It’s summer along the coast, and the weather’s been beautiful and warm! Melinda Bula wowed us at the June meeting with her talk about color and design and everyone who took her workshop showed off their works-in-progress to great applause (see photos on page 3). She loved her visit with us, telling us it’s an honor to be invited by the Monterey Guild, and if she only lived closer, would be a member in a heartbeat. Thank you, Melinda, we’d love to have you join us!
Speaking of memberships, we’re launching our renewal campaign early this year for a very good reason. Please be sure to read Linda Branting’s article on page 5 about bringing back the printed membership directory and let her know your thoughts. Her article is followed by a list of the wonderful speakers we have lined up for 2017-2018, thanks to our hard-working Program Committee.
We’d also like to hear from you as we build the Guild’s budget for next year. Jeanne Krener poses some thoughtful questions in her article on page 7 and we hope you’ll take a moment to share ideas with us. She’d like to hear from you by July 1 so we can draft our new budget during the July 12 Board meeting.
In August, we’ll be voting for our new Board members, and on page 7 Noreen Nance shares the exciting slate of volunteers willing to step into key Board positions. Please be sure to join us so we have a quorum, and to hear great “Tips, Tricks and Techniques” from fellow members, one of our most popular programs each year. Every vote and volunteer counts, and keeps our Guild strong and vibrant. And it’s time to plan for the County Fair. Please see Terann Carr’s article and be sure to sign up to volunteer.
I love the new feature in this issue of the newsletter that shares an interview with one of our members so we can get to know each other better, as it’s difficult to really talk in depth at our member meetings. Thank you, Cat, for starting this series and I can’t wait to read more. I hope you’ll say yes when Cat Toth calls for an interview.
Finally, I want to tell each of you what an honor it’s been to be your president over the past two years, and to thank you for the friendships and inspiration. Our Guild brings together quilters of many talents and interests, and each of you enhances and renews my desire to quilt every time we meet, And so with a twinge of sadness I’m writing to tell you that while my term ends in late August, I’m following my heart to Colorado and will be moving in mid-July. So I will miss you at the July and August member meetings, but will stay in close touch and will visit often. And I’m renewing my membership today!!
Nora Deans, President
As I write this, my last message as Guild president, I reflect on how many exciting things are happening in August, especially at our members meeting, where we’ll gather to share Tips, Tricks and Techniques, turn in our Challenge Quilts, and vote on the slate of new candidates for the open Board positions (see /news.htm#vote). We thank those Board members who are stepping down, are re-upping in their current position, or are taking on new positions—Rita Jacques, Donna Foote, Jeanne Mills, and Kathrin Brown.
This is also the perfect time to send in or bring your membership renewal to the August meeting so you stay current and will receive a membership directory for free. You won’t miss out on all of the great speakers and workshops coming up this fall, (see HOME, and ACTIVITIES on the drop down menu above). I’ve already renewed!
And I hope you’ve signed up to volunteer at the Monterey County Fair, where our quilts will be hanging in a larger hall for all to see.
I’m excited about the new slate of Board officers and Committee Chairs, who are volunteering to guide this vibrant Guild for the next two years, joining those already serving. Our fiscal year ends on August 31st, and the new Board takes the lead September 1. Our Guild continues to thrive thanks to them, and to all of you who renew your memberships and make our monthly meetings so inspiring and rewarding. I always marvel at the depth of talent reflected in show-and-tell quilts, challenge quilts, blocks of the month, and the amazing number of charity quilts our members create. And I can’t wait to see what wildflower-themed quilts you’ll create for our second exhibition at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, opening in mid-December.
While I’m living in Golden, Colorado now, I’m already designing my quilt for the show, and will make every effort to be there for the opening reception. And from afar, I’m looking forward to working closely with Phyllis Martin, Kathrin Brown, Lisa Magdelena, Linda Garafolo and the Board on finding new speakers and workshop leaders for the 2018-2019 year. Be sure to let us hear from you about who you would like to have come and share their talents with us.
My heartfelt thanks to Noreen Nance and Jeanne Krener for running the Guild meetings in my absences this summer, and to all of you for your friendship and quilting camaraderie.
Nora Deans, President
Time to put the finishing touches on your Touch of Red Challenge Quilt.
Time to attach your label and sleeve.
Time to admire all your hard work.
Bring your finished quilts to the August 7, guild meeting where we'll display them for the guild. Then, they'll be taken to the fair and hung for all to see.
If for some reason you cannot deliver your quilt on Monday, August 7, please contact either Linda Garofalo, Linda Branting, or Dru Hammond to arrange delivery.
All quilts will be returned at the September guild meeting when we will announce the Viewers Choice Awards.
Please let us know that you are planning to participate in our Touch of Red Challenge by emailing or calling Linda Branting at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-703-0531. We will send email blasts from time to time as reminders of due dates.
For questions, please email or call:
Mark your calendar for the third Friday of July, the 21st, our next Charity Quilt Friendship Group Sew-In. This time I have some bindings to sew, we will be using sewing machines. Remember, I have sewing machines on hand so just bring supplies. I will also introduce a group project that can be worked on at home and assembled in August.
Come to my home near Laguna Seca, and your bag lunch for a great time with a fun group. We start at 9:30 am, call if you need directions.
Terann Carr, Charity Quilts
The theme of this year’s fair is: Fair Fun in the Summer of LOVE. Celebrating 50 years since Monterey Pops in 1967. Same as last year, quilts will be displayed in their own hall, and we provide White Glove service for our quilts and will sell tickets for our raffle quilt. I also hope some of you will consider doing a demonstration of a quilt skill.
We need volunteers from Thursday, August 31 through Monday, September 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will make 3 and 4 hour shifts. There are also a couple scribes needed during judging which will be on Monday, August 28th. Volunteer sign-ups start this month, and remember, you can bring a friend to help. It’s a great way to participate in the Fair, help with the quilt room, share your passion, and indulge in that yearly Fair food treat. Bring your calendars to the next general meeting and be prepared to sign up to volunteer at our great County Fair.
Also, consider entering a quilt or two or more; maybe something from our show? Entries are due on July 31, 2017 either by mail or on-line. The Fair does not acknowledge the entries by mail. You will just turn in your quilt at the Home Arts Building on the fairgrounds on August 19th between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Fair runs from August 31 to September 4 this year. Pick up of your quilts is on Tuesday, September 5, from Noon to 6 p.m.
Here is a link to the Fair guidebook: montereycountyfair.com/pdf/2017/nonlivestock_entry17.pdf - page 26 for general info on Adult Home Arts, and pages 34-35 for specifics on the quilt categories. Go here: montereycountyfair.com to enter online (you will need to create an account) and click on the “Enter Online” box.
Terann Carr, Charity Quilts
Dear Quilters Extraordinaire,
Thank you once again for the beautiful bounty of quilts you provided our clinic a few weeks ago. We are so appreciative of the generous work you do for this community; our patients are very lucky to have your support! The quilts are a warm and welcome gift which helps them so much as they adjust to this difficult medical diagnosis. Thank you for your on-going kindness and support! ... Margaret at US Renal Care
Thank you so much for supporting Monterey County’s foster care children with your kind donation of quilts. I know the children and teens we serve will truly appreciate and cherish these quilts. Without our CASA providing strong intervention, the outcomes for foster children are not promising, but children with a CASA spend 7.5 months less in foster care and 90% never re-enter the system. They receive more services and do better academically. We are grateful for your support in serving the best interests of the most vulnerable children in our community. Thank you for you kindness and generosity... Voices for Children CASA
Terann Carr, Charity Quilts
You can help the Board decide
whether to make it happen!
I welcome your comments and suggestions regarding reinstating a printed directory -- in small booklet form -- for our 2017/2018 membership year. If this is important to you, email me email@example.com and let me know...or send the brief Membership form to me along with your check to renew you membership in MPQG for 2017/2018.
The annual membership fee for new and renewing members in the Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild is $50 and our new year begins September 1st. If our membership decides we would like a printed directory, we will include members with dues paid by September 1st. You may renew at our July or August Guild meetings, but why wait? Send me your Membership Form (a simplified version follows) with any changes in your contact information, along with your check in the amount of $50 written to MPQG. Please do not send cash through the mail.
Your timely renewal and active participation keeps our Guild strong.
Linda Branting, Membership
We're always on the lookout for several helping hands at our meetings. Two ongoing jobs are (1) set-up and take down of the speakers quilts and items for sale; and (2) holders and folders of the speakers quilts. Can you volunteer at the July 10th meeting with Jean Impey? Or, can you step up and volunteer at each meeting?
Just a reassuring note about each job ... Set-up does NOT involve the chairs or tables, and second, there is no height requirement for holders and folders so shorties are welcome.
It's easy work and the best part is that you meet the speaker and see the quilts up-close. Call or email Jeanne Mills at 831-647-8973 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 will open in mid-December 2017 and run until late April 2018.
The exhibition will feature quilts from Guild members depicting aspects of wildflowers in any style—traditional, modern, art, abstract, etc. The show will overlap with the Museum’s annual wildflower exhibit. Please note that quilts submitted for the Museum exhibition will NOT be available for the Guild’s Quilt Show in early April. This means we can have quilts on exhibit in two places at once!
This year, the Museum will be accepting the quilts during one day in early December, and quilters will be able to pick their quilts up from the Museum in late April 2018. Quilters may submit up to three quilts. The maximum size for each quilt is a perimeter of 120 inches.
Please watch the website and newsletter for specific details. Only Guild members may enter quilts, and the Museum will make the final call on those that are exhibited.
Nora Deans, President
In August, the guild elects its officers for the following fiscal year, which begins on September 1. The volunteers, who serve the guild on the Board and Standing Committees give generously of their time. We have streamlined policies and procedures in place; we keep board meetings to one hour.
I am so pleased to present the following candidates to you for your consideration during our election at the guild meeting on August 7th.
President - Rita Jacques
Secretary - Catherine McGovern
Program - Nora Deans/Phyllis Martin - co-chairs
Communication - Kathrin Brown
Community Outreach - Sherrill Ash
Please be sure to attend the August 7, 2017 general membership meeting so we have a quorum to vote in our new Board!
Noreen Nance, Vice President
The first in an occasional series in which an MPQG member, chosen at random, is interviewed about her quilting journey. If you would like to know more about one of our members, please contact Cat at the email below.
Thomas Edison famously advised that genius was the product of inspiration and perspiration. But what if we consider inspiration and transportation? In the summer of 2017, guild member Linda Phillips is jetting to San Antonio, Texas, to attend the Cowgirl Roundup, where she will be inspired to tackle several of the most complex blocks of her current work in progress: the Dear Jane quilt. (We’ll come back to Jane in a moment.) Since joining the Monterey Peninsula Quilt Guild 16 years ago, Linda has journeyed widely for quilting inspiration. “I have been lucky enough to be able to travel,” she acknowledges. “And every year I try to take one quilting trip without my husband, because it’s a different kind of experience when you go with the ladies.” Linda has made three textile-themed tours overseas with Jeanne Mills, and has attended International Quilt Festivals in Long Beach and Houston, the Road to California show in Ontario, the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, and the Sister’s Outdoor Quilt Show in Oregon. “Some of these are shows I think people should make an effort to get to,” says Linda. “Talk about inspiration!”
But Linda’s first inspiration was much closer to home. As she anticipated retirement from her nursing career, she spotted a woman doing some hand stitching in the CHOMP lobby. Recalling that she had learned to sew as a child, Linda approached the woman who was guild member Patty Kennedy. Patty invited Linda to be her guest at the next guild meeting. “I went to the meeting and decided, ‘hey, this is a nice group of people.’ It’s been an adventure ever since,” she says.
Linda made her first piece—a baby quilt featuring the Ohio Star block—at a Back Porch Fabrics class. She repeated that block in a series of small quilts and table runners, then moved on to other blocks: Roman Square (or Rail Fence), Friendship Star, One Block Wonder, Storm at Sea, and Drunkard’s Path, and many others. Even as her blocks increased in complexity, so her pieces increased in size, from baby quilts and table runners to bed-sized quilts. Linda experimented widely with color, value and block arrangement: her series of four Drunkard’s Path quilts, for example, made for four grandchildren, demonstrates the astonishing variations that a quilt artist can achieve with a single block.
Along her quilting journey, she has held several offices in MPQG, and has participated in quilting groups such as Cut Ups, Valley Girls, and the informal Soup and Bread gathering. “Inspiration comes from the friendship groups,” Linda says. “We really learn from each other.” She also singles out guild members from whom she has learned, and how. “My inspiration for quilting is Sally Miller. Janyce Anderson inspires me for traditional piecing, and Jeanne Mills is my mentor for appliqué and color. Of course, Gail Abeloe is amazing as a teacher, and so is Sharon Winter.”
Linda has participated in guild quilt challenges and quilt shows, trying her hand (and succeeding, if her collection of award ribbons is an indicator) at techniques such as art quilting, appliqué, and embellishment. Yet the first thing she says about quilting is that, at heart, “I am a piecer.” When asked if she has come to enjoy complex piecing, Linda responds positively. “Yes, because I’m good at problem-solving, I like math, I like dimensions. I’m not so good at drafting, but if I find a pattern I like, I can reproduce it.” And this brings her back to her current odyssey. “Did I mention Dear Jane?”
On Linda’s design wall, in the guest room that is her de facto studio, are several dozen blocks in civil war reproduction fabrics, ranging from a simple nine-patch to three-layered beauties that combine paper piecing, appliqué and reverse appliqué, all in five square inches. Linda is applying her love of complexity to reproducing what is arguably the most elaborate conglomeration of blocks ever created by a quilter: the 1863 Jane Stickle quilt. She’s taking several of the trickiest elements with her to the Cowgirl Roundup in Texas, hosted by Brenda Papadakis, the quilt scholar who drafted patterns of Stickle’s original blocks and launched the ‘Dear Jane’ craze. 
With roughly 70 unique blocks completed, Linda has some 100 blocks, 52 triangles and four corner pieces to go. As she creates the detailed blocks, she experiments with fabric choice and color, tone and shade, value and repetition. In Dear Jane as in her broader quilting journey, Linda says, she has “gone from copying to adapting and now to asking myself, ‘what do you really want to do with this piece?’ And that’s been the fun thing.” Genius!
See tour site www.jeannemillstours.com/
Stickle’s quilt is preserved in Bennington, Vermont. See https://benningtonmuseum.org/portfolio-items/1863-jane-stickle-quilt/
See Papadakis’ site http://www.dearjane.com/
Cat Toth, Communications Team
Los Arboles Middle School was selected as a recipient of the Guild's Grant Award program this year. Jeanne Bartels heads up the "Exploratory" sewing class. She brought in one of their finished quilts called Minions to share with the guild. The kids are very excited about this program. She said the boys can't wait to use the sewing machines! This is a perfect example of the great community work that MPQG sponsors.
Noreen Nance, Vice President
Gift from small quilt group The Soup and Bread Company and quilted by Debbie Biller. Presented to Terann Carr In appreciation for extraordinary community service for the Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild. Of course, Terann LOVES it and thanks Soup and Bread members.
We Know Her! Have you followed KSBW-TV Channel 8 Jefferson Awards in the last few months? Cheryl Goetz, who is the Fire Marshal for the Mid Coast Fire Brigade in the Palo Colorado neighborhood we gave quilts to, was the big winner of this award. The Jefferson Award is given to outstanding volunteers in a nation-wide program. Cheryl represented our area at an awards dinner in Washington DC! Check it out on the KSBW-TV website.
Terann Carr, Charity Quilts
Above: Liberating Golden by Patricia Cox
Quilts by students of Gwen Marston at a recent Empty Spools Seminars. July 2 through September 5. Reception for the artists is Sunday, July 9, 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: 157 Grand Avenue at Central, Pacific Grove, CA, 831-375-4453. www.backporchfabrics.com.
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: themoth.org/storytellers/susan-wolman.
Maia Liddle, email@example.com
Lots of exhibits open on Friday, April 21 and run through July 16. For details and enticing photos, go to: www.sjquiltmuseum.org/current-exhibitions. 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.
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 will go on view at the American Folk Art Museum in New York (2 Lincoln Sq., Columbus Ave. at 66th Street) from September 6, 2017 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: http://www.artfixdaily.com/artwire/release/8701-quilts-made-by-men-in-wartime-coming-to-american-folk-art-museum.
Allison Barrett, Activities
In a en email to members dated July 13, 2017 …
Dear Museum Friends,
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that the Board of Directors of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles announces the appointment of Nancy Bavor as Executive Director.
Nancy brings a wealth of experience with non-profits and museums, serving as board member, volunteer and staff with a variety of local arts organizations, including the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford, and Gamble Garden Center in Palo Alto. She has a Masters degree in the History of Textiles with a quilt studies emphasis from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her thesis was the basis for a recent exhibition she curated at the museum, The California Art Quilt Revolution: From the Summer of Love to the New Millennium.
Nancy was associated with SJMQT as an intern and volunteer for several years before joining the staff in 2013. Since then she has served in multiple roles, including Curator of Collections and Exhibits Coordinator. Since April 2017, she has served as Interim Executive Director. She knows our history and community well and her leadership ensures continuity for the museum.
We look forward to working with Nancy in the museum’s 40th anniversary year and beyond. Please join us in welcoming her in her new role as Executive Director.
President, Board of Directors, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
For information about the museum, go to: San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.