This has been an exciting past few months for me and my family with our recent big move to San Francisco, California! Not only is this a great place for my cutting-edge techie husband, it's also a great place for me as a quilter.
Two days after we arrived in the city, I got to attend the very first ever meeting of the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild. And, WOW, was I blown away with the creativity and talent of my fellow attendees. I also got to meet in-person a few of the bloggers I've been following online for a long time. Check out a few of the projects shared at the first couple of meetings:
Amy shared the above bright and perky mini-quilt. She goes into more details on this cute little quilt on her blog, Amy a la Mode.
Angela is working on this warm and cozy quilt using strips arranged into pinwheels.
Tina is making this cheery quilt for her daughter and is finishing it off with straight-line machine quilting ... 1/4" stitches over the entire top of the quilt! The effect is gorgeous but I can't imagine how long that's taking (and I'm a hand-quilter - ha!) Go, Tina, go - I can't wait to see it all finished. Check out Tina's Little Blue Cottage blog for more details on this quilt. Be sure to join in on her Denyse Schmidt-inspired Hope Valley Quilt-Along as well.
Would you believe this is Megan's very first quilt? Well, believe it - it is! We all have to start somewhere ... I just wish I'd started in the neighborhood of Megan instead of in Aunt Bea's neighborhood, but I'm coming around. :) Megan is a super-inspiring serial sewer who always seems to be creating useful and lovely things - follow her Little Bit of My Life blog to see her latest endeavors.
Leslie made this quilt using a jelly roll of batiks - don't you love the movement in it?
We're also starting a charity quilt as a guild. Each participant is going to create a couple of 10-to-12-inch quilt blocks made with bright, saturated colors in the style of Red Pepper Quilts. Julie is going to assemble our blocks into a quilt which we'll sell and all the proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders. Check out one of the super cute blocks Julie already created for our charity quilt:
Are you inspired yet? I sure am and looking back through the pictures just now makes me really want to create. I am super excited for the future of this group!
We've been a pretty small crew so far. If you live in the area, I really hope you'll join us! We're still finalizing the details on our next meeting, but it looks like it's going to be at the Redwood City Library probably on the evening of April 26. Don't forget to check out the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild website - please help us spread the word to all the quilters you know in this area, too. Thanks!