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.

Friday, June 17, 2016

June Meeting Reminder

Our June meeting is fast approaching! Join us at the First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester St., Nashua, New Hampshire at 7pm on June 21st

We are meeting at the 99 before our meeting for dinner at 5:30pm. Please let me (Carolanne) know if you plan on attending. The 99 is only 1 mile away from our meeting space!

We'll be hosting our first annual book swap. To participate, bring in gently used quilting books to the June meeting. For each book you contribute, you will receive a ticket that you can redeem for a book in the swap. Any unused tickets you have will go into a raffle for a $25 gift certificate to Pintuck and Purl.

We're also in our third 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 (like I did) be sure to bring both months' worth!

And of course, everyone's favorite part of the meeting, we're having one giveaway and three raffles at our June meeting!

Clockwise from the left: Three half-yards of Aneela Hoey's Foxglove (raffle), Joel Dewberry charm pack (that's the giveaway), 10-pack of Aurafil thread(raffle), and Quilted Living book(raffle).

Show N' Tell should be interesting as well. A challenge was issued at the Amy Garro workshop last weekend to see who could finish by our next meeting. Lets see how many Icy Waters quilt make it to Show N' Tell!

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.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Amy Was Here

Amy Garro was here in New Hampshire—like, in person. You want to know all about it, right? Here is the secret. She’s awesome—super nice, fun, and kind. Our guild started the weekend with a workshop with her and ended with a trunk show. It was crazy busy but crazy fun. 

Class Highlights  

We tackled a novel paper-piecing technique and Amy’s Icy Waters pattern at a class at Quilted Threads in Henniker, NH.

Trish made her to-die-for scones and brought the clotted cream and jam. (If you haven’t tried her scones, it’s worth coming to an event just to taste how awesome they are.)

As a teacher, Amy was great. The class was fun and engaging. She taught only in small groups, which gave participants more individual attention. The Icy Waters class is listed as an intermediate class. We did have one beginner in the group, and Amy was very good at checking in and providing extra support and encouragement to this student.

Overall, Amy was approachable and kind in her direction and advice. The class had a very laid-back, relaxing atmosphere.

At the end our members decided to throw down and challenge one another to finish the in-progress quilt tops for the next guild meeting. Look out for a wave of finishes soon!

Trunk Show Highlights

The day following the workshop, Amy joined us again—for a trunk show. This was no run-of-the-mill trunk show, though. We were encouraged to get out of our seats and touch the quilts. It was fun to learn about Amy’s journey as a quilt designer, to hear what inspired her creations and to be privy to the lessons she has encountered along the way.

Then as fast as it started, it was over. All those beautiful quilts got packed up and were whisked away. (Yes, they did end up fitting, but only with a lot of force!)

It was a pleasure to host Amy for a weekend. If you have a chance to take a class from her or hear her lecture, we highly recommend it!

Keep tabs on upcoming workshops and trunk shows, including those that we open to the public, here on the NHMQG blog.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Thank You Art Gallery Fabrics!

It is with great pleasure that we bring you a very special blog post to thank a great fabric manufacturer for their donation to the NHMQG.

Art Gallery Fabrics generously donated a medium sized box of scrap fabric to our charity quilt committee!

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.

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