Tuesday, September 25, 2018

October 13 meeting: Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

On October 13, 2018 at 10 am, at the UPDATE: 1st floor hearing room of the 1910 building, enter white door and follow signs! West Newbury Annex (381 Main Street, West Newbury, MA) Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio will be joining the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild for a talk and trunk show. Sheri's designs are colorful and memorable, and are often bold geometric designs sewn in bold solid colors.

This event is free to all paid members of the Seacoast MQG. Guests are invited to join us and see Sheri's beautiful work; we ask that guests pay $5 cash at the door. 

Paid members of the Seacoast MQG should plan to arrive at 9:30 for a business meeting including officer nominations. Any guests who plan to join us should arrive at 10 am.

All photos in this post are courtesy Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill. Check out her current work on Instagram at @wholecirclestudio and let her know that we're looking forward to meeting her!
"Big Love"
"Sun Salutation"


Saturday, September 8, 2018

September meeting recap

Suzanne arrived just in time to show the Strawbery Banke group's quilt. This quilt will be hung at the show and will be donated to Strawbery Banke at the end of the show. Many thanks to those who worked on this piece.
Our September meeting was held on Saturday, Sept 8 from 10am to 12pm at the Kingston Community Library in Kingston NH. 21 members and 1 guest were in attendance.

Barb opened the meeting with the Treasurer's report.

Colleen distributed the Michael Miller challenge fabric to those who signed up previously through the MQG. If you signed up and were not at the meeting, please make arrangements with her to get your fabrics.

Colleen discussed our end of year pillowcase goal. She noted that to make 140 pillowcases, 20 people would have to make 7 each. Christmas is the time goal. Mary is organizing a sew-in for this purpose in early November, likely at the Newburyport Library, and dates will be announced when they are available. There are several different tutorials you could use; use the one that appeals most to you. The one we have used in the past is the "burrito method" and Craftsy has a post about it HERE.

The Work in Progress project will be due at the November meeting. If you finish the work you showed in July, you will be entered in a random drawing for a prize.

Diane spoke about the Strawbery Banke show, which is on October 6. She encouraged everyone to attend and noted the variety of activities that will be available at the event. She collected quilts today for the show; if you did not hand your quilt to Diane today, please see her email dated 9/7 for details about a Sept 17th drop off. If you would like to sign up for a white glove shift and have not yet, there are spaces available; please contact Diane to sign up. As always, please contact Paula and Diane directly with any questions regarding the Strawbery Banke show.

At the end of the meeting, JoAnne spoke a bit about the 2019 retreat which she is coordinating. The dates are May 2-5 2019, at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk ME. When she receives further details from the Franciscan, she will announce more details.

Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studios and Michelle Wilkie of Idea Design Create will be joining us this fall. Sheri will be giving a talk and trunk show at the October 13 meeting, at the West Newbury Annex, 10a-12p. The talk will be no cost to members and guests are welcomed for a fee of $5. Michelle will be giving a talk about modern quilt design on November 10, 2018 at the Newburyport Public Library 10am-12:30pm. Michelle is our MQG Regional Rep and this is a great opportunity to chat with her and say hi. 

Our October meeting will be held on October 13 (so as not to conflict with the Strawbery Banke show) and, for members only, will begin at 9:30am. It will be held at the West Newbury Annex. The purpose of the 9:30 am members-only meeting is to nominate officers for the November election. All four officer roles are in need of someone to volunteer: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary.

Show and Tell:
Barb made a baby quilt for her son's friend using a free pattern on the Bernina website.
Patty shows off a quilt she made for herself!
Andrea finished up a long-term WIP that she quilted herself.
JoAnne shows her finished Block of the Month quilt.
JoAnne showed her Kaffe tuffet, which she made in a small group.
Mary's favorite tool is her Quilter's Planner. She notes that it is very useful for keeping fabric choices and notes organized.
JoAnne's tool helps her trim accurate seam allowances on HST's and is handy for chain piecing.

Barbara went to Michigan State and made this improv quilt in Michigan State colors.
Nancy showed the ingredients in her hand piecing kit that she carries everywhere. Thread Heaven, a leather thimble, and Wonder Clips are key ingredients. 
Colleen likes these ruler to measure accurate 1/4'' seams while paper piecing. 
Letty upcycled an old retractable badge lanyard into a tool that keeps her thread trimmers near at all times. 
Sasha's quilt used up a rainbow of scraps. She used the Geese Migration quilt pattern (it's free!)
Kelly loves her Skyhawk rotating rotary cutter mat (as suggested by Jen Carlton-Bailly!)
Mary Lee loves EZ Knit Tape so that she doesn't have to stitch batting scraps together. It's a fusible product that will help you use up batting scraps. Next to her, Sue Ann laughs about her own favorite quilting tool: her credit card!
Sue plans to show this mini in the Strawbery Banke show. 
Sue used the mini Twister ruler to make this fall mini. 
Sue's tuffet has been carefully wrapped and stored, though she had many admirers at the meeting...
Sue's Block of the Month quilt was quilted the same way as Nancy's but looks quite different.
Lou found a Dritz needle threader that helps her thread her machine.
Kali uses an Ikea catalog (or, really, a thick glass panel) to weight down freshly-pressed quilt blocks to keep them flat.
Diane continues to work with her Shibori dyed fabric and embroidery experimentation.
Diane shows the first piece in a series, which started as an offshoot of her piece for the Lowell Quilt Museum. 
Kate shows a stack and slash QAYG quilt.
Kate used offcuts of a baby quilt she made to make a "deconstructed" block quilt.  One of the bright green fabrics was an orphan left over from Anna Maria's fabric choice workshop.
Kate continues to experiment with deconstructing quilt blocks.

Skinny Mini contest and winners:

Some of the skinny mini's!
Letty's skinny mini
Sue's skinny mini (and the first place winner!)
Bethany's skinny mini won the third place prize.
The three winners: Sue took 1st, Nancy 2nd, Bethany 3rd