Photos of our two challenges and some of the small groups are in Albums under Resources.

Any member that completes a Fiesta Time Challenge whether it was originally entered in the show or not can email a photo to Kathy Callahan for inclusion in the album!

We are cancelling our Quilt Show planned for the first weekend in April. We will miss sharing our love of quilting with you but feel we must act out of extreme caution and concern for members, vendors, and show attendees in light of the Covid-19 outbreak. We wish continued health for all.

Stay tuned for a Country Store event later this year, date and location to be determined. You will be able to shop to your heart’s delight. There will be plenty of finds!

Following the recommendations of the Contra Costa County Health Services and in an abundance of caution for our members we have cancelled this meeting.

Thank you for participating in the creation of this beautiful butterfly quilt for me.

I love the bright colored patterned fabric used to make the butterflies and the great quilting using the colorful variegated thread and the great nature motif of flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, and bees. All these images of nature are perfect for me.

I was so touched to receive this lovely quilt and greatly appreciative of all the work that went into making it.

Thank you so much.

Yesterday’s thank you for my beautiful butterfly quilt was to all the wonderful members of this guild, and the lovely butterfly blocks that were made.  Today is a special thank you to a few individuals:

Tammy Zanella orchestrated the entire quilt making enterprise and prepared quilt block patterns for distribution.  Along with Monica Kaseman, Valerie Sauban and Jackie Seidell, a pattern was chosen and the four of them designed the layout and sewed it all together.  A close up of the quilt highlights the interesting offset sashing arrangement that gives the illusion of butterflies flying around the quilt.

Bobbie Whitlock, quilter extraordinaire, quilted the quilt with a lovely nature pattern of butterflies, bees, dragonflies and flowers and various sizes of bubbles in the border.  The brightly colored variegated thread makes these images pop.

We have all come together around our love of quilting, making friends, learning from each other and having a good time.  The last four years of being an elected officer of the guild has been very rewarding for me, and the best part has been getting to know our members and participating in all the activities.  Thank you all for a super time!

Dale Wolfe

It was a Blue Ribbon Day for Ann Gimbel yesterday at the GQCCC quilt show with First Place in the Hand Applique category and Viewer’s Choice Show Award! Congratulations Ann.

“My daughter Dana asked me to use her wedding invitation for her wedding quilt (Designed by Kelly Smith, Mint Chip Press).  She picked the fabric in 2010.  Techniques used were back-basted, reverse appliqué, and quilt as you go.  Finished March, 2016.”

On Monday November 16, 2015, we are happy to welcome Sherri Lynn Wood as our guest speaker.  Sherri is a truly Modern Quilter and will be sharing her insights with us.  She will also bring some copies of her recently published book for sale, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters.

Sherri always encourages students of improv to look at their environment for inspiration, not to other people’s quilts.  When Sherri first started her blog, she had a series of weekly posts on Inspiration Sundays, under the category of Sketchbook. Each post featured an image of an object in her environment and an abstracted pattern sketch of that object.  Two of the techniques she has developed, the wedge-curve technique and the bias-strip piecing technique, were based on organic items: zinnias and onions, and are included in her book.   This is sure to be an interesting evening.

Quilts to Share (QTS), our Community Outreach group, continues to move forward, as it has in the past, making kits for guild members to check out and sew.   The QTS team prepares kits for quilts, bibs, placemats, potholders and pillowcases.

For Fall 2015, in addition to the kits that are regularly prepared, our QTS group has also made kits and sewn pillowcases for each person – women, men and children -who are participating in the Winter Nights program. 

The Winter Nights Rotating Shelter Program  is a project of the Social Justice Alliance of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County.  It provides a clean, safe and warm facility at night and a daytime services center during winter for homeless families with children. The program will serve up to 30 persons at any given time.  Congregations throughout central and east Contra Costa provide space, meals, and volunteers.  Winter Nights will provide bedding, and Winter Nights professional staff will supervise the shelter 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

For the Fall 2016 Winter Nights program, we have an even more ambitious plan in place – we plan to sew a quilt for each person participating in the program.
On October 24, 2015, six Board Members joined together to shop, cook and serve dinner for 80 people, at the Concord Adult Shelter on Arnold Industrial Way.  It was not only a fun team building occasion, we also had the opportunity to visit with many of the people who came to eat.
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