February Guild Meeting

We had such a great meeting with incredible inspiration.

We hosted Sara Trail, head of the Social Justice Sewing Academy. Through a series of hands-on workshops in schools, prisons and community centers across the country, SJSA empowers youth to use textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation and community cohesion and become agents of social change. Sara showed us the work that is being created in her workshops and her energy inspired us.


If you were unable to attend our guild meeting, you can still be a part of the work being done. Contact the SJSA and donate, or sign up to be an embroiderer.

Also, we were excited to announce that Chawne Kimber is coming to give two workshops and a trunk show for our guild.

To sign up for these workshops and the trunk show, please go to our events page HERE.

We announced the dates for our annual retreat. September 5-8. Registration will begin on March 6th at 6:30pm. Look for an email at that time for the registration password and link.We have space for more people to attend than in previous years – hooray! The retreat is a great time to connect and create. We hope you join us.

There are still some spots for Pam Rocco’s workshop on April 13th.

Join Pam Rocco in her Home Plates block workshop. Use her templates to create a variety of quilt layouts! Please arrive at 9:30 am to setup. Class begins at 10:00 am. $35 members/$45 non-members.

Last but not least, we had sew and tell which showcases the talent of our guild members.

See you at the next meeting!

March 5 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm
Mid-County Senior Center, 829 Bay Ave
Capitola, CA




January 2019: A New Year for the SBAMQG

Hi guild members,

We started our year off  with our guild meeting with lots to talk about participate in.

Lynn brought us a fabulous tutorial for this month’s BOTEOM. Using the “yellow submarine” palette, Lynne brought us an improv block which is easy to adapt and make your own and works really nicely with the palette.


We hosted the fabulous Jen Carlton-Bailey. We can’t wait to see the work that comes from this fun class.

Also, we started something new! It’s the Hand-sewing happy hour at Abbott Square in downtown Santa Cruz. We will be meeting on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:00. You can bring your EPP, or hand quilting and sit with a beverage or treat and socialize while getting some handwork done. Everyone is invited to join in, not just members.

And at our show and tell, we had so many beautiful quilts from our members.


Block of the Every Other Month – Foreign Language

Our newest block of the month is Foreign Language – designed by our very own Lynne Nostrant. Lynne’s inspiration for this block was “Magic Inch Quilts.” You can see a tutorial from Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle of Modern Quilt Studio to learn how to make similar blocks.

How to get started: 

  • Use the photos and instructions below to make your block.
  • Our color palette for this month is Yellow Submarine. Use solids from the color palette below for your background. Any brand is fine. For the 1″ strip, use Kona Oyster (some was distributed at the meeting.)
  • Complete as many blocks as you’d like.  Each block is an entry into the drawing for the block lotto.
  • Bring your finished block(s) to the March meeting for a chance to win them all during the block lotto!

We can’t wait to see what you make and what unique layout the winner will choose!

Foreign Language Block Instructions

  1. Start with a 7×10 inch piece of your solid background color: Sunflower, Navy, Persimmon, Rose, Emerald. If you plan to make severely angled cuts or curved cuts, use an 8×11 piece as you will lose some when you trim. You will also need a one inch strip of letter fabric for each block. The length of that strip depends on how many cuts you make. Plan on one 1”x 40” for each block and you should be safe.
  2. Starting at least one inch from the sides, make between 1- 5 cuts in the background. (See examples) You can use a ruler or cut freehand.

3. Label the pieces in your preferred manner, thinking about the order you will sew them together, as you will sew the smaller pieces together before the longer ones.

4. Using a one inch strip of the letter fabric (Kona Oyster), sew one side of the strip to piece 1, then the other side of that strip to piece 2. Repeat for successive pieces. Ironing the seam allowance toward the letter fabric will make the letters pop out of the background a little. If you are using an accurate 1/4 inch seam allowance, your seams should exactly meet in the middle when pressed flat on the back.

Note: If you will be using curved piecing, you must cut your letter fabric on the bias or your blocks will not lay flat.
  1. After pressing, trim your block to exactly 6.5 x 9.5 inches.
Use painter’s tape for numbering your pieces, always placing the number in the upper left of the fabric for orientation. Just don’t sew or iron over it! For complicated piecing with several cuts, take a picture with your phone for reference. It can be confusing, especially with solid fabric.
Registration marks in the seam allowance help to line up pieces for angled or curved cuts.
You can use a 6.5 inch wide ruler for the first trimming to easily trim both sides. Then turn it and have a straight line to use for finding the 9.5 inch mark.
If you find that your block is a little short, just add in another one inch Oyster strip, followed by at least one inch of your background color.

December 2018 Meeting Recap

The end of the year is celebrated the same way every year by our guild. We take the first part of the meeting to have our showed and tell. As is always, our members showed us their many talents.

Claire says she is a  modern quilter from a traditional guild – all we know is that she made a beautiful quilt here.

Pam brought in this small quilt which is one of many where she works with one shape and repeats it.

And Lynne made this bag for her upcoming grandchild’s diaper bag:

Laura Ryle made this gorgeous modern Amish quilt as a wedding quilt. Laura did the quilting as well.

Gene made a duvet cover out of some Japanese fabrics – it’s brown because she has two new puppies and they get to sleep on the bed 🙂


Tamlin made this geometric vision of a mountain scene in this quilt which she will be gifting.

After show and tell, we had so many great treats that members brought for a bit of festivities and to enjoy each others’ company. We then had a fun gift swap and everyone was so generous and creative with their gifts.

We also brought many donations of fabric and notions for survivors of the  camp fire and for members of a quilt guild there whose members lost their homes. Quilters in that area have requested fabric, needles so that they can do hand work while they start to rebuild their lives. As we all know, having a small but creative outlet is soothing and helpful.

We will see you in 2019!!




November 2018 Meeting Recap


Hi Beautiful Guild members! We had our November meeting and here’s some highlights.

First, the recipient of the Block of the Every Other Month is Ruth. She received all the blocks that were made pictured behind her.

Our own Karen designed the Echo Block Study and is found here on the MQG website.

We then announced the next BOTEOM with Pam’s tutorial on how to make it.

Here is Isabelle with a sample block.

Here is a link to the directions along with the color palette. More copies of the templates will be available at the December meeting.

We had plenty of member show and tell as well.

Jeannie showed us her quilt made of shot cottons, designed by her.

Laura created this Amish beauty

Darlene stitched this up for donation

Anna made the two following quilts


Kathryn made this fresh quilt

Kathy is making this quilt by layering different colored fabrics together and then cutting into the layers – creating this effect. She embroidered the bird as well.

We hope you’ll join us for our holiday celebration meeting, December 4th at 6:30. See you there!