President's Message for March



WIPs and UFOs and WHIMMs, oh my!

This past week we traveled from Monterey to Elk, California along Highway 1. It was warm, the sky was blue, and the ocean calm. Absolutely perfect for a road trip. How fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful place. So much to be thankful for. I’m signed up for Sue Benner’s class on landscapes in March and kept taking pictures because so much of what we saw was so beautiful and would be lovely memorialized in a quilt. Two weeks to go before the class and I’m still procrastinating. I suspect I’m not the only one with this malady, that’s why there are so many ways to address those piles of quilt tops or blocks, or ideas that are waiting for us, i.e. WIP (Works in Progress), UFO (Unfinished Objects), and a new one WHIMM (Work Held in my Mind). My goal is to get “out of my mind” and make a plan today.

I truly enjoyed our Program for February with Mickey Beebe. I think I was most amazed by the goal of “having a quilt in the San Jose Museum,” or designing to meet the specific requirements of a contest. It opened up a whole new way of thinking for me. Of course, the beauty of her work also amazed. Her ability to take a classic design and make it modern and truly her own was marvelous. She is an artist in every way.

A big thank you to Debbie Biller’s Quilt Show judging committee for the organization of the quilt entry process during our last meeting. It was a great help to those of us who miss some of the finer points of the entry directions and I’m sure this saved the Committee a lot of work. I want to really encourage any of you who may be wondering how this whole quilt show process works to consider shadowing one of the committee chairs. It’s a great way to make new friends and help the Guild also.

Rita Jacques, President
email, 360-561-6296



President's Message for April



Thank Heaven for Spring Rains

Thank Heaven the spring rains are finally here. I didn’t think we were going to get any rain at all. I’m very thankful for the rain for a very selfish reason, it gives me the impetus I need to complete the quilts and label them for the show. It’s one of those tasks I tend to put off until the last minute. Sewing on bindings is not one of my favorite things.

The plans for the Quilt Show are moving along splendidly. Kathrin’s meeting with all the committee chairs last Sunday was great. I love that there are new faces in the group. Many of our members have been doing the Committee Chair functions for many years and I’m glad others are stepping up and getting involved. It really is a great way to make friends.

One thing that has been on my mind for a while is recruitment of new members, especially younger members. I would love it if you would share any ideas you might have to reach out to that younger population of quilters or wannabe quilters. I know they’re out there. Speaking of recruitment, Claudia Sammis is one of those who has been doing a superb job as our webmaster for several years. She would love to step down. If you have the requisite skills, and would be willing to serve, please let me know. I absolutely loved the pineapple blocks at our last meeting. Thank you Claudia Sammis for designing the block and providing the instructions. By the way, if any of you have ideas for the block of the month, let Kathrin Brown know. I’m sure she would appreciate the input.

Thank you to each of you who contribute so much to making ours a vibrant and fun guild.

Rita Jacques, President
email, 360-561-6296


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March 5

Show and Tell


Great member turnout, Jane Sassaman's striking designs, and a new and improved room setup.

Many thanks to Cat for the amazing photographs taken in hardship conditions.

march block of the monthAbove: MOD Pineapple BOM won by Marie Faile
Above: Liz Rondelle





l. to r. Jamie Bellew and Sherrill Ash




l. to r. Terry Burns, Linda Branting, and Maia Liddle



l. to r. Julie Jezowski, Bert Sison, and Linda Stoner






top - Linda Stoner, bottom - Janyce Anderson showing a friend's neonatal quilts

l. to r. Joanne Coss, and Janet Taillon




l. to r. Rita Jacques, Mary Campbell, and Jamie Bellow



 l. to r.  Terry Burns, and Tamberly Petrovich





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Welcome to new members

Membership News

Welcome to our four new members: Liisa Miller of Del Rey Oaks, Jessica Belmonte of Spreckels, Christine Beach (formerly Chris Lancaster) of Carmel Valley, and Karen Gonzalez of Machine Medics in Capitola. What a wonderful time to join our Guild! Looking for a way to meet other members? Volunteer to help with the Quilt Show by signing up to help with frame assembly and quilt hanging. You’ll see first-hand how smoothly the whole thing comes together and make some new friends in this very rewarding process.

Linda Branting, Membership, 650-703-0531




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Block of the Month for April

Strippy Sunset
Block of the Month

A modern, spare landscape. Easy to finish even if you're readying quilts for the show.

Click here for pattern and directions.

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




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challenge quilt

Announcing the 2018 MPQG QUILT CHALLENGE

Theme: What Goes Around?

Subject: Your choice, but you must use at least one circle somewhere in the quilt. Circle(s) may be pieced, appliquéd, fused, raw-edged, zig-zagged, painted, or in fabric. At the February Guild meeting we provided a Karen Kay Buckley “Bigger Perfect Circle” with each Challenge information sheet along with instructions. This method is optional. We will continue to provide Perfect Circles at our March Guild meeting only as long as our supply lasts.

Size: 18”x18” SQUARE...that’s part of the Challenge!

Fabric: Your choice!

Due Date: August 6th Guild Meeting. They will be held and displayed as a group in the Quilt Room at the Monterey County Fair later that month.

Reminder: Your quilt should have 3 layers. It should include a 4” sleeve for hanging and have a label on the back with your name, the quilt’s name and “2018 MPQG Challenge”. You are welcome to make and submit more than one quilt. This small format is a great opportunity to try that new technique you just learned or want to learn.

We can’t wait to see what you create! Questions? Contact us.

Dru Hammond
email, 831-241-1411

Linda Garofalo
email, 415-444-6142

Linda Branting,
email, 650-703-0531



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wild flower illustration


Wildflower Quilt Exhibit at
PG Museum of Natural History

We’re very excited to announce a second Guild quilt exhibition at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, this time reflecting a theme of wildflowers. The show runs through late April 2018.

The exhibition features quilts from Guild members depicting aspects of wildflowers in any style—traditional, modern, art, abstract, etc. The show overlaps with the Museum’s annual wildflower exhibit.

PG Natural History Museum, 165 Forest Avenue at Central, Pacific Grove.


Opening reception
Opening reception


Above: Opening reception

Opening reception




Sherrill Ash, Community Outreach, 831-915-2296


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Quilt for Doc proposal accepted

Steinbeck Center Accepts
MPQG Doc Ricketts Quilt Proposal

Thanks to the efforts of Joan Costello and Jeanne Krener, MPQG will be (re-)creating the silk quilt that the girls at Dora's gave to Doc for his birthday in Steinbeck's book, Cannery Row. Joan will head up the project.

How can you help? First, search your stash for dress weight silk in pink, pale yellow, orchid and cerise (cherry red) as well as other "bordello" colors.

We will need hand embroiderers for the border. Can you help with cutting next weekend. If so, contact Joan Costello at or 831-247-1907 if you can help with fabric or talent.

Please read the acceptance letter below to better understand our challenge.

February 15, 2018

Dear Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild,

Many thanks for your fine proposal. We have selected yours as the best submission and are delighted that you will undertake this project.

As the National Steinbeck Center looks forward to its 20th anniversary on June 28, we are working to re-conceptualize and renovate our exhibits. We are delighted that your quilt will add interest to the Ed Ricketts bedroom in the museum.

As you know, the inspiration for this project came from Cannery Row, where everyone on the Row is preparing for Doc’s birthday party:

“Take the girls at Dora’s. All of them had at one time or another gone over to the laboratory for advice or medicine or simply unprofessional company. And they had seen Doc’s bed. It was covered with an old faded red blanket full of fox tails and burrs and sand, for he took it on all his collecting trips. If money came in he bought laboratory equipment. It never occurred to him to buy a new blanket for himself. Dora’s girls were making him a patchwork quilt, a beautiful thing of silk. And since most of the silk available came from underclothing and evening dresses, the quilt was glorious in strips of flesh pink and orchid and pale yellow and cerise. They worked on it late mornings and in the afternoon before the boys from the sardine fleet came in…”

Cannery Row, p. 157

“They were just seated formally, sipping delicately at the whiskey, when Dora and the girls came in. They presented the quilt. Doc laid is over his bed and it was beautiful.”

Cannery Row, p. 173

The National Steinbeck Center gladly agrees to the terms and plans of your proposal and looks forward to seeing your work. The NSC will reimburse you for supplies. And there will also be a $750 payment when the quilt is complete. Please take photos of your work so we may see the process as it unfolds. We would love to include progress in the Steinbeck News. Congratulations! Have fun with the construction!


Tara Spada
Events and Exhibits Coordinator
National Steinbeck Center

Sherrill Ash, Community Outreach, 831-915-2296


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Looking to 2018


Great Beginnings

March Update: UFO (Unfinished Objects)

Did you know the average quilter has 16 UFOs? There are many obstacles that interfere with our efforts to finish our quilt projects. We get bored. We set aside a project to participate in a new challenge or charity project. We question our fabric or color choices. Often, the demands of life limit the amount of time available for quilting. Unfortunately, those unfinished projects take up a lot of space in our homes. More importantly, they take up a lot of space in our thoughts. They can effect our concentration and cause distractions. Regardless of how hard we try to ignore them. Finishing our UFOs is important in many ways. By finishing our UFOs, we learn to overcome our quilting problems, build quilting confidence and develop creativity. Let’s be honest. Our UFOs usually look much better than we expected. We discover that are choices and skills are much better than we thought.

We are fortunate that MPQG sponsors a generous UFO program. Let’s resolve to participate and see what we can accomplish. Let’s make a goal to establish a new “quilting personal best”. To get started, make a list of the UFOs you plan to finish this year. Register your list at the UFO Center at our guild meeting. When you complete a UFO, bring it to a guild meeting to be recorded and presented at Show and Tell. Recording your UFOs makes sure you get entered into the prize drawings. The challenge ends in November. In December, there will be three gift certificates from Back Porch Fabrics awarded to 3 participants.

If you have questions or concerns, I will gladly assist you along the way. Official rules and registration forms are available at the MPQG UFO Center at General Meetings. They can also be downloaded from this website.

P. S. If you're a "form" person, click this link.

*or, send your UFO list to:
Donna Appleget
PO Box 1025
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Donna Appleget, UFOs
email, 831-324-4316


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2019 Raffle Quilt Design

Design: Owls
2019 Raffle Quilt

The talented Mary Ellen Parsons has visualized our 2019 raffle quilt with a striking medley of owl images. Visualized is the key word as she never quite knows where her ideas will lead. The owl patterns have been completed, and several talented hand-appliquers have agreed to help with construction. Mary Ellen is still working to gather fabrics that will work, so far mostly from her own stash. Holly Casey is on board to quilt it in time for the Monterey County Fair. The marketing team headed by Noreen Nance and Janet Taillon will make sure lots of people will have an Opportunity to win what is sure to be a Work of Art.

Allison Barrett, Activities



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Marilee Kline and Way Out in Left Field


An Interview with Marilee Kline
March 2018

One in an occasional series in which an MPQG member, chosen at random, is interviewed about her quilting journey.


I strongly believe in participating, says Marilee Kline. Yet her first quilt project involved thirteen months of solitary labor. I definitely started out traditional, she says. But now she embraces the alternate grids and negative spaces of modern quilting. Marilee’s quilt story, written over 40 years, touches the far ends of many spectra: solitary and participatory, individual and group, member and officer, south and north, traditional and modern, scissors and rotary cutters. But these end points on the ranges don’t exist in isolation. Master quilter that she is, Marilee joins them (chain-pieces them, perhaps?) into a harmonious continuum.

Like so many who grow up to be makers, young Marilee saw creativity in her own family. My mom sewed. She could sew with patterns, but she was really great at adapting, improvising. When I was little she was given a used and somewhat faded child’s coat. She took it apart, turned the pieces inside out and sewed it back together. It looked brand new. And she would do oddball things: she would tackle a motorcycle seat cover, or a lamp shade—you name it.

And I had a quilt that my grandmother gave me when I was about 13 years old. It was a Sunbonnet Sue, and I loved that quilt. It was on my bed. There was something about it: I loved the feel of it.

While Marilee learned to sew at a young age, it wasn’t until adulthood that she was inspired to make a quilt of her own. A friend of mine from King City moved to Pacific Grove, and she got involved with a quilting group. I didn’t even know she knew how to sew. And she had a quilt in a year. I thought, ‘if she can do it, I can do it.’

Marilee’s debut effort was unusual by present-day standards. My very first quilt, I’d seen it in Good Housekeeping. It was a printed sheet and you just quilted the sheet.

I ordered a frame from Sears catalog, Marilee continues. But I had no idea how to quilt. So every stitch, I actually went down with one hand and pushed up with the other -- the stab method. I’m left handed and I’m not really ambidextrous, but I could do each hand equally when it came to one going up and one going down.

It took thirteen months, in a room by myself, she says, with a rueful laugh. But I remain a quilter.

Unfazed by the duration and solitude of that first project, Marilee borrowed some quilting books from the library. Then, when The Wild Goose Chase quilt shop opened in Pacific Grove, she took a class. It just grew from there, she says.

It wasn’t long before Marilee added a social element to her quilting, and even a vintage one. I had formed a small quilt group in King City. We did a [project where] I put red and blue bandanas together and we quilted the bandanas to kettle cloth. But then we needed another project.

I had bought a quilt top for I think 40 dollars at the Moss Landing flea market. I [sandwiched it] and we decided how to quilt it, she recounts. It’s a movie star quilt. Across the edges of the quilt top, the original maker inscribed her name and address, and the words ‘Movie Star Contest 1933.’ Each muslin block was inked with line drawings--a rebus that provided clues to a movie star’s name. Marilee points to one block as example: the detailed images show a couple at the altar, a garden tool, and a Model T. You see, she says, It’s marry - pick - Ford. Mary Pickford.

It wasn’t until the California Heritage Quilt Project made a stop in Pacific Grove, in its quest to collect quilts that came to or were made in the state before 1945, that Marilee discovered the real origins of her quilt. The Movie Star Contest was a puzzle whose clues were published daily in the San Francisco Examiner during The Great Depression: readers submitted their answers to win prize money. One such reader, Mrs. C.S. Jackson of Lodi, transferred the clues to fabric, and made a quilt top of the entire puzzle series. She was probably the only one—it wasn’t a quilt contest at all. Her work is truly amazing.

Marilee herself stood to win a $100 prize for her entry to the heritage project. She didn’t, but her quilt was chosen to be documented. And then, they whittled all the quilts down to just 40, and those 40 went to four

different museums—art museums, because there was no quilt museum then—in California. My quilt was among them. And then all the quilts were compiled into a book. She holds up Ho for California: Pioneer Women and Their Quilts,[1] and opens it with a smile. This is my real claim to fame.

The small group in King City—the women who hand quilted that 1933 contest quilt—has grown up: it’s now a full-blown quilt guild, and one of four to which Marilee belongs. She counts them off: [I’m a member of the] King City guild, that’s where I live. The Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild, I’ve belonged to this one forever. And then we have a summer home in northern California, and I belong to a guild there. And then the Salinas group—it’s not exactly a guild, but active seniors and we meet twice a month. People share tidbits, they share a pattern, and they show how to do something.

Put simply, Marilee says, I love quilt talk, and I’m inspired by other quilters. I’m a believer in small quilt groups, and I am a strong proponent of belonging to a quilt guild.

And Marilee does far more than simply belong: she makes things happen. I believe in participating, not just paying my dues and coming to see the speaker and going home. I’ve done quite a few offices for this guild, even though I live in King City. I have been treasurer and I’ve been program chairperson and workshop chairperson, and I did block of the month. I was on a committee where three of us designed and produced and hand-quilted an opportunity quilt—that’s the one we make for the quilt show and sell tickets for it. And my friend Bev and I did the small quilt auction for about seven years.[2]

These days, Marilee and a friend plan the King City guild retreat: it’s held at the St. Francis center near Hollister and attracts 30 to 35 people every November. Retreats like these are another way she gets to make quilting friends and enjoy quilt talk. Then there’s a large, biannual retreat in Redding that she particularly enjoys, and smaller events in Eureka where she and her husband have a second home.

Between the guild meetings, retreats, classes and quilt shows (I just came back from Road to California, but I don’t think I’ll get to QuiltCon—it is the same weekend as the Watsonville show, and I never miss the Watsonville show), Marilee still relishes quiet time with her sewing machine and her stash. Several years ago, however, she was denied even that when a broken arm left her unable to cut and sew. Not to be deterred, Marilee took to the quilting blogs and to Pinterest, and began to appreciate the modern quilt movement.

A particular inspiration? I love Jackie Gering…I saw those pictures of the white background and the bridge pieces, and then her quilting on it, oh my gosh. I had to dig [for more images of her work], and then I read everything. I fell in love with her. When I heard she was coming [to the MPQG], I was so excited. Her quilts give me goosebumps.[3]

And so, Marilee veered modern. I said I would never do another block-of-the-month quilt, because you make all these blocks, then you have to set them side by side with sashing. Still, she’d made a stack of blocks: traditional stars, albeit in a neutral palette to suit her modern leanings. I came up with a different idea for them, with a grey background. It turned out to be quite a popular quilt. Marilee named it ‘Way Out in Left Field,’ a nod to her new direction.

It was in the show here, and then there was a callout for a modern quilt exhibit at an art gallery in Ontario [California.] It was in conjunction with Road to California last year. I entered my quilt. It was juried and it was picked, and it was in the show there, says Marilee, concluding with a slight understatement. So that was kind of exciting.

Now I’m wanting to do these bigger pieces that blend into the background, and using lots of pieces with no color…or black and white and some little bit of bright color.

This observation steers the conversation to fabrics and stash. It’s hard for me to resist anything with writing of some sort, Marilee says of her current predilection for text fabrics. You have to add new stuff. There’s no such thing as working only out of your stash. That would just be so boring.

She adds a coda that most quilters will understand. I don’t always have to use it. I just have to collect it.

And what of her stash? It’s pretty much a whole room, Marilee admits. Mostly yardage, not too many scraps. I try to get rid of the scraps. It’s great that somebody makes dog beds now, so I don’t have to worry about the little scraps. And I never go to a retreat without taking my laundry hamper of medium scraps that maybe somebody can use and thin out for me.

Marilee concludes with a most compelling reason for maintaining a stash. It’s hard to [think of] getting rid of it. You know, I might get stuck in my house for a month. Some flood or mudslides might hit. I have to be prepared, she claims, tongue slightly in cheek. Of course, we hope that no such thing happens -- no mudslide, flood or even zombie apocalypse. But if it does, if the worst case were to occur, we are reassured that she can manage for a month of solitary stitching. After all, she began with thirteen.

[1] Published 1990 by Jean Ray Laury. See:
[2] The MPQG used to hold a small quilt auction in conjunction with its annual quilt show.
[3] Jackie Gering spoke at our guild, and taught a weekend class, in November of 2015. She is founder and recent past president of The Modern Quilt Guild. See images of her quilts, including the bridge quilt that Marilee mentions, at her blog:


Cat, Communications Team





Elkhorn Slough Banner 1
Elkhorn Slough Banner 2
Elkhorn Slough Banner 3


Elkhorn Slough Banner Tear

Elkhorn Slough Banners

The MPQG has been approached by the Elkhorn Slough Reserve for assistance in repairing or replacing three banners that they display outdoors at their Visitor Center. They believe these banners were created for them by some members of our Guild about 15 years ago. The photos here show what the current banners are like. The Reserve is open to repairs, new banners made with the same designs, or banners from new designs representing inhabitants of the slough. If you or your small group are interested in taking on this project, please contact Sherrill Ash for information on the Elkhorn Slough Reserve liaison.

Sherrill Ash, Community Outreach, 831-915-2296









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Machine Medics card

Welcome Machine Medics

MPQG would like to welcome Karen and Luis Gonzalez of Machine Medics as new merchants and new members of the Guild.

Karen's background is in customer service and computers from her work in accounting and Information technology. Luis' background is in photography, medical media photography, and work on hospital computers.

Karen's family is from Marina and Seaside. Her parents and aunts and uncles went to Monterey High School. Her paternal grandfather worked at the Monterey Canneries. Her maternal grandfather worked at Fort Ord. Karen went to school at California Academy Sewing Machine Repair in Scotts Valley. She then taught Luis what she learned.

Karen and Luis Gonzalez are Machine Medics. They service and repair home sewing machines. If you have questions, call them at 831-479-8117.

Basic Service:
Non computerized - $79.95
Computerized - $155.00

They will pick up and deliver your machine at one of these locations, and call to discuss when parts and additional labor is required.

You can take your machine to ...

Cross Road Fabrics
80 Airport Blvd
Freedom, CA
Drop off: Thursday before 2:00pm
Pick up: Thursday after 2:00pm

Family Threads
107D The Alameda
San Juan Bautista, CA
Drop off: Thursday before noon
Pick up: Thursday after 1:00pm

Peninsula Vacuum & Appliance
704 Broadway Ave
Seaside, CA
Drop off: Wed. before 5:00pm
Pick up: Thursday after 11:00am


Noreen Nance, Vice President
email, 831-915-3441


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Special Raffle in March and June

Quilt in a Basket
Special March Raffle

Thanks to all who participated in the March "Quilt in a Basket" Raffle. $247.00 was raised given to the Guild"s General Fund. Here are the lucky winners:

  • Tracey Gates won the Sea and Sand Basket
  • Kathleen Clancy won the green and white Tone on Tone Basket
  • Allison Barrett won the Japanese Jigsaw Puzzle Basket

Coming in June

For a change of pace, a Silent Auction will be held at the June 11th meeting with proceeds going to the General Fund. The Guild has received the following gifts for the auction: a vintage Juki Serger (model MOP-103N) valued at $45.00, a 1930's Elna portable "Grasshopper" in a metal carrying case valued at $150.00, and a like new large TOTO BAG. Rita Jacques, who received the gifts, has tested the serger and Grasshopper, and she reports that they both work well. The items and silent auction bid sheets will be on display at the May and June Meeting.

Linda Phillips
email, 831-747-7082


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4th Graders working on 12

4th Graders working intently on their 12" blocks

Mrs. Southerland arranges the blocks on the design wall - not quite there yet.

Mrs. Southerland arrange the blocks on the design wall - not quite there yet.

Ariel Theatrical

Ariel Theatrical


It's with pleasure that the Board announces the grant recipients for our very successful Holiday fundraiser.

  • Pacific Rep Theatre $250
  • Ariel Theatrical $200
  • Girl Scout Troop #32140 $150
  • Los Arboles Middle School $240
  • Monterey Bay Charter $235
  • Tularcitos School $125
  • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles $850

Thank you to everyone for making these grants possible.

Noreen Nance, Vice President
email, 831-915-3441

Thank You from PAC Rep

Because of your support, we are able to provide children and young people the opportunity to participate in our School of Dramatic Arts (SODA). We look forward to seeing you at the theatre during the current season.

Stephen Moore
Founder and Executive Director of PAC Rep

Thank You from Tularcitos School

A BIG Thank You to Mary Ellen Parsons and MPQG for the grant to Tularcitos Elementary School in Carmel Valley. Mary Ellen taught a Quilt History and Quilt Block class to Mrs. Southerland's 4th Graders. In March it will be the 5th graders.

Tularcitos Elementary
Tularcitos Elementary
Tularcitos Elementary


Tularcitos Elementary
Tularcitos Elementary
Tularcitos Elementary


Thank You from Ariel Theatrical

I just wanted to let you know that we received the letter and check for the grant from the Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild. Thank you so much! We are thrilled to have your support.

Our costume mistress, Lia Harty, used these funds to create several new costumes for Narnia. The costume for Aslan, the lion, turned out absolutely incredible! I'm attaching a few photos so you can see what your donation helped to create! We had some pretty amazing costumes!

Thanks again and I'll be in touch.

Heather Kirk, Development Director
831.775.0976 |
320 Main Street, Salinas
P.O. Box 1268 Salinas, CA 93902


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Charity Quilt News


CQFG and their Hexie Quilt

Used with permission, this pattern is from Mary Hogan's book, Fast-Fold Hexies. To learn more about Mary, go to For information about how to order the book, check with our merchant members or go to

Terann Carr, Charity Quilts, 831.375.7881

CQFG hexie quilt
laying it out on the floor
Assembling the hexies



Thank you from charity quilt recipients

Dear Terann:
I have been giving our patients (as well as several of their loved ones) the MPQG heart pillows for the last six years. I want to thank your group for their time and let them know how much our patients appreciate their heart pillows. I'd say close to, if not, 100% of the cancer patients I have given a pillow to hug it immediately. They find so much comfort and feel the love that goes into their heart pillow. I recently gave a heart pillow to a young girl who was watching her mom try on wigs after recently loosing her hair. The young girl hugged her pillow so tight and began to let the tears she was holding back fall on her heart pillow as she clutched it even tighter. I wanted to let everyone know how important your donated pillows are to people facing the fight of their lives. Thank you so much!

Carol Schur McDonnell, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital
Comprehensive Cancer Resource Center


Dear Monterey Peninsula Quilters: Thank you so much for the lovely & generous pile of quilts that Terann brought to the clinic earlier this week! She described the fun festivities at the annual Holiday party, which I’m so sorry to have missed - but I hope you know I was there in spirit! As always, we are so appreciative of your creative & generous donation!

Thank You!! & Happy Holidays;
U.S. Renal Care


NMC NICU thanks



Above: Janella Reyes, Kim Leavitt, Carolyn Fischer, Hilary Ryan, and holding the little one is Georgia Sapiens.

Thank you so much for the beautiful Quilts. We really appreciate your time and love that is put into each one. Having an infant in the NMC NICU is such a difficult experience, every little thing we can do to help make that experience better goes a long way. The bright colors help to make the unit less sterile looking and seems to create a calming effect for the families as well. They are also great mementos for the parents to take home. Kim

Maia Liddle
email, 831-682-5958

Request for Quilts for Napa/Sonoma Fire Victims


Update - March Update

The Facebook page is humming with activity and quilters pitching in to help. Here are the key points:

  • Note from Santa Rosa Quilt Guild - Please don't send anymore fabric or notions. They are swamped with fabric and gratitude.
  • Volunteers are actively delivering quilts to those in need.
  • Kathi Carter Sweet needs smaller quilts and crib quilts for Santa Rosa families. She is a long-arm quilter and will take tops. Deliver to Always Quilting.
  • This will be a two year project before those burned out are resettled. Bed-sized quilts are most appreciated.

Our thanks go to Terann Carr and Kathrin Brown for delivering quilts to Always Quilting.

Quilts for NORCAL Fire Victims

This email request with the very appealing graphic was forwarded to your web manager for posting. I've joined their Facebook group in anticipation of learning more and will let Terann Carr know about any updates from them. If you have bed quilts or juvenile pillowcases watch for news from Terann Carr, our Charity Quilt Coordinator. Or, send/deliver your quilts to:

Always Quilting
4230 Olympic Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403
Eddie's Quilting Bee
480 S Mathilda Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Golden State Quilting
2435 S. Winchester Blvd
Campbell, CA 95008
(408) 866-1182
The Cotton Patch
1025 Brown Avenue
Lafayette, CA 94549


Claudia Sammis, Web Manager
email, 408-219-5758


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Shopping with Amazon Smile and eScrip


Amazon Smile and Escrip

Don't forget to use Amazon Smile with our guild as the donation recipient. Here's how: Go to and sign up. You can use Prime, or not. Then, choose Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild as your charity of choice. Last, shop as you normally would ... just make sure that you are on the Smile portion of Amazon.

You can also help the guild by signing up and using your donation eScrip at Lucky Supermarket. Ask Tina Magill for help.

eScrip and AmazonSmile

Here's the basic info:

MPQG now has a new and simple way to earn money through the charity donation programs (and yes we ARE an official charity under government rules) of AmazonSmile program and through the eScrip program.

The two programs work in different ways.

  • AmazonSmile requires that you designate a charity, and then make purchases at Amazon under the AmazonSmile banner. Then, 0.05% of your purchase comes directly into our bank account quarterly. Here are links to the AmazonSmile program....easy to sign up, no charge, works with Prime or regular Amazon....and you can see your contribution at any time.
  • eScrip works differently depending on which store you purchase from. Locally, Lucky/FoodMAxx/SaveMart are major partners. (More to come when I figure it out!...possibly Target!) It's as simple as using your rewards card or phone # when you purchase after designating your Charity. Again the funds go directly into our bank account.

FYI - eScrip allows for mass registration by the coordinator. I can do this for you and you'll get an email to confirm that you want to join. Again, it's free and only your phone # and an email are needed just like a rewards card. We can get up to 3% of amounts spent!!!! I will have eScrip signup sheets, more info, and step-by-step directions at the next meeting.

NEED HELP?...Have questions? PLEASE ASK ME.

Tina Magill, eScrip and AmazonSmile Donations Coordinator
  email, 510-206-8477


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Money Pie

MPQG Members:
Let's Get our Share of $4 Million!

It's not too good to be true. Over $4 Million per year in eScrip contributions are waiting for our guild - and most of this is still available from the Shares powered by the eScrip program! We can get our SHARES by getting our members to sign up and shop at Lucky, SaveMart and FoodMaxx stores.

Here's what the top earners have made this year:

  • St. Anthony's School - $13,043
  • Central Valley Christian School - $12,113
  • Valley Oak SPCA - $11,778
  • Sammie's Friends - $10,667
  • St. Joachim School - $10,085

Read on to understand how easy it is to sign up. It won't take long to add to the guild coffers when you do your grocery shopping at the local Lucky Markets.

The most recent report from eScrip was back in November at a whopping $5 for the guild -- better than nothing, of course. We're hoping many more members will have signed up before the next quarterly report.

Tina Magill, Escrip and AmazonSmile Donations Coordinator
email or cell: 510-206-8477



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Quilt Show News


2018 Raffle Quilt

Gorgeous POP OF COLOR! Our 2018 Raffle Quilt

To the left is our 2018 Raffle Quilt, designed by Gudny Campbell and beautifully quilted by Holly Casey. It’s a stunner.

Don't forget to buy your raffle tickets at the April meeting or at the quilt show. This picture doesn't do it justice. It's a stunner!

Size: 90" wide x 92" high





Mini quilts for the quilt show

Mini Quilts for the Raffle

March Update: I am still taking Mini Quilts for the Quilt Show. Minis are any quilt up to 20"x20" or 24"x10" or smaller. Remember, minis DO NOT need a 4” sleeve. Last year we had 42 minis to raffle off with great success. I am currently at 15. Let's get at least 36 to fit our ballot box. Bring your mini to the April 2nd meeting and it will be included. Thank you!

Donna Foote, Mini Raffle
email, 530-277-2166





Monterey Library Mini Quilt Display

VOLUNTEER NEEDED: Monterey Library Mini Quilt Display Chair

This is now a Quilt Show position. As you might know, we get to use the display case at the Monterey Library to promote our Quilt Show for usually 30 days coinciding with our quilt show. Would you like to collect minis (at March guild meeting), set up the display at the library on March 31, 2018, take down the display (end of April), and return quilts at the May guild meeting? Please contact me if you are interested. Thank you Claudia Sammis and Tina Magill for your contributions in the past years.

Kathrin Brown, Quilt Show Chair
email, 408-838-1004







Boutique at Quilt Show

Boutique at the Quilt Show

The annual Boutique is available for members to sell sewing-related items such as quilts, table runners, pincushions, sewing sets, purses, bags, etc. This year, we have use of the yoga room.

If you are interested in participating, please contact me for details or see me at the February and March meetings when I'll have the sign-up sheet available. There is plenty of space.

June Cornell, Boutique

Guidelines for participants


awards party

Awards Party

We will hold our Quilt Show Awards Party on Friday, April 13, from 6:00 to 7:30pm at Chautauqua Hall. 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 which received awards. Tickets will be sold in advance at the April Guild meeting.

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. Becky Taylor will have the Awards Party volunteer sign-up sheet at the April guild meeting. If you have any questions regarding the Awards Party, please contact me.

Stella LePine, 831-901-5030

Note: Tickets will NOT be sold at the door. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the April guild meeting


Garage Sale

Garage Sale

The show is almost here and so is the garage sale! Which means the fabric folding day is coming. This year it will be at Saint Dunstan's Church (on Robinson Canyon Drive, Carmel Valley) on Thursday, April 5th from 12pm-3pm. Donate clean unused fabric! Drop it off or stay and join the folding fun! Last year's event was very successful! Any questions, call us.

Terann Carr, 831-375-7881
Liz Rondelle, 831-620-2512



Volunteers Needed for Quilt Show

Volunteers Needed for Quilt Show

We need all hands on deck! Remember, our quilt show is an all volunteer event. Please bring your calendar to the April 2nd meeting to sign up for an open shift, or call me at the number below.

Shifts are first come, first served.

Currently there are several openings in these area/times:
Admissions - Saturday 11:45a to close
Garage Sale - all day Sat & Sun (take down)
Hanging Quilts - Thur 11a-4:30p
Mini-Quilt Raffle - Sat afternoon & Sun morning
Raffle Quilt - Sat & Sun
White Glove - Fri morning, Sat afternoon & Sun morning/early afternoon
Quilt Return & Dismantling - Sunday evening

WE REALLY NEED all of your hands and willing hearts. Besides, remember HOW MUCH FUN WE HAVE!!! Look for me at the April meeting with the sign-up sheets.

Becky Taylor, Volunteers, 831-869-1562



quilt entry letters

Congratulations on Successful Quilt Entry

It’s going to be a big quilt show this year! We have accepted 196 entries with 54 of those to be judged. The entry information has been entered into the data base, and the show designers, Linda Branting and Phyllis Martin, have worked out where to place your beautiful quilts.

The acceptance letters were mailed out on March 10, 2018. If you do NOT receive yours by March 16, 2018, please contact me. Open your letter immediately and contact me no later than March 23 to correct any errors you may find. The Show Card Information is what Data Entry will print on cardstock and hang with your quilt.

The letter will also include instructions that you need to follow, and a paper label that needs to be SEWN to the back of the quilt before turning it in. It will also tell you whether or not you need a sleeve on your quilt.

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

The quilt turn-in date is Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Chautauqua Hall. If, for any reason, you know that you will not be able to complete your quilt in time for the show, contact Linda Branting,, (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!

Sharon Winter, Data Entry, 831-647-8769


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Other Quilting News

Stellar Jay

Stellar's Jay Terry Grant - Beaverton, OR. 2011 12" x 12", cotton fabrics, batting, thread, pieced, fused, machine quilted.



Aussie Birds Kirsten Duncan - Townsville, Queensland, Australia, 2011 12"x12", commercial cotton fabrics, cotton batting and thread, machine applique, machine embellished, and machine quilted.

Bird Quilts

February 25 thru April 30, 2018

From the Thomas Contemporary Quilt Collection. In the Gallery at Back Porch Fabrics, 157 Grand Avenue in Pacific Grove, CA, 831-375-4453,




Coming May 6, 2018

A Touch of Red

Challenge Quilts by MPQG Members. Opening Reception: Sunday, May 6, 1-3pm. Exhibit dates: May 6 to July 3, 2018.



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Documenting Your Quilt

Used with the written permission of All articles are copyrighted. Many thanks to Maria Elkins of for allowing us to share this terrific information.

Quiltmaker’s Documentation Form

At the very least, fill out a Quiltmaker’s Documentation Form for each of the quilts you make. On this form you can record all the pertinent information about your quilt. It’s nice to have digital pictures, but computers can crash and technology becomes outdated, so be sure to include a paper photograph of your quilt along with fabric swatches which are useful for monitoring fading. Please feel free to make copies of this quilt documentation form and distribute it to your friends, your quilt guild, or wherever you like.

Document your quilt while it is being made

Use a manila folder, a large envelope or Ziploc© bag to keep the receipts for supplies and fabrics purchased for this quilt, sketches made during the design process, notes from your journal, fabric swatches, and photos of you and your quilt while it is being made. Use a separate folder for each quilt. On the outside of your folder or envelope, record any or all of the following:

  • Project name
  • Pattern
  • Size
  • Start and finish dates
  • Project purpose
  • Current owner
  • Materials used
  • Finishing touches (embellishments)
  • Awards
  • Story behind the quilt
  • Miscellaneous information


Sign and label your quilt

A label should be firmly attached to the lower right corner of the back of your quilt. Many quilters recommend attaching the label before the quilt is quilted so the label can not be easily removed without damaging the quilt. Another suggestion is to write directly onto the quilt with a permanent marker. If you like, this could be back-up identification under your regular label. For more ideas on making labels read Labeling Your Quilts (

Hide a signature

Many quilters like to sign their quilts in a hidden place so that if their label is removed they can still positively identify their quilt. Some suggest signing the quilt in the seam allowance that will be covered by the binding. If you will be attaching a hanging sleeve to the back of your quilt, consider signing underneath or inside the sleeve. Put your hidden signature in the same place on every quilt or write down where it is and put that information with your other documentation.

Piece the backing

Piece your backing and then take a photograph of the back of your quilt when you are done. If your quilt becomes lost and someone finds it, this is an additional way to identify it. You will know how the back is pieced and you will have a photo of it. Someone else may be able to describe the front of your quilt in an attempt to wrongfully claim it, but they probably won’t know what the back looks like.

Document your quilt after it is made

This includes good photos of the completed quilt. Hire a professional photographer, if necessary. Also, keep a record of the shows where you displayed the quilt and any awards it won. You may also want to copyright your quilt (

Be sure you have good pictures before you send your quilt to a show. Make sure the pictures are developed successfully and give a true representation of your quilt. If you are only an amateur, point-and-press photographer, read Photographing Your Quilts ( for tips for successful quilt photography.

Get a professional appraisal

This will be very important to establish the value of your quilt. You can get a list of AQS Certified Appraisers by contacting American Quilter’s Society, or you can find an appraiser in your area on the internet through Professional Association of Appraisers,

Kathrin Brown, Quilt Show Chair
email, 408-838-1004


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The Boardwalk 2007
Above: The Boardwalk 2007 by Susan Else

New Shows Opened January 20 at the Quilt Museum

You're Invited ... Opening Reception for

  • A Geographical journey: The Paul J. Smith Textile Collection
  • Without a Net: Susan Else (image on left)
  • Talismanic Tresses: Vien Le Wood
  • A Cambodian Journey: Stories Told by Textiles and Costumes of the Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe


Don't miss the article on the Artist in Residence on their website. In addition, there are numerous ongoing events that you will want to explore ... some include children/young people.

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 S. 1st Street
San Jose, California


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Show Your Work

Are you looking for more exposure for your work? Check these web sites for textile-friendly exhibitions: