Meet Mel Beach

My quilting adventure began in 2003 and I've enjoyed every moment spent creating modern, bold and fun quilts.  While living in New York state, I learned to quilt on my own via books, magazines and television.  Since moving to Northern California, I've immersed myself in the vibrant quilting community here in the Bay Area, as well as online.  I love experimenting with new techniques and designs, and especially enjoy combining bright colors and exciting textures, whether its solids, ombres (my personal favorite), prints and/or my own hand dyed fabrics.

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I am especially drawn to participating in Quilt Challenges, both at the local and national/international level!  Each new challenge pushes me to grow as a quilter as I create innovative designs to celebrate fiber through new techniques, fabrics and layouts.



Challenge Yourself

Discover the world of Quilt Challenges and the many opportunities awaiting you (and your quilts!)  Join me as I recount my adventures (including a few misadventures) while participating in Quilt Challenges at both the local and national/international level.  I hope to inspire you by sharing my own quilts and their stories, along with tips/tricks that I hope will inspire and encourage you to enter your own quilts, regardless of style or level of experience/skill!   
*  Presentation includes a slide show followed by trunk show including 25+ of my challenge quilts.



Mod Mandalas
Add some Modern Zen to your quilting and join me as I unlock the secrets to creating your very own modern mandala that will sparkle and shine!  Constructing a mod mandala is both meditative and exciting, especially as they begin to take shape and bloom into a starry design!  
* In a 1 day workshop, participants will go through the steps by completing one or more quadrants of the Mod Mandala design.   Finished Mod Mandala size will be approximately 21” square.

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