Requests For Help

Quilt Drive for Fire Survivors in Santa Cruz County [CZU Lightning Complex Fire]

There is a combined effort by the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association and the Santa Cruz County Emergency Operations Center requesting quilts for fire survivors. The Flyer lists adult size quilts but the guild representative said they are accepting quilts for children and babies as well.

Local drop off location is Wooden Gate Quilts in Danville
Duration of drive is expected to be one year [so until September 2021]

CZU Quilt Drive Information Flyer

The Martinez VA is requesting donations of fabric masks.  While this will not be a guild sponsored event, we are sharing this information with our members.  If you wish to help out, here are patterns for the masks they have requested.

Fitted Face Mask from John Muir

Notes about face mask and one size larger pattern

To make T-shirt ties: you can look on YouTube for various tutorials.
Kathy Callahan has been making them by using T shirts without side seams. Hold T-shirt at the bottom and fold in half or quarters; place on cutting mat; cut off the hem. Then make a cut every  inch from the bottom up to the arms. Next you pull each 1 inch tube until it curls into a string. The masks I make have a casing in each side. So you need 2 ties per mask about 30 inches long.  I fold the fabric over the tie to make a casing and stitch it down being carful not to stitch into the tie. Make a knot at each end of the tie.

Helpful Links on the World Wide Web of Quilting

5 Reasons to support your local quilt shop

When you support your local quilt shop you are keeping this lovely art form alive in your community. The big brand fabric stores are happy to sell you inexpensive fabric and lots of it, but your local quilt shops will bring out the artist in you. Get to know them!  Also, shopping there supports their ability to bring the newest patterns, colors, notions and tools available, for you.  Still not convinced….see the reasons below.

  1. Inspiration! Check out those beautiful quilts on display. They probably have all the patterns available too.
  2. Advice: Not sure what kind of a border to put on your quilt? No doubt there is a helpful associate who can give you lots of good advice. Then you can’t wait to get home and work on your project! And of course, you need to bring the finished project back to show it off! They can’t wait to see it.
  3. Find new favorites. Quilter’s don’t have to be explained this one!
  4. Bring your quilt to be professionally quilted. Many quilt shops have long arm services or can refer you to someone who can.  If you get to watch, it is mesmerizing.
  5. To buy beautiful fabric! Visiting quilt shops gives you exposure and access to fabric that is the best of the best.
Map of Bay Area Quilt Shops

Our Local Quilt Shops

Bay Quilts
5327 Jacuzzi Street, Suite 3C, Richmond, CA 94804-5832
510.558.0218 – website: Bay Quilts

Hilly’s Quilts (GQCCC Affiliate)
720 West 2nd Street, Antioch, CA 94509
925.978.4587 – website: Hilly’s Quilts

New Pieces Quilt Shop
766 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
510.527.6779 – website: New Pieces

Stone Mountain & Daughter Fabric
2518 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA   94704
510.845.6106 – website: Stone Mountain & Daughter Fabric

The Cotton Patch (GQCCC Affiliate)
1025 Brown Ave, Lafayette, CA 94549
925-284-1177 – website: The Cotton Patch

Wooden Gate Quilts (GQCCC Affiliate)
125-F Railroad Ave, Danville, CA 94526
925.837.8458 – website: Wooden Gate Quilts

Broadway Quilts
20525 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476
707.938.7312  – website: Broadway Quilts

In Between Stitches
2190 First Street, Livermore, CA 94550
925.371.7064 – website: In Between Stitches

Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers [there are other locations  as well]
2417 Cormorant Way
Sacramento, CA 95815
916.920.2121 – website: Meissner Centers

Not Just Quiltz
37831 Niles Boulevard
Fremont, CA 94536
510.797.6579 – website: Not Just Quiltz


Other Local Guild Links

Amador Quilters

Carquinez Straight Stitchers

Delta Quilters

Diablo Valley Quilters

East Bay Heritage Quilters

East Bay Modern Quilters

Elk Grove Quilt Guild

Flying Needles Quilter’s Guild

Modern Quilt Guild of the Silicon Valley

Modern Quilt Guild

Moonlight Quilters of Sonoma County

Napa Valley Quilters

North Wind Quilters

Ocean Wave Quilters of Ft. Bragg

Petaluma Quilt Guild

Piecemaker’s Quilt Guild

River City Quilters

San Francisco Quilter’s Guild

Santa Rosa Quilters

Vallejo Piecemakers


Area Machine Dealers

Dublin Sewing Center
7367 Village Parkway, Dublin, CA 94568
925.829.6511 – website: Dublin Sewing Center

The Cotton Patch (GQCCC Affiliate)
1025 Brown Ave, Lafayette, CA 94549
925-284-1177 – website: The Cotton Patch

The Sewing Machine Shop (GQCCC Affiliate)
1661 Botelho Drive Walnut Creek, CA 94596
925.937.7575 – The Sewing Machine Shop

Twice Nice Sewing Machine Restoration (GQCCC Affiliate)
[By Appointment] 5127 Sundance Court
Antioch, CA 94531
925.628.5039 – website: Twice Nice Sewing Machine Restoration

Located inside JoAnn’s Fabric & Craft’s
1675 Willow Pass Road, Ste B Concord, CA, 94520
925.825.5644 – website: Viking Sewing Gallery


Quilt Tutorials & Patterns

Color Theory for Quilters
Free course begins with a basic overview of the color wheel and how quilter’s can use it to understand the interaction of colors in patchwork– a particularly helpful skill when you’re trying to pair prints with solids.

Fabric: Pre-Wash it or Not?
The idea of pre-washing your fabric is somewhat controversial. There are also many things to consider; what type of fabric is it? What will the fabric be used for? Laura from SewVeryEasy covers this and more in the linked video.

Fabric Bleed Corrections

If you’ve ever had a problem with fabric bleeding (those pesky reds, purples and even turquoises), Vicki Welsh in VA tested various products and methods that may help you.  The link above has her testing for you to see, and here is her detail process document that you can use to even possibly improve a finished quilt that has fabric that’s bled. Key word: Soak! Save My Bleeding Quilt!

FavQuilts
Quilting website with hundreds of free quilting patterns and tutorials.

Free Motion Quilting Blogspot
400+ free motion quilting videos and blog by Leah Day.

How to Photograph Your Quilt
Your latest quilt is finally finished! It’s a stunning design, and you really feel great about it. Now all you have to do is photograph it. Here’s some tips for the folks who may know more about fabrics than they do about photography.

Quilt Patterns Through Time
The History of Quilting Patterns & Free Quilt Block Patterns


Links of Interest

Alliance for American Quilts

The Applique Society
A diverse group of appliqué artists, teachers, designers, authors, collectors and enthusiasts interested in joining with others worldwide to advance and promote appliqué.

American Quilter‘s Society
Inspired by the enduring creativity and importance of quilts and quilt making, our objective is to provide a forum for quilters of all skill levels to expand their horizons in quilt making, design, self-expression, and quilt collecting.

American Quilt Study Group
Establishes and promotes the highest standards for interdisciplinary quilt-related studies, providing opportunities for study, research, and the publication of work that advance the knowledge of quilts and related subjects.

Appraisals of Quilt Worth
Nancy Bavor has been a quilt maker, teacher and collector for over twenty years. She lectures nationally on quilts and quilt history and is an American Quilter’s Society Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles. Visit her website for schedule, or for appraisals, email her.

International Quilt Study Center & Museum
Mission is to inspire an understanding of the cultural and artistic significance of quilts by collecting, preserving, studying, exhibiting and promoting discovery of quilts and quilt making traditions from many cultures, countries and times.

Lost Quilt Come Home
Facebook page dedicated to displaying lost or stolen quilts in the hopes that some may be returned.

Northern California Quilt Committee
Facilitates communication among quilt groups, shop owners, teachers, judges, museums and vendors. NCQC maintains a master calendar of quilting events occurring in the Northern California area.

Quilting in America
Quilting is not ‘quaint hobby of long ago’. Believe it or not, the world of quilting is more than thriving.  It tops the US Dept. of Statistics in the Craft Industry for Sales!  Interesting to think about next time you are at the local hardware store and your partner is eyeing a new blade or saw, his/her other half is probably at the quilt shop with other intensions!

Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)
An information resource on all things Art Auilt related for our members as well as the public.

The Smithsonian 
From the National Museum of American History

The Quilting Hub
Worldwide hub of quilting, a community maintained as an accurate information resource for events, shops and more.

The Quilt Index
The Quilt Index contains digital images and history on more than 50,000 quilts (and counting!). Contributors from 25 museums, libraries, universities and state documentation projects are already participating in this unmatched virtual collection.

Why Quilts Matter
This fascinating series explores quilts in fresh new ways by taking you behind the scenes to reveal the unique position of quilts at the center of American culture. You’ll go on an amazing quilt journey from function to art, to women’s empowerment, economic clout, American politics and beyond.


Long Arm Quilting

Below is a listing from the Northern California Quilt Council of Long Arm Quilters in the area.  If you would like to be included on the GQCCC website as a long arm quilter, please contact the GQCCC Website Chair at [email protected].

Please note that GQCCC or NCQC do not endorse any individual, organization or business.   Contact the individual and/or business directly to request resumes and references.

GQCCC  Machine/Long Arm Quilters Resource List

NCQC Long Arm Quilters Resource List