Thursday, February 26, 2015

March meeting reminder: Lee Heinrich talk and trunk show!

Paula is currently coordinating snacks and drinks via email. Please see the thread and respond if you are able to help!

As a reminder, we will NOT be holding show and tell or conducting regular business at this meeting. Please save all your show and tell projects for April. 

Kali will be collecting pillowcases to be donated to the women's shelter with our charity quilt. Please watch for an email with details from her--but I know many of you have pillowcases sewn and ready to donate already! If you have time this weekend and next week, please consider making a few.

We will be giving away some really great door prizes at this event. (As if you needed further motivation to come!) I am excited to see you all there!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

2/7 Meeting Recap

Amy here today subbing for Peg who couldn't come to the meeting.  Judy began the meeting in Laura's absence with quite a bit of business:

First off, taking advantage of the time without last year's president and this year's president in attendance, we discussed a way to thank outgoing presidents for their dedication and hard work for the guild.  Amy was recently visiting the Merrimack Valley Quilters and suggested their method.  The president chooses a block, makes a sample and writes up directions for the block including specifics about the size, fabric, color palette, etc.  The guild members make the blocks and turn them in to the VP who gifts them to the president at the last meeting of the year.  After some discussion, the group agreed to adopt this policy.  We would like Peg to think about what she would like for her blocks and provide us with the information at the March meeting so that we can get a move on them!  Laura, you have till the June meeting!  

MQG Membership cards were distributed.

Kali has agreed to be Chair of Charity Projects for the year.  She mentioned being interested in wheelchair quilts which are roughly the same size as baby quilts but allow for more sophisticated design. 

We were reminded that Lee Heinrich will be visiting for our March meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Dr. John C. Page School, 694 Main Street, West Newbury. We will not be allowed into the building until 9:30.  Please park at the lower lot which is on the left as you come up the drive.  Follow the crosswalks to the building entrance.  We hope to have a greeter but basically, you walk through the main doors to a second set of doors.  Turn right to head toward the Cafetorium.  The entry fee will be cash or check only.  Nancy and Sue Ann offered to be quilt holders for Lee.  Please feel free to publicize the event but make sure you are using the corrected flier with Lee's name spelled properly.  If you need a new copy, email Amy or Laura.  Jessica and a helper will collect the money at the door.  Amy will send the announcement reminder to the BMQG.

The Exhibit Committee reported that we will be working on the raffle quilt at the April meeting.  All members should bring sewing machines, neutral thread, a size 90 needle, and scissors.  Some cutting mats and rotary cutters, irons and ironing boards, power strips and extension cords will be needed to share.  The pattern and fabrics will be provided so just come ready to sew.  All other info. can be found in the exhibit committee minutes that were emailed so I won't repeat them here.  Amy did mention that we would appreciate it if people would start entering their quilts so we have approximate numbers.  Info on how to do that can be found in this post.

Judy reported that the Executive Committee has been working on a few issues and will report back to the group when they are better prepared.  One is insurance coverage for the guild.  Additionally, some changes to the Bylaws are needed.  And finally, they mentioned the online chatter regarding a New England MQG event and the need to discuss more about that.
Both Jessica and Laura will be attending the Leadership Conference at QuiltCon. If you have any questions you would like them to get answered or any thoughts to pass along, do so soon.  Laura would like to encourage all members who are attending to go to the general session.

Second payments for the retreat were collected and Laura sent an email this week with information from the Franciscan.

Laura sent out a survey about bees and other activities.  The vast majority were interested in small member to member swaps where you know who you are sewing for but they do not know who is sewing for them.  The second most popular idea was a traditional style monthly bee.  Judy asked the someone volunteer to chair this activity by speaking to her or Laura.

Laura has a list of members and their social media contacts to distribute soon.

Phew, after all that business we turned to show and tell. 

Allison is working on hand-quilting her broken herringbone quilt.

Robin shared her modern take on an Amish quilt mini.

Sue Ann finished this quilt made from leftovers and scraps and claims to hate it.  Sue kindly offered to take it ;)

Sue Ann showed us these blocks from a quilt made in 1996.  She was really ahead of the modern quilting curve! 

Mary completed this lovely table topper with bias binding.

Kali was into bags this month and made 3 drawstring bags from In Color Order as well as a bag from Jessica's workshop.

Sarah made this flashy skirt to make sure no one missed her at QuiltCon!

She also completed this baby quilt for a cousin.

...and made progress on this diamond mini.

Mary made this baby quilt in addition to

...finishing the quilting on the guild banner.  Paula has offered to add hanging pockets.

Jessica completed this top for a wedding gift.

And Paula made this Love mini largely from a scrap bag from a quilt shop in Acton.

Diane shared her mini for The Gathering.  Her traditional block was called Returning Birds and this was her modern interpretation.

She also made this quilt as part of an online class where she was learning to use a ruler to cut triangles.

In case you couldn't guess, this is Nancy.  In case there is any confusion, she is both wearing AND holding her name.  

These blocks were made at an improv letter piecing workshop.

Nancy is also making this animal print quilt for her niece.

And she finished up her Fancy Fox quilt top in time for show and tell at Laura's request but, then, Nancy said "she's not even here."  

Sue made this modern interpretation of the Boston Public Gardens.  Sorry I cropped you out Sue, but you were talking in the picture.

Amy also shared her mini for The Gathering which was an improv take on the Grandmother's Fan block.

Following the busy show and tell, Sue provided us with a great presentation about batting complete with samples and a giveaway.  I would share more details but my hands where busy feeling batting samples so I didn't have time for notes.  Thank you Sue.

Monday, February 2, 2015

February meeting reminder

Our February meeting will be held on Saturday, February 7 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Fremont Public Library in Fremont, NH.

We will be holding our regular show and tell, as well as workshopping your Gathering projects at the end of show and tell. If you have a WIP or a sketch or a fabric pull or an idea that you are willing to share for discussion and feedback, please bring it and we will give it extra attention!

Sue will be leading a workshop on different types of batting. I have only ever used one type of batting off my big old roll, so I am eager to hear about why I might choose to use different kinds in different situations.

I have updated the SMQG Events Calendar link (look at the top of the blog home page) as far out as I know meeting locations. I try to type in the address of the location so that you can click the "map" link and pull up a Google map. I know there was a little bit of discussion about where exactly the Fremont Library is (and I got a little lost going there for the first time myself!) so if you are unsure of where the library is, please click the map and take a look.

Hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge: A Safe Place

photo credit Amy Friend

Below please find the blog post that Judy wrote and submitted to the MQG as the blog post about our group's quilt!

photo credit Amy Friend
Our guild set aside time at our September meeting to plan our QuiltCon charity quilt. Our planning and execution was truly a group effort with a large percentage of our members contributing ideas, time, materials, and skill. Our project manager, Judy Durant, led a lively discussion.  The plan for the quilt design evolved quickly from Stephanie Harrison's suggestion of donating the finished quilt to “A Safe Place”, an emergency shelter for women and children in southeastern NH. Her suggestion was met with overwhelming approval, especially because she also contributed the idea of a quilt design involving houses, representing a place of warmth and security. Once this was decided, we were off and running. The color palette given to us by the MQG appeared challenging at first but as discussion proceeded it was decided that we would use all the solids in the palette with the addition of only one print. The deep turquoise (we used Kona Glacier) was chosen as the background. Each block was to include a house and one chartreuse star. We left that meeting with a plan settled and all tasks involved covered by volunteers.

photo credit Amy Friend
Kali Zirkle volunteered to create a quilt layout diagram and from her design members were assigned a block size. The blocks were of varying sizes and shapes and because all used a common background color we were able to achieve an alternate grid work design of houses and stars scattered in the deep turquoise background. Peg Connolly secured fabric, made packets for each member, and shipped those packets to all who were making house blocks. And as if by magic, everyone appeared at our October meeting with a finished house block! It was such fun to see the variety of house styles everyone had created and the level of interest and enthusiasm was wonderful.

photo credit Jessica Benoit May (Mary Gregory's hands)
The house blocks were assembled by Jessica Benoit May into a charming quilt top. She added some stars in areas of negative space and she pieced a wonderful improv strip of solid scraps to add design interest to the quilt back. Mary Gregory then burned the midnight oil quilting our creation with all sorts of free motion designs, including a cat in one of the house windows! 
Some of the designs suggested tiles or shingles.
photo credit Jessica Benoit May
By our November meeting the quilt was ready to hand off to Nancy Peach and Sue Trask for binding, sleeve, and label. Sue used her embroidery machine to create a very special label. Our finished product was much admired by all at our December meeting before it was shipped off to Texas where some of our members will be able to see it on display.

photo credit Amy Friend
Our guild has decided to make and donate pillow cases to A Safe Place along with the quilt for the women and children who are sheltered there in their time of need.

Monday, January 12, 2015

2015 SMQG Retreat Payments: Second Payment Due

Hi all,

If you made a deposit for our 2015 Retreat to be held in Kennebunk, ME on April 24-26 (with the option of arriving on April 23), it is now time to make your second payment!

Please choose your option below very carefully. The drop down menu lists options for Single or Double Room, number of nights, and pay half (with another payment due in March) or pay in full. If you don't remember what you signed up for, you can search your email for your original Paypal confirmation email, or Laura can tell you. Please contact Laura with any questions. *Paypal button has been removed!*

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Gathering Exhibit Submissions are Open!

Have quilts ready to submit to our fall 2015 Gathering Exhibit? You can begin submitting quilts now! See the following message from Amy on how to do so:

Hi everyone!

The exhibit committee would like to announce the system for submitting your beautiful modern quilts to our SMQG exhibit at The Gathering in November 2015.

Please submit any quilts you have ready as soon as possible to help us understand whether or not we have enough quilts to fill the space. You do have time to make a new quilt still! The deadline for submitting is not until August 1. As mentioned though, we'd appreciate any submissions now that you know you intend to submit.

To submit a quilt, please send Amy two images of each quilt. One should be a full frontal, flat view of the quilt. It should be named with the quiltname_full.jpg. An example using my Kite Tails quilt would be KiteTails_full.jpg. Also send a second image that is a detail showing the quality of workmanship and quilting details. Title it quiltname_details.jpg. The files can be of any size since we will be using Dropbox. Once she receives the files, she will upload them to Dropbox.

Then, use this Google Docs Survey to submit information about your quilts.

Only the Exhibit Committee members and the Guild President will have access to the Google Doc and Dropbox so you have some privacy as you would in any quilt show when submitting quilts! You may submit as many quilts as you like. Though we plan to limit the number of acceptances to two each.