Welcome to Bay Area Modern Quilting!

This group was started by Ruth Costa Beeby. We are a 501(c)(3) organization.

We meet, generally, at the Main Library Community Room in Redwood City (2nd floor).  Our members come from all over the San Francisco Bay Area (Daly City, Redwood City, various East Bay cities, Los Altos, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, San Jose, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Santa Cruz and many more).  We meet once a month to talk about modern quilting, share projects, and inspire each other. We also have a Sew Day once a month. You can see our work and get a taste of our guild personality by checking out our IG hashtag, #BAMquilting. Join us to join the fun!

Hey guys, if you’re new here – welcome!  We’ve had some feedback that people aren’t really sure what’s going on around here and feel uncertain about coming to meetings, so here’s everything that you need to know (hopefully!)  Please feel totally free to ask me or any of the officers any questions that you have as well.

“Modern” quilting:
Modern quilting is a really broad category that can mean different things to different people.  It might mean that you use modern fabrics or that you do improvisational piecing or it could mean something totally different to you.  Our group’s focus is on modern quilting, which means that our events, speakers, and demos are oriented around exploring and learning more about modern quilting (perhaps including what it is!).  That does NOT mean that you cannot bring in your traditional quilt or art quilt for show and tell, because we really are interested in everything that you are doing.  It also doesn’t mean that you have to be a “modern” quilter in order to join.  If you are interested in our group, please feel free to come and check us out.

The meetings are held at the Redwood City Public Library (downtown branch).  There’s a community room upstairs.   The leftmost door entering from the front of the library is the fastest way to get there, it goes directly to the elevator that takes you to the community room.  If you have any problems finding the room, just ask a librarian – they have all been super helpful.

Our meetings are pretty small and really informal.  Even though we have officers, it is really just more like a fun meet-up of quilty people.  Usually we have a quick “business” discussion where we talk about recent events and activities, discuss any projects that are in progress, and talk about anything that’s coming up on the schedule. After that we usually have a demo or talk about a specific subject.

The  best part of the meeting is show & tell time, where people bring in projects that they have finished or things that they are working on.  We all love looking at the finished projects, and in my experience our guild members have been SUPER helpful by giving advice for projects that I’m stuck on.  Also, people who have brought in partial projects seem to finish them faster because they want to bring them back to show off the result.  So, bring in your stuff to show, big or small, at any stage of construction.  🙂

After show & tell, we usually have the room for about 2 hours more – time for sewing & chatting!  There are many tables and chairs in the room, so you can bring your machine, cutting setup, etc.  Bring an extension cord if you bring your machine because the outlets get crowded.  Generally only one or two people bring an iron and ironing board and let other people share, so don’t worry about that if your car is getting full!You can always come to a meeting without bringing a thing.  We don’t charge new people for their first meeting, and dues are just $40 for the year if you decide you would like to continue attending.

You are welcome to come to any (non-paid class) events (like sew days, for example) even if you have never been to a meeting.  The same rule applies – you can attend one event before deciding if you would like to join the guild, then dues are $40 for the year.  Sometimes activities have an additional fee to help cover the cost of the meeting space or other expenses.  The event announcement should give all the information about things that you should bring and what we are going to do.

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