Friday, July 13, 2018

July 2018 Meeting Reminder

Our July meeting will take place on Tuesday July 17th. Swim and Sewcializing begin at 6:30! Our meeting this month will take place at Pat's house in Nashua. Please check your email or email Carolanne <carolannel.donovan@gmail.com> for the address.

Programming: There will be no programming in July. In August we'll be bringing in our favorite notion to share with the group.

Shop Hop: The next shop hop will be in August and Pat will be leading us to Keepsake Quilting! We're also still looking for a leader for September 8th.

Sewing Bee: There are available spaces for our July 15th sewing bee. Please respond to this email if you'd like to attend, or email Ophelia <obchang1@gmail.com>. It's going to be a hot day so we're looking forward to a cool day at the mill to sew!

2019 Workshops: We're still finalizing options for our 2019 combined workshop and there will be a new list being passed around at the meeting with potential teachers. The next round of options are: Rebecca Bryon, Guicy Guice, Jen Hewitt and Lizzy House.

Fall Retreat: Our fall retreat will take place at the Lighthouse Inn in West Dennis Columbus Day weekend, October 5th-October 7th! Payment needs to be received no later than the July meeting. The Paypal link is now live so you can pay online via PayPal or by check to Beth at the July meeting.  Any member that has signed up but not paid by the time of the July meeting will not be on the guaranteed rooming list - a room will have to be requested from the hotel with the possibility that the hotel will be fully booked.

Jo Diggs Workshop: We'll be hosting Jo Diggs for a workshop on November 10th at Quilted Threads! The workshop will open for registration at our July meeting and will open online on July 18th. If you'd like to take the class and won't be at the July meeting, please talk to Alison and we can get you signed up early! Pricing will be: $65 for members and $75 for non-members. The materials list will be available at the July meeting,

Giveaways and Raffles: Our giveaway item this month is a Cupcake Mix Recipe booklet.


* Raffle #1: A Finch Box! The Finch Box is a great program organized by The Finch Sewing Studio that sends sewers a great project every other month. The Finch team has generously donated a box to our guild and it's value is over $50! The version they sent us has a rope bowl tutorial and the items to make it, including Liberty of London Bias tape and a tutorial to make adorable kitchen tea towels.

* Raffle #2: Are you excited about the zipper pouch swap? How about a 1 yard cut of zipper fabric with 1 yard cuts of matching solids?! Get excited for zippers all around!

We'll see you Tuesday at Pat's Condo Clubhouse!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Fall Retreat 2018


Our fall retreat will take place at the Lighthouse Inn in West Dennis Columbus Day weekend Thursday October 4th-Sunday October 7th! Sign-ups are now available via PayPal below!



3-night single: $427
2-night single: $320

3-night double: $224
2-night double: $170

The fall retreat is a members-only event. Payment is due in full. Please note: If you sign up and later learn you cannot attend the event, you are required to find your own replacement.



Fall Retreat Options
Roommate's Name

Sunday, June 17, 2018

June 2018 Meeting Reminder

Our June meeting will take place on Tuesday June 19th at 7pm!! Doors open at 6:30 if you would like to come early for some pre-meeting sew-cializing!

Programming: For our programming this month we'll be interviewing our partners for the zipper pouch swap. If your partner is unavailable or you are not participating we'll have a webinar/tutorial from the Mother Guild to share.


Spring WIP Challenge: Your items must be completed by our June meeting and if they are you'll be entered to win! Be sure to mention if a show and tell item is a WIP.

Shop Hops: We are still looking for shop hop leaders. Please see Alison if you are interested. For every shop that you visit with the guild you will receive a stamp/sticker in your Shop Hop passport that enters you for a fabric store gift card in September! The more shops you hop to, the more chances to win. If you attended the June 12th Shop Hop, please see Carolanne to get your stickers.

July Meeting: Our July meeting will take place at the club house at Pat's Condo. Her address will be shared via email. A potluck sign-up sheet will make it's way around at the June meeting.

2019 Workshops: We're working with the Seacoast and Cambridge guilds to try and do more combined workshops in 2019! Please let someone on the board know which of the following teachers you would prefer: Amanda Jean Nyberg, Lizzy House, Krista FleckensteinGiuseppe Ribaudo, AKA Giucy Giuce, or Angela Walters. You can leave a comment here, on Facebook, send an email or there will be a sheet at the check-in table on Tuesday night!


Fall Retreat: Our fall retreat will take place at the Lighthouse Inn in West Dennis Columbus Day weekend, October 5th-October 7th! Sign-ups will be available at our June meeting and then will open via PayPal on June 20th. Pricing is:
3-night single: $427
2-night single: $320
3-night double: $224
2-night double: $170

Jo Diggs Workshop: We'll be hosting Jo Diggs for a workshop on November 10th at Quilted Threads! The workshop will open for registration at our July meeting and will open online on July 18th. If you'd like to take the class and won't be at the July meeting, please talk to Alison and we can get you signed up early! Pricing will be: $65 for members and $75 for non-members.

The Quilt Patch: The Quilt Patch is Bedford closed last year, but they are reopening for about a week to try and clear out the rest of their stock. They will be taking cash payments only in their final days. The deals are pretty great! All 44" inch cotton fabric is $4.00 per yard, Wide Backs are $7.00 per yard, All Patterns 50% off, All Books 50% off, All Thread & Notions 50% Off, All Packaged Panels $2.50 each, Batting 50% off, Pre-packaged Kits 50% off, Fat Quarters Will No Longer be Cut. They will be open on the following days and times:
Tuesday, June 19th, 12pm to 8pm
Wednesday, June 20th, 12pm to 8pm
Thursday, June 21st, 10am to 5pm
Friday, June 22nd, 10am to 5 pm
Saturday, June 23rd, 10am to 3 pm
Tuesday, June 26th 10am to 5 pm
Wednesday, June 27th 10am to 2 pm
Giveaways and Raffles: Our giveaway item this month is a Modern Quilt Guild water bottle to encourage the winner to stay hydrated this summer!

* Raffle #1: A pack of 5 Olaf 45MM rotary blades.

* Raffle #2: Pikes Peak Pattern with 2 yards of Kona White.

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

Saturday, June 16, 2018

May 2018 Show & Tell


Members are working to finish WIP's to enter our drawing at the end of June.

Marie has been playing with disappearing four patch and showed off this bag.  Quilted on long-arm.  



 Carolanne showed off her finish of the Carolyn Friedlander pattern Eads. Carolanne quilted herself with triangles (below).  


 Carolanne also presented this paper pieced quilt and admits that she likes paper-piecing!  Both of her quilts are WIPs!

Michelle completed a Denise Schmidt jelly roll pattern.  Very pretty! 


Also from Michelle, quilted with matchstick on her domestic machine.  Gorgeous!  Used the freezer paper piecing technique.


Sara made a cat quilt for a friends baby shower.

Back has a Tula Pink print.  Adorable!

Another quilt for Sara showed is a "ginormous" top and added a little improv.

Sandy got this pattern at MQX, made it up with sheep fabric and pull string.

Ophelia's mystery intricate French General quilt.

Annique told us a story about her adventures with her bike a couple of nights ago, and how she made it to the meeting safe and sound. She concluded that there are some good people.

Lunar storm paper pieced with a ray of sunshine -- very cool.

Annique did this challenge for black and white in another guild, where she was able to add one other color.  The shape is Minnesota. Purple is for Prince and she incorporated various other symbols of Prince's home and life.


Annique had another challenge project using a bicycle wheel.  French flag with hexagon shape of country and she is showing story of Tour de France.  Very cool.


Leslie showed a charity quilt that Ophelia quilted with highlight of gorgeous owl.


 Patti showed large wedding quilt for her daughter with hexagons.  Quite impressive.

Donna presented a quilt she's been working on for 8 years which she finally finished. Lots of work went into this!


Monday, May 14, 2018

May 2018 Meeting Reminder

Our May meeting will take place on Tuesday May 15th at 7pm!!

Doors open at 6:30 if you would like to come early for some pre-meeting sew-cializing!

Programming: For our programming this month we'll be playing a game! There will be prizes :)

Zipper Pouch Swap: We will be postponing the interviews of our zipper pouch swap partners until the June meeting so everyone has a chance to signup.

Spring WIP Challenge: Your items must be completed by our June meeting and if they are you'll be entered to win! Carolanne will be marking items complete this month so be sure to mention if a show and tell item is a WIP.

Shop Hops: We are looking for shop hop leaders for June-September. Please see Alison if you are interested. For every shop that you visit with the guild you will receive a stamp/sticker in your Shop Hop passport that enters you for a fabric store gift card in September! The more shops you hop to, the more chances to win. 

Giveaways and Raffles: Our giveaway item this month is a surprise!! We'll give you one hint though, everyone will like this giveaway!


* Raffle #1: A Hawthorne Threads Bundle! The bundle includes a $25 gift certificate, a bundle of their in-house printed fabrics AND a Hawthorne Hues color card.


* Raffle #2: Get ready for the zipper pouch swap with the zipper pouch pattern with interfacing and a cake mix pad


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

Sunday, May 13, 2018

April 2018 Show and Tell


Carolanne -- got her Gypsy Wife fabric and loves it a lot!  Also made very nice tote, and did hand binding for the first time.  Also took hand quilting class with Anne Marie Horner over prior weekend.  Group advised that she should get a thimble!

Julie showed her very first project!  Gorgeous!


Lesley completed the Heather Jones Yield pattern.  Used Angela Waters quilting patterns on the borders with straight-line quilting in the square. 

Alexsandra showed carriers, an apron for her mother, something for her granddaughter, and last, not least the flowery shoe bag above!  Busy lady!

Chelsea had a tell regarding Patchwork City blocks -- has 33 squares done!

 Sarah, did not piece it but did all of the quilting that shows on the back and bound it, using a sheet as backing.
 Ophelia presented quilt from Quilter's Planner and fabric from sale room at Quilted Threads ($3.00)!

 Also Sassafras Lane pattern, Lantern Lane.  Been working in it for a long time, and used straight-line quilting.

 Third, Posies pattern and with plans to do more on it.  Beautiful.
 Pat finished a project at the last retreat.  Very pretty.

Susie showed this yellow charm squares, with minky on the back.  Lovely.

 Susie's second is giraffe's.  Lots of oohs and ahhs!  By So Fresh.  Very cute.

Marie showed a quilt swap item going to someone in the UK, "Fall in New England" with beads.

Brianna, showed a quilt with large squares, which your photographer failed to capture.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Zipper Pouches

Our guild is having a zipper pouch swap so we thought it would be helpful to share some patterns and tutorials! Part of our swap entails interviewing our partner to learn more about them and then make a pouch based on their wants and needs. We'll also be stuffing them with $10-$15 worth of goodies!

Short on time? Melly Sews has a great tutorial for a 15 minute zipper pouch. This is a great tutorial to use if you're just getting familiar with zippers and looking for a quick and satisfying pouch. 





Noodlehead has a great 2-size pattern called the Petal Pouch that is for an advanced beginner. This pattern suggests adding applique or patchwork to add a personal touch to the exterior pieces. 


We couldn't share zipper pouch patterns without sharing one from the bag lady herself, Sarah Lawson of Sew Sweetness! The Annex Double-Zip Box Pouch includes two zippers and two separate storage areas. An online workshop is available for this pattern if you need a little help getting your zippers right.


I'm a Finch Box Subscriber and my August box included fabric, notions and the guide to make canvas travel bags. You can get your own mini Finch Box with the tools you'll need here on their website.


Want a side of quilting with your zipper pouch? Try this tutorial from Purl Soho for a quilted zipper pouch.


Not feeling a square or rectangle shaped bag? Make your zipper pouch shaped like a triangle! Video tutorial and a guide for the fabric and notions used is available from Missouri Star Quilt Co

Ah, the Sew Together bag, this bag is very popular in the quilting blogger universe so why shouldn't we all have one.  This bag includes three zippers pockets, four open pockets, and even a pincushion! 

A lot of our members purchased the Quilters Planner this year and there's a zipper pouch pattern in the companion magazine that was designed by Karin Jordan (who visited us last year for a trunk show). This pattern has you use chunky stitches to hand sew in the zipper, it's very pretty! If you don't have the planner, you can buy just the pattern magazine for $12!






-Carolanne, President NHMQG