Caroline’s Thrift Shop Charity Quilt

Caroline’s Thrift Shop Charity Quilt

The photo above shows Christy (left) and Nancy (right) holding the quilt Our America which is being raffled for charity.

Our America was made by PVQA members Karen C Gonzalez and Cheryl Henriksen and quilted by PVQA member Michael McNamara.  The quilt size 54 inches by 72 inches.

Raffle tickets may be purchased at the store, Caroline’s Thrift Shop.

Caroline’s is a non-profit thrift shop whose primary focus is to raise money for Santa Cruz County non-profits that have programs and/or services for children with special medical, developmental, or psychological needs.

Tell your friends to visit Caroline’s and buy a ticket or three for a chance to win this quilt. And take a look around the shop, you might find something wonderful to take home.

May 2014 Meeting: Claire Witherspoon

May 2014 Meeting: Claire Witherspoon

Confessions of an Eclectic Quilter
Claire has been collecting vintage tops and quilts for about 10 years.  Since she has a great interest in quilt history, she has organized her collection into a talk focusing on the collection process and interesting quilt history facts she’s picked up along the way.  Claire explains, “I don’t collect what most quilt collectors collect; I’m partial to the ‘odd ducks’ in the crowd so my collection includes some interesting mistakes and unusual quilts and tops.  It’s a fun look at a fascinating topic.”
The PVQA meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at:

Beth-El Jewish Community Center
3055 Porter Gulch Rd at Soquel Dr
Aptos, California

Social time begins at 6:30 PM and the meeting starts promptly at 7:00 PM.

Parking is limited, but there is additional parking on the street or at Cabrillo College.

Click here for directions and maps to the meeting location.

May 2014 Workshop: Claire Witherspoon

May 2014 Workshop: Claire Witherspoon

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Scrap Strategies

A class for beginners and experienced quilters alike to learn how to organize and use your “real scraps” to make beautiful quilts. If you like to sort fabric, sew without worrying too much about if the corners match and you want to learn how to design your own scrap quilts this is the class for you! You can see from the samples (check out www.clairewitherspoon.com) that the basic technique is the same throughout but the resulting quilts vary considerably based on choices in the fabrics and settings. The technique is simple and the design process is fun, just let go and enjoy the ride!

The workshop will take place at Community Foundation Santa Cruz. Click here for directions and maps to the workshop location.

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Susan Davis on SJMQT Board of Directors

Susan Davis on SJMQT Board of Directors

We are pleased and proud to announce PVQA’s very own Susan Davis is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.

Sewing and quilting didn’t have much of a role in Susan’s life until she won a second place ribbon for a Log Cabin jacket at the Los Angeles County Fair in 1980.

While raising four children and moving all over the U.S. with her Petroleum Engineering husband (whom she met while they were both students at USC), Susan says “Quilting was my therapy.”  Wearing her Log Cabin jacket into a quilt store in Oklahoma led to teaching the jacket class as well as a quilt-as-you-go class. With each move Susan further developed her quilting skills and took advantage of attending various quilt exhibits, festivals, and
state fairs. She reports she always enjoyed observing the subtle regional differences in the art of quilting.

After 23 years, her family returned to California and Susan has been a member of PVQA for the past two years. She says, “I truly appreciate the friendliness and hospitality of the Guild.” She adds, “The classes I’ve attended have had fabulous teachers and have been so enriching and valuable to me.”

Susan says her appointment to the Museum Board “Gives me an opportunity to support, learn and share the art of very gifted quilt and textile artisans.”

June 2014 Meeting: Sandra Bruce

Monday, June March 9, 2014
Material Matrix and the Paths Taken

Using images and quilts, Sandra Bruce will show her background (which includes illustration and lettering as well as quilting), her work, an overview of her process called “Material Matrix” and how it all comes together using color, design, composition and serendipity!

For information on Sandra Bruce visit her website www.sandrabruce.com

The PVQA meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at:

Beth-El Jewish Community Center
3055 Porter Gulch Rd at Soquel Dr
Aptos, California

Social time begins at 6:30 PM and the meeting starts promptly at 7:00 PM.

Parking is limited, but there is additional parking on the street or at Cabrillo College.

Click here for directions and maps to the meeting location.

June 2014 Workshop: Sandra Bruce

June 2014 Workshop: Sandra Bruce

Material Matrix
Monday, June 9, 2014

Learn a fun process for turning a photo into a quilt. Using a provided photo, points Sandra will cover include: what makes a good photo to turn into a quilt, how to interpret a photo using a grid, value and color, curved piecing, using a mix of prints & solids, and ideas about quilting. The class is about the process and Sandra’s goal is for each student to leave the class confident to finish her quilt (approximately 18” x 20”) and to go on to do more complicated images.

The workshop will take place at Community Foundation Santa Cruz. Click here for directions and maps to the workshop location.

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PVQA member Judge Denine Guy in the news

PVQA member and Santa Cruz Judge Denine Guy is in the news for her work with adoption. Read the uplifting story here:

Santa Cruz County families open hearts and homes to children through adoption

Sherri Wood Workshop Photos

Sherri Wood Workshop Photos

Sherri Wood has posted an amazing set of photographs from the workshop on her Flickr site.

To view the photos visit:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sherriwood/sets/72157636630074415/

PVQA in the Aptos Times

PVQA in the Aptos Times

Thank you to Edita McQuary of the Aptos Times.

Quilting in the 21st century is alive and making a difference.

Read about PVQA in the Aptos Times at http://www.tpgonlinedaily.com/quilting-21st-century-alive-making-difference/

Operation: Quiet Comfort

Operation: Quiet Comfort

My name is Katie Baron and I am a member of Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Operation: Quiet Comfort needs Quilters to put together quilts from our Four Freedoms Gratitude Quilt kits. The kit includes everything you need for the front of the quilt and the dedication block for the back. Quilters are asked to provide the batting or flannel for the inside and the backing material.

What exactly is a Four Freedoms Gratitude Quilt?

The Four Freedoms Gratitude Quilt pattern was designed by OQC founder, Lori Pate.

She was inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s address to Congress on January 6, 1941, where he cited the “Four Freedoms”: Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Worship, Freedom From Want, and Freedom From Fear.

A Four Freedoms Gratitude Quilt is created from denim squares cut from our well-loved blue jeans and signed with heart-felt written messages of thanks, appreciation and encouragement by groups and individuals from all across America. The Four Freedoms Gratitude Quilt became our (forgive the pun) “signature” item to send to injured service members receiving medical care abroad. It is a symbol of the love and respect that we have for our troops.

If your quilting group could put together just one quilt for us, it would help a lot! To request a quilt kit (all instructions included), please send an email to quilts@operationquietcomfort.com.

For more information visit our website operationquietcomfort.com