We had a fantastic meeting as always and one of our most favorite meetings is when we have a big reveal. This month, we did our bag swap exchange and found out who had stitched up something beautiful and useful for us. The choices for this swap were to make either a tote bag or a zipper pouch for our recipient. So many lovely things were made.
Thanks to everyone who participated!
Next, we had an informational talk from Kathy about what she has learned recently on quilt preservation and storage. There was so much information shared and Kathy provided a print out with lots of valuable facts and advice so that our work can last for generations to come. Such a wonderful sharing of what is important to us all. Here is a photo of a quilt that Kathy saved from motor oil and years of stains.
Onward with our meeting and discussions about upcoming workshops. We are excited to have our own Karen Foster come and teach us Improv Abstraction Log Cabin on August 25. There still are a few spots left! Don’t miss out on this fantastic class.
In December, we are so excited to be having Denyse Schmidt come to teach advanced improv to our guild. This gives us a chance to delve even deeper into what improv skills we already have and to learn from Denyse, who is one of the founders of what inspired the MQG and introduced quilting to a new generation of quilters with a fresh voice. There is already a wait list for this workshop, but if you still would like to add your name, please contact us. firstname.lastname@example.org
And, of course, as always, we had a wonderful show and tell.
Our next meeting is JULY 10, the SECOND Tuesday of the month, and a sew day will follow on the 14th in our usual location at the community foundation in Aptos.
How lucky are we at the SBAMQG to have the incomparable Pam Rocco as a member, friend, and guild Vice President? We definitely know how lucky we are and we make use of her experience, knowledge, and wonderful energy every way we can. Last week, for instance, we enjoyed a workshop with Pam in which she taught us how to make her famous 1/4-Log Cabin quilt. As many readers know, Pam writes a monthly column for Quilter’s Newsletter magazine. (Her writing is entertaining and her quilts are outstanding!) This particular quilt, which was featured in a recent QN issue, has proven to be quite popular and you can read about it and get a free pattern here: Quilter’s Newsletter.
As for our workshop, it was a great way to spend a rainy day and we had so much fun!
Pam instructs her eager students:
The SBAMQG always appreciates a good trunk show (this is just a peek):
Here we are, hard at work:
Elaine works super fast:
Here’s some early progress. It appears that many of us were inspired by Pam’s blue and green quilt:
But quite a few of us had other ideas too:
It will be exciting to see what we come up with. Thank you Pam – it was so much fun!
(photo credit Karen Foster, Chelsea Hard, Renee Tallman)
We will be taking sign ups/payment at the May 3rd guild meeting (next week) for Latifah’s workshop before opening it up to non-members. We wanted to share more examples of quilts with the bias tape technique:
Those of us fortunate enough to take Tina Michalik’s “improv with a plan” class, based on her quilt “Much Ado About Nothing,” think she needs to change the name. The quilt is based on 16 blocks regardless of finished size, and uses two log cabin blocks to make improv quilts that have us asking, “How did she do that?” Tina is a fun and attentive teacher and we all had a blast. Pam, Carolyn, Barb, Carole, Donna, Lori, Lynne, Laurel, Karen, Laurie (who came all the way from Minnesota!!!), Chelsea, Emily, Louise, Tiffany, and Brenda all made progress on their blocks, and we can’t wait to see the finished quilts and pillow covers.