Saturday, December 14, 2013

December Holiday Party Recap

Today was so much fun! We had a full house, with lots of food, fun, creativity and Holiday Spirit to share.

In the interest of saving time, because I have barely started my Christmas shopping, this will be a brief post.

**A reminder that there will not be a Sew In this month due to the holidays.**
**Our Friendship Group will begin with it's first meeting on Saturday, January 18th from 1:00 to 4:30 pm at Strawberry Patches.**

Here are photos of our Show and Tell, including all of the fabulous table runners that were swapped.

Wishing you all the happiest of holidays!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December Reminders


December Meeting - Saturday, December 14th, 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Strawberry Patches

  •  Join us for a fun filled holiday celebration! There will be plenty of food, show and tell, games and prizes! 
  • Please bring a "finger food" for the potluck. (Drinks and paper goods will be provided.) 
  • We'll also be holding a silent auction for a Go! Baby Fabric cutter and accessories. This set up includes a Go! Baby Cutter ($139.00 Retail Value), 3 6"x12" cutting mats (1 new, 2 used; $9.99 Retail Value each), Circle Die ($34.99 Retail Value), Hexagon Die ($34.99 Retail Value), and Half Square 4" Finished Triangle Die ($39.99 Retail Value). Please note that these prices are for NEW items and the Go! Baby we are auctioning is USED. If you plan to bid, please come prepared to pay by cash or check. The money raised from this auction will be donated along with our Quilted Hugs quilts.
  • Table Runner Swap - Don't forget to bring you finished table runner all wrapped up for exchange!
  • Meeting dates for our new Friendship Group will be announced

**There is no Sew In this month, due to the holidays**

Hope to see you Saturday!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

November Meeting Recap

We mixed things up a little in November and started our meeting off with a great demo. Shelly showed us how to add a zipper and handle to a quilt to create a "Picnic Quilt Tote".

For those who missed the demo or would like more detailed instructions, there is a tutorial available on Shelly's blog. Thanks for sharing Shelly!

-Wool Club – Wednesday, December 4th
-Road to California – Ontario Convention Center; January 23-26, 2014; SP will have a booth at the show.
-Cotton Patch Quilt Show – February 8-9, 2014; quilt entry deadline January 15, 2014
-Table Runner Swap – Due @ meeting December 14th
-December meeting – date change to December 14th  This will be a Holiday Party! We will be having a "Finger Food Potluck", so please bring something to share, anything from appetizers to desserts. Beverages and paper goods will be provided. We will also be having our Table Runner Swap. Please bring your finished project festively wrapped for exchange.

Show and Tell
Jennifer had several quilts to share

Nicci's Halloween Banner

MaryKay's traveling table runner

Kara and Nicci showing our "Quilted Hugs" quil
Cindy's finished projects

Darla with her oven mitt and potholder
(Oh, and she made that great shirt!)

Loanne's beautiful Patriotic Quilt

And a logo quilt for her family's dairy

Pam with a Plus Block Pillow

A placemat for Christy's messy dog Harry

Pam demonstrated the paper piecing technique for the Lighthouse Block from Faith at Fresh Lemon Quilts. Faith gives you all the info you need from fabric requirements and templates to cutting instructions and block assembly. The complete tutorial can be found on Fresh Lemon Quilts.

Our December meeting will be held Saturday, December 14th from 2:00 to 4;00 pm at Strawberry Patches. Please bring a "Finger Food" to share, your Show and Tell, and your finished Table Runner if you are participating in the swap.
And finally, a BIG announcement.......
December 14th will be the last meeting of the Bakersfield Modern Quilt Guild. For nearly three years, we have tried to grow our membership and find leadership among our members. Unfortunately, we do not have the volunteers necessary to serve on the Board. The current board discussed the situation and has decided that the best option for our members is to close the guild as it is and to continue strictly as a Friendship Group. Several people have comment about their disappointment in the guild not continuing......BUT, we will be continuing, just in a less formal arrangement. Details regarding the new Friendship Group will be posted here and emailed to the group soon. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Last Call and November Reminders


How can it possibly be November 12th already? Time is just flying by!

Last Call for 2014 Board Members - If you are interested in serving on the guild's 2014 Board, please send an email to BakersfieldModernQuiltGuild(at)gmail(dot)com no later than Friday, November 15th.

November Meeting - Saturday, November 16th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm @ Strawberry Patches. Pam will be showing us a paper piecing project (say that 3 times fast!). Also, Shelly will be demonstrating how to add a zipper and handles to a picnic folds up into it's own carrying case! And don't forget to bring your Show N Tell.

November Sew In - Saturday, November 23rd from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm @ Bolts to Bindings

Table Runner Swap - I hope all of our swappers have found their inspiration and are making progress on their table runners. Finished projects will be exchanged at our December 14th meeting. 

President, BMQG


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

October Meeting Recap

  •  Wool Club - Wednesday, November 6th @ Strawberry Patches
  • Bernina Club - November 20th & 21st @ Strawberry Patches
  • Susan Branch Book Signing -  Thursday, November 7th, 1:00 pm @ Strawberry Patches
  • Road to California Quilt Show - Ontario Convention Center; January 23-26, 2014
  • Cotton Patch Quilt Show - February 8-9, 2014; Quilt entry deadline January 15th (you must be a member of the Cotton Patch Guild to enter)
  • Table Runner Swap - Partner info was exchanged at September meeting; finished projects due December 14th
  • October Sew In - next Saturday, October 26th @ Bolts to Binding from 10 am to 4 pm ***Note location change for this month***
  • November Program - Pam will be giving a paper piecing demo. If you'd like to try your hand at paper piecing, bring your machine and some scraps.
Quilted Hugs Update
We've finished our first charity quilt!
Kara and Nicci showing off the quilt front....

and back.

The quilt pattern is Floating In Air from the August/September 2013 issue of Quilt Magazine. Thanks to our many helping hands, this quilt came together rather quickly. And a special thanks to Kara for doing the quilting and binding.

Show and Tell

Laura with her cute pot holders!

MaryKay's Civil War quilt made for her husband.
Loann's groovy Groove quilt.
(pattern available for purchase here)

Even the back is cool!

Groove in a different colorway.

Darla's gorgeous hand dyed, stamped, embellished, thread painted quilt.

Quilt made for Darla's daughter.

Another cute pillow from Pam.

Oh deer!

 Holley's tote bag.

Holly's finished quilt with a raw edge applique technique.

And another one!

Laura gave a presentation about The Modern Quilt Guild, along with highlights of the benefits, requirements, and costs of membership. In November, we will be voting to determine whether our guild will be applying for membership in The Modern Quilt Guild. (I will be emailing some info out to the group about this shortly.)

We also discussed the need for members to volunteer to serve as officers on next year's Board. The positions are President, Vice President, Secretary/Social Media Coordinator, Program Coordinator, and Treasurer. If you are interested in any of these positions, please send an email to

Sew In - Saturday, October 26th, 10 am to 4 pm @ Bolts to Binding
Next meeting - Saturday, November 16th, 2 to 4 pm @ Strawberry Patches 

Thanks for a great meeting!