Mike McNamara (Mac) Workshop

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Mike McNamara (Mac) sprinkled some of his “magic” dust on us yesterday during his techniques workshop at the Community Foundation in Aptos. The time flew by as he demonstrated various techniques that he uses in his amazing quilts. Mary, Eileen, Donna, Earline, Karen, Carolyn, Barb, Maja, Lori, Sanda, Heidi, and Lynne all learned a lot, laughed a lot, and just had a great time, Thanks, Mac!

July 2015 Meeting Recap

Did you know that the SBAMQG meets the first Tuesday of every month at the best fabric store on the central coast, Hart’s Fabric? We met again this week and had a great presentation by members of our charity quilt committee who shared their concept for our guild’s 2016 QuiltCon charity quilt. The team has done a terrific job so far and will undoubtedly produce a beautiful and unique piece.

Some other news from this week: Santa Cruz and the SBAMQG will be well represented in the quilt that the Charleston MQG is making in honor of the Charleston Emanuel AME Church, who recently experienced a huge tragedy. Twelve of our members made blocks which will be contributed to their efforts. Registration for both our Mac McNamara and Maria Shell workshops are now open. Don’t miss these exciting events! And, just for fun, we had a White Elephant gift exchange, which provided laughs and silliness all around. Here are some highlights from Sew and Tell:

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As usual, Mickey came prepared.

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Tami went for some light and simple quilting on this beauty!

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Pam impressed the crowd, as always.

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There were bold, statement quilts.

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Tina shared a classic, Lynne shared improv, and the newbies even got in on the action! All-in-all, another successful meeting.

(Photo credit Karen Foster)

June 2015 Meeting Recap

Tonight’s meeting brought us important QuiltCon 2016 news about a VERY special addition to the faculty and also about the group charity quilt. We brainstormed about a possible 2nd annual SBAMQG flea market and learned about a fun “Christmas in July” white elephant swap for next month.  Of course, nothing is as popular as our monthly Sew and Tell, so here are a few of the lovelies that were shown and admired:

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We continued with our recent Fibonacci obsession.

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We showed our in-progress quilty gifts.

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We had examples of improvisational work.

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We had examples of non-improvisational work.  (Also, LIBERTY!)

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And, don’t even try to keep up with Tina this month…


because that’s definitely not going to happen!

See you in July at the amazing Hart’s Fabric in Santa Cruz.

(photo credit Karen Foster)


May 2015 Meeting Recap

We had another successful meeting on Tuesday, May 5, at Hart’s 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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