Tuesday, June 6, 2017

June Meeting Recap

On Saturday we met at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex for our June meeting and to do some charity sewing.

The weekend prior was the retreat, held at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk. There were 20 attendees and it sounds like everyone had a great time! The High-five hand was passed to JoAnne for all of her hard work leading the Retreat Committee.
The 2018 retreat will be held at the Franciscan from Thursday May 3rd to Sunday May 6th.

September workshops with Jen Carlton-Bailly - Final payments for these workshops are due July 31st.

The Block of the Month sewists shared their April, May, and June blocks. For July, the block is the To and Fro block.


We also held the lottery for the star blocks that were requested way back in March! I believe it was Jane, who sent in a block even though she couldn't make the meeting, who is the winner of the blocks below!


Judy also announced our summer Crayon Box Challenge. Please see the post here for all of the details!

Nancy started off our Show and Tell with her finished quilt done with a Lori Holt pattern.

She also shared this quilt that was a Mystery quilt made with her Bedford guild. She used her fabric choices to update this traditional pattern.


Bethany shared her fractured landscape quilt. This quilt was started in a class, however she adapted her technique to utilize paper piecing.

Gayle, a new member, shared this quilt that she worked on at retreat. She finished this with spiral quilting.

JoAnne shared this Kaffe inspired quilt that she worked on over the winter while in Florida.

Suzanne shared this BE quilt that was made for her grand daughter. The bricks behind the word BE feature 240 different words of things to aspire to be. She also mentioned the following tip: use Press N Seal wrap to test out quilting designs. Stick the wrap to your quilt top and use a felt tip pen or marker to plan out where you are going to quilt. She says that some people quilt through this, however she never has.



Kathy shared her quilt made using Score #2 from Sherri Lynn Wood's book.

She also shared this quilt top that I believe she said was paper pieced.

Diane shared a few different projects with us. The first is this star quilt made using Victoria Findlay Wolfe's pattern to slash the pieces of fabric, and some of a stripe fabric that Victoria designed.

This quilt top was made using the Quick Curve Ruler.

 

This quilt was made using block 1 of the Block of the Month.

And this quilt was inspired by a Mighty Lucky challenge.

Hildy shared these two coordinating quilts that are for two sisters.


For our July meeting, we will be meeting on July 8th in the West Newbury Town Hall Annex (this is the same place as May and June). We will be having a Christmas in July sew-in from 10-2pm. We are going to be making ornaments and decorations for a tree that will be displayed in mid-November at the Urban Forestry Center's Festival of Trees in Portsmouth. We will be decorating a large tree that will be displayed indoors.



Crayon Box Challenge - Due October 2017

For the next few months we will be working on a Crayon Box Challenge, presented by Judy!


1. Participants blindly draw 2 crayons and are challenged to make a mini quilt between 18" square and 22" square using only those 2 colors and one neutral (defined as white, off-white, any shade of gray, or black.)

  • The mini quilt must have a top, batting, backing, and must be bound.
  • The mini may be square or rectangular, as long as no side is shorter than 18" or longer than 22".
  • Fabrics can be solids or prints that "read as" solids as long as no other colors are introduced.
2. The quilt design should be modern.
3. The minis will be displayed and voted on at the October meeting. You will have all summer to find just the right fabrics and create! 
4. Voting will be by ballot and based upon how well the guidelines were followed, the most effective use of the 2 colors, the design, the technique, and overall appeal of the quilt. 
5. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place. 

Prizes were picked up by Amy at Sample Spree at Quilt Market! The first place prize is a fat quarter bundle of Metallic Essex Linen. Second place prize is a fat quarter stack from the Cotton & Steel line Kicks. Third place prize is a charm pack of Elizabeth Hartman's Reef line, in a Cotton & Steel tote bag.
Those of us at the June meeting who wished to participate picked two crayons from a brown paper bag. If you were not at the June meeting and would like to participate in the challenge, please email Judy to receive two crayon colors to use. She will draw two crayons from the bag for you and will let you know the Crayola crayon color name.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

June Meeting Reminder

We will be meeting on Saturday June 3rd at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex at 381 Main Street, West Newbury, MA 01985 from 10am-2pm. After discussing business, drawing the Block Lottery, viewing the Block of the Month blocks, and Show and Tell, we will be working on charity sewing. We have a few started projects and plenty of fabric left over from last year to make into charity quilts.

We are looking for a few volunteers to bring ironing boards and irons, and cutting mats and rotary cutters. There will be a few Sizzix cutters, and a few specialty rulers if people would like to use those as well.
 


Some of the fabric that we have available to us... so many possibilities!



To help finish up these quilts, we may need some background fabrics and batting. If you have some to spare, please bring it with you.

Please bring with you
-A bag lunch. Cookies and snacks will be provided.
-Your sewing machine and all necessary items to sew at the meeting. We will have extension cords.
-Any Show and Tell from April, May, or June.
-Block of the Month blocks from April, May, and June.
-Star Block Lottery blocks requested in March. See the instructions from Judy below:

This month's raffle block is a star block.  You are asked to make any type of star you want, the more variety we get the better.  There are countless free tutorials on line for star blocks and I am sure that if you look through books and magazines you have you'll find some more.  The only guidelines are:

  • Use Kona white (not an off white please) for your background fabric.
  • Block size can be anything between 8” square and 12” square.
  • Fabric choice should be bright, modern fabrics, either prints or solids.

I encourage you to have fun with this, perhaps trying a star block you have never made before.  
Diane won the lottery the when we had similar requirements in the past. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May Meeting Recap

On Saturday we had the pleasure of having Timna Tarr present a trunk show for us.





Upcoming Dates:
May 13 & 14 - The Cambridge MQG is participating in the Cambridge Open Studios on Saturday and Sunday. They will be showcasing many quilts and mini quilts at Gather Here. (Any MQG member who shows their membership card gets 10% off at Gather Here... ;) )

May 21 - Sunday, 1-3pm - East Kingston Library - Mini workshop on the design principal "notan" lead by Diane. See details and the supply list below.


May 25-28 - SMQG Retreat at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk ME.

Fall Workshops with Jen Carlton Bailly, Saturday and Sunday, September 9 & 10
     Please email amybfriend@gmail.com to get on the waitlist.


Our June meeting will be held at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex on June 3rd from 10-1pm. We will be holding a charity sew in. We will also be showing any show and tell from the past two months, as well as the Star Block block lottery. Look at the March meeting recap for the guidelines for these blocks!

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Meeting Reminder: Guest Speaker Timna Tarr

On Saturday May 6th at 10am we will be meeting at the Town Hall Annex in West Newbury at 381 Main Street, West Newbury, MA 01985. Guest speaker Timna Tarr will give a trunk show and talk about her quilting journey. If you signed up to bring a snack, please bring this with you.
  There will be a fee for this meeting of $5 for members and $10 for non-members.  This is going to be a great event, please feel free to bring other quilty friends!
Photo from timnatarr.com

Please wear your name tags to this meeting.

Traveling Trunk Show at the East Kingston Library May 8-31
Workshop on "notan" Sunday May 21, 1-3pm
     The East Kingston Library will be hosting a traveling trunk show of 7in x 9in mini quilts from May 8-31st. On Sunday May 21 from 1-3pm, Diane will be presenting a special workshop for us on the Japanese design principal notan using iron on fabric.

Our June Meeting:
Our June meeting will be held on June 3rd, also at the Town Hall Annex in West Newbury.
We will be having a charity sew in, but will also do Show and Tell, look at Block of the Month blocks from April, May, and June, and do the Block Lottery with the star blocks requested at the March meeting.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring Events and Reminders

While our April meeting was snowed out, there are a number of upcoming events to make sure you have on your calendars!

May Meeting with Guest Speaker Timna Tarr - May 6, 10AM
     Please join us to hear quilter Timna Tarr speak about quilting, and her use of color and composition. If you haven't yet peeked through her gallery to see a sample of her quilts I encourage you to do so, we are in for a treat! We will be meeting at the West Newbury Town Annex located at 381 Main Street, West Newbury, MA 01985.  There will be a fee for this meeting of $5 for members and $10 for non-members.  
There will be no show and tell at the May meeting. Please bring any show and tell to the June meeting.
Photo from timnatarr.com
Traveling Trunk Show at the East Kingston Library May 8-31
Workshop on "notan" Sunday May 21, 1-3pm
     The East Kingston Library will be hosting a traveling trunk show of 7in x 9in mini quilts from May 8-31st. On Sunday May 21 from 1-3pm, Diane will be presenting a special workshop for us on the Japanese design principal notan using iron on fabric.

SMQG Retreat Thursday-Sunday, May 25-28 
     Final payments for our retreat are due 4/17. Please see the blog post on the payment schedule for more information. 

June Meeting - June 3rd 
     We will be having a charity sew in. We will also be showing any show and tell from the past two months, as well as the Star Block block lottery. Look at the March meeting recap for the guidelines for these blocks! 

Fall Workshops with Jen Carlton Bailly, Saturday and Sunday, September 9 & 10
     Please email amybfriend@gmail.com to get on the waitlist.


Other quilty events in the area: 

Machine Quilter's Expo (MQX) - April 6-8
     MQX will be happening in Manchester at the end of this week. If you are able to attend, keep an eye open for a quilt by Diane that is hanging with the art group that she belongs to!

The Boston Modern Quilt Guild's Annual Show is running weekends from April 8 through May 7, with the exception of Easter Sunday. It will be held at Fabric Place Basement in Natick MA. There will be a reception on April 8. 

     The quilt show of the Exeter based Seabreeze Quilt Guild will be held in Seabrook from 9am-4pm. 

Heather Jones Workshop with the NH Modern Quilt Guild - April 22nd
     The NHMQG will be hosting Heather Jones for the workshop "Improvisational Pineapple Block" at Quilted Threads in Henniker. Registration for non-members is $115. 

Heather Jones Workshop with the Cambridge Modern Quilt Guild - April 23rd
     The CMQG will be hosting Heather Jones for the workshop "From Inspiration to Design." While the workshop is now full you may email cambrigemodernquiltguild@gmail.com to get on the waitlist.

Cambridge MQG Quilt Show at Gather Here May 13-14th 
     CMQG will be having a quilt show at Gather Here in conjunction with the Cambridge Open Studios Weekend. 

     Class registration is open now for VQF. Instructors include our own Amy Friend and previous SMQG teacher Christa Watson. 

Latifah Saafir Workshop with Cambridge Modern Quilt Guild - Pickled Beets - September 17, 11-6
     Registration for this class with Latifah Saafir will open to the public on April 10th at 10am. The class will be $145 for non-CMQG members.

Latifah Saafir Workshop with NH Modern Quilt Guild - November 4th
     If this date works better for you, keep your eyes open to see if the NHMQG will have space available for non-members! 



I hope that everyone has a successful snow day, and we will see you in May! 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

April Meeting Reminder


EDIT: Due to the snow we have cancelled the meeting. 
Instead, we are hosting a virtual Snow in -Sew in! Sew at home and post it to Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #smqgsnowinsewin2017
Stay tuned for a post on upcoming dates, events, and other reminders. 

We will be meeting from 10am - 2 pm on Saturday April 1st at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex. We will be having open sewing time where you may work on whatever project you choose.

Remember your machines (plus power cord and foot pedals!), pins and needles, and any other accessories you will need for sewing. We will have extension cords and risers for cutting tables, however we are asking for two volunteers to bring irons and ironing boards (check your email to volunteer.)
In addition, please bring lunch if you would like.

Upcoming events:

Spring Speaker - Timna Tarr Saturday May 6, 10AM
SMQG Retreat Thursday-Sunday, May 25-28
Fall Workshops with Jen Carlton Bailly Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10
   Please email amybfriend@gmail.com to inquire about space or to get on the waitlist.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Announcing Our Spring Speaker: Timna Tarr

Timna Tarr will be speaking at the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild on May 6, 2017 at our 10:00  meeting.  We will be meeting at the West Newbury Town Annex located at 381 Main Street, West Newbury, MA 01985.  There will be a fee for this meeting of $5 for members and $10 for non-members.  

Photo Courtesy of Timna Tarr


Timna Tarr comes from a long line of quilters but did not begin quilting until after studying art history in college. She bought her first longarm in 2001 and began quilting clients' quilts shortly thereafter. Since then she has custom designed and quilted thousands of quilts. Timna’s own nationally award-winning quilts are in private and corporate collections and have been seen in numerous exhibits, quilting magazines, and books. She is an in-demand speaker and teacher throughout the northeastern United States and is a member of her local guilds, Hands Across the Valley Quilters Guild and the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild.


Describing her work, Timna says:
“My work is about color and small compositions. Each block in a quilt is made as its own element, independent of the other blocks. After all of the blocks are constructed, my goal is to arrange the small compositions to play off each other and work together to create a larger whole. What keeps me engaged is watching how the project changes and transforms with the addition of each color and texture. 

The resulting quilts are contemporary works, set in this time and place, which reference the rich tradition of quilt making.”


Please make plans to join us and invite a friend!


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March Meeting Recap

On March 4th we met at the library in Brentwood for our monthly meeting.

Upcoming events and dates: 

National Quilting Day: Saturday, March 18 10-3pm - We will be meeting for an optional sew in at the East Kingston Town Library, located at 47 Maplevale Rd, East Kingston, NH 03827. Bring your sewing machine, a project to work on, and a bag lunch.

April Meeting: Saturday, April 1 10-2 - For our April meeting we will have a free-sew time at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex. Bring your sewing machine, a project to work on, snacks to share if you would like, and a bag lunch.

May Meeting - Special Guest Speaker Timna Tarr: Saturday, May 6th 10-12pm: We will be hosting Timna Tarr for our May meeting. There will be a fee for this meeting of $5 for members, and $10 for non-members. This meeting will also be held at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex. Please invite your friends, or other quilters!

Retreat: May 25-28 - Our 2017 retreat will be held at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk. There is still space available.
If you are paying with three payments, your next payment will be due 3/17. If you are paying with 2 payments, your next payment will be due 4/17. See more payment information here.

Workshops with Jen Carlton Bailly: September 9 & 10, 9am-4pm - We will be hosting two workshops with Jen Carlton Bailly of @bettycrockerass in September, and we still have spaces open in both the Sew All The Curves Plus Design and Scandinavian Flower Garden workshops. Both workshops will focus on curved piecing. Sign ups are now open to the public, so invite your friends and read more about these here!

Mary O also told us about the Quilters Take Manhattan event that is in September held by the Quilt Alliance. This year the keynote speaker is Sherri Lynn Wood, and registration opens to Quilt Alliance members on March 13th. It looks like there is some information on this in their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/QuiltersTakeManhattan/

BOM: The Block of the Month group is going strong! This month they will be making block number 1- First Kiss. Judy mentioned that page 169 in the book may have incorrect directions, but photocopying at 100% will yield the correct size blocks.





April Block Lottery - In April for the block lottery we will be revisiting an idea we had used a few years ago for a block lottery. Here are the directions from Judy:
This month's raffle block is a star block.  You are asked to make any type of star you want, the more variety we get the better.  There are countless free tutorials on line for star blocks and I am sure that if you look through books and magazines you have you'll find some more.  The only guidelines are:


  • Use Kona white (not an off white please) for your background fabric.
  • Block size can be anything between 8” square and 12” square.
  • Fabric choice should be bright, modern fabrics, either prints or solids.


I encourage you to have fun with this, perhaps trying a star block you have never made before.  


Here are a few links for inspiration, but any star block that fits the size requirements will do! Maybe a good time to try paper piecing? Diane was the winner of this block lottery before, and above is the quilt that she made
http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/quilt-alongs-2/solstice-stars/
http://www.incolororder.com/2012/01/patchwork-star-block-tutorial.html
http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2013/12/sawtooth-stars-tutorial.html
http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2013/12/ive-been-playing-with-60-degree-or.html
http://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/twin-star-quilt-block.html
https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/patterns/confetti-star-block/166255
http://www.caroldoak.com/userfiles/file/IntrotoPaperPiece3.pdf

Judy also passed the "Highfive Hand" to Kali, for her wonderful blog posts and helpful links. :)


Show and Tell
Jane F shared her finished Aviatrix Medallion quilt, as designed by Elizabeth Hartman.
 Hildy shared this charity quilt top that she made using strips from a jelly roll race that was done with the Cambridge MQG.

Diane shared this mini quilt that she made using the January and March Mighty Lucky challenges, 
 And this prayer rug that she made using the March Mighty Lucky quilting challenge guidelines. This will be donated. More information on making and donating a prayer rug can be found here.
 Robin shared with us this quilt that was inspired by a tile floor. Her husband helped make the paper piecing pattern.
 Allison showed us this quilt which is destined to go to Camp Erin. The Cambridge MQG is donating 100 quilts to Camp Erin, read more here!
 Jane shared two quilt finishes destined to be donated to charity as well (however I only got pictures of one, sorry!)




Carrie Zizza of It's a Zizza Quilting demonstrated quilting with rulers for us. See her list of recommended tools below! 



Recommended tools:
Extension Table
Supreme Slider - Carrie recommends using some masking tape to make sure that the edges are stuck down very well.
Quilting Gloves
80 or 90 Topstitch Needle
Single Hole Stitch Plate is recommended
Polyfoam Caulk Saver to use when pin basting with straight pins. This compresses and lets you place a ruler flat over a pin (if using flat head pins, like the flower ones)
Ruler Foot for your sewing machine, paying special attention to if your machine is a low, medium, or high shank. Carrie recommends the company Westalee, however some manufacturers like Bernina make their own ruler feet.
Rulers for quilting - Carrie recommends starting with the Westalee ruler sampler set that comes with 6 different rulers.
Some machine quilting rulers are thicker than regular rotary cutting rulers (however these can be used too) and may be too thick to use behind the ruler foot, especially if you have a low shank machine.
It is also possible to make templates out of a few layers of foam core.


Hope to see you on March 18th in East Kingston, or April 1 in West Newbury!

Monday, February 27, 2017

March Meeting Reminder

We will be holding our March meeting on Saturday the 4th, from 10-12. We will be meeting in a new location, the Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library in Brentwood NH.
We are encouraged to carpool to this meeting as there is not much parking at the library. If you are able, please park in the ball field out back. We have also been advised to dress in layers as the room may be a little chilly when we first get there.

Carrie Zizza of It's A Zizza Machine Quilting will be demonstrating machine quilting with rulers for us.

Reminder: Signups are still open for the September Workshops with Jen Carlton Bailly. If you are interested in signing up you may bring the deposit with you to give to Amy or Judy at the meeting.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

2017 Retreat Payment Information

2017 SMQG Franciscan Guest House Retreat Costs
Dates: May 25-28 2017


Checks Payable: Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild
Mail: Barbara Brian
56 Oriole Dr.
Bedford, NH 03110


Single Room
3 Nights Total: $373.05


3 Payment Cash/Check Schedule
  • $124.35 Payments Due By: 2/17, 3/17, 4/17


3 Payment PayPal Schedule
  • $128.10 Payments Due By: 2/17, 3/17, 4/17
  • Includes 3% PayPal Transaction Fee


2 Payment Cash/Check Schedule
  • $186.50 Payments Due By: 2/17, 4/17


2 Payment PayPal Schedule
  • $192.10 Payments Due By: 2/17, 4/17
  • Includes 3% PayPal Transaction Fee


Single Room
2 Nights Total: $262.00


3 Payment Cash/Check Schedule
  • $87.35 Payments Due By: 2/17, 3/17, 4/17


3 Payment PayPal Schedule
  • $90.00 Payments Due By: 2/17, 3/17, 4/17
  • Includes 3% PayPal Transaction Fee


2 Payment Cash/Check Schedule
  • $131.00 Payments Due By: 2/17, 4/17


2 Payment PayPal Schedule
  • $135.00 Payments Due By: 2/17, 4/17
  • Includes 3% PayPal Transaction Fee


Double Room
3 Nights Total: $274.95


3 Payment Cash/Check Schedule
  • $91.65 Payments Due By: 2/17, 3/17, 4/17


3 Payment PayPal Schedule
  • $94.40 Payments Due By: 2/17, 3/17, 4/17
  • Includes 3% PayPal Transaction Fee


2 Payment Cash/Check Schedule
  • $131.00 Payments Due By: 2/17, 4/17


2 Payment PayPal Schedule
  • $134.95 Payments Due By: 2/17, 4/17
  • Includes 3% PayPal Transaction Fee


Double Room
2 Nights Total: $206.60


3 Payment Cash/Check Schedule
  • $68.90 Payments Due By: 2/17, 3/17, 4/17


3 Payment PayPal Schedule
  • $70.95 Payments Due By: 2/17, 3/17, 4/17
  • Includes 3% PayPal Transaction Fee


2 Payment Cash/Check Schedule
  • $103.30 Payments Due By: 2/17, 4/17


2 Payment PayPal Schedule

  • $106.40 Payments Due By: 2/17, 4/17
  • Includes 3% PayPal Transaction Fee


Rooming and Payment Options