Sunday, April 11, 2021

April 2021 SMQG meeting minutes


                                                        SEACOAST MODERN QUILT GUILD


APRIL 3, 2021


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.


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 (  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.


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.

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. 


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