March 2015 Meeting Recap

Our March meeting was a success, as always. Some of the topics we covered are our Fall 2015 retreat, our scheduled sew days at the Aptos Community Foundation for the upcoming year, and our guild members who won Judges Choice awards at the February PVQA quilt show. After that, we were treated to a QuiltCon report from several of our members who were lucky enough to attend the Austin show. It was very exciting to hear about their experiences with volunteering, meeting international quilting superstars, and the sights and sounds of the show. They also shared their tips for attending next year’s show in Pasadena.  After that, it was time for a Sew and Tell that was smaller than usual. Apparently there was too much traveling and not enough sewing going on last month. We will have to remedy that for our April meeting!

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Pam, as usual, came prepared to impress us with her artistry.

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She did not disappoint!

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Karen showed off her amazing bag making skills.


Kathrin shared her beautiful Gwen Marston style mini.

And, Lynne presented Karen with a camera fabric bag as a thank you for the superb photography she does for our guild.

That’s it for March.  See you in April!

(Photo credit: Karen Foster)

Quiltcon 2015

unnamed-3Quiltcon 2015 was quite an experience and several of the SBAMQG members were there to represent and to experience it all.  From the first day to the last, there was so much happening and so much to experience at the convention center as well as Austin itself.  Here is a photo-heavy blog post to give you a taste.

unnamed-4Past members as well as present members attended!  Previous Vice-President and secretary Susy Drake and Julia Williams were there with us and it was so good to catch up with them!  Pictured here also are Chelsea Hard, Tina Michalik and Laurel Woodside.





photo-2We took many workshops from many talented teachers including; The Quilters from Gee’s Bend, Lizzy House, Anna Maria Horner, Yoshiko Jinzenji, Carolyn Friendlander just to name a few.  Pictured here is Karen Foster at Rossie Hutchinson’s workshop on improv shapes and reverse appliqué.



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unnamed-10It was exciting to see our guild’s contribution to the charity drive that Quiltcon sponsors every year.  I know that I’m incredibly biased, but our quilt really looked amazing there in the lecture hall.  The quilt will return to our guild so that it may be donated to a local children’s shelter.

unnamed-7Renee Tallman’s quilt “Funky Junk” which had shown at the Modern Quilt Guild’s showcase at market.  It was juried into the showcase and then asked to hang at Quiltcon.  Renee’s quilt was also part of Alyssa Haight Carlton’s lecture given on “Use of Negative Space”  I heard several people mention the story behind this quilt and Renee’s long road to creating this quilt.

unnamed-8Anne’s quilt “We Are” hung at Quiltcon and was also part of Alyssa’s negative space lecture.  This quilt is Anne’s piece made for the Amish:The Modern Muse show which hung at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.  It’s a hard color to photograph and appears black, but is a deep blue with an incredible green yellow.

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Pam Rocco had not one, but two quilts hanging at Quiltcon.  Pam’s work often gravitates to a yellow palette and the one on the left is no different.  On the right, is a wonderful improv mosaic composition surrounded by a textured, neutral ground.


Tina’s quilt is a statement piece which reflects a solidarity in marriage equality.  It is improv pieced and stitched in text that reads, “love is love”

Next year, Quiltcon will be held in Pasadena, CA and hopefully even more members of the SBAMQG can attend!






March 3 General Meeting

Our next meeting is 6:30 on Tuesday, March 3, at Harts in Santa Cruz. We will have an update on the Fall Retreat, Sew Days and possible workshops. And hear about our blind swap! Please remember to bring your name tags, a chair, your Sew and Tell and any candidates for “Can this quilt be saved?”

Visitors are welcome. If you are interested in seeing what “modern” quilting is all about, please join us!

Anne Sullivan Promotes Inclusion in “Games are for Everyone”

Games are for Everyone Quilt Blocks

Our own Anne Sullivan is passionate about everything she does, and that includes quilting and gaming. Next week, when thousands of game developers and game industry professionals descend on San Francisco for the Game Developer’s Conference (GDC), Anne will combine these passions by providing a stack of heart blocks for people to sign to show their support for the Games are for Everyone movement. Anne will collect the blocks after the show and turn them into a quilt (or quilts if there are enough blocks). They’ll be available for display as a show of group support and welcome to all gamers. You can read more about the Games are for Everyone movement on Anne’s Play-crafts post.

If you are interested in making hearts for an upcoming event, please let Anne know!

More Fantastic Quilts from SBAMQG Members at PVQA Quilt Show

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Carole Rossi was awarded a Judge’s Choice award at the PVQA show for her pieced village scene. Carole says that she was “inspired while on a glorious trip to England, by a detail from a local painting of a whitewashed Cornish village.  I began designing the quilt in a spectacular workshop on improvisational piecing with fiber artist Hilde Morin, at Empty Spools.  The image gradually morphed into more of a Mediterranean medieval fantasy!“ Carole quilted it on her Bernina, experimenting with various thread colors and types.

Carole also entered her MacRose piece, which was inspired during a visit to Scotland. She says, “I was in Glasgow where I was absolutely bowled over by the artistry of Glasgow architect/painter/designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  He lived in the later part of the 19th/early 20th century, and was a leading figure among Art Nouveau artists in Scotland. My quilt is based on his rose, which is one of his iconic images.”    FYI, Carole’s other “Macintosh inspired” quilt was included in the first hanging of the recent Amish companion MQG show at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.


Sharon Cooper also delighted us with her cheerful Bright Circles quilt piece. We have so many talented SBAMQG members!

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