A Quilt for a Special Friend

Here is a long overdue post about a quilt that our group made a while back as a gift for someone special. Anne Sullivan is fast becoming one of the big names in the modern quilting world. But, here at the SBAMQG, she has been impressing us with her talents since our very beginning in 2011. Anne was our long-time tech guru as well as our Vice President and, without her, we wouldn’t be what we are today. Her leadership and guidance are always so appreciated and her mastery of color and design mixed with computer programming are beyond amazing. What a treat it has been to watch Anne’s Play Crafts blog grow since its early stages. And now, seeing all she has been accomplishing lately, we are so proud to be able to say we knew her when!

Last summer, Anne was given a job opportunity 3000 miles away, in Washington DC. While this was great for her, it wasn’t so great for us. So, of course we turned to quilting to mend our broken hearts.  It wasn’t hard to decide what to make. We instantly knew that Anne’s very own design, Rock Candy Block, would be a perfect going away gift for her.

Each guild member received a HST-square in light and dark grey:


We were then given instructions to complete our block using bright complementary colors. Here, some of the blocks start to come together:assembly

Lori Green, Karen Foster, Pat Goulet, and Tina Michalik begin assembling rows:

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Karen, Lori, and Pat work on the binding:


What do you do with extra blocks? Karen Foster makes giant tote bags and Anne was the recipient of this one as well:IMG_3552IMG_3553

Here is the SBAMQG’s finished Rock Candy quilt (quilted by Pat Goulet and labeled by Lori Green), preparing for its trip from the west coast: beach shot

What fun it was to present Anne with her quilt at QuiltCon West last February in Pasadena, CA. She was so surprised!

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We miss you Anne! Hope you think of us whenever you see the quilt!

(Photo credit Karen Foster, Anne Sullivan)

May 2016 Meeting Recap

The SBAMQG continues to have an awesome and creative 2016, as shown by this week’s meeting at Hart’s Fabrics in Santa Cruz, CA. President Chelsea Hard couldn’t be with us but VP Pam Rocco did a great job of filling in for her. We had five visitors joining in on the fun this week. We love our visitors and we especially love our new members!

Our introduction segment for this year’s meetings has been a big hit. It is a nice way to meet each other, since our group is growing larger by the month, and it is also a great way for every member to participate in the meeting. This week, we took turns naming our favorite personalities in the quilt world. Some of the names on our list are very well known: Our #1 quilter is Jacquie Gering and our #1 fabric designer is Kaffe Fassett. But the real education happened with the list of lesser-known names. These are the up-and-comers I am excited to check out as soon as I get a chance!

Next up, SBAMQG member, and free-motion quilting extraordinaire, Laura Ryle, gave a terrific FMQ demonstration. Laura has tons of personal experience with FMQ and has taken many workshops on the subject, so she was happy to share her knowledge, tips, and advice. Her work is lovely and I know many of us were inspired to give FMQ a try!

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Laura shows a sample of her FMQ:


After regular guild business including announcements about sew days, charity projects, workshops, and the retreat, we got down to the thing we do best – Sew and Tell.  Enjoy:

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Our 1/4-Log Cabin quilt tops are already starting to arrive!

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VP Pam brought a spectacular collection, as usual.

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Mickey shared her 1st place QuiltCon ribbon and the 2016 Chicago International Quilt Festival program featuring her quilt.

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Mickey also brought two beautiful new finishes.

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Carole shows off her smaller new works.

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Susan has discovered jelly roll race quilts.

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Laura shows off a gorgeous two-sided beauty.

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Amber showed her stunning embroidered tote. Wow!

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Karen and Pamela got in on the action.


And Mary shared a recent vintage acquisition.

Please come join us in June!

(photo credit Karen Foster)

Pam Rocco Workshop

How lucky are we at the SBAMQG to have the incomparable Pam Rocco as a member, friend, and guild Vice President? We definitely know how lucky we are and we make use of her experience, knowledge, and wonderful energy every way we can. Last week, for instance, we enjoyed a workshop with Pam in which she taught us how to make her famous 1/4-Log Cabin quilt. As many readers know, Pam writes a monthly column for Quilter’s Newsletter magazine. (Her writing is entertaining and her quilts are outstanding!) This particular quilt, which was featured in a recent QN issue, has proven to be quite popular and you can read about it and get a free pattern here: Quilter’s Newsletter.

As for our workshop, it was a great way to spend a rainy day and we had so much fun!

Pam instructs her eager students:


The SBAMQG always appreciates a good trunk show (this is just a peek):


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Here we are, hard at work:


Elaine works super fast:


Here’s some early progress. It appears that many of us were inspired by Pam’s blue and green quilt:


But quite a few of us had other ideas too:


It will be exciting to see what we come up with. Thank you Pam – it was so much fun!

(photo credit Karen Foster, Chelsea Hard, Renee Tallman)


April 2016 Meeting Recap

This week, the fantastic Hart’s Fabric in Santa Cruz, CA, again hosted the SBAMQG for our monthly meeting, and it was another good one. We started off with a fun walking foot quilting demonstration by our VP, Pam Rocco. Pam showed us all the secrets and tips she learned from Jacquie Gering’s Craftsy workshop and it was super informative. Here’s Pam hard at work and a sample of her walking foot quilting:

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Next, President Chelsea Hard initiated a group discussion about batting. We talked about our favorite batting brands and fiber contents, we shared our personal pros and cons in regards to batting, and we got many questions answered on the topic. Most importantly, we were inspired to try new things. It seems that wool batting is extremely popular with this group of quilters. Who knew?


Special guest Michelle Mattson from the Rebele Family Shelter attended tonight to say thank-you to the guild for donating our 2015 QuiltCon charity quilt to them. She told us that it will be displayed proudly in a public area of the shelter after an upcoming remodel. Hopefully our work will bring cheer to the shelter.

Other news included the introduction of the colors and guidelines for the 2017 QuiltCon charity quilt. Treasurer Gabrielle Robles announced two exciting workshops with some very esteemed quilters: Latifah Saafir is coming in June for an exclusive bias tape workshop and Sherri Lynn Wood is coming in November for an improv workshop. You won’t want to miss these opportunities so get signed up soon! Our friends in the East Bay Modern Quilters group are having their annual Stitch Modern show starting this weekend and it sounds really fun. Lastly, time is running out to reserve your spot for our fall retreat. Don’t miss out!

Sew and Tell this month was a visual smorgasbord featuring lots of modern, along with some traditional and art quilting items. Here you go:

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Karen showed her mini quilting bee beauties.

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Tami and Laura showed their minis as well.

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Speaking of Sherri Lynn Wood and Latifah Saafir, Tami and Gabrielle shared finished works inspired by those talented ladies.

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More eye candy!

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Merydith is known for quilt backs that are as beautiful as the fronts.

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As is Gabrielle!

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Sheila’s fabulous color and some polyester!

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Susan showed some classics.


And art quilts came for a visit as well.

See you in May!

(photo credit Karen Foster)