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.

The Modern Meetup at the SJ Quilt Museum is tomorrow also, starting at 9:30. Sign up on Eventbrite

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 uneaten 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.

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.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Scrap Attack Challenge

Scrap Attack! is our guild theme for the year. Helen H & Claire F are challenge coordinators for the year.They will be creating fun and provacative challenges around the Scrap Attack! theme this year.

This is a brief summary of the presentation about the challenge:
 
Why scraps?
  • Environmentally sound
  • imple Living/Spiritual choice (less is more)
  • Inspirational (especially if someone else's scraps)
  • Fun
  • Challenging
APPROACH: What reflects you - can be random, improvisational or structured/architectural. Examples of both were shown at the meeting.

ORDERING: Try different things and decide what works for you. Examples:
  • Ruth cuts all into standards sizes and shapes
  • Claire sorts by shapes but doesn't cut down; has separate containers for rectangular, triangles, orphan blocks, strips, odd sizes/shapes. 
  •  Some people cut certain sizes, such as 2.5" squares, 5" squares, 2.5" strips, etc
  • Others sort by color
Can further refine by size or color. Throw UFO's, old linens & clothing into your scrap mix if they work with your style.


COLOR:
  • Don’t need to use all scraps at once, apply same color rules you use for new projects
  • Replace solids with tone-on-tone (“acts-as-solids”) in color of your choice
  • Similar or contrasting intensities, pattern sizes? Apply same rules as for new
  • Choose palettes thoughtfully, let them reflect your own sensibilities.
DESIGN & USES
  • Small projects (journal covers, block centers)
  • Make new fabric by sewing scraps together and cut shapes for a project from this new 'fabric'
  • Crazy quilt
  • Show off scraps with single color sashing or field background
  • Cut ugly fabric into small or skinny pieces
  • Consider embracing randomness and improvisation
  • Think architecturally/structurally
  • Consider “slash” techniques
  • Level of effort? "How much do you love the recipient?"
HACKS
  • Line up varied sized rectangles by size, sew, trim ends with ruler for an elongated quadrilateral.
  • Match with opposing angles strip for new rectangle
  • Resizing rectangles to desired size using cross ratio math or, graphic arts diagonal method.
THE CHALLENGE
  • Surface 18” X 24” or larger
  • All scrap or stash
  • Rectangles or squares are dominant feature
  • Colors & patterns that please you
  • Due April 2017 Meeting
 
RESOURCES

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!


Friday, February 10, 2017

Meeting tomorrow!

BAMers! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow, Saturday February 11, 2017, for our second monthly guild meeting of the year! 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!

We will be announcing our first SWAP of the Year.

The first Color My Quilt challenge is due. The use of Text Fabric Challenge is due.

Things to bring:
  • Color my Quilt piece
  • Text fabric challenge project/piece
  • Scraps for the Challenge Coordinators' new challenge
  • 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 
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.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

vol·un·teer


vol·un·teer
ˌvälənˈtir/
noun
  1. 1.
    a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task.
    synonyms:subjectparticipantcasepatient;
    informalguinea pig
    "each volunteer was tested three times"
verb
  1. 1.
    freely offer to do something.

    "he volunteered for the job"


Gift bag for outgoing VP Gerre, made by Kelly. Photo by Gerre Davis.


According to the Corporation for National and Community Services, volunteering provides health benefits in addition to social ones.

“Perhaps the first and biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country.

The intangible benefits alone—such as pride, satisfaction, and accomplishment—are worthwhile reasons to serve. In addition, when we share our time and talents we:
• Solve Problems
• Strengthen Communities
• Improve Lives
• Connect to Others
• Transform Our Own Lives”


Research has established a strong relationship between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer (full report here: https://www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/07_0506_hbr.pdf).

In BAMaQG, we know the importance of volunteering to support our guild! Whether it’s chairing the BAM meetings as President, heading up the Charity Committee in making quilts for the NICU and wheelchair bound seniors, or piecing those 2.5 inch squares, we appreciate and need you!


Charity quilts sewn in the Cobalt Room, 2016 retreat. Photo by Anna Lapid.


Volunteering can have other benefits as well. For example, BAM members recently showed their appreciation of 2016 guild officers by making and then filling up some very nice goody bags (if I do say so myself).


Gift bag for outgoing VP Lynette, by Jaime. Photo by Lynette Bartel.

BAMaQG is run ENTIRELY by volunteers! volunteering is fun, improves your health, and can have additional benefits like free candy and fabric! Sign up to assist in any way you can and help make out guild a better place for everyone!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Charity Sew Day Success

The Charity Sew Day was a great success.

First, we had a great turn out. The Charity Girls counted 21 people there. Of course, people were in constant motion and came and went so there could have been a few more.

We finished 31 tops,which was everything the Charity Girls had prepared for the group to work on. WOW!! Several of those tops were quilted and one was completely finished. This is a great start to surpassing last year's total. Some people brought tops they had worked on at home, so those will be offered for finishing and added to the total. 

Michelle will bring 13 tops to the meeting on Saturday for people to take home and quilt.

Great work, everyone! Keep it up.

Monday, February 6, 2017

February Meeting Saturday

We look forward to seeing you Saturday February 11, 2017, for our second monthly guild meeting of the year! 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!

We will be announcing our first SWAP of the Year.

The first Color My Quilt challenge is due. The use of Text Fabric Challenge is due.

Things to bring:
  • Color my Quilt piece
  • Text fabric challenge project/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 
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, February 3, 2017

Charity Sew Day Tomorrow

The next Charity Sew Day is on tomorrow, Saturday February 4 from 10-4, at Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto.

Grace Lutheran Church
3149 Waverley St
Palo Alto, CA 94306

As you know, the guild was the recipient of a large amount of modern fabric last Fall. This fabric was designated for our charity efforts. At tomorrow's Charity Sew Day we will be making NICU quilts from the fat quarters that were part of the donation. We will be working with a line of florals and two Riley Blake fabrics: Fly Aweigh,* a nautical line, and Oh Boy, which is all about transportation.  The latter two will make great boy quilts.

There are 64 fat quarters and we have fabric to make 32 NICU tops.  Each top should take about half an hour to complete.

Peggy spotted a quilt on the Quiltmaker site quilt, which will make a great and easy donation quilt. It is a variation on a Rail Fence. Michelle changed the size of the pieces to use up as much of the fat quarters as possible.

We have a few mats, rulers, and cutters, but bring your own favorite tools so we have enough to accommodate everyone.
 
Things to bring (in general):
  • Your name tag
  • Charity blocks and quilts 
  • Non-messy snacks
  • Sewing gear (machine, mats, irons, etc) 
Thanks to Michelle and Peggy for chairing Charity again and working hard to set up this Charity Sew Day and to Mary C for securing the place.








*The Fly Aweigh link above provides a free quilt pattern project sheet.