May 2015 Meeting Recap

We had another successful meeting on Tuesday, May 5, at Harts Fabric in Santa Cruz. Business included information about our October 2015 retreat (only two spaces left!) and the latest news on our charity quilt, which has nearly reached its final destination. We also got updates on two exciting workshops that will be happening in the coming months. We had fun exchanging mug rugs and scraps, winning door prizes, and viewing a particularly wonderful Sew and Tell. If you missed this month’s Sew and Tell, you really missed a lot, because we got some super special peeks at a few works that are not allowed to be photographed or published at this time. And all I can say about that is WOW!!! Sadly, we also learned that Anne Sullivan, our guild’s former long-time VP is moving on and this was her last SBAMQG meeting. Exciting for her but sad for us. Thankfully, Anne is ALL OVER the internet these days so it won’t be too hard to keep in touch with her.

Here is just a bit of what was shared in May:

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Who says modern quilters don’t like vintage?  Because we do!


Or how about vintage made modern?  We like that too!

Even our guests and new members were showing their work tonight.  They haven’t given me permission to post their pictures yet but trust me: Eye candy!


And one last finish from Anne.  :(

More pictures are up on Flickr.  See you next month.


(Photo credit: Karen Foster)



SBAMQG Member Wins at MPQA Show!

Talented SBAMQG member, Kathrin, was awarded a First Place ribbon in the “Large Quilts, Traditional, Machine Quilted” category at the Monterey Peninsula Quilt Association show, “Quilts by the Bay,” this weekend.  Kathrin’s prize-winning Glam Clam quilt was started in a SBAMQG workshop with Latifah Saafir last year and look how it turned out!  Congratulations, Kathrin!  It’s a beauty and is well-deserving of the honor.

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April 2015 Meeting Recap

Our April meeting was packed with good stuff!  We finally got to see the finished version of our beautiful group project: our QuiltCon charity quilt. It is back from Austin and is now ready to be donated to a children’s shelter. We got more information about our upcoming workshops for 2015 with exciting teachers Pam Rocco, Mike “Mac” McNamara, and Maria Shell. We are so lucky to have these opportunities! We discussed our fall retreat, our new refreshments sign-up list, and two swaps happening at our May meeting: mug rugs and scraps. After some particularly awesome door prizes, we enjoyed a presentation by our Member Spotlight featured speaker, Tami Levin. Tami has her own long-arm quilting business and she told us all about it and brought in many samples of her work. It was so interesting and we had so many questions. We might need Tami to do another talk soon!

Here are a few sights from April:


Tami with a few examples of her long-arm quilting.

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Pam showed some Fibonacci quilts, all made with her Quilter’s Newsletter pattern.


Renee and Jeannie have been busy too.

More pictures are up on Flickr and Instagram.  See you next month!

(Photo credit: Karen Foster and Renee Tallman)



March 2015 Meeting Recap

Our March meeting was a success, as always. Some of the topics we covered are our Fall 2015 retreat, our scheduled sew days at the Aptos Community Foundation for the upcoming year, and our guild members who won Judges Choice awards at the February PVQA quilt show. After that, we were treated to a QuiltCon report from several of our members who were lucky enough to attend the Austin show. It was very exciting to hear about their experiences with volunteering, meeting international quilting superstars, and the sights and sounds of the show. They also shared their tips for attending next year’s show in Pasadena.  After that, it was time for a Sew and Tell that was smaller than usual. Apparently there was too much traveling and not enough sewing going on last month. We will have to remedy that for our April meeting!

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Pam, as usual, came prepared to impress us with her artistry.

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She did not disappoint!

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Karen showed off her amazing bag making skills.


Kathrin shared her beautiful Gwen Marston style mini.

And, Lynne presented Karen with a camera fabric bag as a thank you for the superb photography she does for our guild.

That’s it for March.  See you in April!

(Photo credit: Karen Foster)

Quiltcon 2015

unnamed-3Quiltcon 2015 was quite an experience and several of the SBAMQG members were there to represent and to experience it all.  From the first day to the last, there was so much happening and so much to experience at the convention center as well as Austin itself.  Here is a photo-heavy blog post to give you a taste.

unnamed-4Past members as well as present members attended!  Previous Vice-President and secretary Susy Drake and Julia Williams were there with us and it was so good to catch up with them!  Pictured here also are Chelsea Hard, Tina Michalik and Laurel Woodside.





photo-2We took many workshops from many talented teachers including; The Quilters from Gee’s Bend, Lizzy House, Anna Maria Horner, Yoshiko Jinzenji, Carolyn Friendlander just to name a few.  Pictured here is Karen Foster at Rossie Hutchinson’s workshop on improv shapes and reverse appliqué.



unnamed-12Here is a picture that Anne Sullivan took at a workshop that she and Gillian Smith, former founding board member took on Shibori fabric dyeing.

unnamed-9Here is Pat Goulet on the first day of the conference taking Quilting Yoga before the day starts!

unnamed-10It was exciting to see our guild’s contribution to the charity drive that Quiltcon sponsors every year.  I know that I’m incredibly biased, but our quilt really looked amazing there in the lecture hall.  The quilt will return to our guild so that it may be donated to a local children’s shelter.

unnamed-7Renee Tallman’s quilt “Funky Junk” which had shown at the Modern Quilt Guild’s showcase at market.  It was juried into the showcase and then asked to hang at Quiltcon.  Renee’s quilt was also part of Alyssa Haight Carlton’s lecture given on “Use of Negative Space”  I heard several people mention the story behind this quilt and Renee’s long road to creating this quilt.

unnamed-8Anne’s quilt “We Are” hung at Quiltcon and was also part of Alyssa’s negative space lecture.  This quilt is Anne’s piece made for the Amish:The Modern Muse show which hung at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.  It’s a hard color to photograph and appears black, but is a deep blue with an incredible green yellow.

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Pam Rocco had not one, but two quilts hanging at Quiltcon.  Pam’s work often gravitates to a yellow palette and the one on the left is no different.  On the right, is a wonderful improv mosaic composition surrounded by a textured, neutral ground.


Tina’s quilt is a statement piece which reflects a solidarity in marriage equality.  It is improv pieced and stitched in text that reads, “love is love”

Next year, Quiltcon will be held in Pasadena, CA and hopefully even more members of the SBAMQG can attend!