Block of the Every Other Month – Echo

Our newest block of the month is Echo designed by our very own Karen Foster!

How to get started:
• Login to the MQG Community Site & access the Echo Block Study pattern OR reference the email sent on September 5th to all members.
• Use solids or prints from the color palette below.
• Bring your finished block(s) to the November 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!

August 2018 Meeting Recap

We had a quick, but lovely meeting this August and again, we hosted Julie of The Intrepid Thread who came this month to demonstrate the Cricut Maker. Julie showed how accurately and with great detail the Cricut can cut fabric.

And then after a quick break, we had sew ‘n tell and as usual, the quilts our members had made did not dissappoint.

Isabelle @southbaybella showed a minimal mini #sbamqg #showusyourmqg

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Later in the month, some members took Karen’s workshop called Improv Abstraction Log Cabin. Such a great, modern take on the most classic of all quilt blocks. Here is some of our work.

We will see you soon at our next meeting, September 4th, 6:30 at the Capitola Senior Center.

July 2018 Meeting Recap

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!!

Hey, will ya look at that! @lemontreetami & @littlebluecottage introduced me to the most brilliant idea… Longarm basting! And it's just in time, because I didn't have the slightest clue about how to move forward with doing hand quilting on this @libertylondon and #naniiro double gauze quilt to do it justice. I think this will give me confidence to just go for it! Maybe I will actually complete an entire quilt this year? #crosstourfingers #wishfulthinking @repostapp. ・・・ Another quilt on the frame for some basting in anticipation of some beautiful hand quilting by Emily @seventeenandem the top is made of beautiful Liberty of London 16-patch squares with the most darling polka dot lawn fabric. #apqs #APQSFreddie #longarmquilting #lovemylongarm #bastingbylongarm

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And, as always, our members showed us their quilts.

@laura.ryle also shared a mini started by Lynn. #sbamqg

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Jean is an artist with scraps. #sbamqg

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Ruth @scarletbegonias633 showed an exquisite quilt for #coveredinlovequilts #sbamqg

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See you at the August meeting!

August 7 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm
Mid-County Senior Center, 829 Bay Ave
Capitola, CA 95010 United States
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June 2018 Meeting Recap

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.

And, of course, as always, we had a wonderful show and tell.

Pam also shared a “britches quilt” #pantsquilt #sbamqg

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Muriel @ryouthereyet shared a colorful quilt at tonight’s meeting #sbamqg

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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.