February 2016 Meeting Recap

More was more at the South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild’s February meeting, and that is meant in the best way possible! We met on our usual Tuesday evening at the amazing Hart’s Fabrics in Santa Cruz (lucky us!) and we covered a huge range of topics.

President Chelsea asked us each to name one skill or technique that we want to improve on, and the answers covered the spectrum. The most common skill that the SBAMQG members want to learn is free-motion quilting. A few of us want to learn hand quilting and sashiko, paper piecing, English paper piecing, curved piecing, and reverse applique. We heard from people who want to learn binding, embroidery, time management skills, finding inspiration, and long arm quilting. One person’s dream came true because she wanted to learn how to sandwich and baste quilts and, lo and behold, on the agenda for the evening was a basting demonstration. How lucky is that?

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So many options for basting quilts: Karen shows how to spray baste; Renee introduces Pinmoors; Pam uses safety pins or hand stitches; and Tami explains long-arm machine basting.

We have our work cut out for us with all these new skills we are going to be learning this year.

We got the latest info on upcoming quilt shows, including QuiltCon, which is just around the corner. Other updates included Fall retreat and workshops. SBAMQG Vice President, Pam Rocco, took signups for a workshop for her One Corner Log Cabin quilt, which is featured in the current issue of Quilter’s Newsletter magazine. The class filled in record time so maybe Pam will consider doing a second session.

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With a little help from Madam President, Pam presents her One Corner Log Cabin.

After a break for outstanding refreshments featuring QUILTED CHEESE, we had what seemed like a record-breaking sew and tell session. Apparently, the winter rain has kept our quilters indoors and happily stitching because we really produced this month! Here is some of what we saw:

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Pam, of course, was the winner of the night, with four quilt tops.

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Gabrielle is also a winner for her three finished quilts, all with beautifully pieced “second fronts.”

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Lori jumped on the double-sided bandwagon with this stunner.

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Superstar Mickey shows off her Beebe Bag and her amazing quilt that is shown here in Quilter’s Newsletter magazine and will be all over the International Quilt Festival in Chicago this April.

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Elaine inspired all with her beautiful sashiko handwork.

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Last, but clearly not least, Therese showed her jelly roll race quilt top and Chelsea took our breath away with this chambray and Liberty combo top.

See you at QuiltCon!

(photo credit Karen Foster)


QuiltCon 2016 Charity Quilt

We South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild members are getting excited for QuiltCon West, 2016! This annual quilt show, presented by the Modern Quilt Guild, is happening in California this year – Pasadena, to be specific – and we are getting ready for four days of fun, artistry, creativity, lectures, exhibits, workshops, volunteering, shopping, and a world of modern quilts!

Each Modern Quilt Guild chapter (more than 150 of them) has been diligently working to finish a charity quilt to be shown at QuiltCon then donated to a local charity after the show is over. Here at the SBAMQG, our charity quilt committee has been doing fantastic work all year for this great cause. Here is the story of our 2016 QuiltCon charity quilt:

Our charity quilt committee, led by the incomparable Pam Rocco, has been meeting periodically throughout the past year to plan and complete two beautiful donation quilts and this is the second of the pair. Pam and her group of quilters came up with a plan to use wedge-shaped pieces for our “Improv with intent” themed quilts this year. They chose three colors from the selection given by the MQG in order to stick with a simple, minimal look.

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Committee members Donna Lehnhoff, Katherine Moody, Pam Stein, and Karen Foster share their design plan and demonstrate how our guild members can participate in the making of the quilt by building rows of wedges.


Our super organized committee even put together packets with guidelines and tips for making the improv rows.


Pam Stein shows off more packets.


Here are committee members, Tami Levin, Pam Rocco, Carole Kelley, Karen Foster, Lori Green, and Jeannie Land, hard at work.

The finished quilt top was then sent to our secret weapon, Tami Levin of The Quilted Lemon, for its finishing treatment: long arm quilting in a wonderfully curvy design for a soft, beautiful texture.

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Here is the quilt on Tami’s machine.

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Such a great marriage of lines and curves!

2016 Charity Quilt back 

The fun, bright, circles on the back really add a lot to the finished quilt.

The binding and hanging sleeve were completed by Mickey Beebe, the label was completed by Brenda Cornell, and we are now proud to present our 2016 QuiltCon charity quilt, “Dovetailed!”

QuiltCon Charity Quilt 2016 Label

(photo credit Tami Levin, Pam Rocco, Karen Foster, Renee Tallman)

January 2016 Meeting Recap

The South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild started the new year off on a positive note. We had tons of fun with member introductions and the sharing of personal fun facts. It turns out that some of our members are much more talented than we ever knew. Um, animal impressions, anyone?

2016 President Chelsea showed up prepared, with all the information needed to keep us busy for quite some time. She told us about some new challenges and projects that are happening this year and updated us with the latest news on some previously announced activities. We heard about the Modern Quilt Guild’s Spring Riley Blake Challenge using that brand’s Sashing Stash fabric collection. Then there was the Mighty Lucky Quilt Club’s Block of the Month at Lucky Spool Publishing. Next, was the Block of the Month by Amy Gibson at Stitchery Dickory Dock. As if that wasn’t enough, Tina shared about the exciting shop hop that Hart’s Fabric is participating in this year (and that the SBAMQG will be assisting with.)


Chelsea introduces the Mighty Lucky Quilt Club.


Lynne demonstrates her wishes for outgoing President’s blocks.

A couple closing messages:

1. Let the board know by the February meeting if you need a new name tag button.

2. Please sign up for guild volunteer jobs. We need people to chair the charity quilt and the retreat, as well as members for both committees.

We ended with a very lovely sew and tell:

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Mo had a couple gorgeous works tonight. Wow!

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Karen and Laura have been working on some pretty non-quilts.

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Gene showed her small charity quilts.

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Pam made only four stunning quilts in the past month.

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Mickey had a success and Renee had a (hopefully temporary) fail.

Please come check us out in February. We would love to meet some new peeps!

(photo credit Karen Foster)

December 2015 Meeting Recap

December brings big things for the South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild and this month was no exception. Between quilt show deadlines, elections, parties, and swaps, we’ve been busy and our meeting at Hart’s Fabric was a great way to finish off an equally great year.

First up, we are happy to introduce our new officers for 2016, who were unanimously elected in a landslide vote:


Gabrielle Robles – Treasurer

Chelsea Hard – President

Renee Tallman – Secretary

Pam Rocco – Vice President

The new board is excited to start working together and having some fun, too. And the guild thanks outgoing board members Lynne Nostrant, Mary Skillicorn, and Therese Ponder for donating their time and efforts to the SBAMQG in 2015.

In other news, our annual end of the year party and fabric swap was a blast, with the sharing of beautiful fabrics, lots of delicious treats, and the most excellent door prizes: Five Hart’s gift certificates!

Lastly, the QuiltCon West quilt entry deadline has passed, but that’s ok because everyone entered a quilt with plenty of time to spare, right? Our amazing charity quilt committee made their deadline with some very impressive work! In the unlikely event that you missed the QuiltCon deadline, there is still time to enter a quilt in the SBAMQG group exhibit in the local PVQA show in February, so get sewing!

For Sew and Tell, it was beginning to look very much like Christmas with these stunning quilts:


We had a couple of finished workshop wonders:


A gorgeous QuiltCon challenge quilt:


and this unique (and totally cool) triangles top.


Happy New Year everyone, and here’s to a happy (and creative) 2016!

(photo credit Karen Foster)


November 2015 Meeting Recap

The SBAMQG thanks Hart’s Fabrics for hosting another terrific meeting this week!

Business included the latest information on our Maria Shell workshop, which is happening this Saturday. We are expecting to have a great day learning all of Maria’s secrets. Lynne reminded us that the deadline for annual membership dues is approaching so please watch for your Paypal invoice, which will be sent out soon. We also talked about a few big things that will be happening at our December meeting. First, we will be doing our annual fabric gift swap. If you want to participate in this fun activity, please show up with a wrapped package containing one yard of fabric to swap. You can bring a one yard cut or any combination of cuts that equals one yard. Second, refreshments will be potluck style, so please bring something to share, keeping neatness in mind out of respect for our host shop. Third, we will be holding the election for new officers for 2016. Several people were nominated tonight for positions on the board but, if you are interested in running for a spot, please let the current board know by November 30, so we can get your name on the ballot before our December 1st meeting.

The highlight of tonight’s meeting was the big reveal of our small challenge quilts. In September, participants blindly selected a fat quarter from one bag and a slip of paper containing a modern quilting design concept from another bag. The challenge was to make a small quilt to demonstrate one or more of the design features that are often found in modern quilting. Our talented members came up with some creative solutions to the challenge and we had a blast viewing them. We hope to show them off in public in the near future. Here is a look at our proud quilters:








Of course we had a few lovelies in our regular Sew and Tell, including a Fibonacci finish and this awesome log cabin:


Come see us in December!


(photo credit Karen Foster)