Fabrics and has invited us to make something, make anything and bring it back to the September meeting. Thanks Hoffman!

Sharon K. said that Julie from Road to California shared 100 yards of sheer fabric with Threads of Love, so we join Sharon in saying thank you! Check out the sample Sharon made with the sheer - beautiful!

Elly H. introduced our next BOM, Southwest Arrow - very chic. Check out the pattern.

Susan M. announced that her Mini 9 Patch group is starting up again and there may still be some spots open. The next blocks are due at the October meeting: brights and white/white on white with the color in the center and corners. Contact Susan M. to get in on the action.




Door Prizes:
  • Bag pattern kit - Susan C.
  • Tote pattern & fats - Linda H.
  • Book & fats - Jeri R.
  • 1yd batik & magnet - Stephanie Z.

Mystery Box:
  • Carrie A.
Christine S. wants to remind everyone that the October Mystery Box is going to be a fabric bonanza and is inviting everyone to pitch in. Bring in a fat or two to add to the box so that someone can go home with ALL TEH FABRICKS!
- Cassandra G.

8/14/17

Free Motion Quilting Patterns

Samantha N. will be showing us free motion quilting during the demos portion at the quilt guild meeting this week and she wanted to share some free motion quilting patterns to help inspire us all.


As she has quite a few, we're making them available here for you to download and print yourself - enjoy!

- Cassandra G.

Reminder: Guild meeting Tomorrow!

I am, as I'm sure we all are, shocked by acts of hate and loss of life this past weekend. I'm drawn to words I think we can all agree upon...love your neighbor as yourself and love one another.

Love One Another pattern by Timeless Traditions
Find a neighbor, someone to love on today - give them a hug and tell them what they mean to you and that you're happy to see them. Let's break this epidemic of hate.

Here's your reminder list of things to bring:
  • Hugs for someone you haven't hugged in a while
  • Your homemade name badge
  • Your Raincross Quilt Guild pin, which is worth an EXTRA ticket in the door prize drawing! If you don't have one, you can purchase one for $5 at the door.
  • If you are participating in the 2017 BOM, the sixth two blocks.
  • If you were born on April, June, August, or December, you are invited to bring a snack to share (but it's not required!).
  • Bottled water or other non-alcoholic drink
See you all tomorrow!

P.S. Staples has a sale going on 24 count Crayola crayons for $0.50 a box, so if you can, swing by your local Staples and pick up a few boxes for Happy Bags.
- Cassandra G.

8/11/17

Coming up this month August 2017 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. :)

*Usual scheduled events include Sew Night, Friendship Quilters, Featherweight Club, and the RQG Board meeting. 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...
It's Demo night! We'll see demos on using a scallop rules, how to work with minke (and not have a minkexplosion!), and lots of different sewing feet demos. Can't wait!


Other unique RQG activities coming up this month...
Your vacation! Go have fun out there. There are no RQG organized sew days or workshops.
- Cassandra G.

8/6/17

July 2017 Meeting Review

We had an action packed guild meeting last Tuesday (ed. note: pretend it was last Tuesday and not three Tuesdays ago), which included ever vivacious Elly H. stepping in for our wayward guild president Jeri R. (hopefully she was on assignment looking for new and awesome quilt shops).

The first item of note is that the Goeske Center is implementing a new system for signing in. Instead of merely entering your zip code on a sign in sheet, each regular visitor is being issued a scan card (kind of a grocery store rewards card, except your reward is hanging out with all us!). Then during each visit to the Goeske, we are to scan our card and then on the computer screen, scroll through and then tap on the activity we are attending (hint: Raincross Quilt Guild activity is on the last page). For now, the computer sign in at the front desk, but they have promised that they will install a sign in computer in the Hall where our meeting is. As a reminder, our sign ins help the Goeske acquire funding, so it’s important that we sign in every time. Also, if you are eligible, we encourage you to join the Goeske to help support it. If you have questions about the sign in procedure, please talk to our sign in ladies.

Visitor Cathy M. asked if anyone has a good used sewing machine for sale. She is involved with the Braille group that meets a the Goeske from September through July. They make Dammit Dolls and need another sewing machine. If you can help, email me and I’ll email you back her phone number. Cathy was just passing through our meeting as she had missed her bus but it turns out she’s a quilter! We hope Cathy joins us again and show us her quilts!

In addition to Cathy, we had 6 other visitors - thank you for joining us and we hope to see you again soon!

It may be July, but Christmas is coming and that means Happy Bags! Happy Bag Maven Dawn M. told us that she’s still looking for those free flashlights from Harbor Freight and she asked us to keep our eyes open for upcoming back to school sales on Crayons (24 count boxes), colored pencils, and adult coloring books (for the older kids). Keep your eyes peeled for those back to school sales! Dawn also showed us a super cute bean bag that can be made from the scraps of the happy bags, so please feel free to sew those up and include those in your bags!

As noted previously, we finally have a class date and place for Elizabeth Eastmund's class, Home is Where the Heart Is, for Saturday October 14th from 9am-2pm at Rancho Cabelleros. Andie B. is taking signups and there are still spots available, so give her a call. The class is $35 and includes the pattern.

Andie is also taking class sign ups for Heidi's quilting workshop, scheduled for Saturday September 19th at the Goeske, after her trunk show on the preceding Tuesday at our normal monthly guild meeting.

Our lovely substitute guild leader donned her BOM bonnet and showed us our next BOM pattern - flying geese. Elly noted that we can put together our blocks however we'd like - let the fabric speak to you. (Ed. note: what speaks to me is this face!)

Door Prize Winners:

  • rotary cutter & fats - Sharon G. 
  • fats bundle & emery boards - Jan M.
  • homemade gift book & emery boards - Susan H.
  • 1.5 yds of Batiks - Mary M.
  • 1.5 yds of green & buttons - Dawn M.

Mystery Box:
Christine reported that we had 90 Rape Crisis Center bags turned in for tickets - 80 by one group!! - way to go! For the October Mystery Box, Christine is looking to collect fats and/or 1/2 yd cuts, so if you have any you'd like to share bring them to the September meeting for Christine.

winner - Cassandra G. (Ed. note: YAYAYAYAYAYYAY!)
- Cassandra G.

7/24/17

Hoffman Tour Monday July 31st

Sorry the guild meeting review and pictures aren't up yet...I'll try to get that done tonight or tomorrow.

In the meantime, the fun never stops, including our annual pilgrimage to Hoffman Fabrics, coming next Monday, July 31st!

Thanks again to our intrepid organizer Evie - she's put together an information sheet with all the important details.
- Cassandra G.

7/18/17

Materials List for Saturday July 22nd Bag Demos

Not what we're sewing, just a pretty pile of bags.
In keeping with the Bag Lady/Gentlemen theme, we will have 3 bag demos at our Sew Day this Saturday July 22nd at the Janet Goeske Center.

Elly's bag:

  • 2 coordinating fat quarters for inside and outside
  • a zipper at least 9"
  • about a fat quarter of fusible fleece or batting

Susan's bag:

  • 1/2 yard of double-sided quilted fabric

Stephanie's bag(s) taught by Jeri:
Simple backpack

  • 2 15" squares of main fabric
  • 2 10" x 15" squares for bag bottom. 
  • 3-4 yards cording

Lined back pack

  • 4 coordinating fat quarters
  • 3-4 yards cording

And of course normal sewing notions including your sewing machine, scissors, pins, etc. etc.

It's gonna be fun!
- Cassandra G.

7/17/17

Reminder: Guild meeting Tomorrow!

As I heard a friend say recently, "so much for June Gloom, now we're into July Fry!" Still, it's cooler here than on the sun:


Although I swear my patio gets close...:D Good time to pull out your wintry Christmas fabrics as you've only got 6 months stitching time until December 25th!

Here's your reminder list of things to bring:
  • Your homemade name badge
  • Your Raincross Quilt Guild pin, which is worth an EXTRA ticket in the door prize drawing! If you don't have one, you can purchase one for $5 at the door.
  • If you are participating in the 2017 BOM, the fifth two blocks.
  • Cool bags you've made to show for Bag Lady/Gentlemen night.
  • Your Page 44 Challenge projects, as well as the magazine and page you got your inspiration from.
  • If you're participating in Cassandra's Row by Row, your rows are due.
  • If you were born on January, February, or July, you are invited to bring a snack to share (but it's not required!).
  • Bottled water or other non-alcoholic drink

See you all tomorrow!
- Cassandra G.

7/12/17

Southern California Quilter's Run this weekend!

Why am I always the last person to hear about these things?! If any of you know about upcoming quilting related events that you don't see in our Calendar, please let me know so we can get the word out!!


Click the image above for the website to sign up, look at the map, and find participating quilt shops! Fly my pretties!
- Cassandra G.

7/11/17

Woohoo! Our June meeting photo video now available!

I know many of you have been enjoying the slideshow videos of our meeting photos that I create on YouTube - and some months, YouTube just does NOT want to cooperate!

Well, I finally got it working, so without further ado, here's our video for the June meeting - enjoy!


- Cassandra G.

7/5/17

Coming up this month July 2017 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. :)

*Usual scheduled events include Sew Night, Friendship Quilters, Featherweight Club, and the RQG Board meeting. 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...


Quilted Compositions Big Tote Pattern
It's Bag Lady/Gentleman night! Bring any lovely bags you've made to show off during our Show and Share period - or, get stitching and make something new!

Christine S. has challenged us to make and bring Rape Crisis Center bags - for each bag you make and donate, you will receive 2 free tickets to the July Mystery Box, up to 6 tickets!

Your Page 44 Challenge projects are due. Elly H. issued a challenge where you turn to page 44 in your favorite or nearby crafting magazine, catalog, or really any magazine and get inspired by something on that page. Make a quilt, a bag (!!!) or any item and bring it and the magazine/page that inspired you.

If you're participating in Cassandra's Row by Row Round Robin, your next row is due.

Other unique RQG activities coming up this month...

Bag Demos Sew Day, Saturday July 22nd, Janet Goeske Center, 9am - 3pm
Stephanie Z., Elly H., and Susan M. will be demoing how to make three nifty bags! We'll get the supply list posted as soon as possible. Lunch will be our standard Salad Potluck.

Hoffman Tour, Monday July 31st, Hoffman 7:45am - sometime in the afternoon
Evie is leading our Hoffman Tour again! For those who want to carpool, we'll be meeting at the back of the Sears parking lot at 7:45am.

- Cassandra G.

7/4/17

Piecemakers 40% Today and M&L Fabrics 20% July 5-16 Sale

Sorry to advertise a bit but everyone loves a good deal...

Piecemakers is having an Independence Day Sale today from 8:00am - 5:30pm with 40% off storewide!! Sorry for the late notice, but I just found this this morning...


and M&L Fabrics is having a 20% the entire store sale starting today, July 5th through July 16th!

 

Hours:
Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

- Cassandra G.

Happy Independence Day! (Did You Make this Quilt?)


If you haven't looked at it in a while, I highly suggest you have a look at our Declaration of Independence. It brings a lump to my throat and makes me proud to be an American and thankful for all the hard work and sacrifice our forefathers and foremothers, our service people, our pioneers, our scientists, our patriots have done for this great country.

Happy 241st birthday America!


This Quilt of Valor was shown during the June Show and Share and given to Susan C., however we're missing the names of those who designed, pieced and quilted it. If you pieced and/or quilted this quilt, please contact Susan C. or post in the comments below so that Susan can credit you on the label. Thank you!

- Cassandra G.

7/2/17

June 2017 Meeting Review

Our last guild meeting was a hot one and kudos to those brave enough to trek out into the heat. Our intrepid guild president was called away unexpectedly but as coincidence would have it, the fabulous Tilly was able to join us!

We welcomed five guests (Lynette W., Jim S., Sue H., Joan H., Christal P., and Carol L.) and had one new member join (Penny A.). Welcome!

This month was an annual summer potluck and the vittles did not disappoint! Can we do this every month? Yum!

We also participated in the Itty Bitty Picture Perfect Challenge: Summer Edition. Be sure to check out the photos to see these cute mini quilts.

June 21st marked the beginning of the 2017 International Row by Row Experience! Check out their website for more information and quilt shops in your area.
Community Service
  • Dawn M. is still actively collecting Happy Bags and distributing kits. If you can help out, please contact her. Also, Dawn wants everyone to keep their eyes peeled for back to school sales on Happy Bag supplies, including 24 count Crayola crayon boxes, and as always please try to pick up free flashlights from Harbor Freight.
  • We had 7 Rape Crisis Center bags donated this month (awesome!) and Christine S. reminded us that we will receive 2 free mystery box tickets for every bag we make and bring to the July meeting (put to 6 tickets if you bring in 3 bags).
We had a great showing of BOMs this month and Elly H. introduced our next block, Little Pluses.

The Page 44 challenge Elly issued as well as your Row by Row are also due at the July meeting. Better get sewin'!

The theme for the next guild meeting will be Bag Lady or Gentleman night. We invite you to bring any beautiful bags you made to share during Show and Share. Following our meeting, the next Sew Day on Saturday July 22nd at the Janet Goeske Center, we will have 3 bag demos! Stephanie Z. will show us a simple kid back pack, Elly H. will show us a triangle bag, and Susan M. will show us a snap bag. We are compiling the materials list for these and will post them here as soon as possible.

Getting relaxed for our upcoming activities!
The Hoffman Tour is still on schedule for Monday, July 31st. Evie has noted that while the tour is full, she is taking stand by names in case someone has to drop out. Contact Evie for more information.

Comping up in August, we will have the return of demo night, so we can look forward to learning new tips and tricks - can't wait!

Coming up in September, we will have a trunk show with Heidi from Heidi's Longarm Quilting Center followed two classes, a beginning quilting class at the Goeske on Sept 23rd and then a freehand feathers class at Rancho Cabelleros on Dec 9th. 

Coming up in October, we will finally have the Elizabeth Eastmund Home Sweet Home workshop at Rancho Cabelleros on Oct 14th (with a Happy Bag sew-a-thon to follow). And you're invited to the 2017 Raincross Quilt Room Home Tour on Oct 21st!

These events and more are already in our Guild Calendar, so be sure to check it out.

Door Prize Winners
  • Gizmo gadget holder - Mary M.
  • larger gadget holder - Elly H.
  • Fats & 4th of July socks - Sandy S.
  • Box of socks - Shirley L.
  • Scissors & socks - Shelly N.
Mystery Box was on vacation.

- Cassandra G.

6/19/17

Reminder: Guild meeting Tomorrow!

So much for our June Gloom this year...thing are heating up outside, so time to stay hunkered down in our nice air conditioned sewing rooms and sew like crazy!

Art Quilts by Sharon
Public Service Announcement: With the scorching temperatures forecast for this week, please make sure you check on your neighbors, especially any elderly neighbors, and make sure they are staying cool and hydrated. Please don't leave your dogs or cats outside this week - they're wearing a fur coat, so they're already hot. And make sure you take care of yourself - drink lots of water, wear sun screen if you're going outside for any extended period, and stay cool.

Find a cooling center near you.

Here's your reminder list of things to bring:
  • Your homemade name badge
  • Your Raincross Quilt Guild pin, which is worth an EXTRA ticket in the door prize drawing! If you don't have one, you can purchase one for $5 at the door.
  • If you are participating in the 2017 BOM, the fourth two blocks.
  • Your Itty Bitty Picture Perfect: Summer Edition quilt in an unmarked brown paper bag.
  • If you were born on planet Earth* and you're a member of the guild, you are invited to bring a snack to share for our Summer Potluck (but it's not required!).
  • Bottled water or other non-alcoholic drink
See you all tomorrow!
- Cassandra G.
*Extra terrestrials who are also members are also invited to bring a snack to share

6/16/17

Yard Sale In Loving Memory by Wayne

Wayne S. contacted Raincross last month to donate quilting and sewing items from his wife who passed away last summer. With our deepest condolences and grateful hearts, Nancy R. and her husband Walter met with Wayne and pick up many items for our use in our charity projects and to pass along via Nancy's Notions table.

Wayne is having a yard sale today and tomorrow to sell household and some craft items. The sale is from 8am - 3pm today and tomorrow at 10820 Endicott Dr, Riverside.


Raincross Quilt Guild President Jeri R. would like to extend our many thank yous to Wayne and his family for sharing so many beautiful and treasured items with us. We are sure that his wife was a wonderful and loving quilter and person, and we are honored to be able to use her items to help others.

Contact Nancy R. if you have any questions and forgive me for posting this so late!
- Cassandra G.

Photos from 2017 Raincross Spring Retreat


Sorry these are a bit late, but we had another fantastic retreat to the beautiful Vinya de Lesstonnac retreat center, aka The Nunnery, in Temecula. We stuffed ourselves silly with the ridiculously tasty food served and we stitched and stitched and stitched!

A big shout out and thank you to our retreat organizers, Jeri R., Andie B., Barbara M. (and Susan M. in absentia), and the awesome make-and-takes they prepared for us. So much fun!

Check out the pictures!

Stayed tuned for information on our next retreat!
- Cassandra G.

6/6/17

Coming up this month at Raincross

As a new feature on the blog, we're going to highlight 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. :)

*Usual scheduled events include Sew Night, Friendship Quilters, Featherweight Club, and the RQG Board meeting. 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.

Speaking of the guild Calendar, I do try to keep it up to date with RQG events as well as quilt shows, etc., so please do check it out.

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

It's our Annual Summer Potluck! Everyone is invited to bring something tasty to share.

We also be exchanging our Itty Bitty Picture Perfect Quilts: Summer Edition!

In light of these activities, the Mystery Box will be on hiatus.




Other unique RQG activities coming up this month...

Other than our usual scheduled events (Sew Night, etc.), no other activities are currently scheduled at this time. We are still working on securing a time and location for the Elizabeth Eastmond workshop and will post that information as soon as it is finalized.
- Cassandra G.

5/30/17

Remembering our fallen heroes

Forgive me for being a day late, but you could argue that we should remember our brave heroes everyday.

Thank you for your sacrifice.



Many of you may remember my father James Gray who visited us at our January guild meeting. He has started working with the Library of Congress to conduct interviews with US military veterans, the Veterans History Project, telling the stories of their lives and military service. They are fascinating and it is so wonderful that their memories are being captured and shared:



- Cassandra G.

5/24/17

May 2017 Meeting Review

We were stuffed to the gills last Tuesday night with lots of visitors and guests for a total of 102 to enjoy the fabulous trunk show of quilts by our own Elizabeth Eastmond!

Elizabeth showing her first ever quilt
President Jeri R. lead us out by reminding us that we should all have a good time (no problem!) and that you don't have to be a quilter to have fun - booyah!

Then we marveled at the amazing quilts by Elizabeth Eastmond. She took us on a journey through her quilts using a Quilt Abecedary and she informed us that many of her quilts are available as free patterns from her website.

Be sure to check out all the photos or view the photo video to see them all!

Elizabeth will hold a workshop to make her Home Sweet Home quilt. The date and location is still to be determined, but we are hoping for either July 22nd or July 29th. As soon as we know, we'll get the word out. If you are interested in attending, please contact Susan M. We'll collect money at the June guild meeting.

Elly H. issued our next challenge, which will be due at the July meeting - the Page 44 Craft Challenge. To participate in this challenge, find a magazine (quilting magazine, crafting machine, or really any kind of magazine) and turn to page 44. Find something on page 44 that inspires you to make a quilt, a bag, an article of clothing, crocheted hat, oil painting, dovetail jointed chest of drawers - whatever! Elly implored us to NOT CHEAT (ed. note: *cough*) and commit to the magazine before you peak at page 44. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

We also had our first row by row exchange - remember to make a row that compliments the original quilters row, but do NOT sew it onto that row. Rows are also due at the July meeting. Contact Cassandra G. if you have any questions.

But before both of those challenges are due, our next challenge due is the Itty Bitty Picture Perfect Challenge: Summer Edition at the June meeting! Check out the blog post here for more information.

Community Service

  • Just to rack up more challenges, Angie N. challenged us all to make a baby quilt for the Neonatal project in memory of our dear Alice - no particularly due date, just when you feel inclined.
  • And yet another challenge, Mystery Box/Bucket Maven Christine S. informed us that we will receive 2 free mystery box tickets for every Rape Center Crisis bag we make and bring to the July meeting (put to 6 tickets if you bring in 3 bags). The pattern is available here. If you have any questions in general about these bags, please contact Sandy S.
  • Susan C. told us she has several more quilt tops ready to be quilted and bound for Quilts of Valor. Please contact her if you can help.
  • Three people came to the Happy Bag sew day last month and produced 17 bags. Way to go! Dawn M. would also like to remind people to please try to pick up the free flashlights that are sometimes given away for free or with a "free with coupon" from Harbor Freight. Contact Dawn if you have any questions.
  • We learned about a new community service project, Crafty Ladies, which makes washable and reusable sanitary napkins for women in need in Africa. Mary M. is looking for donations of 100% cotton flannel (no people or animal prints please) to help with the project. Please bring your flannel donation to any meeting and contact Mary if you have any questions.

Elly H. was pleased to see a few April BOM blocks were turned in (ed. note: *cough*) and she introduced our next block, Disappearing Nine Patch. Instructions are here.

Door Prize Winners

  • Best Press & fat quarters - Judy B.
  • Moda charm pack & tape measure - Eileen B.
  • Moda scrap strips - Susan C.
  • Scissors USB flash drive & fat quarters - Linda H.
  • Fabric Pens - Christine S.

Mystery Box Bucket Winner
Florence

Please note that the Mystery Box will be on hiatus in June for the potluck and Itty Bitty exchange and will return at the July meeting.
- Cassandra G.

5/11/17

Reminder: Guild meeting Tuesday!

MAY DAY MAY DAY! ...was actually several days ago, but you know how I get excited about these things...

May Day by Jenny K Lyon
Here's your reminder list of things to bring:
  • Your homemade name badge
  • Your Raincross Quilt Guild pin, which is worth an EXTRA ticket in the door prize drawing! If you don't have one, you can purchase one for $5 at the door.
  • If you are participating in the 2017 BOM, the third two blocks.
  • If are you participating in Cassandra G.'s Row by Row Round Robin challenge, your first row is due! Spots are still available, so contact me if you'd like in or have questions.
  • If you were born in May, August, October, or November, you are invited to bring a snack to share (but it's not required!).
  • Bottled water or other nonalcoholic drink
See you all Tuesday!
- Cassandra G.

5/5/17

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

...as long as you remember that today is to commemorate the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Learn more.

Design by Karen K. Stone (I believe)

- Cassandra G.

5/4/17

May the Fourth


To all my nerdettes out there...

May the Fourth Be With You!


- Cassandra G.

5/2/17

June Challenge: Itty Bitty Picture Perfect Challenge, SUMMER Edition!

Hey folks, we've mentioned it a few times, but to remind everyone...

Everyone is invited to make a Summer themed Itty Bitty Picture Perfect Quilt, which will fit perfectly on the 8.5" x 11" stand up acrylic frame that each member received from the guild at last year's November meeting as our annual gift (if you can't find yours, these are pretty inexpensive at Wal-Mart or OfficeDepot, etc.).

The instructions:

  1. Make a Summer themed mini quilt that has a raw size of 8 3/4" x 10 1/2" before binding. The quilt should be in portrait orientation.
  2. Hem one of the short edges of a piece of fabric 8 3/4" x 9 1/2" and add it to the back of the quilt, raw edge aligned to the top. This will act as the sleeve for the acrylic stand.
  3. Add a binding as normal.
  4. Stand back and marvel at your creativity and craftsmanship/womanship!
  5. Place your quilt (and just the quilt - keep your acrylic stand) in an unmarked brown paper bag and bring it to the June meeting!

To ensure we have plenty of time to enjoy our summer potluck (please oh please oh please don't forget to bring tasty foods, if you feel so inclined!), we're going to change up how we perform the exchange...rumor has that a crazy red head whose name starts with T (which rhymes wit P, which stands for pool - oooh, good theme for my quilt!) will be on hand to help us!

As in November, we really encourage everyone to make their quilt be beautiful and steal-worthy, something that you'd really like to keep! I liked the one I made in November so much, I made one for myself!

If you want inspiration from our winter themed quilts, check out the photos and photo video from our November meeting.

- Cassandra G.

5/1/17

Threads of Love Sew Day


Sorry I'm late on this, but we had a great turn out at Rancho Cabelleros on March 25th for a Threads of Love Sew Day.


Sharon wants to extend her many thanks to everyone who participated on the day and everyone who's been taking and making kits.

Sharon has also received permission from Posh Patterns to reproduce and distribute their crocheted baby bonnet pattern to make baby bonnets for Threads of Love. The pattern is available here - please only use for Threads of Love. :)

Be sure to check out all the pictures both Sharon and I took or have a look at the picture video.

- Cassandra G.

4/30/17

April 2017 Meeting Review

A fortnight ago we had another great monthly meeting and our annual 50% Challenge - what a great turn out! Enjoy the 50% Challenge quilts as well as quilts from our regular Show and Share segment as pictures and our picture video.


We welcomed several guests: Natalie, Delia F., Joan H., Linda M., and Lynette W. We hope to see you ladies again!

Good job to everyone who brought in their March BOM blocks! Elly H. introduced our latest BOM called the Ribbon Star. She noted that the instructions have different cutting instructions depending on how you like to piece this type of block.

Elizabeth's Home Sweet Home



For our May meeting, we will enjoy a trunk show by our own Elizabeth Eastman, noted quilt and pattern designer. She will also hold a workshop on June 3rd from 9am-2pm to make her "The Heart's Solace is Home Sweet Home". Contact Susan M. to sign up.






We've got a few events and challenges coming up:

  • May Guild Meeting: Row-by-Row Round Robin (contact Cassandra G. if you're interested) - our first rows are due at the May meeting.
  • May 19th-21st: Retreat at the Nunnery - Contact Barbara M. if you have any questions.
  • June Guild Meeting: Itty Bitty Picture Perfect Challenge - Summer Edition - This is due at the June meeting. I'll post a blog soon dedicated to more information on this.
  • July 31st: Hoffman Tour - Contact Evie if you have questions.
  • October ??: Sewing room tour!

Make sure to check out the Guild Calendar for a complete listing of upcoming events!

Door prizes:
Quilt coffee mug - Mary M.
Best Press/fat quarter - Christine S.
Fat bundle - Phyllis H.
Sewing Machine earrings & stuff - Carol H.
Lil Twister - Vickie M.

Mystery Box - Linda H.
- Cassandra G.

P.S. Today is my dog Jan's 7th birthday, so please join me in wishing her a happy birthday!