Saturday, October 21, 2017

October 2017 Meeting Reminder

Our October meeting will take place on Tuesday October 24th at 7pm! 

Charity:
Our Cutting Garden quilt has been given to the church and is being raffled this weekend! Our next charity project is the QuiltCon 2018 quilt. Packets of fabric will be passed out at out October meeting for anyone interested in participating and the group will be meeting about the quilt at 6:30. 


Programming:
Get your questions ready! We’ll be hosting a panel discussion. Here is a list of the questions we've received so far (in no particular order). If you have any questions please ask!
* WHAT IS THE LARGEST QUILT YOU HAVE QUILTED ON A DOMESTIC SEWING MACHINE?  WHAT TIPS  DO  YOU HAVE?
*PLEASE CONSIDER TALKING ABOUT DIFFERENT MACHINE QUILTING TECHNIQUES-GRID, FREE MOTION, QUILTING WITH RULERS, WHERE TO START ON YOUR QUILT, ANYTHING TO GUIDE THE NEW QUILTER?  DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE BRANDS/TYPES OF RULERS TO QUILT WITH?
*HAVE YOU EVER BLOCKED A QUILT?  WHY WOULD YOU DO IT AND WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
*WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE INTERNET RESOURCES FOR TIPS?
*PLEASE DISCUSS SEPARATING ZIPPERS-TIPS ON INSERTING THEM PROPERLY AND BEST PLACES TO PURCHASE THEM
*HOW DO YOU ALTER A KNIT GARMENT?  WHAT TYPES OF MACHINE NEEDLES FOR KNIT SEWING?  DO YOU STABALIZE YOUR SEEMS WITH SEAM TAPE?
*PLEASE DISCUSS DIFFERENT TYPES OF APPLIQUE AND TIPS FOR EACH TYPE
* WHAT PAPER PIECING TRICKS DO YOU KNOW AND USE?
* TO PRE-WASH FABRIC OR NOT? THAT IS THE QUESTION
*DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS ON QUILTING AS YOU GO?
*HOW DO YOU DECIDE HOW TO PRESS YOUR SEAMS FOR ANY GIVEN PROJECT?  OPEN OR TO ONE SIDE?
*ANY TIPS ON CUTTING OUT HUGE PIECES OF FABRIC BIGGER THAN MY 24" x 36" MAT?
*WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE I GIVE MY QUILT TO A LONGARM QUILTER?


Anna Maria Horner: 
Our spring weekend with Anna Maria Horner will be in April and registration is open and filing up last! Signup at this link for the two classes that have available space.
Saturday April 14, 2018: Inspiration by Hand
Sunday April 15, 2018: Color Fluency in Patchwork

Latifah Saafir Workshop: Registration for our November 4th workshop with Latifah Saafir is now open to the public! For full details about the event, click here. To register for the workshop, visit our events page.

Giveaways and Raffles: Our giveaway item this month is some adorable note cards that Latifah Saafir donated to us!

* Raffle #1: Two half yard cuts of Art Gallery Nightfall with a matching Solid.

* Raffle #2: 4 cuts of citrus colored solids and The Glam Clam pattern.

See you Tuesday at the First Baptist Church!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fall Retreat Wrap-Up

Our fall retreat was, once again, a huge success! Guild members descended upon the Lighthouse Inn on Cape Cod for a weekend of good meals, great friends, and lots of sewing.

Highlights from the weekend away included a trunk show from award-winning quilter Melissa Averinos. Melissa took us through her creative journey and her quilt-making process. The conversation was insightful and inspiring!

Melissa, with face #1, which received a Judge’s Choice Award at QuiltCon 2015

Another source of excitement was our door prizes. All retreat-goers started the weekend with a little welcome bag, courtesy of Moda Fabrics ...


And left with a package of fabric, patterns, and notions of their choosing...


We couldn’t have put together such a varied selection of prizes without the help of our sponsors:

Moda Fabrics
Latifah Saafir Studios
Meadow Mist Designs
Amy Friend/During Quiet Time
Bits and Pieces Quilt Shop
Jacquie Gering
Tumbleweed Quilt Shop

Thank you all for your generosity!

Mini-Charm Challenge

For those of you with a competitive spirit and a mini-charm pack of Kate Spain’s Voyage from the retreat, you are invited to create something—anything!—with those 2½-inch squares. Bring your completed project to the December meeting for a chance to win a prize. (The prize has yet to be determined, but it will be fabulous!)

If you didn’t go on retreat, you can still participate—sew with any mini-charm pack of your choosing. : )

Register for Latifah Saafir Today! 

There are still a few open spots in our upcoming bias applique workshop with Latifah Saafir! Join us on November 4th at Quilted Threads, in Henniker, NH, for a full day of sewing. The cost for nonmembers is $130, which includes the required pattern (see pic below) and a catered lunch. Full details are available here. Go to our events page to register.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Cutting Garden: A Finished Charity Quilt

We are happy to reveal a finished charity project: Cutting Garden, designed by Krista Hennebury of poppyprint.

This quilt was a group effort! Guild members sewed the leaves, and the top was pieced at one of our Peabody Mill bees. Lorri Wurtzler, of Seventh Heaven Quilting, quilted this project.

A special thanks goes out to bee-goers Brianna, Pat, Nancy, and Carolanne for their piecing expertise; to Susie for binding this project; and to Michelle and Betsy, charity cochairs, for organizing everything.

Cutting Garden has been gifted to the First Baptist Church, in Nashua, NH. We hold our monthly meetings in the church’s fellowship hall, and the church is a delight to work with. This quilt is a thank-you for all the ways they help us put on the best monthly meetings we can. : )

This quilt will be raffled off at the church’s upcoming Olde-Fashioned Country Fair, on October 20th and 21st.


Linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday and Finish It Up Friday ...

Sunday, September 17, 2017

September Meeting Reminder + News

Our September meeting will take place on the 19th


Anna Maria Horner: Our spring weekend with Anna Maria Horner will be in April and registration opens to all participating guilds on September 20th. You will be able to signup at this link. Here is the class schedule.
Friday April 13, 2018: Mod Corsage
Saturday April 14, 2018: Inspiration by Hand
Sunday April 15, 2018: Color Fluency in Patchwork

All classes will take place in West Newbury and include lunch. The cost is $100 and each member can signup for one class on September 20th. On October 4th the workshops will be open for additional registrations before being opened to the general public on October 18th. Anna Maria recently taught a class in Maine and it sold out very quickly so we're lucky that we get to have her for 3 days!

Latifah Saafir Workshop: Registration for our November 4th workshop with Latifah Saafir is now open to the public! For full details about the event, click here. To register for the workshop, visit our events page.

QuiltCon 2018: We’ll be discussing the QuiltCon 2018 charity quilt at 6:30 in the church hall. Everyone is welcome to come and learn more about this charity project.

Retreat: Our fall retreat is just a few weeks away! There are a few spaces if you would still like to join us.

Giveaways and Raffles: Our giveaway item this month is the cute little sewing machine bookmarks at the top of this post. For raffles we have:
* Raffle #1: A great stash builder, 4 half yards of low volume!

* Raffle #1: One of the newest patterns from Elizabeth Hartman, Awesome Ocean. 
We'll see you Tuesday at the First Baptist Church!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Registration for Latifah Saafir Is Open to the Public

Registration for our November 4th workshop with Latifah Saafir is now open to the public!

For full details about the event, click here.

To register for the workshop, visit our events page.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

May, June & July 2017 Show & Tell

Please forgive that we haven't shared show and tell in a few months. I (Carolanne, VP Communications) had an issue with my iCloud, but now most of the images have been recovered and I present you with May, June and July show & tell pictures!

May:
















June:
















July: