East Bay Modern Quilt Guild Meeting, June 2011

Okay, so I’m a week late writing up the June meeting notes. Sorry!!! But, as it turns out, when you write up the meeting notes to a very exciting meeting a few days late, other people do a much better job of it for you! A few of the EBMQ attendees were ready to get down to business, and wrote blog entries of their own, which you can check out here:
XOXO Quilts
I want to cut you!
Joeysplanting

There’s also been a big buzz on the group Facebook page. What’s it all about? Jay McCaroll’s newest line of fabric called Habitat.

Westminster Fabric generously agreed to donate yardage of Jay’s newest line, just to see what the Modern Quilt Guilds would come up with. Exciting, right? I think Cyn, Lauren, and Joel covered the excitement pretty well, so head over to their blogs and read up! We’ll be posting more on our progress with this challenge each month, so keep checking back to see how brilliant our members are. You can also see what other Modern Quilters have made by checking out this Flickr pool, dedicated to all things Habitat.

Well, you might think that was enough excitement for the evening, but there was more! It was Lady Dan’s birthday, so we had some yummy banana cake. We had show and tell with the theme being “family.” We had some new visitors (welcome!!). And Dan (the man) brought in his new little toy, the Accuquilt Go Baby. He recently had a give-away on his blog and I know I’m not the only one who was a sore loser. He gave us a really great demo, and some of us (no names, but one person in particular who really likes to cut things!) got busy die-cutting some fabric. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can read his excellent tutorial on how to use the Baby Go on his blog.

Also, we heard from Lauren who has been spear-heading Operation Kid Comfort here in the Bay Area and there were quite a few “misty” eyes when she was done. Great job, Lauren – in the month of June, she and her volunteers finished 23 personalized quilts and pillows that will be given to children whose parent’s have been deployed.

A few of the other things mentioned:
Sonia Delaunay
Magnolia Editions
Ellen’s cool new fabric line!
Possible field trip:Soulful Stitching: Patchwork Quilts by Africans (Siddis) in India
Wrapping Traditions: Korean Textiles Now
Denyse Schmidt collections

To see pictures of this meeting and others, check out East Bay Modern Quilt Guild on Flickr!

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East Bay MQG June 2011, a set on Flickr.

photos from June 2011 meeting

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