Well, if you weren’t there, you missed a great meeting! About 40 of our usual suspects (members and officers) were in attendance. In addition, we had four guests. I like to think of them as future members! Thanks for coming. We hope you enjoyed yourselves and will visit us again.  Guests are always welcome!

We started off with guest speaker Mel Beach. Mel is a fabulous quilter, and a former member of BAM as well. It was great to welcome her back. She delighted us with her Trunk Show, and a whole lot of inspiration. She showed us how much we could stretch ourselves by doing quilt challenges 

Show and Tell

After Mel’s great talk, more inspiration followed in the form of Show-and-Tell. I didn’t capture notes on everything, but here are some highlights:

  •  Annemarie showed charity quilts she made from a huge cache of recently donated fabric. Heads up: There is a lot more fabric left and we’ll be making use of it at a Charity Sew Day in February. 
  •  Karen brought her completed her Cargo Duffle Bag, started at the recent workshop given by Jamie. She used BAM colors – orange and turquoise. 
  •  Guest Tami, of Lemon Tree Quilting, (Welcome, Tami!!) showed an improv quilt based on one of the scores in Sherri Lynn Wood’s book “The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously.” 
  •  Catherine showed us her quilted pillow. But wait! There’s more! She pulled out the pillow’s stuffing, and, lo and behold, now it’s a quilt! She called it a “Quillow.” 
  •  Amy showed off the Crown from our retreat. Amy was the maker of the Crown, and at the retreat, as each person finished making something, they got to embellish the Crown and wear it until someone else wrapped up a project. It was very fitting that Amy ended up with the fully decorated head-piece at the end. 
  • Jamie showed three quilts that were paper-pieced using a pattern from Elizabeth Hartman. Two quilts had butterflies, and one had bears. All three quilts were made to give away. 
  •  Joelle brought a quilt that she referred to as a “moldy oldie”, made from upcycled shirts of assorted fabrics including cotton, poly, and cotton-poly blends. Yikes! It was quilted by our very own Cyndy Church. 
  •  Jaye is all ready for Thanksgiving! She brought in embroidered napkins and table runners. And that’s not all! She showed us a bag she had made, with many customized features. And she showed a HUGE “food quilt” that she made for one of her nephews. Last but not least, we got to see her beautiful “Quilt of the Year” for 2015. It contains a rectangle of every fabric she bought or used during the year. Stunning! 
  •  Joy-Lily brought in a very interesting new fabric that is intended to be used for sashing and borders. The fabric is available from SashingStash.com. She says that many modern quilters are using the fabric in very creative ways. 
  •  Ruth made some adorable little bags, and a handsome light-weight baby quilt made with Minky on the back and no batting. 

News, Announcements, and Quilty Happenings

Amanda is looking for someone to take over the Charity Cat Bed work. If you’re interested, contact Amanda via the Forum.

Kudos to the Retreat Committee that put on a fabulous retreat at the Wild Palms!! Thanks to Jamie for teaching a second session of the Cargo Duffle Workshop. She was fabulous!

Want to make a Sew Together bag in a group setting? Come to the November 5th sew day. See the Forum for more information.

Ruth took sign-ups for the annual Winter Extravaganza Palooza Swap. If you signed up, she will email you more information. If you’d like to get going early and need some ideas, look check out this blog post.

Quilts for the Minimalist challenge are due at the December meeting. Criteria: at least 30” by 30”, fewer than 10 colors, solids only.

Do you live in Redwood City? Are you available on the first business day of October, 2018? Would you like to help the guild by reserving our meeting room? If so, see Joelle.

A really cool craft supply store recently reopened in Mill Valley. The name escaped the note taker. Ask Allison for more information.

Charity Update 

The charity committee took in 24 finished quilts this month!! They delivered 19 baby quilts to the Stanford NICU, and 5 quilts to JW House (jwhouse.org). Altogether, the guild has finished 110 quilts in 2016, and the year isn’t even over yet!