Friday, December 16, 2016

First Annual Christmas Party + December 2016 Meeting.

We had a great time last night at our First Christmas Party.  At the end of the meeting, we decided to take a group photo.  The first attempt was with the "selfie" method and the second was with a photo timer.  I think they both turned out great.

We had some "show and tell", everyone's' favorite.  Jessica started some EPP!

I made some fabric nesting bowls, the pattern is Nesting Fabric Bowls by Nova

I gave them to Jane, our outgoing guild president, as a gift.

Colleen made this statement quilt that was accepted into Quiltcon 2017 in Savannah.  We're all so proud of her.

These photos are of the front, details and back of our Charity Quilt that we all made blocks for.  Susan did the binding, do you notice how it changes fabric color?  The finished quilt will go to GenerateHope in San Diego.  Natalie will deliver it.

Our gift exchange was zipper pouches.  We had a terrific variety and I think everyone was pleased with the pouch they received!

Our guild is small and just one year old, and we're a great group if I do say so myself!


Monday, December 5, 2016

Quiltcon 2019

I just saw this on The San Diego MQG FB page:

The contract has been signed for Quiltcon 2019! (2017 is Savannah, Georgia, 2018 is back in Pasadena) and 2019 is Nashville, Tennesee!  ~ posted by Jill Adams Lombard

So exciting.  I would have posted this on our FB page, but it's not a group page, yet!


Sunday, December 4, 2016


Yesterday I attended the Opening Reception of Modern Quilts: Redesigning Traditions at the Ontario Museum of Art and History.  The exhibit runs through Sunday, January 22, 2017.  Georgeanna Hawley curated the exhibit and she's long-armed two of my quilts.  She invited me to the receptions so that we could finally meet, IRL!

Below are some of the quilts from the exhibit and I encourage you to visit the museum if you have a chance.

As I said, I hope you find the time to go to the exhibit.  On January 17th from 6-8pm, Latifah Saafir, on of the founders of the MQG, is having a Trunk Show conjunction with this exhibit.  It's free, but you need to call the museum and RSVP that you'll attend.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

English Paper Piecing Workshop

Who ~ Colleen taught the workshop
What ~ English Paper Piecing, EEP
When ~ Yesterday!
Where ~ Jane's home

Eight of us showed up for the workshop, graciously hosted by Jane.  We all learned a lot, Collen is such a great instructor.  I'm hoping she'll post a tutorial on her blog.

We all had a good time, learned a lot, and Jane had a Baked Potato Bar set up for lunch!  We all contributed to the ingredients and desserts.  

People left and different times, and I failed to get a group photo with everyone's EPP work.  This is mine.

May your bobbins always be full,


November 2016 Meeting of the TVMQG

We had a wonderful November meeting.

Here're some highlights from the Show and Tell.  We love seeing what everyone has been doing.

First up, Jane asked for advice on how to clean sticky residue from her irons' soleplate.  Collen knew the answer, Lemon Essential Oil.  She said, just the cheap stuff works great!

Linda shared the two table runners she made, same pattern, what a difference!

Sue created a Happy, and very large mug rug for her son and she showed off the new shopping bags that she's writing a pattern for.

Next, we had a guest.  Cammie is Madeline's' daughter.  She shared an embroidered quilt top featuring Tigger, then her first quilt block, and last but not least, her first finished quilt.  Great job, Cammie.

Nancy had two great quilt tops to show off, and the purse she created from her "practice" FMQ samples.

Maritza is taking classes in Heirloom Sewing.  She showed  one of the examples she's created.

Jan showed the two Queen-size pillow shams she made for a customer.

Angelica showed the handmade bag she was gifted and the adorable Halloween wall hanging she made.

Collen showed us the English Paper-Piecing project she's working on and a mug rug made from 1" squares!  The tiny pompoms look a lot like a zipper!

We have a Sit and Sew scheduled for December 3rd at Natalie's' home'

Our December meeting will be a Christmas party at Maritza's home.  Please bring finger foods, appetizers and desserts.  We will also be exchanging zipper pouches.  Please put the zipper pouch you bring to exchange in a brown paper lunch bag.  The December meeting will mark the end of our first year as a MGQ!

In January we will change meeting locations.  The new venue is Primitive Gatherings in Murrieta.  The address is 26855 Jefferson Ave D, and the cross street is Date Street.  The meeting time will remain the 3rd Thursday at 6:30pm.

The Nomination Committee presented the nominations for next year.

President - Jan
Vice-President - Jessica
Secretary - Maritza
Treasurer - Collen
Social Media - Natalie

And Angelica volunteered to help anyway she can.

Jan's presentation was about how to start a blog.  Blogging and quilting really do go together.

Hope to see everyone at our December meeting.  Maritza's address will be in the newsletter email.

May your' bobbins always be full,


Thursday, November 17, 2016

How about Blogging?!

Blogging and Modern Quilting really do go together.  The founders of our Modern Quilt Guild met online, thru their blogs before they met in real life.

How to Create a Blog using Blogger

Sign into Blogger at, if you have a Google account, use that information. If you’re new to Google, create an account.  In the top left, click “New Blog”.

1. Enter a name for your blog. The name of your blog does not need to match your blog address. The name of our guild blog is Temecula Valley Modern Quilt Guild and the blog address is; by using, it’s free. One of my blogs is Janice Elaine Sews, but the blog address is, by using .com, I pay for a domain name, $10.00 a year.

2. Choose a blog address, or URL. This will be used by readers to view your blog. The best blog addresses are easy to remember. Blogger will check during this step to make sure no one else is using that address. If it’s not available, go to Plan B!

3. Choose a template. Don’t over think this step. You can change the template as many times as you want, whenever you want.

4. Click Create blog. Now, you’re ready to Rock and Roll.

My best advice is to post on you blog often. If this is going to be a quilting blog, don’t just post finished quilts. Post your fabric pull and what you’re planning, post your progress/process, post when the quilt top is finished, post about making the quilt back. Post when the whole thing is a done deal. Include photos in each post, too. Readers like photos.

If you post readers will come. I’ve met many great people via my blogs. Some have become real friends who I’ve gotten to know IRL (in real life).

I don’t monetize my blogs, not because I don’t like money but because it’s a hassle that I don’t want. Many people do, and some make a living at it, like The Pioneer Woman.

There are other popular blog hosting platforms. My daughter is a blog and website designer, and she’s switched to designing exclusively for blogs. Many of her clients are authors and concerned with commerce/money and works better for them. Her website is

Another popular platform is All the platforms are easy to use.


Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Solids Challenge

I issued a challenge to all the members.

Our group is less than a year old, and a lot of our members are not comfortable with "modern".  We welcome everyone, new or experienced quilters, traditional or modern quilters; everyone.  

My challenge is for everyone who wants to participate, to make a lap-size or larger quilt using only solids.  No prints.  The first question I got was, "Can I use a pattern?".  Of course.  Just only use solid fabrics.

I think this will be very interesting.  The quilts will be displayed at our March meeting.
May your bobbins always be full,

Friday, October 21, 2016

October 2016 Meeting of the TVMQG

We had another great meeting, last night.  We started with Show and Tell, which is so much fun.

Jane made this wonderful quilt using the light-weight Art Gallery Denims.  Two of the colors are actually the obverse and reverse of the same fabric!

The quilt is for her son Connor, and she wasn't sure which side he'd like best, so she labeled the quilt in the binding.  So clever.

Natalie showed off her WIP called Broken Herringbone.  It's lovely.

Madeline has been working on two projects - a table runner, under her left hand, with disappearing 9-patch blocks and under her right elbow, she's hiding some flying geese.

Nancy has been recovering from neck surgery, and she worked on two kits during her recovery.  The one above she improvised a bit in order to make it larger.  She did a great job.  The one below is stunning.  She got this kit in Minnesota, and everyone has a million questions about it.

Susan is in a love-hate relationship with this improve quilt.  It's finished, now, and I bet she'll grow to love it.  Just look at all the wonderful work that went into it, and how about the great backing fabric she found for it.  It couldn't be more perfect.

Maritza shared three of the tools she uses while quilting. (I only got a photo of two of them.) Plus she showed off an article in Keepsake Quilting about her prize winning quilt.  We're so proud of her.

Taylor is overcoming some quilting frustrations.  Tonight she showed us the squares she's working on, and I hope we gave her enough words of encouragement.

Colleen and a few of her gal pals went on a retreat.  They all made Log Cabin quilt tops using only Cotton and Steel fabric.  One of the group quilted them for everyone, and this is Colleens'.  Isn't it wonderful?

Our next Sew-In is at Janes' home on 11/19 at 10am.  Colleen will be demo/teaching English Paper Piecing.  There was a sign-up sheet at the meeting.

We also formed a 3-person Nominating Committee to take nominations for next year's officers.  We also will have a Charity Sew In at Natalie's on 12/3

May your bobbins always be full,