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!

Monday, August 15, 2016

August Meeting Reminder

Our August meeting will be tomorrow, August 16th at 7pm at the First Baptist Church in Nashua.

Don't forget your fabric for any swaps you are participating in and of course, items to share during Show and Tell!

Did you finish any of your WIPs? The prize will be awarded tomorrow night!

We have also arranged a very special activity for you that we have dubbed the Sewlympics! Come prepared for a fun night.

If the Sewlympics isn't reason enough to get you down to this meeting, check out these awesome raffle prizes! 

Monday, July 18, 2016

July Meeting Reminder

We hope everyone is enjoying the warmth of summer and some quilting time! 

However, it's time to escape the heat for our July meeting. Join us on July 19th at 7pm at the First Baptist Church in Nashua.

We have a lot of fun planned for July.


If you worked on an Aviatrix block please bring them with you. Our charity committee will also share an update on our QuiltCon Challenge quilt!

Speaking of charity blocks, if you have made any heart blocks for Pulse please bring those as well. We will be having a sew in on Sunday the 24th to put these blocks together. 


The Timna Tar Color workshop will be open to the public after this meeting. If you want to get in on the fun please bring your check for $45 to the meeting on Tuesday and see Michelle.

Interested in joining us for Fall Retreat? There are a few spaces left. Here is the info and please see Patty on Tuesday if you want to join!


We will have one giveaway and two raffles in July!
Giveaway: Ripple quilt pattern

Raffle: Three half-yards of From Porto with Love (Cotton and Steel)

Raffle: Eight fat quarters from Art Gallery

Carolanne will be bringing her paintings from Muse so everyone can get an idea of what our Paint Day will entail.  You can sign up here.

We're in our fourth month of fabric swaps. If you're participating be sure to get your fabric cut and labeled. If you forgot your swap fabric last month be sure to bring both months' worth!

One last reminder for those who might be thinking of joining the NHMQG: Guests may attend their first meeting for free! Please pay us a visit and enjoy an evening of quilty fun.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Quilts For Pulse

At the June guild meeting of the NHMQG we, as a group, decided to accept the call for quilts from the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild. Their goal is to give a quilt to all of the survivors of the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, as well as to the first responders and families of those killed.
Nancy Tatro has volunteered to chair this effort! 

Take it away Nancy!

The "O"MQG would like to have blocks, or IDEALLY, finished quilts, with a heart theme and in the colors of the rainbow. I say lets send them finished quilts! 
I've chosen a free block graciously supplied to us from Cluck Cluck Sew.  Here is the website for the pattern, cutting directions for specific sizes, pictures of the sewing process and an embedded tutorial (if you need it):

Now for the particulars:
1.  Please use a solid white or a white on white fabric for the background.
2.  Please use a solid color or a monochromatic fabric that reads like a solid for the heart.
3.  Please use the colors of the rainbow, don't be afraid to stretch those colors, just please keep it HAPPY and BRIGHT.
4. Please make either a 10" block or four 5" blocks, only. NO other sizes, please.
5. Please press all seams OPEN. This reduces the bulk at seams.
6.  Please measure and ensure that your blocks are 10 1/2" or 5 1/2". This is a group project, so your best work will be greatly appreciated!
7. Please bring your finished blocks to the July NHMQG Meeting and give them to me.  If you can't make it to that meeting, you can mail your blocks to me at:
                      25 Forest Road
                      Candia, NH  03034
Dina Niskala from the PINE TREE QUILT SHOP, 224 North Broadway, Salem, NH has offered us the use of her classroom space (for free!) to complete the quilt tops!  Our first SEW-IN date is Sunday, July 24th from 11-4pm.  We have a provisional date (if we need it) on Sunday, August 7th,11-4pm.  I will be passing around a sign-up form at the meeting. The space can fit 10 sewists comfortably and we will need two "pressers"
If you would like to be involved in the project, but can't make blocks, consider volunteering to quilt the tops, sew the bindings and labels on, or donating a few dollars to offset the costs (batting, backing and binding material and postage)!
If each one of us makes just one block, we can complete 2 lap size quilts, but I think we can do better than that!  I made a practice block last night and it took me longer to draw the diagonal lines on the background squares than it did to sew the whole block together!
Here is a link to the original message sent from the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild:
Thank you in advance for your help with this project. For myself, I hope this helps with a little of the horror and paralysis that I've felt since this insanity happened.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Color Workshop with Timna Tarr

We are pleased to announce the details of our next workshop!

Timna Tarr is an accomplished modern quilter known for her bold use of color, creative quilt-making techniques, and love of eggs ...

Twelve Dozen

On Saturday, September 17, she will join us at Quilted Threads, in Henniker, NH, for her Designing with Flying Colors workshop. During this half-day event (1 p.m to 4 p.m.), we will explore the use of color in our own quilt making. This class involves no sewing; participants are asked to bring in ten 6-inch squares of fabric to use for the afternoon. The cost is $40 for NHMQG members and includes 15% off regularly priced purchases at Quilted Threads the day of the workshop.


This class is currently open to NHMQG members only. Interested members can secure a spot in the class by submitting payment by the next general meeting, on July 19. After that, any available slots will be offered to the public. To get on the wait list for those nonmember spots, please email Michelle at michelle.l.cain (at) gmail (dot) com. The price for the general public is $45 per person.

Holyoke, 1938

We hope you can join us! Any questions can be directed to Michelle at michelle.l.cain (at) gmail (dot) com.