January 2019: A New Year for the SBAMQG

Hi guild members,

We started our year off  with our guild meeting with lots to talk about participate in.

Lynn brought us a fabulous tutorial for this month’s BOTEOM. Using the “yellow submarine” palette, Lynne brought us an improv block which is easy to adapt and make your own and works really nicely with the palette.


We hosted the fabulous Jen Carlton-Bailey. We can’t wait to see the work that comes from this fun class.

Also, we started something new! It’s the Hand-sewing happy hour at Abbott Square in downtown Santa Cruz. We will be meeting on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:00. You can bring your EPP, or hand quilting and sit with a beverage or treat and socialize while getting some handwork done. Everyone is invited to join in, not just members.

And at our show and tell, we had so many beautiful quilts from our members.


7th Annual Retreat Recap!

The 7th Annual has came and went…many, many months ago! It’s not too late, however, to think about the fun we had last year in anticipation for our 8th annual retreat coming September of 2019!

The Happy Valley Conference Center hosted us again this year. We were close to Santa Cruz but felt so far away. We were able to spread out and sew, eat delicious food, and enjoy our creative community without interruption.

Thank you for Lori for organizing games and adding a little friendly competition to the retreat!

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Day one. #sbamqgretreat #sbamqg

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We have such a supportive community. Here a few members discuss layout and share creative advice.

Lastly, thank you to our sponsors! We couldn’t have done any of this without you!

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Can’t wait for our next retreat! Look for an announcement soon!!

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.