Saturday, April 5, 2014

April Meeting Recap

Hi, it's Amy here today filling in for vacationing Laura. Please don't expect the same quality, highly detailed minutes that we are used to because I am a tad bit over committed at the moment. However, I did manage to get photos of all the show and tell projects...I think!

Peg started our meeting by distributing the Michael Miller fabric for the MQG challenge.  Please bring your completed project to the June meeting.

The May meeting will not be held in Portland, ME.  Instead, the meeting on May 3 will be held in West Newbury, MA in a new location.  Try not to get confused...we normally meet at the Town Hall and the new location is also a Town Hall.  It's what locals call the Old Town Hall.  It can be found on Main Street, on the same side of the road as our normal location, opposite the town library.  There is parking in the rear. The location is 491 Main Street, Old Town Hall, West Newbury, MA 01985.  Our meeting will be an improv piecing workshop with Robin and Samantha. Please bring your sewing machine and basic sewing essentials including one fat quarter for your focus fabric.

Samantha introduced the block for next month's lottery.  (Fail number one, I forgot to take a picture of the block).  The chosen block is a Herringbone block.  The tutorial can be found here. An example of a quilt using the block can be found here. Please use bold, bright summer solids or prints that read as solids. One set of stripes should be white. Section 5 should be 6". Check position before sewing on.

Next, we listened to our speaker, Kevin Quigley. (Fail number two, I didn't take a picture of our speaker). He came to us to share helpful hints about improving our quilt photography. His presentation will well researched and prepared. He took many sample photographs of quilts for us so that the presentation really applied to quilt photography, specifically.  He hit upon technical aspects of aperture, etc., how to photograph a quilt and make it appear square for entry into competitions, how to compose interesting and compelling photographs, and tips for processing and organizing our photographs. Thank you Kevin!

Finally, we moved onto our show and tell. Here, I remembered to pick up my camera!

Peg shared this 1" scrappy log cabin quilt that she started ages ago and finished shortly after retreat.

Kali came back from retreat inspired to cut some fabric up and sew it back together and came up with this big quilt top.

Amy shared her completed selvage quilt top that she was working on at the retreat.

Amy also shared Melon Ice, her original paper pieced pattern featured in the May 2014 American Quilter Magazine.

Diane showed her Economy Block quilt that she was working on at retreat.  Do you see the retreat theme here?

She also shared one of 4 quilts she has promised to make out of these sweet butterfly blocks.

And she also finished this mini quilt with some great quilting.

Sarah visited us from the BMQG and shared a baby quilt that she pieced at retreat as well as a pillow she made as a pattern tester. (I apologize but the pillow pic was blurry.)

Stephanie shared a gender neutral baby quilt top that she made at retreat using the Littlest collection by Art Gallery Fabrics.

She also shared her massive feather quilt top, destined for the long arm.  I think she started this one last year at retreat!

Stephanie also shared this herringbone mini that she made as a class sample.

Nancy shared her paper pieced sewing machine cover and paper pieced knitting bag, as well as the hand knit sweater she is wearing.

Samantha has been spending a little time at the end of each project creating made fabric.  What a good idea!

Mary completed her economy block quilt at retreat.

She also finished this colorful scrappy trip quilt.

Always busy, she also finished this do.good.stitches charity quilt!  Check out the quilting!

After show and tell Peg mentioned her desire to create a collaborative SMQG quilt to hang at events.  She is picturing something with made fabric and will iron out the details and share them through email or at the next meeting.

See you all in May!


DSheck said...

Nice job Amy..
So much good work completed this month..I think having the retreat time together was really inspirational to us all..Diane

Unknown said...

It was such a great show and tell and Kevin did a wonderful job with all the information he shared!! I think we all had a great time, snacks were really good too!! Thanks Amy for the recap, now Laura will know what she missed out on.