Sunday, April 5, 2015

April Meeting Recap

We were thinking spring and thinking Kite Tails this past Saturday. We used this meeting to sew blocks for our raffle quilt for the Gathering later this year.
Laura began by revealing the SMQG logo, inspired by our banner. Lots of possibilities exist to further the SMQG "Brand" with totes, tees and much more.
Laura also gave a quick demonstration of creating sleeves for our mini quilts. The minis - your modern interpretation of a traditional block in solids - are due complete with 2" sleeve and label at the May meeting.

Laura reported that the Riley Blake challenge fabric is still being rolled out. She'll check in on the MQG site for any updates.

Amy said that the next MQG Charity Challenge should be announced in the next few weeks and we should plan time for discussion.

Mary unveiled the lottery block pattern for the next two months - The Greek Cross featured on Fresh Lemons. The tutorial is here if you missed the handout. Mary says ... We’re going to go scrappy with these blocks, so use any colors and prints you’d like!  The center cross should be all one fabric, and the outer HSTs can be any other fabric.  Just be sure to use a white or “reads as” white for the background!

On to the sewing....

The raffle quilt features Amy's Kite Tail pattern with Anna Maria Horner's Dowry line. Amy had prepped the paper pieced blocks and led a demonstration.

With our "A" sides and "B" sides, tops sorted from bottoms and directional prints all figured out, we headed to our machines. Production began in full swing.

Despite our diligence, the blocks remain unfinished. Stay tuned for an informal sew-in to complete them.

An epic Show and Tell is in store for May but Robin wanted us to see this gorgeous quilt that's off to her sister's and won't be here next month. Our own Mary did the long-arming! Beautiful!

The retreat is only weeks away!! Next month bring your backlog of Show and Tell.

Friday, March 27, 2015

April Meeting Reminder

Our April meeting will be held on Saturday, April 4 from 10 am to 12 pm at the West Newbury Old Town Hall. (NOTE: this is different from the Annex. The Old Town Hall is where Robin and Sam led the Improv workshop of last spring.)

We will be holding a brief quilt-sleeve attaching demo. If you'd like to look at the tutorial ahead of time, it is Jacquie Gering's tutorial, and can be found HERE. (if you set out to do this on your own before the meeting, don't hem the sleeve "on all sides," hem only the left and the right sides.)

 Then Amy will demonstrate how to paper-piece her Kite Tails quilt pattern (see her Instagram post with hers and Judy's sample blocks, above!) and we will have a sew-in for raffle blocks. Please bring your sewing machine, equipped with the following:

Please come prepared to sew with your sewing machine loaded with cream/off white thread and a size 90 needle or Jeans needle (they are size 90). Bring scissors, pins. Amy will have the fabric and foundation paper ready and do a demonstration.

If you previously volunteered to bring an ironing board or a rotary cutter/mat, please remember to do so!

Due to the amount of ground we need to cover, and needing to have enough time to sew our blocks, please continue to hold your show and tell until the May meeting. We will have a show-and-tell-a-palooza in May, I promise!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Final 2015 retreat payment

Hi all,

It is time to make your final payment for our April 24-26 retreat at the Franciscan in Kennebunk, ME. Please choose your room/night option from the dropdown below.

If you are not sure which option to choose, please email Laura. If you are not sure whether or not you have paid in full, please email Laura. Thank you all!

As a reminder, there will be no balance for you to pay upon checkout at the Franciscan. You are paying SMQG, who is paying the entire bill.


Friday, March 13, 2015

April meeting sew-in information

Our April meeting will be a sew-in for our Gathering raffle quilt. The Exhibit committee has chosen a bundle of Anna Maria Horner fabrics with a Kona Bone background, and Amy has donated/allowed use of her Kite Tails pattern.

Please come prepared to sew with your sewing machine loaded with cream/off white thread and a size 90 needle or Jeans needle (they are size 90).

Bring scissors, pins.We need to have at least 2 volunteers to bring irons and ironing boards and 2 volunteers to bring cutting mats and rotary cutters.Amy will have the fabric and foundation paper ready and do a demonstration.

If you are not already a confident machine paper-piecer, fear not! You have a great opportunity to learn and practice this widely-used modern quilting skill. 

The meeting will be held at the Old Town Hall in West Newbury (NOT the Annex). See you on April 4 at 10 am!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Lee Heinrich Trunk Show

We were pleased to host Lee Heinrich, co-author of Vintage Quilt Revival and blogger at for a trunk show at the Page School in West Newbury last Saturday. Lee's quilts were as delightful as she was.

After Laura introduced Lee, she began by telling us how she began her journey into quilting. She didn't grow up sewing though her mother did. One day, Lee saw Denyse Schmidt on an episode of Martha Stewart Living and the designs appealed to the graphic designer in her.

 It was only after Lee began knitting in the early 2000s that she became more acquainted with the handmade arts. Lee characterized knitting as her "gateway drug" to quilting.

When her mother decided to upgrade her own sewing machine, Lee inherited the old one and was on her way.

Lee explained her use of her graphic design training in her quilt design, often using bold directional lines and and patterns that forsake borders for elements that spill off the edges.

Blogging led to sew alongs, then books and pattern designs. She explained that she believed that "modern quilting" was a spectrum with room for many interpretations and traditional elements.

Lee answered questions on technique, sewing space and process. 

Raffle prizes were drawn and Melanie won the signed book from Lee along with a solid bundle featured inside. Robin also won a book and Diane won the QuiltCon swag bag.

Some up close ooh'ing and ahh'ing was in order when the trunk show was over.

Thanks to Lee who was gracious and entertaining. Thanks to Nancy and Barbara who played Vanna White with the quilts. Thanks to all those who brought goodies and beverages.

Next meeting will be a raffle quilt sew-in at the Old Town Hall, Main Street, West Newbury, MA

Thursday, February 26, 2015

March meeting reminder: Lee Heinrich talk and trunk show!

Paula is currently coordinating snacks and drinks via email. Please see the thread and respond if you are able to help!

As a reminder, we will NOT be holding show and tell or conducting regular business at this meeting. Please save all your show and tell projects for April. 

Kali will be collecting pillowcases to be donated to the women's shelter with our charity quilt. Please watch for an email with details from her--but I know many of you have pillowcases sewn and ready to donate already! If you have time this weekend and next week, please consider making a few.

We will be giving away some really great door prizes at this event. (As if you needed further motivation to come!) I am excited to see you all there!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

2/7 Meeting Recap

Amy here today subbing for Peg who couldn't come to the meeting.  Judy began the meeting in Laura's absence with quite a bit of business:

First off, taking advantage of the time without last year's president and this year's president in attendance, we discussed a way to thank outgoing presidents for their dedication and hard work for the guild.  Amy was recently visiting the Merrimack Valley Quilters and suggested their method.  The president chooses a block, makes a sample and writes up directions for the block including specifics about the size, fabric, color palette, etc.  The guild members make the blocks and turn them in to the VP who gifts them to the president at the last meeting of the year.  After some discussion, the group agreed to adopt this policy.  We would like Peg to think about what she would like for her blocks and provide us with the information at the March meeting so that we can get a move on them!  Laura, you have till the June meeting!  

MQG Membership cards were distributed.

Kali has agreed to be Chair of Charity Projects for the year.  She mentioned being interested in wheelchair quilts which are roughly the same size as baby quilts but allow for more sophisticated design. 

We were reminded that Lee Heinrich will be visiting for our March meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Dr. John C. Page School, 694 Main Street, West Newbury. We will not be allowed into the building until 9:30.  Please park at the lower lot which is on the left as you come up the drive.  Follow the crosswalks to the building entrance.  We hope to have a greeter but basically, you walk through the main doors to a second set of doors.  Turn right to head toward the Cafetorium.  The entry fee will be cash or check only.  Nancy and Sue Ann offered to be quilt holders for Lee.  Please feel free to publicize the event but make sure you are using the corrected flier with Lee's name spelled properly.  If you need a new copy, email Amy or Laura.  Jessica and a helper will collect the money at the door.  Amy will send the announcement reminder to the BMQG.

The Exhibit Committee reported that we will be working on the raffle quilt at the April meeting.  All members should bring sewing machines, neutral thread, a size 90 needle, and scissors.  Some cutting mats and rotary cutters, irons and ironing boards, power strips and extension cords will be needed to share.  The pattern and fabrics will be provided so just come ready to sew.  All other info. can be found in the exhibit committee minutes that were emailed so I won't repeat them here.  Amy did mention that we would appreciate it if people would start entering their quilts so we have approximate numbers.  Info on how to do that can be found in this post.

Judy reported that the Executive Committee has been working on a few issues and will report back to the group when they are better prepared.  One is insurance coverage for the guild.  Additionally, some changes to the Bylaws are needed.  And finally, they mentioned the online chatter regarding a New England MQG event and the need to discuss more about that.
Both Jessica and Laura will be attending the Leadership Conference at QuiltCon. If you have any questions you would like them to get answered or any thoughts to pass along, do so soon.  Laura would like to encourage all members who are attending to go to the general session.

Second payments for the retreat were collected and Laura sent an email this week with information from the Franciscan.

Laura sent out a survey about bees and other activities.  The vast majority were interested in small member to member swaps where you know who you are sewing for but they do not know who is sewing for them.  The second most popular idea was a traditional style monthly bee.  Judy asked the someone volunteer to chair this activity by speaking to her or Laura.

Laura has a list of members and their social media contacts to distribute soon.

Phew, after all that business we turned to show and tell. 

Allison is working on hand-quilting her broken herringbone quilt.

Robin shared her modern take on an Amish quilt mini.

Sue Ann finished this quilt made from leftovers and scraps and claims to hate it.  Sue kindly offered to take it ;)

Sue Ann showed us these blocks from a quilt made in 1996.  She was really ahead of the modern quilting curve! 

Mary completed this lovely table topper with bias binding.

Kali was into bags this month and made 3 drawstring bags from In Color Order as well as a bag from Jessica's workshop.

Sarah made this flashy skirt to make sure no one missed her at QuiltCon!

She also completed this baby quilt for a cousin.

...and made progress on this diamond mini.

Mary made this baby quilt in addition to

...finishing the quilting on the guild banner.  Paula has offered to add hanging pockets.

Jessica completed this top for a wedding gift.

And Paula made this Love mini largely from a scrap bag from a quilt shop in Acton.

Diane shared her mini for The Gathering.  Her traditional block was called Returning Birds and this was her modern interpretation.

She also made this quilt as part of an online class where she was learning to use a ruler to cut triangles.

In case you couldn't guess, this is Nancy.  In case there is any confusion, she is both wearing AND holding her name.  

These blocks were made at an improv letter piecing workshop.

Nancy is also making this animal print quilt for her niece.

And she finished up her Fancy Fox quilt top in time for show and tell at Laura's request but, then, Nancy said "she's not even here."  

Sue made this modern interpretation of the Boston Public Gardens.  Sorry I cropped you out Sue, but you were talking in the picture.

Amy also shared her mini for The Gathering which was an improv take on the Grandmother's Fan block.

Following the busy show and tell, Sue provided us with a great presentation about batting complete with samples and a giveaway.  I would share more details but my hands where busy feeling batting samples so I didn't have time for notes.  Thank you Sue.