Sunday, April 11, 2021

April 2021 SMQG meeting minutes

 

                                                        SEACOAST MODERN QUILT GUILD

MONTHLY MEETING (via Zoom)

APRIL 3, 2021


Attendees:

JoAnne D, Suzanne W, Barbara M, Diane S, Kate Q, Letty B, Barb B, Barbara W, Wendy W, Marylee W, Robin L, Lou S, Colleen H, Paula K, Mary O, Carol B

Committee Reports:

Treasurer’s report was given. 

Secretary’s report – nothing to add from the published March minutes

Hospitality: no update, Haley did not attend

Retreat: Kate reported the weekend for our 2022 retreat at the Franciscan’s, April 28-May 1 has been secured.   She looked into virtual retreats for this year but all were booked.

JoAnne suggested online retreats may be a good alternative.  She and Mary O attended one the previous weekend hosted by The Thread House UK.  The format changed to accommodate quilters across the globe and various time zones.  There were 3 instructors and each produced 3-4 videos a day showing various techniques.  All participants had access to the videos and can view at their leisure. The videos remain available for months after.  The next Retreat is in June; Kate will look into it.

Programs:

UFO Challenge: Today was the day for everyone to show their UFO (quilt, pattern and/or fabric) they’ve committed to completing by our September meeting.  There will be prizes presented along the way!

JoAnne: She began a Kaffe Fassett mystery quilt with other members of the guild 3 years ago.

Theresa is working on a beautiful quilt in neutrals.

Brenda has a 72x84 Modern My Wedding Ring (Kane Sewing Party) quilt from 2018 that wants to be completed!

Haley has committed to completing a quilt she started years ago and keeps pulling it off her wall!

Suzanne is working on 2 UFO’s - A Butterfly Quilt and an Anna Maria Horner “Dear Diary” that has been sitting in a bin since she moved.

Diane has chosen SMQG’s 1st ever Block of the Month from The Cookbook.

Kate is looking to finish the Kinship quilt and is working on sashing and the border. It’s the only UFO she has! It has 120 blocks with 20 different fabrics including one of her own Spoonflower designs in geometrics, floral and bright colors.

Letty has completed the top of her Modern Handcraft Snowflake couch quilt.  She has one for every season which she swaps out.  This one will be ready for this coming winter.

Barbara W is close to finishing her Whack & Stack done on a diagonal with a dragonfly pattern with just the border to be completed.   She took a class on this 10 years ago.

Wendy is finishing up Stars over the Common, a Quilters Common (Wakefield, MA) Block of the Month from 2017.  11 blocks are completed, one to go along with the sashing and border.

Marylee is working on her first pieced quilt from the early 1990’s!  This is a BoM from Joann’s in Port Orchard, Washington.  The center blocks are appliqued. 

Colleen will work on her Kite quilt by Victoria Finley Wolf using fabrics from Michael Miller which she started 3 years ago at retreat.

Paula chose her Birch Tree quilt using up scraps.

Barb B is working on her scrappy lone star quilt by Janice Ryan of Better off Thread.  The backing is a scattering of polka dots.

Robin’s Single Girl quilt is baby sized for her grandchild.

Lou’s scraps quilt is sewn onto dryer sheets and it will keep her busy!

Carol’s first project from 2019 is a Christmas tree skirt that she will use this year.

Mary will finish a quilt for her daughter of her own design from retreat 4 years ago called Wacky Web.  This is from a Jenny Doan tutorial.

Barbara M is working on 2: Succulent by Michelle Wilkie and a Cups of Kaffee table runner.

HST template tutorial – Via web cam Barb B presented a quick and easy way to make multiple HST’s using Perfect HST Templates by Lee Heinrich (www.freshlypieced.com).  One template can make 8 HST’s at a time with no squaring off.

Suzanne mentioned that news print is an option for paper piecing and Paula suggested pages from investment guides.  Phone book pages are also an option.

Month 4 of our Piece & Love Block of the Month by modern quilt designer Sherry Shish is now available on our page of her website.  Everyone has received the details on accessing it but if you need it resent let JoAnne know.

Reminder: Do not share the pattern with anyone.  It is meant to be used by members, only.

Speakers

Amy Friend, founder of our guild, will speak at our May 1 meeting.  Amy’s presentation with focus on elements of modern quilting and will feature patterns from her latest book, Petal and Stem.   Amy has published 3 books of quilt patterns and has won several awards most recently she won an award at Quiltcon 2021.

Show and Tell:

Robin is using French general fabrics for her granddaughter’s quilt

Marylee is knitting a scarf using a garter diagonal stitch.  If you’re using stripes it comes out perfect.  She found this on You Tube.

Lou is working on a baby quilt

Suzanne is working on a lovely quilt for her sister in law who is going through chemo.  It’s a Starry Starry Night pattern with Angels holding hands.

Letty is working on stippled journal covers for friends of her kid’s 5th and 6th birthdays. https://www.stitchedincolor.com/blog///2012/08/tutorial-journal-covers.html

Colleen is continuing to hand quilt her mom’s friend’s quilt.  She mentioned registration for the Vermont Quilt Festival has opened. Amy Friend will be teaching a class.

Mary is working on Clamshells from The Thread House retreat.

JoAnne showed us 2 beautiful quilts today - her Kaffe Fish quilt (Jeweled frames) and a Bird quilt she designed in aqua, pink & white.   Suzanne Whiteside quilted this quilt. 


Alewife’s Fabric update – during our meeting it was mentioned that Alewife’s is closing.  Mary has since confirmed  they are not closing, but moving to online business only. 

Future Meeting Dates and Locations:

Regular monthly meetings will be held on the first Saturday of each month via Zoom (adjusted for holiday weekends).

Be sure to mark your calendars:

May 1

June 5

July 10

August 7

September 11

October 2

November 6

December 4

 

Zoom meetings have been set up for all of 2021.  We will reassess as the months go on and changes will be made if we are confident that we can meet safely.

Board of Directors meetings will be held on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7p.m. via Zoom. 

 


Thursday, March 18, 2021

March 2021 SMQG meeting minutes

 

SEACOAST MODERN QUILT GUILD

MONTHLY MEETING (via Zoom)

MARCH 6, 2021


Attendees:

JoAnne D, Paula K, Barbara M, Barbara W, Brenda S, Theresa H, Lou S, Mary O, Colleen H, Letty B, Barb B, Diane S, Suzanne W, Patty C, Carol B and, Wendy Ward (new member)

JoAnne welcomed everyone to our meeting and began with a special saying: 

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”  This is a great motivator for quilting.


Committee Reports:

Treasurer’s report was given.  A reminder will be sent out to those who haven’t paid dues yet.

Secretary’s report – nothing to add from the published February minutes.

JoAnne welcomed our newest member, Wendy Ward to the guild.  Wendy has been quilting since her 4H days in the Midwest, mostly traditional.  She is interested in learning Modern.

Hospitality and Retreat: Haley and Kate did not attend.


Programs:

UFO: at next month’s meeting each person will show their unfinished quilt and tell the group a little bit about it (i.e. what interested you in that particular piece, inspiration).

The UFO should be completed (bound) for our September meeting.

Since many members have unfinished quilts some suggestions on how to get them, as well as new projects is to:

~ make a list of the incomplete works and new ones that you want to work on.  When finished, note it as ‘completed’

~leave everything set up and ready to go

~set deadlines (i.e. BoM)

There are Project Planners that can help organize.  Provides a year at a glance with reference pages.


Month 3 of our Piece & Love Block of the Month by modern quilt designer Sherry Shish is now available on our page of her website.  Everyone has received the details on accessing it but if you need it resent let JoAnne know.

We’ll need to get to work since Blocks 1 & 2 (Jan & Feb) have been completed/underway.  Several members showed their progress and/or the fabrics they’ve chosen.

Reminder: Do not share the pattern with anyone.  It is meant to be used by members, only.

Pintuck & Purl is offering special pricing to our members for this project. If you decide to purchase your fabric from them you can use curbside pickup, shipping or go into the shop (masks required, please check hours).

Barb Brian has received some great responses to the Program activities survey.  Areas of particular interest include Curves, Piecing, and Embroidery as well as Color Theory, Y seams, and alternate binding options.  The complete list will be narrowed down in the BoD meeting.

Show and Tell:

Diane showed us her BoM using fabric she designed.  She added some beautiful embroidery to the block.

JoAnne showed us the progress she’s making on her Quilted Threads BoM.  For our BoM she is using Carolyn Frielander graphics for the background squares.

Mary made a beautiful Valentine table runner, ready for next Valentine’s Day.  She used Amanda Murphy rulers and a heart ruler by Saraditty.  JoAnne noted that 24 weight Aurafil is a good thread for ruler work.

Theresa is using Anna Maria Horner fabric for the BoM

Colleen is continuing hand quilting her mother’s friend’s quilt.  For the BoM she is deciding between Kaffe and Holiday fabrics.

Patty is knitting colorful winter pom pom hats.

Barb B is working on an Amy Gibson quilt from Amy’s Quilt Block Cookbook. She will  incorporate 5 blocks that she’s finished in her BoM we’re making.

Suzanne is making a baby quilt using grunge and stars for backing.  She also showed us a beautiful 1,100 piece quilt which she hand-made and quilted. She started it during a one year road trip with her husband in a truck and took 10 years to fully complete.

Lou is working on baby blankets and burp cloths in anticipation of a new family member and friend's baby. 

Brenda showed us 2 sweet Easter table runners and a Karen Guska made quilt hanging on her wall.

There was a discussion on how to prevent colors from bleeding.  Tips include washing first using a color catcher or dawn dish detergent and ammonia.  Patty uses safety pins on the corners and in the middle when washing/drying.  Makes it easier to iron. 

 

Future Meeting Dates and Locations:

Regular monthly meetings will be held on the first Saturday of each month via Zoom (adjusted for holiday weekends).

Be sure to mark your calendars: 

April 3 

May 1 

June 5 

July 10 

August 7 

September 11 

October 2 

November 6 

December 4

Zoom meetings have been set up for all of 2021.  We will reassess as the months go on and changes will be made if we are confident that we can meet safely.

Board of Directors meetings will be held on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7p.m. via Zoom. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

February 2021 SMQG monthly meeting minutes

SEACOAST MODERN QUILT GUILD MONTHLY MEETING (via Zoom) FEBRUARY 6, 2021

Attendees: JoAnne D, Paula K, Barbara M, Barbara W, Robin L, Marylee W, Theresa H, Lou S, Mary O, Kate Q, Colleen H, Letty B, Barb B, Haley G, Suzanne W, Carol B and, Brenda Scolaro (new member) JoAnne welcomed our newest member, Brenda Scolaro and welcomed back Suzanne Whiteside who has relocated south! 

Committee Reports
Treasurer’s report was given. A reminder will be sent out to those who haven’t paid dues yet. 
Secretary’s report – nothing to add from the published January minutes 

Programs: Our Block of the Month is Piece & Love by modern quilt designer Sherry Shish. This pattern is a skill builder using gradient colors options. Sherry will provide a link to the block instructions upon receipt of payment from the Guild. Tutorials will also be posted for us to view. JoAnne is working on this. We’ll need to get to work since Blocks 1 & 2 (Jan & Feb) have been completed/underway. Have your colors for the 2 blocks pulled for our March 6 meeting. 

Reminder: Do not share the pattern with anyone. It is meant to be used by members, only. 

JoAnne has picked out her fabric choices which include Carolyn Friedlander graphics and contrasting colors by Allison Glass and shared her vision with us. Pintuck & Purl is offering special pricing to our members for this project. If you decide to purchase your fabric from them you can use curbside pickup, shipping or, go into the shop (masks required, please check hours). 

JoAnne issued a UFO challenge to show your UFO in April and have finished by September’s meeting. Finished = prior to binding Prizes will be given (categories TBA) 

Barb Brian is looking for the group’s input for Program activities such as virtual workshops, projects on You Tube. Barb will send out a survey through Survey Monkey so think about what you would like to work on, speakers/designers you’d like to have, member trunk shows, tutorials, etc. 

Haley (Hospitality) suggested we create a Kahoot game of quilting trivia (i.e. guess designer of different fabrics). This could be a fun way to learn and challenge each other! 

Since we can’t have an in person Retreat, Kate will share some ideas with JoAnne. 

IG tips and Tricks. Haley provided some tips and tricks when using our social media apps. Instagram is her favorite for quilting. Information included how to’s such as making public or private, how to post and repost pictures and ideas, editing, tagging, join a collective of groups/people by adding a #, adding filters, stories (which stay active for one day). This is an app that has many uses. Haley will send the group a tutorial. 

Show and Tell: 

JoAnne showed her Gravity BoM by Jay Bird Quilts she is working on. Block #7 completed! 
Colleen showed us a beautiful Karen Lewis hand print quilt from England that she purchased. 
Paula is working on what will be a quilt of trees. 
Kate showed us a fun quilt using scraps going back 20-30 years. A tip when using a fabric color that can run (i.e. dark maroon): put something like a shout color catcher in the water when you wash it. It sucks the color out of the water onto the sheet, protecting the fabric from color bleeding. 
Robin put her antique blocks together into a quilt. 
Letty is knitting a sample hipster shawl from Pintuck & Purl 
Mary is working on a pillow – a deer and antlers design by Becky Goldsmith. 
Suzanne has kept very busy with a Butterfly quilt with 2,300 pieces! 
Haley has spent some time reorganizing her scraps (old toy sorter bins) and had an idea to use a “year of scraps”. She made a quilted dress in burnt orange using small and large blocks. And, a Valentine quilt inspired from American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine. 
Our new member Brenda moved from CT in 2019 and also belongs to the Piecemaker quilt guild. Her son takes care of Instagram for her Frendasboutique business. She suggested using an old phone book for paper piecing. 

Future Meeting Dates and Locations: 
Regular monthly meetings will be held on the first Saturday of each month via Zoom (adjusted for holiday weekends). 
Be sure to mark your calendars: 
March 6 
April 3 
May 1 
June 5 
July 10 
August 7 
September 11 
October 2 
November 6 
December 4 
Zoom meetings have been set up for all of 2021. We will reassess as the months go on and changes will be made if we are confident that we can meet safely. 

Board of Directors meetings will be held on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7p.m. via Zoom.

Monday, January 25, 2021

January 2021 Seacoast Modern Quilt

Checking In: 

JoAnne welcomed everyone to 2021, thanked the outgoing 2020 Board for their contributions (Patty Crafts, Paula Krolikoski, Marylee Welling, Bethany Aycaner, Kate Quackenbush, Nancy Peach, Mary Orencole, Sasha Spala) and, welcomed the 2021 members (JoAnne Davidson, Barbara Mahoney, Lou Somerset, Carol Brown, Barb Brian)  

In addition to the 2021 BoD members – 

Haley has agreed to work on Hospitality

Kate will be the lead of the Retreat (TBD whether there will be one this year)

Barbara M will handle Membership

Colleen will continue managing advertising/social media 


Attendees: 

JoAnne D, Paula K, Barbara M, Barbara W, Robin L, Gayle , Diane S, Marylee W, Bethany A, Theresa H, Lou S, Patty C, Mary O, Sasha S, Kate Q, Colleen H, Carol B


2021 goals:

JoAnne noted that her goals as President of the Guild are

1. Focus on the concepts of modern quilting

2. Motivate members to achieve

3. Reunite members who haven’t been attending


Future Meeting Dates and Locations: 

Regular monthly meetings will be held on the first Saturday of each month (adjusted for holiday weekends).

Be sure to mark your calendars:

February 6

March 6

April 3

May 1

June 5

July 10

August 7

September 11

October 2

November 6

December 4

Zoom meetings have been set up for all of 2021. This will be reassessed as the months go on and changes will be made when we are confident that we can meet face to face safely. 


Committee Reports: 

Treasurer's report was given. 

We kicked off the meeting with a Trunk Show of very creative quilts by Robin Lent.  Robin is the epitome of a modern quilter - she rarely uses a pattern, doesn’t follow the rules, uses negative space and improvises. If she doesn’t like what she has created she will deconstruct/cut up and use in a new quilt!  Her creations can be found on her Instagram account - robbyquilt

Robin finds inspiration from design magazines such as Architectural Digest, looking at rugs and wallpaper for inspiration. 

Her work includes quilts based on patterns by:

Anne Lamott – Bird by Bird

Amy Friend – Kite Tails (in black & white)

Riley Blake challenge “Disintegration” in white, pink, blue, green & yellow 

Robin also showed her unique designs:

 “Men’s Shirts Redux” that she deconstructed and redid in Red, White & Blue

 “Covid Scribbles” in black and white with a pop of blue.  Speaks for itself! 

“New Hampshire Coffee – this quilt was made with coffee burlap bags and canvas from her daughter and son-in-law’s coffee company.  Very cool!

“Allsorts” with some great wonky squares in brown, yellow and blue

A friend gifted her some antique squares which she used to create blocks

Tip: to prevent red and orange from running add salt in the detergent to neutralize it. 

 

Programs:

Ideas for this year’s Programs include:

~Block of the Month – JoAnne has met with Maggie at Pintuck & Purl to pull this together.  Maggie has agreed to give the Guild a discount on the fabric for the blocks.

~National Speakers such as Eileen Roderick and Amy Friend

~Local speakers

~Virtual sew-ins

Please support local businesses whenever you can!

Barb B, working with Diane will send out a survey to get member’s ideas for different activities (i.e. skill building for BoM, Paper Piecing, Y Seams, Curves)

Charity:

The Birch Tree quilt, which Sasha has needs to be donated.  She will do a count of the quilts she has and let JoAnne know.


Show and Tell:

JoAnne showed her Gravity BoM by Jay Bird quilts she is working on.  This pattern requires using 2 special rulers.

Colleen is working on a beautiful Bear Paw quilt in Amish colors.  Her mother’s friend started it but never finished.  Her son asked Colleen if she would finish it.  With some hand and machine quilting Colleen will be able to return it to him so he can enjoy it.

Diane created a beautiful mask scarf in blues.

Kate finished a beautiful quilt for her mother in law using granny squares.  The border is all about birds which her mother in law loves.

Paula made an adorable Hedgehog pillow for her daughter’s boyfriend using an Elizabeth Hartman pattern. She is also working on getting her 2020 Kinship 100 block finished.

Gayle showed us her Dancing with the Wall (Eileen Roderick).  She starts in the middle of a quilt and has no idea what she’s going to do until she gets going!  

Lou made the sweetest bunny quilts for her great-great granddaughter!

Marylee was inspired by a card she received and made a beautiful cardinal wall hanging.

Mary showed the pillow she made during Karen Lewis’ The Thread House retreat (thethreadhouse.co.uk) 

Bethany made pillowcases made using fun fabric from Hawaii and, a Marden’s find

Theresa had made a quilt for her kids which they “snuggled to death” so she decided a remake was needed! 

 

Other business:

Quilt Con 2022 will be held in Phoenix, AZ

Tutorials on IG & Zoom – not all members are familiar with these platforms so we’d like to have people who are frequent users provide some training

Formation of a “Sunshine” committee which would be responsible for delivering cards for member birthdays, illness, death in family and other words of encouragement  

Saturday, January 2, 2021

December 2020


Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild
Zoom Meeting
Dec 12th 2020 10 am-12 pm



17 members gathered on Zoom to celebrate the Holiday.  Jo Anne is planning Zoom meetings until the pandemic eases, and we feel safe to meet in person, so watch your emails for Zoom links.  Next meeting is Jan 9th.

Paula let us know that the New England Quilt Museum is open for in person visits, and that they have a virtual presentation: Deeds Not Words.

Secret Santa proceeded as follows:


*Mary received a lovely selection of fabrics from Carol.

*Lou received a book, Threads of Life, and a pair of scissors from Mary.

*JoAnne received a pair of scissors and an ornament 

*Coleen received a lovely card, seam ripper, snips and solids from JoAnne.

*Kate received small templates, applique pins, a lovely strip of fabric used as a bow and thoughtful card from Coleen.

*Marylee received a handblown ornament, quilted storage bag, and zentangled card from Kate.

*Barbara W received pink thread, and fabric to match from Barb M.

*Barbara B  received Soap, Lotion, Quilt Pins, a framed cross stitch, and a cute tin of fabric clips from Barb W.

* Paula received a much valued set of seam rippers and colorful pins and fun card from Theresa.

*Carol received (in a much loved puppy paw bag!) a snap bag, pink fabric, and he favorite scented candles from Paula.

*Robin received “The world’s cutest bag” containing lovely fabric, and a bottle of the newest Best Press from Barb B.

*Barb M received a lovely card, thread “the perfect color”, and a pattern for a bag from Sotak Handmade’s Lola Pouch that she has been wishing for from Robin. 

* Stephanie received lovely fabric in orange from Barb M

*Diane received cute pins from Stephanie.

*Haley received Quilt Big, a quilting book about large blocks, and so wonderful Heather Ross fabrics from Sasha.

*Bethany received a pair of travel sized scissors (to keep in one of her several project bags) from Patty.

*Theresa received an M&M Bag filled with cotton pearl thread and a needle threader from Bethany.


We also had Show and Tell, but since most were in process, and the writer has no pictures, we will save them for a future date.  Happiest, and Safest of Holidays to one and all.