June Meeting

We had a fantastic meeting as always  and one of our most favorite meetings is when we have a big reveal. This month, we did our bag swap exchange and found out who had stitched up something beautiful and useful for us. The choices for this swap were to make either a tote bag or a zipper pouch for our recipient. So many lovely things were made.

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Next, we had an informational talk from Kathy about what she has learned recently on quilt preservation and storage. There was so much information shared and Kathy provided a print out with lots of valuable facts and advice so that our work can last for generations to come. Such a wonderful sharing of what is important to us all. Here is a photo of a quilt that Kathy saved from motor oil and years of stains.

Onward with our meeting and discussions about upcoming workshops. We are excited to have our own Karen Foster come and teach us Improv Abstraction Log Cabin on August 25. There still are a few spots left! Don’t miss out on this fantastic class.

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In December, we are so excited to be having Denyse Schmidt come to teach advanced improv to our guild. This gives us a chance to delve even deeper into what improv skills we already have and to learn from Denyse, who is one of the founders of what inspired the MQG and introduced quilting to a new generation of quilters with a fresh voice. There is already a wait list for this workshop, but if you still would like to add your name, please contact us. sbamqg@gmail.com

And, of course, as always, we had a wonderful show and tell.

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Pam also shared a “britches quilt” #pantsquilt #sbamqg

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Muriel @ryouthereyet shared a colorful quilt at tonight’s meeting #sbamqg

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Our next meeting is JULY 10, the SECOND Tuesday of the month, and a sew day will follow on the 14th in our usual location at the community foundation in Aptos.

 

 

 

 

 

May Meeting –

May’s meeting brought two special guests – Tricia Royal of Bits and Bobbins

brought a beautiful trunk show of her work and to discuss her evolution as a quilter and her ideas and process.

Tricia spoke at length about how she is submersed in surface design and dying using reclaimed fabric. Most inspiring were her thoughts on quilting as art and her dedication to portraying her own perspective and aesthetic. Thank you Tricia for visiting us!

We also hosted Julie from the Intrepid Thread who brought stacks of lovely fabrics for us to drool over.

As ever, we had a beautiful display of our talented members in sew and tell.

 

Renee’s block was won by Judy from the Block of the Every Other Month Club. This beautiful block was chosen by the Modern Quilt Guild as part of their block study for 2018.

Pam Rocco’s quilt is a variation on the Cogs block.

Lori made a quilt in Karen’s workshop on Improv Abstraction. We are so excited to see Karen teaching and we are lucky to have Karen teaching for our guild later this year.

Here is one of Karen’s quilts

Fabulous improv quilt with solids by Terry

Mo made this fabulous quilt in a workshop with Tara Faughnan.

Pictures do not do this postage stamp quilt justice. The visual impact is stunning.

 

Come to our next meeting on June 5 at 6:30 for more visual inspiration and friendship. This month, we will be giving our partners our tote bags or zipper pouches. Swap meetings are the best – we can’t wait to see what you all have made for each other. The swap will start promptly at 6:30. See you then!

 

 

 

Block of the Every Other Month – Criss Cross Applesauce

Our newest block of the month is Side Stripe designed by our very own Renee Tallman!

How to get started: 

  • Login to the MQG Community Site & access the Criss Cross Applesauce written by Rebecca Severt for the MQG Block of the Month series.
  • Use solids or prints from the calming color palette from Design Seeds below & white as your background color (in the same places you are asked to use white in the pattern).
  • Bring your finished block(s) to the July meeting for a chance to win them all during the Block Lotto!

We can’t wait to see what you make and what unique layout the winner will choose!

 

2018 QuiltCon Charity Quilt

The South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild Charity Quilt Committee worked together to design, sew, and share a quilt that we are all proud of. The Modern Quilt Guild challenged us to create a quilt that reflected modern traditionalism. The design committee met in early July and decided that the orange peel block would be a fun way to incorporate the theme into our overall design. L to R below: Gabrielle, Tina, Pat, Isabelle, Renee, Mickey, and Karen

We thought it would be fun to use 3”, 6”, and 12” orange peel blocks. The varied sizes allowed us to play with the overall layout and add interest to the design. We chose vibrant colors from the palette offered by the MQG – yellow, orange, pink, magenta, and violet. Our members worked hard over the summer to create many awesome blocks for our quilt. At the September guild sew day, we worked on our layout.

The first weekend of October was our Charity Quilt sew day. The charity quilt committee members worked together to create the final layout and construct the quilt top. We had fun moving the blocks around, playing with color and shape, to come up with just the right layout. Pictured below are committee members Mickey, Laura, Pat, Barbara, Isabelle, Lori, and Karen.

Once the quilt top was complete, it was handed off to Laura Ryle for quilting. She worked over the month of November to add beautiful quilting and texture that perfectly complimented our block design. Our guild president, Chelsea, added a the binding and label and Lynne added the hanging sleeve. Pam Rocco took photos of the finished quilt, then packed it and shipped it off to the MQG for display at QuiltCon!

The charity quilts at QuiltCon are such a beautiful representation of the diverse and talented members of Modern Quilt guilds around the world. Our quilt was displayed in the lecture room, along with many beautiful others.

The 2018 South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild charity quilt was donated to Happiness Is A Warm Hug. The local group collects donation quilts, fabrics, and pillowcases, and distributes them to families that were victims of the 2017 Napa and Santa Rosa fires.

Thank you so much to all the participants of the 2018 Charity Quilt committee, and all those from the guild who participated in creating this beautiful quilt. We hope you’ll join us as we get started creating our quilt for next year!

Tote & Zipper Pouch Swap – Ideas and Links

Hi Swappers! Are you guys ready to get into all things tote-ish and zipper-y? Ok! Let’s get straight to it.

Tote bags are fun and quick to make and can be used in so many ways. Bring your lunch, go to the library with one, reuse them over and over for groceries. Tote bags also make great gifts and you can make one in an afternoon.

BASIC LINED TOTE

Here is a link to a simple and easy reversible lined tote and a great place to start if you haven’t made a tote before. This blog post is great because you learn how to ‘box’ the bottom of the tote (which means to create a squared off bottom) and also has a link to a zipper pouch. You use two coordinating fabrics and off you go, no special hardware or anything needed.

I really can’t go any further with this post without letting you know about the treasure trove of information and creative inspiration that is Anna Graham of Noodlehead. Her website is rich with tutorials and patterns and information on different areas of sewing, but is heavily focused on bag-making. The Summer Madras Tote pattern is a great tote bag that has pockets and is a bit roomier to stow away your things for a day at the beach or would also make a great diaper bag for a new mom. Take a long look at her site and find wonderful information on Bags, wallets and zips. Another great resource is her informational page. She also has many for purchase bag patterns available locally and online. Truly, you cannot go wrong with her well-written patterns. She even sells leather straps and bag hardware! (For those of you making zipper pouches, she also has tutorials on those!)

Another great bag-making blogger is Sara Lawson from Sew Sweetness. This website has really nice picture-heavy sections on very specific areas of sewing bags such as setting rivets, magnetic closures, putting in piping, sewing with vinyl and an important section on selecting interfacing. She also has an online shop with bag-making supplies including thin cork, which is all the rage lately in making bags.

For those of you making zipper pouches, it’s time to get familiar with your zipper foot. The Seasoned Homemaker has a great intro to the zipper foot and at the end of her post, there is a link to her free Craftsy class on zippers. Go have a look! Your fear of putting in zippers will be a thing of the past. She also has a Box Pouch tutorial you can check out.

The Sewing Chick has a great tutorial for a zipper pouch that covers great finishing details such as zipper tabs, getting your lining to fit well and has a nice patchwork option. This post wins for fantastic pictures, and makes clear all the different steps in making a small, zippered item.

So, if you can make a quilt, then you can make a tote or a zipper pouch. We know you can! Bag or pouch swap will be at the June meeting and we cannot wait to see what you all make!