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!

Summer meetings wrap up and workshop!

June started off with some Sew and Tell of Michael Miller Fabric Challenge Quilts,


jean quilt june here’s Jean’s

laurel quilt june Laurel showed us her beautiful block!

pam quilt june Pam is amazing as always…

tina quilt june Tina’s Fabulous new king size bed quilt!

tina triangle demo Then Tina demonstrated the triangle ruler!

lynn flying geese Lynn showed us her version of the Flying Geese

carol ruler july Carol won a specialty ruler this month!

jeannie fabric july Jeannie took home a cute spread of solids!

karen mm quilt july Karen showed us her Michael Miller Challenge Quilt

rene mm quilt juneAlong with Renee!

katherine rock the block Katherine showcased her “rock around the block

mickey july quilt Mickey showed her gorgeous quilt

pam crazy quilt july  and Pam showed another wonderful creation

quilt workshopBusy at the Jacquie Ghering Scrappy Improv workshop! I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot of quilt tops from here in August!!

Jacquie Gering Workshop This Friday!

Just a reminder that the Jacquie Gering workshop is this Friday!! Please review the list of things to bring to make sure you have everything, and don’t forget your yard of flannel to use as a design wall.

Details can be found on our group forum here:

(You must be signed into the Modern Quilt Guild site to view the link.)

See you all on Friday!