We met this July for our guild meeting and it was, as ever, visually beautiful with everyone’s exciting and innovative quilts. But first, we had several guild happenings to cover.
Quilt Con charity quilt – This year’s design prompt is to use tiny piecing. We started making narrow strip sets at our sew day. For more information on this project see HERE. Blocks will be collected at the August and September meetings. The blocks are going to be chopped up and used to create something awesome. Future sew days (dates are TBD) will the be used as design meetings.
Barn Quilt – We are so inspired by Renee’s Barn Block quilt that we wanted to make our own for our Opportunity Quilt. 26 of the 36 blocks were created at the last sew day, we hope to finish the remaining 10 blocks at the next sew day (date TBD). The color scheme is turquoise and peach. The quilt will be about 72″ square.
We learned that our longtime and one-time officer Emily will be moving away to Texas and this was her last meeting. There was no time to prepare for a proper good-bye! Emily has been a part of the modern quilting community since its inception and was at the very first MQG meeting in Los Angeles. She lived for a time in Boise Idaho, and when her family moved to our area, we snatched her up and said you must join us and so she did. Emily was treasurer and helped shape and write our by-laws as well as set up accounting and aided in our guild becoming a non-profit. Our guild cannot send enough appreciation, warmth and well-wishes as she moves on to her next chapter. Here are a few of Emily’s beautiful quilts. Safe travels friend!!
And, as always, our members showed us their quilts.
See you at the August meeting!
August 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mid-County Senior Center, 829 Bay Ave
Capitola, CA 95010 United States + Google Map
Join us in making our 2019 QuiltCon Charity Quilt using the guidelines below.
We will be making blocks at the July 14th Sew Day, some fabric will be provided, but feel free to bring strips from your stash to include in the blocks!
Blocks will be collected at the August & September Guild Meeting.
We had a fantastic meeting as always and one of our most favorite meetings is when we have a big reveal. This month, we did our bag swap exchange and found out who had stitched up something beautiful and useful for us. The choices for this swap were to make either a tote bag or a zipper pouch for our recipient. So many lovely things were made.
Thanks to everyone who participated!
Next, we had an informational talk from Kathy about what she has learned recently on quilt preservation and storage. There was so much information shared and Kathy provided a print out with lots of valuable facts and advice so that our work can last for generations to come. Such a wonderful sharing of what is important to us all. Here is a photo of a quilt that Kathy saved from motor oil and years of stains.
Onward with our meeting and discussions about upcoming workshops. We are excited to have our own Karen Foster come and teach us Improv Abstraction Log Cabin on August 25. There still are a few spots left! Don’t miss out on this fantastic class.
In December, we are so excited to be having Denyse Schmidt come to teach advanced improv to our guild. This gives us a chance to delve even deeper into what improv skills we already have and to learn from Denyse, who is one of the founders of what inspired the MQG and introduced quilting to a new generation of quilters with a fresh voice. There is already a wait list for this workshop, but if you still would like to add your name, please contact us. email@example.com
And, of course, as always, we had a wonderful show and tell.
Our next meeting is JULY 10, the SECOND Tuesday of the month, and a sew day will follow on the 14th in our usual location at the community foundation in Aptos.
May’s meeting brought two special guests – Tricia Royal of Bits and Bobbins
brought a beautiful trunk show of her work and to discuss her evolution as a quilter and her ideas and process.
Tricia spoke at length about how she is submersed in surface design and dying using reclaimed fabric. Most inspiring were her thoughts on quilting as art and her dedication to portraying her own perspective and aesthetic. Thank you Tricia for visiting us!
We also hosted Julie from the Intrepid Thread who brought stacks of lovely fabrics for us to drool over.
As ever, we had a beautiful display of our talented members in sew and tell.
Renee’s block was won by Judy from the Block of the Every Other Month Club. This beautiful block was chosen by the Modern Quilt Guild as part of their block study for 2018.
Pam Rocco’s quilt is a variation on the Cogs block.
Lori made a quilt in Karen’s workshop on Improv Abstraction. We are so excited to see Karen teaching and we are lucky to have Karen teaching for our guild later this year.
Here is one of Karen’s quilts
Fabulous improv quilt with solids by Terry
Mo made this fabulous quilt in a workshop with Tara Faughnan.
Pictures do not do this postage stamp quilt justice. The visual impact is stunning.
Come to our next meeting on June 5 at 6:30 for more visual inspiration and friendship. This month, we will be giving our partners our tote bags or zipper pouches. Swap meetings are the best – we can’t wait to see what you all have made for each other. The swap will start promptly at 6:30. See you then!
Our newest block of the month is Side Stripe designed by our very own Renee Tallman!
How to get started:
- Login to the MQG Community Site & access the Criss Cross Applesauce written by Rebecca Severt for the MQG Block of the Month series.
- Use solids or prints from the calming color palette from Design Seeds below & white as your background color (in the same places you are asked to use white in the pattern).
- Bring your finished block(s) to the July 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!