Friday, February 16, 2018

February Meeting Tomorrow in Redwood City!

Come One, Come All to the next BAM meeting!

February Meeting: 02/17/2018

Redwood City Library, Community Room
1044 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063
1pm - 3:30pm Meeting
3:30 - 5pm Stay and Sew

Things to know before you go:
  • There will be a question of the Day. You get to stand up and speak your mind about whatever quilty quandary comes up.
  • Bring Snacks and an appetite. One is good. Both is better. Last meeting, the crowd favorites were homemade apple bread and Rugelach (yes,homemade rugelach). It is girl scout cookie season, so if you can't trust yourself with a whole box of thin mints, why not share them with your fellow quilters?
  • Show and Tell is the best part of the meeting, so show 'em it you got 'em. And just like in middle school, I will be sitting shyly in the back waiting for the day when I have something to show. I keep reminding myself that we all become quilters at our own pace *sigh* there's always next month.
  • There is no "Color My Quilt" due this month nor is there a challenge due, so fellow sewing slackers can come to the meeting with a clear conscience...unless they haven't paid their 2018 guild dues.

Friday, February 2, 2018

SEW DAY & BAM BOARD MEETING TOMORROW


Our next fun filled Sew Day is tomorrow, Saturday, February 3rd, 2018! This one is extra special because there will be a Board Meeting in the morning.
Meeting place:
Location: Grace Lutheran Church
3149 Waverly Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306
(Corner of Waverly and Loma Verde Street)
Time: 10-4pm 
Please bring your own projects, but feel free to continue sewing pillowcases for the Happiness is a Warm Quilt drive for the fire victims in Napa and Sonoma Counties.  As you might remember, they are also asking for quilts (bed sized only) in addition to the children's pillowcases. There is additional information here Happiness is a Warm Quilt info.

Please bring:
- Your sunny smiling self
Light non-messy snacks

Plan to bring your own:
- Sewing machine
- Cutting tools (your own personal mat if you want)
- Fabric and other project parts

We provide:
- 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, please get there early and help Mary set up!

Also, remember to clean up after yourself. 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. Many hands make light work! THANK YOU!

Join in the fun at this Sew Day!  

Friday, January 5, 2018

Sew Day Tomorrow!

Our next fun filled Sew Day is tomorrow, Saturday, January 6th, 2018! Please note that this is our Regular Sew Day.
Meeting place:
Location: Grace Lutheran Church
3149 Waverly Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306
(Corner of Waverly and Loma Verde Street)
Time: 10-4pm 
Please bring your own projects, but feel free to continue sewing pillowcases for the Happiness is a Warm Quilt drive for the fire victims in Napa and Sonoma Counties.  As you might remember, they are also asking for quilts (bed sized only) in addition to the children's pillowcases. There is additional information here Happiness is a Warm Quilt info.
Bring your own fabrics. Contact Peggy or Michelle if you want to use the charity fabric to make pillowcases.

You can also work on any other charity projects. See the charity page for current exciting project patterns.

Please bring:
- Your sunny smiling self
Light non-messy snacks

Plan to bring your own:
- Sewing machine
- Cutting tools (your own personal mat if you want)
- Fabric and other project parts

We provide:
- 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, please get there early and help Mary set up!

Also, remember to clean up after yourself. 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. Many hands make light work! THANK YOU!

Join in the fun at this Sew Day!  

Thank you Mary for setting this up!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Fabric Use, Fabric Purchasing and Spreadsheets- Cheryl’s 2017 edition



At the December Sew Day/Party/Meeting I forgot to share my 2017 spreadsheet at Show and Tell.
I know you all missed it terribly, so here is my summary.

IN YARDS
jan
feb
mar
apr
may
june
july
aug
sept
oct
nov
dec
YEAR IN TOTAL
difference
24.75
-10.75
-5
7.5
-1
-5.25
4
13.75
-2
5.25
1
-29.75
2.5
in
31.5
3
0.25
10.25
11
7.5
13
18
14
17.5
12
12.5
150.5
out
6.75
13.75
5.25
2.75
12
12.75
9
4.25
16
12.25
11
42.25
148

I know Jaye has reported on her use, and Michelle also. Those of you who are reluctant to start tracking,
let me remind you that you can make up your own rules. Foreign travel purchases, for example, may not count.
Or anything bought during the “limbo” week between Christmas and New Years may go on either year depending
on how the math is shaping up (I use this one). Likewise free fabric may not count for you if you are interested
more in the financial "burden" of fabric stashing. Or any purchases made after midnight, or anything pink...
whatever. It's your spreadsheet!

AND REMEMBER, you don’t have to tell anyone. This is not meant to make you feel bad, it’s meant only to
make you aware.


Final tally for 2017: 150.5 yards of fabric purchased/won/given; 148 yards of fabric used/given away.
Final tally for 2016: 121 yards of fabric purchased; 122.6 yards of fabric used.


Net increase of 2.5 yards this year! Not bad. Like last year, I did some panic December sewing of gift bags,
etc to help reduce the gap. And finished 2 baby quilts in the “limbo” week in order to put my limbo
purchases on 2017.


A few things that happened this year to increase my intake:
Participation in destash: one in person when Kelly (previous BAMQG president) moved to Scotland and
what are friends for if not to help out with that?? And another one on instagram where someone was
destashing solid “neutrals” at an excellent price. One of my goals this year was to increase my solid stash,
so in addition to that destash I also joined a Solids of the Month Club whereby 1 yard each of four solids
in a certain colorway were sent to me each month. So these three things added 51 (gulp) yards to my stash.


Thankfully I also finished 4 larger quilts, 8 baby quilts (2 in December!) and 5 charity baby quilt tops.
(I am motivated by a finish, and by the Spreadsheet!)


Next year, I am also planning on using the spreadsheet to Plan out a few things for the year. For example
all of the WIPs from 2017 moved over onto the 2018 spreadsheet and those with a deadline (ie baby quilts
for babies due, graduation quilts, teachers gifts) have a highlight for the month in which I would like to
finish them. This spreadsheet has become a good (and my only way besides Instagram) of tracking what
I have made. So it works for me.


Don't be afraid to try it! It has helped me really focus on fabric I will use, and not just buy because it's on
sale or I am bored (it is notable that the months I was traveling and not sewing are also the months I bought
more fabric this year!). Still working on the hoarding factor if “too good to use” though. Also, I have been
doing more hand-quilting and other hand work. This slows things down (in a good way) but may also need to
slow down the purchasing…


Here’s to a creative 2018! Go out there and buy make something!

Monday, January 1, 2018

January 2018 Sew Day is Saturday

Our next fun filled Sew Day is Saturday, January 6th, 2018! Please note that this is our Regular Sew Day.
Meeting place:
Location: Grace Lutheran Church
3149 Waverly Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306
(Corner of Waverly and Loma Verde Street)
Time: 10-4pm 
Please bring your own projects, but feel free to continue sewing pillowcases for the Happiness is a Warm Quilt drive for the fire victims in Napa and Sonoma Counties.  As you might remember, they are also asking for quilts (bed sized only) in addition to the children's pillowcases. There is additional information here Happiness is a Warm Quilt info.
Bring your own fabrics. Contact Peggy or Michelle if you want to use the charity fabric to make pillowcases.

You can also work on other charity projects. 

REMEMBER: Peggy's friend will be at the meeting to sharpen scissors.

Please bring:
- Your sunny smiling self
Light non-messy snacks

Plan to bring your own:
- Sewing machine
- Cutting tools (your own personal mat if you want)
- Fabric and other project parts

We provide:
- 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, please get there early and help Mary set up!

Also, remember to clean up after yourself. 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. Many hands make light work! THANK YOU!

Join in the fun at this Sew Day!  

Thank you Mary for setting this up!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Thank You!

The end of my term as blog editor is here and Pam will be taking over for me in January.

Thank you very much for reading and for your comments. I have enjoyed writing this blog and appreciated the interaction with readers.

Happy New Year!
Jaye


Monday, December 11, 2017

December Meeting Minutes

The 'meeting' was mostly a Sew Day and Party. The meeting minutes are slim pickins'. regardless, we had a great time and a lot of Winter Extravaganza-palooza gifts were exchange while collecting pillowcases for fire victims.

Thanks to Allison and her team for organizing the food.

Minutes:
  • Some help will be needed with Hexies in 2018
  • Rhonda talked about the the Social Justice Sewing Academy embroidery small group/ project she will lead
  • Bring Michelle-Nicole's Color My Quilt shards in January
  • Bring your Color My Quilt shards in January if you want to work in a group to put them together
  • Sue S will be in charge of challenges starting in January. Stay tuned for some new and exciting projects.
  • Minnie Maw, a physical therapist will speak to us in January about hand health, hand issues. She will also teach us some exercises.
  • Quilty Happenings: 12/16 Craneway Pavillion Craft Fair, SJ Holiday Fair - sjmade.com - will be held at the South Hall in San Jose. Check website for details.
  • Scissor Sharpening: Peggy's friend will come to Sew Day to sharpen scissors - Jan 6 and Feb 3.
Charity quilts donated for the year: 175
Pillowcases collected today: 41

Next Meeting is Jan 13.

Happy New Year!