Traveling Quilters – Seven Sisters Show

This is a guest post by Pam Overton, our Guild President.

Last weekend the Traveling Quilters headed north to the Seven Sisters Quilt Show. If you haven’t been to that show, you should really mark your calendar to attend next year. It makes for a great weekend trip! We didn’t visit Hearst Castle this time, but have you ever been there for an evening tour? A must! From April through September (I think) they have docents there on the weekends that dress in period costume. You can chat with them but remember that they are always in character. The conversation will be centered around something going on in the 30’s! The lamps are lit, the garden walkways are lit. It’s just magical! Take the tour that will have you driving up the hill just before sunset!

Back to the show . . . .There were 50 vendors there and lots of wonderful quilts. Many of the vendors were from Northern California or Central California so we don’t see them at our local shows.

We stopped at a few shops along the way too! Quilters Studio in Newbury Park has a wonderful selection of fabric – Kaffe Fassett, Alexander Henry, batiks, and much more. Sadly the Treasure Hunt (a favorite of mine) is closing in June so we didn’t stop there. The The Creation Station in Buellton is also fun. Lots of “theme” fabrics and it’s just a fun place to shop. Dawn and Patrick are so clever in how they display merchandise. The notions, for example, are displayed on old ironing boards mounted to the walls! The Cotton Ball was great as always. Again, a wonderful selection of fabrics. We visited the Quilters Cupboard in Atascadero this time as well. Hadn’t been there in a number of years but it was as great as I remembered. Lots of “rooms” of fabric and nooks and crannies filled with fun things. We also stopped at Old Town Quilt Shop in Orcutt. Where’s that?? At the southern end of the Santa Maria valley. It’s just a few miles off the 101 and worth the stop. Again, lots of fabric and a great variety of it. Wonderful selection of batiks! They seem to stock something for everyone! Needless to say we shopped and shopped. Great fun!

The Central Coast Quilt Shop Tour is coming up in June . . .

Pam

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!

Inaugural SBQG Blog Post From The President

Thanks to Julie for this guest post!

My daughter was telling me yesterday that she was going to start a “thread” on Facebook with an idea she had for a friend’s birthday.  Of course, that kind of thread is not what immediately pops into mind when addressing quilters!  She had to explain it to me.

Almost 30 years ago, I began my post-college career in business systems, but left after 10 years to raise a family.  Since then, the technology field has changed so dramatically that I am now like a dinosaur–extinct (technologically speaking)!  I can’t believe how many ways there are to communicate nowadays and I’m barely conversant in the lingo.  But thank goodness we have talented and enthusiastic members who are exploring new ways to keep in touch.

Welcome to the South Bay Quilters Guild blog.  We hope to provide you with timely information about our organization and events.  Be sure to check out our website http://www.southbayquiltersguild.org/index.htm for details.  Happy Quilting!

– Julie