Quilt Scraps

President's Letter - February

Hello and Happy February.

It was great to see so many of you brave the rain last month to join us for the first Guild meeting of the year. What an exciting way to kick off the “Year of the Friend” with so many new friends gathered together. I think we set a record by welcoming 16 guests that day!

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work out some of the audio/visual challenges we face at our new venue.  It is our goal to make our meetings a great experience for everyone and we thank you for your suggestions and ideas.

The rainy weather we’ve had has kept me inside quilting and preparing my projects to take along to our February retreat, but it didn’t keep me from making my way to Ontario for the Road to California Quilt Show. I can’t wait to see all the goodies you brought back along with the ideas and inspiration we found there. What a treat! Special thanks to Robin Sutherland for organizing the display, white gloves and ticket sales of our Opportunity Quilt at the Show.

And I hope you got a chance to stop by and say hi to our own Karen Brow-Meier, Guild member and our May program speaker in her Java House Quilts booth.

This month you can begin renewing your Guild Membership for our year which officially begins in March. The amazing team at the Membership Table - Carol, Dana, Ellen and Anna  are ready to assist you. You can download, print and complete your registration form online ahead of time. And remember, you can make your “Dues Dollars” go even further if you can pay by cash or check at the meeting so please plan ahead for that.

Programs and Workshops


We have some terrific Programs & Workshops coming in 2023!  You won't want to miss them!

  • Starting in January 2023 our Guild meetings will be in our new location, El Corazon Senior Center, located at 3302 Senior Center Drive, Oceanside CA  92056.  9:30-noon.
  • Our Workshops will continue to be held at Quilt in a Day, located at 1955 Diamond Street, San Marcos, CA  92078.  With the EXCEPTION of our February workshop, which will be held at Grand Country Quilters located at 823 S. Grand Avenue, San Marcos, CA  92078.  9:30-3:30.
  • Plan to join us and bring some friends!  Meetings are open to the public for a small fee of $10.  Workshops are open to the public if space is available one week prior to the workshop.
  • Members can register for workshops at the guild meetings or on-line, under the calendar tab click the workshop you are interested in.  Here are some of our upcoming programs and workshop...



Our February Guest Speaker is Jean Impey, who will be sharing her lecture on an "Insiders Look Into The Textile Industry." She will provide insight about the fabric industry, highlighting Hoffman Fabrics.  Jean has been their ambassador, working with the family, designing patterns, handling the challenges and providing insider tours.  SewJean.com






Our March Meeting will feature Quilters University, which consists of many mini workshops provided by some of our guild experts!  See the mini-class listing below.

  1. "Paper Piecing".  If you have never tried paper piecing, Linda will walk you through the basics, along with some tips for success and sources for free patterns.  Taught by Linda Stanwood
  2. "Fabric Bowls".  Taught by Alice Courteau
  3. "The Care and Feeding of your Singer Featherweight".  You will hear a small history lesson on the Featherweight along with "dos and don'ts", and tips and tricks on how to oil, grease and clean your machine.  Taught by Tom and Jeanette Blackburn
  4. "Best Pressing Techniques".  Taught by Wendy Mathson
  5. "Fusible Fabric Greeting Cards".  At this "Make and Take" demonstration you will use fabric scraps, buttons, cardstock and fusible web to make a simple greeting card and get tips and tricks for even more uses for your leftover scraps.  Here's your chance to impress your friends by sending them a card you made yourself!  Taught by Susan Stanchfield
  6. "Tools and Rulers".  Taught by Kathy Proctor
  7. "Quilt Labels".  Come and see Cindy share the failures and success of her label making experiments, including samples that have been laundered.  Taught by Cindy Stephen
  8. "Binding with Flanges".  Taught by Sharon Cooperson
  9. "English Paper Piecing" is a very traditional hand sewing technique.  You can do it with many shapes and sizes.  It is fun to put shapes together to make larger patterns and designs.  You will see examples of simple projects as well as more complicated projects.  Come and see the basics of how it is done!  Taught by Linda Pupols
  10. "Crazy Patch Paper Piecing".  Come and see how it is done!  Taught by Sandy Buckley
  11. "Machine Binding".  Come and see Julie's tried and true method!  Taught by Julie Calvario
  12. "Applique Basics" with freezer paper and starch.  Come and see how fast and easy this method of applique is!  You can finish the edges of your design using hand stitching, or use your sewing machine for a fancy edge stitch.  Taught by Jan Manning



You won't want to miss our April Lecturer, Jaimie L. Davis of Loopy Tulips Designs!  www.loopytulips.com

Formerly a scientist, Jaimie Davis is an award-winning quilter who began quilting in 1993. In addition to making quilts, she designs patterns, kits and technique-based workshops and travels widely to teach for quilt guilds, retreats and quilting festivals.

Her work has been shown in national and international exhibits including the International Quilt Show in Houston, Texas and the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, California.

Jaimie draws inspiration from color and curvy lines and loves to add a touch of whimsey to every project.

She and her husband live in Portland, Oregon with a whole bunch of quilts, a lot of great books, a turtle their kids left behind and a never-ending supply of Diet Coke.

 pink-romance.jpgIntroduce Jaimie to Your Quilt Guild



Our May Guest Speaker is our very own Karen Brow-Meier of JavaHouse Quilts!  Karen's lecture will be on "The Magic of Movement In Quilts."  So you ask, "Why should we concern ourselves with creating movement in our quilt compositions?"  The answer is simple...."Interest."  See the calendar for more on Karen and her workshop.



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 morph into a block that will appeal to even the most modern sensibilities!  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! Lauretta will be bringing us her lecture entitled, "CREATE! Keys to Unlocking Your Creative Power."  Lear the AMAZING power hiding in your passion for quilting.  See the calendar for more on Lauretta and her workshop.



This month, 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.  See the calendar for more on Emily and her workshop.



Our September guest speaker is Linda Sullivan, who will be presenting her "Got Color? The Ultimate Color Lecture."  Linda will use her charm and humor to discuss how she works with color to bring her quilts to life! She was such a hit last year that we just had to bring her back!  ColourWerx.com. See the calendar for more on Linda and her workshop



Our October speaker is Pam Hadfield of MamaPQuilts!  Pam has won multiple awards in local Quilt Guild shows, Road to California, Nashville,TN, Grand Rapids, MI, and Paducah, KY. Her quilts have been exhibited in Houston International Quilt Show and many others.  See the calendar for more on Pam and her workshop



Join us for a special event including philanthropy highlights and much more.  More information to come!



Guild Holiday Party - No Guild Meeting This Month!  

Wishing You The Happiest of Holidays & New Year!


As you may know, the membership year for El Camino Quilters runs from March to February of the next year.  Dues are $60 and include $20 worth of Opportunity Quilt tickets that you can sell or keep for 25 chances to win the quilt yourself.


The membership committee will be accepting dues from returning and new members at the February and March guild meetings.  We will have a working ability to accept credit cards, but still are old fashioned enough to prefer cash or checks.  You can also send your renewal form and check to our post office box, P.O. Box 1952, Oceanside, CA 92051, or you can renew on line via Pay Pal at www.elcaminoquiltersmembership.com


A renewal form will be available at our guild meetings.  You can also download and print out a form by clicking on this link:  Membership Form 2023.pdf, or by going to the forms page on our web site.  Please double check your contact information and make sure it is current.   


Memberships pay for our monthly meeting space and for our ability to get quality speakers.  These costs continue to rise.  If you have friends or neighbors who might be interested in our guild, please invite them to a meeting and use your guest pass, included in your membership packet.  More members means that we can afford better known speakers and their valuable workshops.  We are delighted to have you as a member of our very special quilters guild and welcome you to take advantage of our workshops, retreat, friendship groups, silent auction and other sale events, philanthropy projects, challenges, educational opportunities and discounts at local quilt shops, in addition to our wonderful, friendly meetings.


Cross My HeartThis month's Lucky Block is called "Cross My Heart."  Use the link below to download the pattern.  For every completed Lucky Block that you bring to the February meeting, you will receive one ticket for the drawing to win the blocks!


Download CrossMyHeart

UFO Challenge!! Join our fun group!!

UFOSign up during the February or March meetings. Win prizes, get projects finished. You can’t lose!   

It’s only $10. Just find those 4 projects you want to get done this year, grab a form & come to our table to sign up. Your 1st project listed must be the 1st one completed. That date is March 31st by midnight. Send an email or text with a photo of the project complete- showing binding, quilting & a label. You then will be entered into a $25 gift card drawing to be pulled at the April meeting. (HINT: pick the fastest project to finish 1st) The other 3 projects can be finished in any order by the due dates on the form. Each quarter will be a $25 drawing. In December we will have our quarterly drawing as well as our BIG finale worth BIG bucks & many prizes for those that complete ALL 4 projects by the due dates. You also get a Button to add to your UFO badge of honor you’ll get when signing up (if you don’t already have one). P.S. If you are an overachiever you can finish all your projects asap & not stress the rest of the year. Yes, we have had some do that! That would NOT be me - ha ha!

Treasure Table Tidbits

What a great start last month! Thanks for your support of the Treasure Table. Remember that tickets are only $1 each or six for $5 and you could win your choice of a fun fabric pack, a pattern or a useful new notion or sewing tool. Again this month we will be offering our special "Theme" prize and that $5 ticket purchase could make you the winner of an exciting Valentine's Day basket of goodies! Remember that all proceeds go back to the Guild.  The proceeds support the  purchase of batting for our Cuddle Philanthropy projects and enable the distribution of hundreds of quilted items each year to community partners and charities!

Don't miss this fun and easy way to add your stash and to support the Guild at the same time.

See you at the meeting on February 14th! You will LOVE what you see.

Ann, Sharon and Barbara, The Treasure Table Team


Color my World! The ECQ Crayon Challenge - UPDATE

ECQ Crayon Challenge Update


Our first Guild Challenge of the year is off to a spectacular start and it’s not too late to join the fun. We sold 49 crayons at our January meeting and those quilters have until the end of March to use those colors to inspire a quilted project of some kind.  Do you think Nancy Feder will use her “Purple Mountain’s Majesty” crayon to make a Delectable Mountains block?

 “Forest Green” could become a Log Cabin, don’t you think? What on earth will Kathy Proctor make with “Macaroni and Cheese”?

Complete rules can be found below and make sure to stop by the Challenge Table at the meeting next month and pick out a crayon or two.

Color my World! The ECQ Crayon Challenge



Using the color(s) you select, your challenge is to create a quilt or other fabric item using only those colors. Any pattern or design.

You will be able to use any hue from light to dark in your selected colors with the addition of one accent color of either black, white or gray.

You may use solids or prints or a mixture of each.

In honor of National Crayon Day, March 31, your challenge entry is due at the April meeting on April 11, 2023. Please make sure to bring your crayon (s) back to display with your entry.

There will be three categories: Minis, Just-the-Top, and Quilts

Minis: Shortest side measures less than 30" (pillows, table runners, place mats, mug rugs, quilted bags, wall hangings can all count as minis) 

Just-the-Top: Unfinished quilt tops, any size from baby to bed

(Shortest side must be at least 30”)

Quilts: Finished quilts, any size from baby to bed

(Shortest side must be at least 30”) 


You can enter just for fun, for the personal challenge, because you like crayons or to win a prize!



Each valid entry will receive one raffle ticket. A drawing will be held to choose one random winner in each category for a QIAD Gift Card.

In addition, there will also be one viewers' choice prize. All members in attendance at the April meeting will vote on their choice for the best project across all categories to win a QIAD Gift Card.


On the busIt's great to be back at Road to California!  El Camino Quilters came back in style this year with a busload of guild members.  Debbie Timmons and Nancy Hansen did a terrific job of planning fun activities, snacks and prizes for our trip to and from the annual quilt extravaganza.

 Opportunity Quilt

Once we arrived in Ontario, everyone made a dash for the quilts and the vendors, but we all stopped off at some point to admire our very own opportunity quilt.  Robin Sutherland arranged for us to do our white glove service so that we were able to sell tickets for the quilt on Thursday.  Our beautiful quilt, made by Sharon Cooperson, Laurie Paurazas, and their helpers, was a very big hit at the quilt show.  


Several of us did our white glove service on Thursday.  It is always fun to talk to people about the beautiful quilts on display.  For several guild members, this was their first white glove service at Road, and everyone was enthusiastic about the experience.  If you have never done this, consider helping out in future quilt shows.  


And, of course, everyone went shopping!  Road to California is back in full strength and there were lots of vendors.  We had fun comparing purchases on the bus ride back to Oceanside.  Shannon won bragging rights for the most money spent at Road, with her purchase of a brand new Bernina sewing machine!  

Board News and Budget Updates

The ECQ Executive Board is off to a great start planning and implementing the activities of the Guild. As a Board, we are committed to keeping the membership informed of discussions and decisions that affect us all. Every so often, here in our Quilt Scraps newsletter and in monthly announcements at meetings, you’ll learn a bit more about what’s going on “behind the scenes”.

At our January Board meeting, we voted to approve our 2023 Budget. It is a daunting task and big thanks go to our Treasurer, Jeanette Blackburn for putting the final draft together and to the whole Board for their input and participation and thorough and thoughtful deliberation.

As I’m sure you are aware, prices on EVERYTHING are going up. Monthly expenses for room rent, storage space and speaker fees which include travel and lodging are among our biggest expenses. And we’ve even had to face rising costs for things like printing, postage and office supplies. What you may NOT know is that our membership dues and workshop fees don’t completely cover our costs. Even with our very successful fundraiser last year, we had to dip into our reserves to make ends meet. So, we will continue this year to look for ways to decrease costs and increase revenue. Several ideas are under consideration so stay tuned.  We welcome any suggestions you have. Please reach out with your ideas, questions or concerns. I can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and welcome your feedback.

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