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.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Reminder: Sew Day Tomorrow

Sew Day is Saturday! Come and join in the fun.

Location: Grace Lutheran Church
3149 Waverly Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306
(Corner of Waverly and Loma Verde Street)

Please bring:

  • Light non-messy snacks
  • Irons (3)
  • Ironing boards (3)
  • Large cutting mats (need 2)
  • Design walls (need 2)
  • Small amount of cash for a donation for the space
Members can reply to the Ning forum discussion or email Mary by Friday to let her know what you will bring.

Plan to bring your own:
  • Extension cord and/or power strip
  • Sewing machine
  • Cutting tools (your own personal mat if you want)
  • Fabric and other project parts
Get there early and help Mary set up.

RSVP today so Mary has an idea of how many will be there.

Thank you Mary for setting this up!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Sew Day Saturday

Our 3rd Sew Day of the year is Saturday! This is a regular Sew Day, but feel free to bring charity projects as well. It is a good opportunity to work with other members on projects.

Location: Grace Lutheran Church
3149 Waverly Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306
(Corner of Waverly and Loma Verde Street)

Please bring:

  • Light non-messy snacks
  • Irons (3)
  • Ironing boards (3)
  • Large cutting mats (need 2)
  • Design walls (need 2)
  • Small amount of cash for a donation for the space
Members can reply to the Ning forum discussion or email Mary by Friday to let her know what you will bring.

Plan to bring your own:
  • Extension cord and/or power strip
  • Sewing machine
  • Cutting tools (your own personal mat if you want)
  • Fabric and other project parts
Get there early and help Mary set up.

RSVP today so Mary has an idea of how many will be there.

Thank you Mary for setting this up!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Blankets for Babies

Back in November Kate, the Stanford NICU nurse in charge of the quilt project, came and spoke to us about her Blankets for Babies project. This is the name of the project under the umbrella of which we donate quilts to the NICU at Stanford. She was able to dispel many of the myths that have been perpetuated about this project. Your editor got the impression that the whole group was more fired up about making charity quilts for Stanford after she spoke.

Kate is a self taught quiltmaker. She started about 15 years ago when she bought her first machine. She started Blankets for Babies around the same time.

She told us about the services the NICU provides, which was very helpful as many members do not have experience of the NICU.

The babies come to the NICU and stay for 1 day to 6 months and longer because of infections, birth trauma or because they are premature. She follows the NICU babies through their entire hospitalization. The NICU is frightening sterile environment. The blankets and quilts enrich this stressful, sterile place. The quilts:
  • can be the first gift the baby receives
  • can help soften the technology and help families overlook it
  • bring families comfort, love and warmth
  • act as a beacon for families - they are drawn to the quilts
  • cover Isolettes to block out the light and act to dampen sound
Generally, each baby gets more than one quilt because they grow out of them. Parents are often thrilled to receive such a gift. Families are very proud of  the quilts they receive. Kate never has enough and values and hoards them.

The whole department gets excited when a new batch of quilts arrive. They are excited to see the new colors and patterns. If they were to receive a load of 100 quilts on Sunday, all the quilts would be gone on Tuesday. They get a lot of quilts at Christmas and summer months are lean.

Suggestions when making NICU quilts:
  • 30 inches - 45 inches max
  • quilts should be super soft - avoid scratchy fabrics*
  • stay away from religious themes (Christmas quilts are not always appropriate)
  • stay away from political themes
  • try to be culturally sensitive - e.g. no cows (Indian), no pigs (Jewish)
  • quilts should be light and fluffy
  • quilt should be cheerful
  • No buttons or embellishments
  • quilts do not have to be pastels, but stay away from all beige/depressing fabrics
  • prewash all fabrics (Nota bene: Karen washes all quilts before she takes them to Stanford! Thanks, Karen!)
  • Check for pins!!!
  • OK to label quilts. In fact she likes it as families often ask who whom they can show gratitude

 Thanks to Karen M. for setting up this lecture. Go make some quilts!!!





*they take knitted and crocheted blankets/afghans as well, but find that some yarns can be scratchy as well.

Monday, February 13, 2017

February Meeting Minutes

Thanks to Rhonda for taking notes and to Catherine for acting as backup.

Gerre - News from our President
President Gerre started off the meeting with a question to the audience:
What is your favorite time to sew?
Answers were varied, informative, and entertaining as always.

Next, Gerre gave a special "thank you" to all the members who did voluteer work for the quild last year, and to those who have accepted volunteer positions for this year.  Each volunteer received a custom vinyl pouch, made by Gerre, and a beautiful Volunteer Merit Hexie to put in it.  Thanks, Gerre!  Tip:  When sewing with vinyl, do not prewash the vinyl. Use parchment paper when pressing to avoid mishaps.

Gerre asked for volunteers who would like to do a "trunk show" of their quilts at a meeting later in the year.  If you would like to do this, see Gerre.  We would love to see your work, past and present.

We will also be doing segments call "Meet your Neighbors" where guest members will be interviewed so we can learn more about our fellow quilters.  If there is someone in the guild that you would like to know more about, submit their name to Gerre, and submit questions as well.

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

Next we heard from all the various coordinators regarding guild activities.

Karen - Color My Quilt group activity
Last month, Karen gave out an inspiration photo for her color pallete and people brought back "chunks" in that pallette.  (A "chunk" is like a block, but can be more random and any size).
During the break, Karen laid out all the chunks she received and the outcome was a very impressive assortment of different shapes and sizes in her pallette.  Karen has a lot to work with.
Next up:  Cheryl gave out an inspiration photo and fabric swatches for her pallette.  
More info:  http://bamodernquiltguild.ning.com/forum/topics/color-my-world-new-group-activity


Cheryl - Swap Coordinator
Cheryl is planning to have three swaps this year, including the ever-popular Holiday Swap at the end of the year.

Our first swap is a UFO swap.  Bring in an UnFinished Object that you do not intend to finish. Wrap it up in a pretty, enticing way so that someone will adopt it. The adopter will take it home and make it their own.  (You will not be getting it back!).  If you leave a UFO, take a UFO to finish.  Bring in your UFO at the March meeting.  Bring back a finished project at the May meeting.  For full details, see the Forum discussion.

More info on the forum

Peggy and Michelle B - Charity Coordinators
Charity Sew Day was held on Saturday Feb 4 at Grace Lutheran Church.
There were more than 20 sewists in attendance and they made 31 quilt tops!  Many of the quilts were finished, too.

The next charity project will benefit veterans at the Palo Alto Veteran's hospital.  Veterans are very much on our minds with Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day coming up.  Ideas for veteran projects:  things that are bright and cozy, bags to hang on walkers, wheelchair quilts, throws or twin sized quilts. 

Be sure to stop by the Charity table at every meeting to pick up projects to work on.  You can work on any aspect of a quilt -- blocks, quilting, binding, or all three.  See the charity committee for more details.

Angela - Cat Bed Coordinator
Angela is looking for volunteers to drop off finished cat beds at a shelter or rescue group.  You will receive a special Cat Bed Merit Hexie when you complete this activity! Angela demonstrated that a cat bed should be filled no more than two thirds full.  And she went over the do's (small scraps of fabric, thread, batting) and dont's (paper, trash, clothing, long strips) of stuffing cat beds.  "When in doubt, leave it out!"

Bonnie - Retreat Committee Chair
There will be a retreat this year, probably near the end of September.  Stay tuned!

Claire - Challenge Coordinator
Claire did an interesting and informative talk on our theme for the year, "Scrap Attack".  She announced our first challenge:  Create a quilt, 18 x 24 or larger using scraps or fabric from your stash.  Your design should use colors and pattern that please you, and use primarily rectangles and squares.  The challenge quilt is due at the April meeting.  Claire recommends a book called "Patchwork City" by Elizabeth Hartman for ideas and inspiration.  After her presentation, we sorted scraps by hue and had an opportunity to grab scraps to take home and use in the challenge.  Thanks, Claire!


Quilty Happenings

Victoria Findlay Wolfe has put out a call for quilts of a political nature.  See more information on threadsofresistance.blogspot.com

QuiltCon East in Savannah Georgia is happening, Feb 23-26, 2017.  See www.quiltconeast.com or follow along at #quiltcon2017 or #quiltconeast on IG.

San Francisco Quilters Guild, quilt show, March 24-25, 2017.  See http://www.sfquiltersguild.org

Santa Clara Valley Quilters Association, quilt show, April 1-2, 2017.  See  http://scvqaquiltshow.org/

Black Squirrel - A new fabric and yarn shop in Berkeley.  See http://www.blacksquirrelfabric.com/

MQG - Registration is now open for Modern Quilt Masters for MQG members. Members check your email for the registration link and the discount code.

San Mateo County Fair - Quilt competition rules are now available. Remember that if you enter something into the show (and pay a minimal entry fee), you get free tickets to the fair and free parking!  It's a great deal, and so much fun to see your quilt hanging in a real show for the public.  Fair Dates:  Saturday June 10 through Sunday June 18, 2017. Let's fill that hall with great stuff!


Of course, we ended the meeting with Show and Tell and sewcializing.  You had to be there!  See you next time!