Monday, September 18, 2017

September Meeting Minutes

We had a great time at the meeting, though attendees were much more unruly than usual and Gerre had to put on her teacher voice to keep the meeting moving. ;-)

Gerre, Amy and Mary did a great job moving us through a long agenda that started with Introductions and Question of the Day.

1. QotD: Do you prewash or not and why?
21 people prewash
17 people do not prewash

Some people said they do it sometimes, or if they feel like it or if the fabric has been sitting around awhile. There was a lot of good discussion around this topic. Almost everyone prewashes flannel at least once. People don't like the feel of unwashed (prewashers) or washed (not prewashers) fabric. Some people don't like to iron after prewashing, but then there were those who prewash, but don't iron after. One person doesn't prewash because she doesn't like the frayed edges. Old fabric, fabric stored in the garage and Kona solids were the main reasons for prewashing. Some people don't plan ahead to sew, so they can't possibly prewash. Some prewash, because it is part of the process or like to handle the fabric as much as possible. Christina, our resident comedienne doesn't prewash because she doesn't actually sew, she only buys fabric. Amy was with her and got big laughs. One prewasher zigzags the edges of her yardage to keep it from fraying.

Two products mentioned were Synthrapol and Retayne, both available from Dharma (no affilliation).

2. Dues are $25 at this time of year. See Nancy (to pay) and Annemarie (for introductions, information and orientation) about membership.

3. Merit Hexies - there are two exclooooosives this month for the Hexie Swap and the Triangle Challenge. Gerre also gave out, one time only, bonus hexies.

4. Ongoing projects
  • Charity: Peggy and Michelle: had some patterns available for making charity quilts, which will be posted here soon. We have given away at least 120 quilts to various charities.
  • Pet Beds: Angela was available to collect pet beds
  • Library: Lee Ann had the library available
5. Fabric Donations, etc - Annemarie evaluates all donations in consultation with the Board, then coordinates with the person offering.

6. Retreat - Starts on Sept 29. There is one commuter spot left, 4 massage spots. People who have not provided emergency contacts should get in touch with the committee.

7. Photography - WANTED: extra photographer needed for guild meetings and the Retreat.

8. Meet Your Neighbor - Nicki interviewed Lee Ann, who was born and raised in Willows, Calif, which is the county seat of Glenn County. She still has cousins there and is heading up tonight for a visit. Lee Ann works in the biotech community in drug research and development and is currently looking for a new opportunity. Her favorite job, however, was when she worked in Yosemite for 3 months. She lives with her DH of 28 years and has no kids or pets. She started sewing in 4H with garments and started making quilts in high school. Her first quilt was made out of sewing fabrics from garments. She bought her first machine from the Quilting Bee when it was on Castro Street in Mountain View. She really started to quilt a lot when she joined the guild. Lee Ann had done a lot of other crafts including embroidery and stained glass. Other activities she enjoys when she is not quilting are swimming, yoga and Pilates.

Quick Qs:
  • Solids or Prints
  • Improv or Blocks
  • Triangles or Curves
  • Machine quilting or hand quilting
  • Walking foot or free motion quilting
Thanks, Lee Ann and Nicki!

11. Anna was the winner of the giveaway

12. Scrap Attack Strips - Challenge #3- strips including curved strips

Helen showed some slides with ideas on what type of quilts to make. Use your scraps! There is no minimum or maximum size. The quilt or item is due at the November meeting.

13. Joelle got her Color My quilt pieces and they are fabulous.

14. Jaye gave a trunk show. She has made over 130 quilts and showed us a fraction of them including ALL of her Fabric of the Year quilts. Jaye likes to work in a series and she showed us several quilts that were variations on a them. Check out her blog, especially the quilt gallery.

14. Hexie Swap - the people who participated in the Hexie swap got their gifts today. Cheryl did a great job organizing.

Thanks, everyone! See you next time.

Calendar: 
  • 9/23: Karen Foster Workshop
  • 9/23: Bay Area Sewists Meeting at Canada College. Sandra Betzina will be speaking
  • 9/24: Quilting in the Garden, 9-4, Alden Lane, Livermore 
  • 9/29-10/1: Guild Retreat!
  • 9/29: MassDrop quilting community meeting at Hello Stitch in Berkeley
  • 10/7: Sew Day at Grace Lutheran
  • 10/12-15: PIQF
  • 10/21: October Meeting

Friday, September 15, 2017

September Meeting, Tomorrow!

Our next meeting is tomorrow, Saturday, September 16th!


Redwood City Library, Community Room
1044 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063
1-5 pm
Here are things to know about this meeting:
- Joelle's Color My Quilt "chunk" is due!
- Sign up for Karen Foster's Class (Sept. 23rd)  Karen Foster's Class. there are still a couple of spaces. (Note:  This class is labeled Improv Abstraction but it is a skill building class because she focuses on mild and severe curve piecing)
- Retreat!  There are a few spots left.  Talk to Christina or Nancy about payment and what spaces are left. 2017 Retreat Info

Things to Do:
1.  Along with your smile please bring your NAME Tag!
2.  Make sure you check off your charity and service accomplishments and collect your BAM Merit Hexies.  EXCLUSIVE Merit Hexies for VA Sew Day, San Mateo County Fair, UFO Swap and FiberShots. New Hexie for Triangle Challenge!
3.  Light Snacks - PLEASE bring snacks. Also, please take home any uneaten snacks.

4.  Plan to Stay and Sew after our formal meeting ends. This is a great way to get to know your fellow guild members! Work on a project - or just visit with your friends.



Upcoming things to remember!
- Cheryl's Modern Hexie Swap due at this meeting.  Here are the details: BAM Modern Hexie Mini Swap.


See you tomorrow!

Monday, September 11, 2017

September Meeting Saturday 9/16/2017

Our next meeting is Saturday, September 16th!

Redwood City Library, Community Room
1044 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063
1-5 pm
Here are things to know about this meeting:
- Joelle's Color My Quilt "chunk" is due!
- Sign up for Karen Foster's Class (Sept. 23rd)  Karen Foster's Class. there are still a couple of spaces. (Note:  This class is labeled Improv Abstraction but it is a skill building class because she focuses on mild and severe curve piecing)
- Retreat!  There are a few spots left.  Talk to Christina or Nancy about payment and what spaces are left. 2017 Retreat Info

Things to Do:
1.  Along with your smile please bring your NAME Tag!
2.  Make sure you check off your charity and service accomplishments and collect your BAM Merit Hexies.  EXCLUSIVE Merit Hexies for VA Sew Day, San Mateo County Fair, UFO Swap and FiberShots. New Hexie for Triangle Challenge!
3.  Light Snacks - PLEASE bring snacks. Also, please take home any uneaten snacks.

4.  Plan to Stay and Sew after our formal meeting ends. This is a great way to get to know your fellow guild members! Work on a project - or just visit with your friends.



Upcoming things to remember!
- Cheryl's Modern Hexie Swap due at this meeting.  Here are the details: BAM Modern Hexie Mini Swap.


See you Saturday!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Sew Day Tomorrow!!!

Our next fun filled Sew Day is TOMORROW, Saturday, September 2.
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
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, 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. Please take any leftover snacks home with you. Many hands make light work! THANK YOU!

Thank you Mary for setting this up!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Sew Day Saturday!!!

Our next fun filled Sew Day is Saturday, September 2.
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
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, 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. Please take any leftover snacks home with you. Many hands make light work! THANK YOU!

Thank you Mary for setting this up!

Monday, August 21, 2017

August Meeting Minutes

We had a great meeting Saturday. The Board is doing a great job not only leading meetings, but planning for the future as well.

Calendar:
Aug. 29 - PIQF Entry Deadline (see online entry instructions and forms or register to attend the show)
Sept.2 - Sew Day at Grace - 3149 Waverly, Palo Alto
Sept. 16 -  BAM Meeting (Bring your friends!!)
Sept. 16 - Modern Hexie Swap due at meeting
Sept. 23 - Karen Foster (capitolaquilter) Workshop - curves and improv ($35)
Oct. 12-15 - PIQF Show at Santa Clara Convention Center
Nov. 11 - Sarah Goer Planned Improv Workshop - signups start at September Meeting ($35)

1. Question of the Day: What kind of workshops do you like / not like?
This question was directly from the Board presented not only as an icebreaker, but also to glean information about what interests members as the Board plans for workshops.
  • techniques
  • not projects or "buy this book and make this pattern"
  • people wanted to leave with an almost finished item - not another UFO
  • Improv
  • want space with good lighting
  • color 
  • hands on
  • circles, curves
  • learn something hard to do by yourself
  • Catherine Redford
  • mixing block sizes
  • big stitch
  • bags, hard bags like the Cargo Duffel
  • techniques and skills I can't figure out myself
  • Cristina Camelli
  • Design (Lorraine Torrence)
  • Slash & Burn Quilts
  • vale
  • fabric painting
  • NO hand applique'
  • thought process, how quiltmakers get there
  • something new I haven't done before
  • FMQ - Melody Johnson or Sue Nickels including using monofilament
  • Hard weird bags, Cargo Duffel 
  • Skill building 
  • making templates for curves
  • Susan Cleveland - perfect binding
  • must have good teaching skills, not all quiltmakers can teach
  • Ashley Nickels
  • new stuff, hard stuff
  • thread painting - Melissa Averinos?
  • Rami Kim - 3D techniques
Your ideas are still welcome. Contact Gerre, Amy or Mary if you have more ideas.

2. Membership
Nancy was at the meeting taking dues, workshop fees and Retreat fees. Please get in touch with Nancy if you owe money.

There are still two membership scholarships available. If you have financial difficulties talk to Gerre or Nancy.

3. Planning
The Executive Board is planning for the future. They want to get a plan in place that helps the guild and future Executive Boards. Their goal is to create continuity. To that end, they requested a member-at-large to join the Board. Alison volunteered, Claire moved to make it official and the vote carried. They also want someone to get the documents of the guild in order. Tim H volunteered to be Historian. He was approved as well.

If you have ideas or suggestions, please let Gerre, Amy or Mary C know.

4. Merit Hexies
Gerre gave us a presentation and some ideas about what to do with the merit hexies we are collecting. Gerre has a Pinterest Board, which she showed and you can look at as well. Along with the regular Grandmother's Flower Garden type layout, there was a hexie necklace, some hexie animals, a mug rug and many other inspirational images. Take a look! What will you make?

Bonus levels (like in a video game) are coming.

See the details on earning merit hexis in the January Meeting Minutes.

5.  Trunk Show
Erin gave a trunk show of her like in quilts. You can be the star of a meeting as well! Check with Gerre on putting your name into the hat.

Erin started sewing in about the 5th grade. She has been attending guild meetings since before she was born as her mom is one of the founding members of the Kansas City Quilt Guild. Erin has been in the guild for about 5 years. She is married with four kids (how does she find time to sew?????) She is thrifty, buying her fabric at a thrift store in Ann Arbor for $1/yard or from the Joann sale bin. She works mostly in solids, because she find they don't look dated.

The first quilt she made is still at her mom's house. She showed the second quilt she made, which she took to college. It is very modern looking and tied not quilted.

She took a break from sewing and quilting during college until after she was married. After college she found a paper pieced starburst pattern and made up a small piece, which got her back into the game.

She showed a high school and college t-shirt quilt which has  different sized and shaped blocks.

A Yellow Brick Road quilt is her wedding quilt. It was mostly made a a wedding shower with her family. People brought fabric to the shower, cut pieces, sewed, arranged blocks and pressed. They completed about half the quilt that day. Erin finished it and then her aunt had it quilted by an Amish friend who hand quilted it as a wedding gift.

The group thought her aesthetic was consistent.

Thanks, Erin. Next trunk show will be by Jaye.

6. Charity
The guild has donated at least 160 quilts this year to various charities including the NICU at Stanford.

The charity girls have a lot of fabric from recent donations. They will hold a raffle at the next meeting. For a $1 per ticket, you can get some fabulous fabric pieces.

They will also put packets of fabric together so that you can make quilt tops and not just blocks. Bring quilt tops!!!

There were a number of packages of tops, backs and batting to quilt.

Patti heads up the Days for Girls aspect of the guild's charity efforts. 600 liners were distributed to the DfG representative in Beijing for distribution in southeast Asia (not China, however). There was corporate sponsorship of this donation. The company of the SE Asia rep's husband underwrote all the shipping and distribution costs.

7. Sew Day at Grace
3149 Waverly, Palo Alto on September 2. Mary appreciates the help setting up and cleaning up. When the help is no longer forthcoming, no more Sew Days will beheld at Grace.

8. Retreat Update
Retreat is September 29- October 1.

All fees were due at the meeting. If you own money, get in touch with Nancy immediately. Check for spots available. There may be one commuter spot available.

Check the Ning for opportunities to get a massage.

9. Meet Your Neighbor
Alison S interviewed Nicki M.

Nicki was born in Portland, Maine, but grew up in Cupertino and now lives in San Jose. Her dad was accepted at Stanford in a Master's program and was offered a job at Lockheed when she was five weeks old, thus the move West. Her first job was stringing necklaces for her mom's beading business.

She has been married to Bob for 33 years. She has two sons, Michael and Sam. as well as a cat. Her cat will sit on any quilt. If your lap has no quilt, she won't sit in it, but put a quilt on it and she will join you. Nicki has tested this theory.

Nicki does all crafts - embroidery, crewel, crochet, beading, etc. She started quiltmaking when her kids were little because she needed to find something she could do in small snatches of time in her lap. She learned to quilt from a hand piecing class at Whiffle Tree Quilts in about 1990. Her first quilt was purple and green and the shop ladies tried hard to dissuade her from using those colors.

Nicki knits when she is not quilting. She also enjoys hiking, gardening, museums. She goes to visit her favorite pieces when she goes to certain museums.

Her favorite trips were to Japan, where she visited with former exchange students, and Fiji, where her parents had a sail boat rental company for several years.

Come to the next meeting and meet next month's neighbor, LeeAnn.

10. Challenges
Triangle Challenge was due at the meeting.

11. Color My Quilt - Amy
Everyone turned in their color my quilt shards for Amy. Joelle distributed sheets for her month. Joelle's shards are due at the September meeting.

12. Special Show and Tell
George (7YO) and Rebecca (5YO0 Goer showed us quilts that they have made.

13. Giveaway
YAY Diana! She won this month.

Check out July's minutes.


Friday, August 18, 2017

August Meeting Tomorrow!

Our next meeting is tomorrow, Saturday, August 19th!
Redwood City Library, Community Room
1044 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063
1-5 pm
Here are things to know about this meeting:
- Scrap Challenge #2 - Triangles, is due!!! It can be a finished quilt, a quilt top or a chunk
- Amy's Color My Quilt "chunk" is due!
- Sign up for Karen Foster's Class (Sept. 23rd)  Karen Foster's Class. (Note:  I know it is labeled Improv Abstraction but I call this a skill building class because she focuses on mild and severe curve piecing.  I've long admired her curves, quilt curves that is!!!  It should be a good class.
- Retreat!  There are a few spots left.  Also, final payment is due. 2017 Retreat Info
- PET BEDS - Angela will not be at this meeting so please hold off bringing yours unless you know someone is taking them.  Thanks.

Things to Do:
1.  Along with your smile please bring your NAME Tag!
2.  Make sure you check off your charity and service accomplishments and collect your BAM Merit Hexies.  EXCLUSIVE Merit Hexies for VA Sew Day, San Mateo County Fair, UFO Swap and FiberShots. New Hexie for Triangle Challenge!
3.  Light Snacks - PLEASE bring snacks. Also, please take home any uneaten snacks.

4.  Plan to Stay and Sew after our formal meeting ends. This is a great way to get to know your fellow guild members! Work on a project - or just visit with your friends.



Upcoming things to remember!
- Cheryl's Modern Hexie Swap due in September.  Here are the details: BAM Modern Hexie Mini Swap.
- Bonnie has kindly provided information for us about PIQF.  The entry deadline is August 29th.  Here is the info:  PIQF Entry Info

See you tomorrow!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Guild Meeting Saturday!

Our next meeting is Saturday, August 19th!
Redwood City Library, Community Room
1044 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063
1-5 pm
Here are things to know about this meeting:
- Scrap Challenge #2 - Triangles, is due!!! It can be a finished quilt, a quilt top or a chunk
- Amy's Color My Quilt "chunk" is due!
- Sign up for Karen Foster's Class (Sept. 23rd)  Karen Foster's Class. (Note:  I know it is labeled Improv Abstraction but I call this a skill building class because she focuses on mild and severe curve piecing.  I've long admired her curves, quilt curves that is!!!  It should be a good class.
- Retreat!  There are a few spots left.  Also, final payment is due. 2017 Retreat Info
- PET BEDS - Angela will not be at this meeting so please hold off bringing yours unless you know someone is taking them.  Thanks.

Things to Do:
1.  Along with your smile please bring your NAME Tag!
2.  Make sure you check off your charity and service accomplishments and collect your BAM Merit Hexies.  EXCLUSIVE Merit Hexies for VA Sew Day, San Mateo County Fair, UFO Swap and FiberShots. New Hexie for Triangle Challenge!
3.  Light Snacks - PLEASE bring snacks. Also, please take home any uneaten snacks.

4.  Plan to Stay and Sew after our formal meeting ends. This is a great way to get to know your fellow guild members! Work on a project - or just visit with your friends.

See you Saturday!

Upcoming things to remember!
- Cheryl's Modern Hexie Swap due in September.  Here are the details: BAM Modern Hexie Mini Swap.
- Bonnie has kindly provided information for us about PIQF.  The entry deadline is August 29th.  Here is the info:  PIQF Entry Info

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tara Faughnan Lecture Notes

Tara Faughnan came to the guild on Saturday and gave a lecture.

Tara was a gardener before she began quiltmaking. she works at Michael Miller after completeing at textile design program in Berkeley.

She uses Photoshop and Illustrator in her work. She had a Pfaff for a long time, but recently got a Janome. She uses her mom's machines when she wants to do something special.

Tara started out with Ruby McKim's 101 Patchwork Patterns. She also pored over back issues of Quilters' Newsletter Magazine to learn. She did not have a good internet connection at the time, so searching the web was not an option. She used templates to make her first quilt.

Her third quilt was an art quilt with a dragon on it. It was quilted with metallic threads and she decided that it would be her last representational quilt. This quilt is not shown on her website.

At some point, a clerk at Joann told her about rotary cutting.

Initially Tara was terrified of color. She took two colors and made one little block to kind of deal with color combinations. As a result, she got really excited about color combinations. Tara works, primarily, with solids since she works with prints all day long. She finds that dark colors help other bright colors pop. She likes the place where two colors meet and wants to continue to explore / figure out the fluidity of color. She finds that brown bridges the gap between green and purple.

She now makes iterations of quilts. She likes to take one block and see where it can go. Alexandra's Quilt is a grief quilt. The next quilt had many more neutrals, which are her safety net.

Tara doesn't like improv cutting or piecing, but likes improv layout. She always designs on the wall - (using a design wall). She ends up with a lot of extra blocks, extra shards , extra leftovers when she makes a quilt.

Her DWR quilt was inspired by the Roderick Kiracofe Unconventional Quilts Show held in Sonoma. It is hand pieced and it made her feel like she hit her stride in 2015-2016-2017. She began to feel like color was her focus.

She made one DWR quilt that was just like one she saw. She thinks you should make what you like and that you can learn a lot from making derivative quilts. There is a blog post on the MQG site about derivative quilts [your editor was not able to find it quickly, but will find it later and link  to it]

The Pine Burr quilt was a huge step in the direction of figuring out how colors flow together.

Tara loves discord in quilts - things that are unexpected that can't be resolved. She gets a lot of inspiration from the Quilt Complex.

The Easter Egg quilt (not its real name) had an Easter Egg color palette. She added neutrals, greys, browns and ochres to make it more palatable - less sweet.

Quilts have hard lines and we just have to deal with that.

She does not make garments

She works on one quilt at a time.

She doesn't get stuck. She just makes a decision and sticks with it. She thinks she will get stuck on a  quilt if she doesn't finish it.

She will be a QuiltCon judge in 2017. Quiltcon judges are not required to be NCQC certified. She doesn't think that quilts made from patterns should be entered into shows alongside original works, but that there should be a separate category for quilts made from patterns.

Tara will be teaching a workshop for the guild on 8/12.

Monday, July 17, 2017

July Meeting Minutes

Saturday's meeting was fun and wonderful, as usual. A great time was had by all! Thanks to the Board for their hard work on making the meeting happen. If you haven't been to a meeting try and make one.We would love to see you!

Upcoming Events:
7/22 - Fibershots Gala, 6-9pm at the San Jose Quilt Museum
Sew Day August 5 in Palo Alto
8/12 Tara Faughnan workshop
8/19/2017 August BAMaQG Guild meeting
9/16 - September Meeting
9/16 - Hexie mini swap items due
9/23 - Karen Foster - Improv Abstraction workshop
9/29-Oct 1 Retreat
11/11 - Sarah Goer - Planned Improv workshop

Question of the Day: What is your favorite fabric company and why?

  • Alexander Henry because it is printed in Japan and the colors are really bright. Also a brother / sister team designs their fabrics.
  • Joy-Lily - she makes and uses her own hand-dyed fabrics
  • Kaffe Fassett - bright
  • Cloud 9 - organic
  • Kaufman solids - so many colors....
  • across the board
  • Liberty of London
  • do I have to pick just one???
  • Hoffman - mom keeps sending me subscriptions
  • whatever's in the shop and strikes me
  • Marimekko because it is bright
  • Robert Kaufman novelties - love the novelties
  • dots by anyone
  • Essex Linen, because it is shiny
  • Art Gallery, Michael Miller solids
  • fabrics from my stash
  • Cotton & Steele - their story and the fact that they are all female designers
  • Moda just seems to end up in my collection
  • Scraps
  • Birch, because they are organic
  • Art Gallery
  • whatever is on sale
  • same as everyone else
  • Modaluna - cute and organic
  • Quilting Treasures
  • Rowan
  • Westminster
  • Rifle Paper Co.
  • Michael Miller
  • What all y'all said
It was great to hear what everyone likes and how diverse our group is!

Tara Faughnan was the speaker. Look for a separate post about that talk.

Membership
  • Remember to fill out the form and select your hexies
  • Pet Beds - deliver pet beds and get a special hexie
  • Library was available. See LeAnn
  • Charity: 
    • Kits for postage stamps are available
    • Kits for chevrons are available
    • Peggy & Michele have quilts to be quilted
Retreat
  • 4 spots left
  • Roommates will be assigned in August for people who don't have a roommate
  • They are fostering change through art. 
  • They have a list of items they need on their website.
Hexie Mini Swap (Swap #2)
  • The modern hexie mini swap was introduced at the meeting by the fabulous Cheryl.
  • Make something with a hexie on it. It does not have to be hexagonal
  • Due at the September 16 meeting
  • Cheryl will not me micromanaging hexiness. 
  • Wrap your item up in paper or fabric or something
Meet Your Neighbor - Alison S

Maria interviewed Alison in a very Terry Gross kind of way. Alison is married with a  stepson, a cat and a mom that has been to our meetings and Sew Days. She was a costume designer for many years in Hollywood, then went to work as a technical editor at C&T. She is now a freelancer who works on various patterns/books

Alison became a part of the MQG when she signed up as soon as the website went live and was the third member of the LAMQG. She went out for coffee with Alisa Haight Carlton and became friends.

She is proud to have had a quilt displayed at the 2011 MQG exhibit in Houston sponsored by Moda.

Alison likes to travel. She has driven across the country and backpacked across Europe, but hasn't gotten much travel in during the last 10 years. They now have a travel trailer and are enjoying it on the weekends.

One of her craziest experiences was when Minnie Driver threw Spanx at her right before a very emotional scene.

Thanks, Alison! the next neighbor is Nicki M!

Giveaway
  • Shoshana was this month's winner
Color My Quilt
  • Michelle S received her shards
  • Amy M gave out her sheets and inspirational fabric slices
See you at the next meeting on August 19!























Friday, June 16, 2017

June Meeting is TOMORROW!!!

We look forward to seeing you Saturday June 17, 2017, for our monthly guild meeting! Join us at 1:00, at the Redwood City Library, in the upstairs community room.

Reminder for those of you on the fence about coming this weekend!
Tara Faughnan will be our guest speaker this month, so don't this meeting! This will be your preview as she will be teaching a class for us in August. It is full right now, but you can get on the waiting list in case someone has to back out!! 


Reminder about our BAM Merit Hexies challenge! Participation is the key to winning your hexies! New EXCLUSIVE Merit Hexies for VA Sew Day, San Mateo County Fair, UFO Swap and FiberShots.

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

Things to bring:

  • Color my Quilt piece
  • 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 
Other Reminders:
  1. FiberShots Campaign Gala, July 22th, 6-9 pm.  The SJMQT has posted the names of the FiberShot contributors on their website.  If you submitted a FiberShot you get in FREE!
  2. 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.
  3. Remember to take away uneaten snacks and unclaimed items off the free table. Thanks! 
  4. 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.


Members can visit the BA Modern forum.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June Meeting is Saturday!

We look forward to seeing you Saturday June 17, 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!

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

Things to bring:

  • Color my Quilt piece
  • 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 
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.
  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.


Members can visit the BA Modern forum.

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.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Meeting Tomorrow!!!

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow, Saturday April 15, 2017 (You have until April 18 to file your taxes!!), 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!

The most recent Color My Quilt challenge is due. (hexie available!)

Amanda Rawson, Deputy Director, from the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles will talk about what's going on at the museum and volunteering opportunities.

Things to bring:
  • Color my Quilt piece
  • Squares and rectangles Scrap Attack! challenge- see more information at Scrap Attack Challenge #1 Squares and Rectangles (hexie available!). You can check out a brief list of scrap quilt resources on the blog.
  • 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. Announcing a Destash Party for May!  Start your Spring sorting!
  3. Check out the March meeting's minutes.
  4. Remember to take away uneatened snacks and unclaimed items off the free table. Thanks!

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, April 12, 2017

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Gerre, our fabulous president, recently met with Amanda Rawson, SJMQT Deputy Director, and Anna Bagarov, SJMQT Marketing Manager, at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.  I was invited to meet with them to talk about how the guild might become more involved in mutual projects and events.  They are both enthusiastic about the modern quilt movement. Check out our ideas (in italics) below.

Amanda will be speaking to us at our April meeting about opportunities to get involved with the upcoming Modern Quilt Guild exhibit as well as the museum's upcoming 40th anniversary.
Anna followed up with me to provide information to our guild.  Below is an excerpt of her email to Gerre.  This has been edited for clarity. Please take the time to check it out.
__________
Hello!
Yes, an amazing meeting. Great to meet you, Gerre.

Here are a few more links for you for your members. I hope we can schedule a day in April for me to meet everyone in your Guild.

It would be great to get an email sent out to your members:

The museum also has a Permanent Collection which includes over 1,000 textiles. They have quilts from the 1800s. They have just completed the first phase of digitally cataloging all of it!

Now more than ever, it is vital that we have the support of the fiber arts community for  museums such as SJMQT. In addition to sponsorship that Amanda described, simply going to the museum for its exhibits or going to events or shopping in the gift shop is a big help. Sharing our social media posts and telling your friends is great. Word of mouth is powerful.

As I said during our conversation, I am open to ideas to collaborate and support one another- and to create a space where we nurture fiber art. Fiber talks, workshops, a mixer, a showcasing of modern quilt political responses to the current political situation - I am all for it. We are always looking for volunteers. Or perhaps your members have children or family that want professional Museum experience for their resumes- there is so much opportunity here to learn and create good references. 

Our next installation week is April 18-20th.

If you know people that like to work with children- we have school tours and other activities for children. Passing on the art of quilting and the fiber arts is so important so that future generations support the art and the museums that preserve it through collections and exhibits.

The museum's 40th Anniversary is coming up
  • We are looking for artists for our Make and Take tables.
It would be great to get an email out to your members about this very important birthday. The Museum was begun to promote and protect the art of quilting.

Please encourage your members to follow us on Instagram: @SJMQT. We are so close to our goal of 1,000 follower by our 40th Anniversary Celebration.

Please let me know how we can support you and help you as well. I am open to all ideas as our missions are similar.

Hope to see you soon and have a lovely weekend!

Monday, April 10, 2017

April Meeting Saturday

We look forward to seeing you Saturday April 15, 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!

The most recent Color My Quilt challenge is due. (hexie available!)

Amanda Rawson, Deputy Director, from the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles will talk about what's going on at the museum and volunteering opportunities.

Things to bring:
  • Color my Quilt piece
  • Squares and rectangles Scrap Attack! challenge- see more information at Scrap Attack Challenge #1 Squares and Rectangles (hexie available!)
  • 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. Announcing a Destash Party for May!  Start your Spring sorting!
  3. Check out the March meeting's minutes.
  4. Remember to take away uneatened snacks and unclaimed items off the free table. Thanks!

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

*You have until April 18 to file your taxes so no excuses!

Friday, April 7, 2017

April Sew Day - Tomorrow

Our next fun filled Sew Day is TOMORROW, Saturday, April 8th.
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
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, 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. Please take any leftover snacks home with you. Many hands make light work! THANK YOU!

Thank you Mary for setting this up!

Monday, April 3, 2017

April Sew Day - Saturday

Our next fun filled Sew Day is this coming Saturday, April 8th.
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
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, 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. Please take any leftover snacks home with you. Many hands make light work! THANK YOU!

Thank you Mary for setting this up!

Monday, March 20, 2017

March Meeting Minutes

National Quilting Day was the perfect day for a guild meeting and despite the changed venue, it was a wonderful meeting.

1. Welcome: Gerre welcomed everyone after Mary supervised the setting up of chairs more or less like we normally have them at the Redwood City Library Community Room. The acoustics at Grace are a little challenging, but that didn't stop us from having a great time.

2. The Question of the Day was What do you do for entertainment while you are working in your studio or workroom? The answers ranged, some of which were quite hilarious:
  • HGTV binge watching was quite popular
  • March Madness
  • Law & Order reruns
  • silence was mentioned a few times
  • audiobooks, your editor's personal favorite, were also mentioned
  • general binge TV watching
  • CNN
  • Talking Heads - interviews not the band, though a number of us immediately though Roseanne was a Talking Heads band fan and were delighted.
  • Old Westerns
  • CNN
  • classical music
  • General Hospital
  • Tales of the Gun
  • listening for dog noises
  • documentaries
  • Pandora (Hipster Cocktail Hour)
  • NPR podcasts
  • quilting podcasts
  • baseball (when in season)
  • The Crown
  • Kelly listens to the voices in her head
  • Peggy listens to Kelly's voice in her head (both of these answers caused uproarious laughter
  • birds outside and kitties purring
  • chick flicks
  • Panic at the Disco
  • anime
  • kids squabbling
  • Rachel Maddow
  • MSNBC
  • Parks & Rec
  • Big Bang Theory
  • 30 Rock rerurns
  • Suits
  • White Collar
  • classic movies
  • All of the above
We had a number of new members who were soundly cheered.

It was interesting to your editor to see how many people watch TV while sewing. A thread will be created on the forum to share excellent TV favorites good to watch while sewing. Members should watch for that.

3. Dues are OVERDUE. Please see Annemarie to renew. Our PayPal account is having some issues, so please write a check while the challenges are worked out. If you, or someone you know, is having financial challenges and needs some assistance, please see Gerre at a quiet moment. The guild will be offering two scholarships for dues.

4. Merit Hexies: The merit hexies program is fantastic! The colorful array of hexies available to earn were dazzling. Additionally, there are EXCLUSIVE, limited edition hexies for various projects and volunteer activities. Gerre made vinyl zipper pouches to hold merit hexies for those who volunteered in 2016. YOU are able to earn hexies by:
  • wearing your nametag (OMG! How easy is that???)
  • volunteer
  • participating in challenges
  • charity (making a top, making a back, quilting a quilt, binding, helping with prep, etc)
  • there will be additional ways to earn hexies as the year progresses
Be sure to fill out the form at each meeting and pick out your hexies. No cheating! ;-)

5. Award to Jaye: Jaye received an award for organizing the officer gifts every year for the past few years and for helping out where needed. See a photo of the great bag and contents on her blog.

6. Charity: Charity had a lot going on, as usual, and are planning for the next Charity Sew Day, which is in May. Michelle and Peggy asked for help cutting for Veteran's quilts. There were also a few quilts that needed binding as well as kits for postage stamp quilts and arrow quilts.

During their report, M&P reported that 44 quilts had been donated to the NICU (see information about the project) and 16 had been donated to Amberwood Gardens, a long term care facility. By the end of the meeting an additional 33 finished quilts had been collected, bringing the total for the year to 77. SEVENTY-SEVEN quilts is an astounding number for the first 3 months of the year!! GREAT work everyone and keep up the good work.

34 quilts could have been made at the last Charity Sew Day. All of the prepped tops were made and the finished quilts are dribbling in. If you have a top waiting to be quilted or quilted and waiting to be bound, bring it in so it can be completed.

The next Charity Sew Day will be May 6. We will focus on VA quilts, walker and wheelchair bags. Peggy made a sample of the latter, which didn't work out, so she is working on another. Stay tuned for that. If you are so inclined, bring a completed bag for donation to the May Sew Day. Sewing Support has several patterns available on their site.

As an aside, did you see how many finished charity quilts Erin brought? WOW! Great job, Erin!

7. Cat Beds: The Cat Bed Project will be slowly transitioned to the Pet Bed Project - several dogs have adopted our comfy beds for their use. Aside from the name change, everything else stays the same. Angela, Pet Bed Queen, had a pattern for the oval part of the pet bed patterns available. She will be posting a PDF of a pattern so you can cut your own pet beds, if you want. Cut and prepped fleece will still be available. In general the gusset is about 5-6 inches wide and a half to 5/8" seam allowance should be used. Remember to double stitch each of the seams and these pet beds are well loved.

Angela has examples of good and bad schnibble based filling. It is important to make sure the filling is soft and comfy. Beware of pins. Take a look at the next meeting.

Angela has an ongoing need for volunteers to take pet beds to shelters. Thanks to Christina for taking 8 pet beds to the East Bay shelter and for Chuck and Mike for taking this month's offering to the SF shelter. Team effort, peeps!

This guild effort comforts homeless pets and keeps stuff out of landfill. Good work!

8. Library: Library is transitioning from Kelly to Leanne as Library person. Remember to write an honest review of the books you borrow and post it on Amazon.

9. Small groups: are available for help with projects, handstitching and assist Gerre with hexies. They met after the meeting and included a demo by Cyndi on using the Accuquilt.

10. Scrap challenge: April 15 - squares and rectangles scrap challenge due. Claire brought scraps for the scrap challenge and had created packets of appealing fabrics. Use your scraps!!!

11. NICU Nurse Quilt: Kate, the NICU Supervisor who coordinates Blankets for Babies came to speak to us in November. The guild is making her a quilt as thanks for her efforts on behalf of the NICU babies for the last 15 years. Christina is coordinating. She has the fabric and is sewing. She will need help quilting and binding at the next Sew Day.

12. Speakers - Gerre is trying to coordinate a speaker event and workshop with Tara Forham (sp??). Mary is working on Karen Foster (IG: capitolaquilter).

13. Quiltcon - Patti reported on one lecture she attended. It was a tips lecture by Leah Chapelle Monroe.

14. Days for Girls: Patti needs people to help topstitch.

15. Quilty Happenings:
  • Luke Haynes is speaking at the SF Quilters Guild, March 21 at 7pm. More info on their website.
  • Quilt San Francisco 2017 Show and sale will be presented by the San Francisco Quilters’ Guild on Friday, March 24 10:00-7:00 and Saturday, March 25 10:00-4:00. Check the website for more details
  • Santa Rosa Quilters Guild - Sonoma Quilt Show with featured artist Sandra Bruce. Held at Vintage House, 264 1st Street East, Sonoma, CA. March 25 & 26.
  • East Bay Modern Quilt Guild is hosting Stitch Modern 2017, April 5-25. The guild wants to invite everyone to the Opening Night Reception on April 7 at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. Entry is free. This an informal party and a great chance to view the quilts and meet the artists. The fun starts at 7:00 p.m. If you can’t make it to the opening night, the gallery will be open Noon – 3:00 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from April 7-April 25. More info on their site
  • San Mateo County Fair entries due soon. The website has full information. Download the book to check divisions and classes. Entries are due by Midnight May 9. Drop off exhibits May 30 and May 31, 2-8pm. Let's have a great showing of modern quilts.
  • April 7 - 9am-6pm: Sale of a large quilting and scrapbooking collection to help a woman who has ALS. This woman was once an avid quilter and scrapbooker but is no longer able to enjoy these hobbies and hopes to sell her large collection of supplies (unused) to help to fund her treatments.
    WHEN: Friday, April 7 9am-6pm
    WHERE: 17000 Roberts Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032
16. Color My Quilt - Cheryl was the colorist for February and collected approximately:  "20 chunks." Kelly is the colorist for March and will pick up her chunks at the April 15 meeting.

17. UFO Swap: There was a mob scene at the UFO swap. The UFOs were packaged so nicely that Cheryl had to issue numbers and let people choose one by one. Everyone who brought a UFO took one home and leftovers were scooped up by people who didn't bring one. Some people brought more than one. The owner will be the person who finished the piece.

18. Angela was the winner of the door prize! Yay, Angela!
19. Show and Tell was fabulous.
20. Small groups met after show and tell.

Reminder about food:
Thanks to everyone who brought snacks! They were delicious. Please remember to take (or toss) any leftover food home. Do not leave it for someone else to cleanup.

Reminder about Free Table:
The free table was PACKED! Please remember to take anything you brought home that did not find a new owner. There is no staff to clean up after you and we cannot leave things for Grace staff or the library staff to deal with.

Upcoming Guild Events:
  • April 8 - regular Sew Day
  • April 8 - help Christina with quilt for NICU Nurse Kate
  • April 15 - guild meeting (get your taxes done early!)
  • April 15 - squares and rectangles scrap challenge due
  • April 15 - Color My World for Kelly due
  • May 6 - Charity Sew Day 
  • May 20 - Guild Meeting in Redwood City
  • May 20 - Destash party at the meeting
See the meeting page for locations and a more detailed events calendar

Special thanks to Mary C for arranging the hall at Grace for our use on Saturday and for organizing set up and clean up after the meeting.

Friday, March 17, 2017

March Meeting Tomorrow at GRACE!!!

NOTE!!!! Tomorrow's March meeting of our guild will be held on Saturday March 18, from 1pm to 5pm, at Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto.  3149 Waverly Street, Palo Alto CA 94306

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


The second Color My Quilt challenge is due.
Things to bring:

  • Your UFO project for Cheryl's UFO Swap.  Rules here: Swap #1: UFO*
  • Your Color My Quilt block/chunk for Cheryl's inspiration. (An Exclusive Merit Hexie for this). Info Color My Quilt
  • Show and Tell - this is a great way to get to know people
  • Along with your smile please bring your NAME Tag!  (a Merit Hexie hangs in the balance)
  • 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 sewcializing
  • Cyndi will be bringing her Accuquilt Go for our use.  (Yay Cyndi!) I will bring my die for our Merit Hexies and you are welcome (if so inclined) to bring your scraps (minimum 3" x 3 1/2") and expertly and quickly cut Merit Hexies.  I can show you how to baste the Hexies if you are new to hexie basting and would like to make some.
  • Your rotary cutter to help the Charity Team cut fabric for our next Charity project.
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.

Check out the last meeting's minutes.

*More info:

UFO (UN-FINISHED OBJECT) SWAP AND CHALLENGE

Each member brings in a project they have begun, but will never finish. The projects are exchanged, and each member is challenged to complete (in their own way) the Un-Finished Object they were given.

Timeline: introduce challenge in February
Swap UFOs in March
Return finished UFOs in May (must be worked on, if not totally finished. Two months!)

Win a UNIQUE UFO Swap hexie!

"Rules" (aka suggestions):
  1. Bring in your UFO(s) in a bag/box. You might want this to look as good as possible to encourage someone to adopt it.
    1. NOTE: include as much of the UFO as you can (fabric, pattern, etc). However, keep in mind that what the adopter chooses to make may be different from what you originally intended.
  2. Realize you relinquish all control of what the finished product may be/look like.
  3. If you bring a project, expect to take one home!
  4. If no one adopts your project, expect to take it back home.
  5. People who bring in UFOs have first crack at available for adoption UFOs.
  6. Bring back your finished project in May! Get an amazing and unique hexie for your BAM “sash.”


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, March 13, 2017

March Meeting is on Saturday at Grace

NOTE!!!! The March meeting of our guild will be held on Saturday March 18, from 1pm to 5pm, at Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto.  3149 Waverly Street, Palo Alto CA 94306

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


The second Color My Quilt challenge is due.
Things to bring:

  • UFO for UFO Swap*
  • Color my Quilt piece
  • Show and Tell - this is a great way to get to know people
  • Your name tag 
  • 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 sewcializing
More info:

UFO (UN-FINISHED OBJECT) SWAP AND CHALLENGE

Each member brings in a project they have begun, but will never finish. The projects are exchanged, and each member is challenged to complete (in their own way) the Un-Finished Object they were given.

Timeline: introduce challenge in February
Swap UFOs in March
Return finished UFOs in May (must be worked on, if not totally finished. Two months!)

Win a UNIQUE UFO Swap hexie!

"Rules" (aka suggestions):
  1. Bring in your UFO(s) in a bag/box. You might want this to look as good as possible to encourage someone to adopt it.
    1. NOTE: include as much of the UFO as you can (fabric, pattern, etc). However, keep in mind that what the adopter chooses to make may be different from what you originally intended.
  2. Realize you relinquish all control of what the finished product may be/look like.
  3. If you bring a project, expect to take one home!
  4. If no one adopts your project, expect to take it back home.
  5. People who bring in UFOs have first crack at available for adoption UFOs.
  6. Bring back your finished project in May! Get an amazing and unique hexie for your BAM “sash.”


Check out the last meeting's 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.