Thursday, September 24, 2015

October meeting reminder

Our October meeting will be held on Saturday, October 3 from 10 am to 12 pm at the West Newbury Old Town Hall--different from the West Newbury Annex where we met in September. The address is 491 Main Street, West Newbury, MA 01985; it is the historical white building where we held the Sherri Lynn Wood workshop. Parking is in the rear of the building.

Leave yourself time to pack for this meeting! Please plan to bring:

--quilts that are accepted into the A Quilter's Gathering Show, with 4'' hanging sleeves attached. The tutorial for the hanging sleeve is HERE. This is the last time you will see your quilt until it is hanging in the show, so make sure it is show-ready! Acceptance emails have not yet been sent. If you submitted a quilt, please check your email on Saturday 9/26 to find out if it was accepted for the show. 

--your lottery blocks: Mary chose a fun and seasonal block, spooky eyeballs! Find the tutorial HERE.

--any quilted work you would like to share for show and tell

--your nominations for officer roles! Many of our current officers are in need of a sabbatical, so there are many roles to be filled. Please consider nominating yourself for one of these positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary. If you'd like the inside scoop on any of these jobs, Laura, Judy, Jess, or Peg would be happy to let you know what the job entails.

--your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies (scissors, thread snips, neutral piecing thread, whatever foot you like for piecing) for a fun charity sew-in! We'll be putting together some wheelchair comfort quilts using the Jelly Roll Race. I'm promised that the quilt tops will take less than an see what you're in for, you can watch THIS YouTube video. We will need volunteers to quilt and bind the finished quilt tops. The guild has purchased jelly rolls, so there is no need to bring fabric!

--any fabric you are ready to get rid of (but not make money off of) for the free fabric table!

Whew! That's a lot planned. I won't actually be at the meeting--I will be on vacation with my family. Have a ton of fun jelly roll racing!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

September meeting recap

Our September meeting was held last Saturday at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex. (Not to be confused with the Old Town Hall down the street where we will meet next month.)

The Gathering Exhibit Update

Business started with a reminder that Gathering Exhibit electronic submissions are due NEXT WEEK - Tuesday 9/15 Midnight EDT. The electronic submission consists of emailing a overall and detail photo to Laura as well as a makers statement then filling out the Google Form

We're looking for quilts that fall in the modern spectrum, to illustrate elements of Modern. Don't omit an entry because you're not sure if it's "modern enough"! Please consider submitting more than 2. The original guideline has softened so that we can be well represented. 

The Exhibit Committee met with Kate of A Quilter's Gathering at the Radisson in Manchester on Sunday to go over details. Kate has offered a free multi-day pass to anyone who a.) enters a quilt AND b.) volunteers for a time slot. The guild will pick up one day of the discounted parking fee of $5. That's $17 dollars that can be better used to buy fabric at the Merchant Mall, just sayin'.

You will be notified if your quilt was chosen for entry by the end of September. (Just enough time to speed stitch that label and 4" sleeve. Sleeve Tutorial here.) 

The exhibit quilt handoff will be at the October meeting. If you can't make it, please contact Mary for alternate arrangements.

October Meeting Notes

Our October meeting will be a charity sew-in with a four team jelly roll race to make wheelchair comfort quilts. Bring your sewing machine, bobbins loaded and the usual notion assortment. 

We will also have a fabric swap table. It's a fabric free-cycle. Bring something that you don't want anymore and find another treasure to pick up. No money changes hands.

The October lottery block is the Eyeballs block by Happy Sew Lucky. The color scheme is black and white with some color in the eyes if you wish.

Also at the next meeting, Mary will be taking names of those who want to participate in the December Secret Handmade Swap. This will consist of making a Lined Drawstring Bag by Jeni Baker and fill it with approximately $15 of  fat quarters, thread, notions, zippers, whatever.  Simple, easy, and fun.

Show and Tell

Mary showed her low-volume with a slash of color quilt.

New member Susan Gold brought a table runner made from scraps of Asian fabrics.

Another new member, Kate Kim was inspired by blue polka dots for this beauty.

Judy finished a mini quilt from her improv work at the Sherri Lynn Wood workshop.

New-ish member, Bea Matheson had a quilt top of staggered houses.

Diane did some pattern testing for a wedge ruler.

The back was equally fun and geometric!

Sue Ann showed a mystery quilt that was difficult to make but ended up stunning.

And her retreat finish, like buttah!

Laura was working with the 6 minute reverse applique circles that she would be teaching the class shortly.

She also showed her house quilt, marking the journey to home ownership with some notable literary houses represented too. 

The September lottery blocks go to Barbara in absentia. 

The 6 minute Reverse Applique Circle demonstrated by Laura

Start with two pieces of freezer paper, iron shiny side to matte to make a double thickness sheet.

Trace a circle on the paper and cut out the circle

Iron the shiny side to the wrong side of the fabric.

Cut out the center, leaving 1/4" from template. Snip "eyelashes" about 1/4" apart from edge of fabric to edge of template. 

 Iron eyelashes to the back of the freezer paper.

Apply glue stick or starch to eyelashes and place the inner circle fabric. Set the glue/starch with a hot dry iron (this will keep your needle from gumming up).

Stitch around the circle in a thread that matches the background fabric. Voila!

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.