Holiday Dinner

Happy day after Christmas and Boxing Day! Is everyone enjoying their holidays so far? With the baking and last minute gift-making done (did the Elves stop by to help?), I wanted to show pictures from the SBQG Holiday Dinner on December 14th. Better late than never!

Our annual catered dinner, turkey with all the trimmings, was enjoyed with much conversation and friendship.The table decorations were donated by Guild members, and each diner received a box of See’s candy. Yum!Of course, Mr and Mrs Claus also joined us.Three auction quilts were submitted for the 2011 Quilt Show and were quietly resting on a table where I could quickly snap some photos.Handmade stockings were donated by Guild members and filled with toiletries for those in need.A couple of quilts were donated for the Read Me A Quilt program. For those unfamiliar with this project, Guild members donate a quilt and complementary book. The quilts and books are given to CASA, and then delivered to children in the foster care system. From the thank you notes written by the children and their advocates, the warmth of a handmade quilt of their own is very significant to the children.Dessert looked wonderful! (Can you ever go wrong with chocolate?) Chocolate cake and pumpkin pie were available in abundance.The last half of the evening was reserved for tying of charity quilts. We also had the pleasure of listening to Christmas music by Mary Ann and Walter Sereth. Here’s a look at the many busy hands making music and finishing quilts.Thank you to Mary Ann for all of her planning, and it looks like everyone enjoyed themselves!


12 Days of Christmas at Pink Sand Beach Designs

During show-and-tell at tonight’s Holiday Dinner, Nancy Green of Pink Sand Beach Designs (PSBD) unveiled purse designs in beautiful new Hoffman fabrics. Nancy’s samples remind me how badly I want some sewing time to create with her patterns!

PSBD has also announced their first annual 12 Days of Christmas countdown, where they are randomly giving away items to those who post a comment on their Facebook page. (Twitter users can also follow PSBD at @Pink_Sand_Beach.)

So check out their website, Facebook, and Twitter. Spread the word. Participate in the comments. And hopefully you’ll be a lucky winner!


Quick Christmas Gifts (Part 2)

This is part 2 of a number of quick holiday gift tutorials on the internet. Part 1 included gift bags and small purses. Today we have links for larger bags, sewing items, a couple of zipper techniques, and other miscellaneous gifts.

Medium Bags:

Large Bags:

For fun:


Sewing and Other Organizers:


Well, that will keep us busy! Happy crafting!


Using SBQG Amazon Link

With the holidays just around the corner, I wanted to remind the Guild members that SBQG belongs to the Amazon Associates program. If you (or family or friends) plan to order through Amazon, you can click this Amazon link or the Amazon picture in the right-hand column of our website. The Guild earns a referral fee (4% to 10%) for orders initiated through the SBQG site. (For your privacy, our monthly Amazon report does not show who ordered what.)

Also, once you reach the Amazon page, why not add the page to your browser’s Favorites/Bookmarks for easy shopping the next time? Our unique web link includes the text tag=soubayqui-20 in it.

Happy Holidays and happy shopping!


Quick Christmas Gifts (Part 1)

On Sunday I spent a while searching the internet for quick quilting/sewing-related Christmas gifts. (I need an idea for five friends who are meeting together in a few weeks.) While I still haven’t decided what to make, I thought that some of you might be in need of the same information. So here are links to some of the projects I found (part 1). Some are billed as quick and easy, but at least all of the tutorials didn’t look too hard! And, these are all free tutorials.

Gift Bags:


Coin/Change Purses:

Small Bags:


Additional ideas are coming in part 2 for larger bags, luggage tags, camera/iPod cases, sewing items, and zipper techniques. If you have other gift suggestions, we’re all ears!

Happy quilting,