May 2017 Meeting Recap

May 17, 2017

General Meeting

Call to order by President Chelsea Hard located in Hart’s Fabric Store at 6:33 p.m.

The store discount offered tonight is Alison Glass Handcrafters and Wide Back fabric – Thank you, Hart’s.

A survey was sent to each member.  So far 28 responses have been returned.  We’re hoping to have all completed by 5.21 so results can be analyzed.

Our annual fall retreat is approaching.  The balance of registration is due by 8.15.

QuiltCon:    Registration 6.26/ Show Entries open July


Event Dates to Remember:

5.20     Sew Day at the Foundation in Aptos.

6.17     Pam Rocco Workshop – Cheap Thrills

6.20     Guild Meeting

MQG book is available for preorder.  We have two members with talent being recognized in print:  Pamela Rocco and Mickey Beebe.  Great showing for SBAMQG.  Congrats.

Instagram #EPPParty  check it out on the Instagram site.  Looks like fun.

Charity Quilt:  Guidelines have been published by MQG.  Isabel has stepped up to the plate to chair this committee, so all volunteers will be receiving information shortly.  Positions needed will be design, piecing, machine quilting, binding, label.

Sign-ups for Tara Faughnan’s classes in November will be held in June.

This is the big night to turn in the BOEM from March – “h” blocks.  The grand prize winner was Darlene – we’ll look forward to seeing them put together.

The new BOEOM was announced by Pam Rocco.  She picked her “Picture Frame” blocks – there are three different versions.  This block will be turned in at the July meeting.

The Cheap Thrills Workshop presented by Pam Rocco will be June Pam will email pattern and instructions to all attendees.  It is recommended blocks be constructed ahead of class in order to have class time to work on placement.






Door prizes were won by Melody and Renee.  Book.**

The MQG benefit we talked about tonight was all the free patterns that are offered.

Karen Foster mentioned the great display at the San Jose Quilt Museum that is available until **.


Lynne – teacup challenge

Gene – Zig Zag

Emily – Weeks Ringle Kit


Laura R – HUGE Day of the Dead quilt

Melody – Critters, miniatures

Isabel – Quilt challenge, on-point quilt

Karen – Pam Rocco workshop project, baby quilt


Thanks again to Hart’s for making meeting venue available.

April 2017 Meeting Recap

Chelsea brought our meeting to order at Louden Nelson Center in Santa Cruz at 6:38 p.m.

Stay tuned for next month’s meeting place.

East Bay Modern Quilters and East Bay Heritage Quilters are hosting a Community Sewing Day on Sunday,  April 9th.  Have fun attending a day of making charity quilts for The Children’s Quilt Project.  Bring your sewing machine – or not.  Fabric kits will be provided.

Our question of the meeting was :  Let us know about your favorite rotary cutter

The general favorite boiled down to whatever rotary cutter you really like 🙂  Lots of Olfa 45 mentioned.

Our fall retreat is completely full.  If anyone is interested in joining in all the fun, be sure to get your name on the waitlist.

Barbara Cuseo presented a demonstration on curved piecing and bias tape applique.




Door prizes were won by Lori, Anna, Tami  & Linda.  Happy faces all around.

Pam Rocco workshop:  6.17.17.  $35 for members.  Community Foundation in Aptos is location.

She gave us our choice of three patterns for us to learn and we chose Cheap Thrills.

Next month be sure to bring your completed blocks of the month, the “h” block, or chairs – name is your choice.

Sew & Tell:

Mickey mentioned the show at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles –  Modern Quilt Guild.  Mickey’s Eichler Homes quilt is in the book, as well as Pam’s House Plan.

Gene shared about a fabric oppotrunity – FabMo.

Pam:  Mugs, mugs and more mugs

Mo:  Winter/denim

baby quilt

Marlyne:   Completed quilt started in Latifah Saafir’s class.

Also shared a crochet project she’s involved in – Coral Reef Project

Izzy:      Quilt she designed, constructed and quilted as a gift for her mom.  Way to go, Izzy.

Melodie:        shared a quilt that was tulip inspired.  For such a new member, she’s really prolific.  Keep the good stuff coming, Melodie.


Thanks for pictures by Renee

March 2017 Meeting Recap



General Meeting

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


President Chelsea announced discounted items for the evening.  Thank you, Hart’s.

  • 30% on Aurifil thread, 20% on wide back fabric, 15% on fabrics by Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler

Meeting date will be changed to the 3rd Tuesday of the month starting in May.

The “Question of the Day” was Name your favorite experience from QuiltCon or PVQA quilt shows.  The general theme from all of the answers is that quilt shows let us know what  a great community we are involved in, and they are incredibly inspirational.  

  • Renee and Laura received ribbons in the PVQA show this year.
  • Mickey has two quilts being shown in International Quilt Fest in Chicago, and then on to Houston
  • Karen’s Bee Social group placed first in their group at QuiltCon in Savannah.  The QDAD group received lots of attention.  Not to mention that three of her own quilts were in the show.

Gabrielle announced that SBAMQG has a presence on Instagram at #SBAMQG

Workshops coming up:

  • Sujata Shah      4.02.17  9:30 – 4:30      Participation will be opened up to other local guilds
  • Tara Faughnan  11.11.17 and 11.12.17.  

Annual retreat will be held 10.19.17 through 10.22.17

  • $50 deposit will be accepted now
  • Sign up through email
  • Volunteers needed
    • Swag Bags and Gifts for attendees
    • Procuring raffle prizes
    • Set up and Clean up

Hart’s is looking for a teacher  to present a paper piecing class.  Anybody interested?

MQG member benefits:

  • There are many benefits of membership offered through the web site – Community Site
  • “Fresh Quilting” is a new quilting show offered.  Premiered at QuiltCon


  • Tonight the comma blocks were all due.  Laura Ryle won the drawing.
  • Pam announced the next BoM.  “h” blocks.  The pattern was published in “Quilter’s Newsletter” magazine.  Completed blocks due at the May meeting.  Use solids or polka dots.  Blue background fabric is available.     

Wow, busy meeting.   🙂

Fabulous creations were shared:
Mo sure has patience to do all these tiny, tiny pieces 🙂

Karen’s Creation

  Gene’s Ziggy Zaggy
  Merydith’s Sweet Girl
  Love Gabrielle’s personalization

for backs

  Anna’s miniature
  Eileen has a lucky sister 🙂
  Muriel, great colors.  

Rainbow goodness

  Melodie, nice entrance into

our group.  Welcome.

  Gabrielle has been busy
  I think Chelsea is behind

this masterpiece


  One of Pam’s many creations
  Tammy works her magic

A huge thank-you from the SBAMQG goes out to Hart’s Fabrics for their generosity in hosting our guild again this year. We love you to pieces!

(photo credit Karen Foster)

January 2017 Meeting Recap

We launched into a new year with a few announcements and new member and guest welcomes.  Today is the final day for dues to be renewed in order to stay active on the roster – and to keep all of the wonderful benefits that go along with active membership.

As a thank you to our two outgoing board members, in lieu of blocks, Renee has requested solid scraps – 2″ minimum – and Pam has requested ugly fabric.  Should be easy to gather and bring to the February meeting.  I can tell you first-hand that this is a tiny, tiny thank you for all that they have done for the guild.

Our “Question of the Day” was Describe your oldest Work In Progress – WIP.  The winner of the oldest WIP was Jeannie – 32 years tucked away in that cupboard.  You should get many continued hours of entertainment out of the Sisters Quilt Show The Men Behind the Quilt calendar. 



And continuing the WIP theme, Chelsea announced a year-long challenge for all of us to complete as many WIPs as possible.  Be sure to upload your projects to Instagram #sbamqgwipitgood. Enter up to 6 projects, finish one or     all  – and that’s all the way to binding applied – by the end of the year and be entered to win a “Fabulous” prize.


SBAMQG members post up to 6 works in progress (WIPs) by January 31st,, 2017, using the hashtag #sbamqgwipitgood.  WIPs are considered anything from a pile of fabric with good intentions to a finished but unquilted top.  Post your pictures of your finished work using the hashtag throughout the year (no progress shots using the hashtag, please).  For every WIP finished by November 30th, 2017, you’ll be entered to win a fabulous celebrity quilt prize.

On February 5 our member Anna B. has graciously agreed to teach us the Open Wide bag she was creating at the retreat.  Class will be at the Foundation in Aptos starting at 10:00.  Class fee of $16 includes the pattern, with each participant to bring fun fabric, a heavy-duty zipper/sports or handbag type, and Soft and Stable batting.

Teacup Challenge is rapidly approaching.  Tops need to be entered online by 1.09.17. Bring completed entries to February meeting or to quilt show for display.


Introducing – Da-Dah – Bimonthly Block of the Month.  Pam Rocco gave us a demo of the first block, Comma Block.  The instructions will be posted on our community website.  Any questions may be directed to Pam.  Have fun making the block and bring them finished to the March meeting – as in “bi” monthly.  One entry will go with one block into the drawing, which will be winner take all.


Show & Tell:

Pam – quilted herself 


Lori – Sujata Shah Lattice


Gene – triptych from silk ties 

Renee – teacup challenge 

Laura – teacup challenge

Kathrin – Sugar Plum runner and Apron    

Mo – Baby quilt

Karen – teacup challenge

Isabel – quilt designed with Quiltography


Mary – kimonos WIP


A huge thank-you from the SBAMQG goes out to Hart’s Fabrics for their generosity in hosting our guild again this year. We love you to pieces!

(photo credit Karen Foster)






2016 Fall Retreat 10.21.16-10.23.16








This lovely group met long before the retreat to create the swag bags for all of the attendees.

Some of the completed bags.  All ready for quilters to arrive.


Half  of the attendees arrived on Thursday for an early set-up and it was Ladies, start your sewing machines.  After enjoying a pizza and salad dinner, it was on for sewing, sewing, sewing.

Friday Morning and afternoon groups 1 and 2 arrive.

This day was filled with creating our individual projects with a couple demonstrations by members interspersed.  Chelsea demonstrated a method for cutting bias strips.  Then Pam demonstrated her slice and shift method of construction.

Saturday involved two more demos.  Tina demonstrated bowl creation using clothes line rope (of course, the backdrop contains some of her new creations), and Gene demonstrated sashiko embroidery.

Later in the afternoon a dice game was played with Gene winning all the loot — or clips.  She scored.

Lori’s baby quilt for their step-step great-grandaughter, stepson’s stepson’s daughter — “Modern Family” new addition.    All love.

And to toot my own horn, I’m pretty happy with this quilt I created for a friend who is sick. As quilters, that’s what we do.  And besides, it lasts longer than cookies.


Watching Karen turn all of these above into

this masterpiece was a real treat 🙂  True artist, this girl.

Sunday started with door prizes of fabulous quilting stuff donated by generous sponsors.  We managed to gather everyone for a group photo to document that we were all there and had a fabulous time. And then time to bid adieu to another great retreat and start looking forward to next year.


Hope to see everyone next year.

Photo credit goes to Karen Foster. Thanks so much.

And an extra huge thank you to Gabrielle for all of her planning and making this work.