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, 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!

Announcing The NHMQG Sewing Bee!

The NH Modern Quilters Guild Sewing Bee will be starting in January 2017! 

After reviewing all the responses to the questionnaire (Thank you everyone!!), it was determined that Sundays were preferred and that people would love to get together every other month in the year. So with that in mind, Ellen has reserved the following dates for our meeting to be held at the Peabody Mills Environmental Center (PMEC), located at the end of Brook Road in Amherst, NH.  

The dates will be on the 3rd Sunday every other month. The sessions run from 9am to 5pm each day at a cost of $10 per day. The dates for 2017 will be:

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

In order to make this work, we need to have a majority of people willing to commit to attending all of the above sessions to cover our minimum requirements for each session. This will require an upfront payment of the $60 for the year. Hopefully there will be a few slots available for people to join us for individual sessions for those who cannot commit to the full year. We can only fit about 20 people per session.

Signup for the Sewing Bee sessions will be held at our October guild meeting. Prepayment is requested at that time.

Looking forward to seeing you all then.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Thank You, Timna Tarr!

Last month, we hosted Timna Tarr for her Designing with Flying Colors workshop.

Timna started the afternoon off by walking us through a cross-section of her work, illustrating how she approaches design and color. This mini trunk show was hands-on, and we all had a chance to examine her fabric decisions, her approach to piecing, and her quilting up-close.

Some of the quilts connected to what she has been working on recently. This map quilt, for example, is a signature Timna project:

And these on-point squares and their appliqued centers are reminiscent of her egg quilt:

But many others offered surprise after surprise, including George Washington’s face, traditional fabric used in modern contexts, and brilliant, vibrant colors …

Following this look into Timna’s art, we delved into a discussion of how to use the color wheel, how to approach volume in our color selections, and how to incorporate seemingly ugly fabric into beautiful fabric pulls.

Like so many of us, Timna creates her quilts with one foot firmly planted in traditional quilting and the other in the modern movement. But this class pushed us all out of our comfort zones, no matter where we are on the continuum between traditional and modern, and we left newly inspired and challenged to use color and fabric in novel (for us!) ways. Thank you, Timna!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A HUGE Thank You To Robert Kaufman

As a guild we often make charity quilts and we are very lucky to have fabric companies donate fabric to us. 

However, never have we seen such generosity as recently came from Robert Kaufman fabrics!

Susie, of our charity committee, came home one day to these boxes, full of fabric donations!

Want to see a sneak peek of what was inside? Prepare to be amazed!

We raise funds throughout the year that go into our charity quilt fund and together with this generous fabric donation we are well on our way towards future quilts to benefit our community.

As a matter of fact, we've already made a very special quilt top that will be donated to a charity our guild has made two quilts for. Want to see it? Come to our September meeting or subscribe to our blog from our homepage as we'll be sharing it later this week!

To see all of the charity quilts we have made so far visit this page.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

September Meeting Reminder

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Bring a Friend Night!!! 

We are asking everyone to invite someone quilty to the special event at our next meeting ... On Tuesday, September 20th, we are hosting Bring a Friend Night! We are planning a game that will allow many members and guests to walk away with some fabulous fabric bundles. This will be the most fabric prizes the guild has ever given away in one night. Let the fun begin!

In other meeting-related news ...

Swaps: Swap participants, remember to bring your fabric. This will be the last scheduled swap for this go-round.

WIPs: We are one month 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! It's a little motivation to get those pesky projects finished. Any member who missed the August meeting will have a chance to enter new projects at the September meeting.

Raffles:  As always, we'll have some raffles. September's meeting will feature: 3 half-yard cuts of Nightfall by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics and Modern Rainbow by Rebecca Bryan.

We'll see you on the 20th!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August Show and Tell

The August guild meeting was a blast! We laughed as we tried to finish our Sewlympics tasks. We cried as we came up short in the competition (darn you, Kona color challenge!). And we oohed and aahed at the finishes displayed during show and tell ...

Led by Nancy T., guild members revealed the four quilts for Pulse that we’ve finished to date.

Patty shared her latest quilt, a Sew Kind of Wonderful pattern called Metro Scope.

Lisa held up three finished tops on their way to becoming quilts (and she has since started quilting one of them here).

Beth C. organized a special project for a retiring colleague. Teachers at her school wrote notes on neutral fabric squares, and Beth transformed them into this unique gift.

Gail experimented with fabric in this runner.

Marie fulfilled a recent challenge by creating this mini, her interpretation of a structure she encountered in the woods.

Jessie showed off this throw-size finish.

Simone sewed up this amazing bag for herself.

Denise is hiding behind two recent finishes. She started both years ago but wrapped them up for our WIP challenge.

Dess turned hand-pieced hexagons into lavender sachets, explaining that quilt blocks aren’t just for quilts!

Carolyn pieced this quilt in a workshop with Amy Friend and quilted it herself!

Judy also took the Amy Friend class, finishing the same quilt in a different palette.

Sandi showed us the back of two throw-size quilts ...

And then explained how she used the same fabric to create two very different tops ...

Sandi calls this, her third finish, Mango Mix.

Sue shared this quilt with the group.

And Ann shared this runner.

This quilt (whose creator is hidden behind it!) was made from a panel that was cut vertically and sewn back together.

Janice picked up this quilt top years ago at a UFO sale and gave it new life as a finished quilt.

Janice also finished this house quilt.

Nancy T. showed us two quilts: one featuring the NHMQG 2015 blocks of the month and one that uses some of her Farmer’s Wife blocks.

Kathy’s grandson was eager to receive this quilt and even contributed to the label on the back.

Kathy also showed off this sparkly runner.

Opheila finished three projects: her Castle Peeps quilt, Red Letter Day quilt, and Amish with a Twist quilt.

Mary Jean used Denyse Schmidt’s Hadley line to create this beauty, a throw she is keeping for herself.

Join us on September 20th for the next guild meeting, which will feature a new batch of show-and-tell quilts and much more!