Wednesday, June 29, 2016

July Meeting Reminder

The July meeting will be held on Saturday July 9 at the Haverhill MA Public Library from 10-3pm.  Directions can be found at this link

For the meeting we will be working on our Quiltcon Charity quilt using the design that was thought up by the Design Committee and voted on at the June meeting. The guild will be providing fabric for this quilt. Please bring your sewing machines, necessary accessories like scissors and pins, and light colored neutral thread to help us begin to sew these blocks together. Please contact Mary to volunteer to bring an iron and ironing board, or a cutting mat and ruler.

If you signed up to make a block for our Orlando charity quilt, please bring these to the meeting as well. We will be collecting the blocks, and if there is enough time we will begin to sew them together. 

Have a great Fourth of July! 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Summer Sew-Ins!

Come take a break from the heat and sew!


Popsicle Quilt by Frybread Quilts & Cuterie

What: Completely unstructured sewing time!

When: July 22 & August 19, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Wiggin Memorial Library,
10 Bunker Hill Ave.  Stratham, NH

Bring your machines, sewing projects, and cool drink of your choice.  We'll order out for pizza and have a great time together!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Summer Events in New England

Hi all!
Here's a round up of some events happening in the next few months!
June 24-26 - Vermont Quilt Festival
This year is the 40th year of the Vermont Quilt Festival! The special exhibit is a showing of quilts by Ruth McDowell, an Art Quilter.
While many classes are sold out, it appears that there are still openings in some of Amy Garro's classes, as well as many others.
July 29-31 - Maine Quilt Show
The Maine Quilt Show is held in Augusta and is organized by the Pine Tree Quilters Guild. They also have classes still open! The list of classes is here!

August 13 - Chawne Kimber of Completely Cauchy will be giving a class on working with small pieces. The class will be held at the Cambridge Marriott in Central Square from 10-5pm, the cost is $140. See more details here.

August 18-20 - World Quilt New England
This is a traveling show put on by a larger corporation. They are offering classes and a vendor hall in addition to the quilt show.

Show Banner WQNE Large

September 30- October 1 - the Merrimack Valley Quilt Show will be held in Newburyport from 9-4pm at the New Hope Community Church.
October 23 - SewBoston retreat 
Join the Cambridge MQG from 9am-8pm at the Cambridge Marriott in Kendal Square for a retreat style sewing day. The cost will be $40. Please find more info and the link to sign up here!

October 8 - SMQG will be hosting Christa Watson for her class Modern Machine Quilting on your domestic machine from 10-5pm. There will be more information on this in the next few weeks!

Some additional places to keep an eye on for classes are:
Gather Here - located in Cambridge and home to the Cambridge MQG, Gather Here has hosted Lizzy House and Carolyn Friedlander for workshops in the past. Maritza Soto of sotosewn teaches quilting classes regularly.
A Gathering of Stitches - located in Portland, Maine, A Gathering of Stitches is quickly becoming known for their weekend retreats with national level teachers. This August they will host Chawne Kimber and Alison Glass for a slow stitching retreat, and also hold garment and fabric dying workshops regularly.
Nido - located in Burlington, VT, nido has hosted teachers such as Heather Jones in the past and will have Carolyn Friedlander in July.
Quilted Threads - located in Henniker, NH has hosted some modern quilters in the past.

**There are many more shops locally, but I tried to highlight the shops that offer workshops with modern quilters. Most of these shops have newsletters and Facebook pages, which are both great ways to stay in the know!

Monday, June 6, 2016

June Meeting Recap

On June 4th we met at the Newburyport Library to view Riley Blake Challenge projects, and discuss QuiltCon.

Kate gave a presentation on the QuiltCon Charity Quilt Design. The Charity Quilt Design Committee met in May to come up with some ideas to use this year. In the course of their meeting and conversation they narrowed down from eight different designs to four main themes, and presented us with a completed design. Since the committee had originally proposed having the group vote between a couple of different designs we did have the choice of one out of two similar designs, but the group that was present agreed to go forward with the design favored by the committee. We will begin working on this quilt at the July meeting.

Also, Judy gave us an update on the charity sewing that we had done in January to benefit the #Donateablock2 which is a campaign by Nicola (@hhhomemade on Instagram) to collect blocks to make into quilts for children at Boston Children's Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Judy had kindly mailed our package of blocks and tops and quilts to England, however after waiting months for the package to be delivered it was returned to her after having been diverted from its path several times! The three finished quilt tops will be quilted and donated to the Boston Children's Hospital, which was their original destination. The other blocks that we made will be saved to be used in future charity quilts.

Retreat '17: Joanne is looking into our options for next year's retreat. She is looking to secure us a location that will be able to provide design walls and pressing stations, and have the possibility of kitchen use to limit the cost of food for attendees. It is a possibility that we will be looking to return to the Franciscan for 2017, and investigate alternate locations for 2018.
For the Retreat Committee, Paula and Diane will be organizing swag, Mary O will be in charge of hospitality, and Colleen will help organize the pot luck and other food for the weekend.

We voted on our favorite Riley Blake Challenge projects, and awarded the prize to Bea! She received the book Quilt Local by Heather Jones.

Jane started our show and tell with this awesome tote bag that she made using one of the patterns from Amy's new book, Intentional Piecing. She made lemonade out of lemons by using up some fabric that she was ready to get out of her stash in this awesome tote bag for a friend.
Jane also showed off two more quilts, one for her grandson (above) and one to be donated to victims of the fire in Fort McMurray. Jess kindly quilted this for her.
We also got to see Jane's awesome May Mighty Lucky project. She took Alison Glass's inspiration and made this block based on a photograph.

Bea showed off her awesome Riley Blake Challenge quilt. Didn't she do a great job with the layout?

Suzanne shared one of many memory quilts that she has been making recently using clothing from her late father-in-law.

Colleen showed off two quilt tops that she finished, as well as gave us a peek at this quilt that Mary G had just finished quilting for her.

Jess showed off the espadrille sandals that she made for the Riley Blake Challenge, as well as her new wardrobe staple, Sonya Philip Dress No 2 made in some scrumptious Library lawn.

Kate shared her Riley Blake Challenge, where she tried new things like wavy line and pebble quilting, and using the different colors in the fabric to make her own design.

 Kate also shared this quilt top that she actually started at a SMQG meeting in February of 2013! The quilt was made using the Twister ruler, and it seems it was fated to be donated to Fort McMurray.
Joanne also made a quilt to be donated. She used more masculine, mature colors in hopes to appeal to a different audience than some of the other bright and cheery quilts. I am sure that it will be a comfort to anyone that receives it!

For Diane's Riley Blake Challenge quilt she used dye to achieve a different effect than the black and white. She also used a combination of hand and machine quilting to give different effects at different places in the quilt.

 Paula shared her Riley Blake Challenge pillow as well. Don't you love the bright citrusy colors!

Susan shared her Riley Blake Challenge quilt, that was inspired by wanting to play with a new drunkards path template.
Susan also showed off a mini quilt that she made trying out a Dresden plate (sorry this is so blurry!), and a table runner that utilized some pieced curves.

Bethany, a new member, showed off this HUGE quilt top that she finished after working on it for the past couple of years.

Laura shared her last quilt that she made for do.good stitches. Her color palette inspiration was 70's colors (inspired by Sesame Street!)

Nancy shared the finished product of the quilt that she was working on at retreat. She used Elizabeth Hartman's Allie Owl Quilt.

Judy shared two pot holders that she is making using the drunkards path blocks that Laura instructed us on how to make.

We also talked about QuiltCon! (Phew!) If you are interested in attending February 2017 in Savannah, it is recommended that you have first, second, and third choice classes picked out soon. For the most success, be ready with any information you will need and your choices and backup choices the moment signups are available.
The class list can be found here. The sign ups will happen on June 25.
Pricing information can be found here.
If a workshop isn't quite your jam, the lectures do provide quite a bit of inspiration and information, and tickets can now be paid for either individually, by day, or for the whole conference.
There will be emails from the MQG in the next couple of weeks on the sign up process, exact times, and the website location to sign up.

Amy Garro will be speaking to the NHMQG and we have all been invited to join for $5 a person. The event will be June 12, in Amherst NH. Please find all of the details here!

Our fall workshop has been finalized! We will be hosting Christa Watson of ChristaQuilts on October 8, from 10am-5pm at the West Newbury Old Town Hall. The workshop will be $100, which will include lunch. Participants are also required to purchase a copy of her book, Machine Quilting with Style. The class will be Modern Machine Quilting, and everyone will be using their own domestic sewing machines. The class is limited to 22 participants. Registration will be first come, first serve, and will open to SMQG members on July 15 with a Paypal button on the blog. On August 1st, the remaining spots will be open to non guild members.

Keep your eyes open for another post about local-ish quilty events this summer and fall!

The next meeting will be held Saturday July 9th at the Haverhill Public Library. This is a new location for us, but we will have plenty of space to sew and it will be air conditioned! Please bring your sewing machines and any accessories that you need to sew, like scissors, seam ripper, thread, pins, etc.