Thursday, November 11, 2021

SMQG November 2021 meeting minutes

 

SEACOAST MODERN QUILT GUILD

MONTHLY MEETING (via Zoom)

NOVEMBER 6, 2021

Attendees:

JoAnne D, Patty C, Mary O, Barb B, Katherine F, Barbara M, Robin L, Theresa H, Kate Q, Lou S, Marylee W, Diane S, Donna C, Colleen H, Paula K, Suzanne W, Carol B

Committee Reports:                                                                                    

Treasurer’s report was given. 

Secretary’s report – no updates to report

 Retreat: No updates  

 

Voting for 2022 Board of Directors was today.  The following people were elected:

President – Patty C

Co-Vice Presidents – Barb B & Colleen H

Treasurer – Barbara M

Secretary – Carol B

 

December meeting will be our final meeting for the year.  It will be via Zoom and as we did last year our Secret Santa gifts will be sent by USPS.  Please let JoAnne know if you want to participate.  She and Barbara M will pick names and send emails to each person.  Limit is $20.00. 

 

Those of you participating can send you “wish list” of 3 sewing/quilting items to JoAnne (jvdavidson@comcast.net).  She’ll send a reminder out to everyone in a week or so.  We’re less than a month away.  Mail is trending slower these days so please make sure you mail in time to arrive for our Dec 4 meeting.   **suggestion for keeping Secret Santa a secret, use your own return address on the package**

 The joint Board (current and future) met on 11/9 and agreed to keep the 2022 dues at $30.00

Programs:

UFO Challenge: The completion due date for the next round of the UFO challenge is quickly approaching! Entries will be presented in December’s meeting.  As we did in October, please send in your quilt photos a week before our Dec 4 meeting.  They will be posted and sent out to the group for voting.

Prizes will be awarded on the completed UFOs in 3 categories:

1.    Oldest

2.    Use of Color

3.    People’s Choice


Speakers/Workshops:

For those who signed up, Carolina Oneto’s Organic Shapes workshop was today following our meeting from 10-12:30.  Carolina is a very talented and inspirational quilter and, an excellent teacher.  Prior to the workshop she provided detailed written instructions on creating organic shapes, basic and variants (overlapping and stacking).  During the workshop she demonstrated the “how-to’s”, put us in breakout rooms and we went to work, with her checking in on us every few minutes.  Her detailed tutorial and explanation made for quite an enjoyable session for all with some very creative results.  

 

Month 11 of our Piece & Love Block of the Month by modern quilt designer Sherry Shish is now available on our page of her website.  Everyone has received the details on accessing it but if you need it resent let JoAnne know.

Reminder: Do not share the pattern with anyone.  It is meant to be used by members, only.

Future Meeting Dates and Locations:

Regular monthly meetings will be held on the first Saturday of each month (adjusted for holiday weekends). All 2021 meetings held remotely via Zoom.  Any changes for 2022 will be announced in the coming weeks.

Be sure to mark your calendars:

December 4 – Secret Santa & UFO Challenge (#2)

 

Board of Directors meetings will be held on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7p.m. via Zoom.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

SMQG October 2021 Meeting Minutes

 

SEACOAST MODERN QUILT GUILD

MONTHLY MEETING (via Zoom)

OCTOBER 2, 2021

Attendees:

JoAnne D, Barbara M, Kate Q, Lou S, Diane S, Paula K, Suzanne W, Mary O, Theresa H, Barb B, Brenda S, Patty C, Colleen H, Carol B

Committee Reports:

Treasurer’s report was given. 

Secretary’s report – no updates to report

 Retreat: No updates  

 

We are welcoming 2 new members to our group – Donna Cliff and Erin Bennett.   Looking forward to seeing them in future meetings.

Patty C will send out information on a new member, someone who just began sewing in June.

 

Programs:

UFO Challenge: The October 2nd completion due date is here! See below for details of the quilters entries.  

Speakers/Workshops:

Carolina Oneto Organic Shapes workshop – as of this meeting 9 people have signed up. Gayle Brown, a former SMQG member and a personal friend of Carolina’s tells JoAnne it’s a wonderful workshop.  There may be some interest from the Seabreeze and, Trumbull, CT Piecemaker quilt guilds.

Per Carolina it will be part workshop and part demo.  Have your machines ready, we can work along with her.

Month 10 of our Piece & Love Block of the Month by modern quilt designer Sherry Shish is now available on our page of her website.  Everyone has received the details on accessing it but if you need it resent let JoAnne know.

Reminder: Do not share the pattern with anyone.  It is meant to be used by members, only.

 

Election for 2022 Board of Directors officers – nominations need to be submitted for all positions.  Candidates thus far are:

President – Patty C (announced shortly after our meeting)

Vice President – open

Treasurer – Barbara M

Secretary – Carol B

 

2020 is our 10 year Anniversary. Amy Friend, our founder has some ideas on how to celebrate.  More info to come.

 

UFO Challenge presentations:

Prizes will be awarded on completed UFOs in 3 categories:

1.    Oldest

2.    Use of Color

3.    People’s Choice

Some were not able to complete their UFOs yet but did show their progress to the group (below).

Kate submitted her 36”x40” blue “Z” of her own design (20 different blocks) and, the same design in Tan, Brown and Peach.  Completed

Lou submitted a multi colored table runner completed in scraps and, dryer sheets for the backing.  She quilted the label.  Completed

Paula submitted 3 quilts.  1) A mini quilt.  2) A Christmas mini quilt 3) Bright Birch Tree quilt   All 3 have been completed

Suzanne submitted her Anna Maria Horner “Dear Diary” quilt with blocks of different sizes and colors and, Monarch Butterfly wall hanging Completed

Barbara M submitted her “Fire & Water quilt by Michelle Wilky (Succulent Quilt pattern) Completed

Mary submitted her Dresden plate wall hanging – Jo Avery design using Alison Glass fabrics Completed

Barbara M will create a survey for voting and send a link to the group.

 

Several people are actively working on theirs:

Patty showed us her quilt started in an Amy Friend improv class.  Her second UFO is a LaBamba pattern in Jewel tones and is partially Paper Pieced.

Theresa showed us her paper pieced string blocks quilt in creams based on a Jenny Doan (Missouri Star Quilt Co) pattern

Barb B showed us her scrappy Lone Star quilt using Michael Miller fabrics

Colleen showed us her Village Houses quilt and Summer Villa by Lucy Summers (9 patch)

 

Future Meeting Dates and Locations:

Regular monthly meetings will be held on the first Saturday of each month via Zoom (adjusted for holiday weekends).

Be sure to mark your calendars:

November 6

December 4

 

Zoom meetings have been set up for all of 2021.  We will reassess as the months go on and changes will be made if we are confident that we can meet safely.

Board of Directors meetings will be held on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7p.m. via Zoom.

 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

SMQG September 2021 meeting minutes

                                                  SEACOAST MODERN QUILT GUILD

                                               MONTHLY MEETING (VIA ZOOM)

                                                        SEPTEMBER 11, 2021

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Attendees: Barbara M, Suzanne, Diane, Lu, Kate Q., Patty, Paula & Barb B.

·           October UFO Guild Challenge Reminder: October 2nd

Judging Categories:

o   Best Use of Color

o   Oldest UFO

o   People’s Choice

·           Carolina Oneto’s “Organic Shapes” Virtual Zoom Workshop:

o   November 6th 10am – 12:30pm (2.5 to 3 hours)

o   Cost: $30 per person.

o   Sign Up with Personal Check- Mail to SMQG’s P.O. Box 433 Kingston, NH 03843

o   Registration is opened to Members & Local Area Guilds

Call for Officer Nominations at the October Meeting with Ballot Vote at November Meeting.

o   Positions Open: President, Vice President & Treasurer

o   Carol has offered to stay on as Secretary

o   Please reach out to any Board Member for more information officer roles/responsibilities  

Treasurer Report giver by Lu.

Show & Tell:

Diane: Shared her Exeter Game Board Medallion Art Guild inspired by a Guild’s past Round Robin project. In addition, she shared her latest Peace & Love BOMs’ in beautiful neutral fabric colors designed using Spoonflower.

Suzanne: Shared her gorgeous “Dear Diary Quilt” designed by Anna Maria Horner. Suzanne challenged herself taking Anna Maria’s 14 Day BOD Creative Bug Class focused on color theory and hand applique in the block’s designed. This was a sneak for the Guild’s UFO Challenge

Kate Q: Shared insights on fabric she is designing on Spoonflower including information on the design process with the use of “Hex Codes” for colors on the site.

Barb B: Shared the latest Woodland Double Gauze baby blanket for new grandson Ashton’s arrival on August 26th.

Program: Barbara M. presented Photo Quilt Workshop walking the design process from converting a photo with the use of Portrait App to create the pattern, fabric selections to capture light to dark shading, sewing the blocks together to quilting and tips to completing the project. The discussion was engaging with many tips shared amongst the group.

Next Guild Meeting: October 2 on Zoom.

SMQG August 2021 meeting minutes

Attendees:

JoAnne D, Barbara M, Lou S, Sasha S, Patty C, Mary O, Kate Q, Cathy L, Paula K, Colleen H, Wendy W, Theresa H, Carol B,

Committee Reports:

Treasurer’s report was given. 

Secretary’s report – no updates to report

 Retreat: No updates  

 Programs:

UFO Challenge: The October 2nd completion due date for Show and Tell is coming fast!

Speakers/Workshops:

The deadline for registering and making your payment for Carolina Oneto’s November 6 workshop on Organic Shapes is August 21.  If the workshop isn’t full by that date it will be extended to Sept 11 and opened to other guilds (i.e. Maine and NH). At that point we’ll assess participation.  The cost is $30.

Month 8 of our Piece & Love Block of the Month by modern quilt designer Sherry Shish is now available on our page of her website.  Everyone has received the details on accessing it but if you need it resent let JoAnne know.

Reminder: Do not share the pattern with anyone.  It is meant to be used by members, only.

Due to some ongoing issues with PayPal, Venmo has been suggested as an alternative. Jo and Lou will set the account up.

Barbara M will run September’s meeting and either Colleen or Wendy will take minutes for Jo and Carol.

Paula let us know that the annual Festival of Trees has been canceled for 2021.

Election for 2022 Board of Directors officers – nominations need to be submitted for all positions.

 

Show and Tell:

Patty showed us a long arm project for a client.  Beautiful leaves pattern in fall colors.

Barbara M is busy at work on UFO’s including Diamonds in summer colors.

Wendy showed us her Catnip quilt from Keepsake Quilting

Mary is working on a Zen Chic table runner using True Blue fabric and, a project from the most recent Threadhouse U.K. retreat featuring a Dresden Plate block, Jo Avery pattern and, Alison Glass fabric.  

Carl Hentsch’s 3 Dog Design Co website is a great source for inspiration. Check out 3dogdesignco.com for some great ideas and Carl’s books. 

Patty C will check into obtaining copies of his New York Beauties & Flying Geese book.

** Note: Enrollment for 2022 Threadhouse UK retreats is underway**

Theresa is working on a Flower Chain hand piecing and hand applique project by Denise Schmidt.

Kate has been busy making 200 masks for construction folks and, an 18x34 “cheater” quilt using a panel with borders.

Colleen took a Kawandi quilt class (virtually) with others from around the globe, offered by Sujata Shah (The Root Connection on IG). The workshop focused on quilts called Kawandi (also known as Siddi quilts) and they are utility quilts made by people in the African/Diaspora/Siddi community of India. You use a cloth backing, whatever you have on hand, batting (or some type of middle layer, can be more fabric, etc) and then beginning on the outer edges, begin to sew your fabric, piece by piece, until you have the outer edges covered. Then, you continue hand stitching around and around, covering these fabric pieces, adding more fabric pieces to the inside, stitching around the entire piece again, adding fabric as you go, until you place your last piece of fabric in the center. 

To learn more check out Sujata’s IG or her blog at therootconnection.blogspot.com   for more information.

Cathy is working on an Alex Anderson Trees quilt featuring some fun colors that takes you into the forest.

Paula is working on our BoM, cutting block 5. She is also working on the UFO challenge!

Sasha finished a colorful and fun quilt of houses which sat waiting patiently for a year to be bound!

JoAnne is working on Disney themed masks (21) for her family to wear on their upcoming trip to the park.

Suzanne wasn’t able to stay for the meeting but showed her beautiful Butterfly quilt.,

 

Barbara M suggested a swap of unfinished work where each person would take on another member’s project and continue the work/finish the piece.  We can discuss in more detail at the next meeting.   

Future Meeting Dates and Locations:

Regular monthly meetings will be held on the first Saturday of each month via Zoom (adjusted for holiday weekends).

Be sure to mark your calendars:

September 11

October 2

November 6

December 4

 Zoom meetings have been set up for all of 2021.  We will reassess as the months go on and changes will be made if we are confident that we can meet safely.

Board of Directors meetings will be held on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7p.m. via Zoom.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

July Meeting




“Rain, rain, rain so we can sew, sew, sew” was the mantra of JoAnne during our overcast Saturday morning meeting.


In new business, the following was announced:


  • Carolina Oneto will present her “Organic Shapes” workshop during the Nov. 6 guild meeting (on Zoom). Her work is pictured above. Cost is $30 per person. Sign up can be accomplished through PayPal (to the guild) or by personal check to the guild’s mailing address (P.O. Box 433, East Kingston, NH 03843). Please register by Aug. 21; after that date, registration will be opened to other groups.


Show and Tell:


Patty showed us a quilt she is making for her sister and another she is making for a colleague using Rachel Rossi's "Starline" pattern. She also mentioned a new fabric and yarn shop in Methuen, Mass called Cuckoo Nana's Yarn & Fabric in Methuen.


Several members are making progress on our Block of the Month program. Lou, who is using red, white, and blue fabric, is on block #6. Theresa showed us two of her blocks, including a beautiful one with Anna Maria Horner fabric in the middle square (see top block, below).




Paula showed us a 20-inch by 20-inch table topper in green with the pattern "One Big Star" that she will give to friends for their 40th wedding anniversary.


JoAnne displayed her progress on the "Gravity" quilt by Jaybird Quilts.


Barb B. won the door prize this month.


The rest of the meeting was a sew-in. Our next meeting is scheduled for August 7 on Zoom.




Saturday, June 12, 2021

SMQG June 2021 meeting minutes

 

SEACOAST MODERN QUILT GUILD

MONTHLY MEETING (via Zoom)

JUNE 5, 2021

Attendees:

JoAnne D, Brenda S, Suzanne W, Mary O, Barb B, Wendy W, Lou S, Paula K, Carol B, Kate Q,

Covid restrictions have been lifted in New Hampshire.  As of now virtual meetings are still in place but as discussed (and noted in our minutes) will be reassessed while ensuring our safety.

The Thread House UK retreat is this weekend. Videos will be available for those who have signed up.

The Schoolhouse Shop Hop is July 6-31 with 4 quilt shops participating:

Quilted Threads (Henniker, NH)

Cobblestone Quilts (Townsend, MA)

The Quilted Crow (Bolton, MA)

Red Barn Sewing and Yarn Center (Merrimac, MA)

$8.00 for a “passport” which includes a free quilt pattern and Fat Quarter in each store, discounts and a Shop Hop bag to carry your goodies home in.

JoAnne suggested that during the hop we meet up one day, have lunch and a meeting.

 

The Board voted in May’s meeting to give out door prizes for the BoM, UFO, etc.  Maggie at Pintuck & Purl has gifted the guild 18-20 Fat Quarters and 5 tape measures which will be used as prizes.  JoAnne will send Maggie a Thank You on behalf of the group.

 

Committee Reports:

Treasurer’s report was given. 

Secretary’s report – noted an update (on Mary O’s EPP June presentation) to May’s minutes was posted in the blog.

Hospitality: Haley is spending time with her family. 

Retreat: No updates  

 

Programs:

UFO Challenge:

The completion due date for our UFO’s has been moved to October’s meeting.

 Speakers/Workshops:

The group agreed to have Carolina Oneto conduct a 2.5 hour workshop on Curved Shapes in our November 6 meeting.  The cost of this session is $28/person.  More information to come.

 

Month 6 of our Piece & Love Block of the Month by modern quilt designer Sherry Shish is now available on our page of her website.  Everyone has received the details on accessing it but if you need it resent let JoAnne know.

Reminder: Do not share the pattern with anyone.  It is meant to be used by members, only.

 

Today’s Member Speaker – Mary Orencole – English Paper Piecing

Mary began sewing blocks using EPP during her long commute to and from work!  A good way to pass the time and create something beautiful.

EPP can be done anywhere using mail or phone book pages and the hand stitching can be a form of therapy.  Mary has been working on a Lucy Boston block which she showed us during her talk as she walked us through how it was designed and sewed. 

We received some history on EPP which dates back to the 1700’s (using scraps and hexies) followed by geometric shapes later in the century.  An American Hexagon quilt was first seen in the U.S. in 1807.  

Tula Pink, Sue Daley and Becky Goldsmith are considered “legends” in EPP.

Mary walked us through several steps in the end to end process - collect your supplies, decide on the shapes (tessellating) and design (Marnie Mitchell’s Magic Mirror can be used to choose your design allowing you to preview/audition fabrics before cutting/sewing), choose your focal point and partnering fabrics.  And, she left us with some good tips to create a beautiful block - use the right glue (Sew fine), needle (size 11 milliners, Tulip Applique #10 which is easy on the fingers), ruler and thread (Aurifil 50 weight, orange top), when threading the needle go with the grain of the thread so it won’t know; don’t use too many stitches, it may damage the edge of the fabric.  If you use thread tiles which are magnetic, don’t put it near your cell phone.

Thank you, Mary!  Paula, thank you as well for sharing your beautiful EPP work with us.

 

Show and Tell:

JoAnne completed another block of her Gravity quilt BoM (JayBird Quilts) with Quilted Threads.  She is also working on our BoM.

Mary is sewing a table runner using a Sew Kind of Wonderful ruler

Paula – is making a table topper for her daughter’s boyfriend’s parents using Lucy Boston blocks.

Suzanne is continuing to work on her beautiful Butterfly quilt.

Brenda showed us a colorful dress she purchased from consignment at the Portsmouth Historical Society. It is made using small panels and Dashwood Studios fabric.

Wendy is working on our BoM.

Lou showed us a festive patriotic bag she made that can be used for shopping. 

Barb B showed us 2 beautiful antique quilts that her mother gifted to her.  One, which was found in North Carolina is a basket quilt that is approximately 150 years old. The other is from a kit using vibrant blues and whites that her mother hand stitched and quilted.

Kate has completed 120 blocks of her Kinship quilt top in blues and yellows and is getting ready to sandwich it.   The sashing was inspired by a quilt Barb White showed us last fall. 

Barbara M and Brenda attended the New England Quilt Museum (NEQM) display over Memorial Day weekend.  Brenda commented that the Japanese exhibit is still on display and it was quite beautiful. 

 

Charity:

Brenda inquired about what charitable organizations we work with.  In the past we’ve given to a different one every year but as of now, due to Covid restrictions we don’t have anything planned.   Brenda mentioned Chase House, a children’s residential facility but due to Covid they’re still not accepting anything. 

Quilted Threads works with Project Linus, a national group which accepts children’s quilts.  Another is Foster Quilts for Foster Children where the need is great.

The Navajo Project is always looking for fabric donations.

 

July’s meeting will be a sew in.

 

Future Meeting Dates and Locations:

Regular monthly meetings will be held on the first Saturday of each month via Zoom (adjusted for holiday weekends).

Be sure to mark your calendars:

July 10

August 7

September 11

October 2

November 6

December 4

 

Zoom meetings have been set up for all of 2021.  We will reassess as the months go on and changes will be made if we are confident that we can meet safely.

Board of Directors meetings will be held on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7p.m. via Zoom.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

May 2021 SMQG Meeting Minutes

 

SEACOAST MODERN QUILT GUILD

MONTHLY MEETING (via Zoom)

MAY 1, 2021

Attendees:

JoAnne D, Suzanne W, Patty C, Brenda S, Barbara M, Kate Q, Barb B, Barbara W, Wendy W, Marylee W, Robin L, Sasha S, Lou S, Colleen H, Paula K, Mary O, Carol B

Committee Reports:

Treasurer’s report was given. 

Secretary’s report – nothing to add from the published March minutes

Hospitality: Haley is spending time with her family.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Retreat: Kate reported that the Vermont Quilt Festival will hold classes virtually.  This is an opportunity to attend workshops rather than a retreat.   Slow Stitching in Maine offers a retreat (as of May 8 it is sold out) and Road to CA (Road to Home) offers virtual workshops and lectures.

JoAnne and Kate will look into future (virtual) retreats hosted by Thread House UK.  The new format accommodates quilters across the globe and various time zones.  There are several instructors and 3-4 videos are produced each day of the retreat showing various techniques.  Participants have access to the videos and can view at their leisure. The videos remain available for 6 months to members.  Door prizes are given to members, live!  The next retreat is June 5-6.

Programs:

UFO Challenge:

The completion due date for our UFO’s has been moved to October’s meeting.

Member presentations:

Mary O will demonstrate Lucy Boston English Paper Piecing  in June’s meeting.

Festival of Trees:

Paula is in touch with them on whether they’ll have the festival this year.  If they are it will take place in mid-November.

Strawberry Banke:

They will be opening this summer.  The festival we show our quilts at is held Columbus Day weekend.  More information to come on whether it will be held and, our participation.

Speakers/Workshops:

Since our May 1 meeting Barbara M contacted Caroline Oneto about conducting a workshop for us.  Caroline is available to join us on November 6 from 10am-12pm (our regular meeting date/time) for a workshop on Curved Shapes.  The cost of this session is $28/person.  We’ll discuss in more detail at our June meeting.

Month 5 of our Piece & Love Block of the Month by modern quilt designer Sherry Shish is now available on our page of her website.  Everyone has received the details on accessing it but if you need it resent let JoAnne know.

Reminder: Do not share the pattern with anyone.  It is meant to be used by members, only.

Today’s Speaker – Amy Friend

Amy Friend, founder of our guild and talented artist/quilter, delighted us with a discussion on her path from drawing flowers growing in her mother’s garden to designing fabulous quilts and fabric lines and, writing 3 successful books.  Her presentation focused on elements of modern quilting and she shared stories and photos of her quilts and, patterns from her latest book, Petal and Stem.   

Amy began her blog when she moved to West Newbury and during her children’s nap time taught herself Modern quilting and began designing Paper Piecing patterns.  She will be teaching PP this month in a Road at Home workshop.

Show and Tell:

JoAnne has completed Block 1 of our BOM featuring vibrant blue HST’s.

Mary is hand quilting her Clamshells pillow from the Thread House UK retreat.

Suzanne is continuing to work on her beautiful Butterfly quilt.

Brenda is working on a lovely purple and teal quilt for her son’s girlfriend using hombre and Kaffe strips.

Patty picked up a UFO to complete – a Lambada pattern and, her first paper piecing project!

Wendy is working on a Cobblestones quilt for her uncle.

Lou is working on the first modern quilt she began!

Colleen has chosen new colors from Alison Glass fabric Handcrafted line for her hexie pillow. 

Barb B is working on a Lee Heinrich Diamond Thread pattern.  

Paula is doing some stunning handwork on Lucy Boston 1” hexagons.

 

Future Meeting Dates and Locations:

Regular monthly meetings will be held on the first Saturday of each month via Zoom (adjusted for holiday weekends).

Be sure to mark your calendars:

June 5

July 10

August 7

September 11

October 2

November 6

December 4

 Zoom meetings have been set up for all of 2021.  We will reassess as the months go on and changes will be made if we are confident that we can meet safely.

Board of Directors meetings will be held on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7p.m. via Zoom.