Saturday, January 4, 2014


The Bakersfield Modern Quilt friendship group will begin the 2014 year with monthly sew-ins starting January 18th, 2014 at 1:00-4:30pm at Strawberry Patches.  Bring a favorite sewing project, a friend interested in modern quilting, and join a warm and friendly group of sewists!  If you've hesitated in coming in the past, or would like to rejoin this group, please come! Please wear a homemade name tag!! I will be putting together a group roster with contact information.

As many of you know, we love sewing together and enjoying the activities of modern sewing, but the challenges of work, family, and other commitments have prevented us in forming a board this year. We will continue to sew modern, swap, and learn new techniques in a less formal format. Shop owner, Suzanne Zingg, has continued to offer us space at Strawberry Patches the third Saturday of each month.  Thanks so much for this generous accommodation. The group will no longer receive a shop discount for membership (this is only fair). More focus on sewing together and charity quilt construction (Quilted Hugs projects). No games, or  formal announcements, but please bring any completed project for show and tell at 3pm. We can plan swaps, share ideas, plan retreats, travel to quilt shows, and encourage one another.  I'd love to hear your ideas!  Visit our flickr page  Bakersfield Modern Quilt guild to see what kind of things members have been making!

We accomplished so much this past year!! Many participated in swaps,  bags, blocks, techniques, retreats, group sewing, and 2 Quilted Hugs quilts completed.  The two quilts will be donated in January! Can't wait to hear how the quilts launch to the local foster care graduates.

We all had so much fun at the December Christmas Party and table runner swap.  So many wonderful table runners and so many of you jumped out of your comfort zone to try something new.  I enjoyed the heck out of my runner during the holidays. Thanks to so many who participated!

I strongly encourage all interested persons, to consider joining  The Modern Quilt Guild . Visit the site to see if this type of sewing interests you.  There are lots of inspiration, quilt ideas, patterns, and if you're a member, you can receive member benefits. I've joined, and would like to see more of our friendship group belong.

See you all soon!

Pam Gavin

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