Aug 312017

Cheryl Collart, speaking about govt center, Ventura county arts council show last year curated show, which is going to be repeated this year. Juried show that is curated. Submit item by September 29th. Juried by arts council. Reception and awards ceremony. Show goes through Nov 29th. Traditional, modern, art quilts. Must be original fabric choices if using a pattern, needs a sleeve. Smallest about 8-10. Submit with dowel and two eye hooks for larger quilts, smaller ones can be framed or have small dowel. Wants the dowel to fit the width of the quilt. Entry fee is $20 for one quilt. You can choose only one quilt. Art council website for more info. Sales of quilts also possible. Guilds could give their own award for their category type, modern, traditional, art quilt. “Quilts Abound” is the theme. Regarding security, she knows of no previous problems with the show,nothing was missing.

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!

Feb 112017

Thank you to Steady Betty for Steady Stilletto, Steady Betty Bridge Supreme, and the Betty Bits that will be featured in a Guild Meeting Raffle – coming soon! Met them at Road to California!

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 152016

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. This is 8.5 weight paper, very light weight when compared with traditional 20 weight typing paper.

Sep 162016

QuiltFest Oasis Palm Springs

Exciting Opportunity!

We have mentioned the QuiltFest Oasis in Palm Springs, October 6-8 several times, and described how the show is featuring modern quilts this year. But it’s a bit far for most of us to drive.

Now we have the opportunity to team up with Camarillo Quilters on their bus trip to the show on Saturday, October 8! Their guild is offering Ventura Modern Quilt Guild members the special “early bird” rate of $65, which is the same rate as CQA members.

This includes:

  • Continental breakfast on board the bus, including chocolate!
  • Admission to the show, including advanced entry with no waiting
  • Round trip bus fare
  • Plenty of sharing with fellow quilters on the bus

The check-in time at the Camarillo Park and Ride (Las Posas at Hwy 101) is 6:30am, and the bus will depart at 7am. The bus will have us back at the Camarillo parking lot at 7pm. There are no cancellations or refunds, but you may sell your seat to someone else.

Contact Tricia at (805) 797- 7449 or

What a great opportunity to see many modern quilts in one place! Let’s do this!

Sep 112016


2016-2017 Opportunity Quilt

2016-17 Ventura Modern Quilt Guild Opportunity Quilt
75″ x 90.5″

This quilt grew from a Guild Challenge – create a Modern Sawtooth star, using an assigned print combined with Kona solids, as well as Kona White and Silver as background. Many Ventura MQG members helped to design, build, quilt and finish this amazing piece – suitable for a bed or a wall.

Opportunity Quilt tickets now on sale! You can win this incredible quilt!

  • $1 for 1 ticket
  • $5 for 6 tickets
  • Drawing to be held at the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild meeting and party on February 13, 2017

Contact the Guild to purchase tickets and for more information.


View the quilt online: See whole photo album here

Jan 122016

From Kyle C and Georganna H. Part of the January 2016 Challenge.

Download PDF instruction sheet here.

The Challenge is to make a Modern block based on a Traditional Sawtooth Star.

The block you make should be between 4 and 12 inches on a side, square or rectangle. You may use any quilt shop quality solid fabric, but you must use a recognizable piece of the focus fabric.

Negative space is to be either Kona “White” or “Silver” or both. superbuzzy has plenty of each.

Everyone who wants to participate will be given a Fat Eighth of Focus Fabric. That’s 9 inches, WOF.

As with all blocks, leave a 1/4” seam allowance around the entire block.

Need more inspiration?

  • Go to Modern Quilts Unlimited: Each month there is a new Challenge Block to redesign, and lots of photos of how different quilters make an old block new again.
  • Check out
  • Or try Googling “redesigning traditional quilt blocks” or

Pick up your Focus Fabric Fat Eighth and have fun! Blocks due February and March.

As with all quilt  blocks, leave a 1/4″ around the edge for assembly seam allowances

Color choices:
1.color choices

Fabric audition:

2.fabric audition

Drawing the plan:

3.drawing the plan

Layout ready to sew:

4.Iayout ready to sew

Modern sawtooth example:
Modern Sawtooth - example

Modern sawtooth example:

Modern Sawtooth - example

Another example:

January General Meeting

One more:

January General Meeting

Aug 112015

Opportunity Quilt - VMQG

Congrats to the 2015 Opportunity Quilt winner Jeanne Snodgrass, who lives in Little Rock, CA. She bought $5 in tickets at superbuzzy​ during the Central Coast Shop Tour in May. The drawing was held at the Ventura MQG’s regular Member Meeting on August 10, 2015.

Opportunity Quilt Winner

Ventura MQG’s Patrice (left) stands in front of the Opportunity Quilt with its winner, Jeanne (right).

Suggested donations for opportunity quilt tickets brought in over $1500 to the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild. Thanks to all who bought and sold and talked up the Quilt. Stay tuned for info about our next Opportunity Quilt.

Ventura Modern Quilt Guild presents…
Boxing It Up
Our Premier Opportunity Quilt
65″ x 75″

…and it’s a beauty!  Ventura Modern Quilt Guild Members created their responses to a “Rectangle in a Rectangle” block challenge using only cotton solids and Kona white — and the results were so great, our then-VP Scott got inspired to design our first Opportunity Quilt using the blocks. With a lot of help from Ventura MQG members at various Saturday Sew-Ins at superbuzzy, and even more work by Scott, a tip to the left, and voila!  The completed top got passed on to Georganna Hawley for long arm quilting, and after six days, it was ready to bind and finally be presented to the world.

View the quilt online: See whole photo album here

Photo credits: G. Palmer

May 142015

Central Coast Quilt Shop Tour

Glowing reports from Members who participated in the Central Coast Quilt Shop Hop on May 29, 30, and 31!  Lots of fun pics were posted to Facebook (see the slideshow below), prizes were won, and the coveted triangle ruler (for completed Shop Shop achievement) was obtained by many. Way to support independent businesses, Members! Read Scott G’s account of his Quilt Shop Tour

Check out photos by our Members!

Central Coast Quilt Shop Tour
Buzzin’ Along the Central Coast
11 Delightful & Unique Shops Welcome You!
Friday • Saturday • Sunday
May 29th, 30th, & 31st, 2015

Participating shops: