Latest MPQG and Member News


Rita Jacques sailboat logo for president's message

Thankful for Friendships

Tracy Brookshier’s presentation at our November meeting was one that I really enjoyed. The photos of her trip to Thailand brought back many members of a similar trip I made several years ago. The vibrant colors and lush vegetation of the environment and the gold leafed Buddhas plus the intricate designs on so many of the buildings are fascinating. She is so correct that inspiration for our quilts surround us. In my sewing room, I have a stack of pictures that I’ve saved as inspiration - no quilts yet- but maybe this year.

Claudia Gano has put together a great committee for our Holiday Party/Fundraiser. Please help her out by letting her know if you or your group will be donating a basket. She really needs to know how many she will have well before the 4th of December. Her contact info is email, 831-659-0650.

There will be greeters at the door to help any of you who have not participated before to navigate the Holiday Party process. It’s alot of fun and all the moneys raised go to supporting the sewing arts in nonprofit organization throughout our community.

As I write this, I’ve been reviewing this year and have identified many things I have to be thankful for. Uppermost in my mind are the friendships forged over the years since settling in Monterey County after 30 plus years of being a nomad within the military. I’m looking forward to making many more.

To you and yours, I wish the happiest of holidays.

Rita Jacques, President
email, 360-561-6296


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President's Message for January

Looking Ahead to 2018

I don’t know about you, but I’m still glowing in the aftermath of our holiday party. Claudia Gano put together a fantastic format. The reading of A Child’s Christmas in Wales by “Dylan Thomas” brought back many memories of growing up in a very cold and snowy New York State. The baskets were beautifully adorned and from all the oohs and aahs, the contents were just as delightful. The food was also fantastic. Thank you to everyone for your generosity. We will have around $2,000 to provide grants this year.

2018 promises to be a very interesting and exciting year for the Guild Members. Our display at the Natural History Museum in Pacific Grove is currently in place and many of our members have provided quilts to the Steinbeck Center as it is kicking off its celebration of the Women of Steinbeck this spring.

The first meeting of the Quilt Show Committee Chairs has taken place with Kathrin Brown at the helm. Be sure to pay attention to the entry application dates. Deadlines will approach very rapidly - April is not that far away. Remember, if you have entered a quilt, you must volunteer for at least four hours during the show.

Just a reminder that we have until April to market our raffle quilt. I recently took it to another organization I belong to and sold over $100 of tickets. If you have an opportunity to help with our marketing at another organization you are involved in, contact Gudny Campbell. I’m sure she would appreciate the help. Mary Ellen Parsons has agreed to design our raffle quilt for 2019 and Noreen Nance and Janet Taillon have agreed to take on the marketing of the quilt.

Marie Faille took over Pines & Needles from Kathrin Brown last month and the transition was absolutely seamless. Congratulations to you both.

Rita Jacques, President
email, 360-561-6296


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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.

Sherrill Ash, Community Outreach, 831-915-2296


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 LaDonna Valenti work


An Interview with LaDonna Valenti
November 2017

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

Quilter LaDonna Valenti arrived in Monterey as a young career woman, years before the word ‘quilter’ could be attached to her name. Here she met Jack, an easterner who says (with a wink) that he came to the Golden State to seek his fortune. Having found it in LaDonna, he married her in 1967, and the two raised their children—two girls, two boys—on the Peninsula. Today they live in Pebble Beach on a quiet corner lot, in a lovely home where they display their varied collections: teddy bears, chickens, antique hand mirrors, old pharmaceutical oddments and, of course, quilts.

LaDonna has long since adopted the Monterey Peninsula as her home, but her roots are deep in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. She is from the tiny town of Lacomb in the shadow of the Cascades, where families farmed, logged or, like her stepdad Ray, worked in the nearby paper and plywood mills. When Jack took me home the first time, it seemed very country to him, she says of Lacomb. He joked, ‘Well, at least there are power lines.’

Power lines, perhaps, but not always electricity. LaDonna recalls, My mother [Frances] had a treadle machine that had been converted to electric. I can barely remember it, but I do know that if the lights went out you could still sew because you had the treadle.

Frances: Be a good girl and marry a man with lots of nickles and eat lots of pickles.
Alford Ryan

I started out making doll clothes, and then my own clothes. And I belonged to 4H, like many of the youngsters around Lacomb. But quilts and quilting were not in her background. I did not grow up with quilts. I found out later that my sister had one of my grandmother’s—it was a Sunbonnet Sue that she used and wore out. And I do have a quilt top from an aunt or a great-aunt. I faintly remember that, when I was in the 8th grade, we went to their house in Salem. She had quilt tops, and she let me pick one. And for some reason, I picked one that’s made out of muslin, with big red crosses on it. It was probably made during the war. I’ve wished since that I’d picked something different!

When the kids were little I made them pajamas, shirts, blouses for the girls, says LaDonna, who soon turned her skills to creating clothing for herself—specifically, to clothing in the category known as ‘wearable art.’ She joined the now disbanded Wearable Art Guild, where she made any number of pieced and quilted vests and jackets, and where she met a woman who eventually talked her into joining the MPQG.

Today a veteran maker of quilts, LaDonna’s talents are on display in her home: a quilt hung in the dining room is a masterful blend of piecing, hand quilting, and a half-dozen detailed motifs rendered in stem-stitch embroidery. A wall-hanging in the hallway is a tongue-in-cheek calendar, complete with running-stitch month names and images (November is a chicken, clutching a pumpkin and an ear of corn). Turning the corner into the guestroom, however, one gets an inkling of the real trove: on the bed is a stack of quilts, large, small, and mini, featuring all manner of techniques. LaDonna’s favorites—needle-turn applique and embroidery—are well represented, but here too are piecing, paper-piecing, machine applique, sashiko, hand quilting, and machine quilting.

Among the lovely pieces is one that offers a glimpse back to those Oregon roots. LaDonna found a trove of ephemera from her mother’s early years, including an autograph album and postcards. She selected several of her favorite messages, and memorialized them in a quilted piece.

Portland Ore 1921
Dear Frances; When in this book you chance to look, remember who wrote this in your book.
Your daddy Loren Ryan

Many other pieces showcase LaDonna’s fine hand at applique. We go to Hawaii every year, she says, and two or three times, I took a class on how to do Hawaiian quilting. Acknowledging that needle-turn is an acquired skill, LaDonna counsels, You should start on straight lines or gentle curves, and then work up to the complicated shapes.

As accomplished as she is at applique, LaDonna feels her piecing skills are lacking in at least one area: points. I have discovered that I don’t do points well, she says of another quilt. I have trouble getting them to meet, so I just avoid those, or cover them with a button. To be fair, the quilt she shows as illustration has a complex pattern in which a number of curved seams converge. Further down in the stack she finds several challenge quilts, including her entry for 2017 ‘A Touch of Red’ which is, notably, precisely pieced. My Tea Timers friend Linda [Branting] told me she had one square of red fabric left, and so I had to join the challenge!

Next to the guest room is LaDonna’s sewing studio, a space wholly given over to the joys of making. When my son moved out, I moved in. I told him, ‘You can’t come back, I’ve taken over your room.’ These two bookshelves technically belong to him, she says of the furniture flanking the large window. But they fit perfectly in here, so if he ever wants them back we’ll just have to buy him some other ones.

Corvallis Ore 1928
Dear Frances,
If the dresses keep getting shorter, cried the flapper with a sob
There will be two more cheeks to powder, and another place to bob.

Shelf-and-drawer units line a second wall and, pointing to the remaining two walls, LaDonna counts: I have one, two, three, four, five fabric cabinets, she says, laughingly acknowledging that she has perhaps over-bought fabric from time to time. She especially enjoys visiting quilt shops during her travels, domestic and overseas, and has come home with her share of souvenirs. When we went to New Zealand and Australia, I bought fabric, she says, showing a stack printed with kiwi birds, kiwi fruit and even sheep. And now I wonder, why did I buy so much? Of a nearby length of blue fabric covered with sharks, she exclaims, Two and a half yards! What am I going to make with this? LaDonna is neither the first nor the last quilter to ask such questions of herself and her stash.

In the center of the room are a cutting table and a sewing table. My machine is a Bernina, and I’ve had it forever, or it seems like forever. The machine is set into a clever table with a plexiglass surround. When I bought it, they made the table to fit. If you’re working on something big, it has a flip-up leaf so your work doesn’t slip off. And I have a place for my serger, LaDonna adds, which she uses to finish seams on the clothing she still makes from time to time. A batik shirt hangs nearby, ready for an upcoming trip to Hawaii.

LaDonna and Jack’s children, their grandchildren and a brand-new great-grandson live in California, Washington state, Idaho and New Hampshire. Have any of them inherited the compulsion to create? My daughter is a knitter. She can walk and knit baby socks, LaDonna laughs. She is just amazing.

And her husband? No, Jack is not a maker. But he appreciates that this is something I have to do. And LaDonna, in return, appreciates this understanding in her partner. But then, she learned something about partnership back in the Willamette Valley.

Lebanon Oregon April 27 1937
Dearest Franky;
Remember the first time I ever saw you. Remember the kiss at the top of the stairs. Remember that New Year’s Eve and the old Model T, and the Willys-Knight on the hill by the cemetery. Remember no matter what happens -- I love you.
Your own, Raymie

Cat, Communications Team





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Steinbeck Center News

"Women's Work" Held Over at the Steinbeck

Quilt Commission Opportunity

Women’s Work, the exhibit our members contributed to, will run through April as a prelude for the 2018 Steinbeck Festival: The Women of Steinbeck’s World, May 3-5. There will be an opening reception on Friday, January 5th at 5pm. This coincides with First Friday in Salinas when downtown galleries are open. The Museum is so enthusiastic about this exhibit that they came up with a new idea for the exhibit hall, which they will be “refreshing” throughout 2018, the 20th year of the National Steinbeck Center.

Quilt Commission Opportunity

They would like to commission a quilt for Doc’s bed in the exhibit, drawing from Dora’s girls’ contribution to Ed Ricketts’s birthday party in Cannery Row:

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 it over his bed and it was beautiful.

Cannery Row, p. 173

The Museum is looking for a group to submit a proposal to them detailing plans for this silken quilt. Proposals should include a one page summary of the details and design of the quilt, a rough sketch of the idea, and a timeline of how long it would take to complete it. The chosen proposal will be granted supplies, materials, and $500 stipend. Proposals are due by January 3rd so they can announce the winner at the opening reception for "Women's Works."

Email any questions and the completed proposals to the contact shown below:

Tara Spada
Exhibits and Events Coordinator
National Steinbeck Center
One Main Street
Salinas, CA 93901
831-796-3833 ext. 210

The Center's collection contains two large quilts that have stories behind them, one was made by women in agriculture and the other by a woman passionate about California condors. With this as a starting point, they were looking for quilts that say something about place or location.

Thanks to the following members for loaning pieces to the exhibit: Gail Abeloe, Joan Costello, Claudia Gano, Gloria Hatton, Regina Liske, Shirley Steele, Janet Taillon, and Pat Tillson.

Sherrill Ash, Community Outreach, 831-915-2296


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Request for Quilts for Napa/Sonoma Fire Victims


Update - November 2

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.



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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Guild Meeting


Show and Tell
Show and Tell


Show and Tell

Top Row: BOM, Becky Taylor, Linda Garofalo
Bottom Row: Janyce Anderson, Kathrin Brown, Sally Miller, Kathrin Brown with BOM
Show and Tell
Show and Tell

Show and Tell


 Thanks to photographer, Cat, who does a great job for the website and Pines & Needles newsletter.

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Looking to 2018


Looking to 2018

UFO (Unfinished Objects) in the New Year

Congratulations to our 2017 UFO Challenge prize winners, Judy Furman and Linda Stoner. Thanks to all the participants, the 2017 UFO Challenge produced a lot of quilts. Let's build on that momentum with a 2018 UFO Challenge. I would like to encourage everyone to make a New Year's resolution to finish one UFO in 2018. The 2018 UFO Challenge will begin with a January registration at the general meeting . It will end in November with the final completed projects being recorded. At the end of the year, your UFO will have fulfilled a purpose. You will have quilted gifts, charity items, mini-raffle quilts, and show quilts. You will also be eligible to win one of three Back Porch Fabrics gift certificates to be awarded during the MPQG December Benefit Social.

Official rules are:

  1. Register 1-6 UnFinished Objects that you started before January 2018. Include a project name (i.e. Butterfly Quilt), age (best guess), and state of progress (cut, pieced, quilted, bind).
  2. Bring* finished project(s) to UFO Challenge Center before our monthly general meetings to be recorded onto your registry. Each UFO will be scored based on work required to reach completion.
  3. Present your project at Show and Tell. Share its renewed purpose, or how it was re-invented, or what you learned from it, or your favorite element of design.
  4. Participants who complete 6 UFO on their list before the end of the challenge can add 6 more UnFinished that they started before January 2018 to their registry. Quilters who do not have UFO or run out of UFO can participate by completing a charity quilt top kit that can be signed out at the UFO Challenge Center.
  5. At the end of the challenge, 3 prizes will be awarded. Quilters who finish 1-5 UFO will be entered into a drawing for a Back Porch Fabrics gift certificate. Quilters who finish 6+ UFO will be entered into a second drawing for a Back Porch Fabrics gift certificate. The quilter who scores the most points on their registry for work completed on their UFO will be awarded the third gift certificate. No participant will be awarded more than one gift certificate.

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

Paper copies of the official rules, points chart, and registration form will be provided at the UFO Challenge Center.

*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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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.



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Amazon Smile and Escrip for the holidays

Holiday Shopping with 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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Who Should Receive
A 2018 Grant?

Los Arboles Middle School Grant Recipient 2017
Above: Los Arboles Middle School

Hello MPQG members. As we head into November, we know that the holidays are right around the corner. In December, we have our annual fundraiser at our December party.

Last year, we awarded Los Arboles Middle School a $200 grant and look what they turned out! They won First Place, and Best of Show at the Monterey County Fair! Congratulations to Los Arboles Middle School and Jeanne Bartels for submitting a grant request.

Applications for this year's grants were originally due by December 1st which has now been extended to December 10. The forms are here. As you know, the grant requests are evaluated on two criteria:

  1. The request must meet the goals and objectives of the MPQG outreach and mission, and
  2. Priority is given to educational and creative programs.

What organization would you like to help with a grant request? Be an extra good friend and offer to fill out the form for them. Remember, December 10th is just around the corner.

Ariel Grant Recipient 2017

Above: As you can see, ARIEL Theatrical put last year's grant money to good use.

November 18 update:
LAST CALL! I am extending the due date for Grant Applications to December 10, 2017. If you know of a group that promotes sewing and quilting skills and would like to receive a small grant from MPQG, download an application form and mail it directly to me. We have five great candidates already including Ariel Theatrical, Monterey Bay Charter School, and Girl Scout Troop 32140.

Have a fabulous time at our Christmas Social. Don’t forget to bring lots of cash to bid on the many gift baskets. Your generosity makes these grants available to our community. Happy Holidays!

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




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Charity Quilt Friendship Group November 2017


Above: l-r Terann Carr, Jane Garrettson, Joanne May, Bert Sison, Donna Foote, Jane Jarrett, Sharon, Donna Appleget (so sorry that I cut you in half.)

CQFG Readies
Quilts and Gift Baskets
for Holiday Fundraiser

The third Friday in November is always a busy time for this friendship group. They were finalizing the baskets for the Holiday Party raffle -- their themes are: 30’s fabrics; oriental fabrics; and possibly Christmas. I saw two baskets being assembled and you do not want to miss out on winning either the Oriental fabric basket or the 30's fabrics basket. My purpose in dropping by was to contribute some real/some reproduction 30's fabrics for the basket.

As you can see from the photo, several members were sewing the guild i.d. labels onto charity quilts that will be given away on December 4. On the right, do you recognize the quilt held by Donna Appleget? It's the May 2017 BOM quilt blocks won/assembled/quilted/donated by Kathrin Brown? Nice block setting, Kathrin. On the left, Terann is holding a 30's style quilt from Janyce Anderson.

Terann and CQFG gang: Thanks from all of us at MPQG for your wonderful work!

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


Note from Terann:

Please join us the 3rd Friday of January. We have great fun together. Bring a lunch, too. If you're new to our friendship quilt group, call for directions.

Terann Carr, Charity Quilts, 831.375.7881


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December Meeting Cancelled

We will not be meeting in December, but look forward to being together in the New Year. The third Friday in January is the 19th, which should top the list of your resolutions for 2018! See you then.

Terann Carr, Charity Quilts, 831.375.7881







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Charity Quilt Friendship Group


Let’s start the new year together! We are still collecting hexies so if you picked up one or two from me, please bring them to the January 19th meeting. As for the Sew-In, we will meet at my home, Friday January 19, at 9:30 am. Bring a lunch. Joanne is bringing shirts for our plaid-shirt-quilt-challenge inspired by a quilt made by Donna Appleget. Other details will be in my email blast. Please join us! Call if you need directions.

Terann Carr, Charity Quilts, 831.375.7881




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Charity Quilts Year-End Tally

2017 Year-End Charity Tally

Here are the numbers! We have done pretty well this year, thanks to all of your efforts. It is fun to see what you have all been able to do from you stashes. The heart pillows are still very popular, and we have added another charity, The Christ Child Society. Starting with the heart pillows: 118; then quilts: the Christ Child Society - 20; CASA - 58; neonatal - 114; and all other gifts of quilts - 18. A total of 328 items.

Terann Carr, Charity Quilts, 831.375.7881




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Red Challenge: 2 additional opportunities to exhibit

Touch of Red Continues!

We will announce the 2018 Guild Challenge at our February Guild meeting. Meanwhile, Touch of Red continues!

As appreciated as your spectacular Touch of Red Guild Challenge Quilts would certainly be this holiday season, resist the temptation to wrap them up and give them as gifts!

Two more opportunities to show them to the world are coming soon:

    1. At our April Quilt Show you may enter up to three Touch of Red Challenge Quilts in addition to five other show quilts.
    2. After our Guild Show, our Touch of Red quilts will travel to the gallery at Back Porch Fabrics where our incredible range of creative solutions for using red are sure to delight all who see them.

You didn’t finish your “Touch of Red” in time for the Fair? Do you have another you’d love to submit? Finish it in time to enter it in our Guild Quilt Show so you, too, can be part of these events!

Get ahead of the February rush and bring your entry forms and photos to our Guild meeting on January 8th (note that it's the second Monday.)

Your Challenge Committee,
Linda Branting, Dru Hammond, and Linda Garofalo


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Request for 2019 Raffle Quilt Designs

2019 Raffle Quilt

More information to follow. For now ... Mary Ellen Parsons, Janet Taillon, and Noreen Nance are names to remember.

Allison Barrett, Activities





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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. Make sure to get a good view of it at the Fair. It’s a stunner.

Want to help market this quilt? Do you have plans to visit another guild and could take the quilt and sell tickets? Have some other ideas where to show and market the quilt? Perhaps the Women’s club, some other art events? Any suggestions are welcomed.

If yes is your answer to the above questions, please contact Gudny Campbell at

Size: 90" wide x 92" high


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Special Raffle in March and June

Quilt in a Basket
Special March and June Raffles

To raise money for the General Fund, the Board has agreed to have baskets of quilting-related items raffled at the Guild Meeting in March and again in June.

In March, three baskets containing all material and supplies needed to complete small quilts (approximately 60" X 72") will be raffled. One basket will contain the pattern and materials needed to complete Tracey Brookshier's Japanese Jigsaw quilt. A second basket will contain green and white material and supplies needed to complete the tone on tone quilt as published in Quiltmaker Issue #154. The third basket will contain material and supplies to complete the Seascape quilt designed by Scott Flanagan as published in Quiltmaker Issue #174.

Tickets will be available at the March Meeting and will cost $1.00 each (or 6 tickets for $5.00.)

Linda Phillips
email, 831-747-7082


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Board Projects for December

December Board Projects

  • Meeting: Annual Winter Benefit Social, and grant fundraising event (no lecture). Responsibility: Annual Fundraiser Chair, Community Outreach.
  • Review Community Grant Award proposals. Responsibility: Vice President.
  • Publish Quilt Show Entry Forms. Responsibility: Quilt Show.
  • Updates and announcements to Communications the 13th of month. Responsibility: All, Communications.





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Quilt Show News

Entry and Judging Forms are now available

2018 Quilt Show
Quilt Entry and Judging Application Forms
Now Available

Quilt Entry Form

Judging Application Form

Quilt Show Categories Revised for 2018

Here's a preview of the revisions.

2018 Quilt Show Categories
Revised for 2018

Above you will find the links for Quilt Entry Form and the Judging Application Form for the 2018 Quilt Show. There have been some changes made in the categories for judging the quilt. Several members of the Judging Committee met to discuss not only your comments from the 2017 Quilt Show, but also the categories used in other quilt shows. Decisions were made as follows:

    • Kit Quilts now may be judged, and have been included with Group Quilts in one category. It was determined that many quilters really enjoy the ease of using a kit which includes the pattern and pre-selected fabric, thereby collaborating with the author of the pattern and the maker of the kit, but still might spend a tremendous amount of energy and time on the making of the quilt. Such kits are becoming increasingly common. The category allows judging of these quilts so that our members’ work can be recognized, and so the member might benefit on the comments made by the judge.
    • Special Quilt Techniques is a category now being used in several other quilt shows, and the group felt it should replace Innovative Quilts, as it is more clearly defined and more appropriately allows quilts to be in categories better suited to each entry. It will include construction methods such as fusing and digital printing, surface design techniques, and embellishments such as thread painting, beading, crystals, embroidery, and painting, or a mixture of hand and machine quilting, as well as quilts and any quilt that does not obviously fit into any other category.
    • Traditional Quilts will now include all quilts based on a traditional design, pieced and/or appliquéd and will include pieced, English paper-pieced and foundation-pieced (on paper or fabric) quilts
    • Definitions for the Judging Categories are on a separate page and included with the Judging Application Form for your use in determining which category to use for your quilt. **Please read these definitions!** This page does not have to be turned in with your Judging Application Form.

Please note that your Quilt Entry and Judging Application Forms, along with a 4"x6" glossy photo of each quilt, can be submitted as soon as you know your quilt will be completed and that you plan to exhibit it in the Quilt Show. Early submissions are much appreciated, but the absolute deadline in February 5, 2018.

For questions, please contact me.

Debbie Biller, Quilt Show Judging
email, 831-655-8009


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2018 Show:
Quilts by the Bay

It is time to start planning for our quilt show. Thank you to all volunteers that are able to return to their positions. That leaves a number of positions that need to be filled (see table below). This is a great opportunity for our new members to get involved and make new friends. Please see me at the next meeting to inquire about the open positions.

The 2018 Quilt show is on:

  • Friday, April 13, 10am - 5pm
  • Saturday, April 14, 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday April 15, 10am - 4pm

We will have our first Quilt Show Committee and Coordinator meeting on Wednesday, November 29 at 5:30pm at the Monterey Library.

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

We need you to volunteer


Phyllis Martin

Awards Party
Stella LePine

June Cornell

Linda Branting, Phyllis Martin

Garage Sale
Terann Carr

Jeanne Krener

Hanging & Dismantling
Patricia Brown
need shadow to train for 2019

Judging, Quilt & Data
Debbie Biller

Data Entry
Sharon Winter

Judi Brown, June Wolfe

Mini Quilt Raffle
Donna Foote




Dru Hammond

Maia Liddle

Quilt Reception & Return
Regina Moore and Dru Hammond

Patty Kennedy



Viewers’ Choice Awards
Donna Appleget

Volunteer Coordinator
Becky Taylor

White Gloves





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Judging Helper Needed for Quilt Show

Are You Intriqued By the Judging Process?

This past year, several members were interested in the volunteer position of Judging Helper. We have had a team of volunteers/scribes for several years and would like to open it up as an opportunity to serve for the 2018 MPQG Quilt Show. If this is something that interests you, please contact me. I will add you to the list and answer questions regarding the details of the job.

Judi Brown, Quilt Show Committee




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Other Quilting News

Freddy Moran Quilts

Above: Freddy Moran with Our Lady of Guadalupe. Photo courtesy of Laura Nownes

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Quilts by Freddy Moran
in the Gallery
at Back Porch Fabrics

Another fantastic exhibit by a nationally known quilter -- Quilts inspired by the images of Guadalupe. November 5 to January 2. Reception for the artist is Sunday, November 19 from 1-3 pm.

Location: 157 Grand Avenue at Central, Pacific Grove, CA, 831-375-4453.






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2018 Pantone Color of the Year

2018 Color of the Year

Have you heard the news? The 2018 Pantone Color of the Year has been announced. It's Ultra Violet - a shade of purple. That should make for some beautiful quilts especially if you pair it with the 2017 color, Greenery.

Make sure to read this interesting article in the Washington Post: How This Year's 'It" Color Came to Be.

To learn more about Pantone and the color and how it can be used in fashion and home furnishings, etc., go to

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


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Nimble Thimble logo


Nimble Thimble
7455 Monterey Street
Gilroy, CA 95020

New Merchant Vendor: Nimble Thimble

The Nimble Thimble Quilt Shop in Gilroy is a new Merchant Vendor for our guild. Please visit Linda Williams, owner, on your next trip to/through Gilroy and get acquainted with all she has to offer.

From the website:
The Nimble Thimble, in the heart of historical downtown Gilroy, California, offers the beginning or accomplished quilter a unique resource for fabric, books, patterns, classes and gifts. I am committed to carrying the products that quilters want and need for their projects - start to finish - patterns to binding. If you want it, I will do my best to have it for you. At the Nimble Thimble, we go the X-tra Measure for you.

Make sure to sign up for the monthly newsletter for events and news at the shop. It’s funny, too. NT also sells sewing machines and is adding a long-arm machine for rental time.

And, if you like Liberty of London, make sure to see the “In the Beginning” fabric at the Nimble Thimble.

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



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New Shows at San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

New Shows Open at the Quilt Museum

Lots of exhibits opened recently and some run through January 14. The focus exhibit honors the Museum's 40th anniversary. 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.


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Vacation Finds

As you travel, are you drawn to interesting fabric stores? Do you see quilt patterns or fabrics that are specific to that country or state? Let’s not keep these unique treasures a secret any longer. Send me the basic info (who, what, where, when, why, how) plus photos and I’ll post it here in the NEWS column. As the article ages out, I’ll add their website to LEARNING CENTER > RESOURCES on the dropdown menu above.


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Skye Batiks store front
Skye Batiks store interior



Last Spring, our cruise ship stopped at Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland. To my surprise, just off the town square was Skye Batiks. Their Celtic inspired batiks panels were so unique as were the made items made from them. Please go to their website to see what interesting and colorful merchandise they carry and have made in their own workshop.

Of course, I had to buy an apron. The yardage for the apron was made from a variety of colorful batik scraps. Here in the U.S., our batiks have become more tone-on-tone, unlike the high contrast batik prints that they create.

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


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Making A Difference, Moth Radio Hour

Making a Difference

I am a fan of National Public Radio’s The Moth program, which features life stories by interesting people telling their experiences. I rarely come across quilting stories outside of the quilting world, but was pleased to hear this one, by a woman who made quilts for families of victims of 9/11. The connection I felt so strongly was in this quilter’s questioning of whether making these comfort quilts really made a difference to people.

This is something our guild does well and often, and we should all be proud of that work, as this quilter ultimately found out. Here is a link to her story:

Maia Liddle


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Quilts made by men coming to the American Folk Art Museum

Made by Men in Wartime
Coming to
American Folk Art Museum

War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics, is the first exhibition in the United States to highlight quilts made by men during times of war, using wool from military uniforms. The exhibition is on view at the American Folk Art Museum in New York (2 Lincoln Sq., Columbus Ave. at 66th Street) now to January 7, 2018. The exhibition will travel to the Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Lincoln-Nebraska, to be on view May 25–September 16, 2018. To read the complete article, go to:

Allison Barrett, Activities


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Show Your Work

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


Quilts and Pillowcases Still Needed for Fire Victims

Quilts For Fire Victims

A note from Meredith Johnson came thanking us for 3 quilts for fire victims in Sonoma County. I sent the largest I had, but they weren’t bed size quilts. Those are still desired, although lap quilts are appreciated, too. Children are being given pillow cases, so let’s whip up a few! There are some quilters available in that area if you want to send tops, including backing, binding and maybe even batting. More than likely they will be done on long-arm machines, so use the measurement parameters you can find on Holly Casey’s website for backing and batting. Meredith expects this project to last two years!

Donations are still being collected by Always Quilting; 4230 Olympic Ave; San Mateo, CA 94403, 650-458-8580.

For more information about Happiness is a Warm Quilt, go to /news.htm#happiness.

Terann Carr, Charity Quilts, 831.375.7881


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