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October 2019 Meeting

October Program
Our program this month will be in two parts – sad and happy. We will spend a
bit of time remembering Mary Brewer. Please bring quilts made in her classes to show as you share how much she meant as a teacher and friend for so many years.

Then the quilters’ version of Bingo co-created and led by our own Laurie Maas.
How would you like to have a jellyroll or a layer cake? How about some charm square packs? Nobody can have too many seam rippers or needle threaders!
These are just a few of the items you could win playing Quilt-O!
Cost to purchase a Quilt-O card is one fat quarter of quilt-quality Halloween themed fabric or color (orange, black, purple). Bring two fat quarters to purchase two cards. October is free guest month, so bring a friend and prepare to have a fun evening. Quilts ’n Force will have some Fat quarters for $2 each if you are fresh out of Halloween fabrics.

September Meeting

Having begun her art path painting oils, then watercolors,
Patt’s quilting art focuses largely on life images,
especially the simple ones. She says … the ones with heartwarming or powerful messages. Most of Patt’s work includes a being with a heartbeat. She says, “It seems to give life to the work.” This lecture includes slides and samples of Patt’s pathway into art quilting. Patt
addresses the application of traditional art media into quilting, new materials
developed for quilting, tips, and examples of machine quilting
techniques that support the message in the quilt top, and finally, some ways to
finish and hang quilts intended for wall display.

Valley Quiltmakers Guild (SF Valley day guild) is having Patt give her “Mixed
Media” workshop on Friday, September 13 at 9:00 am in Northridge. Enrollment can be done online through their website:

How to Design a Quilt in Five Easy Steps with Latifah Saafir

Latifah says, ”Everyone has their own unique style of designing. Most
Quilters fall within several popular design styles and design processes. Learn about these and how to start to ask the right questions, so you can identify and streamline your own personal design style. Then as a group, we’ll use what we’ve learned and design a quilt together.” Latifah Saafir is known for her bold and innovative modern quilts. Combining her training as an engineer with her lifelong passion for sewing, Latifah creates designs
that are graphic and contemporary, featuring challenging techniques
with meticulous attention to detail. A co-founder of both the Los Angeles
Modern Quilt Guild and the worldwide Modern Quilt Guild,
Latifah currently teaches workshops to guilds around the country.
Visit her website at:

May Meeting

Challenge Reveal!!!

The quilt theme is a Day at the Beach~
Are you ready???
The Quilt Challenge reveal is at the May Guild meeting!!
I can’t wait to see all the entries!!

See you in May!

April Meeting Helen Frost

About her presentation, Quilters’ Magic Show – Lots of Tricks for Better Quilts, Helen says: Is perfect patchwork an illusion? Add these techniques for precise cutting, easier matching, and efficient pressing to your bag of tricks. Learn the secret behind ripple-free borders and great bindings. Get terrific ideas for improving your quilt and enjoy some magic tricks, too!
Helen Frost began quilting in 1972 and started teaching in 1974. She and her mother, Blanche Young, developed new, strip-pieced methods for making traditional designs including the Lone Star, Sunshine & Shadow, and Nine- Patch. Helen is the co-author of eleven books including Grand Endeavors: Vintage Arizona Quilts and Their Makers, the Arizona state quilt project publication. She has taught at guilds and conferences across the country and in Europe. Helen was inducted into the Arizona Quilter’s Hall of Fame in 2009. She continues to explore her favorite quilt designs and cannot begin to count how many Lone Star and Nine-Patch quilts
she has made!

Helen and her husband live in Tucson, Arizona and are the parents of four
grown children.

March Meeting

Quilts ‘N Force Evening
March 13, Wednesday … 6:30 pm
Calling all quilters who like to piece, to baste, to quilt & to bind!
We will have it all and you will earn REWARDS to boot!
“‘Tis more blessed to give than to receive.” I believe it, do you? It makes
me feel good, doesn’t it make you happy to give?
Each group is asked to bring their sewing machines, iron & ironing
surface, and cutting tools. If you are not with a group, ask the Quilts ‘n Force committee which group needs help and you can join them, but please bring your own cutting tools & machine if you wish to sew. Every group will provide their own sewing machine/s.
The Quilts ‘n Force committee will have kits and a pattern available for you to piece a top or you may bring your own kit/s to sew. The committee will also have batting available for your project. All kits will have backing fabric in the kit and binding, too. If you still have one of our kits from last year, please bring it to finish or turn it in for someone else to finish and then you may take another kit to work on. We love to receive finished quilts too!!!
We will be providing 49 kits to Alice Redondo to give to her church to give to the kids going to visit their parent in one of the prisons. Laurie Maas’ group will be doing an equal amount, also, for Alice and her committee. So let’s get busy and Slice, Stitch, and Seal!
You may take kits home to work on, if you promise to return them within a few weeks or sooner.

Febuary Program

Marty Ornish

We will finally get to hear
Marty Ornish, who lives and
works in San Diego. She
has been sewing art
quilts, costumes and
wearable art for many decades. Her interests include Steampunk, Boho,
Gypsy, Festivalwear, and what she calls Really-Wearable-Art for women
and men who want a unique look made in a sustainable way. Garments are
typically made from upcycled and repurposed materials with an emphasis
on antique textiles.

“Tattered Splendor: Ruined Quilt Couture” is a lecture and slide presentation of my recent series of couture gowns and wearable art garments constructed out of ruined, beyond repair vintage quilts and other vintage linens and lace. I discuss the ethics of repurposing ruined vintage textiles, sourcing such textiles, and my inspiration for this series.
Design decisions are discussed, as well as cleaning and stabilization techniques used on these fragile textiles. The “Tattered Splendor” garments were prominently featured in a special exhibit at the 2017 International Quilt Festival in Houston. One of these gowns was awarded Best of Show and Viewers’ Choice at the Pacific International Quilt
Festival, while another piece also won Best of Show at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

January program

Leah Zieber is a quilt historian and quilt maker from
Temecula, CA specializing in Antique Reproduction Quilts from the nineteenth century. Her reproduction quilts have been exhibited across the country and most recently published in Stars: A Study of 19th Century Star Quilts and In War Time: A Study of Civil War Era Quilts 1850-1865.

Leah has worked closely with several Southern California collectors
cataloging, managing and independently researching their textile
collections. Her own collection of antique quilts and related textile items
spans one hundred and eighty years and she shares her knowledge of
American quilt history using her collection in lectures and workshops.

Tiny Treasures
Antique Children’s

Her talk on January 9 is an antique quilts trunk show on children’s and doll
quilts. Step into the secret world of children and their dolls. Through antique and vintage quilts, trade advertising and images you will learn the important role children held in the American household and the significance their tiny treasures still hold today.

Holiday Pot Luck

Let’s Get Our Party On!!!
We will have wonderful food, delicious desserts and maybe you could win one
(or more) of the fabulous raffle items! The silent auction will run exactly
as it has all these many years. Bring your items, and set them up on the
tables around the room. Remember to take home anything that is not lovingly
purchased by someone else in the guild. If you wish to donate a quilt for auction,
please let me know ahead of time, and bring it to the meeting. All proceeds
benefit the guild and our ongoing efforts to share this craft with our community.
Let’s make some memories!

Silent Auction
While pulling out Christmas presents bought all year long, we also come
across items we had to have and have never used. Notions we couldn’t live
without, fabric bundles we knew would make a wonderful quilt, items we were
gifted, but had two of already. Gently used items could go from not-yet-trash
to someone else’s treasure! Bring them all to the Silent Auction! All proceeds go
to the guild.