March 2018 Meeting Recap

HI all,

We had a fantastic March meeting with lots of exciting discussion surrounding those of us who attended Quiltcon as well as the PVQA quilt show.

We had many of our guild attend Quiltcon and talked about how we had represented our guild. We had made a fabulous improv Orange Peel quilt which was there amongst many other guilds who had designed and constructed a quiltj that would be donated to their own community in charity. Here it is:

Our charity quilt handing at #quiltcon2018 Find it hanging in Ballrooms ED

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This gorgeous quilt will make its way to a family who was directly affected by the Napa/Sonoma wildfire. We are thrilled to be able to give directly in this way and reminds us of the importance of service to others and how what we make can truly offer comfort and warmth.

We announced our newest swap! We are excited to host a tote bag/zipper pouch swap. It’s not too late to join – next month’s meeting there will still be an opportunity to join in on the fun. If you’ve never made a tote bag or a zipper pouch don’t fret or dispair! Next month there will be a separate blog post with LOTS of links to the many free tutorials and free patterns for making a tote. We promise – it’s fun and simple. Your desire to make something that your swap partner may enjoy is the only requirement. It’s going to be fun so please join in! We know you can do it! Wouldn’t you like to receive something like this?

Tamlin was the winner of our “Block of the Every Other Month

Renee designed a quilt block that is featured in the Modern Quilt Guild ‘s Block Study in February. It’s a gorgeous block and makes up into a fabulous quilt. Here is hers:

We’re so proud of you Renee!

And, as always, we had a great Sew ‘n Tell with lots of fabulous quilts:

An original quilt pattern from Alicea! #sbamqg

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Anna (@anna_brenk) brought a quilt top and wore a tunic she made! #sbamqg

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Another quilt at tonight’s meeting #sbamqg

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Darlene (@darlenetalukder) shows quilts with cheerful colors #sbamqg

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Terry showed a block created in a #quiltcon workshop with @sewkatiedid #sbamqg

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And please remember, we are still taking sign-ups for our Mel Beach workshop!

We hope to see you at our next meeting which is April 3rd at 6:30.

 

#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!

#SBAMQGWIPITGOOD 

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.

**Edit: The Morning Star Block is also known as the Weather Vane Block.

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!

Chelsea

 

November 2015 Meeting Recap

The SBAMQG thanks Hart’s Fabrics for hosting another terrific meeting this week!

Business included the latest information on our Maria Shell workshop, which is happening this Saturday. We are expecting to have a great day learning all of Maria’s secrets. Lynne reminded us that the deadline for annual membership dues is approaching so please watch for your Paypal invoice, which will be sent out soon. We also talked about a few big things that will be happening at our December meeting. First, we will be doing our annual fabric gift swap. If you want to participate in this fun activity, please show up with a wrapped package containing one yard of fabric to swap. You can bring a one yard cut or any combination of cuts that equals one yard. Second, refreshments will be potluck style, so please bring something to share, keeping neatness in mind out of respect for our host shop. Third, we will be holding the election for new officers for 2016. Several people were nominated tonight for positions on the board but, if you are interested in running for a spot, please let the current board know by November 30, so we can get your name on the ballot before our December 1st meeting.

The highlight of tonight’s meeting was the big reveal of our small challenge quilts. In September, participants blindly selected a fat quarter from one bag and a slip of paper containing a modern quilting design concept from another bag. The challenge was to make a small quilt to demonstrate one or more of the design features that are often found in modern quilting. Our talented members came up with some creative solutions to the challenge and we had a blast viewing them. We hope to show them off in public in the near future. Here is a look at our proud quilters:

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Of course we had a few lovelies in our regular Sew and Tell, including a Fibonacci finish and this awesome log cabin:

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Come see us in December!

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(photo credit Karen Foster)

 

2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge – Marsala

Pantone has chosen Marsala as its Color of the Year. Some people love it, some people hate it, many are “meh.” Working with a  color you love is easy – the challenge comes in when it’s not your favorite.

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And speaking of challenges – Our very own Anne Sullivan of Play Crafts (left) and Adrianne of On The Windy Side (right) are once again hosting the Pantone Quilt Challenge this year, showcasing Marsala.

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Some of our favorite bloggers have agreed to be judges, including (from left to right) Amy Gunson from Badskirt, Jeni Baker from In Color Order , and Kristin Link from Sew Mama Sew. How awesome is that?

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Anne and Adrianne have lined up wonderful prizes from generous sponsors including our own Julie Dueck from The Intrepid Thread, plus Fat Quarter Shop, Aurifil, Hawthorne Threads, Westwood Acres, Green Fairy Quilts, Stitchbird, Sew me a Song, and Karen Lewis Textiles.

There are three main categories: Quilts, Mini’s, and Just the Top. And to encourage entries from quilters of all levels, there will be a random drawing with prize attached! Anne has listed all the rules and lots more info on Play Crafts. (Thanks, Anne!)

And since Marsala fabric isn’t easily found, and you may be wondering anyway how (or why) you’d use it, here are some posts to start your thought process: Adrianne’s my thoughts on Marsala including a fabric pull, Anne’s thoughts including some suggested palettes and quilt designs, Latifah Saafir’s thoughts and Debbie at A Quilter’s Table’s thoughts.

Be sure to add your items to the 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Marsala Flickr Group, or tag them on Instagram using #pantonequilt.

And check out the 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge to see how Radiant Orchid inspired entrants.

Get sewing!!!

Amish: The Modern Muse – Call for Entries

Amish: The Modern Muse

Location: FiberSpace at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

Three Bay Area Modern Quilts Guilds, East Bay Modern, Bay Area Modern and South Bay Area Modern, have been invited to participate in a new community exhibition program designed to showcase local quilt makers and fiber artists. FiberSpace at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is an exhibition platform where the Museum provides gallery space and community members provide the work and resources to mount a professional exhibit. Members of the three Modern Quilt Guilds are collaborating to organize the juried exhibition Amish: The Modern Muse, which will coincide with the Museum exhibition of Antique Ohio Amish Quilts: The Darwin D. Bearley Collection.

Amish are well known for their distinctive quality and style in their quilt making. Their use of solid fabric, color, and design display a unique artistic expression from women of the Amish while still maintaining their core values of humility and community. We invite members of the three guilds to participate in this FiberSpace program at SJMQT and share their works inspired by Amish quilts.

The juror will select approximately 20-40 quilts to form a cohesive exhibition that includes a wide range of creative styles, techniques and imagery.

Juror: Joe Cunningham

Joe Cunningham began making quilts professionally in 1979, after a ten-year career as a musician in Michigan. His early mentors were steeped in the history and traditions of quilts, leading Cunningham to a life of study in quilt history and a love of traditional technique. Over the years his quilts have evolved into a unique, personal style. His quilts are in the permanent collections of museums, as well as in numerous private collections. Cunningham’s 11 books on quilts include the 2010 book “Men and the Art of Quiltmaking,” (the first book on the subject), a museum catalogue for the Shelburne Museum’s exhibition, “Man-Made Quilts: Civil War to the Present,” and his essay for the de Young Museum show “Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown.” His column for the national magazine The Quilt Life is called “Biased and Edgy.” He has been seen on the Peabody Award winning PBS series “Craft in America,” the HGTV series “Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson”, the PBS series “Sewing with Nancy” and on “The Quilt Show” with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.” He gives talks about quilts and teaches workshops nationwide.

Curators

One person from each guild will be designated to help curate the exhibit. They will be required to be present at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles on November 10th and/or 11th to hang the show.

Eligibility and Guidelines

  • Artist must be a member of one of the invited quilt guilds.
  • Consideration is by physical representation only.
  • Due to size and exhibition limitations at the confirmed venues, each quilt shall be no larger than 104 inches on any one side.
  • Quilts do not have to be created specifically for this exhibit. Previously published quilts will be considered.
  • All accepted entries must have a 4 inch finished sleeve sewn onto the back of the quilt along the top edge.
  • Artwork must meet the definition of a quilt: Consisting of a front and back with stitching to hold batting sandwiched in between and bound entirely.
  • A representative from each guild will be chosen to transport quilts to be juried, to be hung for the show, and to return quilts when the show is over. Artists are responsible for getting the quilts to the appropriate guild representer for jurying and to the show, if accepted.
  • SJMQT will arrange to insure the quilts during the exhibition.
  • Artwork MAY be for sale. SJMQT will charge a 50% commission on all sales.
  • Work MUST be available through January 2015. Once work is accepted, it cannot be withdrawn for any reason until the end of the show.
  • By submitting your work for consideration, you confirm that you will adhere to all the Guidelines above.

Calendar

  • July 1, 2014 – Announce Call for Entries
  • September 1, 2014 – Online Submissions OPENS
  • September 30, 2014 – Online Submissions DEADLINE at 11:59 pm EST
  • October 1, 2014 – Artwork to be RECEIVED by guild representer (details to be given
  • upon submitting online)
  • October 13, 2014 – Notification of acceptance (All notifications will be sent by email)
  • November 15, 2014 – Exhibit opening at SJMQT
  • January 3, 2015 – Exhibit closed at SJMQT
  • January 2015 – Return of work to Artists (guild specific information details to be given)

GUIDELINES FOR CONSIDERATION:

Checklist of what you will need to provide:
Artist Information:
Artist’s First Name:
Artist’s Last Name:
Address (street):
City/Postal Code/Country:
Phone (include country code):
Email:

Information about each piece:
Name (Specify if more than one person worked on it):
Size: height x width, in inches
Materials:
Techniques/ Inspiration (25 words or less):
Insurance Value:
Sale Price or if NFS:

There is an entry fee per quilt for consideration. Members must pay their fees through their guild’s structure. The entry fee is $35 for the first quilt, and free for a second quilt.

You will be asked to agree with these Terms and Conditions:

If accepted in this call for consideration I agree to submit a quilt for the exhibition “Amish: The Modern Muse” and follow the size guidelines set forth in this call for entries. I agree to loan my quilt to The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. I further agree to permit the images or detail images and/or all of part of my artist statement to be used in the exhibition catalog, articles, ads, promotions, books, websites, blogs CDs, current event news coverage, television productions, and/or multi-media productions for and about the exhibit or for and about the shows at which the exhibit may be seen.