2017 was a “challenging” year!

We wrapped up the guild’s final monthly challenge of the year when we turned in curved quilt blocks and traded back projects made out of scraps from each other’s stash.

Founding member Tricialyn led the guild this year in many other monthly challenges that kept everyone busy and having a great time. In addition to the ongoing unfinished-object (UFO) challenge, which inspired us to complete partially started projects, optional monthly challenges were:

  • Charity quilt blocks
  • Zippered pillows
  • Mini quilts
  • Pin cushions
  • Zippered quilted pouch swap
  • Curved quilt blocks
  • Keychains
  • Text project
  • Scrap project swap
  • Make-something-for-yourself (due in January!)

Wonder what next year will bring…

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Special Guest Rashida Coleman Hale

Fabric designer, artist, and author Rashida Coleman-Hale visited the guild this month. Rashida, a founding designer with Cotton & Steel Fabrics, shared her personal story and design process with the guild. She took us from inspiration, through ideation and sketching, to fabric on the shelves! Rashida patiently answered all of our questions and brought yards and yards of her new fabric collection for us to see and touch. She even brought us goodies that a few lucky members took home!

 

You can find out more about Rashida Coleman-Hale here:

PIQF 2017

We had a great time at the Pacific International Quilt Festival this past weekend. The guild had a table on the show floor where we shared information about SVMQG and the Modern Quilt Guild. It was a great opportunity to highlight all of the great activities we have going on. We also showcased our members’ talents and raised money for the guild with modern mini quilts.

Many thanks to all of our wonderful member volunteers who staffed the guild table and provided white glove service for the show!

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If you didn’t get a chance to stop by and check us out, you can see what we are up to here on our website, or on Instagram and Facebook.

Quiltcon 2018 Charity Quilt

Work is underway on the guild’s quilt for the QuiltCon 2018 Charity Quilt Challenge. The theme this year is “Modern Traditionalism” and, once again, we’ve chosen to incorporate it in a way that reflects our Silicon Valley location. After choosing a pattern, we shopped our members’ fabric stashes and supplemented with purchased fabric that we then pre-cut and sorted into block kits.

Piecing is underway! We’re looking forward to seeing all of the finished blocks and assembling the finished quilt in October.

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Retreat 2017 Recap

We’ve wrapped our third annual quilt retreat and what can we say, it was a great success! This year we filled the extra long weekend (two extra optional days!) with lots of sewing, crafty projects, and relaxation.

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We had a lot of opportunities to sew for charity at this year’s retreat. There was a whole wall in the workroom designated to making blocks for three separate quilt projects. By the end of the retreat we had a full quilt top of one quilt and all the blocks made for the two other quilts. In addition to that, our members whipped out binding and pieced backings for the quilts as well. It was a team effort by all our members!

We also had a fun craft project planned to get members up and out of their seats — barn quilts! We saw the idea all over Instagram and knew it’d be a great idea to take over some of the outdoor space at Hidden Valley outside the sew room. The guild purchased the wood boards and members (special shout out to our member Eileen!!) brought in paints, brushes, and tape to share. We picked out our favorite blocks and got to work. The final products were truly awesome!

By popular demand, we splurged this year and brought in a couple masseuses to give chair massages on Saturday afternoon and evening for some extra pampering. Members booked 30 minute time slots throughout the day to take a break from sewing and relax outside in nature. A special thank you goes out to Central Coast Massage for coming out to our venue and spoiling us for the afternoon. 

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To keep the merriment going throughout the weekend, we decided to do crafty BINGO. The bingo board was filled with crafty objects we called out over the weekend — as well as fun action items members could cross out on their own if they completed on their own time. These action items encouraged members to pitch in, get to know each other, and have a little fun. Congrats to Bev on winning our craft BINGO prize!

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Thanks to Jan for coordinating the retreat, Rochelle for creating the fun goody bags for members and booking the masseuses, and all our members for making it such a fun weekend!

Until next year…

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Pam Rocco: Quilts Inspired by Ethnic Models

“Ethnic quilts, broadly defined as quilts produced by people outside of the American quilting mainstream, such as Native Americans or the Amish, or quilts inspired by non-Western art of any kind, have always fascinated me.  I’ve made quilts inspired by cloth, carvings, paintings or petroglyphs made by diverse groups of people from the Andes, the Congo, the Kalahari desert, the Australian outback and many other places.  I hope that the rich world of non-Western art will also inspire you on your quilting journey.”

– Pam Rocco

We were so thrilled to have the brilliant Pam Rocco come speak at our last meeting and share dozens of her amazing quilts with us. We loved hearing about where she gets her inspiration from, her process on coming up with her designs and all the facets of her life that have played a role in her quilt making journey. One of the interesting details she shared with us was her use of non-traditional fabrics, including draperies and clothing.

QuiltCon Charity Quilt 2017

We’re incredibly proud to present our 2017 QuiltCon Charity Quilt which hung at QuiltCon East quilt show in Savannah, Georgia the last week in February.

16788498_1874134382802029_8456118722615050240_nHere’s two of our member’s who attended QuiltCon showing off our lovely quilt!

Our team had a lot of ideas for incorporating the theme of “scale” in our quilt. We quickly decided to use scale to represent a data set. We also knew that we wanted to do something that represented the high-tech industry that dominates the area where our guild is located.

Being a group of women in Silicon Valley, we discussed multiple topics around women in the high-tech industry, from representation in industry leadership and management to pay disparity. Ultimately we chose to represent the disparity of women vs men in technical roles at major Silicon Valley companies.

We were excited to incorporate a theme that reflects our concerns as women, our environment as members of the Silicon Valley community, and our passion as quilters.

A group of us met to discuss the theme and how to implement it into blocks that could be worked on individually and then assembled into a finished quilt. We chose colors from the selection provided by MQG, and decided on 10” blocks because the math for color percentage would be simpler. We distributed fabric bundles and the following rules rules for the individual quilt blocks:

  • 10” finished square
  • Use only right angles (rectilinear); No curved or angled piecing
  • Use of color groups in the specified ratios (can be applied across multiple blocks):
    • 84%: Green, Blue, and/or Dark Blue fabric
    • 16%: Gray, Pink, and/or Yellow fabric (16 sq. inches)

Around a dozen members volunteered to make blocks, and we collected more than the 63 needed for our design. A smaller group gathered for a sew day to lay out and assemble the finished quilt top; we decided to place pieces with larger color blocks at the top and blocks with smaller pieces at the bottom, creating a feeling of weight at the bottom of the quilt. We handed off to a member for quilting and to another member for binding and attaching the label and sleeve. It was a true team effort.

Our theme is represented through the use of lighter value fabrics (yellow, pink, gray) representing the percentage of technical roles occupied by women (16% of the overall quilt top) and the darker value fabrics (blue, green, navy) representing the percentage of technical roles occupied by men (84%).*

We believe the quilt illustrates the imbalance in the percentage of women vs men in these key roles in this industry.

[SVMQG would like to thank Fat Quarter Shop and Hart’s Fabrics for providing discounted fabric for this project.]

*Data source: CNET “Women in tech: The numbers don’t add up”, May 2015

Want to know more about the challenge put on by the MQG? Check out the original challenge information here: http://www.quiltconeast.com/quilt-show/quiltcon-charity-quilt-challenge/