• 2020 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Design Contest

    It’s that time of year again! We are getting ready to kick our Charity Quilt Committee into full swing and we need your help! Inspired by the guest hosts for the BOTEOM, we know that our guild is bursting with talent and enthusiasm for design. As such, this year we are hosting a charity quilt design contest to help us determine the design for this year’s quilt. Members will submit designs based on the official guidelines posted by the Modern Quilt Guild. The guild will vote electronically prior to the July 2019 meeting to determine the final charity quilt design!

    How to enter:

    • Review the official, MQG guidelines for the QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge. The theme this year is TEXT.
    • Make a copy of the official entry form and submit it along with a photo or sketch of your design to SBAMQG@gmail.com
    • Entries are due by July 1st

    Please do not hesitate to submit whatever design you wish. While we will not censor your submissions, the board reserves the right to refine, edit or consolidate entries on the basis of feasibility.

    We look forward to seeing all your wonderful designs! And please reach out with any questions or concerns.

  • QuiltCon 2019 Charity Quilt Guidelines

    Join us in making our 2019 QuiltCon Charity Quilt using the guidelines below.

    We will be making  blocks at the July 14th Sew Day, some fabric will be provided, but feel free to bring strips from your stash to include in the blocks!

    Blocks will be collected at the August & September Guild Meeting.

  • 2018 QuiltCon Charity Quilt

    The South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild Charity Quilt Committee worked together to design, sew, and share a quilt that we are all proud of. The Modern Quilt Guild challenged us to create a quilt that reflected modern traditionalism. The design committee met in early July and decided that the orange peel block would be a fun way to incorporate the theme into our overall design. L to R below: Gabrielle, Tina, Pat, Isabelle, Renee, Mickey, and Karen

    We thought it would be fun to use 3”, 6”, and 12” orange peel blocks. The varied sizes allowed us to play with the overall layout and add interest to the design. We chose vibrant colors from the palette offered by the MQG – yellow, orange, pink, magenta, and violet. Our members worked hard over the summer to create many awesome blocks for our quilt. At the September guild sew day, we worked on our layout.

    The first weekend of October was our Charity Quilt sew day. The charity quilt committee members worked together to create the final layout and construct the quilt top. We had fun moving the blocks around, playing with color and shape, to come up with just the right layout. Pictured below are committee members Mickey, Laura, Pat, Barbara, Isabelle, Lori, and Karen.

    Once the quilt top was complete, it was handed off to Laura Ryle for quilting. She worked over the month of November to add beautiful quilting and texture that perfectly complimented our block design. Our guild president, Chelsea, added a the binding and label and Lynne added the hanging sleeve. Pam Rocco took photos of the finished quilt, then packed it and shipped it off to the MQG for display at QuiltCon!

    The charity quilts at QuiltCon are such a beautiful representation of the diverse and talented members of Modern Quilt guilds around the world. Our quilt was displayed in the lecture room, along with many beautiful others.

    The 2018 South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild charity quilt was donated to Happiness Is A Warm Hug. The local group collects donation quilts, fabrics, and pillowcases, and distributes them to families that were victims of the 2017 Napa and Santa Rosa fires.

    Thank you so much to all the participants of the 2018 Charity Quilt committee, and all those from the guild who participated in creating this beautiful quilt. We hope you’ll join us as we get started creating our quilt for next year!

  • 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:

    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:

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    An original quilt pattern from Alicea! #sbamqg

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    Another quilt at tonight’s meeting #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.


  • SBAMQG 2018 Charity Quilt blocks

    SBAMQG 2018 Charity Quilt

    We’d love for you to contribute!

    For the 2018 Charity Quilt, we will design a quilt top using your orange peel blocks. You can use a template or improvise, but please follow these guidelines:

    • Use the color palette above (and only those five colors), including solids or modern prints that read as solids. For this quilt, please no batiks, white, or off white. The official challenge page has some more details on this color palette:  https://www.quiltcon.com/charity-quilt-challenge/
    • Blocks should be made with two fabrics and must be pieced, not appliqued. (photo above)
    • Blocks should be 3.5″, 6.5″, or 12.5″ unfinished. Please leave at least 1/4 inch around the orange peel, so we don’t lose your beautiful work in the seams!
    • To include them in the charity quilt, please bring them to the August or September guild meeting.

    For some ideas on how to complete an orange peel block or tips on curved piecing, please visit the following tutorials:





    In addition, we created some 3″ and 6″ templates you are welcome to use.



    Interested in finding out more details on the official color palette:



    -2018 SBAMQG Charity Quilt Committee