Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Announcing: The 2015 SMQG Retreat!


It's time to sign up for the April 24-26 SMQG retreat in Kennebunk, Maine!

We are pleased to be holding our retreat at the Franciscan Guest House. It is a reasonably-priced, centrally-located option that hosts many quilt retreats. They provide a lovely, well-lit space for sewing and will provide all irons, ironing boards, and design walls, as well as coffee and hot water for tea throughout the day. There will also be a refrigerator to store sodas and other beverages.

The Franciscan is a short walk from downtown Kennebunk. You'll be able to walk downtown for meals, snacks, drinks, and breaks.

Continental-style breakfasts are included in the price of the room, and lunch on Saturday will be a catered deli lunch (think salads, sandwiches, cookies), price included in the totals below.

We were so lucky to be able to tag along at the Boston MQG's retreat in March 2014--if you weren't there, and would like to see what kinds of fun takes place, you can look at Alice's writeup of the retreat here.

Pricing for the retreat is as follows:
Single Room, 3 nights (Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th, Saturday 25th): $324
Double Room, 3 nights: $224 per person
Single Room, 2 nights: $229
Double Room, 2 nights: $163 per person

There is a "commuter" option in the drop-down below. I was able to offer a very limited number of these spots to those who specially requested them, but needed to limit the spots to three people. If you are interested in a commuter spot, I am running a waitlist. Please email Laura.

To reserve your place at the retreat, please select your room option from the dropdown below. You will have one week--until Thursday, November 20--to reserve your spot! The $30 deposit will be deducted from the balance of your choice above.

You can then pay your balance in two payments, if you choose, or one, if you choose. For planning purposes, the second payment will be due around January 10; the final payment, by March 1.

Please email Laura if you have questions or need clarification. Laura also needs to know ASAP if you will need a ground-floor/handicap accessible room.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Save the Date: Lee Heinrich Lecture!

The beginning of March is usually, well, a lion here in New England. But this year, Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced will be coming to visit our guild, bringing with her a dose of her signature fresh, bright modern traditionalist style!

image courtesy Lee Heinrich

Lee is also a co-author of Vintage Quilt Revival, a book containing appealing modern traditionalist quilt projects. The book was released in late 2013 and several of our own guild members have made pieces using patterns in this book.


image courtesy Lee Heinrich
So mark your calendars, invite your quilty friends, and get ready!

When: March 7, 2015, 10 am to 12 pm (note: this is our regular meeting time)
Where: Dr. John C. Page Elementary School, 694 Main Street, West Newbury, MA
What: Trunk show and lecture
How Much: $10 payable at the door for SMQG members, $15 payable at the door for nonmembers

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sherri Lynn Wood Workshop Sign Ups!


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I know you are all excited about the upcoming Sherri Lynn Wood workshop and guess what?  It's time to reserve your spot!

Sherri will be visiting the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild on Sunday, May 3, 2015 for a 7 hour workshop at the Old Town Hall, 491 Main Street, West Newbury, MA .  The workshop will run from 9 am to 5 pm with an hour break for lunch.  Lunch is be included in your workshop fee and will be catered.

The workshop we chose is Bias Strip Curves, described by Sherri below:

Bias Strip Curves
12761766865_224ceaea82_qIn this workshop you will learn to master the innovative improvisational technique of bias-strip piecing on the curve, with tips on how to flatten internal bubbles in the patchwork when they arise, and how to utilize the technique in both traditional and improvisational patchwork compositions. This is an advanced, original technique that takes time to master but it’s definitely worth the effort. Just imagine the possibilities! Most suitable for intermediate and advanced skill levels.




Sherri's teaching focuses on improvisational process and technique and she has been sharing her love of that process for over 20 years now.  She also has a new book coming out that she hopes to have in hand in time for our workshop. It can be preordered on Amazon:


This is a unique opportunity to work with Sherri here in New England and I hope you will jump at the chance!  

The registration will be first come first serve to the first 20 registered SMQG members.  To secure your spot, email amybfriend@gmail.com and state your intention to register for the workshop and mention any dietary needs you might have (vegetarian, vegan, allergies, etc.).  I will reply to confirm that your spot is secure. After a couple of weeks, if spots are still open, we will advertise them to local guilds.  So please move quickly.  

The workshop cost is $100 (including lunch).  You can write out a check to the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild and give it to Amy at a guild meeting or send it to her attention at PO Box 774, West Newbury, MA 01985.  If your payment has not been received by January 31, 2015, you will lose your spot and we will sell the ticket to someone on the waitlist.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy at amybfriend@gmail.com.  More information will be forthcoming regarding supplies and other details as the event date gets closer.

Monday, November 3, 2014

November meeting recap



Our November meeting was held on Saturday, November 1 at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex.

Judy opened our meeting with some announcements and general business items:

  • Our "sense of place" minis were collected at this meeting and will be shipped to Northampton. When we receive our minis in return, they will be distributed random-lottery style.
  • If you are a paid member of our guild you should have received an email from the MQG regarding regional representative elections. There are three candidates for our district (they are all from below the Mason-Dixon line...perhaps one of us should remedy that next go-round!). Please review their profiles and make your selection, and then, on November 10, you will receive an emailed ballot. You'll have until 11/13 to vote. This election only seems far-off and like it won't matter--if you want the East Coast to have a say in what goes on for the MQG, now is your chance. 
  • Retreat pricing came in for the April 24-26 retreat at the Franciscan in Kennebunk, ME. The pricing looks to be similar to what it was last year. We will need to make a deposit with the Franciscan by November 28, so watch your inboxes for instructions on making your deposit and reserving your retreat space!
Looking ahead to next month, we will be holding our annual end-of-the-year party and handmade item Yankee Swap. Everyone is invited to make a small handmade gift to participate in the Yankee Swap! We ask that the item be small (like a pincushion, mug rug, mini quilt, small pillow, small pouch) and be sewn. The item should NOT have a Christmas theme. Please place your item in a small, non-Christmas gift bag so we can cut down on paper mess and waste. 

We will also be holding a potluck brunch. Make a fun treat of your choice to share! Debbie has me thinking of biscuits and gravy and I am wondering how well gravy might travel. :)

There were quite a lot of pieces of show and tell this month! We have been a very productive group. I apologize in advance for the wobbly photos. I should have used my flash. It is sometimes hard to tell about the light in these big rooms.


Sam's bright solid quilt is for her son. It's twin-sized so it is quite large!


This is Robin's contribution to the A Sense of Place swap.


And Robin made this beautiful quilt using Amy's Melon Ice pattern. 


This blurry photo absolutely does not do justice to Sue's A Sense of Place mini. Her quilting, which you can barely see, is particularly lovely!


Nancy made a colorful Dresden plate.


And this is Nancy's A Sense of Place mini. It is her backyard! It is entirely improv-pieced, and I am impressed by the precision she achieved.


Judy's A Sense of Place mini is inspired by her home and the objects that populate her everyday life. The tranquil blue is for the Seacoast water.


Joanne used metallic thread to quilt her autumn wall hanging. She had some issues with it and this led to a little discussion on using metallic threads. 


Diane's runner from Paula's workshop last month is finished. She handquilted the words and the asterisk (and there are several other words on the runner). 


Diane also finished this blue runner.


And this was Diane's test block for her contribution to our charity quilt. I love the whimsical feel of this block!


Paula's A Sense of Place mini was inspired by all the colors in our area, and the beautiful nighttime sky.


Laura's A Sense of Place is called Lucy Boston on the Road to Tennessee.


Laura also made a pickle dish unit, but is not sure what to do with it.


Laura also finished this Courthouse Steps quilt.


Karin showed off her bright citrusy pillow. This will be cheery throughout the coming dreary winter!



Karin made this Fat Eighth Frenzy quilt in 24 hours. The top photo is the front and the bottom is the back. She used Kate Spain fabrics, I believe!


Here is the banner made by the banner committee. It is still in progress (I believe Mary will be quilting it) but it is already incredible! Thanks to Jess for spearheading that project.


Kali's A Sense of Place mini was inspired by a foggy morning. She says these are her first machine-quilted swirls and I find that hard to believe!


Kali continues to rescue 90s stash fabrics and make things with them! She made this quilt out of a combo of fabrics given to her and purchased at a yard sale.


Allison is handquilting this black and white plus baby quilt. This photo doesn't show her stitches but she is using pink in the black area and black in the white area.


Mary made a take on Carolyn Friedlander's Aerial Grove pattern for her A Sense of Place swap mini. I believe those circles are hand-appliqued. They are rainbow pebbles on a beach.


Jess and Mary did an incredible amount of work on our Charity challenge quilt. (So much that I guess I needed to put this photo in this post twice.) Jess hammered the top into shape, and Mary did all the quilting. She added such darling details, like a couple of hidden cats and tiny ribbon candy quilting. I could look at this quilt for a couple of hours and not see it all. Great work everybody, and especially great work, Jess and Mary!


Jess's A Sense of Place mini is a whale and a NY Beauty sun. She handquilted it!


Jess also made a throw-sized top for her sister.


Amy's A Sense of Place mini is a quilted representation of Plum Island. The quilting really adds so much to this mini!


Recognize this? This is Amy's Melon Ice block, smaller, and with prints. (Same pattern as Robin's blue and white quilt, above!) I love how swapping figure and ground makes this into a totally different quilt.


Amy also made this as a modern quilting study. (It is not blurry, that is the badness of the photo.) 


Inspired by an Amish quilt, Amy made this ninepatch/Irish Chain variation. She made it modern by using some differently colored solids for an ombre effect. Amy also showed off the quilt she made for publication in the scrap quilt book, made of grey, lime, and yellow scraps--but I didn't get a photo of it.

After show and tell, we had a productive discussion about what makes a quilt "modern." If you are looking for the MQG's definition of a "modern quilt," find it here. If you are looking for our group's guidelines for our 2015 modern quilting show, please check your email!

See you in Stratham next month for our end-of-year party!




































Wednesday, October 29, 2014

November meeting reminder!

November--and its meeting--are fast approaching! We will be meeting this coming Saturday, November 1 from 10 am to 12 pm at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex.

Please bring your Show and Tell items, and your A Sense of Place swap minis.

We will also be holding our annual business meeting and election of officers, so come ready to vote. (Please note: if you will not be able to attend Saturday's meeting and are a paid 2014 member, you can still vote! Download the ballot here, use Word to fill it out, and email it to Laura by Friday, November 7.)

Our activity after the meeting and after show and tell will be a discussion of what makes a quilt modern, in preparation for our 2015 show at The Gathering. If you have a quilt that you think is "modern" that you don't mind having discussed, you are welcome to bring it. We will also be looking for discussion material among show and tell and our swap minis. If you have a quilt that you have already made that you are on the fence about submitting, you are welcome to bring it for discussion.

Finally, we would like to have all 2015 dues paid by the December meeting. The 2015 dues will remain $50. Laura will be accepting dues at the November and December meetings.

Hope to see everyone there! Nancy says there will be cider, and I am making chocolate crinkle cookies, as if you needed further enticement. :)

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!