Monday, May 22, 2017

May Meeting Minutes

We had a great time at the meeting on Saturday. Hope to see you next time, if you weren't able to make it.
1. Question of the Day: When you have a creative block, what do you do to get out of it? Some of the answers were entertaining and most were very helpful
  • look through quilt books
  • drink some wine
  • clean up
  • sideways move
  • set aside project and think about it
  • give up/ come back later
  • start a new project
  • pick up an older UFO
  • look at pictures of quilts in books, magazines, on Pinterest, other online sources
  • revisit the UFO closet
  • work on a charity quilt
  • pick up a mindless project
  • channel quilt
  • read magazines, book
  • remind yourself quiltmaking is supposed to be fun
  • don't work on it
  • move to knitting
  • hang project on design wall and keep it in view for a few days
  • let your mind process the problem while sleeping
  • will let you know
  • Cut up 2.5" squares or another useful unit
  • deadlines motivate
  • thumb through books at the bookstore
  • go to a museum
  • mindlessly chain piece useful units (4 patch, 9 patch) that you might be able to use later
2. Treasurer
The baton has been passed to Nancy. While Claire will still be doing the taxes, she will be getting a much deserved rest. Two dues scholarships are available. See Gerre for details.

3. Charity
The guild has been able to donate 100 quilts already this year. There are many quilts to quilt and you will receive 5 merit hexies if you get one from the Charity Girls and finish one of them.

4. Fibershots (SJ Quilt Museum)
Due to Mary by June 3.  10x10 works of art used to fundraise for the museum.

4A. Modern Meetup at the Museum on June 17 (same day as June BAM meeting) 9:30-11am. You'll get a hexie for showing up.

5. Retreat
The Retreat will be at Wild Palms again, Sept 29-Oct 1. Signups are coming soon. there will be space for 30 people and the configuration will be a little different.

6. Workshops
Indigo to Go - Sue S announced that Joy-Lily will be teaching this class at Sue's house on August 26. there are 15 spaces available. You will need to commit by august 7 with a $50 check to Sue.

Tara Faughnan - signups for her workshop will be in June meeting. She will also be the speaker at the July meeting. Workshop will be on August 12.

Karen Foster - September 23 - details to follow

7. San Mateo County Fair
Cyndi collected entries and will drop them off. The Fair is June 10-18.

8. Quilty Happenings
Crate and Barrel is selling Marrimekko fabric for $4/yard at their outlet. PIQF is 10/12-15 and entries are due by August 29.

9. Meet Your Neighbor
Today Gerre interviewed Cheryl, who told us a lot of about her work restoring wetlands as well her many pets.

10. UFO Challenge
The UFO challenge was due at the meeting. Members who participated did a fantastic job.

11. Color My Quilt
Gerre received hers and Annemarie gave out sheets for her preferences. Bring Annemarie's chunks to the June meeting

12. Destash Party
Erin did a great job organizing the destash party. People brought and took away lovely bits and pieces to liven up their own fabric collections.

WOW! Look what is upcoming!!!

Calendar:
5/30-31 - San Mateo County Fair dropoff
6/3 - Fibershots Due
6/3 - Sew Day
6/10-18 - San Mateo County Fair
6/17 -  Modern Meetup at the Museum 9:30-11am
6/17 - June meeting 1-5pm
6/17 - signups for Tara Faughnan workshop
6/17 - Color My Quilt due for Annemarie
8/7 - Commit to Indigo to Go workshop (check to Sue S.)
8/12 - Tara Faughnan workshop
8/26 - Indigo to Go workshop
8/29 - Entries due to PIQF
9/23 - Karen Foster workshop
10/12-15 - PIQF

Friday, May 19, 2017

May Meeting Tomorrow

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow, Saturday May 20, 2017, for our monthly guild meeting! Join us at 1:00, at the Redwood City Library, in the upstairs community room.

May's Destash Party is tomorrow!  If you haven't started your Spring sorting you had better get busy! See more information and details on the blog.


Reminder about our BAM Merit Hexies challenge! Participation is the key to winning your hexies!

Gerre is this month's Color My Quilt queen and your piece for her is due. (hexie available!)

Things to bring:
  • Color my Quilt piece
  • UFO Challenge #1 piece
  • Show and Tell - this is a great way to get to know people
  • Your name tag (hexie available!)
  • Charity blocks and quilts 
  • Small Group projects (and ideas for new Small Groups!) 
  • Information about local/national quilty happenings 
  • Non-messy snacks 
  • Sewing projects for after the meeting 
Other Reminders:
  1. Make sure you check off your charity and service accomplishments and collect your BAM Merit Hexies.  Don't forget, there are EXCLUSIVE Merit Hexies for special projects.
  2. Remember to take away uneatened snacks and unclaimed items off the free table. Thanks! 
  3. Check out the April Meeting Minute.

If you have any questions or want a space on the agenda, please leave a comment, or contact an officer before the meeting.


Members can visit the BA Modern forum.

Monday, May 15, 2017

May Meeting Saturday

We look forward to seeing you Saturday May 20, 2017, for our monthly guild meeting! Join us at 1:00, at the Redwood City Library, in the upstairs community room.

May's Destash Party is Saturday!  If you haven't started your Spring sorting you had better get busy! See more information and details on the blog.

Reminder about our BAM Merit Hexies challenge! Participation is the key to winning your hexies!

Gerre is this month's Color My Quilt queen and your piece for her is due. (hexie available!)

Things to bring:
  • Color my Quilt piece
  • UFO Challenge #1 piece
  • Show and Tell - this is a great way to get to know people
  • Your name tag (hexie available!)
  • Charity blocks and quilts 
  • Small Group projects (and ideas for new Small Groups!) 
  • Information about local/national quilty happenings 
  • Non-messy snacks 
  • Sewing projects for after the meeting 
Other Reminders:
  1. Make sure you check off your charity and service accomplishments and collect your BAM Merit Hexies.  Don't forget, there are EXCLUSIVE Merit Hexies for special projects.
  2. Remember to take away uneatened snacks and unclaimed items off the free table. Thanks! 
  3. Check out the April Meeting Minutes.

If you have any questions or want a space on the agenda, please leave a comment, or contact an officer before the meeting.


Members can visit the BA Modern forum.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Destash Party at the May Meeting

by Erin M.

It's happening again: the annual BAMQ Destash party will be May 20th at our meeting.  Come one, come all, It's really fun!

Details:
It’s spring cleaning time in your sewing room, craft drawers, and quilty bookshelf. Bring along the items that you no longer need. Bring as much as you like but at least a small bag of stuff.

When you get to the meeting, there will be a table designated to drop off your bags and boxes – no peeking! We will have a couple of non-participating volunteers empty all of the containers and return them to you (so label your bags and boxes with your name – taped or pinned on is fine).

When everything is ready we will do a count of three and then participants get to sprint to the goodie pile to load up containers.

Stuff to bring:
  • Fabric of any kind and style. If pieces are small, it works better if you bundle them together or place them in a clear bag (see scraps below). You don’t really need to make ‘em pretty but a rubber band or string would be helpful to keep things from getting too out of control. Upholstery weight fabric is fine too.
  • Fabric scraps packaged up so that they don’t make a mess – a ziploc is fine.
  • Patterns
  • Craft/sewing/quilting magazines & books
  • Notions
  • Other crafty stuff that you are done with: yarn, paper, felt, scrapbook supplies, etc.

They say “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” but please refrain from bringing things that are everybody’s trash. No tiny, loose scraps of fabric or batting – bagged scraps are great. No damaged, stained, or worn fabric unless it is usable vintage. If it’s not in donatable condition, just toss it rather than bringing it.

Again, you can bring as much as you want, or just a small bag of stuff. Folks who brought items will get first go at the table, but when they are satiated, peeps who forgot will also get a chance to help themselves. We have a couple of volunteers who will be taking the leftover items for donation.

Help Needed:
1.  I would appreciate up to 3 more attendees who aren't bringing fabric to help set out fabric during the first half of the meeting.

2.If anyone is interested in being in charge of taking home the leftover items, please let me know. I ask that you do something responsible with them but am not picky about what you do- donate them to another organization, use them all yourself, share with another quilting group or whatever else you'd like.

Thanks to the St. Louis MQG for this awesome idea! And to Ruth for creating the original post.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Charity Sew Day Saturday

Our next fun filled Sew Day is this coming Saturday, May 6th.
Location: Grace Lutheran Church
3149 Waverly Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306
(Corner of Waverly and Loma Verde Street)
10-4pm

Please bring:
  • Your sunny smiling self
  • Light non-messy snacks (take home whatever isn't eaten)
Plan to bring your own:
  • Sewing machine
  • Cutting tools (your own personal mat if you want)
  • Fabric and other project parts
We provide:
  • Patterns and fabric for walker bags
  • Ironing Boards (2)
  • Irons (2)
  • Cutting Mats
  • Extension Cords (but you should pack one just in case!)
  • No donation needed! Unless you want to be generous of heart.
If you can, get there early and help Mary set up! Please remember to put your chair and table back (unless you are sharing a table!) if you leave early.  If you stay to the end your help is greatly appreciated in putting away all the tables and chairs.

We want to see you even if you are not inspired to work on charity projects. Many hands make light work! THANK YOU!

Thank you Mary for setting this up!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Charity Sew Day is Tomorrow

Our next fun filled Charity Sew Day is tomorrow Saturday, May 6th.

Location: Grace Lutheran Church
3149 Waverly Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306
(Corner of Waverly and Loma Verde Street)
10-4pm

Please bring:
  • Your sunny smiling self
  • Light non-messy snacks (take home whatever isn't eaten)
Plan to bring your own:
  • Sewing machine
  • Cutting tools (your own personal mat if you want)
  • Notions and other tools
We provide:
  • Patterns and fabric for walker bags
  • Ironing Boards (2)
  • Irons (2)
  • Cutting Mats
  • Extension Cords (but you should pack one just in case!)
  • No donation needed! Unless you want to be generous of heart.
If you can, get there early and help Mary set up! Please remember to put your chair and table back (unless you are sharing a table!) if you leave early.  If you stay to the end your help is greatly appreciated in putting away all the tables and chairs.

We want to see you even if you are not inspired to work on charity projects. Many hands make light work! THANK YOU!

Thank you Mary for setting this up!

Monday, April 17, 2017

April Meeting Notes

As planned, the meeting went off well on Saturday at Redwood City Main Library under Gerre's leadership. She welcomed everyone and then we were off on introductions and the question of the day.

1. Welcome
2. Question of the Day: What is your favorite tool?
  • quarter inch foot
  • rotary cutter
  • Accuquilt cutter
  • Hera marker
  • Creative Grids rulers
  • sewing machine(s)
  • scissors
  • imagination
  • design wall
  • wicker basket for storing fabric
  • grid paper
  • knee lift
  • 3-in-1 Color Tool
  • gummy strip used for indicating quarter inch without a foot 
  • Fons & Porter Binding tool
  • digital camera
  • left handed scissors
  • hands
  • seam ripper
  • WonderClips
  • basting spray
  • tailor's clapper
  • Visa Card
  • wide ironing board
  • custom made fabric storage
  • chatelaine
  • Supreme slider (and equivalents)
  • cutting table
  • YouTube
  • Clover marker/pencil
  • computer/online shopping
  • automatic thread cutter

One respondent said she didn't like to play favorites. ;-)

This was a fun question. People naturally tried not to duplicate answers, though some people did like the same tools. Also, almost an entire sewing room's worth of tools were mentioned.

3. Dues are overdue. Please see Annemarie for membership information or give Nancy a check. If you just want to pay by the meeting, the cost is $5 after your first meeting.

4. Amanda Rawson from SJMQT came and spoke. See the notes from a previous post. Amanda told us a little about herself. Though she is not a quiltmaker, she respects quilts. She learned about them under the tutelage of Bobbi Finley*. She is now Deputy Director of the Museum, having started out as an intern.

The museum wasn't reaching out to guilds in an organized way and she has started a program to do that. She came to talk to us about collaborating with the museum.They have lots of Volunteer opportunities - anything from sitting behind a desk to helping to install exhibits and working in the collection.

Many of the volunteer opportunities are around various events:
  • First Fridays - South Street closes to traffic, and galleries, etc open up to the public from 7-9pm. 300-500 people come through the museum on such nights and they need help with Make & Take tables, keeping people from touching the quilts.
  • Artist in Residence program - they need people to help the artist
  • 40th Anniversary of the Museum this year - they need people to help with tours in the collection (assisting Nancy Bavor). Mel Beach will be making mini-quilts for people and she could use a hand.
  • Donate a Fibershots piece to the museum. 10x10 piece (max of 3" dimensionality)
  • Follow them on Instagram
After May 7, there will be no guild membership so renew at that level before May 7.
It is possible to get marketing help from SJMQT. Pay an additional fee and they will market your website or blog.

5. Merit Hexies - person with the most in June wins a prize. 10 hexies gets you a bag in which to keep them. This month, there is a new excloooooosive hexie for the Scrap Challenge.

6. Ongoing Projects and Events
  • Membership: Annemarie wants to put photos on Instagram of projects and meetings to get us more visibility. See Annemarie if you have concerns about your face or project being shown.
  • Charity: Peggy had postage stamp kits and blocks available. She needs people to finish up the arrow blocks. May 6 is the next Charity Sew Day where we will be making wheelchair bags. Peggy encouraged people to come even if you want to work on your own project. They will also have a new project for Charity using more of the Jelly Roll donation from last fall. This will make a twin-ish to large throw size and directions will be available soon.
  • Pet Beds: nothing new this month, but Angela needs people to delivery. Reminder that filling must be soft. If you want to make a different shaped pet bed, that is fine. Just make sure it is double sewn.
  • Library - See Leanne for returns
  • Small groups - stay and sew after the meeting. New group around donating to Fibershots will be meeting (led by Mary)
7. NICU Nurse quilt - Kate, the NICU nurse came to talk to us last November. She is the founder and leader of Blankets for Babies, the organization that distributes quilts at the NICU at Stanford. After the very inspiring talk, a few people got together to make a quilt for Kate. Christina T is in charge of that effort and asked for help making blocks, doing applique' etc. If you have time, get in touch with Christina. She will bring the quilt to the next Sew Day to work on it.

8. Technology Committee - Christina, Ruth, Jaye - There will be a survey coming out this week which will ask members about their perception of the current platforms. Please answer the survey so we can get as much information as possible and be well informed.

9. May Meeting: Destash Party - Erin M is the coordinator and needs a helper. Used items will be available to give away. Everything on offer should be clean and usable. Please leave anything that is stinky or gross at home.

10. Scrap Challenge - Claire has a bag of scraps you can take home and look through to enhance your own scrap bins.

11. Speakers and Workshops
  • Tara Faughran will be speaking at the July meeting teaching a color interaction workshop in August. The August workshop date is TBA, but stay tuned.
  • Working on getting Karen Foster to speak. It will probably in September. Stay tuned for more details.
12. Big Kick cutter from Sizzix is now available. Amy will coordinate a list of dies people are willing to share.

13. UFO Challenge is due in May. Bags were exchanged in March.

14. Scrap Challenge #1 was due at the meeting. A wide variety of projects were shown. Claire showed some fabrics she has stored in bags for future projects. She was able to put these together as she went through her scraps.Gathering scraps into pleasing groups is a good way to have a fabric pull started. Claire had a raffle for all those who made a project: Leanne, Catherine W, Sue S, Joelle and Annemarie were all winners.

15. Mary gave us a headsup that construction will start at Grace in May. Parking will be impacted. The location is still available for our use and maps will be made available regarding parking.

16. Quilty Happenings
  • April 18 - Sujata Shah will speak at the SFQG meeting. More details on their website. $5 for guests.
  • May 6 is the next Charity Sew Day at Grace - we will be making wheelchair bags.  Also, there will be an opportunity to help Christina work on Kate's quilt.
  • May 6, 2-3pm: SSF Main Library - Joy-Lily will give a talk on how to be a carefree quilter. Find more details on the SSF events calendar.
  • May 7 - SJMQT 40th Anniversary Celebration, 11-4pm 
  • May 9 - Last day to enter San Mateo County Fair. See how to enter guide. $3 per item to enter and you receive 2 free entrance tickets and a parking pass!
  • May 16 - Sherri Lynn Wood will speak at the SFQG meeting. More details on their website. $5 for guests.
  • May 29-30 - San Mateo County Fair entries due at fairgrounds. Check dates and times. Cindy W has offered to collect items at the next meeting and take them to the fair.
17. Color My Quilt - we gave Kelly, artist of the month, her blocks then Karen did a reboot of the program. She gave us a lecture and included some exercises to reshape our thinking about the program.
  • study of color
  • create a chunk of the month, not necessarily a block
  • Find a spatial representation matching the palette and mood
  • Project goes beyond just color and is also about shapes. Can include historic, cultural or iconic references, but should reflect your feelings and impressions as well
Gerre is the artist of the month.

Pieces should have sides no smaller than 5 inches and no larger than 20 inches. See the original guidelines.

Great meeting. See you on May 20 next month.








*Bobbi is a fixture in Bay Area Quiltmaking. She is also one of the founding members of CQFA. She wrote a book called Quilt Tile Revival, which is similar to ticker tape quiltmaking techniques.