Saturday, February 16, 2013

March Meeting Agenda

The March 2, 2013 meeting of the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild will be held at the Stratham Public Library from 10-12:00.  Click here for the library's website and directions. Thank you to Paula for securing the room for us! Paula will provide a snack and I (Amy) will bring a beverage for the meeting.

Rhonda will be leading the workshop portion of our meeting. She will be teaching about sewing curves. Rhonda has chosen to start with hand sewing so we do not need machines for this meeting. You should bring: two FQs or smaller of fabric that you want to piece plus some pins, needle and thread.

I will be handing out charm packs of Asbury courtesy of Andover Fabrics for our next guild challenge. You must create something using the charm pack by the April meeting. You can include more Asbury or solids. If you haven't already let me know that you want to join the challenge, please send me an email. I can accomodate a few more people.

Paula mentioned an interest in working on charity quilts. I thought we could discuss this at our next meeting. I contacted Margaret's Hope Chest, a very well run and generous organization that I have worked with before. Carin, the director, said that they could use more quilts for a program that supports mothers who are in treatment for postpartum depression/anxiety. The quilts are for the moms. Carin wrote, "Since January 1st we have given 20 quilts and as the director says "They are a blessing". There are no sizes or colors that are preferred--we just ask that the quilters make a quilt that has some sort of meaning to the quilter (favorite color etc.). When I made my quilt I asked myself 'What colors or designs bring me joy and a sense of HOPE?' Then we ask the quilter to write a personal note of encouragement to the mother and explain why they chose to make the quilt the way they did. According to the director of the program, the mothers LOVE the notes and more times than not, the quilt they choose and the message that is written is something that has deep meaning to these mothers. Many of these mothers are young and lack a support system--these quilts are gifts that will become a symbol of HOPE in their lives." Perhaps we could help her with this mission? If you have a favorite quilt charity, please bring the information to the meeting. Think about whether or not you have time to lead the guild's charity quilt efforts too and let us know at the next meeting.

As usual, you are welcome to bring show and tell. See you soon!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Congratulations Diane!

Diane's Madrona Road Challenge Pillow has been chosen to go to Quilt Con by Michael Miller.  Congratulations Dianne!

Read about it here.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Asbury Challenge

Asbury by Thomas Knauer for Andover Fabrics
On the heels of the Madrona Road Challenge, I have another challenge for the guild!  Andover Fabrics has given me charm packs of Asbury by Thomas Knauer to use for a guild challenge.  See my blog tomorrow for some inspiration!
I will bring the charm packs to the March 2nd meeting and projects will be due at the April 6th meeting.  The challenge is open to anyone who is a member of the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild.  Please consider the deadline before committing to the project.  If you are not going to be able to come to the April 6th meeting, I will need you to email me a good quality picture of your final project taken in natural lighting with a neutral background before the meeting.  I will plan on bringing a backdrop and taking the projects outside to photograph at the April meeting so that we have pictures for the blog.  I'm letting you know about the challenge now so you can start thinking and will be ready to sew as soon as the charm pack gets into your hands!
Edited to add--there are no rules for the competition.  Be as creative as you would like.  The Asbury line should be showcased so let's keep it to Asbury and solids only but make what you would like!
If you want to join the challenge, please email me at
Thank you to Andover Fabrics for this opportunity!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Madrona Road Challenge Complete!

For our guild Madrona Road Challenge, we asked our members to make pillows.  One had to be shared here in a photo only because the maker couldn't attend the meeting.  And one missed this photo because she had to leave early.  But I still like this group shot best of all the pictures taken today.


By popular vote, the winner of our guild's challenge was Diane who made this creative appliqued pick up truck.  Congratulations!  Thank you to all who participated.