Sunday, November 3, 2013

November meeting recap

Our November meeting was held at the Stratham Public Library in Stratham, New Hampshire. We held our annual business meeting, and our first WIP/scrap/supply auction to benefit the guild. The photo above is of the gorgeous lamp that Sue Ann made to donate to our guild. It is amazing, and looks sweet on my very own dresser right now!

Amy began the meeting by taking volunteers for refreshments at the Lizzy House lecture on November 23. Thank you in advance if you signed up to bring a snack or a drink! Gather Here will vend Lizzy House fabrics and some coordinating solids at the lecture. Soak has donated some goodies to be used as door prizes. We hope to see everyone there--and please feel free to invite guests!

The Riley Blake challenge deadline has been extended until February. Our projects will be due at the February meeting, and photos are due on the MQG website in February. 

For our December meeting, we will hold an end-of-year celebration! 2013 was our first full year as a guild, and it's been a great one. We'll celebrate with a Yankee swap--please bring a fabric or notion gift worth about $15, or a small handmade gift item such as a pouch--and come ready for fun! We'll be holding a potluck brunch as well, so please come hungry and with something breakfasty to share. 

Stephanie showed off her Broken Herringbone quilt top at Show and Tell. She used bright solids for the sashing and black and white prints for the "bricks"--very different, and very lovely!

Jessica found this lovely vintage sewing machine FOR FREE and had it fixed up. It sews! I love the green color of the body, and the wooden base. What a find.

Amy showed off her Halloween quilt. She was able to design such a smart quilt around those large novelty prints, keeping them intact so you could read the cute labels on the Halloween bottles. The angles on the edge are my favorite part.

Nancy showed off a Christmas mini quilt made of HSTs

And a BIG pile of paper-pieced blocks she made for the Big City Girl QAL. I think we all loved her Paris block the best, though you can also see her Zakim bridge block in her lap (designed by our own Amy). I can't wait to see this project all together, Nancy!

In the spirit of the "clear-out-your-stash" auction, Samantha dug up a cut of monster fabric she bought to make a quilt for her nephew. Her nephew just got his drivers' license so she repurposed the fabric to make a bright and appealing quilt for one of her sons. What a great use of those funny monsters.

Laura showed two quilt tops made for friends to put in the guest room of their new house. (Speedy quilting to me this week!)

Kali showed off her first quilt. It was a bit difficult to photograph because it is a king-sized quilt! She started with a small cut of the fabric in the very center diamond medallion, and designed the quilt around that little bit of fabric. She designed the borders and the medallion herself, and was able to mix in a variety of coordinating fabrics. In the end, she found more of her feature fabric--and was able to buy 9 yards for the back!

Samantha did a fabulous job as auctioneer. I left feeling like a winner, and I was also able to unload a boatload of scraps. I hope others felt half as successful as I did! We raised a total of $209 to go towards our national MQG dues, which is quite substantial. I know I hope this auction becomes an annual event--I have WIPs earmarked for donation if they don't get done this year!

If you weren't able to make the meeting, hope to see you at Lizzy House in West Newbury on 11/23, and at our December end-of-year gathering at the Fremont Public Library in Fremont NH!

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