Sunday, October 14, 2018

October Meeting recap

SMQG Meeting Summary
October 13, 2018

Our October meeting was held on Saturday, October 13 from 9:30 am to 12pm at the 1910 Building in West Newbury, MA. 21 members and 1 guest were in attendance.

Judy opened a short business meeting asking for nominations for guild board members for 2019. The following nominations were made, seconded, and accepted:
President – Mary O.
Vice President – Paula
Treasurer – Bethany
Nominations remain open for the position of secretary and by unanimous vote of those present will be conducted via group email. Anyone wishing to volunteer or to nominate another should email Judy. It was discussed that earlier this year the current board had mentioned that the position could be divided into that of secretary and media/tech chair. Keep this option in mind for volunteering or nominating.

Voting for 2019 board members will take place at our November 3rd meeting to be held at the Newburyport library from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will also be new policies regarding budget, reimbursements, and refunds to be discussed and voted on.
After the annual business meeting there will be a sew-in to make pillow cases. Mary and Barb are leading this effort and you will be hearing more from them.

On November 10 the SMQG will host our regional MQG representative, Michelle Wilkie from 10:00 am to noon at the Newburyport library. Michelle will be giving a talk/trunk show on modern quilt design and will discuss her role as regional representative. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn more about the MQG, to ask questions, and to offer thoughts and ideas to a MQG board member. This lecture and Meet and Greet will be open to guests.

Paula spoke about the Strawberry Banke exhibit that was held on October 6, thanking those who helped and who offered quilts to be shown. The house quilt that was made by some of our members was presented to Strawberry Banke with delight. Paula also mentioned that the staff at Strawberry Banke have said we “have a home” there so plan on future opportunities to exhibit your quilts!

JoAnne said she will have Pricing for next year's retreat by our November meeting.

Barb gave the treasurer's report.

Suzanne showed the Quilt Con charity quilt that she finished quilting.much to the delight of everyone. She did a wonderful job! Andrea has volunteered to bind the quilt and Kate Quackenbush volunteered to make an embroidered label. Thanks to all three for your generosity.

Judy then introduced Sheri Cifaldi- Morrill of Whole Circle Studio who beguiled us with a wonderful talk and trunk show on her quilting process and inspiration. Judging from the gasps and comments it is safe to say everyone enjoyed Sheri's presentation. So much eye candy!


Dragonfly Dance

Ladybug Loop

Butterfly Bunch

Double Wedding Knot

Up and Away

Sew Speedy

Leaf Peepers

Sun Salutations

Big Island Blossoms


Big Love

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

October 13 meeting: Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

On October 13, 2018 at 10 am, at the UPDATE: 1st floor hearing room of the 1910 building, enter white door and follow signs! West Newbury Annex (381 Main Street, West Newbury, MA) Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio will be joining the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild for a talk and trunk show. Sheri's designs are colorful and memorable, and are often bold geometric designs sewn in bold solid colors.

This event is free to all paid members of the Seacoast MQG. Guests are invited to join us and see Sheri's beautiful work; we ask that guests pay $5 cash at the door. 

Paid members of the Seacoast MQG should plan to arrive at 9:30 for a business meeting including officer nominations. Any guests who plan to join us should arrive at 10 am.

All photos in this post are courtesy Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill. Check out her current work on Instagram at @wholecirclestudio and let her know that we're looking forward to meeting her!
"Big Love"
"Sun Salutation"


Saturday, September 8, 2018

September meeting recap

Suzanne arrived just in time to show the Strawbery Banke group's quilt. This quilt will be hung at the show and will be donated to Strawbery Banke at the end of the show. Many thanks to those who worked on this piece.
Our September meeting was held on Saturday, Sept 8 from 10am to 12pm at the Kingston Community Library in Kingston NH. 21 members and 1 guest were in attendance.

Barb opened the meeting with the Treasurer's report.

Colleen distributed the Michael Miller challenge fabric to those who signed up previously through the MQG. If you signed up and were not at the meeting, please make arrangements with her to get your fabrics.

Colleen discussed our end of year pillowcase goal. She noted that to make 140 pillowcases, 20 people would have to make 7 each. Christmas is the time goal. Mary is organizing a sew-in for this purpose in early November, likely at the Newburyport Library, and dates will be announced when they are available. There are several different tutorials you could use; use the one that appeals most to you. The one we have used in the past is the "burrito method" and Craftsy has a post about it HERE.

The Work in Progress project will be due at the November meeting. If you finish the work you showed in July, you will be entered in a random drawing for a prize.

Diane spoke about the Strawbery Banke show, which is on October 6. She encouraged everyone to attend and noted the variety of activities that will be available at the event. She collected quilts today for the show; if you did not hand your quilt to Diane today, please see her email dated 9/7 for details about a Sept 17th drop off. If you would like to sign up for a white glove shift and have not yet, there are spaces available; please contact Diane to sign up. As always, please contact Paula and Diane directly with any questions regarding the Strawbery Banke show.

At the end of the meeting, JoAnne spoke a bit about the 2019 retreat which she is coordinating. The dates are May 2-5 2019, at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk ME. When she receives further details from the Franciscan, she will announce more details.

Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studios and Michelle Wilkie of Idea Design Create will be joining us this fall. Sheri will be giving a talk and trunk show at the October 13 meeting, at the West Newbury Annex, 10a-12p. The talk will be no cost to members and guests are welcomed for a fee of $5. Michelle will be giving a talk about modern quilt design on November 10, 2018 at the Newburyport Public Library 10am-12:30pm. Michelle is our MQG Regional Rep and this is a great opportunity to chat with her and say hi. 

Our October meeting will be held on October 13 (so as not to conflict with the Strawbery Banke show) and, for members only, will begin at 9:30am. It will be held at the West Newbury Annex. The purpose of the 9:30 am members-only meeting is to nominate officers for the November election. All four officer roles are in need of someone to volunteer: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary.

Show and Tell:
Barb made a baby quilt for her son's friend using a free pattern on the Bernina website.
Patty shows off a quilt she made for herself!
Andrea finished up a long-term WIP that she quilted herself.
JoAnne shows her finished Block of the Month quilt.
JoAnne showed her Kaffe tuffet, which she made in a small group.
Mary's favorite tool is her Quilter's Planner. She notes that it is very useful for keeping fabric choices and notes organized.
JoAnne's tool helps her trim accurate seam allowances on HST's and is handy for chain piecing.

Barbara went to Michigan State and made this improv quilt in Michigan State colors.
Nancy showed the ingredients in her hand piecing kit that she carries everywhere. Thread Heaven, a leather thimble, and Wonder Clips are key ingredients. 
Colleen likes these ruler to measure accurate 1/4'' seams while paper piecing. 
Letty upcycled an old retractable badge lanyard into a tool that keeps her thread trimmers near at all times. 
Sasha's quilt used up a rainbow of scraps. She used the Geese Migration quilt pattern (it's free!)
Kelly loves her Skyhawk rotating rotary cutter mat (as suggested by Jen Carlton-Bailly!)
Mary Lee loves EZ Knit Tape so that she doesn't have to stitch batting scraps together. It's a fusible product that will help you use up batting scraps. Next to her, Sue Ann laughs about her own favorite quilting tool: her credit card!
Sue plans to show this mini in the Strawbery Banke show. 
Sue used the mini Twister ruler to make this fall mini. 
Sue's tuffet has been carefully wrapped and stored, though she had many admirers at the meeting...
Sue's Block of the Month quilt was quilted the same way as Nancy's but looks quite different.
Lou found a Dritz needle threader that helps her thread her machine.
Kali uses an Ikea catalog (or, really, a thick glass panel) to weight down freshly-pressed quilt blocks to keep them flat.
Diane continues to work with her Shibori dyed fabric and embroidery experimentation.
Diane shows the first piece in a series, which started as an offshoot of her piece for the Lowell Quilt Museum. 
Kate shows a stack and slash QAYG quilt.
Kate used offcuts of a baby quilt she made to make a "deconstructed" block quilt.  One of the bright green fabrics was an orphan left over from Anna Maria's fabric choice workshop.
Kate continues to experiment with deconstructing quilt blocks.

Skinny Mini contest and winners:

Some of the skinny mini's!
Letty's skinny mini
Sue's skinny mini (and the first place winner!)
Bethany's skinny mini won the third place prize.
The three winners: Sue took 1st, Nancy 2nd, Bethany 3rd

Thursday, August 30, 2018

September meeting reminder

Our September meeting will be held on Saturday, September 8, from 10 am to 12 pm at the Kingston Public Library in Kingston, NH.

Paula and Diane have requested that you bring any quilts that you have for the Strawbery Banke show. You should already have communicated with them regarding which quilts and sizes. You will not see the quilts again until the show, so make sure that the large quilts have hanging sleeves attached. Please see Jaquie Gering's tutorial re: hanging sleeves for instructions.

Paula and Diane's Skinny Mini challenge quilts are also due at this meeting. Only retreat participants are eligible and will already have received fabric and instructions.

Please contact Paula and Diane directly with any questions regarding the Strawbery Banke show or the Skinny Mini challenge.

Bring to the meeting:
--Show and Tell
--Skinny Mini, if applicable
--Strawbery Banke show quilts, if applicable
--Your favorite quilting tools or gadgets for Gadget Show and Tell! Our programming this month is run by YOU--please bring any tool or gadget that makes your quilting life easier or more fun. Bought it at a hardware store instead of a quilting store? No problem--we love to see those ideas too!

Wishing everyone a safe and fun Labor Day weekend and hoping to see lots of folks in September!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

August meeting recap

Our August meeting was held Saturday, August 4 from 10 am to 3 pm at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex. 20 members plus one guest were in attendance. 

Judy opened the meeting by announcing that JoAnne has agreed to take on the role of retreat coordinator for one final year. If you would like to work with JoAnne on the 2019 retreat, please contact her.

Barb gave the Treasurer's Report and noted our guild's excellent financial health.

Paula and Diane passed around a sign up sheet for those who would like to exhibit a quilt at Strawbery Banke. If you were not at the meeting today and would like to show a quilt, please contact them directly with the size of the quilt in inches. Diane will be collecting show quilts at the September meeting and at one other date in September. The skinny mini challenge that Paula and Diane have organized is also due at the September meeting. It is open only to retreat attendees, who have already received information about it. For any questions regarding the Strawbery Banke show please contact Paula and Diane directly.

Looking ahead:
Sept meeting (9/8): show quilts due, Skinny Mini challenge quilts due
Oct 6: Strawbery Banke show
Oct meeting (10/13): Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio trunk show (follow her on Instagram at @wholecirclestudio and let her know we're excited to meet her!), board/officer nominations, meeting will be at the WN Annex and will begin at 9:30 for nominations
Nov meeting (11/3): voting on board nominations, WIP challenge will be due
Nov 10: Michelle Wilkie, MQG regional rep, talk and meet & greet
Dec 1: end of year party and swap at WN Annex

Mary Lee asked about the pillowcases that Paula had decided to have our group sew this year. If you have chosen to sew pillowcases, please sew them on your own time and plan on bringing them to a future meeting. Kelly will take them up.

Jane is working on our 2019 workshop. She is contacting potential teachers and there are some promising leads.

Bethany won the Sparrow Lottery blocks--congratulations Bethany! She may receive a couple more at the September meeting :)

Show and Tell:
Robin finished this single Irish Chain quilt. She had Carrie Zizza quilt it with an orange peel design.

Kali needed a quick fun sew in between bigger projects, so finished up this magic number black and white quilt. It will have teal binding to match the thread.

Bethany plans to practice her free motion quilting on this Charming Chevrons quilt (pattern by Krista Watson).

Bethany finished this 2016 Splendid Sampler quilt and mixed in several other different blocks.

Lou made this quilt for a cat lover!

Diane's quilt is her piece for the SAQA show for which she was specially selected to produce new work. She designed all the fabrics for this quilt and will let us know when we can see it hanging at the Lowell Quilt Museum.

Paula and Diane did some dyeing together and are thinking of making the results into pillows.

Paula and Colleen are admiring the Strawbery Banke committee's quilt. They made houses based on some historic houses on the Strawbery Banke property.

QuiltCon Charity Quilt Sew-In:

Thanks to the QuiltCon Charity Quilt Committee, Suzanne, Kelly, and Judy, for designing our quilt and setting up our sew-in. Kelly cut all the fabric and prepped all the kits, and taught us how to do tiny piecing. We found that very careful ironing was best for keeping all those seams open and flat. All of Kelly's prep made for a very successful sewing session!

Each group of 3-5 quilters had slightly different colors chosen from a set palette of 6 solids for their tiny pieced panels. We were surprised by how different the panels looked in the end, depending on which colors were included or excluded!

Hope to see everyone on September 8, meeting location TBA. Stay cool!