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



Monday, January 13, 2020

January 2020 : A New Quilting Decade

Bylaws

At our first meeting of the new decade we spoke at length about the proposed changes. Three changes are under discussion:


  • Change wording so that just two officers (president and treasurer) need to approve reimbursements
  • All workshops will have a signed contract; they will be jointly and severably signed off by each participating guild.
  • Marylee also suggested changing bylaws approving co-presidents for the guild (in the future); the group decided to discuss this at a future meeting rather than to rush into anything by voting on this topic today. We want to have a thoughtful discussion about this.
Please think these items over, and come to next meeting prepared to vote on them.  We need a quorum to vote, and we need the bylaws updated to move forward on contracts discussed last year.

Also under discussion are activities for 2020 :
Membership Survey:   ( Please email your program ideas to Diane)


  • A project working with Spoon flower, digital printing
  • Electric Quilting software
  • Road trips
  • Create your own shop hop
  • Day and night quilt by Eleanor Burns,  9 minute preview U Tube
  • 100 Blocks
  • Slow stitching
  • Japanese bunka, a traditional punch needle type embroidery
  • NYC fabric district — Quilters Take Manhattan by Quilters Alliance
  • Leni Levenson Wiener, in particular her book Photo Inspired Art Quilts
We also spoke about Membership and Publicity, and March is Bring a New Member!   See the Join Us tab for more info!

AAAAAnd last discussion, but certainly not the least, Diane introduced the 100 Blocks Project. She distributed the pattern books ordered, and provided a free pattern for those not ordering the book.  Please see Current blocks and Challenges tab for details!



After snacks, coordinated by our new Hospitalty chair, Carol we settled in for Sew And Tell:

Stellar Finish

Bethany's Birdbath at Sunset 




Bethany started this quilt in 2014, from an Elizabeth Hartman's Birdbath pattern and has just finished it.  She has taken classes at Portsmouth Fabric on using their longarm quilt machines, and reports that after a bit of a learning curve she is quilting very quickly! 


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Improv Curves Ahead!

Haley's Curved Improv


Lovely Binding and backing

Haley Has not forgotten anything learned in our Rapid Curves workshop from last spring.  Complete with pieced binding and a lovely floral background!  In fact she has gone past the hanging and into a lap quilt! And isn't the black an eye catcher?







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Measure out


Oh Snap!



Marylee showed us the Snap Bag.   Tutorial on U Tube

A piece of old tape measure, and 11 minute tutorial,  dare you to make Just One!



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Tree Skirt








Our newest member Carol showed us her tree skirt.  According to her she now knows something to do with her machine other that turn it on and off.  (since I have never made anything round, she is ahead of me!)  And what a fun backing!









🍬Another New Pattern🍬


Kate holds up her second Christmas quilt, inspired by our show at the Urban Forestry Center in December.  She was also inspired by a quilt from Eye Candy on Instagram.  IG  is totally absorbing, and full of dynamic quilting. 










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Beautiful Bags


Ever industrious Nancy showed us a trio of bags in wonderful colors, and stellar workmanship.



A Charm Tote in fabulous selection of colors and prints, and two Sew Together Bags complete with double zippers and rainbow interiors!

                                       




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Storyteller




And the last member in the circle, Diane showed us an auction piece based on the tale of Baba Yaga, a tale from slavic folk lore.  Her house stands on chicken legs!







Next, a piece for a SAQA challenge "Visionary".  It is full of quotes from Margaret Atwood




Flutterbye Challenge




And just to finish off with a flutter, a photo print of a moth.  By the way, this lovely modern moth is what the woolly bear caterpillars turn into if you don't step on them!


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Friday, December 13, 2019

Festive December








Patterns, handmade pouches, quilting books, marking pens, and Dresden rulers were some of the items exchanged at our holiday party swap. Congrats to Lou, who drew the lowest number and had the chance to walk away with exactly the gift she wanted.



We have a NEW PROJECT in mind for the new year -- “100 Days, 100 Blocks” (see this link and the pattern image above for an idea of the finished quilt). We intend to use this pattern to make quilts for our Strawbery Banke show in the fall.




Lou is organizing a picnic with the Maine Modern Quilt Guild. We anticipate this being held in June at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.


Preparations are ongoing for our Retreat in 2020 (April 30-May 3).


SEW AND TELL:


Our Bright Birch Trees quilt (above) has been quilted and bound. We will donate it to charity.



When Sasha attended last year's retreat, she was introduced to the fabulous fabric selection at Marden's. Above is a quilt she made entirely out of fabric from their Sanford store.


  
Sue brought a Halloween quilt made out of blocks she won in a guild block-of-the-month contest.
The quilting features a bat, owl, and Frankenstein.




Kate brought in a Christmas quilt as well as the second in her series of house quilts (above).


Mary showed these eye-catching works (above and below).



We closed the meeting with a sincere "thank you" to Mary for serving as president in 2019. Below are some of the wonky log cabin blocks that we made for her.


Happy holidays and a healthy New Year to all our SMQG members and friends!