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Welcome to Bay Area Modern Quilting!

Bay Area Modern Quilting is a 501(c)(7) non-profit organization located in the San Francisco Bay Area comprised of quilters, textile artists, and makers who gather together to encourage and inspire each other through sharing, education, collaboration, and project-based giving to our local community. Our guild was started in 2010.  We welcome all who share a love of modern quilting and creating while embracing diversity and inclusivity.  We strive to provide a respectful environment for our members and guests.


We hold monthly virtual meetings on the third Saturday via Zoom.  We hope to someday have in person meetings.

Our meeting activities include a combination of speakers, swaps, challenges, demonstrations of techniques, trunk shows, announcements of local and online “quilty” happenings, show and tell of members’ work, door prizes, lending library, and community giving opportunities.

Additional guild activities include:

Workshops with regionally or nationally known instructors teaching a variety of modern quilting techniques and design methods. Additional fees apply. Members receive priority registration.

Sew Days (on permanent hold) - These events are typically held on the first Saturday of the month at Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto, CA.  Members and guests may drop in to sew, quilt, learn or perfect a new skill, socialize, and have fun.  Please contact our membership coordinator at to join us as a guest at our next guild meeting or sew day.  Your first meeting or sew day is free to attend.

Retreat- We typically have a local in town yearly retreat in the fall when some members gather to do either personal or community giving sewing, play games, win prizes, share meals, and enjoy one another’s company.  Additional fee applies. Members receive priority registration.


De-stash party- Once yearly at a general meeting, our members are encouraged to bring fabrics and other supplies they wish to give away and, in turn, may benefit from taking home items that others wish to give away. 


Community Giving- As a guild, we support a variety of community-based organizations by making quilts and other sewn items. Recipients include neonatal intensive care units of local hospitals, residents of care facilities, fire victims and victims of other natural disasters, and animal shelters. 


Holiday Party- Our December meeting has evolved into our annual holiday event which is a combination of a general meeting, sew day, swap, and potluck.


Participation in Quilt Shows- Many of our members have shown their quilts, both as individuals and as group entries, at regional and national quilt shows including San Mateo County Fair, Pacific International Quilt Festival, and California State Fair.


In addition to group meetings and activities, we have a thriving online community with a members-only forum. This is the best place to find all the details about upcoming guild events and to participate in group discussions. You can connect with our guild members by viewing the #BAMQuilting hashtag on Instagram.

We would love to have you join us as a guest and hopefully see you become a member! For additional details or questions, please contact our membership coordinator at


What is Modern?

The definition of a modern quilt is broad and varied. All quilts are welcome at show and tell. Guild speakers, presentations, and demos are focused on modern techniques and methods. This includes but is not limited to the use of modern fabrics, improvisational piecing, use of solids and bold colors, and alternate grid work.

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