Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February Meeting Recap

We met on Saturday at the Kingston Library for our February meeting.

Marylee won our doorprize, which was a copy of "Make It! Patchwork" Magazine donated by Amy. This issue features a quilt by Jen Carlton Bailly on the cover, and Jen will be giving two workshops for us in September! More information on these workshops can be found here. The workshops are now opened to the public. Please get your deposits in to save your spot in the workshop.

Retreat: due to an increase in the Maine rooms tax, the price for retreat will be slightly higher than expected. The deposits may be made via check mailed to Barb, or there will be a post up soon with a PayPal button that includes a 3% convenience fee.

Block Lottery: There will not be a lottery block for March. The winner of the Polaroid blocks was Nancy. These were so cool to look through!

Block of the Month: If posting to Instagram, please use #smqgbom2017. These first blocks are looking great! Please note that there was a correction to the directions for the next block. Check the errata!

The Highfive was passed from Colleen to Judy to recognize all of the hard work that she is doing organizing the BOM and the block lotteries. Thanks Judy!

#mqgsewday - We have reserved the Newburyport Library on February 19th from 1-4:45 pm for an open sew. If you would like to come, bring the project of your choice, your machine, and an extension cord!

Saturday March 18th from 10-3pm we are hosting an open sewing day at the Stratham Library to celebrate National Sewing Day.

If you signed up for the Riley Blake Creative Rockstar fabric challenge, or want to pick up some fabric on your own to participate, the guidelines and details can be found here! The deadline for these projects to be submitted to the MQG site is April 30th.

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.

Dottie shared three projects, a charity quilt, a quilt for her great niece, and a commissioned wallet and purse that she made.

SueAnn shared this quilt top that was inspired by the president's blocks that we made for Laura. This quilt will be a for Quilts of Valor.

Diane showed this bag that she sewed up as a class sample. She quilted this using techniques from Jacquie Gering's book Walk.
She also shared this quilt that she made based on a vintage poster.

Sue shared her finished tuffet, and this adorable knitted hat with sheep!

Nancy shared this quilt top that she is working on for her contractor's first grandchild.

Bea shared this quilt that was made for her husband's work bed, at the firehouse. The flag includes a red stripe for firefighters, and 13 stars.

Hildy showed off this shawl that she knit.

Jane shared this quilt that she made from a jelly roll.

She also shared this paper-pieced bird that she made using a pattern from Tartan Kiwi, and a lined drawstring bag.

Amy shared her finished Stars Hollow quilt, which was inspired by the characters in the TV show Gilmore Girls.

Amy also announced that she has received copies of her latest book, Improv Paper Piecing.

Sue gave us a demonstration on using the Wing Clipper Ruler to make flying geese.

On March 4th from 10am-12pm we will be meeting at the Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library in Brentwood NH. Carrie Zizza will be delivering a demonstration on machine quilting with rulers.
Please plan to carpool if possible, as there is limited parking at the Brentwood Library. If there isn't much snow there is space to park in the baseball field behind the library. Also, we've been advised to dress in layers!

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