Aug 122017


Date: Monday, August 14, 2017
TIme: 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Location: Ventura Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura
Door Entry see email sent to you for code.


• Potluck Picnic at Masonic Lodge – Bring a dish of your choice to share. Water, paper plates, and plasticware will be provided. Bring a Fat Quarter of your choice to participate in a picnic game!
• Challenge Block For August is Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral. For those who were not present to draw a card choose one of the three and make a 12 ½ inch Block. Make one give one. Blocks donated will be used to make philanthropy quilts.
• Bring a Blue Fat Quarter Game for a chance to win a bunch of blue fat quarters!
• Last Chance to turn in your Wonky Log Cabin Block for our guild’s QuiltCon Charity Quilt. More information at meeting about meet up to assemble Quilt.
• Bring your item to show in the VMQG Booth at the Conejo Valley Quilt Show, September 9-10. Remember it cannot be more than 36 X 36 inches. If you would like to donate any homemade items for our boutique, please bring them also.
• Presentation of our 2018 Opportunity Quilt: KaBloom
• Return your library materials, check out new ones.
• Philanthropy blocks, kits, returned finished for donation.

Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Upcoming September Events

• Conejo Valley Quilt Show, September 9-10
• Special guest speaker, Modern quilter, author, Alyssa Haight-Carlton, VMQG Meeting, September 11
• September Challenge Block – Crayon Challenge

Apr 092017

Date: Monday, April10, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Location: Ventura Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura [map]Building entry: Punch in the door code sent to you in your email reminder.

• Kathy Price, communications board member, presenting a mini workshop on navigating the Modern Quilt Guild website
• Modern Quilt Guild Webinar, April 19th, 6:00PM, Quilting Words With Free Motion with Jessica Skultety. Limited viewing sign-up for Supebuzzy. More info at meeting.
• Bring your Opportunity Quilt Blocks: Improv Garden Flower. See a free tutorial, “Impracticality” by Angela Walters on her website “”
• Bring a Yellow Fat Quarter Game
• Buy a chance for a raffle
• Checkout our library and return your borrowed library materials
• Philanthropy blocks, kits, placemats returned finished for donation
• If you signed up for refreshments please bring your treats and thank you!
• We have not secured a place to have an April Sew-In yet, be on the look-out for an update for a place and time

Snack bringers for April’s Ventura MQG Members Meeting on 4/10: Kim Riddle-Halamicek, Adele Fergusson, Kelly Stevens.  Thanks!

Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Mar 122017

March Guild Meeting

Date: Monday, March, 13, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Ventura Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura
Building entry: Punch in the door code

Guest Speaker: Trunk Show by J Irelle Beatie, Santa Barbara Modern Quilter
Philanthropy Block Challenge: Color of the Year Challenge, Pink Flamingo and/or Pantone “Greenery” 12 1/2″ block
Bring a Green Fat Quarter Game
Presentation of the winner of our Opportunity Quilt
Win yourself a basket! Bring some raffle money.
Return your library materials if borrowed, check out new ones
Philanthropy blocks, kits, returned finished for donation
if you signed up for refreshments please bring your treats and thank you!
Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting

Don’t forget our Sew-In on Saturday, March 18th, 9am-4pm, at Grace Lutheran Church, 6190 Telephone Rd., Ventura. We will be working on philanthropy quilts and will be having a workshop on making an “Improv Garden Flower” which may be used in our Opportunity Quilt. Come and learn something new, meet others in the Guild, and help the Guild to create the 2018 Opportunity Quilt.

Feb 112017


Date: Monday, February 13, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Location: Ventura Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura [map]
Building entry: Punch in the door code

It’s our fifth birthday! And we will be drawing the WINNER for our Opportunity Quilt.  Please make sure all your tickets and money are turned in at the beginning of the meeting prior to the break.  If you can’t be at the meeting make sure you check with a guild member to bring your tickets for you.


 Opportunity Quilt Money and Tickets for the drawing.
 “Five” block challenge – see details
 “5 Things” snack, if you signed up to bring treats
 Library materials if you borrowed last month
 Philanthropy items/kit
 Raffle money!  Win yourself a basket!
 Membership payment if due
 Placemats you made for donation!

Don’t forget our sew in on February 18, at Grace Lutheran Church.  There will be a Template Demo by Ann Olson and Tisha Maeda.

Members, we are still looking for recipients for our philanthropy quilts.  Please share your ideas!

Feb 012017

VMQG Board Meeting
Tuesday, February 7 | 6:30pm
Panera Bread, 4910 Telephone Rd., Ventura
Look forward to seeing everyone!

Ventura MQG Meeting and 5th Birthday Celebration
Monday, February 13 | 6pm
Ventura Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura
Mark your calendar to attend the 5th birthday celebration of the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild! Details to come.

Jan 092017

Date: Monday, January 9, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Location: Ventura Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura [map]
Building entry: Punch in the door code (refer to your emailed meeting reminder)

  • Don’t forget to bring a check to renew your dues
  • Snacks: Jenn R, Saundra, Cary Lyn
Dec 052016


Date: Tuesday, December 6
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Patrice’s home. Please email for address.
Snack Detail: Sandy H and Annie O are bringing snacks.

  • This is a 2016-2017 Boards joint meeting. There are many details to discuss!
  • All members are welcome to attend any Board meeting, but you MUST email Patrice to RSVP and state your item for the agenda.


Date: Monday, December 12
Time: 6pm
Location: Ventura Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura [map]
Building entry: Punch in the code included in your email to right of entry door

In less than two weeks, the days will start getting longer! But better than that, our December meeting is Monday, December 12 from 6-8pm, with plenty of food, beverages, prizes, and games! Here is some fun in which you can participate:

Fat Quarter Fling! Bring a fat quarter and participate in the fun Christmas game.

Gift exchange! Bring a sewing/quilting-related gift with a value of about $15, either gift-wrapped or in a gift bag so the contents are not obvious.

Bring a sweet or savory dish to share. Here’s the list of sign ups. If you didn’t get to sign up, just pick out one of your family’s favorites to share with the group.

  • Becky H – lasagna
  • Kim H – veggie platter
  • Kathy P – 7-layer dip
  • Judy M – salad
  • Karen M – a savory surprise
  • Chris G – deviled eggs
  • Joyce A – artichoke appetizer
  • Sarah Wn – pasta salad
  • Karen K- caprese skewers
  • Sue N – fruit platter
  • Annie O – orange chicken
  • Lynne H – vegetable salad
  • Kim H – cookies
  • Kathy P – a sweet surprise
  • Judy C – brownies
  • Judy H- cookies
  • Stacey B – Something sweet
  • Barb R – Something sweet
  • Wendy Z – a sweet surprise

Calling all members who joined VMQG in 2016! There is a special surprise in store for you at the December meeting, so make sure you clear your calendar and make tracks for the Masonic Center on Monday evening; is this list complete? Is your name missing? Let Patrice know at president@venturamodernquiltguild.comJane Aiello, Janna Bailey, Carol McMullin, Karen Mitchell, Ali Ostrin, Maria Ring, and Robin Stemples.

Christmas “Show-and- Tell”: Before you send those quilts to their new homes as gifts, please bring them to show the guild! We hope to share some new philanthropy quilts as well. Note: there is no challenge for the December meeting, but you are welcome to be inspired by the tutorials on our website!

BRING IN YOUR TICKETS: We have lots of tickets out for the Opportunity Quilt. Have you sold yours? If so, bring in the stubs and the $$ .. if you don’t think you’re going to sell your tickets, bring them in so we can use them. The list of people who have taken the Opportunity Quilt to display and sell tickets is growing. We have two months to add more places to its itinerary. If you have a club or organization where it could be shown and tickets sold, please let Patrice know immediately:

SO MANY SUCCESSES IN 2016! Guild members were willing to pitch in with little things and big things throughout the year.

  • Our Philanthropy group worked overtime to create, complete, and send off a beautiful quilt to the Orlando MQG in memory of the Pulse Nightclub victims. Dog beds, cat beds, pillowcases, lap quilts! Sue N and Sandy H have completed two more lap quilts, and Adele F and Barb L have taken those “ugly fabric” blocks and made a stunning large quilt out of them.
  • Many members participated in the Camarillo Quilters Show in April, others lent quilts to the display at the Government Center in Ventura during May and June, and others shared their quilts in the display at the Simi Valley Show in September.

Just look what’s in store for 2017!

Our new Board will be installed, joining Annie O, who is starting year two with her Secretary Board position.

January – “Welcome to 2017 and Bring a Friend.” Bring a friend and you and your guest will receive an extra raffle ticket — in addition to the ones you purchase, of course!

February – Ventura MQG’s Fifth Anniversary Party. You can bring a friend to this party too; the same friend as in January, or another friend because the January friend was so excited that she/he joined and is bringing another friend too.

March – Guest speaker Irelle Beattie will present a trunk show of her lovely quilts that have travelled to shows across the country – Pacific International, QuiltCon, Houston, and Road to California. You may have seen some of her quilts at the Coastal Quilters Show in Santa Barbara in September. Just to whet your appetite!

Nov 142016

Date: Monday, November 14, 2016
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Location: Ventura Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura [map]
Building entry: Punch in the code 214 on the keypad to right of entry door

  • Snack Detail: Sandy H and Annie O are bringing snacks.
  • Challenge: Bring your free motion challenge item for show and tell. If you’ve made an item such as a zipper bag or coaster, consider donating it to our Guild so that we can sell it at a future fundraiser.
  • Presentation: Cary Lyn P will be talking about her experiences with various techniques of fabric dyeing. If you too enjoy fabric dyeing, bring along some of your favorite techniques or examples to share.

Sew-In and Workshop: Saturday, November 19 (rescheduled from 11/12)
9am – 4pm
Grace Lutheran Church, 6190 Telephone Rd, Ventura
Cost: $5 – Only a couple spots left! Contact Patrice right away if you’re interested in attending.

During this sew-in, Scott Griffin will be leading a class to make Carol Doak’s “Second Birthday Celebration Wreath”. Download PDF instructions here:

Please bring:

  • Fabric specified on page five of Carol Doak’s PDF
  • Paper for piecing (see below)
  • Machine, extension cords, other equipment

Paper: You can purchase 50 pages of uv/ultra II translucent vellum paper for $4 from Patrice at tonight’s meeting. This is 8.5 weight paper, very light weight when compared with traditional 20 weight typing paper.

Oct 192016

Date: Wednesday, October 19
Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm
Location: Ventura Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura [map]
Building entry: Punch in the code 214 on the keypad to right of entry door

Join us at our regular meeting hall, the Masonic Center in Ventura, for an evening of philanthropy sewing and preparing kits. Bring your machines and all their accessories, an extension cord (important!), and fabric that you would like to donate to the cause.

We are going to be making Houndstooth Quilts. See this video:

Annie O suggested that instead of 5″ charm pack squares we make 8″ squares so the quilts sew together more quickly. Annie has the dimensions for the strips for the 8″ blocks. If you have a charm pack of a solid color, bring it with a yard of the matching fabric to donate.

If you didn’t sign up at the meeting, come on down! We have plenty of space for everyone.

Oct 032016

Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
 The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 4360 East Main Street, Ventura [map]
RSVP: Please RSVP to with your agenda item

All Members are invited to attend, but please RSVP to Patrice. Only items that have been submitted to Patrice for the agenda will be discussed.


Date: Monday, October 10, 2016
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Location: Ventura Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura [map]
Building entry: Punch in the door code (refer to your emailed meeting reminder)

  • By popular request, our topic for the evening is free-motion quilting on a domestic home sewing machine, with our own Scott Griffin presenting his techniques and advice. Everyone is invited to participate in a round-table discussion following Scott’s demo. If you are an experienced free-motion quilter, please share your expertise. If you are new or have never tried it, find out the strategies you can use to add this technique to your quilting repertoire.
  • Bring your “challenge” items from the Quilt University last month. Pick a technique that was demonstrated – tube piecing, flip triangles, English paper piecing hexagons, binding, or curved flying geese – and show us how you used it in a block or other item. Go to the Challenges page for links to tutorials to all the techniques shown at September’s meeting.
  • Remember those UFOs we brought in January that we said we were going to complete during 2016? Are you done with yours? Bring it along so we can see the end result!
  • The slate of Ventura MQG officers for 2017 will be announced, with nominations also taken from the floor with the consent of the nominee. Election of officers will take place in November.
  • Bring your $5 bills (or $10s) for our outstanding raffle items! Lots of great stuff in the raffle baskets Monday evening!
  • Bring a friend, a neighbor, or a family member along with your show-and-tell quilts! Our meetings are a lot of fun and our members are prolific!

Upcoming Events:

Many of you are looking forward to Jacquie Gering‘s lectures and workshops here in Southern California in November. Here’s a summary of her schedule.

Nov. 8 – Camarillo Quilters, lecture at 9:30am
“Honoring Tradition or Modern Quilting: You know it when you see it.”

Nov. 9 – Camarillo Quilters workshop, 9:00am
“Quirky Pineapple”. $40 for non-members
Details at

Nov. 9 – Simi Valley Quilters, lecture at 7:00pm
Details at

Nov. 10 – Valley Quiltmakers, lecture at 9:30am
“Rethinking Quilting”

Nov. 11 – Valley Quiltmakers workshop, 9:00am
“Creative Quilting using the Walking Foot.” $40 for non-members
Details at

See other quilt events by checking out our Calendar!