• Block of the Every Other Month – Bolts


    By Lynne

    This is the easiest BOTEOM ever!

    Each entry consists of two strip pieces AKA strata. The background fabric is Kona Eggshell. Please do not substitute any other fabric for the background. While supplies last, you’ll get a 6” by WOF piece of the background fabric at the meeting. This is enough to cut two 2.5” strips. For the Bolt fabric, use any print in the chosen color scheme: Kona Gold (golden brown) Kona Ochre (golden yellow/mustard), Kona Caribbean (turquoise blue), and Kona Terracotta (rust/burnt orange). Prints may include other colors but should “read” as the palette color.

    For each strata, you will need a 2.5 x 33” print strip AND a 2.5 x 29” Kona Eggshell strip.

    How to measure and cut: From Kona Eggshell, cut a 2.5” strip from 42 inch wide fabric (folded in half as it came off the bolt). Keeping fabric folded in half, place the 14.5” marking on your ruler on the FOLD of your strip, and cut it with your rotary cutter. This will open out to a 2.5 x 29 inch strip. Be sure to have the FOLD under your ruler!

    For the prints, follow procedure as above, but place the fold at the 16.5 inch mark on the ruler. This will open up to a 33 inch strip.

    Sew each end of the solid to each end of the print. Yes – that’s what I said – you’ve now made a circle. Fold the circle so the Eggshell pieces are together. Cut the Eggshell piece crosswise once, but not in the middle! Offset your cut so the Eggshell is wider on one side of the print than on the other. Don’t cut closer to the seam than 6 or 7 inches or it will look too unbalanced.

    Now make another one!

    You’re done! Turn them in at the May meeting. Remember, each entry is two strata.

    Skinny Strips Free Pattern by American Patchwork and Quilting

  • March 2020 General Meeting


    • QuiltCon:
      • Karen had a group quilt that placed at QuiltCon! We are so excited to see our talented members showing their quilts for all.
      • Our  group charity quilt is being shipped back, but we have not yet chosen a charity for the quilt
      • Chelsea, Laura, and Merydith gave an update on their visit to QuiltCon. It was “Great Times,” they took lots of photos and of course, spent lots of money on great fabric. They saw several pieces from the SJS Academy there and let us know they are in need of groups to finish quilts.  They also recommend volunteering at QuiltCon for perspective at the show.
    • PVQA
      • Several of our members had quilts in the local show
      • Two of our members placed for the PVQC Challenge Quilt: Laura and Ruth!
    • Ruth gave us an update for several local events:
      • Mar. 5: FabMo @ Harvey West Park Clubhouse, Santa Cruz; free; redirects designer samples (home décor, tiles, wallpaper, notions) from landfill; donations accepted.
      • Mar. 21-22: East Bay Heritage Quilters: Voices in Cloth: Extraordinary Quilts by the Bay: Craneway Pavillion, Richmond Waterfront. Go to craneway.com for directions (Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4)
      • Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), UC BERKELEY Feb. 19—July 19: Rosie Lee Tompkins Retrospective
      • San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles: (see website for details)
        • Jan. 19–April 12: “Inside Out: Seeing Through Clothing” “Never Ending Thread
        • Mar. 6: First Friday & Opening Reception: “I Was India: Embroidery Exoticism”, 7-10 pm
        • Mar. 8: Free Admission: International Womens Day
        • Mar. 21—Quilt ID Day: go online to purchase a time slot
      • April 3-4: Monterey Peninsula Quilt Guild: “Quilts by the Bay,” Chatauqua Hall, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4
      • Now through April 29: “Quilts from the Thomas Contemporary Quilt Collection,” Back Porch Fabrics, Pacific Grove.
    • Elizabeth also told us about the Sutter Health 2020 Breast Cancer Quilt Auction
    • Ruth also shared “Quilts Beyond Borders” and a signup to participate on a small throw sized quilt with her and other members

    Member Spotlight: Marlyene

    Marlyene started sewing around junior high school. She continued sewing, which led her to become a home economics teacher. She made toys for her grandchildren and started quilting in the Glendale Quilt Guild. It wasn’t until moving to Santa Cruz that she took her first quilt class, in which she finished a chevron top. She has made a few table runners, she shared her own and one she made for her son and daughter-in-law’s home after they remodeled. She shared a T-shirt quilt that she made for her son and a diagonal design quilt for her daughter-in-law. She’s now finished several versions of Karen’s Abstract Log Cabin, including her first show entry, which she worked on at our guild retreat! Marlyne brought the judge sheets from her show entry to share what types of comments judges make on quilts, she said she thought it was a great learning experience to get critiqued. For some pictures of what she shared, check out our instagram post: 


    • Lynne demoed her BOTEOM due in May: Bolts. She hopes that if everyone turns in two strips, we’ll have enough to make two quilts: one for the BOTEOM random winner and one to assemble as a charity quilt. 

    • Vivian won the Stripes BOTEOM which was due this meeting

    Sew and Tell

  • Block of the Every Other Month (BOTEOM)

    Every other month a block will be presented and demoed by a guild member (or members) who volunteered to be in charge of that month’s BOTEOM, which will be made in the color scheme that won the member’s votes in the previous month. The months that blocks are due, names of the members that brought a BOTEOM will be randomly drawn and the winner gets to take home everyone’s blocks! You are entered into the drawing the total number of times as you brought blocks; if you brought two blocks, your name is entered into the drawing twice. Participation in voluntary and we encourage winners to use the completed blocks to make into a quilt.

    2020 Blocks are due:

    January: Vintage Crossed Lines by Kathy Howard

    March: Modern Stripes by Ruth Smith and Lori Green

    May: Bolts by Lynne




    2020 Voting on BOTEOM color scheme:

    February (for March)

    April (for May)

    June (for July)

    August (for September)

    October (for November)

    December (for January 2021)

    Previous BOTEOM: