#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!


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.

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!



English Paper Piecing (EPP) Resources

As promised here are some of the notion and video tutorial resources that may be of interest to you on your EPP journey.

Preferred notions:

Starch: Faultless Premium Starch – Gold

Papers: www.paperpieces.com

Glue: Elmer’s Washable, optional glue tips www.purpledaisiesquilting.com

Thread: Aurifil 50wt (orange spool)

Clips: Clover Clips

Scissors: Westcott 2.5” or 3”

Thimble: Clover Natural fit leather Thimble, Clover leather thimbles

Video Tutorials:

Jenn Kingwell  www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5TIWejbT74     thread/glue baste, joining

Pat Bravo      www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4E7jj9ZCWU    feather stitch

Mr.Domestic    www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRybD7_ZrE8      glue basting

Mr.Domestic www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op6dlaWCqNU    joining hexagons

DIY addict     www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfC9gOdiinU      flat back stitch

December 2015 Meeting Recap

December brings big things for the South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild and this month was no exception. Between quilt show deadlines, elections, parties, and swaps, we’ve been busy and our meeting at Hart’s Fabric was a great way to finish off an equally great year.

First up, we are happy to introduce our new officers for 2016, who were unanimously elected in a landslide vote:


Gabrielle Robles – Treasurer

Chelsea Hard – President

Renee Tallman – Secretary

Pam Rocco – Vice President

The new board is excited to start working together and having some fun, too. And the guild thanks outgoing board members Lynne Nostrant, Mary Skillicorn, and Therese Ponder for donating their time and efforts to the SBAMQG in 2015.

In other news, our annual end of the year party and fabric swap was a blast, with the sharing of beautiful fabrics, lots of delicious treats, and the most excellent door prizes: Five Hart’s gift certificates!

Lastly, the QuiltCon West quilt entry deadline has passed, but that’s ok because everyone entered a quilt with plenty of time to spare, right? Our amazing charity quilt committee made their deadline with some very impressive work! In the unlikely event that you missed the QuiltCon deadline, there is still time to enter a quilt in the SBAMQG group exhibit in the local PVQA show in February, so get sewing!

For Sew and Tell, it was beginning to look very much like Christmas with these stunning quilts:


We had a couple of finished workshop wonders:


A gorgeous QuiltCon challenge quilt:


and this unique (and totally cool) triangles top.


Happy New Year everyone, and here’s to a happy (and creative) 2016!

(photo credit Karen Foster)


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 Fall Retreat

The SBAMQG 4th Annual Fall Retreat has come and gone, and what an event it was! The weekend, October 9-12, was warm and comfy. The location was the Happy Valley Conference Center, a lovely venue in the redwood forest of Santa Cruz, made even better by the fact that it is less than 10 minutes from our home base of Hart’s Fabric. The campers were a friendly bunch, the creativity was off the charts, and the retreat committee knocked it out of the park!

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First and foremost, a thank-you goes out to the terrific committee who did such a great job planning, organizing, and setting up everything so the rest of us could just relax. Their efforts did not go unnoticed. Thank you to Karen, Merydith, Eileen, Jeannie, Gabrielle, Heidi, and Mary!

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Secondly, but equally as important, a huge thank you goes out to these wonderful sponsors who raised it to another level with their generous donations: Aurifil, The Warm Company, Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabric, Quilter’s Dream Batting, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Back Porch Fabrics, and Harts Fabric. The SBAMQG loves you!!

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Our sponsors provided all sorts of goodies for our gorgeous swag bags (made by SBAMQG volunteers), game prizes, and door prizes. So much fun!

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Some of us worked late into the night.


Some of us learned new skills through demos.


And some of us took breaks to swing under the redwoods.

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With no interruptions (well, except for food, massages, s’mores, hikes, and more food) we accomplished many things.

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Impressive, right? If you haven’t yet attended one of our retreats, you are really missing out on a lot of fun.


Hope you decide to join us next year!

(photo credit Karen Foster)