Monday, October 5, 2015

October Meeting Recap

Lots of business to take care of last Saturday in West Newbury. Judy ably stepped in for the vacationing Laura, agenda in hand. 

The electronic submission date is 11/30. For $30 you can submit up to 3 quilts. Full details on the show and quilt submissions are here.

A Quilter's Gathering

Our volunteer slots are filled! (Thank You!). AQG will cover the cost of a 3-day pass for volunteers and SMQG will reimburse one $5 parking fee. See Jess with your receipts after the show. 

Mary distributed t-shirts and showed off the promo post cards featuring several different quilts and guild contact information on the back. 

East Kingston Library Exhibit

For advance promotion of AQG, Diane is coordinating an exhibit of quilts at the East Kingston Library. If you have a quilt that you'd like to show, please contact Diane soon!

Treasurer's Report/Retreat

Jess submitted the Treasurer's report and gave some retreat information. In January, deposits will be taken for the April 14 - 17th retreat at the Franciscan in Kennebunkport. Jess is taking volunteers for hospitality and swag for the retreat. A fun way to jump into guild activities, just sayin.

Raffle Blocks

The Spooky Eye raffle blocks will be continued for another month. It will be after Halloween for the second round but that leaves plenty of time to finish the WIP for next year. Tutorial here

December Secret Handmade Swap

Mary collected some information from the participants and will make partner assignments by the 23rd of this month. The tutorial for the Lined Drawstring Bag is here. Fill with $15 of fun notions, fabric and goodies for your partner to exchange at our last meeting of the year.

For all of Mary's hard work over the last month(s), Jess created this "High Five" to acknowledge her efforts. It was quite the badge of honor!!

Wonky Star Blocks for Laura

Well, it's not a secret so... Judy is collecting presidential thank you blocks, please have them to her by the November meeting. The specs are found in this recap.

Officer Nominations

Voting for 2016 Officers will be at the November meeting (Nov. 14 at the Newmarket Library). If you need an absentee ballot, please let Laura know. The nominations for officers are:

President - Mary Gregory
Vice President - Nancy Peach
Secretary - Kali Zirkle
Treasurer - Jess Benoit May

All are running uncontested. 

By-law Revisions

Judy has been toiling on the dry, but necessary By-law revisions. The document has been emailed to all members for review with the changes highlighted in red type. We will be voting to adopt these revisions next month as well.

Show and Tell

Judy showed the finished raffle quilt. Good job everyone! Thanks to Mary for the glorious quilting. Let's sell some raffle tickets next month!!! (My apologies for the blur!)

Susan showed a huge California King navy geometric that is destined for her son's bed. The back is as lovely as the front.

Kali was heading to the wedding of the couple that will receive this beautiful sampler after the meeting. It contains fabrics from the bride's family and wedding ring blocks.

Mary had improv blocks from guild scrap leftovers from a long ago meeting. Trash becomes treasure.

Jess sported a Heather Ross Tiger Lily skirt with girls climbing trees. Squeee!

Jelly Roll Race

With all business taken care of, Kali explained the basics of the jelly roll race as we divided into 4 teams to create wheelchair lap quilts destined for nursing homes in NH and MA. The teams will complete the quilts (polyester batting is preferred for heavy duty washing) for the February meeting.

The one team that did not get a decent photograph (probably because Mary was sewing too darn fast) finished first with this colorful quilt top. Yay, quick! Yay, easy! Yay, fun! 

Thanks for all the helpful hands that make quick work.

See you next month, a week later on November 14, 10 am at the Newmarket, NH library, 1 Elm Street. Note that the library opens at 10am so don't be too early. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

October meeting reminder

Our October meeting will be held on Saturday, October 3 from 10 am to 12 pm at the West Newbury Old Town Hall--different from the West Newbury Annex where we met in September. The address is 491 Main Street, West Newbury, MA 01985; it is the historical white building where we held the Sherri Lynn Wood workshop. Parking is in the rear of the building.

Leave yourself time to pack for this meeting! Please plan to bring:

--quilts that are accepted into the A Quilter's Gathering Show, with 4'' hanging sleeves attached. The tutorial for the hanging sleeve is HERE. This is the last time you will see your quilt until it is hanging in the show, so make sure it is show-ready! Acceptance emails have not yet been sent. If you submitted a quilt, please check your email on Saturday 9/26 to find out if it was accepted for the show. 

--your lottery blocks: Mary chose a fun and seasonal block, spooky eyeballs! Find the tutorial HERE.

--any quilted work you would like to share for show and tell

--your nominations for officer roles! Many of our current officers are in need of a sabbatical, so there are many roles to be filled. Please consider nominating yourself for one of these positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary. If you'd like the inside scoop on any of these jobs, Laura, Judy, Jess, or Peg would be happy to let you know what the job entails.

--your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies (scissors, thread snips, neutral piecing thread, whatever foot you like for piecing) for a fun charity sew-in! We'll be putting together some wheelchair comfort quilts using the Jelly Roll Race. I'm promised that the quilt tops will take less than an see what you're in for, you can watch THIS YouTube video. We will need volunteers to quilt and bind the finished quilt tops. The guild has purchased jelly rolls, so there is no need to bring fabric!

--any fabric you are ready to get rid of (but not make money off of) for the free fabric table!

Whew! That's a lot planned. I won't actually be at the meeting--I will be on vacation with my family. Have a ton of fun jelly roll racing!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

September meeting recap

Our September meeting was held last Saturday at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex. (Not to be confused with the Old Town Hall down the street where we will meet next month.)

The Gathering Exhibit Update

Business started with a reminder that Gathering Exhibit electronic submissions are due NEXT WEEK - Tuesday 9/15 Midnight EDT. The electronic submission consists of emailing a overall and detail photo to Laura as well as a makers statement then filling out the Google Form

We're looking for quilts that fall in the modern spectrum, to illustrate elements of Modern. Don't omit an entry because you're not sure if it's "modern enough"! Please consider submitting more than 2. The original guideline has softened so that we can be well represented. 

The Exhibit Committee met with Kate of A Quilter's Gathering at the Radisson in Manchester on Sunday to go over details. Kate has offered a free multi-day pass to anyone who a.) enters a quilt AND b.) volunteers for a time slot. The guild will pick up one day of the discounted parking fee of $5. That's $17 dollars that can be better used to buy fabric at the Merchant Mall, just sayin'.

You will be notified if your quilt was chosen for entry by the end of September. (Just enough time to speed stitch that label and 4" sleeve. Sleeve Tutorial here.) 

The exhibit quilt handoff will be at the October meeting. If you can't make it, please contact Mary for alternate arrangements.

October Meeting Notes

Our October meeting will be a charity sew-in with a four team jelly roll race to make wheelchair comfort quilts. Bring your sewing machine, bobbins loaded and the usual notion assortment. 

We will also have a fabric swap table. It's a fabric free-cycle. Bring something that you don't want anymore and find another treasure to pick up. No money changes hands.

The October lottery block is the Eyeballs block by Happy Sew Lucky. The color scheme is black and white with some color in the eyes if you wish.

Also at the next meeting, Mary will be taking names of those who want to participate in the December Secret Handmade Swap. This will consist of making a Lined Drawstring Bag by Jeni Baker and fill it with approximately $15 of  fat quarters, thread, notions, zippers, whatever.  Simple, easy, and fun.

Show and Tell

Mary showed her low-volume with a slash of color quilt.

New member Susan Gold brought a table runner made from scraps of Asian fabrics.

Another new member, Kate Kim was inspired by blue polka dots for this beauty.

Judy finished a mini quilt from her improv work at the Sherri Lynn Wood workshop.

New-ish member, Bea Matheson had a quilt top of staggered houses.

Diane did some pattern testing for a wedge ruler.

The back was equally fun and geometric!

Sue Ann showed a mystery quilt that was difficult to make but ended up stunning.

And her retreat finish, like buttah!

Laura was working with the 6 minute reverse applique circles that she would be teaching the class shortly.

She also showed her house quilt, marking the journey to home ownership with some notable literary houses represented too. 

The September lottery blocks go to Barbara in absentia. 

The 6 minute Reverse Applique Circle demonstrated by Laura

Start with two pieces of freezer paper, iron shiny side to matte to make a double thickness sheet.

Trace a circle on the paper and cut out the circle

Iron the shiny side to the wrong side of the fabric.

Cut out the center, leaving 1/4" from template. Snip "eyelashes" about 1/4" apart from edge of fabric to edge of template. 

 Iron eyelashes to the back of the freezer paper.

Apply glue stick or starch to eyelashes and place the inner circle fabric. Set the glue/starch with a hot dry iron (this will keep your needle from gumming up).

Stitch around the circle in a thread that matches the background fabric. Voila!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

September meeting reminder

Our September meeting will be held on Saturday, September 5, from 10 am to 12 pm, at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex, 381 Main Street, West Newbury, MA. The executive committee made the decision to leave the meeting on Labor Day weekend for this year as previously scheduled, mostly because we had already booked the meeting space. If you can't make it, we will miss you but no worries! We'll see you again this fall.

To this meeting, please bring:
--lottery blocks: Mary has set our lottery block for September as any 6.5'' (6'' finished) block in blues. She had done some lovely examples from the Tula Pink City Sampler book; I think Nancy has also done some lovely blocks so far. I need to sift through my stash for blues and make a couple!
--your quilted work for show and tell
--any quilt you plan to submit to The Gathering show that needs to be photographed. Our hero, Sue Ann, is bringing in her quilt rack set up again, and Mary has graciously volunteered to bring her camera. Here's another easy chance to get photos taken for your quilt submissions.

Laura will be teaching a six-minute circle workshop. A six-minute circle is a (relatively) quick, (relatively) easy way to produce a perfect circle quilt block using freezer paper as a stabilizer and reverse applique.
If you'd like to sew along, here is a supplies list:
sewing machine and basic sewing tools (regular needle, thread snips, etc)
thread that matches your background fabric (important!)
sharp fabric scissors
craft (paper) scissors
glue stick, if you have one handy
circle/center fabric: cut 5'' squares
background fabric: bring a couple of 8'' or 10'' squares to play around with

Laura will buy/bring freezer paper and a couple of extra glue sticks. Laura will also provide circle templates.

A quick reminder that Gathering quilt show submissions are due September 15, which is right around the corner. Submissions are easy! Here's the process in a nutshell:
1) Email Laura two photographs of your quilt: one showing the full quilt, and one showing a detail of the quilt. Also, email her a brief maker's statement telling the story behind your quilt.
2) Fill out the Google Form here  
and then your submission is complete! You'll find out by the October meeting which quilts have been invited to be in our show. Please, go through your quilt pile (I know we all have one) and choose some work you're proud of to submit to the show.

Watch your inboxes in the coming week for signups for volunteering at the Gathering show. If you're thinking about taking a class at the Gathering, now is a great time to register and get your schedule set before you start thinking about what day(s) you'd like to volunteer.

Hope to see many of you on September 5!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

August Meeting Recap

We had our first meeting at a new location -  the Newmarket Public Library. We started with business per usual.

- The raffle quilt is being quilted by Mary who will coordinate handoff to Nancy and Sue for binding and sleeve.

- The deposit was sent to the Franciscan for our April 14-17 retreat. Signups will begin later in the fall. 

- Jess presented the Treasurer's Report that included the above mentioned deposit and pizza from last month's sewing meeting.

- The executive committee to meet met on Tuesday evening to plan programming and locations for the remainder of the year. The information on that will follow.

- Lottery Blocks: Nancy was the lucky winner of the Little Vines blocks. Next month will be any style 6" finished block in blue. Mary had two examples she made from the Tula Pink "100 Modern Quilt Block Book." (sorry but I missed photographing these)

- The MQG 2016 Charity quilt progress was unveiled. Mary, Jess and Kali worked with the pieces created last month and cooked up a gorgeous (appropriately sized) quilt top!

Show and tell was a mix of quilts being submitted to the Gathering show and other projects.

Diane showed her Riley Blake Quilt Challenge "Double Aster" that will be submitted to the Gathering show.

Paula's "Fractured Nickel" is also doing double duty as Riley Blake Challenge and Gathering submission.

Bea Matheson, one of our newest members, took on the Little Vines block in appliqué sans fusible.

Suzanne Whitehead, our other new member had this lovely top created from an assemblage of panels. (Sorry we don't get to see you in this picture Suzanne. There were a lot of "floor" displays this month.)

Nancy was feeling Christmas in August with this star table topper. Note the cute batik bag at her side, also a new finish.

Marylee wowed with her Backgammon quilt top (above) as well as a delicious quilt in Indigo (below) with the softest Minkee-like backing we've seen in a while.

Robin showed her Riley Blake entry (above) as well as her Gathering submission, "Homage to Ellsworth Kelly" (below). 

Kali rocked another Simplicity 2444.

Jess continued a generational quilt started by her grandmother many years ago (above). She also debuted a lap sized top with purple circles on a low-volume background. (below)

Mary continues the tiny English Paper Piecing project.

Allison completed the epic "quilt as you go" (attempt at, *cough*) "scrap busting" picnic quilt (above) along with a Single Girl quilt top. (below)

Allison will be submitting this colorful pixel quilt inspired by an old video game, Dig Dug.

Laura pattern tested a block for Amy's Garden Stroll quilt for this beautiful pillow. She also brought some sample fabrics to show the palette she'd like for her presidential blocks - pink ranging from soft to hot, corals with some soft yellows. The blocks are inspired by this tutorial but do not need to adhere to a strict size, any size is good. These colors on a low-volume background but not nested as in the main project. The blocks we are making are stars in a traditional 9-patch formation, described in the section titled "Making the Quilt Back" towards the bottom. 

The photography crew set up the hanging and lighting to get some photographs taken for Gathering submissions. If your quilts were photographed at the meeting, they are now on the Flickr Group.

A recap of the submission process goes like this:

The submission deadline is September 15. The quilt deadline is the October meeting.

1.) Click this link to enter your basic quilt information (title, size, pattern, etc.)
2.) Email two photos (full flat view and detail) to Laura
3.) Email "your story" to Laura (no word limit). Diane has created a wonderful sample description and ideas to help you create your own. She's more than willing to help or share this if you're needing a little help.

Please remember:
This is OUR show and we have many facets of Modern quilting to share. Quilt submissions will be "reviewed" NOT "juried" by the Modern Quilt Guild. Don't be nervous about showing your work. Quilters are nice!

Something to think about ... there will be several openings on the Executive Committee for 2016. Nominations for officers will be made at the October meeting and voting on the November meeting. Please consider volunteering for these important (and fun!) jobs.