September 2018 Meeting Recap

Hello all! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Ok,  so this happened – Happy 7th anniversary to us!  Mo, our wonderful Treasurer baked this delicious cake and topped it with our guild logo! We love her. It’s all because of you, our members that we are still going strong and growing with each year. Thank you for your creativity and your willingness to show your work. We are such an amazing group. Here’s to the coming years together!


And thank you Chelsea – you keep us strong with your humor, your beautiful quilts and your  neverending skill set.

This meeting we had Julie, from the Intrepid Thread come pay us a visit and she had a wonderful pop-up with fabric, notions and patterns. Thanks Julie!

We revealed the new BOTEOM (Details in our previous post)

What a gorgeous palette! Thanks Karen!

Here’s a reminder for Ruby’s workshop on natural dye and fabrics.

You can get details by going to our Instagram account and swiping on the above picture.

And, as usual, you all wowed us with your quilts.

Thanks for reading – we’ll see you at the next meeting!










6th Annual Quilt Retreat

The SBAMQG 6th Annual Retreat has come and gone, but out what a fun time we had! The weekend, October 19-22, was chilly but we stayed warm under our in-progress creations as we sewed feverishly into the night (and early, early morning). This was our biggest retreat every, with 23 attendees sewing up a storm!

The retreat wouldn’t have been possible without our gracious sponsors who helped up fill our amazing retreat buckets stitched up by our retreat committee!

Starting our #sbamqgretreat2017 with some great swag from our sponsors!

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While our group missed almost every hike (we had important things to stitch up don’t yah know?) we did get pretty active when it came to play games (with prizes!).

Retreaters enjoying our Keep Calm & Quilt On bean bag toss at #sbamqgretreat2017 #sbamqgretreat

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We had an amazing amount a projects in the works during the retreat:


@ryouthereyet staring to layout her design at #sbamqgretreat #sbamqgretreat2017

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And even more finishes:

Check out @seventeenandem 3rd finish of the retreat! Amazing! #sbamqgretreat2017 #sbamqgretreat

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Beautiful finish by Grandma Clare this afternoon! @maclare #sbamqgretreat2017 #sbamqgretreat

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Another great finish by @majalg last night at #sbamqgretreat2017 #sbamqgretreat

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Can you believe this finish at #sbamqgretreat2017 ? It’s @majalg very first binding! Sew good!

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Check out the latest finish from @capitolaquilter at #sbamqgretreat2017 #swipeforselfie

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Another big finish at #sbamqgretreat2017 from VP @bcuseo

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Overall it was an amazingly good time and we can’t wait until next year!

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This lovely group met long before the retreat to create the swag bags for all of the attendees.

Some of the completed bags.  All ready for quilters to arrive.


Half  of the attendees arrived on Thursday for an early set-up and it was Ladies, start your sewing machines.  After enjoying a pizza and salad dinner, it was on for sewing, sewing, sewing.

Friday Morning and afternoon groups 1 and 2 arrive.

This day was filled with creating our individual projects with a couple demonstrations by members interspersed.  Chelsea demonstrated a method for cutting bias strips.  Then Pam demonstrated her slice and shift method of construction.

Saturday involved two more demos.  Tina demonstrated bowl creation using clothes line rope (of course, the backdrop contains some of her new creations), and Gene demonstrated sashiko embroidery.

Later in the afternoon a dice game was played with Gene winning all the loot — or clips.  She scored.

Lori’s baby quilt for their step-step great-grandaughter, stepson’s stepson’s daughter — “Modern Family” new addition.    All love.

And to toot my own horn, I’m pretty happy with this quilt I created for a friend who is sick. As quilters, that’s what we do.  And besides, it lasts longer than cookies.


Watching Karen turn all of these above into

this masterpiece was a real treat 🙂  True artist, this girl.

Sunday started with door prizes of fabulous quilting stuff donated by generous sponsors.  We managed to gather everyone for a group photo to document that we were all there and had a fabulous time. And then time to bid adieu to another great retreat and start looking forward to next year.


Hope to see everyone next year.

Photo credit goes to Karen Foster. Thanks so much.

And an extra huge thank you to Gabrielle for all of her planning and making this work.



SBAMQG Has A Local Showing

February was a busy month of quilt shows for the SBAMQG. QuiltCon West was in Pasadena, February 18-21. Just a week later, the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association, which is a large traditional quilt guild here in Santa Cruz, had their annual show at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. As they have done in the past, the PVQA graciously invited us to have our own exhibit within their show. We put together a striking display showing a nice variety of our work and did a lot to educate the public on modern quilting.


We showed off some of the small quilts we made for our modern quilting design element challenge. Shown above (clockwise from upper left) are challenge quilts by Renee Tallman, Laura Ryle, Lori Green, and Karen Foster.


Pam Rocco’s challenge quilt, Merydith Fox’s quilt from Pam’s Stacked Bricks workshop, and Pam’s quilt from our Much Ado About Nothing workshop with Tina Michalik.


Two chair-themed challenge quilts by Pam Rocco, and Merydith Fox’s quilt made from assorted Freddie Moran workshop blocks.


Two of Renee Tallman’s updated orange peel quilts, along with challenge quilts by Gene Ratcliffe, Elaine Hebard, and Pamela Stein.


Lynne Nostrant’s Fair Isle quilt, along with Jeannie Land’s challenge quilt, and Pam Rocco’s deconstructed courthouse steps.


Two challenge quilts by Lynne Nostrant, and Renee Tallman’s scrappy drunkard’s path.


Two examples of Pam Rocco’s wonderful improv.


A pair of Modern Amish by Mickey Beebe.

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Several SBAMQG members also had quilts scattered around the main show and I was able to get pictures of a few of those as well. Here are two churn dash variations by Mickey Beebe, including a Judges Choice ribbon winner for Churn Dash Boogie-Woogie!

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Karen Foster’s Amish Lattice and Perspective.

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Gene Ratcliffe’s Amish-inspired Bars/Extreme Values, and Laura Ryle’s Chicken Marsala.

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Carole Rossi showed two beautiful improv designs: Winter Abstract and On The Fulcrum.

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Libby Ernst’s Churned Up, and Lori Green’s Home Sweet Home were both colorful and sophisticated.

Thank you to the PVQA for again including us in their show. All in all, it was a wonderful February of quilt shows for the SBAMQG, but there’s no time to waste. There’s always another show on the horizon, so let’s get quilting!

(photo credit Renee Tallman)


QuiltCon West 2016 Report

The Modern Quilt Guild’s international conference and show, QuiltCon, was a few weeks ago and the members of the South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild could not have been more excited to participate! QuiltCon happens every February in various locations and this year it was just a 6-7 hour road trip away, in Pasadena, CA, which made it easy for many of our members to attend. The MQG prepares for QuiltCon all year and all the hard work results in an amazing four-day event that we really look forward to.

People come to QuiltCon from all over the world to immerse themselves in the very best in modern quilting. We attend workshops and lectures by well-known instructors. We view hundreds of beautiful and unique quilts that have been carefully selected for the show. There are excellent prizes in various categories of quilting and there are fun quilting challenges. There are special exhibits of quilts made by legendary artists and a huge collection of charity quilts made by Modern Quilt Guild chapters around the world. Many of us are able to volunteer at the show and it is really fun to be a part of the action. We enjoy spending time with old and new friends and meeting up with acquaintances from social media.


Trading buttons is another fun part of QuiltCon. Here, a happy quilter shows the beginning of a superb button collection!

For the SBAMQG, the best part of the show was the fact that we had such a strong presence. A large contingent of our members was able to be there, several of whom had quilts in the show (including prize winners), and our charity quilt “Dovetailed” could not be missed.

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Here is our charity quilt displayed on the lecture hall stage and modeled by SBAMQG members Mickey Beebe and Karen Foster.

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We were also very excited to see that Mickey’s quilt, “Eichler Homes,” won first place in the EZ Quilting Triangle Challenge category.


As if that was not enough, “Eichler Homes” was also pictured in a QuiltCon banner outside the Pasadena Convention Center during the show! We are so proud of Mickey!

Other SBAMQG members had quilts in the show too:


Pam Rocco shows her “House Plan” quilt which is, yes, a floor plan of her house.

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Anne Sullivan had a few quilts in the show, including “Mountain Sunrise” and “Transcendence.”

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Here are Tami Levin’s Amish-inspired “Songs of a Distant Lancaster” and “Putting on the Glitz,” which was made for the Michael Miller Glitz fabric challenge. It is also important to mention that Tami long-arm quilted a few other quilts in the show, including “Eichler Homes” and “Mountain Sunrise,” (both shown above.)

For many members, the socializing is as important as the quilts themselves. Here are just a few of our members who managed to pop into a photo or two:


Gabrielle, Lori, Chelsea, Pat, Emily, and Laura make a happy group.

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Karen, Barbara, and Carolyn stop for a smile.

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Anne pals around with Carole and long-lost SBAMQG member, Julia.


Chelsea shows off her workshop progress.

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Karen, Chelsea, and Gabrielle smile sweetly.

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Lori and Pat are having too much fun during their volunteer shift.

Time to start planning for QuiltCon East, in Savannah, GA, February 23-26, 2017. Hope you can make it!

(photo credit Karen Foster)