Tuesday, December 6, 2016

December Meeting Recap

We met in Stratham NH on Saturday for our December meeting.

We completed two surveys for the incoming executive board to use in planning the upcoming year. These were on potential speakers or workshops, and activities to do with guild.

On December 18th from 1-4:45PM we will be having an open sew-in at the Newburyport Library.

We enjoyed many snacks made by our members. If anyone would like to share their recipes to be posted for others, please send them to me.

We also had our Yankee Swap. We had fun guessing who supplied the book and fat quarter based upon the pattern on the fat quarter.

A small group stayed after the meeting to fill the charity pouches that we sewed for the treatment center in Dover. Most of these were stuffed with items, and I know that they will bring a smile to the recipients faces!

QuiltCon Charity Quilt - The QuiltCon Charity quilt was quilted this month by Suzanne and Jess. It has been passed off to Jane F for binding, and is close to being finished!

Block Lottery - In January we will be resuming the block lottery. Each member who would like may make as many of the chosen blocks as they choose. For each block + $1 entered at the meeting, the member has a chance to win the pool of blocks made that month.
For the block lottery in January, we will be making wonky log cabin blocks following these directions:
Blocks should be trimmed to 12.5 inches square, to finish at 12 inches.
We will be working with the following guidelines:
-Choose one color (prints or solids) and a lot volume fabric (print or solid). If you are using prints of your chosen color, they should be predominately that color with little of any other color.
-The low volume fabric should be neutral without any other color (like a light gray on off white print, or white on off white, not white with red dots).
-The center square or rectangle should be a darker shade of the color you have chosen for your block.
As you build your wonky log cabin, make one round of logs your low volume fabric anywhere you choose, and end with the outer ring of logs being low volume.

President's Blocks - For the past two years we have made quilt blocks as a thank you to our guild president. For Mary, please use this tutorial http://www.polkadotchair.com/2015/09/september-block-of-the-month-plus-quilt-block.html/. The blocks finish at 15 inches, should have a low volume or white background, and be a rainbow of colors for the pluses. Diane will collect these at the January meeting.

Show and Tell:
Suzanne brought in a special quilt to share with us. This quilt was pieced by hand, and was started as she was driving a truck across the country with her husband. She was able to work on this quilt during the long miles on the road. Even her binding is pieced from short bits!!

Mary shared this quilt that she made using low volumes and Rifle Paper Co fabrics from Cotton and Steel. She also told us about quilting two quilts that were used in a Toyota advertisement! How cool!

Robin shared this log cabin quilt that she had just received back from Mary who quilted it. Don't you just love the colors that she used in this!

Amy shared two finished quilts, Shibori and Arboreal.

Judy shared the almost finished quilt that came from economy blocks made at a charity sew in early in the year.

Bethany shared a recent finish that was based upon a photo that she took of trees reflecting in windows taken in London. This is the first quilt that she designed and quilted herself. Way to go!

Hilde finished up this quilt top that was made using some wonky nine patches and donated fabrics. This quilt is off to Barb for quilting.

Diane shared this quilt which is a sample for a class that she taught at the library.

Diane also shared these two quilts that she made with a studio art group that she belongs to. She printed some of the fabric based upon a digital composition of hers from Spoonflower. The smaller one is a St. Bridgid's Cross. 

Paula shared "star Burst" that she completed for the Michael Miller Challenge. This quilt was inspired by the earthquakes in Italy.

Kate shared this Hazel Hedgehog quilt that she made for her nephew for Christmas.

Kim shared these blocks that she made to put into a Christmas tree table runner, using a pattern on Sew Mama Sew. She also showed us all her Bruyere top, pattern by Deer and Doe.

Dottie shared this charity quilt that she made from donated fabrics.

Jane has had a busy few months! She shared this quilt that she made for her granddaughter. This is backed in fabric that she bought in Kuala Lampur many years ago.

She also shared this quilt that she made for her sister.

And Jane shared this quilt that was made from some fabric received at Sew Boston, and filled in with all "stash" fabrics.

Alison shared this quilt that she made for the Cambridge MQG Alternative Materials Challenge. She used many non-quilting cottons from her stash like Liberty, lawn, double gauze, linen and canvas.

Bea shared her quilt "Darkest of Night" that was made for the MQG Michael Miller Challenge. Unfortunately, my photos do not do that navy color justice, at all!

She also shared this house quilt that uses a pattern from a magazine.

For our January meeting we will be meeting in Stratham at the Wiggin Memorial Library. If you choose, please bring blocks for the block lottery, or blocks for Mary's president block choice.

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