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