Latest MPQG and Member News


Nature Through Quilters’ Eyes
at Pacific Grove Natural History Museum


Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild fiber art is paired with Pacific Grove Natural History Museum exhibits. Opening reception is Saturday January 14, 5 to 7 p.m. - Free. Exhibit runs through the end of March. Daily 10 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays. For information go to

Pacific Grove Natural History Museum
165 Forest Ave at Central
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

0011 Exhibit Sands of the World

Exhibit 0011 Sands of the World
by Claudia Sammis
Left: Nautilus by Elizabeth Hull


Tina Magill Feather

Above: Feather by Tina Magill


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President's Message for February

Quilt Shows by the Bay

by Nora Deans, President

More than 200 people attended the opening reception for Nature Through Quilters’ Eyes at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History on January 14th, which thrilled Museum and Guild members alike. How wonderful to hear excited conversations about the 50 quilts on display, and to see such a diversity of styles and techniques, from abstracts to realism, traditional to modern. Our thanks goes out to Curator Paul Van de Carr for his care and creativity in displaying the quilts, and to Jeanette Kihs for the lovely reception and this opportunity to partner with the Museum. Our gratitude also goes out to Gail Abeloe, Kathy Miller, and Janet Tallion and others at Back Porch Fabrics who rallied to help organize the paperwork and quilts and transfer them to the Museum, safe and sound.

The Museum’s Advancement Committee loves the show and asks if anyone is interested in donating a quilt for a fundraising auction for the Museum. If you’re interested, please let me know and I’ll put you in touch with the Museum’s director.

The show will be open through the end of March, and we’ll return quilts during our members meeting on April 3rd, just in time for our own Quilt Show during Good Old Days in early April.

Guild Quilt Show Speaking of our Guild’s annual Quilt Show, the deadline for entry forms is fast approaching! They’re due at the February 6th members' meeting and forms are in the newsletter and here on the website at Quilt Show.The Quilt Show committee met on January 14th to finalize plans as we build momentum towards April. Watch for chances to volunteer to help set up, take down or be part of the action during the three-day event. I don’t know about you, but I still have several quilts to complete so the race is on…pins and needles are flying and the studio’s a mess.

Heart Pillows It’s February and as our thoughts turn to Valentine’s Day, Terann Carr reminds us of the gratitude expressed by breast cancer patients who receive our heart-shaped Cancer Patient Comfort Pillows, which eases their pain during chemotherapy, or when fastening a seat belt, or myriad other activities we take for granted. Please bring your pillows to the February meeting. Need a pattern? You can find it at heart.pdf. They’re great stash-busters too!

We’re excited to hear from Mac McNamara during our next program, and always look forward to the chance to share quilt inspiration with each other through blocks-of-the-month, and show and tell, and our featured speaker. Can’t wait. See you soon!

Nora Deans, President, 831.760.9800


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Touch of Red, 2017 Guild Challenge

2017 Challenge Quilt

This year, the Challenge Committee hopes all of our quilters (traditional, modern, art, and everyone in between) will participate in our challenge. So ... we're leaving most of the choices up to you and your imagination. We only have two criteria: (1) size, and (2) must include Kona brand RED on the front.

  • 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.)
  • 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:

  • Linda Branting, 650-703-0531 or
  • Dru Hammond, 831-659-1507 or
  • Linda Garofalo, 415-444-6142 or


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A Butterfly for Spring

Finally! Spring is in sight with this gorgeous butterfly. This particular pattern is unique in that it has the more graceful body made from three small squares. Definitely an improvement on the many other blocks out there ... we think.

Give it a try. You'll love the many opportunities for great colors combos in the upper and lower wings -- and want to make two, three, or even more blocks. For directions, go to: Butterfly Block of the Month

Block of the Month Butterfly Block


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February Membership News

This month, we welcome three new members: Marilyn Pospishil-Greve and Carol Silveira of Pacific Grove, and Teresa Black of Aptos. We look forward to seeing you at our February meeting.

Each month, I am increasingly impressed with the range of talents our new members bring to our guild. From the eager enthusiasm of those of us new to this surprisingly sprawling subculture to accomplished quilters with decades of concentrated practice but perhaps new to our area, we share and value lessons in lifelong learning that our craft invariably affords us. Do you have a curious, creative, fabric-centric friend? Invite her/him to our next meeting to discover our world. You'll both be glad you did!

Linda Branting, Membership, 650-703-0531

Welcome New Members February 2017


REMINDER: If you are planning to enter one of your stunning quilts in our Guild Show, forms and photos are due by the February 6th general meeting...and of course you must be a Guild member. Still need to renew? Send your $50 dues check written to MPQG: MPQG, c/o Linda Branting, P O Box 2715, Carmel, CA 93921


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What Password?

Good News! After a stutterie start with more complicated passwords, the company that did the set-up has relaxed their rules.

If you would like access to the members only areas which include the ABOUT > Member Directory, and > Financials, you'll need to spend 5 seconds dealing with the "sign in" feature. Here's how it works when you see the sign in screen. ABOUT > Pines & Needles Newsletters no longer requires a password.Just enter:

Username: your email
Password: quilt
(note the lower case "q")

BTW - "quilt" will NOT be expiring next year as originally reported.

Optional: if you want to switch over to a less generic password, consider:

  • at least 8 characters -- the longer the better
  • at least one alpha
  • at least one capitalized alpha
  • at least one numeric
  • at least one non alphanumeric character

My suggestion is that you use your favorite password that meets the above criteria. For instance, it might look like this: ccs123CCS%. That would be easy for me to remember since those are my initials, and it has a nice rhythm to it. NOW, (1) write down your new password on that sheet of paper you keep next to your computer, and (2) send me an email with your new password and I'll enter it into the system. No one in the guild can see your password except for me ... very briefly. As soon as I enter "Save" it disappears.

A word about the user name. If you have a favorite user name other than your email address, you may change that also.

Thanks to those who've already sent in their longer, "dressed-up" passwords (and suffered through some initial problems).

Claudia Sammis, Web Manager, 408-219-5758

Update to Website Password Issue


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Friendship Groups


Friendship Groups

MPQG friendship groups are open to all members. If you would like an introduction to a group, or if you need help forming a new friendship group, please contact me. The listing of all groups are on our website at Friendship Groups.

Marjorie Longo, Friendship Groups
email, 831-624-8649


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Charity Quilt Friendship Group February Meeting

CQFG February Sew-In

Mark your calendar for Friday February 17th, our next Charity Quilt Friendship Group Sew In. This time bring along a project of your own or do up a neonatal quilt from one of my kits. I have sewing machines on hand so just bring supplies.

Come to my home near Laguna Seca, the view from my kitchen window will make your bag lunch that much more enjoyable. We start at 9:30 am, call if you need directions.

Terann Carr, Charity Quilts, 831.375.7881


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A Quick Guide
Charity Quilt Sizes

Charity Quilt Sizes

I’ve been asked to do a quick review of the quilt sizes we collect, and where they are sent.

  • NICU - For the NICUs the basic size is 20” X 24”, this fits in the layette. Note that the majority of babies in the NICU unit are boys. If the quilt is a little larger, it is OK. If the top and backing are flannel, there is no need for batting. If there is regular quilting cotton on the top, and it is backed with flannel or has top and backing of cotton, add a light batting. These quilts can be either quilted of tied. If quilted, please use minimal quilting so the blanket will remain supple enough to wrap around a tiny baby. The average size of a baby in the NICUs is only 12“ long, like a doll.
  • NICU NEW SIZE - A new size being donated to the NICUs is a 45” square format. These are used to cover the incubators, shielding the baby from the light. These should have batting, and a dark colored fabric in the top or on the back to help block light.
  • Voices for Children/CASA serves children of all ages, even teen-agers. Sizes vary depending on the age your quilt is appropriate for. Toddler quilts can be a bit smaller, say 36” X 45”. This is also a good size for babies, as we add the Christ Child Society to our roster of recipients.
  • Older CASA children can receive larger sizes. 41” X 60” is a general size for teens. This size is fine for dialysis too, keeping in mind that some adults would need something larger, because they cover up almost completely with their quilts.
  • Veterans - Bed sized quilts are given to the VTC (Veterans Transition Center) because their clients live in refurbished Ft. Ord housing. Their beds are usually twin sized.

Every quilt finds a home and is appreciated. These are just general guidelines, enjoy being creative, and think about the person or child who will be receiving your handiwork. THANK YOU.

This is from Margaret Blume at US Renal Care:

Dear MPQG, I really enjoyed the festivities on Monday evening and was delighted to take home such a beautiful basket! Now, I will have to re-ignite my rusty sewing skills and try to produce an actual quilt! A project for 2017. Please know how much we appreciate all the hard work and time that is put into the blankets. They are so beautiful! We are forever grateful for your ongoing donations. Please give June Cornell a special thank you for all her work in organizing such a wonderful event.

Terann Carr, Charity Quilts, 831.375.7881


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February Board Projects

Board Projects: February 2016

  • Meeting: Lecture
  • Distribute materials for Raffle Quilt Blocks
  • Call for entries, Quilt Show
  • Quilt Show entry deadline: February 6
  • Call for quilts for Monterey Library display
  • Updates and announcements to communications the 10th of the month
  • Board meeting on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 6PM


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Heart Pillows for February

Hearts From Your Hearts

Thanks to all who will be participating in the Heart Pillow collection during February. I often hear stories of how much the breast cancer patients use and appreciate these simple gifts. Need a pattern? Just click this Heart link.

Terann Carr, Charity Quilts, 831.375.7881


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Quilt Show News . . . Quilts By The Bay

Quilt Show Awards Party

MPQG Awards Party

The 2017 Quilt Show Awards Party will be held at Chautauqua Hall on Friday, April 7 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Members and guests are invited. The $10:00 ticket price will include admission, champagne, other beverages, and finger foods. The party will provide a time for attendees to view all of the Quilt Show Entries at leisure and to celebrate those judged quilts which received awards.

Tickets will be sold in advance at the March and April Guild Meetings. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door the day of the party.

A total of eight volunteers will be needed to help with set-up, clean-up, and provide service at the food and beverage tables. Party Volunteers will not be required to purchase a ticket. Dee Davis will have the Awards Party Volunteer sign-up sheet at the March and April Guild Meetings. Questions? Please contact me.

Linda Phillips, Awards Party Chair, 831-625-2981


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Quilt Show February 10 Update


It's going to be a fantastic quilt show! We have accepted 160 entries with 68 of those to be judged.

The entry information is now in the process of being entered into the data base by Sharon Winter. She will pass the photos and information to the designers, Linda Branting and Phyllis Martin, who will decide where to place your beautiful quilts.

Expect to receive your acceptance letter after March 14. If you have NOT received it by March 21, please contact Sharon Winter at or 831-647-8769.

Open your letter immediately upon receipt and correct any errors you may find by contacting Sharon Winter. The letter will also include instructions that you need to follow, and a paper label to be SEWN to the back of the quilt before turning it in. It will also tell you that you need a sleeve or tabs on your quilt.

If you notice any changes in categories, it is because the committee made the changes to place your quilt in the best area for judging, or there were errors or omissions. Every effort was made to contact those whose quilts were in need of a category change.

The quilt turn-in date is Thursday, April 6 at Chautauqua Hall from 7:30-11:00 AM. The deadline for judged quilts is 8:30 AM. If, for any reason, you know that you will not be able to complete your quilt in time for the show, contact Linda Branting at, 650-703-0531, or Phyllis Martin,, 831-574-3089 as soon as possible. Do not wait until the day before the show, please.

Happy Quilting!

Gloria Hatton, Entry and Judging Coordinator, 831-649-3562


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Garage Sales News

Ladies! It’s time to get started on Garage Sale preparations! Avoid the hassle and last minute rush and begin now to sort through your stash. Guidelines are available here, and will be at the February meeting. Remember, anything sewing and quilting related is acceptable ... books and magazines, tools, notions, and fabric.

Liz Rondelle, Garage Sale, 831-601-0330

Terann Carr, Garage Sale, 831-375-7881




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Quilt Show
Planning Meetings Scheduled

Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas.  I hope your holidays are full of peace and joy.  I also wanted to let you know I am so thankful that you all have agreed to join me for another year at the Quilt Show.

Mark you calendars for the next two planning meetings. Saturday, 14 January at 3:30 and Saturday, March 11th at 3:30.  Both will be at Monterey Public Library.

My plan is to bring the containers for signs, mini quilts, and the Awards Party with me to the meeting in January.

Again,  Merry Christmas to all.

Rita Jacques, Chair
email, 360-561-6296


Quilts By the Bay Quilt Show


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Other Quilting News

Junipero Serra Health Facility for Homeless

As many of you may know, the Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra run facilities in Salinas for the homeless. Recently, this complex has been expanded to include a health facility. I was fortunate to visit it recently and it is a bright and clean facility. Unfortunately, the walls are completely barren. It occurred to me that it would be much lovelier and inviting if there were quilts decorating the walls.

I spoke with the Director of the facility and she agreed with me. If any of you have wall quilts you would be willing to donate permanently, or temporarily, it would go a long way to make this a more welcoming facility. You can contact me if you want any further information or have quilts you would like to share.

Rita Jacques
email, 360-561-6296



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Copyright symbol. Are Your Quilts Yours to sell?

Did you know that you must have written permission from the copyright holder in order to sell a quilt made from a copyrighted pattern?

Most quilt patterns, whether published individually, in a book or magazine, or in electronic format are protected by copyright. Only the copyright holder may profit from that pattern, or its derivative works, in any way. Check the copyright notice on the pattern; some explicitly grant permission for the sale of a quilt. If not, write and ask for permission. Many quilt designers will gladly grant permission, as one of our members found out last year. When in doubt, either contact the copyright owner for written permission, or do not offer the quilt for sale.

Although we are a small local show, we need to respect the legal rights of designers So whether or not you offer your quilt for sale, please be sure to credit the design source on your entry form. If the quilt is your original design, please list “original design” as the design source and feel free to offer it for sale.

If you have any questions, please contact Gloria Hatton 831-649-3562 or Sharon Winter 831-647-8769.


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Bella's is Moving UP

On January 9th, Bella's Sewing Studio will open in their new digs up on the 3rd floor, Suite 309. BUT, don't worry, there's an elevator to transport you to her great new view.

Be sure to go to her website. There is always new fabric and new classes ... new Japanese cotton fabric, and an assortment of polka dots look intriguing.

Contact: Bella Lofaso,
140 West Franklin Street, Suite 309
Monterey, CA 93940

Bella's Moving Up to the 3rd Floor



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New Shows Open at the Quilt Museum

Weaving: Port Defiance Steps

Point Defiance Steps, Cecilia Blomberg
36" x 50" Cotton Warp Wool and Linen Weft

American Tapestry Biennial

Turner and Gilliland Galleries

January 20 - April 16, 2017

American Tapestry Biennial includes 36 tapestries, featuring artists from eight countries. The works selected for the exhibition high light the variety of artistic expression practiced today in the medium of hand woven tapestry. The pieces range from the subtle, visually complex, and even break new grounds in shape and surface texture. Tapestry's rich history and it's unique ability to render images in the tactile medium of the cloth offer contemporary artists a powerful vehicle for expressing both aesthetic and conceptual concerns.



Cerebral touch: Lia Cook 1980-Now

Finlayson Gallery

January 20 - April 16, 2017

Cerebral Touch: Lia Cook 1980-Now traces Cook's artistic journey from her abstract and dimensional pieces of the 1980s, weaving inspired by Old Masters drapery from the 1990s, exploration of portraiture, and finally work completed weeks before this exhibition opens. Her latest works explore the sensuality of the woven image and the emotional connections to memories of touch and cloth.

Leonard's Quilt

Leonardo's Quilt, Lia Cook
94 x 79 inches, Acrylic on abaca, dyes on rayon; pressed and collaged



Fate Destiny and Self Determination Weaving
Fate Destiny and Self Determination, Line Dufour Tapestry

Line Dufour: Fate Destiny and Self Determination


January 20 - April 16, 2017

Line Dufour's project Fate Destiny and Self Determination is a collaborative tapestry project based in weaving and other fiber art methods propelled by social media. The project is a large web of small weavings that people all over the world have donated. Through her Facebook page, she has received submissions from 230 people from 22 countries, a true collaborative effort. Visitors will have the opportunity to make a small tapestry and contribute a small shape to this project.



Elemental Tapestry: Earth, Air, Fire and Water

Tapestry Weavers West
Porcella Gallery

January 20 - March 5, 2017

For museum information, go to
Embedded Pattern: Three Approaches

Deborah Corsini, Alex Friedman, Michael Rohde
Porcella Gallery

March 8 - April 17, 2017




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Veterans Transition Center

We received the following request. If you are interested in participating, please contact Marlene Baker directly.

The Veterans Transition Center in Marina is doing our 4th car show fundraiser in May to raise money to help homeless veterans and veterans with families in our program. I would like to know if the Quilters Guild members would be willing to donate 1 or 2 quilts that we could use in our silent auction and raffle. Thank you for your time. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time. We are a 501 C 3 non-profit organization.

Marlene Baker, 831-883 -8387


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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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Pantone 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery

Note: This article was taken from the Pantone website (which is why it's a bit "over-the-top".) For more information, go to Pantone .

A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings. It's a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront - it is an omnipresent hue around the world. A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

What is the PANTONE Color of the Year? A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

Greenery Color Swatch





Greenery Color Pairings

Nature’s neutral, PANTONE Greenery is a versatile “trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations. As displayed in the 10 palettes below, Greenery is paired with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels, metallics and even the enduring presence of PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity. These palettes easily cross over fashion, beauty, product and graphic design applications.

Many more color pairings are shown at Pantone.

color pairings

BFFs Quilting Journey

Quilts by best friends,
Deb Albright and Kathy Sandling
February 5 to March 28



Reception for the artists is Wednesday, March 1, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. In the Gallery at Back Porch Fabrics, 157 Grand Avenue at Central, Pacific Grove, CA 93950. For information: 831-375-4453.


Kathy Sandling Quilt

Deb Albright's Quilt


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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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