Saturday, January 14, 2023

January Meeting Recap

The chapter's January meeting was held at the Durham Public Library. Our President gave a tour of the Moden Quilt Guild website and all of the information and knowledge available to members. Tutorials, videos, patterns, inspiration, how-to’s, and more. A truly valuable resource.
Yearly membership fees are now due! $50/year, which includes membership in the national organization. Please send payment to our treasurer. Subscriptions not renewed will be deleted from the membership list in March.
Presentation: The Program Co-Chair showed us how to deconstruct and explode a traditional block to create a modern block. This new block could then be used as inspiration for a modern quilt. Attendees then broke out to work on their own mini-design boards to explode a traditional block of their choosing. Attendees were encouraged to complete their blocks at home and bring them to the February meeting.
Show & Tell:
Diane with her original art piece, inspired by wind.
Donna displaying “Beautifully Done”
Theresa’s Christmas stockings
Marylee with a couple of past chapter challenges
Guest Sally displaying her quilted handbag. (And Sally joined our chapter!!!)
Durham Public Library will have a display of our chapter’s quilts from Mid-January to the end of February. Please come view our art! Our next meeting will be the first Saturday of February, February 4th, 10:00 a.m. at the Portsmouth Public Library. 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth NH. Please come join us. All are welcome!

Sunday, January 1, 2023

January Meeting

Our next meeting is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 7 at the Durham Public Library, 49 Madbury Road, Durham, NH 03824. We will be deconstructing traditional quilt blocks, as inspired by Sylvia Schaeffer's work. Join Us!

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

SMQG November 5th meeting will be held at the Wiggin Memorial Library in Stratham, NH from 10am-12pm

SMQG October 2022 meeting minutes

                                                         Seacoast Modern Quit Guild

October 1, 2022

Meeting Minutes

The meeting began at 10:00 a.m. at the Brentwood Library.


Mary O., Brenda S., Wendy W., JoAnne D., Barb B., Donna C., Patty C., Theresa H., Paula K.,  Joyce H. (new member), Nancy P., Lou S., Marylee W.

Patty opened the meeting with a request for a nomination committee. Barb B. volunteered to collect the nominations. The following positions are open for the 2023 year, President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Social Media.  Secretary, Carol B. and Programs, Diane S. remain in their positions.

Patty reminded members that the November meeting will take place at the Stratham Library, and December’s meeting will take place at the Kingston Library. 

Committee updates were discussed as follows:

Treasurer’s Report:

Patty referred to the treasurers report. Barb M. was not able to attend the October meeting therefore, the report will be emailed to the members after the meeting.


Marylee discussed the October challenge which continues with color theory from September and distributed a package for Monologuing.

Marylee discussed the program for December which will be a Yankee Swap. After the discussion it was determined that any member who would like to participate, to either make something fabric/quilt related or purchase a quilt related item that can be $15 to $20.00.  It will be up to each member what they would like to gift at the swap.

Future programs were briefly discussed and Patty reminded members that the survey results were emailed in February of 2022 and resent last week. A copy of the survey results was passed around.  Marylee requested any new members let programs know what they are interested in seeing for 2023.


Patty announced that she will chair the April 27th – 30th retreat. JoAnne Davidson agreed to co-chair.

Raffle Quilt:

The raffle quilt was discussed. Patty requested that anyone who haven’t received their tickets to sell, please notify her and they will be mailed out to them.  Members were asked at the September meeting to sell at least 10 tickets.

Information sharing took place where Mary O spoke about Quilting Arts Magazine which is a great publication and it’s free for 30 days.  Marylee informed us that her local library has a subscription and suggested members check with their local libraries and review it.

Mary O. informed the membership that the Modern Quilt Guild website has virtual classes in October and they can register now for $95.00.  The virtual classes have multiple teachers for example Jo Avery and Karen Lewis.

 Paula K. announced she was collecting signature blocks for the Anniversary Quilt.  She will deliver them to Diane who is working on the layout.

Quilt Con 2023 came up in discussion.  Patty attempted to register the Anniversary Quilt as a community submission because the deadline is October 31st but needed the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild’s password.  It was suggested that the guild secretary could register our submission.

The business meeting closed and under the direction of Brenda S., the members began creating strip quilts for Project Linus.  The sewing session ended with an estimate of 30 completed blocks.

SMQG September 2022 meeting minutes


Seacoast Modern Quit Guild

September 10, 2022

Meeting Minutes


 The meeting began at 10:15 a.m.


Barb B., Donna C., Patty C., Theresa H., Paula K., Barb M., Susan M. (new member), Nancy P., Diane S., Lou S., Sasha S., Marylee W. 

Committee updates were discussed as follows:

Patty C. updated the members on the Board meeting regarding  membership dues.  The board voted to reinstate the $50.00 fee for 2023.

The  raffle quilt ticket sales was discussed.  In order to raise additional funds for the raffle quilt, members were informed that the board voted to have members sell a minimum of 10 tickets each. Tickets were distributed by Barb B.

Patty C. continued to discuss open board positions.  The open positions are open for 2023 – President, Vice President, and potentially the Treasurer’s position.

Barb M. noted the Treasurer’s Report had no major expenses and will report the balance via email.

Patty C. volunteered to chair the Retreat that is scheduled for April 27th to April 30, 2023. 

Workshops & Future Activities were discussed to take place in 2023 to include Fabric Dying, Noodlehead Totes. It was recommended that fabric dying could take place at the retreat or to have it take place instead of a regular meeting.  Due to the fact that not all members attend the retreat the majority of the members wanted the workshop to take place at a regularly scheduled Saturday and not conduct the meeting.  Patty C. asked that Diane and Marylee work on organizing the workshop in January.

Patty C. continued to update the members on the future meeting locations and monthly activities for the balance of 2022.

October’s meeting will take place at the Marty E. Bartlet Library, 22 Dalton Rd, Brentwood, NH.  The monthly activity will a sew in for Charity Quilts. Meeting space is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

November’s meeting will take place at the Wiggin Memorial Library, 10 Bunker Hill Ave, Stratham, NH.  The monthly activity is pending.  The meeting space is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. till noon.

December’s meeting will take place at the Kingston Community Library, 2 Library Ln, Kingston, NH.  The monthly activity is the guild’s holiday party.  The meeting will include a holiday swap and a game of Left, Right, Center.  Patty C. requested that Diane and Marylee come up with ideas for the holiday swap.  The meeting space is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Patty continued on to address the guild’s participation in Quilt Con 2023.  Since the guidelines were issued by the Modern Quilt Guild in June of 2022, and the summer meetings were cancelled, the members felt that the deadlines for submission were not realistic.  It was suggested that a small group of members may want to gather to see if they could pull it together and commitment to the Modern Quilt Guild between September 1st to October 31st, 2022.  Diane S. suggested that we submit our 10 year anniversary quilt and all agreed it was a great idea.

 The Anniversary quilt blocks were collected and Diane S. will work on the layout.

 The members were updated on the request for two memory quilts by a Brian Gleason of Dover NH.  Brian attended our June Board Meeting to explain the request for his nephews who lost their mother unexpectedly. Brian was to get back to Patty C. with limited amount of his sister in-law’s clothing.  As of September 9th, he has not responded to Patty’s email request to coordinate the drop off. Patty stated that creating the quilts for December would now not be realistic.  She will update members when she hears back from Brian.

The meeting continued with the charity fabric that was donated to our guild. There were six full bins to distribute to the guild members.  Patty requested that if you take any fabric that you donate a completed quilt of any size to the Charity Committee. The donated quilt could be with any fabric.  There was a large amount of fabric that was left over. It will be brought to the October meeting for the Charity Sew In.  Donna C. and Theresa H took the remainder of the boxes to bring to the October meeting.

SMQG July and August meetings canceled - have a wonderful summer!

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

SMQG June 4, 2022 meeting minutes - updated



MONTHLY MEETING (via Zoom and in person)

Mary E. Bartlett Library  Brentwood, NH

JUNE 4, 2022


Barb B, Colleen H, Mary O, Kate Q, Gail C, Brenda S, Barbara M, Nancy P, Diane S, Paula K, Marylee W, Carol B, Barbara F (guest)

Committee Reports                                                                                     

May minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s report was given. 


Program coordinator is needed.  Please contact Patty C if you’re interested.

Social Media - We’re looking for someone to manage our Facebook and Instagram pages.   Please contact Patty if you’d like to volunteer.

10th Anniversary quilt

No more 12 ½” blocks are needed, star blocks will fill any gaps in. Signature blocks can be embroidered or written. Time for completion: blocks done by September and, have the quilt completed by December.


Patty has booked us at the Franciscans April 27-30, 2023.  Between now and then we’ll

pull together the swag that has been collected.


Carol to contact Sasha for information on the current inventory.


Diane recommended we pick one charity per year and send all quilts to the same.  

Project LINUS (national) accepts donations of quilts and blankets (knit/crochet) which go to children in need. 

We haven’t made many donations recently.  Need to keep a variety of sizes on hand for donation opportunities outside of our annual commitment.

New business

Potential upcoming events for us to participate and sell raffle tickets:

Kingston Days (on the Plains) – usually the 1st week of August

Topsfield Fair

Strawberry Banke – July   Brenda will get more information and share

Newcastle – Brenda will get more information and share


 Memory quilt

Suggestions were taken on making a Healing Hearts quilt for a member’s family member who is recovering from an illness.  It would be 12 ½” heart blocks. We have Kaffe white that can be used as background but any “reads as white” fabric can be used.

Monthly activities

In this meeting Diane encouraged us to play with digital imagery after she took a class with Susie Monday.  It was fun and provided an opportunity to be creative with color, movement and texture.  She presented examples of what she uses to create her own designs. Diane is collecting photos of us playing with our salad veggies using the apps we used during the class. The possibilities are endless! Please submit them to her by June 15.  For those who could not join please refer to the information that was most recently attached to a June 5 email from Colleen.

July – we have the Stratham Library from 9-12.  Left, Right Center and Bring your favorite: Pattern were moved to July.  Don’t forget to bring 3 FQ’s and a pattern,

August – Kingston Library closes at 1PM. 9:30-12:30. Arrive early to set up


Updates on suggestions are:

1.    Ellen Miller - couture embellishments – she is local and charges $30. Interest in this class may be low. 

2.    Discussion on fabric dying Dianne previously taught. This can be messy and we would need access to water. MaryLee takes art classes at the Methodist Church in Portsmouth. She is looking into possibly renting the church for a day long workshop in September meeting.  The cost is around $200. 

3.    Noodle head bag class (large & small) possibly in November – Barbara M would be our instructor.  We would have some pre-work ahead of the class and we would finish it up in our meeting.  We would need to decide on straps (leather, etc), rivets, recessed zipper and pockets.  Specific/details will be shared to the group.

4.    Giucy Giuce – Brenda received pricing and class information.

1.    6-8 hour class - $1,000

2.    Half day - $750

3.    Lecture/trunkshow - $550

4.    Travel fee - $250

5.    Per diem - $55/day

Classes include (not limited to):

1.    Tiny piecing

2.    Modern foundation piecing

3.    Mystery medallion quilt

4.    EPP moonstone quilt

5.    Vintage quilt pattern

6.    Photography branding

      If we move forward with a day activity we may include the Maine guild.

Old Business

We were approached by someone asking whether the guild could make memory quilts for 2 young boys who lost their mother. The girl’s uncle agreed to be responsible for backing, batting and any expenses related to the request.  As a non-profit the guild cannot incur costs or benefit from these activities.  

**This would be on a volunteer basis, not sponsored by and unaffiliated with the guild**

Future Meeting Dates and Locations:

Regular monthly meetings will be held on the first Saturday of each month at 10am-12pm (adjusted for holiday weekends). Initially, 2022 meetings will be held remotely via Zoom.  Any changes for 2022 dates and/or location will be announced in advance.

The dates and location will be added/adjusted to our website prior to every meeting.


Be sure to mark your calendars:

July 9 – Stratham Library

August 6 – Kingston Library

September 10 – Pending

October 1 – Brentwood Library

November 5 – Stratham Library

December 3 – Kingston Library

Board of Directors monthly meeting will be announced in advance.  All members will receive a Zoom invite.