Monday, May 9, 2016

May Meeting Recap - Spring Speaker Amy Friend

We met on Saturday in the West Newbury Old Town Hall to see Amy Friend's presentation featuring the quilts and projects from her book, Intentional Piecing. Amy told us about how she started blogging at During Quiet Time and we got to hear about the book writing process and how wonderful it was to collaborate with Lucky Spool on the book. Amy flexed her skills and did the photography for the book, guaranteeing that it would look like a quilt book from New England.

Amy showed us quilt after quilt that displayed her thoughtful approach to fabric placement in quilt piecing, from special impactful fussy cuts to blenders and backgrounds. Amy's theory is that if you are going to spend time and money on fabric for making quilts you should also give consideration on how the fabric will be used within the quilt.

 Amy showed off her Tell Me a Story quilt - while there is currently a contest on Amy's blog where you make and post Tell Me A Story quilt blocks to Instagram with the appropriate hashtags, the SMQG has been offered a special opportunity to win a roll of fussy cut prints to add to your own stash! Every Tell Me A Story quilt block that you bring to the August meeting will count as an entry into a drawing for the roll of fabric that Amy is holding below.

The June Meeting will be held on June 4 from 10-12 pm at the Newburyport Library, and we will focus on show and tell, sharing Riley Blake Challenge projects, discussing charity projects for the year, and have a Q&A about QuiltCon!

Riley Blake Challenge: Photos of your finished quilted project need to be uploaded to the MQG website by May 31. When submitting you can use the link or sign into the MQG site, go to the "Home" tab at the top, and then click to submit your project to the challenge. Please bring these, and any other show and tell, to the June meeting. I can't wait to see what everyone has come up with!

Registration is now open for the October Retreat day with the Cambridge Modern Quilt Guild. Find the link to sign up and more info here!

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