Saturday, May 23, 2020

June Meeting



Look for a Zoom Invite in your email, from Patty.  June 6th, 2020, 10:00 am Eastern Standard time. You need to use the Join Zoom Meeting link to attend from your device.

"Let's do a sew in for the 100 block quilt.  If you want to work on something else, please feel to still join us."

Thursday, May 14, 2020



Unfortunately, like most of the world we have Covid Cancellations:Spring RetreatKathy Doughty workshop in July


17 members were in attendance! So technology CAN work! GO Guild members!


First order of business was to check in, say hello, and share our activities. We are staying home, except for that exciting grocery run, general quilting, sewing masks, attending virtual retreats, watching tutorials and webinars. A number of us are working from home, and helping students with their distance learning as well.


Our president asked that you read the March Minutes that she sent out with invitation to the May 2nd meeting, and let Kate know if you have changes that need to be made.



Reports

Treasurer
Patty read this report as Bethany was unable to attend.

Membership
Barbara reports five new members.

Communications
Colleen has been active on Face Book and Instagram. She reports that we have 974 followers on Instagram.

Programs
Diane
Our Lottery block from March, Disappearing Arrow (Missouri Star) is still pending, as is the four block mini quilt from the 100 Block Quilt Project. Diane had planned to display these at the Library, but due to the Corona virus the library is closed, and the date is uncertain.
Diane has also been working on tutorials for her Slow Stitching workshop, on her website: dscheck.com

Workshops 

JoAnne, Mary
Retreat has been cancelled for this year. Kathy Doughty workshop has also been cancelled.
Since both our Retreat, and Kathy Doughty workshop have been cancelled reimbursements for payments made are moving forward.
As of this post our June picnic has also been cancelled, due to closures and limitations in Maine. 
If this situation changes we will let you know

Future Meeting Locations
After quarantine has been lifted:
July - Wiggins Library (Paula), 
August West Newbury (Mary O)
September - Brentwood Library (Patty confirmed booking)
October to December are pending

New Business


Discussion was opened about continuing to meet on Zoom for the foreseeable future. While we can use the general guild account, the cost/flexibility was a focus of this discussion. A vote was taken to purchase a Zoom account for our local Guild.

Activities online
Nancy spoke about a virtual retreat she and several members have taken recently:
Threadhouse Virtual Retreat on Facebook.Check their website Thread House   A second virtual retreat is planned for Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st of May 2020.

Survey results 

No additional information reported.


Charity
Paula suggested having a sew-in next time we get together. We could make “snap” pouches that would hold toiletries. Email Paula if you know of a charity that would like to be the recipient of these pouches.

We also talked about making baby quilts. Seacoast Family Promise (which serves homeless families on the Seacoast) could be a recipient? Maybe we could also use some of our charity quilts to donate to older kids. We have at least 3-4 in the container.
In terms of charity, the members decided to focus on making baby quilts to distribute to needy children. JoAnne said she would research places/organizations that could benefit from these quilts. The 'snap pouch' idea will probably be done at a later date.


Strawbery Banke 

Because of the Covid situation we don’t know if they’ll hold this event this year. Discussion about possible other venues was opened, no decisions reached. If you know of a venue for fall or later please let Kate know.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sew Healthy




Hello, quilting friends! Many, if not most of us, are home. Along with a myriad of responsibilities, you may have some time to create. Some are jumping in and have found the creative process to be calming and helpful in this stressful time. Understandably, others may be finding it hard to focus and create anything! Well, here are some resources, projects and other bits of inspiration to get us going!! If you have favorite sew-alongs, quilt shops or other recommendations, post on IG and/or FaceBook and tag the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild! Happy Creating!

·        How to Make a Charming Sewing Mat & Block 10 of Moda Blockheads 2020 [check out their Moda Blockheads 2020 FaceBook page].

·        Free Spirit Fabrics: a Kantha Japanese Knot Bag, Kaffe Fassett for Free Spirit www.freespiritfabric

·        Face Mask tutorials from Allison Glass @ https://alisonglass.com

o   Keep Calm and Sew A Mask

·        Thread House UK: A virtual retreat being held on April 18-19, 2020. Jo Avery (IG: Joaverystitch) and Karen Lewis (IG: karenlewistextiles) are presenting workshops on several different projects. Go check this out! Looks amazing!  http://thethreadhouse.co.uk/virtual-retreats/

·        www.TheQuiltShow.com Hosts Alex Anderson & Ricky Tims host this online quilt show featuring many favorite quilt teachers and designers. You can stream this on your t.v. also!

·        During Quiet Time: Amy Friend has a new book, Petal and Stem, and on April 13th she will begin the Whimsy Garden Sew-along!  Check this out on IG at  During Quiet Time or https://duringquiettime.com

·        Missouri Star Quilt Company: Jenny Doan offers tutorials, shopping, lots of quilter resources and tools. https://www.missouristarquiltcompany.com

·        Quilt Shops: How about Christmas in March and April?? Many shops are closed, but you can go online and shop, make wish lists, and support our local quilt shops!

o   Pintuck & Purl: www.pintuckandpurl.com
o   Alewives: www.alewivesfabrics.com
o   Crosscut Sewing Company: www.crosscutsewing.com
o   Portsmouth Fabric Company: www.portsmouthfabric.com
o   Quilted Threads: www.quiltedthreads.com
o   Do you have a favorite?? Share them on our Instagram and FaceBook pages!

·        Strip Along 2020: [Instagram: gedesignsgudrun]

·        Feel Good Fibers: https://feelgoodfibers.com You will remember Kim from lelandavestudios and may have seen her fabulous “In Our Own Words” quilt at QuiltCon2019, her award-winning QuiltCon2017 quilt, Lincoln; or maybe you read The Creativity Project throughout 2018? Kim is also the founder of Feel Good Fibers, an inspiring space!

·        Creative Bug: Creative Bug is offering 50 free classes for the next month! And, Anna Maria Horner’s ‘Dear Diary’ is one of the classes. Craft South will curate fabric for this project to get you started! And, Craft South has other sew-alongs too.”

·        Watch Fresh Quilting on TV, whole season!  https://freshquilting.com

·        Podcasts: Several quilting podcasts…

o   Modern Sewciety                      

o   Quilt Buzz

o   Great British Quilter

o   Quilt & Tell

o   American Patchwork & Quilting:

o   Craft Industry Alliance

o   Just Wanna Quilt

The Off-Kilter Quilt

  



Thursday, March 19, 2020

Update April and May Meeitngs



Due to the current pandemic of Coronavirus the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild is cancelling the April 4th & May 9th meetings. Please check back to our website for future gatherings.
Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time. Wishing all a healthy spring!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

March Meeting 2020

Our meeting March 7th, at the Wiggin Memorial library began at 10:00 am



Press
We discussed community calendar entry made in the in the Carriage Towne News.  A visitor was welcomed as a result.

Distribution of our new post cards to members to place. 

Review Activities Survey

Trip to Lowell Quilt Museum
David Sirota, inquiry made, no answer yet
Quilters Take New York
Quiltcon 2021 Charity quilt

Patty began a discussion about responses to the survey, and the general response was that it had not been seen.  Surveys were distributed to those who had not seen the online version.  Responses will be recalculated .

Charity
      We discussed where to donate the Bright Birch Trees quilt        

Calendar
Patty suggested Activities appear on the blog Calendar.

 Future dates and Locations:

April 4th — Kingston Community Library, 10:00-12:00, 2 Library Ln, Kingston NH

May 9 —Andover, Memorial Hall Library 10-12,  1 Elm Square, (495 to Rte 28) — metered parking, so go to Essex Street or park across the street

June 6 — Maine picnic — 9:30-1:30 — Fort Williams (entrance to Portland Harbor) — potluck w/ Maine Modern Quilt Guild — will include Show+Tell

July 11 — may or not be a meeting, due to Kathy Doughty workshop also on calendar — we are not sure yet, discuss further next meeting.

Aug — Ipswich? West Newbury? (Mary will check about West Newbury)

Sept — Brentwood, Mary E Bartlett, 22 Dalton Rd #6050, Brentwood, NH

Oct-Dec: meeting locations TBD


Retreat
April 30th, May 1-3
Sign up is not currently full.  We must commit by 31 March.  See Retreat tab on website for pricing, and contact Bethany for scheduling.


Activities
Diane
Challenge due in May
  • choose one block and do 4 copies of it;
  • make a mini-quilt that’s due in May
    • Choose either square or rectangular
    • Won’t all be in same size / shape
  • Gnome Angel pattern (Kinship 100 Block Fusion Sampler)
  • Can also find block patterns through Moda (Blockheads)
  • Tula Pink also has a similar book
Lottery block “Disappearing Pinwheel Arrows“ extended until April, so that new members can take part in the fun. See tutorial on Missouri Star's UTube



Trip
Barb M. will organize a trip to the New England Quilt Museum to see the exhibit that Leni Levenson Wiener is part of (exhibit dates: April 8-July 28)


Spoonflower
Kate is working on a presentation.  Length
 and date TBD based on updated survey results.
  Here are two of her samples used to interpret
 Diane's Mini quilt challenge for May.  Both 
fabrics were cut from 8" x 8" proofing samples.
  They are Block #22 arranged as a value study.



Workshop
July — West Newbury — Kathy Doughty
  • done in conjunction w/ Maine Modern Quilt Guild
  • Our Date is 7/24 (Churn dash) — $100 for members; $125 for nonmembers; in West Newbury Annex.  Lunch will be served; we have 20 slots total
  • Maine MQG — 7/25 (at Alewives Fabric)
  • Give completed form, and check to Nancy, Bethany, or Mary
Membership

We welcomed 5 visitors to our March meeting, several of which have already decided to join us.  One of them met us at the Strawberry Banke show in October, one saw our ad in the Carriage Towne News, and one intrepid woman found us by calling around for a guild close to her!


Discussions/Reminders

Strawberry Banke October 12   
Diane:
From the 100 blocks activity a quilt (not smaller than) 30” x 40”
Goal is to use some of these blocks in your quilt.  She plans to display them at Library before Strawberry Bank show


Paula’s suggestion:

Should we do these “snap bag” projects as a charity project and fill with toiletries for homeless people?  Teresa brought in several tape measures, and Kate volunteered to cut one into 10” lengths.


Show and Tell


MaryLee shows us her first two Kinship blocks.   






       Paula Shows off her English Paper             Piecing




    Paula shows us a pillow completed from         her WIP list



     Diane shows a runner printed from her design on Spoonflower, created on their site Roostery.

Lou shows a lovely pieced table runner



Robin shows us two color versions of her Kinship block


Kate's simple 9 Patch, made to help a friend get started on hers.



Our collection of Kinship blocks is growing.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Fabulous February







Despite concerns about the weather 
the intrepid Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild met again!

     








  •  ·  We approved the minutes from January.
  •  ·    Voted to amend our bylaws
  •  ·    Treasurer,  Bethany gave a report on our funds, and details about retreat payments due (can be extended to 1/15)  Room rates are the same as last year see Retreat tab for details. 
  •  ·    We received a form from Diane to select the years activities.
  •   ·  Diane made a presentation of the new Lottery Block: Disappearing Arrows, see Blocks and Challenges Tab, and a couple of pointers on the Snap Bag Marylee showed us in January.



Ongoing 


We assembled our color studies for Kinship challenge on a board:




           The colors are many and varied, both square and rectangular blocks are represented.  We will probably hear more on the future of this from Diane.


Show and tell


Bethany shows her quilt of many streets: Streets are listed chronologically from bottom up








No rhyme or reason to the R on the back — just trying to use up an extra block






And it is even more interesting the closer you look





Kate had limited planning abilities last month so she just worked with scraps.  Outcome a History apron.



Many quilts from her first to her last, and backed with a shirt project from family vacation.


Patty’s hands haven’t been up to quilting lately but she showed us her knitting project.  Warmth in the making!




And Paula showed us her Matchbox quilt from Moda (yellow and white, w/ red/orange binding)  Small, but look at the beautiful finish!





We also mentioned our favorite places for fabrics:

Fat Quarter Shop — flash sale on Tuesdays
Fabric bubb — has all the Kona fabric colors in stock at all time
Connecting Threads — lots of their stuff is made in U.S.
Sewfisticated — Somerville, Dorchester
Fabric.com — the more you buy, the lower the prices
Hawthorne Supply — AGF — good quality, with a good sale section
Stash Fabrics