Sunday, November 19, 2023

 December Meeting 

The December meeting will be held Saturday, December 2, 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Wiggin Memorial Library, 10 Bunker Hill Avenue in Stratham, NH.  On the agenda are the election of officers for 2024, drawing of the winning ticket for this year's raffle quilt, and the annual holiday party.  All are welcome to attend.

Everyone is invited to bring a hot or cold dish to share, along with the recipe, and a wrapped gift for the gift swap.  This year the gift swap will be to bring your favorite quilting-related book, wrapped, with a brief description attached of the book's subject. No author or title mentioned.  Participation is not required.

2023 MQG Color Inspirations

January 2023 Color Palette Inspiration Red Yellow Light Blue, Dark Blue and Warm Grey 




Saturday, November 4, 2023


November SMQG Membership Meeting Minutes

October Color Palette from MQG 

The palette leans on darker values of green, there’s lots of opportunity for you to further build out the palette and play with color.

Note that the numbers you see on the graphic are hex codes. These are digital codes that specify the color – these are helpful if you’re using digital programs to design quilts or are trying to color match using online tools and apps.


  1. Brenda will be accepting donation quilts at the December meeting.  All quilts must be finished and twin size.  Donors will be entered for a drawing.

  2. All entries for the President's Challenge will be presented at the December meeting. The challenge was to make a completed quilt utilizing an idea or technique from the MQG website that is new to you.  There are two categories: small (30” x 30” or smaller) and large (larger that 30” x 30”).  Prizes will be awarded in each category.


Show & Tell

We all told our story of how we got into quilting and some brought a very early quilt they had made.  It was fun to hear everyone’s experiences.

MQG Scrap Day

Today (Saturday, November 4) is MQG’s National Scrap Day.  Attendees shared their ideas and techniques for organizing their “stash”. Several fabric recycling sites were shared.


Loose Ends

Vermont Teddy Bear

Swanson's Fabric 

HELPSY has donation bins in Rye and Exeter.

Thursday, September 21, 2023


SMQG September Board

Meeting Minutes

Attendees: Barbara, Theresa, Joyce

Quorum: yes

Start Time: 7:06pm

1. October General Meeting program set. Malka-Dubrawsky will teach a workshop, via zoom, to our membership. Will be held at the Kingston NH Public Library.

2. November General Meeting will be held at the Exeter NH Public Library. Officer elections for the 2024 board will be held. Still need a program. Program ideas: MQG webinar on minimalism, takes about 35-40 minutes. Marylee and Diane still working on their own presentation.

3. December General Meeting – Still need site. Needs to have a kitchen so can hold holiday party.

4. No candidates for the board at this time. Do have volunteers for several committees.

  • Retreat – Trish

  • Charity – Brenda

  • Publicity – Karen and Julie

5. Raffle Quilt – Need ways to sell tickets, set ticket price. Suggested $5.00 per ticket; 3 tickets for $10.00. Tickets have been $5.00 in past. Tickets will be sold at upcoming Makers’ Market (November). Barbara will order tickets to be printed once pricing is set. Members will also be asked to sell tickets.

6. Thank you notes to be sent by Secretary to:

  • Seacoast Sewing & Quilting, for donating raffle quilt batting

  • Karen for providing longarm services of charity quilt

  • Brenda for donating handbag proceeds to guild

  • Diane for quilting the raffle quilt

7. Incoming 2024 board will be invited to December board meeting.

Meeting adjourned: 7:47pm

Friday, September 15, 2023

October Meeting

All are invited to attend the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild's upcoming meeting. We will have a 1.5-hour hands-on class at the Kingston, NH Public Library on improv circles by fiber artist Malka Dubrawsky presenting via zoom.  You will get the most out of the meeting if you bring your sewing machine. This program will be free to members. Nominations for officer positions will be accepted.

Date:  Saturday, October 6

Time:  10:00am - 12:00n (class to begin after a short business meeting)

Location:  Kingston Community Library 

                  2 Library Lane

                  Kingston, NH 03848


November Meeting & Special Event

There will be TWO events in November!

November Meeting: On Saturday, Nov. 4 we will meet at the Exeter Public Library and vote on officer positions. The meeting will begin at 10:00am.

Exeter Public Library
4 Chestnut Street
Exeter, NH 03833

Makers Market: We will have a booth at Pintuck & Purl's Makers' Market in Hampton from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12.

December Meeting 
Location TBD. We will have our Holiday Party AND display the quilts made as part of the Presidents' Challenge, announced last April. Here are the details:
* Can be a small (up to 30” x 40”) or large project

Hopefully MQG-inspired – make something inspired by a webinar you’ve seen – the point is to do something that’s new-to-you whether in terms of color, design, or technique.

* We encourage original designs but you can also use a pattern.

* We can supply you with a creative “constraint” if you wish -- email me if you are interested. (Examples: use only solid colors / use only two colors / use a colorway that you typically avoid, etc.)

Prizes will be awarded.


Monday, July 10, 2023

August Meeting of SMQG

The August meeting of the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild will be held at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts on Saturday, August 6.  We will be viewing 2 special exhibits:

Quilts Japan: The 16th Quilt Nihon Exhibit

The Quilts of Timna Tarr


Tuesday, June 20, 2023

July Meeting Event

Come enjoy of sewing, sharing, and socializing! SMQG will hold a sew-in at our July meeting.  Bring any project you are working on or come and work on our charity quilt.  Share your ideas, tips, and techniques as well as show us what your current project is.  As with all sew-in's, please bring your own machine, tools, and supplies.  And we may have a few surprises for you up our sleeves!

Date:  Saturday, July 8

Time:  10:00am - 2:00pm

Location: West Newbury Town Hall Annex

 See you there!!!



Saturday, May 13, 2023

Join us for our June meeting!

Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild will be holding a special hands-on workshop for our June meeting.:

Creating Unique Surface Designs on Fabric

Stamp, Print, Marble and Paint

All are welcome. This workshop is free to SMQG members; guest fee is $10.00.

  • Saturday, June 3
  • 9:30am - 12:30pm  (Please note extended meeting time.)
  • Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library, 22 Dalton Road, Brentwood NH

We will be exploring a number of different printing techniques. 

All paints, stencils and block printing materials will be supplied and we will have samples to  show how you can add a personalized touch to your sewing projects. 

Wear comfortable “painting” clothes. Although the processes we are using are not particularly  messy they are indelible. 

You will need to bring your own fabric: 

 - Fabrics can be from your stash.  

 They do not need to be pre-washed. 

 They do not need to be white. 

- An 8” or 10” square of fabric would be a good size to work with. 

Recycle, refresh, reuse: 

- that stained linen napkin or shirt with the grease spot might be a good candidate for a bit  of paint magic. 

- Dryer sheets or used “color catchers” could also serve as unusual background accents on an  art quilt or greeting card. 

- Amazon offers packages of blank dish towels that are perfect candidates for stamping or  block prints. 


- flat objects like feathers, dried leaves, bits of lace, string or ribbon can be used too. You  might find inspiration in the backyard or kitchen “junk” drawer. Bring your “finds” along. 

This workshop is meant to be a sampler to give you some examples of techniques you may  want to explore more on your own.

Friday, April 7, 2023


April 2023 General Membership

Meeting Minutes

The April meeting was held at the North Hampton Public Library with 14 attendees. Meeting called to order at 10:08am

    1. Business (Barbara)

  • MQG is hosting on their website “2023 MQG Color Palette Inspiration”, a monthly post of a color curated selection inspired by past QuiltCon award winning quilts. Each color has the international hex code that one can use to research the color online. Here is the March Palette.

  • As a member of MQG, one can go to the MQG website and see all of the 2023 QuiltCon winners in each category. Just sign in to the MQG website.

  • Barbara issued a challenge this past January for each of us to explore the MQG website. Find a webinar or other online feature that interests you, view it, and report it at an upcoming meeting.

  • 2023 membership fees were due March 1. Our chapter had to pay our chapter fees to national March 15, so if you have not paid yet, please do so now. Renewal or new members $50.00 for the year. Mail your check to Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild, P.O. 808, Ipswich MA 01938.

  • Volunteer(s) needed to make stick on labels updating our chapter postcards. DONE: Joyce volunteered.

  • Our chapter needs a Publicity Chairperson. Our membership will only grow if area quilters know about us. Please contact Barbara if interested in this position.

Upcoming Meetings

  • May Meeting: We usually do not hold a meeting in May as it is right after our annual retreat. HOWEVER, this year the board has arranged for our membership to participate in a new online event presented by the Academy for Virtual Teaching. It is the “Sampler Platter” presented on YouTube, May 6 & 7, 3;00 – 6:00pm each day. 18 national level teachers will give a 15 minute presentation, each on a different technique. A link will be sent to the chapter membership to attend.

  • June Meeting: “Surface Design Workshop”, a 3-hour workshop. Site to be announced.

Treasurer’s Report (Theresa)

  • Everyone has paid for their retreat reservation.

  • Deposit has been paid to Franciscan Center for retreat. Balance due will be paid upon arrival.



April 28-30, Franciscan Guest House, Kennebunk, ME

We have 19 attendees, all paid in full. The deposit has been made and the balance will be paid upon our arrival. Barbara has created a food sign-up sheet for the pot luck dinner Friday evening, breakfast Saturday & Sunday, and for snacks. She has also created a lunch selection sign-up so we can pre-order. Both are available via links that were sent to retreat attendees.

Mainely Mimi’s quilt shop in Wells, ME is offering a 20% discount to retreat attendees for that weekend. It was suggested that 2 tables be set up at retreat. Attendees can bring quilting related items that they wish to get rid of. One table would be free giveaway items, the other would be items for sell.

Charity (Brenda)

Brenda will bring all of the string blocks to retreat so people can sew them together to create a quilt top. She suggested this quilt be donated to Crossroads House in Portsmouth as they need bed quilts. She also suggested that each person who donates a completed charity quilt for the guild to donate have their name placed in a bag. At the end of the year, one person’s name would be drawn for a prize.

Activities (Marylee  & Diane)

  • Diane collected all deconstructed mini’s that were brought today for display. Attendees voted on the top 3 favorites.

      1. Paula

      2. (tied) MaryLee & Donna


  • Scooter Block – Pattern requires a focal fabric, solid white, plus 3 others

fabrics pulling colors from focal fabric. Diane will be supplying the focal

fabric (a floral) and the white. Each participating member to supply

remaining 3 from own stash. Can use “Palette Builder”, a free app,

to get Kona fabric recommendations. Diane then showed us how to use

Quick Curve Ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful to make the circles.

Participants got to use the ruler and build block.

  • Tone & Value – MaryLee explained what color terms mean.

      • Hue” means the color itself

      • Shade” means the given color mixed with black

      • Tone” means the given color mixed with grey

      • Tint” means the given color mixed with white

Participants then had the opportunity to play with fabric squares to create color ranges and see how these terms apply.

Show & Tell

  •   Theresa showed a quilt made with Kaffe Fassett fabrics and the QuikCurve ruler
  • Trish showed 3.

    • Paper pieced houses, pattern by Carolyn Freelander

    • Sunny”, pattern by Tara Faughnan

    • Give & Take Improv” by Tara Faughnan

Member’s Tips & Tricks

  • Tara Faughnan has a webinar available on the MQG website

  • Lou showed us how bar soap can be used as a fabric marker. Rubs right off and washes completely out. Best on darker fabrics.

Chapter Challenge

Select a technique, pattern or other quilting related item you would like to learn or do. Make a completed quilt in one of these categories: up to 30” x 40” OR up to a bed-quilt size, and bring to the November meeting. Members will vote for “best in show”. Prizes will be given.

Meeting adjourned at 11:58am.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023


March 2023 Membership Meeting Recap


  • QuiltCon digital goodie bag is available though MQG website. Must be a member to access.

  • QuiltCon 2023 is available on line via MQG website. Must be a member to access.

  • February and March Colors of the Month on MQG website.

  • April 22 & 23 – “Hands Across the Valley” Quilt Show, Hampshire College, Amherst MA

  • Annual membership fees now Due; $50.00. Please mail in to SMQG post box.

  • April meeting will be at N. Hampton, NH Public Library, Saturday April 1 at 10:00am

MQG February Color Palette



  • Final payments due to SMQG by March 11. Send to SMQG post box.

  • Food sign up

    • Bring own plate, glass, cup/mug, utensils, serving utensils if bringing food to share

    • OK to bring wine, alcoholic beverages

QuiltCon Presentation

  • Entire show available on MQG website

  • 2024 to be in Raleigh, NC

  • Show is free to MQG members

  • MQG Website Discoveries

    • Printed and Patched” – designing with printed fabrics

    • Daisy Aschehoug – acrylic templates

    • Mary Fons – 200 years of American quilting

    • Tara Faughnan – “Design Process: From Initial Spark to the Finished Quilt”

    Scooter’s Block

    Diane will be presenting how to make Scooter’s Block at April meeting. Pattern requires a focal fabric, solid white, plus 3 others fabrics pulling colors from focal fabric. Diane will be supplying the focal fabric (a floral) and the white. Each participating member to supply remaining 3 from own stash. Can use “Palette Builder”, a free app, to get Kona fabric recommendations. Diane will show how to use Quick Curve Ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful to make the circles. Can also use Drunkard’s Path template. Participants recommended to bring this project to retreat to work on and get assistance.

    Side Show & Tell (photos not available)

    • Patty - hydrangea themed quilt for co-worker

    • Paula - table topper for daughter’s friend

    • Diane – art work computer printed on fabric, then embellished and embroidered

    • Brenda – baby quilting

    • Joyce – log cabin for brother