May 2016 Meeting Recap

The SBAMQG continues to have an awesome and creative 2016, as shown by this week’s meeting at Hart’s Fabrics in Santa Cruz, CA. President Chelsea Hard couldn’t be with us but VP Pam Rocco did a great job of filling in for her. We had five visitors joining in on the fun this week. We love our visitors and we especially love our new members!

Our introduction segment for this year’s meetings has been a big hit. It is a nice way to meet each other, since our group is growing larger by the month, and it is also a great way for every member to participate in the meeting. This week, we took turns naming our favorite personalities in the quilt world. Some of the names on our list are very well known: Our #1 quilter is Jacquie Gering and our #1 fabric designer is Kaffe Fassett. But the real education happened with the list of lesser-known names. These are the up-and-comers I am excited to check out as soon as I get a chance!

Next up, SBAMQG member, and free-motion quilting extraordinaire, Laura Ryle, gave a terrific FMQ demonstration. Laura has tons of personal experience with FMQ and has taken many workshops on the subject, so she was happy to share her knowledge, tips, and advice. Her work is lovely and I know many of us were inspired to give FMQ a try!

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Laura shows a sample of her FMQ:


After regular guild business including announcements about sew days, charity projects, workshops, and the retreat, we got down to the thing we do best – Sew and Tell.  Enjoy:

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Our 1/4-Log Cabin quilt tops are already starting to arrive!

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VP Pam brought a spectacular collection, as usual.

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Mickey shared her 1st place QuiltCon ribbon and the 2016 Chicago International Quilt Festival program featuring her quilt.

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Mickey also brought two beautiful new finishes.

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Carole shows off her smaller new works.

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Susan has discovered jelly roll race quilts.

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Laura shows off a gorgeous two-sided beauty.

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Amber showed her stunning embroidered tote. Wow!

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Karen and Pamela got in on the action.


And Mary shared a recent vintage acquisition.

Please come join us in June!

(photo credit Karen Foster)

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