Thursday, January 31, 2019

Spring 2019 Retreat

It's time to sign up for our spring retreat!

Retreat Details:
May 2-5, 2018
Franciscan Guest House
Kennebunk, Maine

You can reserve a single or a double room for 2 or 3 nights. The prices are ...

Single Room:
3 nights - $345
2 nights - $240

Double Room:
3 nights - $230
2 nights - $160

A limited number of spaces will be available for non-members at this retreat. Non-members must room with a current member and there is a slight increase in price.
3 nights - $255

2 nights - $180


You can pay for the retreat by check or credit card.

To pay by check, make your check out to "NHMQG" and send it to our PO Box or bring it to the February or March meeting.

Our PO Box information is:
NHMQG
PO Box 204
Amherst, NH 03031

To pay by credit card, click the PayPal button below! If you plan to reserve a double room, please include your roommate's name.


Rooming Options

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

December Show and Tell



December was our Christmas exchange and party.  Lots of good food and comraderie.

Betsy showed us this cheerful Christmas quilt using a large panel!  She was able to focus on practicing her quilting skills.

Carolanne made this fancy dress for our Christmas party to meet a challenge!

Carolanne also showed us a quilt and pillowcase she made for her niece, using two butterfly squares that were "messed up."

Quilt has six butterflies to allow her niece to grown into it -- wonderful quilt!



Michelle showed us a beautiful quilt will be bound and gifted for a person who supports her family.

Michelle's two color challenge quilt, using value and color, was not accepted for Quiltcon but is wonderful!

Michelle had two quilts accepted to QuiltCon 2019 in Nashville, one of which we have seen at earlier meetings.  She showed us the other, which was accepted in the small quilt category, to recognize her wonderful son with a bonus 21st chromosome. 


Suzie showed us potholders ...

And Suzie did this pieced quilt for her day-care boy.  Really fun!

Chelsea showed us a massive half-square triangle that will be a gift.  She quilted it on her domestic machine.  Wonderful colors!


Sarah completed a Christmas tree skirt square in a square format -- really cute! And she told us about her dog's love for chewing quilts!

Susan displayed a jewel colored quilt -- very pretty!

Ophelia did an argyle Krista Moser design.   Very optical and geometric.  She also did a Christmas colored quilt that should hopefully be good year around.

Laurie showed us nautically colored quilt.  She has owned the pattern for over twenty years! Made four blocks with the really cute boats on the back.


This quilt top has an applique mermaid on jelly roll piecing, which needs to be quilted and sent off! Beautiful!  Great color gradation.


In this quilt Laurie uses a yellow brick road pattern, very easy.  

Laurie's last quilt is going to a family with a son entering the Navy Seals.  Beautiful colors using the Tennessee Waltz pattern.

Sandy shows off her latest finish.  This was all made several years ago, but finally took on the challenge of binding the irregular border!

That's it!  Great meeting with a lot of good food and gift exchange!

November Show & Tell

Members came to the November meeting with a wide variety of interesting work.

Alison showed a wonderful Gloria Loughman class project.  See www.glorialoughman.com for more about this quilt artist focused on architecture and landscape.  


Alison also completed two Christmas tree skirts! Number One...

And here is Number Two with same pattern from Shabby Fabrics.

Finally, Alison reported that she abandoned completing the full Gypsy Wife quilt but couldn't throw the squares she had done away.  This is the charming result! 

Sarah quilted a four year old quilt top.  She hand sewed the binding, and quilted each block in a different pattern.  Quite stunning!

Sarah also showed a Christmas quilt made at retreat. Background is Kona silver.

Trish started this dramatic quilt years ago with a high contrast fabric selection made out of 72 blocks - each block is actually the same but with different color usage.  A lot of work, and gorgeous!

This is the back using an Allison Glass border print.

Pat showed us some placemats with paper-pieced flying geese-- very cute.

Your photographer failed to get the maker of this gorgeous bright colored quilt! 


Kim showed us the back and front of her latest finish.  Great colors!



RenĂ© and Annique hold up a mini landscape completed at a workshop.  Beautiful.


RenĂ© completed four grandkids' quilts.  She practiced her machine quilting on these.  Quite a colorful collection!    

Suzie finished very cute pumpkin quilt!

And, Suzie also showed us this intensely fun chenille giraffe quilt.  She used a layered technique.  Very soft and good for a playmat. She suggests using all natural basting spray. 


Gail showed her completed Mighty Lucky quilt top using improv piecing direction from five different designers.  This year long challenge also helped participants work on color choice and design.
                                                                                                           

2019 Yard Sale


It's a New Year!  Is one of your resolutions to clean out your sewing room?  You are so lucky, because the NHMQG is having our third annual Yard Sale at our February meeting (2/19/19)!!  All proceeds will be donated to the Guild to benefit Programming.

We will be accepting quilting cottons and flannels of any type (it doesn't have to be "modern") and scraps 2 1/2" or bigger packaged in plastic bags.  All fabric will be selling for 50 cents an ounce.

Magazines no older than five years and with all pages intact and patterns will sell for $1.
Quilting and general sewing books are priced at $3 each.  


If you have extra notions, (rulers, cutters, mats, hoops, needles etc.) please price these yourself.  


The yard sale will be a great opportunity to recycle any projects you've lost interest in (otherwise known as UFO's!)  These will be sold on a name your donation basis.  
We will be accepting cash and checks for yard sale purchases!


We welcome non-members to join us as well. This is a great opportunity to get fabric and notions for a great price!



Please bring a bag to take your purchase home in!  

Sunday, January 13, 2019

January 2019 Meeting Reminder

Our January meeting will take place on Tuesday January 15th at 7pm!! Doors open at 6:30 if you would like to come early for some pre-meeting sew-cializing!


Programming: Our programming this month will be all about free motion quilting.

Show and Tell: Make sure to bring your finishes for show and tell this month. There might be a special incentive for everyone who does and an announcement. 

Yard Sale: Our 3rd annual NHMQG yard sale will take place at our February meeting (2/19/19). Start organizing and prepping items to bring! People who visit our February meeting will also be able to shop so let your non-member quilty friends know!.

2019 Dues: Your 2019 guild dues are due ASAP. Our dues for 2019 will be $55. You can pay via PayPal on our membership page or with Cash or a Check at the meeting. 

2019 Sewing Bees: The first sewing bee of 2019 is coming up quick! If you still need to pay please see Ellen and if you're interested in signing up also see Ellen or ask anyone who has participated. It's a really great way to spend a Sunday every other month! You can find information about the 2019 bees here

Spring 2019 Retreat: Our Spring Retreat to Kennebunkport will take place May 2nd through May 5th at the Franciscan Guest House. You can sign-up at the January meeting with cash or a check and PayPal sign-ups will begin in February. If you're looking for a roommate be sure to post in our members only Facebook group. Retreat costs will be as follows:

Single Room:
3 nights - $345 
2 nights - $240

Double Room:
3 nights - $230
2 nights - $160

Timna Tarr Workshop: You asked and she's coming back! After hosting a successful workshop with Timna Tarr in 2016 we'll be bringing her back on March 9th for a full day mapmaking workshop. Pricing is $100 for members. You can sign-up via PayPal on our events page or with Cash or a Check at the meeting. We will open this workshop to non-members after this meeting.

Shop Hop: If you still have it, please bring your "passports" from the shop hops to the meeting and give them to Carolanne. She'll be making up tickets for each stamp you have and we'll have a drawing for a gift certificate. The gift certificate will be to a local shop of the winners choosing. 

Giveaways and Raffles: Our giveaway item this month is a pack of Dritz binding clips!

Raffle #1
Matchsticks Lakeshore Quilt Kit, including fabric for making and binding a lapsize quilt top

Raffle #2
Six cuts of assorted Cotton + Steel (2 yards total)

We'll see you Tuesday at the First Baptist Church!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

December 2018 Meeting Reminder

Our December meeting will take place on Tuesday December 18th at 7pm!! Doors open at 6:30 if you would like to come early for some pre-meeting sew-cializing!

Programming: Our programming this month will be our holiday party, complete with treats and gift swap. Please bring a modern quilting related gift in the $15-$20 price range. Carolanne has the list of who signed up for treats so another email will go around to those members.

2019 Dues: Your 2019 guild dues are due ASAP. If you've already paid or pay at/before the December meeting you will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Quilted Threads! Our dues for 2019 will be $55. You can pay via PayPal on our membership page or with Cash or a Check at the meeting. 

2019 Sewing Bees: Please let Ellen know at the December meeting if you are interested in joining the sewing bee Crew! You can find information about the 2019 bees hereYou can sign-up with Cash or a Check at the December meeting. 

Timna Tarr Workshop: You asked and she's coming back! After hosting a successful workshop with Timna Tarr in 2016 we'll be bringing her back on March 9th for a full day mapmaking workshop. Pricing is $100 for members. You can sign-up via PayPal on our events page or with Cash or a Check at the meeting. We will open this workshop to non-members in mid-January.

2019 Board Positions: Nominations for the 2019 board took place at our November meeting and only one person was nominated for each role. We will still hold a vote in December to stick to our bi-laws! The nominations were:


President: Carolanne Donovan
Treasurer: Beth Hurd
Secretary: Pat John
Events: Lesley Ross
Programming: Sarah Fredette

Shop Hop:
 Please bring your "passports" from the shop hops earlier this year to the  December meeting and give them to Carolanne. She'll be making up tickets for each stamp you have and we'll have a drawing for a gift certificate in December. The gift certificate will be to a local shop of the winners choosing. 


Giveaways and Raffles: Our giveaway item this month a Dritz Travel Rotary Cutter. Perfect for retreats, sewing bees and sew-ins!
Raffle #1
5 fat quarters of Cotton and Steel in black and white + package of Tulip patchwork pins

Raffle #2
layer cake of Arctic by Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman Fabrics


We'll see you Tuesday at the First Baptist Church!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Registration Open for the 2019 Sewing Bees

The NHMQG sewing bees are continuing in 2019!

These daylong events are held at the Peabody Mill Environmental Center (PMEC), located at the end of Brook Road in Amherst, NH. They are a great opportunity to catch up on sewing projects, prep for retreats, and spend time with your guild mates.


The bees will be on the third Sunday of alternating months:
  • January 27, 2019 *
  • March 17, 2019
  • May 19, 2019
  • July 21, 2019
  • September 15, 2019
  • November 17, 2019

    * We got bumped for the usual weekend this month so had to move it to the 4th Sunday.
To cover the cost, we need to have at least 10 people willing to commit to the six sessions. This will require an upfront payment of $60 for the year. If we are able to sign up more than 10, then the costs will decrease for everyone. The PMEC can hold a maximum of 17 people, so hopefully, there will be a few slots available for people who cannot commit to the full year to join us for an individual session.
Guild members hard at work at a past bee

To sign up for the 2019 sewing bees, contact Ellen at edutile (at) comcast (dot) net. The $60 payment is due at the December meeting. There will be a signup sheet at that meeting as well.
If you would like to check out the sewing bee setup, you are welcome to drop by our next bee on November 19th and have a look.


We are looking forward to another great year of sewing bees!