Quilt Scraps


Our Annual Quilting Retreat is coming up on February 2-5, 2023 at Vina de Lestonnac.  This is very popular event for our El Camino Quilters.  We still have a few spots available at the retreat for members and friends.  If you are interested in attending, please notify Jo Anne Foster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   You will need to provide two checks: a $150 deposit check made payable to El Camino Quilters and a second check for the balance due made payable to Vina de Lestonnac.  Please mail both your checks and a completed Quilt Retreat Registration Form (see below) to Linda Pupols, 5431 Blackberry Way, Oceanside, CA 92057.


For those of you who have already signed up for the retreat, a check for your balance due made payable to Vina de Lestonnac is due by the December guild meeting, December 13.  You can either bring your check to the meeting or mail it to Linda Pupols in advance of the meeting.  You should have received an email recently from Jo Anne Foster setting out the amount of your balance.  You can also calculate the balance due by subtracting $150 from the total amount shown on the Quilt Registration Form below.

 Download RetreatRegistrationDec22

Questions?  Contact Jo Anne Foster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


BUS Trips


Quilting Friends,

Our bus trip to The Road to California Quilt Show on Thursday, January 19, 2023 is fast approaching.

There are still eleven (11) seats left to fill on the bus, and since we are close to departure, we will open it up to family or friends of Guild members.

Cost for the trip is $65.00 and needs to be paid by our next guild meeting on December 13.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of us.


Nancy Hansen:  760-889-4492, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Debbie Timmons:  760-703-6034, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BUS Coordinators



December is so much fun!  I pull out my Christmas earrings and pins along with the decorations for the house.  I get to sparkle along with mi casa!

Cuddle has only two Construction Zones this month.  QIAD is December 1 from 9-12:30 and Oceanside El Corazon is December 15 from 9-3.

The Cuddle Crew wishes for you all to have a beautiful and yes, sparkly Holidays.


Quilt In a Day (QIAD):   1st Thursday of each month --  9-12:30pm

El Corazon Senior Center (Oceanside):  3rd Thursday of each month -- 9-3pm

San Marcos Senior Center:   4th Monday of each month -- 9-3pm


Suggested Quilt Sizes ...

Baby/Wheelchair/Angels Receiving Blankets:     40"x40"

Baby/Toddler Quilts:     40-45"x40-50"

Lap/Teens/Adults:     48-60"x60-76"

Breckenridge or San Pasqual Academy:     64-70"x76-90"



LUCKY Block - New Year's Star

El Camino Quilters                                                                                     January 2023 Lucky Block
New Year’s Star

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Hello UFO Groupies!!!

The time you have been waiting for is arriving soon...our final quarter drawing!!!

Your final 4th quarter quilt needs to be submitted to Mar Tobiason and Carrie Suggett no later than November 30, 2022.  Submit your quilt by sending photos of your finished quilt along with a photo of your label either by text or email.

We will have a 4th quarter drawing as well as a drawing for those who have finished all four UFOs.  The drawings will take place at our December Holiday Guild Meeting.  This year we have decided to have more than one drawing for those who have completed all four quilts for the year!  So come with your fingers crossed.  You may be the BIG winner!!!



Mar Tobiason:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 425-210-1586

Carrie Suggett:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 714-381-4146



  • 01  Mary  Schackelford
  • 03  Barbara Coppola
  • 04  Jane Dunmeyer
  • 09  Maryanne Donovan
  • 13  Elizabeth Galati
  • 16  Joyce Jesko
  • 17  Suzanne Appleman
  • 17  Joyce Ford
  • 20  Nancy Hansen
  • 21  Linda Jacoway
  • 22  Sharon Klevin
  • 26  Karen Pendergast
  • 27  Gretchen Clare
  • 27  Carol Lee
  • 29  Dixie Mulligan
  • 29  Mindy Schultz
  • 30  Cheri McClow


sympathycandle    It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of Marge Siirila. 

Marge was a gifted and enthusiastic quilter and a valued member of our guild.  Most recently, she served as our Treasurer during 2021 and the Board greatly benefited from her organization and financial skills.  We will miss Marge.


Marge's family will be holding a quilting and sewing estate sale on Saturday, December 10 from 8-11 am at 2018 Sequoia Crest in Vista

A Letter from the President-Elect

Hello from Susan Stanchfield, the President-Elect

Happy November, Quilters!

As I write this I'm in Santa Clara, CA attending the Pacific International Quilt Festival. Being here makes me reflect on what makes the world of quilting and fiber arts so wonderful. Obviously, a gathering such as this, with hundreds of examples of spectacular artistry and detailed craftsmanship is both beautiful and inspiring.  As at every big quilt show, there are classes, lectures and a huge vendor's mall. There are award winning quilts, garments and fabric challenges. There are special exhibits; some whimsical, some thought-provoking and some deeply moving. I was especially touched by the exhibit put together by Mary Mashuta, the twin sister of the late Roberta Horton, prolific quilt teacher and author who passed away last year. Mary invited 50 quilters who had been mentored and inspired by Roberta through the decades to create quilts in remembrance of her using her stash.  What a tribute!

This trip is also highlighting for me another wonderful aspect of quilting -- the community of people who gather together. I'm here with friends I made over 20 years ago, long time quilters and fabric lovers with many prize winning quilts to their credit. And, yesterday, I brought my daughter-in-law  (who is just beginning her very first quilt) to see her very first quilt show. Old and new brought together around the beauty of a shared experience.

This month brings another gathering for many of us: a gathering of family or friends around a table of thanksgiving. Though Thanksgiving is a different kind of shared experience, it may be one that also spans the generations. And, like attending a quilt show, it reminds us of the things we share, and of the reasons to be grateful. 

I am grateful for you and for the beauty and inspiration you provide by sharing your artistry with the Guild. I look forward to seeing you at the November meeting!

Happy Quilting,



Programs & Workshops

It has been quite a year for the Programs & Workshops team! We've had some great guest speakers come and inspire us with their artistry, and help us learn new techniques in our workshops.  Our speakers this year have included artists utilizing a wide variety of styles including Trudy Clevland, Anne Turley, Tara Ritacco, Yvonne Phenicie, Susan Nash, Sheila Collins & our own amazing guildmates presenting their best tips and tricks at our mini workshops event. 

We are delighted to present Linda Schmidt of Short Attention Span Quilting at our November guild meeting. We will be treated to an amazing trunk show highlighting Linda's vast talents and interest in blending traditional quilting with modern fiberwork and materials and even her wearable art. She will teach her "Life's A Beach" workshop the following day at QIAD. Hopefully you all had a chance to see the samples in person at our September and October meetings! These beach scenes are really layered with fabric and elements to bring them to life. You won't want to miss her presentation!

In December, we won't hold our typical guild meeting. Instead, we will be getting together to celebrate the holidays.  Our 2023 list of speakers and workshops is growing daily, and will include Jan Krentz (known for her Lonestar quilts and techniques), David Owen Hastings (Maximizing Modern Minimal Design), our very own Karen Brow-Meier (The Magic of Movement in Quilts), Candyce Grisham (Dresden Reimagined) and many others! Cheers to all of you amazing quilters...and here's to expanding our techniques and knowledge in 2023!

Best wishes --

Mary Jo Ewing, Rena Hernandez, & Kris Doan

ECQ Programs & Workshops


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