Monday, February 19, 2018

March Meeting Reminder

Our March meeting is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 3 from 10 am to 12 pm at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex, 381 Main St., West Newbury, MA.

Please bring the following:
--Regular show and tell
--Any quilts you have that show intentional use of negative space (for our modern quilting focus)
--Economy blocks for lottery (please see directions in the February Meeting Recap)
--If you would like to shop for fabrics, please bring a way to pay. Stephanie from Crosscut Sewing Co. in Melrose, MA will be visiting our March meeting with a pop-up shop.

Jane will be presenting her House BOM idea and hopes that you will join her. If you are interested, please read information HERE. Let Jane know via email or at the meeting if you would like to join her; she will then coordinate with the group offline to get the first block ready for the April meeting.

In addition, our executive committee will be meeting for an executive meeting immediately following the March meeting. This serves as your official notice of this meeting; please notify Laura if you plan to attend.

Monday, February 5, 2018

February 2018 Meeting Recap

Our February meeting took place on Saturday, Feb 3, 2018 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Kingston Community Library in Kingston NH. 25 people were in attendance.

Nancy presented Paula's Thank-you Churn Dash blocks. Diane made this lovely block!

General Business:
Judy opened the meeting by relaying thank-you messages from the Haverhill family to whom we donated quilts in January and Rosie's Place, which received a check representing our lottery block donations from 2017.

She reminded the group that Sewtopia registration takes place soon (Feb 12 7 pm EST); details can be found at the Sewtopia website. The event is in Waltham November 8-11 2018.

Registration for the MQG Riley Blake challenge has closed. One or two of our members signed up for that challenge; fabric will be coming to the guild and will be distributed as soon as we receive it.

Survey response was good and results will be made available to all this week.

Judy proposed that if a member of ours were to be willing to attend guild-related workshops at QuiltCon, that the guild should cover their expenses. Laura is attending QuiltCon at Pasadena later this month and will be attending the Leadership Breakfast and a panel discussion on Secrets of High-Powered Guilds. 22 people present voted to cover costs for Laura and for potential future guild representatives.

Barb presented the Treasurer's report, and noted that retreat registrations are going well. If you have not yet registered for retreat and would like to, please mail checks to the PO Box ASAP. Please consult the fee schedule to determine your payment. Please indicate who your roommate will be if you are choosing a double room.

Kelly thanked the group for making 18 Perikomen Valley blocks for those affected by the Thomas fires. We will need 24 more to make a quilt of the requested size. If you have not yet made blocks or would like to make more, please send your blocks to Kelly (see her mailing address in your email) by February 16. Blocks should be jewel-toned blue and green, like grass and sky.

Discussing potential layouts for the Perikomen Valley charity blocks
If you would like to participate in the 153 Pillowcases project for the Tewksbury State Hospital Mental Health Ward, please make pillowcases on your own throughout the year. These will be donated at the end of 2018. You may use your preferred pillowcase making method, or you can choose the Hot Dog Pillowcase Method.

The National Quilt Museum is showcasing modern quilters on Instagram. To have a chance to have your work featured, use the hashtag #nqmmodernquilter .

Lottery Blocks:
Colleen is taking leadership of the Lottery Block program for 2018.

For the March meeting, we will be making Economy Blocks. Please make any size economy block you like, paper-pieced or traditionally pieced.

For the center square, choose any fabric you like--fussy cuts are fun! The inner ring of triangles should be a dark solid OR reads-as-solid. The outermost frame of triangles should be low-volume.

If you prefer to piece traditionally, please see Colleen's block information HERE.

Amy has provided paper piecing templates for several sizes:
4 inch   5 inch    6 inch    8 inch    10 inch    12 inch
Please note that you will have to tape together the templates for blocks sized 8 inches and up.

Please plan to donate $1 per block. We are tentatively thinking that it would be good to donate our block lottery proceeds to an organization again this year, but we will put the matter up for a vote at the end of the year.

If you think you can't or don't like to paper piece, the economy block is a GREAT way to get your feet wet. Please feel free to email the google group if you get stuck or need advice or encouragement!


Judy used extra fabric to add interest to this quilt label.

Judy gave a demonstration on labeling quilts and on burying threads. If you would like, please see her handout from the meeting.

Barb shared her preferred Easy Threading Needle brand (see photo below) that makes burying threads less tiresome:

Barb uses these Easy Threading needles to bury her threads.

And I think we are all excited to try the product that Diane talked about for spraying regular fabric so that it can go through an inkjet printer to make printed quilt labels! It is called Terial Magic.

How many people are planning to try Diane's product for printing fabric labels?

--Maureen announced that Victoria Findlay Wolfe will be teaching from her new book in Salem MA in April. Please check out her FLYER for more details if you are interested.
--Essex County Needlecraft Guild Event: Catherine announced this; check out her postcard FRONT and BACK (in case you lost yours like I did!)

Show and Tell:
Judy shared her Spring Buds Improv project from Sherri Lynn Wood's 2015 workshop.
Laura's quilted tote panels are both minimalist and improv.
Catherine teaches a unique method for constructing Lucy Boston blocks (so that your stitches don't show!) and made up this tote to show as a class sample.
Catherine is a graphic designer by training and collects text fabrics. She made this quilt to show off her collection!
Catherine backed her text fabric quilt in minky and quilted it with a text design that includes ampersands.
Patty made this mini quilt for a challenge. It is paper pieced--the pieces are quite tiny!--and even the negative space blocks are pieced with star points in the white fabric. She used only 13 fabrics, cleverly flipping one of the fabrics to the reverse side to get a different look.
Nancy showed off her minimal Flying Geese mini quilt.
Barbara bought Nancy this cute felted wool birdhouse for Christmas. 
Kali showed off her eye-vibrating improv quilt (the background color is Kona Pomegranate). She quilted it herself on her home machine.
Kali also showed off her improv quilt that she uses for free motion quilting practice. She mentioned the "rules" she used to piece it. 
Amy also used "rules" when she pieced her bright solids improv quilt, and noted that many of her favorite improv projects include a set of "rules" rather than being totally random.
Amy showed off her new quilt "Celebration." The pattern is already available for purchase!
Hildy shows off her nametag, and notes that sometimes improv piecing can get rather large rather quickly!
I'm sad that my photo of Paula's quilt turned out a bit blurry. Paula used elements of improv piecing to construct this quilt, which has been a lot of work for a lot of years!
Paula also used this quilt label to show us that you can stitch the label right into the binding when you attach the binding, for extra security.
Sue Ann took Amy's Improv Paper Piecing workshop with her Bedford Guild. She channeled Hildy a bit with her color scheme! (I almost attributed this work to Hildy, but then noted that the manicure is definitely very Sue Ann ;) )
Diane participated in a Dusk to Dawn themed competition. She has been doing a lot of work with indigo dyeing.
This is the back of Diane's first Dusk to Dawn piece and shows the label.
Diane notes that this piece was also for Dusk to Dawn, but she wanted to design a graphic representation of the concept.  If you are interested in the ombre fabrics she used, they are available at Craftsy.

Next Meeting:

--Saturday March 3 at the West Newbury Annex (381 Main Street, West Newbury), 10 am to 12 pm.
--Please bring lottery blocks.
--Demo of basting techniques
--Visit and pop-up shop by Stephanie of Crosscut Sewing Co.

Monday, January 29, 2018

February meeting reminder

Our February meeting will take place on Saturday, February 3 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Kingston Community Library in Kingston, NH.

Please bring:
--general Show and Tell
--Blocks for Paula (details in January meeting recap)
--Perikomen Valley Charity Blocks (details in January meeting recap)
--quilts that show characteristics of "minimalism" or "improvisational piecing" to share for discussion

Several members will be demonstrating quilt finishing techniques: this month, burying threads, basting, and labeling.

Monday, January 8, 2018

January 2018 Meeting Recap

Our January meeting was held on January 6, 2018 at the Newburyport Public Library. It was a bitterly cold day, but we had eighteen people in attendance.

Judy opened the meeting by discussing the due date for the 2017 BOTM quilt tops. Voting was split exactly in half, so those members who are ready with their tops in March will bring them to the March meeting, and those who are ready in June will bring them to the June meeting.

Our guild is attempting to grow our social media presence in 2018. Look for more frequent posts to the Seacoast MQG page on Facebook and Instagram. You can help us by hash tagging your photos with #seacoastmodernquiltguild or #showusyourmqg . One of the goals of increasing our internet presence is to entice national modern quilting events and shows to consider New England as a viable venue. Please reach out to one of the members of the executive committee if you have questions about how to use social media.

One of the national events is already planned for Boston area in 2018: Sewtopia is coming to Boston  November 8-11 2018. Sewtopia is a quilt-retreat-style event with lots of open sewing time. Registration opens February 12, 2018. Please check out the Sewtopia website for more details and consider attending this event.

We are planning to run some technique demos this year in our regular meetings. Examples include how to bury threads, different ways of binding quilts, labeling methods, quilt sleeves, basting methods, and quilting tool demos. If you have a suggestion, or a quilting tool that you love that you would like to demo to the group, please reach out to Judy.

Suzanne won our door prize, which was donated by Amy--she is the lucky new owner of a low volume scrap pack, and a 100 quilt blocks calendar.

Barb gave the treasurer's report. We were able to donate $125 to Rosie's Place. Of special note, she mentioned that the first retreat payments are due February 1! Please mail your first payments to the guild PO box (Seacoast MQG, P.O. Box 774, West Newbury, MA 01985). You may also send PayPal funds but will have to pay a slightly higher amount due to the PayPal transaction fee. THE RETREAT COST SHEET will show you how much money is due on February 1, please consult it for details.

Kelly showed us two quilts that we found suitable for donation to residents of Haverhill who lost their home in a fire. Colleen is also investigating another opportunity to give to a family who lost their home. If you are considering doing some charity sewing this year, the most useful size is lap quilt sized, in colors suitable for both men and women. We have about six baby quilts left in the charity quilt stockpile.

Laura is still collecting registrations for Amy's workshop on March 17. Amy had noticed that her workshops that followed a lecture on the topic of improv paper piecing were most successful, so we voted on the possibility of holding a lecture before the workshop. It was judged that there was not sufficient interest to hold the additional lecture event. Please contact Laura if you are interested in signing up for the workshop. The cost is $42 and DETAILS ARE HERE. You can mail your check to Seacoast MQG, P.O. Box 774, West Newbury, MA 01985.

Due At the February meeting:
1) Thank you blocks for Paula: To thank Paula for her service as president, we will be making churn dash blocks. Blocks should measure 6, 9, or 12 inches FINISHED (so that means the blocks you bring in will be 6.5'', 9.5'', or 12.5''). Please choose any color you would like for the churn dash, and use a low volume background. There is a good chart HERE giving measurements for 6 and 9 inch blocks; Crazy Mom Quilts has a straightforward tutorial giving cutting sizes for a 12 inch block.
2) Charity blocks for Thomas Fire: Kelly is collecting blocks to send to Ventura MQG/Superbuzzy for those displaced by the Thomas Fire in CA. Please read more about the Ventura MQG's efforts HERE. If everyone were to make two blocks, we would have enough to send a completed twin sized quilt block. If you would like to participate, please use the Perikomen Valley Block tutorial to make your blocks in shades of jewel blue and grassy green.

After snack break, Judy gave a talk on the characteristics of modern quilts. You can access her talking points HERE. For the February meeting, please feel free to bring in a quilt that demonstrates examples of improvisation OR minimalism in design.

A mini challenge for the first half of 2018 was announced in conjunction with Judy's talk on modern quilting--PLEASE SEE DETAILS HERE. If you choose to participate, the word we are using is SNOWFLAKE. The prizes are good ones, so get your modern-design wheels turning!

Show and Tell:

Suzanne showing her modern-before-its-time 30-year WIP (finish it, Suzanne!)

Laura showing her MQG mini swap piece

Laura's Liberty Bloom Time quilt

Letty chose to make her tree skirt in colors of green and white, and it is elegantly Christmasy!

For her son, Kate made the Revolution quilt from Amy's book Improv Paper Piecing (the topic of our March workshop!) 

Bethany's hexie quilt started as a "gauge mistake" (her hexes were bigger than she expected), and turned into a lovely modern quilt.

Nancy lucked out in her Bedford guild's swap! She gave her partner some fabric, and her partner gifted her back a lovely tote. Recognize the Elizabeth Hartman Reef fabric from the Crayon Box challenge?

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January 2018 Meeting Reminder

Our regular January meeting will take place on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Newburyport Public Library in Newburyport, MA. Remember that parking is either street parking if you are lucky and clever, or parking in a paid municipal lot.

Judy will be presenting to the group about modern quilting. Come prepared to be inspired!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

December Meeting Recap

We held our December meeting on Saturday morning at the Kingston Library. 

Festival of Trees
We displayed our quilts and decorated tree at the Festival of Trees in Portsmouth in November. We received lots of compliments on our quilts. The ornaments that members did not want to take home will be donated to the Chase House in Portsmouth. 

Paula passed the 'high five hand" to Nancy for all of her hard with this year, especially in helping to arrange our participation in the Festival of Trees. 

Gift to JoAnne
Paula presented JoAnne with the fat quarters and other goodies that were collected for her to bring down to Florida to help replace anything damaged by Hurricane Irma. 

Charity Quilts
In November Paula dropped off one of our quilts to a couple who were affected by the fire in Newmarket and we received a card thanking us for the quilt and our kindness. 
We also donated 4 quilts, including the house quilt below by Michelle, to a group of people who lost their homes in a fire in Merrimac. Amy delivered these for us after the meeting this past weekend. 

Block of the Month
December was the last month for blocks for the block of the month. If you are participating, keep an eye on your email to see when the goal will be to have a quilt top done... spring? 

If you need some inspiration, here is Sue's finished quilt top!! What a cool setting!

2018 Retreat
You can see the 2018 Retreat flier here and here

Mighty Lucky Quilting Club
Keep an eye on your email for more information on the 2018 Mighty Lucky Quilting Club. This year the club will focus on making one quilt using parameters from 6 different designers, including our own Amy Friend! You can find more information here!

End of Year Swap
We had the end of year swap at the meeting. Look at everyone opening and examining their pouches below!

Show and Tell

Diane shared this quilt based on the color work of Josef Albers. The quilt includes some pleated quilt blocks which simulate seams, and also those tiny blocks are actually embroidered! 

JoAnne shared this tree skirt that she made for her daughter.

Allison shared the blocks that she made at Glamp Stitch A Lot with Giuseppe Ribaudo, Lizzy House, Annemarie Cheney and Anna Maria Horner. 

Allison also shared this quilt that she made for the her friend's mother who is going through breast cancer treatment. 

Laura shared this quilt inspired by one of the 2017 block lottery blocks, as well her finished Irish Chain quilt.

Amy shared her High Tension quilt, and two new winter themed paper pieced patterns. 

Suzanne won the lottery blocks in November, and already has made them into a quilt! 

Colleen shared this quilt that was completed as a part of a quiltalong. 

Barb shared her Crayon Box Challenge quilt as she was unable to attend our October meeting. 

Jane shared this half square triangle quilt with fussy cut roses! 

Jane also shared this quilt made for her friend Oula, which includes her name in bias on the back. 

Robin shared this quilt which is a wedding gift for her daughter. 

Lou shared her first quilt from 1996. She made this one summer with her granddaughter, and each of the blocks represents something specific about that summer. What a great memory! 

Paula shared her entry for the MQG Michael Miller Challenge which she titled "Goodbye to Barnum & Bailey". 

Paula also finished this quilt for her cousin for a Christmas gift. She has one more denim quilt to bind for the holidays!

Our January meeting will be held on January 6th. Stay tuned for more details!