Pam Rocco Workshop

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):


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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)


Much Ado About Something Fabulous


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.

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Tina Michalik Improv Class, Saturday, October 3, 2015


On Saturday, 10/3/15, Tina Michalik will teach her “improv with a plan” pattern that uses 16 blocks to make any size quilt. Tina designed this quilt out of her desire to piece something with abandon – but within a structure.  Her solution is to break down an improv quilt into blocks, so the project never feels overwhelming.  Furthermore, this quilt design is based on the most familiar and approachable of blocks – the log cabin.  Anyone can make this quilt, even if you feel intimidated by improvisational piecing. ‘Much Ado’ comes together quickly and easily because of the simplicity of the block.  Whether you’re an experienced or a beginning quilter, you’ll enjoy making this quilt.  Let’s do this!

This quilt is made with 16 blocks, regardless of the final size.
Baby: 9.5″ blocks make a 36″ quilt
Throw 15″ blocks make a 58″ quilt
Full/Queen 19.5″ blocks make a 76″ quilt
King  27.5″ blocks make a 108″ quilt

Cost of the class is $36 for non-SBAMQG-members. To register for the class, sign into your PayPal account and send $36 to Note your email in the Comments section. You will receive confirmation and a supply list within a couple days. Class fees are nonrefundable.