Creating quilts that give back

Conejo Valley Quilters is a nonprofit group of creative people that promotes the art and craft of quilt making while giving back to the community.

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This month the object of the CVQ Spotlight is the Ways & Means Committee. By buying tickets at monthly meetings, members are able to take a chance to win some wonderful quilting-related items (or even some non-quilted related goodies) and help support the guild. Ways & Means is one of the most important fund raisers for our guild. Money raised by the Committee is earmarked for rent. Any shortfall comes out of the general budget.

The current co-chairs are Marcy Lagardere and Ellen Rankin. Let’s get to know them better! Marcy is a retired elementary school teacher. She taught kindergarten thru 7th grad for over 20 years and loved it! She has two grown kids and two grandchildren whom have been the recipients of most of her quilts. Marcy says they have so many quilts, that they’ve reached a point where now holidays and birthdays don’t always involve a quilted gift! She started quilting over 40 years ago. When her kids were little, she made a lot of their clothes. Marcy loves scrappy quilts and she is always working on something. Marcy’s beloved dog, Milo is always in the middle of her quilting lieing on fabric! Even Milo has a quilt. Marcy has volunteered in several areas: Workshops, Programs, and now Ways & Means.

Ellen RankinEllen Rankin has been interested in needlework since elementary school. She took her first quilting class in the early 1990s, but the seed had already been planted by her days in 4H sewing clothes. She has been a member of Conejo Valley Quilters since 2005, and has been co-chair for Philanthropy and the Quilt Show Boutique in prior years. She also takes care of the free table at the general meetings. Ellen says she does not have one style of quilt that she likes more then another. She is drawn to new quilting techniques, but also interested in the old fashioned quilts that involve appliqué and hand quilting. She has a hard time working with large pieces of fabric, and is fascinated with the results that are obtained when working with scraps of fabric and how they eventually go together to make some very pretty quilts.

As a team Marcy and Ellen work very hard to make each month exciting for members. They share as well as split up duties. Marcy is a born saleswoman and enjoys encouraging members to take a chance. Ellen is skilled at handwork and each month makes items for the table. Marcy says she loves seeing the Opportunity Quilt as the work is lovely and special because our multi-talented guild members handmake and donate them each month. Marcy and Ellen meet about twice a year and go thru all the donated items to plan each month. Items are bagged and plans are made to make each month more exciting. Marcy brings items to the meeting, sets up the table and goes to work!

For Ellen, the hardest part of the job is putting together interesting items for door prizes, but says that once you have the combination right it is rewarding to see the tickets go into the bags for the final drawings of the evening. Ellen prepares the submission for the monthly newsletter, which she says is pretty simple—it is a list of winners from the last general meeting. Once or twice a year, when there is a special event or need, Ellen writes a special announcement for the newsletter.

Ellen's advice: If writing is not your strong suit, don’t worry. You can copy from previous newsletters or ask for help from another board member. To do the job you do not need any previous quilting experience, just a desire to support the guild by knowing what would be interesting to your fellow quilters.

Thank you to Marcy and Ellen for all their hard work. Stop by Ways & Means at the next meeting and say “hi” to the ladies and take a chance to win some goodies.

October Membership Committee Report

At the October meeting, 48 members, 1 returning member and 8 guests attended. Please be sure to welcome all new members to the guild when you see them. New members will be wearing a flower lei so you will know who they are. Remember our Name Badge Incentive Program. 2016-2017 membership labels for your membership card are now available for pick up at the membership table. Proof of current membership in the Conejo Valley Quilt Guild entitles you to discounts at some stores, such as, Jo-Ann Stores. Our current membership is 115 members. Pauline Matthews and Sherry Ramaila

More Information

Do you need to kow when to nominate a member for a board position? Do you need to know the responsibilities of a particular committee? You can acccess all sorts of CVQ information online in the Members' Area. Click here.

October 2016 Guild Outreach Event a Success

Outreach Opportunity QuiltOver 20,000 people see CVQ booth!

Guild members were hard at work on Sunday, October 16, at the Thousand Oaks Rotary Street Fair sharing their CVQ experiences. Over 20,000 people walked by the CVQ booth. Even though the booth was smaller than last year, enthusiasm was off the charts!

Guild members spoke with dozens of booth visitors about guild activities, membership benefits, and guild philanthropy. Outreach Opportunity QuiltStunning quilts drew folks in, but friendly members kept them engaged. The free raffle for a lovely blue and white lap quilt donated by Barri Breeden resulted in adding about 60 new names and e-mail addresses to our quilt show email-marketing database. Isis M. (left) of Thousand Oaks was the lucky winner of the lap quilt, and really loved it!

Several visitors who received a card for a free meeting joined us at the October guild meeting. A few people asked if members of the guild would do t-shirt quilt commissions. If you are interested, please contact Lynn Jurss, and she will forward their contact information to you.

Special thanks to street fair volunteers: Kathy Dobner, Sarah Hart, Cathy Lory, Janine Mansell, Laura Murphy, Beverly Preston, and Cindy Shima.


CVQ is starting 2017 with a big sale and it is called “Trash to Treasure." This is a great time for you to get rid of those items that have been cluttering up your quilting area. Items such as fabric that you are now wondering why you bought it ages ago or that quilting gadget that you bought at a quilt show that just sits in a drawer unused, or those multiples of quilting patterns, books, rulers that you bought because you really liked the item and forgot that you already had one at home.

All money from the sale will go to help fund the guild. We will accept cash, checks or credit cards.

It would be helpful if you would price large items before you bring them. Also, if you are donating a large piece of fabric. it would be helpful if you would attach a piece of paper showing the yardage. For smaller items, we will have tables for items selling from $1.00 to $5.00. There will also be tables for fabric, books and patterns, and items selling for $5.00 or greater. The actual sale will start after the business part of the meeting, which will give us time to prepare for the sale.

Hope to see you there to find new homes for your unused items and for you to find new treasures. So please start collecting those items that you would like to donate that could be someone else’s new treasures.

Thank you,
Ellen Rankin and Marcy Lagardere
Ways and Means Co-Chairpersons.

Conejo Valley Quilters meetings

Unless otherwise noted, general meetings are held at the Ascension Lutheran Church, Pederson Hall in Thousand Oaks. For more information about membership and our meetings, click here.

Here is our current meeting calendar:

December 5, 2016: HOLIDAY SOCIAL

January 16, 2017: TRASH TO TREASURE

February 20, 2017: Sue Rasmussen

March 20, 2017: TIPS & DEMOS

April 17, 2017: QUILT COLLEGE

May 15, 2017: Tina Curran


July 17, 2017: Wendy Mathson

August 21, 2017: Timna Tarr

September 2017: CVQ QUILT SHOW

October 16, 2017: Rob Appell

For details about our workshops, click here. For more information about our Guild, send a message to For the list of Guild Board members, click here.

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