• California Curves block – SBAMQG’s QuiltCon 2021 Community Outreach Quilt Challenge

    Although the 2021 QuiltCon looks quite different next year, SBAMQG is still excited to participate in virtual workshops, shows, and of course the Community Outreach Quilt Challenge. Our 2021 quilt will be donated to an organization in Santa Cruz County helping with those impacted by the CZU lightning complex fire.

    QuiltCon’s 2021 Community Outreach Quilt Challenge theme is Curves! To read more about the complete guidelines including quilt size, equivalent theme colors in different brands, and rules, see The MQG’s challenge post here.

    Thank you to Elizabeth McGinnis for submitting the chosen block for the outreach quilt, aptly named “California Curves”.

    Please track your progress on instagram with #sbamqgcommunityquilt2021. Completed blocks can be dropped off at Pat’s house (Capitola), please email sbamqg@gmail.com for delivery/shipping address.

    If you are queasy about sewing curves, there are numerous tutorials on youtube.  Here’s one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4WFZIU-vyw

    California Curves

    Color Palette for 2021 QuiltCon Community Outreach Quilt


    Example Blocks

    Cut (5) 12” squares from 5 different fabrics, using the QuiltCon palette (bright white, apricot/mango, tiger/dark orange, sky blue, cobalt blue, indigo)

    Fabric hints:  If you use white, use a pure white, or “arctic” white.  An off-white will look dingy with these colors.  If you use a print for the colors, be sure that it doesn’t introduce a new color.  Small prints look better.

    Making the block:

      1. Stack the 5 squares. With chalk, lightly draw 4 curves on the top square, to make sure you like the spacing of your curve.  The curves do not need to be perfect arcs or echoes. Make sure to leave at least 1-2 inches on the last, largest curve to allow for seam. allowance
    Stack all 5 of your 12″ squares and draw 4 curves on the top square

    2. Cut gentle curves through all five layers, following the chalk lines, using a sharp rotary cutter (or scissors). Use one hand to hold the fabric squares in place so they don’t move while cutting—watch your fingers!

    3. Shuffle the stacks – Move the top layer of stack 1 to the bottom; move the top 2 layers of stack 2 to the bottom; move the top 3 layers of stack 3 to the bottom; move the top 4 layers to the bottom; leave stack 5 as is. You can also arrange your pieces on a design wall until you have 5 blocks that appeal to you. Each block will have all 5 colors in a different arrangement.

    Gently cut curves in the stack of 5 blocks, then arrange the strips into unique blocks.

    4. Using the top layer from each stack, fold each piece to find the midpoint. Match right sides together at the folded midpoint. If you prefer to pin, place pins about 1 inch apart, starting from the center out to the edge. Starting with the first two inside pieces (light blue & indigo in the example above), match the curves and stitch using ¼” seam allowance, gently easing the curve.

    Make a crease at the center of each strip to help align centers. Sew each strip together.

    5. Repeat with each of the 4 curves. When each block is finished, press seams outward. Repeat for each layer of stacked pieces. You will end up with five different blocks. They will look fairly wonky at this point.

    Blocks look wonky at this point, need to trim!

    6. Trim the blocks to 9.5 inches and you’re done!

    Example Blocks


  • Block of the Every Other Month – Circle in a Square – Due September 2020

    July’s block is a very simple appliqué, presented by Laura Ryle.

    There are only 2 rules:
    1. You must use solid fabric only. Any color is ok, including black and white.

    2. You must hand sew the appliqué.


    Cut a 5 1⁄2 inch square for the background.
    Cut out a 4 inch circle of another color.
    The finished appliqué is a 3 1/2 inch circle. This is the size of your template.

    Turn the edges under, using your technique of choice. Cut the excess fabric from the back.
    The technique that I prefer is to cut a freezer paper circle the size of the finished circle (3 1/2”). Place your fabric down, with the wrong side up, then place the freezer paper with the shiny side up, on the wrong side of the fabric circle. I use a little fabric glue to tack the edges down and then press the edges so they stick to the shiny side of the paper. Be careful to only iron the fabric edges down so that they stick to the freezer paper, you don’t want the freezer paper to stick to your iron!

    Center the circle on the background. There should be about a 1 inch border on each side. Hand appliqué.
    Match your thread color to the circle.

    If you would like an additional challenge, you can piece strips of solids and then cut your circle.

    After the circle is sewn down, cut the excess fabric from the back of the circle, leaving a 1⁄4” seam allowance. The paper can then be removed.

  • Block of the Every Other Month – Sidebar – Due July 2020

    July’s BOTEOM is brought to you by Lynne

    This is a simple, wonky block with endless design opportunities depending on how you rotate the blocks.

    Example layout of a few Sidebar blocks

    We will be using solid colors only (thank you to Mickey for putting together our voting palette, the winning color combination is Émile Alain Séguy Dragonflies.

    For this block, you can use tints, shades, and tones of above colors. Black is to be used for sidebars.


    Fabric needed for each block:

    Four-patches = Four 4.5” squares of the palette colors. You may use two, three or four colors

    Sidebars = One each 2 x 8.5” and 2 x 10” black strips

    Fabric Layout
    1. Sew the four-patch together
    2. Add the shorter black strip to one side
    3. Sew the longer black strip to an adjacent side
    Sewn together, but untrimmed block

    Make a trimming template by cutting off 2.5” from the top of an 8.5×11” sheet of paper.

    Trimming Template
    Painters Tape










    Lay the template on your block, rotating it slightly so it’s off-center. (Adding a small roll of painters’ tape to the back of the template will keep it from sliding.)

    Trimming Template laid on block

    Lay your ruler along one side of the template and trim off the excess.

    Trim excess from block

    Repeat for all four sides.

    Yay! You’ve made a wonky Sidebar!

  • SBAMQG Mask Collection (Second Collection)

    Thank you to everyone who participated in our previous mask collections, which are now fulfilled!

    We have new requests that have came in, plus a partnership with Pajaro Valley Quilt Association (PVQA)!

    PVQA/SBAMQG Mask Project

    Ruth coordinated with PVQA to see if we could help them with the requests for a large numbers of masks.
    If interested in joining the PVQA/SBAMQG Mask Project, here are the details:

    Pleated Masks for Valley Medical Center in San Jose

    VMC will be providing the masks to people in a variety of non-clinical settings, for example cancer patients who need extra protection. Lori Green has designed a pattern which is made from one piece of fabric and it goes together really quickly. Lori’s mask works perfectly for this purpose. Check out the instructions in Lori Green Mask (pdf). Lori has also provided a video for visual learners: Lori Green Mask Demo (video). Note that you should use the video for the assembly technique but not the dimensions, corrected dimensions are in the pdf. These masks can be dropped on Pat’s porch – if you have any questions please email us at sbamqg@gmail.com.
  • April 2020 General Meeting

    We had a different – but fun – meeting this month. We hosted on Zoom, which allowed us to see and hear each other, while also sharing our Sew and Tell quilts from the month. Darlene introduced Mo, Heidi, and Renee as members/previous member guests that were able to join us from out of town and Jen Janisch who will become a member after moving to Santa Cruz County this summer. 


    Darlene had us share our socks, which was a fun watch as everyone lifted their feet into the camera view. We gave away a fabric with the words “home” and “love” on them, as a reminder that we love our homes, especially while we are stuck in them! Laura Ryle won the fabric from a random number generation. https://www.instagram.com/p/B-ucCKqHxNC/

    Darlene gave an update on masks, which we have been collecting for local needs. Please see our blog for updates

    Mickey put together our BOTEOM color palette vote and we voted by Google Form. Mickey made the palettes based on Émile Alain Séguy prints. The winning vote with 67% of the vote was Dragonflies. This color palette will be used for the BOTEOM demo in May for blocks due in July.

    For philanthropy, two of our members, Ruth and Kathy, finished quilts for Quilts Beyond Borders. Kathrin shared a Disappearing 9-Patch child quilt top for CASA that Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild, which will tie at annual Tying Event at September meeting.

    Tamlin gave virtual demos of the SBAMQG blog, showing members how to navigate to our payment page, BOTEOM page, and more. She also demoed the MQG website to show members how to find their membership card, sign up for virtual classes, and find archived patterns and classes.

    With all of us spending more time at home, many of us had a lot of quilting progress to share, but also our members made SO MANY masks! It was great to see the variety. We had a very interesting and productive conversation about mask making options. We learned from our resident fabric experts that fabrics like batiks, which are made of poplin and have a high thread count, are best for making masks. Art Gallery Fabrics has a thread count of 200, while other cotton quilting fabric tends to have a thread count of 120-180. The higher the thread count, the better resistance to particle transmission, high thread count sheets, pillowcases, and flannel have been proven to be great alternatives. See NYTimes for more info: https://www.nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-homemade-mask-material-DIY-face-mask-ppe.html

    We also learned to use vertical cuts of t-shirt material for ties so that it properly rolls. We were very impressed with Lori Green’s two seam, one piece of fabric mask. We hope she can follow up and send us a video to show us her tricks!

    Quotes of the night goes to Kathrin: “We’re all wearing masks, but who is wearing a bra?” Yes, we’ve replaced bras with masks and at least the braless part feels really nice! And Kathy “No family member will ever tease me about having too much fabric again!”

    14 members (those below + Lori by video) participated in our virtual Sew and Tell by emailing photos of their work prior to the meeting, in order for it to be included in our slide show. When their slide was being presented, members spoke about their quilts. See our Instagram for photos:















    Thanks to all who virtually joined us!