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Quilting Tips & Tricks

Computers and technology have brought the opportunity for learning directly to our fingertips. Great information both in written form and movie-like formats is only a key stroke away. This space can be updated with quilting-related topics that our fellow guild members have found interesting. If you come across a topic that you think would be of interest to our group, please let us know at email at web manager.

Sewing Machine

Preparing for Quilt Shows


Tips for Traveling

  • Sew on the Go
  • See Bobbi Finley's Block Carrier above under Projects


Passwords -- Here's the Scoop

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Charity Quilt Sizes ...
A Quick Guide

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

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

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

This is from Margaret Blume at US Renal Care:

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

Terann Carr, Charity Quilts, 831.375.7881


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Copyright symbol. Are Your Quilts Yours to sell?

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

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

We need to respect the legal rights of designers. So whether or not you offer your quilt for sale, please be sure to credit the design source on your quilt label and entry forms


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Pantone 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery

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

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

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

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

Greenery Color Swatch





Greenery Color Pairings

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

Many more color pairings are shown at Pantone.

color pairings

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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.

For how-to details, click here.

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Show Your Work

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


Do you ever arrive at our monthly meeting and tell yourself, “Oh, I wish I had a name tag.” Well, if you have fabric, thread and a sewing machine, it will take you maybe an hour to make a custom tag. Here are a few ideas that might help you select your favorite and inspire you.

Hope to see you at the next meeting sporting your new name tag.

Name Tag Holder
Quilted Name Tag and Lanyard
Pinterest Resources


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