August 2018 Meeting Recap

We had a quick, but lovely meeting this August and again, we hosted Julie of The Intrepid Thread who came this month to demonstrate the Cricut Maker. Julie showed how accurately and with great detail the Cricut can cut fabric.

And then after a quick break, we had sew ‘n tell and as usual, the quilts our members had made did not dissappoint.

Isabelle @southbaybella showed a minimal mini #sbamqg #showusyourmqg

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Later in the month, some members took Karen’s workshop called Improv Abstraction Log Cabin. Such a great, modern take on the most classic of all quilt blocks. Here is some of our work.

We will see you soon at our next meeting, September 4th, 6:30 at the Capitola Senior Center.

July 2018 Meeting Recap

We met this July for our guild meeting and it was, as ever, visually beautiful with everyone’s exciting and innovative quilts. But first, we had several guild happenings to cover.


Quilt Con charity quilt – This year’s design prompt is to use tiny piecing. We started making narrow strip sets at our sew day. For more information on this project see HERE. Blocks will be collected at the August and September meetings. The blocks are going to be chopped up and used to create something awesome. Future sew days (dates are TBD) will the be used as design meetings.


Barn Quilt – We are so inspired by Renee’s Barn Block quilt that we wanted to make our own for our Opportunity Quilt. 26 of the 36 blocks were created at the last sew day, we hope to finish the remaining 10 blocks at the next sew day (date TBD). The color scheme is turquoise and peach. The quilt will be about 72″ square.




We learned that our longtime and one-time officer Emily will be moving away to Texas and this was her last meeting. There was no time to prepare for a proper good-bye! Emily has been a  part of the modern quilting community since its inception and was at the very first MQG meeting in Los Angeles. She lived for a time in Boise Idaho, and when her family moved to our area, we snatched her up and said you must join us and so she did. Emily was treasurer and helped shape and write our by-laws as well as set up accounting and aided in our guild becoming a non-profit. Our guild cannot send enough appreciation, warmth and well-wishes as she moves on to her next chapter. Here are a few of Emily’s beautiful quilts. Safe travels friend!!

Hey, will ya look at that! @lemontreetami & @littlebluecottage introduced me to the most brilliant idea… Longarm basting! And it's just in time, because I didn't have the slightest clue about how to move forward with doing hand quilting on this @libertylondon and #naniiro double gauze quilt to do it justice. I think this will give me confidence to just go for it! Maybe I will actually complete an entire quilt this year? #crosstourfingers #wishfulthinking @repostapp. ・・・ Another quilt on the frame for some basting in anticipation of some beautiful hand quilting by Emily @seventeenandem the top is made of beautiful Liberty of London 16-patch squares with the most darling polka dot lawn fabric. #apqs #APQSFreddie #longarmquilting #lovemylongarm #bastingbylongarm

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And, as always, our members showed us their quilts.

@laura.ryle also shared a mini started by Lynn. #sbamqg

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Jean is an artist with scraps. #sbamqg

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Ruth @scarletbegonias633 showed an exquisite quilt for #coveredinlovequilts #sbamqg

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See you at the August meeting!

August 7 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm
Mid-County Senior Center, 829 Bay Ave
Capitola, CA 95010 United States
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June 2018 Meeting Recap

We had a fantastic meeting as always  and one of our most favorite meetings is when we have a big reveal. This month, we did our bag swap exchange and found out who had stitched up something beautiful and useful for us. The choices for this swap were to make either a tote bag or a zipper pouch for our recipient. So many lovely things were made.

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Next, we had an informational talk from Kathy about what she has learned recently on quilt preservation and storage. There was so much information shared and Kathy provided a print out with lots of valuable facts and advice so that our work can last for generations to come. Such a wonderful sharing of what is important to us all. Here is a photo of a quilt that Kathy saved from motor oil and years of stains.

Onward with our meeting and discussions about upcoming workshops. We are excited to have our own Karen Foster come and teach us Improv Abstraction Log Cabin on August 25. There still are a few spots left! Don’t miss out on this fantastic class.

In December, we are so excited to be having Denyse Schmidt come to teach advanced improv to our guild. This gives us a chance to delve even deeper into what improv skills we already have and to learn from Denyse, who is one of the founders of what inspired the MQG and introduced quilting to a new generation of quilters with a fresh voice. There is already a wait list for this workshop, but if you still would like to add your name, please contact us.

And, of course, as always, we had a wonderful show and tell.

Pam also shared a “britches quilt” #pantsquilt #sbamqg

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Muriel @ryouthereyet shared a colorful quilt at tonight’s meeting #sbamqg

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Our next meeting is JULY 10, the SECOND Tuesday of the month, and a sew day will follow on the 14th in our usual location at the community foundation in Aptos.






May 2018 Meeting Recap

May’s meeting brought two special guests – Tricia Royal of Bits and Bobbins

brought a beautiful trunk show of her work and to discuss her evolution as a quilter and her ideas and process.

Tricia spoke at length about how she is submersed in surface design and dying using reclaimed fabric. Most inspiring were her thoughts on quilting as art and her dedication to portraying her own perspective and aesthetic. Thank you Tricia for visiting us!

We also hosted Julie from the Intrepid Thread who brought stacks of lovely fabrics for us to drool over.

As ever, we had a beautiful display of our talented members in sew and tell.


Renee’s block was won by Judy from the Block of the Every Other Month Club. This beautiful block was chosen by the Modern Quilt Guild as part of their block study for 2018.

Pam Rocco’s quilt is a variation on the Cogs block.

Lori made a quilt in Karen’s workshop on Improv Abstraction. We are so excited to see Karen teaching and we are lucky to have Karen teaching for our guild later this year.

Here is one of Karen’s quilts

Fabulous improv quilt with solids by Terry

Mo made this fabulous quilt in a workshop with Tara Faughnan.

Pictures do not do this postage stamp quilt justice. The visual impact is stunning.


Come to our next meeting on June 5 at 6:30 for more visual inspiration and friendship. This month, we will be giving our partners our tote bags or zipper pouches. Swap meetings are the best – we can’t wait to see what you all have made for each other. The swap will start promptly at 6:30. See you then!




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.


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!