Saturday, January 14, 2012

Local Happenings in the Quilting Community

January is a busy month for quilting in our area! After a bit of a holiday break, our first meeting for 2012 is coming up on Saturday the 21st, at Strawberry Patches, 2:00 - 4:00. We are still accepting nominees for officers and also looking for volunteers to chair some new positions. It's going to be an exciting year for the BMQG, so consider being part of the planning and growth!

Road to California is an international quilt show held in Ontario, CA, every year. If you've never been, it's something to see! We just took a peek at the list of vendors, and there are more than ever before! You will see all types of quilts on display and will come away inspired and excited about the industry we love so much! The show runs January 19 - 22. You can get more information at If you are interested in attending the show but don't want to go alone, post your interest here to see if anyone else is going. You can also put a note on our Facebook page at

The Cotton Patch Quilt Guild of Kern County is hosting it's bi-annual quilt show, January 28 - 29, at the Kern County Fairgrounds. Two years ago, there were approximately 200 quilts on display, and the show had some awesome vendors! You will see a variety of quilt styles at this show, including traditional, modern, and art. It's a great opportunity to see some fabulous work, right here in our own back yard!

The BMQG sew-in is scheduled for Saturday, January 28th, 10:00 - 4:00, at Bolts to Binding. It's not required that you show up at 10:00 and stay until 4:00, so join us throughout the day. There is a frig and microwave available for our use, and there are places nearby to grab a bite to eat.


Bolts to Binding has just remodeled their shop, and they are hosting a color challenge club. You can visit the website at and click on "Events" to get more information.

Strawberry Patches has the new line, Half Moon Modern, in stock, and it's quite yummy! If you want some of it, you'd better not wait. It's going fast! BMQG member, Pam Gavin, is teaching the freezer paper starch method of hand applique at the shop. Her first class of the quarter starts today at 1:00. If you can't make it on such short notice, she'll be teaching it again on Monday, January 16, beginning at 1:00. You can find a listing of the shop's classes at

I hope this weekend finds you enjoying some quilting fun!

Lynn & Nicci


  1. I just attended Pam's applique class on Saturday at Strawberry Patches. It focused on the freezer paper method. It was wonderful! I had so much fun! Pam is sucha fabulous teacher and a joy to learn from! She makes everything so easy! She is generous and brings plenty of everything to share with those of us who haven't come prepared with all the supplies we need! I have discovered a new addiction, I do believe! Thank you Pam for your time and expertise!

    1. Thanks Lana - I was thrilled to see you at the little applique technique class! I have a blast introducing others to the fun of applique. Just another skill to add to the tool box! Never know when you might want to add a little applique to a block or project! Thanks for the love!!

  2. Pam worked her magic on me, too! I kept resisting and finally said "yes" just to get her to leave me alone about it! Now I really like it! LOL!