Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring Events and Reminders

While our April meeting was snowed out, there are a number of upcoming events to make sure you have on your calendars!

May Meeting with Guest Speaker Timna Tarr - May 6, 10AM
     Please join us to hear quilter Timna Tarr speak about quilting, and her use of color and composition. If you haven't yet peeked through her gallery to see a sample of her quilts I encourage you to do so, we are in for a treat! We will be meeting at the West Newbury Town Annex located at 381 Main Street, West Newbury, MA 01985.  There will be a fee for this meeting of $5 for members and $10 for non-members.  
There will be no show and tell at the May meeting. Please bring any show and tell to the June meeting.
Photo from timnatarr.com
Traveling Trunk Show at the East Kingston Library May 8-31
Workshop on "notan" Sunday May 21, 1-3pm
     The East Kingston Library will be hosting a traveling trunk show of 7in x 9in mini quilts from May 8-31st. On Sunday May 21 from 1-3pm, Diane will be presenting a special workshop for us on the Japanese design principal notan using iron on fabric.

SMQG Retreat Thursday-Sunday, May 25-28 
     Final payments for our retreat are due 4/17. Please see the blog post on the payment schedule for more information. 

June Meeting - June 3rd 
     We will be having a charity sew in. We will also be showing any show and tell from the past two months, as well as the Star Block block lottery. Look at the March meeting recap for the guidelines for these blocks! 

Fall Workshops with Jen Carlton Bailly, Saturday and Sunday, September 9 & 10
     Please email amybfriend@gmail.com to get on the waitlist.


Other quilty events in the area: 

Machine Quilter's Expo (MQX) - April 6-8
     MQX will be happening in Manchester at the end of this week. If you are able to attend, keep an eye open for a quilt by Diane that is hanging with the art group that she belongs to!

The Boston Modern Quilt Guild's Annual Show is running weekends from April 8 through May 7, with the exception of Easter Sunday. It will be held at Fabric Place Basement in Natick MA. There will be a reception on April 8. 

     The quilt show of the Exeter based Seabreeze Quilt Guild will be held in Seabrook from 9am-4pm. 

Heather Jones Workshop with the NH Modern Quilt Guild - April 22nd
     The NHMQG will be hosting Heather Jones for the workshop "Improvisational Pineapple Block" at Quilted Threads in Henniker. Registration for non-members is $115. 

Heather Jones Workshop with the Cambridge Modern Quilt Guild - April 23rd
     The CMQG will be hosting Heather Jones for the workshop "From Inspiration to Design." While the workshop is now full you may email cambrigemodernquiltguild@gmail.com to get on the waitlist.

Cambridge MQG Quilt Show at Gather Here May 13-14th 
     CMQG will be having a quilt show at Gather Here in conjunction with the Cambridge Open Studios Weekend. 

     Class registration is open now for VQF. Instructors include our own Amy Friend and previous SMQG teacher Christa Watson. 

Latifah Saafir Workshop with Cambridge Modern Quilt Guild - Pickled Beets - September 17, 11-6
     Registration for this class with Latifah Saafir will open to the public on April 10th at 10am. The class will be $145 for non-CMQG members.

Latifah Saafir Workshop with NH Modern Quilt Guild - November 4th
     If this date works better for you, keep your eyes open to see if the NHMQG will have space available for non-members! 



I hope that everyone has a successful snow day, and we will see you in May! 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

April Meeting Reminder


EDIT: Due to the snow we have cancelled the meeting. 
Instead, we are hosting a virtual Snow in -Sew in! Sew at home and post it to Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #smqgsnowinsewin2017
Stay tuned for a post on upcoming dates, events, and other reminders. 

We will be meeting from 10am - 2 pm on Saturday April 1st at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex. We will be having open sewing time where you may work on whatever project you choose.

Remember your machines (plus power cord and foot pedals!), pins and needles, and any other accessories you will need for sewing. We will have extension cords and risers for cutting tables, however we are asking for two volunteers to bring irons and ironing boards (check your email to volunteer.)
In addition, please bring lunch if you would like.

Upcoming events:

Spring Speaker - Timna Tarr Saturday May 6, 10AM
SMQG Retreat Thursday-Sunday, May 25-28
Fall Workshops with Jen Carlton Bailly Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10
   Please email amybfriend@gmail.com to inquire about space or to get on the waitlist.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Announcing Our Spring Speaker: Timna Tarr

Timna Tarr will be speaking at the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild on May 6, 2017 at our 10:00  meeting.  We will be meeting at the West Newbury Town Annex located at 381 Main Street, West Newbury, MA 01985.  There will be a fee for this meeting of $5 for members and $10 for non-members.  

Photo Courtesy of Timna Tarr


Timna Tarr comes from a long line of quilters but did not begin quilting until after studying art history in college. She bought her first longarm in 2001 and began quilting clients' quilts shortly thereafter. Since then she has custom designed and quilted thousands of quilts. Timna’s own nationally award-winning quilts are in private and corporate collections and have been seen in numerous exhibits, quilting magazines, and books. She is an in-demand speaker and teacher throughout the northeastern United States and is a member of her local guilds, Hands Across the Valley Quilters Guild and the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild.


Describing her work, Timna says:
“My work is about color and small compositions. Each block in a quilt is made as its own element, independent of the other blocks. After all of the blocks are constructed, my goal is to arrange the small compositions to play off each other and work together to create a larger whole. What keeps me engaged is watching how the project changes and transforms with the addition of each color and texture. 

The resulting quilts are contemporary works, set in this time and place, which reference the rich tradition of quilt making.”


Please make plans to join us and invite a friend!


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March Meeting Recap

On March 4th we met at the library in Brentwood for our monthly meeting.

Upcoming events and dates: 

National Quilting Day: Saturday, March 18 10-3pm - We will be meeting for an optional sew in at the East Kingston Town Library, located at 47 Maplevale Rd, East Kingston, NH 03827. Bring your sewing machine, a project to work on, and a bag lunch.

April Meeting: Saturday, April 1 10-2 - For our April meeting we will have a free-sew time at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex. Bring your sewing machine, a project to work on, snacks to share if you would like, and a bag lunch.

May Meeting - Special Guest Speaker Timna Tarr: Saturday, May 6th 10-12pm: We will be hosting Timna Tarr for our May meeting. There will be a fee for this meeting of $5 for members, and $10 for non-members. This meeting will also be held at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex. Please invite your friends, or other quilters!

Retreat: May 25-28 - Our 2017 retreat will be held at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk. There is still space available.
If you are paying with three payments, your next payment will be due 3/17. If you are paying with 2 payments, your next payment will be due 4/17. See more payment information here.

Workshops with Jen Carlton Bailly: September 9 & 10, 9am-4pm - We will be hosting two workshops with Jen Carlton Bailly of @bettycrockerass in September, and we still have spaces open in both the Sew All The Curves Plus Design and Scandinavian Flower Garden workshops. Both workshops will focus on curved piecing. Sign ups are now open to the public, so invite your friends and read more about these here!

Mary O also told us about the Quilters Take Manhattan event that is in September held by the Quilt Alliance. This year the keynote speaker is Sherri Lynn Wood, and registration opens to Quilt Alliance members on March 13th. It looks like there is some information on this in their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/QuiltersTakeManhattan/

BOM: The Block of the Month group is going strong! This month they will be making block number 1- First Kiss. Judy mentioned that page 169 in the book may have incorrect directions, but photocopying at 100% will yield the correct size blocks.





April Block Lottery - In April for the block lottery we will be revisiting an idea we had used a few years ago for a block lottery. Here are the directions from Judy:
This month's raffle block is a star block.  You are asked to make any type of star you want, the more variety we get the better.  There are countless free tutorials on line for star blocks and I am sure that if you look through books and magazines you have you'll find some more.  The only guidelines are:


  • Use Kona white (not an off white please) for your background fabric.
  • Block size can be anything between 8” square and 12” square.
  • Fabric choice should be bright, modern fabrics, either prints or solids.


I encourage you to have fun with this, perhaps trying a star block you have never made before.  


Here are a few links for inspiration, but any star block that fits the size requirements will do! Maybe a good time to try paper piecing? Diane was the winner of this block lottery before, and above is the quilt that she made
http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/quilt-alongs-2/solstice-stars/
http://www.incolororder.com/2012/01/patchwork-star-block-tutorial.html
http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2013/12/sawtooth-stars-tutorial.html
http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2013/12/ive-been-playing-with-60-degree-or.html
http://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/twin-star-quilt-block.html
https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/patterns/confetti-star-block/166255
http://www.caroldoak.com/userfiles/file/IntrotoPaperPiece3.pdf

Judy also passed the "Highfive Hand" to Kali, for her wonderful blog posts and helpful links. :)


Show and Tell
Jane F shared her finished Aviatrix Medallion quilt, as designed by Elizabeth Hartman.
 Hildy shared this charity quilt top that she made using strips from a jelly roll race that was done with the Cambridge MQG.

Diane shared this mini quilt that she made using the January and March Mighty Lucky challenges, 
 And this prayer rug that she made using the March Mighty Lucky quilting challenge guidelines. This will be donated. More information on making and donating a prayer rug can be found here.
 Robin shared with us this quilt that was inspired by a tile floor. Her husband helped make the paper piecing pattern.
 Allison showed us this quilt which is destined to go to Camp Erin. The Cambridge MQG is donating 100 quilts to Camp Erin, read more here!
 Jane shared two quilt finishes destined to be donated to charity as well (however I only got pictures of one, sorry!)




Carrie Zizza of It's a Zizza Quilting demonstrated quilting with rulers for us. See her list of recommended tools below! 



Recommended tools:
Extension Table
Supreme Slider - Carrie recommends using some masking tape to make sure that the edges are stuck down very well.
Quilting Gloves
80 or 90 Topstitch Needle
Single Hole Stitch Plate is recommended
Polyfoam Caulk Saver to use when pin basting with straight pins. This compresses and lets you place a ruler flat over a pin (if using flat head pins, like the flower ones)
Ruler Foot for your sewing machine, paying special attention to if your machine is a low, medium, or high shank. Carrie recommends the company Westalee, however some manufacturers like Bernina make their own ruler feet.
Rulers for quilting - Carrie recommends starting with the Westalee ruler sampler set that comes with 6 different rulers.
Some machine quilting rulers are thicker than regular rotary cutting rulers (however these can be used too) and may be too thick to use behind the ruler foot, especially if you have a low shank machine.
It is also possible to make templates out of a few layers of foam core.


Hope to see you on March 18th in East Kingston, or April 1 in West Newbury!

Monday, February 27, 2017

March Meeting Reminder

We will be holding our March meeting on Saturday the 4th, from 10-12. We will be meeting in a new location, the Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library in Brentwood NH.
We are encouraged to carpool to this meeting as there is not much parking at the library. If you are able, please park in the ball field out back. We have also been advised to dress in layers as the room may be a little chilly when we first get there.

Carrie Zizza of It's A Zizza Machine Quilting will be demonstrating machine quilting with rulers for us.

Reminder: Signups are still open for the September Workshops with Jen Carlton Bailly. If you are interested in signing up you may bring the deposit with you to give to Amy or Judy at the meeting.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

2017 Retreat Payment Information

2017 SMQG Franciscan Guest House Retreat Costs
Dates: May 25-28 2017


Checks Payable: Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild
Mail: Barbara Brian
56 Oriole Dr.
Bedford, NH 03110


Single Room
3 Nights Total: $373.05


3 Payment Cash/Check Schedule
  • $124.35 Payments Due By: 2/17, 3/17, 4/17


3 Payment PayPal Schedule
  • $128.10 Payments Due By: 2/17, 3/17, 4/17
  • Includes 3% PayPal Transaction Fee


2 Payment Cash/Check Schedule
  • $186.50 Payments Due By: 2/17, 4/17


2 Payment PayPal Schedule
  • $192.10 Payments Due By: 2/17, 4/17
  • Includes 3% PayPal Transaction Fee


Single Room
2 Nights Total: $262.00


3 Payment Cash/Check Schedule
  • $87.35 Payments Due By: 2/17, 3/17, 4/17


3 Payment PayPal Schedule
  • $90.00 Payments Due By: 2/17, 3/17, 4/17
  • Includes 3% PayPal Transaction Fee


2 Payment Cash/Check Schedule
  • $131.00 Payments Due By: 2/17, 4/17


2 Payment PayPal Schedule
  • $135.00 Payments Due By: 2/17, 4/17
  • Includes 3% PayPal Transaction Fee


Double Room
3 Nights Total: $274.95


3 Payment Cash/Check Schedule
  • $91.65 Payments Due By: 2/17, 3/17, 4/17


3 Payment PayPal Schedule
  • $94.40 Payments Due By: 2/17, 3/17, 4/17
  • Includes 3% PayPal Transaction Fee


2 Payment Cash/Check Schedule
  • $131.00 Payments Due By: 2/17, 4/17


2 Payment PayPal Schedule
  • $134.95 Payments Due By: 2/17, 4/17
  • Includes 3% PayPal Transaction Fee


Double Room
2 Nights Total: $206.60


3 Payment Cash/Check Schedule
  • $68.90 Payments Due By: 2/17, 3/17, 4/17


3 Payment PayPal Schedule
  • $70.95 Payments Due By: 2/17, 3/17, 4/17
  • Includes 3% PayPal Transaction Fee


2 Payment Cash/Check Schedule
  • $103.30 Payments Due By: 2/17, 4/17


2 Payment PayPal Schedule

  • $106.40 Payments Due By: 2/17, 4/17
  • Includes 3% PayPal Transaction Fee


Rooming and Payment Options

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February Meeting Recap

We met on Saturday at the Kingston Library for our February meeting.

Marylee won our doorprize, which was a copy of "Make It! Patchwork" Magazine donated by Amy. This issue features a quilt by Jen Carlton Bailly on the cover, and Jen will be giving two workshops for us in September! More information on these workshops can be found here. The workshops are now opened to the public. Please get your deposits in to save your spot in the workshop.




Retreat: due to an increase in the Maine rooms tax, the price for retreat will be slightly higher than expected. The deposits may be made via check mailed to Barb, or there will be a post up soon with a PayPal button that includes a 3% convenience fee.

Block Lottery: There will not be a lottery block for March. The winner of the Polaroid blocks was Nancy. These were so cool to look through!




Block of the Month: If posting to Instagram, please use #smqgbom2017. These first blocks are looking great! Please note that there was a correction to the directions for the next block. Check the errata!

The Highfive was passed from Colleen to Judy to recognize all of the hard work that she is doing organizing the BOM and the block lotteries. Thanks Judy!

#mqgsewday - We have reserved the Newburyport Library on February 19th from 1-4:45 pm for an open sew. If you would like to come, bring the project of your choice, your machine, and an extension cord!

Saturday March 18th from 10-3pm we are hosting an open sewing day at the Stratham Library to celebrate National Sewing Day.

If you signed up for the Riley Blake Creative Rockstar fabric challenge, or want to pick up some fabric on your own to participate, the guidelines and details can be found here! The deadline for these projects to be submitted to the MQG site is April 30th.

The East Kingston Library will be hosting a traveling trunk show of 7in x 9in mini quilts from May 8-31st. On Sunday May 21 from 1-3pm, Diane will be presenting a special workshop for us on the Japanese design principal notan using iron on fabric.


Dottie shared three projects, a charity quilt, a quilt for her great niece, and a commissioned wallet and purse that she made.



SueAnn shared this quilt top that was inspired by the president's blocks that we made for Laura. This quilt will be a for Quilts of Valor.


Diane showed this bag that she sewed up as a class sample. She quilted this using techniques from Jacquie Gering's book Walk.
She also shared this quilt that she made based on a vintage poster.

Sue shared her finished tuffet, and this adorable knitted hat with sheep!

Nancy shared this quilt top that she is working on for her contractor's first grandchild.

Bea shared this quilt that was made for her husband's work bed, at the firehouse. The flag includes a red stripe for firefighters, and 13 stars.

Hildy showed off this shawl that she knit.

Jane shared this quilt that she made from a jelly roll.

She also shared this paper-pieced bird that she made using a pattern from Tartan Kiwi, and a lined drawstring bag.

Amy shared her finished Stars Hollow quilt, which was inspired by the characters in the TV show Gilmore Girls.


Amy also announced that she has received copies of her latest book, Improv Paper Piecing.

Sue gave us a demonstration on using the Wing Clipper Ruler to make flying geese.



On March 4th from 10am-12pm we will be meeting at the Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library in Brentwood NH. Carrie Zizza will be delivering a demonstration on machine quilting with rulers.
Please plan to carpool if possible, as there is limited parking at the Brentwood Library. If there isn't much snow there is space to park in the baseball field behind the library. Also, we've been advised to dress in layers!