February Guild Meeting

We had such a great meeting with incredible inspiration.

We hosted Sara Trail, head of the Social Justice Sewing Academy. Through a series of hands-on workshops in schools, prisons and community centers across the country, SJSA empowers youth to use textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation and community cohesion and become agents of social change. Sara showed us the work that is being created in her workshops and her energy inspired us.


If you were unable to attend our guild meeting, you can still be a part of the work being done. Contact the SJSA and donate, or sign up to be an embroiderer.

Also, we were excited to announce that Chawne Kimber is coming to give two workshops and a trunk show for our guild.

To sign up for these workshops and the trunk show, please go to our events page HERE.

We announced the dates for our annual retreat. September 5-8. Registration will begin on March 6th at 6:30pm. Look for an email at that time for the registration password and link.We have space for more people to attend than in previous years – hooray! The retreat is a great time to connect and create. We hope you join us.

There are still some spots for Pam Rocco’s workshop on April 13th.

Join Pam Rocco in her Home Plates block workshop. Use her templates to create a variety of quilt layouts! Please arrive at 9:30 am to setup. Class begins at 10:00 am. $35 members/$45 non-members.

Last but not least, we had sew and tell which showcases the talent of our guild members.

See you at the next meeting!

March 5 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm
Mid-County Senior Center, 829 Bay Ave
Capitola, CA




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.


December 2018 Meeting Recap

The end of the year is celebrated the same way every year by our guild. We take the first part of the meeting to have our showed and tell. As is always, our members showed us their many talents.

Claire says she is a  modern quilter from a traditional guild – all we know is that she made a beautiful quilt here.

Pam brought in this small quilt which is one of many where she works with one shape and repeats it.

And Lynne made this bag for her upcoming grandchild’s diaper bag:

Laura Ryle made this gorgeous modern Amish quilt as a wedding quilt. Laura did the quilting as well.

Gene made a duvet cover out of some Japanese fabrics – it’s brown because she has two new puppies and they get to sleep on the bed 🙂


Tamlin made this geometric vision of a mountain scene in this quilt which she will be gifting.

After show and tell, we had so many great treats that members brought for a bit of festivities and to enjoy each others’ company. We then had a fun gift swap and everyone was so generous and creative with their gifts.

We also brought many donations of fabric and notions for survivors of the  camp fire and for members of a quilt guild there whose members lost their homes. Quilters in that area have requested fabric, needles so that they can do hand work while they start to rebuild their lives. As we all know, having a small but creative outlet is soothing and helpful.

We will see you in 2019!!




November 2018 Meeting Recap


Hi Beautiful Guild members! We had our November meeting and here’s some highlights.

First, the recipient of the Block of the Every Other Month is Ruth. She received all the blocks that were made pictured behind her.

Our own Karen designed the Echo Block Study and is found here on the MQG website.

We then announced the next BOTEOM with Pam’s tutorial on how to make it.

Here is Isabelle with a sample block.

Here is a link to the directions along with the color palette. More copies of the templates will be available at the December meeting.

We had plenty of member show and tell as well.

Jeannie showed us her quilt made of shot cottons, designed by her.

Laura created this Amish beauty

Darlene stitched this up for donation

Anna made the two following quilts


Kathryn made this fresh quilt

Kathy is making this quilt by layering different colored fabrics together and then cutting into the layers – creating this effect. She embroidered the bird as well.

We hope you’ll join us for our holiday celebration meeting, December 4th at 6:30. See you there!








October 2018 Meeting Recap

Our October meeting began with our annual scrap swap. Prints, solids, even Hello Kitty fabric made an appearance! Several members also sold handmade items and larger swatches of fabric.

Two board members were out of town for this month’s meeting so Darlene and Mo held down the fort! They announced the annual dues ($50 paid by cash, check or PayPal) and openings for the Jen Carlton Bailly Workshop on January 27th.


Isabelle spoke about the progress on the Quilt Con Charity Quilt and showed her quilt in the 2019 Quilter’s Planner. She’s featured in the month of October. Everyone check it out!

Several members brought quilts to show the group.



Next month’s meeting will take place on Election Day. Don’t forget to vote before coming to the meeting! Can’t wait to see you there!

November 6 @ 6:30 pm
Mid-County Senior Center, 829 Bay Ave
Capitola, CA 95010 United States


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