Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July Meeting Recap

On Saturday we met at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex for our July meeting.

We had our Christmas in July sew-in to begin making ornaments for the Festival of Trees. We are asking for each member to make 4 ornaments that are 6 inches or less in size.
Some inspiration:
http://www.aquiltinglife.com/2014/07/small-quilts-and-quilted-projects-parade.html
http://stumblesandstitches.blogspot.com/2011/11/tutorial-scrappy-stocking-christmas.html?m=1
http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2014/12/mini-christmas-tree-quilt-ornament.html
http://blog.betzwhite.com/2011/12/fabric-star-ornament-tutorial.html#.WWV6iyMrIy5
https://wanelo.co/p/37627805/two-2-christmas-tree-ornaments-decorations-english-paper-pieced-hexagons-green-red

We are still looking for a home for our most recent QuiltCon Charity Quilt. In the past, we have donated quilts to A Safe Place in Portsmouth, NH, and in 2016 our quilt went to HAWC in Salem, MA.  Please speak with one of the board members if you have a suggestion for a home for our 2017 quilt!


Block Lottery for August: Quarter Log Cabin Block
Mono-tone with gray

The block for this month is a quarter log cabin. There are many tutorials online if you want to get general instructions, but essentially the block starts with a square and builds with strips ("logs") on only two adjacent sides rather than on all four sides, as a log cabin usually does. Choose a shade of the rainbow as your dominant color and add in one layer of gray.
1. Start with a 2 1/2" square of a solid in your color of choice.
2. Build out 5 or 6 logs on 2 adjacent sides of that square, make the 2 adjacent logs of the same fabric.
3. Logs should be straight (not wonky) but of random widths.
4. Each block should be made of one dominant color, prints or solids and varying shades are allowed.
5. Each block should contain at least one log of a gray fabric, any shade you choose, print or solid. If more than one log layer is gray another shade of gray can be used if you choose.
6. The block should be 7 1/2" square or just slightly over so the winner can trim it to 7 1/2".

We also had a door prize of some scraps from Amy's new fabric line, Improv. This can be found online, or locally at Cross Cut Sewing in Melrose. Paula and Kali were the lucky winners!

Also, our BOM group shared their most recent blocks:


For Show & Tell, Hildy shared a quilt made with wonky 9 patches, as well as her new portable design wall! She made this with a box, some flannel, a staple gun and some tape!

 


 



Jane F shared this quilt which I believe she made for a new nephew, using the Bjorn Bear quilt pattern by Elizabeth Hartman.

Kathy shared these two charity quilts made using fabric from the guild last month, and some scraps of her own.
 



JoAnn shared this quilt that she was working on at retreat that was made with the Quick Curve Ruler for her sister. Most of the fabric used is from Mardens!


Barb shared these double gauze baby blankets made for her second granddaughter who was born on July 4th! She used many different manufacturers of double gauze, but had the best results from Robert Kaufman or Cotton and Steel brand. These shrunk the least when pre-washed.


Upcoming events:
July 31 - Final Jen Carlton Bailly payments due to Amy.
August 5th - August Meeting EQ7 Demonstration by Amy Friend at the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton. Please email any questions you may have to Amy before the meeting so that she may add tailor her presentation to the things we want to know!
Sept 9th & 10th - Jen Carlton Bailly workshops. Email Amy to get on the waitlist!
For September, there will be no regular meeting, and no show and tell.
Oct 7th - October Meeting in Kingston, Crayon Box Challenge Voting and Prizes
Oct 22nd - Sew Boston 9am-8pm in Kendall Square in Cambridge. Signups are here!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July Meeting Reminder

Our July meeting will be held on Saturday July 8th from 10am through 2pm. This meeting will be held at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex which is located at 381 Main St, West Newbury, MA 01985.
We will be having a Christmas in July Sew-In with our goal being to make ornaments and decorations for a tree that will be displayed indoors in mid-November at the Urban Forestry Center's Festival of Trees in Portsmouth.

Please bring your sewing essentials (sewing machine, magnetic pin cushion and pins, etc) and some holiday fabric to sew with.