Tuesday, March 7, 2023


March 2023 Membership Meeting Recap


  • QuiltCon digital goodie bag is available though MQG website. Must be a member to access.

  • QuiltCon 2023 is available on line via MQG website. Must be a member to access.

  • February and March Colors of the Month on MQG website.

  • April 22 & 23 – “Hands Across the Valley” Quilt Show, Hampshire College, Amherst MA

  • Annual membership fees now Due; $50.00. Please mail in to SMQG post box.

  • April meeting will be at N. Hampton, NH Public Library, Saturday April 1 at 10:00am

MQG February Color Palette



  • Final payments due to SMQG by March 11. Send to SMQG post box.

  • Food sign up

    • Bring own plate, glass, cup/mug, utensils, serving utensils if bringing food to share

    • OK to bring wine, alcoholic beverages

QuiltCon Presentation

  • Entire show available on MQG website

  • 2024 to be in Raleigh, NC

  • Show is free to MQG members

  • MQG Website Discoveries

    • Printed and Patched” – designing with printed fabrics

    • Daisy Aschehoug – acrylic templates

    • Mary Fons – 200 years of American quilting

    • Tara Faughnan – “Design Process: From Initial Spark to the Finished Quilt”

    Scooter’s Block

    Diane will be presenting how to make Scooter’s Block at April meeting. Pattern requires a focal fabric, solid white, plus 3 others fabrics pulling colors from focal fabric. Diane will be supplying the focal fabric (a floral) and the white. Each participating member to supply remaining 3 from own stash. Can use “Palette Builder”, a free app, to get Kona fabric recommendations. Diane will show how to use Quick Curve Ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful to make the circles. Can also use Drunkard’s Path template. Participants recommended to bring this project to retreat to work on and get assistance.

    Side Show & Tell (photos not available)

    • Patty - hydrangea themed quilt for co-worker

    • Paula - table topper for daughter’s friend

    • Diane – art work computer printed on fabric, then embellished and embroidered

    • Brenda – baby quilting

    • Joyce – log cabin for brother

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

March Meeting Reminder


Join Us for Our Next Meeting!!!      

Saturday, March 4th, 10:00am - 12:00n, Exeter (NH) Public Library

4 Chestnut Street, Exeter, NH 03833
Exeter Public Library has requested that we do NOT park in their lot.  Please park on the street or at the nearby municipal parking lot.

Sunday, February 5, 2023

February 2023 General Membership Meeting Recap


It may have been a chilly -9 degrees outside, but several intrepid members still attended the February meeting, held at Portsmouth Public Library. 



  • Quilting Jet Girl - This designer is participating in the What is Love? free block giveaway, through February 14, along with 14 other modern block designers.  Just sign up for the sites email to get the free patterns.
  • The "Hands Across the Valley" quilt show will be held April 22 - 23 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.
  • Durham Public Library is displaying Seacoast MQG quilts through February 18.
  • Volunteers are needed to take down the display at the Durham Public Library on February 18 at 10:30am.  Contact Barbara to volunteer.
  • 2023 membership fees are now due.  Please mail $50.00 payable to Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild to the chapter address: P.O. 808, Ipswich MA 01938.
  • QuiltCon is February 23-26
  • MQG is running an inspiration series for 2023 - color palettes. January's is shown below.

Retreat         April 28-30  Franciscan Guest House, Kennebunk, ME

We need 15 attendees to hold the retreat.  Check in opens on Friday, the 28th, at 11:00am.  Fee includes accommodation, sewing station, pot luck dinner on Friday evening, breakfast and lunch each day, drinks and snacks, swag bag, and prizes. This is a great event to relax, sew on your own schedule, meet new people and enjoy friends, and get any quilting advice you may seek.  Kennebunkport is within walking distance and hosts lovely shops, restaurants, and the shore.  A few ladies are planning a side trip to Marden's, which has a huge fabric stock at great prices.  All are welcome to join on the side trip.
Cost:  $325 for a single room; $250 per person for a double room.
Payment Dates: 50% deposit by February 11, remainder by March 11. The Guild would appreciate anyone who can pay in full by February 11 to do so.  Mail payments to:  Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild, P.O. 808, Ipswich MA 01938.

NOTE: We need a someone to coordinate food for the retreat.  Please contact Joanne if interested in volunteering.

Presentation      Slice & Insert

Barbara showed us an interesting and easy technique from Alexandra Ledgerwood's book "Improvising Tradition".  Participants were invited to practice with paper at the meeting and then to use it at home with fabric.  Please bring your completed fabric block to the March meeting for Show & Tell.


Show & Tell

Carol showed us via Zoom the quilt she is making for her niece, using Kaffee Fassett. (No photo available.)

 "Deconstructing Traditional Blocks" Results

Barbara's "Exploded"

Marylee's Traditional Inspiration 

Marylee's "Exploded"

Next Meeting!!!      Saturday, March 4th, 10:00am - 12:00n, Exeter (NH) Public Library

4 Chestnut Street, Exeter, NH 03833
Exeter Public Library has requested that we do NOT park in their lot.  Please park on the street or at the nearby municipal parking lot.

Saturday, January 14, 2023

January Meeting Recap

The chapter's January meeting was held at the Durham Public Library. Our President gave a tour of the Moden Quilt Guild website and all of the information and knowledge available to members. Tutorials, videos, patterns, inspiration, how-to’s, and more. A truly valuable resource.
Yearly membership fees are now due! $50/year, which includes membership in the national organization. Please send payment to our treasurer. Subscriptions not renewed will be deleted from the membership list in March.
Presentation: The Program Co-Chair showed us how to deconstruct and explode a traditional block to create a modern block. This new block could then be used as inspiration for a modern quilt. Attendees then broke out to work on their own mini-design boards to explode a traditional block of their choosing. Attendees were encouraged to complete their blocks at home and bring them to the February meeting.
Show & Tell:
Diane with her original art piece, inspired by wind.
Donna displaying “Beautifully Done”
Theresa’s Christmas stockings
Marylee with a couple of past chapter challenges
Guest Sally displaying her quilted handbag. (And Sally joined our chapter!!!)
Durham Public Library will have a display of our chapter’s quilts from Mid-January to the end of February. Please come view our art! Our next meeting will be the first Saturday of February, February 4th, 10:00 a.m. at the Portsmouth Public Library. 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth NH. Please come join us. All are welcome!

Sunday, January 1, 2023

January Meeting

Our next meeting is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 7 at the Durham Public Library, 49 Madbury Road, Durham, NH 03824. We will be deconstructing traditional quilt blocks, as inspired by Sylvia Schaeffer's work. Join Us!

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

SMQG November 5th meeting will be held at the Wiggin Memorial Library in Stratham, NH from 10am-12pm

SMQG October 2022 meeting minutes

                                                         Seacoast Modern Quit Guild

October 1, 2022

Meeting Minutes

The meeting began at 10:00 a.m. at the Brentwood Library.


Mary O., Brenda S., Wendy W., JoAnne D., Barb B., Donna C., Patty C., Theresa H., Paula K.,  Joyce H. (new member), Nancy P., Lou S., Marylee W.

Patty opened the meeting with a request for a nomination committee. Barb B. volunteered to collect the nominations. The following positions are open for the 2023 year, President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Social Media.  Secretary, Carol B. and Programs, Diane S. remain in their positions.

Patty reminded members that the November meeting will take place at the Stratham Library, and December’s meeting will take place at the Kingston Library. 

Committee updates were discussed as follows:

Treasurer’s Report:

Patty referred to the treasurers report. Barb M. was not able to attend the October meeting therefore, the report will be emailed to the members after the meeting.


Marylee discussed the October challenge which continues with color theory from September and distributed a package for Monologuing.

Marylee discussed the program for December which will be a Yankee Swap. After the discussion it was determined that any member who would like to participate, to either make something fabric/quilt related or purchase a quilt related item that can be $15 to $20.00.  It will be up to each member what they would like to gift at the swap.

Future programs were briefly discussed and Patty reminded members that the survey results were emailed in February of 2022 and resent last week. A copy of the survey results was passed around.  Marylee requested any new members let programs know what they are interested in seeing for 2023.


Patty announced that she will chair the April 27th – 30th retreat. JoAnne Davidson agreed to co-chair.

Raffle Quilt:

The raffle quilt was discussed. Patty requested that anyone who haven’t received their tickets to sell, please notify her and they will be mailed out to them.  Members were asked at the September meeting to sell at least 10 tickets.

Information sharing took place where Mary O spoke about Quilting Arts Magazine which is a great publication and it’s free for 30 days.  Marylee informed us that her local library has a subscription and suggested members check with their local libraries and review it.

Mary O. informed the membership that the Modern Quilt Guild website has virtual classes in October and they can register now for $95.00.  The virtual classes have multiple teachers for example Jo Avery and Karen Lewis.

 Paula K. announced she was collecting signature blocks for the Anniversary Quilt.  She will deliver them to Diane who is working on the layout.

Quilt Con 2023 came up in discussion.  Patty attempted to register the Anniversary Quilt as a community submission because the deadline is October 31st but needed the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild’s password.  It was suggested that the guild secretary could register our submission.

The business meeting closed and under the direction of Brenda S., the members began creating strip quilts for Project Linus.  The sewing session ended with an estimate of 30 completed blocks.