Friday, December 13, 2019

Festive December

Patterns, handmade pouches, quilting books, marking pens, and Dresden rulers were some of the items exchanged at our holiday party swap. Congrats to Lou, who drew the lowest number and had the chance to walk away with exactly the gift she wanted.

We have a NEW PROJECT in mind for the new year -- “100 Days, 100 Blocks” (see this link and the pattern image above for an idea of the finished quilt). We intend to use this pattern to make quilts for our Strawbery Banke show in the fall.

Lou is organizing a picnic with the Maine Modern Quilt Guild. We anticipate this being held in June at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Preparations are ongoing for our Retreat in 2020 (April 30-May 3).


Our Bright Birch Trees quilt (above) has been quilted and bound. We will donate it to charity.

When Sasha attended last year's retreat, she was introduced to the fabulous fabric selection at Marden's. Above is a quilt she made entirely out of fabric from their Sanford store.

Sue brought a Halloween quilt made out of blocks she won in a guild block-of-the-month contest.
The quilting features a bat, owl, and Frankenstein.

Kate brought in a Christmas quilt as well as the second in her series of house quilts (above).

Mary showed these eye-catching works (above and below).

We closed the meeting with a sincere "thank you" to Mary for serving as president in 2019. Below are some of the wonky log cabin blocks that we made for her.

Happy holidays and a healthy New Year to all our SMQG members and friends!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Join Us at our December Meeting

If you love Christmas, you've come to the right place.

Our holiday party will be held on Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Wiggin Memorial Library in Stratham, N.H. 

Come with a gently used quilting book or tool for our Yankee Swap.

We will play a few rounds of Left-Right-Center, so bring some fat quarters or quarter yards to participate.

Images in this post are from our recent display of holiday-themed quilts at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth, N.H.

Friday, November 8, 2019

November Meeting

Our November meeting featured a workshop by Massachusetts quilt artist Sue Bleiweiss.

One of Diane's quilts on display at Strawbery Banke

We are opening this month's blog post with observations from Robin, the organizer of our recent show at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H. She notes that despite the less-than-perfect weather, there were many visitors, some of whom came to examine the structure of an old house and were surprised to see all the colorful quilts.

The Patriots quilt that Patty exhibited was especially well-liked, as was the Strawbery Banke House quilt that we exhibited last year. (This year we had a pillow to go with it.) The exhibit featured over 50 items from 13 members, including quilts, bags, pieces made in "round robin" challenges, painted “barn quilts” and improv pieces.

The guild extends its special thanks to Lou for providing a quilting activity for children, to MaryLee for coordinating volunteers, and to SueAnn for keeping all of the quilts at her house and transporting them to Strawbery Banke.

Notes from the November Meeting:

Members may want to check out these upcoming workshops at the New England Quilt Museum:
Nov. 9 — Westalee Sample Workshop
Nov. 17 — Sashiko Workshop for Beginners

On Sunday, Nov. 10, Diane will hold a book-making workshop at the East Kingston, N.H. Public Library.

We will display Christmas-themed quilts at the Urban Forestry Center's Festival of Trees. The show runs Fri, Sat, and Sun., Nov. 15-17.

Our next guild meeting is Saturday, Dec. 7. This is our holiday party at the Wiggin Memorial Library in Stratham N.H. We will have a quilting swap, so bring a gently used quilting book or tool if you’d like to participate.

Mark your calendars for our Jan. 4 and Feb. 1 meetings.

Preparations are underway for our annual retreat at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk, Maine. It will be held April 30-May 3, 2020.

In June 2020, we are planning a picnic in coastal Maine with the Maine Modern Quilt Guild. We will hold a workshop with Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession in summer 2020, also in conjunction with the Maine Modern Quilt Guild.

Finally, here are a few images from our workshop with Sue Bleiweiss.

Plenty of fun was had by all.

See you next month!

Friday, October 11, 2019

October Meeting

Join us on Saturday, October 12 for our quilt show at Strawbery Banke's Fall Festival in Portsmouth, N.H. We will display our quilts at the Sherburn House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival includes dozens of traditional craftspeople and heritage livestock breeders. The NH Wheelmen will show antique bicycles and Slow Food Seacoast will have an heirloom food share. 

Our other show involves Christmas-themed quilts at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth from November 15-17.

In Other Business:

On October 20, Diane will present a free workshop at the East Kingston, N.H. Public Library. Participants will receive the pattern for a Hollow Star table runner (below) and will learn about Y seams, templates, and 60-degree rulers.

Our November meeting will be held at the West Newbury, M.A., Town Annex. We will begin a half-hour earlier (at 9:30 a.m.) so as to hold elections for the 2020 officers. Then we will have a workshop with art quilter Sue Bleiweiss. Check the guild email for details on what to bring. A sample of Sue's work is below. 

Also at the November meeting, we will collect fabric, notions, and other quilting supplies to be donated to the Navajo Nation. More details of this Navajo Quilt Project can be found here.

Show and Tell

We had a number of striking quilts on display this month, including this diamond quilt (above) that was JoAnn's first-ever Kaffe Fassett quilt (both the front and the back are from his fabric collections).

JoAnne also shared the quilt at the top of this post. Finally, the quilt below is one that she just quilted with her new longarm machine!

Below, Robin is holding a baby quilt she created in the style of a Hudson Bay blanket. Our charity sewing this month was baby blankets and Robin had made one even before the rest of us sat down to sew!

Marilee was ahead of the curve, too. 

SueAnn showed us a tumbler quilt that she designed herself.

 Finally, Patty had this Patriots quilt to display...

....and this diamond quilt made with Free Spirit fabric. 

We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

September Meeting

We are excited for fall! Above is our Bright Birch Trees 
quilt that will be displayed at our show at Strawbery Banke 
on October 12. 

We're having a fabric printing workshop on September 18 at the East
Kingston Public Library, presented by Hayley. Below is a table runner
her mother made from Hayley's fabric.

Our October 5 meeting at the Brentwood Library will include time to
make baby quilts for an organization helping homeless mothers. 

The November 2 meeting at the West Newbury Town Annex will
feature elections and a workshop by Sue Bleiweiss from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
We will also we be collecting quilting books, notions, and fabrics for
the Navajo at this meeting.

Looking ahead to December, our holiday party will be on the 7th in
Stratham. We will have a Yankee Quilt Swap featuring quilting books,
sewing creations, notions, rulers, etc.

In other business, we decided to extend to October 
the "rickrack" block drawing. Several of these blocks 
are shown below.

For those with the time to go to Lowell, Diane has a quilt on display
at the Whistler House Museum of Art through the end of October.


Gayle displayed two stunning quilts: the first was from a pattern by
Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic. (Gayle did her own quilting on this one.)

and the second was a pattern by Amy Ellis:

Gayle's final item was a banner:

Marilee took Diane's workshop on shibori dyeing and made potato chip bags 
(so named because you can't make only one):

Haley showed two quilts she made as a result of our timed improv block activity in February:

Hayley also had a star quilt with an eye-catching green binding:

Nancy displayed a sports-themed quilt and a quilt made with shades of gray.

Lou showed a quilt she made for her grandaughter, a fan of all things feline and musical:

We ended show-and-tell with quilts from two ends of the spectrum--a miniature quilt by Kate.....

....and a king-size quilt by Mary (the first she ever made)!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Fabric Printing Workshop

    Fabric Printing/Surface Design Workshop

As part of the Discover DIY series

at the East Kingston Public Library, 
Haley Gray will be presenting at 7 p.m. on September 18th.

Hayley Gray is a local artist (and SMQG member) whose portfolio consists of Fabric Block Printing and Quilting. Hayley lives in South Berwick, Maine with her husband and their three children. She has been quilting for 20+ years and began her journey with printmaking and fabric design roughly three years ago. As a full-time working wife and mother, Hayley uses every spare second she can to continue her many ongoing projects!

To see examples of her work, check out 

Hayley will show us how to carve a printing block that can be used to print on fabric. Inspired by nature, these designs will be perfect for use on the dish towel each participant will receive as part of their $10 fee. You can call the Library at 603-642-8333, email us at or stop by. 

Each participant will receive a hemmed linen dish towel to print and a 3 “ x 4” printing block. Please bring any additional fabric you would like to print on. We will have inks, carving tools and brayers here for your use.  To complete this project we may meet again on September 25 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

August Meeting Recap

Just as there’s always lots going on in the garden in August, lots of our creative endeavors came to
fruition this month.

Several of the painted quilt blocks made at Paula’s workshop on Barn Quilts were on display.

Nancy won the lottery blocks that were introduced at the June meeting. 

Diane and Paula won fabric from the Portsmouth Fabric Company as a result of what they made with
fabric from the store. (The fabric, designed by Cheryl Arkison, was distributed at Retreat.) Diane made
a large carrying case for sewing essentials (she enlarged a Noodlehead pattern) and Paula designed
a pillow with applique on the front and "Make Something Every Day" on the back.

Participants in the “Round Robin” quilting project displayed their creations. Each maker sewed a center
block, then sent it off to the other two members, who added new sections.

Sue Ann, Diane, and Suzanne were one team. Their creations are displayed in the picture at the top
of the post. The members of the second team -- Nancy, Sue and Paula -- are shown below.

Also as part of the meeting, Marylee gave a presentation on Modern Dresden Quilts. Below, she is
holding one of Paula's Dresden blocks.

Here, Sue Ann shows off a Dresden quilt she made.

Show and Tell:

Patty showed off her "Made by Rae Washi Dress" featuring French seams and lining. The fabric is
from Alewives Fabrics in Maine.  

Suzanne had a log cabin quilt she made for a nephew who just bought an actual log cabin in Maine.

Paula displayed a "square-in-a-square" quilt for a friend’s son’s one-year-old daughter.

Upcoming Events:

Our next meeting is at 10 a.m. on Sat. Sept. 7 at the West Newbury, Mass. Town Annex.

For that meeting, the “Rickrack” block by the Missouri Star Quilt Company (see below) will be our
lottery block. Directions were distributed at the meeting and there is a Youtube tutorial.
Participants should use Kona White and any solid or textured red.