Saturday, October 20, 2012

October meeting

Lots of laughs and learning were shared at the BMQG October meeting. President Lynn announced the November meeting has been changed to Saturday, Nov. 10, to accommodate a special event at Strawberry Patches. Meeting time will still be 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Next Saturday's (Oct. 27) sew-in is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Strawberry Patches. If you don't feel like lugging your heavy sewing machine to the sew-in, feel free to bring hand sewing/embroidery, or even knitting or crocheting.

QuiltCon, the first convention and show of the Modern Quilt Guild, is coming up in late February. Several of our members are planning to attend. Lynn encouraged everyone to consider entering the quilt show. Entry fee is $30 per quilt, with one quilt allowed per person per category. The Modern Quilt guild also is collecting the logos of each of the member guilds and will be printing fabric containing all the logos. Lynn has contributed the Bakersfield MQG logo, so we will be represented.

Upcoming programs: In November, Nicci will teach us how to make prairie points for our projects. December's meeting will be our Christmas party. Those attending should bring an appetizer and a charm pack (new, packaged by a fabric manufacturer) to exchange. Members who made goal boards for 2012 should bring those to share and talk about the progress made (or not!). We will be revising and/or creating new goal boards for our meeting in January.

New board members will be elected in December, and the following positions are open: president, vice president, secretary, program chairperson, and philanthropic coordinator. Please see Lynn, Christy, or Laura if you are interested in any of these positions. We need active participation and leadership for the guild to thrive and grow!

Lynn checked with the group to ensure that everyone is familiar with the Bakersfield Modern Quilt Guild blog and Facebook page, as these are the best places to get the latest information on guild events. She and other members also post tutorials, tips, and even recipes on the blog a few times a week.

This month's program was provided by Jane, who demonstrated how to sandwich and baste a quilt for domestic machine quilting. We all learned a couple of nifty ways to close safety pins and not injure our fingers. Lynn brought lots of samples of various battings and discussed which ones work best for which types of quilts, wall hangings, etc. Thanks to the Strawberry Patches team for sharing samples of the battings they stock as well.

The awesome creativity of our membership was revealed in the show and tell session (see photos below).

And, in an unbelievable turn of events, your BMQG secretary is posting this meeting summary on the SAME DAY that the meeting occurred.  :-)

Don't forget next weekend's sew-in ... hope to see you there!

BMQG Secretary


  1. It WAS a great meeting! Jane did an awesome demo and I think there was some lively discussion about issues related to sandwiching a quilt. To spray or not to etc. I learned alot about different battings! Loved all the show and tell!! Nicci's quilts were awesome! Love the label. Terri's quilt is gonna be adorable! Even pillows and wonky blocks, mug rugs, and bags! So much creativity. Thanks Laura for posting!!

  2. Great show and tell and wonderful talent! Yeah for Holly for getting her wonky polaroid done - I knew you could do it! BMQG is the best.

  3. I loved hearing so many people saying that they learned something during the demos. Thanks to Jane and Lynn for sharing your knowledge. And to Laura for getting this post up in record time!

  4. Such great energy in this group! Thanks, Jane, for the great tips on sandwiching a quilt for domestic machine quilting! I'm definitely going to get to Osh and buy one of those mega rulers! I have to mention Laura's ruffled measuring tape pin. It's adorable! I loved Pam's "Save the Tatas" pillow, and the Slice skate pillow is perfect for winter decorating! Pam will be teaching this class at Strawberry Patches on November 3rd.