February 3 meeting: 6:30 at Harts, Santa Cruz

We have a great meeting planned for next week. Tina Michalik will present the Starch-Off, including two homemade versions – one made with potato vodka and one with cornstarch. Also, Karen Foster will update us on plans for this year’s retreat, we will turn in our President’s blocks, and more! Hope to see you whether you are already a member or just interested in seeing what we do!


Gwen Marston Quilts on Display

Gwen’s Minimal Quilts are on display in the gallery at Back Porch Fabrics, 157 Grand Av, Pacific Grove, California from January 10 to March 17, 2015. Stop by to be inspired by the talented Gwen Marston, who introduced the world to liberated quilt-making. While you’re there, browse Back Porch’s uniquely curated collections of modern fabrics. And if you’re hungry, Mando’s Mexican Restaurant (behind Back Porch) makes a delicious, inexpensive taco or burrito.


Fall 2015 Retreat

Hello SBAMQG members! Yes, it really is time to start thinking about our retreat for 2015. Your retreat planners are already hard at work on this and they really need your input. Have you filled out the questionnaire that was emailed to you from Karen via the Modern Quilt Guild website?

Please answer with your requests, likes, and dislikes so we can have the most perfect retreat for our members. Retreats are lots of fun, so don’t miss out!

And, speaking of retreats, have you seen the pictures from our Fall 2014 retreat at the Happy Valley Conference Center in Santa Cruz?  We had so much fun! Here are just a few of the sights from November:


Happy campers!

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Did I mention our amazing sponsors or our fabulous swag bags?

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We love to show our work!


Yummy colors!

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More tasty goodness!


You can see more photos on our Flickr page. Check them out! (And come to our next retreat!)

(Photo credit: Karen Foster)

January 2015 Meeting Highlights

South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild started 2015 with the introduction of an all-new team of officers:

President: Lynne Nostrant
Vice President: Mary Skillicorn
Treasurer: Therese Ponder
Secretary: Renee Tallman

After guild business including the discussion of membership renewals, name tags, our amazing Quiltcon 2015 charity quilt, and upcoming quilt shows and challenges, the really good stuff began!

Our own, world famous, Pam Rocco did a presentation on using the Fibonacci number sequence to design quilts and showed some great examples of her Fibonacci work:

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We also saw an exciting sneak peek of Pam’s quilt on the cover of an upcoming Quilter’s Newsletter special edition and the design for outgoing President Tina’s Thank-You blocks:

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And, of course, we had our always fun Sew and Tell:

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More photos from this meeting can be found on the SBAMQG Flickr page.

We love new members and visitors, too!  Please join us at the fabulous Harts Fabrics in Santa Cruz, CA, at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month.

(Photo credit: Karen Foster)

Charity Quilt for Quiltcon 2015

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Our collaborative quilt will be shown at Quiltcon 2015 in Austin Texas Feb. 19-22

Back in August, the Modern Quilt Guild announced that it would sponsor a charity quilt drive that would be displayed at Quiltcon, and then returned to the community and guild it came from, and then donated to that community’s local children’s shelter.  Without hesitation, our guild knew we would enjoy putting a quilt together.

There were a couple of parameters given for the challenge.  A palette was given; along with the directive to use alternate-grid in planning your overall design.


Tami, Tina, Gabrielle, Heidi, Mary convened at Pam’s house and scoured Pinterest to locate a design that we could use as a jumping off point, hoping to take a kernel of an idea, and then making the quilt design our own.  This was the quilt that really  jumped out to us as something that would be great for making by a group.  Here it is in all its glory:


Photo by: Ara Jane Olufson; a quilt made by the Do.Good.Stitches bee


We loved the idea of different sized strips and squares and the alternating horizontal and vertical strips.  Armed with our fabrics and a design idea, many of us constructed strip sets and then brought them together at a sew day.  Pam and Tina started cutting up the strips in varying sizes and sewing them together and then sometimes cutting once again to add more white background in to balance out the negative space.  Pam took home larger pieces of what we constructed and finished the assembly of the quilt top.  Then, it was time to hand it off to Tami of The Quilted Lemon.  She selected an interlocking squares and rectangles quilting pattern for our quilt.

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It was the perfect choice for our quilt design and we’re so thankful to Tami for donating her time, thread, effort and talent which provided just the right quilting for this quilt.  Pam then did the binding and put on the sleeve.  Our quilt is now in Austin and waiting to be in the big show, Quiltcon at the Austin Convention Center Feb. 19-22.

When the quilt is retuned to our guild, the quilt will be happily donated to a local children’s shelter and we will be honored to do just that.

And as an aside, three of our guild members will have quilts shown at Quiltcon this year and we’re proud to announce that Anne Sullivan, Pam Rocco and Tina Michalik will have work hanging in the show.  SBAMQG represent :)