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Help Wanted: Set-Up and Take Down

Help Wanted

We're always on the lookout for several helping hands at our meetings. Two ongoing jobs are (1) set-up and take down of the speakers quilts and items for sale; and (2) holders and folders of the speakers quilts. Can you volunteer at the June 12th meeting with Melinda Bula? Or, can you step up and volunteer at each meeting?

Just a reassuring note about each job ... Set-up does NOT involve the chairs or tables, and second, there is no height requirement for holders and folders so shorties are welcome.

It's easy work and the best part is that you meet the speaker and see the quilts up-close. Call or email Jeanne Mills at 831-647-8973 or

Help Wanted: Holders and Folders







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2017 MPQG
Quilts by the Bay Viewers' Choice Awards

  1. Moving Forward by Catherine McGovern
  2. Fancy Forest by Phyllis Martin
  3. Parrot Fish by Mary Ellen Parsons
  4. Welcome to the Neighborhood
    by Beverly Schiavoni
  5. Ocean Ripples by Janyce Anderson
  6. Cute Chicks by Mary Ellen Parsons
  7. Gypsy Wife by Linda Branting
  8. Oh No! Here Comes the Cook
    by Carol Silveira
  9. What was I Thinking by Cindy Brown
  10. Elephant and Monkey Take a Stroll
    by Elizabeth Hull
Moving Forward by Catherine McGovern
Fancy Forest by Phyllis Martin


Photo Coming Soon
Above left - Moving Forward; above right - Fancy Forest; Left - Parrot Fish



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Garofalo Wins Best of Show

Garofalo Wins Best of Show

Parsons Takes Judge's Choice

Congratulations to all MPQG members who entered a quilt in this year's Quilts by the Bay. For a complete list of winners, click here.

Viewer's Choice Awards will be announced at the May general meeting.

Deborah Biller, Judging
email, 831-655-8009



Judges Choice Award for Mary Ellen Parsons

Left: Linda Garofalo, Best of Show Award. Above: Mary Ellen Parsons, Judge's Choice Award




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Presidents Message for May 2017

Spring by the Bay

A heartfelt “thank you!” to all who volunteered your time, and shared your quilts and mini-quilts, and donated garage-sale goodies, or shared gifts in the Boutique during our very successful Quilts by the Bay show at Chautauqua Hall on April 7-9.

Even more gratitude goes out to all the Committee Chairs led by Rita Jacques and her shadow, Kathrin Brown, who will be coordinating the Quilt Show next year. Patricia Brown’s excellent organization made set up and take down run smoothly, with great camaraderie amongst us all. Maia Liddle’s promotional efforts led to articles in the Californian and Cedar St. Times, and KSBW Channel 8 even stopped by for a quick interview! Opening on Friday continues to be a huge hit with quilters from other guilds who admired the quilts on display and shopped at the Garage Sale and Boutique.

Our Sunny Side Up raffle quilt was won by someone who attended Empty Spools Seminars and her thoughtful note expresses her delight at winning. Carole Olsen worked tirelessly to promote the raffle quilt here and there, and our thanks to others who took to the road to share with other guilds.

We’re tallying the final numbers (thank you, Jeanne Krener) and will share the results during our May members meeting on Monday, May 1, along with the winners of Viewers Choice Awards.

We’ll also listen to a delightful talk by Rod Daniel, a recent artist-in-residence at Empty Spools Seminars, who’ll talk about using color and fabric to create inspirational designs. I’m looking forward to seeing you all there!

The Pacific Grove Natural History Museum quilt show is now over, and was a huge success from the Museum’s perspective, and from ours. We’re hoping to partner with them again in the future on another quilt exhibit.

Now that both the quilt exhibit and our quilt show are behind us, we have time to catch our breath and turn our attention to UFO, challenge quilts, charity quilts, the Block of the Month, and visiting all of the lovely shows and events noted in this newsletter, including the Shop Hop in June.

No matter where quilters gather, there’s never a dull moment!

Cheers, Nora

Nora Deans, President, 831-760-9800


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President's Message for June

Spring by the Bay

As we savor these long days of June, we reflect on all of the amazing programs and workshops and Guild activities since September. We’ve had a great year so far, with dynamic speakers and another successful Quilt Show. It’s also the time of year we invite you to join in the camaraderie and volunteer for one of the positions opening up this August on the Guild’s Executive Board, or as a Standing Coordinator.

Each year, half of the two-year Executive Board positions open up, and several of the Standing Coordinators’ positions become available. While we’re sad to see our colleagues step down, we welcome the fresh energy and insights that new volunteers bring to the table. This year, we’re looking for someone to fill my position as president, as well as a secretary and community outreach, among others.

Efficient business practices keep the time commitment reasonable. Board meetings only last an hour once a month, and often I get emails from colleagues afterwards exclaiming, “I love this Board!” or “Great meeting!” Don’t just take it from me. Ask any of the Board members, and you’ll hear this same response. And Jeanne Mills writes about our guild’s origin and the foundation built by volunteers so well later in this newsletter.

You might consider joining with a friend, or nominating someone you think might be a perfect fit. You’ll find a brief description in our By-Laws and detailed job descriptions in the MPQG Standing Rules on our website under the ABOUT US tab above. And I’d be happy to talk to you about the nuts and bolts of each position and answer any questions.

And please note that our June members’ meeting is on the SECOND Monday, June 12th this month. We’re excited to be hearing from Melinda Bula, who’s leading a weekend workshop before she shares her program with us.

Cheers, Nora

Nora Deans, President, 831-760-9800


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New Banners generously donated to PG

A Grateful Thanks for the New Banners

Many thanks to our anonymous friend for the new banners promoting the guild's annual quilt show. We LOVE them!


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Block of the Month Churn Dash

Churn Dash

This is a traditional block that has sooooo many possibilities for the "modern" quilter. Click here for the directions.

Kathrin Brown, Block of the Month, 408-838-1004





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Touch of Red, 2017 Guild Challenge

2017 Challenge Quilt

May Update: The RED CHALLENGE is going to be amazing and we have over 50 people signed up to participate. If you haven't picked up your RED SQUARE and information sheet, be sure to look for Dru at the sign-up desk at our June 12th guild meeting. The challenge quilts are due to be turned in at the August meeting, so you still have plenty of time to get them finished.

  • Theme: A Touch of Red
  • Subject: Your choice.
  • Size: 18” x 18”
  • Fabric: Your choice (from your stash) plus the Kona brand Red on the front. At no charge, we will give a small cut of Red fabric to each Guild member who accepts the Challenge. (The Red is Kona 1480 Chinese Red, by Robert Kaufman, in case you want more.) Note: Additional Kona 1480 fabric is available at Back Porch Fabrics in Pacific Grove.
  • Due date: August 7th Guild meeting.
  • Exhibits: Quilts will be displayed at the August Guild meeting, the 2017 Monterey County Fair, and at the April 2018 MPQG show where they may be judged if you chose.
  • Quilt Construction: Your quilt should have three layers. You can use any method and any embellishments. It must include a 4" hanging sleeve. It also must have a label on the back with your name, the quilt’s name, and 2017 Quilt Challenge.

Please let us know that you are planning to participate in our Touch of Red Challenge by emailing or calling Linda Branting at or 650-703-0531. We will send email blasts from time to time as reminders of due dates.

For questions, please email or call:

Challenge Quilt Committee promoting


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Photo of quilt display at Monterey Public Library

One Last Look

Were you able to catch the eclectic quilt show at the Monterey Public Library? Traditional - Primative - Tech - Modern - Art - Contemporary.

Again this year, the kind librarians gave us free rein to decorate the locked display window at the Pacific Avenue entry with all styles of fiber arts to promote our 2017 Quilt Show and, hopefully, convert a few folks to our passion for quilting.

Many Thanks to ...

Tina Magill, Shirley Steele, Sally Miller, Janyce Anderson and Elizabeth Hull for their generous loan of quilts, quilted tea cozies, and even a teapot. Thanks to Maia Liddle for her graphic skills in creating the gorgeous posters. Kudos to designer Tina Magill for her expert collage-style placement of each element.

Jot a note in your March-April 2018 tickler file to make this a must-see event. Also, stop by and pick up a good book, audio disc, or movie. Have you registered at OverDrive to receive books and audio books on your smart devices? The Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific Street in Monterey CA. For Library hours, go to

Claudia Sammis, Web Manager, 408-219-5758

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P.S. from Rod Daniel

It was my pleasure to speak to the Monterey Guild. Thank you for all you did to make it an easy experience for us. Afterward, Jim and I spoke in the highest terms of how much we enjoyed meeting everyone there, and what an absolutely enjoyable experience it was.

We made it home safely, although quite tired. Fully recovered now. Time to make some new quilts.

All my best,


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Board Projects for May

Board Projects: May

  • Meeting: Lecture - Program
  • Approve Challenge Quilt Plan - Activities
  • Print Raffle Quilt tickets and promotional material - Activities
  • Call for activities to market Raffle Quilt - Activities
  • Exhibit April Quilt Show Viewers Choice Winners - Quilt Show
  • Conduct Quilt Show review; prepare recap with recommendations; present to board - Quilt Show
  • Updates and announcements to Communications the 13th of month - All, Communications


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June Board Projects

Board Projects: June 2017

  • Meeting: Lecture, New Member Tea preceding - Program/Membership
  • Board evaluation of organization assignments & volunteers
  • Update volunteer forms with member survey, optional
  • Call for volunteers for MPQG Supporting Committees
  • Next fiscal year budget proposals due to Treasurer
  • Review and finalize membership dues for following fiscal year
  • Finalize General Meeting calendar for year beginning September 1 - Program
  • Develop nominations for MPQG executive board and standing coordinators
  • Call for volunteers for Monterey County Fair - Community Outreach
  • Board meeting on Tuesday, June 27, 2017
  • Updates and announcements to communications by the 10th of the month - All/Communications



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Friendship Group Energy

Above: Actual photo of a friendship group.


If you are a new member wanting to meet other quilters, or you have been around the MPQG quilting scene for a while, Friendship Groups are a wonderful way to explore quilting with others in a small group atmosphere. There are daytime groups, nighttime groups, groups that dine, groups that sew, groups that discuss, groups that create, special interest groups, and groups that do multiple things. Some meet in homes, some in churches, some in recreation centers. From Salinas to Monterey to Carmel and Carmel Valley, there is likely a group that will work for you or we can try to create a new one. Friendship Groups are a great way to get inspired.

Refer elsewhere on this website for current information on all groups or contact me. Most groups are not full and welcome both visitors and new members.

Marjorie Longo, Friendship Group Coordinator, 831-624-8649


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April Membership News

Since our last newsletter, our guild has FIVE new members: Christine and Faith Lancaster of Del Rey Oaks, Rhonda Courter and Danna Kittlitz of Marina, and Joan Costello of Seaside. Be sure to welcome them at our next meeting and invite them to join you at one of the friendship groups you enjoy. We share our strengths and our growth to build an ever stronger, more vibrant Guild.

Linda Branting, Membership, 650-703-0531

Welcome New Members April 2017



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Other Quilting News

EMPTY SPOOLS 2018 Registration Opened May 4

As we say good-bye to the 2017 sessions, it's time to put your oar in the water for 2018. It's so great to have Empty Spools Seminars in our own backyard in Pacific Grove. To learn more about the many sessions and choices of workshops, go to: What are you waiting for? It's time to treat yourself to a very special experience! Some of the workshops fill particularly fast, so don't delay.

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Gwen Marston Photograph

a common thread

a collection of quilts by Gwen Marston
April 3 - June 27

Always a hit with visitors, Gwen's latest work is featured in the Gallery at Back Porch Fabrics, 157 Grand Avenue at Central, Pacific Grove, CA 93950. For information: 831-375-4453.









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New Shows Open at the Quilt Museum

Lots of exhibits open on Friday, April 21 and run through July 16. For details and enticing photos, go to: While you're on their website, don't miss the article on the Artist in Residence. In addition, there are numerous ongoing events that you will want to explore ... some include children/young people.

The museum is located in a happening San Jose location within easy walk to restaurants, and reasonably priced parking.

Modern quilt on exhibit


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Quilts of Valor Honorees

Above: The South Bay Blue Star Moms Sewing Stars awarded lovingly handmade Quilts of Valor to ten men and women veterans who served the United States in war time. The awards ceremony and reception, the third since the Sewing Stars began in 2012, was held at American Legion Post 564, Santa Clara. Nationally 151,073 quilts have been awarded.

Quilts of Valor Calling for Volunteers

Our Guild has been contacted by a QOVF member/group leader from Placerville. She has been willing to present Quilts of Valor to recipients here in the Monterey Peninsula area on behalf of the state organization, as her dad lives here in Pacific Grove. She would like to find someone in this area who would be interested in establishing a local group. This would involve making quilt tops as well as presentations. If you as an individual would be interested, or would like to form a MPQG Friendship Group with this focus, you can contact her directly. Terry Ogino at 530-417-4720 or

To learn more about the national group, go to Quilts of Valor Foundation.

Terann Carr, Charity Quilts, 831.375.7881



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