Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Fall Workshops with Jen Carlton Bailey


The Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild has invited Jen Carlton Bailey, also known as @bettycrockerass to visit our guild on September 9th and 10th to teach two workshops where she will share her secrets for sewing successful curves!

The workshops will be 6 hours each running from 9 am-noon with an hour break for lunch and then resuming at 1 and finishing at 4:00 pm.  They will be held at the West Newbury Town Annex located at 381 Main Street, West Newbury, MA.

The workshop held on Saturday, Sept. 9th will be Sew all the Curves Plus Design: Does the idea of sewing curves scare the heck out of you? Don’t let it! In this class, students will learn three different methods of sewing curves – pinning, gluing, and freehand. They’ll learn tips and tricks to creating a beautiful curve as well as tips on how to square up their blocks and sew them together with beautiful matching points. Students will leave wanting to sew all the curves!
Once all you have all those curves sewn let’s spend some time figuring out all the designs you can create with them.


On Sunday, Sept. 10th we will enjoy the Scandinavian Flower Garden Sampler: (see image above) The Scandinavian Flower Garden Sampler is an exciting new pattern featuring mod styling and big blocks to create an impactful, chic, and curvy-licious quilt. Whether students are beginners at sewing curves, wanting to put all their new skills into practice, or just play and learn new tips and tricks this class is for them! Students will work with a variety of different sizes curves as well how to best use color, value, and hue to make their designs pop.

If you are not familiar with Jen’s work, please check out her website: http://www.bettycrockerass.com/.

Her work has been featured in a number of publications including Modern Patchwork and the QuiltCon Magazine.  She is an instructor at QuiltCon 2017.

In order to finalize plans for these workshops, we need your deposits right away.

The cost is $75 for members and $85 for nonmembers.  This cost is for one day and includes lunch.

If you would like to register, send a check to the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild at PO Box 774, West Newbury, MA 01985.  We need a $50 deposit. Please write the name of the workshop you want to sign up for in the memo field of your check or include a note.  Alternately, you may hand your check directly to Amy Friend at any meeting.  Amy will maintain the class lists and start a waiting list. 

You may sign up for both workshops if you like. In that case, your deposit will be $100.  Final payments will be due by the June 3rd SMQG meeting.  Deposits are nonrefundable unless the workshop is cancelled.


Signups will be open to members only through February 4th.  At that time, we will open them to the public.  To secure your spot, sign up right away!

January Meeting Recap

On Saturday morning we met before the snow at the Wiggin Memorial Library in Stratham NH. We discussed plans for the upcoming year, had a block lottery, and show and tell.

Charity Pouch Update
Kate delivered the pouches that we made and filled to substance abuse facilities in Dover and Lynn the week before Christmas. These were greatly appreciated, and hopefully made their holiday a little brighter!

Retreat Update: As the holiday season has past the Retreat Committee is sharpening their pencils and working to finalize the plans for the May Retreat. A Retreat survey will sent out shortly with details to follow for deposits.

Dues
Please get your 2017 dues in to Barb ASAP.

QuiltCon Charity Quilt
Our QuiltCon Charity quilt is about to be shipped to Savannah for QuiltCon 2017! If you are attending QuiltCon, be on the lookout for it! Also, if you're attending, please come back and tell us all about it.



Dates This Month
January 15 - 1-4:45pm Sew in at the Newburyport Public Library

January 25 - 9pm Webinar: Using Simple Quilt Blocks to Create a Complex Geometric Design

January 31 - 9pm Webinar: Planned and Unplanned: Design and Improv in Piecing

Dates Looking Forward
February 4- 10am-12pm - Kingston Library: Carrie Zizza will be demonstrating machine quilting with rulers for us.
March 4 - 10am-12pm - Brentwood Library: Nancy, Barbara and Sue will be demonstrating wool applique. There will be a $3 fee for attendees due to the cost of the wool.
Parking may be a little tight, so please carpool if possible, or use the ball field to park if it is not snowed in. The best way to get to the meeting room is to go in the second entrance and around to the back. Walk in through the amphitheater. Please dress in layers as the room may be a little chilly to start off.
April 1 - 10am-2pm - West Newbury Town Hall Annex: Open Sew Day- Please bring your machines, a snack, and a project of your choice to sew.
May 6 -  10am-12pm - West Newbury Town Hall Annex - Trunk Show by Timna Tarr. This meeting will be $5 for members and $10 for non-members.
June 3 - 10am-1pm  - West Newbury Town Hall Annex: Charity Sew In - We will be making an effort to finish up some of the charity projects and blocks that we have going. Kate will still be accepting finished quilts for our emergency stash, and has pieces of projects if you would like to work on some on your own, please let her know!
July 8 - 10am-3pm - West Newbury Town Hall Annex -Please bring your sewing machines
August 5 - To Be Determined... Please speak to the executive board if you have any suggestions!
September 9 and 10 - 6 hour Workshop. More details to be posted very soon!
October 14 - 10am-12pm - Nominations and Planning for our Holiday Swap
November 4 - 10am-12pm - 2018 Officer Elections and 2018 Dues
December 2 - 10am-12pm - Year End Meeting, Holiday Swap and 2018 Dues
Please let us know if you are familiar with other locations where we could meet.


Until November 12, 2017 - Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA: What Remains: Wooden Quilt Sculptures of Laura Petrovich Cheney Laura Petrovich-Cheney will be exhibiting her wooden sculptures that were made with debris left by Hurricane Sandy. She was inspired by traditional and contemporary quilt patterns.

Judy's Time
January Block Lottery - The winner of our wonky log cabins is Robin!

For February's block lottery we will be making Polaroid Blocks. I have included the handout from Judy here.  These blocks are based on a tutorial by Capitola Quilter, that can be found on the web here.  We will be piecing only the center fussy cut and the white frame around it. Also, for consistency, please use Kona White as the fabric for your edging.
Please note that 4 Polaroid blocks + $1 will count for one entry for this month.

Judy has also begun organizing the optional Block of the Month group. The group will be meeting outside of our normally scheduled guild time to plan out which blocks they would like to tackle, and then will be working individually on their own blocks. This project will use blocks from the Quilt Block Cookbook, which is available on Amazon.  They will be meeting sometime this month, and are aiming to have their first blocks made in February. Please let Judy know if you would like to join them!

Other Reminders for this year:
-Please wear your name tags so that we can work on learning each other's names.
-If you purchase anything on behalf of the guild, please submit the original receipt for reimbursement.
-Snow policy: If the space where we are scheduled to meet is closed, then the guild meeting will be cancelled and notification will be sent to members through the guild email group before 8am. If the meeting is not cancelled but you feel uncomfortable driving, please stay home.


Show and Tell
Mary shared this tree table runner that she made with her daughter.

She also showed off this flannel quilt. She found that even though pre-washing flannel is recommended, it was easier to work with if it was not washed.

Nancy shared this sewing machine cover that was made for her by Sue as a part of a swap in their other guild.

Lou shared the finish of this quilt that she started on retreat last year.

Peg shared her progress hand piecing The New Hexagon project. (Sorry my photo is so blurry!)

Judy shared this bag that was made for her by Amy, using a pattern that was designed by Amy. Judy also received a fussy cut pin tray and a seam ripper made by Amy's husband.

Suzanne shared this finished quilt that is to go to her granddaughter. The quilt top was purchased and she finished it by hand quilting it, with much assistance from her sister.



Suzanne was inspired by our block lottery this month and made quite a few blocks! She will alternate the style of blocks that we made, with blocks that have more space in the center square to give the eyes a place to rest.
She also shared this checkerboard made for her grandsons for Christmas. She quilted this on her longarm.


February's Meeting
As mentioned above, for our February meeting Carrie Zizza from It's a Zizza will be giving us a demonstration on machine quilting with rulers. We will be meeting at the Kingston Library in Kingston NH on February 4th from 10am-12pm.



Monday, January 2, 2017

January Meeting Reminder

Our January meeting will be held on January 7th, from 10am-12pm, at the Wiggins Memorial Library in Stratham NH.

This will be a planning meeting, so please bring your calendars and a pen!

We will also have our first block lottery of the year. If you would like to participate, please bring a block made to the specifications below, and $1 per block made for entry into the lottery. You may make as many blocks as you would like for multiple chances to win!

We will be making wonky log cabin blocks following these directions:
http://tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com/2008/04/for-dana-wonky-log-cabin-block-tutorial.html
Blocks should be trimmed to 12.5 inches square, to finish at 12 inches.
We will be working with the following guidelines:
-Choose one color (prints or solids) and a low volume fabric (print or solid). If you are using prints of your chosen color, they should be predominantly that color with little of any other color.
-The low volume fabric should be neutral without any other color (like a light gray on off white print, or white on off white, not white with red dots).
-The center square or rectangle should be a darker shade of the color you have chosen for your block.
As you build your wonky log cabin, make one round of logs your low volume fabric anywhere you choose, and end with the outer ring of logs being low volume.

This is also the month that we will be collecting the last of the President's blocks to deliver to our outgoing president, Mary as a thank- you. Please use the following tutorial: http://www.polkadotchair.com/2015/09/september-block-of-the-month-plus-quilt-block.html/. The blocks finish at 15 inches, should have a low volume or white background, and be a rainbow of colors for the pluses. Diane will collecting and presenting these on behalf of the guild.


Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

December Meeting Recap

We met in Stratham NH on Saturday for our December meeting.

We completed two surveys for the incoming executive board to use in planning the upcoming year. These were on potential speakers or workshops, and activities to do with guild.

On December 18th from 1-4:45PM we will be having an open sew-in at the Newburyport Library.

We enjoyed many snacks made by our members. If anyone would like to share their recipes to be posted for others, please send them to me.

We also had our Yankee Swap. We had fun guessing who supplied the book and fat quarter based upon the pattern on the fat quarter.

A small group stayed after the meeting to fill the charity pouches that we sewed for the treatment center in Dover. Most of these were stuffed with items, and I know that they will bring a smile to the recipients faces!

QuiltCon Charity Quilt - The QuiltCon Charity quilt was quilted this month by Suzanne and Jess. It has been passed off to Jane F for binding, and is close to being finished!


Block Lottery - In January we will be resuming the block lottery. Each member who would like may make as many of the chosen blocks as they choose. For each block + $1 entered at the meeting, the member has a chance to win the pool of blocks made that month.
For the block lottery in January, we will be making wonky log cabin blocks following these directions:
http://tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com/2008/04/for-dana-wonky-log-cabin-block-tutorial.html
Blocks should be trimmed to 12.5 inches square, to finish at 12 inches.
We will be working with the following guidelines:
-Choose one color (prints or solids) and a lot volume fabric (print or solid). If you are using prints of your chosen color, they should be predominately that color with little of any other color.
-The low volume fabric should be neutral without any other color (like a light gray on off white print, or white on off white, not white with red dots).
-The center square or rectangle should be a darker shade of the color you have chosen for your block.
As you build your wonky log cabin, make one round of logs your low volume fabric anywhere you choose, and end with the outer ring of logs being low volume.


President's Blocks - For the past two years we have made quilt blocks as a thank you to our guild president. For Mary, please use this tutorial http://www.polkadotchair.com/2015/09/september-block-of-the-month-plus-quilt-block.html/. The blocks finish at 15 inches, should have a low volume or white background, and be a rainbow of colors for the pluses. Diane will collect these at the January meeting.


Show and Tell:
Suzanne brought in a special quilt to share with us. This quilt was pieced by hand, and was started as she was driving a truck across the country with her husband. She was able to work on this quilt during the long miles on the road. Even her binding is pieced from short bits!!



Mary shared this quilt that she made using low volumes and Rifle Paper Co fabrics from Cotton and Steel. She also told us about quilting two quilts that were used in a Toyota advertisement! How cool!

Robin shared this log cabin quilt that she had just received back from Mary who quilted it. Don't you just love the colors that she used in this!



Amy shared two finished quilts, Shibori and Arboreal.



Judy shared the almost finished quilt that came from economy blocks made at a charity sew in early in the year.

Bethany shared a recent finish that was based upon a photo that she took of trees reflecting in windows taken in London. This is the first quilt that she designed and quilted herself. Way to go!

Hilde finished up this quilt top that was made using some wonky nine patches and donated fabrics. This quilt is off to Barb for quilting.

Diane shared this quilt which is a sample for a class that she taught at the library.

Diane also shared these two quilts that she made with a studio art group that she belongs to. She printed some of the fabric based upon a digital composition of hers from Spoonflower. The smaller one is a St. Bridgid's Cross. 

Paula shared "star Burst" that she completed for the Michael Miller Challenge. This quilt was inspired by the earthquakes in Italy.

Kate shared this Hazel Hedgehog quilt that she made for her nephew for Christmas.

Kim shared these blocks that she made to put into a Christmas tree table runner, using a pattern on Sew Mama Sew. She also showed us all her Bruyere top, pattern by Deer and Doe.

Dottie shared this charity quilt that she made from donated fabrics.

Jane has had a busy few months! She shared this quilt that she made for her granddaughter. This is backed in fabric that she bought in Kuala Lampur many years ago.

She also shared this quilt that she made for her sister.


And Jane shared this quilt that was made from some fabric received at Sew Boston, and filled in with all "stash" fabrics.


Alison shared this quilt that she made for the Cambridge MQG Alternative Materials Challenge. She used many non-quilting cottons from her stash like Liberty, lawn, double gauze, linen and canvas.


Bea shared her quilt "Darkest of Night" that was made for the MQG Michael Miller Challenge. Unfortunately, my photos do not do that navy color justice, at all!

She also shared this house quilt that uses a pattern from a magazine.


For our January meeting we will be meeting in Stratham at the Wiggin Memorial Library. If you choose, please bring blocks for the block lottery, or blocks for Mary's president block choice.




Sunday, November 27, 2016

December Meeting Reminder

Our December meeting will be held in the Wiggin Memorial Library in Stratham NH on Saturday December 3rd, from 10am-12pm.

Potluck Snack: Please bring a special snack item to share in our pot-luck snack time if you are able. Please label items with the ingredients. In the past we have enjoyed quite the spread of breakfast/brunch type snacks. Colleen will be providing coffee, tea, water, and juice.

Yankee Swap: We will also be having a Yankee Swap at the meeting. If you would like to participate, please bring a new or gently used quilting book and a fat quarter that represents you in a generic, non-holiday gift bag with no name attached.

Zippered Pouch Donation Items: We made 75 (!!!) zippered pouches to donate to a substance abuse treatment facility in Dover. Kate is tracking down a similar facility for us to donate to in Massachusetts.  They have told us that the following items are most needed:

Shampoo
Conditioner
Toothpaste (JoAnne has this covered for us!)
Disposable razors
Shaving Cream
Soap/body wash
Lotion
Socks (mens and womens)

Please remember that all products must be non-aerosol, and the first 4 ingredients listed must not include alcohol. If you are able to donate any of these items, please bring them to the December meeting.

Dues: Dues for 2017 membership will be $50. This can be paid via cash or check at the December or January meetings, or through the PayPal button on our website.

Presidents Blocks: For the past two years we have made quilt blocks as a thank you to our guild president. For Mary, please use this tutorial http://www.polkadotchair.com/2015/09/september-block-of-the-month-plus-quilt-block.html/. The blocks finish at 15 inches, should have a low volume or white background, and be a rainbow of colors for the pluses. Diane will collect these at the December and January meetings.
Once I picked out which fabrics I was going to use for the color at the center, the block sewed up quickly!


Lastly, the QuiltCon Submission Deadline is Wednesday, Nov 30. The website to enter is http://quiltconentry.com/

Sunday, November 13, 2016

2017 Executive Board Election Results

The official results are in!

We have had 32/40 members vote. All votes have been cast for the nominated members, and our 2017 Executive Board will be as follows:

President: Paula
Vice President: Nancy
Secretary: Kali
Treasurer: Barb

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

November Meeting Recap

On Saturday we met for our November meeting at the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton, NH.

Announcements:

Charity:
Holiday Pouch Donation:
We collected dozens of pouches at the November meeting! The winner of the prize was Bea, who won a $25 gift card to Pintuck & Purl in Exeter, and a Purple Thang tool.

Kate has been in contact with the Southeastern New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services facility, located in Dover NH, regarding donating the pouches that we made for a holiday treat for their residents.
For the December meeting, we are looking for small hygiene products that are non-aerosol, and do not list alcohol as one of the first 4 ingredients to fill these little bags. There will be an email from Kate this month that goes more in depth with what they need the most, once she hears back from her contact at the facility.
Kate is also awaiting confirmation from a similar facility in Massachusetts to also donate to. Once she has more information she will share this via email.

QuiltCon '17 Charity Project:
The QuiltCon charity quilt is ready for quilting! Suzanne has offered the use of her longarm to any members who would like to assist in the quilting of this. The plan is to quilt an irregular grid on the quilt. Suzanne will send an email out with the date and time that this will be happening for anyone who is interested in participating.

Sew-ins: We will be having two sew-ins at the Newburyport Library this month and next. This is open time to sew-cialize and work on whatever project you may choose (secret holiday sewing?!).
We have been reminded that this space in Newburyport can be a little cool, so it is suggested to come in layers.
Sunday, November 20 and December 18th from 1-5 pm. As the library closes at 5 they have requested that we be packed up and leaving a few minutes before this.

2017 Board: At the meeting we voted on the 2017 Executive Board committee. As all nominees ran uncontested, we can assume who may have won, however all members who missed the meeting are given 7 days to vote per our bylaws. I will post the results from the election next weekend.

2017 Dues: We will be collecting $50 dues for 2017 at the December and January meetings. This can be paid in person via cash or check made out to the guild, or via Paypal. There will be an email with the link.

2017 Retreat: The deposit for the 2017 retreat will be due in February. The remainder of the retreat payment will be due in two payments after February.
Please let JoAnne know if you change your mind on the response that you provided her with your intent to attend. This will help the committee plan for the accurate number of attendees.
Click here to see the back!

Mighty Lucky: Last year we signed up as a guild for the Lucky Spool monthly Mighty Lucky Quilting Club. The monthly challenges can be purchased a la carte for $5 each or the year membership can be purchased for $50.  Last year we were able to receive a $5 discount by signing up as a guild. If you are interested in signing up, please email Mary so that she can contact them with a number of people interested in a guild discount.

President's Blocks: For the past two years we have made quilt blocks as a thank you to our guild president. For Mary, please use this tutorial http://www.polkadotchair.com/2015/09/september-block-of-the-month-plus-quilt-block.html/. The blocks finish at 15 inches, should have a low volume or white background, and be a rainbow of colors for the pluses. Diane will collect these at the December and January meetings.

Show and Tell:
Jess shared her first quilt, which was sewn on borrowed machines.
 Bethany shared this quilt that was inspired by the border print that she purchased a small cut of in London.
 Marylee shared this quilt that she made for the new son of a waitress at a favorite restaurant. She used two shades of yellow in the center star, to represent the baby who is made up of pieces of his parents who are represented by the medium sized stars. The small stars represent "someday" siblings.
 JoAnne shared this tuffet that she made out of Kaffe Fassett fabrics.
 Nancy shared her first quilt. Five of the blocks were completed with a class, and she designed the Tigger embroidery that makes up the 6th block.
 Jane shared this Fancy Fox quilt that she whipped together at the SewBoston sewing day last month. We also helped brainstorm some quilting ideas.
 Allison shared a few of these blocks which are the Pixelated Circles quilt block from Art School Dropout.
 Our newest member, Paula, shared this quilt that I believe she said lives on her couch. She completed this project sewing with a circle of friends in Ipswich.

Letty shared this quilt which was started on retreat for her son, however it has been the site of many tea parties hosted by her second child.

December Meeting:
Our December meeting will be held in the Wiggins Library in Stratham NH. Please bring a special snack item to share in our pot-luck snack time. In the past we have enjoyed quite the spread of breakfast-y brunch-y snacks.
Also, please keep your eyes open for an email from Nancy next week regarding a Yankee Swap if you are interested in participating.