Monday, September 26, 2016

October Meeting Reminder

On Saturday October 1st we will be having our meeting in West Newbury at the Old Town Hall from 10am-12pm.
We will be holding nominations for the 2017 SMQG Executive Board positions. Voting will occur at the November meeting.

After nominations and show & tell,  Kali will be doing a quick and dirty zipper demonstration and we will have some time to work on sewing some small pouches to give away to teens at the holidays. The intent is to donate these pouches filled with some personal care items to teens in local drug rehab centers. If you would like to help with the pouch making effort, please aim to make two pouches, one in a masculine design and one in a feminine design, that would be completed by the November meeting. If you are new to installing a zipper, you can come to the meeting with your fabric cut and prepared so that you can start stitching away after the demonstration! 

Here are two patterns that would be great for this, but you are welcome to use whatever pattern you would like:

Just to make it a little extra fun, and since this is a charity project for the holidays, for every two pouches that you contribute before/at the November meeting your name will be entered to win a prize!  Also, if you have ideas about what we can stuff the pouches with or if you have any leads on getting "stuffable" items donated to us please reach out to Kate.

The SMQG Charity Quilt Stash: Kate is collecting completed quilts to be stashed for any future charity events which may require some quick action. Please feel free to bring these to the meeting. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

September Meeting Recap

On Saturday we met in West Newbury for our September meeting.

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
Gather Here is hosting the Squam Modern Quilt Show at the Fall Squam Artist Retreat on Saturday September 17th from 5-10 pm. There is more information, and a link to RSVP at

Christa Quilts class will be held on October 8th from 10-5pm at the West Newbury Old Town Hall. There are still 7 spots available for the class, please sign up if you plan to do so, or tell your quilter friends! Reminder, you will need to purchase the book  Machine Quilting with Style separately. Sign ups are on the blog at

Details for the Michael Miller Luxe Challenge can be found here! The deadline for this challenge is November 30th.

Details for the American Patchwork & Quilting Nine-Patch Challenge are now available. The challenge? Create a modern quilt using the simple nine-patch block. Entries are due with other QuiltCon entries on November 30, 2016.

Join the national MQG the third Sunday of every month to sew with friends on Instagram using the hashtag #mqgsewday. The next sew day will happen September 18.

Charity Sewing 
Please see Kate's email listing out our current charity endeavors, we have so much going on! Three cheers to Kate for getting us organized! 

Show & Tell 
Jess showed off a number of projects! This is an applique quilt top that she started at a workshop with Carolyn Friedlander. She also attended a workshop with Chawne Kimber in Cambridge and pieced small!

Peg showed off this skirt that she made with Melody Miller records fabric.

Marylee shared this quilt that she made for her neighbor. It is backed with polar fleece, but has no batting.
Marylee also showed this mini quilt that she made that uses tulle to create shadow or highlight. This work was inspired by Nancy Morgan, a local textile artist, who will be speaking at the Seacoast Art Association in Exeter on the second Sunday of October at 2pm.

Diane shared some samples from her upcoming class at the East Kingston library on September 21 and 22. She also showed her August Lucky Spool Challenge, an exploded block. 

Laura shared this Noodlehead Caravan Tote that she finished as a stylish diaper bag. If one were to attempt a similar bag, Laura recommends backing the Liberty fabric with Craft Fuse instead of interfacing.
Hilde shared this quilt from a class that she took at MassArt many years ago. The class was on Resist Dyeing, and when she combined her examples into a quilt she set a new standard for the class.

Hilde also showed off this quilt top that she assembled recently using the stack and slice method.

Nancy shared her quilted Farm Girl Vintage quilt, pattern by Lori Holt.
Nancy also showed off this quilted tote bag that she made for herself using fruits and veggies fabric. 

Upcoming Meeting

Our October meeting will be held in West Newbury at the Old Town Hall. We will be holding nominations for the 2017 SMQG Executive Board positions. If you would like more information please contact Mary. Voting will occur at the November meeting.

After nominations and show & tell, we will be having a zipper demonstration and will have some time to work on some small pouches. We will be filling these will small personal care items and giving them away to teens in local drug rehab centers at the holidays. There is more information in that handy email from Kate!

Two recommended patterns are listed below:

Monday, September 5, 2016

September Meeting Reminder

On Saturday September 10th we will be meeting from 10am-12pm at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex to do some charity sewing. The below message is from Kate, our Charity Quilting Chair: 

Hello all!  I hope you are all looking forward to our next meeting--we have lots of different charity things happening.
We will continue our work on out QuiltCon Charity quilt, we should be able to get the top finished and possibly get the back pieced!
With the fabric (tops and squares) returned to us from England along with some donated fabric from Susan Gold, we have plenty of material to work with for charity projects--but it will require some creativity on our part to utilize what we have.  It would be great to end up with some quilts for teens specifically, so please keep that in mind when you are sewing.  Since we aren't sure what we will end up with after we all put a few hours of sewing in using up the materials on hand, let's see what we end up with before selecting a charity--this way we can hopefully maximize our time sewing.  Some of the completed squares may lend themselves more toward smaller projects rather than a quilt top, so come with your ideas--maybe a zippered pouch, a tote bag, or a notebook cover?  We have brainstormed about giving some handmade gifts to local groups around the holidays and this would be a great way to do that!

If anyone would like to sew NICU smocks, here is a link that was passed on from Diane.   I think this would be an equally nice thing to do with some of the donated fabric we have.

Additionally, if you have a favorite patter or tutorial that is quick to stitch up, feel free to print out one (or two) copies and bring it along! I haven't seen the donated fabric so I am not sure what audience it lends itself to. 

Please bring any blenders or solids that you are willing to contribute.

See you all next weekend!


Additionally, please bring your sewing machine and any necessary accessories. Please contact Mary if you would like to volunteer to bring your iron and ironing board, or rotary mat and a ruler.