Saturday, April 23, 2022

Our May monthly meeting will be held on Sat. May 7, 2022 10am via Zoom and, at the West Newbury (MA) Town Hall Annex 381R Main Street

 

After our regular business meeting we'll have a sew-in so bring your machines!  Some members will be working on our 10th Anniversary quilt blocks and if you're not, bring whatever project you've got underway!

A Zoom link will be provided in advance of the meeting for anyone unable to join in person.

See you all then! 


Tuesday, March 15, 2022

SMQG March 2022 meeting minutes

SEACOAST MODERN QUILT GUILD

MONTHLY MEETING (via Zoom)

MARCH 5, 2022

Attendees:

Patty C, Diane S, Paula K, Barbara W, Barbara M, Brenda S, Lou S, Donna C, Barb B, Gail C, Colleen H, Theresa H, Mary O, Nancy P, Kate Q, Carol B 

Membership to New England Quilt Museum

Our membership to NEQM has been renewed for 2022. 

Committee Reports:                                                                                    

February minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s report was given. 

~We’re looking for some ways to generate income for the guild. Colleen will check with the MQG on rules/guidelines for 501(c)(3) organizations. 

Programs:

Looking for a Program volunteer coordinator to assist in coordinating program events (i.e. workshops, speakers, etc.).  Please let Patty know if you’d like to volunteer.

Retreat

Patty spoke with Robert at the Franciscans in Kennebunk for fall dates.  There is no availability for Oct or Nov for the full guild however; we are on a waitlist.  We’ll stay on that list until we know who many spots are available.  In the meantime we’ll reserve for Spring 2023. 

Nancy P mentioned St Methodios Faith and Heritage Center in Contoocook may be a possible option.  She will send the board contact information. 

There was some discussion around a one day sew-in possibly in May in West Newbury.  Some in-person social time (with masks).  Patty will reach out to our contact to confirm.  An insurance form will likely be required. 

If we have a warming trend for our April 2nd meeting we may try to meet outside in Kingston.  Details will be sorted out well ahead of the meeting. 

Social Media – We’re looking for someone to manage our Facebook and Instagram pages.   Please contact Patty if you’d like to volunteer. 

New business:

Diane S has suggested we do a Lottery Block.  She has sent out a link to the instructions for the Missouri Start Disappearing Pinwheel 2 Churn Dash.  The blocks are $1 each.  Mail your blocks and your money to Diane.  When she has received all of the blocks she’ll pick a name and the blocks go to the winner who will sew them together!

Blocks should be in hot colors (red, orange etc). 

Anniversary quilt – we’ll discuss in more detail in a future meeting.  Diane and Kate are coordinating.

Quilt Con 2023 will be held in Atlanta, GA (February) and 2024 in Raleigh, NC. 

Ukraine humanitarian assistance – there are several quilt organizations that are supporting efforts to bring relief to the Ukrainians.  Here are a few. Their donation efforts may be different but funds will be donated (i.e. purchase patterns or donate directly).  If you know of others, please let the members know.  

~Bernine Cambell (Happy Sew Lucky)

~Pat Sloan

~Quiet Play (Australia)

~Etsy – you can order digital patterns through UK makers 

Bring your favorite – Quilt Podcasts

Some favorite member podcasts are

~Quilt Buzz

~APQ

~Quilt & Tell – Jenny Doan

~Craft Industry Alliance (small business makers) – Abbey Glassenberg

~Just Wanna Quilt

~Great British Quilter

~Off Kilter Quilter

~Modern Sewciety – Stephanie Kendron *may no longer be online*

~Quilt Folk – Jenny Smith.  Each podcast focuses on 3 different quilters from around the world.

~Textile Talks – a series of webinars on different textiles

~A Quilter’s Life – Sherry & Chelsea McConnell 

Upcoming Maker’s Market

SMQG is participating in the Maker’s Market which is being held on April 8-9 at the Best Western in Hampton, NH. 

We’ve reserved a 4’x8’ table and will be looking for display items such as quilts (mini and large (charity quilt(s)), lottery blocks, BoM, scrapbook, posters, photo collage, etc. that reflect our Modern quilting. 

Carol will be sending out a table coverage sign-up sheet shortly.

We’ll be looking for volunteers to

1.    2 people to cover our table in 2 hour shifts on Friday (12pm-8pm)

2.    2 people to cover our table 2 hour shifts on Saturday (9am-4pm)

3.    Breakdown on Saturday (4pm)

 

Show and Tell

Gail C showed us her Storm at Sea quilt in water color blues and whites

Brenda showed us a baby quilt with adorable animal fabrics

Colleen also had a baby quilt to show us with sweet ducks and numbers sewn in for baby to show everyone how old he/she is!

Patty is doing a Rachelle Denneny foundation piecing Harmony BoM in Tula Pink fabrics.

Please send Carol all Show & Tell photos so they can be posted to our blog.  Past S&T photos are appreciated as well.  Once we’re back in person pictures will be taken during the meeting.

Future Meeting Dates and Locations:

Regular monthly meetings will be held on the first Saturday of each month at 10am-12pm (adjusted for holiday weekends). Initially, 2022 meetings will be held remotely via Zoom.  Any changes for 2022 dates and/or location will be announced in advance.

Be sure to mark your calendars:

April 2

May 7

June 4

July 9

August 6

September 10

October 1

November 5

December 3

Board of Directors monthly meeting schedule will be announced soon. 

























Monday, February 28, 2022

SMQG February 2022 meeting minutes

 

SEACOAST MODERN QUILT GUILD

MONTHLY MEETING (via Zoom)

FEBRUARY 5, 2022

Attendees:

Patty C, Lou S, Mary O, Barbara M, Nancy P, Wendy W, Kate Q, Diane S, Colleen H, Paula, K, Barb B, Donna C, Sasha S, Gail C, Erin B, Carol B

We welcomed Gail Campbell, one of our newer members.  Gail has been quilting for 45 years! Welcome, Gail!

 

Our new mailing address is:

P.O. Box 808

Ipswich, MA

 

Membership to New England Quilt Museum

The guild will send a check to NEQM for our 2022 membership

 

Committee Reports:                                                                                    

Treasurer’s report was given. 

January minutes were approved.

 

Membership:

22 members have renewed

Reminder to all to send in your $30.00 dues.  Checks can be sent directly to Barb Mahoney. Her address is

11 Farley Avenue

Ipswich, MA 01938

Once we have a final list of members our roster will be updated.  Carol will be reaching out to members if address and/or telephone #’s are needed.

The membership roster can be distributed to members and must include a disclaimer stating that the list will not be used by members for business purposes.  If anyone does not want their information shared, please contact Carol.

Membership in MQG will be updated based on the number of members. Leaders to be updated on the website, payment to be made by PayPal.

 Programs:

Looking for a Program volunteer coordinator to assist in coordinating program events (i.e. workshops, speakers, etc.).  Please let Patty know if you’d like to volunteer.

Survey Results

We had a great response with a variety of suggestions and areas that members would like to focus on this year. 

~Designers that multiple people mentioned include Alison Glass, Angela Walters, Anna Marie Horner, Kaffe Fassett, Lori Holt, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Brigitte Heitland, Denyse Schmidt, Tara Faughnan

 

~Techniques

There’s a wide range of techniques members have expressed interest in.  The list is lengthy but the most popular are listed here.  

 Domestic machine quilting

Ruler work

Use of color/Color theory  

 ~Skill Builder Mini Workshops

There is interest across a number of programs. Listed are the ones with the most interest.

Improv piecing

Pixel Quilts

Sashiko/Sashiko Stitching

Use of Color - Tara Faughnan offers classes in color play/pairing colors when you’re using several different colors (Sasha S)

 

Other Program/Activity ideas:

Modern Quilt Guild is having a free Color Block Challenge.  Details will be coming out after Quilt Con.  Colleen will check with MQG for parameters/guidelines.

Rachelle Dennehy (Australia) is doing a Tula Pink BoM.  $85 flat fee

Amanda Murphy, a fabric designer who designs for Benartex offers a Live BoM (free) every other Thursday (1st & 3rd)

Tula Pink tutorials/videos

 Retreat – members were asked about a retreat this year and if they’d prefer to attend in the spring or fall.  60% of those interested in attending this year preferred the fall.  Most asked for single rooms. 

The cost is $110/night for a single + 9% Maine tax; $80/pp per night for a double + 9% Maine tax

Meals – minimum of 25 for meals

Breakfast $11/pp + 8% Maine meal tax

Dinner $25/pp + 8% Maine meal tax

 Patty will check on the fall dates.

 Social Media – This will be a March agenda item.  Someone is needed to manage our Facebook and Instagram pages.

 Upcoming Maker’s Market

SMQG is participating in the Maker’s Market which is being held on April 8-9 at the Best Western in Hampton, NH.

We’re reserving a table and will be looking for display items such as quilts (mini and large (charity quilt(s)), lottery blocks, BoM, scrapbook, posters, photo collage, etc. that reflect our Modern quilting. 

Carol & Kate will be meeting with Maggie from Pintuck & Purl which is sponsoring the event to get details on the set up and what is allowed/not allowed for display structures.  That information will be shared in our March meeting.

We’ll be looking for volunteers to

1.    Cover 2-3 hour shifts on Friday (12pm-8pm)

2.    Cover 2-3 hour shifts on Saturday (9am-4pm)

3.    Breakdown on Saturday

Show and Tell

Paula K showed us her Valentine’s Day YoYo’s tabletop

Nancy P showed her Improv Trees

Mary O showed us her HST Baby Quilt and, Tumbling blocks

Gail C showed us her 3D quilt and Kaffe Fassett stars

Please send Carol all Show & Tell photos so they can be posted to our blog.  Past S&T photos are appreciated as well.  Once we’re back in person pictures will be taken during the meeting.

Future Meeting Dates and Locations:

Regular monthly meetings will be held on the first Saturday of each month at 10am-12pm (adjusted for holiday weekends). Initially, 2022 meetings will be held remotely via Zoom.  Any changes for 2022 dates and/or location will be announced in advance.

Be sure to mark your calendars:

March 5

April 2

May 7

June 4

July 9

August 6

September 10

October 1

November 5

December 3

 

Board of Directors monthly meeting schedule will be announced soon.







Saturday, January 15, 2022

SMQG January 2022 meeting minutes

                                                    SEACOAST MODERN QUILT GUILD

MONTHLY MEETING (via Zoom)

JANUARY 8, 2022

Attendees:

Patty C, JoAnne D, Brenda S, Donna C, Barbara W, Paula K, Diane S, Theresa H, Mary O, Colleen H, Nancy P, Barb B, Carol B

Patty introduced the new Board and welcomed everyone to a busy year for SMQG. 

President – Patty

Co Vice Presidents – Colleen and Barb B

Treasurer – Barbara M

Secretary – Carol

 

In the December Board meeting it was agreed that due to the current Covid-19 surge we’ll continue to meet via Zoom.  The (tentative) plan is to meet outside in person in June, July and August. We need to find a spot with WiFi to allow those not able to attend in person to join.  As expressed in the past this is subject to change based on conditions at the time.

Pintuck & Purl will be sponsoring a Maker’s Market in April in Hampton, NH.  We discussed our participation in the event such as having an information only table, possibly raffling a quilt.  Before a decision is made it needs to be determined how, as a Non-profit organization, proceeds can be disbursed.

 

Membership for New England Quilt Museum

We fall into the membership level which includes:

~4 single use guest passes for admission of a total of 8 people.

~link to their website

~exclusive events

~guild directory

~communication of information

~advertising program

We have received a donation for the 2022 membership fee.  Thank you.

 

Committee Reports:                                                                                    

Treasurer’s report was given. 

December minutes were approved.

Membership:

Reminder to all to send in your 2022 $30.00 dues.  


Programs:

A survey will be sent out to membership to learn what everyone is interested in for 2022 activities. Please return so we can plan for the year!

 SMQG 10th Anniversary plans –

~Barbara W suggested 10 blocks to reflect each year’s focus.

~Diane inquired about the design and who will be involved in deciding what it will be

~Paula asked if it should be a full sized quilt or a banner.

~Mary O suggested the quilt should stay with the guild and be in the background of our meeting and, that the theme and pattern should be a group meeting decision.

 

Activities for Quilt Con – pending until guidelines are published.

Charity – Amy Friend is looking for quilts to gift to the Afghan family that recently moved to the area.  She is also looking for gift cards for the family.  Mary will take this forward.

Sasha took inventory of our charity quilts and we don’t have a large amount available at the moment.  Does anyone have any 2021 BoM blocks they won’t be using? They could be pulled together and made into a quilt.

Charity sew-ins – should we bring them back?

Create a breakout group to allow more focus on charity?

Retreat – Current reserved dates are April 28-May 1. Barb B suggested we explore other dates as a back-up plan.  Patty will reach out to our contact at the Franciscan Monastery in Kennebunk, ME.  Colleen will take retreat from JoAnne.

Social Media – Colleen will reach out to Sasha to see if she would like to take it over. We also need to discuss the future of Goggle in how we manage our document retention and communication.

 

Today, in addition to our regular Show & Tell we dug deep into our basket of tools for “Bring your favorite tool”

Patty showed us a seam ripper with replaceable blades that she says works wonders.

Paula showed us her mini seam ripper which has a rubber tip that can be used as a machine stylus and collect threads.  Great multi-use tool from Craft South!

Theresa has two favorites – an acrylic binding tool from Font & Porter and, a micro brush for cleaning the bobbin case and machine

JoAnne loves her Quilter’s Select ruler from Alex Anderson which has a grip on the back to prevent slippage.

Brenda makes finger pressing easier with a crafty DYI – half of a clothes pin!

Barb B makes cleaning your machine easier using a vacuum cleaner hose extensions. This mini vac attachment set is made specifically for sewing machines.

Carol uses a ruler that lines up the center line with the corners of the square to make sewing HST easier and more precise.

Barbara W found her favorite tool on an Applebee’s burger! The pick they put through the bun has become her go to push fabric thru and, the other end to flatten the fabric. She was kind enough to share them with us last year.

Diane’s favorite is a time saver Dritz Ezy Hem gauge for measuring and ironing to set a variety of hem sizes.

Colleen loves Carol Doak’s “Add a quarter” and “Add an eighth” rulers for paper piecing. They have a lip which helps when trimming fabric.

 

Show and Tell:

Barbara W is working on a Missouri Star Quilt Co patter called Reflections.

Donna showed us her Hi-De-Ho Picnic quilt from Maywood Studios using scraps in red, white and blue.

Patty is working on a Crab Apple Hill quilt for a co-worker who is retiring.  For the embroidery she traced the Halloween witch pieces using colored pencils.

Brenda attended a Sherry Lynn Wood improv workshop.  She showed us a block in black, white, peach and aqua with a very modern design.

Theresa used a Quick Curve ruler to make her 160 3”x11” units Metro Twist quilt from Pintuck & Purl.

 

Future Meeting Dates and Locations:

Regular monthly meetings will be held on the first Saturday of each month (adjusted for holiday weekends). Initially, 2022 meetings will be held remotely via Zoom.  Any changes for 2022 dates and/or location will be announced in advance.

Be sure to mark your calendars:

January 8

February 5

March 5

April 2

May 7

June 4

July 9

August 6

September 10

October 1

November 5

December 3

Board of Directors monthly meeting schedule will be announced soon. 


Monday, December 20, 2021

SMQG December 2021 meeting minutes

 

SEACOAST MODERN QUILT GUILD

MONTHLY MEETING (via Zoom)

DECEMBER 4, 2021

Attendees:

JoAnne D, Patty C, Mary O, Barb B, Barbara M, Kate Q, Lou S, Marylee W, Donna C, Colleen H, Paula K, Wendy W, Sasha S, Suzanne W, Carol B

JoAnne, our outgoing President thanked everyone for their efforts and ongoing participation in our guild as she opened her final meeting.  Thank you, JoAnne for keeping us engaged and challenged especially as we all navigated the “new normal” of Zoom meetings. 

At the end of the meeting JoAnne introduced our new President, Patty Crafts.  Patty discussed some ideas she has for this coming year related to our 10 year anniversary, activities, charity, potential workshops.  2022 is looking to be a busy year!  More details to follow. 

 

Committee Reports:                                                                                    

Treasurer’s report was given. 

Secretary’s report – no updates to report

Reminder to all to send in your 2022 $30.00 dues.  Checks can be sent directly to Barbara M.


Secret Santa swaps – we all enjoyed opening our gifts and learning who our Secret Santa was.  Santa was good to everyone this year! Lots of fun fabrics, tools, thread, gift cards, books, homemade items and organizers were exchanged.

Programs:

UFO Challenge: Wendy showed us her completed Stars over the Common, a 2017 block of the month from Quilters Common in Wakefield

Show and Tell:  

Patty has been working on a t-shirt quilt, a girl’s quilt and, quilting 3 (kayak with paddle, campfire and a round grill).  Minutes may be updated with more details in the next couple of days.

Suzanne – details of her show and tell will be posted soon.  Minutes will be updated to reflect the change.

Sasha completed a quilted knitting bag with adorable cat fabric

Charity:   

Details on what organizations we will donate to are forthcoming.

 

Month 12 of our Piece & Love Block of the Month by modern quilt designer Sherry Shish is now available on our page of her website.  Everyone has received the details on accessing it but if you need it resent let JoAnne know.

Reminder: Do not share the pattern with anyone.  It is meant to be used by members, only.

Future Meeting Dates and Locations:

Regular monthly meetings will be held on the first Saturday of each month (adjusted for holiday weekends). Initially, 2022 meetings will be held remotely via Zoom.  Any changes for 2022 dates and/or location will be announced in advance.

Be sure to mark your calendars:

January 8

February 5

March 5

April 2

May 7

June 4

July 9

August 6

September 10

October 1

November 5

December 3

 

Board of Directors monthly meeting schedule will be available soon.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

SMQG November 2021 meeting minutes

 

SEACOAST MODERN QUILT GUILD

MONTHLY MEETING (via Zoom)

NOVEMBER 6, 2021

Attendees:

JoAnne D, Patty C, Mary O, Barb B, Katherine F, Barbara M, Robin L, Theresa H, Kate Q, Lou S, Marylee W, Diane S, Donna C, Colleen H, Paula K, Suzanne W, Carol B

Committee Reports:                                                                                    

Treasurer’s report was given. 

Secretary’s report – no updates to report

 Retreat: No updates  

 

Voting for 2022 Board of Directors was today.  The following people were elected:

President – Patty C

Co-Vice Presidents – Barb B & Colleen H

Treasurer – Barbara M

Secretary – Carol B

 

December meeting will be our final meeting for the year.  It will be via Zoom and as we did last year our Secret Santa gifts will be sent by USPS.  Please let JoAnne know if you want to participate.  She and Barbara M will pick names and send emails to each person.  Limit is $20.00. 

 

Those of you participating can send you “wish list” of 3 sewing/quilting items to JoAnne (jvdavidson@comcast.net).  She’ll send a reminder out to everyone in a week or so.  We’re less than a month away.  Mail is trending slower these days so please make sure you mail in time to arrive for our Dec 4 meeting.   **suggestion for keeping Secret Santa a secret, use your own return address on the package**

 The joint Board (current and future) met on 11/9 and agreed to keep the 2022 dues at $30.00

Programs:

UFO Challenge: The completion due date for the next round of the UFO challenge is quickly approaching! Entries will be presented in December’s meeting.  As we did in October, please send in your quilt photos a week before our Dec 4 meeting.  They will be posted and sent out to the group for voting.

Prizes will be awarded on the completed UFOs in 3 categories:

1.    Oldest

2.    Use of Color

3.    People’s Choice


Speakers/Workshops:

For those who signed up, Carolina Oneto’s Organic Shapes workshop was today following our meeting from 10-12:30.  Carolina is a very talented and inspirational quilter and, an excellent teacher.  Prior to the workshop she provided detailed written instructions on creating organic shapes, basic and variants (overlapping and stacking).  During the workshop she demonstrated the “how-to’s”, put us in breakout rooms and we went to work, with her checking in on us every few minutes.  Her detailed tutorial and explanation made for quite an enjoyable session for all with some very creative results.  

 

Month 11 of our Piece & Love Block of the Month by modern quilt designer Sherry Shish is now available on our page of her website.  Everyone has received the details on accessing it but if you need it resent let JoAnne know.

Reminder: Do not share the pattern with anyone.  It is meant to be used by members, only.

Future Meeting Dates and Locations:

Regular monthly meetings will be held on the first Saturday of each month (adjusted for holiday weekends). All 2021 meetings held remotely via Zoom.  Any changes for 2022 will be announced in the coming weeks.

Be sure to mark your calendars:

December 4 – Secret Santa & UFO Challenge (#2)

 

Board of Directors meetings will be held on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7p.m. via Zoom.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

SMQG October 2021 Meeting Minutes

 

SEACOAST MODERN QUILT GUILD

MONTHLY MEETING (via Zoom)

OCTOBER 2, 2021

Attendees:

JoAnne D, Barbara M, Kate Q, Lou S, Diane S, Paula K, Suzanne W, Mary O, Theresa H, Barb B, Brenda S, Patty C, Colleen H, Carol B

Committee Reports:

Treasurer’s report was given. 

Secretary’s report – no updates to report

 Retreat: No updates  

 

We are welcoming 2 new members to our group – Donna Cliff and Erin Bennett.   Looking forward to seeing them in future meetings.

Patty C will send out information on a new member, someone who just began sewing in June.

 

Programs:

UFO Challenge: The October 2nd completion due date is here! See below for details of the quilters entries.  

Speakers/Workshops:

Carolina Oneto Organic Shapes workshop – as of this meeting 9 people have signed up. Gayle Brown, a former SMQG member and a personal friend of Carolina’s tells JoAnne it’s a wonderful workshop.  There may be some interest from the Seabreeze and, Trumbull, CT Piecemaker quilt guilds.

Per Carolina it will be part workshop and part demo.  Have your machines ready, we can work along with her.

Month 10 of our Piece & Love Block of the Month by modern quilt designer Sherry Shish is now available on our page of her website.  Everyone has received the details on accessing it but if you need it resent let JoAnne know.

Reminder: Do not share the pattern with anyone.  It is meant to be used by members, only.

 

Election for 2022 Board of Directors officers – nominations need to be submitted for all positions.  Candidates thus far are:

President – Patty C (announced shortly after our meeting)

Vice President – open

Treasurer – Barbara M

Secretary – Carol B

 

2020 is our 10 year Anniversary. Amy Friend, our founder has some ideas on how to celebrate.  More info to come.

 

UFO Challenge presentations:

Prizes will be awarded on completed UFOs in 3 categories:

1.    Oldest

2.    Use of Color

3.    People’s Choice

Some were not able to complete their UFOs yet but did show their progress to the group (below).

Kate submitted her 36”x40” blue “Z” of her own design (20 different blocks) and, the same design in Tan, Brown and Peach.  Completed

Lou submitted a multi colored table runner completed in scraps and, dryer sheets for the backing.  She quilted the label.  Completed

Paula submitted 3 quilts.  1) A mini quilt.  2) A Christmas mini quilt 3) Bright Birch Tree quilt   All 3 have been completed

Suzanne submitted her Anna Maria Horner “Dear Diary” quilt with blocks of different sizes and colors and, Monarch Butterfly wall hanging Completed

Barbara M submitted her “Fire & Water quilt by Michelle Wilky (Succulent Quilt pattern) Completed

Mary submitted her Dresden plate wall hanging – Jo Avery design using Alison Glass fabrics Completed

Barbara M will create a survey for voting and send a link to the group.

 

Several people are actively working on theirs:

Patty showed us her quilt started in an Amy Friend improv class.  Her second UFO is a LaBamba pattern in Jewel tones and is partially Paper Pieced.

Theresa showed us her paper pieced string blocks quilt in creams based on a Jenny Doan (Missouri Star Quilt Co) pattern

Barb B showed us her scrappy Lone Star quilt using Michael Miller fabrics

Colleen showed us her Village Houses quilt and Summer Villa by Lucy Summers (9 patch)

 

Future Meeting Dates and Locations:

Regular monthly meetings will be held on the first Saturday of each month via Zoom (adjusted for holiday weekends).

Be sure to mark your calendars:

November 6

December 4

 

Zoom meetings have been set up for all of 2021.  We will reassess as the months go on and changes will be made if we are confident that we can meet safely.

Board of Directors meetings will be held on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7p.m. via Zoom.