We had another wonderful evening at Harts Fabric, and once again are so grateful for the use of their space. Two new visitors joined us for our meeting as well, Therese & Cynthia! We are so glad you came out to see what we are all about and look forward to seeing you at the December meeting too!
Everyone was abuzz (and tired) from the second annual guild retreat that concluded just days before the meeting. It was SO much fun! Thank you to all who made it such a raving success!! A blog post all about it is coming soon, but here is a little glimpse of the fun had… and accomplishments!
But if you just can’t wait to see more head over to our flickr group!
President Tina led another great fabric discussion, this time about the use of trend color and large scale prints in fabric and how they have changed block design and modern quilts. It was fun to talk fabric and color. Thanks, Tina!
Of course there was another fabulous show and tell too!
We are looking forward to our next meeting on December 3rd at Harts Farbic at 6:30. If you are in the area and haven’t been able to make it to a meeting yet we hope to see you there, as well as all our current members! We will be holding officer elections for 2014, voting on new guild bylaws and enjoying a little holiday party with yummies and a fabric exchange! Hope to see you there!
Of Course it was another fantastic meeting at Harts Fabric in Santa Cruz! We are so grateful for the use of their space and hospitality.
We had one new visitor at the meeting, hi Rachel!
Everyone is getting excited for the upcoming retreat on November 1st-3rd. Vice President Karen, and retreat coordinator, shared that we are 100% full with 20 attendees and 5 visitor passes! We are so excited that half of the attendees are new and the other half returning. We are looking forward to the fun we are all going to have in just a few weeks! Hurrah!
Just a reminder that we will be holding officer nominations for December’s election at the next meeting (November) and will start collecting dues for 2014 too! We are so excited about what this next year has in store for the South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild!!
There were so many beautiful quilts shared at this month’s show and tell, here are just a few gems. As always be sure to check out all the talent on our flickr page.
Member, Adrianne showed us the book she was a part of called Modern Bee – 13 Quilts to Make with Friends. It is now available on Amazon and other retailers. We all enjoyed thumbing through her preview copy. There are so many good quilt bee ideas in it as well as fantastic advice for starting and maintaing your own bee.
This is the bee quilt she completed from the book!
September’s meeting was fabulous as always, and held at the at the amazing Harts Fabric in Santa Cruz, CA. We had one visitor, hi Lynn! We’re excited you came to see what were are all about!
There will be a reception held for the SBAMQG at SueDees on September 14th from 6-8pm for the modern quilt show they have on display all of September. We hope to see you there!
Rebecca lead a great on-trend fabric discussion featuring the new fabric line, Tule by designer Leah Duncan . She spoke about how Leah had a lot of Southwestern influence and an open discussion was started about the fabrics great fresh colors and detail.
Show and tell was a treat for all of us, as usual. Remember to check out all the pictures from the meeting on our flickr page too!
More progress is being made on our informal guild quilt along using Elizabeth Hartman’s Sparkle Punch Tutorial.
Member Lori gave a great demonstration that she learned from Ricky Tims on how to construct 3-D flying geese with ease. The method can also be used at cathedral windows. Thanks, Lori!
Our apologies for the VERY delayed August-October meeting posts. As mentioned in our July recap, Julia our elected Secretary moved away and the blog duties have shifted around a bit, but hopefully we will be on track from now on!
We had a great meeting at Harts Fabric and were thrilled to have FIVE new visitors that became members. Welcome, Mary, Barbara, Julie, Betsy & Kelly! We all can’t wait to get to know you better!
At the beginning of the meeting we had a bit of business to cover, including our plans to join the Modern Quilt Guild parent organization in January 2014 and discussed what all of that means for members. To prepare for the transition we will be holding officer elections at December’s meeting and nominations at the November meeting. Bylaws will also be voted on at the December meeting.
President Tina gave a very informative talk on putting a modern twist on traditional techniques and blocks. She shared many books giving examples of mixing old techniques with the new and using them a new, fresh & modern way.
To send Julia, our exiting secretary, away in style members made a quilt of course! The design is called Churn Dash and made out of Julia’s current favorite, Briar Rose by Heather Ross!
We are pretty certain she LOVED IT! Thank you to all that made this such a special gift for her to carry with her to remember all of us by!
Partners for our negative space challenge were revealed and so many wonderful creations were exchanged. Here are just a few highlights, but be sure to check them all out on the SBAMQG Flickr group!
Show an tell was stellar as usual!
A few members have been making great progress on the guild’s very informal/no-deadline Sparkle Punch Quilt along too!
A great good fortune happened with our guild yesterday as we spent a few hours listening to Weeks Ringle of the Modern Quilt Studio lecture and teach. For those who aren’t familiar with Weeks’ work, she is one half of the Modern Quilt studio, the other half is her husband, Bill Kerr. They truly are pioneers in the modern quilting movement and have authored books on the subject, as well as currently publishing their magazine, Modern Quilts Illustrated.
It was announced several months ago that Bill and Weeks would be touring the west coast along with daughter Sophie, to promote Sophie’s new book(!!). When we approached her, Weeks was all too happy to come and give a lecture or workshop for our guild. After much discussion, we decided that The Role of Color in your Quilts is what we wanted to explore.
We had SO.Much.Fun!
Weeks is dynamic and lively and the hours went by too quickly. We had several “explorations” to work on as Weeks would talk a bit about color and then be given a small task to work on. After a slideshow presentation on the role of color in our lives and in our culture, we were given copies of a painting taken from one of the great masters in art history. The challenge was to truly look at all the colors in the picture. Weeks had a huge assortment of scraps to choose from in every color. Sometimes a painting looked like it might only have 8-10 colors in it, but upon looking at the scraps and all the shading, you started seeing so many other colors. We went back for more scraps. We were really learning to spot so much more than first meets the eye.
Weeks also shared with us many new quilts she and Bill have made for their patterns and their magazines. Their work embodies so many of the principles of modern quilting and modern art generally speaking. Clean lines, vivid color combinations and negative space were at work in the quilts they showed.
Weeks also had books, magazines, kits and fabrics for sale, including their upcoming line with Andover, “passport”.
Weeks and Bill’s work isn’t interesting simply because it’s modern. Their work celebrates color and classic design principles. When they lecture, their enthusiasm for what they do is infectious. You get the feeling that they want their students to take whatever they can glean from their vast knowledge and make something great, something breathtaking. From the smiles we saw, and the energy we all felt, it seems like that’s just what may happen!