Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 Officer Election Ballot

Our Annual Business Meeting will be held at our regular meeting on November 1, 2014 at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex.

At this meeting we will be electing our officers for the 2015 calendar year.

If you will not be able to attend this meeting, you can still vote! Please download THIS FORM , use Word to fill it out, and return it via email to Laura. (Her email address is available in the Contact Us link at the top of this blog's homepage.)

All absentee ballots MUST be submitted by Friday evening, 1/7 at 11:59 pm. But, as with most things, the sooner the better :)

(PS: don't forget to bring your "sense of place" swap mini to the November meeting, if you are participating!)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

October meeting recap

Our October meeting was held on October 4 at the Fremont Public Library in Fremont, NH.

Items of business and reminders:

  • QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge blocks were collected at this meeting. The blocks were SO beautiful and varied! Look for photos of makers and their blocks in Karin's upcoming blog post about the project. By the November meeting, Jessica et al will have assembled the quilt and Mary will have quilted it. They will then pass the quilt to Nancy and Sue who will bind it and attach the sleeve by the December meeting.
  • Northampton swap minis are due at the November meeting. If you volunteered to participate in this swap, get stitching! The theme is "a sense of place" and the quilts should be 20'' x 20'' or smaller. There are no other fabric or color restrictions so enjoy being creative!
  • Speaker arrangements are being made by Amy. So far, we have Lee Heinrich visiting us in March and Sherri Lynn Wood in May, and we may be able to work out additional speakers for the fall. Stay tuned for announcements about these events.
  • The 2015 retreat will be the weekend of April 24-26 in Kennebunk, ME. Laura is getting pricing from the retreat center and will pass on information about costs and deposits as it comes.
  • The Gathering 2015 Exhibit subcommittee has met and distributed information via email. Mary distributed a handout at the meeting. 
  • The SMQG Banner subcommittee has been formed and has been spearheaded by Jessica. If you would like to join this subcommittee, please contact Jessica ASAP.
  • Officer nominations were made. The following people have been nominated for the following offices: President: Laura; Vice President: Judy and Mary; Treasurer: Jessica; Secretary: Peg. Please make every effort to attend our business meeting in November and vote to elect our officers!
  • The December end-of-year celebration is quickly approaching. At this meeting we will have a potluck to celebrate two great years of being a guild, and we will have a handmade item Yankee swap. To participate in this year's swap, you must bring a small, handmade item such as a pincushion, mini quilt wall hanging, small bag, etc. 
Show and Tell:

Sarah showed off this mini quilt that was a gift from Stephanie. It says "Baller" on the back because Stephanie had made a version of this quilt several months ago, and Sarah's husband saw a photo and said it was "baller." Sarah and her husband are sharing the quilt :)

Samantha did some really sweet orange peel quilting on her Michael Miller challenge piece. She'll be giving it away as a baby gift. The citrusy colors make it very baby-appropriate!

Jessica took a seam ripper to her unloved top from last month's show and tell. She took apart the HSTs and reassembled them, and this piece has much more symmetry and rhythm. I think our group admired her willingness to rip and resew something that wasn't working, rather than wadding it up and hiding it!

Jessica's also doing a fine bit of multitasking with this mini quilt. It was her handquilting piece, and also will be her Northampton swap mini. See how her skirt matches the sky?!

Karin showed off her handquilting piece: a Dresden plate made from Leah Duncan fabrics. 

Karin also made this cute horse applique wall hanging for her daughter's room (It is also a Sizzix tutorial!). She says be careful not to be too still next to her or you might get appliqued to something!

Karin remade a blue version of her herringbone table runner out of Spotlight store fabrics because her pattern is being used as a tearsheet in the stores!

And Karin's Halloween tumbler quilt (I didn't catch her much more clever name for it!) is made of Riley Blake fabrics. Her quilter did a fabulous spiderweb design for the quilting. The green binding Karin chose is unexpected and perfect!

Barb's tumbler quilt is the first piece she FMQ'd herself. Her quilting does NOT look like beginner work! (And we even checked the back to see!)

Barb also used this circle of geese block to teach herself to paper piece. What beautiful colors! 

Diane made these three quilts out of some appliqued butterfly blocks from a lady in her family. The butterflies are genuine vintage fabrics--they look like feedsacks to me. She set the butterflies very creatively, and the quilts will be for children in the family. I think she said she has even more of these butterflies!

Nancy finished her purple and green wedding gift quilt!

and she made this wall hanging size quilt out of some of the blocks from last month's block lottery. These blocks look so beautiful assembled! 

Colleen made this colorful quilt out of Amy Butler fabrics. I believe she said it was a bed quilt for her daughter? 

Colleen also made this gloriously scrappy wonder. She laid it on the floor and we all spent several minutes peeking out our favorite fabrics! What fun this one will be to use.

Peg's piece for handquilting is a gift for a writer friend. The typewriters are very appropriate!

Laura is maybe done making fox quilts now, but also maybe not.

The foxes also made a cute mini quilt!

Paula gave a great lesson on handquilting at this meeting. It was such a fun stitching-circle experience, all the ladies sitting around and working on their quilting handwork. I learned several new tips I didn't know, and I am *determined* to get that rocking motion down correctly. It was such a treat for me to get to watch Paula use her thimble to rock the needle back and forth--I taught myself to handquilt by reading the internet, and you really miss out by not watching someone experienced work! Thank you Paula!

Our next meeting will be Saturday, November 1 in West Newbury; the agenda includes the annual business meeting and elections. Hope to see everyone there.

ETA: Here is Karin's group photo of all of us with our house blocks. Thank you for sharing this photo, Karin!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

October meeting reminder

This coming Saturday, October 4, our October meeting will be held from 10 am to 12 pm at the Fremont Public Library on Jackie Bernier Drive in Fremont, NH. This promises to be a busy meeting, and there is a lot of prep work to do this month!

--your house block for the QuiltCon Charity Challenge. PLEASE see your email for the specific instructions and ongoing discussion regarding this project. It is vital that these blocks be handed in to Jessica at the October meeting so that she can puzzle together the top. If you are making a block and will not be able to attend the meeting, please mail the block to the SMQG's PO box. (Click the "Contact" link at the top of this blog for the address!)

 --all the supplies for Paula's handquilting workshop. Check out the list, here

--officer nominations! If you would like to serve on the executive committee, please consider nominating yourself. The election will be held at our annual business meeting in November.

Hope to see you all for a morning of peaceful hand stitching!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

September meeting recap

Our September meeting was held on September 6 from 9 am to 12 pm at the Wiggin Memorial Library in Stratham NH. In the photo above, you'll see three of our members wearing handmade dresses and another working on a handmade knitted accessory! 

Peg opened our meeting with some important items of business. We're gearing up for an exciting fall! 
  • The mini quilt swap with the Northampton MA guild is ON. Peg has a list of 10-11 names of participants. The mini quilts should be less than 20'' x 20'' and our theme is "a sense of place." The minis are due at the November meeting, and they will be shipped to Northampton. If you have signed up for this swap, get making your minis!
  • Laura is looking into dates with the Franciscan for a 2015 retreat. I will keep the group posted on what is happening; Paula requested that we go ahead and look into 2016 dates and I have emailed my contact. However, we may need to look into other options for places to hold the retreat. Watch out, there may be a poll coming that may ask you questions such as what time of year might be convenient for you and how much you would be willing to pay.
  • As a group, we "appointed" Amy (who really kindly volunteered!) to contact some possible speakers to do lectures or workshops. I can't share any real details yet, but hold on--things are happening here! (really!)
  • The Gathering exhibit is still happening in 2015. Peg, Mary, Diane, and Amy have volunteered to be the committee in charge of our exhibit. At next month's meeting we'll have a discussion about what they will expect from the group in terms of our contributions. I'm excited to get sewing on my show quilt!

We had some great pieces shown off at Show and Tell this month.

Amy received her Sweet Tea quilt back from Spring Market. I love how this design looks classic but a bit unexpected too--check those secondary crosses!

Diane finished a quilt using some blocks from an online block of the month. She ended up not loving the blocks so she cut them up and set them in a very modern setting. See the quilting in the lower right area of the quilt? She used a very elongated zigzag stitch on her Janome to achieve that look. She said it is called "honeycomb" quilting. So neat! And I love the way she used the Marimekko large neutral print as background. Those lined-up bottom circles are such a thoughtful detail!

Mary is a little sad to have finished her beautiful Chicopee quilt because she had to take it to its new home right after the meeting. The good news is she has scraps to make another quilt! The saturated colors of Chicopee really pop against the Essex linen background, and the simple design lets her quilting shine. She's also modeling her brand-new Tula Staple Dress!

We had to twist Stephanie's arm to show off this gorgeous paper-pieced rainbow quilt that she is working on handquilting. My (sad) iPhone photo is blurry, but each star center is a fun fussy cut alphabet letter. I know her daughter will treasure this rainbow quilt.

Sarah is performing a public service by sewing fall into existence. Her scrappy leaf is appliqued onto a chartreuse (is it Mochi dot?) background. Bring on the apple cider!

She also made a Barn Bats mini that will become her Halloween decoration. Sarah, I think the weather FINALLY heard you!

Kali made this quilt from a bright fabric combo. She quilted apple peels in the squares. Her mom has expressed dislike for it but I think it is great.

Kali also finished this beautiful quilt as a gift for a friend. I didn't even notice at the meeting but it is a Friendship Star--so appropriate. She used a mix of deep stash cream-to-white prints and more modern low-value prints as backgrounds for the solid blue stars. She says this is the work she is most proud of to date, and I think with good reason. Hooray for the deep stash!

Jess showed off a beautiful Texas Lonestar piece that I didn't get a photo of (because I was busy running my mouth?) but I did get a photo of this piece. She says she is not sold on it, so I am looking forward to seeing what it becomes. I think some of those prints are Tula so this top is much too precious to abandon.

Laura made a Swedish Bloom-Time quilt (from the book Patchwork Please!) for her sister out of some brand-new Cotton and Steel. It was SO good to cut into new fabric right away.

Karin's beachy, sunny quilt is for her son (Karin--son-shine?) and was a Sizzix tutorial as well. The cornerstones that look like half equilateral triangles are a smart touch to make the border look even more sunshine-y.

Karin made this quilt as part of the Fat Quarter Shop's Jelly Roll Jam blog tour. It is so cute and colorful! The straightforward design really shows off the colors of the Lotta Jansdotter prints.

Karin also made this seaglass-inspired table runner as a tutorial for the Sizzix blog. Sarah's convinced me I'm ready for fall, but these beachy colors make me think I am not quite ready to let go of summer yet.

Karin also finished her fun Fruit Ninja quilt. She designed the paper-piecing pattern herself. It is so brightly colored, vibrant, and fun! Karin also showed off a purple tumbler baby quilt that didn't make it into my bad iPhone photo roll.

Nancy is smiling because she is so glad to have finished up this WIP! Maybe if you squint you can see the hibiscus flowers the quilter added to her brightly colored quilt. So appropriate and tropical.

This quilt Nancy made as a wedding gift. One of the couple likes purple, the other likes green, so this quilt helps them meet in the middle! 

Judy is calling this project her "Clamshell Bailout." She wanted to finish a project with her clamshells from Amy's workshop a couple of months back, but didn't particularly enjoy sewing those small, tight curved seams. So she figured out a modern setting for the clamshells and added some scrap strips. I think this is a really stunning, smart way to finish a project she was tired of!

Peg showed off a Washi Dress muslin she has been working on. She intended it to be a wearable muslin, and I think our group *may* have convinced her to finish it up and wear it. Now that she has all her fit adjustments done, she can Washi with the best of us! (Peg, I am sorry, the one photo I got is unusably blurry!) 

The rest of our meeting was devoted to planning our guild's QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge quilt. If you were not at the meeting and would like to participate, please check your email right away and read Judy's very detailed email about the project. Some details to note: fabric will come from Peg (THANK YOU PEG for donating the fabric for this project!) and we are to use ONLY the fabric in Peg's bundle; blocks will be due to Jess at the October meeting, so we really need to be sewing these now. Please refer to your email for the full details.

Thank you to all who attended, and I hope to see everyone at our October meeting in Fremont, NH. Paula will be teaching handquilting, so there are some supplies you will need to prepare/purchase if you would like to participate (save those Joann's coupons!) You can find the supply list HERE.

Officer nominations will also occur in October, before our annual business meeting in November. If you would like to serve on the executive committee, please consider nominating yourself!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

September meeting reminder

Our September meeting will be held on Saturday, September 6 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Wiggin Memorial Library in Stratham, NH.

Please bring projects for show and tell, as well as any lottery blocks you have made. This is our last month for collecting this summer's block and we'll be drawing a winner at this meeting. If you haven't yet made one please consider doing so--the block is a bit time-consuming but the quilt made from it would be a showstopper. The tutorial can be found HERE; please make the 16'' block size. If you are entering please bring $1 per block you make to put our guild "kitty", to be used for speakers and activities.

You also have a bit of homework to do before this meeting. We don't have a specific workshop planned, but will be doing a bit of brainstorming for our guild's contribution to the Charity Quilts for QuiltCon project. Judy has graciously agreed to project manage our guild's quilt. Amy has some of the specific fabrics called for in the assigned color scheme and will bring them to the meeting for us to see. Your assignment is to review the information that's been made available to us about this challenge on the Modern Quilt Guild Blog and come prepared to brainstorm! Do you have pattern or design ideas that fit the theme of "alternate gridwork"? Ideas about how to make a group quilt that's NOT a typical 4 x 5 block layout? Favorite fabrics that fit the color scheme? Most importantly, Judy is still seeking suggestions for local charities who could accept and use the finished quilt after QuiltCon, so if you have any ideas please pass them to her via email or bring them to the meeting.

I can't wait to make a quilt with you all. See everyone in September!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Looking ahead to October

In October, Paula will be leading us in a handquilting workshop. In case you need to dig around your sewing room to find supplies or perhaps buy supplies using one Joann's coupon at a time, she's provided a list of what we will need ahead of time.

You will need:

--18'' or so quilt: sandwiched and basted with thread rather than pins. It is easier to quilt if your project has few seams.
--12'' or larger quilting hoop (Paula notes that this is different from an embroidery hoop)
--thimble with a rim that fits middle finger of quilting hand (right, if you are a rightie)
--"Between" needles sized 10, 11, or 12 (Paula notes that the needles are called "Between" needles, and the larger the number, the smaller the needle.)
--handquilting thread (note that this is different from regular thread, as well)
--scissors/thread snips
--needle threader to make life easier
--marking pen for stencil: Paula has stencils to copy if you'd like to do a whole cloth project.

Hope to see you all in September, and then October!