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 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!
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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.