2017 June Meeting Recap

Chelsea welcomed us all to our first meeting in our new digs, Mid-County Senior Center.  Great reception for the new setting.

Announcements:  (all the business stuff)

Name Tags/Buttons:  request on sign-in sheet

Retreat balance due by 8.15.17

MQG Info:

  1.  QuiltCon registration begins 6.26.17
  2. Featured member benefit:  4-day pass to QuiltCon is complementary to all members, so be sure to register
  3. Entries for show – July, date to be announced
  4. Charity colors announced are on color board in photograph of Chelsea.  Isabel has volunteered to head this project.

Block of Every Other Month:

Picture Frame blocks are due at the July meeting

Block for September colors will be:  red-violet, yellow, blue- violet.  We will hold a fat quarter swap at our next meeting using these colors.  Bring a solid or a print

PVQA Quilt Show Challenge:

We would like to have a great presence.  We’ve chosen to do Traditional Block Made Modern.  The four blocks are:  Flying Geese, Morning Star, Churn Dash and Pineapple.  Blocks can be any size, finished by December meeting with 4″ hanger on back.

Jeannie Land will be our liaison to make sure all entries are placed together and we are represented as the awesome group we are.

Chelsea has posted the blocks and info on our site.


Members who have already entered their WIPs (up to 6) may now add 3 more for a total of 9.  These are all posted on Instagram at #SBAMQGWIPitgood.  New members who missed the first dash to enter may now enter 3 and get started.

Tara Faughnan Workshop:

Two days, 11.11.17 and 11.12.17.  Sign-ups open tonight.



Gabrielle presented a demo of EPP (English Paper Piecing).  Great presentation that will spark those members who have not tried it to get going.

Door prizes were won by Lori, Jeannie, Tina & Pam .  Congratulations 🙂

Pam Rocco Cheap Thrills Class was held last weekend.  A really fun time was had by all – and tons of creativity.  Check out the pics.

SEW & TELL:  What a prolific group.

Pam:  Picture Frames (BOEM for July)

Tami:  Husband’s 50th Birthday Gift

Lori:  Betsy Bag – and Strip Quilt (Tara Faughnan technique)


Front and back – which is the best???





Lucky son




And with that, a good night.  Sweet dreams of fabulous quilts


#SBAMQGWIPITGOOD & Make it Modern Challenges

We have so many fun and exciting challenges going on this year at SBAMQG that I wanted to write up a quick blog post to tell you about them so you have somewhere to reference all the fun!


At the beginning of the year members were encouraged to post on Instagram photos of works in progress (WIPs) that they planned to complete by the December 2017 Guild Meeting and to update us when their quilts were completed with both posts using #SBAMQGWIPITGOOD. Fast forward 6 months and we have had new member join at each meeting (we’re so popular and we love it!) and now we want to open up a new opportunity. Missed your opportunity at the beginning of the year? Want to start the challenge now? Here are the guidelines:

  • Post up to 3 WIPs by July 18, 2017 using #SBAMQGWIPITGOOD
  • WIPs are considered anything from a pile of fabric with good intentions to a finished, but unquilted top
  • Post pictures of your finished work using the hashtag throughout the year (no progress shots using the hashtag, please)
  • For every WIP finished by November 30, 2017 you’ll be entered to win a fabulous Quilty Celebrity prize

Here are some clues as to what this delightful prize might be:

  • The Quilty Celebrity equivalent of Indiana Jones’ fedora (or Don Johnson’s jacket, I am not letting that go and you cannot make me)
  • Bigger than a seam ripper
  • Currently decorating my sewing studio
  • NEW CLUE: Red and white and aqua blue all over

Make it Modern 

Our next challenge will be to take one of the traditional quilt blocks pictured below and recreate it using modern quilting elements. Finished quilts can be any size.

Some examples of modern quilting elements include, but are not limited to:

  • Use of bold colors and prints
  • High contrast and graphic areas of solid colors
  • Improvisational piecing
  • Minimalism
  • Expansive negative space AKA expensive negative space for those quilt-by-check gals
  • Alternate grid work

Guidelines: Quilts must be finished by the December meeting and will be displayed at the 2018 PVQA Quilt Show. All quilts must be submitted with a 4” wide hanging sleeve stitched to the back. Quilts should be labeled using the official PQVA label. All quilts must be finished (quilted and bound); no tops or partially finished quilts will be allowed to hang. No more than two entries per member.

We always enjoy the quilts our members make, but are especially excited to see the WIPs you finish this year and the challenge quilts you dream and stitch up!

See you all at the next meeting!



May 2017 Meeting Recap

May 17, 2017

General Meeting

Call to order by President Chelsea Hard located in Hart’s Fabric Store at 6:33 p.m.

The store discount offered tonight is Alison Glass Handcrafters and Wide Back fabric – Thank you, Hart’s.

A survey was sent to each member.  So far 28 responses have been returned.  We’re hoping to have all completed by 5.21 so results can be analyzed.

Our annual fall retreat is approaching.  The balance of registration is due by 8.15.

QuiltCon:    Registration 6.26/ Show Entries open July


Event Dates to Remember:

5.20     Sew Day at the Foundation in Aptos.

6.17     Pam Rocco Workshop – Cheap Thrills

6.20     Guild Meeting

MQG book is available for preorder.  We have two members with talent being recognized in print:  Pamela Rocco and Mickey Beebe.  Great showing for SBAMQG.  Congrats.

Instagram #EPPParty  check it out on the Instagram site.  Looks like fun.

Charity Quilt:  Guidelines have been published by MQG.  Isabel has stepped up to the plate to chair this committee, so all volunteers will be receiving information shortly.  Positions needed will be design, piecing, machine quilting, binding, label.

Sign-ups for Tara Faughnan’s classes in November will be held in June.

This is the big night to turn in the BOEM from March – “h” blocks.  The grand prize winner was Darlene – we’ll look forward to seeing them put together.

The new BOEOM was announced by Pam Rocco.  She picked her “Picture Frame” blocks – there are three different versions.  This block will be turned in at the July meeting.

The Cheap Thrills Workshop presented by Pam Rocco will be June Pam will email pattern and instructions to all attendees.  It is recommended blocks be constructed ahead of class in order to have class time to work on placement.






Door prizes were won by Melody and Renee.  Book.**

The MQG benefit we talked about tonight was all the free patterns that are offered.

Karen Foster mentioned the great display at the San Jose Quilt Museum that is available until **.


Lynne – teacup challenge

Gene – Zig Zag

Emily – Weeks Ringle Kit


Laura R – HUGE Day of the Dead quilt

Melody – Critters, miniatures

Isabel – Quilt challenge, on-point quilt

Karen – Pam Rocco workshop project, baby quilt


Thanks again to Hart’s for making meeting venue available.

April 2017 Meeting Recap

Chelsea brought our meeting to order at Louden Nelson Center in Santa Cruz at 6:38 p.m.

Stay tuned for next month’s meeting place.

East Bay Modern Quilters and East Bay Heritage Quilters are hosting a Community Sewing Day on Sunday,  April 9th.  Have fun attending a day of making charity quilts for The Children’s Quilt Project.  Bring your sewing machine – or not.  Fabric kits will be provided.

Our question of the meeting was :  Let us know about your favorite rotary cutter

The general favorite boiled down to whatever rotary cutter you really like 🙂  Lots of Olfa 45 mentioned.

Our fall retreat is completely full.  If anyone is interested in joining in all the fun, be sure to get your name on the waitlist.

Barbara Cuseo presented a demonstration on curved piecing and bias tape applique.




Door prizes were won by Lori, Anna, Tami  & Linda.  Happy faces all around.

Pam Rocco workshop:  6.17.17.  $35 for members.  Community Foundation in Aptos is location.

She gave us our choice of three patterns for us to learn and we chose Cheap Thrills.

Next month be sure to bring your completed blocks of the month, the “h” block, or chairs – name is your choice.

Sew & Tell:

Mickey mentioned the show at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles –  Modern Quilt Guild.  Mickey’s Eichler Homes quilt is in the book, as well as Pam’s House Plan.

Gene shared about a fabric oppotrunity – FabMo.

Pam:  Mugs, mugs and more mugs

Mo:  Winter/denim

baby quilt

Marlyne:   Completed quilt started in Latifah Saafir’s class.

Also shared a crochet project she’s involved in – Coral Reef Project

Izzy:      Quilt she designed, constructed and quilted as a gift for her mom.  Way to go, Izzy.

Melodie:        shared a quilt that was tulip inspired.  For such a new member, she’s really prolific.  Keep the good stuff coming, Melodie.


Thanks for pictures by Renee

March 2017 Meeting Recap



General Meeting

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


President Chelsea announced discounted items for the evening.  Thank you, Hart’s.

  • 30% on Aurifil thread, 20% on wide back fabric, 15% on fabrics by Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler

Meeting date will be changed to the 3rd Tuesday of the month starting in May.

The “Question of the Day” was Name your favorite experience from QuiltCon or PVQA quilt shows.  The general theme from all of the answers is that quilt shows let us know what  a great community we are involved in, and they are incredibly inspirational.  

  • Renee and Laura received ribbons in the PVQA show this year.
  • Mickey has two quilts being shown in International Quilt Fest in Chicago, and then on to Houston
  • Karen’s Bee Social group placed first in their group at QuiltCon in Savannah.  The QDAD group received lots of attention.  Not to mention that three of her own quilts were in the show.

Gabrielle announced that SBAMQG has a presence on Instagram at #SBAMQG

Workshops coming up:

  • Sujata Shah      4.02.17  9:30 – 4:30      Participation will be opened up to other local guilds
  • Tara Faughnan  11.11.17 and 11.12.17.  

Annual retreat will be held 10.19.17 through 10.22.17

  • $50 deposit will be accepted now
  • Sign up through email
  • Volunteers needed
    • Swag Bags and Gifts for attendees
    • Procuring raffle prizes
    • Set up and Clean up

Hart’s is looking for a teacher  to present a paper piecing class.  Anybody interested?

MQG member benefits:

  • There are many benefits of membership offered through the web site – Community Site
  • “Fresh Quilting” is a new quilting show offered.  Premiered at QuiltCon


  • Tonight the comma blocks were all due.  Laura Ryle won the drawing.
  • Pam announced the next BoM.  “h” blocks.  The pattern was published in “Quilter’s Newsletter” magazine.  Completed blocks due at the May meeting.  Use solids or polka dots.  Blue background fabric is available.     

Wow, busy meeting.   🙂

Fabulous creations were shared:
Mo sure has patience to do all these tiny, tiny pieces 🙂

Karen’s Creation

  Gene’s Ziggy Zaggy
  Merydith’s Sweet Girl
  Love Gabrielle’s personalization

for backs

  Anna’s miniature
  Eileen has a lucky sister 🙂
  Muriel, great colors.  

Rainbow goodness

  Melodie, nice entrance into

our group.  Welcome.

  Gabrielle has been busy
  I think Chelsea is behind

this masterpiece


  One of Pam’s many creations
  Tammy works her magic

A huge thank-you from the SBAMQG goes out to Hart’s Fabrics for their generosity in hosting our guild again this year. We love you to pieces!

(photo credit Karen Foster)