• Block of the Every Other Month – Cornered Block – Due January 2021

    This month’s BOTEOM is “Cornered Block” and is the MQG block study for October-November-December designed by Jamie Siel for MQG, colors and organization by Mickey Beebe for SBAMQG.

    The color pallet that won the August vote is “New Mexico.” We postponed the winning color to November in favor of having our Community Quilt block be our BOTEOM for November. For this block, please use solids; they do not need to be these exact colors from Kona, but try to remain close to this palette.

    New England Color Palette

    Examples from Mickey:

    The “Cornered Block” is on the MQG website –  here (you will need to log in) – or click on Resources and it’s 3/4 down the page.
    This block is easy to cut out (most of the pieces are cut from 2 1/2” strips) and quick and fun to make.

    Pick 4 out of the 6 colors in this month’s color palette: Celestial, Blue Jay, Grass Green, Lime, Tangerine, and Grellow.

    Follow the directions on the MQG website. Press all the seams open.
    The Cornered Block finishes at 16” square. The block is made up of 3 inner block elements and 2 sashings.

    For a chance to win all the blocks you need to return the entire block, which consists of 3 completed inner block elements and the 2 pieces of sashing.

    The blocks are due at our January 5th meeting.

  • December Meeting Preparations

    As our December meeting approaches, we have a few important things going on.

    First – We need board member volunteers/nominees and committee volunteers.
    If you are interested or want to nominate someone (we can contact them for a confirmation of their willingness to help) please email sbamqg@gmail.com. These are what we really need help with, but you are always welcome to volunteer or nominate for a position that is not listed.

    Specifically, we could use help with (and will offer training for!):
    1. Treasurer – manage Paypal transactions (payments, receipts, refunds), Checking account management, spending and budget reports. Need ability to use sheets (Google sheets or Excel).
    2. Member management (activate/deactivate members officially through MQG website, maintain an active list of members/email list through google sheets and email, maintain a roster)
    3. Programs (help drive 2021 programs, lectures, talks, workshops and coordinate with dates with lecturers/teachers)
    4. Website management (maintain events schedule, post meeting minutes, add Paypal menus)


    Second – we are excited to have a Holiday Mini Quilt Exchange!

    This is intended to be a low-stress involvement, which is why it’s kept small and fun and open to interpretation.

    PARTICIPATE: please see your email for the Google Form by Oct. 26th (or email that you’d like to participate)

    • You will be paired with a partner by Oct. 30th
    • Exchange drop off/mail arranged by partners

    DETAILS: Square, maximum size 20” (smaller is fine)

    • Colors: You can choose from two holiday palettes or a winter palette on your participant form and we will give you the preferred colors of your partner
    • It’s preferable to add corner tabs for hanging
    • Post your photo by Nov. 30 on IG #sbamqgholidayminiquilt and/or email to sbamqg@gmail.com

    DUE by Dec. 1st meeting for our “Star” Mini Gallery

    The following examples were pulled from Instagram by searching for #starquilt

    Ruth Smith

  • California Curves block – SBAMQG’s QuiltCon 2021 Community Outreach Quilt Challenge

    Due November 1st! Final photo of quilt due November 30th to MQG.

    Please track your progress on instagram with #sbamqgcommunityquilt2021. Completed blocks can be dropped off by November 1st at Pat’s house (Capitola) or mailed directly to Elizabeth. Please email sbamqg@gmail.com for delivery/shipping address.

    Although the 2021 QuiltCon looks quite different next year, SBAMQG is still excited to participate in virtual workshops, shows, and of course the Community Outreach Quilt Challenge. Our 2021 quilt will be donated to an organization in Santa Cruz County helping with those impacted by the CZU lightning complex fire.

    QuiltCon’s 2021 Community Outreach Quilt Challenge theme is Curves! To read more about the complete guidelines including quilt size, equivalent theme colors in different brands, and rules, see The MQG’s challenge post here.

    Thank you to Elizabeth McGinnis for submitting the chosen block for the outreach quilt, aptly named “California Curves.”

    If you are queasy about sewing curves, there are numerous tutorials on youtube.  Here’s one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4WFZIU-vyw

    California Curves

    Color Palette for 2021 QuiltCon Community Outreach Quilt

    Example Blocks

    Cut (5) 12” squares from 5 different fabrics, using the QuiltCon palette (bright white, apricot/mango, tiger/dark orange, sky blue, cobalt blue, indigo)

    Fabric hints:  If you use white, use a pure white, or “arctic” white.  An off-white will look dingy with these colors.  If you use a print for the colors, be sure that it doesn’t introduce a new color.  Small prints look better.

    Making the block:

      1. Stack the 5 squares. With chalk, lightly draw 4 curves on the top square, to make sure you like the spacing of your curve.  The curves do not need to be perfect arcs or echoes. Make sure to leave at least 1-2 inches on the last, largest curve to allow for seam. allowance

    Stack all 5 of your 12″ squares and draw 4 curves on the top square

    2. Cut gentle curves through all five layers, following the chalk lines, using a sharp rotary cutter (or scissors). Use one hand to hold the fabric squares in place so they don’t move while cutting—watch your fingers!

    3. Shuffle the stacks – Move the top layer of stack 1 to the bottom; move the top 2 layers of stack 2 to the bottom; move the top 3 layers of stack 3 to the bottom; move the top 4 layers to the bottom; leave stack 5 as is. You can also arrange your pieces on a design wall until you have 5 blocks that appeal to you. Each block will have all 5 colors in a different arrangement.

    Gently cut curves in the stack of 5 blocks, then arrange the strips into unique blocks.

    4. Using the top layer from each stack, fold each piece to find the midpoint. Match right sides together at the folded midpoint. If you prefer to pin, place pins about 1 inch apart, starting from the center out to the edge. Starting with the first two inside pieces (light blue & indigo in the example above), match the curves and stitch using ¼” seam allowance, gently easing the curve.

    Make a crease at the center of each strip to help align centers. Sew each strip together.

    5. Repeat with each of the 4 curves. When each block is finished, press seams outward. Repeat for each layer of stacked pieces. You will end up with five different blocks. They will look fairly wonky at this point.

    Blocks look wonky at this point, need to trim!

    6. Trim the blocks to 9.5 inches and you’re done!

    Example Blocks

  • Block of the Every Other Month – Circle in a Square – Due September 2020

    July’s block is a very simple appliqué, presented by Laura Ryle.

    There are only 2 rules:
    1. You must use solid fabric only. Any color is ok, including black and white.

    2. You must hand sew the appliqué.


    Cut a 5 1⁄2 inch square for the background.
    Cut out a 4 inch circle of another color.
    The finished appliqué is a 3 1/2 inch circle. This is the size of your template.

    Turn the edges under, using your technique of choice. Cut the excess fabric from the back.
    The technique that I prefer is to cut a freezer paper circle the size of the finished circle (3 1/2”). Place your fabric down, with the wrong side up, then place the freezer paper with the shiny side up, on the wrong side of the fabric circle. I use a little fabric glue to tack the edges down and then press the edges so they stick to the shiny side of the paper. Be careful to only iron the fabric edges down so that they stick to the freezer paper, you don’t want the freezer paper to stick to your iron!

    Center the circle on the background. There should be about a 1 inch border on each side. Hand appliqué.
    Match your thread color to the circle.

    If you would like an additional challenge, you can piece strips of solids and then cut your circle.

    After the circle is sewn down, cut the excess fabric from the back of the circle, leaving a 1⁄4” seam allowance. The paper can then be removed.

  • President’s Quilt Blocks

    Hello SBAMQG!

    Your former President, Chelsea, here! Why? Well, let me tell you!

    In year’s past, former Presidents were made quilt blocks of their choosing by the guild to show member appreciation for their years of service. This idea seems grand until you’re the former president and you’re asking people to make you stuff in the middle of a pandemic, which feels sort of weird and uncomfortable, but here we are!

    So as I retired, I was approached with a request for my plan and I began to plan or as some of you may know, agonize over my plan. This quilt block or that quilt block? This color scheme or that color scheme? I once had a near meltdown over choosing a bathmat in an attempt to redecorate. I don’t make decisions lightly. I don’t like to have extra stuff. I just want to have things I really LOVE (Marie Kondo takes credit for this, but I think I did it first). And this quilt was extra important to me because it was going to come from all of you.

    And then the current board was like “Uh… a plan?” and I was like “Working on it!” And then another month went by and maybe another month and then COVID dropped on us like a bomb. While we’re still working through all our feelings about social inequality, quarantine and the how our pants don’t seem to fit quite right anymore, you can rest easy in the fact that I have made a plan!

    The Plan: You will pick-up a kit consisting of one 3″ strip of chambray to make a scrappy 4-patch block using the color palette of this super fantastic vintage sheet I found for the backing. Each kit has enough fabric to make four 4-patches! If you used a different print for each square that would be super nifty!

    • Fabrics I’d love to see: Small prints, stripes, dots, gingham, floral or anything that fits the vibe and color scheme of the sheet.
    • Fabrics to avoid when making your 4-patch: Solids, solid like (Grunge, Essex linen, etc.) & Batiks
    • Making the Patches: Sub-cut the 3″ strip into 3″ squares. Pair those together with fabrics from your stash to make a 4-patch as shown below.
    • Pressing: If you’d press toward the chambray, I’ll happily nest my seams in the final quilt! Maybe even hand quilt it! I’m still in quarantine, anything is possible!
    • Pick-Up/Return Details: Check out guild emails for details on when and where to grab your kits and return your blocks!

    A Final Note: I just want to say, I really valued the four years that y’all allowed me to be your President. I enjoyed getting to know each and every one of you in a way I probably would not have in the general membership. Being President defined my identity for those years and led me towards creative opportunities like teaching sewing and quilting that I might not have explored otherwise. When I look at this quilt, I already know a little TV sitcom highlight reel will play in my head. Thank you for the highlights!

    The Color Palette 

    The Block