Friday, July 27, 2012

Demo Series: Improv Piecing at August Meeting

by Rhonda

B-A-M Demo Series Part 2 - Improvisational Piecing

Improv Piece by Kathleen Robertson
Remember that B-A-M Demo series? Rhonda and her team are back for more!

Are you ready for Part 2 of the B-A-M Demo Series?

Are you ready to get Wonky?

If so, then don't miss the BAMQG meeting on August 4th.  We're going to tackle Improvisational Piecing, and this is going to be a HANDS ON event!

B-A-M stands for Basic - Advanced - Modern, and this workshop will not disappoint.  I have lined up four of our talented members to present a variety of different improvisational piecing techniques ranging from "super simple" to "more effort, but worth it". 

Best of all, there will be time for you to try out each technique yourself!


Here's the lineup:
  • Joy-Lily: Slice-and-Insert and Slice-and-Swap
  • Angela: Wonky Strip Piecing
  • Adrianne: Improv String Bars
  • Alison S: Wonky Log Cabin


What to bring:
  • Your sewing machine
  • basic sewing tools (no walking foot needed)
  • cutting mat
  • rotary cutter, and ruler
  • Also bring a selection of scraps to work with, and some scraps to share (optional).


What you'll work on:
This is really up to you.  Here are some possibilities:
  • Blocks for charity quilts.
  • Your B-A-M Demo Series project -- Placemats or Table Runner?  Remember that?  Have you thought about Design?  Do you have an idea you want to try out?
  • BAMQG blocks. (12 inches tall by any width) Bring your teal and orange fabrics! It's not too late. Details on the blog 
  • A QuiltCon Block Challenge block.  (12 inches tall by any width) Bring fabrics in the QuiltCon logo colors.  Details on the blog 
  • Just come and play!
I can hardly wait!


Any questions?  Post them in the comments section or on the member forum!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Dyeing Workshop Coming Up July 28!!!

Have you been admiring hand-dyed fabrics and wanted to try your hand or use in your quilt creations?  Now's your chance!  Artist, quilter, author and BAMQG member Joy-Lily is going to show us how!

DATE:  Saturday, July 28th, 2012
TIME:  11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
PLACE:  Sunnyvale Art Gallery and Café
251 W El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(408) 737-8188 
http://sunnyvaleartgallery.com
COST:  $60 (includes everything except fabric and lunch)
CONTACT:  Angela, BAMQG Special Events Coordinator, by commenting on this post.  


Try out several different fabric dyeing techniques on fat quarters of quilt fabric including: painting gradations, shibori style wrapping, binding and clamping, layering colors like a parfait, solid and mottled color baths and painting patterns. Discover how easy it is to create your own batik-look fabrics too. All dyes are colorfast. Go home with a stack of one-of-a-kind fabrics and all the information you need to create more. All materials except fabric included in the $60 cost of this workshop.








For more info on Joy-Lily and her art, quilts, workshops and book, visit her web site at:  http://www.joy-lily.com/
For more info on the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild, visit our web site at: http://bayareamodernquiltguild.blogspot.com

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Member Spotlight: Alison


  1. Name: Alison S
  2. In what city do you live? Currently, Oakland. I moved last year from Southern CA, where I lived for 13 years.
  3. Do you want people to look at your blog? website? Flickr stream? If so, please provide links? My blog is pretty much dormant these days. It’s www.theoccasionalpin.com.
I do love Flickr: that is http://www.flickr.com/photos/msalleycat/
  1. Tell us about your family and/or the important people (pets are GREAT!) in your life and how they feel about your quiltmaking? Well, I probably would not be up here, in the Bay Area, and loving my new job working at C&T Publishing /Stash Books if it weren’t for my boyfriend. (I don’t really like that term, I really think of him as my partner, but if I use that word, people get confused. We’re not married, but he’s the one.) He works in IT and when I told him I was considering a career change to the Bay Area (we did not yet live together at the time), he was totally on board and started looking for a new job up here right after I got mine.
My mom taught me to sew before I even started school, and always encouraged my creativity (my parents got me an easel after I started drawing on the wall in my bedroom – that was NOT encouraged). If it weren’t for her support and encouragement, I would not have lasted as long as I did in the entertainment industry, or had the strength to make this big leap into a new field.

I also have a cat, Tangerine, who used to love to sit next to my cutting mat b/c it got the best breeze in the house. Now in the apartment, he avoids the sewing room, and mainly sleeps on this blanket in the living room, which is probably for the best.
  1. How long have you been making quilts? Since my friends started having babies – so maybe 5 or 6 years ago.
  2. How and where did you learn to quilt? Well, my mom taught me to sew when I was little, and I was a theatre major in college, specializing in costume design, so I sewed in classes and for stage crew. When I decided to quilt, I was amazed at how much information I could find in the middle of the night on the Internet. Then I discovered quilt books. I did take one class, on appliquéd and embroidered quilts from the talented artist Andrea Zuill,and I never finished my final project. I have taken classes on the long-arm, which I love, and I am taking some classes this summer on FMQ on a home machine (b/c I suck at it, so maybe that’s something you can’t learn from the internet or a book) and hand quilting.
  3. Who inspired you to get started? My best friend, Jess, is a production designer in Hollywood, and she couldn’t find anything she liked for her first child (daughter)’s nursery. No pink allowed! So I took her fabric shopping, and then made the entire layette: curtains, pillows, crib bumper, and finally my first quilt.
  4. Please describe your first quilt (Include a picture if you have it). Pastel yellow, green, and orange squares in a checkerboard layout (if checker boards came in 3-color combos) with 2 checkerboard mitered-borders. I figured, I can sew clothes, I can sew miters. 

After that one, I got a 1/4” seam foot and a walking foot. The second quilt was much easier.
  1. Where do you find inspiration? Everywhere. Blogs, Flickr, guild meetings, quilt shows (I take lots of photos at them), fabric shops, ads I see in magazines (more inspired by home mags than by quilting mags), store window displays, walking down the street. Having a camera in my phone is great for that kind of stuff!
  2. Do you have a quilting "style"?  If so, what is it? Modern. Improvisational. Lots of value contrast.
11. Do you belong to other guilds besides BAMQG? If so, which ones and why?
 Oh, yeah! A woman at work called me an MQG hoarder! I started out in the Los Angeles MQG. I still post on their forum & Flickr pool regularly, and try to see them when I go to LA. Then up here, I go to the East Bay MQG b/c that’s my ‘hood. I started coming to this one b/c Adrianne was so friendly and welcoming online before I had even moved here, and b/c you all get together to sew, which I think is so much fun (and a great way to get to know people & make friends. Friends who sew, that’s really all a girl needs!) My friend Janice from LA now lives in Petaluma so I have been going to the new North Bay MQG for the past few months for some spirited chat at the cool shop StitchCraft.
  1. Favorite quilting blogs?  (mainly b/c Joelle wants some new blogs to read ;-)  ) 
So sad, but my Google Reader feed has gotten very dusty since I moved here. The regulars (some biggies in the MQG world): Alissa Haight-Carlton: Handmade by Alissa, Elizabeth Hartman: Oh, Fransson, Jacquie Gering: Tallgrass Prairie Studio, Angela Walters: Quilting is My Therapy, Ashley: Film in the Fridge. Oh, this active link thing takes forever. Some various others: allsorts, Be*mused, Lazy Gal Quilting, Angry Chicken, Sew Kind of Wonderful, Blempgorf, I’m a ginger monkey. I gratitate towards quirky writing and process shots and talk about design and technique, not giveaways, styled photos of finished quilts (that make me jealous and wonder ‘How does she do all that?’), or stacks of fabrics. If I like your quilts, and you make me laugh, I will be a dedicated reader. Talk about your god, your church, your home life  all the time on your supposed-quilt blog and I will unsubscribe.  (That said, I love Angry Chicken’s home life posts. But she’s quite the hippy at heart.)
  1. What guild job do you hold and why did you volunteer for that position?
 Gee, none. Is that a suggestion?
  1. What do you generally do with the quilts you make?  Give away? Keep? Sell? Show? So far, mainly give away. I am showing things. I never feel like I have enough time to sew all my ideas up into quilts.
  2. What is your favorite block pattern? I don’t really have one, but I like anything where I can improvise. And I like to foundation piece.
  3. In what room of the house do you sew? Tell us about your sewing /quilting /crafting space.
The small second bedroom: There is a day bed, a big closet, and a 2.5 x 5 foot tall table on 2 Ikea kids’ bookcases that holds books & supplies where I cut and sew. The closet doors are covered in flannel to serve as a design wall.
 In my house in So. Cal, I had more space, so I had a 5 x5 foot square tall table, a separate little computer desk, a station for my printer & scanner hidden away in a closet, and another book case and small bureau with artsy/crafty supplies. Now most of the art supplies and art books are in our apartment’s living room. I like our current neighborhood, but I am looking forward to being in a bigger space again.
  1. Do you create in any other areas of craft? Is quilting your main creative outlet?
I used to draw and paint a lot when I was younger. Now, I occasionally make cards or do collage. Sometimes I sew kids’ clothes (I sewed a lot of clothes when I was younger, too.) I was into knitting briefly before quilting hooked me. Sold most of my yarn at a yard sale 2 years ago.

17. What is your favorite fabric (line, designer, pattern are all ok) and why? My favorite fabric is from Moda: 12120 16 Moda Woven #1

  1. What is your favorite quilt book? All-time faves: Denyse Schmidt Quilts – best visual inspiration. Are there any quilt books you recommend? Gwen Marston books for great instruction on improvisational piecing – also the books by Gwen and Freddy Moran. And I am loving the new book from Stash, Sunday Morning Quilts – so many great ways to use scraps! I have learned a lot about paper piecing from books by Alex Anderson (she is great for beginners) and Carol Doak (disclosure: both C&T authors.) 
  2. Are there any must have quilting tools?  Extra blades. I need reminders to change blades more often. 1/4” seam foot with a guide on the side. I am much better b/c of that type of foot:

  1. What are your favorite shops either online or in the neighborhood? I am not much of an online fabric buyer b/c I like to touch, exact color is important to me, often I am bringing fabric with me to pair before buying, and so many websites don’t show you the scale of the print. I will buy online if I have seen another fabric in the line in a store, liked it, and the print I like is not available. In LA, my favorite shop was where I used to work, Sew Modern, and they now sell online, which is great! I am still getting to know the shops in the Bay area, but I love that I can walk to the little gem of a fabric shop in my neighborhood, Piedmont Fabric.

  1. Is there an area of quilting you feel you would like to learn more about and why? Paper piecing – I like the precision it allows when you want it. So much of what is out there in paper piecing is NOT my style, so I like the idea of encouraging more modern paper piecing designs. I am also trying to get better at my actual quilting. I still don’t like my work in that area, so I am taking some classes.
  2. Is there an area of quilting at which you feel you excel? Tell us about it. Do you prefer the process of designing, piecing, or quilting? I love picking and playing with fabrics the most. I think it’s where all my art training and years of working with fabrics for costumes come together.
  3. You have to evacuate your home quickly due to a natural disaster.  What 3 things would you grab from your sewing room/space? My Featherweight, my vintage pinking shears, and my bee quilt.
  4. Do you have a favorite sewing tip or trick? Pre-wash. It makes the fabric easier to work with – less slippery,it frays less,and it takes away any fear of bleeding. Seriously. Pre-wash, people. It is so worth the time. When I have to make blocks for other people who don’t pre-wash, I find myself cursing. And when I pre-wash, iron, and re-fold the fabric properly, I can cut strips across the width of the fabric without the dreaded V’s at the fold. I cannot do that w/unwashed fabrics.
  5. What else do you want your fellow members to know that we have not asked?
OH, gosh, I’ve feel like this is lots more than anyone wants to know. Just ask me. You know I am not afraid to talk ;)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Dyeing Workshop - Space Available!

Have you been admiring hand-dyed fabrics and wanted to try your hand or use in your quilt creations?  There is still space available in the upcoming workshop on July 28. Comment here or contact Angela to reserve a spot.

Now's your chance!  Artist, quilter, author and BAMQG member Joy-Lily is going to show us how!

DATE:  Saturday, July 28th, 2012
TIME:  11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
PLACE:  Sunnyvale Art Gallery and Café
251 W El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(408) 737-8188 
http://sunnyvaleartgallery.com
COST:  $60 (includes everything except fabric and lunch)
CONTACT:  Angela, BAMQG Special Events Coordinator, by commenting on this post.  


Try out several different fabric dyeing techniques on fat quarters of quilt fabric including: painting gradations, shibori style wrapping, binding and clamping, layering colors like a parfait, solid and mottled color baths and painting patterns. Discover how easy it is to create your own batik-look fabrics too. All dyes are colorfast. Go home with a stack of one-of-a-kind fabrics and all the information you need to create more. All materials except fabric included in the $60 cost of this workshop.








For more info on Joy-Lily and her art, quilts, workshops and book, visit her web site at:  http://www.joy-lily.com/
For more info on the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild, visit our web site at: http://bayareamodernquiltguild.blogspot.com

Saturday, July 21, 2012

A-B-C Challenge: U & V Blocks

The A-B-C Challenge  is still going strong and we have just a few blocks left before we can start sashing, setting and quilting. you can still join us. Bring your U and V blocks to the August 4 meeting. These blocks should start with U & V

U blocks:
    • Underground Railroad (from Around the Block)
    • Union (from Around the Block)
    • Unnamed Star (from Around the Block)
    • Uneven Star (9" paper pieced block from Quilter's Cache)
    • Unnamed Basket (10" block from Quilter's Cache)
    • Union Square  (12" block from Quilter's Cache) - Rhonda: this is for you since you are looking for place name blocks!
    • Upright Basket (8" paper pieced block from Quilter's Cache)
    • Utah Sparkler (12" paper pieced block from Quilter's Cache)
    • Quilter's Newsletter magazine had a series of blocks listing blocks for states. There were several blocks included for each state, including Utah.
    Some examples of V blocks are:
    • Variable Star (from Around the Block Again)
    • Virginia Reel (from Around the Block Again)
    •  Vermont (12" block from Quilter's Cache)
    • Victoria's Star (12" paper pieced block from Quilter's Cache)
    • Vines at the Window (12" block from Quilter's Cache)
    • [Easy] Virginia Star  (9" paper pieced block from Quilter's Cache)

    Below are a few of the many block resources available to inspire you:
    • 1000 Great Quilt Blocks by Maggi McCormick Gordon
    • Around the Block with Judy Hopkins: 200 Rotary Cut Blocks in 6 Sizes by Judy Hopkins
    • Around the Block Again: More Rotary Cut Blocks from Judy Hopkins by Judy Hopkins
    • The Civil War Love Letter Quilt: 121Quilt Blocks Inspired by Love and War by Rosemary Youngs
    • The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt: 55 letters and the 111 Blocks they Inspired by Laurie Hird
    • Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix & Match by Susan Briscoe
    • Judy Martin's Ultimate Book of Quilt Block Patterns by Judy Martin
    • Modern Quilt Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from your Favorite Designers by Susanne Woods
    • Once More Around the Block by Judy Hopkins
    • The Quilter's Album of Blocks and Borders by Jinny Beyer (out of print)
    • The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns: 4044 Pieced Blocks for Quilters by Jinny Beyer (2009) - you NEED this book if you don't have it.
    • Quilter's Cache website
    So, go forth and make blocks. You can do it. Have fun, use great fabric. Enjoy!

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

    Whole Cloth Challenge - Sponsored by Aurifil

    by Ruth

    We saw the finished QuiltCon and BAM blocks at the July meeting, and Bay Area Modern is already launching a new challenge!  The goal of the challenge is to make a whole cloth quilt  - that's a quilt made from a single fabric on each side, without piecing.  This style of quilt really shows off your quilting, and that's where we want to focus for this challenge.

    The challenge guidelines:
    • Make a quilt.  Your design should rely on and emphasize quilting.  Instead of creating a top and then thinking "how will I quilt this?" - we're going to start with that question.
    • At least one side of your quilt should be whole cloth in a solid or solid-like fabric (examples:  shot cotton, tone-on-tone, quilters linen, etc).   Use of whole cloth is encouraged on both sides but piecing is ok on one side of your quilt.
    • Consider thread weight for your quilting and how it will affect your design.
    • Overall quilt size is up to you. You could make a mini-quilt, or a king size (ha!). You are invited to make a square quilt, size 30 to 40", which can handed over to the guild charity group for donation to the Stanford NICU, if you like. Donation is optional to the challenge, but it might help you feel less pressured to create a masterpiece. Since, ya know, it won't be sticking around and staring you in the face
    • Quilts are due in October, at the meeting on the 6th.
    Aurifil has generously donated a thread pack for each participant in this challenge.  It contains their wool thread and their cotton thread in weights 12, 28, 40, and 50.  Thread was distributed at the meeting on Saturday, but we still have a few sets left.  If you weren't able to make it, you can contact an officer to sign up for the challenge and arrange to get your thread pack. 

    Want to participate, but not too sure about whole cloth quilts?  You probably just need some inspiration!

    Your design could be more simple, but still have a big impact.  Whole cloth means that you don't have to worry about quilting closely to reinforce the pieced seams.  Sparse quilting gives your quilt a lovely soft drape.  Like this circle quilt from Film in the Fridge (that dot fabric would be fine to use as a "solid-like"):
    Whole cloth baby quilt by Ashley @ filminthefridge

    You could quilt more closely to create beautiful texture, like these wavy-quilted pillows from a stitch in dye, which get added interest from the dye variation in the fabric:
    Whole cloth pillows by Malka Dubrawsky (stitchindye)
    If you just can't resist piecing, you can put it on just one side of your quilt.  Maybe your design could be an interaction of piecing and quilting, like this modern mini quilt from Swim, Bike, Quilt!:
    Modern Mini Challenge by Katie @ swim,bike, quilt!
    Perhaps a repeating geometric pattern is your style, like this herringbone quilt from Latifah at The Quilt Engineer.  I love how she brought in additional color with the wide color-block binding:
    Herringbone Linen Quilt by Latifah Saafir
    The cloth for this star quilt was created using a Japanese dyeing technique called Shibori, but you could translate this inspiration to something created by sun dyeing (like the fabric that Rhonda showed on Saturday), or perhaps using a bleach pen to draw your design: 
    Carolanne Graham's Shibori Star Whole Cloth Quilt
    Perhaps you are a quilting pro, and would like to do something more intricate for your quilt, like this dot quilt by ReannaLily Designs (I would not consider this dot fabric to be "solid-like", but only side of your quilt needs to be solid):
    Whole Cloth Quilt by Jen Eskridge
    You could get your graffiti on:
    Lemon Grafitti quilt by ralexandra
    Or create your life's work:
    Whole cloth quilt by Kelly Gallagher Abbott
     Someone, anyone?  Gonna make one like that?

    Whatever you do, get your thinking caps on!  We'll be discussing our quilting plans at the August meeting and then show finished quilts in October.  

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    July Meeting: HUGE Success

    Well, we had a great meeting on Saturday. There were a lot of people there, great show and tell, fabulous speaker, Terri Thayer, and fun chat.

    Speaker: Terri Thayer

     Terri Thayer, a member of our guild and author of the quiltmaking mystery novels featuring heroine Dewey Pellicano spoke to us for about 45 minutes at the meeting on Saturday. She told us how she got started quiltmaking, showed us a number of quilts and told us about her writing. It was very interesting to see her progression of quilts from ~1983 to the present - changes in patterns, fabric and how Terri's style evolved. It was also interesting to hear how she got started writing, her writing schedule and support system.

    Thanks to Cynthia for organizing this event.

    QuiltCon and BAMQG Block Challenges

    The QuiltCon block challenge and the BAMQG challenges have been advertised on this blog frequently in the past month. Go back and check the linked posts before you read on, if you don't know what they are about.

    Ruth's QuiltCon block was one of the best that your editor has seen, but the consistently high quality of the work produced by ALL members is astounding and exciting.


    One of the cool things about seeing the two different groups of blocks is that people who made blocks for both challenges used the same block. I love seeing the different colors used in the same block.

    Rhonda had a bit of a vacation theme going in the work that she showed today. Her block is the glass of lemonade with the umbrella sticking out. There was discussion about whether it was lemonade or an adult beverage. ;-)


    The BAMQG blocks look great together. You can see how well they go together and Ruth's BAMQG version of the block above.
    I think the asymmetry of the blocks is really dynamic. I was also impressed to see the different ways that people created asymmetry.

    Thanks to Ruth for organizing this challenge!




    A-B-C Challenge Blocks


    The A-B-Cers are still going strong, though we are nearing the end of the blocking making part of the challenge. This month's blocks were S & T.

    The blocks look really nice.I brought something to work on, but focused on talking with people and found out some interesting things about the way people are thinking about their A-B-C blocks. Michelle, intelligently, planned out all the blocks she was going to make when she started. using only two fabrics is a real challenge, so it was smart of her to take the time to plan out the blocks. Her blue and white diagonal grid blocks (upper right hand corner of photo) would make an interesting all over quilt, or a quilt that used one background fabric and subtly gradated solids or tone-on-tones.

    Your editor must say that one of the great things about this challenge is that we all get to see a lot of different blocks AND the same blocks in different sizes and color ways.

    Angela was back with her Hawaiian print blocks.

    Rhonda is diligently catching up and making current blocks. Diana, as well.

    People are thinking about settings, so there was discussion of sashing colors and some about settings as well.

    Thanks to Kathleen for keeping this challenge going.

    New Challenge: Whole Cloth Quilt

    Ruth has done it again, coming up with another challenge for us. This time it is a whole cloth quilt and will be due in October. And even more exciting is that this is sponsored by Aurifil!

    Ruth suggested at 30x40 size , but any size can be done. 30x40 is a good size for the Charity Girls, if you decide not to keep your masterpiece.

    The quilt should be one whole piece of cloth on the front in a tone-on-tone, semi-solid or solid fabric.

    Bring your plan for quilting to the August meeting.

    While supplies last, participants can get a pack of Aurifil thread to use on the project.

    The due date is the October meeting.

    Door Prizes

    Angela had a great selection of door prizes again. People are bring some fun items and everyone looks forward to seeing what others make from the fabric, patterns and inspirational items.

    Thanks to Angela for organizing the door prizes.

    Lost and Found

    Julie lost a piece of fabric at the June meeting. It was being passed around during the talk about Quilt Market. If you accidentally went home with that fabric, please bring it back to the August meeting. Give it to any officer and it will make its way back to Julie.

    The next meeting is August 4. Hope to see you there!

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    Dyeing Workshop Coming up!

    Have you been admiring hand-dyed fabrics and wanted to try your hand or use in your quilt creations?  Now's your chance!  Artist, quilter, author and BAMQG member Joy-Lily is going to show us how!

    DATE:  Saturday, July 28th, 2012
    TIME:  11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    PLACE:  Sunnyvale Art Gallery and Café
    251 W El Camino Real
    Sunnyvale, CA 94087
    (408) 737-8188 
    http://sunnyvaleartgallery.com
    COST:  $60 (includes everything except fabric and lunch)
    CONTACT:  Angela, BAMQG Special Events Coordinator, by commenting on this post.  


    Try out several different fabric dyeing techniques on fat quarters of quilt fabric including: painting gradations, shibori style wrapping, binding and clamping, layering colors like a parfait, solid and mottled color baths and painting patterns. Discover how easy it is to create your own batik-look fabrics too. All dyes are colorfast. Go home with a stack of one-of-a-kind fabrics and all the information you need to create more. All materials except fabric included in the $60 cost of this workshop.








    For more info on Joy-Lily and her art, quilts, workshops and book, visit her web site at:  http://www.joy-lily.com/
    For more info on the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild, visit our web site at: http://bayareamodernquiltguild.blogspot.com

    Friday, July 6, 2012

    July Meeting TOMORROW!

    We have a meeting tomorrow and I hope you can all come!


    MEETING & SEWCIAL
    Saturday, July 7th 1-5pm
    Redwood City Library,
    Community Room (upstairs)
    1044 Middlefield Rd
    Redwood City  

    AGENDA (subject to change)
    • Workshop Reminder (see information about workshop here)
    • Terri Thayer Reading
    • Show & Tell
    • Sewcial

    WHAT TO BRING
    • Name Tags
    • Quilts and projects to show
    • ABC Blocks (S & T)
    • Snacks to share
    • QuiltCon Block design blocks + paperwork
    • BAMQG Block Design blocks (pin a label with your name to each entry)  
    • Charity blocks and tops
    • batting for charity

    Other
    • Please contact Diana if you can bring an iron,  ironing board, coffee maker to any of the upcoming meetings. She is collecting sign-ups. 
    • PIQF sign-ups are live 
    • New Quilts of Northern California entry forms are live (find the info sheet and entry form on the NCQC site under forms)
    • Rhonda, our fabulous demo coordinator, needs some input on the next demo (August). Members should respond to the thread on the forum



    NEW MEMBERS If you’ve never been to a meeting before this will be a great meeting to see a lot of new projects and meet our members.  Your first meeting is free and you can read about becoming a member here (http://bayareamodernquiltguild.blogspot.com/p/membership.html).  We want to see your projects, so bring them along! If you have any questions, ask any officer.  We’re happy to talk with you.
    See you Saturday!

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

    BAMQG Block Deadline: Saturday!


    Have you designed your block yet? Made it? The deadline is THIS Saturday.

    At the meeting!

    We want to see your creations.

    Like the QuiltCon Block Design Challenge, we are having a BAMQG Block Design Challenge.

    For the local challenge, we are asking you to duplicate your Quiltcon block submission in the Bay Area Modern colors of orange and teal.  If you need to brush up on the QuiltCon challenge guidelines, you can find tons of info here, here, and here.  Solids and prints are both great to use.  If you would like to use solids, we recommend the following shades:

    • Kona:  School Bus, Orange, Jade Green, Bahama Blue, White, Medium Grey, and Coal.
    • Moda Bella:  Turquoise, Orange, and Robin's Egg Blue, White, Slate, and Charcoal (no really good match for light orange)
    • Art Gallery Pure Elements:  Burnt Orange, Fresh Water, and Tile Blue (no really good match for light orange)
    • Free Spirit:  Peach Blush, Caribbean Sea, and Jade (no really good match for dark orange)
    Please use whites & greys for your neutrals, rather than creams or tans (just like the QuiltCon block).  See the above banner for a visual of the colors.


    You can make up to 3 blocks for this challenge.  Some people have mentioned that their QuiltCon block design doesn't translate well to the reduced number of colors in the local palette.  While it's great to get a 2-for-1 deal, it's also fine to modify your design or create a new one.  Be creative!

    We will show our challenge blocks at the July meeting (although if you are running late, we will only heckle you a little if you bring them in August or September).  The submissions will be used for a fantastic (and still to be determined) guild project. 
    No blocks will be returned!

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

    QuiltCon Block Challenge Reminder!!!

    BAMQG, with Ruth as leader of this project, has decided to participate in the QuiltCon Block Challenge. The "challenge is to use the colors of the QuiltCon logo to make a quilt block that reflects what modern quilting means to you."
    These are the guidelines (from the original QuiltCon post) to follow when constructing and submitting your blocks:
      1. Blocks should be 12½” tall x the width of your choice. That could mean 12½” x 5”, 12½” x 24”, or anything wider, more narrow, or in between. Be creative!
      2. Blocks should be machine pieced. Any piecing style is welcome, but please avoid using hand sewing, applique, embroidery, fabric markers, or any other embellishments.
      3. Please use only “quilt shop quality” 100% cotton or cotton/linen fabrics in colors consistent with the QuiltCon logo (tangerine, gold, citrine, lime, aqua, turquoise, white, and gray).  Please feel free to include as many or few of the logo colors as you like, but avoid adding additional colors. Both print and solid fabrics are welcome.
      4. Use your own judgment when selecting thread. Our preference is white or light gray 100% cotton thread, but any coordinating thread of good quality will do.
      5. Each quilter may submit up to 3 blocks.
      6. Each submitted block must be accompanied by a Block Challenge Entry Form. If you are not handing in your blocks at the July 7 BAMQG meeting, please send your finished block(s) and entry form(s) by August 15, 2012 to: QuiltCon Block Challenge
        c/o Elizabeth Hartman
        PO Box 2309
        Beaverton, OR 97075
    If you want to send the QuiltCon blocks as part of the BAMQG group, please bring your blocks to the July 7 meeting with your paperwork filled out.

    Please bring/send only finished blocks. Partially completed blocks, additional fabric, or other supplies will hamper the process.

    For more information about the QuiltCon Block Challenge, please refer to The MQG website.


    The following stores have created fabric bundles in the QuiltCon logo colors:
    Sew Modern
    Marmalade Fabrics
    Fat Quarter Shop
    ChéFAB
    Pink Chalk Fabrics

    An additional challenge with the same type of blocks to make a BAMQG guild banner is going on at the same time.

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

    Member Spotlight: Terri Thayer

    Terri will be doing a reading at the meeting on Saturday. Read on to learn more about her. Thanks to Terri for whipping this questionaire up so quickly. ~editor




    1. Name: Terri Thayer                         
    2. In what city do you live? San Jose   
    3. Do you want people to look at your blog? website? http://www.territhayer.com
    4. How long have you been making quilts? 24 yrs.      
    5. How and where did you learn to quilt? I took a hand quilting class at a local dept. store. Once I learned about the rotary cutter, I was hooked.
    6. Who inspired you to get started? Reading 1982-83 Quilters Newsletter Magazine. Also, the need for a quilt for my son’s bed.
    7. Please describe your first quilt (Include a picture if you have it). Ugly, ugly rail fence (I will bring it to the meeting)
    8. Where do you find inspiration? Nature, books, fabric
    9. What do you generally do with the quilts you make?  Give away? Keep? Sell? Show? Give away. I love the feeling of thinking about a friend or family member as I pick out fabrics, design a quilt and sew. That’s the best!        
    10. What is your favorite block pattern? I am partial to Monkey Wrench, not just because it is the name of my latest book. Another name for it is Hole in the Barn Door. My grandmother’s barn had a hole in it, so it holds a special meaning for me.
    11. In what room of the house do you sew? Tell us about your sewing/quilting/crafting space. For many years, I sewed in the dining room. My family ate with the machine next to them. Now I have a spare bedroom. It’s not huge but has a closet with shelving and built in drawers. I have two design walls, which are always in use. My favorite piece of furniture in it is my cutting table. I love being at the correct height when I cut. Also love my Bernina.
    12. Do you create in any other areas of craft? Is quilting your main creative outlet? Mostly quilting
    13. What is your favorite fabric (line, designer, pattern are all ok) and why? I couldn’t chose. Each year fabric gets prettier and prettier.
    14. What is your favorite quilt book? Are there any quilt books you recommend?  I really love books by Joen Wolfrom. One of my favorites is Color Play. And to feed my landscape addiction, Luminous Landscapes by Gloria Loughman.
    15. Are there any must have quilting tools?  I’ve really been utilizing my 4 in 1 Essential Sewing Tool. http://www.ctpub.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=1390
    It’s seam ripper, stiletto, presser and poking tool. I never lose it and use it every day.  Which may say more about me than the tool.
    1. What are your favorite shops either online or in the neighborhood? The Granary in Sunnyvale
    2. Is there an area of quilting you feel you would like to learn more about and why? I’m always drawn to landscape quilts at the quilt shows. Someday I’ll make a beautiful landscape of the Monterey coast.
    3. Is there an area of quilting at which you feel you excel? Being really good at quilting is great, but not required to have a wonderful experience. I don’t excel at anything. I’m a so-so technician, I don’t have a great artist’s eye and my color choices sometimes baffle my friends. So I keep studying and sewing with my friends. That’s where I excel.



    Monday, July 2, 2012

    July Meeting Prep

    We have a meeting this coming Saturday and I hope you can all come! 


    MEETING & SEWCIAL Saturday, July 7th 1-5pm Redwood City Library, Community Room 1044 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City  

    AGENDA (subject to change)
    Workshop Reminder
    Terri Thayer Reading
    Show & Tell
    Sewcial

    WHAT TO BRING Name Tags
    Quilts and projects to show
    ABC Blocks (S & T)
    Snacks to share
    QuiltCon Block design blocks + paperwork
    BAMQG Block Design blocks (pin a label with your name to each entry)  
    Charity blocks and tops
    Batting for Charity



    Other
    • Please contact Diana if you can bring an iron,  ironing board, coffee maker to any of the upcoming meetings. She is collecting sign-ups. 
    • PIQF sign-ups are live 
    • New Quilts of Northern California entry forms are live (find the info sheet and entry form on the NCQC site under forms)
    • Rhonda, our fabulous demo coordinator, needs some input on the next demo (August). Members should respond to the thread on the forum



    NEW MEMBERS If you’ve never been to a meeting before this will be a great meeting to see a lot of new projects and meet our members.  Your first meeting is free and you can read about becoming a member here (http://bayareamodernquiltguild.blogspot.com/p/membership.html).  We want to see your projects, so bring them along! If you have any questions, ask any officer.  We’re happy to talk with you.
    See you Saturday!

    Terri Thayer at BAMQG!!!!

    by Cynthia

    WHO:              Terri Thayer
    WHAT:            Terri will talk about quilting and writing and sign copies of her latest quilting mystery, “Monkey Wrench.”
    WHEN:            July 7, 2012 BAMQG mtg.
    WHERE:          RWC library
    WHY:              Because Terri is a member of our guild.

    Mark your calendar for the July meeting where we’ll be toasting fellow member,  Terri Thayer, who just released her latest quilting mystery, “Monkey Wrench.” Terri will speak about her intertwining journies both as a quilter and as a writer, to be followed by a book signing.