It’s a Baby!

Our next meeting is Tuesday May 8th at 7pm.  (Remember it is moved up a week this month!)

This month, we are holding a baby shower to collect baby and toddler stuff things for child protective services.  Who wants to tie-dye onesies with me?  See here and here for more examples.

Also bring canned goods.

Quilts for Wounded Soldiers

Community Services has a project of making quilts for soldiers injured in the war. The quilts are shipped to combat hospitals in Afghanistan and given to soldiers in Intensive Care Units. These troops are often sent home in minimally heated cargo planes, so the quilts are functional for warmth in addition to showing that we care and thank them for their sacrifices.

The quilts needed are ”quick quilts” with just 3 requirements:

  • Size is 4 ft x 6 ft 6 in, or 48 inches by 78 inches (the size of stretchers and gurneys)
  • All cotton; no synthetics, including the batting
  • Red/white/blue or appropriate patriotic theme (no cartoon characters)

The design can be simple and anything you choose. Since many quilts are needed, quantity is more important than time-consuming patterns, but all quilts are welcomed.  You can be as creative or simple as you want and they will all be deeply appreciated. One Doctor in Iraq thinks the quilts do soldiers more good than receiving a medal, which they often pin onto their quilts.

More information about the program can be found here.
Contact: Arlene Zobrist

Quilts sent out in April 2012 include these by SBQG members NK,


and the Lawndale Library Quilting Ladies.

The Quilt Show is Coming!

I drove by the Torrance Cultural Arts Center on Sunday morning and was delighted to see the marquee announcing next weekend’s annual Quilt Show! There’s so much to see. We’d love to have you come and enjoy the show with us, including:

I want to mention the wonderful vendors who will be joining us. I’m always eager to see what new fabrics and patterns and notions they bring!

Betty’s Photos On Fabric
PO Box 930
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701

Cindy’s Fabric Shack

Crafts by Jean
14124 Desert Rose St
Hesperia, CA 92344

Cranberry Quiltworks
3810 Prospect Ave Unit A
Yorba Linda, California 92886

Dee’s Designs
Fontana, CA

Dragon Lady Quilts
PO Box 6305
Oceanside, CA 92052

Elkhorn Quilt Company
2244 N Hunt Circle
Mesa, AZ 85203

Fabulous Fabrics
11300 Maverick Drive
Weldon, CA 93283

Kalimba Soundz
1060 Winter Ct
Tracy, CA 95376

Luella’s Quilt Basket
1512 Aviation Blvd
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

1323 El Prado Ave
Torrance, CA 90501

O’rajess Creations
12830 6th St #66
Yucaipa, CA 92399

Pegboard Highway
Marina Del Rey, CA

Rusty Crow Quilt Shop
6949 Elfin Oaks Road
Elfin Forest, CA 92029

Sew EZ Quilting
3254 Reese Lane
Gardnerville, NV 89410

Sewing Arts Center
3330 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Sweet Comfort
PO Box 27898
Santa Ana, CA 92799

The Batty Lady
1831 Lexington Drive
Corona, CA 92880

The Fabric Quarter
Santa Barbara, CA

The Quilt Attic
106 Bridge St
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

The Quilt Cupboard
11891 Valley View
Garden Grove, CA 92845

We look forward to seeing you next weekend!


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!


Closing out our 30th Year

What’s not to enjoy with an evening of good food, friends, and laughter? That was my take on the annual South Bay Quilters Guild potluck on Tuesday evening, June 15th, when we closed out our 30th year as a Guild. All members seemed to be enjoying themselves as we discussed business, elected new Board members, and tied charity quilts. Here are some highlights:

A local Brownie troop came to visit and show their first quilt. Guild member Claudia Gomez had taught them some sewing basics, and each of the girls helped with sewing and assembly of the quilt. We applaud their efforts, and hope that this sparks a lifetime interest in sewing and quilting for the girls!

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Show and Tell gave us the opportunity to ooh and ahh over so many beautiful creations. Members presented their quilts for Read Me A Quilt and Quilts for Wounded Soldiers donations, the Round Robin Challenge, and the UFO Challenge. Here are a few statistics on the completed UFO quilts:

  • A quilt started in 1954 is now complete, and won the prize for longest gestation period!
  • One member completed 48 out of 63 projects
  • Members listed 372 projects and completed 134 of them (36%)
  • 25 Guild members participated in the challenge

Congratulations to all who worked so hard on their projects! A few pictures from Show and Tell:

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The Guild makes an annual donation to a charity suggested and voted on by all Guild members. This year the recipient of the $1000 gift is Royal Family Kids’ Camp, which supports abused and neglected children. We count it a privilege to be able to help this organization and the children.

With the business and potluck portions of the meeting complete, members were ready to tie quilts. And there was an abundant supply to be tied!

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During the tying, names were drawn for participants to select from member-donated door prizes. Thank you to all who donated such nice gifts.

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Our President, Julie, has served two consecutive terms and the bylaws dictate that she move on (to her next volunteer opportunity). As the outgoing President, she created a very clever Quilter’s Produce Stand of gifts for each of the Board members. (Where does she come up with these darling ideas??) The recycled berry baskets (go green!) held a variety of fruit and vegetable prints, a matching strawberry pincushion, and a miniature box with miniature sewing implements.

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Julie was also presented with a pair of engraved scissors, as well as numerous garden quilt blocks handcrafted by Guild members. We anticipate seeing Julie’s lovely garden quilt at the 2011 Quilt Show!

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Thank you, Julie, for your service, and I will take the liberty of speaking for all Board members to say that it has been an honor to serve with you for the past two years.

So, you can see that Tuesday was a very full evening. For those who joined us, what are your thoughts about the evening? And for those who weren’t able to make it, we hope to see you next year.

Until the August meeting, happy quilting!