Sunday, February 3, 2019

February Meeting Recap

Whittle down our stashes, keep moving, stay positive, and have fun. Those are a few of our intentions for 2019. After choosing our "Word for the Year" at the January meeting, members showed them off in fabric form at our February meeting.

A particularly important intention for our guild is to keep learning. Fortunately, a couple upcoming webinars from the Modern Quilt Guild can help: on February 7 at 8 p.m. EST, Tim Eads will discuss textile surface design, and on March 14 at 9 p.m. EST Cheryl Arkison will give strategies for conquering the fear of improv. Members can register for both presentations on the Modern Quilt Guild website. All webinars are archived, so you do not have to view the original presentation to take advantage of the information.

Also at our meeting we participated in a timed improve exercise. Diane, Nancy, and Sue gave short lessons on various types of piecing, including......

free form curves

improv circles

and X Blocks.

We encourage members to turn one or more of these blocks into an 18-inch quilt to be displayed at the East Kingston, N.H. library. Bring your quilt to the April meeting if you would like to participate. 

The meeting included a short but enthusiastic Show-and-Tell session. Jane shared several project bags that help keep her projects organized. The pattern is Bridget's Bagettes by Atkinson Design. I bet that Marie Kondo would love Jane's bags.

Suzanne shared a tumbler quilt that she intends to donate to Project Linus. She hopes to make other blankets for this organization and, in the process, sew down her stash. 

Several members brought in "Bright Birch Trees" blocks for the daughter of a member whose home suffered a fire.

Lottery Block is back- 

Next month's lottery block will be a Love Notes Quilt as featured in Missouri Star Quilting. There will be details send out in email and the you tube post is found at


* A warm welcome to our new members- Rachel joins us from Haverhill and Hayley joins us form Berwick, Maine. Hayley has her own textile business and is happy to share her skills with us.

* Our March meeting will be held at the public library in Kingston, N.H., where we will share highlights from Quilt Con.

* Our April meeting will be held at the Brentwood, N.H. library and will include a workshop on the Sew Together Bag. If you would like to participate, please purchase the pattern (here) and cut out and interface all pattern pieces before the meeting.

* Retreat is approaching (May 2-5). If you are joining us, it is time to make your first payment. A fee schedule was included on an earlier blog post.

* We're also planning a day trip to Alewives Fabrics in Nobleboro, Maine in the spring.

* If you show your quilts on Instagram, remember to tag us (#SMQG or #seacoastmodernquiltguild).

See you in March!

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