• April Meeting Highlights

    Hi there quilting fans – this meeting really highlighted how incredibly talented our members are.  There were lots of quilts brought in for show and tell and we want to share pictures of them here.

    13574475414_f51d6083e8_zAnne from Playcrafts has started an online Facebook page for those interested in quilt design called Quilt Design A Day.    This is one of her designs titled “Macaron”  Anne loves the look of low-volume prints paired with bright solids.  Here, she uses gorgeous Oak Shott cottons for punches of color.  We can’t wait to see this quilted and bound!


    Here is another one she did based on a design she made in the same Facebook group.

    13574457794_4d65d48f41_zHere is Adrianne’s incredible quilt that she submitted to the Radiant Orchid Pantone Quilt Challenge.   Congratulations Adrianne!  To learn more about Pantone and the color of the year, click HERE.

    13574117335_0eceed6083_zHere’s another entry to the Pantone Quilt Challenge, pattern is a free download from Anna Maria Horner’s website and can be found HERE.   Awesome quilting is done by Melanie Meadows in San Jose.

    13574157933_5a7802145c_zThis is Anne’s own radiant orchid quilt top – even though she was one of the hosts of the challenge, she still made a quilt top using this color.

    13574106793_4718f3ab66_zThere were other incredible quilts that our members brought – here is Amoreena’s quilt which has a great use of negative space and color.

    13574068005_09cf0ecc70_zAnother great one from Amoreena.

    13574361294_6df02294d5_z Renee brought in this amazing quilt with black and white prints paired with sunset colors making a graphic and high-impact quilt.

    13574022015_f0ecb33d35_bCarole made this all-solids beauty using a pattern from the book “City Quilts” by Cherri House.  Her daughter will be the lucky recipient of this stunning quilt.

    13574005433_3738e87a58_bMicky made this beauty with green solids and prints.  The white sashing makes for a really lively contrast and it’s more gorgeous than you can imagine!


    If you like what you see here and want to know more about us, come to one of our guild meetings!  We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at Hart’s 6:30.  We’d love to see you and have you become one of our guild.  Just bring your curiosity (and a folding chair if you have one 😉













  • A Little Lunch with Heather Ross

    When we talk about awesome, modern fabrics, we often think of the large-scale prints of Amy Butler or Joel Dewberry.  We think of the saturated color palette of Anna Maria Horner, the hidden design elements of Tula Pink.  We think of the originator of  “put a bird on it”  Japanese designer Etsuko Furuya.   We think of these fabrics and designers and many others who make up the growing genre of what is called ‘modern’ in quilting fabrics.


    One particular favorite designer has to be Heather Ross.  Her designs have charm and whimsy but never overly sweet, and often depict images from magical lands or the sea.

    So, when our guild heard that Heather Ross herself would be traveling to Santa Cruz, we jumped at the chance to host her for a guild lunch.  Gladly, she accepted.


    Guild member Mariah Flannigan and her husband Pat have a brand-new pizza joint Woodfire Woodie which serves incredible artisan pizza.   It was the perfect place to have a private lunch.


    heatherross lunch

    This was a particular favorite…capers, caramalized onion finished with truffle oil….. I know, right?

    Heather talked a bit about her daughter, her life in New York, her necchi sewing machine, and not least of all, her designs.  Heather’s newest fabric line with Windham will be introduced this spring at Quiltcon and also at Quilt Market in Portland.  She let us see the computer images and we can show you a tiny peek!

    briar rose

    The most beautiful jade green is used throughout the whole line and it’s very fresh.  It’s nice to look forward to having her prints on quilting cottons once again!

    Another fab quilter/designer/blogger and expat Badskirt Amy happened to be in the area at the same time and so we invited her to come join us as well!  She said that since she pretty much slept every night in Heather Ross pajama bottoms, and had loved Heather Ross since the early days of  ‘fishes I have loved’ that it only seemed natural for her to travel from Australia to  Scotts Valley to have lunch with her. 😉  We’re so glad you joined us Amy!


    Look at Amy’s Liberty print top!! Julia’s Heather Ross Skirt!!!  Look at Jenny’s cute smile!

    Many thanks go to Heather who is lovely and chatty and doesn’t mind her adoring fans….to Amy who joined us on her anniversary (and to her husband for being a good sport about it!) and to Mariah and Pat Flannigan who let us take over their awesome restaurant.  Everything about the afternoon was beautiful and delicious.