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:

QuiltCon Charity Quilt Blocks

Hey there members!

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


  • 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! 

Quilts for Pulse Sew Day (1)

Today was our first Quilt for Pulse sew day at the guild and what a success! We finished laying out one whole quilt top (and began piecing it together) and even got started on laying out the majority of a second top. Thanks to all who came to pitch in and help today! And thank you to all our members who couldn’t make it to the sew day but donated blocks! We will definitely be hitting our two quilt goal in no time and might even be on our way to making a third with any additional blocks that you would like to donate this Thursday at our guild meeting or at our second Quilts for Pulse sew day coming up soon. (Date still TBD).

Here is our first full quilt top laid out on the design wall:


If you’re looking to contribute blocks for our second quilt top, we are in need of some of the warmer toned hearts like reds, oranges and yellows! Here’s the hearts we have started for our second quilt top:


Additionally, if you have any large pieces of fabric that could potentially be used for backing either of these two quilts that you’d like to donate, please bring it in. And thank you again to all who have donated fabric, blocks, and time to making these quilts!