July 2017 Meeting Recap

Tie your hats on and get ready for fun stuff ūüôā

  • Chelsea Hard, our President, opened the meeting announcing that we’ve had 22 blocks for the BOEM come in. ¬† Awesome.
  • This is the last day to enter any projects you intend to finish by December. #SBAMQGWIPITGOOD is the Instagram designated site and then start loading those pictures of finished WIPs up on the site.
  • Our next challenge, Make it Modern, is for the PVQA quilt show next February. ¬†The challenge was posted last month and quilts must be completed by the December for entry into the show.
  • MQG Member Benefit for the month: ¬†Be sure to take advantage of all the discounts on entertainment and travel – including movies.
  • Sew Day in August – 8.19, 9:30-4:30 – Aptos Foundation

The Tara Faughnan all day class is full – although there’s always room on the waiting list. ¬†And there are spaces available in the half-day class.

Charity Quilt for QuiltCon: ¬†Gabrielle and Mickey presented the colors and blocks we’re hoping everyone will create. ¬†There are three sizes – your choice: ¬†blocks equaling 3 1/2 inches, 6 1/2 inches and 12 1/2 inches. ¬†Please do not trim your blocks. ¬†We’ll leave that to the committee.

Use two colors only for each block.


Pam Rocco presented our next Block of Every Other Month. ¬†We had a fat quarter swap of all the colors. ¬†Use solids for strip. ¬†Change 11″ to 14″.

Tonight was the date to turn in the Picture Frame blocks.  22 blocks came in.

The winner of all of the blocks Рda-da РKaren Foster.  Congrats.


Sew N Tell:


































This concludes our July meeting.



SBAMQG 2018 Charity Quilt blocks

SBAMQG 2018 Charity Quilt

We’d love for you to contribute!

For the 2018 Charity Quilt, we will design a quilt top using your orange peel blocks. You can use a template or improvise, but please follow these guidelines:

  • Use the color palette above (and only those five colors), including solids or modern prints that read as solids. For this quilt, please no batiks, white, or off white. The official challenge page has some more details on this color palette: ¬†https://www.quiltcon.com/charity-quilt-challenge/
  • Blocks should be made with two fabrics and must be pieced, not appliqued. (photo above)
  • Blocks should be 3.5″, 6.5″, or 12.5″ unfinished. Please leave at least 1/4 inch around the orange peel, so we don‚Äôt lose your beautiful work in the seams!
  • To include them in the charity quilt, please bring them to the August or September guild meeting.

For some ideas on how to complete an orange peel block or tips on curved piecing, please visit the following tutorials:





In addition, we created some 3″ and 6″ templates you are welcome to use.



Interested in finding out more details on the official color palette:



-2018 SBAMQG Charity Quilt Committee

June 2017 Meeting Recap

Chelsea welcomed us all to our first meeting in our new digs, Mid-County Senior Center.  Great reception for the new setting.

Announcements:  (all the business stuff)

Name Tags/Buttons:  request on sign-in sheet

Retreat balance due by 8.15.17

MQG Info:

  1.  QuiltCon registration begins 6.26.17
  2. Featured member benefit:  4-day pass to QuiltCon is complementary to all members, so be sure to register
  3. Entries for show – July, date to be announced
  4. Charity colors announced are on color board in photograph of Chelsea.  Isabel has volunteered to head this project.

Block of Every Other Month:

Picture Frame blocks are due at the July meeting

Block for September colors will be:  red-violet, yellow, blue- violet.  We will hold a fat quarter swap at our next meeting using these colors.  Bring a solid or a print

PVQA Quilt Show Challenge:

We would like to have a great presence. ¬†We’ve chosen to do Traditional Block Made Modern. ¬†The four blocks are: ¬†Flying Geese, Morning Star, Churn Dash and Pineapple. ¬†Blocks can be any size, finished by December meeting with 4″ hanger on back.

Jeannie Land will be our liaison to make sure all entries are placed together and we are represented as the awesome group we are.

Chelsea has posted the blocks and info on our site.


Members who have already entered their WIPs (up to 6) may now add 3 more for a total of 9.  These are all posted on Instagram at #SBAMQGWIPitgood.  New members who missed the first dash to enter may now enter 3 and get started.

Tara Faughnan Workshop:

Two days, 11.11.17 and 11.12.17.  Sign-ups open tonight.



Gabrielle presented a demo of EPP (English Paper Piecing).  Great presentation that will spark those members who have not tried it to get going.

Door prizes were won by Lori, Jeannie, Tina & Pam . ¬†Congratulations ūüôā

Pam Rocco Cheap Thrills Class was held last weekend.  A really fun time was had by all Рand tons of creativity.  Check out the pics.

SEW & TELL:  What a prolific group.

Pam:  Picture Frames (BOEM for July)

Tami: ¬†Husband’s 50th Birthday Gift

Lori:  Betsy Bag Рand Strip Quilt (Tara Faughnan technique)


Front and back – which is the best???





Lucky son




And with that, a good night.  Sweet dreams of fabulous quilts


#SBAMQGWIPITGOOD & Make it Modern Challenges

We have so many fun and exciting challenges going on this year at SBAMQG that I wanted to write up a quick blog post to tell you about them so you have somewhere to reference all the fun!


At the beginning of the year members were encouraged to post on Instagram photos of works in progress (WIPs) that they planned to complete by the December 2017 Guild Meeting and to update us when their quilts were completed with both posts using #SBAMQGWIPITGOOD. Fast forward 6 months and we have had new member join at each meeting (we’re so popular and we love it!) and now we want to open up a new opportunity. Missed your opportunity at the beginning of the year? Want to start the challenge now? Here are the guidelines:

  • Post up to 3 WIPs by July 18, 2017 using #SBAMQGWIPITGOOD
  • WIPs are considered anything from a pile of fabric with good intentions to a finished, but unquilted top
  • Post pictures of your finished work using the hashtag throughout the year (no progress shots using the hashtag, please)
  • For every WIP finished by November 30, 2017 you’ll be entered to win a fabulous Quilty Celebrity prize

Here are some clues as to what this delightful prize might be:

  • The Quilty Celebrity equivalent of Indiana Jones’ fedora (or Don Johnson’s jacket, I am not letting that go and you cannot make me)
  • Bigger than a seam ripper
  • Currently decorating my sewing studio
  • NEW CLUE: Red and white and aqua blue all over

Make it Modern 

Our next challenge will be to take one of the traditional quilt blocks pictured below and recreate it using modern quilting elements. Finished quilts can be any size.

Some examples of modern quilting elements include, but are not limited to:

  • Use of bold colors and prints
  • High contrast and graphic areas of solid colors
  • Improvisational piecing
  • Minimalism
  • Expansive negative space AKA expensive negative space for those quilt-by-check gals
  • Alternate grid work

Guidelines: Quilts must be finished by the December meeting and will be displayed at the 2018 PVQA Quilt Show. All quilts must be submitted with a 4‚ÄĚ wide hanging sleeve stitched to the back. Quilts should be labeled using the official PQVA label. All quilts must be finished (quilted and bound); no tops or partially finished quilts will be allowed to hang. No more than two entries per member.

**Edit: The Morning Star Block is also known as the Weather Vane Block.

We always enjoy the quilts our members make, but are especially excited to see the WIPs you finish this year and the challenge quilts you dream and stitch up!

See you all at the next meeting!



English Paper Piecing (EPP) Resources

As promised here are some of the notion and video tutorial resources that may be of interest to you on your EPP journey.

Preferred notions:

Starch: Faultless Premium Starch – Gold

Papers: www.paperpieces.com

Glue: Elmer’s Washable, optional glue tips www.purpledaisiesquilting.com

Thread: Aurifil 50wt (orange spool)

Clips: Clover Clips

Scissors: Westcott 2.5‚ÄĚ or 3‚ÄĚ

Thimble: Clover Natural fit leather Thimble, Clover leather thimbles

Video Tutorials:

Jenn Kingwell  www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5TIWejbT74     thread/glue baste, joining

Pat Bravo      www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4E7jj9ZCWU    feather stitch

Mr.Domestic    www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRybD7_ZrE8      glue basting

Mr.Domestic www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op6dlaWCqNU    joining hexagons

DIY addict     www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfC9gOdiinU      flat back stitch