2016 Row by Row Experience

At our January meeting, Tina Michalik, SBAMQG founder and former president, and current fabric expert at Hart’s fabrics, announced the 2016 Row by Row Experience. What is the Row by Row Experience, you ask? Here’s the scoop:

The Row by Row Experience (RxR) is sort of like a fabric store shop hop. But only sort of. Instead of having several fabric shops from a small geographic region link together for a weekend of activities, over 2500 shops in the USA and Canada will be participating for the entire summer. Visit as many of these shops as you can and collect a free pattern at each shop for their exclusive “row.” At the end of the summer, use your favorite patterns to make a row-style quilt in this year’s theme, which is “Home Sweet Home.” Did I mention that there are prizes? For instance, be the first to show your quilt (using eight or more rows) to a participating shop and win fabric. For more details, visit this website: rowbyrowexperience

Do you need more info? Watch this video: RxR video

Now here is the most special part. Our own Hart’s Fabric will be participating in the RxR this summer and they have asked us, the SBAMQG, to help them design the row for their free pattern. Here is what Hart’s wants from each of us:

Following the theme “Home Sweet Home,” design a row pattern.

-Row must be 36-1/2 wide (unfinished)

-Row may be no taller than 9-1/2 inches (unfinished)

Note: Your row may be horizontal or vertical, but must follow these measurements.

-Be creative and have fun with the theme! Any method is fine: pieced, appliqué, paper piecing, embroidery, etc.

A few notes from Tina:

Hart’s Fabric will select the winner from all who submit an original design within the parameters of the challenge listed above. Hart’s wants to encourage and partner with the Modern Quilt Guild so please bring a modern aesthetic to your design. Use of solids is strongly encouraged! Submission of design is due at the May guild meeting so there is still lots of time to think of and design something amazing! Hart’s Fabric will be featuring the designer and their row at the store, as well as selling kits all summer. Winning designer will also receive a $100 gift certificate to Hart’s Fabric.

Let’s get inspired and design something that will really stand out and have people asking for the pattern.

The pattern will be handed out for free to anyone who comes in the store and asks for it. It’s your decision how you present your pattern: black and white or color printing, to bag or not, freebie included (button, etc.)

What does “Home Sweet Home” mean to you? It’s going to be so exciting to see what our talented guild members come up with!



2015 Fall Retreat

The SBAMQG 4th Annual Fall Retreat has come and gone, and what an event it was! The weekend, October 9-12, was warm and comfy. The location was the Happy Valley Conference Center, a lovely venue in the redwood forest of Santa Cruz, made even better by the fact that it is less than 10 minutes from our home base of Hart’s Fabric. The campers were a friendly bunch, the creativity was off the charts, and the retreat committee knocked it out of the park!

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First and foremost, a thank-you goes out to the terrific committee who did such a great job planning, organizing, and setting up everything so the rest of us could just relax. Their efforts did not go unnoticed. Thank you to Karen, Merydith, Eileen, Jeannie, Gabrielle, Heidi, and Mary!

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Secondly, but equally as important, a huge thank you goes out to these wonderful sponsors who raised it to another level with their generous donations: Aurifil, The Warm Company, Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabric, Quilter’s Dream Batting, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Back Porch Fabrics, and Harts Fabric. The SBAMQG loves you!!

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Our sponsors provided all sorts of goodies for our gorgeous swag bags (made by SBAMQG volunteers), game prizes, and door prizes. So much fun!

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Some of us worked late into the night.


Some of us learned new skills through demos.


And some of us took breaks to swing under the redwoods.

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With no interruptions (well, except for food, massages, s’mores, hikes, and more food) we accomplished many things.

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Impressive, right? If you haven’t yet attended one of our retreats, you are really missing out on a lot of fun.


Hope you decide to join us next year!

(photo credit Karen Foster)


Quiltcon 2015

unnamed-3Quiltcon 2015 was quite an experience and several of the SBAMQG members were there to represent and to experience it all.  From the first day to the last, there was so much happening and so much to experience at the convention center as well as Austin itself.  Here is a photo-heavy blog post to give you a taste.

unnamed-4Past members as well as present members attended!  Previous Vice-President and secretary Susy Drake and Julia Williams were there with us and it was so good to catch up with them!  Pictured here also are Chelsea Hard, Tina Michalik and Laurel Woodside.





photo-2We took many workshops from many talented teachers including; The Quilters from Gee’s Bend, Lizzy House, Anna Maria Horner, Yoshiko Jinzenji, Carolyn Friendlander just to name a few.  Pictured here is Karen Foster at Rossie Hutchinson’s workshop on improv shapes and reverse appliqué.



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unnamed-10It was exciting to see our guild’s contribution to the charity drive that Quiltcon sponsors every year.  I know that I’m incredibly biased, but our quilt really looked amazing there in the lecture hall.  The quilt will return to our guild so that it may be donated to a local children’s shelter.

unnamed-7Renee Tallman’s quilt “Funky Junk” which had shown at the Modern Quilt Guild’s showcase at market.  It was juried into the showcase and then asked to hang at Quiltcon.  Renee’s quilt was also part of Alyssa Haight Carlton’s lecture given on “Use of Negative Space”  I heard several people mention the story behind this quilt and Renee’s long road to creating this quilt.

unnamed-8Anne’s quilt “We Are” hung at Quiltcon and was also part of Alyssa’s negative space lecture.  This quilt is Anne’s piece made for the Amish:The Modern Muse show which hung at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.  It’s a hard color to photograph and appears black, but is a deep blue with an incredible green yellow.

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Pam Rocco had not one, but two quilts hanging at Quiltcon.  Pam’s work often gravitates to a yellow palette and the one on the left is no different.  On the right, is a wonderful improv mosaic composition surrounded by a textured, neutral ground.


Tina’s quilt is a statement piece which reflects a solidarity in marriage equality.  It is improv pieced and stitched in text that reads, “love is love”

Next year, Quiltcon will be held in Pasadena, CA and hopefully even more members of the SBAMQG can attend!






More Fantastic Quilts from SBAMQG Members at PVQA Quilt Show

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Carole Rossi was awarded a Judge’s Choice award at the PVQA show for her pieced village scene. Carole says that she was “inspired while on a glorious trip to England, by a detail from a local painting of a whitewashed Cornish village.  I began designing the quilt in a spectacular workshop on improvisational piecing with fiber artist Hilde Morin, at Empty Spools.  The image gradually morphed into more of a Mediterranean medieval fantasy!“ Carole quilted it on her Bernina, experimenting with various thread colors and types.

Carole also entered her MacRose piece, which was inspired during a visit to Scotland. She says, “I was in Glasgow where I was absolutely bowled over by the artistry of Glasgow architect/painter/designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  He lived in the later part of the 19th/early 20th century, and was a leading figure among Art Nouveau artists in Scotland. My quilt is based on his rose, which is one of his iconic images.”    FYI, Carole’s other “Macintosh inspired” quilt was included in the first hanging of the recent Amish companion MQG show at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.


Sharon Cooper also delighted us with her cheerful Bright Circles quilt piece. We have so many talented SBAMQG members!

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The Incomparable Gwen Marston

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Modern quilters in search of inspiration had a lot to choose from today. Quiltcon 2015 in Austin, PVQA’s show in Watsonville, and a Small Studies workshop taught by Gwen Marston in Pacific Grove. Kathrin Brown and Lynne Nostrant opted for Gwen’s class, and came away with new techniques and a new appreciation for “small.”

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Gwen’s class on small studies is based on her latest book, 37 Sketches, and all 37 studies were on hand for us to ooh and ahhh over. Each small study, or what Gwen calls her sketches, measure less than about 12 inches on a side.  Here are just a few:


If you spent your Saturday at Quiltcon or PVQA, it’s not too late to hear Gwen – she is the guest speaker at Monterey Peninsula Quilt Guild’s meeting on Wednesday, February 25. The meeting starts at 7:00 after social time at 6:30. Guests pay $5 admission. The meeting is at Pacific Grove Community Center, 515 Junipero Street (at 15th), Pacific Grove, CA 93950. For more information and to see more of Gwen’s quilts, see http://www.mpqg.org/