Thursday, December 10, 2015

December Meeting Recap

End of the year business items began with the announcement of the 2016 Officers. Thanks for volunteering to serve!

Mary Gregory, president
Nancy Peach, vice president
Kali Zirkle, secretary
Jessica Benoit May, treasurer

Laura announced a guild pricing discount for the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club from Lucky Spool. This is a monthly design skill builder club. Laura has sent an email to the group asking who would like to participate. If you haven't responded yet, please send Laura an email. 

Our retreat at the Franciscan in Kennebunkport April 14-17 will come up fast. We're finalizing the details on how many the facility can accommodate and will let everyone know how many members and possibly guests we can have. A $30 deposit will be due in January with payments in Feb. and March. 

Judy collected mini challenge quilts to be displayed at the West Newbury Library's fiber exhibit in January. If you have a mini still, you can contact Judy about getting it to her. 

The guild received a lovely thank you note from the raffle quilt winner, Sue Frewert, a member of the Bedford guild. The Kite Tails appeared at the next Bedford guild meeting for show!

Our next meeting will be on January 2 at a new location - the Durham, NH Public Library. We will be doing a charity block sew-in for two Children's Hospital in Boston and another in the UK. We will be sewing blocks only for babies and young children. More details to follow.

The finished Quilt Con 2016 Charity Quilt was revealed! Our "improv with intent" winter scene glowed and popped with the made fabric layout and stunning quilting (Thanks Mary!). A minor bleed through that was painstakingly attended to by Jess and Mary was deemed not an issue so it's off to Pasadena to bring a breath of New England air.

Judy presented Laura with the block's made by guild members as a thank you for her year of serving as President. You did a fantastic job Laura. Many thanks. Judy made the sewing tote for the presentation.

Our annual year end celebration was a smorgasbord of tastes and delights both sweet and savory!! Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake, Artichoke Arugula Souffle Bits, Sour Cream Coffee Cake (recipes at the end of the post) were only some of the delicious fare.

Show and Tell

Sue had a handmade sweater with super cute buttons.

Susan has a friend who likes orange and a willingness to try new techniques on projects.

She showed her tie-dyed inspired quilt for her son-in-law.

She also made a quilt top from the City Quilt book by Cherri House.

Stephanie accented the mermaid with pebble quilting, making her pop out of bubbles.

Sarah showed a joint project she's working on with her grandmother. The embroidered labels are courtesy of Grandma and Sarah is assembling the quilt. A beautiful Sweetwater design.

Laura finished her mid-Century modern inspired quilt with palette courtesy of the Liberty binding.

Her Do Good Stitches quilt is complete and she's aching at the thought of sending it off.

Robin made foxes for her grandson. Notice anything out of the ordinary there? Even the back had foxes.

Diane showed a wonderful wedding present for friends.

A project with spirals and couching.

Nancy won a box of FQs from a vendor!

Judy showed a non-traditional Christmas wall hanging with made fabric tree silhouettes.

New member Kathy Berkeley showed her Gathering project from Latifah's class.

She interpreted the herringbone block without a pattern in bright lime greens.

Kathy had some great stars from a template pattern.

Jess made a thorough study of the Michael Miller Challenge rules and applied them to what was at hand... resulting in two "challenging" Michael Miller solids in grape and tangerine to go with the focus fabric. The puffy batting is tied with various embroidery flosses - fluorescent and otherwise.

The back is pieced with every bit of Michael Miller that was found in her stash.

Tree skirt with snowflakes!

Allison's Shades of Grey.

Mary's Michael Miller Challenge quilt has a very different take on the rules than Jess.

Mary showed her Glamp Stitchalot blocks.

The drawstring bag swap!

Oh the goodies inside.

Laura unveiled her Kona Name matching game. 

Sarah was the first brave contestant to play.

Thanks everyone for an amazing and productive 2015. Looking forward to 2016!


Sour Cream Coffee Cake - submitted by Judy Durant

½ cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup brown sugar
1teaspoon cinnamon
Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

½ cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
2 eggs

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream together the oil and sugar.
Add the 2 eggs and mix well.

Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

Combine sour cream and vanilla and set aside.

Alternate adding dry ingredient mixture with sour cream mixture, mixing well after each addition.
Batter will be thick.

Pour half the batter into a greased, floured tube pan.
Add half the topping mixture, distributing evenly.
Add the remaining batter.
Top with the rest of the topping mixture and pat gently.

Bake at 350° for 45 min – 1 hour.  Cake is done when a tester, inserted at thickest point comes out clean.

Artichoke Arugula Souffle Bits- submitted by Marylee Welling

4 scallions, cut in thirds
3 garlic cloves
1 cup arugula leaves, packed
6 large eggs
12 oz. marinated artichoke hearts
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. nutmet
1/2 lb. shredded sharp cheddar
coarse salt for sprinkling

In food processor, pulse scallions, garlic and arugula. Add artichokes - pulse. Whisk eggs and add with cheese and spices. Pulse to mix. Pour into 9" greased pan. Sprinkle with salt. Bake in 350° for 30 minutes or until knife comes out clean. Serve warm or refrigerated.

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