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


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.


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.


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.


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

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.


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.


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.


May the Fourth

To all my nerdettes out there...

May the Fourth Be With You!

- Cassandra G.


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.


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.


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!


April BOM Now Available

Hi folks! I'm still working on processing the photos and meeting review from last night but Elly has our April 2017 BOM instructions ready to go, so I didn't want to delay.

Aren't they cute?!
Also, remember Evie's kind invitation to join the Nightowls (the evening group from Citrus Belt Quilters) tomorrow night at the Grand Terrace Senior Center for a flower themed trunk show (sorry I missed the name of the quilter). Doors open at 5p with potluck at 5:30p. Contact Evie if you have any questions.
- Cassandra G.


Reminder: Guild meeting Tuesday!

You have T-minus a few days to wrap up the rest of your 50% Challenges because it's almost April meeting time!

Here's your reminder list of things to bring:

  • Your homemade name badge
  • Your Raincross Quilt Guild pin, which is now worth an EXTRA ticket in the door prize drawing! If you don't have one, you can purchase one for $5 at the door.
  • Your all-the-way-completed 50% Challenge projects!
  • If you are participating in the 2017 BOM, the second two blocks
  • If are you participating in Susan M.'s 9 Patch club, the next set of blocks are due
  • If you are going the Nunnery retreat next month, the balance is due (contact Barbara M. if you're unsure of how much you owe)
  • If you were born in January, April, July, or September, 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.


Hang in there!

Hoping you all have a great week - make sure you hang in there!

- Cassandra G.


Raincross Giving Away a Singer Featherweight

To celebrate our 25th anniversary of the Raincross Quilt Guild, an anonymous donor has graciously donated this beautiful restored Singer Featherweight to give away to one lucky member of the guild!

All you need to do to enter is add a comment to this post saying how much you love being a member of the Raincross Quilt Guild. The winner will be announced and receive this beautiful machine at our next guild meeting. Good luck!
- Cassandra G.

(psst...April Fool's! 😃)


Correction to the March 2017 BOM Arrow North

Hi folks. We need to issue a slight correction to the cutting instructions for this month's block of the month, Arrow North.

Woodcut by Jeff Peachey

For the second block, cut each colored rectangle to 3.5" x 5". Updated instructions are available here.

Thank you!
- Elly H. via Cassandra G.


Looking for our charity patterns?

Hey folks, I meant to include this in the meeting review notes...if you're looking for the rape crisis center bag pattern or the happy bag pattern, or even the Raincross Quilt Guild expenses form, they are always available on the Guild Links page* (see the tab above or click this link).

Sorry for the short post so I'll add a bonus. Here is my great grandfather James Peterson Gray (on the right) and four of his five brothers (photo circa 1900). How 'bout dem ears?! Thankfully this blessing seems to skip the female members of the Gray family :D

- Cassandra G.

*Edit: I see I already had some on the Charity page, so I'll make it easy and just put charity patterns on BOTH pages. Hopefully I don't break the internet! - cg


March 2017 Meeting Review

Holy cats! She's on the ball this month with the meeting review! (Ed. note: this is not a precedent)

We had an action packed evening with quilts galore! Our intrepid President Jeri R. led us out by welcoming our five fabulous guests! Sorry I didn't catch all your names, but we welcomed Joan, Linda, Joy, and even Theresa who was visiting all the way from Tennessee!

This coming Saturday March 25th is a sew day to support Threads of Love. We'll be working at Rancho Caballeros, 15181 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92504,  from 9am-5pm with a Salad Potluck Lunch (and any other goodies you feel inclined to bring). Sharon C. has 40 kits of gowns for 1/2lb to newborn size ready to be sewn together. Please bring white thread and contact Sharon if you have any questions.

Next we experienced a fabulous trunk show from our own Betty Dinan - oh my word, so much talent! Be sure to check out the photos and/or photo video of her quilts, as well as our monthly Show and Share!

We had a great showing of blocks for our first BOM of 2017 and Elly H. introduced our next block, Arrow North. She recommended if you're concerned about the ironing direction to just press the seams open.

Vertical row by row example
We also learned about a new challenge issued by yours truly - a row by row round robin! We'll each make a single row of anything and any style you want that's a minimum of 24" wide and then stuff it in the provided and numbered brown paper bag. Your first row is due at the May meeting, at which time everyone will take home someone else's first row. We'll repeat this every two months for a total of four times so that each participant ends up with five rows.

I'll still take sign ups next month but everyone who joins the round robin must commit to making each row and bringing it to the designated meetings (or send it with a friend). If you miss a meeting, you'll have to make the next row for the same quilt! Contact Cassandra if you have questions.

And just a friendly reminder from Elly H. that your 50% Challenge really all the way completed quilts are due at the April meeting (as well as the next round of Susan M.'s 9 Patches).

During our Show and Share, we got to see the beautiful Convergence quilts from the class Elly H. taught in February - so cool!

A great haul of charity quilts and sundries were donated, including 2 or 3 rape center crisis bags, 74 kitty cat beds, 5 VA quilts and 4 or 5 baby quilts. Angie N. made one of those baby quilts and dedicated it fondly to the memory of Alice Jones, whom we lost in January. Angie invited us all to join her and make a baby quilt to honor Alice. (Ed. note: does anyone have a tissue?)

Susan C. reported that we made sixteen QOV quilt tops on our QOV Sew Day - way to go! Susan now needs people to step forward to volunteer to quilt these quilts - batting and backing fabric is provided (binding is not, but if you have some fabric that'd match and you feel inclined to bind the quilt as well, please go ahead). Contact Susan if you can help.

Everyone probably already knows that Busy Bee in Calimesa is going out of business. The discounts are currently 30% off and fabric at $8/yd (although don't quote me on that). She'll be open until the end of April.

Door Prizes:
Quilt Happy Mug - Susan H.
Charm Pack - Susan C.
Chair pin cushion - Rose B.
Moda Scrap Bag - Florence
Easter Bunny sign - Bev B.

Mystery Box: Jeanne H.
- Cassandra G.


Reminder: Guild meeting Tuesday!

Are you ready for some March Madness*?! (*by which I mean our monthly guild meeting)

A winner from 2017 Road to California

Here's your reminder list of things to bring:
  • Your homemade name badge
  • Your Raincross Quilt Guild pin, which is now 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, your first two blocks
  • If you were born in March, October, or December, 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.


Finding your pot of gold

Happy St. Patrick's Day for those who are Irish or like to pretend to be. Personally my family is all English and German, sooo...more green beer for you!

In trying to find some nifty looking St. Patrick's Day-type quilt from the internet, I realized I did something that might be a handy trick to share - finding what that fabric is.

For example, take a look at this cute block from Pinterest:

Say you fell is love with that shamrock fabric but you have no idea where it came from. Well you're in luck!

Everyone who has a computer, smartphone, or tablet has used Google to find things on the internet - but did you know you can use it to find things based on a picture or image instead just searching with words?

Go to https://images.google.com and then click the camera icon. Now you can search either by pasting in a URL to an image or click Upload an image and then you can upload an image from your computer:

When I uploaded the image of the block above that I copied from Pinterest, here were my results:

Wow! There's my fabric! Now, this probably won't work if you have an entire pieced quilt of lots of fabrics, but if you have a small of the piece, take a bright clear photo of it and try it for yourself! And may you have the luck of the Irish!
- Cassandra G.


February 2017 Meeting Review

As long as I get the last meeting review done before the next meeting, I'm good, right? Right!

We kicked off our February meeting by welcoming our five visitors (we love our visitors) and then jumped right into Show and Share.

This month we also shared our completed (or mostly completed) 2016 Stars Block of the Month quilts. Wow! So cool! Be sure to check out all quilts and sundry items from both the Show and Share and the 2016 BOM quilts in the pictures and picture video.

With the 2016 Stars BOM out of the way, Elly H. introduced us to our 2017 BOM - Negative Space! Each month will actually be two blocks, highlighting the reversal of the negative space. Elly recommended that we use a high contrast, solid background or tone-on-tone and then 5 other colors. She also recommended that to have enough for the entire year (as well as to cover any cutting mistakes) you will want to plan for 2 yards of background and 1/2-1 yard for each color. Can't wait Elly! Instructions for the first block(s) are now available.

Next up was Community Service. We've received the call to help make survival bags for the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center (RARCC). The bag holds sweats and flip flops (as the clothing the women are wearing is taken as evidence), shampoo, soap, and a teddy bear. RARCC needs help making the bags as Sandy noted they're giving out 30 to 40 bags a month (which just breaks your heart). The Center does not the bag contents - they just need us to make the bags. You'll find the pattern link on our Guild Links page (along with the Happy Bags pattern, isolette pattern, etc).

Samantha N. reported she delivered 27 dogs bed and 101 dalmatians cat beds to the Riverside Community Animal Shelter on Van Buren. Way to go Samantha!

Our next community service Sew Day is coming up on March 25th for Threads of Love at Rancho Cabelleros. Sharon K. has been busily making up kits so we'll be ready to build up the Threads of Love stash of gowns, blankets and bonnets. Be sure to mark your calendars!

Dawn M. shared with us that we should feel free to shop our stashes to make happy bags or if you see something while out shopping, feel free to grab and keep those bags coming! Contact her if you have any questions and remember, the pattern is available on our Guild Links page.

In very sad news, Andie B.'s husband Bob has passed away. Please keep Andie and her family in your thoughts and prayers and give her a big hug next time you see her and send her a card if you're a card sending type person. We love you, Andie! /hug

The spring retreat to Vina De Lestonnac, aka The Nunnery, in Temecula May 19-21 is now full, although Barbara will take names for a waiting list as she may be able to squeeze in a few more. The theme this year is Birds of Feather and I for one can't wait!

We have a few missing food container items - please check as Shirley L. is missing a 9x13 glass cake pan. If you have some masking tape available, it might be a good idea to label your dishes and serving ware so those wayward items won't get lost!

Up next Elly talked about her (then) upcoming class on Ricky Tims' Harmonic Convergence quilt. (Postscript: We had a blast and the class was well attended! Check out the pictures here!)

The next 9 Patch due at the April meeting will be 'Reduce your Stash' blocks - Susan M. sent us email to be sure to it for more information.

Door prizes:
Nemo quilt panel kit - Becky S.
Sturdy project tote - Judy B.
Fats, screwdriver & buttons - Jeri R.
Teapot pin cushion - Debi G.
Fats bundle - (sorry I didn't catch who won this - if you please, please add a comment below)

Mystery box:
Tammy A.
- Cassandra G.


First 2017 BOM Now Available & Convergence Class Tomorrow

"Sorry for the delay, ladies, but here you go!" I imagine Elly would say if I asked her for a quote.

Also in Elly H. news, Elly will be leading us in a class tomorrow to learn how to make a Convergence quilt at the Janet Goeske Center 9am-4pm with a salad potluck lunch. 
Your materials are:
  • 4 16" blocks (you can do 2, 3, or 4 different colors - the example in the picture shows 3 different colors)
  • sewing machine, thread, etc.
  • large cutting mat, long cutting ruler and/or large square ruler and cutter
Elly warned we'll be doing lots of cutting but that the quilt goes together easily and you may want to bring more fabric than just the 4 16" blocks as we'll have time to do more than one and/or you may want opinions on your color combination. Contact her if you have any questions. The class is $5.

- Cassandra G.


Photos from Road to California

Sorry I'm a little late on this but I thought I'd share my photos from Road to California that happened in Ontario, California last month. I took my Dad and he was amazed by the incredible work by fiber artists from around the world! These are some of the pieces I really liked:

I would also like to recommend volunteering at Road next year. I love white gloving as you can get up close and personal with the quilts and really appreciate how they are made (and if you do two stints of volunteering, your ticket is freeeeee!). This year I had the privilege of white gloving the best in show for a few hours and it was awesome! So inspiring!

What was the best quilt you saw or the best find you made in the vendor mall?
- Cassandra G.


Reminder: Guild meeting Tuesday!

Hey all you almond butter fans, it's that time of the month again! (and not...*that* time of month...anyway...)

found on Pinterest
During this meeting, we'll install the 2017 Raincross Quilt Guild board and see our first BOM for 2017 - can't wait, Elly!

Here's your reminder list of things to bring:
  • Your completed (or nearly completed - hey just bring it!) 2016 Star BOM quilt
  • If you're in Susan M.'s 9 Patch Club, your Back to Batiks tone-on-tone blocks
  • Your homemade name badge
  • Your Raincross Quilt Guild pin, which is now 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 were born in February, June, August, or November, you are invited to bring a snack to share (but it's not required!)
  • Bottled water or other nonalcoholic drink
Your 2017 Guild membership of $25 is DUE at this month's meeting! If you have not already paid (and a big shout out to all you early birds!) and you want your name and information in the guild membership booklet, please remember to get your membership in to Dawn M. Checks are welcome but as a reminder, may not be cashed immediately, so you are also welcome to bring cash or cashier's check instead. Thank you!

See you all Tuesday!
- Cassandra G.


Raincross participates in 2017 QOV National Sew Day

We had a fantastic turnout for the 2017 QOV National Sew Day on Saturday, February 4th at the beautiful Rancho Cabellero's Clubhouse. AND we have three participants who were called by the Foundation during the sew day to win door prizes! Way to go Eileen B., Nancy R., and Susan C.!

Arlene and Brittney hold up the quilt they worked on - looks beautiful, ladies!

I don't have a final count for any how quilt tops we completed that day, but there were some beauties! Check them all out all in the photos here and video here.

We're going to need volunteers to help quilt and then help bind these quilts, so please be prepared to step forward and help out - and thank you in advance!

- Cassandra G.


A Sad Announcement

"It is with great regret that I must share the news that our sweet and spunky Alice Jones has passed away. She will always be remembered for her ageless wit and dry sense of humor! God gave her an amazing artistic talent, which flowed through her to china painting, sewing, quilting, baking and anything else she put her mind to.

Services will be held at the Riverside National Cemetery on February 15th at 12:30pm with a celebration of her life at her home afterwards. Please contact Linda A. for more information."
- Jeri R.

And please feel free to share your memories and stories about Alice here. If you have any pictures of Alice you'd like to share, email or text them to me and I'll put together a photo album for us all to enjoy.

Hug your loved ones today, tell them you love them. Every day is precious. Every one of you is precious, so don't you forget it!
- Cassandra G.


January 2017 Meeting Review

Late meeting reviews are like a fine wine, they get better with age, at least I keep telling myself that...

Shopping the Raincross annual yard sale
We kicked off 2017 with another great guild meeting and started with our favorite bit, the FOOD! Tasty vittles were to be had by all and we especially liked the coleslaw by Barbara M. (who hasn't had a chance to send me the recipe yet), the zucchini bake by Samantha, and the quinoa with cooked beans by Mary M. (who said it was just a boxed quinoa thing with added green beans).

We were blessed to have a few visitors, including Carlotta, James G. (the father of yours truly) and Beverly Dunivent, who was visiting with friends at Raincross and in town for Road. Welcome one and all!

Our January meeting was also our annual yard sale, where members were invited to bring their new or gently used items for sale, with 10% proceeds going to the guild.

James G. receives his QOV made by Cassandra G.
Susan C. reminded us that the National Sew Day for the Quilts of Valor Foundation is coming up Saturday February 4th at Rancho Caballero MV Club House. The Quilts of Valor Foundation requests that all participants register before Saturday. Lunch will be salad potluck and we'll order pizza for dinner. Please bring your own water/drinks. Learn more about our Sew Day here.

As a special treat, Susan then presented two Quilts of Valor, one to Patty C. for her uncle, and then as an extra special surprise, to U.S. Army veteran and guest, James G.!! Go big daddy!

Samantha N. gave us an update on Doggy & Kitty beds and encouraged everyone to keep giving her "clean" chopped salad -- no batting, no synthetics, no strings/threads, and pieces no wider nor longer than your finger. You're doing a puurffect job Samantha....now who's a good girl!?

Andie B. informed us she's setting up a date in the near future to deliver two sets of SIXTY (!!!) VA Quilts to two wards - wowzers!

Our Happy Bag Maven, Dawn M., said we already have about 40 bags this year and she's working on making up kits of 5 bags each. We're looking to make 400 bags this year and we'll plan another Happy Bag Sew Day in the fall.

The January meeting is also our annual vote for the Board and following strict "Roberta's Rules" (har har har), we voted "yay!" on our volunteer Board members, and thanked the Chairpersons who volunteered (or were volunteered O.o) for serving the guild in 2017! Check out the entire list on our About page.

Elly H. announced the 2017 Block of the Month theme will be Vice Versa Blocks, which will be tone on tone with very light or white fabric - if you want a sneak peek, she invited you to check out her Pinterest page. Elly also reminded us that we are invited to participate in the big reveal of our 2016 Stars BOM quilts! She's a kind mistress and while encourages us to bring them completed, we are more than welcome to bring in our quilts even if they're not "completed completed".

HOWEVER! Just to keep us on our toes, Elly announced our next challenge - you guessed it, the 50% Challenges! Dig out those UOFs (quilts, bags, whatever you like) and get them all the way "completed completed", binding, label and all, and bring them to the April meeting! As an added incentive, you may also want to participate in Rosie's Calico Cupboard 2017 UFO Challenge. Information about it should be on their Facebook page.

Also in February, Elly will lead a class on the awesome Convergence (or Harmonic Convergence) quilts she's made. The class will be at the Janet Goeske Center on Saturday February 25th from 9am-4pm with a salad potluck. The quilt is comprised of 4 fat quarters and Elly says if you  have a large square ruler to bring it as that's handy. Elly also recommends looking at pictures of Convergence quilts online to get an idea of the mix of light and dark and color tones mixes that look good for this quilt. The class will be free! Can't wait!

For those participating in the 9-Patch Group, our next set of blocks is due at the February meeting - this time it's Back to Batiks with light and dark of the same color. Can't wait to add more of your pretty 9 patches to my stash!

And lastly, the yearly guild membership of $25 is due at the February meeting. If you want  your name in the annual membership book, get your money in!

Other upcoming events:

  • We will have a Threads of Love Sew Day on March 25th at Rancho Caballero, so save the date now!
  • Barbara M. starting collecting $50 deposits for the next guild retreat at Vinya de Lestonnac (aka The Nunnery) in Temecula, which will be May 19th - 21st. Contact Barbara and get your deposit in now to save your spot!
  • There are other quilt shows also coming up and are all on the guild calendar, so check it out.

Beyond this, we will be doing another Itty Bitty Picture Perfect Quilt Exchange at the Summer Potluck meeting in June - the theme will be Summer, so you over-achievers out there can get busy on that!

We want to recognize Florence for her many years of service for leading Friendship Quilters, which proceeds quilts for children in headstart programs, and continued service helping the guild organize events at the Goeske Center. Florence has now retired from leading Friendship Quilters, so thank you Florence once again for your service! It is befitting that Florence won this month's Mystery Box! Woohoo!

Door prizes:
Table runner kit - Lois L.
Rotary cutter - Barbara M.
Valentine's Day fats - Cindy S.
Applique quilt kit - Jan M.
Scissors and fats - Sandy S.

P.S. Yes, I changed the colors of the blog, hope you like them!
- Cassandra G.


Reminder: Guild meeting Tuesday!

I kind of missed the fireworks on New Year's (zzzzz), so in case you missed them too, here's a beautiful fireworks quilt, which won an award at Paducah 2010. Oooh....aaaahhhh!!!

During this meeting, we'll have an annual yard sale and be voting on the 2017 Raincross Quilt Guild board.

Here's your reminder list of things to bring:
  • New or gently used items for the annual yard sale - 10% of your total sales will be due to the guild
  • Your homemade name badge
  • Your Raincross Quilt Guild pin, which is now 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 were born in January, March, June, or July, you are invited to bring a snack to share (but it's not required!)
  • Bottled water or other nonalcoholic drink

You are also welcome to bring your 2017 Guild dues of $25, which will be due at the February meeting. Checks are welcome but as a reminder, may not be cashed immediately, so you are also welcome to bring cash or cashier's check. Thank you!

See you all Tuesday!
- Cassandra G.

Adorable Elephant Crochet Rug

I saw this reposted on Facebook and found the pattern source on Etsy from IRAROTTpatterns - if you're into crochet, definitely check out their other designs! So cute!

- Cassandra G.


Register now for the Quilt of Valor National Sew Day!

Stars & Stripes by Ricky Tims 
On Saturday, February 4th, we will be joining with quilters across the nation for a National Sew Day to support the Quilt of Valor Foundation (QOFV). Susan C. and her team have been busily working on making lots of kits for us to complete on that day!

QOFV requests that all quilters planning to participate in the event register in advance. Registration is free!

We will be working at the Rancho Caballero's Club House on Saturday February 4th from 9am-10pm, so feel free to join us for a part or the whole day. We'll have a salad potluck for lunch and then order pizza for dinner.

If you are not able to register yourself or you know someone who will be joining us who can't register for themselves, please let me know and I will assist you or them in registering on the website. Thank you!
- Cassandra G.


Fun Jelly Roll Quilt from Carmen Geddes Quilts

Carol H. shared this post on Facebook and I think it's pretty darn nifty!

- Cassandra G.


Coming up Roses

Happy New Year!

The slate is clean - let's do this...

- Cassandra G.