Why Are Quilts Special?

My Roget's Thesaurus keeps me from endless repetition which can easily put the reader to sleep.  I've come to depend on its collection of words that lead me to the ones that are just right...until now. 

I was puzzling away with why quilts are special.  I went through all those possibilities of "close to" words that define "special" and not one of them worked.

After no small amount of circular reasoning I finally got to:  "But why are quilts special?"

It has nothing to do with words.

As we create each one, our thoughts, plans and heart are fused into the fibers and threads of our finished project.  That project is donated and I think the recipients of these quilts somehow get a sense of us through our work--now that is special!--especially the heart part!

UFO Sign Up?

CALLING ALL QUILTERS! Did you sign up for our UFO group?  It is not too late to finish one of your quilts for the quarterly drawing.  Don't give up!  You can do it!

Hey, winning a $25.00 gift certificate for Quilt In A Day is a great incentive, too.  

The quilts coming in are just lovely and we enjoy seeing your beautiful projects.  And...doesn't it feel soooo good when one is finished?

Happy Quilting, Mar & Carrie

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Update on Programs and Workshops August 2022

Upcoming Workshops and Programs

All Workshops are 1 day & the class fee is $45 each. Kit/Lab fees are extra and all participants will be provided with supply list and/or kit fees upon registration. Be sure to log in to our newly renovated Website for copies of all supply lists and information provided by our speakers about their classes!

August:  Program:  Linda Sullivan (Colourwerx) https://www.colourwerx.com

August:  Workshop:  Tara Ritacco  Indigo Dying

October:  Program and Workshop:  Sheila Collins (Fabric Art) https://sheilacollins.us/piqf2021/

November:  Program and Workshop: Linda Schmidt (Fibre Artist) http://www.shortattentionspanquilting.com/

The Program & Workshops team is already booking talented speakers for next year. Please let us know if you have a suggestion for a speaker or a topic/technique that might appeal to our group!

Questions? Contact our workshop team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call/text Kris Doan at 760-822-1970 or Rena Hernandez at 760-585-6072.

August Birthdays

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1 Cece Blankenship   21 Glynnie Bodah
1 Sharon Cooperson   21 Claudia McGraw
2 Melanie Knight   22 Beth Blackmon
2 Cynthia Rowe   22 Merilyne J. Hickman
8 Susan Stanchfield   22 Susan Ramey
10 Karen Kirchnavy   24 Victoria Buckley
12 Jill Stearns   25 Gloria Hazel
13 Lisa Coulombe   25 Theresa Trost
13 Tammy Granados   28 Karen Brow-Meier
13 Jan Howarth   29 Tracy Edwards
13 Sharon Reeve   30 Karen Farhat
15 Marsha Jessee   31 RoseMary Leddy
17 Wendy Keeping        

Silent Auction and Mega Sale Update

Only 55 days from now, Tuesday, September 13th,  El Camino Quilters will be hosting the Silent Auction and Mega Sale at our new location, The Fields Church, 2265 Camino Vida Roble in Carlsbad. As you know by now, this is our major fundraiser of the year and we are so excited to be opening up the event free of charge to the public. What a great way to not only raise the necessary funds to support the activities and programs of the Guild, but to also extend news of our Guild into the community, invite new members, highlight our philanthropic efforts and have fun together. Many thanks to all of you who have generously donated items for the sale and have worked to put together some amazing items for our theme baskets.

Here's what we still need: We will need some folks willing to help with set-up the day BEFORE the sale. We won't need to move heavy tables or chairs but we'll have to display all of the items for sale, set up the cashier stations, and arrange the signage. If you are available to help please contact Susan Stanchfield at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. and hear about the special benefits of helping with the set-up team. (I'll give you a hint: sale preview!)

Also, we will need some people willing to assist during the actual event on Tuesday, September 13th. We still have spots for cashiers, floaters and table assistants as well as help keeping our refreshments table supplied. If you can help in this way, please reach out to Susan Stanchfield at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is a prize for you too!

If you like fabric, notions, and kits, want to add to your stash or want to pick up some fun gift items for your friends, you don't want to miss it. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted so plan now to come ready to spend and support our Guild.


In my August letter I want to share with all of you an organization that I only recently learned about.  The American Quilt Study Group was formed in 1980 to study, research and publish books and papers about the history of quilting and textiles.  It has 800 members from all over the world, and this year their annual seminar will be held in San Diego for the first time ever,  from September 28 to October 2.  The venue for the annual AQSG seminar changes every year, so this is probably the only chance you will ever have to attend the seminar in San Diego.

Claire McKarns from AQSG will be attending our August meeting, and she will give a brief presentation to us about the American Quilt Study Group.  This is in addition to our regular speaker,  Linda Sullivan from Colourwerx. 

You can obtain information about the American Quilt Study Group's seminar, and register for seminar activities, at the AQSG website, americanquiltstudygroup.org.  Seminar activities include the presentation of papers, speakers, a quilt show, sales of quilts, a silent auction and a quilt exhibition.  The seminar will take place at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel.  The deadline for registration if you are interested in attending, is August 19, 2022.  

Turning to our own guild activities, we still have room for a few more people on our Long Beach International Quilt Show Bus Trip.  If you are interested in joining the group going to the show by bus on Saturday, August 6, please get in touch with Debbie Timmons, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Nancy Hansen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  as soon as possible.

And don't forget, September 13 is our big fund raiser, a silent auction and megasale, that will take place at our new venue, The Fields Church, 2265 Camino Vida Roble, Carlsbad, CA 92011.  We will be meeting at Faith Community Church for the last time for our August meeting.  The remainder of our 2022 meetings will be at the Fields Church.

I look forward to seeing all of you at our August meeting at Faith Community Church on August 9.

Yours in Quilting

Linda Stanwood

August Lucky Block

Jagged X

Colors - 2 Bright Colors in a Tone on Tone, Batik, or Print that read as one color. Any Colors you like.
Background – Black solid, Print, or Tone on Tone that reads very black

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Cutting Instructions for 1 – Block (6½ unfinished)
Color 1 - (1) 3½”x 5” rectangle
Color 2 - (1) 3½”x 5” rectangle
Black - (2) 3½”x 5” rectangles

1. Lay a 3½” Black rectangle Right Side Down as in Fig A. Make a mark on the back 1½” over from the bottom left corner as in FIG A. Draw a diagonal Line from the mark to the top right corner as shown.
VIP The direction of the line is very important
2. Lay the Black rectangle horizontally over the Color rectangle right sides together as in FIG B and sew on the drawn line.
3. Trim the seam allowance to ¼” as in FIG C and press toward the Black.
4. Repeat with the other Color and Black rectangles.
5. Match the two units together as in the block at the top of the page. Sew and press the center seam open.
6. This is an easy block to make multiples of at the same time. Cut out several color and black rectangles. Match them up and sew, sew, sew!
Questions? Contact Laurie Paurazas
760-216-6234 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fig A
Fig B
Fig C

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