November 2015 Meeting Recap

The SBAMQG thanks Hart’s Fabrics for hosting another terrific meeting this week!

Business included the latest information on our Maria Shell workshop, which is happening this Saturday. We are expecting to have a great day learning all of Maria’s secrets. Lynne reminded us that the deadline for annual membership dues is approaching so please watch for your Paypal invoice, which will be sent out soon. We also talked about a few big things that will be happening at our December meeting. First, we will be doing our annual fabric gift swap. If you want to participate in this fun activity, please show up with a wrapped package containing one yard of fabric to swap. You can bring a one yard cut or any combination of cuts that equals one yard. Second, refreshments will be potluck style, so please bring something to share, keeping neatness in mind out of respect for our host shop. Third, we will be holding the election for new officers for 2016. Several people were nominated tonight for positions on the board but, if you are interested in running for a spot, please let the current board know by November 30, so we can get your name on the ballot before our December 1st meeting.

The highlight of tonight’s meeting was the big reveal of our small challenge quilts. In September, participants blindly selected a fat quarter from one bag and a slip of paper containing a modern quilting design concept from another bag. The challenge was to make a small quilt to demonstrate one or more of the design features that are often found in modern quilting. Our talented members came up with some creative solutions to the challenge and we had a blast viewing them. We hope to show them off in public in the near future. Here is a look at our proud quilters:








Of course we had a few lovelies in our regular Sew and Tell, including a Fibonacci finish and this awesome log cabin:


Come see us in December!


(photo credit Karen Foster)


2015 Fall Retreat

The SBAMQG 4th Annual Fall Retreat has come and gone, and what an event it was! The weekend, October 9-12, was warm and comfy. The location was the Happy Valley Conference Center, a lovely venue in the redwood forest of Santa Cruz, made even better by the fact that it is less than 10 minutes from our home base of Hart’s Fabric. The campers were a friendly bunch, the creativity was off the charts, and the retreat committee knocked it out of the park!

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First and foremost, a thank-you goes out to the terrific committee who did such a great job planning, organizing, and setting up everything so the rest of us could just relax. Their efforts did not go unnoticed. Thank you to Karen, Merydith, Eileen, Jeannie, Gabrielle, Heidi, and Mary!

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Secondly, but equally as important, a huge thank you goes out to these wonderful sponsors who raised it to another level with their generous donations: Aurifil, The Warm Company, Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabric, Quilter’s Dream Batting, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Back Porch Fabrics, and Harts Fabric. The SBAMQG loves you!!

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Our sponsors provided all sorts of goodies for our gorgeous swag bags (made by SBAMQG volunteers), game prizes, and door prizes. So much fun!

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Some of us worked late into the night.


Some of us learned new skills through demos.


And some of us took breaks to swing under the redwoods.

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With no interruptions (well, except for food, massages, s’mores, hikes, and more food) we accomplished many things.

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Impressive, right? If you haven’t yet attended one of our retreats, you are really missing out on a lot of fun.


Hope you decide to join us next year!

(photo credit Karen Foster)


October 2015 Meeting Recap

Thank you to Santa Cruz’s best fabric store, Hart’s Fabric, for again hosting the SBAMQG’s monthly meeting. It was a smashing success! Some of the more important announcements included:

It’s not too late to sign up for our Maria Shell workshop, “Making Prints out of Solids,” on Saturday, November 7. The price of $62 for members and $72 for non-members is a great deal. Have you checked out Maria’s work yet? If not, you should! Please contact us at to join us for this terrific event.

Our own, supremely talented, Mickey Beebe announced that her traditional-style quilt, Pennsylvania Star of Bethlehem, has been selected to be the signature quilt of next year’s Chicago International Quilt Festival, which takes place April 7-9. Her quilt will be pictured in all the show’s advertising, postcards, souvenirs, etc. How exciting is this? We are so proud of Mickey!

It’s the season when we start getting geared up for elections for the next year’s leadership positions. Are you interested in becoming a member of the SBAMQG board? We are looking for a new President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary for 2016. Come to the November meeting ready to nominate yourself or a willing friend for a spot on the board and we will be voting at our December meeting. Please consider running for a spot. It’s fun and your guild needs you!

Tonight’s Sew and Tell was notable for its display of COLOR!

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The muted color schemes were lovely and the brights were, well, see for yourself:

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Come see us next month!

(photo credit Karen Foster)

Much Ado About Something Fabulous


Those of us fortunate enough to take Tina Michalik’s “improv with a plan” class, based on her quilt “Much Ado About Nothing,” think she needs to change the name. The quilt is based on 16 blocks regardless of finished size, and uses two log cabin blocks to make improv quilts that have us asking, “How did she do that?” Tina is a fun and attentive teacher and we all had a blast. Pam, Carolyn, Barb, Carole, Donna, Lori, Lynne, Laurel, Karen, Laurie (who came all the way from Minnesota!!!), Chelsea, Emily, Louise, Tiffany, and Brenda all made progress on their blocks, and we can’t wait to see the finished quilts and pillow covers.

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Summer 2015 Charity Quilt

The SBAMQG charity quilt committee spent most of their summer working on the planning and execution of charity quilts. The first quilt has been finished and delivered and we are proud to share the news here on the blog.

We are so fortunate to have the talented SBAMQG member, Pam Rocco, as our charity committee leader this year. Pam suggested the use of wedges in the design for this year’s charity quilts. After a collaboration of ideas, the committee came up with parameters for the quilt and ultimately decided on an very unique and modern original design by member, Karen Foster:


Naturally, the concept was well received, so Pam and Karen got started. The girls worked tirelessly at sew days both at home and at our guild’s favorite spot for group sewing: The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, in Aptos.

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The wedge units were cut, sewn, and assembled into strips.

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Here are Pam and Karen, hard at work.


The strips were sewn together.

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And the quilt top was built.

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Looks pretty great, right?

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It was quilted by Linda Barbin, and bound and labeled by Lynne Nostrant.

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Pam showed the quilt at SBAMQG Sew and Tell this month. The cheery backing fabric really enhances the quilt!

The name, “Castles in the Sand,” was suggested by member, Laura Ryle, and chosen by the committee as a perfect moniker for this lovely, beachy quilt.

Pam delivered the quilt to Caroline’s Non-Profit Thrift Shop, a wonderful organization that will use it to raise money for Santa Cruz County non-profits that have programs and/or services for children with special medical, developmental, or psychological needs.

(photo credit Karen Foster)