• 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.


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  • 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…

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    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.

  • Confetti Workshop with Peppermint Pinwheels

    We had a wonderful day exploring what we love so much – improv piecing!  Our guild was lucky enough to host Stacey Sharman, aka peppermint pinwheels.  She stayed all afternoon and we played with our stash and our scraps making her Confetti Quilt.

    It was So. Much. Fun.

    Pam chose a bold red background for her quilt – high contrast and impact!

    Busily working away – one of our attendees drove all the way from San Diego to learn from Stacey.

    Jenny was making a very fresh confetti quilt using lots of white.

    Tina’s quilt with warm “confetti” and an ivory background.

    Thanks again to Stacey!  We know we’ll be having you back for another workshop in the future!