June 2016 Meeting Recap

The June SBAMQG meeting has come and gone and we had another great time! For those of you who missed it, here are the highlights from earlier this week at the home of the SBAMQG – the fabulous Hart’s Fabrics in Santa Cruz. We talked about a few charity sewing opportunities that are happening now including quilts, potholders, and napkin sets. President Chelsea announced our “lonely notion” swap for next month’s meeting. Treasurer Gabrielle shared that our October retreat is now full and we have started a wait list. We learned that guild member Karen Foster’s submission for the Row by Row Experience was chosen by Hart’s to be their official block for this summer’s Row by Row event. How exciting!

After getting the business out of the way, we continued with our series of quilting demos, this one being a presentation on hand quilting by talented guild member Susan Ranieri. Susan does beautiful hand quilting and generously shared her best tips with us. Finally, we welcomed seven guests, the refreshments were outstanding, and Sew and Tell did not disappoint!


Chelsea introduces Susan, along with her trusty assistant, Susan, for her hand quilting demo.


The Susans get to work sharing their tips and tricks.


Here are some examples of Susan’s lovely handwork.


Karen Foster proudly presents her winning entry for the Row by Row Experience. Karen’s row, titled “Home Is Where Hart’s Is,” features a seagull, a field of poppies, and the Santa Cruz Mountains, all in improvisational style. Stunning work, Karen!


Tina’s newly finished quilt top. Mmmmm – raspberry deliciousness!



Merydith impressed us with her modern t-shirt quilt (front and back.)


Merydith showed her baby quilt collaboration with Pam Rocco.


Busy Merydith also finished an amazing cat bag this month.


Jumping on the bag bandwagon, Laura finished an impressive convertible vinyl bag.


Renee shared her tribute to the 1990 Portable Palette by Jinny Beyer.


Another collaboration, this one by Lori and Pat. So pretty!


Emily brought this sophisticated pair of coordinating/contrasting kids’ quilt tops.


Pam brought a unique piece. I can’t wait to see this one finished!



Pam also shared a couple cute small quilts.


Susan modified a jelly roll race top.



Vintage again made a stop at the meeting with Linda’s outstanding crazy quilt and a sweet colorful afghan that was won by Emily. Please join us next month!

(photo credit Karen Foster)

A Quilt for a Special Friend

Here is a long overdue post about a quilt that our group made a while back as a gift for someone special. Anne Sullivan is fast becoming one of the big names in the modern quilting world. But, here at the SBAMQG, she has been impressing us with her talents since our very beginning in 2011. Anne was our long-time tech guru as well as our Vice President and, without her, we wouldn’t be what we are today. Her leadership and guidance are always so appreciated and her mastery of color and design mixed with computer programming are beyond amazing. What a treat it has been to watch Anne’s Play Crafts blog grow since its early stages. And now, seeing all she has been accomplishing lately, we are so proud to be able to say we knew her when!

Last summer, Anne was given a job opportunity 3000 miles away, in Washington DC. While this was great for her, it wasn’t so great for us. So, of course we turned to quilting to mend our broken hearts.  It wasn’t hard to decide what to make. We instantly knew that Anne’s very own design, Rock Candy Block, would be a perfect going away gift for her.

Each guild member received a HST-square in light and dark grey:


We were then given instructions to complete our block using bright complementary colors. Here, some of the blocks start to come together:assembly

Lori Green, Karen Foster, Pat Goulet, and Tina Michalik begin assembling rows:

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Karen, Lori, and Pat work on the binding:


What do you do with extra blocks? Karen Foster makes giant tote bags and Anne was the recipient of this one as well:IMG_3552IMG_3553

Here is the SBAMQG’s finished Rock Candy quilt (quilted by Pat Goulet and labeled by Lori Green), preparing for its trip from the west coast: beach shot

What fun it was to present Anne with her quilt at QuiltCon West last February in Pasadena, CA. She was so surprised!

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We miss you Anne! Hope you think of us whenever you see the quilt!

(Photo credit Karen Foster, Anne Sullivan)

May 2016 Meeting Recap

The SBAMQG continues to have an awesome and creative 2016, as shown by this week’s meeting at Hart’s Fabrics in Santa Cruz, CA. President Chelsea Hard couldn’t be with us but VP Pam Rocco did a great job of filling in for her. We had five visitors joining in on the fun this week. We love our visitors and we especially love our new members!

Our introduction segment for this year’s meetings has been a big hit. It is a nice way to meet each other, since our group is growing larger by the month, and it is also a great way for every member to participate in the meeting. This week, we took turns naming our favorite personalities in the quilt world. Some of the names on our list are very well known: Our #1 quilter is Jacquie Gering and our #1 fabric designer is Kaffe Fassett. But the real education happened with the list of lesser-known names. These are the up-and-comers I am excited to check out as soon as I get a chance!

Next up, SBAMQG member, and free-motion quilting extraordinaire, Laura Ryle, gave a terrific FMQ demonstration. Laura has tons of personal experience with FMQ and has taken many workshops on the subject, so she was happy to share her knowledge, tips, and advice. Her work is lovely and I know many of us were inspired to give FMQ a try!

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Laura shows a sample of her FMQ:


After regular guild business including announcements about sew days, charity projects, workshops, and the retreat, we got down to the thing we do best – Sew and Tell.  Enjoy:

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Our 1/4-Log Cabin quilt tops are already starting to arrive!

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VP Pam brought a spectacular collection, as usual.

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Mickey shared her 1st place QuiltCon ribbon and the 2016 Chicago International Quilt Festival program featuring her quilt.

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Mickey also brought two beautiful new finishes.

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Carole shows off her smaller new works.

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Susan has discovered jelly roll race quilts.

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Laura shows off a gorgeous two-sided beauty.

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Amber showed her stunning embroidered tote. Wow!

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Karen and Pamela got in on the action.


And Mary shared a recent vintage acquisition.

Please come join us in June!

(photo credit Karen Foster)

Pam Rocco Workshop

How lucky are we at the SBAMQG to have the incomparable Pam Rocco as a member, friend, and guild Vice President? We definitely know how lucky we are and we make use of her experience, knowledge, and wonderful energy every way we can. Last week, for instance, we enjoyed a workshop with Pam in which she taught us how to make her famous 1/4-Log Cabin quilt. As many readers know, Pam writes a monthly column for Quilter’s Newsletter magazine. (Her writing is entertaining and her quilts are outstanding!) This particular quilt, which was featured in a recent QN issue, has proven to be quite popular and you can read about it and get a free pattern here: Quilter’s Newsletter.

As for our workshop, it was a great way to spend a rainy day and we had so much fun!

Pam instructs her eager students:


The SBAMQG always appreciates a good trunk show (this is just a peek):


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Here we are, hard at work:


Elaine works super fast:


Here’s some early progress. It appears that many of us were inspired by Pam’s blue and green quilt:


But quite a few of us had other ideas too:


It will be exciting to see what we come up with. Thank you Pam – it was so much fun!

(photo credit Karen Foster, Chelsea Hard, Renee Tallman)