Tote & Zipper Pouch Swap – Ideas and Links

Hi Swappers! Are you guys ready to get into all things tote-ish and zipper-y? Ok! Let’s get straight to it.

Tote bags are fun and quick to make and can be used in so many ways. Bring your lunch, go to the library with one, reuse them over and over for groceries. Tote bags also make great gifts and you can make one in an afternoon.

BASIC LINED TOTE

Here is a link to a simple and easy reversible lined tote and a great place to start if you haven’t made a tote before. This blog post is great because you learn how to ‘box’ the bottom of the tote (which means to create a squared off bottom) and also has a link to a zipper pouch. You use two coordinating fabrics and off you go, no special hardware or anything needed.

I really can’t go any further with this post without letting you know about the treasure trove of information and creative inspiration that is Anna Graham of Noodlehead. Her website is rich with tutorials and patterns and information on different areas of sewing, but is heavily focused on bag-making. The Summer Madras Tote pattern is a great tote bag that has pockets and is a bit roomier to stow away your things for a day at the beach or would also make a great diaper bag for a new mom. Take a long look at her site and find wonderful information on Bags, wallets and zips. Another great resource is her informational page. She also has many for purchase bag patterns available locally and online. Truly, you cannot go wrong with her well-written patterns. She even sells leather straps and bag hardware! (For those of you making zipper pouches, she also has tutorials on those!)

Another great bag-making blogger is Sara Lawson from Sew Sweetness. This website has really nice picture-heavy sections on very specific areas of sewing bags such as setting rivets, magnetic closures, putting in piping, sewing with vinyl and an important section on selecting interfacing. She also has an online shop with bag-making supplies including thin cork, which is all the rage lately in making bags.

For those of you making zipper pouches, it’s time to get familiar with your zipper foot. The Seasoned Homemaker has a great intro to the zipper foot and at the end of her post, there is a link to her free Craftsy class on zippers. Go have a look! Your fear of putting in zippers will be a thing of the past. She also has a Box Pouch tutorial you can check out.

The Sewing Chick has a great tutorial for a zipper pouch that covers great finishing details such as zipper tabs, getting your lining to fit well and has a nice patchwork option. This post wins for fantastic pictures, and makes clear all the different steps in making a small, zippered item.

So, if you can make a quilt, then you can make a tote or a zipper pouch. We know you can! Bag or pouch swap will be at the June meeting and we cannot wait to see what you all make!

 

April 2018 Meeting Recap

HI Everyone!

We had such a great April meeting with lots of ground covered and some beautiful work was on display. First, we had Jeff Yasenchok as guest speaker and he talked about his longarm business which has opened in Scotts Valley. Not only does he offer longarm services which include both edge to edge as well as custom designs, he also teaches longarm quilting and he offers his machine to those who want to quilt their own quilts at his shop. So, go and visit his shop, or check out his facebook page.

We will be having another sew day on April 14th at the Aptos Community Foundation from 9:30 – 4:30. Our Pam Rocco will be giving a free demo “Britches Quilts” and she’ll be showing how to prepare pants for making quilts out of britches.

There still are some spots open for our Free Motion Quilting – Pebble and Play workshop with Mel Beach.

Pebble & Play Workshop with Mel Beach

May 5 @ 9:30 am4:30 pm
Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, 7807 Soquel Dr
Aptos, CA 95003 United States
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Join the South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild for a free motion workshop on pebbling and it’s many variation. Our instructor Mel Beach says: Pebbles are one of my go to free-motion filler designs as they are so versatile and add spectacular, modern quilted texture! We’ll explore exciting pebble design variations that will add drama to your quilt tops! This workshop is perfect for quilters of all levels who are ready to play with pebble designs! $61 members/$71 for non-members. Sign ups are on our web page HERE.

We announced our annual guild retreat!

SBAMQG 7th Annual Retreat

October 18October 21
Available to members only. Contact sbamqg@gmail.com for sign-up link and password
Chelsea passed out our swap partners for the tote bag/zipper pouch swap! Tina did a quick zipper tutorial for those of you who are new to zippers and we hope that you are already thinking about what fabrics you may choose for your partner. Look for a separate blog post in the coming week which will contain lots of links to
*Getting familiar with your zipper foot
*Free tote bag patterns and tutorials
*Free zipper pouch tutorials
*other available patterns for purchase
As always, there was so much beautiful work on display:

A log cabin inspired quilt in cheerful colors! #sbamqg

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March 2018 Meeting Recap

HI all,

We had a fantastic March meeting with lots of exciting discussion surrounding those of us who attended Quiltcon as well as the PVQA quilt show.

We had many of our guild attend Quiltcon and talked about how we had represented our guild. We had made a fabulous improv Orange Peel quilt which was there amongst many other guilds who had designed and constructed a quiltj that would be donated to their own community in charity. Here it is:

Our charity quilt handing at #quiltcon2018 Find it hanging in Ballrooms ED

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This gorgeous quilt will make its way to a family who was directly affected by the Napa/Sonoma wildfire. We are thrilled to be able to give directly in this way and reminds us of the importance of service to others and how what we make can truly offer comfort and warmth.

We announced our newest swap! We are excited to host a tote bag/zipper pouch swap. It’s not too late to join – next month’s meeting there will still be an opportunity to join in on the fun. If you’ve never made a tote bag or a zipper pouch don’t fret or dispair! Next month there will be a separate blog post with LOTS of links to the many free tutorials and free patterns for making a tote. We promise – it’s fun and simple. Your desire to make something that your swap partner may enjoy is the only requirement. It’s going to be fun so please join in! We know you can do it! Wouldn’t you like to receive something like this?

Tamlin was the winner of our “Block of the Every Other Month

Renee designed a quilt block that is featured in the Modern Quilt Guild ‘s Block Study in February. It’s a gorgeous block and makes up into a fabulous quilt. Here is hers:

We’re so proud of you Renee!

And, as always, we had a great Sew ‘n Tell with lots of fabulous quilts:

An original quilt pattern from Alicea! #sbamqg

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Anna (@anna_brenk) brought a quilt top and wore a tunic she made! #sbamqg

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Another quilt at tonight’s meeting #sbamqg

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Darlene (@darlenetalukder) shows quilts with cheerful colors #sbamqg

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Terry showed a block created in a #quiltcon workshop with @sewkatiedid #sbamqg

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And please remember, we are still taking sign-ups for our Mel Beach workshop!

We hope to see you at our next meeting which is April 3rd at 6:30.

 

February 2018 Meeting Recap

Our February meeting was fabulous with lots of news and quilts to show.

We have two sew days coming up at the community foundation in Aptos so mark your calendars! Dates are 3/17 and 4/14 from 9:30 to 4:30

Mel Beach Workshop on Free-motion Quilting!

Get your free motion quilting on by learning how to master pebbling with a workshop that will take this basic FMQ design to the next level by experimenting with exciting variations on size, shape, fillers, center designs & more!

$61 members/$71 for non-members

Sign-ups for non-SBAMQG members begins 03/07.

Sign up by submitting your workshop payment on the sidebar of our Home page under SBAMQG Dues & Workshops!

We started a new something we are calling “Dear SBAbby” where we can bring our quilting questions and get feedback on quilts if we are stuck. This meeting we had a discussion on blocking and squaring up of quilts. We will continue the topic at the next meeting. Bring any tips and experience to the discussion! Also, if you’d like to bring in a project that you’d like group feedback on, please bring it! Get your guild behind you on your project – we have so much experience between all of us that someone is bound to be able to help.

As always, there were lots of quilts to show including this stunner by Lynn.

 

 

Isabel showed us her self-drafted quarter log cabin quilt.

Mo made this beautiful two-color quilt

Mickey gave us a short talk on her experience of going from a traditional quilter to a modern quilter with examples of her progression in terms of color, piecing and design.

 

And Merydith was on hand to receive her prize for the WIP it good challenge from last year! She won an amazing quilt made by Jacquie Guering. Congrats!!

Winner, winner! #sbamqg

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We’ll see you all at our March meeting – March 6th at the Mid-County Senior center at 6:30.

 

 

January 2018 Meeting Recap

Our January meeting started with a new board, new visitors and lots of happenings!

First, we discussed our Make it Modern challenge for the PVQA show.

If you want to enter your Make it Modern Challenge Quilt into the PVQA show, please visit the PVQA Website and submit your entry by Monday, January 8.
Please make sure that if you enter the Make it Modern Quilts that you select the following options to ensure all quilts hang together:
  • 2018 Quilt Division – Group Display Quilts
  • Group or Workshop Name – SBAMQG Make it Modern
If you are a non PQVA member please do not pay the non-member entry fee (the system will allow you to submit without payment), as SBAMQG will be handling payment for our group exhibit.
Jeannie Land will be coordinating pick-up of quilts at the February 6th meeting, so please make sure your quilt is ready to go with a Quilt Show Label affixed and that your quilt also meets all of submission guidelines (including a 4 inch hanging sleeve). Jeannie will also pick-up the quilts from the show and return them to you at the March meeting.
Quiltcon is quickly approaching! Hope to see you there! We are collecting names of all of us who are going and hopefully we can meetup and find roomies and connect as a guild while we are there. This beauty, which Karen contributed to, will be on display at the show!
The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles will feature an exhibit titled Loaded Conversations and will display work based on concerns and commentary regarding guns and violence and safety over guns. “Gun violence has taken its toll all over the world, in many different ways. An enormous divide exists between people who cherish their heritage of gun ownership and others who are concerned that guns contribute to the rising tide of gun violence.” Our very own Pam Rocco will have her work “Without Gun Control” on display as part of this exhibit and we could not be more proud of her.

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, California: April 22, 2018 – July 15, 2018

Opening reception on Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Road to California quilt show in Ontario started yesterday and Mickey Beebe will have her “Eichler Houses” quilt on display there. She’ll be going to the show and we  look forward to hearing from about her adventures at the February 6th meeting.

#mickeybeebe quilted by #tamylevin EICHLER HOMES

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FABMO has an upcoming sale on January 25th. Click on link for more details.

Harts Fabric has two events worth getting excited about – First, Alex Veronelli will be stopping by with free samples and lots of info on why Aurifil is the best choice in thread for quilters. The talk is free and all are encouraged to come! Date is Feb. 16th at both 11 am and 3 pm. Also, as always, Harts will be having its Super Bowl Sunday sale and the entire store will be 20-40% off. Show up early for best selection. Date is February 4th from 10-5.

As always, our Sew ‘n Tell showed off our many talented members.

Two beautiful quilts from Kathrin at our January 2018 Sew and Tell #sbamqg

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