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Hello and welcome to the final issue of Quilt Scraps for our 2023 Calendar Year.

It has been an amazing year and I’ve so enjoyed  getting to know so many of you better during my time serving as Guild President.

As I began the year, I developed a strategic plan to serve as a framework to guide our activities and decisions this year. The key word in the plan was: INCREASE.

To increase means to make greater and it was my hope that this year we would make ECQ even Greater!

As I reflect on the year I am especially proud of all that we have accomplished.

We set out to increase our membership and I am pleased to report that well over 50 guests have visited our meetings to check us out and we have added over 20 new members. Many thanks to Suzanne Tobey, our fantastic Publicity Chair who has faithfully gotten the word out to our community.

We set out to find ways to increase revenue as well despite the rising costs for just about everything we do. We managed to add several new money making activities, such as guild name tags , tote bags and regular Guild challenges that have added to our very healthy bank balance. The re-named Treasure Table Team brought in an amazing amount with their clever and creative offerings each month.Thanks to Barbara, Ann and Sharon for stepping in to lead that committee.

We also hoped to increase our attendance at workshops this year and with the change to allow non-members to attend we have seen a steady rise in the number of quilters enjoying our great teachers. We have a fantastic line-up of workshops already scheduled for next year and Carrie is working hard to get those filled to capacity.

As I always say, we make better connections in circles rather than in rows, so another goal of mine this year was to increase the number of members participating  in Friendship Groups.  Karen Brow-Meier has done a great job of connecting new people to each other and three new groups began this year with a total of 43 members in them.

I could go on and on describing all the work of our committees, Board members and all of you.  Your hard work has made ECQ even greater! Thank You! We always have room for more volunteers and I know that Nancy is counting on your support as she begins the New Year as Guild President, so please consider how you can participate.

Though I’m stepping down as Guild President, I’m looking forward to another great year with all of you. I’ll be leading our Guild Challenges and Spearheading the Big Silent Auction and Mega Sale scheduled for September 2024, so you’ll be hearing from me again soon!

Best wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season and a spectacular New Year. 

Susan Stanchfield


Our December meeting will be an exciting one…our Holiday Party and Luncheon.

We are looking forward to seeing you there. When you arrive at El Corazon, you’ll find our meeting space transformed into a lovely luncheon venue thanks to the amazing table décor brought to you by Cece Blankenship and Shelly Hoffman -- our Ways and Means Team. Nancy Feder has taken care of securing a variety of box lunches from Panera for our mid-morning meal and Carrie Suggettand Phyllis Lewcock will have left you a little treat at your place as a “sweet” reminder of the great year we’ve had.

Carol Brega and I will be leading you in some fun games with special give-aways and prizes.

And, we will also have our final UFO drawings, the voting and prizes for the final Challenge of the year, the prize winner for our Kaleido-Pop quilt and the big reveal of our gorgeous 2024 Opportunity Quilt. Whew! It's going to be a fantastic morning together. 


When I remember the Wintertide Market I will think of and thank all of you.

I described the set up that morning as a dance. Well my “dance team” was completely “en pointe” encompassing both the basic and artistic in setting up an enchanting buying experience.

The speakers, Sher (TIP), Samantha (ASYMCA), and Shaeli (FF4WW) absolutely wowed us with their presentations.

Now it was time to shop and this is where I hope you had fun and went home with wonderful treasures.

These treasures were made by you our members and our friends to help the guild defray the costs of batting for Cuddle Quilts.

So I thank all of you for a very successful Market with $3673 in sales.

Again, thank you all so much!

PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO Cuddle Construction Zones in December at El Corazon on December 21 or San Marcos Senior Center on December 25.

Cuddle was blessed with receiving a Big Electric Accuquilt Go Cutter from Cynthia Rowe’s family along with several of the dies.

If you would like to use it to cut fabric for your own use or for a cuddle quilt, please let Jan or Candy know and we will bring it to the workshop of your choice.

The Dies that came with the cutter include the following:

Strip Cutter 1”, 1 ½” and 2” strips

Strip Cutter 2 ½”

Strip Cutter 3 ½”

Strip Cutter 4  ½”

Strip Cutter 6 ½”

Flying Geese 3 ½” by 6 ½”

10” Go Cube with the following dies:  5 ½ square (5” finished),  3” square (2 ½ finished), Half Square triangle (5” finished square), Quarter Square Triangle (5” finished square)

Half square Triangle (2 ½” finished), Parallelograms 45 degree  3 1/16”x 4 ½” sides for 2 ½” x 3 9/16” finished, Rectangle 3 x 5 ½” (2 ½” by 5” finished)

If anyone has a Stewardess rolling suitcase that they don’t need anymore, Cuddle would love to have it to put the cutter and dies in to make it easier to carry around. Let Candy and Jan know or bring it to a meeting. 

Cuddle is so grateful that our guild supports as many charities as we do and the sale certainly proved the talent that we have in our members!



Kennel Comforters

Just checking in from Kennel Comforters.  

We’ve had a productive year with 807 pet beds distributed as well as 83 special beds made for the Escondido Humane Society Wildlife Center and 6 special Christmas themed beds for the Fallbrook Shelter holiday fundraiser.

Our beds go to both the Carlsbad and Bonita locations of the San Diego County Animal Services, the Humane Society in Oceanside and Escondido, Rancho Coastal Humane Society, the Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary and, occasionally, even to Camp Pendleton.  





We rely on volunteers and donations to make this all possible.  These beds provide comfort, warmth and perhaps a sense of home to our furry friends as they wait for their new families.

If you would like to join us, we meet the first Friday and Saturday of every month from 9:30 – 3 or 4 at the North San Diego County Animal Services facility at 2481 Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad.  All supplies are provided.  You can find us on Facebook at:

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El Camino Quilters Lucky Block.                                   January 2024




Colors –
Cube Front –
Cube Top –
Cube Side –
Background –
Any Colorway you like in a Big Bold Print - Floral, Geometric or any Bold Print you like.
Medium to Medium Light Solid or Tone-on-Tone in a color that goes with your Focus Print.
Dark Solid or Tone-on-Tone in a color that goes with your Focus Print.
White or White on White.



I hope to see each of you at our El Camino Quilter's annual holiday party!  It is sure to be a ton of fun with games, lunch and other fun!  Not to mention the drawing for the beautiful ECQ Opportunity Quilt!   





This month our guest speaker is Anne Sonners, of Anne Sonners Quilts!  Her lecture is entitled "Family History Quilts".  She will share with us how to preserve history through the quilts we make.  One of her many methods of doing so is by using photography within her quilts.  Come, learn and enjoy!  






This month, we are holding our annual QUILTER'S UNIVERSITY!

Featuring mini workshops provided by guild experts! Last year's mini workshops were such a hit, we had to bring it back. We have new topics and great new tips & tricks to share! More details to come...but you won't want to miss this meeting!


El Camino Quilters 2024 Workshops Overview


Register now for classes online or at the Guild meeting.  All classes are limited to 20 people, so don't wait to register for workshops!  Your spot is reserved once payment is received.  Pay at the guild meeting or by mailing a check to Carrie Suggett 2632 Luciernaga Street, Carlsbad, CA  92009.  Make your check payable to El Camino Quilters.  All classes are $55 for ECQ members and $75 for non-members.


January 10, 2024   

Join Anne Sonner as she teaches about family history quilts incorporating “Photo Transfer”.  Ever wonder how to add photos to your quilts?  This is your chance to learn from Anne Sonner! 


Anne Sonner – Family History Quilts

Photo Transfer Workshop

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

You won’t want to miss Anne’s Photo Transfer Workshop!  In preparation for her workshop, you will email your photos to Anne and she will print them on fabric for you.  During this workshop you will learn how you can do this at home.  

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Included with the workshop is one sheet, per person, of photos transferred onto fabric.  8 ½ x 11”.

If you would like additional sheets of printed photos the price is $10 per sheet, 8 ½ x 11”, payable to Anne on day of workshop.

Pictures that have good contrast and high resolution are best. On one page one large image can be printed or two 5 x 7" images. Smaller printed images are also possible, but detail will be lost on fabric if they are too small.

All photos must be emailed to Anne at least two weeks prior to class so she has time to do any needed photo-editing, including any enlarging or cropping you may request, and to print them with pigment inks.  If you are emailing multiple photos you may need to email them one at a time.  

Photo Email Deadline is December 27, 2023

Other supplies needed:

Basic sewing supplies


Fabric of your choice for quilt design of your choice.  


March 13, 2024

Pam Hadfield will be sharing her “Crazy Christmas Trees” workshop.  In this class you will make the table runner which gives you all the skills needed to make the larger quilt.  Don’t miss this fun class!  Only a few spaces left!



April 10, 2024

Linda Ballard will be joining us and teaching her beautiful “Family Reunion” quilt.  The pattern is the all-time favorite Bear Paw, but the construction of the quilt will be something quite different from what we all know.  Come ready to learn new techniques!



June 12, 2024

Do you love Orange Dot Quilts booth at Road2CA!  I sure do!  Come and learn “Free Motion Quilting” from Dora Cary of Orange Dot Quilts!  You will learn how you can FMQ on your home sewing machine!



July 10, 2024

You won’t want to miss Mary Tabar’s workshop “Water Color Strip Quilts”!  This lovely strip quilt is made from only three floral fabrics and one border fabric.  Students will make different fabric strip stratas and cut half square triangles to design and create their own version of this quilt.  There are dozens of possible layouts!



August 14, 2024

“Fantabulous!” is this month’s workshop being taught by Colleen Granter!  Fantabulous starts with a 10” square pack of 40 pieces.  Combine those 40 pieces with 40 pieces of background fabric and let the games begin!  Freezer paper templates are used to cut the fabric, no special rulers!  Then mix and match to create a fabulous fan type quilt.  There are several layouts to try or create your own.



October 9, 2024

Come and join Jan Krentz as she teaches her “Love That Lonestar” workshop.   Make a basic, traditional Lone Star quilt with Jan’s foolproof techniques!  Be adventurous with brilliant color or use this design as a “stash reducer” to incorporate those favorite fabrics on the shelf at home.



November 13, 2024

Swan Sheridan is coming to us from Tuscon AZ and will be teaching us her beautiful quilt “Popped Color”!  Popped Color is an applique and piecing pattern.  If you love applique, you are sure to love this class!  



Mark your new 2024 calendars NOW! Remember Thursday, January 18, 2024! That's about 6 weeks away and the bus is FULL!  But we do have a short waiting list.  So, if you have not yet paid for your seat on the bus, you need to do so by the end of the Holiday Party. I will release any unpaid seats to the people on the waiting list after the Holiday Party.

For those who need to pay, you can either pay during the Holiday Party or mail a check to Donna Green at 2202 Alta Vista Dr., Vista, CA. 92084. I will be contacting those who still owe payment soon.

Parking for bus pick ups and drop offs is in the Shoppes at Carlsbad parking lot, located at Hwy. 78 and El Camino (where the Sears used to be). I will be emailing a map of where to meet the bus to everyone who has signed up. I will also have maps available at both the December and January Guild meetings. Finally, please remember to sign the parking waiver for the Shoppes at Carlsbad if you will be parking a car there.

Donna Green




I am looking forward to seeing all of your wonderful creations on display at our December meeting and Holiday Party.

You still have a few days to finish but remember, this is supposed to be FUN…so please don’t put any undue pressure on yourself.

A couple of things to remember:

After checking in at the meeting, make your way to the Challenge table to complete a card and give your item a numbered tag.

At that time you will select the category in which your item belongs:

Mini, Just-the-Top or Finished Quilt.

Complete rules and requirements are available on our website but don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

These cards and tag numbers will be used to conduct our Viewer’s Choice voting and other prize drawings  so you must have used the challenge fabric somewhere in your project in order to be considered for a prize drawing.

Add your project to the display tables or racks and that’s it.

After the voting is completed we will be drawing the prize winners at the end of our meeting.

Thanks again for participating.

I hope you had fun.

I am already planning our Guild Challenges for 2024 so get ready for another year of challenge.