Friday, November 18, 2016

Proposed Amendment - Membership

An amendment update was proposed at our November meeting. The following change will be voted on in December.

Article II: Members

2.1 Membership: Membership is granted to anyone residing in New England 18

years or older upon completion of membership application and payment of dues.

Paid members in good standing receive a single vote in Guild matters. Members

must adhere to the code of conduct to remain in good standing and maintain

membership. Membership is capped at 65. Additional applications received as

number 66 and above will be placed on a wait list. Waiting applicants will be

contacted in numerical order of their application as space becomes available.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

November Meeting Reminder


Our November meeting will take place on November 15th at 7pm.

We will be having multiple activities this month: part two of Share Your Favorite Quilt and quilty bingo (with prizes!!).

Our giveaway this month will be a fat eighth bundle of Tula Pink Slow & Steady, and we will have two raffles. Each raffle will include a charm pack and two half-yards. The fabric lines are Saturday Morning by Basic Grey and Juniper Berry by Basic Grey.

In addition to activities and raffles, we also have some housekeeping items to share with the group:

  • It's time to renew your membership to the NHMQG! For complete details about renewal, please visit this page. If you can't make it to our November meeting, you can renew your membership in December or mail in your payment.
  • Nominations for the 2017 board will be made at the November meeting. Nominations are open to all members of the guild who have been a member for at least one year.
  • A change to the guild bylaws regarding membership will be posed. 
  • Interested in cleaning out your sewing room? We'll be having a yard sale in January and can't wait to tell you all about it!
  • Our December meeting date has changed. We will be meeting the SECOND Tuesday of December, on the 13th. We will be having a holiday party with food, fun, and a spin on the traditional Yankee swap. Swap items MUST be modern fabric, notions, or MODERN handmade items valued at $20. We posted some great swap item ideas on the blog last year.
We'll see you next week at the First Baptist Church!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Membership Renewal

NHMQG members, it's the most wonderful time of the year. The holidays are coming AND it's time to renew your membership to the New Hampshire Modern Quilt Guild for 2017.

Dues for 2017 are $50, and we request that all members pay with check or cash by the end of the year.


Membership Benefits include:
-Monthly guild meetings
-Participation in guild activities, such as challenges, swaps, and exchanges
-Member-only retreats and sew-ins
-Guild events such as speakers and workshops


Our members also receive full membership in the national Modern Quilt Guild, which offers:
-Access to the MQG member website and resources, including monthly webinars, free pattern of the month, forums, and guild events listings
-Opportunities to participate in national sponsored challenges and shows
-Priority and early-bird registration and discounted fees to enter MQG quilt shows and conferences, including the annual QuiltCon event
-Membership card and pin
-10% discount on online MQG merchandise purchases


An added incentive: if you renew your membership by our December meeting, on December 13th, you will be entered to win a gift certificate to Hawthorne Threads.

Let any of us on the board know if you have any questions! 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

October Meeting Recap


Here are some important notices from our October meeting.


SEND IN CHARITY BLOCKS

The charity committee needs any outstanding star blocks to be finished up and sent in. (Packets were distributed at the September meeting.) Please mail them to Susie by November 1.

Sending the blocks in promptly will ensure we have them in time for ...


THE CHARITY SEW-IN

On November 3, people will be gathering at Susie's to sew the blocks together. If there's work to do after November 3, a second sew-in will happen on November 8, also at Susie's. To sign up for either date, please contact her at sboots812 (at) hotmail (dot) com.


SEWING BEES AT PEABODY MILL

Beginning next year, we will be holding sewing bees at the Peabody Mill Environmental Center in Amherst, NH. Each Sunday session will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and cost $10. The dates are: 

January 15, 2017
March 19, 2017
May 21, 2017
July 16, 2017
September 17, 2017
November 19, 2017

If you would like to commit to the six bee dates please contact Ellen at edutile (at) comcast (dot) net.

We hope there will be some extra slots for people to pay for individually. More information will be provided on that front next year. : )


SPRING 2017 RETREAT

We will hold our next retreat in Kennebunk on March 23-26, 2017. Sign-ups will happen in January, but mark your calendars now!


SEW-IN AT QUILTED THREADS

On Saturday, November 12, we are convening at Quilted Threads in Henniker, NH, for a daylong sew-in, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (No early birds! Please do not even pull into the parking lot until 8:45!) There is no cost for this event, but participants need to sign up in advance. If you want to attend, email Michelle at michelle.l.cain (at) gmail (dot) com. 

For those already signed up, bring your machine and typical sewing supplies. The shop provides irons and ironing boards. Also: we receive 15% off regularly priced merchandise the day of the sew-in.


SHOW AND TELL 

You can view all of the show and tell items from October here!

NOVEMBER MEETING

Our November meeting will take place on November 15th. We will be having part 2 of "Share Your Favorite Quilt" so get your favorite quilts ready!

October Show And Tell

Our members have been very busy and had some beautiful items to share at Show And Tell in October!

Denise made these two quilts as gifts for boys that will be sharing a room. They are similar, but different!





Patty made this cute runner for her mom.


Susie made this true labor of love for her parents 50th wedding anniversary. It even has their family tree on the back!



Carolyn made a lovely paper pieced wall hanging.


Alexandra used the colors of her company logo to make this wall hanging that will be on display at the office.


One of our VP's, Michelle, made this amazing giraffe quilt for another of our VPs, Chelsea, aka Patch the Giraffe. 


Gail used a Carkai layer cake for this quilt.


Pat bought this top at an auction and finished it up.



Nancy used a jelly roll and a tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company to make this bright and fabulous quilt!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

September Show And Tell

The kids are back to school and attendance at our September meeting was high! It's so exciting getting to see everything everyone has been working on. Here are the pieces everyone brought for Show and Tell.
We presented the church where we meet with a quilt for an upcoming event!






These charity quilts were all made by members throughout the year. The fabric was donated and Janome block patterns were used and then our members got creative with how they put them together. The finished quilts are being given to Project Linus and the Hospice House in Merrimack.


This charity quilt is still a work in progress, but it will soon be given to Bridges for their January gala.



Betsy used some of the fabric from our Carolyn Friedlander fabric swap to make this lovely quilt

Michelle used the scraps left over from her Icy Waters quilt to make this quilt.

Patty is in an art group and the theme for this beautiful mini was travel.

Lisa made this big quilt for some newlyweds. This picture doesn't do it the justice, the quilting on this is amazing!

Lisa is also in the group that created quilts with a travel theme and she created a Dr. Who police box, how fun!


Having caught the garment sewing bug, Nancy showed off these fun polka dot shorts she made; complete with welt pockets.


This mini was Gail's first time machine quilting, you go girl!

Donna calls this quilt starry night on a rocky new England coast, she's so creative!

Susie made this adorable giraffe quilt for a very luck baby. 

Brianna joined us in September as a guest and shared her Alison Glass feathers quilt. This was her first time paper piecing and doesn't it just look wonderful?!

Eileen made a baby quilt and tried her hand at appliqué for the first time!

Chelsea had five finishes to share! This one is Starlight by Thimble Blossoms.



This quilt was inspired by an episode of the show Fixer Upper and I (Carolanne) want her to teach me how to make one!


Friday, October 14, 2016

October Meeting Reminder

Our October meeting is just a few days away, who is getting excited?! We have a lot of fun stuff to go over.

Swaps: Our fabric swaps ended in September, but if you missed any meetings please bring your fabrics to swap in October.

Special Event: Please bring in your favorite quilt as we'll be having a special part of show and tell where we share our favorites and tell everyone why!

Charity: At our September meeting, Susie and Marie handed out packets to make blocks for the QuiltCon charity quilt. If you picked up a packet, please remember to bring your finished star block to the October meeting.

Sewing Bee: If you would like to signup to participate in our bi-monthly sewing bee please bring a check for $60 to our October meeting. More details about the bee can be found here.

2017 Board & Committees: We're preparing for 2017 already by asking people to consider taking on a board or committee position in the new year. Full details will be posted again at the October meeting. If you'd like more information about a particular position before then, please contact Michelle at michelle.l.cain@gmail.com, and she'll connect you to the right person.

WIPs: We are two months into our second work-in-progress (WIP) challenge! Just like last time, each member is allowed three WIP tickets to enter into the raffle. We will be raffling a  $50 dollar gift card to Quilted Threads at the December meeting!

Raffles:  As always, we'll have some raffles. October's meeting will feature: 3 half-yard cuts of Amy Sinbaldi's Playground and Crafted Applique: New Possibilities (Signed by the author Lara Buccella!!)

We'll see you on the 18th!