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A letter from the President

Hello friends and Happy June!

I missed seeing you at our May meeting and want to express my gratitude to Nancy Feder and the rest of the team for stepping in so capably to lead our gathering.

As you know, I was attending an Empty Spools Seminar (don’t you just love that name?) at beautiful Asilomar Conference Grounds in Monterey County. I signed up to take a class from Hilde Morin, a fiber artist and quiltmaker from Portland, Oregon.

The opportunity to learn from an expert over a period of time, with quilters from all over the country was such a delight and a perfect opportunity to try out new techniques and skills and stretch my quilting muscles a bit.

I attended this year with a quilting friend of mine who traveled from Whidbey Island, Washington for the five day retreat. We get together a few times each year for these sewing trips and we decided that we have been quilting friends for over 30 years! Imagine!

Also attending the conference were my ECQ friends Nancy Carpenter and Heather Callaghan.

Shortly before I got there, I learned that both Laurie Paurazas and Wendy Keeping,  El Camino Quilters and Guild members would also be attending the same class! And Jane Frank, one of the members of my ECQ Friendship Group was also taking Hilde’s class along with two of her friends from San Diego.

While enjoying meals in the large dining room I met so many lovely people…one sweet future friend from Escondido who thought that maybe she’d give our Guild a visit sometime soon!

Do you sense a theme? Friends…and quilting…they go together so well!

But, you don’t have to leave town, travel long distances, or spend a lot of money to have these same great experiences. Every month we offer fantastic workshops right here in town taught by well-known instructors and fiber artists for just a fraction of the cost. What better way to set aside a day to work on a new skill, learn from an expert and get creative alongside a group of new friends. I hope this serves as a bit of an encouragement to you. Please read through our newsletter and check out the Calendar section for the upcoming workshop offerings.

I’ll see you there!   Happy Quilting,

Susan Stanchfield

ECQ President


We have so many exciting speakers and workshops lined up for you!  You don't want to miss them!

  • To see our scheduled speakers and workshops beyond the next three months go to our calendar.  
  • Here are our upcoming programs and workshops...



Our June Guest Speaker is Candyce "Candy" Grisham! Candy will be providing her lecture entitled, "Dresden Reimagined"!  Candy will discuss how she takes this classic quilt block and morphs it into a block that will appeal to even the most modern sensibilities! Candy has taught quilting for more than twenty years and loves teaching and exploring with students as much as the creating. She has been lucky to have quilts and fiber art pieces juried into shows with Missouri Fiber Artists, the American Quilter’s Society in Kentucky and the International Quilt Association in Houston as well as many local and regional shows and displays. ICandyFiberArt.Com. See the calendar for more on Candy and her workshop.





Our July speaker is Lauretta Crites!  You won't want to miss it! Here is a bit about Lauretta in her own words.

"Like so many of you, I learned to sew at home. I watched my mother make many of my sister and I’s school clothes. I made many of my own dresses for school dances, costumes for Halloween and even my high school prom gown. All of this led eventually to attending CalArts school of theater as a Costume Designer. I spent 15 or so years working in Los Angeles theaters with Center Theater Group and the Los Angeles Opera. 

But, things change and after a while it was time to move on to the next chapter in life. It was about this time that I attended the Road to California quilt show and saw ART QUILTS for the 1st time. I was in rapture!!! I had no idea fabric could be used that way.  The next year I scoured the Road to California catalog for art quilt classes and I was off and running.

Many of you know me thru my vendor booth “A Couple of Old Broads” which I have run with my best friend Cindy Myers since 2014. It was so much fun to go to quilt shows all over the west and make money while we did it! I loved meeting so many of you in the booth and having the chance to teach thru my demos.  One of my quilts won a ribbon at Houston Festival and that recognition earned me the opportunity to exhibit with the Dinner@8 group and allowed me to meet some fellow artists I am privileged to call friends.

Today I am focusing on teaching and speaking at Guilds and quilt events such as Quilt Show Reno and The Houston Festival. I love interacting with creative souls and seeing people light up with the possibilities of applying the things they learn in my classes."





In August our guest speaker is Emily Baily of AuntEmsQuilts.  Emily will give her lecture entitled, "When Life Falls To Pieces, Make a Quilt!" Emily loves the creative process, and wants to help you gain the confidence to create without fear of frustration.  She is an Accuquilt die cutting machine expert. If you've ever wanted to understand why die cutting machines are so popular, how they can drastically reduce your cutting time, and how they help your consistency while piecing a quilt, you need to tune in for this fun lecture!  Emily loves the creative process, and wants to help you gain the confidence to create without fear of frustration.  AuntEmsQuilts.Com




Cuddle has been very busy these last few weeks-and so have you! Thank you!

We have delivered many beautiful items that you have made.

The biggest donation is 65 baby quilts and 27 receiving blankets to the Foundation for Women Warriors for their big baby shower on June 17.


We also gave TIP (Trauma Intervention Program) 25 quilts to give to the survivors that they help and assist. 50 table runners and a quilt with a matching pillowcase were given to the San Marcos Senior Center for their Mother's Day tea. These table runners can be any length and are a great way to use up orphan blocks. We also delivered 16 quilts and matching pillowcases to San Pasqual Foster Academy for the graduating seniors.


We will also be meeting the ASYMCA of Camp Pendleton to hand off baby and kid quilts.

In support of the Flags of Freedom Challenge, Cuddle will have a bin of patriotic fabrics to assist you with your designs. Good Luck!

 June 2023 Lucky Block

El Camino Quilters                                June 2023 Lucky Block


Bow Tie Blossoms


Background      - White or White on White fabrics. 

Bow Tie            - Medium to Large Floral Print in any colors you like.

Color Accent    - A Tone on Tone, Solid or Print that reads

                            as one color in a color that coordinates with your Floral fabric.

For instructions on assembly, go to:  Bow Tie Blossoms.pdf




Spring has sprung & summer is nearly here! The gardens need a bit more tending but there is still time to get those UFO projects done. The beautiful finished projects we are seeing are amazing! We’d love to see more.

Happy Quilting!!

White Glove at Long Beach

Your help is desperately needed in order to show our Opportunity Quilt this year. Special circumstances are making it very challenging to meet our volunteer requirement this year, including the proximity of the 4th of July holiday and the lack of a guild bus trip. We still need 7 more people to step up! 

The show is July 6-8.  If you and your friends are attending the show, please consider volunteering.   It only requires 2 hours of your time and it really is fun white gloving! You’ll see the quilts like you never have before. Please check your calenders and be ready to sign up at our next Guild meeting on June 13th, or call me anytime.  Our quilt is so beautiful this year, and I’d hate to miss this opportunity to show it!

Robin Sutherland 858-848-4680


What is Block Party? It’s the new name for Friendship Block.

A quilt block pattern is selected by a guild member whose name has been chosen by lottery. She has made copies of the directions, and perhaps included a piece of “focus” fabric for you to use. You get a copy of the directions, then sew the block from your own scraps, and return it to the recipient.  When you complete and return the block, you get “credit” for it. Do that again for another member, and you become eligible to have your name drawn as a recipient!

Block Party drawings are held twice yearly, in April and September. Be sure to look for the Block Party table at the next guild meeting, pick one up, and start sewing. It’s fun and easy.

Our recipient right now is Cece Blankenship. Join Cece’s Block Party!


Are you a FaceBook user?  Did you know the guild has a private page?  Over 100 of our guild are already members, that’s about half of the guild’s membership. If you haven’t joined, you can search El Camino Quilters Guild Group and request to join.  Don’t choose the El Camino Quilter’s group, as that is inactive and only has 3 members.  

You can post pics of your UFOs, fun info about quilting, ask for opinions on a project, or share anything quilting related.  If you’re a committee member, please consider whether you could also share news about the committee or upcoming events. The more the merrier!  

The group has been around for over 2 years now.  It’s limited to guild members only, and that helps to limit any spam or scammers. Each new FB member request gets reviewed by Marlene Charron or Kathy Anglea. If they’re not on the roster, they’re not added to the group.  

If you have questions, let Kathy or Marlene know. 

Flags of Freedom Challenge - ENDING SOON!


The ECQ Challenge, Flags of Freedom, will conclude soon. All projects will be due and displayed at the July meeting on July 11, 2023. but there is still time to get in on the fun. This is a simple challenge with lots of room for creativity.…just use one of the 3” mini flag blocks somewhere in a quilted project…anything goes!

Turn it into a pocket for your tote bag? Make it into a label on the back of your quilt? Use it as the center of an Ohio Star or other block? Put it in the middle of your table runner? YOU DECIDE. You can also make additional mini-flag blocks by following our simple instructions and use them in the border or however you like. You can use any additional fabric – reds, whites and blues work well - but anything is possible and allowed.

We will again have three categories (Mini, Just-the-Top and Quilts) and prizes for each along with a Viewer’s Choice winner.

Kits will be available for purchase again at the June meeting and we have lots of additional patriotic fabric for sale if you want to pick up some extra for borders or backings to finish your project.