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!!!

December Meeting Recap

Our December meeting was a ton of fun! We once again met at Hart’s Fabric in Santa Cruz, but they had rearranged their store which meant we had a bigger space to meet than ever before.

We started with a bit of business, as our officers and by-laws were voted on. Congratulations to our new executive board:

President – Tina Michalik
Vice President – Anne Sullivan
Secretary – Dana Seeger
Treasurer – Emily Sardo

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Once that was all settled, we moved into the party portion of the evening. We had a lovely potluck of goodies and snacks, and the main event: The (pretty) white elephant fabric gift exchange!

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Everyone brought an equivalent of a yard of fabric, and we limited it to two steals per item. It was a blast, with much stealing all around! I’ve even [mostly] forgiven everyone from constantly stealing from me. 😉

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We look forward to the new year when we will officially join The Modern Quilt Guild, and what the new year brings for us as a guild.

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July Meeting Recap

Apologies for the late posting!  We did cover a lot of ground at our last meeting, and so here are the highlights!

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Jo’s quilt, adapted from the Modern Mystery Quilt.  This was a pattern from Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of the Modern Quilt Studio.  Fabulous!

We were so honored to have Susan Osorio, director of Jacob’s Heart visit and present to us a certificate of appreciation for our Pay it Forward efforts benefiting 31 young people who are battling cancer in our community.  Picture here.

Before the meeting got underway, Isabel Michalik (age 6) and daughter of Tina showed us all what a little determination can do and held up the quilt she designed and made for her dad.  It took about a year from beginning to end, with feverish quilting as father’s day approached.  She was very nervous to talk in front of a group, but she made it through just fine 🙂 Picture here

Julia, our guild secretary is moving on to go do exciting things in Los Angeles and will be attending design school to learn surface and fabric design!  Way to go Julia!  Meanwhile, Emily Sardo will be our interim secreatry until we hold elections for new officers in December.  Emily hails from southern California, and was an original member of the LAMQG.  Welcome Emily!

Tina gave the second talk about the principles of  modern quilting focusing on the subject of negative space.  A separate blog post will focus on these talks.  We hope this new part of our guild meeting is interesting and helping to inspire new quilt ideas for everyone.
Speaking of negative space, we announced our “quickie” swap, making a small item for a secret partner using negative space.  We will return with our finished gifts to our partners at our August meeting.  How is everyone coming along with their projects??
Pam Rocco spoke to the guild about her own ideas and approach to fabric selection.  Pam’s style is often one that uses many solids with small bits of print.  Her fabrics come from a variety of sources; flea markets, thrifting, old clothing and from other unexpected places.  She enjoys repurposing fabrics.  Pam can tell the story of where her fabrics came from and how she chose them for that particular project and her storytelling is always enjoyable.  Thanks Pam!
Julia then spoke about Heather Ross’s most recent fabric collection, “Briar Rose”.  Heather is now designing with Wyndam Fabrics and is back with using a quilting cotton as her base goods.  This is great news for quilters!  Karen has made an incredible quilt with these very sweet prints.  Picture is here.
We have one, possibly two spots still open for the Weeks Ringle workshop for August 3rd.  If you are interested in attending, please email Tina.  tinam@cruzio.com

  • PIF donation quilts for the Community Bridges are due at the  August  meeting.
  • Welcome new members, Kelly and Barbara!
  • Friday Sew Day dates in Aptos at the community center are July 26, Aug 23 – final dates for 2013
  • Intrepid Thread in Milpitas hosts an open sew on the third Friday of the month.  Tina, Karen and Anne recently went and it was good fun.  (Thanks Julie!)
  • 2nd Annual Quilt Show of the SBAMQG will be held at Sue Dee’s in September.  Please consider entering a piece for the show!  Small items are welcome.  Items to be in the show should be turned in by the last week of August.
  • Fall Retreat committee is still open for volunteers and we plan to meet soon!

March Meeting Recap

What a full and fun meeting! Welcome Michelle, Micky and Erlene to the SBAMQG! We hope to see you again in the coming months!

We began the meeting discussing charity efforts that the SBAMQG could participate in, a subject we’ve all been thinking about that has become more prominent after the recent tragedies in the Santa Cruz community. The guild is looking for a committee to head our charity efforts. If you are interested, please contact Tina or any guild officer.

Two of our officers (Tina and Anne) as well as some of our members (Emily, Carol and Suzy) were lucky enough to attend the inaugural QuiltCon in February and regailed us with tales of the amazing workshops that they attended and quilts that were on display. Our very own fearless leader Tina even won a Judges Choice ribbon!

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It was great to see how invigorated all of the attendees seemed upon their return. QuiltCon 2015 will be an event not to be missed! Plus, new changes to the Modern Quilt Guild were announced, which will mean easier access to retreat destinations for our chapter plus an easier membership process and lots of perks. These chances will require a small increase in yearly dues or some sort of fundraising effort, but the cost per member should be fairly minimal.

And as for exciting new developments, our first ever Quilt Along was announced: The Sparkle Punch by Elizabeth Hartman! There is no specific due-date for this project, the idea is to be collectively working on a single design together in order to explore our modern quilting creative instincts. We hope that everyone can complete a Sparkle Punch project in some way, be it a pillow, baby quilt or bed-size quilt. Whatever you have time for and the inspiration to do!

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Then of course, there were the totes! March was the due date for our Secret Partner Tote Swap, and it was FABULOUS! TO many amazing totes were exchanged, and there were so many happy faces! Each swap gets better and better!

And if that weren’t enough, there were some fabulous projects at Sew and Tell as well.

We hope to see many people at the March 22nd Sew Day at the Community Foundation of SC County.

And the BAMQG has opened up registration for their upcoming retreat to all guilds, so here’s an excellent opportunity to bond with one of our amazing sister guilds!

Phew, see you in April!