Thursday, August 27, 2015

September meeting reminder

Our September meeting will be held on Saturday, September 5, from 10 am to 12 pm, at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex, 381 Main Street, West Newbury, MA. The executive committee made the decision to leave the meeting on Labor Day weekend for this year as previously scheduled, mostly because we had already booked the meeting space. If you can't make it, we will miss you but no worries! We'll see you again this fall.

To this meeting, please bring:
--lottery blocks: Mary has set our lottery block for September as any 6.5'' (6'' finished) block in blues. She had done some lovely examples from the Tula Pink City Sampler book; I think Nancy has also done some lovely blocks so far. I need to sift through my stash for blues and make a couple!
--your quilted work for show and tell
--any quilt you plan to submit to The Gathering show that needs to be photographed. Our hero, Sue Ann, is bringing in her quilt rack set up again, and Mary has graciously volunteered to bring her camera. Here's another easy chance to get photos taken for your quilt submissions.

Laura will be teaching a six-minute circle workshop. A six-minute circle is a (relatively) quick, (relatively) easy way to produce a perfect circle quilt block using freezer paper as a stabilizer and reverse applique.
If you'd like to sew along, here is a supplies list:
sewing machine and basic sewing tools (regular needle, thread snips, etc)
thread that matches your background fabric (important!)
sharp fabric scissors
craft (paper) scissors
glue stick, if you have one handy
circle/center fabric: cut 5'' squares
background fabric: bring a couple of 8'' or 10'' squares to play around with

Laura will buy/bring freezer paper and a couple of extra glue sticks. Laura will also provide circle templates.

A quick reminder that Gathering quilt show submissions are due September 15, which is right around the corner. Submissions are easy! Here's the process in a nutshell:
1) Email Laura two photographs of your quilt: one showing the full quilt, and one showing a detail of the quilt. Also, email her a brief maker's statement telling the story behind your quilt.
2) Fill out the Google Form here  
and then your submission is complete! You'll find out by the October meeting which quilts have been invited to be in our show. Please, go through your quilt pile (I know we all have one) and choose some work you're proud of to submit to the show.

Watch your inboxes in the coming week for signups for volunteering at the Gathering show. If you're thinking about taking a class at the Gathering, now is a great time to register and get your schedule set before you start thinking about what day(s) you'd like to volunteer.

Hope to see many of you on September 5!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

August Meeting Recap

We had our first meeting at a new location -  the Newmarket Public Library. We started with business per usual.

- The raffle quilt is being quilted by Mary who will coordinate handoff to Nancy and Sue for binding and sleeve.

- The deposit was sent to the Franciscan for our April 14-17 retreat. Signups will begin later in the fall. 

- Jess presented the Treasurer's Report that included the above mentioned deposit and pizza from last month's sewing meeting.

- The executive committee to meet met on Tuesday evening to plan programming and locations for the remainder of the year. The information on that will follow.

- Lottery Blocks: Nancy was the lucky winner of the Little Vines blocks. Next month will be any style 6" finished block in blue. Mary had two examples she made from the Tula Pink "100 Modern Quilt Block Book." (sorry but I missed photographing these)

- The MQG 2016 Charity quilt progress was unveiled. Mary, Jess and Kali worked with the pieces created last month and cooked up a gorgeous (appropriately sized) quilt top!

Show and tell was a mix of quilts being submitted to the Gathering show and other projects.

Diane showed her Riley Blake Quilt Challenge "Double Aster" that will be submitted to the Gathering show.

Paula's "Fractured Nickel" is also doing double duty as Riley Blake Challenge and Gathering submission.

Bea Matheson, one of our newest members, took on the Little Vines block in appliqué sans fusible.

Suzanne Whitehead, our other new member had this lovely top created from an assemblage of panels. (Sorry we don't get to see you in this picture Suzanne. There were a lot of "floor" displays this month.)

Nancy was feeling Christmas in August with this star table topper. Note the cute batik bag at her side, also a new finish.

Marylee wowed with her Backgammon quilt top (above) as well as a delicious quilt in Indigo (below) with the softest Minkee-like backing we've seen in a while.

Robin showed her Riley Blake entry (above) as well as her Gathering submission, "Homage to Ellsworth Kelly" (below). 

Kali rocked another Simplicity 2444.

Jess continued a generational quilt started by her grandmother many years ago (above). She also debuted a lap sized top with purple circles on a low-volume background. (below)

Mary continues the tiny English Paper Piecing project.

Allison completed the epic "quilt as you go" (attempt at, *cough*) "scrap busting" picnic quilt (above) along with a Single Girl quilt top. (below)

Allison will be submitting this colorful pixel quilt inspired by an old video game, Dig Dug.

Laura pattern tested a block for Amy's Garden Stroll quilt for this beautiful pillow. She also brought some sample fabrics to show the palette she'd like for her presidential blocks - pink ranging from soft to hot, corals with some soft yellows. The blocks are inspired by this tutorial but do not need to adhere to a strict size, any size is good. These colors on a low-volume background but not nested as in the main project. The blocks we are making are stars in a traditional 9-patch formation, described in the section titled "Making the Quilt Back" towards the bottom. 

The photography crew set up the hanging and lighting to get some photographs taken for Gathering submissions. If your quilts were photographed at the meeting, they are now on the Flickr Group.

A recap of the submission process goes like this:

The submission deadline is September 15. The quilt deadline is the October meeting.

1.) Click this link to enter your basic quilt information (title, size, pattern, etc.)
2.) Email two photos (full flat view and detail) to Laura
3.) Email "your story" to Laura (no word limit). Diane has created a wonderful sample description and ideas to help you create your own. She's more than willing to help or share this if you're needing a little help.

Please remember:
This is OUR show and we have many facets of Modern quilting to share. Quilt submissions will be "reviewed" NOT "juried" by the Modern Quilt Guild. Don't be nervous about showing your work. Quilters are nice!

Something to think about ... there will be several openings on the Executive Committee for 2016. Nominations for officers will be made at the October meeting and voting on the November meeting. Please consider volunteering for these important (and fun!) jobs. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

August meeting reminder

Our August meeting is scheduled for Saturday, August 1 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Newmarket Public Library in Newmarket, NH. The library is located at 1 Elm St, Newmarket, NH. (Our Google Calendar has been updated with the correct location, and will show a link for a map with directions, if you need it.)

Please bring your show and tell to this meeting! If you participated in the Riley Blake challenge, we'd especially like to see your Riley Blake challenge piece.

Please also bring your Little Vines lottery blocks to this meeting. One lucky contributor will be walking away with enough blocks to start a Little Vines quilt! Mary's writeup of the blocks is on her blog!

The second half of our meeting will be turned over to our Gathering exhibit committee. Please bring a quilt or quilts you would like to submit to the show. Mary and Laura will help you photograph your quilt(s), Peg will help you with the details of submissions, and Diane will help you create a brief maker's statement to be printed and hung with the quilt.

If you have a laptop computer, you may want to bring it to help in writing your statement.

Please check your email for a worksheet to get your wheels turning about your statement, as well as a sample maker's statement, both created by Diane!

See you Saturday!

Monday, July 13, 2015

July Meeting Recap

Summer brought a smaller than usual crowd to the Stratham Library but everyone came ready to sew on the Modern Quilt Guild's 2016 Charity Challenge - Improv with Intent!

Business items first: (Thanks to Laura for the detailed agenda to copy/paste.)

1) August meeting at new location! We will be at the Newmarket Public Library, 1 Elm St., in Newmarket NH. Thanks to Jess for securing this location for us. We’ll be meeting August 1, from 10 am to 12 pm (our usual time) for a regular meeting plus show and tell (I hope there is a lot of it!) and then our Exhibit Committee will be walking us through our show submissions process. We’ll include a photography session, so bring quilts that you’re thinking about submitting to the show and let Mary help you take great photos of them.

2) MQG news: Riley Blake challenge quilts are due at the end of July. Please post your project photos online (path is:  click Community  Login  Forums  MQG Fabric Challenges (will need to scroll down a bit)  Upload photos for the 2015 Riley Blake Fabric Challenge Here! (only, don’t actually post your photos here, sigh, follow Andreas’ instructions for how to post your picture). We’re not holding voting/prizes for this round in our own guild, but please bring your projects to show off at the August meeting!

Two separate individual member challenges for QuiltCon West: the Triangle challenge, the Michael Miller challenge. Signups for the “free stuff” part have already passed, BUT it is my understanding that the free stuff was so limited that many people will be left purchasing their own rulers or fabrics. If you’d like to participate and enter a project in this special quilt category at QuiltCon, see:

3) Gathering update: show submissions still due September 15! Bring your quilts to the August meeting to get them submitted! Mary will have the quilted raffle quilt ready for binding handoff at that meeting. If you've requested a tee shirt, make sure Mary has your size or you may use a guild apron with the logo.

4) Retreat 2016 update: Jess will send off the deposit check to hold our spot at the Franciscan next April, weekend of the 15th.

5.) The Little Vines lottery block has been extended until the August meeting. Still time to make one if you haven't already.

Then, with machines readied, palette picked and improv direction from Kali, we began to make improv blocks to create our New England winter scene.

First some snow.

Then some sky, sun and the beginning of a barn-like structure.

More was added.

Hands were busy.

Then Sue Ann's design wall could no longer bear the weight of the blocks.

On to the floor for more placement decisions.


Assessment and adjustment, finesse and fine tuning.

And then it was nearly a quilt top!

Some informal sewing time will be needed to complete the top. It is in the hands of Jess and Mary, with plans to include Kali, our charity challenge conductor. There will be more work for assembly and we'd like to include this in the Gathering exhibit, so be sure to volunteer for some binding or sleeve when necessary.

Friday, July 3, 2015

July meeting reminder

This is a reminder that our July meeting will take place on Saturday, July 11 (NOT this coming Saturday, because of the July 4 holiday) at the Stratham Public Library in Stratham, NH.

This meeting will be a teamwork, improvisational sew-in for our QuiltCon Charity Challenge quilt. Please bring two fat quarters in the color scheme of the photo in Peg's recap post, below. We are planning to improvise a wintery scene, so lean on low-volume white prints and the light blue out of the colors above.

We are able to stay at the Stratham Library until 3 pm and sew. If you are able to stay late and work on our group quilt, SMQG would love to buy you a pizza lunch from Domino's! Please email Laura and let her know if you would like to stay late to sew and enjoy lunch together.

Paula will be organizing our usual meeting snacks for the morning, as well. There will be bottled water provided, but if you would like a particular juice or soda to go with your pizza, please plan on bringing it along.

Little Vines block lottery blocks are also due at the July meeting. Mary posted a tutorial here (with a h/t to and permission from Elizabeth Hartman!)

Hope to see you all there!!

Monday, June 8, 2015

June Meeting Recap

We welcomed a number of new guests last Saturday and we're excited to have you join us.

Laura started our meeting with a rundown of some national MQG news. 

MQG is presenting a Panel on Quilt Show Judging & Jurying —next Thursday June 11 at 9 pm. Registration is required, click here to sign up.

QuiltCon West (2016 Pasadena) registration is coming on June 25. The course catalog is already posted. MQG will probably email a link like they did last time. If you're wanting to attend a popular course, be ready precisely when registration opens.

Retreat 2016 Planning starts now! The Franciscan has offered the weekend of 4/15 to share with the New Hampshire Modern Quilt Guild or the last weekend of April using only the dining room space. Laura is unable to attend next year and is looking for a retreat coordinator. Is this you??

The Gathering Exhibit Update included more explanation from Diane regarding the email she sent last week.

  • Our show is not "juried". The national MQG is giving their opinions on what they consider "modern" but this is not the final word. We will be looking at featuring many aspects of modern quilting and know that everything exists in a spectrum. We all have a handful of quilts that fit on that scale and we'd like to see them.
  • Kate Sussman, the promoter of The Gathering, is excited to cross-educate the modern and traditional quilters and thinks one of the best ways is to "Tell Your Story". She believes that stories will resonate beyond labels. No word limit!
  • New submission deadline is Sept. 15.
  • Judy has offered a pet-free, child-free spare bedroom to store quilts. Drop off final quilts will be at the October meeting. Requests for exceptions to this are to go to Mary - The Queen of Exceptions
Our August meeting will feature three submission stations - Laura and Mary will have a photography setup; Diane will help with "stories" and Peg will have a computer to complete the submission process.

Mary will be ordering t-shirts and aprons with our new SMQG logo on them to wear at the exhibit. You can choose either. There will be about 6 aprons to share if that is your preference. If you prefer the t-shirt and haven't already done so, contact Mary with your t-shirt size. They will be American Apparel shirts (similar to Patchwork Threads) and sizing information is here (note says it runs small). The guild funds will be paying this expense.

Kali, our charity chair, spoke about the MQG Charity Quilt Challenge 2016 - Improv with Intent. (see color palette below) Of the many ways to interpret this, the ideas tossed out were:
  • Send some New England Winter to Pasadena, creating a wintry improv background with a red barn and cardinal
  • Floating Squares, a la Sherri Lynn Wood
  • Improv Stripes
The winning vote went to the winter scene. Kali will draw up a sketch to start us off. We'll be sewing collaboratively next month at the Stratham Library. We have the space until 3pm if folks want to stay and sew later. (Note: Meeting date is July 11, rescheduled for holiday)

Everyone should bring 1-2 fat quarters in this color scheme (monochromatics, please, don't introduce other colors). Click the link above to see the solid color names for different manufacturers). We'll need a bulk of the neutrals and icy blue with only a small number of red, yellow and black.

And then there was "Show and Tell". Alison showed this colorful, quilt as you go, trying desperately to bust my scrap bin beauty. 

Sue Ann showed her take on Tumbling Blocks entitled, "Blocks In Space". (sci-fi voice encouraged)

Barb showed off some Greek Cross lottery blocks.

Jane had a gorgeous Churn Dash quilt made from Carolyn Friedlander's Botanica collection.

Kali modeled this stunner in teal linen - Simplicity 2444. So flattering!

She also completed her Majestic Mountain quilt top in black and white prints paired with bright solids.

Paula had her Marsala challenge apron. 

Colleen needed some instant gratification and whipped up this quick baby blanket top.

Judy is nearly finished with a challenge piece using Anna Maria Horner fabric. Despite the troubles that the cone flowers gave her, it looks fantastic.

Nancy made a scrappy Rainbow Spool quilt top. Looks like her gorgeous garden pictures. So colorful!

Joanne brought in a Fifty Shades of Grey block. They certainly have added up. I'm excited to start sewing them together.

Mary was hand quilting her Lizzy House star quilt. Adding some gorgeous detail.

Caitlin, a new transplant from North Carolina and former Spoonflower employee, showed her Hexie quilt with yummy Liberty center.

The two months of Greek Cross Lottery blocks went to Mary Lee (thanks Nancy!).

Next month's block lottery will be "Little Vines" by Oh Fransson! Templates were handed out. The background should be white/reads as white; vines should be black/dark grey and leaves should be scrappy. (Oh Fransson!'s website is being reconstructed. If you missed the template, contact Mary.)

The vine blocks looked quite daunting until Stephanie shared here bias tape applique magic tricks! Some Clover bias tape maker tools, a glue stick and you're ready to go! She emailed a list of tutorials, and materials to the guild group email. If you missed it, let us know and we'll resend.