Sunday, February 11, 2024

February 2024 Meeting Recap

 February 8, 2024 General Membership Meeting Recap


The meeting was led by Helen.

 There were 34 members in attendance.


Welcome New guest!

Xendri visited with us tonight!

Thank yous!

Thank you Holly, Barbara, Marie and Sonia for attending the door and welcome table!

Thank you to Ophelia for bringing a cheese & fruit plate and chocolate cake!

Raffle Winners

  • Shelly won the door prize, a copy of the popular new book, Quilt Your Own Adventure, by Amanda Carye.

  • Marie won the raffle for the Tula Pink Oliso project iron.

  • Raya won the raffle for the Precision cutting mat and Olfa Rotary Cutter.

Membership (Marie, Treasurer)

We are at 62 confirmed members (our membership cap is 65). Thank you to all who have joined recently or renewed your memberships!

Events and Programming (Karen, Laurie, and Susan)

  March Meeting: Recap of the Modern Quilt Guild’s QuiltCon Show

Our parent guild is holding the big annual quilt show February 22-25 in Raleigh, NC. Four members of our guild are attending: Brenda, Michelle, Patty McG, and Raya. They will put together a presentation about what’s new and exciting in modern quilting!

A reminder that those of us who are not going to the show can purchase a Streaming Lecture Pass, which will allow us to view all of the 28 lectures. Get more details and purchase a pass here:

Communications (Brenda and Susie)

  Social Media

We have been having fun doing posts highlighting our Board members. We will soon start doing a weekly post, Member Mondays, in which we will highlight a guild member. Brenda will randomly select a member each week, and ask you to answer a few questions about your quilting journey. With 60+ members, it will take over a year to get to everyone!

New Hampshire Guild to Guild Newsletter

Our guild is now participating in this great resource for local shows and guild events. We emailed the January newsletter. Watch for the February one soon!

Member Directory

Brenda is making great progress on pulling together our new Member Directory, complete with photos! Once it is complete, everyone will get a link to view it online.

Facebook group

We started a Facebook group.  Submit a request to join here:

  • This is a private group only for dues paying members of NHMQG.  Feel free to share things like things you’re working on, sales or events or classes you find, carpools for shop hops, questions you have about sewing/quilting, etc!

  • This does not change how official guild communication goes out - we will still be sending important information via email!

Charity (Lesley and Julie)

Lesley brought in 7 quilts and asked for volunteers to bind them! These quilts will go to children through the Sleep in Heavenly Peace organization, which builds beds and provides bedding for children whose families cannot afford them. Last year, our guild gave them 68 quilts! Wow! You can read about the organization here:

Retreat (Ophelia)

Spring retreat will be at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk, ME on May 2-5. So far, 36 members have signed up! There is still room for more to attend, so let us know if you want to join us! To sign up - e-mail Ophelia and Marie, and send a check to Marie. Let us know if you need a roommate, not guaranteed if you don’t already have one.


  • Single, 3 nights: $502

  • Double, 3 nights: $355

  • Single, 2 nights: $355

  • Double, 2 nights: $257

Yard Sale

What an amazing yard sale we had! Everyone went home with some great treasures, and the proceeds will help the guild provide more activities for us. Laurie M took all the unclaimed items and will give them to a local art teacher.

Show and Tell

Captions below photos give details for each project or quilt!


 Michelle gave us a quick peek at one of the quilts she is making for her new book, which will be published by C&T in May 2025. Congratulations and good luck!

  Lorri W told us she completed and gifted her Exploding Hearts quilt she worked on at the last retreat (pattern by Slice of Pi).

  1. Ophelia showed us two quilts. The first with orange Kaffe fabrics.

  2. The other is based on the Craftsy kit/pattern Les Amis. (If you are not familiar with Craftsy, it is a subscription platform website that offers a variety of classes and resources for all kinds of sewing and other hobbies.)

  1. Lisa made an adorable Hazel the Hedgehog quilt (pattern by Elizabeth Hartman).

  2. Gail is participating in Tara Faughnan’s Block Studies Collective program, and showed her recent improv triangle block.

  1. Simone made an adorable Penguin Party quilt – aren’t those plaids just perfect? (Pattern by Elizabeth Hartman.)

Simone also announced that she is starting a quilting studio in downtown Nashua on Pine Street Extension. She is planning to offer a variety of classes. More details will be coming soon. Congratulations!

  1.  Liz made a cute quilt for her granddaughter from Crossroads 3-yard quilt pattern from the Quilts in a Jiffy book.

  1. Robin made the Skylight quilt (pattern by Cotton and Joy).

  2. She also made a Venti tote bag using Tula

  3. Robin also made this green and purple scrap quilt that looks like the Scrap Strips Diamond Trip quilt (free pattern from Jordan’s fabric).

  1. Raya showed us a small quilt she made for the Annual MGQ Mini Swap that she designed based upon a leaf frozen on water, 

  2. She also made four more similar small quilts for herself.

  1.  Kim made a Swoon quilt (pattern by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms) with an intricate quilt label.

  1. Brenda showed us her Sky Color mini quilt (for Project Quilting,Season 15, Challenge #2 ).

  2. Laurie M made little bags for teachers.

  3. She also made a “leaders and enders” scrap quilt.

  1. Patty K made two quilts. The first is the Layer Cake Custard Shortcut Quilt (free pattern by the fat Quarter Shop).

  2. The second is Squared Up (pattern by Cotton and Joy) with a matching back.

  1. Xendri showed us the first quilt she has ever made!

  2. Julie showed us a great baby quilt she made from a panel from the ABC…xyz collection by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda Fabrics.

  1. Chelsea made two quilts, the first is a  log cabin quilt

  2. The second is the Peanut Butter quilt (free pattern from Then Came June) featuring lots of pink fabrics.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be March 14. See you then!


-Mary Lou and Brenda

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Annual Yard Sale this Thursday!

Don't forget the yard sale is happening during this Thursday's guild meeting! If you haven't already - start going through your stash to figure out what you're donating to the yard sale.  Can't wait to shop with y'all on Thursday! 


Wednesday, January 31, 2024

February 2024 Raffle Items

Hope everyone is enjoying all the great show-n-tell posts by Brenda. 

This month's meeting is scheduled for Feb. 8 at 7:00. 

 We will gather at- 
 The First Church
 1 Concord St

We will be having a yard sale for the guild.  This would be a great time to go through your fabric stash, notions, rulers, and patterns. Declutter yourself and make room for creativity. 

 Raffle items for the month are: 

#1 Oliso Tula Pink Small Project Iron

#2 24"/36" Precision Rotary Cutting Mat along with a OLFA 45mm Quick Change Rotary Cutter

Online raffle sales have closed - you can still purchase raffle tickets at the Feb 8 meeting using cash or check!

Saturday, January 13, 2024

January 2024 Meeting Recap

January 11 General Membership Meeting

36 members in attendance

Meeting led by new president, Helen.

Welcome newcomers!

Betty and Jennie joined the guild tonight!

Thank yous!

Thank you Carol and Sonia for attending the door and welcome table!

Thank you to snack-bringers Simone for bringing pepperkaker and Lynn for bringing oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!

Raffle Winners

  • Lynn won the door prize, a wooly bun pincushion and thread cutter.

  • Lori won the monthly raffle, a $200 Bits ‘n Pieces gift card and monthly free yard membership.

  • Brenda won the programming raffle, a $25 gift card to Quilted Crow.

Membership (Marie, Treasurer)

We are at 56 confirmed members (membership cap is 65).  To those who have paid, thank you! Those who have not, please do so!

Events and Programming (Karen, Laurie, and Susan)

Programming Ideas and Interest

Cards were passed around to learn what members are interested in for programming this year (activities, raffles prizes, etc). From the turned in cards, a winner was drawn for the programming raffle.  If you think of any other ideas for programming - contact us!

Yard Sale
Next month’s programming is the annual yard sale.  Start looking for things you want to get rid of by donating to the yard sale.  Price for fabric is to be announced.  If you bring notions or UFOs (unfinished objects) please price them yourself. Books and magazines can be no more than 5 years old. All proceeds from the yard sale will go to the guild. Laurie M knows an art teacher who will gladly take anything we have unsold at the end of the sale.
Free Block of the Month offerings

Communications (Brenda and Susie)

E-mail Communication

If you have not been receiving the monthly meeting reminder emails - please reach out to us!

Facebook Group

We are starting a Facebook group.  Submit a request to join here:

  • This is a private group only for dues paying members of NHMQG.  Feel free to share things like things you’re working on, sales or events or classes you find, carpools for shop hops, questions you have about sewing/quilting, etc!

  • This does not change how official guild communication goes out - we will still be sending important information via email!

Social Media
We are going to be posting more on our Instagram and Facebook page.  If you do not want to be pictured on our social media platforms, please let us know. Also feel free to start using the hashtag #nhmqg on Instagram.  We’re trying to follow all of our members so we can share makes throughout the month, if we’re not following you - let us know!

Member Directory

We are adding photos to our member directory so it’s easier for everyone to connect names to faces.  Brenda took photos during the meeting - if you did not attend, send me a picture, or be prepared next month to get your picture taken!

Nashua Visible Mending Group

We got an email from Nashua Public Library where a visible mending group meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays every month from 6-8 pm. They are looking for someone to teach the skill of darning and are willing to pay - if you want to do this, let us know and we’ll pass your information along.  Details about the group:

Quiltcon Streaming Lecture Pass

This year Quiltcon is offering a streaming lecture pass to those who can’t go to Quiltcon in person!  With the pass you get access to all 28 lectures (these are lectures as opposed to workshops) and can view the replays until March 4, 2024. The pass is $265 and is on sale until February 15. Get more details and purchase here: (note - you’ll have to sign in to your mother guild account to view this - if you need help with that - let us know!)

Charity (Lesley and Julie)

No big updates - Lesley has a number of unquilted quilts that have backings ready to go.

Retreat (Ophelia)

Spring retreat will be at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk, ME on May 2-5. We are taking checks as the deposit for your room now, but won’t cash them until the deposit is due (in March). For now taking deposits from members, starting probably at the March meeting, we’ll open it up to non-member friends. Ophelia is checking to see if we have a limit to how many can come.


  • Single, 3 nights: $502

  • Double, 3 nights: $355

  • Single, 2 nights: $355

  • Double, 2 nights: $257

Price does not include food. If you change your mind within the month before, don’t expect your money back - before then we can usually figure it out.
Notes on the Franciscan - the guest rooms are simple (shades of brown 🙂) but clean. The rooms have fridges and coffee service. The sewing room has a big fridge and microwave, tons of design walls, irons and ironing boards, lots of light)

Local Events

Label Make and Take

Chelsea led our monthly programming activity, a quilt label make and take.  Fabric blocks were provided to each table - each piece of fabric was backed with freezer paper for stability. (Freezer paper is paper on one side, wax on the other - so you can iron it onto fabric easily).  Stamps and ink were provided.  When selecting ink - look for permanent or archival on the label. One of the ink pad brands used:

For writing, Chelsea recommended Identipens (have a skinny and a fat side which is great), Microns, and Sharpies. Other coloring utensils that were brought to share were Inktense pencils, Crayola fabric markers and Fabrico markers.

See below for pictures from the activity:

Show and Tell

Captions below photos give details for each quilt!

  1. Carol finished a WIP with this on-point churn dash placemat.

  2. Lisa made the Tic Tac quilt from the Easy Peasy 3-yard Quilts book with an adorable flannel sloth backing.

  3. Marie made a large disappearing nine-patch.

  4. Lisa made this Kitchen Table Quilting Violet Quilt using Marble Run fabric

  5. Lisa made the Slide Show quilt from Atkinson Designs using the Summer Lovin’ fabric line with a flanged binding.

  1. Ophelia made one of Chelsea’s favorite patterns (and its free!) - No Point Stars from Cluck Cluck Sew using Sweetwater fabric.  She noted that it's a great stashbuster - it calls for 48 fat quarters (though you can use just 30 if you don’t make any mistakes 🙂)

  2. Ophelia made a scrappy batik version of the Snowflake quilt from Modern Handcraft.

  3. Ophelia made 2 different Tula colorways of the Hedge Maze quilt - a free pattern from Tula Pink and Free Spirit.

  1. Kim made this Confetti Hearts quilt from Modernly Morgan. Take a gander at that great quilt label!

  2. Kim made the Landmark quilt from the Urban Quilting book. The quilting design is called Freeway.

  3. Laurie M made this quilt from the City Quilts book by Cherri House using her solid scraps.

  4. Raya made this on-point log cabin quilt she designed for her daughter with an elephant on the back. She took inspiration for her quilt from this quilt from the Cloth Parcel.

  5. Raya also made this stuffed minky elephant made with the Funky Friends pattern.

  6. Gail is in the third month of the Tara Faughnan Block Studies Collective. This month’s prompt was lines and she got to practice her y-seams in the center of this block!

  1. Mary Ellen made this out of a quilt kit that she bought at last year’s yard sale. It appears to be the Fly By Quilt Pattern from Initial K Studios. She liked the pattern - so whoever brought it to yard sale - thank you!

  2. Mary Ellen liked the pattern so much she made another one in a pink colorway!

  3. Simone made the Shell Chain block from the Wonderful Curves book and shared about the class she is teaching based off of this book (see the local event section above for class details!)

  4. Simone shared a book called Stunning 3D Quilts Simplified and the Knots tablerunner-turned wall hanging she made from it.

  5. Tracy made the Button Box quilt from the Quilts in a Jiffy book for her nephew that likes cats.

  6. Chelsea finished this WIP (well kinda - the binding isn’t done quite yet). This is the Wensleydale quilt from Jen Kingwell’s book Quilt Recipes.  Chelsea recommends using paper piecing instead of templates for this quilt.

  1. Ashley made these beautiful matching baby quilts as gifts.

  2. Ashley made this Camp Woodland Panel Quilt (a free pattern!) by Riley Blake Designs for a friend with a child.

  3. Ashley made this Swoon quilt from Thimble Blossoms and matching pillowcase for herself!

Next Meeting
The next meeting will be February 8.  See you then!