• January 2018 Meeting Recap

    Our January meeting started with a new board, new visitors and lots of happenings!

    First, we discussed our Make it Modern challenge for the PVQA show.

    If you want to enter your Make it Modern Challenge Quilt into the PVQA show, please visit the PVQA Website and submit your entry by Monday, January 8.
    Please make sure that if you enter the Make it Modern Quilts that you select the following options to ensure all quilts hang together:
    • 2018 Quilt Division – Group Display Quilts
    • Group or Workshop Name – SBAMQG Make it Modern
    If you are a non PQVA member please do not pay the non-member entry fee (the system will allow you to submit without payment), as SBAMQG will be handling payment for our group exhibit.
    Jeannie Land will be coordinating pick-up of quilts at the February 6th meeting, so please make sure your quilt is ready to go with a Quilt Show Label affixed and that your quilt also meets all of submission guidelines (including a 4 inch hanging sleeve). Jeannie will also pick-up the quilts from the show and return them to you at the March meeting.
    Quiltcon is quickly approaching! Hope to see you there! We are collecting names of all of us who are going and hopefully we can meetup and find roomies and connect as a guild while we are there. This beauty, which Karen contributed to, will be on display at the show!
    The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles will feature an exhibit titled Loaded Conversations and will display work based on concerns and commentary regarding guns and violence and safety over guns. “Gun violence has taken its toll all over the world, in many different ways. An enormous divide exists between people who cherish their heritage of gun ownership and others who are concerned that guns contribute to the rising tide of gun violence.” Our very own Pam Rocco will have her work “Without Gun Control” on display as part of this exhibit and we could not be more proud of her.

    San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, California: April 22, 2018 – July 15, 2018

    Opening reception on Sunday, April 22, 2018

    The Road to California quilt show in Ontario started yesterday and Mickey Beebe will have her “Eichler Houses” quilt on display there. She’ll be going to the show and we  look forward to hearing from about her adventures at the February 6th meeting.

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    #mickeybeebe quilted by #tamylevin EICHLER HOMES

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    FABMO has an upcoming sale on January 25th. Click on link for more details.

    Harts Fabric has two events worth getting excited about – First, Alex Veronelli will be stopping by with free samples and lots of info on why Aurifil is the best choice in thread for quilters. The talk is free and all are encouraged to come! Date is Feb. 16th at both 11 am and 3 pm. Also, as always, Harts will be having its Super Bowl Sunday sale and the entire store will be 20-40% off. Show up early for best selection. Date is February 4th from 10-5.

    As always, our Sew ‘n Tell showed off our many talented members.




  • Charity Quilt for Quiltcon 2015

    QuiltCon Charity Quilt copy
    Our collaborative quilt will be shown at Quiltcon 2015 in Austin Texas Feb. 19-22

    Back in August, the Modern Quilt Guild announced that it would sponsor a charity quilt drive that would be displayed at Quiltcon, and then returned to the community and guild it came from, and then donated to that community’s local children’s shelter.  Without hesitation, our guild knew we would enjoy putting a quilt together.

    There were a couple of parameters given for the challenge.  A palette was given; along with the directive to use alternate-grid in planning your overall design.


    Tami, Tina, Gabrielle, Heidi, Mary convened at Pam’s house and scoured Pinterest to locate a design that we could use as a jumping off point, hoping to take a kernel of an idea, and then making the quilt design our own.  This was the quilt that really  jumped out to us as something that would be great for making by a group.  Here it is in all its glory:

    Photo by: Ara Jane Olufson; a quilt made by the Do.Good.Stitches bee


    We loved the idea of different sized strips and squares and the alternating horizontal and vertical strips.  Armed with our fabrics and a design idea, many of us constructed strip sets and then brought them together at a sew day.  Pam and Tina started cutting up the strips in varying sizes and sewing them together and then sometimes cutting once again to add more white background in to balance out the negative space.  Pam took home larger pieces of what we constructed and finished the assembly of the quilt top.  Then, it was time to hand it off to Tami of The Quilted Lemon.  She selected an interlocking squares and rectangles quilting pattern for our quilt.

    quiltcon charity closeup

    It was the perfect choice for our quilt design and we’re so thankful to Tami for donating her time, thread, effort and talent which provided just the right quilting for this quilt.  Pam then did the binding and put on the sleeve.  Our quilt is now in Austin and waiting to be in the big show, Quiltcon at the Austin Convention Center Feb. 19-22.

    When the quilt is retuned to our guild, the quilt will be happily donated to a local children’s shelter and we will be honored to do just that.

    And as an aside, three of our guild members will have quilts shown at Quiltcon this year and we’re proud to announce that Anne Sullivan, Pam Rocco and Tina Michalik will have work hanging in the show.  SBAMQG represent 🙂





  • 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.












  • Arriving in Austin….The Finished Quilt!


    And here she is!  All quilted up and on her way to Austin.  It was the usual beautiful day in paradise here in Santa Cruz so Karen and Anne went around to some spectacular spots along with our quilt for Quiltcon, and their Madrona Road Challenge quilts and took some pretty sweet shots.

    Here are a few more shots of our Quiltcon Quilt…front and back with the Boardwalk in the background…



    Made with the colors of the Quiltcon logo, the blocks come from members of other Modern Quilt Guilds and we put them together using Kona Ash as a background, and Karen did the amazing quilting, Miriam did the binding, and Susan did the label and sleeve.  This was truly a collaborative effort!  The back was designed by Tina who took solids in the Quiltcon logo colors and pieced a” Little Bits” backing on Kona Snow.  And, many others put their efforts in as well.   There’s a lot of love in that quilt which is good because it’s going to be donated to the Austin Children’s Shelter along with all the others made by other Modern Quilt Guild chapters.


    and one more!




  • First Sew Day of 2013

    The South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild had the year’s first sew day.  From 10 am until 10 pm we pieced, sashed, topped, sandwiched, basted and quilted lots of quilts.

    First order of business was to team up and collaborate on our Quiltcon donation quilt.  Sew day enabled us to work as a group.  Here’s Carol measuring away…


    And here’s Rebecca tending to the blocks and placing them into perfectly imperfect rows…


    Which resulted in THIS…


    And now pieced together with Kona Ash and looks like THIS!!


    We quickly basted…


    Karen got her gloves on and went at it…

    karen quilting1

    And she made some major progress…


    Look at the lovely teardrop quilting.

    Besides the quiltcon project, other projects were being worked on…


    Jenny started a project after taking Weeks Ringle’s Craftsy workshop, Designing Modern Quilts.   Jenny claimed to be inspired by Weeks and loved how the craftsy classes work, particularly how you are able to drop in a note or question at the exact point in the class you want to give or receive input from the instructor.  This is really fresh Jenny!!


    Paul sandwiches his Madrona Road Challenge piece.

    Look at what Renee worked on…


    Wow…just wow!

    Sometimes we chat while we quilt…


    and sometimes we don’t…



    But we always have delicious food and we always have a great time.