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From our President:

Time Change! (this month only!)

Our June 8th Guild Meeting will begin 30 minutes earlier than usual

Social half hour: 6:00 PM.

Guild Meeting: 6:30 PM


The June General Meeting will begin at 6:30pm, with the Social Half Hour beginning at 6pm. This will allow our speaker, Anna Maria Horner (a Free Spirit fabric designer) to give our members a full, special presentation that night which will be slightly longer than the typical one hour. We will have breaks in the presentation.  Please make note of this special, one-time early schedule and tell your friends in Guild.   



-What if I cannot arrive before 6:30pm? Please arrive when you can and quietly have a seat. We will be happy to see you!

-Why is there a time change? The BCQG Board approved this one-time, early start to the General Meeting, to allow committee updates to begin at 6:30pm, so that we could enjoy Anna Maria's full presentation at 7pm. Speaker costs are rising significantly (like everything else) and it might be a while before we have another internationally-famous fabric designer like Anna Maria, due to budget constraints. The Board's intent is to provide our members with a wonderful meeting filled with her creativity, dynamic color and expertise. She has not presented in Southern California for several years, so this is a very special night for our Guild's members and we want to help make the most of it.  

-Can I bring a friend? Yes, please do! Guests are $5 and we will have extra chairs set-up in June.


June Meeting Timeline: 

5:30 pm:  "Sewing Party's" Pop-Up Shop (by Cecile), the Rummage Fabric Sale, save your seat, visit with friends

6:00 pm:    Social Half Hour begins (please be patient if committees are still setting up their tables)

6:30 pm:  General Meeting begins, Committee Reports are shared

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm:  Speaker presentation by Anna Maria Horner

7:45 pm, 8:30 pm - Break

8:40 pm:  Show and Tell

9:00 pm:    Meeting Adjourned


Thank you for your flexibility and understanding. We hope that everyone enjoys the June meeting.  

June 2023


Anna Maria Horner is an artist, author, and fabric designer, known for her colorful fabric designs, quilts, and sewing patterns. In addition to teaching classes and selling items globally under her namesake brand, she has written several books about sewing, quilting, and needlework. She has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and been featured in Better Homes and Gardens. 

She grew up in a house full of her dad’s paintings and with a closet full of her mom’s handiwork.  Beds were warmed by the hand-loomed wool blankets sent by her grandmother from Greece. The busy little bodies of her and her siblings were warmed by the beautiful hand-knits of their grandmother in Indiana. As a kid in the 70’s, she passed store-bought Barbie dresses and instead created her own from her mother’s fabric scraps. A simple start to a diverse path.

In 1995, after graduating with an Honors Fine Arts Degree in Drawing from the University of Tennessee, Anna Maria opened Handmaiden, a clothing, and housewares boutique. This retail space served as the home base for Anna Maria’s clothing line which she designed and produced, together with her mom. Eventually, the label was offered to the wholesale market, where it sold at several stores across the country.   In the midst of clothing design and production, she stayed active artistically by exhibiting in galleries regularly and her paintings, both small and large scale, are a part of hundreds of private and commercial collections.

There have been varied stops on her path to here, but a common element in all of her work, whether fashion, quilting or fine art, is a passion for the language of color.  Somewhere around 2001, her fascination with taking an idea through all the necessary steps from her sketchbook to a store shelf sparked the momentum to create a brand.  Anna Maria's fresh perspectives within traditional markets and her vision of being surrounded by the work of her own hands has led her to partnering with more than two dozen manufacturers to design homewares, gift items, and textiles. 

Anna Maria is the mother of seven (8 to 30) and all her creative endeavors have been sparked in the presence of her family. As one bird after another flies out of the nest, she and the younger sort recently moved from their long-time home (and home studio) in Nashville down the road to charming Historic Franklin. 



About Beach Cities Quilters Guild

The Beach Cities Quilters Guild is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization established in October 1992 to promote quilting and other fiber arts in California's Southern Orange County area. The guild offers opportunities to share experiences with other quilters in an atmosphere of fellowship, as well as offering programs to enhance the skills of its members.

*Join us at 4:00 pm for "Dinner with the Speaker" at
Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill located at 28016 Greenfield Drive, Laguna Niguel, CA. 
You MUST have reservations to attend dinner
Please text your RSVP to Margie  (949) 233-3350 no later than by Tuesday, June 6, 2023.


June 8, 2023

Please join us in person at the Norman P Murray Community and Senior Center, or on Zoom.

*4:00 pm "Dinner with the Speaker"
6:00 pm Social begins
*6:30 pm Business Meeting

*This month only