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:

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