Friday, November 20, 2015

SFMQG New Website

We've moved!

We now have a new home at

This site will no longer be updated, but will remain as an archive until the entire history has been transferred to the new website.

Please come and join us at


Friday, November 13, 2015

Quiltcon Charity Challenge Update

Fabric bundles were mailed out last week to our members who are participating in the group improv for the national MQG Quiltcon 2016 Charity Challenge, and this week everyone received a set of guidelines for creating their block.

We are doing "improv with intent" which is a process wherein you set some guidelines, or limitations, to help achieve your desired result. The steps we are using for this are

  1. Find inspiration. We are going to use images and memories of Florida sunsets.
  2. Curate your fabrics. We have chosen to use five of the colors allowed by MQG for this challenge: off-white, sunflower, tomato red, light teal, and black.
  3. Set limits. We are limiting our selves with our palette choices, and how we define our process. 
  4. Define your patchwork process. We are going to outline a few parts of our process in order to lead ourselves in achieving a group result that makes a pleasing quilt.
We will all work individually to create a block from the same series of steps, but because we are not using a pattern, everyone's work will be different. The common factors - our inspiration of a Florida sunset, our color palette, and our patchwork process - will help to guide us all.

Our participants have been given some guiding steps to help them create their block, and we look forward to seeing everyone's progress in our Facebook Group or here on the blog. We are going to collect blocks at the November meeting, and work on putting the top together at the December Sewcial.

We are still looking for people to help assemble the top, construct the backing, baste, quilt and bind our quilt. We need to finish up by early January so that we can deliver our quilt to Pasadena for the Quiltcon exhibit.

I hope everyone has fun with this challenge!

Allison Schnackenberg
VP of Administration

Thursday, November 12, 2015

November Meeting Topic - Modern Fabric

As members of SFMQG we are all undoubtedly interested in the modern quilting movement and we are all eager to learn about modern design techniques. But what about fabric? We know that using modern fabrics can make a traditional quilting design look fresh and modern. And it follows that the wrong fabric choices can make even a modern design look dated. How do we recognize modern fabrics and choose wisely when we are aiming for a modern result? For November’s special topic we will try to answer these questions as we look at fabric design and fabric choices in modern quilts.

Remember your Holiday Swap item!

Sorry there won't be a Sewcial after the November meeting.

Because of the holidays in December and knowing that many of the members may have plans we have decided to have a short business meeting followed by a Big Stitch Sew-In. If you can attend bring something to big stitch. There will be some extra quilt sandwiches with quilt design ideas and thread/needles if someone forgets. Holiday goodies to share would be welcome - yum!

Working on the schedule for 2016. If you have any special requests please let us know.