Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October Meeting Recap

On Saturday October 14th we met at the Kingston Community Library in Kingston, NH.

Jen Carlton Bailly
In September we had the Jen Carlton Bailly workshops. It's been awesome seeing the work that has come out of these!

Strawbery Banke Museum
On the first Saturday in October we displayed quilts at the Strawbery Banke Museum fall festival. Thanks to all who helped make this happen! Diane was awarded the "high-five hand" this month for her hard work on this event.
We have been invited to participate in this event again next year. 

Festival of Trees - We will be decorating a tree with handmade quilty ornaments at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth, NH. Our tree will be located indoors inside the Learning Center. We are asking members to create 4 ornaments that are 6 inches or less in size. Please bring these to the November meeting. 
Where: Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth
When: November 17th, 18th, 19th from 3-8pm
More Information:
Sue Ann's origami star ornament caused quite a stir at the meeting, because it was so striking! If you want to make your own, the directions can be found at

We will also need volunteers for the time of the Festival of Trees. Please keep your eyes open for a volunteer signup coming soon! 

December Meeting (Swap Info!) 
We decided at the meeting to hold our December Year End Meeting at the Kingston Library. This will be held on the 2nd of December from 10-12.
The December meeting is usually a year end potluck, and we do a swap within the guild. This year we are making the boxy bag from the Kelby Sews tutorial (which can be found here), and filling this with $10 worth of goodies for our partners.

If you are interested in participating but were not be able to attend, please email Kali at with the following information and I will email you a partner's name! 
     What is your favorite type of quilting fabric? (Ex novelty, low volume, geometric, blender, floral, etc.)
     What is your favorite color?
     Who is your favorite fabric designer or pattern designer?
     What is one notion or quilting item that you would love to add to your stash?

If you received a swap partner at the meeting but find that you are unable to make the swap bag, please let me know! We do not want for anyone to not receive a bag if they chose to participate. If possible you may always send your bag with a friend to the meeting if you are unable to attend. 

2018 Anna Maria Horner Workshops
The registration for the 2018 Anna Maria Horner workshops is now open! If you haven't already gotten a chance, please sign up on the Cambridge MQG website here. Registration opened to the public today, so if there is a workshop you are eyeing, please act fast! You can email the CMQG at to be added to the waitlist if necessary.

On Friday, April 13,  Anna Maria will teach her Mod Corsage workshop.
On Saturday, April 14, Anna Maria will teach Inspiration by Hand.
On Sunday, April 15, Anna Maria will teach Color Fluency with Patchwork.

We decided at the meeting that all of the money collected this year from the block lottery will be donated to the Red Cross in light of recent events nationally. There are also a number of quilt drives and other opportunities to use our craft for good. See a sample of these below:
Healing Hearts Quilt Pattern from Fat Quarter Shop - All proceeds go to Hurricane Harvey relief through Oct 31, 2017.
Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild #quiltsforvegas Quilt Drive - The Las Vegas MQG is collecting completed quilts, quilt tops, blocks, binding, backing, batting and monetary donations. They have set a deadline of November 15th, and have more information on their website.
Sew Yeah Quilting: Vegas Strong Quilt Drive for Unseen Heroes - Sew Yeah Quilting is donating quilts to the first responders and other unseen heroes of the Vegas shooting. They are accepting quilts until November 4th. See more information on their website.

We also discussed the fate of our charity quilt stash. We discussed donating these quilts to some of the recent national disasters and I believe that the final decision among the group was to donate these to local folks in need. We have a few leads (a recent fire in Newmarket, as well as a local woman who  is a survivor of the Las Vegas shooting). Please let us know if you hear of any other causes locally that could use a quilt! 

2017 QuiltCon Charity Quilt
We have decided that the 2017 QuiltCon Charity Quilt will be donated to the Chase House in Portsmouth, NH. The Chase House offers a residential program for at risk youth.  We are also going to be donating pillowcases to the Chase House that we are going to be making at our November meeting. See the end of this post for details on what to bring to the November meeting for this!

JoAnne gave an update on the 2018 retreat. This will be held May 3-6 at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk Maine. This event includes lots of sewing time with plenty of space to spread out and plenty of food, and drink! 
Please let JoAnne know if you are interested in assisting with the retreat committee.
The 2018 retreat rates sheet can be seen here. 

2018 Executive Board Nominations & Info About Voting
We accepted nominations for 2018 SMQG Executive Board. We will be voting for these at the November meeting. If you cannot be at the November meeting, please check your email starting Oct 31st! Per our bylaws we give members 1 week to vote, and I will be opening the voting online starting on Tuesday Oct 31.

If you have not been getting the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild Google Groups emails, please let me know at! 

Nominations for President:
Paula Krolikoski - Paula is our current president. If you have attended our meetings this year Paula has lead the meeting! 
Judy Durant - Judy was VP in 2015 and has been our Activities person this year, leading the BOM, block lotteries, and the Crayon Box Challenge!

Nominations for Vice President:
Colleen Haggarty - Colleen has been our Hospitality Chair for the past two years. 

Nominations for Treasurer:
Barb Brian - Barb is our current treasurer and has been assisting JoAnne as the co-chair of the retreat committee this year as well.

Nominations for Secretary:
Laura Collins - Laura was secretary in 2013 and 2014, and in 2015 was president. She has been assisting as the 2018 Events Chairwoman as well. 

Crayon Box Challenge
In June Judy announced our Crayon Box Challenge. Members who chose to participate were given two crayons and the parameters to make a modern mini quilt using only those two colors (no other shades) and one neutral. We all had the chore of voting during our break time for the quilt that fit these parameters the best, and what a decision we had in front of us! 

Laura won first prize for her pink and orange mini quilt, even though she was not able to attend the meeting. She was assisted by her daughter, Lucy! Sue won 2nd place, and Nancy came in 3rd.

 Mini quilts below by Judy, Suzanne, Diane, and Jane B. 

Mini quilts below by Marylee, Lou, Paula, and Robin.

Mini quilts below by Sheila, Kathy, Linda and Sue Ann. (I'm not 100% sure I'm not confusing Sheila and Linda, please let me know!) 

Mini quilts below by JoAnne, Bethany, Jane F, and Sue (again, apparently I needed one more picture!) 

Show and Tell 
Marylee shared this quilt - she said that this is the most quilting she will ever do on a quilt as it took so long to finish, but doesn't it look great?!

Suzanne shared this quilt made for a new grandson! She used Hobbs wool blend batting in it. 

Suzanne also shared this quilt that was made with flying geese blocks made by her sister. Isn't this breathtaking! The back features one large goose. 

Bea shared this mini quilt that hung at Strawbery Banke Museum. 

Diane shared this quilt that experiments with indigo dying and embroidery. 

Jane F shared this quilt. The pattern is the Local Quilt Pattern by Carolyn Friedlander. 

Kathy shared this quilt that was started at one of our charity sew-ins. 

JoAnne shared a holiday quilt. 

Nancy shared her finished blocks from the Jen Carlton Bailly class. With the large size of these blocks she is well on her way to having a quilt! 


She also shared this quilt top that was made with blocks that a friend did not want. Doesn't it look great!

Sue shared this quilt which was a block of the week from her store. 

She also shared this paper pieced Elephant Abstractions quilt, designed by Violet Craft. 

November Meeting
Our November meeting will be held on November 4th, from 10am-1pm at the Mary E Bartlett Library located at 22 Dalton Road, Brentwood NH. During this meeting we will be holding yearly elections, the November block lottery will be due, we will collect ornaments for the Festival of Trees, and we will be sewing pillowcases for charity. 

The pillowcases that we will be sewing are going to go to the Chase Home in Portsmouth that provides services for teens, and to the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families. We are requesting that members plan to make two pillowcases. The boy/girl ratio will be fairly evenly split at these locations, and we are making for both older and younger children. Please keep this in mind when picking your fabrics. 

If possible, please bring to the meeting precut fabrics that fit the dimensions below. If you have another tutorial that you prefer for making a pillowcase please feel free to follow that instead.
You will also need to bring your sewing machine and any necessary notions, and we will need a few volunteers to bring irons and ironing boards.

Burrito Pillowcase:

All People Quilt tutorial
26.5"x Width of Fabric(WOF) of main fabric
10" x WOF for contrast band

Craftsy tutorial
27" x WOF of main fabric
9" x WOF of contrast band
2" x WOF of optional flange

Block of the Month
If you are participating in the Block of the Month please bring the October block, Open Sesame #6, to the November Meeting. The December block will be #22, Sugar Plum. 

Block Lottery
The instructions for the November Block Lottery were handed out at the August Meeting, and can be found here, while the tutorial for the Modern Christmas Tree Blocks can be found on the Diary of a Quilter blog here! Judy has requested that we create these blocks with two fabrics that have a high level of contrast. Please use all shades of greens and low volume fabrics, with a few blocks being off-shades of red (not a true Christmas/fire engine red). 

Dues are Due
In November and December we will be accepting dues for 2018. Dues for 2018 are $50 and may be paid via cash or check at the meeting, or via PayPal at the Join Us link on our website.

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