Monday, May 9, 2016

May Meeting Recap - Spring Speaker Amy Friend

We met on Saturday in the West Newbury Old Town Hall to see Amy Friend's presentation featuring the quilts and projects from her book, Intentional Piecing. Amy told us about how she started blogging at During Quiet Time and we got to hear about the book writing process and how wonderful it was to collaborate with Lucky Spool on the book. Amy flexed her skills and did the photography for the book, guaranteeing that it would look like a quilt book from New England.

Amy showed us quilt after quilt that displayed her thoughtful approach to fabric placement in quilt piecing, from special impactful fussy cuts to blenders and backgrounds. Amy's theory is that if you are going to spend time and money on fabric for making quilts you should also give consideration on how the fabric will be used within the quilt.

 Amy showed off her Tell Me a Story quilt - while there is currently a contest on Amy's blog where you make and post Tell Me A Story quilt blocks to Instagram with the appropriate hashtags, the SMQG has been offered a special opportunity to win a roll of fussy cut prints to add to your own stash! Every Tell Me A Story quilt block that you bring to the August meeting will count as an entry into a drawing for the roll of fabric that Amy is holding below.

The June Meeting will be held on June 4 from 10-12 pm at the Newburyport Library, and we will focus on show and tell, sharing Riley Blake Challenge projects, discussing charity projects for the year, and have a Q&A about QuiltCon!

Riley Blake Challenge: Photos of your finished quilted project need to be uploaded to the MQG website by May 31. When submitting you can use the link or sign into the MQG site, go to the "Home" tab at the top, and then click to submit your project to the challenge. Please bring these, and any other show and tell, to the June meeting. I can't wait to see what everyone has come up with!

Registration is now open for the October Retreat day with the Cambridge Modern Quilt Guild. Find the link to sign up and more info here!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Meeting Reminder

Is it just me or did April disappear this year?!

Our May meeting is just around the corner and will take place on Saturday May 7 from 10am-12pm at the Old Town Hall in West Newbury. There will be a book collection in the front foyer, so please enter through the side entrance.

Please remember to bring the lanyard you have made for your partner if you are participating in our lanyard swap. We will be doing a quick swap of these before the meeting starts. As a reminder, we will not be doing show and tell at the meeting, please bring any show and tell items to our June meeting. 

There will be an informal meeting at 9:15 about the retreat, and anyone who would like to be a part of the Retreat Committee for next year is welcome to join us. We will be covering the results from the survey that was given out post retreat.  

 Intentional Piecing

At 9:45 we will start setting up chairs for Amy's talk on her book, Intentional Piecing. Amy Friend is one of our SMQG founding members and blogs at During Quiet Time. I can't wait to see all of the quilts from her book in person!

This will be a free event for members, but guests will be charged a $10 entrance fee.

Hope to see you all there!

Monday, April 4, 2016

April Meeting Recap

We met on Saturday at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex for our meeting and a curved piecing demo from Laura. 

Welcome to our new members! We are working on coming up with a few new practices to make it an easier transition when you join the guild. If you are a seasoned member who would like to be a part of a welcome wagon for new members please get in touch with Jess, either in person or through email. 

Riley Blake Challenge
We are in the midst of the Riley Blake Challenge! The goal is to make something quilted using the provided fabric and other Riley Blake solids. More information can be found here. The submission deadline for these is May 31, so we will be able to share them at the June meeting. When submitting you can use this link or sign into the MQG site, go to the "Home" tab across the top, and then click to submit your quilt to the challenge. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with! For examples of what our group has made in the past, look here.

Lanyard Swap
We also have finalized the names for the Layard Swap. If you signed up you also should have received the name and fabric likes of the person whose name you drew. The goal is that the hook can clip onto a little ribbon at the back of your name tag so that we can all know who we are. Tutorial for lanyard making inspiration:
Also, these two links have name tag tutorials, and since we have cute clips to make the lanyards with if you add a small ribbon you should be able to clip it right onto your new swap lanyard!
Please bring these with you to the May meeting.

Retreat 2016
If you are signed up for retreat you are all set. If you will be arriving on Thursday the sewing space will be available at 1, with rooms available after 3. Those arriving on Friday may arrive at any time. On Sunday we need to be out of the rooms by 11am and the sewing space by 2pm (but this may be able to stretch til 4pm...) 
The rooms each have a mini fridge. We will have access to the kitchen which has a large fridge, a big sink and a microwave. They provide breakfast as well as coffee and hot water throughout the day. Feel free to bring any snacks/drinks/adult beverages that you would like for the weekend. Lunch on Saturday will be arranged by the guild. Keep an eye on your email if you are attending for more info on food!
Each person will have a four foot sewing table that also has a handful of outlets and an adjustable light. Cutting tables, design walls, and ironing boards/irons are provided. Bring whatever projects you would like to work on over the weekend. (Hey, maybe those lanyards? Or Riley Blake challenge projects? Or that thing sitting in the back of your closet that has been there for way too long and needs to get finished so it can be enjoying its life as a quilt in the real world.... there are SO many options!) If you are planning on using a fusible product, please bring your own iron. 
**Please leave all scented fabric sprays at home - with so many people sewing and poor ventilation the scent can get very overwhelming. ** 

May Meeting
Our May meeting will be held at the West Newbury Old Town Hall (which is a different location than April!) Amy Friend will be giving a lecture and trunk show featuring her new book Improvisational Piecing. While the event will be free for members of SMQG, there will be a $10 fee for guests. Parking is located behind the building, please enter through the side door so as not to disturb the book collection that will be happening in the foyer. 

October Retreat Day 
We have been invited to participate in a day long sew in on Sunday, October 23 at the Cambridge Marriott in Kendall Square. It will cost $40 per person and the space will be available from 9am-8pm and will be open to 60-65 people from the Cambridge, Boston, NH, and Seacoast Modern Quilt Guilds. There will be a swap organized for those attending. Sign ups will happen in June, so keep an eye open if you are interested. 

Show and Tell:

Allison showed off her Preppy the Whale quilt top. The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman.

Jane F shared this quilt that she finished for her granddaughter. The pattern is from a magazine and is called Little Boxes.

Jane B shared her second finished quilt, called Command Performance that was made for her grandson. She used Jaquie Gehring's Craftsy class as the inspiration. It was quilted by Carrie. We talked a little about the importance of labeling quilts, and more information can be found here.

Peg showed off a long awaited finish. She started this quilt a few years ago, basted it at the last retreat, and pulled it from the drier on Friday night! Way to go!
Jess showed off this plus quilt top made with fun animal fabrics. 

Kathy shared this receiving blanket made with double gauze using a tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. She has been sewing away getting ready for her first grand baby! 

Judy finished this table runner based off a tutorial by Greenleaf Goods, found here.



 Diane shared this quilt top made with a Mirabelle fabric panel which shares a name with her granddaughter, the intended recipient. While the fabric panel wasn't especially inspiring to Diane she used the panel and the steampunk aesthetic for inspiration and ended up with a spectacular quilt top! 
 Diane also shared her March finish from the Mighty Lucky Challenge.

Mary O asked us all to look into helping Angela Walters family out. Angela's brother in law was hurt in a motorcycle accident in December. More information can be found here, bracelets can be purchased, or you could choose to support the pattern company of her sister and brother in law which is

Laura also gave a demo on curved piecing. She recommends using washi tape to secure your templates to the fabric, cutting carefully with your rotary cutter, and using as many pins as you feel comfortable with.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

April Meeting Reminder

We will be meeting at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex (at 381 Main St, West Newbury MA) from 10-12 on April 2 for our April guild meeting.
We will have show and tell and a demonstration from Laura on curved piecing!

A photo posted by Laura C (@littleandlots) on

If you would like to play along and practice drunkard's path blocks with us please bring the following:  Sewing machine set up for piecing (1/4" foot is helpful if you have one), thread snips, pins, fabric scissors, rotary cutter, two or more contrasting fat quarters (that would go together in the same block). 

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

March Meeting Recap

Business Items
The Jelly Roll Race quilts were donated to the Rockingham County Nursing Home in Brentwood, NH and the Country Center for Health and Rehab in Newburyport, MA. Special thanks to Jess, Suzanne, Carrie and Barb for quilting and finishing these for us!

Retreat - We will be having our annual retreat at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunkport from April 14-17th this year. The second payment is due by the 15th of March, to be paid via the Paypal button here. If you have any questions regarding retreat payments please forward them to Jessica. We are checking with the Franciscan about the possibility of day quilters and will get back to you!

Amy Friend will be talking to us about her new book, Intentional Piecing at the May meeting. Find additional info here.

Our fall workshop will be on October 8th, and will be a FMQ workshop taught by Christa Watson of Christa Quilts. The workshop will cost around $100 and will include lunch and the full day workshop. Guild members will be given priority for sign ups on a first come first serve basis. Keep an eye out for more info!

The Riley Blake Fabric Challenge fabric has arrived! Almost everyone who signed up received their fabric today, and if you didn't you already have an email waiting for you! All of the details can be found here if you didn't sign up but would like buy the fabric and participate. The deadline for this challenge has been extended from April 30 to a yet unannounced date in the future. We will remind you as that gets closer!

Nido, a shop in Burlington VT will be hosting Carolyn Friedlander in July for two full day workshops. Please contact them if you are interested! 
There are also many interesting classes coming up at A Gathering Of Stitches in Portland, ME. More info can be found at

The Cambridge Modern Quilt Guild had their first meeting last weekend! Congratulations to them!! We look forward to seeing them grow and working with them in the future!

We voted to accept the policies sent out last month. These will be listed on the blog soon.

Finally, big congratulations to both Amy Friend for her 2nd place win in the Piecing Category at Quilt Con for her quilt Pointed Statement, and to Mary Gregory for quilting the 1st place quilt in the Negative Space Category for Nancy Purvis of Owen's Olivia! Way to go! All of the winning quilts from QuiltCon can be seen here.

Show and Tell
Kate finished her Super Tote using Cotton and Steel Fabrics. She also showed off some vinyl project bags she made and she shared her discovery about being able to modify the pattern and having the skills to do so!

Kali shared an almost finished Jacob's Ladder quilt.
 Laura finished this lovely log cabin quilt that if pressed she would name 20 40 60 100, derived form the proportions of solids to background fabrics she used.

Mary O showed this finished quilt top made with log cabins and some cute applique hearts.
Jane F shared some of her own EPP work with us. This project has been years in the making and uses scraps from many of her quilts. She also shared a great source of inspiration in the book Print and Pattern: Geometric.
 Susan showed this quilt that she is making for herself. The back was pieced and could almost double as a reversible quilt!
 Linda showed this quilt that she was working on binding. This is going to be a sample for a quilt class that she is teaching. She also mentioned a bus trip to the NY Garment District in May. Find more info here.
 Lou shared this quilt that she has started as a present for her daughter's 50th birthday. Will she have 50 blocks finished by then? We will have to wait and see....
Marylee shared this baby quilt that she is making for a family member.
 Paula showed off this heart pillow that has had much anatomical debate surrounding it. She used made fabric for her red pieces and used some crazy quilt inspired stitches for decoration.
 Paula also had this Norris Star quilt that she started many moons ago and has finished!
Diane has derived much inspiration from the monthly Mighty Lucky Challenges and showed three minimalism works that she stretched onto canvas, and her finished bias tape challenge from January.
Robin showed off this improv piece that she was working on.
 Suzanne also has been following along with the Mighty Lucky challenges and showed this as her minimalist piece.
 Amy shared this finished quilt that she was working on last month at our sew in. She was inspired by the ting log cabins in the fabric she was using and did some meticulous fussy cutting.
Amy also passed along the "high five hand" Jane B for her enthusiasm! 
Nancy was finally able to show off this quilt that she made with a collection of friends all over the world. She mailed off the feather block with the request for rainbow colors, black and white, and a white background a few years ago and it has traveled and been added to by 13 other quilters who all each had quilts that they mailed around too. You can read more about Round Robin quilts here.
Mary also showed off her minimalist Mighty Lucky challenge quilt.

EPP Workshop
Mary gave us a demo on English Paper Piecing, or EPP. She recommends printing the shapes you need onto regular copy paper, then ironing freezer paper to that paper before cutting it out. The tip is to pre-shrink your freezer paper! (How crazy!) Iron the freezer paper shiny side down onto your ironing board cover, then peel up and iron to the wrong side of your printed copy paper. If you iron fresh freezer paper to the copy paper it will distort as the freezer paper changes. With these pieces they can be freshened up with an iron after using to better results than just regular paper.

Our April meeting will be at the West Newbury Annex and will include show and tell and a curves demo by Laura. Please bring your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies to test out curves! 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Last Retreat Payments Due!

It's retreat payment time for those on the two payment plan, but hey, this will be the last time we bug you before the retreat!  (It's so close!)

So just like before pick from the drop down menu which room option you've already chosen.  The Paypal button will be up until the 15th.  And if you'd like to pay with a check, just send a quick email to Jess ( so she knows what's happening.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

March Meeting Reminder

Our March meeting will be held at the Newburyport Public Library on March 5th. The library is located at 94 State Street, Newburyport, MA. There is parking available in the municipal parking lot where Harris Street intersects with State Street.

We will have show and tell, and then have a demo on English Paper Piecing. Please bring fabric scraps that are around 5 inches square, scissors, needles, and thread to practice with.