February Show and Tell

Thanks to all who came out in the ghastly weather for February’s guild meeting. We had a great time talking about more of our plans for 2017 as a guild, sharing our monthly UFO finishes, collecting a handful of cool toned color blocks to be made into a charity quilt and even carving out some crafty time to make some cute fabric necklaces!

This was also our first meeting at the Milpitas Police Station and we’re calling it a success! The venue was spacious and even featured a design wall!! 😉  You can catch us there again next month for our meeting on Thursday, March 9 at 7:00pm.

Show and Tell and a continuation of our UFO Program:

 

Charity Blocks:

You’ll have to forgive our slightly crumpled blocks for January’s “cool toned colored” quilt block challenge. They traveled from their member’s homes through the downpour of rain to be at our meeting tonight. (Aren’t they awesome? 🙌🏼 ) Thanks to all who made it out to our meeting in this crazy rain! Can’t wait to continue collecting blocks to turn into quilts for charity.

Members: If you’d like to contribute a block, you’re still welcome to! We’ll be collecting blocks throughout the year for various quilts that will be sewn together on special Charity Sew Days (dates TBD) and handed off to our charity. The challenge was just to make a quilt block with cool toned colors and which will finish to 10″ when sewn into a quilt (10.5″ when you drop it off with us).

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2017 Board Meeting

Here we are again! January 1 brings in the start of 2017 and it another fun year at the guild.

We are very excited to present the new Board Members of the 2017 Year as follows:

Rochelle Rosales, President
Amy Crawford, Co-Vice President
Sarah Osentowski, Co-Vice President
Lisbeth Polavarapu, Treasurer
Diana Lubliner, Secretary
Beverly Thompson, Membership Coordinator
Heidi Mackessy, Education coordinator
Amanda Morris, Sew Day Coordinator
Tricialyn Apolinar, Swap + Challenge Coordinator
Sarah Osentowski, Philanthropy
Jan Strockis, Retreat
Amy Crawford + Sarah Osentowski, Media + Web Chair
Renee Silva, QuiltCon (2017-2018) Charity Quilt Chair

As you can see, this year we introduced many positions in the guild to help spread the work around. It takes a village after all! Thank you to all our members who volunteered to help make this upcoming year a stellar one.

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We’ve already held our first board member meeting and have some great ideas on making the planning of this upcoming year a great one! Excited to share with all of you our ideas. See you at an upcoming meeting soon!

Mel Beach’s “Challenge Yourself!”

We had such a wonderful time listening to our guest speaker, Mel Beach at this month’s meeting. Mel had a wonderful slideshow presentation that helped us learn more about all things quilt challenges. We were inspired to step outside our comfort zone and give new things a try. We were especially tickled by her abundance of amazing quilts from her quilt challenges trunk show she shared with us.

Here are a few pictures from the talk with the lovely Mel Beach:

We highly recommend Mel’s lovely lecture to any other guild (modern or not!) to help encourage quilter’s to take some crafty risks and think outside your creative bubble. Thanks so much again Mel for coming to visit us!

For more information on Mel and her lectures and classes you can check out her website here: http://melbeachquilts.com/

QuiltCon Charity Quilt Blocks

Hey there members!

Here are the details about making blocks for our SVMQG QuiltCon Charity Quilt.

Guidelines:

  • Make a 10″ square finished (10.5” square unfinished)
  • Use all right angles (no curves or triangles)
  • Use only the fabric provided in the fabric bundle handed out by the guild
  • Use the following color groups in the specified ratios:
    • 84% Green, blue, and/or dark blue fabrics
    • 16% Gray, pink, and/or yellow fabric (16 sq. inches)

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Here are some sample blocks Rochelle put together to help you better visualize how the 16% and 84% color combos work together in a single block:

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Thanks so much to Rochelle and the QuiltCon Charity Quilt committee for working together to get these guidelines set up for us.

Bundles are ready for members! They come in 2 block bundles or 4 block bundles. You can get them at the September and October guild meetings.

Blocks are due at the November meeting!