Maria Shell Class Now Open to Sister Guilds – Santa Cruz, California, Nov 7, 2015

The South Bay Area MQG is excited to announce the opening of registration to our sister guilds for the Maria Shell workshop, Making Prints Out of Solids. If you haven’t yet heard of Maria Shell of Alaska, you will soon. She is phenomenally talented and has a unique perspective. Check out her website to see her work.

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This is what Maria says about this workshop, “Through years of exploring pattern and repetition, I have created an assortment of ‘prints’ made out of solid fabrics. Students will learn how to make improvisation-ally cut and pieced stripes, curves, polka dots, tartans, zigzags and more in this fun sampler class.” Her quilt “Boulevard” (above) is an example of her use of this technique.

To register, send $72 via Paypal to SBAMQG@gmail.com. Supply list to be sent with confirmation. Maria Shell’s “Making Prints Out of Solids” workshop. Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9-4:30 at the Congregational Church of Soquel.

August 2015 Meeting Recap

The SBAMQG had another successful evening of business and fun at the wonderful Hart’s Fabric in Santa Cruz, CA. Our August 4 meeting featured special guest speaker, Chelsea Hard, who entertained us with an up-to-the-minute report on QuiltCon 2016. Chelsea is an expert QuiltCon participant and she shared her tips and advice for getting the most out of the show. She encourages all of us at the SBAMQG to go to QuiltCon, attend classes and lectures, submit our quilts, and volunteer. Very exciting!

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Tina Michalik shared the news that she is going to be teaching a class on the techniques to make a quilt like “Much Ado About Nothing,” her giant improv bed quilt.

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After our usual guild business, we had our famous Sew and Tell:

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And Tina finished off by sharing progress on the ultimate group project:

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See you all in September!

(photo credit Karen Foster)

 

Mike McNamara (Mac) Workshop

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Mike McNamara (Mac) sprinkled some of his “magic” dust on us yesterday during his techniques workshop at the Community Foundation in Aptos. The time flew by as he demonstrated various techniques that he uses in his amazing quilts. Mary, Eileen, Donna, Earline, Karen, Carolyn, Barb, Maja, Lori, Sanda, Heidi, and Lynne all learned a lot, laughed a lot, and just had a great time, Thanks, Mac!

July 2015 Meeting Recap

Did you know that the SBAMQG meets the first Tuesday of every month at the best fabric store on the central coast, Hart’s Fabric? We met again this week and had a great presentation by members of our charity quilt committee who shared their concept for our guild’s 2016 QuiltCon charity quilt. The team has done a terrific job so far and will undoubtedly produce a beautiful and unique piece.

Some other news from this week: Santa Cruz and the SBAMQG will be well represented in the quilt that the Charleston MQG is making in honor of the Charleston Emanuel AME Church, who recently experienced a huge tragedy. Twelve of our members made blocks which will be contributed to their efforts. Registration for both our Mac McNamara and Maria Shell workshops are now open. Don’t miss these exciting events! And, just for fun, we had a White Elephant gift exchange, which provided laughs and silliness all around. Here are some highlights from Sew and Tell:

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As usual, Mickey came prepared.

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Tami went for some light and simple quilting on this beauty!

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Pam impressed the crowd, as always.

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There were bold, statement quilts.

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Tina shared a classic, Lynne shared improv, and the newbies even got in on the action! All-in-all, another successful meeting.

(Photo credit Karen Foster)

June 2015 Meeting Recap

Tonight’s meeting brought us important QuiltCon 2016 news about a VERY special addition to the faculty and also about the group charity quilt. We brainstormed about a possible 2nd annual SBAMQG flea market and learned about a fun “Christmas in July” white elephant swap for next month.  Of course, nothing is as popular as our monthly Sew and Tell, so here are a few of the lovelies that were shown and admired:

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We continued with our recent Fibonacci obsession.

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We showed our in-progress quilty gifts.

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We had examples of improvisational work.

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We had examples of non-improvisational work.  (Also, LIBERTY!)

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And, don’t even try to keep up with Tina this month…

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because that’s definitely not going to happen!

See you in July at the amazing Hart’s Fabric in Santa Cruz.

(photo credit Karen Foster)