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.