January 2017 Meeting Recap

We launched into a new year with a few announcements and new member and guest welcomes.  Today is the final day for dues to be renewed in order to stay active on the roster – and to keep all of the wonderful benefits that go along with active membership.

As a thank you to our two outgoing board members, in lieu of blocks, Renee has requested solid scraps – 2″ minimum – and Pam has requested ugly fabric.  Should be easy to gather and bring to the February meeting.  I can tell you first-hand that this is a tiny, tiny thank you for all that they have done for the guild.

Our “Question of the Day” was Describe your oldest Work In Progress – WIP.  The winner of the oldest WIP was Jeannie – 32 years tucked away in that cupboard.  You should get many continued hours of entertainment out of the Sisters Quilt Show The Men Behind the Quilt calendar. 

 

 

And continuing the WIP theme, Chelsea announced a year-long challenge for all of us to complete as many WIPs as possible.  Be sure to upload your projects to Instagram #sbamqgwipitgood. Enter up to 6 projects, finish one or     all  – and that’s all the way to binding applied – by the end of the year and be entered to win a “Fabulous” prize.

 

SBAMQG members post up to 6 works in progress (WIPs) by January 31st,, 2017, using the hashtag #sbamqgwipitgood.  WIPs are considered anything from a pile of fabric with good intentions to a finished but unquilted top.  Post your pictures of your finished work using the hashtag throughout the year (no progress shots using the hashtag, please).  For every WIP finished by November 30th, 2017, you’ll be entered to win a fabulous celebrity quilt prize.

On February 5 our member Anna B. has graciously agreed to teach us the Open Wide bag she was creating at the retreat.  Class will be at the Foundation in Aptos starting at 10:00.  Class fee of $16 includes the pattern, with each participant to bring fun fabric, a heavy-duty zipper/sports or handbag type, and Soft and Stable batting.

Teacup Challenge is rapidly approaching.  Tops need to be entered online by 1.09.17. Bring completed entries to February meeting or to quilt show for display.

 

Introducing – Da-Dah – Bimonthly Block of the Month.  Pam Rocco gave us a demo of the first block, Comma Block.  The instructions will be posted on our community website.  Any questions may be directed to Pam.  Have fun making the block and bring them finished to the March meeting – as in “bi” monthly.  One entry will go with one block into the drawing, which will be winner take all.

 

Show & Tell:

Pam – quilted herself 

 

Lori – Sujata Shah Lattice

 

Gene – triptych from silk ties 

Renee – teacup challenge 

Laura – teacup challenge

Kathrin – Sugar Plum runner and Apron    

Mo – Baby quilt

Karen – teacup challenge

Isabel – quilt designed with Quiltography

 

Mary – kimonos WIP

 

A huge thank-you from the SBAMQG goes out to Hart’s Fabrics for their generosity in hosting our guild again this year. We love you to pieces!

(photo credit Karen Foster)

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Fall Retreat 10.21.16-10.23.16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This lovely group met long before the retreat to create the swag bags for all of the attendees.

Some of the completed bags.  All ready for quilters to arrive.

AND THE RETREAT BEGAN:

Half  of the attendees arrived on Thursday for an early set-up and it was Ladies, start your sewing machines.  After enjoying a pizza and salad dinner, it was on for sewing, sewing, sewing.

Friday Morning and afternoon groups 1 and 2 arrive.

This day was filled with creating our individual projects with a couple demonstrations by members interspersed.  Chelsea demonstrated a method for cutting bias strips.  Then Pam demonstrated her slice and shift method of construction.

Saturday involved two more demos.  Tina demonstrated bowl creation using clothes line rope (of course, the backdrop contains some of her new creations), and Gene demonstrated sashiko embroidery.

Later in the afternoon a dice game was played with Gene winning all the loot — or clips.  She scored.

Lori’s baby quilt for their step-step great-grandaughter, stepson’s stepson’s daughter — “Modern Family” new addition.    All love.

And to toot my own horn, I’m pretty happy with this quilt I created for a friend who is sick. As quilters, that’s what we do.  And besides, it lasts longer than cookies.

 

Watching Karen turn all of these above into

this masterpiece was a real treat 🙂  True artist, this girl.

Sunday started with door prizes of fabulous quilting stuff donated by generous sponsors.  We managed to gather everyone for a group photo to document that we were all there and had a fabulous time. And then time to bid adieu to another great retreat and start looking forward to next year.

 

Hope to see everyone next year.

Photo credit goes to Karen Foster. Thanks so much.

And an extra huge thank you to Gabrielle for all of her planning and making this work.

 

 

December 2016 Meeting Recap

The December SBAMQG meetings are always special and this month was no exception. As always, it was a night of end-of-the-year business, holiday fun, and excitement for the new year.

On the business end, we covered refreshments sign-ups, name buttons, and lost and found items. We teased an upcoming bag workshop and presented our 2017 QuiltCon East charity quilt top:

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We were reminded of a couple important dates. Membership dues must be paid by the January meeting if you want to stay on the MQG roster and our teacups challenge quilt tops are due by the January meeting as well. C’mon everyone – let’s put together another awesome exhibit to show off our modern quilts!

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For holiday fun, we feasted on a delicious potluck and had a holiday quilt raffle. Congrats to Ruby Dosen for winning a one-of-a-kind Pam Rocco original, “The Holidays According to Pam Rocco.” We also played a very spirited game of “Swap the Quilt Book.”

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Excitement for the new year focused mostly on our election of new officers. Our new board for 2017 consists of:

President – Chelsea Hard; Vice Presidents – Barbara Cuseo and Carolyn Irish; Treasurer – Gabrielle Robles; Secretary – Pat Goulet. What a great group of ladies!

Sew and tell had a few challenge finishes from Isabelle, Karen, and Mickey:

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Gene showed a top made from neckties and Pam showed a new top as well:

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Merydith and Gabrielle presented new quilting:

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Darlene shared progress on two quilts:

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Laura showed off her beautiful free-motion work:

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Lori shared hexies and Emily shared a perfectly planned spiderweb top.

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A huge thank-you from the SBAMQG goes out to Hart’s Fabrics for their generosity in hosting our guild again this year. We love you to pieces!

(photo credit Karen Foster)

 

November 2016 Meeting Recap

The South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild rung in November with another great meeting and it was a REAL winner! We started out with a discussion of our “bucket list” quilts. It was interesting to learn about our guild mates’ dreams for future quilt accomplishments. There were so many answers to this question but we did notice some trends throughout the conversation. For instance, we really want to finesse our hand work, with hand applique, hand piecing, hand quilting, and hand embellishing all making the list. Equally as important, many of us want to complete a really LARGE quilt. We also have our sights set on some well-known patterns ranging from super modern to updated traditional. It seems that what we really want is to improve our skills while expressing ourselves as quilters, with impressive works that we can be super proud of.

Other notable items on the agenda tonight included our December meeting which will include the election for new 2017 guild officers, a book swap, a potluck, and the group challenge we are working on for our exhibit at the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association’s quilt show in February. Here is a peek at the challenge, which was presented by Karen Foster:

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As mentioned at the top of this post, there was a lot of winning going on at tonight’s meeting. After drawing names for 11 door prizes, we drew a name for our fabulous prize basket for early 2017 dues payment. Congrats goes out to Muriel, the lucky winner of the basket! And, as always, our guild won big thanks to Hart’s Fabric for hosting our monthly meeting and offering members-only discounts. Tonight’s deal was on all solid fabrics and we shopped like crazy!

Apparently we have also been sewing like crazy, because we had so much to share! Here is a slightly edited down sew and tell:

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Susan and Tina shared samples for classes they are teaching at Hart’s. Susan also shared a pair of log cabins:

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Pam only finished eight tops this month. Here are a few:

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Tiffany finished her 1/4-log cabin but made it her own with multi-colored ties, OMG!:

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Tiffany also completed a couple of small quilts:

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Merydith and Laura have been working with cute animals this month:

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Karen and Pat shared some lovely triangle works:

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Mary P. and Mary C. were thinking brights:

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Gene shared an exotic wallhanging and Tina shared her unique Dresden plates:

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And, we end with Chelsea’s new Single Girl and Merydith’s vintage Wedding Ring:

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See you next month at our December meeting. You won’t want to miss it.

(photo credit Karen Foster)

October 2016 Meeting Recap

Fall has arrived here in Santa Cruz, bringing the beginning of quilt weather and the beginning of guild dues season. Guild president, Chelsea Hard, reminded everyone that it is time to pay our dues for 2017 and, to entice us to pay promptly, there will be a raffle at the next meeting. Pay your dues BEFORE sew and tell at the November 1st meeting and your name will go into a hat. One name will be selected to win this wonderfully quilty bucket filled with fabric, patterns, books, rulers, notions and, best of all, a gift card to our favorite place: Hart’s Fabric! So, what are you waiting for? You can pay online via the PayPal link right here on our blog or at the November meeting.

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Next up tonight was a fun (and funny) discussion about our favorite sewing machines. Are you surprised to learn that our most preferred brand is Bernina? Other high vote getters were Pfaff, Janome, and Elna. A couple notches down on our list were Brother, Husqvarna/Viking, Baby Lock, Kenmore, Singer, New Home, and Juki. And, even though we are generally a modern bunch, we have some die-hard lovers of vintage machines like Featherweights and Slant-O-Matics. Last, but not least, were sergers, long arms, and even a few minis and Hello Kitty machines. We are so eclectic! Very few of us own only one machine and someone (not naming any names) owns EIGHT of them!

In other news: If you want to attend the Sherri Lynn Wood Modern Block Improv workshop on November 5, time is running out. It is sure to be an excellent experience, so don’t wait much longer.

Lastly, elections for open board officer positions are just around the corner. Our guild is awesome but we REALLY need more people to step up and volunteer to do the tasks that need to be done to be even more awesome. Positions can be shared by two (or more) buddies and it is really fun to be involved. We will be taking nominations for Vice President and Secretary in November and voting in December. If you aren’t able to commit to either of these positions, watch for others coming soon!

After drawing seven (!) fab door prizes, it was time for our spectacular sew and tell.

Karen started us off with two improv bee blocks:

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Laura brought a beauty in blues, and a unique and gorgeous hand-quilted Hawaiian quilt:

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Susan shared her class sample mini and a newly-finished sunset inspired top:

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Lynne explored her inner Pam Rocco this month:

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Meredith showed the front and back of this wild and wonderful improv quilt:

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Isabelle impressed us with this absolutely stunning top. But, would you believe it is actually a BACK?!:

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Marlyene finished her top from our Latifah Saafir bias tape workshop:

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Tami shared her Pattern Jam cheater quilt:

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Pam shared a few finishes and a colorful new holiday top:

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All in all, another terrific meeting. See you next month!

(photo credit Karen Foster)