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! 

Monday, November 27, 2017

December Meeting Reminder

The December meeting will be held at the Kingston Library from 10am-12pm on December 2nd. This will be our year end meeting, and we invite anyone who is able to bring a "brunch-y" food item. Typically these items range from sweet to savory, and we usually eat well and still have lots of leftovers!

We will be playing one round of Left, Right, Center. If you would like to participate, please bring three fat quarters, one a light solid, one a dark solid, and one a unique or unusual fabric. The winner of the round will go home with all of the fat quarters played!

We will also have our swap. This year we are making the boxy bag from the Kelby Sews tutorial (which can be found here), and filling this with $10 worth of goodies for our partners.
If you are unable to attend the meeting but signed up for a partner, please feel free to send your boxy bag along with a friend to be given to your partner. If you will be unable to make the swap bag please let Kali know at as soon as possible!

Dues for 2018 will be collected, as well as payments for the Improv Paper Piecing workshop with Amy Friend.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November Meeting Recap and Election Results

On Saturday November 4th we met at the Mary E Bartlett Library in Brentwood, NH.

As this is our annual business meeting we voted for the members of the 2018 Executive Board.
Judy Durant will be the President
Colleen Haggerty will be Vice President
Barb Brian will continue on as Treasurer and
Laura Collins will be Secretary

The Festival of Trees is happening November 17th, 18th, and 19th at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth. We will have quilts on display in the main room, and a tree that we have decorated with ornaments as well. Please speak with Nancy or Paula if you have any ornaments or quilts to display that you have not yet given to them. More info on this event can be found at the Portsmouth Garden Club website.

Registration is now open for our spring workshop with Amy Friend of During Quiet Time! The workshop will be on improv paper piecing, and will be help from 10am-5pm on March 17th. The workshop is open to 20 participants, and will cost $42 and includes lunch. Should there be inclement weather that forces us to postpone the workshop, the rain date will be March 24th. Please find more info here.
This is an example block that Barbara made after taking this class with Amy as a member of her other guild. Thanks to Nancy for bringing this in to show us!

In October we talked about using the money collected this year from the Block Lottery to donate to the Red Cross in an effort to help out after so many tragedies and disasters that occurred late this summer into the fall. We voted at the meeting to instead donate the money to Rosie's Place, which helps poor and homeless women in Boston and our dollars will have a much greater effect, as they are able to put $.85 from every dollar directly to work helping those in need.

At the October meeting we also talked about the fate of our charity quilts, and the possibility of donating these to people in need in our area. In the past month Paula has arranged for us to donate two quilts, one to the daughter of a woman killed in the Las Vegas shooting, and another to a family in Newmarket who lost their home in a fire. At the end of the meeting we reviewed the charity quilts in our stash and decided which quilts to use for this purpose. We noted that many of the quilts we have are smaller in size, and would be more suited to young children or small lap quilt size for elderly in wheelchairs.

For 2018 we voted to make roughly 150 pillowcases for the Tewksbury State Hospital Mental Health Ward. This ward sees mostly young adults in their twenties who do not see their families often. We decided that pillowcases would be much quicker to make than quilts, and as we could collect more we could have a greater impact on the residents of this ward.

Members participating in the Block of the Month showed their most recent blocks. There is only one more block to complete, and then they must begin to assemble their quilt tops!

For the Block Lottery in November we collected tree blocks made with a tutorial from Diary of a Quilter. Suzanne is the lucky winner of these blocks - I can't wait to see how she puts them together!

Diane passed the highfive on to Paula.

Our retreat will be held on May 3, 4, 5, and 6 at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunkport. Retreat payment dates have been updated from the listing provided by JoAnne last month. Please check your email for the most up to date version of the payment schedule. Retreat payments will be due on Feb 1, and April 1 if you are paying in two installments, and Feb 1, March 1, and April 1 if you would like to pay in three installments. You may also pay the full balance on Feb 1 if you wish.

Show & Tell
Diane was inspired by the Block Lottery and made this quilt. The pink fabric she designed on Spoonflower and it can be found here.

Mary shared a few projects that she has been working on lately.

Nancy and her helpers shared her completed blocks from the Jen Carlton Bailly workshop.

Robin shared her Kite Tails quilt. The paper piecing foundation for these blocks was printed at 200% by Staples. This was quilted by Carrie Zizza.

Hildy shared this quilt top/back combo that she made for the Cambridge MQG Triangle Challenge. She made the flying geese with the Wing Clipper Ruler that Sue demonstrated for us earlier this year.

And then we sewed! We finished the necessary pillowcases for the Chase House in Portsmouth, and the surplus pillowcases will be donated to DCF. Thanks to all who were able to participate!

The December meeting will be held at the Kingston Library from 10am-12pm. This will be our year end meeting, and we invite anyone who is able to bring a "brunch-y" food item. Typically these items range from sweet to savory, and we usually eat well and still have lots of leftovers!

We will be playing one round of Left, Right, Center. If you would like to participate, please bring three fat quarters, one a light solid, one a dark solid, and one a unique or unusual fabric. The winner of the round will go home with all of the fat quarters played!

We will also have our swap. This year we are making the boxy bag from the Kelby Sews tutorial (which can be found here), and filling this with $10 worth of goodies for our partners.  If you have not yet signed up but would like to participate please let Kali know by Monday, 11/13.
If you signed up for a partner but realize that you are unable to attend the meeting, please send along your swap bag with a friend if possible. If you will be unable to make the swap bag please let Kali know at as soon as possible!

Dues for 2018 will be collected at the December meeting as well.