Saturday, June 1, 2013

June 2013 Meeting Recap

Our June meeting was held at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex in West Newbury, MA. We had 19 total people in attendance, with three first-timers! It's great to see our guild grow and have new folks join us.

We started by discussing a few projects we have going.

1) Sew-Ins: Aimee hosted our guild's first sew-in at her home in Portsmouth, NH this May. I attended, and five of us had a great time talking family and fabric over our handwork, knitting, cookies, lemon bars, and wine. Aimee is currently looking for a volunteer to host the June sew-in. If you are interested in hosting a small (6 or so people), mid-week gathering, please speak up via email. A volunteer has been found! Watch your email for details on our June sew-in.

2) Indian Summer Charity Baby Quilts: Amy received the Indian Summer fabrics from the very generous (and talented!) Sarah Watson, and we formed four groups to create round-robin-style baby quilts to be donated to Moore, OK. The finished quilts will be due at the August meeting. No specific size dimensions have been given--just make them baby-sized.

3) July Meeting/Pillowcase Sew-In: Joanne brought copies of a pillowcase tutorial that we will use at the July meeting (West Newbury Town Hall Annex) to make pillowcases to donate to children entering the foster care system in MA and NH. If you did not pick up a pillowcase tutorial, the fabric requirements are:

  • 25'' (buy 3/4 yd) x WOF for pillowcase body
  • 9'' (buy 1/4 yd) x WOF for contrasting cuff
  • 3'' (buy 1/8 yd) x WOF for accent strip

Please BYO fabric (bright, cheery, child-themed prints would be great) and BYO machine and be ready to sew. More details and a reminder to follow later this month.

4) December 2013 Yankee Swap: We started discussing the possibility of swapping a small handmade item (pincushion, potholder, needle book, etc) OR a fun notion costing $15 or less at our December meeting. Sounds fun and festive! Keep your eye peeled for a fun handmade item idea.

But by far, the most important business we discussed was our officer elections and passing the bylaws.

The following officers were elected:
President: Amy Friend
Vice President: Peg Connolly
Treasurer: Becca Babb-Brott
Secretary: Laura Collins

Some final changes to the bylaws were discussed; 13 of the 16 members present voted to approve the bylaws. The revised bylaws can be downloaded here: REVISED BYLAWS

If you did not attend the meeting, and have not yet emailed a ballot to Laura Collins (lacollins AT gmail DOT com), please do so as soon as possible. The deadline for voting is Friday, June 7, at 11:59 pm. Though it is definitely possible to change the bylaws at a later point in time (such as the November business meeting in a few months), we must agree to a document before July 1 so that we can join the national MQG.

Show and Tell is definitely my favorite part of every meeting!

Jessica brought back her May lottery blocks as a gorgeous finished quilt! She did the way hard part--but look what we made, folks!

Gillian brought her brightly-colored scrap string top.

Diane participated in Art Gallery Fabrics' Make it Right Challenge. She made this mini-quilt that seemed to have two front sides!

Linda, a visitor and senior editor at the American Quilt Society, brought a wealth of red and white quilts from her in-progress book. The one occupying most of the right side of this photo is her "geese in the pond" quilt, and a single block showing off the opposite color scheme.

Here is a closeup featuring the free-motion quilting on Mary's Denyse Schmidt star quilt. She did it herself on her home sewing machine, and used many different designs.

The top of the pile (!) is Mary's half-square triangle quilt, also featuring her free-motion quilting.

And here Mary holds her blue scrappy trip-around-the-world quilt.

Maryly shows off her Wounded Warrior project "house quilt" mini. It is in honor of her father-in-law, who served in Japan during World War II.

Karen made more of these fabric flowers (she says they are addicting!) and wanted to make them look "modern." I think she succeeded! 

This is Karen's table runner. I believe she said it was leftover batiks.

And here, Karen shows off her yellow and black star quilt. She says she tried to stretch herself past her usual color scheme of red, black, and white, so she chose yellow, black, and white. Big impact!

Amy brought her Trending Chevron Lap Quilt. The background fabrics are various low-volume prints, and are incredible to see in person.

Gail says this is her try at a first "modern" quilt. I wouldn't believe it if she hadn't told us. 

Michelle brought her Hope Valley Disappearing Squares quilt. You can see the tiny hand-stitching she did in plum-colored perle cotton, in the block on the top left. 

Samantha modeled her Shibori Laurel dress. She will make a garment sewist out of me yet!

Laura showed off her scrappy string quilt. 

And then Laura also won the block lottery. Here are our group's spiderweb blocks laid out together:

Finally, fabric fun! Samantha taught the group about some of the fabric collage techniques she uses to create pieces like the top photo of the turtle, and like this:

Here is one of her WIPs, pins and all. I get a better sense of her process looking at the WIP. 

Piles of pink and purple scrap waiting for something wonderful to happen.

Hard at work discussing the round robin baby quilt.

If you attended today's meeting, thanks for joining us. If you missed us, please email your ballot to Laura, and we hope to see you in July.


Amy Friend said...

Thank you Laura for your great recap of the meeting. I know it kept you busy!

Unknown said...

Laura, you are amazing to have this done so quickly. What a great job you are doing.

DSheck said...

Great work on the description of the of luck with your string quilt...I think it is the winner!

samantha said...

Thanks For the great post, Laura! Thanks to all the writing committee! Thanks Amy for forming this great guild!

Anonymous said...

Woah, that was fast! Nice re-cap! Glad that the bylaws are behind us so we can get back to the fun stuff, sewing!

Alex Palmer said...

wow what a talented group of ladies! I hope one day I can make some quilts that are that great!