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.


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!


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!