2018 QuiltCon Charity Quilt

The South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild Charity Quilt Committee worked together to design, sew, and share a quilt that we are all proud of. The Modern Quilt Guild challenged us to create a quilt that reflected modern traditionalism. The design committee met in early July and decided that the orange peel block would be a fun way to incorporate the theme into our overall design. L to R below: Gabrielle, Tina, Pat, Isabelle, Renee, Mickey, and Karen

We thought it would be fun to use 3”, 6”, and 12” orange peel blocks. The varied sizes allowed us to play with the overall layout and add interest to the design. We chose vibrant colors from the palette offered by the MQG – yellow, orange, pink, magenta, and violet. Our members worked hard over the summer to create many awesome blocks for our quilt. At the September guild sew day, we worked on our layout.

The first weekend of October was our Charity Quilt sew day. The charity quilt committee members worked together to create the final layout and construct the quilt top. We had fun moving the blocks around, playing with color and shape, to come up with just the right layout. Pictured below are committee members Mickey, Laura, Pat, Barbara, Isabelle, Lori, and Karen.

Once the quilt top was complete, it was handed off to Laura Ryle for quilting. She worked over the month of November to add beautiful quilting and texture that perfectly complimented our block design. Our guild president, Chelsea, added a the binding and label and Lynne added the hanging sleeve. Pam Rocco took photos of the finished quilt, then packed it and shipped it off to the MQG for display at QuiltCon!

The charity quilts at QuiltCon are such a beautiful representation of the diverse and talented members of Modern Quilt guilds around the world. Our quilt was displayed in the lecture room, along with many beautiful others.

The 2018 South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild charity quilt was donated to Happiness Is A Warm Hug. The local group collects donation quilts, fabrics, and pillowcases, and distributes them to families that were victims of the 2017 Napa and Santa Rosa fires.

Thank you so much to all the participants of the 2018 Charity Quilt committee, and all those from the guild who participated in creating this beautiful quilt. We hope you’ll join us as we get started creating our quilt for next year!

Tote & Zipper Pouch Swap – Ideas and Links

Hi Swappers! Are you guys ready to get into all things tote-ish and zipper-y? Ok! Let’s get straight to it.

Tote bags are fun and quick to make and can be used in so many ways. Bring your lunch, go to the library with one, reuse them over and over for groceries. Tote bags also make great gifts and you can make one in an afternoon.

BASIC LINED TOTE

Here is a link to a simple and easy reversible lined tote and a great place to start if you haven’t made a tote before. This blog post is great because you learn how to ‘box’ the bottom of the tote (which means to create a squared off bottom) and also has a link to a zipper pouch. You use two coordinating fabrics and off you go, no special hardware or anything needed.

I really can’t go any further with this post without letting you know about the treasure trove of information and creative inspiration that is Anna Graham of Noodlehead. Her website is rich with tutorials and patterns and information on different areas of sewing, but is heavily focused on bag-making. The Summer Madras Tote pattern is a great tote bag that has pockets and is a bit roomier to stow away your things for a day at the beach or would also make a great diaper bag for a new mom. Take a long look at her site and find wonderful information on Bags, wallets and zips. Another great resource is her informational page. She also has many for purchase bag patterns available locally and online. Truly, you cannot go wrong with her well-written patterns. She even sells leather straps and bag hardware! (For those of you making zipper pouches, she also has tutorials on those!)

Another great bag-making blogger is Sara Lawson from Sew Sweetness. This website has really nice picture-heavy sections on very specific areas of sewing bags such as setting rivets, magnetic closures, putting in piping, sewing with vinyl and an important section on selecting interfacing. She also has an online shop with bag-making supplies including thin cork, which is all the rage lately in making bags.

For those of you making zipper pouches, it’s time to get familiar with your zipper foot. The Seasoned Homemaker has a great intro to the zipper foot and at the end of her post, there is a link to her free Craftsy class on zippers. Go have a look! Your fear of putting in zippers will be a thing of the past. She also has a Box Pouch tutorial you can check out.

The Sewing Chick has a great tutorial for a zipper pouch that covers great finishing details such as zipper tabs, getting your lining to fit well and has a nice patchwork option. This post wins for fantastic pictures, and makes clear all the different steps in making a small, zippered item.

So, if you can make a quilt, then you can make a tote or a zipper pouch. We know you can! Bag or pouch swap will be at the June meeting and we cannot wait to see what you all make!

 

April 2018 Meeting Recap

HI Everyone!

We had such a great April meeting with lots of ground covered and some beautiful work was on display. First, we had Jeff Yasenchok as guest speaker and he talked about his longarm business which has opened in Scotts Valley. Not only does he offer longarm services which include both edge to edge as well as custom designs, he also teaches longarm quilting and he offers his machine to those who want to quilt their own quilts at his shop. So, go and visit his shop, or check out his facebook page.

We will be having another sew day on April 14th at the Aptos Community Foundation from 9:30 – 4:30. Our Pam Rocco will be giving a free demo “Britches Quilts” and she’ll be showing how to prepare pants for making quilts out of britches.

There still are some spots open for our Free Motion Quilting – Pebble and Play workshop with Mel Beach.

Pebble & Play Workshop with Mel Beach

May 5 @ 9:30 am4:30 pm
Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, 7807 Soquel Dr
Aptos, CA 95003 United States
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Join the South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild for a free motion workshop on pebbling and it’s many variation. Our instructor Mel Beach says: Pebbles are one of my go to free-motion filler designs as they are so versatile and add spectacular, modern quilted texture! We’ll explore exciting pebble design variations that will add drama to your quilt tops! This workshop is perfect for quilters of all levels who are ready to play with pebble designs! $61 members/$71 for non-members. Sign ups are on our web page HERE.

We announced our annual guild retreat!

SBAMQG 7th Annual Retreat

October 18October 21
Available to members only. Contact sbamqg@gmail.com for sign-up link and password
Chelsea passed out our swap partners for the tote bag/zipper pouch swap! Tina did a quick zipper tutorial for those of you who are new to zippers and we hope that you are already thinking about what fabrics you may choose for your partner. Look for a separate blog post in the coming week which will contain lots of links to
*Getting familiar with your zipper foot
*Free tote bag patterns and tutorials
*Free zipper pouch tutorials
*other available patterns for purchase
As always, there was so much beautiful work on display:

A log cabin inspired quilt in cheerful colors! #sbamqg

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March 2018 Meeting Recap

HI all,

We had a fantastic March meeting with lots of exciting discussion surrounding those of us who attended Quiltcon as well as the PVQA quilt show.

We had many of our guild attend Quiltcon and talked about how we had represented our guild. We had made a fabulous improv Orange Peel quilt which was there amongst many other guilds who had designed and constructed a quiltj that would be donated to their own community in charity. Here it is:

Our charity quilt handing at #quiltcon2018 Find it hanging in Ballrooms ED

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This gorgeous quilt will make its way to a family who was directly affected by the Napa/Sonoma wildfire. We are thrilled to be able to give directly in this way and reminds us of the importance of service to others and how what we make can truly offer comfort and warmth.

We announced our newest swap! We are excited to host a tote bag/zipper pouch swap. It’s not too late to join – next month’s meeting there will still be an opportunity to join in on the fun. If you’ve never made a tote bag or a zipper pouch don’t fret or dispair! Next month there will be a separate blog post with LOTS of links to the many free tutorials and free patterns for making a tote. We promise – it’s fun and simple. Your desire to make something that your swap partner may enjoy is the only requirement. It’s going to be fun so please join in! We know you can do it! Wouldn’t you like to receive something like this?

Tamlin was the winner of our “Block of the Every Other Month

Renee designed a quilt block that is featured in the Modern Quilt Guild ‘s Block Study in February. It’s a gorgeous block and makes up into a fabulous quilt. Here is hers:

We’re so proud of you Renee!

And, as always, we had a great Sew ‘n Tell with lots of fabulous quilts:

An original quilt pattern from Alicea! #sbamqg

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Anna (@anna_brenk) brought a quilt top and wore a tunic she made! #sbamqg

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Another quilt at tonight’s meeting #sbamqg

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Darlene (@darlenetalukder) shows quilts with cheerful colors #sbamqg

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Terry showed a block created in a #quiltcon workshop with @sewkatiedid #sbamqg

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And please remember, we are still taking sign-ups for our Mel Beach workshop!

We hope to see you at our next meeting which is April 3rd at 6:30.

 

Block of the Every Other Month – Side Stripe

Our newest block of the month is Side Stripe designed by our very own Renee Tallman!

How to get started: 

  • Login to the MQG Community Site & access the Side Stripe pattern written by Renee Tallman for the MQG Block of the Month series.
  • Use solids or prints in whites, off whites and creams as your neutral color & solids or prints from the color palette below as your pops of color.
  • Complete block assembly through Step 5, stopping when you have two half-square triangles (do not sew your units into flying geese).
  • Bring your finished block(s) to the May meeting for a chance to win them all during the Block Lotto!

We can’t wait to see what you make and what unique layout the winner will choose!