March Guild Meeting started with Kelly Orr, the President of Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild introducing the Juried Invitational Quilt Show at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. The show is open to all 4 Bay Area Modern Quilt Guilds including ours! It will coincide with their exhibit of Ohio Amish Quilts, and each quilt entered should be “inspired” by Amish Quilting.
Next Tina introduced the Michael Miller FREE Petal Pinwheels Fabric Challenge, sure to spawn a lot of bright and cheery quilts! Each quilted object will be due June 23rd.
Then, after a quick tantalizing reveal of the Jacquie Gering Workshop in July, came the Great Pincushion Swap!
Look at all those adorable pincushions!!
Some even got to swap with each other!!
Adrianne and Julie traded pincushions in similar colors!
At Sew and Tell, Dana and Tina shared their “Radiant Orchid” Quilts- just one more challenge we couldn’t include on our roster, but would be totally fun to do anyway!
More gorgeous sew and tells!
Then Pam gave used Karen’s back to give us a tutorial on so-called “Easy” Puzzle Blocks!
Well, we can tell she got it down!
Caroline showed us her beautiful finished sunflower quilt…I think I remember her working on this at the first Retreat!
All in all, a great, and LONG meeting!!
Our February meeting brought several announcements and some amazing show and tell from our members. Above, you can see Emily announcing our guild’s participation in Alyssa Kychner’s Skill Builder Block of the month! This promises to be informative and fun, especially with how adorable the design of the quilt is.
Will you be following along with us? Along with a great design, Alyssa includes video tutorials to guide you along in learning how to hone your quilting skills such as understanding color and value, precision piecing, glue basting, paper piecing, and something she calls Piec-lique. We are in for some fun watching everyone’s quilt progress.
This month we had some amazing show and tell! On the left, Renee showed us her amazing flying geese quilt. It’s pieced with One Seam Flying Geese for a three dimensional look. On the right, we have Pam’s version of an X plus quilt. She loved Karen’s version so much, that she wanted to make one for herself.
Next up were two improv quilts. On the left is Jo’s, and on the right is Pam’s. This is why improv is so great – no limits!
Pam again on the left with half-square triangles. On the right, Jeannie designed and pieced her first modern quilt. She loved the freedom she felt in making this quilt and we all loved the color and modern shapes.
And last but not least is this gorgeous and graphic tree quilt in beautiful rainbow order. Against the black background, it’s so striking!
If you would like to join us, we welcome you! We meet at Hart’s Fabric on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30. See you there!!
The new year started off with a bang! Tons of new members and visitors in January, Hart’s barely knew what hit ‘em!
Visitors were Joy Jensen from Salinas, Ammarina from Los Gatos, Ellen Farmer, Katherine’s daughter from Auburn, Jane Radcliff from Felton and Suzanne Granstrom from Bainbridge Is.!
Tina did a tutorial on nearly-pieced easy circles.
Dana stitched up a typewriter on a sheer panel for her art show.
Pam shows her modern telephone poles and Rori shows off her “scrap vomit” quilt.
Rori also brought in a fabulous quilt using a fresh white background and used all fabrics by Momo. Anne brought in a proud finish – her modified bento box quilt AKA her dissertation quilt. She started it a year ago and finally gave it as a present this Christmas.
Our December meeting was a ton of fun! We once again met at Hart’s Fabric in Santa Cruz, but they had rearranged their store which meant we had a bigger space to meet than ever before.
We started with a bit of business, as our officers and by-laws were voted on. Congratulations to our new executive board:
President – Tina Michalik
Vice President – Anne Sullivan
Secretary – Dana Seeger
Treasurer – Emily Sardo
Photo by Karen Foster
Once that was all settled, we moved into the party portion of the evening. We had a lovely potluck of goodies and snacks, and the main event: The (pretty) white elephant fabric gift exchange!
Photo by Karen Foster
Everyone brought an equivalent of a yard of fabric, and we limited it to two steals per item. It was a blast, with much stealing all around! I’ve even [mostly] forgiven everyone from constantly stealing from me.
Photo by Karen Foster
We look forward to the new year when we will officially join The Modern Quilt Guild, and what the new year brings for us as a guild.
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!