We South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild members are getting excited for QuiltCon West, 2016! This annual quilt show, presented by the Modern Quilt Guild, is happening in California this year – Pasadena, to be specific – and we are getting ready for four days of fun, artistry, creativity, lectures, exhibits, workshops, volunteering, shopping, and a world of modern quilts!
Each Modern Quilt Guild chapter (more than 150 of them) has been diligently working to finish a charity quilt to be shown at QuiltCon then donated to a local charity after the show is over. Here at the SBAMQG, our charity quilt committee has been doing fantastic work all year for this great cause. Here is the story of our 2016 QuiltCon charity quilt:
Our charity quilt committee, led by the incomparable Pam Rocco, has been meeting periodically throughout the past year to plan and complete two beautiful donation quilts and this is the second of the pair. Pam and her group of quilters came up with a plan to use wedge-shaped pieces for our “Improv with intent” themed quilts this year. They chose three colors from the selection given by the MQG in order to stick with a simple, minimal look.
Committee members Donna Lehnhoff, Katherine Moody, Pam Stein, and Karen Foster share their design plan and demonstrate how our guild members can participate in the making of the quilt by building rows of wedges.
Our super organized committee even put together packets with guidelines and tips for making the improv rows.
Pam Stein shows off more packets.
Here are committee members, Tami Levin, Pam Rocco, Carole Kelley, Karen Foster, Lori Green, and Jeannie Land, hard at work.
The finished quilt top was then sent to our secret weapon, Tami Levin of The Quilted Lemon, for its finishing treatment: long arm quilting in a wonderfully curvy design for a soft, beautiful texture.
Here is the quilt on Tami’s machine.
Such a great marriage of lines and curves!
The fun, bright, circles on the back really add a lot to the finished quilt.
The binding and hanging sleeve were completed by Mickey Beebe, the label was completed by Brenda Cornell, and we are now proud to present our 2016 QuiltCon charity quilt, “Dovetailed!”
(photo credit Tami Levin, Pam Rocco, Karen Foster, Renee Tallman)