President Message, July 2021

President Message, July 2021

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President, July

“Happy Fourth of July

What happen? “Well let me tell you…

Well, I am very excited after receiving a phone call from Arcadia Community Church informing us that we will be able to return back to our regular meeting nights on August 25, 2021, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  All members must be vaccinated to enter the building.  For those members attending the meeting in August, the Board has voted that all Guild Members shall were a mask including guests.  We also, will have access to the Church WiFi in order to continue our Zoom sessions to support our members living outside of California or for those that cannot come to the meeting that evening can join us on Zoom.  We are also allowed to have snacks (wow, I was getting concern here).  So, August is our Mentor Night and our In-Guild Education Coordinator Chair Kim Greenfield is planning a great program.  And do not forget; we have Show-&-Tell that evening as well.  Please only 2 quilts per person at this time.

Cindy Caldera, 3rd V.P. of Fund Raising is in the preliminary planning stage for having a two-day Mega Estate Fabric Sale in October.  A small committee has been formed to address the task.  More information will follow and updates to our Board and Membership will follow as well.

Update on Monica’s Quilt & Bead Creations!  I received a call from Monica’s on June 17, and she has had her business for sale for several months, it went to escrow, but fell out of escrow in January of this year.  Road-to-California 2022 will be her last show.  If her shop does not sell by March, she will have a liquidation sale starting in March and into April.  Monica needs to be out of the building by the end of April. Start saving your money.

I just returned from Vina De Lestonnac Convent in Temecula with Busy Bear Quilt Guild from Big Bear California for their retreat, and there is a new Chef in Town.  There were some concerns on the food. More to follow.  This is the same location as our winter retreat.

-Manny CalderaꙬ

President Message, June 2021

President Message, June 2021

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President, June

“Happy Father’s Day, Flag Day and The First Day of Summer…

What happen? “Well let me tell you…

We are getting Closer to Opening of The State-of-California and returning to some kind of normalness!  After May 25, 2021, I will be calling Erin to see what the Arcadia Community Church next steps are for opening their community center to outside clubs.  There are no changes until the next schedule meeting on June 28, 2021.  I will update the Board members.

The All-Star Virtual Sampler Platter presented by Global Quilt Connections was outstanding.  I watched both days of presentations which were outstanding.  Each speaker was given 15 minutes to present their craft(s).  This was a great opportunity to see each instructor and what they had to offer.

One of the four sewing groups I belong to is School-House, which had their first BBQ’s since the pandemic started last March 2020.  We had 25 individual’s that came out; which was an Outstanding Pot-Luck; and of course, I cooked my famous hamburgers and Hot-Dogs; I even cooked one for Barbara Cox to take home for one of those mid-night snacks.  Going forward, School-House will be having Sewing-Ins on the third Saturday starting in June – December instead of Tuesday evening meeting.  If you’re interested, send me an e-mail and I will forward the agenda.

Our guest speaker for May was Patricia Belyea, who presented “The Alluring World of Japanese Yukata Quilts.”   Here is a little history on Patricia:  At age 50, Patricia Belyea took her first trip to Japan. At 53, she made her first quilt. Once she started quilting, Patricia worked on projects during every waking hour (and hours she should have been sleeping). “I was a fish who didn’t know I was a fish until someone showed me the water,” she explains. Then Patricia discovered vintage Japanese yukata cottons and she had found her calling. These hand-dyed fabrics with graphic patterns and luscious colors seemed ideal for making stunning quilts. Once she began importing Japanese fabrics, Patricia traveled often to Japan—especially in January to see the Tokyo Quilt Festival.  I have been waiting for this presentation.

For June, we have Sam Hunter; “Words in Quilts Workshop,” which is scheduled for June 23, 2021, 7:00p.m.  Terry Simon will introduce our guest speaker for the evening.

-Manny CalderaꙬ

President Message May 2021

President Message May 2021

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President, May

“Happy Mother’s Day and Memorial Day…

What happen? “Well let me tell you…

More individuals are getting vaccinated and as of this morning, what I understand is California is up to 50%, which have received at least one vaccine.  Yeah!!

I called and spoke to Eric this afternoon from Arcadia Community Church, and she informed me that the Church is opening up to Worship only on May 2, 2021.  There will be another announcement on May 25, 2021, by the Arcadia Community Church Board Members.  I will keep you and the WFQG Board informed.

Over the last several months, as I was flicking through YouTube, I came across someone called Quilt Roadies.  As I worked on my mystery quilt project, I was impressed watching as Anne travels across the country visiting various quilts shops and projects she has been working on.  Listening to Anne, I felt as though I ‘ve known her for several years.   I found a new friend!  But do not tell Cindy.  Her studio, is called the Beehive, which is on the second floor, which includes and small longarm and sewing machine, and tons of material.  What else is new!  Check Quilt Roadies out.

WFQG had their first Zoom Sew-In, with 16 members that participated.  Our discussions ranged from Outer Space, Quilting gages, Template’s, Longarm quilting, Show-&-Tell, Diaper Services, Retirement, Remodeling, Zoom Cameras, our new member: Margaret Holzman new book: Geometric Knit Blanket, and some good gossip.  Ok, that was a mouth-full.

As a result, of our first Sew-In, Elizabeth Phinder has put together a document with all the Links from our discussions and will be e-mailing out to our membership.  What a treat!

Our guess speaker for the month of May 26, 2021, is Patricia Belyea, which will present “The Alluring World of Japanese Yukata Quilts.

Will see you at our WFQG General Meeting the evening of May 26, 2021, 7:00 p.m.  Let see if we can exceed 50 attendees.

-Manny CalderaꙬ

PRESIDENT MESSAGE April 2021

PRESIDENT MESSAGE April 2021

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President, April

“Happy Easter Day Guild Members…

What happen? “Well let me tell you…

Well, if you’re were not on the Zoom Meeting for March 24, 2021, you missed a great presentation from Jaimie Davis on Baltimore Album Quilts.  Wow!

Our Secretary, Linda Rasmussen, presented to our Guild; The Global Quilt Connection is having Presentation on May 22 – 23, 2021, which will allow us to view via Zoom; Presenter’s in a two day program and be able to choose for a fee of $50.00.  What a steal!  Well-in-the-mean-time; one of our Out-of-State Guild Members; Susan Buck from Georgetown, TX, decided to paid the $50.00’s for our members to join the Zoom meetings.  Thank you Susan Buck!

I Zoom recorded our Show-N-Tell presented by Terry Simon during our meeting.  I compressed the file and e-mail it to Carol Simpson with instructions on how to Extract the file for viewing with an MP4 player.  Enjoy!

When we have a Workshop, I always call later in the day and asked “How was the Workshop?” When I hear that “it went Very Well, I get excited because those members that signed up received and enjoyed the experience of creating Loopy Tulips.  Jaimie Davis has a spunky personality, which she brings in her personal life experience into her lesson plan, which draws in the audience.  Ezliabeth Phinder, mentioned “I would have loved to have gone another hour; that’s how much I enjoyed the workshop”.  “Wow…  As I mentioned last month, “Our Guild is on a roll…

Our next workshop is scheduled for May 1, 2021.  This will be our first Guild Workshop/Sew-In. I am looking forward for this workshop where we will get to share ideas and tips on quilting.

So, the Governor announced that this June 15, 2021, the entire State-of-California is scheduled to Re-Open without any restrictions.  Wow!  I will be speaking with Erin; our contact person at Arcadia Community Church, and see what the plan is going forward with our Guild returning to our schedule meetings. “Stay tune…

Over the weekend, Cindy and I watched “The Ten Commandment’s”.  After 5 hours, I fell asleep on the coach and was awaken when Mosses parted the sea.  I parted for the bedroom.

-Manny CalderaꙬ

PRESIDENT’s MESSAGE March 2021

PRESIDENT’s MESSAGE March 2021

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President, March

“Happy St. Patrick’s Day Guild Members…

What happen? “Well let me tell you…

Our Guild is on a roll!  You ask why, Well let me tell you!  We have monthly Show-&-Tell at our Zoom monthly meetings; we have the new Block-of-the-Month the first Saturday of each month; we have quests speaker scheduled out until May, with more to come.  So, remember get that computer plugged in and Turn-it-On.

Our Membership Chair; Donna Owens is working on our new Guild Directory, and I was informed that there are several new members and some returning members that have joined.  Wow, I was impressed.  Let’s keep this momentum going.

Cindy’s featherweight LOCKED UP last night, and I said well, put it away and I will take it in for service!  Then, I decided to call the Featherweight Specialist company that I purchased from two years ago at Road-to-California, and I left a message.  Well, low-&-behold I received a call 30 minutes after I called and the own said “Hello Mr. Caldera”, left me walk you through the process in order to save you time coming down to Anaheim etc.  Well, there was a “small” piece of thread that was caught between the bobbin case and the hook.  So, I pulled out my jewelers set, position the featherweight in the proper-angle, and with Lloyd on the phone, I was able to remove the thread.  I took the opportunity to oil ever piece very well before putting everything together.  Lloyd also said “When was the last time you put grease in your motor”?  I said not in two years.  I also purchased the kit of special grease for featherweight.  Lloyd said locate the two special holes on the motor; use the little poker that came with the kit and see how far it goes in.  If it goes in “all-the-way” you “need” grease until you can see it on the top hole. And just leave it there, and you’re good to go for another six months; or depending how offend you use your machine.  After ten minutes, Cindy featherweight was humming again.  For those members who have featherweights and would like me to service your machine; bring them over and save some money.  These self-repaired saved me $200.00

Our Guild now has the ability to create Break-Out Rooms on our Zoom account!  What does this mean?  Well, let me tell you.  Let’s take for example Mentor-Night.  Our membership will enter the zoom meeting, but in addition, there will be several Break-Out Rooms created; 1 could be on Longarm, 2 could be Applique, 3 could be Paper-piecing and 4 could be Session with Linda Rasmussen all running in parallel.  Our members would select one of the rooms and the Host/Co-Host will send out a message to “all” to our members that “its” time to “switch”.  Wait did I say “Co-Host” yes, we also have the ability to assign a “Co-Host” in our Zoom session.  We also have the ability to record a Training Session in MP4 format.

Last month we had 41 members who stayed on to see those Show-&-Tell by our members.  This will continue to be the norm going forward, so get ready for this month, and remember to e-mail your photo’s to Terry Simon.

“Remember, in March 14, 2021, Daylight Saving Times starts; Spring Forward one hour…

-Manny CalderaꙬ

President’s Message February 2021

President’s Message February 2021

“Happy Valentine’s Guild Members…

What happen? “Well let me tell you…

Since the pandemic started, we hunger-down; made face-masks, baby quilts, small quilts and big-quilts almost around the clock.  As I penned this article, our guild, moved into Zoom in April 2020, and for the first time, we saw each other within little squares windows, all amazed, which was a memorable occasion.  Now, this is the norm, at least for now until we receive our vaccinations.  But our Guild members wanted more, and they stepped up to the plate to bring online zoom classes by outside artisans and some of our gifted members from our own guild. 

Starting this February, our Guild, will offer a new Zoom Block-of-the-Month to make your own quilt, which will be the first Saturday of the month by two of our talented members: Elizabeth Phinder and Terry Simon.  So, Guild members, “What are you wait for!!!   You need to fire-up your computer system, and join the group.

In addition, there is some discussion on having sew-in sessions once a month; which was brought up in our January membership meeting.  Our Secretary, Linda Rasmussen, will have her presentation on February 27, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., which will also be our first Sew-In session as well. 

I spoke with Erin from the Arcadia Community Church, and there is some discussion circling around that we “may” be able to meet around the end of September; provided a high number of the population gets vaccinated.  Keep your fingers cross!

Regina Danner, Susan Cribbs, and Janet Shepard have stepped-up-to-the-plate to once again do our Holiday Dinner; Yeah!  Those on the Membership zoom meeting were excited.

Our first Show-in-Tell presentation by Terry Simon, was a complete excess after our presenter finished her demonstration of beautiful quilts.  We had 46 members who stayed on to see those projects by our members.  This will continue to be the norm going forward, so get ready for this month, and remember to e-mail your photo’s to Terry.

-Manny CalderaꙬ

PRESIDENT’s MESSAGE January 2021

PRESIDENT’s MESSAGE January 2021

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President

“Happy New Year’s Guild Members…

“What happen? Well let me tell you…

There is a light at the end of the tunnel.  We have been waiting for the vaccine to come to our direction base on age etc.  We are in the IB Group based on our age, which also covers my two sons’.  We’re scheduled sometime in February 2021.

I am looking forward to our New Board Member’s; our 1st. V.P. Terry Simon has taken over from Linda Rasmussen and Linda has taken over as our Secretary for the next two years.  Welcome!!

We will continue to have our Board and Membership Meetings via Zoom until the end of the year or the beginning of next year.  This looks like we will be doing somewhat what we did last year.  I want to introduce an idea to the membership and that is having a Sew-In’s via Zoom, when everybody is chatting as we’re sewing.  Same thing like being at a Retreat, but we do not need to paid or drive 90 miles.  I will put this out to our membership.

We’re going to have presenters for each membership meetings, so Terry is working with Linda to schedule out until May-June.  Remember, each membership will include: Show-N-Tell so be ready.  Please take a picture of your quilt(s) and e-mail them to Terry Simon.  Terry will present the Show-N-Tell for you.  This will be a lot easier during the zoom meeting.

There is a small possibility that we may have a Winter-Retreat in Temecula this December 2021; so, keep your fingers cross… Yes, yes, yes, oh please yes, yes…

Our Guest Speaker on January 27, 2021, 7:00 p.m., will be Catherina Redford (Free-Motion with your domestic sewing machine.  We will start our meeting with Catherina, so be on time connecting to our zoom meeting.  After her presentation, we will present the Budget for the year; review and approve.

Diane Wilson has cancelled the UFO Project for this year; and those who have paid, will received their check(s) back in the mail.

-Manny Caldera

PRESIDENT MESSAGE DECEMBER 2020

PRESIDENT MESSAGE DECEMBER 2020

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President

“Happy Holiday’s Guild Members

“What happen? Well let me tell you…

The three amigas` worked very hard this morning to bring some joy with the Holiday Gift Bags, which were delivered to our homes for those members that participated.   Do you remember who the amigas` are, well let me tell you!  They are our Committee Chair, Regina Danner, Susan Cribbs and Janet Shepard who had been planning this event for December 6, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., but at the last minutes was switched because of The Los Angeles County Pandemic rules.

2020 has been very challenging year for the quilting industry small business and our membership.  Very early, your board members came up with recommendations to keep the interest up and researching presenters that were knowledgeable with zoom sessions and connecting with the membership to bring new ideas that would include Show-N-Tell at the meetings.

Our 1St. V.P. of Programming, Linda Rasmussen, has scheduled presenters out to May 2021, so continue to watch our Newsletter for upcoming events.

This has been a difficult year, but we have made it!  I sent you my warmest wishes for a healthy and safe Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.  “And have a Shot for me…

Looking forward to seeing you in the very near future.

-Manny Caldera

PRESIDENT MESSAGE November 2020

PRESIDENT MESSAGE November 2020

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President

“What happen? Well let me tell you…

Well, we’re heading for the Holiday’s, and the three amigas` are working hard to bring some joy for are Drive-Through.  Do you know who the amigas` are, well let me tell you!  They are our Committee Chair, Regina Danner, Susan Cribbs and Janet Shepard who have been planning this event for December 6, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Arcadia Community Church. You do not need to leave your vehicle, but must have a face mask.   “It’s a drive through… 

You need to RSVP as well. 

For our November 11, 2020, WFQG, meeting, we will have presentation from Meg Cox on the International Quilt Museum PowerPoint Presentation, Question and Answer session.  You do not want to miss this.  We also have two sessions with Pam Hadfield again for November 7, 11, 2020.

Our Board and Membership meetings are coming up which are “very” important because you as a member will be “Voting” for new Officer’s and changes to our Bi-Law’s. Remember to join our Zoom meetings.

-Manny Caldera

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE OCTOBER 2020

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE OCTOBER 2020

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President

“What happen? Well let me tell you…

Well, we’re are still in a pandemic, shortage of sewing machines and now Fires!  So, what left? An earth quake? We had 12 family members from our guild that needed to be evacuated, which also included there pets.  One member moved out of the area completely to North Hollywood.   Now you ready need to wear a face mask because of all the ash in the air.  I needed to clear my air machines twice this month.  Getting back to our earth quake we had on September 18, 2020, 11:38 p.m.  We were finishing up our sewing when “Bang” the house shook!  I went looking for Cindy and she went looking for our cats.  I ran to our bed-room to grab my ham radio and turn in to the Catalina Repeater, which is known as the earth-quake repeater.  The radio was lit-up with reports from all over Southern-California reporting tremble activity.  We’re safe and so was our home.  But wait!  There is more!  My wife woke me up at 1:30 a.m. SHAKING MY LEG…”Wake-Up, Wake-Up there is SOMEONE in the BACK-YARD!!!!  I jump out bed, grab my flash-light and went outside to see WHO was in our BACK-YARD?  Or on top of our patio; it was a family of three raccoon aka: The Bandit! Walking around looking for food; to then I must of looked like a Big-Taco! With Cheese.  Ok, go ahead and laugh…

Do you know Pam Hadfield?  Well, let me tell you if you did not take her Whimsy Wedge Halloween Pillow Class.  You missed out.  She presented our September 26, 2020 Zoom Classes, and we had twelve individuals from our guild who attended. I found it to be outstanding.  Watching how she moved the class section-by-section before moving to the next lesson. Member’s texts pictures to her to make sure they were on “point” before moving on. Pam used two computer systems approach; one to show her presentation and the other to view each individual projects from the class that were texted to her.

Linda Rasmussen has scheduled another two-session class with Pam Hadfield for Nov 7, and 11, 2020 for The Christmas Table Runner/Quilt.  For both classes the fee will $40.00 Plus $5.00 for the pattern.  More information will follow.  So stay tune!

Have you heard?  Sharon Camping will be published in the December issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, Tips: From Our Readers, which will go on sale next week.  Her discussion is on rotary cutters and keeping the blades sharp and dating them including safely disposing them.

Ok, these next two meetings are going to be “very” important to our membership. We have Officers Elections and Voting of those new Officers that will represent us for the next two years.  Mark your calendar with your Smart-Phones and remember when our Board/Membership meetings are.  And remember to turn-on that alarm too!

-Manny Caldera