• 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.

    sample Lori Chelsea IMG_1626 IMG_1625

  • 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 SBAMQG@gmail.com. Note your email in the Comments section. You will receive confirmation and a supply list within a couple days. Class fees are nonrefundable.

  • Maria Shell Class Now Open to Sister Guilds – Santa Cruz, California, Nov 7, 2015

    The South Bay Area MQG is excited to announce the opening of registration to our sister guilds for the Maria Shell workshop, Making Prints Out of Solids. If you haven’t yet heard of Maria Shell of Alaska, you will soon. She is phenomenally talented and has a unique perspective. Check out her website to see her work.


    This is what Maria says about this workshop, “Through years of exploring pattern and repetition, I have created an assortment of ‘prints’ made out of solid fabrics. Students will learn how to make improvisation-ally cut and pieced stripes, curves, polka dots, tartans, zigzags and more in this fun sampler class.” Her quilt “Boulevard” (above) is an example of her use of this technique.

    To register, send $72 via Paypal to SBAMQG@gmail.com. Supply list to be sent with confirmation. Maria Shell’s “Making Prints Out of Solids” workshop. Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9-4:30 at the Congregational Church of Soquel.

  • Mike McNamara (Mac) Workshop

    Mac quilt Mac Donna sanda Mary Lynne Maja ironing Maja

    Mike McNamara (Mac) sprinkled some of his “magic” dust on us yesterday during his techniques workshop at the Community Foundation in Aptos. The time flew by as he demonstrated various techniques that he uses in his amazing quilts. Mary, Eileen, Donna, Earline, Karen, Carolyn, Barb, Maja, Lori, Sanda, Heidi, and Lynne all learned a lot, laughed a lot, and just had a great time, Thanks, Mac!