WOW! What a great meeting. We really had a good time. I know I always say that, but it is true.

About 40 people attended and Helen H. acted as our last President for a Day. She did a great job. Joelle, who is now retired (since Wednesday!) will take over as president for the rest of the year.

The question of the month was: What Does Stitch Happiness Mean to You? Members offered up lots of great answers:

  • fun to see a pile of fabric turn into something useful
  • when a project works
  • good looking FMQ
  • giving a quilt to someone
  • playing with color
  • creating something someone enjoys
  • anything with fabric and thread
  • a place I’d like to be more often
  • empty house with no interruptions
  • finally sewing an old project together
  • quilt top a friend turns into a quilt
  • the space between buying fabric and a completed project
  • using my hands
  • coming to BAM
  • new needle
  • mistakes turn into something creative
  • image in my mind turns out better than I imagined
  • cutting strips and making bigger and bigger quilts
  • when the project turns out
  • idea of time to myself to get into the zone
  • design inspiration
  • thinking of a person I like/love and giving them a quilt
  • handwork
  • making things my girls will enjoy
  • cleaning off surfaces
  • sewing with friends
  • get out of bed, sit down right away at the machine
  • being recipient of what my daughter makes
  • turning a pile of scraps into something even better
  • mastering a new technique
  • seeing pictures of people with the quilt I gave them
  • sitting at machine and listening to the machine as I sew
  • quilt workshops
  • when I am unsure of fabric choices and the project turns out great

What is your Stitch Happiness? Leave us a comment!

Ongoing Projects (Lynette)

  • Bring your Library books next time
  • Sew Day will be July 9 at Grace Lutheran from ~10-4pm 

Challenge (Karen)

The curve challenge projects are due in August. Project (quilt, bag, pillow, mugrug, etc)  should have curves in it.

Finished quilt from Charity Sew Day

Charity (Michelle)

  • Four quilts were made at the Charity Sew Day for the victims of the Sunnyvale apartment fires. Michelle B. designed the pattern (see above) for the Charity Sew Day. It was Quilt-As-You-Go, which cut down the quilt making time by a lot! About 30 quilts have been collected so far for the 78+ families who lost everything. See Michelle S. if you want to donate a quilt.
  • Stay after the meeting to sew Hearts for Orlando
  • Michelle is still working on the QuiltCon 2017 charity quilt project

Workshops (Angela)

  • Molehills workshop with Latifah Saafir was last Sunday. A good time was had by all.
  • Jaime will be leading a bag workshop on August 6, starting at 9:30, using the Noodlehead Cargo Duffle bag pattern (free). There is a $10 fee for the room rental. Jaime has a lot of tricks and tips as well as useful additions to the bag, so you will definitely want to contact Angela ASAP to sign up. Jaime and Angela will have handouts at the next meeting do you will know what your homework is. Yes, there will be a lot of cutting and fusing homework to do before class so plan accordingly.

Quilty Happenings

  • Fixit Clinics are starting to happen around the Bay Area. They are about fixing your stuff rather than buying new in order to keep broken and torn items out of the landfill. Alison S. will be volunteering at one in the East Bay. You can volunteer to help people fix stuff.
  • Palo Alto Repair Cafe is the same sort of idea.
  • The San Mateo County Fair is on through tomorrow. Michelle B, Jaye, Bonnie T, Leanne F, and CeCe M all won prizes for their quilts. Lynette will pick up the quilts on Monday and will bring them to Sew Day and to the next meeting. Contact her if you need your quilt sooner.
  • Quiltworks is in a bit of turmoil, but righting the ship. They want volunteers to work in the shop on a regular basis. 
  • PIQF is in October. Entries are open and there is a modern quilt category again. The theme again is mid-century modern, but Nicki said just to enter because the theme was interpreted very broadly last year. Entries due August 30. Kaffe Fasset will be teaching and lecturing.
  • The Mancusos also have a modern quilt symposium. It will October 5-7 in Palm Springs.
  • The Kaffe exhibit is still up at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles through July 3.
Mini Quilt Swap June 2016

Mini Quilt Swap

  • Ruth showed the original picture and the maker showed the quilt and presented the quilt to the recipient.


  • Signups were last month. Four people are on the waiting list


  • Amy won the drawing!

After the above part of the meeting we had the DESTASH PARTY! There was a ton of fabric and lots of good books, notions. It was amazing.

About 12 people stayed to sew Hearts for Orlando. Total we made 41 blocks. Two people brought blocks home to make them into quilts. Keep making those hearts!!!

Next meeting is July 16, 2016. Be there or be square!