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COLOR MY WORLD! The ECQ Crayon Challenge

Let's start 2023 with a colorful, creative challenge. At the January meeting, look for our special Crayon Challenge Table and join the fun! You'll register to participate and then buy a crayon or two to become your inspiration for a unique creation. Any shape, size or style is welcome. See the complete rules below.

All challenge entries will be due no later than the April meeting to celebrate National Crayon Day.


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

You will be able to use any hue from light to dark in your selected color(s) 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) All minis must have finished edges. 

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”)  Must have finished edges.

You can enter just for fun, for the personal challenge, because you like coloring books 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.


It is supposedly an old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” (It actually originated with an Englishman.)   But you will understand if I say that the last two years as your President have not been dull.  We initiated Zoom meetings during COVID, then re-opened our in-person meetings.  We had to find a new place to meet three times.  I can truthfully say that I wouldn’t have gotten through it without all of you. 


Thank you to all of the wonderful board members from both 2021 and 2022 who worked so hard to get this all done.  And thank you to all of our members who volunteer to serve the guild, our committee chairs, committee members, Cuddle volunteers, white glove volunteers, newsletter volunteers, bus trip volunteers and the people who organized and worked at our fund-raising events.  You are all the people who make this guild run.  And you deserve special appreciation for doing all of it during very challenging times. 


It has been a pleasure to work with all of you during the past two years.  I have so enjoyed getting to know you all better, and I have appreciated all the support and encouragement you have all given me.  I will cherish the stunning quilt that you gave me, not just as a reminder of two unforgettable years, but especially because so many of you contributed to it and signed it.  It has been an honor to serve as your President. 

Linda Stanwood
President, 2021-2022



Hello and Happy New Year!

I hope you celebrated well with family and friends during this Holiday season. Perhaps you were even able to cozy up under a new quilt or decorate your home with a new table runner or wall hanging. Isn't it great to be able to surround ourselves with creativity and color? 

Many thanks to Linda Stanwood and the 2022 Board for their leadership and dedication this past year. It has been a delight to work alongside them as I prepare to undertake my new role as President for 2023. I am thrilled to say that this next group of Board members, along with our capable committee chairs, are already hard at work designing the very best programs, workshops and activities for the upcoming Guild year. You are in for a great year!

As a new year gets underway, some people are prompted to make New Year's Resolutions--decisions to start or stop doing something.  According to recent research, only about 9% of people actually keep those resolutions beyond the first month! The secret to being part of the group who succeed is to make resolutions that are highly relevant, timely and specific to you. So, fellow quilters and fiber artists, here are some relevant, timely and specific suggestions for a successful 2023:

  • Resolve to attend a Guild workshop or two.
  • Choose a new skill or technique to try or to improve.
  • Invite a friend to be your guest at one of our monthly meetings.
  • Participate in a philanthropic project at one of our Cuddle Construction Zones.
  • Volunteer to serve on a committee.
  • Sit next to someone new at the January meeting and make  a new friend. 

Here's to a wonderful and successful 2023 for us all!

Susan Stanchfield, President

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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 801 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 on line, under the calendar tab click the workshop you are interested in.  Here are some of our upcoming programs and workshop...



Our January Speaker is  Jan Krentz and she will be providing her lecture, "The Great Lone Star Review"!  

Jan Krentz is a nationally recognized quilt instructor, author and designer. Winner of the 1998 Teacher of the Year award, Jan's motivating workshops are packed with practical tips, techniques and methods to insure success. Author of Lone Star Quilts & Beyond, Hunter Star Quilts & Beyond, Diamond Quilts and Beyond, Quick Star Quilts & Beyond, and Quick Diamond Quilts. Jan lives with her husband in Poway, California.  JanKrentz.com






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 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!




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 Hatfield 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!


PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS Team - 1st Quarter Workshops

The Programs and Workshop‍s Teams have planned some incredible speakers and workshops for our guild in 2023. These talented individuals are sure to inspire you, teach you some new techniques to enhance your current skills, and unlock your creativity so that you stretch beyond your comfort zone!

Our January workshop is being given by Jan Krentz, "Love That LoneStar." Jan is a internationally known and sought after instructor/designer/author who is known for her techniques that make it easier to create the incredible LoneStar block. This classic block would seem straight forward to many people, but when you actually begin piecing it together, you quickly realize there are so many ways for things to go wrong!  Jan has taught hundreds of students across the globe the necessary practical tips, techniques and methods to insure success. She has literally written the book (several in fact) on the topic! **Please Note: Jan has a little bit of prepwork she'd like people to do prior to our class. Please review the supply list and prepared video so you can maximize your hands on time with Jan.  

Don't miss the opportunity to learn the best methods for piecing this block together--space is limited. We've learned that Jan is set to retire, so this could be your last chance to get hands-on time with a master of this block!  This workshop is being held Jan 11th at Quilt In A Day from 9:30 - 3:30pm.

Supply List

Our February workshop is Fabulous Faces with Jean Impey.  Join Jean for a fun collage class on faces! You'll learn about composing faces with a minimum of fuss and fabric, and Jean will teach you her special quilting techniques for completing your design, quilting and binding. This is a fantastic opportunity to get out of any creative rut, and discover the fun of faces!  Our workshop will be held February 15th from 9:30am-3:30pm at a special location--Grand Country Quilts, 801 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078.  The new owners have revamped the location and offerings, and are excited to host us for this special class. 

In March, we are holding our ECQ Mini Workshops during our guild meeting. More details to come--but last year's event was so successful, we just had to offer another opportunity to learn techniques and tips from our incredibly talented guildmates!  This is a great opportunity for each of you to bring a friend and introduce them to our guild.  It will be an incredibly fun filled day!

Don't want to miss out on taking these amazing workshops? Register online by logging into our website and going into the Guild calendar feature. You'll be able to select the workshop and register. We will also be available to help register you during our guild meetings.

Please don't hesitate to contact Kris Doan or Mary Jo Ewing with any questions!  Send email to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Kris (760) 822-1970 & Mary Jo (760) 807-7053. 

HOLIDAY PARTY - Celebrating in Style!

What a wonderful time we had at our December Holiday Party on December 13, 2022.

The room looked so sparkly and, it is clear from the colorful and festive party attire on all of you that you know how to celebrate in style!

After conducting a bit of business with the installation of our 2023 Executive Board, we moved on to the fun and games designed to get to know each other better.  Our game of Holiday Human Bingo had everyone moving around to gather new and important information about their fellow quilters.

Did you know that we have SEVERAL members who have lived in another country and we have two members who have twin sisters?  Another exciting fact to discover was how many attendees at our Holiday Party have been a part of ECQ for less than two years. Welcome to the Guild. And I suspect that just about everyone could have signed their name admitting that they simply DON'T have enough fabric!

The information gathering continued as each table played several rounds of "Never have I ever...." It might have been a bit too much "confession" for some but I found it so interesting to discover that someone had never had a manicure...and another member had never ridden on a school bus! 

Cece Blankenship led us all down her own memory lane for our Fat Quarter exchange with a story about a family road trip gone wrong....or was it right? or left? I'm surprised she didn't tell us how cross her parents got with all the bickering in the back seat.

Special thanks to the ECQ Executive Board for arranging food, decorations, party favors, games, and the Mug Rug exchange, all as a gift to our membership in celebration of another year of quilting together. And a special thanks to The Fields Church for their warm hospitality and room set up.

Be sure to make plans to attend next year's party on December 12, 2023 at El Corazon Senior Center in Oceanside.


Back Row to Front:  Anna Marie Martinet, Debbie Cahill,

Jan Shaffer, Sandy Buckley, Ebbie Hoitt, Paula Klaus

Our new 2023 Opportunity Quilt, created by Sharon Cooperson and her committee, was unveiled at the Holiday Party.

2023 opportunity quilt




My daughter, Vicki, delivered the Circles in the Squares 2022 Opportunity Quilt to Lynda Reynolds in  Chula Vista on December 15.  Lynda believes she bought the winning ticket at her Chula Vista guild meeting.  She is absolutely thrilled with the quilt and can hardly believe she won it.  She loved everything about it...the Kaffe fabrics, the pattern and the workmanship.  Lynda is going to send me a photo of herself with the quilt, which I will post on our website.


Thank you Patti Rusk and your committee for all the time and effort you put into the project.  Vicki was quite taken with Lynda and her home, a 100 year old Craftsman in mint condition with the original shiny wood floors and Craftsman details.  Lynda ended up giving Vicki a tour of the home which my daughter enjoyed immensely.  We have a new friend.


It is gratifying to know that the quilt was won by a quilter who appreciates the beauty of the pattern and fabrics and the workmanship involved in its production.

Cece Blankenship


BUS Trips


Quilting friends,

The time has finally arrived.


Thursday, January 19, 2023

$65.00 includes the bus travel and show admission.

Games, prizes, snacks and FUN!

Details regarding location and time for bus pick up coming soon.

There are still seats available!!!!!


Please contact us with any questions.

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



So, I'm going to blame Cuddle...I'm having trouble sleeping.

This is because we have an exciting new year ahead of us and my brain keeps buzzing with ideas.

We have received beautiful donations which are producing quilts that truly amaze and colorful pillowcases, placemats, and NICU blankets, too.  We are brainstorming on how to use this fabric to keep projects fun and easy at our Construction Zones.  One of our focus areas involves baby and wheelchair quilts which are both typically 40"x40".  There are lots of great blocks and patterns to consider.  So stay tuned...

We are excited to be having both the guild meeting and a Cuddle Construction Zone at the El Corazon Senior Center.  We have donated placemats and wheelchair quilts to them for many years and we recently added quilts that can be awarded as prizes or displayed.

So as ususal, there is lots going on, but don't worry...I'll just take naps.


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  (not in December)


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"


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