Monday, November 20, 2017

November Meeting Minutes

We had a great meeting on Saturday. Hope you were able to make it. Here is a recap:

1. Question of the Day: What size cut of fabric do you buy if you will stash it (don't have a specific project) and you don't know what you will use it for?

As per usual, there were a myriad of answers and the answers changed as people heard the answers and logic behind the answers of other members. Most notably was the 'yard and a quarter' answer. Catherine W said she buys a yard and a quarter because it is square. Many members who followed her said something along the lines of 'well, I usually buy a yard, but may change that to a yard and a quarter'. Other answers:

  • 7 people buy half yards
  • One person had a good reason for buying 5/8 yards
  • One person said she buys 3/4 yard of small scale prints
  • Another person buys 3/4 yards in general because she can't do anything with a half yard, that turns into 16" by the time it is washed and trimmed
  • That same person said she buys 1 yard of prints
  • Many people buy 1 yard in general, especially if they are shopping online
  • By the time everyone had introduced themselves, 1.25 yards was very popular
  • 4 people are confident in their purchases of 2 yard cuts
  • One person said 2.5 yards of a big print
  • 3 people said 3 yards
  • 3-4 yards of Kaffe/Philip Jacobs flower prints
  • One person said 4 yards if it is a staple
  • 4-6 yards, which shocked your editor, was not an uncommon answer
  • 5-6 yards is easy to buy online, because you don't actually see what is in your basket
  • 6 yards also came up more than once
  • One member commented that you can make anything out of 7 yards!
  • Some ad an extra 1/8th just to get a bolt discount or to get free shipping when shopping online
  • Others buy what they can afford
  • Some have no rhyme or reason to their purchasing patterns-they just buy what they feel like buying
  • Some buy more in person, others buy more online
  • One person only buys for a specific project
  • A few people are on fabric diets and are trying to use up their stash
  • A few people mentioned that they change their amounts based on how good the sale is

2. Dues are DUE in January. Look for more information coming soon.

3. Technology survey

The Executive Board was very grateful to members for taking the time to fill out the survey created by Christina and the Tech group. 49 people out of 60 paid members responded. That is a phenomenal response.

4. Executive Board and Elections
Member-at-Large is a position that represents members on the Board and supports members in various aspects. Elections were held and the following people were elected:

Meeting Organizer (President): Gerre D.
Events Organizers (VP): Mary C and Amy
Treasurer: Nancy A
Member-at-Large: Alison

There were no nays or abstentions.

5. Other Volunteers
Blog content: Pam
Challenges: Sue S
Guild Tech Admin: Tim H
Guild tech Chair (head of committee looking into a better, more integrated tech system): Tim H
Hexinator: Cheryl
Library: Lee Ann
Ongoing Outreach Coordinator (pet beds + coordinating getting items such as pillowcases to where they need to go) : Shoshanna
Photographer: Marty and Cyndi
Random Number Generator: Cheryl
Retreat Committee Chair: Bonnie
Sew Day: Mary C.
Swaps: Shoshanna and Rhonda


6. Merit Hexies

Gerre announced a few new Exclooooosive merit hexies, including for giving a trunk show and the call for quilts for Las Vegas.

Gerre asked if people wanted to continue the merit hexies into 2018. People were unanimously in favor.  She said she needed help and some members agreed to help make merit hexies.

7. Small Groups in 2018: new groups will be starting:

  • Color My Quilt design group
  • SJSA hand stitching projects will be added on to the hand stitching group

8. Calendar and Quilty Happenings

Nov 30: last day to enter quilts in QuiltCon
Dec.2: Sew Day, 10-4 at Grace Lutheran
Dec.9: Sew Day and Winter Extravaganza Party, 10-4 at Grace Lutheran
Jan. 27: Local Quilt Shop Day

9. Charity

  • 35 pillowcases were made at Sew Day. Thanks to Karen M. for bringing her serger and serging many pillowcases. Thanks to everyone else who helped that day and participated in the assembly line. The organizers plan to make 5,000 pillowcases so every child gets one. Many more are needed.
  • an additional 15 pillowcases were made and brought to the meeting to be donated
  • Quilters in Petaluma are seeking blocks in 6x6, 9x9 and 12x12 sizes to be made into bed sized quilts. They can be sent to: Sonoma Strong C/O NorCal Sew & Vac, 909 D Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
  • 164 quilts have been donated to our charities this year
  • 25 walker bags were donated this year
  • Charity patterns are now posted on this site. Find them on the Charity page. Michelle and Peggy have created a new pattern, which will be available soon. In the meantime, take a posted pattern and make some quilts! The group will be making Chevron blocks before the party on Dec.9
  • There are a lot of quilts to be quilted, so grab one at the next meeting.
10. Color My Quilt
Melinda received several  chunks/shards/blocks in the raspberry, blueberry and blackberry colors she requested.

Michelle-Nicholle's Color my Quilt shards will be due in January. Check the forum if you did not get a sheet.Gerre has posted most of the colors and prompts.

11. Giveaway
Michelle B won! Yay!

12. Challenges: Strip Challenge
The strip challenge was due at the meeting. People showed their challenge pieces at Show & Tell. Jaye won the award for the best reaction. She made a donation top from the leftovers of her Carpenter's Wheel quilt and someone pointed out that it was strips, so it counted for the challenge. She didn't even realize it and was thrilled.

13.  Holiday Party Sign-ups
If you were not able to make the meeting and want to bring something for the party, please contact Alison.

14.  Holiday Swap
Sign-ups are closed and assignments have been sent out. If there is a problem, talk to Cheryl. If you signed up, be sure to make your item and a pillowcase for wrapping and bring it to the Winter Extravaganza party


15. Other
People want pictures associated with forum accounts so they have an easier time putting names together with faces. If you need help with the forum, see Alison.

Nancy Zieman passed away on Tuesday November 14. Her obituary is posted. She leaves a large family and a legacy of sewing behind. Make donations in her name to Wisconsin Public Television in lieu of flowers.


There was plenty of time after the meeting to socialize. Thanks to everyone who helped make the meeting a success.

Friday, November 17, 2017

November 18 Meeting is Tomorrow

We look forward to seeing you, tomorrow, Saturday November 18, 2017, for our monthly guild meeting! Join us at 1:00, at the Redwood City Library, in the upstairs community room.

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

Things to bring:
  • Color my Quilt pieces - this is Melinda's month
  • Show and Tell - this is a great way to get to know people and we LOVE to see your stuff!!!
  • 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 
Volunteer Opportunities:
Guild volunteer opportunities have been posted in the forum. Your guild is only as good as the volunteers who participate. Please pick out a job and let Gerre know how you will contribute. Many hands make light work and new and creative ideas are always needed.

Upcoming Events:
Our Sew Day, Meeting and Holiday Party will all be on the same day - December 9th. Details to follow.

Other Reminders:
  1. Make sure you check off your charity and service accomplishments and collect your BAM Merit Hexies.  Don't forget, there are EXCLOOOOOOOSIVE Merit Hexies for special projects, such as dropping off Pet Beds, VA Sew Day, San Mateo County Fair, UFO Swap, FiberShots, and the Triangle Challenge. Gerre has announced a new hexie for working on Quilts for Las Vegas.
  2. Remember to take away uneatened snacks and unclaimed items off the free table. Thanks! 
  3. Check out the October 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.

Monday, November 13, 2017

November Meeting Saturday

We look forward to seeing you Saturday November 18, 2017, for our monthly guild meeting! Join us at 1:00, at the Redwood City Library, in the upstairs community room.

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

Things to bring:
  • Color my Quilt pieces - this is Melinda's month
  • Show and Tell - this is a great way to get to know people and we LOVE to see your stuff!!!
  • 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 
Volunteer Opportunities:
Guild volunteer opportunities have been posted in the forum. Your guild is only as good as the volunteers who participate. Please pick out a job and let Gerre know how you will contribute. Many hands make light work and new and creative ideas are always needed.

Upcoming Events:
Our Sew Day, Meeting and Holiday Party will all be on the same day - December 9th. Details to follow.

Other Reminders:
  1. Make sure you check off your charity and service accomplishments and collect your BAM Merit Hexies.  Don't forget, there are EXCLOOOOOOOSIVE Merit Hexies for special projects, such as dropping off Pet Beds, VA Sew Day, San Mateo County Fair, UFO Swap, FiberShots, and the Triangle Challenge. Gerre has announced a new hexie for working on Quilts for Las Vegas.
  2. Remember to take away uneatened snacks and unclaimed items off the free table. Thanks! 
  3. Check out the October 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.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Sew Day Tomorrow

Our next fun filled Sew Day is tomorrow, Saturday, November 4th!
Meeting place:
Location: Grace Lutheran Church
3149 Waverly Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306
(Corner of Waverly and Loma Verde Street)
Time: 10-4pm 

Some of us are planning on sewing pillowcases for the Happiness is a Warm Quilt drive for the fire victims in Napa and Sonoma Counties.  They are asking for quilts (bed sized only) and children's pillowcases. There is additional information here Happiness is a Warm Quilt info.
Bring your own fabrics or help yourself to the charity donation fabric to make pillowcases.

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 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!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Sew Day Saturday

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

Some of us are planning on sewing pillowcases for the Happiness is a Warm Quilt drive for the fire victims in Napa and Sonoma Counties.  They are asking for quilts (bed sized only) and children's pillowcases. There is additional information here Happiness is a Warm Quilt info.
Bring your own fabrics or help yourself to the charity donation fabric to make pillowcases.

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 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!

Monday, October 23, 2017

October Meeting Minutes

The group had another fun-filled and informative meeting at the Redwood City Library Community Room. We were ably led by Gerre D. Amy, Nancy and Mary. A whole host of volunteers helped to make this meeting happen.

Upcoming events:

  • November 4: Sew Day
  • November 11: Sarah Goer Workshop
  • November 18: November Meeting
  • December 9: December Winter Party
  • January 6: Sew Day
  • January 13: Meeting Date


1. Question of the Day: What Color is LEAST represented in your stash?

  • Beige - 3
  • Black - 4
  • Brown - 9
  • Green - 1
  • Grey - 1
  • Orange - 3
  • Pink - 4
  • Red - 6
  • Tan - 2
  • Teal - 1
  • Yellow - 6
As usual, some of the comments were hilarious:
  • Regarding teal, the member who said that was she she had least of in her stash remarked that she knew she was swimming against the guild tide.
  • Regarding brown, one member said there was nothing wrong with brown
  • Another member said that she did not consider brown a real color
2. Membership - see Nancy and Annemarie to get set up

3. Merit hexies - be sure to pick up your awards.

4. 2018 Meeting dates and Sew Days are posted on the Meeting page.

5. Charity - Michelle & Peggy
  • they will bring fabric to Sew Day so members can make pillowcases for Sonoma and Santa Rose fire victims
  • The guild (thanks, Michelle!!!) now has labels for charity quilts
  • There area a few MassdDrop FQs left for charity projects.
Also, the money we pay to Grace Lutheran for the space goes to a fund at the church that has helped to build and stock a health center in the Sudan.

6. Pet Beds
  • last count: 60 donated
7. Library - Lee Ann
  • was available at the meeting
8. Retreat Wrapup
  • retreat was great
  • small gifts were given to Retreat committee members
9. Sarah Goer Workshop had 4 spaces left

10. Quilty Happenings
  • Thru 4/1/2018: Gees Bend Quilts at the DeYoung as part of another exhibit
  • Textile Tuesdays in SSF at the SSF library, 1.3
  • FabMo boutique 10/28
11. Meet Your Neighbor - Lee Ann interviewed Mary C.

Mary was born in Connecticut and grew up in Wisconsin. She moved to California to marry her husband of ~30 years, Mark. They have lived in Palo Alto for 27 years. Mark happens to be Marti's brother. 

Mary can't remember not sewing. She started with dolls, Kleenex and paper towels. A neighbor taught her how to sew. She worked on costumes for plays all through high school, then studied costume design in college. She worked for the Palo Alto Players for 6 years and made costumes for her children's high school productions

She is all about speed in sewing. Mary also makes wedding dresses and ball gowns. She considers them "costumes with demanding actresses."

She started quilting about 12 years ago. She also likes puzzles, games, dominos and watching (bingeing on) movies). She likes to travel and thinks that no matter where you go, you'll have good stories. 

Quick Questions:
  • Prints or solids? Prints leaning towards solids
  • Casserole or BBQ? BBQ
  • FMQ/Walking Foot? Walking foot
  • Curves or triangles? Curves
  • Wine or beer? Wine
Next month Mary will interview Tim H

12. Elections in November - see a board member if you want to run. Email Gerre whether you will continue your guild job for next year.

13. Forum notifications need to be coddled. If you are not getting notifications:
  • Login to the forum (http://bamodernquiltguild.ning.com/)
  • Click forum
  • Scroll all the way to the bottom 
  • click follow
  • You may need to toggle on/off, if you have done this step in the past.
  • You can also look into the options for email/RSS feed.
14. Baby Beeby Burpoff

We held a mini-baby shower for our founder, Ruth. She opened and graded beautiful burp cloths, pouches and other small baby gear and a gift card.

15. Color My Quilt - Melinda

Hope you are all caught up! Melinda is next up. She likes things as they morph, transitions and Escher. Her favorite color is raspberry.

16. The Holiday Extravaganza Palooza Swap is coming
  • Signups through Nov.1 Contact Cheryl via the forum thread.
  • Theme is kitchen
  • It is a regular swap with a theme
  • Wrap the gift in a pillowcase, which will be donated to the Santa Rosa/Sonoma fire victims
  • Swap will happen at the holiday party
  • Ideas are posted on the blog
17. Holiday Party will be 12/9 and will be organized by Alison and Michelle S.

18. Trunk Show. Sarah Goer

She has sewn as long as she can remember. She made her first quilt in 2002 and learned never to trust patterns. The directions  in Quilting for Dummies were wrong. She made her next quilts starting in 2010 using Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric. She uses a lot of Karlee Porter inspiration in graffiti quilting. She participates in challenges and has learned to work small. She has a new (and very popular, according to members) machine binding tutorial on her blog.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Meeting Tomorrow for October

We look forward to seeing you Saturday October 21, 2017, for our monthly guild meeting! Join us at 1:00, at the Redwood City Library, in the upstairs community room.

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

Things to bring:


  • Color my Quilt pieces - this is catch up month
  • Show and Tell - this is a great way to get to know people and we LOVE to see your stuff!!!
  • 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 
Volunteer Opportunities:
Gerre needs someone to organize the Winter Extravaganza/Holiday Party. She needs:
1) Gift Swap - we'll need to have the parameters by the Oct. meeting. Please note that ideas have already been posted.

2) Party Food - November meeting for guidelines. You can organize however you wish, including a pot luck. There is a budget for this.

Our Sew Day, Meeting and Holiday Party will all be on the same day - December 9th. Details to follow.

Other Reminders:
  1. Make sure you check off your charity and service accomplishments and collect your BAM Merit Hexies.  Don't forget, there are EXCLOOOOOOOSIVE Merit Hexies for special projects, such as dropping off Pet Beds, VA Sew Day, San Mateo County Fair, UFO Swap, FiberShots, and the Triangle Challenge. Gerre has announced a new hexie for working on Quilts for Las Vegas.
  2. Remember to take away uneatened snacks and unclaimed items off the free table. Thanks! 
  3. Check out the May 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.