Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bridges Charity

Last weekend a group of us braved the snow and headed to the Bridges "Love is in the Air" charity gala. Our beautiful quilt went at auction for $1,000. Wow! Bridges is a local charity that helps rehabilitate woman and children who are victims of domestic abuse. The $1,000 can help to fund a support group for 10 sexually abused children and their caregivers for 10 weeks. It can also educate 180 students at an area school about teen dating violence. We are so happy our quilt had gone for so much and to a great cause.

**  Fabric was donated by Hawthorne Threads ** 
We are very grateful for this generous donation and to all the quilters in the guild who helped. 

We used the X and + Tutorial at Badskirt, found here.

Rene, Beth, Patty, Lisa, Simone, Chelsea, Susie, Nancy, and Annick

We had a great night of eating, dancing, and fierce bidding wars. It was such a lovely night, thousands of dollars were raised and every one had a great time. Anyone want to take a guess at who was the craziest dancer? 

Many thanks to Beth for allowing us to accompany her at her table and being apart of something so great! I think her jaw dropped when the paddle went up for the quilt bid :) Then she started breathing again.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Launching our Modern HST Quilt Along

A couple years back Knit n' Lit  hosted this same quilt along. She designed the 72 blocks to finish at 8 inches square, all made from 2 inch half square triangles. If you also plan to use this size, you will need 5 yards of colored fabric, and 5 yards of background fabric. The diagram shows the blocks two-toned but the options are endless!

Trish demonstrated different methods in mass producing half square triangles and showing how to use the Block Loc ruler. If you missed the demonstration or forgot, no worries, linked is a video tutorial! 

Below is the link to the reference sheet handed out at the meeting with patterns and pictures of each method. 

Who's with us? If all 72 blocks are too much of a commitment, scale up and make a smaller quilt.  We would love to have you quilt along! 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Look Who's Coming!

Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced  is coming to speak with the guild!!!!! Anyone who lives close to Southern New Hampshire (or further away) is welcome to attend. Only $10 for non-members. Get the word out, and mark your calendars for March 7th at 4 p.m.

More information in our flyer below,

Hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

January Tell and Show

Tuesday was the first meeting of the year! If you missed us here is all the great show and tell's members had! First, is big tell for the group. Hannah gave birth December 29th to baby Greta Charlotte! She was 8 lbs. 10 oz, and is just perfect.

Ok, now on to the shows .... 

Patty - showing up off last month's BOM

Ellen and her sister designed this quilt - They called it "Color your world"

Chelsea - Round Trip Quilts new border 

Michelle - Denise Schmidt Disappearing 9 Patch 

Lisa - oh scrap! bag

Lisa designed this quilt using the Quick Curve Ruler 

Trish - Family Christmas Stockings 

Debbie - Dresden Plate Color Wheel Quilt 

Debbie- also made a baby quilt 

Christine - made a sewing quilt

Nancy - wall hanging for daughter-in-law

Nancy - wanted her own hanging too! 

Beth - Made an owl quilt for the Bridges auction

Beth - made a 9 patch for a baby gift

Janice - made placemats 

Alexandra - made a wall hanging from scraps

Alexandra - sewed set in circles in this beautiful purple quilt

Alexandra - from the scraps she made this block!

Susie - showing off her new bag.

Rene - finished hand quilting this Moda Comma quilt!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Quilt Retreat

I can't  believe it's that time of year to start planning for our first annual quilt retreat. If you have never been on a quilt retreat now is the time to try. Sign ups for the retreat will be at Tuesdays meeting. **Full payment is required at time of sign up.** You must be a NHMQG member to attend the retreat (Your 2015 membership must be paid prior to sign ups). If you have been putting off paying your dues, now is the time to make sure your membership is current!!

The retreat will be held at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunkport, ME.  The dates for the retreat will run from Thursday April 16th to Sunday April 19th. Participants can choose to stay all 3 nights or just 2 nights, which would be Friday and Saturday. 

What is provided to anyone who attends? A shared table with one,  space with great lighting, ironing stations, design boards, fridge in gym to share and breakfast everyday.

For all those that attend- sewing time will start at 1:00 PM on Thursday April 16th and close at 2 PM on Sunday April 19th.  You can check into your room on Thursday or Friday at 3 PM and check out of your room at 11 am Sunday April 19th.

Cost for the 3 day retreat: Thursday through Sunday

Single: $275.40
Double: $178.20

Cost for the 2 day retreat: Friday through Sunday

Single: $183.60
Double: $118.80

**There will be fun activities planned for those that would like to participate. For those who do not want to participate there will be hours of unscheduled sewing time. **

Don't forget to bring your payment in full, would hate for you to have to miss it.