2018 Board Members

Happy 2018! Our board members met early this year to plan out the beginnings of a great new year at the guild.

We are very excited to present the new Board Members of the 2018 Year as follows:

Rochelle Rosales, President
Sarah Osentowski, Vice President
Renee Silva, Treasurer
Janet Livingston, Secretary
Beverly Thompson, Membership
Heidi Mackessy, Education/Programs
Rhonda Rosales, Philanthropy
Amanda Morris, Fundraising
Tricialyn Apolinar, Swaps + Challenges
Pam Holt, Sew Day Coordinator
Jan Strockis, Retreat
Sarah Osentowski, Media + Web Chair
OPEN, QuiltCon (2019) Charity Quilt Chair
OPEN, Quilt Show Participation Coordinator



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…

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!


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.


2017 Spring Retreat: Special Thanks!

We had a fabulous time at our retreat this past month. It wouldn’t have been possible without our many sponsors who provided so many fun goodies for our members.

A giant thank you to each and every one of you! We appreciate you and your contributions to our guild!


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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.


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. 


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!


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…