Thursday, December 11, 2014

Philantrophy 2015

The New Year is just around the corner.  I'm excited to begin our philanthropy efforts for 2015.  We have had some suggested for things to do and we are looking into them.  If there is anything you would like us to look into or participate in - just let me know.  (Thank you Karen Alders for making contact with CHOC.)

Currently, we are looking at the following:
  • The Million Pillowcase Challenge (see previous blog post for details)
  • CHOC - Baby quilts, bed covers to cover incubators and crib mattresses.
    • Dimensions 36 X 48 are best.
    • There are Precut kits available for their special incubators.
    • Sewing Retreat at Choc on February 28th.
  • Any other organization to donate quilts.
So keep those donations of material and batting coming.  We are looking forward to another very successful year.

2015 sew dates for philanthropy are as follow:
  • Sunday, March 8, 2015
  • Sunday, June 14, 2015
  • Sunday, September 13, 2015
  • At our Holiday Party in December!
Mark your calendar!  Hope to see you there.

I will be bring my "blue philanthropy basket" to each meeting to distribute and collect projects and donations.

Thank you in advance for your continued participation.


And we have already started our efforts.  YAY!!!! 

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you - Philanthropy Efforts in 2014

Once again- I want to thank you everyone for their philanthropy efforts this year.  It was a great year!
To recap, in March we presented over 25 quilts to Casa Teresa for those in need of a temporary home and on-going support for pregnant women who are alone. 

Thanks to Janet and our members for all of your hard work over the prior 18 months to delivery such beautiful quilts to these mothers.

From March through Oct, we worked hard to hit a goal - our goal was to have quilts ready for the holidays for those in need.  And WE DID IT!
We completed 32 quilts in a very short time and 3 local organizations benefited from our efforts - Women's Transitional Living, Inc., Interval House and Human Options.
Each of these organizations help those affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse.
I am grateful to each and everyone of you for your participation.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

OCMQG Member Holiday Party!

Save the Date December 7th
12 Noon - 5pm at Bunnie's Home - email her for the address

We'd love it if you join fellow OCMQG Members for an afternoon of potluck, fun and games, and a Yankee swap!

Potluck - Please no red wine.
Comment below to tell us what your bringing for the potluck so we don't wind up with 15 plates of cookies or a whole mess of green beans. :)

What's a Yankee Swap you ask???
Each member makes and wraps a handmade item to swap with other guild members. We'll each pick a number to decide what order the swap goes. The first person selects an item, unwraps it and shows it off. The 2nd person can either steal that item or select a new item. If it is "stolen" from the first person, then the victim gets to select a new item to unwrap. The 3rd person can then steal from #1 or #2 or select a new item. And so on. Once an item is stolen 3 times it is frozen and the person who last has possession is now the proud owner. When all gifts have been opened, the 1st person then has a chance to choose any of the remaining unfrozen items. It's jolly fun! Items made at past meetings have included pillows, bags, placemats, pincushions, hot pads/gloves, baskets, wall hangings, etc. etc. Use your quilty imagination!

If you last minute folks don't have time to make something you can participate in the swap with a quilty inspired gift... just a thought.

More details to follow!

Friday, October 31, 2014

2015 Pantone Colors

This season there is a move toward the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum. An eclectic, ethereal mix of understated brights, pale pastels and nature-like neutrals take center stage as designers draw from daydreams of simpler times. Remembrances of retro delights, folkloric and floral art, and the magical worlds of tropical landscapes restore a sense of well-being as we head into warmer months.

Many feel compelled to be connected around the clock because we are afraid we’ll miss something important. There is a growing movement to step out and create ‘quiet zones’ to disconnect from technology and unwind, giving ourselves time to stop and be still. Color choices follow the same minimalistic, ‘en plein air’ theme, taking a cue from nature rather than being reinvented or mechanically manipulated. Soft, cool hues blend with subtle warm tones to create a soothing escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.
Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®  Pinterest: Pantone:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Foundation Paper Piecing

Get precise piecing with Foundation Paper Piecing - great for fine details, tiny piecing and odd angles. This is a great tutorial on Foundation Paper Piecing from Connecting Threads:

Key Points

  • Thinner foundation paper is easier to tear away foundation when finished
  • Pieces don't have to be precise,  just large enough to cover the shape plus seam allowance (I sometimes mark the seam allowance, especially on the first one)
  • Use shorter stitch length. Video recommends larger needle too.
  • Fabric is right side up on non-printed side. This is the way your block will look.
  • Stitch on printed side - stitch one or two stitches before and after template line to catch seam.
  • Be sure fabric covers solid lines include seam allowance (double check this - I've ripped out quite a few seams)
  • Place next piece, right sides together, and flip to check that the new piece will cover the next shape with seam allowance (double check this - I've ripped out quite a few seams)
  • Press as you go
  • Fold paper template and trim seam allowance as you go
  • Pay attention to fabric choice per piece - sometimes it helps to have a key or write it on your template.
  • Use scotch tape to mend paper seams if you have to rip
Click for a Google search on paper piecing patterns.
Click for Amy Friend's paper piecing awesomeness

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pillowcase for Philanthropy

At last months meeting, Kathy demonstrated how to make the pillowcase from in American Patchwork and Quilting.  Thank you, Kathy!.

So we thought in addition to donating quilts to our charity, we would donating some really nice pillowcase to the charity we choose.

Here are the supplies needed:
  • 3/4 yard of fabric
  • 1/4 yard of another fabric
  • 2' of a third fabric
The Missouri Star Quilt Company took it a step further and posted a tutorial on YouTube on how to make the pillowcases. The tutorial is great for visual instructions, just click the link below.

Pillowcase Tutorial

There are a couple of options to help us meet this goal:
  1. Make one or a few pillowcases on your own.
  2. Donate Fabric from your stash.
  3. Come to the sew on the 21st and make some.
Looking forward to making some awesome pillowcase.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Philanthropy Sew – Sunday,September 21st

This will be our last Philanthropy Sew for the year!! Our goal is to complete and give as many quilts as we can in early December.
The Sew is at Cosmic Quilting in Laguna Hills from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
To help us meet our goals, I would like to share how you can help us accomplish this:

·         We are hoping to get a good idea of what we have on the 21st so your attendance is helpful.

·         Bring anything that you are working on for philanthropy, no matter what stage it is in.  We will work to together to complete what we have before we start anything new.

·         Bring projects you have taken home from the philanthropy basket or from a sew.

·         Karen at Cosmic Quilting has offered to quilt as many as she can on that day.  So if we are prepare with a top and back, she will load it on her machine.

If you are unable to make it to our Sew on the 21st, you can bring anything you are working on, any UFOs, or any batting to our guild meeting on August 28th or drop it by my house.  (Contact me via email and I will provide you with my address).  I would also be willing to pick it up from you anytime over the next month, just let me know.

At our meeting in September, we will chose one of the three options we would like to donate to. (see my previous blog post for detailed information)

Looking forward to a successful donation this year.  Thank you in advance for all your hard work.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Our third option for our quilts - The Women's Transitional Living Center

WTLC - The Women's Transitional Living Center, Inc.  (Orange, CA)

WTLC is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families escape the depths of domestic violence and exploitation. WTLC provides the tools and resources to build self-esteem and empower people for independent living.
End the cycle of violence and exploitation through education and rehabilitation.
Respect - We treat all as we wish to be treated.
Empower - We educate, inspire, and motivate taking control for a better life.
Innovate - We dedicate ourselves to providing lasting success through creative solutions.
Honor, Empower, Restart
If you think you may be a victim of abuse, or know someone who is, call us now on our 24-hour hotline 877-531-5522.

Abuse Can Include

·         Extreme jealousy

·         Forced sexual relations

·         Verbal abuse or harassment

·         Disrespectful or demeaning comments

·         Harassing telephone calls and texts

·         Spying and stalking

·         Threats against you or another family member

·         Creating disturbances at your workplace

·         Forced isolation from friends and family

Goals of Transitional Living Program:

·     To prepare and guide clients towards independent living outside the shelter environment.

·     Amplify their knowledge about the dynamics of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking and its prevention.

Services include:

·     Confidential transitional shelter (9 months to 2 years)

·     Psycho-social assessment

·     Individual, group, and family counseling

·     Case management

·     Non-shelter services

·     Information and referral

·     Legal Services

·     Legal Advocacy, Follow-up, Restraining orders, and Court dates

·     Legal Referrals – Immigration, Divorce, child custody and other related matters

Prerequisites for Transitional Housing Program:

To qualify, the clients must have successfully completed WTLC's 45/90-day emergency program or any other emergency program. Clients are interviewed to assess special needs and are informed about the program's Rules and Regulations. Once admitted to the Transitional Housing Program clients are provided with a furnished one –bedroom apartment. Strict safety and confidentiality policies are maintained.

Educational Workshops:

·         Parenting

·         Substance abuse

·         Career planning

·         Job placement

·         Independent life skills and goal setting

·         Time management skills

·         Budgeting

·         Safety plan

Other Services

Human Trafficking Programs
Community Outreach
Emergency Shelter
Immigration Services
Legal Advocacy
Operation Facelift
Residential Child Programs
40-hour Domestic Violence Training
Partner Agencies

 For more information, visit

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Our second option for our quilts - Interval House

The mission of Interval House is to ensure safety for people who are battered, abused, or at risk; to create public awareness about the epidemic of violence; and to mobilize the community to prevent violence and end this recurring phenomenon.

Interval House was founded in 1979 as a lifeline to underserved victims in crisis. Today, Interval House has strengthened its mission and purpose by offering specialized programs and services in over 70 different languages for both youth and adult victims.

Since 1979, Interval House has worked passionately to develop innovative programs that have been recognized with over 400 awards, including three Presidential Awards and two Governor's Awards, citing Interval House as a "model" domestic violence program to the nation.

 24-Hour Crisis Hotlines
 24-Hour Teen Hotlines
 Emergency Shelters
 Transitional & Permanent Housing
 Community Service Centers
 Emergency Response Team
 Health & Wellness
 Children & Youth
 Teen Dating Violence - "Second Generation"
 Elder Abuse
 Substance Abuse Recovery
 Human Trafficking
 Interfaith Project - "Creating a Safe Environment"
 Pioneering Multicultural Programs
 International Institute
 Against Violence
 Leadership Development
 Economic Self-Sufficiency
 Community Education
 Volunteer & University Internships

Our quilts would be for the Women and Children's shelters.  The business location is in the Long Beach / Seal Beach area.

For more information -

Thursday, July 10, 2014

LA Quilt Show and Fiber Art Fest August 1-3rd

CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles is hosting the inaugural Los Angeles Quilt Show and Fiber Art Festival August 1st - 3rd, 2014.  The mission of the Los Angeles Quilt Show is to have a venue for both novice and experienced quilt and craft artist to enter their pieces into a 3-day long peer-juried quilt festival, and to display their work in a public venue. The Los Angeles Quilt Show aims to bring hundreds of visitors in the quilting and modern craft community from Southern California and beyond. Los Angeles Quilt Show is accepting pieces from across the United States.

See more details here.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Angela Walters Trunk Show / Machine Quilting for the Modern Quilter August 2, 2014

The San Deigo Modern Quilt Guild has generously offered us an opportunity to join them on August 2, 2014 to see the amazing Angela Walters in action!

You’ve heard about modern quilts, you’ve seen modern quilts, and you’ve even made a few. One question still remains: how do you quilt a modern quilt? Professional machine quilter Angela Walters will demystify all of the daunting aspects of quilting for the modern quilt,
including how to handle solid and unconventional fabrics, irregular shapes, and negative space. Her relaxed approach to modern machine quilting will ease your fears and spark your imagination. This lecture is suitable for quilters of all levels.

To sign up, click here and choose SDMQG Member Pricing — only $55!

Comment if you'll be attending and are interested in carpooling. We will find a central location to meet up!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Janet's Awesome Binding Technique!

Check out this super cool video of Janet's technique for perfectly joining the ends of your double fold binding. It works everytime. Janet is a superstar!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Our first donation option for our quilts - Human Options

Human Options is our first donation option for our quilts that I would like to present to you.  Here's who they are and what they do.

Human Options - Restoring Hope. Rebuilding Lives

Mission: To help battered women, their families and the entire community break the cycle of domestic violence.

What we do: Human Options breaks the cycle of domestic violence.

Formal research shows that 90-93% of our residential clients continue to be violence free one year or more after graduating from the program.

How we do it: Through effective crisis, long-term and prevention programs.
Emergency shelter and transitional living programs provide counseling, legal advocacy, case management and job readiness training for abused women and their children.

Long-term support helps to rebuild lives through our Children and Families Counseling Center.

Community education for youth grades K-12 creates a safe community and a new generation free of violence.

Domestic Violence Facts:
1 in 4 women will be physically assaulted by a partner during her lifetime

1 in 5 teens experience dating violence
Children who grow up in homes with domestic violence are more likely to become abusers or be abused
One third of all 911 calls reporting domestic violence are made by children (OC Domestic Violence Court)

90% of elder abuse is committed by family members

The cost of domestic violence to American businesses is $6 billion a year in sick and medical leaves and lost productivity

Their Second Step transitional housing program for families recovering from the effects of domestic violence are always in need of blankets and quilts.  They have 14 units in our housing complex.  Family sizes range from 2 to 5. 

For more information -

Monday, June 2, 2014

QUILTCON Dates to Remember

There is a lot going on these next few months! Below is a list of dates to help keep you on track.

  May30:  Last day to apply for Super Volunteer
  June 1:  QuiltCon schedule released 
June 13:  Last day to join as member to receive QuiltCon discounts
June 16:  Last day to update member roster to receive QuiltCon discounts 
June 17:  Discount code and registration tutorial sent to all members
June 24:  Registration open for all MQG members
   July 1:  Registration open to non members 
 July 30:  Last day to cancel QuiltCon registration and receive a full refund

Quilt Entries
May 30:  Submissions for MQG Special Exhibit at International Quilt Festival open 
  July 1:  Submissions for QuiltCon quilt show open
July 27:  Submissions for MQG Special Exhibit at International Quilt Festival close
Nov 30:  Submissions for QuiltCon quilt show entries close

Check out for more details as they become available.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Annual Tea at Flying Geese in Tustin

On Saturday, May 17th - 10 am to 5 pm - Flying Geese Fabric in Tustin is hosting their Annual Tea and is featuring Modern Quilts.  This will be a gallery showing of modern quilts from some of their favorite quilters and customers.  There will be tea, coffee, punch and an array of homemade goodies to choose from.  They also will have tea favors for everyone and a chance to win a door prize.

I gave them 4 of my quilts to display and am encouraging any of you that want to do the same to bring a couple of your quilts to the store in the next few days to be included in the gallery.  I am particularly keen on this because Flying Geese has been very generous in giving us 2 gift cards each month for the drawings at our monthly meetings. 

The address of Flying Geese is 307 El Camino Real; Tustin  92780.  If you would like to put a quilt or 2 in their show but can't get to the store, let me know and I will try to arrange to pick them up from you and take them for you.  Our participation would be great publicity for our guild and also for modern quilting in general.

Hope to see you there.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Shibori Scarf Dyeing Workshop with Joy-Lily

On Thursday May 22 Joy-Lily will be teaching a Shibori Scarf Dyeing Workshop in a backyard in Los Angeles. There are still a few spaces available. $50 includes all materials and your first scarf. To sign up, contact Stephania at or call at

Friday, April 25, 2014

Philanthropy - Let's make it another great year!

I'm excited to make my first post on our new blog as Philanthropy Chair.

First, I want to thank Janet for all of her hard work over the last 18 months.  Not only did she lead us to donate 25 quilts to Casa Teresa in March but organized the process.  I am indebted to her as she hands over the reigns.

Our future opportunities as a guild are endless.  The leadership would like our next donation to go to a Domestic Violence Shelter benefiting women and children in need.  There are 4 shelters in Orange County.  Over the next few months I will be contacting each of them, doing some research on their organization and seeing if we are a good fit.  I will put my finding on our blog and we will then vote as a group to determine who our quilts will go to.  Our target to donate our quilts is the holiday season.

How can you help?
  • Donate fabric, batting, orphan blocks, batting (yes, I listed that twice)
  • Attend our quarterly philanthropy sews (next on is May 18th at Cosmic Quilting)
  • Take Projects Home
  • Do scrap projects at home
What I will bring to meetings each month -
  • A basket to accept all donations
  • Pre-cut kits with pattern and fabric
  • Blocks to be sewn together
  • Tops that need to be sandwich and quilted

Contact me anytime to return, donate, or pick up projects.  Let's continue to give back to our communities with our beautiful quilts.

Thanks for your help in advance.

Lisa Handley

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SewDown Nashville: Anna Maria Horner Studio Tour

Wow, what a way to start SewDown Nashville. Anna Maria opened her home and studio for a small gathering and pop up shop. See more at:

Monday, April 21, 2014

Call for Entries!

Would you like your quilt or quilts considered for exhibit at International Quilt Festival in Houston, Chicago, and at our new Quilt! Knit! Stitch!™ in Portland, Oregon? Maybe you didn't know that many of the thousands of amazing quilts and textiles we display every year come from our various calls for exhibit entries and our contests. And we're always looking for more amazing quilts. . .maybe yours!

We would like to encourage you and members of the OCMQG to consider entering your work for possible inclusion in one (or many) of our upcoming exhibits.  

You can find our most current list of calls for entry at, or just look at the list below.

We would also like to keep you and your guild members up to date on any future Quilt Festival contests and calls for entry. If you are interested in receiving emailed updates, please send Becky your name and email address.

Wouldn't it be great to see OCQMG represented at  the shows?

Becky Navarro
Special Exhibits Department
Quilts, Inc.
7660 Woodway Dr., Suite 550
Houston, TX  77063
Tel. 713.781.6864 ext. 129
Fax 713.781.8182
We're Quilts!™

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014
Weekend Sew
Laguna Hills

Our wonderful new space for our weekend sews is at Cosmic Quilting. Our host, Karen Miller, is super cool and learned to sew as a child from her mother. She's held many positions within the garment industry including making wedding dresses and costumes. Her long arm career began when she made a gigantic king size quilt for a gift and decided her domestic machine wasn't the best tool for the job. Moving recently from the east coast, she started Cosmic Quilting in January 2014 when she took delivery of her Gammill Optimum Plus Statler Stitcher. She's got a technical background too so she can stitch to perfection.

The work space is awesome – big tables, super nice chairs, a cutting and iron station. We had 10+ people at the sew this weekend with some just dropping in to say, "hi" and others staying to work on their quilting projects - including some of the challenge projects coming up. Janet brought a tin of delicious fresh baked cookies and Kathy C. brought a huge basket of oranges from her own fruit trees. I took a few home and had one for lunch today. YUM! and thank you ladies! 

Speaking of challenges, if you still need your Michael Miller fabric, please contact Janet Crothers or come to our Monthly Guild Meeting on April 24th at Hoffman Fabrics in Mission Viejo.

If you're in need of Karen's services, you can contact her at 949-281-7728 for a quote.

See ya soon!