Monday, August 8, 2016

August Meeting Recap

We met at the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton for our August meeting.

At the time of the meeting, there was still one spot left for the Sew Boston event on October 8th. If you are attending, signups for the swap close on Monday August 8th (act fast!)

On Friday, August 19th from 2-8pm, we will be having another sew-in at the Wiggin Memorial Library in Stratham. Bring your machine, any other necessary accessories, and whatever project you would like to work on in the air conditioning!

Signups are still open for members for the free motion quilting class with Christa Watson on October 8th. Currently the class is half full, and will open to non-SMQG members on August 15th. Sign up here!

Submissions are still open for the Squam Modern Quilt Show. Quilts can be entered on the Gather Here website. The quilt show will be open to the public on September 17th from 5 to 10 pm, with a makers reception from 5 to 7pm.

This meeting was the deadline for the "Tell Me A Story" quilt block drawing for anyone who made a block from Amy Friend's book Intentional Piecing. Amy offered one fabric bundle that featured fabrics perfect for fussy cutting from Sew Me A Song, and every block that was made earned one chance to win. There was some steep competition, and Kate was the lucky winner after making many blocks with baby clothes that her children had worn and that have many memories.

Show and Tell

Jane F finished the quilt that she was working on at out retreat. She used Anna Maria Horner's Loominous collection. The combination of the Loominous fabric and Warm & White batting made a very soft quilt!

Jane F also finished this quilt using a jelly roll and a 60 degree triangle ruler.

Kathy showed off her Mondo Bag, as well as this iron caddy. She also made this baby quilt for her soon-to-be-born grandson.

Sarah shared this baby quilt that she made for her husband's friend. Isn't her puzzle piece quilting great!

Mary O finished the quilt that she was working on at retreat, however it is a surprise so it's currently top secret! She also shared this Sew Together bag that she made.

Paula finished this mini quilt from the book 101 Mini Quilts. She had something to share at show and tell, and also has this summery addition to hang on her door!
Diane finished a quilt top inspired by the July Mighty Lucky quilt challenge where she used only one fabric to achieve this pattern!
Diane also shared this table runner that features these magnificent feathers.

Suzanne finished this quilt for us using the blocks that were signed at the Portsmouth Pride Festival. She quilted it with lots of hearts and love!

Colleen shared this piece of improv patchwork that she is going to make into a floor pillow for her daughter to take to college.

Laura shared these two baby quilts that she made. The pink-er of the two was made when she was convinced that she was having another girl, and the blue one was made after she was informed otherwise.

Dottie, a new member, shared this piece, "Flowers of Spring", that she made in spring of 1997. This is the first piece that she made and kept for herself.

Mary G was pattern testing for Christie Fincher of Purple Daisies. The applique is made using wash-out paper and glue basting.

Amy shared two quilts that she has been working on, Cinched and Plumb Line.

Applique Demonstration
Bea showed off some of her favorite techniques for hand applique. Bea recommends straw needles, clear plastic folders instead of template plastic, plastic (not metal!) bias press bars, and washers from the hardware store to iron around. Bea tries not to iron her pieces too flat so that she can wiggle her needle in between the seam allowance that is pressed to the back and the backing fabric. She never brings her needle to the front of the fabric, so there are no visible stitches.

Our next meeting will be held at the West Newbury Annex on September 10th. We will be doing some charity sewing, so please bring your sewing machines.

Monday, August 1, 2016

August Meeting Reminder

The August meeting will be held on August 6th, from 10am-12pm at the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton. There is parking on the street around the library, and also a parking lot across Academy Ave by the junior high. We will be meeting downstairs in the Lane Room.

Bea will be giving a hands on demo on hand appliqueing flower shapes. If you would like to participate, please bring the following:

-A piece of background fabric approx. 6" square
-Scraps of fabric for leaves, flower petals, and circles on the flowers (All approx. 2"-3")
-If you would like to make a bias stem for the flowers, please bring a fat quarter of your fabric choice.
-A scrap of fabric for a coffee mug shape, about 4"
-Thread to match the fabric
-Hand sewing needles
-If you would like to make a bias stem for the flowers, please bring a fat quarter of your fabric choice.
-Fabric scissors
-Regular scissors for paper/plastic
- A marking pencil

Please bring any Tell Me A Story blocks from Amy's book Intentional Piecing that you have made if you would like a chance to win a roll of fabric perfect for fussy cutting! Every Tell Me A Story quilt block that you bring will count as an entry into the drawing for the fabric.

I hope to see you all there!

Friday, July 15, 2016


It's finally time to sign up for our fall class with Christa Watson!  This will be a full day of sewing and learning on October 8.  For more info about the class, click here.

Please click below to purchase your spot in our class with Christa Watson.

**Reminder**  Sign ups are currently open to anyone.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Our Fall Class...

Announcing our Fall class with Christa Watson!

We are so excited to be able to bring Christa Watson to our guild to teach Modern Machine Quilting.  

Take your modern quilts to the next level by adding depth and dimension to your designs. The secret is learning to let go of perfection by practicing over a dozen different asymmetrical textures that require little to no marking of the quilt.Students will utilize both free-motion and walking foot techniques by practicing on small practice samples or leftover quilt blocks. Students may bring in their tops for a discussion of possible quilting ideas.

The class will be an all day event held at the Old Newbury Town Hall in Newbury, MA.  (For those of you like me, that's the one that looks like a church between two farms.)  We'll start at 10 a.m. (be sure to arrive around 9:30 to set up machines, grab snacks, and settle in), break for a catered lunch, and end at 5 p.m.  We'll have the full day to practice new techniques on our machines so that at the end of the day you can go home with the ability to replicate what you've learned.

Christa's book, Machine Quilting with Style, will be required for this class.  

Sign ups for this class will open on July 15.  There will be a PayPal button live on this blog at 8:00 a.m.  I will send out an email to let you know that you may start to sign up.  There are only 22 spots in this class and they will go first come, first serve.  In the event that we do not fill those spots within the guild, we will open the remaining spots to non-members on August 15.  

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July Meeting Recap

We met at the Haverhill Library on Saturday to work on both the QuiltCon Charity quilt that will travel to Savannah in February, and some of the quilts for Orlando.

We started with a very short business meeting. 
This Friday, July 15, at 8am the PayPal button will be posted on the blog for the Christa Watson class that we are hosting on October 8th from 10-5pm. The class will be on free motion quilting using your domestic machine. The class will cost $100. Starting July 15 the class registration will be open to only SMQG members and seats will be filled on a first come first serve basis. On August 15 any remaining spots will be open to the public.
We will have an optional sew in on Friday July 22 at the Stratham Library from 2-8. If you would like to come bring something to work on and any accessories you need for sewing! 

We had a brief show and tell before we got down to sewing! 
Diane shared this quilt she made, with matching pillowcases! Carrie did the quilting on this quilt using her long arm.

Nancy showed off her finished quilt top from Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage pattern.

Alison secretly shared some blocks that she has been pattern testing for Tartan Kiwi, and also showed off this charity quilt that she whipped up and quilted on a long arm using rented long arm time. 

Our sew in was very productive, we made good progress on the QuiltCon Charity quilt, and also got a quilt top made from the Orlando heart blocks that we had all made at home. There was also some progress on assembling the quilt blocks that were signed at the Portsmouth Pride Parade. 

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, August 6th at 10am, at the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton. Bea will be teaching applique methods. A supply list will be posted in the meeting reminder. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

July Meeting Reminder

The July meeting will be held on Saturday July 9 at the Haverhill MA Public Library from 10-3pm.  Directions can be found at this link

For the meeting we will be working on our Quiltcon Charity quilt using the design that was thought up by the Design Committee and voted on at the June meeting. The guild will be providing fabric for this quilt. Please bring your sewing machines, necessary accessories like scissors and pins, and light colored neutral thread to help us begin to sew these blocks together. Please contact Mary to volunteer to bring an iron and ironing board, or a cutting mat and ruler.

If you signed up to make a block for our Orlando charity quilt, please bring these to the meeting as well. We will be collecting the blocks, and if there is enough time we will begin to sew them together. 

Have a great Fourth of July! 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Summer Sew-Ins!

Come take a break from the heat and sew!


Popsicle Quilt by Frybread Quilts & Cuterie

What: Completely unstructured sewing time!

When: July 22 & August 19, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Wiggin Memorial Library,
10 Bunker Hill Ave.  Stratham, NH

Bring your machines, sewing projects, and cool drink of your choice.  We'll order out for pizza and have a great time together!