Sunday, August 9, 2020

August 1 2020, Outdoor Meeting, Kingston Plains

12 intrepid members gathered in the shade, on the green across from this sign. We were masked and at least 6 feet apart in lawn chairs. Next month look for our banner.

Future Meeting Locations;
September 12th Kingston Plains, Outdoors , 
October 3rd Kingston Plains weather permitting ? 

Rain date for outdoor meetings will be following Saturday for all outdoor meetings.

November, and December are planned to be Zoom, unless the covid closure situation changes.

The group voted unanimously to accept Marylee as Vice president.  

Marylee will be collecting information on the masks members have made.  Please contact her with numbers, and to whom donated.  Diane has volunteered to write an article for the paper.

Committee reports
Jo Anne has volunteered to stay on as Retreat Chair.  She reported that she has tried several times to reach the Franciscan House.  She is trying to reserve the same weekend for May 2021.

Kate reported that the Strawberry Banke show in October is cancelled, but she will send pictures of completed Kinship projects as we have them in anticipation of 2021 show.

Paula reminded us that 2021 would also be the year we could participate in the Festival of Trees, in November.

Our Lottery block from March, Disappearing Arrow (Missouri Star) was awarded by drawing. 

Since we do not have a fall venue this year, the deadline for our 100 Block Kinship quilt has been moved to Sept 2021.  Members are encouraged to scout for other venues.

The four block mini quilt from the 100 Block Quilt project that Diane had planned to display these at Library, is under project modification.   Diane will email.

For September 2020: Diane has proposed a postcard project.  Members to be matched randomly for exchange.  There will be a prize for best card.  A sign up sheet circulated, but members can contact Diane for information.

For October 2020: Patty proposed a Halloween Pillow project.  Please email her for details, to get order placed for patterns and materials.  


Decision was taken to donate Quilt Con charity quilt 2019 to  Seacoast Family Promise for them to raffle as a fundraiser.  Patty will replace label.

Discussion on The Birch Tree quilt was also entered.  Many organizations are not accepting quilt donations at this time.  Members asked to research in need orgsnizations that will accept quilts.

Baby quilts for May shower are also on hold, as event was canceled.          

Patty suggested donating quilts, and coats to homeless living in Lawrence. She will collect them at October meeting.

Show and Tell

JoAnne has been Shop Hopping, and look what she found.  Pre-printed mask fabric from Ruby Star Society!

Block of the month club, really big!

Carol has been making a gift for a friend in poor health. Making the most of lovely 10" squares, and honing skills on borders!

So Haley made a quilt for her mom, and from the extra blocks made a lap quilt for herself. They are now quilt twins!  And look at the fun sheep fabric she found!

Wow! If this is 'Insomnia Quilting', what does 'Wide Awake and Rested Quilting' look like on Haley's worktable? Backing selected by her daughter, so the textile talent runs in the family.

Marylee has been busy making masks, but has also found time to make a rainbow of receiving blankets for an anticipated arrival.  She found a tutorial on Utube!  Search: Self binding baby blanket for an assortment of tutorials both video and static.

This UFO finally finds the finish line! This piece began as a value study while designing a pattern, moved through experimentation in quilting styles, and boasts a real quilt label! Just a Johnny 2020.  Kate kept the light blue fabric out of the trash with help from a nurse.

Shelter #3 5/2020

Kate has also gone down the Slo Stitch rabbit hole, courtesy of a class from Diane.  Small, but intense, this is #3 May 2020,  one in a series of 6 pieces.  Or maybe 9?  Do we hear 12? Covid is playing tricks on her needle.

Not to be outdone in "figuring it out myself-ness" Lou shows us her microwave potato bags, including one with a larger closing flap that she feels works better.  (Also findable on Utube: How to sew a microwave potato bag)  Unfortunately these escaped the photographer.
Colors, LOTS of Colors

Barbara showed us a flying geese block in fall colors, and a quilt top that has bragging rights for background fabric that includes most, if not all of the amazing foreground colors!  Don't miss the really nice use of large scale flowers; powerful but balanced.  

Lots of Warm this Winter

Patty has been captured by some lovely fall colored yarn, and is knitting a sweater. So far it is only a cuff, but it is the beginning of August...

Barbara Shows us a New Bag

Barbara used a Noodlehead pattern by Anna Graham for this bag. She points out the waxed canvas material at the bottom, and says the inset zipper was the most difficult part. But dig the snazzy lining! You can find your phone in there!

Diane shows us three pieces, in addition to planning programs for us!

Above is a pillow she just happened to find the time to take a class to learn about even more stitches.

We wonder, does she sleep at all?

Left is the sampler she has made to acompany the Slow Stitch class she started in February (rudely interuppted by covid...) This piece details the stitches she was teaching in this class. She has posted updates on her website: 


Below is another piece, this time Sashiko stitches, in the traditional blue and white, with a lovely oriental border.


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

August 2020

Our meeting will be held OUTDOORS.  Please bring mask, chair, and your own snacks, and water.  Paula has asked that we limit show and tell to 5 items each.  Check email for changes!!

Monday, July 6, 2020

July Meeting SMQG

We are trying an outdoor meeting for July, to observe social distancing, and enjoy seeing one another!
Please remember to bring your mask and a lawn chair.
See calendar for directions!

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

June 3rd 2020

Diane has a new tutorial up on her website

We cannot meet at her library, yet, but this type of stitching can be quite absorbing!! Simple tools, and materials that prove that Aristotle had it right, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”   Do check it out at :

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.


Patty read this report as Bethany was unable to attend.

Barbara reports five new members.

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

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:


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.

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.