Monday, November 30, 2015

December meeting reminder

Hi all,

Our December meeting will be held this Saturday, December 5, from 10 am to 12 pm at the Stratham Public Library in Stratham, NH.

Please bring any show and tell you have to share with us this month.

If you signed up for the Lined Drawstring Bag Swap, please bring a drawstring bag made for your partner and filled with no more than about $15 worth of sewing-related goodies. The tutorial for the drawstring bag can be found on Jeni Baker's blog, HERE. Please either "wrap" your bag in a non-Christmas gift bag and tissue, or add a tag to the bag so that we know who the bag is for and from. Mary will collect all the bags on a table at the beginning of the meeting so we can admire them and we will open them together later in the meeting.

We will be sharing a potluck brunch buffet in celebration; please bring a treat to share with the group.

We will not be holding the Yankee swap we have held in years past.

Look forward to other games, treats, and fun at this meeting!

Looking ahead to January, we will be having a charity quilt block sew-in at the Durham Public Library in Durham, NH on 1/2/16 from 10 am to 12 pm.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

November Meeting Recap

Our November business meeting was held at the Newmarket Public Library last weekend. Laura opened with a thank you for all the volunteers, quilts and hard work that went into The Gathering show. She is working on getting some photos up here and a blog post. We made over $300 (way to go Sue and SueAnn - our rainmakers!) which covers the making cost plus other show expenses.
QuiltCon Entries are due on Nov 30! Work on them in advance and save your information to a document before submission. The website gets bogged down and buggy on deadline day. It is $30 per three entries and payment is needed for Michael Miller and triangle challenge entries.
Our January activity/venue is up in the air; possibly Newmarket again or Stratham. Laura is looking for a volunteer(s) who will be in town on 1/2/16 to run a workshop. Anyone game?
In December we will be in Stratham for our annual End of the Year potluck and celebration. Bring a brunch item to share and your drawstring bag for swapping. Any ideas for an extra “fun” game? Laura played the Kona name matching game that Kaufman did at quilt market and thinks this could be set up. More ideas are welcome and there are a few remaining prizes to give out!
QuiltCon Charity Challenge Quilt update: Laura had contacted the Jeannie Geiger Center but hadn't heard back from them. We discussed some other donation options such as HAWC on the North Shore or MAEMMS house in Haverhill. The finished quilt needs to be shipped to Pasadena after the December meeting.
Judy let us know that she's been talking to the librarian at the West Newbury library (across from the Old Town Hall) about a fiber exhibit in the library in Jan-Feb. They are collecting items in December and are very interested in getting work from our guild because we meet in West Newbury. Minis would be a great addition. Judy will have more details shortly.
Jess had our Retreat/Treasurer update. Deposits will be due in January with payment installments in Feb. and March.The dates are April 14-17 and the Franciscan is offering the same pricing as last year.
Kali brought up the Mary Fons webinar tonight (!) Nov. 19. Mary Fons is good speaker. And if you miss it live, you can watch it from the MQG website afterwards.
Our annual election took place on 2016 officers and some bylaw revisions. Final results to come shortly.
Show and tell!!!

 Suzanne showed off a completed wheel chair charity quilt from our Jelly Roll Race.

She also found some hand sewn mini blocks from a handful of decades ago. 

Bea had a gorgeous finish for her bed with this pastel star beauty.

Kate Kim's daughter Lucille joined us to debut her first finished quilt. Way to go Lucille!!! Pretty in Pink indeed.

Kate also had a finish with a lovely lap quilt in cool purples.

Allison made this panel (three more to go!) at Latifah Saafir's class at The Gathering. 

She also did some pattern testing for The TartanKiwi with this fierce paper pieced cat. 

Sue had completed a shop sample of Urban Cabin (Atkinson Designs) in soft, smoky hues.

Nancy also had a finish from a Latifah Saafir class - a pillow with zipper.


Also ooh and aah worthy is her runner up in the Texting While Sewing Contest on Amy's blog. The pattern is Mega Bow Tucks from Quilt Illustrated.

Nancy took a Jacquie Gering workshop and has a slash and insert top.

And just to show us all up with her productivity, a super colorful and lovely bed size wonder!

Laura had a finished quilt from blocks she inherited from a Do Good Stitches circle. 

And an applique lovely in complementary orange and blues.

Mary has a Halloween in progress piece with the cutest ric rac accents.

Jess is working on a clamshell in purples, that blended nicely with her handmade skirt in Joel Dewberry purple swallows.

This picture does not being to do justice to the wonderous creation that is the Lizzy House cat bra!! Songs will be sung of this at future guild meetings. 

Colleen showed her Alison Glass and Essex Linen in progress piece. 

Paula showed her Triangle Challenge for QuiltCon. 

Diane had two QuiltCon challenges - Triangle and Michael Miller Glitz challenge.

Jane, a new member, has a happy, sunny quilt top with some spectacular border to attach. 

Marylee had two quilted bags that start off as a square, some kind of origami voodoo and it's a purse!

Alison did a Quilt As You Go (QAYG) demonstration with some low volume blocks from the Boston Modern Quilt Guild.

She showed the sashed back of her picnic quilt and demonstrated that technique.