• 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:








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


    Come see us in December!


    (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.


    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.



    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?



    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.


    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.


    • 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)


    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):

    Information about each piece:
    Name (Specify if more than one person worked on it):
    Size: height x width, in inches
    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.

  • March Meeting and the Great Pincushion Swap!


    March Guild Meeting started with Kelly Orr, the President of Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild introducing the Juried Invitational Quilt Show at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. The show is open to all 4 Bay Area Modern Quilt Guilds including ours! It will coincide with their exhibit of Ohio Amish Quilts, and each quilt entered should be “inspired” by Amish Quilting.


    Next Tina introduced the Michael Miller FREE Petal Pinwheels Fabric Challenge, sure to spawn a lot of bright and cheery quilts! Each quilted object will be due June 23rd.


    Then, after a quick tantalizing reveal of the Jacquie Gering Workshop in July, came the Great Pincushion Swap!

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    Some even got to swap with each other!!


    Adrianne and Julie traded pincushions in similar colors!

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    At Sew and Tell, Dana and Tina shared their “Radiant Orchid” Quilts– just one more challenge we couldn’t include on our roster, but would be totally fun to do anyway!


    More gorgeous sew and tells!



    Then Pam gave used Karen’s back to give us a tutorial on so-called “Easy” Puzzle Blocks!


    Well, we can tell she got it down!


    Caroline showed us her beautiful finished sunflower quilt…I think I remember her working on this at the first Retreat!

    All in all, a great, and LONG meeting!!


  • 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

    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!

    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. 😉

    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.