• Block of the Every Other Month – Circle in a Square – Due September 2020

    July’s block is a very simple appliqué, presented by Laura Ryle.

    There are only 2 rules:
    1. You must use solid fabric only. Any color is ok, including black and white.

    2. You must hand sew the appliqué.


    Cut a 5 1⁄2 inch square for the background.
    Cut out a 4 inch circle of another color.
    The finished appliqué is a 3 1/2 inch circle. This is the size of your template.

    Turn the edges under, using your technique of choice. Cut the excess fabric from the back.
    The technique that I prefer is to cut a freezer paper circle the size of the finished circle (3 1/2”). With the shiny side up, place the paper on the wrong side of the circle. I use a little fabric glue to tack the edges down and then press the edges on to the paper.

    Center the circle on the background. There should be about a 1 inch border on each side. Hand appliqué.
    Match your thread color to the circle.

    If you would like an additional challenge, you can piece strips of solids and then cut your circle.

    After the circle is sewn down, cut the excess fabric from the back of the circle, leaving a 1⁄4” seam allowance. The paper can then be removed.

  • President’s Quilt Blocks

    Hello SBAMQG!

    Your former President, Chelsea, here! Why? Well, let me tell you!

    In year’s past, former Presidents were made quilt blocks of their choosing by the guild to show member appreciation for their years of service. This idea seems grand until you’re the former president and you’re asking people to make you stuff in the middle of a pandemic, which feels sort of weird and uncomfortable, but here we are!

    So as I retired, I was approached with a request for my plan and I began to plan or as some of you may know, agonize over my plan. This quilt block or that quilt block? This color scheme or that color scheme? I once had a near meltdown over choosing a bathmat in an attempt to redecorate. I don’t make decisions lightly. I don’t like to have extra stuff. I just want to have things I really LOVE (Marie Kondo takes credit for this, but I think I did it first). And this quilt was extra important to me because it was going to come from all of you.

    And then the current board was like “Uh… a plan?” and I was like “Working on it!” And then another month went by and maybe another month and then COVID dropped on us like a bomb. While we’re still working through all our feelings about social inequality, quarantine and the how our pants don’t seem to fit quite right anymore, you can rest easy in the fact that I have made a plan!

    The Plan: You will pick-up a kit consisting of one 3″ strip of chambray to make a scrappy 4-patch block using the color palette of this super fantastic vintage sheet I found for the backing. Each kit has enough fabric to make four 4-patches! If you used a different print for each square that would be super nifty!

    • Fabrics I’d love to see: Small prints, stripes, dots, gingham, floral or anything that fits the vibe and color scheme of the sheet.
    • Fabrics to avoid when making your 4-patch: Solids, solid like (Grunge, Essex linen, etc.) & Batiks
    • Making the Patches: Sub-cut the 3″ strip into 3″ squares. Pair those together with fabrics from your stash to make a 4-patch as shown below.
    • Pressing: If you’d press toward the chambray, I’ll happily nest my seams in the final quilt! Maybe even hand quilt it! I’m still in quarantine, anything is possible!
    • Pick-Up/Return Details: Check out guild emails for details on when and where to grab your kits and return your blocks!

    A Final Note: I just want to say, I really valued the four years that y’all allowed me to be your President. I enjoyed getting to know each and every one of you in a way I probably would not have in the general membership. Being President defined my identity for those years and led me towards creative opportunities like teaching sewing and quilting that I might not have explored otherwise. When I look at this quilt, I already know a little TV sitcom highlight reel will play in my head. Thank you for the highlights!

    The Color Palette 

    The Block

  • Block of the Every Other Month – Sidebar – Due July 2020

    July’s BOTEOM is brought to you by Lynne

    This is a simple, wonky block with endless design opportunities depending on how you rotate the blocks.

    Example layout of a few Sidebar blocks

    We will be using solid colors only (thank you to Mickey for putting together our voting palette, the winning color combination is Émile Alain Séguy Dragonflies.

    For this block, you can use tints, shades, and tones of above colors. Black is to be used for sidebars.


    Fabric needed for each block:

    Four-patches = Four 4.5” squares of the palette colors. You may use two, three or four colors

    Sidebars = One each 2 x 8.5” and 2 x 10” black strips

    Fabric Layout
    1. Sew the four-patch together
    2. Add the shorter black strip to one side
    3. Sew the longer black strip to an adjacent side
    Sewn together, but untrimmed block

    Make a trimming template by cutting off 2.5” from the top of an 8.5×11” sheet of paper.

    Trimming Template
    Painters Tape










    Lay the template on your block, rotating it slightly so it’s off-center. (Adding a small roll of painters’ tape to the back of the template will keep it from sliding.)

    Trimming Template laid on block

    Lay your ruler along one side of the template and trim off the excess.

    Trim excess from block

    Repeat for all four sides.

    Yay! You’ve made a wonky Sidebar!

  • SBAMQG Mask Collection (Second Collection)

    Thank you to everyone who participated in our previous mask collections, which are now fulfilled!

    We have new requests that have came in, plus a partnership with Pajaro Valley Quilt Association (PVQA)!

    PVQA/SBAMQG Mask Project

    Ruth coordinated with PVQA to see if we could help them with the requests for a large numbers of masks.
    If interested in joining the PVQA/SBAMQG Mask Project, here are the details:

    Pleated Masks for Valley Medical Center in San Jose

    VMC will be providing the masks to people in a variety of non-clinical settings, for example cancer patients who need extra protection. Lori Green has designed a pattern which is made from one piece of fabric and it goes together really quickly. Lori’s mask works perfectly for this purpose. Check out the instructions in Lori Green Mask (pdf). Lori has also provided a video for visual learners: Lori Green Mask Demo (video). Note that you should use the video for the assembly technique but not the dimensions, corrected dimensions are in the pdf. These masks can be dropped on Pat’s porch – if you have any questions please email us at sbamqg@gmail.com.
  • April 2020 General Meeting

    We had a different – but fun – meeting this month. We hosted on Zoom, which allowed us to see and hear each other, while also sharing our Sew and Tell quilts from the month. Darlene introduced Mo, Heidi, and Renee as members/previous member guests that were able to join us from out of town and Jen Janisch who will become a member after moving to Santa Cruz County this summer. 


    Darlene had us share our socks, which was a fun watch as everyone lifted their feet into the camera view. We gave away a fabric with the words “home” and “love” on them, as a reminder that we love our homes, especially while we are stuck in them! Laura Ryle won the fabric from a random number generation. https://www.instagram.com/p/B-ucCKqHxNC/

    Darlene gave an update on masks, which we have been collecting for local needs. Please see our blog for updates

    Mickey put together our BOTEOM color palette vote and we voted by Google Form. Mickey made the palettes based on Émile Alain Séguy prints. The winning vote with 67% of the vote was Dragonflies. This color palette will be used for the BOTEOM demo in May for blocks due in July.

    For philanthropy, two of our members, Ruth and Kathy, finished quilts for Quilts Beyond Borders. Kathrin shared a Disappearing 9-Patch child quilt top for CASA that Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild, which will tie at annual Tying Event at September meeting.

    Tamlin gave virtual demos of the SBAMQG blog, showing members how to navigate to our payment page, BOTEOM page, and more. She also demoed the MQG website to show members how to find their membership card, sign up for virtual classes, and find archived patterns and classes.

    With all of us spending more time at home, many of us had a lot of quilting progress to share, but also our members made SO MANY masks! It was great to see the variety. We had a very interesting and productive conversation about mask making options. We learned from our resident fabric experts that fabrics like batiks, which are made of poplin and have a high thread count, are best for making masks. Art Gallery Fabrics has a thread count of 200, while other cotton quilting fabric tends to have a thread count of 120-180. The higher the thread count, the better resistance to particle transmission, high thread count sheets, pillowcases, and flannel have been proven to be great alternatives. See NYTimes for more info: https://www.nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-homemade-mask-material-DIY-face-mask-ppe.html

    We also learned to use vertical cuts of t-shirt material for ties so that it properly rolls. We were very impressed with Lori Green’s two seam, one piece of fabric mask. We hope she can follow up and send us a video to show us her tricks!

    Quotes of the night goes to Kathrin: “We’re all wearing masks, but who is wearing a bra?” Yes, we’ve replaced bras with masks and at least the braless part feels really nice! And Kathy “No family member will ever tease me about having too much fabric again!”

    14 members (those below + Lori by video) participated in our virtual Sew and Tell by emailing photos of their work prior to the meeting, in order for it to be included in our slide show. When their slide was being presented, members spoke about their quilts. See our Instagram for photos:















    Thanks to all who virtually joined us!