Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sew Healthy

Hello, quilting friends! Many, if not most of us, are home. Along with a myriad of responsibilities, you may have some time to create. Some are jumping in and have found the creative process to be calming and helpful in this stressful time. Understandably, others may be finding it hard to focus and create anything! Well, here are some resources, projects and other bits of inspiration to get us going!! If you have favorite sew-alongs, quilt shops or other recommendations, post on IG and/or FaceBook and tag the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild! Happy Creating!

·        How to Make a Charming Sewing Mat & Block 10 of Moda Blockheads 2020 [check out their Moda Blockheads 2020 FaceBook page].

·        Free Spirit Fabrics: a Kantha Japanese Knot Bag, Kaffe Fassett for Free Spirit www.freespiritfabric

·        Face Mask tutorials from Allison Glass @

o   Keep Calm and Sew A Mask

·        Thread House UK: A virtual retreat being held on April 18-19, 2020. Jo Avery (IG: Joaverystitch) and Karen Lewis (IG: karenlewistextiles) are presenting workshops on several different projects. Go check this out! Looks amazing!

· Hosts Alex Anderson & Ricky Tims host this online quilt show featuring many favorite quilt teachers and designers. You can stream this on your t.v. also!

·        During Quiet Time: Amy Friend has a new book, Petal and Stem, and on April 13th she will begin the Whimsy Garden Sew-along!  Check this out on IG at  During Quiet Time or

·        Missouri Star Quilt Company: Jenny Doan offers tutorials, shopping, lots of quilter resources and tools.

·        Quilt Shops: How about Christmas in March and April?? Many shops are closed, but you can go online and shop, make wish lists, and support our local quilt shops!

o   Pintuck & Purl:
o   Alewives:
o   Crosscut Sewing Company:
o   Portsmouth Fabric Company:
o   Quilted Threads:
o   Do you have a favorite?? Share them on our Instagram and FaceBook pages!

·        Strip Along 2020: [Instagram: gedesignsgudrun]

·        Feel Good Fibers: You will remember Kim from lelandavestudios and may have seen her fabulous “In Our Own Words” quilt at QuiltCon2019, her award-winning QuiltCon2017 quilt, Lincoln; or maybe you read The Creativity Project throughout 2018? Kim is also the founder of Feel Good Fibers, an inspiring space!

·        Creative Bug: Creative Bug is offering 50 free classes for the next month! And, Anna Maria Horner’s ‘Dear Diary’ is one of the classes. Craft South will curate fabric for this project to get you started! And, Craft South has other sew-alongs too.”

·        Watch Fresh Quilting on TV, whole season!

·        Podcasts: Several quilting podcasts…

o   Modern Sewciety                      

o   Quilt Buzz

o   Great British Quilter

o   Quilt & Tell

o   American Patchwork & Quilting:

o   Craft Industry Alliance

o   Just Wanna Quilt

The Off-Kilter Quilt


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Update April and May Meeitngs

Due to the current pandemic of Coronavirus the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild is cancelling the April 4th & May 9th meetings. Please check back to our website for future gatherings.
Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time. Wishing all a healthy spring!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

March Meeting 2020

Our meeting March 7th, at the Wiggin Memorial library began at 10:00 am

We discussed community calendar entry made in the in the Carriage Towne News.  A visitor was welcomed as a result.

Distribution of our new post cards to members to place. 

Review Activities Survey

Trip to Lowell Quilt Museum
David Sirota, inquiry made, no answer yet
Quilters Take New York
Quiltcon 2021 Charity quilt

Patty began a discussion about responses to the survey, and the general response was that it had not been seen.  Surveys were distributed to those who had not seen the online version.  Responses will be recalculated .

      We discussed where to donate the Bright Birch Trees quilt        

Patty suggested Activities appear on the blog Calendar.

 Future dates and Locations:

April 4th — Kingston Community Library, 10:00-12:00, 2 Library Ln, Kingston NH

May 9 —Andover, Memorial Hall Library 10-12,  1 Elm Square, (495 to Rte 28) — metered parking, so go to Essex Street or park across the street

June 6 — Maine picnic — 9:30-1:30 — Fort Williams (entrance to Portland Harbor) — potluck w/ Maine Modern Quilt Guild — will include Show+Tell

July 11 — may or not be a meeting, due to Kathy Doughty workshop also on calendar — we are not sure yet, discuss further next meeting.

Aug — Ipswich? West Newbury? (Mary will check about West Newbury)

Sept — Brentwood, Mary E Bartlett, 22 Dalton Rd #6050, Brentwood, NH

Oct-Dec: meeting locations TBD

April 30th, May 1-3
Sign up is not currently full.  We must commit by 31 March.  See Retreat tab on website for pricing, and contact Bethany for scheduling.

Challenge due in May
  • choose one block and do 4 copies of it;
  • make a mini-quilt that’s due in May
    • Choose either square or rectangular
    • Won’t all be in same size / shape
  • Gnome Angel pattern (Kinship 100 Block Fusion Sampler)
  • Can also find block patterns through Moda (Blockheads)
  • Tula Pink also has a similar book
Lottery block “Disappearing Pinwheel Arrows“ extended until April, so that new members can take part in the fun. See tutorial on Missouri Star's UTube

Barb M. will organize a trip to the New England Quilt Museum to see the exhibit that Leni Levenson Wiener is part of (exhibit dates: April 8-July 28)

Kate is working on a presentation.  Length
 and date TBD based on updated survey results.
  Here are two of her samples used to interpret
 Diane's Mini quilt challenge for May.  Both 
fabrics were cut from 8" x 8" proofing samples.
  They are Block #22 arranged as a value study.

July — West Newbury — Kathy Doughty
  • done in conjunction w/ Maine Modern Quilt Guild
  • Our Date is 7/24 (Churn dash) — $100 for members; $125 for nonmembers; in West Newbury Annex.  Lunch will be served; we have 20 slots total
  • Maine MQG — 7/25 (at Alewives Fabric)
  • Give completed form, and check to Nancy, Bethany, or Mary

We welcomed 5 visitors to our March meeting, several of which have already decided to join us.  One of them met us at the Strawberry Banke show in October, one saw our ad in the Carriage Towne News, and one intrepid woman found us by calling around for a guild close to her!


Strawberry Banke October 12   
From the 100 blocks activity a quilt (not smaller than) 30” x 40”
Goal is to use some of these blocks in your quilt.  She plans to display them at Library before Strawberry Bank show

Paula’s suggestion:

Should we do these “snap bag” projects as a charity project and fill with toiletries for homeless people?  Teresa brought in several tape measures, and Kate volunteered to cut one into 10” lengths.

Show and Tell

MaryLee shows us her first two Kinship blocks.   

       Paula Shows off her English Paper             Piecing

    Paula shows us a pillow completed from         her WIP list

     Diane shows a runner printed from her design on Spoonflower, created on their site Roostery.

Lou shows a lovely pieced table runner

Robin shows us two color versions of her Kinship block

Kate's simple 9 Patch, made to help a friend get started on hers.

Our collection of Kinship blocks is growing.