QuiltCon 2016 Charity Quilt

We South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild members are getting excited for QuiltCon West, 2016! This annual quilt show, presented by the Modern Quilt Guild, is happening in California this year – Pasadena, to be specific – and we are getting ready for four days of fun, artistry, creativity, lectures, exhibits, workshops, volunteering, shopping, and a world of modern quilts!

Each Modern Quilt Guild chapter (more than 150 of them) has been diligently working to finish a charity quilt to be shown at QuiltCon then donated to a local charity after the show is over. Here at the SBAMQG, our charity quilt committee has been doing fantastic work all year for this great cause. Here is the story of our 2016 QuiltCon charity quilt:

Our charity quilt committee, led by the incomparable Pam Rocco, has been meeting periodically throughout the past year to plan and complete two beautiful donation quilts and this is the second of the pair. Pam and her group of quilters came up with a plan to use wedge-shaped pieces for our “Improv with intent” themed quilts this year. They chose three colors from the selection given by the MQG in order to stick with a simple, minimal look.

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Committee members Donna Lehnhoff, Katherine Moody, Pam Stein, and Karen Foster share their design plan and demonstrate how our guild members can participate in the making of the quilt by building rows of wedges.


Our super organized committee even put together packets with guidelines and tips for making the improv rows.


Pam Stein shows off more packets.


Here are committee members, Tami Levin, Pam Rocco, Carole Kelley, Karen Foster, Lori Green, and Jeannie Land, hard at work.

The finished quilt top was then sent to our secret weapon, Tami Levin of The Quilted Lemon, for its finishing treatment: long arm quilting in a wonderfully curvy design for a soft, beautiful texture.

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Here is the quilt on Tami’s machine.

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Such a great marriage of lines and curves!

2016 Charity Quilt back 

The fun, bright, circles on the back really add a lot to the finished quilt.

The binding and hanging sleeve were completed by Mickey Beebe, the label was completed by Brenda Cornell, and we are now proud to present our 2016 QuiltCon charity quilt, “Dovetailed!”

QuiltCon Charity Quilt 2016 Label

(photo credit Tami Levin, Pam Rocco, Karen Foster, Renee Tallman)

Summer 2015 Charity Quilt

The SBAMQG charity quilt committee spent most of their summer working on the planning and execution of charity quilts. The first quilt has been finished and delivered and we are proud to share the news here on the blog.

We are so fortunate to have the talented SBAMQG member, Pam Rocco, as our charity committee leader this year. Pam suggested the use of wedges in the design for this year’s charity quilts. After a collaboration of ideas, the committee came up with parameters for the quilt and ultimately decided on a very unique and modern original design by member, Karen Foster:


Naturally, the concept was well received, so Pam and Karen got started. The girls worked tirelessly at sew days both at home and at our guild’s favorite spot for group sewing: The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, in Aptos.

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The wedge units were cut, sewn, and assembled into strips.

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Here are Pam and Karen, hard at work.


The strips were sewn together.

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And the quilt top was built.

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Looks pretty great, right?

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It was quilted by Linda Barbin, and bound and labeled by Lynne Nostrant.

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Pam showed the quilt at SBAMQG Sew and Tell this month. The cheery backing fabric really enhances the quilt!

The name, “Castles in the Sand,” was suggested by member, Laura Ryle, and chosen by the committee as a perfect moniker for this lovely, beachy quilt.

Pam delivered the quilt to Caroline’s Non-Profit Thrift Shop, a wonderful organization that will use it to raise money for Santa Cruz County non-profits that have programs and/or services for children with special medical, developmental, or psychological needs.

(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 🙂





To Jacob’s Heart – Made with Love

Never underestimate the power of love (or a quilter for that matter 😉 Payitforwards3131

When members Susan Raineri, Mariah Flanagan and Pat Goulet decided to spearhead a charity quilt committee, none of us had any idea how much our guild could do in such a short time-frame.  The first project for our committee; make enough quilts to create a quilt for all the kids served by Jacob’s Heart in Santa Cruz who are fighting cancer.

Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services mission is to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and support their families in the challenges they face.”

We then learned that 31 kids are currently being helped by Jacob’s Heart.  Was it really possible for our guild to made that many quilts in as many days?  Despite the wild enthusiastic response at our meeting, we were concerned that we could meet the deadline.  Leaving out even one child was not an option.     We had our list of ages, and gender of each child and we got to work.  We started seeing progress on our Flickr page.  Oh, maybe we could make one more for an older boy, someone asked.  We got together and pieced and quilted in our homes and at Mariah’s restaurant Woodfire Woodie.  We emailed, texted and checked in with each other throughout the month.  Some of us made one or even several more than originally promised.


And at the May meeting, we all brought the quilts we had finished, and this is what it looked like:


We had actually exceeded our goal and the grand total ended up at an incredible 36 quilts!!


During the meeting, members sat and attached labels to the backs of the quilts and we shared what we had made with each other.  The happiness in the room was evident on everyone’s faces.

It was decided that the extra 5 quilts will be donated for the auction that will be held at “Mama’s Night Out” an annual fundraiser that benefits Jacob’s Heart that will be held this Saturday in Santa Cruz.

Our guild plans on many more projects to Pay it Forward, but our first project will always hold a special place for us as when we remember how we were able to stitch 36 quilts with love.  Here are some more examples of the quilts…













Quilts for Boston

The community of Boston has been changed by recent acts of violence.  There are hundreds of people who are not only suffering from bodily harm and physical loss, but also invisible wounds from witnessing and hearing what occurred.  Quilters are always quick to respond in situations where comfort is needed and in this difficult time, naturally we want to respond.

The Boston Modern Quilt Guild has put a call out for blocks.  quilts for boston

From their blog:

“As a guild we plan to make and distribute quilts to those who would benefit from a show of support, and we need your help.  We are asking the modern quilt community to support our efforts by sending us blocks for these quilts. Additionally, we will accept donations of fabric to be used for binding, sashing, and quilt backs. We would like to have the quilts ready to deliver to those in need as soon as possible, so we ask that you send your blocks to us within a month, by May 24th, 2013.

Blocks sent to the Boston Modern Quilt Guild should be blue, yellow, gray, and white. All blocks should be 12½” tall x the width of your choice. That could mean 12½” x 7”, 12½” x 12½”, or anything wider, more narrow, or in between. Please machine piece your blocks in any style you would like. Please use only “quilt shop quality” 100% cotton or cotton/linen fabrics. Both print and solid fabrics are welcome. Our preference is white or light gray 100% cotton thread, but any coordinating thread of good quality will do.”


Do you have an hour or so to make a block for our sister guild?  Show your support and dive into your scraps and your stash and send a block off to Boston!!

From their blog:

“Our goal is to make bright and modern quilts that will bring cheer to those who need it most! We chose this color scheme as these are the colors of the Boston Marathon, and have become the colors representing the One Fund, an organization formed to accept monetary donations for the victims, as well as the tribute tees sold to benefit the One Fund. Be creative with your blocks, and make any pattern or design that inspires you!”

Please mail all blocks and fabric to:
Quilts for Boston
P. O. Box 79225
Belmont, MA 02479