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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.