Sunday, June 18, 2017

June 2017 Meeting

Our June meeting was fun (as always)! We had some beautiful things shared during show and tell and had an awesome demo from Susan. But first we went over some upcoming projects.

Colleen stepped up and volunteered as the Project Leader for the QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge! We cannot wait to get started on it. If you're interested in contributing, please let her know. We also discussed the July meeting, which will be held at Jane's house. We'll be enjoying finger foods and will be having a mug rug swap. If you'd like to participate, bring a mug rug or hot pad with 2 layers of batting to swap (and bring it in a brown paper bag).

Maritza brought in the Block of the Month for July, which is called the Susannah Block (see the Block of the Month tutorial link here.)

For Show and Tell, Susan started us off with her amazing quilt she made for the Solids Challenge last month.

Taylor reminded us of some log cabin blocks she brought in last year for show and tell. She had hidden them away for months and just recently took them back out to try something new. And in the process came up with this beautiful improv quilt top. She hopes to enter it into a local show coming up soon. After, the finished quilt will be gifted to her daughter. 

Linda brought in her finished quilt from the quilt top she showed us last month. It came out just lovely!

Colleen brought in a cute needle roll she made. She's been working on making the pattern as well and hopes to start selling it soon once the pattern is done.


Jane showed us this pretty and brightly colored graduation quilt she made for her friend's daughter. Friends and family of the graduate wrote notes on some of the white squares. 

Jessica brought in her fun new quilt using Tula Pink's new Tabby Road line. She used the Layer Cake and Jelly Roll Quilt pattern by Missouri Star Quilt company (see YouTube tutorial here). 

Sue shared her quilt for her youngest, who just joined the Marines. It started as a Drunkards Path quilt, but ended up with her own spin on it. 

Susan brought in her sewing machine and taught us all how to "Quilt As You Go". This fun and fast tutorial made this improv mini quilt (which will end up on her wall once after she binds it). 

And As always, we ended our meeting with the raffle:
Jane won the $20 gift certificate from Primitive Gatherings and
Linda won a Batik fat quarter bundle. 

Until Next time! :)

~Angelica Jones

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May Member Interview: Maritza Farr

For the month of May we had our first board member interview. I hope you enjoy learning more about Maritza. :)


Hi Angelica,

I am honored to have been selected as an interviewee. The TVMQG has been a wonderful source of
inspiration and learning about modern quilts and new techniques. I look forward to what the future will bring to our "little" guild. When I first saw the announcement about our guild starting in January 2016, I was so excited and eager to attend the first meeting. I became a member immediately and have no regrets in joining our wonderful group of women, who each bring such talent, warmth and generosity of spirit to all. I am currently the Secretary, which has been a nice experience, even though challenging at times with my schedule. It has been wonderful to see our guild grow and find its way. A challenge indeed with any new group starting. I am happy to see that a portion of the meeting is used to teach techniques. I would like to eventually see the Show and Tell include more information from each presenter about what they learned in the project, challenges, and tips for others when encountering similar projects.

I retired from Orange County Social Services in 2012. My last position was Director of the Family Self-Sufficiency Program. I have a BA in Social Work and a Master in Public Administration. I loved working in child welfare and making a difference in the lives of families. Just prior to retiring one of our employees shared that I had been the social worker for one of her family members, and that one day when I visited the home as the social worker she had been so positively impacted that she made a decision to become a social worker. As a result of being a social worker, she adopted two children. This young woman's story was the most significant event of my career - I truly had made a difference in someone's life.

I am on the Advisory Board that supports the Riverside First 5 Commission. I recently started my second year on the Advisory Board. I was appointed by Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington, Third District. This position allows me to be involved in making a difference in families in Riverside County.

My husband and I have been married 42 years and have a wonderful daughter, son-in- law, step grandson, grandson and granddaughter. Our daughter is an RN at CHOC and we are extremely proud of the wonderful woman that she is. We couldn't have been more blessed.

In October 2016, I won second place in the Keepsake Quilting Prints and Woven Challenge, see the link, they have a short bio on me and my winning quilt. (Angelica, your paper piecing demo was pivotal in my ability to design this pattern using paper piecing.) I had not entered any contests, so was thrilled to win at this level. Shortly after entering this contest, I also submitted a block to the Modern Quilt Guild, and much to my surprise the block was selected for the January 2017 Block of the Month. I would like to continue entering challenges, but don't want this to become the focus of my creativity. I can't say that I stick to any one fabric color, line, etc. I try to let fabrics "speak to me" as to how to best use them. Recently I started collecting black and white prints and eventually want to design a quilt (idea that has been brewing in my head for a while).

I have to say that the baptismal outfits that I made for my grand children have a very special place in my heart because of the significance of baptism. Here are pictures of them in their special outfits.

I love being creative, so I know how to quilt, sew garments and home dec, crochet, cross stitch, machine embroider, make paper crafts including cards, and making jewelry. I have cut back a lot on other crafts since unfortunately there are only so many hours in a day to dedicate to a craft. I tend to focus on sewing these days and I still have to many projects in my "head" that need to be created. Due to so many things going on, I have decided to limit my social media activity to Facebook. I eventually want to start a blog and truly hope that I can accomplish this in early 2018.

I enjoy following on Facebook Christa Watson, The Modern Quilt Guild, Modern Quilts Unlimited, Moores Sewing, and some other sewing and machine embroidery groups. Christa focuses a lot of her information on free motion quilting and what is currently happening in quilting. She is down to earth and responds to anyone's questions about quilting. Her site is informative and inspiring.

I make most of my projects for family and eventually want to start selling what I make. I am certified to teach Beginning Sewing and Heirloom Sewing under the Martha Pullen program (specific projects with each of the certifications). I also can teach some Sulky Thread Art projects. My ultimate goal is to reach out to teen group homes in Temecula and start teaching foster youth how to sew. I truly believe this creative outlet will be empowering for them.

I have a bedroom in my home that I dedicate to sewing, but like all us sewists we eventually spill out to other areas of the home. So I take up a hall closet, part of the alcove, and of course part of the master bedroom (my wonderful hubby doesn't really complain.)

Sewing brings me great joy and inner peace - I simply can't imagine my life without it. God blessed me with the ability to sew and for that I am very grateful.

Maritza (Rodriguez) Farr

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May 2017 Meeting

Another fun meeting in the books! Last week we all got together to share some fun stuff we created and discussed some fun new opportunities ahead. Jan showed us some cute new information cards that Maritza made for us. They'll be placed at local fabric shops to let others know about our group.

A few months ago Jan challenged us to make a quilt out of solids only. She, along with Natalie and Maritza, showed off their Solids Challenge quilts. Jan used a Jacob's ladder pattern for hers. 

Natalie used the Kite Flight pattern.

And Maritza used her own pattern, which was featured on the MQG blog a few months back. 

Jane couldn't be with us, but shared her quilt top on Facebook before our meeting.

We discussed a new TVMQG challenge that will be due in October. The challenge is to make a quilted item, any size or format, based on a photo from a magazine or newspaper. It can be a bag, pillow, item of clothing, wall hanging, quilt or mini-quilt, really anything made of fabric and quilted. We'll be calling it the Mag Challenge. Jan showed us an example:

Also brought up at the meeting was the idea of joining the next QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge. We'll discuss it more next meeting, but hope some of us can get together to assign a "Charity Project Leader" and a "Design Team" for it. 

Natalie went over next month's block of the month and showed us the blocks she had made. The block is called the Woven Chevron.

To start off Show and Tell, Linda brought out a huge, beautiful, and very scrappy log cabin quilt that lays on her queen bed. 

Susanne showed us a fun quilt she made for her adult son. It had everything on it from beer to beards! :)

Sue told us a story of a wedding guest quilt she was asked to make for her niece out of the solid blocks squares that she ended up changing and making into something just beautiful. The gold she used on the front and the backing were so elegant. 

Natalie brought in this lively and bright quilt she had originally started for the Solids Quilt Challenge. She later went with the other quilt in fear she wouldn't have this one done in time. 

Judy finished piecing her "Room and Board" pattern blocks together form last month's meeting to make this lovely quilt top.

Colleen showed us a beautiful rainbow basket she made with her friends last month.

She also showed us a cute zipper bag a friend made for her. 

I brought in a quilt top that's almost complete (just missing the outside borders) that a friend and I are gifting to our daughters' Kindergarten teacher. The pattern we chose was the Color Me Quilt. 

Jessica made this adorable quilted pillow out of 2.5 in squares. 

Our demo for the evening was how to operate an AccuQuilt GO!, by Natalie. She showed us how to use the machine to create quick and easy cutouts from fabric. 


Our meeting ended with the raffle and here were the winners:

I (Angelica) won 2 pixie rolls of fabric, quilting stencils, quilter's roll clips, and numbered pins; Natalie won the 2017 QuiltCon bag with 2 fat quarters and a MQG water bottle; and Judy won the $20 gift certificate to Primitive Gatherings. 

Here are the May BOM blocks that were collected.

Next month's meeting will be June 15th at 6:30 pm. We hope to see you all there! :)

~Angelica Jones

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Meeting reminder

Temecula Valley Modern Quilt Guild meeting is this Thursday at Primitive Gatherings at 6:30! Be sure to bring your completed block of the month, something for show and tell, and your solids challenge quilt.

 Also, a quick reminder that Natalie is bringing in her Accuquilt GO!, so be sure to bring in any fabrics you'd like cut.

We have a full agenda including a new challenge!  Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 2017 Meeting

Hello from Angelica again! We had a fun meeting this month with some Show and Tell, a new Block of the Month and an awesome demo from Colleen. Since Jan was having a blast in Spain, VP Jessica led our meeting for us (thanks Jessica!). :)

Our Show and Tell started off with Linda. She brought in her quilt top made from a layer cake she won at last month's meeting. What a fast and fabulous finish!

I shared a Tula Pink quilt I won through an Instagram giveaway. I was so excited to win it, especially since it was signed by Tula Pink herself! The giveaway was done through @sewkindofwonderful, who also made the quilt).

Susan brought in a mini quilt she made from scraps. She also took a stab at hand embellishment (which she says she'll never do again). 

Susan had purchased a kit from Primitive Gatherings that made a felted wool applique pin cushion, a scissors holder and a pin holder. 

Colleen told us about how she's in the process of moving her studio to another room in her house, which meant she had to take down all her mini quilts from her wall. She brought two of them in to share. The first was an adorable postage stamp mini she made a while back. 

The second mini quilt was one of her favorites which was made by someone on Instagram for a Cotton + Steel mini swap. 

And the back looked just as cute!

Patti brought in her new tote bag she just recently made (her old one was stolen!). 

She also brought in a cute baby quilt and a batik wonky star quilt. 

Judy brought in her "Room and Board" quilt blocks she's been working on . 

She recently taught her 9 year old granddaughter to sew and she helped her put this large block together. 

And she showed us her first quilt she ever started back in 1989. They were "quilt in a day" blocks.

Natalie brought to the meeting this cute wallet she made from a kit she purchased while at Road to California. 

Nancy brought in a baby quilt that started out as her entry in the Solids Challenge (that ends next month). She decided to add a pretty floral print for the binding and the backing. 

Maritza brought in an adorable quilt top made from a panel (middle section) she purchased at Road to California. The bottom section was pieced and the top section was appliqued to match. 

This quilt she made using the block of the month she did for The MQG in January! How cool is that?!

Jessica shared with us a flying geese block she made using solids. 

She also brought in this cute little flower wall hanging she made to hang up in her new office at work. And now everyone at her work wants one, too. ;)

After show and tell, Colleen introduced next month's Block of the Month, which is called the Double Pinwheel. Her tip was to use the Bloc-Loc to trim the half square triangles (or HSTs). 

The Demo for the evening was brought to us by Colleen. She showed us how to make these beautiful rope bowls. She went over the different sizes one could use to make these and how to start and finish a rope bowl or coaster.

Here are all the blocks we collected. So many pretty envelopes!

We ended the meeting with our monthly raffle. Here were the winners:
Hexagon pack from Hoffman Fabrics - Linda
$20 Primitive Gatherings gift card - Angelica (woohoo!)
QuiltCon canvas bag designed by Elizabeth Hartman with fat quarters and a MQG water bottle - Madelyn

Next month's meeting Jan will be back with us. We will be meeting on May 18th at 6:30 at Primitive Gathjerings. Remember to bring in your BOM blocks from this meeting (see Tutorials tab for details on the May Block of the Month). Hope to see you all!