• Wonky Star Block Directions – QuiltCon 2022 Community Outreach Quilt

    The Wonky Star block was designed by Laura Ryle, who was initially inspired by the quilt Blaze by Adrianne Ove. Ruth Smith put together the directions, based on Laura’s design.

    Wonky Star Example

    This is basically a 9-patch block. Each block is made up of a center block, 4 pieced “Star Points” squares, and 4 yellow and white pieced “Ray” squares. There are opportunities for improv piecing when making the star points and the rays, so have fun!

    Read through all directions before beginning!

    “Wonky Star” Block Directions

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

    Due November 1st! Final photo of quilt due November 30th to MQG.

    Please track your progress on instagram with #sbamqgcommunityquilt2021. Completed blocks can be dropped off by November 1st at Pat’s house (Capitola) or mailed directly to Elizabeth. Please email sbamqg@gmail.com for delivery/shipping address.

    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.”

    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
  • SBAMQG Collecting Home Sewn Masks in Support of Health Care Providers

    Update 4/13/2020: This need has been fulfilled! Please see our newer post for a new need!


    There are many resources that are looking into the efficacy of home sewn masks during the shortage of medical grade masks usually provided to protect Health Care Providers (HCPs), you can find some resources here, here, here, here, here, or here!

    SBAMQG has received two specific requests for masks and we are asking for your help to fulfill these requests.

    Current Updates (updated 4/13/2020)

    We are checking comments on this blog, which is one of the best ways to communicate your questions with us at this time.

    # of masks delivered
    # of masks still needed
    Request #1 98 Order fulfilled
    Request #2 39 Order fulfilled
    Elastic Fabric Nose Wires Notes
    Hart’s Fabric yes Yes Hart’s Fabric reached out through Tina and would like to contribute to the mask making cause. We will be making arrangements for a pick up later this week.
    Lori Green 1/4″ black – 288 yards Lori will leave elastic at Pat’s pick up spot. Take what you need for this purpose.
    Sarah Eblen yes, lots avail. Sarah has offered elastic when the stash at Pat’s runs out
    Kathy Howard 1/8″ – 40 yards If you need thinner elastic, contact Kathy.
    Darlene Talukder my daughter has many paper clips I’ll leave a box at Pat’s the next time I pick up there. contact me at dartal6@gmail if you need a delivery

    Styles:  The masks are two different styles based on what has been requested. Request #1 is for a shaped style which can be worn with or without an insert and Request #2 is for a pleated style which does allow for an insert but also provides a minimum of two layers in the body of the mask.

    For request #1, we would like to make an initial delivery of these on Monday March 23, 2020.  Once collected, we will be delivering them to Dr. Moore.
    For request #2, we will deliver the masks to the requester who will take them to the hospital.
    For now we are asking you to provide materials from your stash to make these.

    Elastic: The elastic requirements are very specific and may dictate which style of mask you can make. Elastic is in short supply at many online resources.  We will have more information about elastic soon.  Use what you have at home for now. If any of you have large stashes you are willing to share, let us know.  The patterns have an option for ties; ties are not preferred by HCPs, but work if you don’t have elastic.

    Fabric:  Use 100% cotton fabric – the HCP prefer it’s breathable nature.  Quilting cotton is acceptable. Pre-washing is required. Tighter woven cotton is even better (think 100% cotton high thread count sheets).

    Wire:  This is for both requests.  The wire is desired but optional and you may come up with your own solution based on what you have.  There is jewelry wire and snips at the drop off location (below) which you may use in 3″ segments, they can not be added after the fact.  You may have wire at home which will work as well or the wire may be omitted as it is optional.

    Collection Location:  We will collect and deliver to the HCPs daily as the quantities dictate. We will let you know when the orders have been filled. Pat Goulet will provide 2 collection boxes for these masks on her porch out of the rain, please see email or contact us at sbamqg@gmail.com for Pat’s address. There is no interface needed, simply drop the masks in the appropriate box according to the style.

    Specific Needs

    Request # 1 Shaped Masks

    For Dr Margaret Moore, who works for Sutter Health.
    Dr. Moore plans to distribute masks between Sutter and Dominican depending on how many she gets.  She has 40 colleagues who she would like to provide personal masks.  She has requested 40 masks which are shaped to the bridge of the nose and under the chin.  We think we should provide at least 80 masks to them so they can alternate while washing.  Dr. Moore said “This is all new for us.  Has not ever happened in our health system in my life time ….My goal is to have each of my colleagues to have one of their own washable masks, if we run out of surgical masks…”  We have the following video and pdf pattern which go together and meet her requirements. Kathy Howard has made these masks for her own HCP daughter.

    Link with video & pattern or How to Sew A Face mask Instructions-1 Video Only

    The PDF pattern for  Request #1 Shaped Mask can also be used

    Request #2 Rectangular Masks

    For an anesthetist at Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center.  Following is her mother’s email request for masks.
    “As you may know, my daughter, works as a nurse anesthetist at the Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center (KSCMC). The center is being set up as Kaiser’s NorCal primary coronavirus testing and treatment center.  She said the numbers of patients are increasing rapidly.  And supplies are already in very short supply.  To be honest, since she is pregnant, I’ve begged her to take medical leave, especially since the safety gear is in such short supply.  She insists on being there to help – like others on the front line.
    She sent out a very urgent plea for face masks for the medical workers Each health care provider was each issued only one N95 mask.  They are desperately seeking face masks that can be used over their N95 masks. 
     I tried many different ways to make face masks and this is the easiest that I found:  
     YouTube video:  https://youtu.be/S9RWII2-5_4 [see alterations below]
    There are many other YouTube face mask vids that you may prefer.  I chose this one above for the ease of making it for mass production, relatively speaking.
    If you follow the directions in the video, it is SUPER easy.  However, at least near me, it impossible to buy elastic as the fabric stores are all closed. And Amazon cannot deliver the elastic bands for weeks.  So these are my modifications…also to meet my daughter’s request via the anesthesiologists’ needs.  They need these masks to function as covers over their ONE issued N95 masks.”
    Alterations to meet Request #2’s needs:
    Based on the above video this pdf Directions for Rectangular Facemask (Request #2) were made and the following directions were provided from the mother and modified by SBAMQG contributors
    1.  Cut the rectangular pieces slightly larger as it needs to adequately cover men’s faces WITH the N95s in place.  Cut the outer form to approximately 11”x 8”.  Cut the two inner shapes to  7 1/2 ” x 5 3/4”.
    2. Add a 7” strip of plastic covered wire strips (a member was able to locate some at an open hardware store) under the TOP seam of the  face mask (some were found at an Ace Hardware store, alternatively 3″ strips can be picked up at Pat’s house or jewelry wire can be used). This wire is inserted so the user can shape the top of the mask to the shape of the bridge of their nose. Stitching underneath and parallel under the inserted metal strip helps to hold it in place.
    3.  The opening in the back (see video) is for hospital staff to add whatever extra barrier they deem appropriate.
    4.  Fabric ties were made extra long to secure the mask over the N95s. Cut 1.5” WOF (width of fabric) strips; fold in half and press; open fold; press each side to center crease; press in half again to get 1/4” closed strip. Top stitch; Place end of string into created tunnel on all 4 sides about 1/4” in. Zigzag or straight stitch a few times back and forth to secure.  The ties will go around the head and need to be 8-9 inches long.
    Stay Healthy and Sew On!
  • 2020 QuiltCon Charity Quilt

    It’s time for the 2020 QuiltCon Charity Quilt! This year we opened the design up to a guild vote. All submissions were excellent. After a vote…and a runoff vote, the choice was made for “Persisterhood.” The quilt design honors the women of our guild and the memory of those who taught us how to sew, quilt and break boundaries.

    The background of the quilt will be made of flying geese in white and very light grey solid fabric. The word “PERSISTERHOOD” will be pieced with medium to very dark grey solid fabric. The quilt will likely be square, but the mock-up above provides a general idea of the lettering on the quilt.

    Background Directions:

    The background is made up of flying geese that will be low contrast to add interest and some texture to the background of the quilt.  The blocks should measure 2 ” x 4” finished, 2 ½ ” x 4 ½ ” unfinished. 

    Fabric: Select solid fabrics, in the range of white to very light grey. If using Kona fabrics as your reference, Kona Silver is suitable for a light grey. 

    Create the blocks: There are several ways to make flying geese. The four-at-a-time method can be seen in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aa4vZUJFtw

    If using the four-at-a-time method, use one 

    5 ¼” large square and four 2 ⅞ ” squares.


    Letter Block Directions:

    The letter blocks (or parts of letter blocks) will be assigned based on comfort level and availability of sewers.

    The letters will be composed of traditional quilt blocks (e.g., half square triangles, ohio stars, broken dishes, drunkard’s path, orange peel). All letters will measure 8” tall finished (8 ½” unfinished) while the width of the letters may differ (e.g., an “I” will have a thinner width than an “O”).

    Fabric: Select solid fabrics, in the range of medium grey to dark charcoal.

    Create the blocks:   The lettering of this quilt is composed of 79 blocks:

    • 49 small square blocks (2” finished,  2 ½” unfinished)
    • 16 small curved blocks (2” finished,  2 ½” unfinished)
    • 14 large curved blocks (4” finished, 4 ½” unfinished)


    If you feel so inclined, use the hashtag #sbamqgcharityquilt to show off your work via social media.

    Please reach out to sbamqg@gmail.com with any questions, concerns or comments!


  • August 2019 Meeting Recap

    Hello South Bay Quilters!


    We had a wonderful meeting in August with many of us bringing our ideas, enthusiasm and quilts to share.

    We are looking forward to our annual retreat in September at Happy Valley Conference Center.   


    We still have room in our Tara Faughnan workshop. Details are listed HERE.

    The results of our design challenge for next year’s charity quilt for QuiltCon was announced. The winning quilt

    is titled “Persisterhood” and features hundreds of flying geese in the background and graphic letters spelling out the

    title. The color scheme is grey scale with white lettering.  More about this project will be discussed at our September meeting.

    This quilt will hang at QuiltCon 2020.


    Lynn shared with us her beautiful collection of vintage quilts. The hand piecing and quilting was such a pleasure to feel and see.



    As always, we had many beautiful quilts to share.

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    Pam showed two beautiful quilts #SBAMQG

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    Janyce showed two lovely quilts #sbamqg

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    Thanks for reading!

    Our next guild meeting will be on

    September 2019 Guild Meeting (2nd Tuesday)
    September 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    See you there!